Coen Brothers, Kaufmann and more …

I actually wasn’t sure what to expect never being to a sound play / radio play before. I then heard it was only going to be an hour (sob sob). But for starters — 200m in front of me (roughly) were some of the best actors on stage and NOT ON A SILVER SCREEN. Real breathing people, like wow! and collectively you also have 2 plays written and produced by !Geniuses!

I would hazard a guess that this wasnt the first time this bunch of actors and writers had worked together either (aha! … hahaha) as it was the way the characters were matched to the actors and how the actors slipped in and out of their personas easily.

more again please !!!

It was the wit of the second play (Charlie Kaufman’s Hope Leaves the Theatre) which sucked me in more. Started subtly with the actors being people in the audience and ended with the unsubtle revelation of all characters and how they related to each other. Sometimes i missed these as i was to drawn into the story or just gazin at the actors faces.

But hey it was brilliant evening.

Carter Burwell, The Coen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman : Theater Of The New Ear
Original Sound Plays by The Coen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman set to music by Carter Burwell

John Goodman (YAY)
Steve Buscemi (YAY)
Hope Davis
Peter Dinklage
Philip Seymour Hoffman (good on him for Flawless)
Brooke Smith
Meryl Streep (way cool)

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Big Lebowski) and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Being John Malkovich) bring the quirky drama and savage wit of their award-winning movies to the stage in a live reading of two original sound plays set to music by their long time collaborator, composer Carter Burwell. The Coens’ Sawbones and Kaufman’s Hope Leaves the Theater come to life with eight extraordinary actors, scripts in hand, joined on stage by a sound-effects artist and a live band to create multiple characters and parallel realities, located somewhere between melodrama and comedy.


Tired of Being Isolated and Ignored, Continent Isn’t Bloody Moving

Sydney, 800 miles S. of Nova Scotia ( — After what witnesses described as an all night blinder during which it kept droning on about how it was always being bloody ignored by the whole bloody world and would bloody well stand to do something about it, Australia this morning woke up to find itself in the middle of the North Atlantic.

“Good Lord, that was a booze up,” said a bleary-eyed Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, speaking from his residence at Kirribilli House, approximately 600 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

According to Australians and residents of several countries destroyed or lewdly insulted during the continent’s nearly 7,000-mile saltwater stagger, the binge began just after noon yesterday at a pub in Brisbane, where several patrons were discussing Australia Day and the nation’s general lack of respect from abroad.

“It started off same as always; coupla fossils saying how our Banjo Patterson was a better poet than Walt Whitman, how Con the Fruiterer is funnier than Seinfeld, only they’re Aussies so no one knows about ’em,” recalled witness Kevin Porter. “Then this bloke Martin pipes up and says Australia’s main problem is that it’s stuck in Australia, and everybody says ‘Too right!'”

“Well, it made sense at the time,” Porter added.

By 2 a.m., powered by national pride and alcohol, the 3-million-square-mile land mass was barging eastward through the Coral Sea and crossing into the central Pacific, leaving a trail of beer cans and Chinese take-away in its wake.

When dawn broke over the Northern Hemisphere, the continent suddenly found itself, not only upside down, but smack in the middle of the Atlantic, and according to most of its 19 million inhabitants, that’s the way it’s going to stay.

“We sent troops to Afghanistan. You never hear about it. We have huge government scandals. You never hear about it. It’s all ‘America did this,’ and ‘Europe says that,'” exclaimed Perth resident Paul Watson. “Well, we’re right in the thick of things now, so let’s just see if you can you ignore us.”

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic conceded that would be difficult. “They broke Florida,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher. “And most of Latin America is missing.”

Meanwhile, victims of what’s already been dubbed the “Australian Crawl” are still shaking off the event.

“Australia bumped into us at about midnight local time,” said Hawaii governor Ben Cayetano. “They were very friendly — they always seem friendly — but they refused to go around unless we answered their questions. But the questions were impossible. ‘Who is Ian Thorpe? Do you have any Tim Tams? What day is Australia Day?'”

“Fortunately, somebody here had an Unimportant World Dates calendar and we aced the last one,” Cayetano added.

Panama, however, was not so lucky.

“Australia came through here screaming curses at us to let them through,” said Ernesto Carnal, who guards the locks at the entrance to the Panama Canal. “We said they would not fit, so they demanded to speak with a manager. When I go to find Mr. Caballos, they sneak the whole continent through.”

When Caballos shouted to the fleeing country that it had not paid, Australia “accidentally” backed up and took out every nation in the region, as well as the northern third of Venezuela. They then made up a cheery song about it.

By late morning today, however, not everyone in Australia was quite so blithe. “We’ve still got part of Jamaica stuck to Queensland,” said Australian army commander Lt. Gen. Peter Cosgrove. “I think we might have declared war on it. I don’t bloody remember. Maybe it’s time to go home.”

Cosgrove, however, is not in the majority, and at press time, U.S., African, and European leaders were still desperately trying to negotiate for Australia’s withdrawal. But the independent-minded Aussies were not making it easy. In a two-hour meeting at midday, Australian representatives listed their demands: immediate inclusion in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a permanent CNN presence in all 6 Australian states, a worldwide ban on hiring Paul Hogan, a primetime U.S. television contract for Australian Rules Football, and a 4,500-mile-long bridge between Sydney and Los Angeles.

U.S. negotiators immediately walked out, calling the Australian Rules Football request “absurd.”

Copyright © 2002, SatireWire.

Last Sightings of Turkey

so it was back to getting up early! well 630am! before a short ride to the port of Kusadasi and then goodbye to Turkey. The authorities are not organised and a tour operator (official) collects your passports and arranges the ferry boarding passes. Next time dont arrive early for the ferry or you get your passport back LAST!.

Saying goodbye to Neil in Samos I decided to go to Paros and maybe then on to Athens. Olympic fever is catching! The ferry was awesome and arrived just in time for sunset! WOW!

Thoughts on Turkey

All Turkish men shave there armpits .. weird .. dont ask me why!!

The land looks really hard and barren but they produce so much … limes, apricots, melons, sunflower seeds/oil

I’d go back to Istanbul in a sec … something about it appeals // perhaps its the age? or perhaps its just the bustling city?

Turkey is trying damn hard to move up in the world – and join the EU … so will watch it and maybe come back!

Day 2: Istanbul

Istanbul is the only city to cross 2 continents, were the past, present and future collide

Istanbul is real! I’m actually here! I am still just as moved now as i was 2 weeks ago when I left Aus. Weird, maybe this feeling will never go.

I sit on the roof of the hostel and can look over the water to Asia! I look to my left and see the Blue Mosque, on the right the Sancta Sophia, further over is the Topkapi Palace.

Today we started well – withdrawning 200,000,000 Turkish Lira or a bit less than 200AUD. Yes everything is in the millions! Petrol is 1,982,500 TLR per litre for regular and a Big Mac will set you back 4,100,000 TLR.

The Blue Mosque is just mysterious – both in design and from a sacred perspective. But its beautiful and has a such a presence. I’m going back on Tuesday to have a look.

Topkapi Palace is awesome and the single largest palace in the world. The Sultans ruled from here for about 4 centuries. The Treasury was amazing. Single Diamond found on the rubbish tip was brought for 3 teaspons and turned out to be 87 carats! beat the debeers! We made a wrong turn and walked in to the sacred room where items belonging to Mohammed the Prophet are stored. Including his hair! Again this is amazing.

Finished the Day with a bus tour around the city .. you have to do this to realise there is 12m people here and how old the place is. So much that will be left behind that Neil and I wont get to see .. but time is kind of against us already

Gallipoli tomorrow! Tuesday is more of Istanbul