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Road Crew – What to do with your skills?

October 18, 2019

by John O’Brien. If nothing else, life in the high intensity, prolonged stress environment of live production is character building. Prosper at this and you’re good for anything. However, it can be difficult to sell this as a virtue if you transition to another career or industry. I’ve just finished Stuart Coupe’s excellent book “Roadies”…

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Cry havoc and let slip the junkyard dogs

October 12, 2019

DUNK’S WORLD Cry havoc and let slip the junkyard dogs by Duncan Fry. According to Jim Croce, Bad Bad Leroy Brown was meaner than a junkyard dog. That’s a bit harsh on junkyard dogs – we had one next door to us at ARX for quite a few years, so draw close you youngsters, and…

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Crewing Services – From an Unashamed Loader

August 16, 2019

INDUSTRY INSIDER Crewing Services – From an Unashamed Loader by John O’Brien. I got my start in the black box industry by pushing big black boxes in and out of trucks. I lived with a stage tech and our house was muso central but I wanted my own way in, so I rang an agency…

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Moving the Wall of Vinyl

May 31, 2019

DUNK’S WORLD   Moving the Wall of Vinyl by Duncan Fry.   They say that vinyl (as in records, not wet-look trousers) is making a comeback. As I look at my wall of 12” LPs I realise that for a lot of us it never went away!   The reason I was looking at the…

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A Traveller’s Tale: Flying High on the A380

April 29, 2019

DUNK”S WORLD A Traveller’s Tale: Flying High on the A380 by Duncan Fry.   I see on the news that Airbus is ceasing production of its jumbo-riffic giant of the skies – the A380, citing changing tastes in passenger’s plane requirements. It turns out it’s a bit thirsty, and needs to be full of passengers…

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What is a Pixel, Anyway?

April 9, 2019

PIXELS What is a Pixel, Anyway? by John O’Brien. Most of us now live our lives in front of screens. Each of those screens (phones, tablets, monitors, projectors) comprise an array of picture elements, or pixels, that combine to make a full image (whether static or moving).   There are: • Pixels printed on a…

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Entech Roadshow 2019 – Product News

March 4, 2019

SpeedDeck March 2 – SpeedDeck is a lightweight portable staging system featuring its unique Speedlock system. With a turn of a key, operated from the top of the stage, staging modules can locked together. There is no need to grope around under the stage or insert links for the side, as you do with other…

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Bogota To Caracas, 1992

February 22, 2019

TOURING Bogota To Caracas, 1992 by Roderick van Gelder.   In 1992 Sydney Dance Company performed ‘Some Rooms’ in Bogota and Caracas as part of a world tour. I was the production manager and lighting designer. The challenge was to get the sets for ‘Some Rooms’ from Bogota to Caracas on a 3 day turn-around.…

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A Christmas AV Fable – Cruella under the spotlight

December 11, 2018

By Anonymous* Cruella de AV steered her Roller into the car park and ascended the unswept stairs to the regional office. Sue the receptionist quaked in fear at her desk, the six incoming phone lines unlit and five staff upstairs unaware of what was to happen. ‘Who are YOU?’ Cruella spat. Without waiting for an…

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Dunk’s World – Life Be Out Of It

November 26, 2018

DUNK’S WORLD Life Be Out Of It I heard on the news the other day that the government wants to bring back Norm, a cartoon character couch potato from the ‘Life Be In It’ fitness campaign in the 80s. It reminded me of the time I answered an ad looking for enthusiastic people to work…

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Fear and Loathing at Overseas Exhibitions

July 5, 2018

Duncan Fry / Dunk’s World Fear and Loathing at Overseas exhibitions Where the Hell’s our stand gone? When you tell people you’re off to Amsterdam, or Los Angeles, or Frankfurt, or Nashville to work at an exhibition, they nearly always say, “Enjoy the holiday!” Hah. Dream on baby! It’s as far from a holiday as…

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Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Junkyard Dogs

March 21, 2018

WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Junkyard Dogs By Duncan Fry. According to Jim Croce, Bad Bad Leroy Brown was meaner than a Junkyard dog. That’s a bit harsh on junkyard dogs – we had one next door to us at ARX for quite a few years, so draw close youngsters,…

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