Archive for Culture

Goodbye Kate McG

// January 20th, 2010 // 88 Comments » // Music

Very sad today to hear of the death of Kate McGarrigle. I have been a fan of the McGarrigles since the late 80′s when I discovered them while working at Radio Active. Truly great musicians and of course Kate’s wonderful genes also gave us Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Here’s a clip of Kate, Rufus & Martha all performing together 6 weeks ago in London. I cried most of the way through it for some reason!

RIP Kate.

New Phoenix Foundation EP For Christmas!

// December 11th, 2009 // 29 Comments » // Music, People

Merry Kriskmass

The Phoenix Foundation, one of NZ’s most popular bands and featuring my very own little bro Samuel, have just released a new ep “Merry Kriskmass” available for download and as usual it is effing awesome!

Here’s what the band had to say:

‘’I feel no pain, feel no fear, for the Krisk is a white reindeer” …. yes, a small stuffed white man and a reindeer have somehow managed to inspire our brand new little EP called Merry Kriskmass.

This fun, slightly odd 6-track EP managed to enter our lives during the time we were supposed to be recording our new album, providing much needed distraction from the often-gruelling album recording process. So much so, that we decided to share it with you in the hope that perhaps it brings some extra Christmas cheer.

We hope you enjoy. New album coming next year, and MEEEEERRY KRISKMASS.

Buy it here!

Two Blogs Are Better Than One?

// December 7th, 2009 // No Comments » // Internets, Lesbian

I’m proud to announce the birth of a new blog I’ve started called Lesbian Of The Day. The basic aim is to feature one famous lesbian a day in order to increase positive visibility of successful, interesting and happy lesbians out there. I know when I was a young dykeling, positive images of lesbians were few and far between and I would have loved a site like this (well, any site really since the internets weren’t around then). Don’t expect any fantastic writing or analysis, I’m just gonna put up a big picture and say a few words.

Here’s the lucky lesbians of the days so far:

Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter

Amelie Mauresmo

Amelie Mauresmo

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Mary Renault

Mary Renault

Mary Glasspool

Mary Glasspool

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// December 2nd, 2009 // No Comments » // Internets, Lesbian


Jack Of All Trades

// July 7th, 2009 // 17 Comments » // Moviesandtv


Great article about a very interesting documentary currently screening at Palace cinemas nationwide. Jack Charles is a critically acclaimed Aboriginal actor and also a junkie and burglar, and this young Melbourne chap spent seven years filming him.

Liking this Aussie online magazine, The Blackmail, too!

Posted via web from emilyjem’s posterous

Bare essentials of safety from Air New Zealand

// July 3rd, 2009 // 13 Comments » // Culture

Amusing new Air NZ video that will now be shown as their air safety presentation on all flights. I don’t know what’s funnier, the body paint or the full on NZ “eccents”!

Posted via web from emilyjem’s posterous

Top 100 Votes

// April 14th, 2009 // 897 Comments » // Lesbian

It’s that time of year! No, not the one day a year when I update the blog. Time to vote in the AfterEllen Top 100! If you are lesbian or bisexual, go and vote now.

Here are my top 20 most gorgeous female celebrities for 2009:

1. Jennifer Beals


2. Elizabeth Mitchell


3. Laurel Holloman



RIP Kirsty

// December 18th, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Music

It’s 8 years to the day since Kirsty MacColl was killed by a power boat at the age of 41. I still miss her – she had released a brilliant album just before she died and had so much more to give. Here’s one of her biggest hits, her cover of Billy Bragg’s “A New England”.

Still, no one has been held accountable for Kirsty’s death – see

Egg-Laying Flying Brother Spreads The Joy

// December 1st, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Music, People

My bro Sam’s latest video clip is a masterpiece!

Snoop Dogg visits Hugo Street

// October 31st, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Music

Snoop Dogg in Hugo Street

I was amazed to see the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today which features Snoop Dogg in a Holden, surrounded by a mob, in Redfern, right outside the house that we lived in for six years in Hugo Street. It’s almost enough to make you wish you’d never sold the house! Wow.

Here’s the story: Rudd gives $20m to black scholarship fund.