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‘Untitled lines #27′
RIP Keith Emerson. Proggiest of them
A couple of interesting movements by a pair of Alliance Airlines
Fokker F-100 jets on Saturday 12 March seeing
them operating separate charter flights through Hamilton Island and
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The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon
Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY has made yet another visit to Mackay
Airport this time touching down before dawn on Saturday 12 March from Brisbane.
Calling into Rockhampton Airport from the South on Friday 11 March was Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90
Multi-Role Helicopter A40-035.
BMW Motorrad in Australia is offering free on-road costs and accessories on selected 2015 models to clear stock, even though the company has recorded its fifth consecutive sales record.
Example of their deals are the R nineT which now comes with a free custom rider seat and tail hump cover, valued at $1450, or an S 1000 XR with free Navigator 5 valued at $1200.
The parallel-twin F 700 GS and F 800 GS dual purpose machines are being offered with free on-road costs at $13,490 and $16,990 respectively.
BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren says the offers “provide great value for money and a great opportunity to get involved with our brand”.
It doesn’t look like many need coaxing to throw a leg over a Beemer.
In Australia, they were in eighth place overall and fifth in road bikes with a 20.4% growth to 3258 sales.
To coincide with Bluesfest, the Byron Bay Record Fair is on again.
Over 40,000 LPs will be available at the Byron Record Fair – from punk to pop, from reggae to rock, from hip hop to be-bop…’ The one thing doesn’t cater for however, is easy listening records. ‘If you‘re looking for Kamahl, it’s probably in the local op shop,’ says Matt.
The Byron Bay Record Fair is being held at The Ewingsdale Hall, near the Byron Bay Pacific Highway exit.
The hall will be open from 10am – 6pm, commencing on Good Friday and finishing on Easter Tuesday. Entry is free.
Join the Facebook event.
Katter’s Australian Party have finally got the Government to listen after receiving news today that $25 million will be allocated to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line. More to come…
RAIL line upgrades should be a focus to restore industry confidence and jobs growth in the North, Robbie Katter says.
The State Member for Mount Isa has called on infrastructure issues to be urgently addressed on the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.
“We have to be mindful of the fact that in the last 12 months there have been at least 1000 fly-in-fly-out jobs out of Townsville lost in the North West,” he said.
“It’s in everyone’s best interests to get industry-enabling infrastructure, such as the rail line, back to a point where it is again accessible and working to its full capacity.”
“If it’s good for the North West, it’s good for Townsville.”
Mr Katter said patience was running out to improve transport corridors in the North.
“We’ve waited far too long for the State Government to recognise the critical need for significant investment in upgrading the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line,” Mr Katter said.
“There must be some movement on fixing this ageing line and now is the time for the State Government to step up and address these issues.”
“If the State Government wants the region to thrive into the future they need to recognise the pressures and inefficiencies on the rail line.”
“Productivity and safety cannot be compromised because of ageing infrastructure which has been neglected by successive governments.”
Mr Katter said State Government investment would bring confidence to the North.
“The mining indu...
W & J PEOPLE AUTHORISATION MEETING: THE FACTS
This statement corrects the record in relation to a false and misleading media report in The Australian newspaper of 12 March 2016 by Michael McKenna on a forthcoming Authorisation meeting of the Wangan and Jagalingou People:
An Authorisation meeting relating to current dealings with Adani on the Carmichael coal mine has been called of the Wangan and Jagalingou Native Title Claim Group for 19 March, and was publicly advertised in the Courier Mail on Saturday 27 February and the Koori Mail on Wednesday 9 March.
The Wangan and Jagalingou People are the traditional owners of their ancestral lands in central Queensland, which are slated for the Carmichael mine. They have twice formally rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani for Carmichael – in 2012 and 2014 – on the grounds that the mine, the biggest in Australian history, would destroy their ancestral homelands; irreversibly devastate their cultural heritage; and offer little in return for such a...
We named him Major Mitchell not because his colouring is that of his namesake cockatoo, the one with the soft textured salmon-pink and white-hued feathers. No, this fella is black. And we didn’t so name him because of any said resemblance to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, otherwise known as Major Mitchell, the famous surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia—although chances are the two managed to tread the same soil, albeit centuries apart. And therein lies a clue to the naming of our newest porcine pal.
The Shire of Mitchell is named after Major Mitchell as this famous and intrepid explorer passed through this undulating and well-treed countryside on at least one of his many adventurous forays throughout the state of Victoria. Infected by the same wanderlust was our Major Mitchell, who had taken to traversing the hills and dales of the Mitchell shire. However, his inquisitive antics wer...
My mother, Esme, left school at 14 or 15 in the mid 1920s. She married my father when she was 19 and lived on a sugar-cane farm outside Innisfail in North Queensland for the next five decades. As her five children went off to boarding school and then spread out over Queensland and beyond, she wrote letters to each of us, weekly to start with and then less frequently but still with a shaming regularity. Mostly she kept us informed on one another’s doings and home-front developments. Occasionally she would comment on literary matters.
Here are some of her passing comments on the literary scene, which I find interesting in all sorts of ways:
17 December 1971: I’ve just finished reading Thomas Keneally’s The Fear & enjoyed it more than any book I’ve read for ages. So nice & clean & sort of old-fashioned.
7 March 1972: I’ve just read [Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s] Cancer Ward. It’s really absorbing but very frightening really. I’m sorry I’ve finished it really. … You’ll be pleased to hear A was reading [Germaine Greer’s] The Female Eunuch. I have to own that I burnt my copy. M & N said, ‘At least you could have passed it on to us.’ Perhaps I should have saved their money as curiosity will get the better of them I’m sure.
25 July 1972:I am reading a book of yours that MA found in her box. I’m not liking it as much as The Fear. It is [Thomas Keneally’s] Bring Larks & Heroes.
28 November 1972: ...
The Dutch East India Company/VOC was the most powerful
multinational trade and shipping company in the world during the
1600s. At its peak, the VOC employed more than 40,000 Dutch, other
European and Asian workers; owned a fleet of more than 100 ships;
and maintained more than 600 stations in Asia, spanning from the
Cape of Good Hope to Japan. First created to import spices from the
Maluku Islands in Indonesia, the VOC soon established a lucrative
trading network throughout Asia for costly textiles, lacquer,
porcelain and spices.
The Dutch East India Company imported goods that reflected artistic interactions fostered by the company’s global networks. And they filled Dutch homes with fascinating Asian designs and materials that had not been seen before. Clever potters of Jingdezhen and Arita, the silversmiths of Batavia and the textile dyers of Surat and the Coromandel Coast altered the designs and shapes of their wares, specifically to cater to European markets.
You could win a Bico Bikeklipz motorcycle keyring for your motorcycle in our weekly trivia quiz, but you better be quick.
Since we’ve been offering prizes in our weekly quiz, the pundits have got in early and scored perfect 10/10 results.
Go to the motorbike trivia quiz at the end of this article and have a go! (Previous winners can still have a go, but to share the love with others, they will be ineligible for the prize.)
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We trust you not to use Google, Wikipedia or to phone a friend.
To prove your score, take a screen shot of your result and email it to us, post it on the Motorbike Writer Facebook page or simply leave it in the comments section below. First in wins a set of Oxford neck socks!
No pain, no gain in Cheek’s world … It is unlikely the State Government will be giving Cheek a medal any time soon. The Liberals have not forgiven Cheek for the party’s devastating defeat at the 2002 election, nor for the tell-all expose he wrote a few years later about his time in politics.Read all about it on TT HERE …
Saturday! Sport (Satire) Lleyton Hewitt’s retirement was the shortest in tennis history …
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Dear Chilliwops, Statistics show that women are under-represented in important positions in our society. There are far fewer women in Government leadership positions (Cabinet Ministers for example), in the judiciary, as chief executive officers in business, as Ministers of religion and in every possible position of influence and power.
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fluffbucket of brand new ducklings, quite a handful
I've long used an app called Coffitivity to recreate the muted buzz of a cafe in my office. It's weird, but it works. With a bit of well chosen music you could be anywhere. It helps keep the insects from crawling under my skin as I sit at home, day after day, watching the slow pulsing of the walls as they breathe.
But fuck Coffitivity. Now I haz Noizio!
Not just a cafe, but all sorts of cool ambient sounds. From whales to trains to outer fucking space. You can play them singly, or all together, which I don't recommend.
Best of all, and kind of oddly, because it's so damn good, the app is free.
Miller denies "malicious" resignation ultimatum rumour
Former Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has denied rumours that she had given the government an ultimatum she would leave the Labor Party if she is not returned to the cabinet within 48 hours.
Ms Miller described the story, which was originally published in the Queensland Times, as a “malicious rumour” that should be ignored.
State accused of revenue raising over liquor licenses
The State Government has been accused of revenue grabbing after collecting more than four-hundred-and-ten-thousand dollars in unpaid liquor licenses.
More than 25 per cent of licenses across Queensland missed the renewal deadline, with some venues claiming they had not received any notice
Restaurant and Catering Australia Chief Executive John Hart says there could have easily been more communication but the Government clearly wanted to raise the revenue instead.
Fixed term referendum expected to be close
The result of next weekend’s referendum on fixed terms for State Government is expected to be close with major parties supporting the four-year terms and minor parties against.
Katter MP Shane Knuth says four year fixed-terms is too long for a Parliament with no Upper House.
Mr Knuth says the referendum would be more likely to succeed if it was for fixed three-year terms instead.
If you love surprises and love Jungle Love this is for you. Jungle Love last year was one of the biggest independently run festivals in Brisbane. It’ll be on again in November, but in the meantime festival founder Lincoln Savage has put together a fundraising event in a secret location, with a secret lineup. All we know is it’s BYO (no glass), this Saturday, 8 DJs, close to the CBD, and will finish just before the sun comes up on Sunday.
Her came out in 2013 and immediately gained a cult following. The story follows a heartbroken Theodore (Joaquin Pheonix) as he starts to form a relationship with “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson) who is an operating system with it’s own personality. You might know her as Siri in your day to day life. Directed by Spike Jonze, it’s naturally a piece of art, challenging norms and shot in a hazy gold tone.
Hot Chicks with Big Brains is a website that documents exactly that. This Saturday HCwBB is transcending the digital realm into a tangible paper form (wow!) and will be available on the night. There’ll be beats by Sezzo Snot and Hannah Makk (MKO Sun) plus free drinks and cheese up for grabs. Come celebrate Queensland’s Women’s Week in style.
Surprising after the overwhelming success of the Sydney lockouts! Stoogefest is a retaliation against the newly approved lockout laws in Brisbane. Not just a huge party with two stages, there will be a panel discussion about the new laws that will be enforced next year, including an informative rant by Friendlyjordies.
You will be able to walk into the Brightside after 1am and can purchase drinks into the sweet early hours of the morning.
In which Beeso and the Doc discuss the BS Report Report, confusion and delay, Welcome to Tairns, America is fukt, flagging interest, forgetting your Bad Dreems, harnessing rawness, fuck boomers, inside baseball, aggressive doo-wop, Munt Chucks, string theory, hip-hop: it's really difficult and let us tell you why at great length, mattress fetishists, the Roar and the cooked, S&M was NFG, shopping by label, Josh Freese finds yet another LA rock band to drum for, and another edition of our award-winning segment Keys To Understanding Kendrick.
In this week's ep we review new Frights, restrung Hilltops and '07-vintage Vasco Era. Next week: Wolfmother, Yuck and Portishead live in NYC. As always, this and next week's selections are on the BALLS Spotify playlist.- by Dr Yobbo
Disclaimer: This isn’t some kind of sale or cheap casket wine party. It’s the celebration of local trio The Goon Sax who released their record ‘Up To Anything’ on March 11th. Free and all ages.
Yeah, another one. Donut joints are everywhere these days and more keep on popping up, with vendors seemingly happy to sell them out of the tiniest and most bare bones spaces possible. Which is why Nodo in Newstead is so refreshing.
This place is straight up gorgeous. As soon as you walk up the stairs you’re greeted with a glistening “hello” emblazoned on polished concrete floors, then you look up and you’re surrounded by clean wooden lines, spatterings of gold and a generous helping of greenery. Attention to detail seems to have been paid to all aspects of this space – the donut trays are lined in custom made greaseproof paper, the takeaway coffee cups sport a striking watercolour design, and the specials board is a giant roll of butcher’s paper in a custom housing.
The actual donuts are similarly beautiful and out of the ordinary. One hundred percent gluten free and always baked not fried, they’re more like fancy circle cakes with a hole in the middle. They strive to be wholesome and healthier than the average donut, going so far as to describe themselves as “the world’s friendliest donut”. Frankly, this means close to nothing to me. If I’m going to eat a donut, health is pretty much the last concern on my mind. I’m about to eat dessert, not a fruit, you know? The thing is: these things are actually delicious. As soon as I bit into my Valrhona Chocolate donut I forgot all the health-wank and just had a damn good time. Enough of a good time to not notice that the other ingredient was apparently beetroot.
In addition to donuts, they also do shakes, waffles, individual cheesecakes, and really great coffee. Soon they’ll be adding a full brunch menu, which will give you more of an excuse to spend extended periods of time...
FRIDAY, March 11 ... • Nick Clark, Mercury: Hydro Tasmania exceeded safe power transmission levels, Basslink says BASSLINK owners sought to restrict Hydro Tasmania’s electricity exports and enforce a “cooling off” protocol during the period of the carbon tax to ensure the undersea cable was operated safely and reliably. The news comes as Basslink prepares to cut the cable today and enable the cause of the fault to be pinpointed. After three outages in July 2012, Basslink parent company Cityspring Infrastructure Trust sought to enforce what it called a “dynamic protocol” on the service agreement between it and Hydro, which enable it to transmit at “certain elevated levels”. But the company said the outages came after Hydro transmitted electricity at levels above these in early July. Hydro and Cityspring then had a protracted dispute which was ultimately arbitrated by former Chief Justice of the High Court Murray Gleeson in 2014. Opposition leader Bryan Green told Parliament on Wednesday that there was increasing speculation that the $875m cable had been “fried” … TUESDAY March 8 ... Who exactly is Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL)? Given there’s a distinct possibility that its undersea cable problems will take a lot longer and be more costly to fix, is BPL in a position to weather the storm? • ABC: Groom’s energy statement derailed by no-confidence motion in Speaker • Peter in Comments: A rather scathing and sceptical Brian Carlton gives his impression of the latest Basslink Cable press release ... Listen HERE • Cassy O’Connor in Comments: After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today’s return have been invested in a lengthy farce. • In Comments, CEPU: At lunch time today (Tues) about 400 Tasmanian CEPU members walked off the job at energy company TasNetworks, in response to aggressive bargaining tactics used by management. • In Comments ... Minister for Energy Matthew Groom’s Ministerial St...
Melbourne label Oats are all about providing upscale threads for a reasonable dime. Designer Bridie Davey hand-makes everything with with her mum – absolutely no sweat shops or brand shame (brand shame is asking your mate to hold your chain store shopping bag/ethical baggage for you until you get home. Yes, I have done this). She started out selling the clothes on Facebook boutiques like Penny Lane and released 'Collection One' late last year, which pays homage to 70s dance floor fashion with silk crop tops, bell bottom disco pants and linen jumpsuits. Their second collection 'Oats x 2' has more of a daytime vibe and is apparently a tribute to her pet rabbit.
We had a chat to her about art, insta, and what she hopes the future of the brand will look like.
I actually came across your brand in my instagram feed
and was sucked in by all the pictures of art, as well as all the
fabulous clothes of course. How do you think of art, and how does
the brand relate to it?
I’ve always been interested in art. A lot of the images are pretty abstract, so I take a lot of inspiration from the colours and shapes. Jean Arp, Matisse and Ana Kras are my favourites at the moment. I really love modernist artists like that!
What do you like most about the clothes, and where are
they designed to be worn?
They’re designed to be worn everyday and everywhere! As every garment is handmade by myself or my mother, we have a lot of flexibility with styles and are able to alter pieces to any body shape.
Do the clothes that make up Oats the label, match the
vision you had when you started?
Yes, because I design and make everything, I am able to make it exactly as I envisioned. It started by making pieces for myself and my friends and quickly grew from there!
Who inspires you?
Definitely my friends who have ama...
When I was about 16 I tried to shave off my monobrow with a scalpel. Not sure why I even had access to a scalpel. I think my mum used to steal medical supplies she thought could be useful around the house (don't ask). I was convinced my thick eyebrows were part of the reason girls weren't interested in me so I stood at the mirror and tried to shape them with a scalpel and soap. Needless to say, I didn't go the party that weekend.
This is the level of adolescent self-consciousness you mostly manage to repress as you get older. Turns out it takes an album like The Goon Sax's debut Up To Anything – written by self-aware, articulate teenagers from Brisbane – to remind you what being a teenager can actually be like.
Take bassist/guitarist James Harrison's lyrics on 'Telephone'. The song shuffles along with its head down for a while then in the second verse he sings: “Maybe one day I'll grow my hair out long and lose all the weight that I've put on. I never feel very comfortable with my body”. The band's press release talks about how these guys are all big Galaxie 500 fans (and yeah you can tell) but, jeez, even Dean Wareham (a guy who's known for literal lyrics) needed to cloak his social awkwardness in a tugboat metaphor or two.
This kind of frankness is especially refreshing to hear when you think about how straight-up mean a lot of pop music is (i.e. Bieber may've had a hit with 'Love Yourself' but the guy was being pejorative).
This said, it's not like Up to Anything feels like a long, mopey walk to the milk bar. Most of it bounces along with melodic jangle and wry, harmony-laced observation. Like on lead track 'Up To Anything' where Louis Forster sings about having a well-curated pile of books next to bed that he's startin...
2PP Aggregate: 53.0 to Coalition (-0.3 this week, lowest
since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats
Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry. This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb. While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government". Admittedly, none of them were major figures. A second problem for the government has been a perception of planlessness in the conversation it started about tax reform.
The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on. This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November. ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.
The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block). At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote. On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:...
Senate reform has been a major focus of this site since the
farcical outcomes of the 2013 Senate election. The massive
gaming of the Senate system by preference-harvesting micro-parties
resulted in candidates being elected from very low primary votes,
in a candidate being elected because of confusion about party
names, in one state's election having to be cancelled and rerun
because of the loss of a relatively small number of votes, and
countless other absurd things. Nearly two and a half
years after that election, and almost two years after the Joint
Standing Committee on Electoral Matters delivered a
unanimous report in favour of an alternative, we were, until
very recently, still to see any serious commitment to fixing the
disaster from either major party.
The JSCEM proposal was to scrap group ticket voting and instead allow voters to distribute their own preferences above or below the line, although if they did so below the line a minimum of six numbers would be required. Voters could continue to just vote 1 above the line, but if they did so then once all candidates from their chosen party were elected or excluded, their vote would exhaust from the count. This is very similar to the system used in the NSW Upper House.
The JSCEM proposal has come under a number of attacks, claiming it would unfairly exclude minor parties (wrong), that it would advantage the Coalition (wrong and wrong again), that...
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