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Sunday, 17 January


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Did Germany really make a serious peace proposal in Dec 1916? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I am very grateful to Britain At War, Illustrated History of the Third Year of the Great War: 1916, without which I would not have sought out, and found the speech offering Germany’s peace proposal in Dec 1916. Thanks to Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914–1918 by R Chickering.

The intolerable strains of the war showed on all sides. Britain, the only major nation that had been at war without conscription, introd­uced it in early 1916. Depleted manpower resources forced governments throughout Europe to begin deploying women in various hitherto male-only jobs on the home front. Signs of popular disillusionment with the ongoing conflict, such as labour unrest and food riots, were more common. By 1916 End-The-War voices had been everywhere.

Although their armies were killing each other’s young men by the mil­lions, the warring sides in WW1 remained in almost constant diplomat­ic contact. How bizarre! As early as Feb 1916, newspapers were des­crib­ing an attempt by German chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg to make a peace proposal through Pope Benedict XV. His proposal and its stipulations were further explained by Count Julius Andrassy in Budapest in April, but the Allies dismissed it out of hand because of it was fundamentally calling for a return to pre-war boundaries, leaving only the fate of Germany’s overseas possessions in dispute.

In Nov the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne circ­ulated a letter calling for a negotiated peace in the name of saving civil­is­ation, but it was loudly damned by most British statesmen. One other proposal followed the death of Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef I in Nov 1916, when Kaiser Charles I took over. The new Emp­er­or’s offer interested American President Woodrow Wilson enough to remain strictly neutral until April 1917, when it became clear that Austria-Hungary would not break its alliance with Germa......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Conservative ideologues, bankers and employers determined to have their way on wages, unions & industry not-for-profit super funds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian unions, the successful not-for-profit super funds they administer and enterprise agreements are all well and truly in the firing line as Australia enters the 2016 election year.

The Australian, 11 January 2016:

A new clash is looming over rules that can ban millions of workers from choosing their own retirement fund as the government tries to increase choice in the $2 trillion superannuation industry.
Despite fears it will be accused of running an “ideological” campaign against funds that are backed by unions, the Coalition will move to scrap a key part of the industrial relations regime that gives unions and employers the right to limit fund choice for up to 4.7 million workers.
The push sets up a new fight in the Senate after parliament resumes within weeks, but armed with a warning from trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon against the “tyranny of the majority” being allowed to dictate where workers put their retirement savings, the governm...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Natural Gas & Coal Seam Gas: A lesson in consequences for Australian federal and state governments "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

LA Times, 6 January 2016:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered new regulations, including stepped-up inspections and safety measures, for all natural gas storage facilities in California in response to the continuing leak that has displaced thousands of people in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The emergency regulations would require Southern California Gas Co. and other operators of gas storage facilities to conduct daily inspections of wellheads using infrared leak-detection technology, verify the mechanical integrity of wells, measure gas flow and pressure and regularly test safety valves, among other steps.

Each facility would also have to draft a risk management plan that would examine the corrosion potential of pipes and other safety threats.

The requirements are part of a series of orders issued by Brown as he declared a state of emergency stemming from a leaking well at SoCal Gas' storage facility in Aliso Canyon. For more than 10...

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Saturday, 16 January


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": nellibellingen: Bellingen Seed Savers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Source: Bellingen Seed Savers

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"IndyWatch Feed": Peteskibreen's Blog: Aussie Art – Double its investment in art, halve its investment in art managers. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Here’s something someone sent me this week. Natalie Thomas speaks from the hip about the inequities that exist in the arts. Most of my time at Jugglers Art Space Inc is caught up with administration, applying for funding, ticking boxes and hoping we can stay ahead of the red line.  A small group of us took a mortgage on our building in 2003 to offer studios and exhibition spaces for emerging mid career artists and we have made a small vision a reality and have seen the arts practice of hundreds of artists and musicians  get some traction, at least for a while post graduation. As the co-founder of this small artist run organisation passionately committed to seeing artists grow and flourish, THE one thing that is almost debilitating is the growth in arts administration over the past 5 years. Doing battle at this level does affect vision and creative momentum. It hasn’t destroyed hope or growth or sustainability but neither has it enhanced my own arts practice or desire for a slow down, research and actual art.   Natalie makes sense.

Peter Breen.

What Australian art needs in 2016

by Natalie Thomas  |  Posted 13 Jan 2016

Australian art needs a total makeover, starting with more artistic and curatorial bravery and less pandering to money and power. We must resist the rapid privatisation of our culture. If culture is open only to those who can afford it, we’ll all be the poorer.

We need fewer sycophants and more punks, less fashion but more dressing up. More nudity, but fewer dressing-downs. More substance and less abuse. We need to identify and nurture artists who take a position in their work because everything is political. Everything.

Australian art needs to be less conservative. We need more experience and less youth. I love optimism too, but it looks as if Australian art is feeding off the young like Brad Pitt fed off Kirsten Dunst in Interview wit...


Motorbike Writer: Suzuki safety recall on 10 models "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Suzuki Hayabusa sportsbike recall models

Suzuki Hayabusa recalled

Suzuki Australia has issued a safety recall notice on 10 models of scooter, cruiser, sports bikes, adventurers and naked bikes over a regulator fault.

Models affected are: AN400K8-L2 Burgman scooter, DL1000 K8-L2 V-Strom, GSF1250K7-L0 Bandit, GSX1300BK K8-L0 B-King, GSX1300R K8-L2 Hayabusa, GSX-R600 K8-L0 supersport, GSX-R750 K8-L0 sportsbike, SFV650 K9-L2 F Gladius, and VLR1800 K8-L1 and VZ1500 K9 & L0 cruisers with various VIN numbers.

The recall notice says the regulator/rectifier power module circuit board may have absorbed moisture during storage in highly humid conditions.

“This may have reduced the strength of the adhesive used to affix the circuit board to the aluminium case. The heat generated from the power module can cause the power module to lift from the case,” the notice says.

“This condition can cause excessive heat on the module, which can result in insufficient charge current being provided to the battery. This may cause discharging of the battery and can lead to engine stalling or non start condition. This may pose a hazard to the rider or other road users.”



sunshinecoastbirds: A Feast of Feathers: Seeing All the World's 234 Bird Families "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hypocolius - Greater Rann of Kutch, India: Family Hypocolius (1 spp)
It didn't exactly take the breath away, but there it was. A drab, olive-green bird sitting motionless in a heavily forested gully in Darien National Park, in the far south of Panama. The bird was a Sapayoa, an enigmatic bird with a family of its own, and the only one of the world's 234 bird families that until that moment in October 2015, I had not seen.

Black-lored Parrot - Buru, Indonesia: Family Old Wo...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Environment East Gippsland Inc: When backburns backfire "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Friday, January 15, 2016

Leaked documents and The Age’s excellent exposé on the disastrous decisions by DELWP fire managers before Christmas, again highlights this culture of gung-ho-ness which is causing so many losses – personal, social and environmental.

There was more fire-excitement, more bad decisions, more escaped government burns, more homes lost, more wildlife killed, more heartache and angst. We will see yet another enquiry that will recommend exactly the same  - fire management needs to improve. This DELWP created disaster happened just weeks after the Lancefield escape burn report and recommendations came out. It repeated what the last enquiry said, and the one before that and so on.

Basically, rather than throwing resources at putting a lightning strike out on the 19th December DELWP managers chose to light more fire. Despite the army of water bombers the state now claims it has, despite the known effectiveness of their ground attacks on smaller fires like this one was, the Department’s fire boys decided to increase the fire perimeter just when they knew bad fire weather was coming. Hey Presto – 115 homes destroyed! (Oh whoops).


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": in the garden: Garlicking "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Come and visit us at Newstead Live! to get your good tasting garlic and help us raise the funds needed to pay for our community garden water bill. We’ll be set up in Panmure Street, outside the Anglican church (in front of the garden) all day on Saturday January 23. Well, until 6pm. Thanks to […]


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Beachmere Blog: Seeking Local Artists "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG) is seeking expressions of interest from local artists for two possible projects in the area.
  • Water Tower Project. Discussions have been held with group Artrageous and Unitywater about decorating the Water Tower. Shortly there will be a series of community polls/meetings to determine what the local community would like to see on the water tower.
  • Art Exhibition. BANG has applied for funding for an art exhibition to feature local women artists (condition of the grant), and would like to hear from any local artists who would be interested in being involved with the project – as volunteers, and/or contributing to the exhibition with their art works. It will be a couple of weeks before we learn if we have been successful with the grant, however, we are keen to do it even if we do not receive the grant. If you are interested, could you send an email to...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email TOPIC: General geeky discussions on open source, system admin and programming.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Turmeric Dusted Whiting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

turmeric dusted whiting

Turmeric likes my subtropical climate, which is very lucky because fresh turmeric is one of my all-time favourite spices and hugely healthy.  I have a patch of it that takes absolutely no attention.  All I do with it is dig up a rhizome when I want it for curries or stir fries or to add a touch of spiciness to just about anything.  .

This time of year, I also dry a bit for recipes like this one.  It’s very easy – just peel and slice very thin, leave in the sun for a few hours on a hot day, then blend to a powder.

Whiting are still listed as sustainable, and there are very few ways to improve on just frying fresh whiting fillets.  But this turmeric dusting adds a crispy, mildly spicy coating that is very addictive.

You want about one part in ten turmeric powder to plain flour for dusting for this recipe.  So for 500 grams of whiting fillets, I use one teaspoon of turmeric powder and ten teaspoons (or three good dessertspoons) of flour.  Plus a pinch of salt.  An easy way to do it is to put the turmeric, flour and salt in a container with a lid and shake together, then add the whiting fillets and shake again to coat.

Then just heat a heavy frypan with a little olive oil till it is very hot but not smoking.  Fry the dusted fish quickly, just a minute or so each side, till they are golden.  Serve with a crisp green salad, or lightly steamed beans or broccolini or snow peas, and a wedge of lemon. Or just put them on a platter to share, and eat them in your fingers...


Motorbike Writer: Che and McQueen in our motorbike quiz "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Scene from The Motorcycle Diaries depicting Che Guevara’s ride across South America

Do you know what bike Che Guevara rode, Steve McQueen’s alter ego, Lawrence of Arabia’s choice of ride or the scooter Dean Martin was photographed riding?

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: West End Street Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

For more West End Street Art see the public Facebook site Click on any image to view as gallery

The post West End Street Art Gallery appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Bondville 6 year old Puppy Party "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We usually only have a day to pull together our youngest's birthday party each year as it's just after the festive season, but that is a great excuse to keep things sweet and simple which to me is perfect. Miss Six loves all things puppy, cuddly, and animal-related, so we found this super-cute invitation by Meg Bartholomy, and emailed it out over the holidays. I used the chocolate, pink and orange colours from the invites as the basis for the party decorations and food. I had also spotted fun puppy cakes in BreadTop, but on my small budget I decided I could make them myself, and with the flavours I wanted. Read on for all my tips for creating a sweet puppy/animal party on a budget!

Party: Our six year old's birthday party
Organised by: Me! (Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville)
Location: at home in Sydney
Theme: Loosely puppy/animal themed - based on this invitation

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: The domino effect "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


The domino effect is best described as a chain reaction of events started from a single action. The time between these cumulative events is usually very small and shows a similar cause and effect (although often magnified). The expression is so named after the falling of strategically placed dominoes—you know, those small black tiles with little white dots. And the domino effect was certainly in place the day a little black and white goat found herself all alone and loveless in an inner Melbourne suburb. Setting off a chain reaction of kindness was the burly police officer who offered his outstretched hand and heart to the frightened creature. Although somewhat reluctantly accepting this gesture, the young kid was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic. She was handed over along with the words, “Can you please see if she can go to Edgar’s Mission?”


And the kindness continued as the vet nurse set about comforting the tiny waif with one hand while reaching for the phone with the other. Not long thereafter, our kindness van was seen heading out our front gate and southward bound. Returning some hours later with our new friend, Domino, the change reaction of kindness was almost complete. After a thorough veterinary examination, including standard parasite control and health checks, little Domino was introduced to three other baby goats who too had recently found sanctuary within our bounds. Whilst the cheeky Pee Wee had to be reminded that “our mission is kindness, and only friendly head butts are allowed”, Domino quickly recognised her own kind and her rehabilitation was underway.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Electoral redistribution in federal seats and what it might mean on NSW Far North Coast in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions, October 2015:

A total of 944,592 electors or 19.42 per cent of electors in NSW would change from their current federal electoral division under the proposed redistribution. Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.

The augmented Electoral Commission has adopted boundary changes* in the Cowper,Page, and Richmond electorates proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales.

Electoral boundary changes on NSW Far North Coast according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC):



Motorbike Writer: Toby Price nears historic Dakar Rally win "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Toby Price nears historic first win in the Dakar Rally for an AustralianDakarToby Price looks set to score an historic first win for an Australian in the world’s most gruelling motorsport event, the Dakar Rally, with a 37:39 minute lead going into the final processional stage tomorrow.

No competitor has ever lost the race with a lead of this length on the final day as the special stage is too short.

Cheer on Toby by sending a message of support to his official Facebook page.

Toby scored second place in stage 12 today, the longest stage of the two-week rally at a staggering 930km with a 481 special.

He was 7:32 minutes behind Yamaha rider Helder R0drigues of Portugal, but importantly two minutes ahead of overall second-placed Stefan Svitko (Portugal KTM) who finished fourth today.

“This was a long stage with 480km,” Toby said. “It was on really sharp shale-like rock. It was really sketchy, really skatey and it felt like I was riding on ice. We had a couple of excursions off the track a couple of times so we thought we’d whack it down and make sure that we get to the finish.”



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Cathar history, Cathar architecture "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

11th century records from the Roman Catholic Church described how Catholic theologians were debating amongst themselves whether Cathars were Christian heretics or whether they were not Christians at all.  As Dualists, Cathars believed in two principles, a good creator God and his evil adversary Satan. These Good Christians maintained a Church hierarchy and practised religious ceremonies, but rejected the idea of priesthood. Vegetarians, the Cathars led very ascetic lives, working for their living in itinerant manual trades like weaving. They were strict and literal about biblical injunctions.

In the Languedoc, known at the time for its high culture, tolerance and liberalism, the Cathar religion took root and bloomed during the C12th. By the early C13th Catharism was probably the majority religion in the area, supported by the nobility as well as commoners. This was yet another annoyance to the Roman Church which considered the feudal system to be divinely ordained as the Natural Order.

In open debates, the Cathars character­ised the Catholic Church as the Church of Wolves. On the other side, Catholics acc­us­ed Cathars of heresy and said they belonged to the Syn­agogue of Satan - the Cathars seemed to have come out on top! As a result, a number of theologic­al­ly literate Catholic priests become Cathar adherents. The Catholic Church and its richest bejewelled men were being ridiculed! Worst, Cathars declined to pay tithes to the Catholic Church.

As a result the Catholic side created striking propaganda and when the propaganda failed, there was only option left - the Albigensian Crusade. Pope Innocent III called a formal Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc, appointing a series of military leaders to head his Holy Army, including Simon de Monfort. This Languedoc Crusade continued for two generations. In time, the Kings of France took over as leaders of what had now become a "royal" crusade....


Tasmanian Times: Lapoinya: The Bulldozers set to move in ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Friends of Lapoinya, The bulldozers are arriving on Monday 18th January to start the roading that will enable the destruction of this unique habitat and wildlife corridor. • Anne in Comments: The people of Lapoinya plan as a community to fight, directly if necessary, for as long as possible. They still need our help though.  At the moment XXXX (is) running Peaceful Community Protest training. We have trained around 40 Lapoinya locals, and are planning more training days in Launceston, Hobart and at the Rainbow Gathering currently at Wilmot. If anyone has any experience at all in this training and would be willing to help, please let me know. As well as Direct Action, initially by locals and as things continue by anyone willing to support their stand, there will also be vigils on private land along Nelsons Rd.  These vigils will be peaceful, non arrestible, colourful and continual.  Any help manning these vigils, even a day visit, would be gratefully appreciated by FLAG … • Pete Godfrey in Comments: #13 Will Hodgman, you may like to tell us something. You state that FT have gone to great lengths to engage with the community. I have a few questions ... • Brenda Rosser in Comments: A message to all the individuals involved in the destruction of forests:  If you really believe that profits are more important than our home (our living environment) then hold your breath while you count your money. We have a complete breakdown of governance in Tasmania.  To promote this destruction in the context of our abrupt climate change, which now appears to be runaway in its nature….  I believe that those responsible for such decisions are the embodiment of pure evil. If there’s any hope left, here’s how we can have forestry and agriculture and a healthy environment: • Anne Layton-Bennett in Comments: Dear Will, Thanks for your email in reply to mine expressing concerns about the decisio...


Tasmanian Times: Tasmania’s Power Crisis ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

JANUARY 16, 2016 Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... Sacked staff have been hired and the plant taken out of mothballs in order to restart the Tamar Valley Power Station. I believe we have been and/or still are paying for Take or Pay contracts for the gas even when the power station is closed; the contracts being protected under commercial-in-confidence legislation. Will the Premier elucidate? At least with the reopening of the power station we will now use the gas we pay for. How did the Bass Link Cable get damaged? It has been suggested in jest to me that it was ripped up by the factory freezer trawler? Well, the depth of Bass Strait is just a very shallow 50m, so it is very possible. Now that would be an Act of God ... A God who exerts his vengeance on Tasmania for wreaking havoc over the land, sea and air in this most beautiful realm! • Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station • ABC: Tasmanian Government examines long-term green energy options after power woes • Mercury Editorial: Double crisis pushes limits • Richard Barton in Comments: The state of Tasmania can now be seen in the Examiner’s article on government salaries ( HERE: Sky-high incomes just don’t add up ). We are clearly being ripped off by third rate bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have the capability to assure security of basics like power, water, food, medical services, education and transport. We’re all working harder to sustain incompetent governors and managers and to pay even more to help recover from their hopeless efforts. JANUARY 7, 2014 ... • Gilmour ... have you heard about a Tamar Valley power station? In Sunday’s Examiner Martin Gilmour, aka the Whistle Blower, continued his anti-Green rants — this time over electricity prices. • Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Just a short list of bad decisions: Selling - Royal Derwent Hospital for $350 thousand when it was valued a...


Tasmanian Times: AFMA Continues to Shield Super Trawler From Community Consultation "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Conservation and recreational fishing groups are outraged by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s latest ploy to shield the Small Pelagic Fishery, in which the super trawler Geelong Star operates, from genuine community consultation, by holding a three-week public consultation period over the Christmas holidays.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Wave: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Nimbin HEMP: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

drug wars

Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis. 

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.


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Friday, 15 January


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Lake Parramatta Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Be active these school holidays and enjoy the walks in Lake Parramatta Reserve There are three well-signposted walks in the reserve, one being the 4.2km Lake Circuit which takes 60-90 minutes passing beautiful eucalypts, wildflowers, sandstone steps and rock caves. (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Australia Day 2016 at Holroyd City "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PROGRAM Join Holroyd for the most celebrated event of the year – Australia Day 2016! We are pulling out all stops to deliver an exciting line-up of live performances, fun activities, free amusements for the kids and a spectacular fireworks (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Wanderland comes to Eat Street "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" When: 16th Jan 2016 5:00pm-7:30pm Where: Eat St (Church St) Parramatta Contact: Major Events on 9806 5050 Cost: Free Description Come along to Eat Street and support the Western Sydney Wanderers FC as they take on Sydney FC at Pirtek (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Young Men’s Health Forum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Conviction group is a not-for-profit organization which aims to break the stigma around young men’s health. Based in the Hills district, Conviction runs a Young Men’s Health Forum in conjunction with the Castle Hill RSL. Last year 300 boys from (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed": Live Delay: EP 148: KITCHEN’S FLOOR (SOLO); THE BEAR HUNT "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 26th December 2015.

Kitchen’s Floor was formed in 2007 by Brisbane based musician Matt Kennedy. Amongst various EP’s, 7″ singles and live albums, the band have released 3 full length studio albums to date – Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress (2009), Look Forward To Nothing (2011) and Battle Of Brisbane (2015). These recordings have been released through independent labels such as Siltbreeze, Bedroom Suck, R.I.P Society, Negative Guest List, Quemada, Easter Bilby, and Breakdance The Dawn.
In this particular set, Matt had come back from touring Europe in solo mode and continued the trend for this particular show.
Many songs from the Kitchen’s Floor discography appear in this set in a stripped down form and you can hear Matt compensating for the lack of extra guitars with his melodic playing.

The Bear Hunt


Recorded by Branko Cosic, Mixed by Reuben Aptroot.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 13th December 2015.

Originating from the stifling humidity of Townsville, North Queensland, The Bear Hunt moved down to Brisbane late...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Swimming Pool Open Days "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The City of Sydney swimming pools are hosting a series of free open days, inviting locals, visitors and workers to come and explore everything the centres have to offer.

Open to everybody from sunbathers to budding Olympic swimmers, the open days will feature a range of fun activities for all ages.

The special events include:

  • tours
  • fitness classes
  • aquatic inflatables
  • learn to swim information
  • barbecues and face painting

Sydneysiders love the water and the City of Sydney proudly provides the community with 5 outstanding aquatic centres. While each centre is different, they all boast 50-metre pools for lap swimming as well as a smaller pool for learners and leisure seekers.


The stunning Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is located on the edge of the harbour and is famous for hosting its namesake’s world-record races in the 1920s. During the 2012 off-season it was closed for a major renovation and it now looks better than ever.

OPEN DAY Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool: Saturday 30 January, 9am-midday

The Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre is partially underground and was designed to make the most of the natural light that streams in from outside. Its pools are i...



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: Tree removal for pool patron safety "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Today Mount Alexander Shire removed the dead tree adjoining the pool car park. This has been a concern for some time as patrons park near it and walk near it. Well done Council for sorting a risk!



"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Pink Zinc all female surf patrol "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


A COMBINED Ocean Grove SLSC and Point Lonsdale SLSC all star female surf patrol took control of Point Lonsdale surf beach on Sunday 10 January.
The day dubbed ‘Pink Zinc Patrol’ was a first for both Bellarine Peninsula-based surf life saving clubs as up to 30 female lifesavers kindly volunteered their services to do surf patrol on the day.
“The aim of this patrol was to encourage and celebrate the female patrolling members of Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove SLSC’s and to promote female leadership within in these clubs and the Surf Life Saving community,” Pink Zinc Patrol Organiser, Simone White said.
State Labor Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville was a guest of honour on the day.

The post Pink Zinc all female surf patrol appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Wightman wins at Lorne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


OCEAN Grove based gun middle distance runner Nick Wightman took out the prestigious Mountain to Surf 8km event on Friday 8 January.
The 31-year-old’s maiden win at Lorne followed his victory in the 10km Rip to River Classic, a race he has won five times from Point Lonsdale lighthouse to Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club on 2 January.
Wightman won the 8km race in a time of 23:48, less than a minute outside the race record held by Steve Moneghetti from 2006, 22:52.
“The Mountain to Surf I really wanted to win this year because it is one of the fun runs I had not won before – it sort of suits me that kind of run because I do a lot of cross country and mountain running,” Wightman said.
“I do like the course.”
FELLOW Ocean Grove local James Dalton claimed a personal best fourth place to finish in 25:12 in the 8km Mountain to Surf.
“I was pretty surprised with the result,” Dalton told the Voice.
FEDERAL Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson also competed in the Mountain to Surf 8km race.
IN the annual Pier to Pub swim held at Lorne on Saturday 9 January, a total of 41 Ocean Grove locals competed Some of the highlights included Ocean Grove’s Mark Graham second-place finish in the Senior Male category in 12:13 in the 1.2km event.
FORMER Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Harriet Brown won her fifth Pier to Pub 1.2km crown in the Open Female category in a time of 10:51.
In the Open Male category event won by six-time Pier to Pub winner Sam Sheppard in 10:02, Graham backed up with a highly credible 16th place to finish in 11:42.
IN the Veteran Male category Ocean Grove locals Robin Asher and Mark Stone finished fifth and eighth respectively.
BOTH Mountain to Surf run and Pier to Pub swim events attracted nearly 6000 competitors across two days.

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Blog: WIRES 2016 Australia Day Photo Competition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pale-headed rosella chicks by Karen AutyTo enter you simply have to like and then private message your wildlife images to WIRES facebook page.

Images should be native animals/birds ideally observed and photographed in the wild (or in care if you are a licensed wildlife care volunteer). We would also love a few details of how you came to capture the image. There is a limit of 3 images per entrant. Please also provide an email contact address with your message.

Entries are open until 10 pm AEST Tuesday, January 25th, 2016.

We have been lucky to have had some great prizes donated for the competition:

1st Prize: a pair of stylish sunglasses from GROWN Sustainable Wooden Eyewear
2nd Prize: a beautiful hand signed 8x10" Giclée wildlife print from Rachel Hollis Art​ AND a soothing Wild Ambience​ CD featuring beautiful sounds of nature.
3rd Prize - Bird Minds – a book by Gisela Kaplan about the cognition and behaviour of Australian native birds.

All submissions must be made by the photographer having read the competition terms and conditions.

Finalists will be posted to WIRES facebook page on Wednesday......


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Everyday Stories "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

“I wish I’d married someone compliant..”, I said. “Why? So that everyone would go along with your crazy plans?” he replied. It’s hard to believe that twenty-seven years have passed since this photo was taken. I can’t say that it’s been a doddle, but after all this time, he still finds me amusing and I still think […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : NEW MUSIC: Davey Craddock – Peaceful Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We’ve long championed Davey Craddock ever since we heard the brilliant single ‘Keep On Waiting’ back in 2012. The good news is that his debut album City West is ready for release on Feb 5th via MGM. Below you can check out the beautiful and haunting new single ‘Peaceful Bay’ with Craddock’s emotive and soaring voice trailing across the … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Sydney singer-songwriter Lissa released her first new music in ages, the single “Run”. Details here – New Sydney chamber-folk project OM Collective released their cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Details here – Catherine Traicos released her new video […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Plastic Lions worth a penny "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club announced its final tally for its recent bushfire appeal last Friday – $7,000 in just two weeks.
Club president Lloyd Smith, who was at Bendigo Bank to count the donations, said it was a fantastic result.
“It weighs a ton,” he said, as he lifted a bucket of coins to tip into the money counter.
Lloyd was astounded by the generosity of locals, tourists and businesses alike.
“We are very appreciative of people putting their spare coins in,” he said.
“It was a tremendous result – we’ve had a few $50 bills, some twenties and plenty of fives.”
The club left plastic lions at businesses around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads to collect money for victims of the recent Great Ocean Road fires.
Lloyd said the funds would go to the Lorne and Apollo Bay Lions Clubs to distribute to their local communities.
“They’ll know best who in the area has been affected by the fires,” he said.
“It will really go towards helping the residents living there.”
The club president thanked all the businesses involved in the appeal, as well as anyone who donated.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Dave, Dave and Des "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

VICTORIAN comedy icons Dave “Hughesy” Hughes, Dave O’Neil and Des Dowling will return to Barwon Heads for a one-night show this Friday.
“It was so much fun last time and it’s a great drive down,” Hughesy said.
“It’s the perfect summer-time gig – people are all on holidays and relaxed.”
Dave said 400 people showed up for the gig last year. He even spotted Master Chef judge Matt Preston in the audience.
“We had a great response,” he said.
“We’ve each got three kids, so we’re happy to get out of the house.”
It’s the second time down for Hughesy, who’s famous for his stand-up comedy, work on The Footy Show and presenting for Nova FM.
Hughesy, now hosting Australia’s Got Talent, said he had no problem finding time for some stand-up comedy, saying his January was “quite free”.
“I love doing stand-up comedy,” he said.
“If I don’t do a gig for a week I think ‘Jesus, I’ve got to get on stage!’”
“I just organise the gigs – he’s just happy to come down and do them,” Dave added.
Hughesy grew up on the coast as a “Warrnambool boy” and loves getting down to the beach during summer.
“I was a boogie-boarder not surfer though, so I don’t have any credibility,” he said.
It’s the third time down for Dave, who’s now working at ABC 774 Melbourne.
“I’m getting a bit older so I’ve moved on to the ABC – the intellectual station,” Dave said.
Dave and Hughesy worked for years together on Nova FM as presenters.
“I met him when he was on the dole – back when he used to ask for my advice,” Dave said.
“He’s a good writer and he gets a lot of laughs.”
“Dave’s almost like family to me,” Hughesy said.
“I’ll never forget how he helped me when I started out.”
Both comedians have worked with Des Dowling, who made the unique transition from A Current Affair journalist to comedian.
“He’s a great guy,” Hughesy said.
“We’re all very tight-knit in th...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Bunnies will be busted "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

BELLARINE Landcare will launch a campaign to control rabbit populations next month, which a local expert says are nearing “plague proportions”.
Chairman of Bellarine Landcare’s Rabbit Action Committee, Geoff McFarlane, said Bellarine locals were not doing enough to control the pests.
“They’re a very destructive animal in terms of vegetation and pastures,” he said.
Geoff said rabbits were almost impossible to eradicate and at best their populations could be controlled.
“Even if you get the population down to two rabbits, you’ll have 184 in 18 months,” he said.
Geoff said Bellarine residents had to work together to control rabbits, with anything less than a 93 per cent kill rate being a “failure”.
Some of the main methods for killing rabbits include fumigation, ripping up warrens and Pindone, a poison hidden in oats.
“If you use one control measure alone you’ll be unsuccessful,” Geoff said.
Geoff said while farmers had worked hard to control rabbits, small blocks of land on the urban-rural fringe remained a major concern.
He said some of these landholders, who “moved for the country lifestyle”, have “rabbits hopping all over their front lawns”.
“A lot of people in urban areas would say they are lovely furry little things and that we shouldn’t harm them,” he said.
“But the amount of damage they do to our biodiversity is incredible.”
Geoff added that property owners were responsible for controlling pests on their land under Victorian legislation.
Landcare has about 25 cluster leaders to co-ordinate the control efforts of 10 or 15 landholders each.
Geoff hopes to sign up 30 or more, and map each warren in the Bellarine.
For information visit the Bellarine Landcare’s website.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Cathy saddles up "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


MOTHER of four Cathy Slevin is one of several Ocean Grove cyclists who will ride in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this month.
Although Cathy’s a keen rider, it’s the first time she’s ridden in the event.
“I haven’t done anything like this before,” she said.
Cathy will ride in memory of her father Brian, who died a couple years ago at the age of 68.
Brian was riding enthusiast, competing when he was younger and volunteering for numerous cycling events.
He also competed at the Australian Masters Games.
“He would have been rapt that it goes through Barwon Heads and Geelong,” Cathy said.
“If he was alive he would have been so excited I was doing this.”
Cathy’s riding in the 68km Peoples Ride and has been training by riding roughly 20km a week, to the Barwon Heads Airport and 13th Beach Windmill.
“I’ve been trying to get out at least once a week but its hard juggling work and the kids,” she said.
Cathy hopes to see her family cheering her on during the race.
“They won’t be getting dinner if they don’t,” she joked.
“No – they are very excited.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Our team at the fires "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


SEVERAL volunteer firefighters from Ocean Grove travelled to the Otways this summer to help fight bushfires that devastated the region.
First Lieutenant Steve Gibbs led a team of fire-fighters who travelled to Lorne, Wye River and Kennett River to reinforce houses against the oncoming blaze.
Steve remembers patrolling through the eerily deserted Wye River Caravan Park on 29 December.
“What would normally be a bustling caravan park was empty, as the whole town had been evacuated,” he said.
“The beach was deserted too.”
Steve said it was relief that police had already conducted doorknocks and evacuated the area.
He saw few people other than emergency services and praised the planning which prevented loss of life.
“It’s down to the planning by CFA, council and the community themselves,” he said.
“While there was a lot of financial loss, it certainly reduced the chance of it being worse.”
On 6 January Steve and a team of fire-fighters conducted ground observation in the burnt areas, seeing the devastation first-hand.
“It was very sobering to see what had once been a pristine area,” he said.
“Even as a fire-fighter it reinforces that message that fire is out there – you can prevent and control it, but it’s a force we all have to respect.”
Steve was also happy for the chance to “give back” by patrolling Kennett River Caravan Park, which he has visited since he was young.
Fortunately, the fires did not reach the caravan park.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Country Roads "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sunday 17 January
6 – 9am Country Roads
The Country Roads Program winds its’ way back into town this Sunday with Ronnieboy ridin’ high in the saddle. Graeme has already headed to Tamworth so Ronnieboy is up with the sparras again at 6am and doing a cracker of a show through to 9am.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : TOUR NEWS: James Thomson Announces ‘Highway Nights’ Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

James Thomson released one of our favourite albums of 2015 with his sophomore album Cold Moon. With his band The Strange Pilgrims in tow he’s about to head out on tour for a run of East Coast dates through February and March including a Sydney gig as special guest of Ruby Boots. Highway Nights Tour: Feb … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: It’s the camp of fun "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FOUR Ocean Grove youngsters enjoyed five days of fun and adventure at the Licola Wilderness Village this month.
Surfside Primary’s Lauchie enjoyed the giant swing, while Katelyn, from Ocean Grove Primary, said the flying fox was “fantastic”.
For fellow students Tabby (Surfside) and Arduin (Ocean Grove) the highlight was canoeing on the Macalister River.
Other activities included ‘the leap of faith’, archery, cooking, mini golf, swimming and the high ropes.
Licola Wilderness Village is run by the Lions Club and hosts 130 children between eight and 12 from around Geelong each January.
The camp’s 33 volunteers and eight outdoor activity leaders encourage teamwork and challenge the children to exceed their expectations.
The Victorian Lions Club purchased Licola more than 40 years ago, transforming the 15-cottage sawmill village into an outdoor adventure centre.
Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club has supported the camp for years with student sponsorships and is now looking for future sponsors for local young people.
For more information contact John Claringbold on 0425 750 387.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Surf event moved to Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Compiled by Gary Stephens

AT THE halfway mark of the 2015-’16 season, it was third time unlucky as far as the conditions went for the 13th Beach Boardriders.
The swell was small and the strong wind out of the south west forced the club to hold the comp at Ocean Grove.
The onshore conditions didn’t deter competitors and again there was a solid turn-out of members who used the conditions to look for ramps to bust some airs, which made for an interesting days watching and judging.
The Super Groms revelled in the conditions and put on a fine display of surfing trying to impress the senior members.
Final results were:
Open A: 1st Josh Johnson-Baxter, 2nd Shawn Todd, 3rd Tom Harrison, 4th Gus Harfield.
Open Women: 1st Imogen Werner, 2nd Jemima Hutchins.
Open B: 1st Tod S., 2nd Sam Fitzgerald, 3rd Lois W., 4th Jimmy Adam.
Seniors: 1st Shawn Todd, 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Christian Prittchett, 4th Damien Robertson.
Masters: 1st Craig M., 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Andy Barlow.
Juniors: 1st Harry, 2nd Declan Bradley, 3rd Jack Priestly, 4th Lochie Ritchie.
Cadets: 1st Emma Walker, 2nd Charlie Mahoney, 3rd Sean, 4th Harry Dott.

Super Groms
U14: 1st Zeph, 2nd Charlie, 3rd Sean, 4th Jet S.
U12: 1st Jack, 2nd Isaiah, 3rd Mahani, 4th Francis, 5th Charlie, 6th Banjo, 6th Jet.
U10: 1st Jerry, 2nd Monty, 3rd Ted, 4th Fred, 5th Max.
A very big thanks to Billabong for sponsoring this event and their ongoing support over many years.
It’s been a big month for the 13th club, we had a number of stoked groms compete and achieve success in the Micro Grom Cup at Ocean Grove.
Billy and Ellie Harrison both place third in their respective divisions at the South Oz Gromsearch.
Also Billy, Ellie and Henry Hutchins have just returned home with the Victorian State Team from the Aussie Title on North Stradbroke Island, where Billy finished third in the Under 16 Division and...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grubbers unveil playing strip "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


OCEAN Grove Football Club unveiled its 2016 playing strip last week at their new headquarters at Shell Road.
This year’s guernsey has been brought back to life and was last used in 1999 during the Grubbers equalmost dominant era, where the club won four flags in a row from 1994 to 1997 under Brendan McCartney.
“We are rapt to go back to a very successful jumper that we have played in in the past and one that the members voted on unanimously, and it was really good to unveil that,” Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter said.

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Damn the Matrix: Life in Syntropy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Great inspirational video, had to share……..


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: A simple way we can all support West Papua. Download new film "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How to help West Papua 
Punks for West Papua ( P4WP) have released  their new film on West Papua. Many people ask how can they  help West Papua. A simple way people can help  is by downloading the film. The funds raised are being generously donated to the West Papuan umbrella organisation , The United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP) . In a series of nation wide gigs last year the Punks raised over $6000 for the ULMWP. All people can help the West Papuan struggle by supporting this initiative. 
Please forward on through your networks.
Film can be downloaded at


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Blockbuster Destination "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Destination Sydney, is a ground breaking art exhibition, spread over three iconic Sydney Galleries – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, nestled on the harbour foreshore; Mosman Art Galler...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Falls Festival Review: Falls Festival Finds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Festival: Falls Music and Arts Festival Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016 Featured Artists: The Imprints, Merry Jeann, The Scrimshaw Four, Vardos, Soak and Oh Wonder. Photos by Stuart Bucknell At festivals like Falls, there’s always big name acts, there’s always Timber and Steel style acts we’re anticipating, and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore hotel to host Bowie tribute "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)

A tribute evening for the late David Bowie is being held at the Northern Rivers Hotel in Lismore tomorrow.

Organisers said the evening would include some live performances followed by back-to-back Bowie tracks.

‘He has returned to his Mothership, leaving us mere mortals with a lifetime of memories, organisers said.

‘Let’s play his music loudly and raise our glasses to the stars.’

The evening begins at 5pm and goes until 11pm.

Meawhile, David Bowie’s family have announced that they are planning a private funeral for the late icon.

His family posted a note titled “Thank you” on Bowie’s websites as well as his social media pages on Thursday.

‘The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend,’ it reads.

‘They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.’

Bowie died on Sunday aged 69 after battling cancer for 18 months.

The family on Thursday said: “We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”

Bowie released a new album called Blackstar last week. It’s topped the US iTunes’ albums chart.


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"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 Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Middle East Christians in peril "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gareth Smith (Dec 30/12/2015) should speak to more Christians in Israel. And he should try to privately speak with Palestinian Christians when they are not in fear of death from the Palestinian security service.

Having just returned from Israel, here are a few facts told to me by ‘Gabriel’, a prominent member of the Armenian Christian community in Old Jerusalem.

1/ The Christain Quarter, written in all maps of Old City, is no longer. The Christians have been forced out by the Muslims, who now totally own what was previously the the ‘Christian Quarter’.

2/ Christians have been forced out of Bethlehem by the Muslims.

A skeletal population of 10 per cent remain. Only the Church, and the De La Salle school and university also remain as Christian institutions.

3/ Most remaining Christians including Armenians in the Old City of Jerusalem are seriously considering moving out to Jewish towns and Jewish parts of cities, where they feel safer for themselves and their children.

Others are looking to emigrate to Australia, UK, USA and Canada.

Directly because of Muslim pressure, only 9 per cent of Jerusalem now remains Christian (72,000 out of a total of 80,0000 population).

John Nemesh, Sylvania


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: What are the chances of winning Lotto on Australia Day? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr Clio Cresswell, Byron Shires 2016 Australia Day Ambassador. Photo supplied

Dr Clio Cresswell, Byron Shires 2016 Australia Day Ambassador. Photo supplied

This year’s Byron Shire Australia Day ambassador is Dr Clio Cresswell, a gifted mathematician who has written a book titled (appropriately for Byron) Mathematics and Sex.

But the mathematics that the University of Sydney senior lecturer is most often called upon to explain is… what are the odds of winning Lotto?

Byron mayor Simon Richardson welcomed Dr Creswell, who will help the shire’s residents celebrate Australia Day at their choice of many events being held on the day.

Mayor Simon Richardson said ‘whether you feel like joining a community breakfast in Brunswick or Byron, taking part in the family fun days at Suffolk Park and Bangalow, celebrating the Survival of Indigenous Culture in Byron Bay, or throwing a mullet at Ocean Shores, it’s a day about fun and spending time together as a community.’

The official 2016 Australia Day will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Byron Bay from 11am to 1pm at the Byron Bay Services Club. The Australia Day address features local identity Warren Simmons.

The shire’s citizens of the year will also be announced on the day with the Australia Day awards providing an opportunity to recognise local people who have been nominated by their community for their achievements and service to Byron Shire.

‘It’s always an honour to say ‘thank you’ on Australia Day to our inspiring locals who give generously to our communities,’ mayor Richardson said.

Byron Shire will also welcome 20 new........


Damn the Matrix: Peak Farming….? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As the financial system unravels, the weather goes ballistic all over the world, and the demands of a growing population increase the pressure on food production, breaking strains are starting to appear.  The perfect storm of Peak Debt, Climate Change, and even Peak Oil in its own pervert way are starting to even emerge in mainstream media. Except of course, they don’t call it what I call it, but nonetheless, the signs are here.

This appeared on the ABC’s news website this morning:

Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce hears calls for Queensland Government to set up own bank

Graziers struggling with debt in drought-declared North Queensland have lashed out and broken down in front of visiting politicians and economists.

The Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce met about 40 farmers in Ayr on Th...



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Women and Place "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jane Jose










Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 14 January 2016 focussed on place: place-making and the recording of place.

The program was also about women, their contribution to the making and shaping of cities and their empathy with a place, and its influence on their art and creativity.

In this podcast my guest JANE JOSE speaks about urban places, with a broad canvas that stretches across Australian cities.

Jane has recently written Places Women Make – unearthing the contribution of women to our cities.

The book not only redresses the historical gender balance in stories of our cities with tales of extraordinary women who shaped the cities of our past and present, it also inspires women to think about their environment and to speak out about their needs and their views on liveable cities.

Jane is an urbanist, a former Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide City Council and now lives and works in Sydney as CEO of the Sydney Community Foundation.

For further information:

Places Women Make – Unearthing the contribution of women to our cities by Jane Jose and published by Wakefield Press

Available from bookstores, including Architext, the Institute of Architects’ bookshop in Potts Point: ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Damaged maternity wing’s future uncertain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A section of scaffolding collapsed onto the temporary maternity ward at Lismore Base Hospital last year. Investigations are continuing. (Darren Coyne)

A section of scaffolding collapsed onto the temporary maternity ward at Lismore Base Hospital last year. Investigations are continuing. (Darren Coyne)

Mothers who have just given birth may be encouraged to go home from Lismore Base Hospital within four hours or moved to other district hospitals as a result of the continued closure of the damaged maternity wing.

A NSW Infrastructure Health spokesperson told APN media that the ward, which was damaged by falling scaffolding during a storm last month, remained the subject of an investigation by insurance assessors.

If the building is deemed irreparable, the Women’s Care Unit will continue caring for mother and babies in the Southern Wing of the hospital, which has limited beds.

The new maternity ward, part of the $260.25m Stage 3 redevelopment of the hospital, is not expected to be completed until the end of 2017.

The spokesperson said alternative arrangements could include discharging mothers and babies within four hours of birth, or moving them to either Casino or other hospitals in the district..

An inquiry is underway to determine the factors in relation to the roof collapse on the maternity wing.

‘Health Infrastructure does not want to pre-empt any outcome before the regulators have finalised their investigations,’ the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Lismore MP Thomas George said this week that the stage three redevelopment was on schedule.

Stage three includes a new emerg...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Radio Active "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Saturday 16 January 
6 – 8pm Radioactive
Sydney-based songstress Martha Marlow will be in the studio to chat about her work, play some tunes and take control of the decks.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: The Top Half Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton If you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel you’ll know there’s a special place in our hearts for the NT’s boutique festival the Top Half Folk Festival. Held alternatively each year in Central Australia and The Top End, the Top Half Folk Festival prides itself on […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron’s Code of Conduct inconsistent "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I would like to thank the Echo for shining some light on the inconsistencies of Byron Shire Council’s Code of Conduct (Echo 13/1). Having extensive personal experience of code play as a councillor and having advised Angela Dunlop, the volunteer in this matter, I feel there is more to be said.

Cr Ibrahim clearly breached the code by contacting a tender applicant prior to a contract being signed. He had a code violation brought against him, not by the GM but by a member of the community. As a result he had his case assessed by a council-paid ‘examiner’ with all the checks and protections afforded by the code. He walked away with a recommendation of, ‘no further action’.

On the other hand a volunteer Angela Dunlop, not getting answers from council, approached a contractor for information (after the contract had been let) in the hope that as manager of SGB community centre she could continue doing her job. The GM (Mr Ken Gainger) instead of ringing Angela and offering to facilitate the information his staff was not supplying slapped her with a code of conduct charge, ‘improper or unethical conduct and/or abuse of power’.

Detailed complaints to the Office of Local Government and the Ombudsman produced the ‘helpful’ advice, that while volunteers were subject to the same penalties as councillors and staff they did not enjoy the same protections under the code. In other words volunteers were completely in the hands of the GM and if they didn’t like it they could contact their local member.

Mr Gainger was so pleased with his work that he failed to...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indon expects tourism hit after attack "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Indonesia faces a drop in tourist numbers, at least in the short term, following the attack in central Jakarta claimed by Islamic State, in a blow to Southeast Asia’s biggest economy already growing at its slowest pace since the financial crisis.

An Indonesian and a Canadian were killed, along with five attackers, while 20 people, including an Algerian, Austrian, German and Dutchman, were wounded on Thursday.

Two of the militants were taken alive, police said.

The attack could frustrate President Joko Widodo’s ambitions to nearly double tourist arrivals to 20 million people by 2019, although Indonesia’s tourism ministry said that it was sticking to that target despite the gun and bomb assault.

The government has removed visa requirements for visitors from 84 countries making a short visit, and is working to give visa-free entry to more nationalities in a bid to attract more travellers.

Indonesia, famous for the idyllic island of Bali, its dramatic volcanic landscapes and ancient temples, was estimated to have welcomed 10 million foreign tourists in 2015.

Some travel agents said they had received calls from worried tourists, but they predicted that the effects of the attack would be short-lived.

‘I think this incident will definitely have an impact on travel to Indonesia, especially to Jakarta,’ said Ter...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman dies at 69 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Alan Rickman photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen

Alan Rickman photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen

London [PAA & other sources]

Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter films and Die Hard, has died aged 69.

The much-loved British actor first shot to stardom in 1988 when he played Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s adversary, in Die Hard.

He gained legions of fans for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

A family statement said: ‘The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.’

According to BBC News, Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as ‘a magnificent actor and a wonderful man’.

There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death.’

Emma Thompson, who appeared with Rickman in productions including Love Actually and was directed by him in The Winter Guest, said he was ‘the finest of actors and directors’ and ‘the ultimate ally’.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said Ri...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Grandpa gang guilty of record UK heist "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The entrance to Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, London. Photo Roger W Haworth for Wikimedia.

The entrance to Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, London. Photo Roger W Haworth for Wikimedia.

London [RAW]

Three men have been found guilty over the largest burglary in English legal history, a daring multi-million pound raid on a safe-deposit business in London’s jewellery district led by pensioners who had spent a life in crime.

In a plot three years in the planning, the gang broke into the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building during the long Easter holiday weekend last year.

They entered an elevator shaft and climbed down to the vault where they used heavy equipment to drill through a thick concrete wall.

Initially thwarted, they returned the following day and ransacked 73 deposit boxes, stealing jewels, gold and cash worth STG14 million ($A29.1 million).

Only about a third of that has been recovered, including some which was hidden under headstones in a London graveyard.

The combined age of those involved was about 500, with the youngest 42, while two were in their 70s.

Brian Reader, the oldest at 76 and one of the ringleaders, got to the scene of the crime on a bus using his senior citizen pass entitling him to free travel.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Fears more miners have black lung disease "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At the coalface. Photo from

At the coalface. Photo from

Cleo Fraser, AAP

Underground coal miners feel let down by the system amid fears more workers could be diagnosed with the potentially deadly black lung disease in Queensland, a mining union says.

Five cases have been confirmed in the state, indicating pneumoconiosis had re-emerged for the first time in Australian coalmines in three decades.

Jason Hill, from the CFMEU’s mining division, is worried that cases may have gone unnoticed when medical checks were carried out and workers feel let down by the system.

‘We’ve got fears that there’s going to be a lot more,’ he said.

‘We’ve got a spreadsheet in the Mackay office of a lot of concerned people that have contacted our union.’

Up to 40 people are on the list including current, past and deceased workers, he said, adding that the best way to stop people from dying from black lung disease was early diagnosis.

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, outlining a plan to tackle the disease on Thursday, has requested data on other possible cases from Queensland Health which is cross-checking miners’ medical records.

‘There’s still research to be done on the...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Archibald exhibition set to open in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tweed Regional Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman holds Nigel Milsom's winning portrait of Charles Waterstreet while a packer inspects Carla Fletcher's portrait of Jenny Kee. Photo Jeff Dawson

Tweed Regional Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman holds Nigel Milsom’s winning portrait of Charles Waterstreet while a packer inspects Carla Fletcher’s portrait of Jenny Kee. Photo Jeff Dawson

Tweed Regional Gallery has been abuzz the last few days as staff have been unpacking and hanging the 47 Archibald finalists, ready for tonight’s gala opening of the country’s best loved portrait prize exhibition.

The Archibald has not been on display in the Tweed since 2011, when it attracted thousands of visitors.

Tweed gallery director Susi Muddiman said she was thrilled to have it back and the gallery was ‘gearing up for a very busy six weeks’.

The show features all the 47 finalists, including the winning portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet by Nigel Milsom.

‘Waterstreet was the co-creator of the popular ABC television series Rake, which is loosely based on his life,’ Ms Muddiman said.

‘Other portraits include actor Michael Caton, politician Bob Katter, artist Judy Cassab, musician Daniel Johns from Silverchair and Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt.’

Ms Muddiman said the Young Archies exhibition also complemented the display, with works created by finalists from two categories, artists aged 13 to 15, and artists aged 16 to 18.

‘The Young Archies competition was an amazing opportunity for young artists to be involved in the prestigious prize a...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Clean-up begins after deadly Syd storms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The storm rolls in over Sydney Harbour. Image from National Maritime Museum retweeted from bari_goeseverywhere’s Instagram account.

The storm rolls in over Sydney Harbour. Image from National Maritime Museum retweeted from bari_goeseverywhere’s Instagram account.

Sydney [AAP]

A massive clean-up operation is under way after intense storms pummelled Sydney, felling power lines and trees including one that hit a car, killing a man.

Suburbs in the west including Penrith, Mt Druitt and Blacktown and in the city’s southwest in Bankstown and Moorebank were the worst hit. On the NSW Central Coast the town of Wyong received a battering.

The SES has received 1,900 calls for emergency help, and that number is expected to rise to more than 2000 as people wake up and assess damage on Friday, an SES spokesman said.

One man died when the car he was travelling in was struck by a large tree at Emu Plains.

The 60-year-old female driver of the car was taken to hospital in a critical condition with pelvic and abdominal injuries but is now in a stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman says.

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Damn the Matrix: Paris Agreement: Twelve Days That Damned Our World? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

An excellent article from Boomer Warrior.  May the looming crisis save us from ourselves, because the powers that be sure as hell won’t……

Paris Agreement: Twelve Days That Damned Our World, boomer warrior

The world is ruled by those who show up. And world leaders did show up last December in Paris to sign the first climate agreement that would shape climate action for decades to come and perhaps to the end of this century. After 20 years of international climate negotiations, The Paris Agreement was formally adopted on December 12, 2015. So, will the Paris Agreement save the planet or has it damned our world?

“This is truly a historic moment…For the first time, we have a truly universal agreement on climate change, one of the most crucial problems on earth.” (United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon)

Like millions of others around the globe I got caught up in the euphoria of the moment; I was filled with hope and optimism. We have finally come to our senses I allowed myself to think. But then climate reality set in.

Now that the celebrations are over, now that the champagne has stopped flowing and now that the high-fives and congratulatory back-slapping for a job well done are over, it’s time to take a more sober look at what has really been accomplished.

Former NASA scientist James Hansen calls the agreement a fraud and a fake with “no action, just promises…..we’ll have a 2 degree...


Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Brown expresses alarm over proposed logging at Lapoinya "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 14 Jan 2016

Tasmanian environmentalist Bob Brown has expressed alarm at the impact which logging, due to start on Monday, will have on a crucial nursery of the world's largest freshwater crayfish.

Former Senator Brown visited Lapoinya with his Foundations campaign manager Jenny Weber yesterday.

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Medicinal cannabis advocates and drug law reform groups have warned that a medicinal cannabis trial recently given the green light by the Victorian Government will be overly regulated and cause many people to “fall through the cracks.”



Tasfintalk: Hobart Airport: A cautionary tale "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

(As published in The Mercury 15th January 2016 here )

One reason for privatising public infrastructure like the Hobart Airport was the private sector is better at running airports than governments.

So we were told.

The performance of the airport in the eight years since it was acquired by a Macquarie Bank managed syndicate casts doubt on that proposition as many airport users will testify.



Tasmanian Times: Moratorium mocked as exploration expands "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) is offering the Petroleum (Category 4) Exploration Release Area 981 to mining companies between Jan 18 and 22. The ERA981 covers a large proportion of the Central Plateau, upper Derwent and Styx Valleys, as well as ranges to the west of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. This area includes catchments for Hobart’s water supply and various irrigation schemes (see map). … “There is a cascade of examples of fracking operations leading to sick communities, earthquakes and permanent contamination of places. The fact that exploration for unconventional gas can expand confirms that the Tasmanian five year moratorium on fracking is a farce. “The government is not serious about giving landowners, producers or tourism operators a guarantee that this will not occur in this state.” said Shaun Thurstans.

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Thursday, 14 January


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Coalition calls for re-introduction of cattle grazing trials "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Nationals candidate for the federal seat of Indi, Marty Corboy, and federal Liberal candidate Sophie Mirabella have called on the Victorian Labor Government to resume an abandoned scientific trial of high country cattle grazing. This was reported by The Weekly Times. If you think this is a bad idea, there is an online poll attached to the Weekly Times news story.

Grazing in the alpine park is a matter for the state government (although any resumption of grazing would also require approval by the federal environment minister).

At present the ALP are in power in Victoria. The next election is not until 2018. If at that point the Coalition controlled both houses of Parliament they could overturn the legislation which currently bans a resumption of grazing.

Given this is three years away, it seems that Mr Corboy and Ms Mirabella are just indulging in some good old fashioned populist politics which are not really connected to outcomes in the real world.

After the embarrassing loss to the independent candidate Cathy McGowan, the Coalition is desperate to reclaim the seat. Ms McGowan does not support the reintroduction of cattle to the high country.

The negative impacts of cattle grazing on the alpine environment are well documented.




"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Melbourne Jeweller: Sunset 11th January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There was a great storm. This is the colour of the sunset, facing east. [photographs taken with my mobile, no filter, no alteration but for a little cropping] [images not to be used without author permission]Filed under: Beauty_in


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Greening of Gavin: 7 Cheeses in 5 Days "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I’ve been in a cheese frenzy over the last week or so and it’s been so much fun!  On and off, I’ve made 7 cheeses in 5 days in my home kitchen.  Some have been easy, others hard, and I even had what I am classing as a failure. Let’s go through the list shall  [Continue Reading …]

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Wednesday, 13 January


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: New graduates start at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

New graduates start at GV Health

LATEST INFLUX OF GRADS… From left (back), Medical Graduates, Ron Chan, Patrick Dhar, Alexandru Roman, Alexander Courtney, Paul Machado, Brianna Hatswell, Ja Hyuk (Brian) Koo, Rishi Narenthiran, Rathin Gosavi, Timothy Williamson, Oagile Mogomotsi. (Middle), Qinghui (Paul) Qian, Jad Jurji, Emily Hargreaves, Veronica Stubbs, Marina Caulfield, Xiao (Jack) Liao, Ankita Singh, Ryan Evans, Jithmi Peiris, Sung-Lin Yang, Wilson Yang. (Front), Alfred Yang, Vincent Wei, Caroline Shipley, Hye-Sang Shin, Cheryl Ng, Felanita Hutani, Jia (Sean) Hui, Roshini Nadaraja, Azaliya Abdullah and Juen Nin Woon. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE latest influx of medical graduates started their year with GV Health last week, which saw an extra two positions opened taking the number to 32, an increase from last year’s intake. The graduates will be taken through the paces over the coming 12 months, rotating through the surgical, medical and emergency departments.

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Sunday, 20 December


Living and Loving Hobart:: Christmas Tradition II "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Christmas Tradition II

Last week the Other Girl shared her Christmas Tradition's with us and now it's my turn.

Christmas Trees
This girl has two traditions with Christmas trees!

The first is the family gathering to decorate my parent’s Christmas tree.  That is after my mum has put the lights on exactly the way she wants them.   With grandkids and great grandkids she’s had to give up on the idea of having the perfect looking tree.  Each of us has our own (at least one) ornament and we get to place the ornaments anywhere we want.  It is a beautiful mis-match, however ‘Grandma’ has been known to make some edits after all the decorating has been done!


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The Idiot Tax: Another Real Estate Parasite Eating the Host "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

There's something I take a small amount of pride in - behaviour modification. Early readers would remember before I dribbled about saving money, politics and ISIS conspiracies, I dribbled about real...

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Living and Loving Hobart:: Christmas Tradition I "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Christmas Tradition
There’s a one-off and there’s coincidence. It’s three times in a row that makes for tradition.

Christmas looks particularly good dressed up in tradition.

This Girl is heading north to Cairns, so this year Christmas is going to be all poolside cocktails and sunburn. Hooray!

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