‘Tendon in White # 2′, 21 July 2010, Brunswick, photo by Alicia Bee. Model Alicia Bee wears Christian Dior shoes with bridal white Givenchy stockings.


Alicia Bee takes many self portrait photos in her practice of photography that also includes speciality in flowers, in the love of closeup focus. Here Alicia is influenced by the style of known fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, as she takes photos of her legs in high heels. In ‘Tendon in White # 2’ shunned fashion color of white is highlighted against the yellow background, while the feet dangle into the edges of frame close to the hand held camera.


That little CD acronym on the white shoes above stands for Christian Dior. There are people outside of the pub rock majority that know that trivia about the Christian Dior logo, but there are so many music people that don’t know that CD means something other than Compact Disc in the world of fashion.

I broke my Christian Dior shoes on the back stairs of the Esplanade Hotel on the night Wolfmother played the Jack Daniels set on Thursday 29 July, and have bemoaned the event many times.

I was invited backstage by The Philadelphia Grand Jury drummer and wished to speak with Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother to give him a copy of the Buddhist text the Dhammapada, because we had spoken about that once before in the past.

The $1000 shoes main feature high heels got stuck in the grates of the stairs and split from their body. Most people wear white heels to get married, though I wore them to the stairway to heaven of The Espy back stairs and was not protected by any gentleman over the threshold. You have to wonder why I bothered wearing them at all but they matched the vintage Katie Pye white dress worn, and I am presently living in my ‘Brett Whiteley’ stage. Most people in The Arts go through a Brett Whiteley* stage, and it’s nothing to do with a marriage. White is currently in fashion in the world so full of color.

I wrote to The Espy booker Wally Kempton who did not empathise with my fashion cause, though he has never been known to wear an expensive shirt nor shoes and wouldn’t know what it’s like to loose a pair of high heels at one of our music venues.

A development this week had The Espy Hotel manager David Barrett ‘friend’ me accidentally on Facebook, though I was quick to ask again for compensation for the shoes and implore him to advise the owner of the shamed back staircase problem; as he was supposedly now a friend. He soon after quietly deleted me, though it had at first seemed that he wanted to be a friend; it didn’t hurt at all. New friends don’t often give you $1000 in the music industry. Proof for him that you should not randomly friend someone as it might be one who likes to write.

I estimate that the Esplanade back stairs has minced near or more than $100000 in high heels and it is an OHS problem in a licensed venue that is sexist when hurting and endangering only females. It affects female musicians and females in the music industry along with guests and family of the acts.

Rock and roll Melbourne continually tells people to dress down, though this is not the best policy; we should be celebrating fashion, and dressing up to go out. Take this story to heart and don’t wear high heels to the Esplanade Hotel, because it is not worth loosing them.

I am not in India visiting the biggest sporting event this week; though estimate that you could perhaps be more safe wearing Christian Dior high heels to most places in the Commonwealth Games as they are good for stepping around puddles; and most people do want to look good on the world stage when they travel. Remember that it is perhaps not good to wear them to a Buddhist temple where shoes are left near the door, as they are often stolen by homeless and hungry people, who don’t understand your religious pilgrimage.

*Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) was an Australian artist. I thought he had a phase where he wore white for a period, but can’t find it online.


Did Brett Whiteley have a white clothes wearing period or am I confused?

I need your help and input, as it is a phrase I have been using for a while and may look silly in a whole other level.

If you can tell me this fact about the life of Brett Whiteley I will send you a copy of ‘BURIED COUNTRY – The Story of Aboriginal Country Music’ by CLINTON WALKER.

I know this answer takes work, but the book is really worth the read and Brett Whiteley appreciators will know.

Please reply with your details to misspiggyjournalist@gmail.com

There is only one copy on offer, so the first answer will be taken, perhaps it may be you though, as I made it kind of hard for people to answer without mild research.

POSTED REPLY from Jules Scollain (Kurrajong NSW) book winner;
I used to be a neighbour of Brett Whiteley in Lavender Bay when I was a kid. Yes he did have the habit of wearing all white at certain stages and then all black at other times. He wasn’t in the habit of saying hello though either as he would walk solemnly past with his dog. Wendy’s a friendly soul though.
I remember seeing him and his posse of three others in a white convertible BMW parade past down the main street of Katoomba and Yes they all attired in You guessed it white!
I’m not sure that it was a particular phase of wearing all white however, it seemed to me that he just alternated between All Black and All White depending on what he had for breakfast I suppose. Good luck with Your own phase. julesscollain

Thanks Jules. For me the ‘Brett Whiteley’ phase comes directly after the Noir period of ‘Back In Black’. I think his name made me associate memory of the WHITE side of his dressing! Thanks for helping with the information correction. Enjoy the book, it talks about BLACK country music in a scene seen as WHITE more often.


This is the quality youtube that someone called ‘tkecheer’ taped at Lollapalooza 2010 in August that at least gives us an idea of their onstage set designs of the double leopard and the WM acronym; while it shows the live performance from the previously unknown point of view of someone who does not have the ability to squeeze through crowds, with the importance of Christian Dior high heels in a Buddhist Temple.

This song Pilgrim from their second album Cosmic Egg is actually written about me (no lie) for girls that ‘like to travel’; and includes another of Andrew Stockdale’s amazing multiple part guitar songs in the 5 minute ode.

Do the song justice and count the instrumental changes to the song style; because I could argue that PILGRIM has 4 distinctive parts and it is indeed one of the greater compliments in music history.

Reading about Lollapalooza the music festival that has since 2005 been set in Chicago only reminds me that I have relatives who have kindly offered accommodation should my travels get me to Illinois. Now Lollapalooza is another good reason to go there, with or without a pair of high heels.


Candle For Tibet organization are asking people to post this video on 23 October 2010. The narration during the video includes these emotive words that cite the Buddhist interpretation of the lotus story; “China is rising on the world stage as a military and economic force. China could save Tibet with a slight change in policy, and in doing so it would rise above all great nations.”

The ‘rise above’ references have their roots in the Buddhist symbolism of the lotus flower; said to root in the mud water. The flower stems which rises above the muddy water to surface and flower; is likened to the Buddhist’s own journey. The lotus flower is a symbol of purity of the body speech and mind, while the clouded water is said to represent the materialism of the world, and it’s attachments and desires.

I know there is something in the Lotus story for everyone, and tell it often to people.


RICHARD WYNNE is the LABOR politician who is in the seat of Richmond. At the state election he will stand against Kathleen Maltzahn for THE GREENS and an as yet unnamed LIBERAL to play the big game at RICHMOND oval to be re-elected once again. He’s been there for this first decade since 1999, though some say he will be fairly contested from all sides this year if Labor voting mirrors the Federal Election. RICHMOND is one of the four city seats I will be reviewing leading up to the state election.

On the 1 September 2010 I sent an email interview, then called the office just over a week later. Richard Wynne then called me suddenly at the end of that week; chatting on a Saturday morning he can be quoted to describe me as a ‘gun’.

“You’re a gun, Alicia. You’re a gun!” Richard Wynne repeated down the phone and I considered putting it in my journalist biography, though it came out as a violent weapon in the end.

A person from their office called twice to decipher the meanings from my questions to make sure they got them right, and Richard Wynne worked at typing up the answers on the side. All up it took about 5 weeks, 5 emails and 5 phone calls but RICHARD WYNNE finally completed the interview in the end.

It comes across as a glossy personal interview so I order you to scrutinise the answers before you look to vote in the state. There are some spelling errors, which I have this time chosen to leave because the answers were so checked and public relations approved by the office that I wondered why they were allowed to remain there. See if you can find the errors, because I think RICHARD WYNNE does still get points for following through to send these answers in the end, as this is a blog not a newspaper. This was my hardest ever interview to achieve, because I had never been cross examined by a political team before, and it really made me wonder what my aim was; if the process was so boring and the time before outcome so long.

It is suggested that his office may have answered the Yarra River question because it was in a different font and very statisical, but then I am just a music punter with a love of fonts and can spot the detail ( I have changed it for our style sheet).

ALICIA BEE: You have listed your interests as reading and family, what are you currently reading?

RICHARD WYNNE: Colonel Surry’s Insanity, by Neil Cole.

ALICIA BEE: Do you read The Age? If you were to read the Age what section would you read? What section don’t you ever read?

RICHARD WYNNE: Yes, I read all sections but not Drive.

ALICIA BEE: Have you read any books set in Richmond?

RICHARD WYNNE: Monkey Grip, Struggle Town, various histories of the Collingwood Football Club.

ALICIA BEE: Have you ever read Monkey Grip?


ALICIA BEE: Richard, aside from YOU, what is ‘rich’ about Richmond?

RICHARD WYNNE: Its location, culture, food and community.

ALICIA BEE: Where is your favorite part of Richmond?

RICHARD WYNNE: Gleadell St Markets on a Saturday; Smith, Brunswick and Gertrude streets at any time.

ALICIA BEE: What is your favorite shop?

RICHARD WYNNE: Melissa’s Cake Shop, on Smith St.

ALICIA BEE: Eating place?

RICHARD WYNNE: Victoria St; any of the shopping centre strips.

ALICIA BEE: How much rubbish has been cleaned from the Yarra at Richmond? How much local funding goes to Yarra cleaning? Will the Yarra ever be safe for swimming?

RICHARD WYNNE: We are doing an enormous amount of work to improve the health of the Yarra River. This year the Government returned 17 billion litres of water to the Yarra which restores flows to what they have historically been.

In addition, $80 million had been allocated to protect the health of the Yarra in the five years to 2012/13. Projects underway or recently completed include:

-Investigations to replace the ageing Dights Falls Weir in Abbotsford;

-Around $10 million on building six wetlands to naturally filter pollution;

-$10 million to help local councils build smaller scale projects to clean up stormwater;

-Extensive re-vegetation works, including $2 million on removing more than 60 types of weeds along 20 kilometres along the banks between Abbotsford and Templestowe; and

-Approximately $1 million on tracking down and fixing sources of pollution.

ALICIA BEE: Does Fosters take any responsibility for their drainage into the Yarra?

ALICIA BEE: When is the new footbridge going to be built? What has been the delay on this project? How many people will be using this bridge? Will there be a separate lane for bikes?

RICHARD WYNNE: Construction on the new $4.1 million footbridge at Clark St is expected to begin next year, with the Government allocating the remaining $2.8 million toward the project in this year’s State Budget. It’s going to bring real benefits to local residents, whether they are on bike on foot. It will be an alternative to the existing bridge which – with its steep steps – can be an impediment to some people, such as the elderly or those with prams. It will be located just to the north of the existing bridge and local residents will be consulted on the design. It’s a fantastic project and I’m proud to have secured the important funding that ensure it goes ahead.

ALICIA BEE: What do you remember most about being Lord Mayor of Melbourne in 1990-91?

RICHARD WYNNE: Giving Freedom of the City of Melbourne to Nelson Mandella; Melbourne’s bid for the 1996 Olympic Games; turning Swanston St into a pedestrian walkway.

ALICIA BEE: What was your favorite football game of that era?

RICHARD WYNNE: Any game won by the mighty Kangaroos!

ALICIA BEE: Do you remember the Australian Cricket Team of those years? Who was you favourite team member? eg Merv Hughes? Alan Border? Waugh?

RICHARD WYNNE: There were certainly some champion players during that era. I’ll go with Allan Border and Merv Hughes.

ALICIA BEE: Did you ever sit in the great southern stand or just watch it from the members area?

RICHARD WYNNE: I almost always watch football in the outer.

ALICIA BEE: You are the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs; is it too heavy to have that many hats on your head? Can you balance them and walk a straight line with them all up there? How do you carry all those different folders around to every lecture theatre, doesn’t it get heavy with all of those books?

RICHARD WYNNE: I enjoy the challenge of having responsibility for three important portfolio areas – being a minister allows you to shape policy that can make a difference to people’s lives, and that’s what politics is about. Carrying all those folders is good exercise for my arms!

ALICIA BEE: Are there other people who have that many folios? Would you take on another? What one would you loose if you had to have one taken from you?

RICHARD WYNNE: There’s a few of us who handle three different portfolios. I enjoy the areas I’m responsible for at the moment, but I’d be happy to take on whatever task asked of my by the Premier.

ALICIA BEE: How do you spend time with your family?

RICHARD WYNNE: I’ve always driven my children to school in the morning, and of course we catch up of an evening when time allows. We are keen fishers in Port Phillip Bay, but with limited success.

ALICIA BEE: What is your favorite memory of seeing a music act in Richmond, can you describe it?

RICHARD WYNNE: Two of my favourite local gigs were seeing Archie Roach and Kutcha Edwards.

ALICIA BEE: Do you have another Richmond memory you could share?

RICHARD WYNNE: As a kid going to the Dimmeys sales on Swan St with my mother – that was back when it was one of the great department stores of Melbourne.


Drink Dunes Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir (SA Yalumba wine served in mini bottles) at The Edinburgh Castle even when you didn’t mean to be there.

Drink Redbank Emily Chardonnay Pinot Noir at The Empress because you haven’t been back there since the year 2000 aside from that Taylor Project gig.


TV in the Slums.

Alicia Bee ©

My life’s an open book that has been written,

I grew up in the slums of Buddhist India,

I moved from home adopted by a kitten,

And I just watched the TV Commonwealth Games.

I hung a sari to block the light and wind,

Incense disguised the pollution of the city,

Everything from the old world had been binned.

Designer suits are adjusted so they fit,

There are many countries on our map been pinned,

Travellers don’t really need a sewing kit,

And I just watched the TV Commonwealth Games.