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May 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

As promised in April, many members have been incredibly active in the last few weeks. On behalf of all the Collective, congratulations to you all. Let's go through some of the highlights.

Firstly, one of our resident writers in the PCC is Valerie Gowlett. Besides being a proactive member of the Collective, she is also editing a magazine for the Westfield Writing Group called Writer's Ink. Contact Val if you would like any more information about this magazine. It is available for $2.50 to cover the costs of printing. But as always with Val, her creativity, initiative and talent is extraordinary. To prove my last statement, it is my pleasure to report that a story that Val wrote, "The End of the Road" has received a commendation from Midland's Literary Competition for 2005. Another story, "Cory's Love" was highly commended. This great piece is the first contribution to the Body hub's project on grief this year. What a fantastic way to start this great initiative. Congratulations Val. Writing well is a gift to the planet, and you have given so much to all of us. The world awaits.

To one of our other productive people. (DJ) Enrico Nodari is starting to break through the closed (and often insular) electronica scene in Australia. In early April, Enrico was interviewed on JJJ and played a set after — get ready for this ladies and gentlemen — Laurent Garnier (of Hacienda ancestry) and Max Plowman (from Sydney). I said to Enrico in January this year that "2005 would be the year you made it." I may have said it, Enrico — but you've done it. As we are about to move our virtual home for the PCC we will finally be able to include even more sound and vision on the site, including Enrico's tracks. He is simply extraordinary. If you like progressive trance — and even if you don't — Enrico's musicality and creativity is unquestionable.

More news. As the Debbie Hindley Empire expands to Preston, with her attendance at the International Football Institute in June, she has already made it big in New Zealand. Debbie's social commentary and expertise on football is being acknowledged, and this influence will only increase in Preston. Lucky woman, she is also staying for Euro 2005. Great luck on the trip Deb. We will expect a report on your return.

I also wanted to mention that our Creative Industrial Matrix hub convener, Leanne McRae has enrolled in a Doctor of Education, to add to her Doctor of Philosophy. I am extremely proud of her, as we all are. People talk about 'excellence' all the time. Leanne knows its true meaning. We must all now call her Dr Dr Leanne (Leanne).

The final news involves — yet again — Felicity Cull. She appears to be taking over the world as we know it. On May 24, Flick delivered the PubTalk at the Sail and Anchor Hotel in Fremantle, and was also on RTR FM's Morning Magazine. On both occasions, spoke on The Smiths and popular memory. Many members of the Collective came out to offer support. She didn't need us. The crowd was enormous. Enjoy the following photos (mostly) taken by TB. I cannot remember who took the photos of me, which suggests that I had an extremely good night.

Be well all — see you in June.

T XXX

Yes, PowerPoint was used — thanks to Matt (AKA Infinite Detail)

Yes, PowerPoint was used — thanks to Matt (AKA Infinite Detail).

Felicity in the Red Room. No I don't know what the orange pole is doing behind her, either.<br />
Felicity in the Red Room. No I don't know what the orange pole is doing behind her, either.

Hub conveners all — Felicity, Mike and Leanne.
Hub conveners all — Felicity, Mike and Leanne.

Leanne McRae in reflection.
Leanne McRae in reflection.

Two responses. Same conversation. Mike and Leanne.
Two responses. Same conversation. Mike and Leanne.

Mike Kent, Critical Digital Convener, appropriately on the phone.
Mike Kent, Critical Digital Convener, appropriately on the phone.

Min explaining to Neil the intricacies of Welsh scrum tactics.
Min explaining to Neil the intricacies of Welsh scrum tactics.

 Neil, Min and our Web designer, Jo.
My favourite photograph: Neil, Min and our Web designer, Jo.

Leanne (in background) Min and Neil (notice Welsh rugby top).
Leanne (in background) Min and Neil (notice Welsh rugby top).

Garan, our active member of the Creative Industrial Matrix, and Tara.
Garan, our active member of the Creative Industrial Matrix, and Tara.

You only know it's too much pink when you see it in a photograph.

Tara and Flick.
Tara and Flick.

Debbie, Garan and (unfortunately) Tara's hand. Obviously, I'm confirming Min's interpretation of Welsh rugby tactics.
Debbie, Garan and (unfortunately) Tara's hand. Obviously, I'm confirming Min's interpretation of Welsh rugby tactics.

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