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  1. Arts House > Refuge (9 – 10 July 2016)

    • Refuge – Creative preparation for your local Emergency Relief Centre

    In an emergency situation, the home of Arts House – the North Melbourne Town Hall – is one of the City of Melbourne’s eighteen designated Emergency Relief Centres (ERC).

    Over a weekend in July, a flood disaster simulation event will take place where Arts House will host Refuge – a 24-hour artist-lead disaster preparedness rehearsal that will see the North Melbourne Town Hall turned into an actual ERC.

    In an Australian first and over a five-year period, Refuge

    Updated 19th June 2016 at 09:20 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Toorak Times - Socially Aware , World Issues
  2. Narrative as Navigation Through the Self: Isobel Blackthorn’s Asylum

    (‘Narrative as Navigation Through the Self: Isobel Blackthorn’s Asylum by Ness Mercieca wasoriginally published in the October 2015 edition of The Tertangala)

    They say the mind does not create, and that it only cuts and pastes the stimulus it receives from the outside world.

    Author Isobel Blackthorn has a talent for this, in fact, I often get the feeling with her that she is cataloguing my idiosyncrasies. I suspect I am not the only one to suspect this, and that she has an arsenal of our traits and habits to be appropriated for the right character at the right time. It’s the literary skill that brought us Plath’s
  3. St Kilda Festival Sunday 2015 - Main Stage

  4. ASYLUM - a novel in weekly parts

    Not every day an author gives away a whole novel. I had been asked and asked again if I would blog a book-length story and I'm glad I'm doing it. Feedback so far is encouraging. Some readers have formed a reading group to discuss weekly instalments. Start reading the story here and for this week's instalment follow this link.
    Here's what people are saying:
    ”Asylum has all my favourite elements: politics, social justice, strong women characters, and an unexpected ending. Impeccably written in clear, succinct, yet sophisticated prose, Asylum is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Jasmina Brankovich.
    ”Hurry up with instalment two – I am totally hooked and need ...
  5. Mauritania and curly haired dudes from Harvard

    I woke this morning with Mauritania on my mind. I heard the nation mentioned yesterday and realised I had forgotten where in Africa it was located. I was shocked at this, normally priding myself on knowing more or less where every nation in the world is. I am also motivated in reaction to some neatly curly haired Harvard scholar waxing on the telly last night about how the world is way more peaceful today than it ever has been, that killings are down, down, down and the only reason we may think otherwise is that we are overly influenced by crisis-focused news bulletins. The chap cited his statistics but I remain doubtful. I am always doubtful about ...

    Updated 3rd September 2014 at 06:34 PM by Mick Pacholli

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    Authors and Contributors , isobelblackthorn , Politics , World Issues
  6. Downhill to Galilee

    BREAKING NEWS FROM THE GREENS: The Abbott Government has just approved Australia’s LARGEST coal mine, two weeks after abolishing the country’s first climate laws. They just don’t get climate change. The coal from Adani’s Carmichael mine would be equivalent to almost one quarter of Australia’s total emissions – a climate disaster! This mega mine would also destroy 20,000 ha of native bushland, use 12 billion litres of Queensland’s groundwater per year and threaten the endangered black-throated finch with extinction. No vision, no heart, definitely no science.

    My response is of course Abbott ...

    Updated 1st September 2014 at 01:08 AM by Mick Pacholli

    Authors and Contributors , isobelblackthorn , Politics , World Issues
  7. Dr Yunupingu's message re-released with permission from his family

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    Sadly last year our country lost an inspiring leader who believed in a fairer and more unified Australia. Dr Yunupingu, Yothu Yindi's songwriter and lead singer, leaves an enormous legacy and example to respect and follow.

    The Gumatj man strongly believed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be recognised in our nation’s founding document.

    After his death, honouring Yolngu traditions, we removed his video of support and image from our platforms and paid public tribute to this great man and the hope he gave all of us.

    His family has now given their permission for it to be restored to the site to remind all Australians - and eSpecially our