To hear Victoria Sharp’s testimony, I have linked to my friend Bill’s YouTube channel below and have uploaded the interview to create a podcast which you can also listen to below. See above video/audio.
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With a week until the Iowa caucuses, it would appear that the fix is in – at least if you take the words of some of the world’s most elite to heart.
It is perhaps no surprise that the Davos elite – which just converged in the snowy Alps – have it out for Trump. Reuters reported that the “Davos elite [are] alarmed at prospect of nominee Trump,” whom they consider “dangerous.”
Now, one of their attendees, Martin Sorrell – who heads WPP Group, a very powerful advertising and marketing firm that steers hundreds of entities who represent top corporations around the globe – is boldly predicting that Donald Trump will fail, regardless of his overwhelming support from voters.
In fact, Sorrell and other elitists insiders are snickering and chortling about the demise of his campaign, even as the real estate mogul’s name dominated Davos discussions this year.
DC Whisper reported on the comments, raising the possibility that Fox News is conspiring to deliver a “kill shot” against Trump:
Read the full story at ‘The Daily Sheeple“
DATE: Tuesday 2 Feb 2016
TIME: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
LOCATION: On the grass between the Fig Tree Playground and Mondo’s
CAFNEC are encouraging the people of Cairns to join in a community picnic this World Wetlands Day to celebrate the magnificent wetlands and mangrove communities we have right here on our doorstep.
Bring a plate (and your stories) to help spread the word that the Nationally Important Wetlands of the Port of Cairns and Trinity Inlet are an asset to our region and are an important part of building a sustainable future for Cairns .
Before the event:
Head to the Jack Barnes Memorial Boardwalk, take a happy snap of yourself and share on social media using:
Celebrating 25 years of hot shorts, Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, presenting A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.
After its success last year, Flickerfest is excited to be bringing the National Tour to Murwillumbah for two nights this year, screening on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January 2016 at 8pm.
Showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts films and the Short Laughs Comedy programme from Australia, each handpicked from the festival’s 2300 entries.
The Flickerfest programme’s present an entertaining, inspiring and award-winning range of shorts, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world today.
The Flickerfest 2016 tour to Murwillumbah will screen the Best of Australian Shorts programme (Sat 30 Jan), with a diverse range of stories from across Australia that celebrate our unique identity and culture, all designed to bring some warmth to your heart.
Sunday the 30th brings in the popular comedy programme...
D’angelo 2nd Bluesfest Performance on Easter Saturday
Announced & More New Shows Added!
Today, the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over the Easter Long Weekend (Thu 24 March – Mon 28 March 2016), at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in the Byron Shire, announces a second performance on Easter Saturday for Soul superstar D’Angelo, a two time Grammy Award winner and 2016 Grammy Award nominee. Bluesfest also adds new performances to the ever-growing playing schedule from The Word, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Janiva Magness.
Statement from newly awarded Order of Australia Medal Recipient (OAM) Peter Noble, Festival Director of Bluesfest;
“With three 2016 Grammy nominations, fans of D’Angelo will be over the moon to hear he is playing an additional show at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March. D’Angelo is one of the great live performers, comparisons have been made to James Brown and Prince. On top of this Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Word and Janiva Magness have all announced additional performances.
We are overflowing with talent at Bluesfest this year, and with only eight weeks to go before the festival begins, we are pleased to say that in a year where festivals have experienced much lower than expected sales, and in some cases cancellations, that we are right on track to deliver one of, if not the best, well attended festivals so far.”
In addition to D’Angelo’s previously announced Bluesfest performance on Thursday 24th March, he will be joining a huge and varied line-up on Saturday 26th March, including The Decemberists, Joe Bonamassa (performing exclusively at Bluesfest), Kamasi Washington, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Elle King, who’s hit Single “Ex’s & Oh’s” is up for two 2016 Grammy Awards and came in at #5 in ARIA Single Chart this week, just to name a few.
My local fisho tells me that his mackerel is line caught, and that’s always a good thing as far as sustainability goes: no bycatch and no complete decimation of breeding populations. Good Fish Bad Fish lists mackerel as sustainable too. It’s high in Omega 3 and low in mercury, and it has a nice firm texture with few bones. It’s an oily fish that goes well with acid tomato based sauce, and I have both tomatoes and leeks in abundance in my garden at the moment.
For four serves:
At least 14 people have died in Thailand as cold weather grips the country.
The deaths were caused either by exposure or respiratory illnesses, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said.
A cold front has swept through Thailand, sending temperatures below 5C in some areas.
In northern Nan province, which typically has hot and dry winters with temperatures near 37C, the mercury fell below 10C on...
A street artist proclaimed by some as Brisbane’s Banksy denies run-down sites across the city were damaged by his paintings, saying he had ‘blessed’ the property with his work.
Anthony Lister faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday on one count of wilful damage by graffiti.
He admits painting five areas, including a graffiti-covered skate park, a wall facing an empty block and a laneway garage door, across Brisbane between 2009 and 2014 but denies his art constitutes damage.
The charge was brought by Brisbane City Council which has previously commissioned Lister to paint traffic signal boxes across the city.
Lister told the court he believed he had permission to paint a wall in Fortitude Valley and that other areas he painted were enhanced by his work as they had been defaced or were in poor condition.
‘It wasn’t in any sort of condition to concern me that my gift wouldn’t be well received,’ he said about a defaced fire hose box he partially painted.
‘That’s enough grounds for me as an educated visual artis...
Story and photos by Harsha Prabhu
Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson got down and dirty with the Arakwal Bundjalung Bunyarra dancers at Apex Park for Survival Day on Tuesday, 26 January, to mark the continued survival of aboriginal and islander culture in the face of the dispossession and genocide against first peoples in Australia.
Welcoming people to the event, Arakwal Bundjalung spokesperson and Byron Shire Citizen of the Year, Delta Kay said: ‘For us aboriginal people Australia Day is celebrated as Invasion Day or Survival Day, because we want to celebrate the survival of our culture. Here in Byron shire our culture is alive and strong and thriving.’
Introducing the Bunyarra (which means ‘deadly’ in Arakwal Bundjalung) Dancers, she said:’ One of the ways we do that is through dancing. Dancing tells a story, keeps us connected to the land, to mother earth. She gives us everything, food, water, shelter, fresh air. We don’t own her. We belong to her, we respect her, w...
A new political party formed in the village of Federal on Australia Day is taking a revolutionary approach to politics by having the principle of innovation in all things as its core aim.
The Innovation Party held its inaugural committee meeting in Federal Park on Tuesday, which organisers felt was ‘poetically appropriate’ for the launch given the township in Byron hinterland was named in honour of Australia’s birth as a nation in 1901.
Federal resident Malcolm Robertson, the party’s public officer, said the new organisation was committed to a set of ‘common sense principles’.
Mr Robertson told Echonetdaily that ‘to influence the next election cycle we need 500 members to register now’, and that membership is free.
He listed the ‘Common Sense principles’ the party was committed to:
• Collect ideas, designs, functions and innovations that progress humanity’s higher aspirations into a resource available to all for “The Common Good”;
• Engage every individual regardless of their position, cu...
An area in North Lismore will be planted out with 1000 native trees and grasses on Sunday to celebrate World Wetlands Day.
Over the last five years, the Banyam Baigham Landcare group has been meeting regularly to rid the once-fertile wetland at Slaters Creek of weeds, and replant native grasses and trees along the creek bank.
The Lismore City Council has partnered with WetlandCare Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, the Northern Rivers Science Hub, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Landcare Group to host the event, which will run from 9am to 1pm and also include walks, talks, kids craft and activities.
Lismore City Council environmental strategies coordinator Vanessa Tallon said that Lismore...
In the 16th century, Daniele da Volterra was scorned by contemporary artists for agreeing to paint loincloths on Michelangelo’s nudes in the Sistine Chapel.
Italian protocol officials must now know how da Volterra felt.
Italy’s opposition leaders, commentators and media grew increasingly vocal in their criticism on Wednesday of nude statues being covered by white boxes in Rome’s city hall and museum complex for a visit by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
Italian newspapers ran photographs of the boxes on their front pages and even the minister of culture called the decisi...
A victim of child sexual abuse has blamed the now-Brisbane Anglican archbishop for putting him in bed with the perpetrating priest.
Giving evidence to a royal commission in Hobart on Wednesday, the 52-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons recounted how he was raped in January 1981, then aged 17, at Triabunna on Tasmania’s east coast.
Former priest Garth Hawkins has since been convicted of the abuse but the victim insists it was incumbent Archbishop Phillip Aspinall who set up the opportunity.
‘I wouldn’t have been there without Archbishop Aspinall,’ the victim said.
‘He put me in that bed.’
A group of youths linked to the Church of England Boys’ Society had gathered at Triabunna where Hawkins was then priest.
Phillip Aspinall, aged in his early 20s, was among the gathering, along with the victim, who had complained previously to his peer...
What would you do with six Senate seats?
That’s the question being asked by Australia’s newest wannabe political party, Flux.
It wants to win six Senate spots at the next election and give all party members a say in votes if its candidates are elected, creating a digital participatory democracy.
They’re calling it ‘Governance 2.0’.
The party says that when, or if, one of their candidates is elected, they would become a gateway for voters to directly influence parliament.
‘Unlike other representatives, Flux candidates are not autonomous, and their votes in parliament are determined wholly by Flux participants,’ the new party’s website says.
This new political experiment announced it had reached the 500 members it needed to register as a political party on January 20.
The party’s founders and leaders, Sydneysiders Max Kaye and Nathan Spataro, are driving to Canberra on Wednesday to formally turn Flux from a digital native into a political party on paper.
The pair say the party will aim to ‘upgrade democracy’ for those who have lost faith with the major players in Australian politics.
‘We’re focusing on building a far more productive system that doesn’t emphasise who should rule, but rather creates a process of removing bad policy quickly and easily,’ Mr Kaye said in their ‘slack channel’ linked to their website.
Despite only bare-bones information on exactly how the party would work, there has been a mostly positive reception from social media users and the membership base continues to grow daily.
How will Flux work?
Few refugees arriving in Australia experience racism.
But most struggle to find housing because it’s too expensive or they can’t speak English.
Only five per cent of newly-arrived refugees responding to a Australian Institute of Family Studies report said they’d felt discriminated against on the streets, public transport or in the community.
Most felt a sense of belonging and welcoming in their new home country, with 80 to 90 per cent rating as good or very good their experience in the six months since arriving in the country.
However, costs, language difficulties and a lack of rental references were barriers to finding housing for 75 per cent of those who’ve recently sought asylum.
A large number said they had moved at least once in their first few months in the country, most likely because their housing arrangements were temporary.
Family plays a big part in helping people start a new life – one of the strongest factors in settling in for refugees was making their children happy, having relatives or finding school opportunities.
The data, released Thursday, comes as Australia welcomes the first wave of about 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled across the country as part of an additional intake commitment to deal with the Middle East refugee crisis.
While the survey began in 2013, it will prove an interesting snapshot into the Australian response as Europe struggles to cope with an influx of refugees amid concerns about social cohesion.
Meanwhile, the federal government has set up a fresh-look advisory group to help new arrivals build a life, including improving their English language skills, employment and education prospects.
The newly-named Settlement Services Advisory Council, which advises the government on migrant settlement and social cohesion, is being chaired by refugee advocate Paris Aristotle.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has been criticised over his support of the death penalty, with the latest Human Rights Watch report taking aim at his ‘decision’ to make executions a ‘symbol of his resolve’.
Indonesia executed 14 convicted drug traffickers in the face of ‘intense international criticism’ last year, the 2016 World Report states.
Among those were Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were executed via firing squad on the prison island of Nusakambangan in Central Java.
Describing it as a ‘serious backsliding on his (the president’s) reform agenda’, the report compared the number to the 20 people who were executed in the 10 years under his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The report also pointed to the Commission on Violence against Women statement that as of October last year, local and national governments had 31 new ‘discriminatory regulations’ – bringing the total to 322.
One example of this was a regulation issued in July by the Ministry of Defence allowing male employees to take second wives if their first spouse was unable to have children.
A month earlier, Indonesia’s Constit...
There is no risk of a Zika outbreak in Denmark because the virus is transmitted via a mosquito species not found there, Danish health officials have said after the country reported its first case.
A Danish hospital reported late on Tuesday that a man had tested positive for the virus after a recent trip to Central and South America where the mosquito-borne virus has spread.
A week ago he started showing symptoms including fever and headache.
Tests showed he had a Zika infection, Aarhus University Hospital physician Lars...
From across the planet, Portland Oregon’s finest, The Decemberists, the hugely successful and inspiring indie folk rock band will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2016.
Their career spans more than a decade and with their songs ranging from upbeat pop to instrumental ballads. The Decemberists have charmed audiences all over the world with their eclectic live shows.
The Echo grabbed an interview last week with frontman Colin Meloy who played along on his guitar during a phone hook up to the US.
Colin, you have been at the helm of the band for 16 years – is it hard to keep up the momentum?
There is sort a mysterious thing about momentum. Having had a career in music for as long as I have, there are ups and down and ebbs and swells in momentum. At this point I have learned to not pay attention to those things and just do the best that I can. It’s a different beast from what it was when we started out and no-one knew knew who we were. Then it was always about us; now it’s always about creating the best work that you can and challenging yourself not to get complacent and to keep it fresh.
The Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre pool is open again after a four-week closure.
Pool managers were forced to close the pool at the peak of the school holiday season after several leaks were detected in the pool lining last year.
The leaks were discovered after the pool’s maintenance manager noticed that the volume of water and chemicals being used had increased.
An inspection by divers confirmed a number of leaks, and suppliers in Italy were contacted to rectify the situation.
As a result, four weeks later a new PVC membrane has been installed, which managers said had not cost the community anything.
Acting Centre Manager Yonika Mantel said despite the opening of the pool, Aqua and Swim School classes would continue at the Lismore Memorial Baths this week, with the Goonellabah centre timetable returning to normal on Monday, 1 February.
‘We are so thrilled to welcome back our members, students and visitors,’ Yonika said.
‘We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time and to staff for not only identifying the problem but also the professional way in which they have handled a very difficult situation...
John Nemesh (Echonetdaily 13/1) states that Gareth Smith should privately speak with Palestinian Christians when they are not in fear of death from the Palestinian Security Service.
Today I received a letter requesting donations from Bethlehem University (Catholic). Among other things it stated ‘In the past several months both Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land have seen a marked increase in the intensively negative effects of the Israeli Military Occupation that impacts every detail of their lives’. It was signed by Brother John Tuohy FSC, Vice President for Advancement, Bethlehem University.
Perhaps it is John Nemesh who should privately speak to Palestinian Christians when they are not in fear of death from the Israeli Security Service (Shin Bet) and the heavily armed Israeli Defence Force.
Jenny Bush, Wilsons Creek
The pub rock era from the late 60s to early 90s in particular was a very virile period for Australian music. The bands played loud and strong to compete with the rabble and noise in beer-soaked venues.
Stu from Uke Mullum has put together a list of tunes from the prominent Aussie pub-rock bands with tunes from: Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls; The Church; Angels; AC–DC; Australian Crawl; Cold Chisel; Richard Clapton; Mental As Anything; Dragon; The Sunnyboys; Men at Work; The Choirboys; Hoodoo Gurus; Hummingbirds; The Dynamic Hepnotics; Hunters and Collectors; The Models; Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons; INXS; and Divinyls.
Joining Uke Mullum for the third year in a row will be their favourite singer/songwriters Sara Tindley and Ashley Bell. The songbook is ready fo...
Wow, what a storm we had today in Geelong. 53.8mm of rain
fell within 30 minutes. The photos here show Johnstone Park before
and then this afternoon, and Rippleside Park for Australia Day and
today. One of the lads said that on the freeway from Melbourne to
Geelong, cars had to stop and wait on the side of the road until
the rain ceased. Photos from the web. Plus one of the storm coming
Stan Zemanek claims that racism is at the heart of the nation. I don’t deny this, however, misogyny is at the heart of most cultures and this, as always, is denied aggressively by men and women.
Isn’t it funny how a study about bike helmets can produce, almost instantly, a nation full of conscientious bike helmet wearers, except in Byron where freedom over safety laws is a local matter of choice.
Misognyny can be a choice that can, from a women’s perspective easily be overcome with some assertiveness training and lessons to combat aggressive denial and communication.
Why is it so simple to advocate for the safety of a bike rider’s head, be they male or female, yet not, the safety of a woman? A simple look at this would be to watch fathers with their children in a public playground.
From a sociological perspective, a lot of fathers don’t encourage sharing and turn taking. From father to son and even the adoring mother social lessons are ingrained and unconsciously taught. Who’s to blame for a misogynist society?
Is this a parenting issue or a reinforced father-to-son cultural carry on of inter-generational violence?
Misogyny, not simply men and women calling other women whores, sluts, and other demoralising names; it also includes, victim blaming, scapegoating, shaming, denying women rights to all emotional expression, possessiveness, overbearing jealousy, and the obvious physical violence and of course denying income, work choices, etc.
Why is it so easy, then, for the police to reinforce safety laws, such as riding with a bike helmet and not to emphatically connect with women who experience emotional, psychological and physical violence from their partners, ex partners, family members, neighbours and generally contemptuous community members who see women as a lesser ‘object’ to let off their steam at/on/about?
Could it be that Australia, like many nations of...
The Pilliga. Wednesday, 9.20am
I am a patriotic Australian. (Sure, I despise thongs and bongs, but I have skin cancer scars and say ‘mate’ sometimes.) I love this country: her blue mountains, her rolling plains, her babbling rivers.
Consequently, for Australia Day, I wanted to be with real Aussies. True blue. So I went to The Pilliga, the largest bit of semi-arid scrub left in New South Wales.
On the long drive there from my shack under the North Coast cliffs, I realised I do love this country – even though her blue mountains are logged, her plains are sucked dry and her rivers are bubbling with toxic gases.
It makes me sad. It’s like watching a parent die. And it makes me angry. Because it’s deliberate.
I’m not sucked in by the patronising patriotism of politicians; the manufactured fears of international terrorism; the self-serving warmongering; the cowardly asylum-seeker bashing; or the pompous award-giving. I am a patriot, not a patsy.
I know who the enemy is.
I’m at the gate to Santos’ water treatment plant at Leewood in the northern part of The Pilliga. Santos plans to put 850 coal seam gas wells in The Pilliga.
It’s a really stupid idea.
The Pilliga is one of the most important recharge areas for the Great Artesian Basin.
When the Great Dividing Range was formed, it lifted and exposed the ends of the sandstone aquifers of the Basin. The Pilliga is that rare place where elevated exposed aquifers have formed highly efficient water sinks. The water that falls on the Pilliga scrub goes...
Over the years, the name of "Mother Jamieson" has become woven
into the fabric of the early Victorian goldfields history. In 1851,
anyone travelling to the diggings at Ballarat or Buninyong could
tell you that the only place to stay in Buninyong was Mother
Jamieson's hotel. Her name is mentioned in the newspapers of the
day and recalled years later by old timers recounting the glory
days of the gold rush. But who was Mother Jamieson and how did she
come to be keeping a hotel in one of the most isolated towns in
Victoria at that time?
"Mother Jamieson" was actually Margaret Jamieson, born in Rothsay, Scotland in about 1809 to parents John and Margaret Stewart. In 1839 she and her husband James, along with at least four children, migrated to the newly-established Port Phillip District as assisted immigrants aboard the Palmyra.
Within a short time of arriving in Australia her husband James had taken up a publican's license and was running the Eagle Inn in Bourke St, Melbourne, so by the time she reached Buninyong, Margaret was most likely already an experienced publican. In the Vigilante of 1st August, 1918, the Eagle Inn was described as little more than a drinking den, however the article also notes, that James, along with his barman Thomas Hodge contrived in 1841 to build Melbourne's first theatre.
|Looking up Bourke St, Melbourne in the 1940s. I...|
As part of of my recent stay at Mallacoota, I had planned to drive into the Cape Wilderness area and look for the Eastern Bristlebird – a rare bird on the Victorian side of the border. A location known to have a small population is Howe Flat, a coastal paperbark swamp near the wilderness coast. To find your way into the right area you need to drive into NSW and then loop back into Victoria via long narrow bush tracks. The area is not far from Mallacoota as the crow flies but it is on the other side of the inlet with no easy or direct access. It can take several hours of tough AWD/4WD driving through rainforest and tall trees. The last part of the track is quite narrow but winds through some beautiful country. I actually found a Bristlebird on the NSW side of the border while looping back into Victoria They have a distinctive call, but can be quite shy. It ran in front of the car, called a few times and then disappeared.
Arriving at Cape Howe Flat, I found the bird along the track to the coast fairly quickly – it was quite shy and stayed back in the vegetation but I did get a few shots.
It was a long but very rewarding day.
from our US desk
Former CIA and commercial pilot John Lear has come forward and sworn an affidavit stating that the Twin Towers were not bought to the ground by planes crashing into them.
An affidavit is serious business in law. Unlike any other form of statement, an affidavit becomes “truth in law” if it is not rebutted. It is now up to the opponents of John Lear’s theory to present evidence and attempt to disprove his statement point by point.
If they cannot or do not rebut the theory, the US Government will by omission be allowing that the official account provided by the 9/11 Commission is not the truth.
And believe me, John Lear’s statement makes a very strong case. He is not just a simple pilot throwing his opinion around. He is as close as you can come to being American intelligence and aerospace aristocracy.
The grandson of Learjet founder Bill Lear, John himself is a retired airline captain and former CIA pilot who has flown over 100 different types of plane during 40 years of active flying. He h...
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here
|Birds in a recently flooded section of Finland Road [M. Overend]|
|Tawny Grassbird [M. Overend]|
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, others argue it depends on the picture. Well we think Kyle’s photo of Peter Sheep is worth more than a thousand words: it tells of the soft magnificence of his kind, a species ever so vulnerable at the hands of humans. Show sheep you love them by keeping them in your heart and off your plate, after all, they belong in dreamy fields of gold, happy as can be.
I have a nightmare of seeing a blockbuster exhibition riding through the exhibition in little carriages on something like a ghost train. You would buy your tickets and, after another queue, be strapped into a little carriage that would take you around the exhibition on a track with an audio track. The frightening thing is that it would probably work; after all it worked for Banksy with Dismaland in 2015. The queue would go around the block.
It was the projected video faces on the mannequins at the Gautier exhibition, like the animatronics at Disneyland. That along with memories of the coin operated art at the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Spain that gave me this idea. Dali himself must have been inspired by The Surrealists pavilion at the 1939 at the New York World Fair, “Dream of Venus” was very popular due the live mermaids (see a home movie of it). Banksy’s Dismaland is not a new idea.
The art train would solve many problems for the organisers of blockbuster exhibitions in managing numbers people and the time they spend at exhibition. Currently there are conflicting issues traffic jams in an exhibition. These can be caused by the audio guides but as there was a financial return on the audio guides, various galleries prohibit sketching and even note-taking to manage the traffic through the blockbuster exhibition (see my 2008 blog post for more on that subject).
Those readers who, like me, are horrified by the idea of riding through an exhibition in a rattling, little carriage maybe thinking about the gallery architecture as a meditative space, as an alternative to going to church or a temple. (For more on the aesthetics of space influences the brain see “H...
Weeding the Garden.
Every problem is an opportunity for growth. Life is a problem if we think what is taught in the school room is all we need to know. Learning should extend beyond the classroom. We must think for our self and look for facts to substantiate what we are told. We need more than blind faith in others.
Weeds grow and flourish with no assistance from the gardener. In the garden of our mind weeds can thrive if we are not aware and constantly weeding out the unwanted negative thoughts.
AFTER a recruitment drive in early December, Word and Mouth have
welcomed 22 young people into the youth organisation, creating a
new record for the most recruits in one year.
The new recruits, who have committed to join Word and Mouth for 12 months, are from various backgrounds, ages, faiths and schools, with the youngest being 12, the eldest being 24. The recruits will assist in putting on events and other activities in Greater Shepparton during the year.
Word and Mouth Project Manager, Jim Gow said, “They’re a very diverse group from various backgrounds. It will be interesting to have new blood in the water and to have fresh ideas floating around. We have some members from last year who have set themselves new challenges and goals so we are really hoping to see some great things in 2016.
“We are also hoping to see the young people leave this year with something more that previous years, such as a first aid certificate.”
STUDENTS at Gowrie Street Primary School will be starting the
new school year with a new look, after the school announced it was
set to introduce new uniforms carrying the school’s new logo.
The new uniforms, which include a summer dress, winter skirt, jackets and shirts with a stylish black strip running down the left hand side, are all a part of the school’s plans to create a unique uniform for their students.
The new logo, which depicts children, a tree that symbolises the school’s closeness to the river and the four ‘caring values’ of the school, was created to better reflect the current values and where the school is today.
Gowrie Street Primary School Principal, Travis Eddy said, “We had been talking about the change for a couple of years. The old logo had been around for more than 20 years and we decided it didn’t reflect our school as it is today very well, so we decided it was time for a change.
“We chose the black strip on the shirts to break up the red and help our students to be better identified.
“Our school community have been very supportive of the changes. It’s been a long journey and we are very proud of our results.”
FIREARMS have long been in the spotlight and the topic of
controversy, and the Adler lever action shotgun is no different.
Recently, the Adler was wrongly perceived as a rapid-fire shotgun
made from new technology according to Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting
World Proprietor, Steve Threlfall.
Steve said, “There is a perception that it is a new firearm that can fire rapidly and that it should be a controlled firearm, however this is just not the case.
“In actual fact, the technology behind this firearm is over 100 years old and this type of shotgun has been in the country for as long as firearms have been sold in Australia.
“It has been manufactured by a number of different firearm manufacturers including Winchester, in a number of different calibres from 12 gauge to .410.
“It fits in with the criteria of Australian laws to be sold to the public.
“The anti-firearm lobbyists have brought out this misconceived idea as an effort to discredit or restrict genuine shooters the access to firearms like this.
“At the end of the day the anti-firearm lobbyists don’t want guns in the community at all, and this is just another attempt at removing them.
“Firearms are used as everyday tools for farmers, in sporting events, for the control of vermin and hunting and so restricting access...
GREATER Shepparton is about to see a minor rise in the number of
students enrolled for the school year, with an estimated three more
students hitting the school yard in government schools for the
start of 2016.
In the 2015 year, a total of 7,597 students started the school year, compared with 7,600 who will be starting this year.
706 preps began their first year in 2015 and 600 will put on their uniforms for the first time and say goodbye to their parents on their first day this year.
397 began their first day as a secondary school student last year, while 400 will begin year 7 this year. 358 began the 2015 year looking forward to their final year of secondary school, with the 2016 year seeing 400 students set to tackle year 12.
A total of 4,609 students were enrolled in primary school for the start of the 2015 year, but the 2016 school year is seeing 4,700 enrolled to attend primary school.
2,791 students were enrolled in secondary school at the start of 2015, with 2,700 students set to hit the school yard at secondary schools this year.
The number of students attending special schools hasn’t changed much, with 198 being enrolled in 2015 and 200 enrolled for 2016.
Upsetting a substantial portion of liberal party faithful when unceremoniously removing Tony Abbott to steal Prime Ministership, Malcolm Turnbull’s second goal to establishing Australia as a republic now would overload his ego driven conquests.
In a public backdown from his republic crusade, Prime Minister Turnbull stated to media;
“Now is not the time for an Australian republic, we must wait until the Queen is no longer on the throne”.
“I’ve led a ‘yes’ case for a republic into a heroic defeat once. I’ve got no desire to do so again”.
When he lost the 1999 referendum, Mr Turnbull said the monarchist PM of the time John Howard had “broken our hearts”.
October 1st 1999 the government issued writs announcing polling day 6 November 1999 for a referendum vote seeking electorate approval;
To alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic with the Queen and Governor-General being replaced by a President appointed by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament
Not one state voted in favour.
Having established a power base under our current constitution by...
WITH true blue patriotism flowing through the community
yesterday in celebration of Australia Day, Toolamba resident,
Christine McKenzie took out the prestigious Greater Shepparton
Citizen of the Year and Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks was
named Shepparton Citizen of the Year.
Twenty locals and organisations were honoured with awards across Greater Shepparton, including Ella Westblade, who was named as Greater Shepparton Young Citizen of the Year and Murchison Tomato Festa winning Greater Shepparton Community Event of the Year.
Arcadia’s Citizen of the Year award went to Ray McManus, while Dookie’s Young Citizen of the Year award was taken out by Emily Shields, Citizen of the Year was awarded to John Sims and the Dookie A&P Show was named Community Event of the Year.
Mooroopna’s George Vearing was named Mooroopna Citizen of the Year, with the Fruit Salad City’s Young Citizen of the Year being awarded to Maddie Steiszkal.
In Murchison, Brian Burke was awarded Citizen of the Year, Grace Blackley received the Junior Sports Award and the Murchison Tomato Festa took out the Community Event of the Year award.
In Tatura, the Senior Citizen of the Year award went t...
CONSTRUCTION works began last week on the new $1.4M Katandra
West Community Centre, which is set to become a hub for the
Katandra community upon its completion in late August.
The new building was made possible through the State Government’s Regional Development Victoria fund contributing $500,000, Greater Shepparton City Council contributing $750,000 and Katandra West Community Facilities Committee of Management fundraising $150,000 towards the project.
The centre will include a community meeting room, commercial kitchen, bar, function room, umpire change rooms, female change rooms and toilets and will bring a number of benefits to residents and user groups including Katandra Kats Football and Netball Club, local cricket and tennis clubs, the Country Women’s Association, the CFA, Girl Guides and Katandra West Primary School.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, “Council has been working with the local Katandra West community to ensure this project gets off the ground.
“This is great news for the community who have been working really hard to ensure this new centre would proceed. The new centre will be a great facility to host functions for 250 people seated and more standing. They will be able to host a number of functions including community meetings, weddings, parties and co...
IN true Shepparton Festival style, Mr Whippy rocked his way down
Fraser Street to the grassy knoll in the Maude Street Mall, where
tables and a rug were set up for a picnic and all to quirkily
celebrate the launch of the 2016 Shepparton Festival guide and the
festival’s 20th year.
This year’s theme, Be Consumed is all about encouraging the community to get involved in the 49 events that will run across the region over 17 days, from March 4 to 20.
Festival Director, Ros Abercrombe said, “This year is an important year for us with the celebration of the festival’s 20th year.
“But it’s more than just a celebration of 20 years, we are also celebrating being one of the longest running annual festivals in all of Australia, which is a great achievement.
“Our creative concept this year is a trifle, which fits perfectly with our theme. A trifle is a matter of careful construction. It is a classic dish made with tradition, laden with nostalgia and is a dessert of indulgence.
“A trifle has seven layers and these represent the seven layers of the festival. The jelly is the gathering of people, the cake represents the performances, the fruit is the music, the custard is the visual arts, the second layer of fruit is the film, the second layer of custard is...
The Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) is one of our iconic alpine species. It lives in rock screes and boulder fields, and is also the only Australian mammal restricted to alpine habitat. There are only three main populations remaining.
It faces a number of threats: habitat destruction, climate change and predators. The construction of ski resorts in the alpine regions in which the mountain pygmy possums inhabit has been one of the greatest factors attributed to population decline.
This recent story from the ABC by Lucy Barbour outlines an innovative program which aims to protect the species from feral cats.
Cute, cuddly spaniels are becoming one of the best weapons in the Federal Government’s war on feral cats.
The Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Environment are using the sniffer or “detector” dogs to help save endangered species, like the mountain pygmy possum.
The mountain pygmy only exists in two Australian alpine parks, and feral cats have been putting a major dent in the population.
Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews said the possums, which weigh just 45 grams when fully grown, were no match for cats.
According to Mr Andrews, snow in the mountain pygmy’s habitat has been melting earlier in the season, meaning food for the animal has not been ready when they wake from hibernation, and cats have been able to target them when they are hungry and weak.
“They’re knocking them off one-by-one as they wake up from hibern...
With great sadness we learned of the death on 30 December 2015 after a short illness of Hilary Loftus, our wonderful watercolour teacher for many years. Hilary was born to follow in her father’s footsteps as a painter, and she travelled widely with her artist husband Jim. She shared her techniques with generations of students in Europe and in Australia. Hilary was 93.
Welcome your additional agenda items for discussion – I forgot to add the Produce Exchange as one …. see you on the 7th. Filed under: community garden activities, events and workshops, funding and philanthropy, garden members Tagged: february 7 2016, meeting, newstead community garden agenda, summer wrap-up
By Michael Danby MHR, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports The Turnbull Government’s decision in the Mid-Year Budget 2015 decision to scrap bulk billing incentives for medical pathology and diagnostic imaging services continues the decades-long LNP assault on Medicare, Australia’s signature national health program. As usual, the now Turnbull-Morrison LNP government is “stealth-targeting” health and welfare […]
Deputy Mayor Serge Thomann We are all enjoying summer and St Kilda at its best. As long as everyone respects our environment, our parks and our beaches – I am particularly thinking of our visitors! Thank you for doing the right thing. The beginning of this year has been interesting. Having spent three weeks with […]
By Steph Hodgins-May, Federal Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports The evidence from a century of prohibition and ‘tough on drugs’ policies is clear – the way governments and law enforcement approach illicit drugs has created harm, not prevented it. Every year in Australia we spend hundreds of millions of dollars arresting and locking up people […]
By Dick Gross AM – former Mayor of Port Phillip Fishermans Bend is a looming tragedy for Victoria and Port Phillip. Whilst the primary blame lies at the feet of the former Coalition Government, the Port Phillip and Melbourne Councils have been shockingly neglectful. No wonder local MP Michael Danby calls this Port Phillip Council, […]
LIVE-IN CARETAKER WANTED
A family would like to offer the position of a live-in caretaker to an individual or couple.
The position is in a large house within walking distance of Blackheath shops. The house has a tennis court and has extensive gardens over 1 acre.
Accommodation for the caretaker is a pleasant room, private bathroom, kitchen and laundry.
No rent will be charged.
It is requested that the caretaker undertake small tasks and odd jobs in the garden and around the home.
If interested, please call Brett on 0411713555.
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By Mark Lopez Acland Street, St Kilda with its pleasantly quirky, family-friendly, delightfully culinary and utterly delicious inner-city magic is under threat. Our damsel is in distress, and the threat comes from the bureaucrats at Public Transport Victoria. They wanted to plonk one of those gigantic concrete super tram stops right in the middle of […]
By Michael Graves Pedestrianising St Kilda’s famous street is essential to its long-term future. For years Acland Street has remained more or less in its present form, and I surely am not the only one to have thought this sells the iconic strip vastly short. For the sake of some parking spots, and passageway for […]
By Marika Fengler We would like to thank the stranger who picked up a bill at a St Kilda cafe for a group of our volunteers who were on a tea break. Every Monday, a group of regular volunteers at our Grey Street dining hall take a break at Dr Jekyll cafe before the lunch […]
St Kilda Tourism & Events is looking for volunteers to provide visitor information at the St Kilda Visitor Information Kombi. Volunteers will be equipped with iPads directing people to the www.stkildamelbourne.com.au website as well as providing visitors with traditional information material including maps, visitor guides and a selection of brochures and flyers. The St Kilda […]
By Luke Dawson A blank wall is often dismissed by the average person yet when there is something that transforms that blank wall into an immersive experience, it naturally draws attention. Paul Round and Frank Maiorana have created two new murals at Peanut Farm Reserve this summer. Round is a street artist with 17-years of […]
Christopher Pyne told Channel Nine this week that Queensland Nickel’s voluntary administration was; “an example of why people shouldn’t play with independents and minor parties, because of the instability they create.”
The comment angered Katter’s Australian Party State Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter.
Mr Katter said; “I had steam coming out of my ears when I heard that.
“It is absolute nonsense and it’s part of the game for the major parties to really remove proper debate from the parliaments and operate as it’s intended to.
“Christopher Pyne sadly confuses simple government with stable government now.”
Mr Katter said a parliament kept to only two parties was not necessarily stable or effective.
For example, the Queensland Labor Government has been spending the first 12 months of its term undoing policy decisions made by the former LNP government.
“The poor people of Queensland keep getting this whole revolving door of policy,” he said.
Mr Katter said the two major parties in the Queensland Parliament had for at....
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Greater Shepparton Police Service Area Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2 from 7:30pm at the Shepparton Police Station, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Representatives from all Greater Shepparton towns and areas are invited to become involved in community safety and crime prevention in their areas. For further information, phone Cathie McMaster on 0434 343 327.
TWILIGHT TENNIS MIXED DOUBLES COMPETITION will be held at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club from Wednesday, February 3 for eight weeks at 5:30pm Teams of two men and two ladies. Grades A,B,C and D. For further information, contact Paula on 0400 913 597 or visit www.sheppartonlawntennisclub.com.au
SING AUSTRALIA GROUPS Shepparton meets Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Baptist church Shepparton (except school holidays). To participate in singing (no auditions needed), contact Meryl on 5831 2202 or 0418 578 369. Also on the Sing Australia website www.singaustralia.com.au.
GV CHRONIC PAIN Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2:30pm at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Come along and share in support. For more information, email email@example.com or phone 0458 510 416 between 10am and 4pm.
SHEPPARTON PUBLIC Cemetery is announcing that the second stage of the mausoleum is completed and now on sale. The historic cemetery reminds the community it is not run by council and still has room available. For information, phone Jeanette Doherty on 5821 2289.
FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.
SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. m...
By Daniel Wilson St Kilda’s street-art royalty Adnate is collaborating with Lawyer-cum-street artist Kaff-eine to support the Amnesty International campaign Write for Rights. They have painted a mural of Yorm Bopha on Dandenong Rd. If you are city-bound you will see it on your left just after the Astor Theatre. Yorm Bopha is a Cambodian human rights […]
News Updates from CLG
26 January 2016
Air Force officials won’t say whether radioactive material was released when Minuteman III nuclear missile was damaged: Nuclear missile ‘mishap’ costs Air Force $1.8M —Air Force officials did not specifically address whether radioactive material was released when the missile was damaged. | 24 Jan 2016 | Three U.S. Air Force airmen were stripped of their nuclear certifications after a “mishap” caused approximately 1.8 million in damage to an intercontinental ballistic missile in 2014, officials said Friday. The incident occurred when the Minuteman III nuclear missile, assigned to the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, became “non-operational” during a diagnostic test, according to a statement released by the Air Force…Further details about the nature of the “mishap” are murky, as the full report from the military’s Accident Investigation Board remains classified.
Islamic State video purports to show Paris attackers, threatens Britain | 25 Jan 2016 | A video published on Sunday by the media centre of Islamic State [Langley, Virginia?] purported to show images and last statements of nine of the people who took part in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people on Nov. 13. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage, which showed the men delivering anti-Western diatribes and concluded with an apparent thre...
HAVE you ever wanted to learn how to Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘50s and ‘60s
style or are you looking at brushing up on your dancing skills? You
can hit the dance floor with Cool Cat Rockers’ beginner’s lessons
when they kick off early next month.
This year, beginner’s classes commence on Tuesday, February 9 from 7pm at Wesley Hall on Maude Street, Shepparton and even if you don’t have a partner the Cool Cats’ friendly social group of like-minded people will ensure a ‘rocking time’ will be had by all.
Kaye Rossignoli from Cool Cat Rockers said, “Rock ‘n’ Roll is a pastime that combines the art of socialising, meeting new friends, having lots of fun and all whilst also keeping fit.
“We have the first of our big dances for the year coming up on Saturday, February 20 from 8pm until late, which will be held at the Shepparton High School Hall and feature top Melbourne band, Who Was That Cat. We encourage people to come along for an enjoyable and rocking night,” Kaye said.
For further information, contact Kaye on 5821 5465 or drop into Wesley Hall at 7pm from Tuesday, February 9.
WE NEED A STRONG AND VIBRANT CBD
I read with interest Jenny Houlihan’s comments in regard to the re-opening of the mall to one way traffic.
I note that she has totally disregarded the comments of business owners in the mall and also their evidence gathered over many years, that the mall as it stands is well and truly passed its use by date. I was also very interested to read that she noted that many had been in business for decades and if they weren’t able to make a living they would be out of there. I wish to point out that over the years there has been many businesses who have closed up shop as the foot traffic wasn’t there. Shops where these businesses were are still vacant – I suggest Jenny should walk through the mall and check on the empty shops – a mass exodus has happened and maybe there are more that are thinking of going.
I also agree with Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Leanne Hulm that the mall has had a long history of debate with regard to the merits of opening or not. The council is of the opinion that it isn’t broken so we won’t fix it. The Commercial Activity Centres Strategy report after much consultation, has suggested that the mall needs fixing and some ways to go about this.
We need a strong and vibrant CBD if we are to have a strong and vibrant city and as the mall is integral to this we need to fix it before it is too late.
How people forget. Some two decades or more ago when the Maude Street Mall was built it had problems from the word go.
The first complaints were the concrete was causing such a glare in Summer – further work was required. It used to have water features near Identity (shop) and the cinema for people to throw cigarette buts in or urinate in after midnight...
“Told in a collective narrative of ﬁrst person accounts with characters that thread throughout the ﬁlm, Black Hole is told over the period from 2013 to the present moment.
The stage has been set for one of the most intriguing David and Goliath battles in this country’s history. Black Hole is the story of the fight to save the Leard State Forest from one of the most controversial coal mining projects in Australia – Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal Mine.
Set against the backdrop of the mining industry’s ever-increasing thirst for fossil fuels, Black Hole is an intense and riveting exposé of the tensions between large corporations, the Australian government and the community.
Examine the future of coal, corporate responsibility and the rights governments afford to people vs polluters.”
Tuesday, February 16 6:30PM – 8:30PM
at Mount Vic Flicks
2A Harley Avenue
Mount Victoria NSW 2786
Friday 29th January
12 – 2pm Jazz & Beyond
In this weekâŹ"s program the Limelight shines the spotlight on the amazing Duke Ellington who at age 17 began his professional working life as a band leader, composer and pianist. In Retrospective, we delve into the world of movie themes with Henry Mancini. RayâŹ"s Selection segment highlights the complex and interesting compositions of saxophonist Stan Getz. Jazz and Beyond âŹ jazz with a twist!
Wednesday 27th January
11pm-12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: It was during the 1920s and 1930s, as fascism swept across Europe, that propaganda became a finely-honed art, and an indispensable ally of government.
One of its pioneers was the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, who studied its advantages closely, once explaining publicly how it should work.
“The crowd doesn’t have to know. It must believe,” he said. “If only we can give them faith that mountains can be moved they will accept the illusion that mountains are moveable and thus an illusion may become a reality…”
Mussolini may have ended up hung from a light pole in Milan by 1945. But his ideas have never died. Indeed, they have been propagated by governments of all persuasions ever since.
The new Sri Lankan president, for example, has shown in his first year of office that he is a devout believer in the power of propaganda; a man who is convinced that illusions can become reality, as long as he can keep the crowd from knowing the truth.
Since ousting his former ally, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a palace coup last year, Maithripala Sirisena has built a reputation as a reformer on words alone. His manifesto for change, issued immediately he was elected, oozed with words of hope, of recognition of past failures, of guarantees of a new order.
Yet, just one year later, the mist has lifted and we are confronted with the stark reality; a monumental deception that is slowly but surely being revealed in its true light. Gradually we are seeing through the man who would move a mountain.
A torrent of promises has become a trickle of token gestures as Sirisena refuses point blank to address the issue that continues to define Sri Lanka as a country of government-sanctioned violence, where torture, murder, disappearance and rape are unremarkable occurrences.
It has been so since the British left in 1948, and the Sinhalese, who make up 75 per cent of the population, took control of the country, beginning....
Congratulations to 3CR broadcasters Robbie Thorpe (Fire First and Black 'n Deadly),Viv Malo (The Black Block) and Gilla MGuinness (Precious Memories) for awesome live coverage of the Invasion Day Rally. Thanks to Nicky for anchoring the broadcast at the station and to the 3CR production team who made the broadcast happen - Michael, Riah, Annie, Ronny, Steph and Molly. A podcast of the broadcast will be available to listen to soon, we'll keep you posted.
Queensland parents embrace new tech
New research shows Queensland parents are embracing new technology and online learning to help better prepare their children for the digital future.
The NBN Digital Parenting Report shows that more that 76 per cent of parents recognise the need to harness the internet for education in the home.
The report also found that parents are using online learning as a way to view the content their child is being taught.
Palmer playing in the shadows
Pitt: Queensland is heading the the right direction
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has dismissed figures which show Queensland has one of the lowest-performing economies in Australia.
The latest CommSec ‘State if States’ which compares the economic status of each Australian state and territory, shows Queensland ranks sixth out of eight.
Mr Pitt says the figures need to be considered in context, as the report ranks Queensland against the decade average.
More women in uniform in Queensland
Queensland Police have announced a new directive to enforce equal gender employment amongst new recruits.
The new directive which is to take immediate effect aims for recruitment squads to achieve a 50/50 ratio of men and women.
Queensland Police commissioner Ian Stewart says diversity is very important in Australian culture, and emphasizes it is just as important to the Queensland Police force.
North Coast Voices: Planned Parenthood Federation Of America fights back against & Australia's misogynist-in-chief Tony Abbott flies in to support, anti-abortion extremists "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"
My visits over recent days to this drying waterhole in the Mia Mia have featured regular appearances from at least two separate flocks of White-winged Choughs. These charming and engaging ‘bush comics’ never cease to delight as they go about their business. All flocks comprise adult and juvenile birds and they employ a sophisticated system of surveillance as they feed, roost, preen and dust-bathe in their territories. They also engage in spectacular displays involving dramatic arching and waving of their wings, which combined with head bobbing while simultaneously engorging their eyes with blood, makes for ‘essential viewing’. The purpose of these displays varies with the circumstances – it can be associated with predator alarm, territorial defence, greetings between group members, appeasement, group bonding or to even entice a fledgling away from a neighbouring group with the intention of ‘kidnapping’.
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As we all learnt in grade bubs, Invasion day is the day the first batch of convicts arrived on our fair shores. The few members of the invasion party who were not chained up in the hold, ran up the nearest hill, stuck a Union Jack in the ground and proclaimed the entire island now belonged holus bolus, to the king of England.
I don’t think they realised just how big the island really was, and still is. Were the rightful owners of the place consulted in this serious matter? Were they even informed of their newfound status as chattels of King So and So? A rhetorical question, of course.
Some of us in our blissful ignorance however, may not be aware that fateful day of January 26th also commemorates the only coup de tat ever to take place in Australia. In 1808, exactly 20 years to the day after the arrival of the first fleet, a bunch of disgruntled officers from the New South Wales Corp overthrew the government of the fledgling colony. I do not mean to besmirch the good name of the gentlemen involved, but it has been reputed that they were drunk at the time. Not surprising considering that the legal tender of the colony was rum. Giving Australia the dubious distinction of being the only place in the world to employ such a form of currency.
Legend has it that when the said soldiers arrived, singing ribald sea shanties no doubt, Governor Bligh was found cowering under the bed. He was discovered there by one Captain Thomas Laycock no less, a distant relative of mine, I do believe.
Of course, that was not the infamous Captain Bligh’s only claim to fame was it now? This is the very same Captain Bligh that, some 20 years previously was set adrift, as depicted so dramatically in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’ The story goes that the lads were having a high old time in...
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