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FIFO Fun for an Easy Rider – by Tom Watson

Night falls over this heaving cosmopolitan metropolis and a bead of sweat trickles from my forehead. The lights of Southbank are shining brightly, and the Crown flame throwers hard at work wasting natural resources under the guise of wonder and entertainment, as I pedal briskly to keep pace with my travelling partners. I had only […]

The Real (John) Batman – by Bethany Macdonald

As was custom, before my colleague Jon finished working with us he made a contribution to the wall of ‘Favourite characters in Victoria’s history’. Not like these new fandangled Facebook walls, this was an old-school coloured paper and blu-tack job, with an envelope of slips waiting to be filled out when new characters were discovered. […]

The Art of Kombi-nism – by Mike Shackleton

Everything old is new again, in Batmania. This is demonstrated by the Batmanian’s desire to seek out vintage clothing, furniture and electronics.  Perhaps these desires indicate that we are a nostalgic people. Or maybe we’ve realised it’s fun to have a few things around that have demonstrated their ability to withstand the test of time. […]

A Place To Call Home – by Rebecca Chanock

When editor and zeitgeist maker Lucy Watson asked me to be one of the voices of Melbourne for the launch issue of In Batmania, my head filled with nostalgic yearnings for Linda and Spike and the barely repressed sexual tension of the newsroom (any other 90s kids noticed that it’s increasingly hard to separate your […]

Cows can’t climb down stairs

Due to extreme vertigo, or maybe the construction of their legs, cows can’t climb down stairs. Neither can donkeys. Goats can climb fucking sheer cliff faces, so I’m assuming stairs are no worries.  Cows can climb up stairs though, apparently. Which was handy in Mayan times, when they wanted to sacrifice cows to the Gods […]

Sharks can’t stop swimming

Sharks can’t stop swimming, or they DIE!! It is imperative that water moves over their gills constantly, so they can’t stop swimming ever. No naps. No chilling out on a nice patch of coral. Whether they also like listening to the 90s pop hit Don’t Stop Moving by SClub7 is unknown, although highly probable. Spurious FactsIs it […]

Geraldine Quinn @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

GERALDINE QUINN – Queen Bitch As part of her introduction, Geraldine Quinn is described as underrated, and I definitely think that’s true. Her stand-up is interspersed with some delightful songs as she performs, her glamour and charisma shining through even as she describes soggy carpet and severe injuries. With a back-up of two and a […]

Kelly Fastuca @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

KELLY FASTUCA – Smokin’ Kelly Fastuca has given up smoking, but her show isn’t about receiving plaudits or being smug. Instead, it’s a rambunctious trip through vices and the means with which to cope with them, wrapped in an absorbingly confessional style. There’s a lot to like about her embrace of personal revelations mined for […]

Charlie Pickering @ MICF 2018 – by Lucy Watson

CHARLIE PICKERING – 59 Consecutive Minutes Arriving at Charlie’s show and joining the long line winding around the corner, it was clear he had come a long way since the early days when he was a young stand-up in the obligatory jeans and hoody, hustling, flyering and making a name for himself. I remember seeing […]