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Tuesday, 12 January


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 11.01.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Track Title Artist Album Title
A Foot a’ Tappin’
Cecil B. Fardoulli &
The Big Boo
A Foot a’ Tappin’ Boogie   (new)
Memory Lane Luke Watts Wild Graces   (new)
Junkadelic In Da House Junkadelic Brass Band City Farm Sessions EP   (new)
Wanna Take You Home Christina Crofts Midnight Train
Just The Thought
Of You
Harry Brus Blue Dawn
I Get This Feeling Darren Jack Take These Blues
Shake Your Moneymaker Andrea Marr Band Live Blues Party At
The House Of Blues
Early In The Morning Greg Dodd &
The Hoodoo Men
Movin’ On
Stealin’, Stealin’ Dan Dinnen Last Thing On My Mind
I’m A Stranger Here Fiona Boyes


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Travelling in your backyard paradise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Are the school holidays going to end before you run out of kid-friendly holiday ideas? It’s a time when you look around your own region with the eyes of a visitor, hungry for new experience. Whether you’re on holidays in Byron, or ‘holidaying’ in your own backyard paradise, there are plenty of great things to do locally if you have kids, and a lot of them are free.

WALKING: Minyon Falls. Look over the 100m drop from the viewing platform, then hike down to swim in the pool at the bottom. It’s 9km return, so allow about 1.5 hours each way plus some contemplation time at the base of the spectacular falls. Our 6- and 9-year-olds handled it with a bit of shoulder-riding and grumbling. Take food and water. There are picnic tables at the top of the falls, and wonderful natural pools for everyone to play in just upstream.

In roughly the same area:

Protesters Falls is an easy 15-minute walk, with beautiful rainforest falls, and Rocky Creek Dam is a fun picnic spot in the rainforest with lots of open space.

WALKING: Mt Warning. This is a terrific track, a bit strenuous at the top and needs appropriate footwear, but kids love pulling themselves up and the view from the summit is amazing. It’s almost 9km return so allow plenty of time.

In roughly the same area:

Tweed River Art Gallery can be fun for slightly older kids, and has a cafe.

Uki Market: Third Sunday of the month (eg Sunda........


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : BAIRD BLASTED By His Own Liberals! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Premier Mike Baird has been attacked by his own Liberal Party Mayors, Councillors and members over his arrogant pursuit of forced amalgamations of local democratically elected Councils. Liberal dominated Lane Cove Council has unanimously carried a motion to seek adoption of a “Preservation of Local Democracy Bill” to be “presented to the NSW Parliament at [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Cycleworld Grand Opening Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cycleworld at 317 Concord Road Concord West is celebrating their opening with up to 30 percent off selected items at their Grand Opening Sale now on. Cycleworld after 20 successful years in Burwood Road Burwood have upgraded to TWT Territory and now offer a unique experience at their new modern location. Their expert staff have [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Special Members Meeting Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Macquarie Community College is holding a special members meeting this Tuesday January 19 at 6pm to discuss the future of the once iconic college now resembling Fawlty Towers. Meeting is the result of a requisition for an Extraordinary General Meeting by members which was postponed but resulted in this Tuesday’s meeting and bringing forward the [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Welcome to 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New Year greetings to all our readers and friends from Cathie’s Column and The Weekly Times. Our office has re-opened and staff are back on deck having enjoyed time off with friends and family. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can pass on notices about events and meetings and details of [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : We’re Here to Serve You! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Members of The Weekly Times distribution team who bring readers copies of your Multi-Award winning newspaper each week in festive mood at their Christmas party at the TWT office after delivering the final copies of the newspaper for 2015. They celebrated by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Prosperous New Year 2016. TWT on-the-spot [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Golden memories for Dorothy & John "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Long time West Ryde residents John and Dorothy Brown (pictured) celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last week with family and friends. It was a double celebration for the couple with John also chalking up his 80th birthday. Though coming from the country, Dorothy lived in Hunters Hill and John in Annandale until they met and [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : 2016 Oz Day celebrations at Sydney Olympic Park "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bring your family to Sydney Olympic Park this Australia Day and celebrate our national day with an action-packed schedule of FREE entertainment, activities and fireworks. More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the family-friendly festivities taking place at Cathy Freeman Park and presented by Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Auburn City Council. [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Baird appoints a hit man as execution date looms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Government hit man The Boundary Commission’s Dr Robert Lang will review public submissions into the forced merger of Hunters Hill, Ryde and Lane Cove councils. Local residents have until Sunday February 28 to tell the NSW Boundary Commission why their democratically elected councils shouldn’t be abolished and forcibly merged into a mega council dominated by [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Santa draws winners in Gladesville Shopping Village Shop ‘n’ Win! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Santa Claus drew the prizes at Gladesville Shopping Village for the Shop ‘n’ Win Christmas Competition on Tuesday December 23. Santa is pictured with the winning shopping docket with his assistant Rita and Gladesville Shopping Village manager David Taitz accompanied by Agi Broholm and Flight Centre’s Kate Rayment, right, Santa’s helpers Cheekie the Clown [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : A day of stories and songs for Ryde’s toddlers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Children are invited to the Outdoor Stories and Songs morning at Top Ryde City Piazza on Friday, January 22 from 10.30am until 11am. The Outdoor event follows the success of the recent pyjama story time (pictured) at the City of Ryde Library. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Stories from the Sea – Ronnieboy Returns from The Sydney to Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

– Ronnieboy

Ahoy yâŹ"all


Thanks to everybody who sent me âŹSwell wishes⏠and âŹScongratulations messages⏠prior to me setting sail and then completing the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

I know a lot of you followed Kayles progress via the tracker and then some followed reports on the Sailors with disABILITIES Facebook page and website.

If you didnâŹ"t see the website or facebook pages, check them out there are some great snaps up there.


Race Day came on Boxing Day and although I took it pretty easy celebration wise on Christmas Day and drank tea every time I had the urge for a wine or a beer and went to bed early, I spent all night sailing in my head and was up for about four nervous pisses, so didnâŹ"t get much sleep at all prior to the big day.


Boat call was 8.30 so I was there early to drop my bags off and then to the boat to help rig her prior to the start. That didnâŹ"t take long as we had the full crew of 16 there to rig up all the sheets and safety equipment. The boat was pretty much ready to go by about 9am.


That gave me time to do a quick on air radio interview with Michael Parsons (Rockin‘ Country).


11am came and it was time to go, start time was 1pm, but we had to sail passed the start boat with our storm sails up to show that we had them and get the OK from the starting committee. After that we sailed over to Tailors Bay to put up our racing sails and just cruised around there and...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Bad Boy’s Theme Train "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday 13th January

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train

This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents SONGS ABOUT LOOKING BACK ON FOND MEMORIES

As a boy growing up in the 1960s, I enjoyed pop music and being cruel to insects.

I have particularly fond memories of the stones versus the beetles.

TonightâŹ"s Event Invitation:

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Damn the Matrix: Deflation revisited…… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Whilst the economic news on the MSM are continually full of bullshit – the US economy is taking off, etc etc blah blah – the real news are looking terrible.

It’s actually hard to even know where to start when beginning an article like this, but the first hint of something seriously bad happening came from this source:

Commerce between Europe and North America has literally come to a halt.  For the first time in known history, not one cargo ship is in-transit in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America.  All of them (hundreds) are either anchored offshore or in-port.  NOTHING is moving.

This has never happened before.  It is a horrific economic sign; proof that commerce is literally stopped.

The reason commerce has stopped is simple: People are not buying things.   When people do not buy things, retailers do not sell things, so they do not order more goods for stock. 

When retailers do not order goods, manufacturers don’t make anything because there are no orders to fill.  When manufacturers do not make goods, they don’t order raw materials for manufacturing.

When there are no orders for raw materials, commodities sellers do not sell raw materials. When no raw materials are sold, there is no shipping by large cargo ships, (or railroads or tractor trailers) to move anything.

Put simply, the global economy is LITERALLY stopping.  Right now.  Today.

My initial reaction was to turn my bullshit filter on full tilt…… no way, I thought, could this happen, the commerce and trade between the two continents at the top of the Atlantic is just too big for this to actually occur. So I went to the marine traffic website to check this claim, and found a complicated interactive map that frankly I haven’t got...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Feedback sought for north Byron flood study "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A study which predicts, maps and discusses flood behaviour for the entire Brunswick River catchment, including Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek, goes on display from Monday for community feedback.

The Draft North Byron Flood Study also addresses climate change effects and flood planning levels for a 100-year event, in order to assess future development.

Byron Shire Council’s flood and drainage engineer, James Flockton, said the flood mapping within the draft flood study includes flood levels, depths, hazard and velocities for a number of sized events.

‘Input was sourced from prior mapping plus input from local residents,’ Mr Flockton said.

Once finalised and funding has been obtained, council will use the flood study to develop a floodplain risk management study and plan for the Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores areas.

The study is on exhibition from 18 January and available at Council’s Mullumbimby offices, Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads community access points and on Council’s website

Formal submissions should be lodged in writing by Monday, 29 February. They will be considered by council when adopting the study.

For further information Call Mr Flockton on 02 6626 7158.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Whale burial on Tweed beach raises a stink with locals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Locals at Casuarina beach surround the beached pilot whale. Photo Department of Primary Industries

Locals at Casuarina beach surround the beached pilot whale. Photo Department of Primary Industries

Luis Feliu

The burial of a dead four-metre sperm whale which had beached at Casuarina Beach on the Tweed Coast last week has caused a stink with locals who fear its rotting carcass could pose a health risk to beach users and also attract sharks to the area.

The 3.8-metre whale calf was found by locals alive on the beach on Monday 4 January, but died soon afterward and two days later it was buried using heavy machinery in the dunes between two access tracks south of a tourist resort at Casuarina.

Staff from Seaworld on the Gold Coast and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) were called to the site where the whale had stranded.

An NPWS spokesman said the whale had some minor injuries consistent with stranding as well as some smaller shark bites.

But he said there were no obvious signs of why the whale stranded or died.

‘Tissue sample were taken. The carcass was buried in the hind dunes,’ the spokesman told Echonetdaily.

But Casuarina resident David Logue says the whale carcass should not have been buried there but taken to a tip to dispose of, as Gold Coast City Council does.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore Nanna locks on in Pilliga forest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Louise Somerville locked on. (suppied)

Louise Somerville locked on. (suppied)

A 51-year-old Knitting Nanna from Lismore has spent this morning ‘locked-on’ to the gates of Santos’ Leewood wastewater facility, which is part of the company’s plans to develop 850 gas wells in the Pilliga forest near Narrabri in North West NSW.

Louise Somerville told Echonetdaily that it was important that ‘Australia wakes up’ to the potential damage of the gas industry on the environment.

‘Santos plans to use 400,000 litres of water per well. With 850 wells this will greatly de-pressurise the underground water system,’ she said, prior to being removed by police this morning.

‘I’m locked on to this gate to peacefully protest which is my right as an Australian citizen, because I would like to see this country looked after.

‘I have four children who will be here long after I die and I believe we all have a right to clean water air and land.

‘Our water is our most precious resource and the Narrabri Gas Project threatens the recharge functions and pressure of our largest aquifer, the Great Artesian Basin.

‘I’ve seen the spread and impact of the CSG industry in QLD and I’m determined to do my part to prevent Santos wreaking the same havoc across NSW.

‘On my visit to the QLD gasfields I met families with sick children. One of the children’s noses started bleeding while I was there which was a highly distressing sight as a mother.’

The Leewood facility is designed to treat toxic coal seam gas wastewater from...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bad weather may harm WA fire recovery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

A return of dangerous weather conditions may hamper early work to help Western Australia’s Harvey Shire recover from its bushfire disaster, the local mayor says.

The blaze in the state’s South West region, sparked by lightning on Wednesday, has killed two people, burned more than 71,000 hectares, destroyed 128 homes and wiped out most of the town of Yarloop.

Harvey Shire mayor Tania Jackson says residents still reeling from the disaster are anxious about forecast deteriorating weather.

‘We’ve had a couple of days of mild weather and we appear to be on top of the fire, which is contained but not controlled, and in the meantime we are getting people back to the community and doing assessments on the emergency area,’ Ms Jackson told AAP on Monday night.

‘But just when we think we’re moving into recovery we’ve had spot fires today and we’ve got looming bad weather – high winds and thunderstorms – coming in by the end of the week, so we might be repeating what we had last week.’

Fears about asbestos contamination and damaged trees have prevented some people from returning to homes that were spared from the flames, she said.

‘There are people in limbo now, and that’s really hard to take,’ she said.

Ms Jackson said the community had received donations from across Australia and around the world, but the region is counting on political leaders to provide long-term financial assistance to rebuild.

‘We have had so much support. We just know that if we can get through th...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bring it on: Lazarus, on election threat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Independent senator Glenn Lazarus . Photo AAP

Independent senator Glenn Lazarus . Photo AAP

Crossbench senators are not concerned about the threat of a double-dissolution election over proposed laws to crackdown on union misconduct.

Legislation to create a Registered Organisations Commission and re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission will be re-introduced to parliament when it resumes next month.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus is willing to change his mind over the latter, but isn’t worried about the potential for the government to call an election if it fails.

‘As far as I’m concerned bring it on,’ he told ABC radio on Monday.

‘I’m not going to be blackmailed, nor are the people of Queensland going to be blackmailed over a double-dissolution.’

Senator Lazarus, who voted against the ABCC bill last year, said he wanted access to a sixth confidential volume of the royal commission into trade union’s report.

‘It’s going to help make our decision a lot quicker and easier.’

Instead of a building and construction commission, Senator John Madigan wants a national corruption watchdog similar to ICAC.

‘If the government came to me and genuinely said you know we’re about to weed out corruption wherever it is … I would support that 100 per cent,’ he said.

‘But … it’s disingenuous of the government to only target one area of society and that being the union movement.

Senator Madigan said it would be the government’s call to go to a double-dissolution over the changes.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rally for Qld teen who was about to shine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A supplied image of Cole Miller. AAP Image/Facebook

A supplied image of Cole Miller. AAP Image/Facebook

It should have been Cole Miller’s time to shine, but instead thousands turned out in Brisbane to mourn a young life cut short by a single punch.

And the 18-year-old had much to look forward to.

The promising water polo player had just graduated from high school with a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship ahead of him.

‘It was about to be Cole’s time to shine,’ Billy Miller said at a rally to honour his little brother on Monday.

‘Cole was about to live out his dreams with his family and friends by his side.’

Tears flowed as Billy spoke, with father Steve at his side, before more than 2000 people at a public rally for Cole on Monday.

The gathering came a week after the Millers made the heart-wrenching decision to turn Cole’s life support off due to brain trauma he’d suffered in a one-punch attack a day earlier.

The crowd paid tribute to Cole and joined in the call to end street violence, with rugby league legend Wally Lewis leading the charge.

‘There’s certainly no place whatsoever in this city or anywhere else for senseless act(s) of violence in our community,’ he told the crowd.

Billy, an Australian Olympic water polo player, said too many families had lost loved ones from violent, random attacks.

‘Sadly our family is not alone in losing a loved one in tragic circumstances,’ he said.

‘We should not and never have to worry about a loved one going out and having a good time with friends.’

But those at t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: North Korea holding US citizen for spying "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

If confirmed, Kim Dong Chul, who CNN said was 60 and formerly of Fairfax, Virginia, would be the second Western citizen known to be held currently in North Korea.

He was being held for spying for South Korea and asked the South or the US government to rescue him, CNN said.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian who was the head pastor at one of Canada’s largest churches, has been held by the North since last February.

Lim, who was 60 at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to hard labour for life in December for attempting to overthrow the North’s regime.

‘I wasn’t originally a labourer, so the labour was hard at first, but now I’ve gotten used to it,’ Lim told the broadcaster in Korean through an interpreter.

He works eight hours a day, six days a week digging holes in an orchard at a labour camp where he has seen no other prisoners.

The charges against Lim lacked specifics, but he said it may be related to his open criticism of the North’s three generations of leaders.

‘I admit, I’ve violated this government’s authority, system and order,’ Lim said in the interview aired on Monday...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Playboy mansion for sale for $US200m "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

The iconic Los Angeles mansion of Hugh Hefner, the founder of the Playboy empire, is being put up for sale for $US200 million, Playboy Enterprises said, one of the highest asking prices for a private residence in the United States.

The Gothic Tudor-style mansion, which has an area of nearly 1,860 square metres and boasts 29 rooms, sits amid half a hectare in Holmby Hills west of the city.

In addition to amenities such as a tennis court and a free-form swimming pool, the estate is home to the infamous Playboy grotto, which over the years served as the setting for some of Hefner’s most lavish, hedonistic parties.

The mansion, in which Hefner still lives, also has a zoo licence, the company said in a statement announcing the sale.

‘The Playboy Mansion has been a creative centre for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold,’ the statement added.

Representatives did not specifically say why the company had decided to sell the property, which was built in 1927 and purchased by Playboy in 1971 for a reported $US1.1 million, a figure property agents said was the largest real estate transaction in Los Angeles........


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Ringling circus to retire elephants early "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ringling Bros Circus is retiring its performing elephants.

Ringling Bros Circus is retiring its performing elephants.

The elephant acts that have been part of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows for more than a century will end in May, earlier than their previously announced retirement, the circus’s parent company says.

Last March, Feld Entertainment said the 13 Asian elephants used in its travelling shows would be phased out by 2018.

The company accelerated the retirement plan after concluding its Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida had enough barn space, water and waste disposal capacity to hold the 11 elephants still on tour, spokesman Stephen Payne said.

The circus has been targeted by animal welfare groups who accused it of mistreating the elephants, a key symbol of the spectacle billed as The Greatest Show on Earth.

Many local governments also have added regulations making it harder for the circus to tour with the animals.

Calls by activists for the animals to be phased out more quickly did “absolutely” not factor into the company’s decision, Payne said.

The company said it is committed to saving the endangered species through breeding and medical research.

Fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild.

About 250 are in captivity in the United States, 26 of which were born in the past 20 years at Ringling facilities.

The Ringling herd at the conservation centre in Florida will total 42 once the travelling elephant shows cease.

Animal welfare groups are pressing Ringling Bros to e...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Nestle suffers loss in child slavery case "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world’s largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast.

The high court left in place a December 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Nestle, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc filed by former victims of child slavery.

The plaintiffs, who were originally from Mali, contend the companies aided and abetted human rights violations through their active involvement in purchasing cocoa from Ivory Coast.

While aware of the child slavery problem, the companies offered financial and technical assistance to local farmers in a bid to guarantee the cheapest source of cocoa, the plaintiffs said.

The case focused in part on how lower court judges have interpreted a 2013 Supreme Court decision that made it harder for plaintiffs to sue corporations in US courts for abuses alleged to have occurred overseas.

In its 2013 ruling in the Kiobel versus Royal Dutch Petroleum Co case, the court unanimously threw out a lawsuit by 12 people from Nigeria that accused British and Dutch-based Royal Dutch Shell Plc of aiding state-sponsored torture and murder.

The court said the law under which the Nigerians brought the case, the 1789 Alien Tort Statute, was presumed to cover only violations of international law occurring in the United States.

Violations elsewhere, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, must “touch and concern” US territory “with sufficient force to displace the presumption”.

US companies facing similar suits have had considerable success fending off such cases by citing the ruling, although judges have differed in how they have interpreted it.

In the Nestle case, the appeals court said the plaintiffs could update their lawsuit to see if they co...


Practising Simplicity: midsummery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I've been out the door before 7am for the past week - Percy pyjama-clad in his pram, me walking and thinking and sweating. It makes for productive and creative days.

We're in the thick of summer right now; mornings at the beach, an abundance of stone fruit and watermelon, beach towels that don't quite dry before they're needed again. There's an inflatable crocodile in the backyard that spurts water down a slide, salt in our hair, sand in our beds and, come dusk, cicada song - shrill and nostalgic.

There's only a couple of weeks left of holidays before we are back into the swing of school routine. But summer will linger for a good few months yet and I intend to savour it - even when the house is sweating and the mosquitos are biting.

I can't help but think that all these swimming, sweating, fruit-sa...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: The chat and the falcon "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It pays to be in the right place at the right time … the thing is, that when you are, it’s often a complete fluke!

Sunday afternoon out on the plains, I was watching a male White-fronted Chat, perched on a gate. This same spot is often a good place to observe Zebra Finches and I’ve seen a Black Falcon on more than one occasion.


Male White-fronted Chat, Moolort Plains, 10th January 2015.

Suddenly the chat and a bunch of other small birds scattered in all directions as a dark shape propelled into sight, at eye-level, along the fence-line.


Fence-line with Gorse and Tree Violet.

An immature Peregrine Falcon, one of the world’s swiftest birds in level flight, headed directly towards me and then banked abruptly to reveal its wonderfully patterned undercarriage. This hunting technique is typical of falcons and very often successful – this time the chat and its companions were lucky – as was the photographer. You don’t get many chances like this to capture such an extraordinary raptor.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Pure Pleasure – An Art Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join the East Coast’s finest as we celebrate the conception and consumption of art. Peruse a diverse collection of works from a selected group of over 30 emerging creatives; from photographers and fine artists to illustrators, graphic artists and multidisciplinary designers. Pure Pleasure exhibits the driving force that inspires artists to create, no matter what their medium or style.

Sip on the sweet nectar of Stone & Wood Beer and Batlow Cider and move to the tunes of Riki Eketone, Salvador Dali Llama and The Ruiins as you bask in the Summer night air and enjoy some quality art and creativity.

6PM – 10:30PM

For further information visit and

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Infrastructure development in Papua needs good approach: LIPI "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Child mortality in Mbua Continues, Papua Provincial Health Director Apologizes

1) Infrastructure development in Papua needs good approach: LIPI

Senin, 11 Januari 2016 16:41 WIB | 647 Views


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Israel’s treatment of Christians appalling "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the past 20 years, living in Byron Bay, my wife and I have been amazed and impressed by the letters sent into the Echo by Gareth Smith.

He wrote what we were too scared to put in writing for fear of reprisals on my family who live in the West Bank (occupied Palestinian territory).

We met Gareth about five years ago and have found him to be a compassionate, intelligent man with a generous heart, who stands strong against injustice, and we applaud and highly respect him for that.

After reading the letter of response dated 6/01/16  from Vic Alhadeff to Gareth’s last letter we can no longer remain quiet.

As a Christian born in Bethlehem  I was an altar boy at the Church of Nativity,  and lived my childhood in the Shepherds Field town of Beit Sahour.
My cousin is Professor of Palestinian Culture and History at Bethlehem University, and after many years of research has found that my family have lived in that area since before the birth of Christ, and at that time were shepherds. My other cousin is Bishop of the Latin Patriarch, Jerusalem. We are one of the first Christian families to live in Palestine.
The majority of my male cousins have been arrested, imprisoned, tortured, put into exile or shot over the years, and eventually have returned home unable to work or live life as they used to.
Having visited my  family there in  2010, 2014 and recently Oct-Dec, 2015 my wife and I have witnessed and experienced the following:
The kindness, softness and respect shown to us and each other by both Christian and Muslims, young and old, who live peacefully together in that area. There is no drunkeness, swearing or aggression, they are all just thankful each day for family and the Grace...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen Seed Savers: Garlicky marrow rings- Using zucchinis & carrot top pesto "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Says Jack: This is one way to cope with a glut of marrows(overgrown zucchinis/courgettes). Why not try this with cucumbers.

Garlicky marrow rings… that actually taste good!

  See also

Preserving Courgette Gluts For Winter






Tasmanian Times: Gunns, Solvency and the 30th June 2011 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In an effort to determine the date of Gunns’ insolvency the Gunns’ liquidator PPB Advisory has summonsed the Gunns’ auditors at KPMG Hobart to a public examination under the Corporations Act - in the Supreme Court of Victoria. In a bad tactical error John Gay, then both CEO and Chairman of Gunns, took the so-called Gunns 20 through the Victorian courts. The courts threw out Gunns now famous Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation case. Victoria was chosen by Gunns and Gay, not to enhance the cause of justice, but to make it more expensive and difficult for those they wished to silence over the construction of a proposed Tasmanian Pulp Mill …


Tasmanian Times: Turnbull’s curse "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

‘May you live in interesting times,’ is an ironic malediction which Malcolm Turnbull has now had ample opportunity to ‘unpack’ as his Prime Ministership is rocked by local scandals which daily expose his weakness as a leader and by more bad news abroad which he appears eager to deny. The world economy is tanking. War displaces so many people that millions are dispossessed, homeless refugees. Climate change conspires to bring disaster. Yet Malcolm Turnbull’s take on all of this is to declare that there has ‘never been a more exciting time to be alive.’ Is he serious? Or has his sense of irony gone - as they say - viral?


Tasmanian Times: The memories ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

It was some time in the early 70s (can’t remember precisely as things were rather vague back then ...) Our dealer in best bush-bud marijuana was ascending the stairs to our first-floor, wonderfully ramshackle apartment in Wellington St, Launceston, beneath which was - if I recall correctly, and there is some doubt about this - a printing works. Pete always carried his stash in his underdaks for reasons known only to him. Perhaps it was his attempt at humour (‘Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?’).


Tasmanian Times: What an absolute ripper of a book!x "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

What an absolute ripper of a book. This is the best thing I’ve read since the Flanman’s Narrow Road ... There are similarities ... Narrow Road ... is about nationalist-ego-driven cruelty. The Program is about one man’s ego-driven domination of cycling and the Tour de France ... at a terrible cost to anyone who got in his way. • Garry Stannus, in Comments: I hope readers won’t too much mind me stepping back into the Armstrong past, I’m recalling an ‘on-court TT encounter’ between Rick ‘Pilko’ Pilkington and myself.  It went just about five sets and right to the end as Armstrong’s ‘defense attorney’ I was sure we’d prevail.  Rick was just as sure that Armstrong was a cheat.  When Armstrong admitted his guilt on Oprah Winfrey the matter was settled decisively once and for all in Rick’s favour … 


Tasmanian Times: Sex offender’s sentence must be appealed "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On 23 December we read in the Mercury that Darren John Fenton, 48, received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of the indecent assault of two 13-year old girls on the East Coast last year. The manifestly inadequate sentence, delivered by Justice Helen Wood, is a sorry indictment of the Tasmanian judicial system - at a time when violence against girls and women is being recognised as the shameful global epidemic it is. • Sentencing remarks ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: A Trans Pacific Partnership negotiated for Australia by the Coalition Government? Well, what did you expect! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It seems that the Australian Liberal-Nationals Federal Government laboured to bring forth a puny bundle of little joy.....

World Bank, Global Economic Prospects, January 2016:

On October 4, 2015, 12 Pacific Rim countries concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest, most diverse and potentially most comprehensive regional trade agreement yet. The 12 member countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2016:

Australia stands to gain almost nothing from the meg...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Home: Triple H 100.1 FM says goodbye to DJ Chunky P "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Triple H 100.1 FM is sad to say goodbye to DJ Chunky P, Marcus Purnell, from the Audio Dynamite show on Thursday afternoons. After a long illness, Marcus passed away on the 8th of January. 

From all the members at Triple H 100.1 FM, we wish Marcus' family the best and are sorry to lose such an important member of our team. 



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Where are Tweed’s rangers? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If there are signs prohibiting alcohol in Robert Dixon Reserve on Kingscliff’s Sutherland Point; why are there beer bottle tops all over the grassed area and the bins full of beer bottles and cans every week?

If there are signs prohibiting camping anywhere on Sutherland Point; why were there caravans and camper vans there overnight continually from Christmas Eve until January 11.

Does the Tweed Shire Council have any active rangers anymore?

Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Poll pundits start frothing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Mungo MacCallum

So with the sillier bit of the silly season behind them, some, at least, of the pundits are drifting back to what they consider their real task – which will consist largely of febrile speculation about the election date.

It is, of course, Malcolm Turnbull’s call, and he is clearly not too keen on following the urgings of some of his supporters to go early, go hard.

With overweening self-confidence and considerable justification, he believes he can beat Bill Shorten (or any one else for that matter) any time, any place, so there is no hurry. He is rather enjoying settling in to the Prime Ministership, and an election would be more of a distraction than a vindication; he has all the vindication he needs in the polls and public plaudits he has been accorded.

But his superego is not entirely shared by many of his colleagues; while they agree with the leader’s conviction that the election itself is pretty much in the bag, history proves that there will be a few of their seats lost, and the fewer the better. Their feeling is that this is just about as good as it will get and there are some reasons to believe that they may well be right.

The overriding worry is the economy. China is still a big unknown – there is no guarantee that it will continue to underpin Australia indefinitely, and the mood among both consumers and investors is fragile. The debt and deficit situation is deteriorating and that infallible index of greed and fear, the stock market, is described, delicately, as volatile – meaning that it could crash at any moment.

The new treasurer, Scott Morrison, has been a bit of a disappointment: nothing is actually being achieved and most of his statements sound a trifle Hockeyish – the ultimate put down. His forthcoming tax manifesto is a source of apprehension, but the May budget will be, as The Australian would no doubt describe it, the real test; if it tanks, or even if it i...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Police in accident must be drug tested too "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I hope Echonetdaily will push to find out what drugs the police were tested for after the recent accident in the Casino park where a sleeping man was ‘rolled over’ (hit) by a police van in broad daylight.

I would expect they would be tested for every drug that it is illegal to have in your system whilst driving.

Name and address withheld

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Tony Abbott makes a joke "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This has to be former prime minister Tony Abbott displaying a sense of humour or him well on the way to becoming the butt of another joke.

The politician who could never enunciate a genuine plan to “repair the budget” is now giving advice to the current prime minister. *cue laughter*


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Liverpool Plains community getting the "Wrong Mine, Wrong Place" message out to China "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The people of the Liverpool Plains in NSW Australia have a message for the Shenhua Group in China, who want to build a massive coal mine in the middle of their farmland.

The LPP community have spent $750,000 fighting this madness so far! There are more battles to come before we can save our water and precious Ag land – for more information on how you can add your support, visit: 
http://www.friendsoftheliverpoolplain... and help us win this fight....

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Beauty out of the blue at Strathpine. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A male indigo flash, patrolling his territory at Pine Rivers Park.
A butterfly survey I conducted in the first week of 2016 acquainted me with a little-known species I had not encountered before, the indigo flash (Rapala varuna).

This species is a predominantly Asian butterfly, found in tropical areas of countries such as India, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, but it also extends patchily down the Queensland coast.

The individual I found was a male that was patrolling his territory in a rainforest regeneration area of Pine Rivers Park, in the Moreton Bay suburb of Strathpine.

Identifying features include the iridescent blue colouring of the upper wing surface just visible in the above photo, as well as the solid band running underneath both wings.

The Atlas of Living Australia shows only a handful of records in Brisbane of this species, centred around the western suburbs of Long Pocket and Corinda.



"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Gippsland FM: Showtime with Ann Paterson and Tim Ryan interviewing Josh Bryce "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Showtime with Ann Paterson and Tim Ryan interviewing Josh Bryce, talking about about his new book Beaut Aussie Utes. This Wednesday at 12pm on 104.7 Gippsland FM.

Continue reading

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) MSG Chair calls for Forum mission to Papua "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Extra police sent to Papua
1) MSG Chair calls for Forum mission to Papua
Updated at 1:37 pm today
The chair.........


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The world pays tribute to David Bowie "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

David Bowie performs during a concert in Hartford, Connecticut. in1995, (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

David Bowie performs during a concert in Hartford, Connecticut. in1995, (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

London [PAA]

National leaders, celebrity musicians and actors around the world have paid tribute to the rock music legend David Bowie who has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

The singer died surrounded by his loved ones, a statement on his Facebook page said.

It read: ‘David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

‘While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’

His son, film director Duncan Jones, tweeted: ‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.’

Bowie re...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Did Clarence Valley Council attempt to pull the wool over Iluka residents' eyes? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recently I received a ‘phone call from an Iluka resident which began along the lines of: I met you once at the bus stop in Maclean and I wonder if you know…

What this very concerned person from the opposite side of the Clarence River then told me was that Clarence Valley Council chose to advertise an approx. 19ha 162 lot low density residential subdivision with 10 new roads within Lot 99 in DP 823635 Hickey Street, Iluka on 24 December 2015 – Christmas Eve – and also to start a 28 day exhibition period from Boxing Day, 26 December. [Clarence Valley Council, block_ad_

From my experience, local government only acts in this manner if both it and the developer of record do not want informed community scrutiny of a ‘favoured’ development application (DA).




It was a languid Sunday afternoon on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street. The sun beat down, relentless. Drifting lazily from open windows above at Dangerzone Tattoo was the steady, familiar buzz of tattoo machines. However, what was going on in that lofty first floor studio on the 13th of December was anything but an ordinary day of tattooing.



"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Major Tom leaves orbit, flies into the dark "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I was never much of a Bowie fan. But maybe you were.

Lots of people were really, really intense Bowie fans.

Tough day for them.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Urgent Action for Rudolph "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



Despite a Christmas Eve plea for a reprieve by Premier Daniel Andrews, Rudolph the deer is still wound up in bureaucratic red tape that threatens to strangle him. The only person with the power to save him was Jaala Pulford, the Minister for Agriculture, who is responsible for the Game Management Authority. But she was on leave.

This meant the matter was handballed to the acting Minister, Jacinta Allen. Clearly with priorities other than saving Rudolph on her list, the decision has now been handballed back to Minister Pulford, who has returned from holidays. With time ticking away Rudolph is languishing we don’t know where as our numerous requests to visit him are being denied. He still desperately needs our help.

The next court date is set for February 18th this year, but a safe outcome for Rudolph is all but a stroke of a kind pen away. The offer of a lifetime for him to live at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary remains firm, which is cost neutral to both the government and taxpayers. Please help us add your voice to the growing number of people who see the madness (and waste of taxpayers’ dollars) in this fiasco and let’s get Rudolph home where he belongs.

Here’s what Rudolph needs you to do:

Please call, write or email, requesting Rudolph not be killed and surrendered immediately to Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary (it is essential all correspondence is polite, despite our increasing levels of frustration. Anything short of this will not help dear Rudolph).

Hon. Jaala Pulford, MP

Minister responsible for the Game Management Authority

Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street

East Melbourne, VIC.....


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": No Frills Art : Blog: Welcome to 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ah, time flies when your busy. So what has been happening in the second half of 2015 i hear you ask…

Well I was flat chat working on works to be presented up in Mildura as part of the emerging artist exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial. This was a massive undertaking as i produced six screen prints resulting in around a hundred artworks as each one had an individually painted background.

Below: My install at Deakin 25, Mildura for APTmildura.

APT Mildura

On top of this i took part in Boom Gallery’s pop up gallery at Austin’s Winery as a part of toast to the coast. I also spent a fair bit of time putting together a mural for Deakin University where i was collaborating and mentoring young Jack Herd.

Below: Alfred Deakin mural at Deakin University, waterfront campus.

Alfred deakin mural

towards the end of the year also got my hands on a copy of Street Art Australia by Lou Chamberlin, which has a few street pieces of mine included. It is a really great book if your into Aussie street art. See it below:



Motorbike Writer: What’s it like to ride at 300kmh? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

BMW S 1000 RR 300kmh

BMW S 1000 RR

You probably won’t have reached 300kmh (186mph), unless you’ve been to a track with a long straight, or ridden on the autobahn or the unrestricted part of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.

Anthony Hopkins (playing Burt Munro) says in the 2005 film The World’s Fastest Indian: “You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.”

Let me tell you, it is scintillating, dangerous, life-affirming and stupid.


Even on high-powered bikes such as the BMW S 1000 RR and Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird which I did it on, the speed comes up slowly.

These bikes will reach 200kmh fairly swiftly, but it seems to take forever to reach the “magic” 300kmh and there will be many times when you chicken out before you get there.

At these speeds you also need to be looking a lot further into the distance so you are prepared for any changes in the situation ahead as these loom up quickly.


One of the problems of knowing when you have hit 300km/h is seeing your speedo. There...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Summer Activities 12-18 Jan 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Come and join us for some fun summer activities this week:

IMG_4186_1Thurs 14 January: Coastcare Enviro Games & Rockpool Ramble @ Indented Head (Half Moon Bay), 11.30 AM – 12.30 PM.

Fri 15 January: Pt Richards Night Stalk @ Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve, 7 – 8.30 PM.

Port mini railwayDon’t forget the Portarlington Miniature Railway at Point Richards is open EVERY Sunday in January from 11 AM -4 PM. $3 per ride or 4 rides for $12.

night carnivalAnd the Portarlington Charity Carnival is open nightly from 7-11 PM until 26 January 2016.

Dionne’s food van is selling bread, milk, ice and newspapers in the Portarlington Holiday Park  and you can grab a coffee from Peter’s Coastal Coffee Van.

Our summer food vendors will also be in Portarlington Holiday Park throughout the week including:

  • Tropical Sno shaved ice (Wed 14, Sat 16, Mon 18)
  • Geelong Wood F...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Blue Monday playlist "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Al Hensley’s “Blue Monday” on 11 January 2016
  1. ALBERT COLLINS ‘My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me’ Don’t Lose Your Cool
  2. CLARENCE ‘PINE TOP’ SMITH ‘Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie’ Encyclopaedia Of Boogie Woogie
  3. SLIM HARPO ‘I Got Love If You Want It’ The Best Of Slim Harpo
  4. LONG JOHN HUNTER ‘Tell Me’ Ride With Me
  5. CLARENCE ‘GATEMOUTH’ BROWN ‘Got My Mojo Working’ Standing My Ground
  6. SUGARCANE COLLINS ‘Baby It Must Be Love’ Going Back To Clarksdale
  7. KATIE WEBSTER ‘After You Get Rid Of Me’ The Swamp Boogie Queen
  8. REBIRTH BRASS BAND ‘Why Your Feet Hurt’ Rebirth Of New Orleans
  9. BOB MARGOLIN ‘Low Life Blues’ My Road
  10. INA FORSMAN ‘Pretty Messed Up’ Ina Forsman
  11. THE LONNIE BROOKS BAND ‘TV Mama’ Turn On The Night
  12. KEVIN SELFE ‘Virginia Farm’ Buy My Soul Back
  13. FENTON ROBINSON ‘The Getaway’ Somebody Loan Me A Dime
  14. BIG MAMA THORNTON ‘Down Home Shakedown’ Blues Harp Women
  15. TERRY LEONINO ‘Meet Me Where They Play The Blues’ Blues Harp Women
  16. JUNIOR WATSON ‘Special Lesson No. 1′ Long Overdue
  17. ALLEN TOUSSAINT Chokin’ Kind’ The Real Thing 1970-1975
  18. SON SEALS ‘Adding Up...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Backpackers’ tax hike will hurt industries and communities, says Katter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Unemployed people don’t have to work to collect entitlements

11 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to remove a tax-free threshold for working holiday makers, saying that the change would hurt both the fruit and vegetable and tourism industries which are heavily reliant on backpacker labour and trade.

"The backpacker industry brings a hell of a lot of glamorous looking young people who enjoy our beaches, waterfalls and jungles, our crocodiles and spear throwers, our great art including our unique first Australian art, as well as some of the most exciting places and experiences on earth.

“Taxing them at higher rates, on top of the falling Australian dollar, means less real wages for them.

“It creates a huge disincentive to come and work on our farms, where their employment is desperately needed.

“We have previously requested the Government to reduce the requirements for backpackers’ superannuation to remove some small burden from our farmers.

“And I remain confident that not a single Australian resident job will be lost as a result of any of these measures.

“But without more backpackers, more jobs will be lost in the tourism industry, particularly in regional tourism in Far North Queensland.”

Mr Katter also said that the privatisation of the welfare job allocation system had had the effect that people claiming their full welfare benefits have no real requirement to take a job, meaning a shortage in people working on fruit and vegetable farms in his North Queensland electorate.

“The loss of the backpackers would spell disaster for fruit and vegetable growers, particularly in industries like bananas, mangos and blueberries.

“Section 457 visa workers are of very limited value to the local economy but the loss of the backpacker s417 visa worker would be a very serious blow to the whol.........


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: 'brief eruptions of much deeper concerns' "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

My latest Canberra Times column is a brief introduction to Nein: A Manifesto, by Eric Jarosinski. A sample:
Anyone expecting Jamesian paragraphs will be disappointed, as Nein is just over a hundred pages of sparseness: aphorisms, definitions, quips. What began as Jarosinski's distraction from academe, as the Twitter personality @NeinQuarterly, has become a job of its own: an oddly nihilistic persona with the face of philosopher Theodor Adorno. 
Jarosinski takes the gloomy analyses of Adorno and his Frankfurt School comrades, along with the greats of German philosophy and literature, and combines them with deliberate sentimentality, conflicted desire and oddly relaxed ennui. Take the first aphorism from Nein
Only two problems with the world today.
1. The world.
And 2. Today.
Three, if you count tomorrow. 
It begins with a seemingly consoling fact, then turns this into an indictment of everything we have. But wait, there's more: this everything will continue, and there's no hope. But there is hope of a stripe, because we're laughing. Many of Jarosinski's aphorisms have this quality, of...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Great response to our call for photos "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We started off with 17 photos on our new Flickr page, Trees of the Mount Alexander Region, and after our call for photos in December we now have 73. The quality of the photos submitted has been impressive and, as you can see from the composite image below, there has been an amazing range of approaches to the subject of local trees.

There is still time to be part of this FOBIF venture. (If you do send photos though could you make them less than 1mg if possible.) Guidlelines for submission are here.

Click on the composite image below to view the Flickr website.

web photos flickr trees


Motorbike Writer: Robot motorbike races Valentino Rossi "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yamaha Motobot, a robot that rides a motorcycle

Yamaha Motobot, an autonomous robot that rides a motorcycle

Yamaha has announced it will try to beat Valentino Rossi’s lap times with their Motobot, a motorcycle-riding autonomous robot.

The Japanese manufacturer hasn’t stipulated which track or tracks, or whether it would be a race against Valentino or just against his lap records, but it is expected to happen in 2017.

Their announcement at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has sparked concerns that electronic rider aid systems may be going a little too far.

Yamaha insists that the experiment is designed to increase “racer safety”, but we wonder just how far these aids will intrude on rider input in the future and whether it will lead to mandatory application of these systems.Yamaha Robot

Already some countries such as India are introducing mandatory ABS on bikes. What’s next? Mandatory traction control or automated braking?...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Violent winds in England killed 8000 in 1703 – contemporary weather records irrelevant "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

by Don Aitkin

“…..Daniel Defoe had given up counting the fallen trees in Kent when he reached 17,000. He wrote a book about it, The Storm,” featured below. There was no mention of global warming then……

I don’t want to write so much about ‘climate change’, because I feel I have said everything I want to say about that issue, which doesn’t seem to alter much. The Paris Agreement has disappeared from sight, and while extreme weather events have been occurring in the UK and the USA, and we have had fires here, the clamour that these events must be caused by greenhouse gas emissions seems to have subsided. More about extreme weather in a moment. I intend to develop a place on the site for my position on ‘climate change’, so that I don’t have to repeat myself. I’m not quite sure how this will work, but stay tuned.

At the time of writing only Roy Spencer has published a piece about whether or not 2015 was the warmest year ever, or since some kind of previous record was established. I understand that the land and sea data on temperatures will be released about January 20th. The UAH satellite data (along with those from RSS) show 2015 to have been the third warmest year, after 1998 and 2010. But there were certainly many claims that the year would ring that particular gong. The main cause for the warmth is hotter sea surface temperatures, themselves the result of the prevailing el Nino in the Pacific, which may have peaked. Floods and storm in the USA and the UK have occurred, and have produced familiar claims that these extreme weather events are examples of ‘climate change’ providing additional reasons why the climate models are right, and we must get rid of fossil fuels.

The difficulty with this sort of claim is that...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: Did you know? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chewton Pool had over 8,500 attendances last year and is already on track to beat that record, with an average of 120 people each day coming through the gates so far this season.

What a wonderful endorsement of the value of this community facility!

And more than 200 children have learnt to swim at the pool, as well as several adults each season. This is a big effort to help keep Australians safe around water.

We couldn’t do this without the ongoing operational support from Mount Alexander Shire Council, our great fundraisers and community organisation partners such as the Lions Club of Castlemaine and the many businesses that donate time, equipment and funds towards making it a great place to be each Summer.

Next time you are talking to a local Councillor, let them know you are a supporter of Chewton Pool.




"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Complaints stream in over New Years Eve assaults - and more 11am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Women have faced the brunt of the assaults in Cologne on New Years Eve with migrants due to face the fall. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

No pants Sunday?:

Commuters received a little more for the price of their fare on Sunday afternoon as 150 people ditched their pants in a planned stunt on the city’s rail network.

Organiser Adam Spencer was pleased with the turnout and called the event a celebration of silliness and a way to make people smile and relax during what is a stressful time of year.

Police and Queensland Rail were notified in advance to ensure things ran smoothly.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: Program 11 – 22 January "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Please note that VicSwim classes began today Monday 11 January. These classes are learn to swim classes for 5-12 year olds. They take place from 9.00am to 12 noon each weekday for the ensuing two weeks.

As a result, Aqua Aerobics will be programmed for 12 noon to 1.00pm, and the Golden Girls and Nuggets swim sessions will be held between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

At 2.00pm the pool will open to the general public. It closes at 6.00pm unless very hot, when it may stay open until 8.00pm.

Phone the office to check on 5472 3272.

Learning to swim can save lives, so the VicSwim, AustSwim and school programs, as well as our own Chewton Pool classes, are a vital part of the pool program.

Last year over 200 children and several adults learnt to swim, so it is a really important part of our community!



"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: National Parks Association calls for release of Brumby Management Plan "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wild horse (brumby) populations are causing major environmental damage across the Alps. But as a charismatic animal with strong cultural connection for some groups, the question of population control is a vexed and and emotional one.

Recently, the National Parks Association NSW has called on the NSW Government to release its plan for managing wild horses in the Snowy Mountains.

A draft plan of management due for public exhibition last year was delayed until December, and has again been postponed until early 2016.

The Canberra Times reports that the National Parks Association NSW chief executive Kevin Evans says consultation for the plan has been extensive. “We fear that will be wasted if we don’t start to implement clear recommendations that came from that consultation,” he said.

Researchers say numbers of horses in the national park could be as high as 14,000. Supporters of the horses say the actual number would be no where near this number.

“And on this occasion successive governments sort of shirk their responsibilities and we are finding the problem is getting worse and worse through in-action.”

Mr Evans said the association did not have a problem with horses, and understood the sensitivity around horses and the Australian landscape.



"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Peanuts or pine nuts? - and more 10am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Peanuts are hardly pine nuts, however a case of mistaken identity has created a potentially fatal dilemma. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Grandfather pleads for death penalty:

The 52 year-old Grandfather responsible for the stabbing death of his two-month-old granddaughter Queenie has pleaded for the death penalty.

The man was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder at a bedside hearing on Friday where he told his lawyer he did not know his granddaughter had died until he was charged.

He will remain under police guard and was remanded in custody. He did not apply for bail.



"IndyWatch Feed": nancybrownstudio: T shirt printing course "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This weekend (16th and 17th January 2016) I am running a course that is great fun, very creative, and is full of information. It’s a  T shirt printing course at Brisbane Institute of Art. I often print my designs on shirts and bags for events, performances, or simply for the fun of seeing how they will look.

This two day course covers the use of photoemulsion and covers design and printing, everything needed to get started with making high quality t shirt prints. Have you ever wondered how to print on T-shirts, what inks to use, how to make those fine detailed images that you see, how to use your own photographs or drawings to print onto T-shirts?  This two day course covers the T-shirt fundamentals, from simple stenciled designs to complex designs with words, cartoons and photographs, how to set up a T-shirt ‘jig’, how to use photographic emulsion and sun exposures explained.  mixing and using blends of colour, and how to heat set the shirts.  Everything you will need to know to get started at home to print original images onto T-shirts with the minimum of equipment.

T shirt fundamentals weekend 16th 17th January



"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Beer economy rules in Central Queensland - and more 9am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Beer is good for the economy according to billboards, while it can be its very own economy according to those living in Central Queensland. (Image Source: Flickr creative commons.)

Calls for Dick Smith to honor gift cards already purchased:

An Ipswich councillor is running a petition to force Dick Smith to honour gift cards issued before its collapse.

Paul Tully started the petition after receivers this week said they would not honour vouchers or refund deposits, angering thousands who received the gift cards over Christmas.

Woolworths and Coles have offered to exchange the vouchers bought at their stores.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Jasper the friendly goose "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


At 15 years of age and blind in one eye, the chances of dear Jasper finding a forever home were sadly as scarce as the proverbial goose tooth! But Jasper is a friendly goose. His kindly human who could no longer care for him most certainly knew this, as this no doubt is the reason they were determined a happy outcome was somewhere out there to be found. Having outlived his previous feathered friends, Jasper looked a sad and lonely fellow when he first arrived at the sanctuary. Yes, geese can not only look sad but also feel sadness—once thought of as solely a human emotion. Thankfully, with the aid of Bendigo Goose, we were able to turn that frown upside down, as Jasper took to loving Bendigo like, wait for it, a goose to water!



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: A cow named Phyllis "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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It was with a touch of irony that just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s corrections centre for women, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, a “rogue” cow wandered the fields of a conservation area. The correction centre is so-named after Dame Phyllis, a who worked tirelessly to improve the conditions for women in prisons. And working to improve the conditions for the dear cow was our rescue team.

It came to pass that her wanderings not only on the conservation reserve but also the nearby busy Western Freeway had earned her the ire of many and could well have landed her in a very bad place. But just as Dame Phyllis recognised all beings deserve kindness, that is just what the black jersey-cross heifer was offered as the call was made to Edgar’s Mission. However, what started out as a simple “come pick up the cow” turned into a most challenging rescue, not only due to the large size of the area but also the poor fencing surrounding it—not to mention the many rocks that littered the paddock, potentially hiding snakes. At first it seemed the cow and cooperation were not on the same page as she quickly fled to the farthest-flung area she could. But life on the run did not become this sweet soul, and inch by painstaking inch she was ushered closer and closer to our makeshift corral.


Holding our collective breaths, we waited while she sniffed this new strangeness in her world and delivered her verdict. Thankfully it was after only the shortest of deliberations that Edgar’s Mission was declared the place she wanted to be.  She zipped up the ramp and into the stockcrate like she had done it every day of the week—or perhaps she simpl...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: January Wildlife Report "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Blue Swarms of Summer

Above: Blue Blubber swarm off Surfers Paradise. Photo by Grahame Long.
Below: Blue Tiger, Ferny Hills.

South-east Queensland has had a wet, warm and humid start to 2015, receiving twice the average amount of monthly rainfall for this time of year. A well-nourished landscape is currently allowing our wildlife to flourish; a casual walk in a National Park, suburban reserve or even your own garden will reveal huge numbers of insects, birds, reptiles and frogs.

Australia offers a harsh environment for our wildlife to live in, so when conditions become as favourable as they are right now, some species seize the opportunity in a very noticeable way. Earlier this month, I had several people contact me on one particular weekend to enquire about the huge numbers of butterflies they were seeing in Brisbane's suburbs. The species I believe they were referring to - and that I saw myself - is the Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamata). This is a tropical species that visits South-east Queensland each summer and is regarded by the Queensland Museum as uncommon in a normal y....


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Remembering the Charlie Hebdo attacks - and more 8am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

One year on from the Charlie Hebdo attacks Paris remembers. (Image Source: Flickr creative commons)

Hay runners provide much needed relief:

A convoy of 120 trucks drove 1,800kms to deliver about 5,000 hay bales to drought affected graziers.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners left Darlington Port in southern New South Wales last Thursday and arrived in Ilfracombe in western Queensland the next night.

The run took over five months to prepare and provided hay for some 270 graziers.

Five years on from devastating South-East Queensland floods:


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Out of its drey "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Two nights back I was woken by a deep hoot, coming from our front yard. It was the unmistakable call of a Powerful Owl – no surprise as a juvenile had ‘called by’ on Xmas eve, allowing a few glimpses before disappearing into the night. I suspect our yard is part of a regular route – a place to seek out a favourite meal of possum. We have both Common Brushtail and Common Ringtail Possums in the garden. The former prefers the safety of a tree-hollow during the day, while our garden Ring-tail shelters in a stick nest, also known as a drey. While watering the garden yesterday I disturbed it from the drey, located at head height in a paperbark.


The ‘nest’ or drey of a Common Ringtail Possum, Wyndham Street Newstead, 10th January 2016.


Common Ringtail.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | OPERATOR 25 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Breakfast, lunch and Code Black coffee in a 1900s building that housed Melbourne's first switchboard, Operator 25 is a little off the beaten track, but worth the diversion.



Motorbike Writer: Draggin in DuPont Kevlar top 50 products "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Xray profile of Draggin Jeans DuPont Kevlar

Xray profile of Draggin Jeans

Australian motorcycle protection clothing company Draggin has been listed by DuPont Kevlar in its 50th Anniversary to be one of the 50 best products to use Kevlar. 

It is the only Australian company recognised by in the DuPont Kevlar 50th anniversary list which also includes products such as Goodyear Wangler tyres, Beauer socks, Walls Workwear, and Adidas Freak x  football shoes.

Draggin has been making bike clothing since 1997 and is the only brand of its type in the world to have passed both CE Level 1 and CE Level 2 certifications for abrasion, burst and tear resistance.

It is also the only motorcycle jeans company in the world to pass all the stringent DuPont safety tests and was the first licensee to be approved to use the DuPont Kevlar Preferred Licensee logo.

Sales manager Wil Cope says it means customers can be assured Draggin products contain Kevlar....


Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Welcome to 2016. Unfortunately, some of our fellow travellers from 2015 will not be with us this year. No death is easy for those left behind and many are taken too early. In a series of articles for Tasmanian Times I will endeavour to highlight what I perceive to be preventable trauma on our roads through excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, irresponsible behaviours or sheer negligence. I will further detail the inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities to achieve simple legislative and administrative changes to improve road safety.


Tasmanian Times: A Tasmanian Murder Mystery: Who is Killing Ross? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… At a time when the Tasmanian Government are ripping heritage-listed buildings out of the State Heritage list, it is a particularly tough environment in which to raise the need for a heritage vision for Ross. It is much easier to step back and let the town be murdered, cut by vicious cut and demolition hammer blows. What if the town store closes and petrol can no longer be bought there? … • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull


Tasmanian Times: Rob Walls: Sunrise on New Year’s Day ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

One of my assignments for the book, 1.1.2000 24 Hours in the Life of Australia 16 years ago, was to photograph the first rays of the sun reaching Australia at the summit of Mount Wellington, the very first point of contact for the sun with the national landmass. The road up was scheduled to be closed at midnight, so I spent a very cold and uncomfortable night sleeping in my truck only to wake to a total overcast. Total disappointment. Drove up there again at 5am this morning - New Year’s Day - and was rewarded with a fine sunrise. I think I’m going to make this my way of seeing in the New Year. I prefer nature’s fireworks. And so I wish all friends and family, the best of the season and a happy and prosperous New Year…


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (1) ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, Someone once said “It is not the years in your life that matter but the life in your years.”  Just so you know, it was the great American President, civil rights activist and liberator, Abraham Lincoln who made that comment.


Tasmanian Times: Tasmania, the Apps of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

As a new year ticks over it’s time to reassess how to better manage your life. Our tech reporter here at the Tasmanian Times previews the best of a slew of new apps designed to make life on the go easier for Tasmanians.


Tasmanian Times: The truth about John Howard’s East Timor ‘liberation’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

As Indonesian troops fired on a compound of refugees in Dili, John Howard directed the AFP to withdraw. Had they followed orders, they would have left 3000 people to certain death. • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull


Tasmanian Times: I don’t give a **** if we agree about Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I see your questions ... • Brisbane Times: Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute: Two waves sink Malcolm Turnbull’s rhetoric Embracing the climate challenge: Tasmania’s draft climate change action plan 2016-2021: Read the full action plan here • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull


Tasmanian Times: Optimism Is The New Denialism In A Warming Malcolm Turnbull World "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The COP21 talks in Paris delivered a compact to lead the world to global catastrophe. Malcolm Turnbull responded with optimism. Dr Lissa Johnson responds with facts. Embracing the climate challenge: Tasmania’s draft climate change action plan 2016-2021: Read the full action plan here


Tasmanian Times: 2015: the year it became exciting to be alive ... apparently "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

According to cheerleader-in-chief Malcolm Turnbull it’s the most exciting time to be an Australian. Tell that to the sick and old, the young and the poor • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: Want to work at 3CR?! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Position Vacant - Current Affairs Coordinator

We have a position available as 3CR's Current Affairs Coordinator! The role of Current Affairs Coordinator is to maintain and resource current affairs programming blocks and special broadcasts at 3CR as detailed in the attached position description.  This is a part-time (25 hours per week) position until April 2017. Applications close 9am Monday 18th January. Check out the attached position description.


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Central Queensland Plane Spotting: While We've Been Away - News and Movements at CQ Airports 19-25 December "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 19 December at Hamilton Island Nantworks (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI bizjet N278L touched down from Kahului and Townsville.

N278L parked at Hamilton Island  (Photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

On Saturday 19 December Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF departed Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport for the Sunshine Coast.  It had arrived from there on Thursday 17 December.

On Saturday 19 December PNG Registered Pacific Helicopters Airbus Helicopters H145 P2-PHA ferried from Redcliffe into Bundaberg Airport.

On Sunday 20 December P2-PHA continued further North to Cairns via Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Innisfail Airports. Stirling Helicopters operated Bell 206L-1 VH-JGO and Helibiz Robinson R44 II VH-MES were also spotted.



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: PNG Registered Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAT Passes Through Bundaberg Airport Heading South - Plus Citation VH-NEQ Visited over the Weekend! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 7 December, Papua New Guinea (PNG) based Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAT was heard to be flying South through Central Queensland - and it was believed to have landed at Bundaberg Airport for fuel.

P2-PAT passing through Cairns in March this year

I believe that P2-PAT was flying South to Redcliffe as it is from there where fellow Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAN ferried back to PNG from last week.

Meanwhile, a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft and a bizjet have also called into Bundaberg Airport over the last couple of days.  Recently re-registered (former Skypac Aviation) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ I believe called into Bundy late on Saturday 5 December.  It was noted leaving Bundaberg on Sunday 6 December, returning South to Bankstown.

On the lighter side of GA movements, a pair of Basair Australia Piper PA-28-161 Warrior aircraft - VH-LXJ and VH-LXQ - were noted passing through Bundaberg Airport on Monday 7 December while on a flight from Archerfield to Longreach.  They were also due to call into Emerald Airport after Bundy.

And finally, locally-based CromAir Cessna 414A VH-CBT departed Bundaberg for Maryborough and Toowoomba on Sunday 6 December.  It later returned to Bundy fro...


Motorbike Writer: Hopes high for Toby Price in Dakar Rally "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Toby Price Dakar Rally

Toby wins stage six

Australia’s only entrant in the 2016 Dakar Rally, NSW rider Toby Price, is in second place at the half-way point of the gruelling event with more stage wins than any other rider.

Toby won stage six, his second stage win in a row and his third for the rally, to be just 35 seconds adrift of Portuguese Honda rider Paulo Conclaves overall.


Stage 7 was shortened after severe thunderstorms created a river on the salt flats which became impassable.

Toby finished fifth in Stage 7 while Conclaves was 31st, some 12 minutes behind the stage winner.

However, the Portuguese had stopped to help a competitor for 10 minutes at the start of the stage, so on adjusted time he stays in first and moves a couple of minutes ahead of Toby in second overall before the rest day with six stages to go.

Still, Toby’s second position at half way is stunning given his plan going into the rally to be conservative in the first half of the rally.Toby Price dakar rally

The 27-year old Hun...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Queensland’s Keystone cops "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


“It was scary as hell”: Kids terrified as cops storm Gold Coast home by mistake but they could not care less.

This is what happens when the Oxley Police Academy trains recruits to regard the public, whom they are supposed to serve, as “the enemy”

Jaydan Duck

January 9, 2016 1:45 am


FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.

Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.

Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.

“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.

“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.

“They yelled ‘step out from the door and put your hands to the front’.

“I stepped to the side and they yelled at me to stay put.

“I kept repeating that...

Friday, 08 January


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Katie Writes Stuff: Three Goals for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We’re eight days into the new year and it’s just as well I didn’t make a resolution to be less lazy or have a more regular presence on my blog because I’d have failed that before I even began. Luckily, I’ve never been into resolutions and I think I’ve worked out why: they imply that the old you was rubbish in some way. “New year, new you!” is the catch-cry. Because the old you is useless. The old you is too lazy or unfit or bad at croquet (or whichever sport is trendy with the hipsters now). It’s no wonder resolutions don’t work: they put us in a defeatist frame of mind before we even begin.

So forget that. Resolutions are out; goals are in.

Last year, I had a list of ten goals I wanted to achieve in 2015, which seems a little excessive now I think about it. While I did achieve at least half of them, the rest were either forgotten about or became less important as the year went on. This year, I’m keeping it nice and simple, which I hope will guarantee I won’t forget about half of my goals by the time Autumn rolls around.

Goal No. 1: Simplify

We have so much stuff. Too much stuff. I want to spend the year cutting down on what we have and trying not to acquire too many more things. This is easier said than done, given our obsession with op shopping and bringing home interesting new items.

How will I know I’ve acheived Goal No. 1?

When everything is uncluttered and stored away in its right place and I don’t open a cupboard and ask myself questions such as Why do two people own twenty-seven dinner plates?

Goal No. 2: Become An Expert Dressmaker

This is a completely normal, non-crazy plan that I am sure is achievable. Essentially, I plan to make myself a fifties inspired wardrobe from scratch. And I mean completely from scratch. As in, I will be making the patterns, too.

Normal, right? What could possibly go wrong?

This will fit in with s...

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