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Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown, on politics and cultural intervention

Pauline PantsdownThis guest contribution to the Jura blog comes from Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown, who gave the following short speech at the Sydney launch of How to Make Trouble and Influence People, at Jura Books on 26 September 2013. In it, Simon talks about his politicisation, his cultural intervention as Pauline Pantsdown in 1997-1998, and how to use humour to confront the dark policies of racism and cultural bigotry in Australia. We encourage you to follow Pauline Pantsdown's great organising and amazing exploits at facebook.com/paulinepantsdown666


When I was 9 years old I saw a black-and-white TV image of my school teacher, Mr Watson, being thrown into a police paddy wagon for protesting against the presence of the South African football team – the Springboks – in Australia. Mr Watson never returned to school, and it all seemed very confusing. Although I’ve learned more about it since then, it was only reading about it in Meredith’s Burgmann’s fascinating account in this wonderful book that it was really brought to life. Imagine former member of NSW Parliament Meredith Burgmann, together with her sister, in their 20s, spending the day dressed in the drag / disguise of older Afrikaner women watching the football, before leapfrogging their esky over the fence, invading the playing field and setting off flares.

Events at Jura

Jura is a radical social space. We put on gigs, films and discussions in order to build a counter-culture outside of (and in opposition to) the capitalist scene. We welcome like-minded groups to put on events in our space. Below is a selection of images from gigs and other Jura events over the last couple of years. Click on any image below to see the full size image or start the slide show (in Firefox). To move between images use the arrow keys or mouse over the images.

Black Rose Books books held by Book & Volume

Black Rose Books books held by Book & Volume

Jura's end-of-year party / 36th birthday

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Sun, 22/12/2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Jura has been going for 36 years! Come and help celebrate at our end-of-year party. It will be a chilled out gathering involving some tunes and nice chats.

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