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Siouxsie Sioux in Edinburgh in 1980: a Goth pioneer she was a big influence on the tribe known as Goth in steamy Brisbane. Wikimedia Commons

It’s hot in here: the evolution of Goth subculture in sub-tropical Brisbane

Lakes of kohl in danger of smudging in the humidity. Black clothes soaking up the sun. It took commitment to be a Goth in 80s Brisbane - here are some of the influences that shaped the scene.
Scenes from ‘Grease 2’ that may have garnered laughs in the 1980s are cringe-worthy by today’s standards. Paramount Pictures

Brett Kavanaugh goes to the movies

'Grease 2' – which, according to Kavanaugh's calendar, he saw on June 16, 1982 – is an example of the brand of entitled masculinity that appeared in the era's teen flicks.
Paddy McAlloon, in his more recent guise as a pop eccentric in dress as well as attitude. PR handout

Why pop needs its eccentric characters

The great eccentric characters of the past have given us great art, literature and music – and they should be welcomed today.
There was no joy for the creator of the DeLorean – the car was a failure. Reuters/Andrew Kelly

How Hollywood saved a futuristic car from obscurity

Few would remember this fantasy car as a model of motoring excellence. It owes its success instead to a fantasy film that has turned 30.
We were promised hoverboards by 2015 – ain’t gonna happen. dangerismycat

We love reliving the 1980s, but only as farce

History is generally made of things that happen. This truth often prejudices us to ignore the importance of the things that don’t. In this spirit, I would like to bring attention to the significance of…

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