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  • The DINGOES ~ Live at the Caravan Club (December 2012)

    The DINGOES ~ Live at the Caravan Club (December 2012)

    Dingoes plural of din-go

    Noun
    A member of the top Australian music group who came into being in 1973

    Plural
    Australia’s premier ‘country-rock’ group, something of a ‘supergroup’ variously consisting of between 5 and 7 members


    Left to right - Chris, Ashley, Brod, John and Kerryn

    On Sunday December 30th I was among a fortunate 300 plus people who came to the Caravan Club in Oakleigh, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne. Thi...
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  • We could’ve seen thunderstorm asthma coming and there are ways to prepare

    We could’ve seen thunderstorm asthma coming and there are ways to prepare

    This event wasn’t unprecedented, and we could’ve seen it coming

    A fourth death has been attributed to Melbourne’s “thunderstorm asthma” emergency on Monday night, and it was lucky there were not more, according to the state’s health minister. More than 2,000 people suffered breathing problems when a severe storm combined with an extreme pollen count to cause what is being described as “thunderstorm asthma”.

    The recent severe thunderstorm in Melbourne caused hospitals...
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  • A Tibetan monk walks into a bar … the future of creativity

    A Tibetan monk walks into a bar … the future of creativity

    Thangka painters have an entirely different conception of art to most Western painters. What should art do for us?

    Beyond questions of its value and its sources there is a question less frequently contested about creativity: its relationship to us.

    One evening some time ago, I was walking down Chapel Street in Melbourne’s South Yarra with a Tibetan monk who had just arrived in Australia. Namgyel had been brought out from China by a Buddhist centre in Melbourne and it was...
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  • Remote Aboriginal Communities - Alternative Power and Water Supply

    Remote Aboriginal Communities - Alternative Power and Water Supply



    Will the above hand prints be the only remaining evidence that traditional Aboriginal society once existed or will the mining company bulldoze these sites as well?

    Please share, as we need as much support as we can get, for the remote Aboriginal communities, to help them to continue to remain on their land. If they are removed the first thing that will happen is that their sacred sites will be bulldozed, the fo
    llow on will the disintergration of our ancient Aboriginal...
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 142 - Leadbelly: The Library Of Congress Recordings

    "Leadbelly left his mark on his era; his steel voice, his steel on the twelve strings and his high voltage personality captured audiences everywhere.(Alan Lomax)
    "He bequeathed to us also, it is true, a couple of hundred of the best songs any of us will ever know." (Pete Seeger)
    "The blues is like this. You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other all night long. It's not too cold in that bed, and it ain't too hot. But what's the matter? The blues has...
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  • Sunday Essay: Silver-tongued Turnbull fails to woo the arts vote

    Sunday Essay: Silver-tongued Turnbull fails to woo the arts vote

    In May 2015, the Australian arts community was shocked, perplexed and bemused when the then Arts Minister and Attorney-General, George Brandis, raided the government’s allocation to its own professional funding body, the Australia Council, and withdrew A$104.7 million to create his own private slush fund, the National Program for Excellence in the Arts.

    The raid had all the drama and high farce that accompanied another attorney-general’s raid on his own department, back in 1973....
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  • The recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car while self-driving using the car’s Autopilot feature has raised questions about whether this technolog

    The recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car while self-driving using the car’s Autopilot feature has raised questions about whether this technology is ready for consumer use.
    But more importantly, it highlights the need to reconsider the relationship between human behaviour and technology. Self-driving cars change the way we drive, and we need scrutinise the impact of this on safety.

    Tesla’s Autopilot does not make the car truly autonomous and self-driving. Rather, it automates...
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  • All hail the bookshop: survivor against the odds

    All hail the bookshop: survivor against the odds

    This National Bookshop Day, Australia’s one-time Minister for Small Business, Nick Sherry, will be remembered for his words, not his deeds.

    A reader, bookbuyer and enthusiastic patron of terrestrial bookshops, in June 2011 Sherry told a conference on online business that,
    In five years, other than a few speciality bookshops in capital cities, you will not see a bookstore. They will cease to exist.
    Booksellers were livid, and I don’t just mean standing behind their count...
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  • This American Life, the podcast giant

    This American Life, the podcast giant



    In broad terms a podcast will into one of two categories.

    The first is the rebroadcast of a radio or television program. It goes to air, then's made available as media on demand. Think Hamish & Andy, or Late Night Live on the ABC's Radio National network.
    Often now if it's a prerecorded program, the release is simultaneous.

    Second is the podcast created to straight online. The Sweetest Plum produced in Australia by Declan Fay and Nick Maxwell a notable success.,
    ...
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  • Music Whispers - What Aussie artists has 32 albums released and is about to release #33?

    The answer is Col Millington! Col has been recording since the 1970's and is well known and appreciated in the Australian Music scene. The Toorak Times has been slipped a promotional copy of Col Millingtons forthcoming CD titled - "Hey Babe". A release date has not been set yet, but we believe it will be very shortly. Col has been associated with the music scene since the 1960's and started writing in the 1970's. Col joined his first group “Natures Own” in 1968, then was a member of “Midnig...
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  • EPIC EVE!

    EPIC EVE!

    THEATRE REVIEW of GLAMM Productions THE WISDOM OF EVE Theatre Works Directed by Meredith Fuller

    How do solve a problem like Maria..... fck wrong movie damn How do u solve a problem like my Eva, ah yes that feels better already. Not a musical not an opera but of operatic proportions this juggernaut of dialogue and intrigue is none-the-less a fascinating amalgam of script to film n back again... phew!! Arriving at the all now all too familiar "...
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