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18 Feb 2012

The Ballad of Roger and Grace

One of my favourite times to be in Melbourne is April, because that’s when the Comedy Festival happens in this fine city. And Comedy Festivals are especially fantastic when Daniel Kitson is in town performing – which he will be this year, with a new show.

Daniel Kitson, if you’ve not heard of him before, is not only a talented comedian. He’s also a brilliant storyteller, and often his performances are cleverly woven, heartwarming, and human.

As a rare treat (recordings of his full shows are extremely scarce), he’s put one of his older storytelling shows online – a collaboration between him and his good friend, musician Gavin Osborn, titled The Ballad of Roger and Grace. I actually have raved about it already, back when they performed it in 2008.

If any of this has caught your interest, then I recommend you go and spend the £2.50 (a bargain indeed), set aside an hour, and soak in the intertwined stories and songs.

And then perhaps you should consider buying a ticket to Daniel Kitson’s show at this year’s festival – they’ll soon be on sale, and will disappear quickly (I’m far from the only person in Melbourne who’s a fan).

23 Mar 2008

The (Beautiful) Ballad of Rodger and Grace

The Comedy Festival is running again here in Melbourne – which is one of my favourite times of the year. Just saw my first show this afternoon – Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn’s The Ballad of Rodger & Grace. In short, it was amazing, funny, heartwarming and beautiful.

Kitson is a fantastic wordsmith, sometimes using words that don’t get used enough, and using otherwise common words in clever and different ways. Osborn provided a touching and emotive soundtrack to the story Kitson wove, filling in a different perspective.

I know I’ve raved about Kitson before – and I’ve got a different show of his for this festival that I’m yet to see, so I likely will rave again soon – but do yourself a favour and go catch one of his shows (this one is only running for a few more days, but his solo festival show runs until mid April). He is one of the finest comedic talents out there – and a masterful storyteller to boot. Osborn’s music just adds to the brilliance.

09 Jan 2008

Link: Why It Won’t Work

"Poor, stupid deluded Sony BMG."

02 Nov 2007

Link: Build with Leopard Fixes – Audioscrobbler Beta’s Discussions – Groups at

Not-quite-official version of the client that works on Leopard without two icons in the dock.

12 Oct 2007

Link: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

"They are wise to remember, however, one thing. He is Sinatra. The boss. Il Padrone."

10 Apr 2007

Link: Pearls Before Breakfast -

25 Jan 2007

Link: Cover Hunt - Free Album Cover Artwork Search

03 Jan 2007

Link: bbum’s weblog-o-mat » Blog Archive » iTunes Library Backup, rsync & cover art

22 Nov 2006

Link: Secret Notes - New Zealand iTunes Store coming soon?


09 Oct 2006

Link: Threadless T-Shirts - Mob Musicians by Glenn Jones

23 Aug 2006

Link: Unify and Synchronize Your iTunes Libraries

21 Jul 2006

Link: Locus Online: Locus Magazine, Cory Doctorow Commentary, July 2006

01 Jul 2006

Link: YouTube - Sunday Bloody Sunday by Bush

16 May 2006

Link: Beautiful One - Kind of Pluto - Lyrics

reading this has got the song in my head, and got me wishing I could hear it live again.

09 Nov 2004

Link: Ars Technica: Delicious Library Review

A well written review about Mac software in general, and Delicious Library in particular

02 Nov 2004

Link: Audioscrobbler

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