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‘I know that you said you’d carry me, but this is ridiculous – besides, it might remind some people of lunch. Couldn’t you put me in a pram at least?’ (Photo courtesy of funnydogsite.com: modified by L.J. May)

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Coming up - lots of events for May 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 3, and 5 for more events.    

  • TRANSBOUNDARIES: ART + CONNECTION presents a collection of powerful work by seven artists and alumni of QUT in a FREE exhibition that explores environmental and social issues, merging dance with film media installation with political documentation. Check out possible future worlds at the QUT Art Museum, QUT Garden Point, Brisbane. It’s ON NOW and runs daily until Sunday, 3 June 2018.
  • More than 100 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts will be at the GREEN HEART FAIR, ready to share information and knowledge. It’s on at the 7th Brigade Park, Chermside on Sunday, 3 June 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Explore Queensland’s unique history of innovation and invention from the late 1800s to the present day in MAGNIFICENT MAKERS, an exhibition at the State Library of Queensland. Through photographs, drawings, blueprints and objects you can follow the lives and works of a group of remarkable, pioneering Queenslanders. It's on at the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The exhibition is ON NOW and will run daily until Sunday, 3 June 2018. 
  • BRIGHT AND BOUNDLESS takes you into the heart of Brisbane-based Designworks’ approach to designing THE QUEEN’S BATON for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and you can also explore images of the relay journey across the Commonwealth. The exhibition is on daily at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) NOW and runs until Sunday, 12 August 2018.

 

The Event: TRANSBOUNDARIES: ART + CONNECTION

Date and time: ON NOW and runs daily until Sunday, 3 June 2018. Tues–Fri from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Sat and Sun 12 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: QUT Art Museum, QUT Garden Point, Brisbane. Go to http://www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au for more about the exhibition and how to get there.

Cost: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Transboundaries presents a collection of powerful work by seven artists and alumni of QUT in a triennial exhibition that explores environmental and social issues. The exhibition crosses both disciplinary boundaries – merging dance with film media installation, with political documentation, and the boundaries of time, reaching into possible future worlds.

 

The Event: THE GREEN HEART FAIR

Date and time: Sunday, 3 June 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: 7th Brigade Park, Chermside.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: With the winter months approaching, now is the time to start prepping your garden for colder weather with help from the Brisbane City Council. Come along to the GREEN HEART FAIR at Chermside to learn more about plants, including which varieties best suit our climate.

More than 100 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts will be at the event, ready to share information and knowledge.

Residents can also help make Brisbane a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city by taking advantage of Council’s FREE Native Plants Program, which will be onsite at the Green Heart Fair. The native species provided through the program are designed to help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife. 

 

The Event: MAGNIFICENT MAKERS – EXPLORE QUEENSLAND’S UNIQUE HISTORY OF INNOVATION AT SLQ

Date and time: ON NOW and runs daily until Sunday, 3 June 2018.

Venue: Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: FREE to attend. For enquiries, phone SLQ on (07) 3840 7666, email them at info@slq.qld.gov.au or visit the website at http://www.slq.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: The Magnificent Makers exhibition draws on SLQ’s rich collections to examine the lives of relatively unknown Queensland innovators through photographs, drawings, blueprints and objects. Explore stories of innovation and invention in Queensland from the late 1800s to the present day through the lives and works of a group of remarkable, pioneering Queenslanders.

Using the technology available to them at the time, these people made significant developments in the areas of education, sport, leisure, clothing, photography, medicine and scientific research.

One of the most intriguing items on display is an intricate Braille globe for vision-impaired children, which was invented in Queensland in the 1950s by Richard Frank Tunley. As well as improving outcomes for vision-impaired children and adults, Tunley was instrumental in implementing compulsory education for deaf and blind children... and most people have never heard of him.

 

The Event: BRIGHT BOLD BOUNDLESS: DESIGNING THE QUEEN’S BATON

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 12 August 2018. Open daily.

Venue: State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: FREE ENTRY.

What’s happening: BRIGHT AND BOUNDLESS takes you into the heart of Brisbane-based Designworks’ best practice approach to designing THE QUEEN’S BATON for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Sift through early sketches, video diaries and interviews to unearth the inspiration behind the Baton’s unique design and technological capabilities.

Learn about the creative use of natural fibres, as well as plastic rescued from the Gold Coast beaches (glad someone’s cleaning up) that form part of this ‘smart’ Baton’s structure. Study exclusive prototypes of the 2018 Baton and explore images of the relay journey across the Commonwealth, as well as rarely-seen Batons from past Commonwealth Games events in Australia.

 

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Umm... perhaps leave any very large dogs at home or bring a wheel barrow as a pooper scooper. This photo is one of the best known ‘hoax’ viral images on the Web. It began circulating in early 2007, initially without explanation, but later identified by a person unknown on the internet as ‘Hercules, the world's biggest dog’. But is it a hoax? An English mastiff, named Hercules and owned by a Massachusetts man, was once recognised as the world’s heaviest dog, but does not seem to have any connection to the dog shown in this photograph and does not match a newspaper photograph of Hercules and his owner. Hercules was awarded the honourable distinction of World’s Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. He is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds. With ‘paws the size of softballs’ (the ‘Boston Herald’ reports), the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed's standard 200lb limit.’ Hercules’s owner, Mr Flynn, says that Hercules’s weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: ‘I fed him normal food and he just grew’.... and grew, and grew!’ But is this Mr Flynn’s Hercules, or a different dog? The top debunking sites feel that the dog can't really be that large. The main reason for the scepticism, says the hoaxes.org website, is that the dog appears to be a Neapolitan Mastiff rather than an English Mastiff, and that breed is not known to grow that big. This dog seems to be easily around 36 inches at the shoulder rather than the breed’s largest 31 inches. But the website says that it’s worth noting the photo is actually one of a set of three photos of the dog, the couple, and the horse. Although this photo is often detached from the set and circulates alone, there are two other photos, which you can see on the website at http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/hercules_worlds_biggest_dog. Go figure! (Photographer unidentified)