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We have recently been discussing your ongoing courageous struggle to liberate yourselves from more than 100 years of occupation, first by the Netherlands, briefly and brutally by Japan during World War II, and now by Indonesia. In that regard, we would each like to share a brief message with you, our friends from West Papua.
From James: I have been very impressed with the information gleaned from my son Robert Burrowes after his recent meeting in Brisbane with your leaders Octovianus Mote, Benny Wenda, Jacob Rumbiak and Rex Rumakiek of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
The work and dedication you have been devoting to the cause of freedom for West Papua has inspired me to recall my own experience with some of your ancestors during my 4 years with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War II, which included 21-and-a-half years as a coastwatcher. Ten months of this time was spent in enemy-held territory as a signaller.
I am 92 years old now, but in those days from 1942 to 1945 I was Sergeant James Burrowes VX136343 in ‘M’ Special Unit of the Allied Intelligence Bureau, known as the ‘Coastwatchers’. Our intelligence role for the war effort was described by Admiral Halsey, Commander of the US 7th Fleet, in these words:
‘Without the Coastwatchers, the Pacific War would not have been won!’
Therefore, in this context, I would like to briefly relate the contribution of some of your Papuan ancestors who were also coastwatchers, assisting and being part of parties infiltrated into Japanese-held territory.
Those I can name include Papuans known to us as Yali, Mas, Buka and Mariba although I can name many others such as Golpak, his son Kaole, Yauwika, Rayman and Ishmael. Some, including Sgt-Major
Simogun, are famous and were duly honoured with the British Empire Medal and/or Loyal Service Medal for their fighting service. I mention the fir...
It was 50 years ago this month that a weekly pop music paper called Go-Set launched across Australia – wholly independent of all the established corporate media. It was a paper for teenagers produced by a teens and twenty-something staff, and while it revolved around the music scene, it also spoke to our quest for an entirely new culture.
I started Go-Set with a fellow Monash uni student, Tony Schauble, and a core group of mates from Monash and from the discos and band culture that was breaking out in Melbourne in the mid-60s.
The Good Weekend and crikey.com ran stories a few weeks ago about Go-Set and the famous people who started their careers there – Molly Meldrum and novelist Lily Brett among them – but Go-Set employed more than 60 fulltime staff (just one older than 25) during its eight-year lifetime, and some of them have wound up in Byron or nearby. I’m one of them.
In Echo 24 February, Byron Shire Councils’ utilities manager Peter Rees states ‘In 2015 council completed an independent capacity assessment of Byron Bay Sewage Treatment plant’.
Mr Rees was employed as operations manager of water and recycling in 2001.
The question is how does council complete an independent study or does Mr Rees mean a consultant was commissioned to do the study and if so who was the consulting company and has this report been supplied to the Catchment Committee?
Mr Rees also states the plant is running at 72 per cent capacity and could take another 4,000 houses and that an upgrade would be required in 2025 does the independent study advise this?
Byron STW was augmented in 2005 with a design concept for 6,000 EP.
The question is, was the impact of the thousands of tourists, including those who concentrate during festival events that arrive in Byron included in this independent study?.
Mr Rees also talks about reuse of effluent from Byron STW Wetlands to parks etc. It amazes me that at no stage has there been any discussion on dual plumbing for future subdivisions. This is where the majority of reuse water could be going.
Reuse was raised at the Byron Wastewater Steering Committee in 2005. It makes you wonder how long it takes for BSC to put something positive into place.
Mr Rees also talks about the 24-hectare melaleuca plantation. What data has been gathered on the effect the melaleucas have had on acid sulphate soil levels in that area and what data has been supplied to the Catchment Committee on this?
Mr Rees fails to mention the hydraulic impact of the original wetlands on the two adjoining farms and the greater hydraulic impact the wetlands have had on these same farms since the wetlands were augmented in 2006.
Mr Rees was part of the design concept meetings that were held prior to the augmentation of West Byron STW. He then managed the augmentation of the.........
Here’s the email Julie Owens sent to our Christine Judd: “Bula, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Fiji who have suffered at the wrath of tropical cyclone Winston. Please pass on to you and any of (More...)
I passed through Hosier Lane in early Summer to photograph any new wall murals. I found a nice looking Snow Leopard and around the corner in the little lane that runs off Hosier – Rutledge Lane, I found a lesson in how to use spray cans to make simple pictures. I watched for a while as several artists showed a group of office workers, on a lunchtime team building exercise, how using simple effects they could create an impressive image. It was interesting to watch how many steps it can take to create some of the 3d effects that street artists use.
Parliament Station, Melbourne: 03/07/12.
The Sustainable Living Festival is one event I never miss. This year was no exception. Ben, Amy and I were team Webber this year. We caught the train into the city, had a quick vegan breakfast at Lord of the Fries, and walked over to Federation Square where the event was being held. The very [Continue Reading …]
Have you see this frog?
Peron’s Tree Frog Litoria peronii, variously known as the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog, the Emerald-speckled Tree Frog, the Laughing Tree Frog, or my favourite, the Maniacal Cackle Frog, is on the edge of its range in Newstead. This one has been residing for some time in a ‘nice patch of habitat’ – in and around a lemon tree on the edge of town.
Peron’s Tree Frogs are found over much of south-eastern Australia, with the Murray Darling Basin a stronghold. They come in a variety of colours and can in fact change colour rapidly in response to a change in surroundings. This one is quite pale , with distinctive emerald-green spots over the back and legs. The call is unmistakable once you’ve heard it – a high-pitched hysterical cackling sound, hence it’s oft used common name. What a delight to have it here in Newstead – I’d be keen to hear about other local observations....
Goulburn Valley Spirituality in the Pub will host an evening with Rev Joan Fisher, retired Uniting Church Minister who recently spent three months in Palestine. The event will take place at the Terminus Hotel, Shepparton on Monday 29th February 2016 from 7.30 – 9.00pm Spirituality in the Pub is one of the forums for conversation ... Read more...
While many of us are lucky – or brave enough – to ride all winter long, some have had to perform ritualistic motorcycle maintenance to hibernate their bikes for the winter and wake them up for spring.
Thanks to UK biking experts, Bennetts, we have put together some motorcycle maintenance tips on recommissioning your bike after a winter hibernation. Also, click here to find out how to hibernate your bike for winter.
Chances are that your bike’s brakes may have seized up a little and the fluid will have absorbed some moisture, making them feel spongy. As a minimum, give it a thorough visual inspection and test at walking pace. Clean up any surface corrosion from your brake discs and ensure that any protective fluid you sprayed on has been washed off. If in doubt, change the brake fluid and pads.
If you haven’t had your bike battery on an Optimate tender or trickle charger over winter, your battery will need a dose of TLC. If your battery isn’t sealed, check the water level using distilled water to top up and clean up the terminals using a little grease on the connection. Hopefully a sl...
Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Artists.
Photography, Drawing, Collage & Installation exploring botanical elements & the unique landscape of Central Victoria.
LAUNCH SOIREE: 9th March 5pm-8pm
Join us for champagne, opening address & an opportunity to meet the artists.
This exhibition is part of the CASTLEMAINE ARTS OPEN MEET THE
OPENING HOURS: Fri, Sat, Sun 11th- 20th March 10am-4pm
(other times during the two weeks by arrangement)
COFFEE will be available daily, thanks to Tina at The Diggers Store xo
Stay up to date and get more glimpses of our work on
our websites and the festival website.
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Getting back on the “steel horse” again after a serious crash is considered either brave, stupid or too difficult for some.
Maybe I’m one of the “stupid” ones who got back on, despite one major life-threatening crash in which I was run over – check out the helmet at the top of this article!
And maybe I’m also stupid because I’ve crashed so many times yet I’m still riding.
But getting back on the bike again has never been easy.
A male motorcyclist has been killed after the bike he was riding collided with a car near the intersection of Tweed Valley Way and Stokers Road, near Murwillumbah, at about 10.20am this morning (Thursday, February 25).
No other injuries were reported.
As a result of the accident Tweed Valley Way was closed for much of the day.
According to the LiveTraffic website, travelling conditions are returning to normal after earlier delays.
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff closed for the day after electricity supplies to the complex were disrupted by the accident.
TRAC aquatic facilities supervisor Glenn Nott said the power cut disrupted the pool filtration system.
‘We apologise for the inconvenience but we can’t have members of the public using the pools while the filtration system isn’t operating,” Mr Nott said.
‘We’re hopeful electricity supplies will be restored in time for Kingscliff TRAC to reopen tomorrow morning at 5.30am.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Fresh from BPM Festival Mexico and a massive US tour, &ME is on his way to Sydney to play a monster 5-hour set, courtesy of Mantra Collective.
A member of the Keinemusik family along with Rampa, David Mayer, and Monja Gentschow, &ME has become one of Berlin’s most sought-after and praised producers. In recent years, he’s collaborated with Fetisch, released EPs and albums on Kompakt, executed project NR& with fellow producer Rampa and made his first release on Keinemusik into an international club hit.
This Saturday, &ME will head up Mantra Collective’s Keinemusik Sessions at the Factory Theatre. To prepare for the next instalment of their infamous day-to-night parties, the Mantra boys caught up with &ME for some crate-digging and got some of his favourite selections.
My very first track I bought from Nina when I had no clue how big she would be a couple of years later. Maybe it was her first release anyway. I was just amazed by the simplicity of this track while still being strong and powerful. Guess that’s her trademark!
I love to play this as the last track every now and then. The melody just gets you – especially when the more driving middle part of this 11 minute tune is over and the guitars and saxes are coming back in and introducing the end. Time to go home after this one.
Mountain Journal has previously profiled Elizabeth MacPhee, who has been working to restore damaged sections of the NSW Alps since 1990.
She has worked to restore ski runs, walking tracks, grazing damage, post fire repair and damage from hydro electric schemes.
Working with Gabriel Wilks, Elizabeth produced ‘Rehabilitation of former Snowy Scheme sites in Kosciuszko National Park’ which chronicles ten years of restoration work at 200 sites within Kosciuszko National Park. These cover sites damaged during the construction of Australia’s most iconic hydroelectric scheme, where work is showing substantial progress and is contributing to the protection of the parks internationally significant ecosystems.
Although this is a few years old, it is worth a read for anyone with an interest in ecological restoration in the Australian Alps.
Thanks to the Australian Alps National Parks website for this information.
PINK was the colour of the day at Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve
earlier this month.
Ocean Grove Cricket Club held a ‘Pink Stumps’ day during the first day of the A Grade match between the Grubbers and neighbour Wallington.
Pink stumps were used and players wore special pink caps in support of the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds for breast-care nurses throughout the country.
The day was called ‘playing for a cause’.
“The day was a absolute smashing success,” Fiona Spiby said.
“We had over 80 women attend the ladies afternoon and the bidding on silent auction/raffles and spot prizes helped us smash our fund-raising target. The boys from OGCC wore their pink hats and zinc on the day.”
The day raised around $5000 and Fiona said it may become an annual event.
After play, two former cricketers – Stephen Long and Rodney Procter – auctioned off their moustaches for the McGrath Foundation.
Current player and local musician Sam Hanson then entertained the crowd well into the night.
THE international dance phenomenon, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL),
has come to Ocean Grove.
Launched in Melbourne seven years ago, NLNL is a casual, free-form dance in the dark for the pure joy of it.
“I love No Lights because I completely lose my inhibitions in a really happy comfortable environment. I feel like I’m involved in something amazingly therapeutic with like-minded people and it’s awesome exercise that I actually enjoy!“ said Jayne, a regular dancer at NLNL Geelong.
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.
NLNL has just restarted in Ocean Grove on Tuesdays at 7.15pm at The Pavillion, corner The Avenue and Presidents Avenue.
Keep in touch or request a song via Facebook – nolightsnolycrageelong. Dancers should dress comfortably, bring a water bottle and $10 for 60 minutes of dancing.
The Stop the Trawler Alliance today expressed disgust at learning the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have withheld important information from the Australian public about the controversial Geelong Star incident where a whale shark was caught.
Image Courtesy of Jane Aubourg Violinist and looping pedal master Jane Aubourg recently released her brand new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. The track is inspired by a photo of performance artist Tamara Elkins and “uses a slowed and reversed performance of Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, layered with 5-string […]
By LUKE VOOGT
ELVIS impersonator Jack Gatto performed to a sold out crowd in
Ocean Grove last month, raising almost $3000 for cancer
He donated the money to Ocean Grove locals Jenni Garland and Danielle Hogan, who plan to walk in this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
“Jack’s a friend of ours and I told him what we were doing,” Jenni said.
“He offered to do the performance for free.”
Jenni, Danielle and their friends, who will walk together as “Team Hogan”, needed $2000 for the event.
But when ticket sales exceeded that mark, Jack decided to donate the rest of his takings – along with $5 from every CD he sold.
“I think he just got two free beers – that’s it,” Jenni said.
Jack Gatto rose to national and international fame last year after discovering his talent for impersonating the King.
The former Ocean Grove local gave up his time to perform for 120 people at Ocean Grove Golf Club on 20 February.
Jenni thanked the golf club, as well as the volunteers which gave their time.
“They were there until at least midnight,” she said.
All proceeds will go to the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.
THE Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club held its AGM recently,
reflecting on a year in which it raised more than $17,600 for The
Publicity officer Anne Webber said the club had grown dramatically due to its fund-raising activities and its members’ involvement in the community.
“It’s grown from a small group of women four years ago to 130 members,” she said.
“Our fund-raisers are many and varied with members having a say in what programs the money is directed into.”
The club welcomed VIEW zone councillor Maria Culka to the AGM to announce its new committee.
This year’s president is Janice Nation, joined on the committee by Christine Waite, June Hansen, Helen Buckley, Pam Reeves, Jill Gillett, Marion Coppins, Anne Webber, Janet Alexander and Karen Shirley.
The club has 18 activity groups, including walking, travel, singing, movies and craft, and regularly holds fund-raising activities.
The VIEW Club meets at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm. Contact June Hansen on 0422 142 882 for more information.
After operating in and around Cairns for the last few
months, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139
helicopter VH-EZJ has ferried South to Archerfield presumably for
planned maintenance on Thursday 25 February.
It was noted passing through Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone
Airports while on its trip South.
Rooftops are prime real estate in summer, al fresco beers, city views, a feeling like you've broken in somewhere dangerous when you haven't at all. Imagine all that but with the added flair of all-round great pub The Bearded Tit and regular party-throwers Heaps Gay. Open for six nights only over the Mardi Gras period there's a nightly roster of DJs, themes, an Archer Magazine launch and pre and post parade festivities.
Noted making an early departure from Mackay Airport on Thursday 25 February was Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR.
|VH-URR arrives at Darwin Airport recently|
You've probably been to many a sweaty rave on May street in St Peters, but have you ever been to a pop-up games gathering in one of those infamous warehouses.
Branding itself as a pillow fort (cute!), 'Arcade' is a villa full of video games, board games and a sci-fi book library for one afternoon/night only. Do something somewhere other than ya usual haunts this weekend.
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove’s Cindy Murnane will bring new life into the world
this month, travelling to Thailand to volunteer as a midwife.
The 19-year-old completed her first year of a Bachelor of Midwifery and Nursing at Deakin University last year.
It’s a path she chose early on in high school, and, after delivering five babies at her last work-placement, she’s sure it’s her calling.
“Being able to bring the baby up to the mother is an amazing experience,” she said.
“I think it’s incredible how women let you into the biggest part of their life.”
Cindy’s said it was her Year 12 health classes at Christian College that inspired her to volunteer overseas.
Her teacher would show the class videos of health conditions in disadvantaged communities, some of which only had one GP.
“I thought I could be that one person who could help,” she said.
Cindy is raising $5607 to travel to the Thai city of Phitsanulok on 20 March, to volunteer at its local hospital.
Along with helping the disadvantaged, Cindy said her trip would help her become a better midwife.
“It’s just learning to be a midwife differently,” she said.
Cindy will sell passionfruit yoyo biscuits at the Rotary Ocean Grove Summer Market this Sunday, made by her parents Carol and Paul.
“They’re both chefs so it’s their way of contributing to the trip,” she said.
Cindy will volunteer through Gap Medics – a company that organises placements for medical students in disadvantaged areas overseas. Gap Medics does not fund expenses.
For more information or to support Cindy search Cindy Murnane at www.fundmytravel.com
By JEN CARR, JENNIFER.CARR6@BIGPOND.COM
WHAT a wonderful few weeks.
I’ve had another week off work which inevitably leads to a few lovely outings. My favourite new hobby of spotting Australian hobbies on TV aerials near the corner of Tuckfield Street and Shell Road in Ocean Grove has come to an end, as the hobbies have moved on to greener TV aerials.
I’ve had several trips to the Western Treatment Plant, with the aim of spotting the red-necked phalarope (a migratory shorebird that usually winters on tropical islands, but this particular bird has decided to fly further south to the sewerage farm). Unlike many other birdwatchers I have failed to spot the phalarope, but I have had a lovely time trying to see it.
I did bump into members of the Bellarine Birdlife Group at the WTP, and they did manage to see the phalarope. I think I will need to invest in a bird spotting scope instead of relying on my trusty camera lens. Actually that might be a great birthday present if anyone in my family are reading this – hint hint!
When I was driving down Beach Road past Avalon Airport I did see a few banded lapwings in a farm paddock by the side of the road. Banded lapwings are similar to the infamous masked lapwing or spur-winged plover, but they are much smaller (29cm compared to 38cm) and have a longer tail and shorter legs. They also have a U-shaped black breast band, and a small red wattle over the bill, that are absent in the masked lapwing. Apparently the banded lapwings have some young birds, and as they are ground nesters and the young can not fly for several weeks, they have a huge battle for survival on their hands. I’ll keep an eye on them and hope that they do well.
Speaking of young birds, the red-whiskered bulbuls that were seen by Peter in Clifton Springs have at least two offspring. I look forward to seeing them, too.
Another lovely bird I have seen lately was a spiny-cheeked honeyeater, which was on a telephone l...
A three pronged collaboration between photographer Jez Smith, model Casey Legler and 'Gayby Baby' filmmaker Maya Newell this photo exhibition aims to show the candid and positive lives of people with same-sex parents. A timely reminder of the backlash Maya received from our conservative government and media as they continue to gnash their teeth about LGBTIQ education in our schools. An installation of photographic documentation to remind passers-by and Australian society at large that families are families regardless of format. It's open to all to peruse, and perhaps the worthiest of selfie backgrounds in the lead up to Mardi Gras.
Madeleine Carr – aka SPORTS – is a ball of energy, behind the mic and on the decks. She’s just graduated from FBi’s Dance Class supported by MoVement – a new program we started in 2015 as a springboard that supports young women the electronic music industry.
As you know, we’re the proud parents of Airbnb apartments in Melbourne and Sydney. Both act as a mini, livable capsules of the city they’re located in, containing curated pieces from local retailers, artists and small producers we love and entombing as much local knowledge as we could possibly pour into one space. And, as you also know, The Thousands are collaborating with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during the fab exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career. Now, we’re splicing these two together like a mischievous geneticist and presenting a cute mutation, a Grayson Perry inspired cupboard for our visitors.
The cupboard is a bejeweled grotto of all things Grayson. Beyond the wallpapered doors, you’ll find all the costumes, fineries, art supplies, British paraphernalia and penis-shaped candy your fangirl heart could desire. We’ve also tucked in a few tickets to the show. Much like the curated interiors of our apartments we’ve installed all the trappings and trimmings with elaborate aesthetic consideration, we’ve essentially made the Grayson Perry equivalent of Narnia at the back of a wardrobe for you to enjoy.
This fancy cupboard could be all yours to take the glittery guts out of, splay the contents all over yourself and take gratuitous selfies dripping in jewels and red bull, by booking a stay in Sydney here. And just in time for Mardi Gras.
This article was made possible by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in support of ‘Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career’ – part of the ‘Sydney International Arts Series’. Exhibition on now until May 1, 2016.
OPINION: By TREVOR GRANT
The Australian Te...
For the first time in its 23 year history, the Mardi Gras Film Festival has come to Golden Age Cinema, with two beauties in tow. Following a sold out screening of Taiwanese drama Thanatos, Drunk is the new film by LGBTI archivist / historian / artist / total legend Jenni Olson, The Royal Road.
The Royal Road is an experimental, cinematic essay that muses on Olson's thoughts about nostalgia, queer identity, the Californian landscape, and Hitchcock's classic Vertigo, set in Olson's chosen hometown of San Francisco. Shot on 16mm, it's a film that's got to be seen in the cinema to let all its subtle magnificence wash over you.
Gueez Louise, what's next? Lamb Shoulder Festival? We've seen a sharp increase in meat-based festivals this year. If it was a graph, there would be a sudden spike to the heavens, with meat festivals going for zero this time last year to THREE in the past three weeks. Tbh, Bacon Brewfest is potentially the pick of the litter, unless they magically organise a fried chicken festival for next weekend, in which case I feel the subjective nature of my data may be compromised.
Moving on. Bacon Brewfest is this Saturday and it entails every kind of processed pork you can imagine. There's sweet bacon, savoury bacon, bacon eating competitions, bacon workshops, bacon merchandise, some unnervingly appetising bacon roses that look like briny human flesh swizzled on stems (mmm), and bacon infused beers and gelato. This festival really sells itself. Do you like bacon? Go here! Theres also non-bacon DJs, live music, performances and heaps of different craft beer (that's the brewfest part), so if you're a vegan you can load up on beers and dance to the beats on an dizzying empty stomach smelling the intoxicating aromas of sizzling bacon.
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff will be closed for the rest of today, after a nearby car accident disrupted electricity supplies to the complex.
TRAC Aquatic Facilities Supervisor Glenn Nott said the power cut would disrupt the pool filtration system.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but we can’t have members of the public using the pools while the filtration system isn’t operating,” Mr Nott said.
“We’re hopeful electricity supplies will be restored in time for Kingscliff TRAC to reopen tomorrow morning at 5.30am.
“In the meantime, both the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads TRAC complexes are open for business today until 7pm.”
Further information is available at trac.tweed.nsw.gov.au or by phoning (02) 6670 2750.
This year the Alliance Française French Film Festival is so tres bien, that just looking at the program will make you have la petite mort.
Let’s start with the heavy-hitters, shall we? Guillame Nicloux’s Valley of Love stars both Isabelle Huppert AND Gérard ‘I drink 400 bottles of wine a day’ Depardieu, and premiered in Official Competition at Cannes last year. It’s the story of two ex-lovers who are summoned across the sea by their dead son to the mysterious landscape of Death Valley, where they play through their relationship and what the future might bring. Another Cannes hit is Philippe Garrel’s newie In the Shadow of Women, at the top of my list. Musing on male ego, love, infidelity and the push-and-pull of female and male relationships, it features Clotilde Courau, and Stanislas Merhar as two documentary filmmakers who live and work together.
Julie Delpy returns as as director and lead in Lolo, a neurotic comedy following her totally charming films 2 Days in Paris and 2 Days in New York. Delpy plays Violette, a single mother in a new relationship which is quickly being eviscerated by her teenaged son Lolo (Vincent Lacoste). A French Cyrus, perhaps, with a cameo from Karl Lagerfield. On the weirdo son tip, there’s also Microbe & Gasoline by Michel Gondry...
One time I was walking down Ivy lane and saw a huge screen projecting 'Game of Thrones' in a backyard. Lots of people were laughing and jeering at the screen from a myriad of comfy couches, 'that's so nice' I thought as I trudged on home to watch GoT alone on my laptop.
Turns out, this very backyard (it's actually the entirety of Ivy Lane now) hosts a film festival every year and it's wildly popular. With submissions from local and International filmmakers all interpreting the theme 'LUX', the Chippo Film Festival is in it's fifth year with an ever-expanding audience. A tongue in cheek red carpet will play host to a best dressed prize (fingers crossed there's a mani-cam) and it's BYO beers! This time around they've also enlisted a food truck, Vejoes will be slinging veggie burgers and quesadillas for dins.
Catherine Clayton-Smith's works are kind of like foggy memories. You recognise the context, remember the location but the concrete details are swirly and highly saturated in dreamy colours. Standing in front of one of her canvases you're likely to cognitively register, say, a bunch of grapes, but your mind travels beyond and swirls into an eye-trip hypnosis. I guess, I'm saying in a round-about, hippie way that they're really captivating, beautiful paintings.
'Obstacle Course' is her latest suite of painterly gems and only on show for three days, give yourself ample time to gawk over the weekend.
Find the symbology, numerology, spiritual energy shifts and metaphysical vibrations of the month of march and learn how to use them to your advantage.
The official Australian Premiere for the much anticipated Double Barrel Film is here!
The Double Barrel team will be fresh off their Global Premiere Tour of Peru and California, bringing it home to Byron Bay, hosted by Angie Davis, Dustin Hollick, and Rhian Slapp.
A Karma Keg will be tapped, and food catered by HARVEST will be for sale, with all proceeds of the keg and food going to Juntos Por Las Playas Del Norte, a charity project in north Peru run by surfers who are pushing to have the Lobitos marine area protected by national peruvian law.
We also are stoked to have musicians who scored some of the Double Barrel soundtrack performing live at the event, including James Greer and Aquila Young, and more artists to be announced.
When: Saturday 27 February
Where: Stone & Wood Brewing, 4 Boronia Place, Byron Bay
Tickets are limited and only very few will be available on the door if they don’t sell out earlier.
Bellarine MP, Lisa Neville announced a $520 336 investment into recreational boating infrastructure for the Bellarine on Monday 22 February at the Indented Head boat ramp.
Funding was received for three projects, two of those specific to Bellarine Bayside including:
Bellarine Bayside will also commit approximately $100 000 to these two projects and works will commence soon. We aim to have these works completed prior to the Spring fishing season.
The Boating Safety Facility Program grants administered by the Minister for Ports are available for projects that make recreational boating a safer and more enjoyable experience for locals and visitors to the Bellarine.
I have been an active member of Multi-Faith Student Council at the University of Minnesota for two years now. I have been fortunate to learn so much about other people and their faith. I am no expert on interfaith dialogues but did pick up some things along the way. The beginning can be awkward because ... Read more...
Economique is the solo project of Brian Pyle, a project often
on the receiving end of mountains of accolades from
FACT mag to
Pitchfork and lathered in indefinable sprinkles of multiple
music genres. And, now he's coming all the way from the states to
play in the Australian pub-glamour of the Botany View Hotel. Go see
what all the fuss is about with stellar local supports from
Hat, Moth and
Err, message to you anti-vaccination people out there.
You do have freedom of choice as if you refuse to vaccinate your children you simply do not receive taxpayer provided family benefits.
It’s your choice based on ignorance and irresponsibility to your children’s welfare. Still, as it is likely that you are of the cohort that are net takers from our welfare system (the taxes that you pay are exceeded by the benefits you take) you are doing the rest of us a favour in that regard
Colin Clarke, Ocean Shores
Riders should soon be able to buy European-standard helmets in stores when approval to wear the UNECE 22.05 helmets spreads right across the country as soon as next month.
Tasmania today (February 25, 2016), has gazetted the use of the helmets, joining all other states and territories with Western Australia expected to follow next week, leaving South Australia on its own.
When we contacted helmet importers earlier this year asking why they weren’t bringing in any UNECE helmets yet they replied almost unanimously that they would begin importing them as soon as all states and territories made them legal to wear.
Longtime helmet campaigner Wayne Carruthers says Tasmania deserves a complement as they met their commitment to gazette the helmets by the end of February.
It also corresponds with the expected influx of interstate motorcycle tourists after the World Superbikes this weekend and for the Ulysses AGM from February 29-March 6 in Launceston.
“Western Australia is close; perhaps gazetted next week,” he says.
“South Australia is under way but can’t put a precise time on it. They seem sensitive to publishing expectations before final approval is gazetted. They are not being open and communicative.”
SYDNEY – [AAP] Three-time world champion, Tweed’s Mick Fanning, plans to compete part-time in this year’s World Surf League – but he will return to the scene of his shark attack.
The 34-year-old will contest the first two events in Australia – at Snapper Rocks in Queensland and Bells Beach in Victoria – before skipping some others throughout the season as he makes 2016 a ‘personal year’.
Fanning was left feeling ’empty’ after a tumultuous 2015, during which he split from his wife, survived a shark attack in competition at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa and learned of his older brother Peter’s death while vying for the world title at the season-ending event in Hawaii, which he narrowly lost.
‘Last year was definitely intense … I got to a point at the end of the year where I felt empty,’ Fanning said.
‘I didn’t feel like I had much to give back.’
After some ti...
Disclaimer: This is a self-indulgent post. For the past several months, I’ve been part of a great little rock band in Sydney called Cigars Of The Pharaoh. We’ve been playing lots of shows in Sydney and Melbourne — and we head to Brisbane in April for more — recorded an EP, released a single and garnered…Read more Cigars Of The Pharaoh: my musical first love
A tutorial for Millie, Emmeline, Gaby and Rachel! . . . . . Twenty-three, I’ve decided, is the new twenty-one. I know a surprising number of 23 year olds (including our own Big Boy) and they all seem to have found their groove – they’re confident, mature and comfortable in their own skins. Any early 20s angst has subsided, their opinions […]
It’s been a long time coming but West Australian Davey Craddock has finally released his debut album and it’s as equally as impressive as the string of singles he’s released over the last few years. Sitting in the realm of soulful Americana music, City West is a beautifully recorded collection of songs that evoke emotional …
The Pope’s Glen Bushcare Group is creating a habitat specifically tailored to attract and support smaller birds, such as Red-browed Finch, Superb Fairy-wren, Eastern Whipbird.
The Pope’s Glen Bushcare Group works on the fourth Saturday of each month, excluding December, from 9am – 1pm. To join in, and to receive the monthly newsletter email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Persecuted members of Sydney’s first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are set to receive a formal apology from the NSW Parliament, just a day after the Sydney Morning Herald apologised for naming them.
More than 500 activists descended on Darlinghurst in June 1978 in solidarity with New York’s Stonewall movement, while protesting the criminalisation of homosexual acts and discrimination against the community.
The movement ended in violence, ill-treatment and public shaming against the gay rights activists at the hands of the police, government and media.
As anyone who's seen Police Academy: Mission To
Moscow will attest, film franchises are always at the top
of their game by the seventh instalment – so why shouldn't it be
the same for film fanzines?
Feminist flick freaks Filmme Fatales have themed their latest indispensable zine-journal around 'Space'. And aside from the odd foray into discussing intergalactic movies – Sinead Stubbins's erudite sci-fi primer, for instance – it's mostly a reminder that 'space' isn't just the big cold thing that made Sandra Bullock cry.
There's an interview with director Maya Newell, whose
documentary Gayby Baby was banned in NSW schools
last year for daring to interview the children of same-sex parents.
Alexandra Donald assesses the negative tropes that befall lesbian
characters in cinema while Eloise Grills's discussion on being a
woman alone in the theatre illustrates problems still prevalent
this side of the fourth wall.
Former FF interviewee Mae Whitman (the person we're meant to pretend is unattractive to maintain the plot integrity of The Duff) gives a rundown of her favourite movies, while Nina Serova extols the beauty of the eponymous friendship in modern French classic Max & Lenny. Plus, for fans of grouse post-punk Melburnia with tenuous relevance to canine astronaut Laika, there's also a tribute to the living arrangements in Dogs In Space.
Image Courtesy of Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters Having recently released his solo album Little Town Blues Sydney based troubadour Mark Lucas has just released a brand new album with his band of ten years The Dead Setters. The Continental Drift is the band’s fifth album and it hit shelves last week on the […]
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The Baird government is trying to bypass parliament and give itself discretionary power to shut down rail lines across the state with a new bill before parliament.
A report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald has been seized on by the NSW Greens who say the government is trying to remove the ability of parliament to scrutinise the shutting down of rail lines, and give itself the discretionary power to make these decisions.
Greens NSW MP and transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi said ‘they might claim that the current rules are “archaic” and foster “legal uncertainty”, but the law is there for a good reason: to provide a basic check-and-balance on the government’.
‘There are really concerning implications here for potential unwanted development on rail corridors and encroachment on public land,’ Dr Faruqi said.
‘We saw last year in Newcastle, after a long fight, the government couldn’t wait to rip up the Newcastle rail line despite the lack of a clear transport plan for its replacement, and this bill would simply make it much easier for them to do things like that.
‘Rail infrastructure and rail corridors are protected under the current legislation because we know that these are invaluable and precious assets, and they must not be touched without the full authorisation of the elected parliament.
‘The Upper House numbers were very tight last year on the Newcastle rail closure bill, so the government will face a tough fight this time around. The Greens will be working hard to defeat it,’ she said.
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THE Australian Women’s Pilot Association will be flying into
Shepparton on Sunday, February 28 to take part in the Goulburn
Valley Aero Club Ladies Information Day.
Local women interested in learning to fly or looking for a career in flying are encouraged to go along and have the chance to be taken up for a flight, and possibly take the reigns for a hands on flying experience.
Goulburn Valley Aero Club member, Lucy Simkin said, “There are many women in the industry and it’s nice to see, but there aren’t a lot in the Shepparton area. I know of young women in the area who are interested in learning to fly and this information day is a great place to start.
“It was the history and the beauty of it all that drew me to flying. It’s very peaceful up there, especially when you are by yourself.
“But it also gives you the ability to travel and see a lot of people. It can be very social.
“For those who are interested in taking the step toward flying, this opportunity is a great way to go about it.”
For further information, phone Goulburn Valley Aero Club member, Lucy Simkin on 0435 885 212.
A FIRST of its kind practice offering a holistic approach to
women’s health opened its doors last week, offering women across
the Goulburn Valley access to a centre specifically designed for
women’s health issues.
The Shepparton Women’s Health Centre, located at 100-104 Corio Street in Shepparton, is the brainchild of gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Margreet Stegeman, who has been working in the area for 14 years and practicing for 16 years.
The new centre will bring together specialists in the fields of physiotherapy, psychology, pap smear nursing, as well as pathologists and GPs and will offer services including advice and treatment of fertility issues, menstrual problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexually transmitted infections, per-conception counselling, per-menopausal complaints, antenatal services, endometriosis, continence issues, contraception issues, prolapse issues and all psychological aspects of women’s health.
Dr Stegeman spoke with The Adviser, saying she had seen a gap in the services in the region, which sparked her to open the doors of the specialised clinic.
“There have been a lot of local women...
RENEW Shepparton program has just seen its newest addition to
the program, with KE Emporium opening its doors on Monday.
Following the successful continuance of stores including Vintage Chics, Lost Shepparton and DOTZ Educational Aids Products, KE Emporium, located in the Harris Scarfe plaza beside DOTZ Education Aids Products, will offer something unique to the local community, stocking organically grown teas, bath salts made in Daylesford, vintage giftware, esoteric style books and candles.
Owner, Kitty Rees said, “I am driven to support small businesses. I want to make sure that anything grown and made locally are put into the spotlight and make sure people are aware to the fantastic products created locally.”
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer, Lucy Cerrone said, “It’s great to see that the program is gaining momentum. We are also currently working on a fifth store to open, which is very exciting.
“We have also now secured new spaces in Wyndham Walk, Wyndham Street, Tirana City Walk which are all very central and we need involvement of new enterprises which are not conflicting with existing businesses.
“The success of the Renew Shepparton program hinges on landlords getting involved and we are still looking for more to come on board.”
LOCAL Ardmona based fruit grower, Rocky Varapodio has gone from
the farm gate to prime time, after being selected to appear in
upcoming product promotional segments for Coles created for the TV
hit My Kitchen Rules.
For the past 15 years, Rocky has been growing a variety of stone fruit including plums in their state-of-the-art facility and supplying his product to Coles, which is why he was chosen to promote fresh products during the segment, which will air throughout the program’s season.
Rocky said, “It was great to go in-store and promote our produce, and more to the point, have an opportunity to put a grower’s face to the product. I think it’s a good thing for the consumer to see the grower behind the product on the shelf.
“It was nice to meet the contestants. I think it’s impressive that they give up a large chunk of their life to participate in a show over a long period, but they obviously enjoy it.”
During his product segment, Rocky said his rule for plums is to, “pack them with a chilled drink bottle to keep them cool.”
Coles general manager of fresh produce, Brad Gorman said Coles was pleased to support Rocky’s first time working with My Kitchen Rules because of his commitment to quality produce.
“Coles source fabulous food from the Goulburn Valley. Highligh...
THE 20th Shepparton Festival – Be Consumed begins on Friday,
March 4 and features 49 unique events in unusual places.
Festival chair, Mike Molloy says this year the Shepparton Festival features a range of great, free events suitable for the whole family.
“The Mass Art Class and Future Postal Service are two fun, free events happening during the festival, that children of all ages can participate in.
“The Mass Art Class on Sunday, March 13 is an Australian Book of Records attempt to have the largest art class, hosted by prominent Tasmanian artist Roz Wren, right here in Shepparton.
“We fell 50 registered participants shy of the record last year, and this year we want to ensure we beat Brisbane’s record of 488 this year to coincide with our 20 year celebrations.
“You don’t need to be an artist to participate, all experience and skill levels are welcome and all materials will be provided including paints and canvases.”
Another free event for young families is the Future Postal Service in the Maude Street Mall on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.
Future Postal Service places children in control, transforming an adult dominated space into their playground, as they r...
AFTER Greater Shepparton City Council adopted the Commercial
Activities Centres Strategy, albeit an amended strategy, last week,
Fairleys SUPA IGA are continuing to move forward with expansion
plans with a little less weight on its shoulders.
During the ordinary council meeting held on Tuesday last week, Greater Shepparton City Council, Cr Jenny Houlihan proposed an amendment to the strategy, which was carried 6 to 1 after much debate on the topic.
Cr Houlihan moved that the council discourage the allocation of an additional 6,000m2 of retail floor space in the proposed north Shepparton site, 600m north of Fairleys SUPA IGA, as she believed it would have a detrimental affect on the CBD.
Having recently released plans for a $30M expansion of their current site in north Shepparton, Fairleys and Michaels IGA general manager, Len Morabito expressed how much the company welcomed the council’s decision.
“We were committed to proceed whether it was adopted or not, pending processes and approvals. Council seem to be pretty keen for us to go ahead.
“It was common sense for Cr Houlihan to make the amendment.
“What we need to do is prove that the proposed retail space just north of IGA is actually needed. Maybe in 2025 there may be the need for another centre built.
“At this s...
AMBULANCES in Mooroopna and Numurkah are set to have Navmans
fitted, after a second fundraising effort by local businesses,
driven by Shepparton Taxis, saw the purchase of the 4 navigation
The donation amount of $1,020 was raised by nine local businesses and the Navmans were purchased at a discounted rate, thanks to the generosity of The Good Guys.
Ambulance Victoria group manager Western Hume, John Morris said, “All of our ambulances are fitted with Navmans in Shepparton thanks to the prior fundraising efforts, so this will allow us to spread the donations around the region.
“It’s good to see the community and ambulance working together to raise these funds to allow for the purchase of these devices, which assist in locating cases.
“All of our cars do have emergency services maps in them to ensure drivers take the most direct route, but these Navmans will help to work alongside that.
“We are very appreciative of Shepparton Taxis and their donators.”
“THE Victorian Government doesn’t know Shepparton exists,”
claimed Shadow Minister for Investment and Jobs and Trade, Craig
Ondarchie during his visit to the region last week, where he met
with both Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire Council
as well as visiting industry in the area, including Kreskas Bros
“My visit was about helping to assure the business community that we will focus on the needs of this area and will be putting policies together to take to the next election that will support regional employers,” Minister Ondarchie said.
“We spoke with employers such as Kreskas Bros Transport, who employs 80 full time staff, to provide them with the opportunity to help us build our policies. Essentially, it was about asking what it is they want.
“We recognise that people want a job and want to keep a job and to do that we need to attract investment to the area, and in the way of the transport industry, we need improved road infrastructure.
“Greater Shepparton is aspirational and inspirational and we will be developing policies for skills and training tailored to the local area.”
Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said,...
St Kilda Celebrates Its Contribution to Australian Jazz From Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March 2016, St Kilda celebrates its rich history of jazz with St Kilda Summer Jazz (SKSJ), a weekend featuring a range of artists and jazz styles from trad to contemporary, in St Kilda venues that are both historic and eclectic. Artists […]
THE SENIOR CITIZENS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, February 25 from 1:30pm. Guest artist will be Kerran and Rupe. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon team. Everyone welcome. For enquiries, phone 5825 2642 or 5821 9580.
GV JUNIOR MOTOCROSS TRACK FREE COME AND TRY DAY will be held on Sunday, February 28. The day is for all new riders who have never had an MV Licence, from pee wee to seniors to have a go out on all of our tracks and have the chance to meet the committee and find out what the club has on offer for riders in and around the Goulburn Valley area in 2016. For more information, contact Gail Danaher on 0429 315 325.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE in Dookie will be held at the Dookie Uniting Church at 7:30pm on Friday, March 4. On this day, more that 3 million people in over 170 countries will be praying together during a global annual day of prayer. For more information, contact Beth Stewart on 5828 5211.
THE TATURA BLUE LIGHT DISCO will run on Friday, March 4 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Tatura’s Victory Hall, Hogan Street, Tatura. Entry is $7 for primary aged children (6 to 13). For enquiries, contact Sgt Darryl Phillips on 5824 3099.
AUTHOR, NUTRITIONIST AND ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIAN, SALLYANNE PISK will be holding a talk about her book ‘Eating for you: your personal guide to mindful eating and living for health and wellbeing’ at Shepparton Library on Tuesday, March 8 from 10:30am, at Yarrawonga on Monday, March 7 from 10:30am and at Euroa Library on Wednesday, March 9 from 10:30am. For further information and bookings, please phone the library where you wish to attend the talk on 1300 374 765.
COOL CAT ROCKERS INC SHEPPARTON will be holding rock n’ roll dance classes on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm for beginners combined with intermediate, followed by a coffee break, and then advanced classes from 8:20pm to 9:30pm at Wesley Hall, M...
THE streets of Shepparton’s CBD are set to come alive, with
preparations being finalised for the 2016 Summer City Market this
Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27.
This year, the community has the chance to look forward to a few new additions to the jam packed entertainment across the CBD including a much anticipated hot dog eating competition run by Wendy’s, SPC Perfect Fruit Van, People Supporting People food truck and the Australian Hearing Bus. The Victoria Police Pipe Band will also be back this year as well as the ever popular Adrian Parsons with Loose Goose jazz band, and an African dance performance and much more.
Greater Shepparton City Council, economic development officer, Rohan Sali added, “This year we are going to see a few new things that have never been seen at the Summer City Market.
“Excitement is building for the hot dog eating competition.
“Across both days we will have entertainment from Enchanted Rainbow, face painting, balloon creations, roving entertainment, an undercover sand pit play area, giant games and craft workshop, a shark obstacle course and jumping castle as well as an undercover animal nu...
It started as a social club for riders of metric cruisers from Japan and Europe, says national president Alison “Alleycat” Johnson.
“At a time when the cruiser market was starting to explode, it gave riders of these metric cruisers a forum to share information and enjoy riding similar style of bikes,” she says.
“There was the HOG club for Harleys and Ulysses club for over 50s, but there was nothing around for riders who were proud enthusiasts for their Shadows, DragStars, Intruders and the like.”
This article was first published on June 13, 2006. In 10 years ... what has changed ... ? This is a photographic expose of issues around sustainability in forestry in Tasmania What Pete Godfrey says … The RFA requires Forestry Tas to supply 300,000 cubic metres of sawlogs to the mills in Tasmania each year. So to get this we would only have to cut down about 200,000 trees maximum. Instead we cut down at least 8 million tons and burn about 2 million tons of that. The figures do not add up. Especially when jobs in the industry are getting less, profits for the woodchippers are going up, and Forestry Tas are making less and less. It would seem that the our trees, remember that Crown Land and Tasmania belongs to the people of Tasmania not the government or industry, are being given away for no real benefit to us or the future people of Tasmania. • Pete Godfrey: Download the words by Graham Wilkinson - Chief Forest Practices Officer - of what was then the Forest Practices Board (written Nov 2004). Presented by Pete Godfrey for the information of the Tasmanian People ...
Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today rallied against changes to the voting system in the Senate as the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 was debated in Parliament, saying it was a sneaky trick to ensure the major parties have all of the say.
The Bill was introduced into the Lower House on Monday, with the Government making no secret it is designed to reduce the number of minor parties in the Senate. The Bill reportedly has the support of the Greens and Senator Nick Xenophon.
“Everyone knows the major parties are controlled by the party machine, which is controlled by the major corporations,” Mr Katter said.
“The majority of the money coming into the ALP comes from big corporations, and that is even more true of the Liberal Party and their lapdogs the National Party.
“But what you’re watching here is the muzzling of the people.
“We are nearly the only country on earth that has the two-party system – but over 10% of the population do not want to vote for the mainstream parties, they are disenfranchised.
“I think people like Dio Wang, John Madigan, Glenn Lazarus, Ricky Muir and Jacqui Lambie are outstanding examples of independents and small parties who make a very valuable contribution.
“They vote, in my opinion, infinitely more intelligently than those in the mainstream major parties who have destroyed our economy with their fanatical free-marketism.
Motorbike Writer performance bike reviewer and former Southern Californian superstock champion Jake Dolan will be mixing with the racers and the crowd at the World Superbikes this weekend at Phillip Island.
Jake will be talking to his mates from the racing circuit, as well as walking through the crowds and bike displays over the weekend, carrying a stash of small prizes, including balaclavas, earplugs, keyrings and biker jewellery.
If you recognise him, just mention “Motorbike Writer” and he will reward you with your choice from the biker booty. (He may even be wearing a shirt!)
He may even give you tips of where the police...
TREASURER Scott Morrison has approved the $280 million sale of the Van Diemen’s Land Company to Chinese company Moon Lake Investments on the condition that it complies with Australian Taxation law. • What Peter Whish-Wilson, Richard Colbeck, TFGA etc reckon ... in Comments ... • Peter McGlone in Comments: Foreign Investment Review Board fails to see Tasmanian devils as being in the national interest ... • Jacqui Lambie in Comments: … Politicians like Liberal Senator Eric Abetz knows that more questions have to be asked about investment money from China because there’s a much higher risk that it is from corrupt or illicit source. Senator Abetz tries to stop community discussion about the risk of corrupt Chinese money adversely affecting Australia’s national interest – by calling whistle-blowers racists and xenophobes.” said Senator Lambie. “You have to ask what this Liberal politician and his political mates are trying to hide when they resort to that sort of low name calling? Of course it is a well-known fact that the Liberals have taken millions of dollars from people closely connected with the Chinese Communist government in election funding. …
I wrote the line “Mei Saraswati is a jewel in the crown of West Coast Australian music”. Then I had to revise it to say she is the crown. Now you can get both versions, and a third shiny object - her Devotions EP.
Devotions is another instance of Mei dropping a thing of beauty straight into our laps. No Instagrammed process photos, no courting of blogs; the antithesis of all this. This is real devotion.
The five tracks span Mei’s repertoire of aesthetics - soul, RnB, electronica, loops - with her recognisable melange of intimate samples and produced beats, all woven through with her aurally edible voice.
Lyrical inspiration comes directly from Bahai writings, a nice reminder amongst all contemporary evidence to the contrary that religion can produce something beautiful. And full credit: it’s quite a feat to make “wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less good?” into a mellifluous offering.
Sonic inspiration comes from the swamplands Perth used to be. It’s a 101 of how to use birds, frogs and water samples without sounding like a cassette covered in pastel psychedelics with puffy-eyed dolphins on the loose in crystal spheres.
Mei has been known to get nude, or at least wild during her performances; where heaving waves of euphoria pulse through the audience mid-gig. On this EP we can see the track ‘Fruits’ being dropped as a reflective pause on the dance floor. Eyes close, people sway, a sensual connection if not with the divine at least with the image of landscapes resurrected or re-sunk into their pre-invasion or even primordial forms. It's a real banger, if by banging we can mean gently rubbing your temples as you lounge in a bathrobe surrounded by ferns contemplating the divine.
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
Holograms are cool. They were cool in Star Wars and they're cool as a silly thing to do on a Saturday night. It's true they may be lacking in practical applications but we promise you'll still be astonished when your useless experiment is complete.
Tip: If you're feeling really ambitious you could use increase the dimensions and use more sophisticated materials like perspex, glass, ect to make a massive projector (or at least an iPad-sized one).
You will need:
Transparent sticky tape
A stanley knife
A cutting board
Cuttable, transparent plastic (we used a clear plastic folder, CD covers will also work)
Draw a rhombus (1cm x 3.5cm x 6cm) and cut it out.
Place your rhombus underneath the clear plastic and carefully trace around the paper with your stanley knife. Do it lightly at first then go over your first cut again to complete it.
Seemingly on a delivery flight to Brisbane on Tuesday 23 February was new production Textron Aviation
(Hawker Beechcraft) B300 Super King Air N136KF (c/n FL-1036) which
was noted passing through Longreach Airport after earlier departing
from Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Farm lobby groups call for postponement on grazing leases
Farm lobby groups are calling on the Queensland State Government to postpone its proposed changes to phase out grazing leases on national parks.
The Palaszczuk Government’s amendments to the Nature Conservation Act would make it much more difficult for graziers to get an extension once their lease expires.
Bull sharks to be relocated
The Sunshine Coast Council is due to vote on a proposal to relocate a school of large bull sharks from a landlocked canal this week.
Seven 1.5-metre bull sharks were found in the Twin Waters canal system last year, causing concern for locals.
Councillor Jason O’Pray says the situation is dangerous because many children, dogs and other animals swim in the popular canals.
He says a one-year trial to non-lethally relocate the sharks will cost the Council approximately $60,000.
Authorities search for missing tourist
Authorities have resumed their search for a British tourist who was swept away at Josephine Falls south of Cairns late yesterday.
The 25-year-old man had been swimming with a woman in treacherous conditions and disappeared about 5:30pm.
The woman injured her ankle but a helicopter has failed to find any trace of the man.
Senior Constable Russell Parker says the man and the woman had jumped into the water and become separated.
Queensland passes tough new anti-smoking laws
The Queensland government has passed some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country.
From September 1, smoking will be banned at or near childcare and aged care facilities, bus stops, taxi ranks and outdoor malls.
The laws also ban the sale of tobacco from pop-up outlets, such as music festivals.
State Health Minister Cameron Dick says the ban in and around aged care facilities is the first in Australia.
Local Councillor Helen Abrahams has issued a statement concerning an application by the Boundary Hotel to extend its trading hours till 2.00 am. “The Boundary Hotel is seeking to extend its trading hours to 2.00am Monday to Sunday. “Local residents in Jane Street and Thomas Street are concerned that the level of antisocial behaviour from […]
The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.
Huon Valley Guessing Games Huon Valley Council management is waging a delaying action against the revelation of information that The Mercury’s Jessica Howard has been seeking for months. • Martin Riddle in Comments: The vote on a review of credit card payments at Huon Valley Council’s meeting tonight will be a very public test for councillors. A test that rate-payers will not forget. The outcome of the vote really doesn’t matter to rate-payers – if the review goes ahead, we will know who had something to hide; if the review is voted down or delayed, we will know who has something to hide. In the words of Yes Minister’s Sir Humphrey Appleby, it would be “a very courageous decision” for a Councillor to vote against the review if they have nothing to hide. …
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