This week, Steve and Nigel get into gear with the Bush Mechanics exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood. Senior Curator for the National Motor Museum, Mick Bolognese gives us a tour of the exhibits, the themes, the stories, and the culture, while the museum’s Tinkerer In Residence, Mark Thompson, shares his perspective on our bush mechanic heroes from his perspective as Advanced Research Director of the Institute for Backyard Studies.
This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is from Kersbrook Hill Wines
News of a new mascot for the podcast: The Adelaide Snake Lizard.
Nigel will try to stump us, virtually, with IS IT NEWS on the topic of bush travel.
In 100 Weeks Ago we hear from Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual For Creating Atheists, with a snippet about what type of knowledge to trust.
And in the musical pilgrimage … our musical curator has gone into overdrive with a great selection from a band called Desert Flood (listen in to learn how poignant that choice is).
Suggested Tweet text: #Outback #SouthAustralia is tough for #cars without #BushMechanics know how, on display at the @NatMotorMuseum
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Running Sheet: Bush Mechanics In Our Backyard
|Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.|
|00:02:37||SA Drink Of The Week
|2012 Kersbrook Hill Wines Cabernet Sauvignon … tasting notes|
|00:08:27||Stories Without Notice
We have a new mascot for The Adelaide Show Podcast. It is the Adelaide Snake Lizard. It is a legless lizard, deep brown on the back and often a yellow throat. It’s tail is longer than the head and body (up to two-thirds of their total body length). While it looks similar to a snake, it has some distinguishing features, such as external ear holes, vestigial hind limb flaps and a broad, rounded tongue. Makes a squeaking noise when disturbed or handled (Annable 1983). It is primarily found in the Adelaide Hills and Adelaide suburbs.
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|00:12:29||Mick Bolognese and Mark Thompson
Mick Bolognese is senior curator at the National Motor Museum and has finally had a chance to bring an idea to life that manifested itself during his job interview for his role; the bush mechanics exhibition. Tonight, we’ll strip back the gaffer tape and fence wire and get deep under the hood with him. But we also have the resident tinkerer with us, Mark Thompson, who also happens to be Advanced Research Director of the Institute of Backyard Studies. Gentlemen, start your conversational engines!
Mick, did you really come up with this exhibition idea IN your job interview?
Mark, the essence of the bush mechanic, to me, is married to what lies at the heart of your Blokes In Sheds book and TV series; it’s people tinkering and working out how things work, how they can be made better, and how they can be repaired. Does this transcend cultures?
How does Tom Cruise, the outback mailman, fit into the bush mechanics legacy – his life seemed much closer to the mechanics than it did to white society?
Were we ALL much closer to getting by and making do back then
Are backyards about community, pulling together, and knowing neighbours, or are our exclusive backyards just nice for people from across town to drop in?
Heard analysis of America. Working class stay put and life is about community. Management class is about mobility and friends are USEFUL for getting ahead, rather than helping move house.
I have no idea what’s under my bonnet. Am I a total loss?
|01:17:50||Is It News?
Nigel challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.
News January 1953
Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune September 1938
|01:34:29||100 Weeks Ago
|In 100 Weeks Ago we hear from Peter Boghossian. Peter is author of a Manual For Creating Atheists and was with us in episode 96 for one of our most downloaded chats about religion, knowledge, and belief. In choosing a snippet for tonight, there was one piece that mentioned how some people defer to “ancient” traditions on the strength of their age alone, rather than their testable efficacy. And, because the bush mechanics were Aboriginal Australians who lived in their culture but also applied rational creativity to making cars keep working, I thought it would be relevant.|
|01:39:54|| Musical Pilgrimage
|And our song this week is Kiss This Town Goodbye by Desert Flood, selected by our musical curator Dan Drummond.|
|Monarchists drink wine, republicans drink beer … benefit of two legs … are you not getting paid … did I pronouce better than your girlfriend|
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