Archive for August, 2009

Charles Bukowski – The Genius Of The Crowd.

Posted in quotes with tags on August 24, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

Although I love love love words and reading and read as many and varied texts as I can devour, I had never been exposed to Bukowski before today.

When listening to the BBC1 Essential Mix by Friendly Fires I was introduced to Bukowski’s The Genius Of The Crowd which discusses the much debated dark side of human nature.

“there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being
to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
seeks average

but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect

like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
like hemlock

their finest art”

– Charles Bukowski The Genius Of The Crowd.


Red Riders – Drown In Colour (2009)

Posted in music on August 23, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

To be completely honest, (and like many other interweb savvy’s) I hardly ever buy CD’s these days. If I do, I generally support Australian artists. My last 3 albums purchases illustrate this – Sia Colour The Small One, Reptiles Smell My Skin and Red Riders Drown In Colour.

3 weeks after the purchase and Drown In Colour is still on repeat. I listen to it through at least every day.

Red Riders sound is distinctly Australian. A listen from beginning to end takes you on a journey of unplanned afternoons drinking pots in pubs in Melbourne’s Fitzroy and Sydney’s Newtown, of lust and hurt, of regret, of learning and adventures.

Colloquialisms such as “and its goes, and it goes, and it goes” uttered in Alexander Grigg’s accent add to the song vignettes of everyday life in Australia.

Drown In Colour is a quality exploration of casual Australian living.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival – Day 2.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

I spent the morning wandering around Sydney.

The warm afternoon sunshine beat down as I leisurely strolled to my 3pm shift through Hyde Park.

David Lawrence was the 6pm show.

The 8:30pm show was the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Review show #1.

I ended up dressing backstage and here is my lovely model Eve.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival – Day 1.

Posted in fashion with tags , on August 18, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

I had my briefing at 12, then my shift didn’t begin until 3pm so I adventured around Sydney a little.

I really like this window in the Strand Arcade:

Hyde Park:

Apologies for the bad picture quality of the photos, we aren’t allowed to have bags inside the venue so I have only been able to take photos on my phone.

My volunteering role involves preparing the room for the show and ushering guests to their seats.

The opening gala showcased Jayson Brunsdon’s designs. During the show I was standing across from Stephanie Rice, Sophie Fawkner and the editor of Marie Claire magazine – Jackie Frank.

Stephanie Rice on Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival Runway.

Stephanie Rice.

Jayson Brunsdon runway.

A short lesson on Serif v. Sans Serif.

Posted in journalism with tags on August 16, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

Currently in journalism I am studying typography.

I just learnt the difference between Serif and Sans Serif typeface .

Serif‘s are small addictions onto letters.
Sans is French for ‘without’.

Serif text is often used in print media, as we learn to read by recognising the shapes of words. Serifs help the eyes join letters and words. People notice spelling errors because the shape of the mis-spelled word clashes with the shape in our memory.

I generally prefer Serif fonts such as Georgia, as I find it elegant, but it depends on the contents of what I am writing.


Blog inspired by Stephen Quinn’s “Digital Sub-Editing & Design” text .
Serif v. Sans Serif

Serif v. Sans Serif

Carlton Gardens on a mild winter evening.

Posted in photo on August 15, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

I walked through Carlton Gardens this evening around 6pm, on the way home from work.

It looked a little summery, which gave me excited tingles at December (even though it is 4 months away) so I couldn’t resist taking a photo.


Posted in travel with tags , , on August 15, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

I hadn’t been up to Sydney since I was 13, and this year I will have made 2 trips in 2 months.

The first Sydney visit was a very busy 3 day trip at the beginning of July. On the Tuesday I saw my grandparents and Zohara.

On days 2 and 3, with Ross Monaghan and six fellow TheMediaPod members, I met with Professional Communicators from Ebay, The Bell Shakespeare Company (+ we saw their Pericles performance), Sydney Opera House, Kirribilli, Meat and Livestock, Ogilvy PR, and ANSTO at Lucas Heights.

(L-R) Chloe Adelle Partikas, Olivia Ellis, Tiffany Timmermans, Jessie Cargill, Sally Stogdale, Bonnie Murthy, Sarah Keens.

On Monday morning at 6:50am I fly up to Sydney again, and am volunteering at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival for Monday through to Wednesday.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

I’m pretty nervous and excited, all at the same time. I have only ever been to L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival before. My shifts aren’t until 3pm on Tuesday and Wednesday so I am looking forward to enjoying mornings in the Sydney sunshine, overlooking the harbour and reading Orwell. It will be nice to have a break from the familiarity of the Melbourne Winter for a few days.