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Monday, 07 December


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Geelong Visual Diary: Carols by the Bay in Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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The Carols by the Bay organised by Dennis Walter was a great success this year - last year it was cancelled because of rain. They reckon there were about 10,000 people down at Eastern Beach.  Notes from the Addie:

CLOSE to 10,000 residents came together in a festive show of unity at the weekend’s Carols by the Bay.
Performer Denis Walter labelled the night a roaring success and said the coming together of such a large number of locals was touching considering all the challenges currently facing the world.
“There was almost an anticipation ... whether it was because it rained out last year or perhaps with what’s going on in the world, but everyone wanted to embrace the community and be there as one,” he said.

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Sunday, 06 December


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Climate talks may not matter because coal and oil will be redundant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tony Seba. Photo supplied

Plunging costs of technology will sweep away political inertia: Tony Seba. Photo supplied

Giles Parkinson, editor RenewEconomy

There is considerable concern in Paris – and elsewhere – about whether the deal negotiated at the UN climate change conference will be strong enough to drive the global decarbonisation effort that everyone recognises is needed.

Tony Seba, a leading academic from Stanford University, says it doesn’t matter.

He says the plunging costs of technology will sweep away political inertia and the resistance of vested interests. So much so that by 2030, he believes coal, oil and gas generation and usage will be all but obsolete.

Seba’s claims are not new. We reported on them last year, and more recently when he talked about God Parity and the decline of centralised generation, but 18 months after completing his book, Clean Disruption, Seba is now more convinced than ever that he is right.

‘It’s happening,’ he told RenewEconomy on the sidelines of the Paris climate talks.

‘When you look at the industry from a technology cost curve and the adoption of the market of technologies such as solar and electric vehicles, and energy storage, and the astonishing progress in self driving cars, it’s actually happening more quickly than I predicted.’

Seba’s predictions are based around....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Successful stall at Leura "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A hardworking team under the leadership of Maureen Williams ran a very successful fundraising stall in Leura Mall on Saturday, $1,679.20 was raised plus the raffle raised more than $5000. The raffle winners are: Leah Godfrey, Susan Stubenrauch and Eileen Norrish (Sorry guys, no luck this time). Maureen and BMRSG are truly grateful to every


Tasfintalk: Will Minister Harriss outlast FT? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Resources Minister Paul Harriss’ performance at Forestry Tasmania’s scrutiny hearing last Friday will do little to muffle  calls for his removal.

It was a shocker.

A bad day was assured when Mr Harris’ opening address referred to 470,000 tonnes of peelers being supplied to Ta Ann for 2014/15.


The actual figure was 144,000 tonnes just below the contracted amount.

How could a Minister get it so wrong? How could a Minister with the lightest load in Cabinet make such a mistake reading from a prepared statement?

The Minister again talked about the massive turn around in ‘comprehensive income’ from a loss of $43 million in 2013/14 to a profit of $31.7 million, shown...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Hawker Pacific Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-ACZ Calls into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A surprise arrival into Gladstone Airport late on Wednesday 2 December was Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-ACZ.  It arrived from Cairns and Mareeba.

The Airvan wears Hawker Pacific titles and appears to have been on a demonstration tour around South-East Asia.  It was noted arriving into Darwin from Kupang (Malaysia) in late November and has been slowly making its way from the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland down to Gladstone.

On Thursday 3 December, VH-ACZ departed Gladstone early for Coffs Harbour and Bankstown.

All photos taken by the Col  ©


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: And Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFV Also Calls into Gladstone Airport Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The run of Virgin Australia jets visiting Gladstone Airport still continues, and on Sunday 6 November, Col captured some great photos as the larger Boeing B737-800 VH-YFV touched down on a scheduled service from and back to Brisbane as VOZ1713/1716.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Five dollar therapy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One morning a little while ago, I awoke with an excruciating pain in my chest. It was not physical, it was not even emotional, but it felt as if some energy was crushing me. I felt rather desperate, so desperate that I even considered calling someone like a friend for help (which would be very unusual for me). Instead I meditated for a while and felt a little better. But I needed to feel a lot better in order to feel normal again, so I began thinking about what I could do for myself, what I could get for myself, what I could put into myself, that would make me feel okay again.

After a short time I felt thoroughly disgusted by how self-focused I was, how self-possessed I was, trying to constantly take things into myself in order to feel better. From God to chocolate, I realized at that moment that I didn’t need to take things into myself, but rather, needed to give things away from myself. Since I do a lot of volunteer work already, I naturally thought maybe I should call in and do some more volunteer work’, and although that’s a great thing to do, I needed something more immediate and direct and spontaneous. And I needed it now, or at least, today.

The only thing I could think of, oddly enough, was that since I had become financially stable lately after inheriting a small bit of money, maybe I should find some way to give money away. I first thought that perhaps I should transfer a bit of money into all my friends banks accounts, but then I realized how convoluted that would be, trying to acquire their banking details in order to make it work.

Then I thought to myself that since I just happened to have an unusually large number of $5 bills in my wallet, why don’t I go down to a busy street corner in town and try giving them away. This seemed like a very immediate and direct action to take release myself but posed its own challenges. The first one was decided for myself whether I was beginning to lose my mind! Checking carefully I...


"IndyWatch Feed": The Collective Markets South Bank: Traditional Christmas Market "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Immerse yourself in the magic of a traditional Christmas market with a distinctly Brisbane twist as the cobbled streets of Stanley Street Plaza transform for 13 days. Twinkling lights, festive decorations and the scent of real Christmas trees fill the Plaza, while visitors can enjoy delicious festive fare from ready-to-eat food stalls at the market’s […]


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Cessna 525A CitationJet2 Bizjet VH-MOR Makes a Couple of Visits to Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Recently re-registered Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR has been spotting calling into Gladstone Airport early on Sunday 6 December.  It touched down from Archerfield.

VH-MOR was also noted calling into Gladstone Airport during the af...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Qantas Airways Boeing B737-800 VH-VXQ 'Retro Roo II' Finally Calls into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Making a stunning début into Central Queensland on Sunday 6 December was Qantas Airways' Boeing B737-800 VH-VXQ which has recently been unveiled in a special 'retro' colour scheme to celebrate the airlines 95th birthday.

'Retro Roo II' touched down at Hamo after operating the morning QFA870 service from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.


On The Convict Trail: Catholic Chaplin's House, Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This house was constructed in 1844, built for Father William Bond, the first Roman Catholic chaplain appointed to the settlement. By 1843, the Catholic prisoners had been agitating for their own pastor to be appointed and were refusing to attend the protestant services in the convict church. It was as a result of this that Father Bond was appointed.

A small room at the back of the house was designed to act as a private chapel for the chaplain to minister to his flock....


Motorbike Writer | Motorbike Writer: More motorcycle helmet reform needed "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sena Smart Helmet

While the motorcycle community is celebrating the reform that allows international-standard helmets to be sold in Australia, issues such as visors and action cameras still need to be resolved.

Australian Motorcycle Council Helmets Committee Chair Guy Stanford says there are many people to thank for the bureaucratic change, but says they will also have to keep working for more reform.

“More is required to finish the task with a new, uniform National Road Rule 270 to replace the disparate variations with many unbelievable stupidities, impossibilities and allowance of whimsical enforcement,” he says referring to police in NSW and Victoria who have fined riders for wearing action cameras and dark visors.

“This requires that all road authorities, as agreed by the TIC, engage the agreed full COAG principles of Better Regulation and conduct a transparent, contestable Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) with wide community consultation.”

Sounds like gobbledigook, but it means that regulations and road rules have to be standardised and specifically stipulate requirements such as action cameras and visors, so riders are not confused.

NSW Police helmet bluetooth - helmet camera road rage

NSW police have cameras on their helmets, so why can’t we?

“We expect that riders will continue to be subjected to confusing and misleading announcements and gossip,” Guy predicts.

Changes to the Consumer Protection Notice by th...


Living and Loving Hobart:: Pancho Villa NoHo "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tequila Tequila Tequila
Hay una fiesta grande en Hobart del norte y su nombre es Pancho Villa. Viva la revolucion!
When the clock strikes midnight, a taxi ride to NoHo will no longer take you to a ghost town. From now on, Cinderella’s staying out and she’s drinking at Pancho Villa.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Newstead 2021: 2015 AGM Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Meeting commenced at 5pm

Present: Mary Park, Karly Smith, Andrew Skeoch (Chair), Dave Stratton, Ros Hart, Saide Gray, Gary Gibson, Geoff Park, Genevieve Barlow.

Apologies: Janet Barker, Don Culvenor, Sarah Koschak, Kylie Richardson.

Guests: Monique Kerr, Lachie Park

Our guest speakers Monique and Lachie gave terrific presentations on their experiences growing up in Newstead, their travels and adventures since leaving school and some observations on the benefits and challenges of growing up in a small village regional setting.

Andrew thanked them on behalf of N2021 and gave them a small gift.


President Report provided by Andrew Skeoch. Andrew reminded the meeting of the N2021 Statement of Purpose.

Treasurers Report and Financial statements – provided by Kylie Richardson (presented by Mary Park) – attached.

Community Garden – Mary Park (report attached)

Newstead Railway Arts Hub – Andrew Skeoch

Renewable Newstead – Geoff Park (report attached)

Community Planning – Genevieve Barlow

Skate Park – No report.  Andrew Skeoch advised that things are progressing.

Election of Office-bearers

Andrew vacated the Chair. Lachie Park chaired election of committee.

All positions were declared vacant and nominations were called.

President – Andrew Skeoch nominated by Saide Gray, seconded Genevieve Barlow. Elected.

Treasurer – Kylie Richardson nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Andrew Skeoch. Elected.

Secretary – Saide Gray nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Gary Gibson. Elected.

The following ordinary Committee were elected: Genevieve Barlow, Mary Park, David Stratton, Gary Gibson, Ros Hart, Geoff Park and Don Culvenor.

The meeting closed at 7..........


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Vale Roger Good "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Roger Good was a well known, deeply dedicated alpine ecologist. He passed away in October. He was a member of the Carruthers Group – a group of eminent alpine ecologists and scientists – which was active around the issue of alpine grazing.

The following was written by Graeme L. Worboys, Andy Spate, Adrienne Nicotra, Graeme Enders, Jennie Whinam and Stuart Johnston, and appeared in edition 52 of the News from the Alps newsletter.

Sadly, on October 12th, 2015, one of Australia’s eminent alpine ecologists and naturalists,

Roger Good lost a battle with cancer. Roger loved nature and his contributions to national and international conservation efforts during his professional career contributed significantly to a better Australia and a better planet. Roger’s early professional career began in the 1960s with the NSW Soil Conservation Service where he helped manage the restoration of severely eroding catchments in the then Kosciuszko State Park.

In the 1970s Roger commenced work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and his professional contributions included early computer modelling work of fire in natural mountain environments; contributions to the establishment of the Victorian Alpine National Park; changes to the governance of fire management in Kosciuszko National Park (from the Hume Sn...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Greetings from Beyond the Pale: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ben Laycock

A long days journey into night finds me stranded once more. Far from home, far from civilisation, far from certain of my place amongst this motley crew of cowboys, tomboys (Carol), ferals and hippies.

The camp is primitive to say the least, but they have managed to construct a dwelling of sorts, utilising the surrounding timbers and some corrugated iron. Although lacking walls it does boast a loft with a rather novel corrugated iron floor covered in cow hides where the gang bed down for the night. l am left to share the ground with a plethora of creatures of the night including scorpions the size of tarantulas (l kid you not), and tarantulas the size of dinner plates (only kidding). l sleep like a log, a log that is temporary lodgings for said uninvited guests.

I wake to the sweet, sweet sounds of the wild. Maybe, just maybe, l have arrived at the destination of my destiny. My hosts, however, don’t seem to be grooving on the ambience. They are shifty and taciturn, tense and edgy, and guarded. The leader of this little gang struts about in Cuban heels muttering to himself, and he wears a pistol on his belt, a la The Lone Ranger, which l find a little unsettling. When I innocently enquire what in the fuck they are all doing out here squatting in the middle of nowhere, twelve hours from the nearest town, l am given some lame story about experiments with seeding pearls in fresh-water muscles and farming blubber-mouthed-sooty-grunters. This is not an entirely unheard of idea, though somehow these people don’t strike me as scientists; but l do not quibble. To tell you the truth, l don’t want to know the truth. The truth hurts. Every morning they head off to some unknown destination, leaving me and Carol behind. Carol being the only woman, though a very manly woman, she is naturally assigned the job of cook. They may be a bunch of ferals but certain aspects of civilisation must be maintained, lest we all des...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Red Dots "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

by Jim Kempner

Jim attempts to convince Dru of the power of ‘hidden persuasion’.


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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Water Under the Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

by Jim Kempner

Cousin Billy gets another chance when Jim hires him to check names at an important gallery event.


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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Comics Face December 2015 – January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


This comic first appeared in BIG Trouble Dec 2013 / January 2014

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Infinity in Hand: Dream Theater - The Gift of MusicFrom their forthcoming monster... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dream Theater - The Gift of Music

From their forthcoming monster concept album The Astonishing.
Thought process while listening: “Hmm, reminds me of Rush. Nope, reminds me of the most recent DT albums. The music just lacks… balls? Looks like all the balls are on screen though.” *laugh to self for a sec* “No but seriously, it feels like it’s missing something, and that’s how I’ve felt for the past three albums.”
Anyway, I didn’t hate it. Maybe there’s hope yet that I’ll move past James LaBrie’s ‘new’ vocal style. Maybe there’ll be some more substantial stuff on the rest of the album.


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Back from the beach "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

And loving this trailer for The Nice Guys, starring Russ and Ryan. Shane Black, the director, is credited with Iron Man 3, but the crucial reference here is Lethal Weapon, his first screenplay and proof that he can write a seminal buddy movie.

It's awesome how Russell Crowe has let out his belt and his innner bogan for this character.


Practising Simplicity: 49/52 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Poet: she's growing at lightening speed (her specialist told us that would happen after the op) and her quick wit and hilarity is following suit.

Percy: he is so happy by the sea. Inquisitive and mesmerised.

After four years of doing The 52 project - week in, week out - I think it's time for me to finish up and move onto something else. I have four year's worth of beautiful portraits; honest captures of the children as they have grown. But I find that artistically, I'd rather be a little more ...


Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: Kangaroo Animal Spirit Guide "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Animal totem meanings the magic of Kangaroo, share in the wisdom and spiritual presence of the Australian animal spirit guide Kangaroo. by psychic medium Ian Scott.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Cryptic, rare and beautiful "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

To see this species, the White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis, is very unusual in the Newstead area. To be able to photograph one is a rare and memorable event. Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to make a number of observations of this stunning spring migrant. It’s cryptic behaviour and camouflaged appearance make it an extremely difficult bird to find. I suspect some locals may have heard its eerie call, described by Pizzey as ‘rising deep ‘kooks’ accelerating into a weird staccato laugh’ – I’d be very interested to hear from you if you think you may have seen or heard a White-throated Nightjar.


White-throated Nightjar, Newstead area, 4th December 2015.



Reference: The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight, 9th edition (ed. Sarah Pizzey), 2012. Harper Collins Publishers.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": bluelotus: REVIEW OF 'FAIR GAME' FROM WHISPERING GUMS BLOG "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Carmel Bird, Fair game: A Tasmanian memoir (Review) DECEMBER 6, 2015 As I started reading this next fl smalls offering, an essay this time, I was reminded of one of my favourite Australian writers, Elizabeth von Arnim. Von Arnim was a novelist, but she also wrote several pieces of non-fiction, including her delightful non-autobiography, All the dogs of my life. The similarity stems from the fact that both writers play games with the reader regarding their intentions or subject matter – “This not being autobiography, I needn’t go much into what happened next”, writes von Arnim at various points – but this similarity fades pretty quickly because Bird’s piece, despite its similarly light, disarmingly conversational tone, has a dark underbelly. I thought, given its subtitle, that Fair game was going to be a memoir of Bird’s growing up in Tasmania. But I had jumped too quickly to conclusions. The subtitle “a Tasmanian memoir” means exactly what it says, that is, it’s a memoir of Tasmania. Her interest is Tasmania’s dark history – “the lives of convict slaves, and the genocide of the indigenous peoples”. The title Fair game, you are probably beginning to realise, has a deeply ironic meaning. However, getting back to my introduction, Bird does start by leading us on a merry little dance. Her essay commences slyly with a discussion of epigraphs – hers being taken from one of her own books – and the cover illustration. She doesn’t, though, identify the illustration at this point, but simply describes it as “an image of a flock of Georgian women dressed as butterflies, sailing in a glittering cloud high above the ocean”. She then takes us on all sorts of little digressions – about birds, and gardens, and collectors, about her childhood and such – but she constantly pulls up short, returning us to “the story”, or “rural Tasmania”, suggesting that the digressions are “not relevant to this story”. Except they are of course, albeit sometimes tangential, or just subtle, rather....


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Oriental cuckoo at Anstead Bushland Reserve reported by Chris Burwell and Antonia Burwell-Rodriguez on 05-12-2015 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single hepatic Oriental Cuckoo observed in the late afternoon along the short track leading to the lookout over the river north of the quarry.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": cityhippyfarmgirl: Gone Fishing… "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

gone fishing….see you in January dear readers. xxx (there is still lurking to be had on instagram and facebook however.)Filed under: Rambles, Waffles and Digressions Tagged: gone fishing


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Red hair - adored or despised? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Red: A Natural History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey (Allen & Unwin 2015) is a book written for me! At 20 I decided I was going to marry a red head and have babies with gorgeous hair, but there weren’t too many Jewish men in Melbourne in 1969 who qualified. Then I saw a handsome redhead from Sydney who met all my important criteria - he was single, could play bridge well and had left wing politics. 45 years later his red hair is a bit faded but one of our sons still has reddish hair and two of the grandsons have stunning red hair.

Needless to say, my art historian eyes are always attracted to red heads in art work, particularly the Pre-Raphaelites. William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti sought out women like Elizabeth Siddal as their model because her long red tresses were stunning. And the Post-Impressionists, especially Edgar Degas and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, regularly highlighted the red hair in many of the women they painted.

Strangely to me, Colliss Harvey established that the world was ambivalent about red hair throughout history. This ambivalence might have started with the redheaded penitent whore Mary Magdalene, as Western art and literature created her. She was “the single most important reason why Western religious attitudes toward redheaded men and redheaded women diverge so thoroughly".

But, Colliss Harvey added, the antagonism may be racist as well. "If you want to look for reasons for the continuing and increasing antipathy towards redheads in medieval Europe, in particular red-headed men, look no further than its anti-Semitism”. Judas was often depicted in medieval and Renaissance art with red locks. I had to pay close attention here because I had never heard that in medieval Germany, freckles were called judasdreck/dirt. Did this view of the Biblical Judas spark a long-standing...

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Saturday, 05 December


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Pair of Australian Army MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Noted at Rockhampton Airport Wednesday - And RAAF C-17s Overfly! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Exact information is a little sketchy, however a pair Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters were noted visiting Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 2 December.  They were seen departing for the North.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Meanwhile, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft continue to be seen in the skies about Rockhampton with A41-206 - flying as "Stallion 26" - believed to have completed a missed approach at Rocky on Tuesday 1 December, while on Wednesday 2 December, the RAAF's brand new and only recently Globemaster A41-212 was heard to be flying around Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast as "Stallion 4".  It is unclear if A41-212 performed any airwork around Rockhampton on what was its first time noted around CQ!


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: Authenticity: the genuine article? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cured mullet roe with radish
I've a piece in the Canberra Times today: 'Authenticity: is it the genuine article?'

I'm discussing the quested grail of authenticity: when it makes sense, when it doesn't, and why some might chase it. A sample:
With food, clothing, art and music, there needn't be any appeal to authenticity. My Taipei meal might have been local cuisine, but what mattered to me was the taste, texture or colour; the experience itself, and its various pleasures. Locals do develop their own distinctive cultures – yet they also refine and revise these, often in response to exotic influences. 
Stasis is a poor recompense for supposed genuineness. I drank an excellent espresso in Taipei's Xinyi district, at a cafe with the surprising name of Woolloomooloo. This was neither Italy nor Sydney, but it combined culinary and architectural traditions from each. In this, it was neither authentic nor inauthentic – these categories were irrelevant. 
Authenticity can also be a poor guide to aesthetics. A world-class replica of a Matisse is no longer the unique first thing, but it offers the same pleasures of colour and line. This...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Beachmere Blog: The LISTING, description & celebration of some culinary & EXOTIC plants recently discovered while RESIDENT in Terra Australis Icognita during anno Domini 2015 [complete with a hall of fame section for past comestibles] according to A GARDENER who is a local yokel. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Methinks that as the end of the year approaches I owed it to my reading public to share a few tips and tricks as to the plant life I have partaken with much gardenary and culinary pleasure over the past  12 months of toil with sandy soil.

Ah. Toil with soil is so right. I have lived in, on , off and with the dirt as one would a third arm. Useful at times to scratch one's nose but demanding of effort and jealous for attention.
It is of the earth that I speak.
As the great barb of whatsit so well said, "The earth has music for those who listen." And this year past I have been heading its call.
I am Adam to its Eden. An apple to its Eve. A serpent to its grass.
It has consumed my urine and I its yield.
Amen to all that.

Herein I make up the list :

  • TOMATILLO: Much easier to grow than many varieties of its cousin, tomatoes, the husked and green tomatillo is both productive and...


Dorothy Johnston: Playing The Piano With One Hand "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last Friday, while walking 3 dogs, I tripped, fell heavily and broke my left wrist. Now I’m facing 6 weeks without being able to swim, drive or play the piano.

It’s amazing the number of dog-walking mishap/ falling down/ breaking limb/ stories I heard during my 24 hours in hospital.

One of my nurses broke her ankle after slipping on some perfectly ordinary leaves. My anaesthetist told me how he was riding his bike with his dog running obediently alongside when all of a sudden the dog dashed in front of him. He went straight over the handle-bars, but fortunately wasn’t hurt. The culprit? A pedestrian walking towards them carrying a packet of sausages. This story was made all the more vivid because the anaesthetist was sticking needles into me at the same time as he was telling it.

I’ve just tried playing a few bars of a favourite piece on the piano with my right hand only. I can see I’m going to have to do a lot of experimenting/improvising over the next few weeks.

Soon after I started blogging, I wrote a post about the importance of music to my father when he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and about playing the piano at different writers’ residencies around the world.

Thinking about this, I was reminded of  the poet Tomas Tranströmer and how he taught himself to play the piano left-handed after suffering a stroke.

‘Tranströmer began playing piano as a child and it became for him in his life a passion matched only by his career as a poet. Musical references and composers often appear in his poems. In 1990, he suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body and affected his speech.





"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Diary of Death :: 5 Dec – 11 Dec 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Diary 7_20152

A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week. 



Rise Against (US), Clowns, Outright – Hordern Pavillion
Fairgrounds Festival: C.W. Stoneking, Father John Misty (US), Jessica Pratt (US), Mercury Rev (US), Ratatat (US), Royal Headache, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (NZ), Ben Abraham, Le Pie, Meg Mac, Shining Bird, Methyl Ethel – Berry
Thurston Moore Band (US), Gold Class – Metro
The Plot: Andy Garvey, Art Vs Science, Asta, Basenji, Boo Seeka, B Wise, Crooked Colours, E^st, Friend Within (UK), Future Love Hangover, The Griswolds, Jawz, L-fresh The Lion, Luen, Luke Million, Matoma (NOR), The Meeting Tree, Ngaiire, Paces, Safia – Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Spit Syndicate, Stoney Roads DJs, Tkay Maidza, Tuka, Urthboy, UV Boi, Young Franco – Parramatta Park – 2 til 11PM
Six60 (NZ) – Enmore Theatre
Slum Sociable – Newtown Social Club
Mick Turner Trio, Ela Stiles, Wild Cat Falling – Union Hotel – FREE
Big White – Brighton Up &#821...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Focus On Fauna: Babes in the wood "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There are plenty of newly-fledged young birds around at present, and it’s a precarious existence for them out there, with all sorts of predators around – butcherbirds, currawongs, snakes, etc. Young birds still dependent on adults for feeding tread a fine line between ensuring they remain hidden, letting the parents know where they are and […]

Friday, 04 December


"IndyWatch Feed": nancybrownstudio: back to nature? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Meanwhile, back at Natureworks, they’ve been finishing a giant Santa and shipping more big koalas. When they’re bubble wrapped they look like a Christo work in progress.  I like the inside-outside casting shells that hang in the sheds.  On the project, there is now a new perfectly smooth starfish to work on,  a dream-like turtle and a rather beautiful stingray. Life is always interesting in my surreal workplace, and the pressure is on to move these big things to their locations.

the stingray ...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: Benefit for 3CR and Wire at the TOTE! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

3CR and Wire Benefit at the Tote

Join us for an evening of awesome live music from local bands Habits, Jonny Telafone, Vacuum and Mollusc in support of 3CR and Wire Women's Information.

Check here for more info.



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Sundown Pastoral Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900XP Bizjet VH-EVF Also at Gladstone Airport Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As well as all the Virgin Australia jets calling into Gladstone Airport, a smart little corporate bizjet was also spotted visiting in the industrial city on Tuesday 1 December in the form of Sundown Pastoral's smart little Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900XP VH-EVF.

It looked to touch down early in the morning from its Gold Coast base and departed back to there about mid-morning.  Local aviator and follower of the CQ Plane Spotting Blog Terry P was on hand to capture a quick photo prior to VH-EVF taxiing out for departure.  He also captured a nice video of it departing Gladstone's Runway 10 back to the Gold Coast.


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