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Growing up in a small country town and being obsessed with discovering strange new music had its complications. One was that there was no “music scene”. In fact with each new style that I discovered; be it punk, reggae, soul or 80’s post-punk; I didn’t know a single other person who was into the music I was listening to.
Another complication was how to actually find music. Triple J was invaluable as a starter point, but pretty soon my hunger for new sounds was seeking more than it offered. Staying up late on a Saturday night to watch Rage was great for discovering music from the past, but I wanted more. The internet was an incredible resource, but it was not like today’s internet – no youtube, no streaming, dial-up download speed. A lot of music I would read about long before I would ever hear it.
My home town of Mudgee had one CD shop. Well, technically it wasn’t just a music store – half of it was taken up with books, and a small section sold role-player games like Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons. The music selection was small and not very diverse. You could order in CDs they didn’t have in stock, but they could literally take months to come in. Fortunately there was one other place in town where you could buy music. The local hock shop, called “The Trading Post”, was a second hand music goldmine.
I have no idea how some of the obscure and varied music ever got on to the shelves of that shop. But it started what was to become a long-lasting hobby of trawling through the music section of second hand stores, and taught me a valuable lesson – sometimes the more random the location, the better the haul. From its ever-changing selection of second hand CDs I not only got some of the big alternative acts of the time like Grinspoon, Jebediah and Frenzal Rhomb; but I first heard a number of artists who I would go on to love – Bob Marley, The Pixies, MxPx, Billy Bragg...
It's Boxing Day! Which means it's time to make some serious
savings on all your favourite Australian brands and online stores
in the sales. Some start right away, some you'll have to wait a
little longer for, but here's my round-up of some great sales to
get you started:
My latest installment from Castlemaine.
SUMMER OR DROUGHT?
It’s summer and the fear has set in. Yes, fear about the fires but after a warm winter, dry spring, and a baking early summer I wonder if we’re wheeling back into a long drought. Friends in the Chewton forest are already buying water. The creeks are dry, the soil is so dry. Even the bush looks stressed, closed down and waiting, tree tops thinning out, understory just hanging in there.
The Fifth Sacred Thing is a novel set in a not too distant post climate change future. The book opens in late summer, when water supplies are dwindling, and big processions of people wind slowly up the hills above San Francisco to pray that the rains will come. I often start to feel like this as we ease into the brutal reality of summer north of the divide. But this year seems a little different.
You can read more here.
The duo - Made up of artists Sainer and Bezt - are incredibly well known for their large scale street art pieces from around the world where they combine their synchronistic styles into cohesive, stunning works of art. With “Galimatias,” which means gibberish in French, the two have each provided a selection of independent works, from paintings to sketches, that clearly show their mirrored approaches and distinguished, cohesive ideas that permeate throughout their combined efforts.
The title of the show is referring to the work being undefined and wanting the audience to explicitly come to their own conclusions of what these images may mean or in what world they take place. This idea of opened endedness for their work is crowned by the fact that “Etam” means “whatever” or “I don’......
Let the sales begin! I'm kicking off with long-time Bondville
partner and Australian kids' clothing label eeni meeni
miini moh (for 0-5 years) and e3-M (for
2-12 years) who have reduced all Spring Summer 15 stock including
the very popular hypercolour tshirt and dress. Here's my edit from
the sale for girls and for boys:
Single bird with godwit flock at low tide this morning.
SHEPPARTON is open for business and during the holiday season,
the community will have the chance to save big on a range of items
right across the region.
From cuisine, fun and entertainment, fishing and hunting, homewares, décor and manchester to furniture, electrical goods, flooring needs, jewellery, hardware, automotive needs and everything in between there is sure to be something for everyone available in Shepparton these holidays, and all at great prices.
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Leanne Hulm said, “Boxing Day and the holiday season is the perfect time for the community to get out and spend their money or gift cards.
“This is a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy what the region has to offer. Our business community will no doubt be on sale, so it will be a fantastic time to support local businesses and shop local.
“Greater Shepparton is a fantastic place to shop and there is such a wide variety of products available. There really is something for everyone, whether you are a fashionista or a fisherman.
“We have spoken to our chamber members and the vibe is good this year. We are anticipating a bu...
FOR a family friendly way to celebrate the coming of the New
Year, the Rotary Club of Mooroopna’s annual New Year’s Eve Festival
has something for everyone.
Kicking off from 6pm on New Year’s Eve at the John Gray Oval, Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, the 37th annual festival will see the return of favourite entertainment events including stage performers, multicultural food stalls and other item stalls, carnival rides, the Holden Cruze raffle and of course will culminate with a fireworks display at approximately 10:40pm.
This year will see the return of the street parade starting from 6:30pm at the east end of McLennan Street, Mooroopna and will make its way down to Mooroopna Recreation Reserve. The parade will include a truck display featuring a Peterville truck from America, American custom line cars, vintage cars and motorbikes, and young people will be encouraged to decorate their bikes and meet at the cenotaph on McLennan Street by 6pm.
Rotary Club of Mooroopna Member, Ken Faulkner said, “There were roughly 8,000 people at the family friendly festival event last year and we’re hoping for a similar successful outcome this year.
“All the feedback so far has been very positive, with the main emphasis being a family friendly event that is free to attend.
“Overall the Rotary Club of Mooroopna is very pleased...
KILDONAN UnitingCare is seeking volunteers to work with local
students in a bid to foster greater understanding and address
negative perceptions of refugees.
Kildonan’ is calling for expressions of interest from people to become a Volunteer Community Educator in the program `Face to Face: Learning about Refugees and their contribution to Australia.’
The program is an initiative of Kildonan’ and the Refugee Council of Australia and involves the community educators teaming up with a person of refugee background (refugee educator) to present to grade five and six students in local schools.
The Volunteer Community Educators and Refugee Educators will provide students with information about who refugees are, where they come from, facts about refugees worldwide, conditions refugees face overseas and Australian refugee policies.
Kildonan’ CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said it’s an opportunity for students to hear first-hand about refugees, their experiences and their contributions to Australia.
“The role of the Volunteer Community Educator is not a political advocacy role, rather it is to clarify misunderstandings and myths by...
A NEW bike hub program aimed at teaching local youth bicycle
mechanics, road rules and the importance of a healthy lifestyle is
in the near future, after a $36,000 grant from Medibank saw a
relationship form between Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and
Bicycles for Humanity.
The program, which was kicked off thanks to a donation of 20 bikes from NAB, will be aimed at youths aged between 8 and 16 and will also see a youth bike team set up to compete in rides around the state as well as compete in BMX racing and see the purchase and refurbishing of second hand bikes that will be sold back to the community at a low cost.
Bicycles for Humanity Secretary, Gary Chan said, “We had been looking at doing something in an Australian setting with our relationships that we had formed with the Indigenous community.
“We had worked with Rumbalara’ through their health setting before, so once we received the grant, we made the call to work with them on their idea.”
NAB Regional Executive, Retail Goulburn Valley Area, Davina Gullace said, “Our branch managers built the bikes at a conference held recently and we decided to donate them...
GV FURNITURE World is closing down and all furniture has to go
by January 11, so why not come in on this Boxing Day holiday to
grab a bargain.
“Some of the stock on the floor is up to 50 percent off,” GV Furniture World Owner, Ray Behrends said.
“We have lounges, bedroom suites, occasional furniture, some outdoor settings and an array of accessories, such as unique mirrors, all of which have to go! Make us a reasonable offer and we’ll see what we can do.”
“We have always focused on quality,” Ray said, “With many of our ranges being constructed of solid timber.”
For that extra household item you’ve been meaning to add to your home, drop in to GV Furniture World, 8005 Melbourne Road, Kialla (opposite Shepparton Toyota) or phone 5823 1677.
BIG W is opening at 7am, for those super keen shopping
enthusiasts, who will be leaping out of bed at dawn for their
Boxing Day bargains.
“The entire complex will be open on the day,” Shepparton Marketplace Marketing Coordinator, Danielle Tait said, “But Big W will have extended trading hours, so people can pop down and secure those special deals early in the day.”
“Both Big W and Woolworths will be open from 7am to 9pm, and the other specialty stores from 10am to 4pm.”
While Big W is the major draw-card for Boxing Day, other stores with fantastic sales on the day include House, What’s New, Strandbags, Colette, Stephens Jewellers and the brand new EB Games.
“Boost Juice, another new addition to the centre which we are really excited to introduce, will also be open on Boxing Day, so shoppers can escape the heat and refresh with a delicious, healthy Boost Juice,” Danielle said.
Head on down to Shepparton Marketplace, this Boxing Day, at 110 Benalla Road, Shepparton or visit www.sheppartonmarketplace.com.au
FOCUS on Furniture is holding a major Boxing Day Sale and
inviting customers new and old to come along and enjoy savings on
selected stock across the store.
The sale will include big mark-downs on all lounge, dining and bedroom furniture as well as occasional furniture, with savings of up to fifty percent on some ranges.
“Focus on Furniture always strives to be leaders in industry trends and fashion across the latest fabrics, materials and stain colours, and our range of new season’s stock which is continuing to arrive is no exception,” Focus on Furniture Store Manager, Michael Suster said.
“We encourage everyone to come out on Boxing Day. There’s plenty of parking, and some great stores to enjoy in the inclusive Home Central precinct,” Michael said.
Focus on Furniture is located at Home Central, 290 Benalla Road, Shepparton. Phone 5822 2100 or visit www.focusonfurniture.com.au
TWENTY-FIVE women came together last week to attend the
empowering WOW Women members Christmas dinner, which saw the finish
to a year of successful partnerships formed between local
WOW Women Group Founder, Tracey Sofra said, “The evening was brilliant. The connection we all have with one another is pretty special. The fact we can share and connect at a deep level, within such a lovely atmosphere and help to celebrate each other’s successes, offer each other support is just something special.
“Each member had their chance to have their minute of fame where they introduce themselves, share their 2015 WOW moment and share with the rest of the group their big word for 2016. We heard words such as passion, moving forward, determination, imagine, enthusiasm, growth (in both career and personal), dream, choices and true north.
“This really helps to invoke their vision of what they want to achieve in 2016. Sharing these types of things in that type of environment is quite empowering.
“We’ve started a real connective movement and tapped into something that regional women had a hunger for. We’ve only been around for eight months and we’ve had a lot of success and it has helped so many people connect on so many levels.
“To have had this type of impact on people’s lives is great.
“We are looking forward to next year. There will be more workshops and events and our One Day Ev...
“IT’S a labour of love shopping up until Christmas, so it’s now
time to go wild and focus on yourself,” Trelly’s Fishing and
Hunting World Proprietor, Steven Threlfall said.
Make your Christmas vouchers and gift money extend further, with up to 50 percent off selected rods, reels and tackle during the massive Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World post-Christmas Boxing Day Sale.
Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World will be open on Boxing Day from 9am to 4pm and will have run out specials on big brand names, such as Shimano, Daiwa, and Plano. “These are suitable for all types of fishing,” Steven said.
“Our knowledgeable staff will get you the right tackle and gear first up to help you catch more fish each time you get out on the water,” Steven said.
Also, don’t forget that Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World stocks an extensive range of firearms and accessories, as well as sleeping bags, swags and clothing.
Call in to Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World at 209 Corio Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 6572.
TIMES were different in 1913 and so were the cars, which local
resident, Joe Sciacca has realised, after buying a 1913 Willys
Overland Model 69 Tourer at an auction eight years ago and helping
see it restored to its former glory.
The ‘Willy,’ as it is more affectionately known to Joe and his wife, had no interior or top, but after working on it for two years the 4 cylinder, 3 speed, crank start vintage car was back on the road.
Joe said, “When we went out to look at it, my wife saw it and said wow, so I had to go to the auction and we wound up getting it.
“At the auction, an elderly woman approached us and told us her grandfather used to own the car and she shared some of her fond memories with us.
“It’s the kind of car you drive during Autumn or Spring. It’s very comfortable to ride in on the road.
“The best part about it is that everything is so simple. Anyone can work on these old cars and one way or another you will always get it going.
“We have taken it to a few rallies and we have even won a couple of awards including the RACV People’s Choice Award in 2013 during the first rally and the second best veteran car at the Euroa Show and Shine in 2014.
“It doesn’t miss a beat.”
Xmas dinner in Hell’s Kitchen on Flickr.
Xmas dinner in Hell’s Kitchen
Cuba is a mystery wrapped in an enigma – inside a time warp – that you have to see and ride now before its next revolution under the economic reforms of Raul Castro and the thawing of relations with the USA.
But good luck hiring a motorcycle!
About nine months before arriving, I contacted the Motorcycle Diaries travel company established by Ernesto Guevera, son of the legendary revolutionary, Che.
Unfortunately, they didn’t have a tour at the time we needed, so I asked if I could hire a bike and possibly interview Ernesto.
Their PR agent told me she would have to pass my request through relevant government channels.
Months passed and finally I was told there would be no interview and I could only hire a Panhead Harley if I also hired another person to ride a second bike, plus two more people following in a support van.
Then I contacted Zander Combe from Extreme Bike Tours after I had published a story about...
Motorbike Writer and I got ripped off big time in Cuba, but despite the many scams Cuba is one of the most interesting places we’ve visited and we hope to one day come back and see how much it has changed.
We tried to hire a motorcycle or join a motorcycle tour, but ran into major problems doing business with this country because of the lack of entrepreneurial skills and poor internet.
Shame, as it would be a great place to ride, slipping through the traffic and dodging the potholes.
Instead, we hired a car in Havana and planned to drive the length of the country to Santiago de Cuba and back.
I had rea...
The Brown Songlark is another of our spring migrants, a bird that goes largely unnoticed in our district I suspect. Unlike its close relative, the woodland-loving Rufous Songlark, the Brown Songlark is confined to the open plains country to the west of Newstead.
The male is a rich, chocolate colour and is usually spotted sitting atop a prominent perch, such as a fence-post, with its tail cocked surveying the surroundings. The males leave the perch and erupt into rich song as they ascend on long circling, fluttering flights. The females are smaller, similar to Rufous Songlarks in appearance and are rarely seen – they are cryptic and wary.
Secular seasons' greetings and best wishes for 2016 to all.
Since this site started a few years ago, I've developed a
strange habit of posting something every Christmas Day. As I may be
too busy playing chess badly in early January to post all that much
around then, I've taken the risk of going early with this year's
prize for the unwise, the Ehrlich Awards for the wrongest
predictions in a field of interest to this site made in or
concerning the year 2015. The Ehrlichs are named for Paul
Ehrlich, the ecological don of doom whose failed resources bet with
Julian Simon and poor excuses for losing it (and litany of other
false "scenarios") have given heart to those who snort derisively
at the claim the world is rooned ever since. For previous
instalments, and to see the groundrules, just click on the Ehrlich
Awards tab at the bottom.
As usual we briefly glaze over hard-to-quantify bogus puffery from politicians of all varieties, spearheaded this year by Bill Shorten's commitment to the National Press Club "that Labor will be defined in 2015 by the power of our ideas." In fact, Labor was largely defined as a mirror of the government it opposed: popular by default while Tony Abbott clung to power then deeply unfashionable once he was given the boot. A few Labor policies attracted public attention (emissions targets, voting age, smoking excise) but it was not always the wrong kind of attention, and some of these were pilfered from the Greens. Labor has been releasing policies but none are especially original and so far hardly anyone has noticed. Mostly they smack of a strategy tried without success against John Howard: when you have nothing just trot out the usual, cover it with a sudden interest in technology and science and say you;
A stalwart of these awards, Bob Ellis, doesn't make the podium for 2015. &...
The Radjah Shelduck was still there today but well tucked away on the very far bank of the back pool which runs along the fenceline of the factory. Also present this morning 3 Spotless Crakes (one of them a juvenile), Nankeen Night Heron and White-winged Triller.
Christmas eve in NYC on Flickr.
Christmas eve in NYC
Christmas is never a good time for turkeys, especially if they have been purposely bred for the occasion. As synonymous with Christmas as Santa Claus, bon-bons and mistletoe has become roast turkey. The huge difference between all these things is that the latter is very much a real creature who very much wants to live.
Sadly, living was not what the tealeaves and his breeder had in store for a handsome bronze male turkey we have christened Seth Tibbott. But proving there really is a Santa Claus (although he may not always come dressed in a red suit and sport a long white beard), Seth is not going to become the centrepiece of a Christmas feast. Thankfully for him, a kind heart recognised that turkeys are friends and not food and stepped in to save Seth. So while Seth and his new lady friend, Helen of Prahran (an equally impressive bronze turkey hen), will dine on a feast of kindness, melons and grains, thousands upon thousands of other intelligent and inquisitive birds will not be so lucky. For them there is nothing to celebrate.
Did you know turkeys are intelligent, curious and sensitive birds and given the chance will readily display these things and more? They show their emotions, not on their sleeve but rather the bare skin on their throats and heads. This will change color depending on their mood. And for male turkeys like Seth, their snood (the fleshy appendage onto of their beak) can lengthen or shorten in re.........
May your Christmas too be kind. From our furred, feathered and fleeced family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy festive season. We thank you for your love, support, donations and kindness in 2015.
There are many things to think about when looking to buy or sell property, but have you considered the process of changing ownership of the land title?
As a way to reduce the risk of land title fraud, each state authority is introducing reforms for a new Verification of Identity (VOI) policy.
Read on to learn more about this policy and what it means for you.
Whenever you’re buying, selling, or transferring property, there are steps in place to help protect the parties involved from the risk of land title fraud and irregular land title issues. In particular, state laws require all parties involved in a conveyancing transaction to have their identity verified before settlement can occur.
State laws require you to have your identity verified before settlement.
The good news is, the VOI policy is creating a framework to ensure that sufficient steps have been taken to verify the identity of those involved in buying, selling or transferring property. VOI is a standardised process that involves face-to-face verification of a person’s identity at a VOI authorised facility.
The purpose of the VOI policy is to:
· Protect all parties to a land title transaction against fraud and other land title irregularities.
· Help professionals comply with best practices and national identification standards.
· Strengthen the security and integrity of the land title s...
Doggerel. An ancient verse form. It's just like a villanelle.
Written by a dog.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! We're enjoying the
warmth and beach life at the Sunshine Coast at my parents' place.
We've been to Carols by Candlelight at Peregian Beach, made a
gingerbread house, drove around to look at all the house Christmas
lights, the girls designed and printed certificates to award to the
best lights, sneaked in a date night and Star Wars (yay!!!), and
spent as much time as possible on the beach. (Few pics up on
America’s Rhiannon Giddens is known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops.
What she wasn’t known for up untiTl recently was her work as a solo artist, but that all changed at the Another Day Another Time concert inspired by the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. Giddens gave the best performance at what was called the concert of the year. This was perhaps the turning point, where the world sat up and took notice of this extraordinarily gifted musician.
Giddens was surprised by the reaction.
‘I had no idea, I really didn’t. I have been in the Drops and this was my first time solo. Working with people I have never met, I was most focused on not screwing it up! I thought, let’s get this right! After the show I went back and started jamming backstage and then the reviews came out…
‘It was like holy moly! I didn’t know who was there reviewing. I wasn’t in the industry enough to even know who they were. I had been doing folk music and touring. I am really glad I didn’t know because I did what I was instinctually trained to do. I didn’t think about it, I just did what was in front of me and that’s pretty much my motto: do what is in front of me and whatever will happen will happen!’
It’s her understated approach that perhaps packs the biggest punch.
‘Someone said to me – a drama teacher actually – to never play the punchline. If you have a humorous line you want to deliver the audience knows when you are delivering, so you have to underplay it. The audience knows what is coming next but you can’t – you can’t know you have to be in the next moment and in...
Pablo Gascon has been teaching Yoga & Pilates worldwide for more than 10 years. His passion is to help provide awareness of the individual body and mind through the amazing function of breathing techniques. He is one of the presenters at next year’s Starlight Festival of Healing.
How did you find your way to Yoga and Pilates?
I found the way to Yoga when I was 20 years old. I was on the Canary Islands and the person whom I was living with at the time was a Yoga teacher. I did practice with him and got very inspired by his teachings and energy.
My stronger call to Yoga was seven years ago when I had a car accident and broke my left femur! Since then my practice became very strong and also teachings.
Pilates has been always a good support, as a physical exercise and workwise. This practice is more physical than anything else but still a great path for physical body development, including some awareness of the breath.
How did it change you or your life that you found meaningful?
Definitely Yoga change my life! It’s a very powerful practice that embraces all aspects of life, creating a new realm of consciousness. The path of Yoga is very exciting. There’s something magical about it. The way to experiencing is trusting and practising and everything will happen by itself.
Why do you think it is so important for people as exercise and spiritual practice?
I think it is very important because in this days of modern living there’s not much connection with our own self and nature.
Practising Yoga or Pilates, the practitioner develops a great awareness of the body, mind and spirit, which is the ultimate resource for a fulfilled life. As human beings we...
As a child during the 1970s, I remember ABC-TV in Australia used to run some fairly “art house” cartoons in the afternoon. Well, we would call them “art house” today, but that wasn’t a phrase I knew or understood at the age of seven or eight. This was, of course, long before the days of the Afternoon Show with James Valentine, Michael Tunn etc. My memory is vague, though I can still vividly recall watching the programs which were in the days before colour television (1975) and they were largely without words. Years later, I assume they were cartoons made in Europe (Eastern Europe?) which the ABC probably picked up very inexpensively through some deal with the European Broadcasting Union. Sadly, a search on Google has yet to confirm this, or maybe I just dreamed this up. Am I the only person who remembers these?
Anyway, the point of this anecdote is to talk about the Swedish phenomenon of Christmas Eve viewing on Swedish television. Every year at about 3pm (the sun has set in most of Sweden) on December 24, roughly half the population sits down to watch Donald Duck cartoons. In Australia, we watch football grand finals, in Sweden they watch “Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul” (Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Happy/Merry/Good Christmas”.
As you’ll see from the images, it’s something which even trends on Twitter!
There’s a terrific article in Slate at the moment which explains the significance of the phenomenon.
You do not tape or DVR Kalle Anka for later viewing. You do not eat or prepare dinner while watching Kalle Anka. Age does not matter—every member of the family is expected to sit quietly together and watch a program that generations of Swedes have been watching for 50 years. Most families plan their entire Christmas around Kalle Anka, from the Smörgåsbo...
The Basilicata Region forms the instep of the Italian boot (see
map below). It has long been Italy’s poorest region, now Basilicata
is joining the modern world – it has wonderful Greek and Roman
ruins; fine beaches; new hotels; wonderful food; decent wine;
sublime scenery, Monte Pollino National Park; and Matera and its
The town of Matera sits on a ridge, with deep canyons to either side. The sides of the canyons contain exposed layers of softer, sandier rock. Thousands of years ago, humans settled in the caves in the canyon walls, extending them until thousands of grottoes honeycombed the town. The caves make up Italy’s oldest continually inhabited dwellings that UNESCO called “the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean”.
Sneak peek at what I am working on, for my March exhibition.
Mixed media- watercolour, ink, semen and more.
image #06 201215
A class of your favourite comedians go back to school for a night of semi-educational presentations, and most importantly, a fierce debate.
Set in the fictitious town of Yarramadoon, the night takes place in a severely underfunded rural junior school consisting of not much more than a funnel web infested sand pit and concrete toilet block. It’s a homage to the junior school from Hannah and Eliza’s childhood, who wanted to give audiences from ‘the big smoke’ a nostalgic taste of the joys of rural Australian education.
For Christmas, the comedian’s will be debating it out to see if once and for all…
Featuring your class prefects Hannah and Eliza Reilly (FBi Radio, ABC’s Media Circus) with:
Alex Lee (BuzzFeed Oz, ABC TV)
Wyatt Nixon Lloyd (Funny or Die, Nickelodeon)
James Colley (Gruen Transfer, The Weekly, ABC)
Susie Youssef (ITs, Impro Australia)
Patrick Magee (ABC TV’s Story Club)
Aaron Chen (Theatre Sports)
Merry Christmas, kids x
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On a visit to a local wetlands, Karkarook Park, in Heatherton, I came across a tiny Superb Fairy Wren chick that practically ran across my foot as I was walking along one of the paths. It stayed right in the centre of the path and ignored me. I stepped back to watch this little family encounter. There were two chicks being fed by two females while several males watched from nearby branches.
We all have Christmas routines. Commonly this involves braving
the ennui of the last stretch of work followed by frantically
shopping for significant others, followed by proclaiming your view
of the holiday as socially unbearable on the internet followed by
lunch. And so on. I do this too, but often I think back to my first
Sydney-dwelling Christmas routine, the one that really shaped my
view of the season.
When I was 19, I spent one glittering summer as 'David the Talking Tree'.
David was an animatronic, ambiguous conifer that lived in the corner of the 'Magic Cave' in David Jones. A competitive arena in department stores at this time of year, the Magic Cave during this time really had an edge over the others. You didn't just line-up for a Santa photo, you waltzed through an unseasonably frosted fun zone, there were singing elves, a lucky dip station and a dark room with huge pillows that screened all the latest Pixar films. And then there was David. His glossy eyes following your Magic Cave perusal, his woody mouth flapping open to greet you. Jovially perched in a corner he laughed and laughed and behind him was a concealed box, and in that box was me.
Everyday in the summer of '05, I would get off the train in my flared black 'work pants' and embroidered polo with Bloc Party spluttering from a chipped discman and make my way to the Cave. Once there, I'd grab one of the pillows from the Pixar room, a bag of juicy pear jelly bellies and take them into the bowels of David. I'd then proceed to set up the Jaycar-wizadry, a remote control for David's eyes and mouth, a tiny CCTV monitor (to see who you were talking to) and a screechy microphone. I had a pretty great angle worked out in the box, I could lie on the pillow up against the hatch with my feet either side of the monitor, the microphone resting on my chin (with a bit of teeth-work for maneuvering) and wi...
Ferdinand (later Von) Mueller (1825-96) was born in
Germany where he trained as a pharmacist. This was a career that
required a professional knowledge of botany, and with his botany
PhD thesis safely in hand, the young man’s career started well.
Tragically TB claimed five of his siblings and then his father. So many of his immediate family had died from TB, Ferdinand and his two surviving sisters chose to move to cleaner, warmer Adelaide in 1847. However the fear of TB still haunted Ferdinand for the rest of his life.
Mueller was soon attracted to the Victorian goldfields where he intended to set up a pharmacy, but by 1853 he had been appointed as the first Government Botanist of Victoria. His timing was perfect. Victoria had became a separate, self-governing colony in 1851. And as a result of the Gold Rushes, the population of Victoria increased rapidly.
"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Streams & Desolations: On Star Wars, meme-based worldviews and critical thinking: A holiday rant from your friendly neighbourhood geek. Or, a thinly veiled ode to Kylo Ren. Contains spoilers. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"
A friendly reminder to readers: I write in Australian English. Hence the spelling. I will use “s” more often than “z,” and we pronounce that letter “zed.” First up, I’m going to talk about Star Wars. In light of the new film (which is freaking amazing, if you ask me, and even if you don’t […]
Rhythm of the Night takes over the newly renamed Plan B Small Club (once known as Goodgod Small Club) for a massive NYE party which features not one song from the last year. It’s a safe place you can go and know that you won’t hear Uptown Funk when the clock hits midnight. Instead they’re playing 90s bangers - big dance anthems out the back and 90s R&B bump-n-grinders in the front bar. The motto is ‘party like it’s 1999’ - so each of Rhythm of the Night’s resident selectors shared their favourite 1999 moment.
1999 was the year my parents let me go to music festivals so I went to every goddamn one, from Big Day Out to the Tibetan Freedom Concert to Homebake at the end of the year. The common thread between each of the festivals? Gerling played at all of them! Half their set was drums, guitars and backpacks, the other half was synths, drum machines and backpacks, but for their biggest song at the time, Enter Space Capsule, all three members just danced around the stage for a bit. It was awesome and I still don’t think I’ve seen a band as many times as I have Gerling.
Anyone who knew me in highschool would know that I LIVED for celebrity crush lists. Any attractive A-list celebrity QT was most definitely spoken for by yours truly. As you could imagine, with these lists came ~playful fantasies~ of our destined real life relationship. However when these didn't come to fruition or when the lists just started to get a smidge congested, I did what any sane teenage girl would do and cut a scrub off - imaginary storyline and all. Cue 'Say My Name' by Destiny's Child. Have you ever truly listened to those lyrics? H E A R T B R E A...
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – The Beards have announced dates for their final ever tour. Details here – UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has released “Anywhere Away”, the lead single from her soundtrack to the movie Hector. Details here – We streamed the new Angharad Drake […]
As the images and information scrolling by on the internet increase, and their permanence (or psychic impact) decreases, artefacts are becoming increasingly important. I know, trees die when you buy from indie publishers online – rather than staring at screen-based words or photos - but your money is going directly to them and their community (artists, writers, baristas, bartenders).
Reprint of a rare L.A. mag/zine from 1978-1979 by queer latino artist Joey Terrill. It’s super funny and incredibly original. Terrill’s 2013 retrospective, Just What Is It About Today’s Homos That Makes Them So Different, So Appealing? prompted the young local (and fabulous, frankly) Maricón Collective to contact Terrill to make this reprint, released for the L.A. Art Book Fair in January 2015.
The amazing Euro-based Collection Revue #4 didn’t make it into my list as it was released in Nov 2014, but Mould Map #4 covers similar territory with...
This is Chaz picking up his prize from 3CR today... Thanks to all our donors and to those who bought and sold tickets. We raised over $2000 a fabulous end to 2015. Congratulations to all our Summer Raffle Winners:1st Prize - Lucy Foley scored the $400 bike voucher from Reid Cycles
Mmmmmerry Mmmmoodymas everyone. The walls of Harpoon Harry's we're perspiring with joy last Sunday as the glinting eyeballs of revellers can attest. Michael got right in to the Christmas spirit and took 1000 photos which I've whittled down to an elegant 50-something. Thanks for another year of being party animals and may you continue to rage well into the next.
It’s been a big year for FOE Kuranda. And we want you to celebrate with us. We’ve been active around 4 local campaigns, each linking with broader national environmental justice issues. 1. Exposing pesticide pollution of the Barron River which provides drinking water for Mareeba and Kuranda communities 2. Opposing the pipelines that would carry Coal Seam Gas (csg) in North Queensland 3. Standing […]
This is stunning. You have been warned. Nothing But Thieves has been one of my favourite bands for more than a year now, and I was shattered to hear their planned tour to Australia was cancelled this week as a result of the collapse of Soundwave Festival, of which they were to be a part.…Read more Nothing But Thieves release beautiful clip of Lover, Please Stay
It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas songs and carols then you’re in for a treat. We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. […]
Usually at this time of year it’s a Stubble Quail that causes the heart to beat faster when it is inadvertently flushed from long grass with a clatter of wings. But the quail are absent this season, and lately it’s the Common Bronzewing that produces the same effect when it suddenly flies off a few […]
Trump: Fellow Republicans are ‘jealous as h-ll’ of Putin’s praise | 19 Dec 2015 | Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that anyone who criticizes the warm compliments he has swapped with Russian President Vladimir Putin is simply “jealous as h-ll.” Trump has maintained that Russia could be a powerful partner for the United States — and one that could help the country save some money. “You know, he feels good about me. I feel, frankly, good about him. I think that we can do things with Russia that are to our advantage…It’s a mutual advantage,” Trump said during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon. “Now, they’re jealous as h-ll because he’s not mentioning these people. He’s not going to mention them, so they’re jealous as h-ll. So a couple of them came out with: ‘Oh, well, you don’t want to be friends.’ Oh no, we don’t want to be friends. No, we want to spend another five trillion dollars continuing to fight…”
Fresh back from Paris, on Monday this week, Greg Hunt (again) gave his approval for the expansion of the Abbot Point port. The expansion would be necessary for what would be Australia’s largest coal mine, Adani’s Carmichael mine, to go … Continue reading
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what Wayne played this week click here
from Gil May
Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship
Islam is not an ancient (belonging to the very distant past) religion it is a recent invention 1400 year ago.
For heavens sake, Much of Our learning and culture came to us from the Moslems our whole system of numbers
The most commonly used system of numerals is the Hindu-Arabic numeral system.
Two Indian Mathematicians are credited with developing it.
The numeral system and zero concept developed by the Hindus in India, slowly spread to other surrounding countries due to their commercial and military activities with India, Arabs adopted and modified it, they did not invent it.
“I will omit all discussion of the science of the Indians, … , of their s...
From Larry Pickering, four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
How well did you know Schapelle Corby during the time you were in Kerobokan?
“I knew her very well.”
Were you in for the same offence?
“Well, not exactly the same stuff but it included Indonesian marijuana, and let me tell you it’s shit, but it attracted a sentence up to 15 years. I was set up!”
But isn’t everyone ‘set up’?
“Well, I was!”
“Sort of, she didn’t know about that lot. It was her brother, Mick and he’s a brain-dead f…wit yobbo. When I spoke to him, all he wanted to talk about was the shit quality of the Indo stuff. But Schapelle’s sister, Mercedes runs the whole show and let me tell you, she is a low bitch of a thing. Her husband, Wayan caught her playing up with a half Indian bloke and they split, but he still tries to help Schapelle. He’s a decent guy.”
So why did her brother let her take the rap?
“He had no choice, if he had put his hand up too, it would have meant they both got twenty years.”
How long did you get?
“A fair stretch, but I had to buy my way out. I hadn’t even been sentenced because they were waiting to see if I was able scrape up enough cash to get out. When I finally did, the sentence amounted to...
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