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  1. The Drago Tree by Isobel Blackthorn: review

    How ever did I manage to miss this lovely review! Thank you Mark

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    After the slow motion collapse of her marriage Anne seeks refuge on the jagged island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off Africa.
    Wounded, introspective, prickly – like the Drago tree of the title – Anne broods about her past, trying through writing in her notebook to exorcize the ghosts of her husband and troubled sister.
    She meets the novelist Richard . He lives on the island seasonally, perched in his house as though at an outpost ...
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  2. Lovesick re-released!

    My memoir, Lovesick, came out in 2011 to popular acclaim. I decided to re-release the book and give it a new lease of life after a friend and high school teacher told me he thought it should be much more widely read.

    A wild adventure through Thatcher’s Britain, set against a backdrop of the British Indie Music Scene. Naïve, defiant and incisively witty, Isobel Blackthorn fashions her own path through the counter-culture, poverty and politics of the eighties. By turn absurdly funny, sexually charged and heartrendingly sad, Lovesick is an unforgettable, tragi-comic tale of a young woman’s search for her identity.
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  3. White Cloud: Tim Finn at Arts Centre Melbourne

    By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey

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    "Savage something that we need to remember
    From the wreck of history
    Family images of fading splendour
    Where they lead I’m following...”
    - Tim Finn, White Cloud

    Tim Finn
    , legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of SplitEnz, will perform White Cloud - a musing meditative performance about family, identity and home - this January atArts Centre Melbourne.

    White Cloud alchemises observation and contemplation, photographs and journals, narrative and music to deliver apotent celebration of family, ancestry ...
  4. Nadaness In Motion reviews The Drago Tree

    I opened my eyes on 2017 to find a warm and thoughtful review of The Drago Tree in my inbox. It put the broadest smile on my face.
    “The Drago Tree is a beautiful example of travel literature, as Blackthorn gives the reader exquisite detail about the setting and the country.The Drago Tree is full of stunning imagery, quotes, lines and setting. The pace is very slow; however, the book is an experience in of itself…The narrative is simply brilliant.”Wow! A big thank you to Nada for taking the trouble of reviewing my book. Read the whole review hereHappy 2017!!!
    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Book review, Canary Islands, Lanzarote, literary fiction, ...
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  5. Ruminations from My Verandah #46: Oh what a year it was . . . it really was such a year!

    "Ruminate - to think deeply about something" (Oxford Dictionary)

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ID:	33631 Oh what a year it was . . . it really was such a year!

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.


    This is the forty-sixth posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column, called "Ruminations From My Verandah" and it's the last for 2016.

    The sun is beaming down, the wine is a nice chilled 10 degrees C and I am feeling very mellow. For the umpteenth time this year the Kookaburra’s are singing loud and heartily. My pond is gurgling as the water runs down the rocks and the cicadas rise and fall in a never-ending opera of the bush.

    It is hard to accept for a frozen moment in time, as I sit here,
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  6. JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS: An Antithesis between Australian media and culture - Part Three of Three

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ID:	33614 If the issue of visibility is a critical factor in racial segregation as Byrne suggests, then, I suggest, by extension Australian television platforms are an example of an overwhelming Anglo Celtic Australian voice. A contemporary argument on the stagnation of the Australian imaginary is demonstrated by Peta Stephenson (2003) in her thesis, Beyond Black and White: Aborigines, Asian-Australians and the national imaginary. Stephenson analyses; "the interconnectedness of Indigenous and Asian-Australian identities by examining why white Australians have historically kept these communities separate, and why such relations have been largely forgotten from white Australian historiography. [...] Her thesis ...
  7. JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS: An Antithesis between Australian media and culture - Part Two of Three

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    The rest of the bus journey to Alice Springs was hassle free and the transvestites kept to themselves after the "pillow" incident. We arrived in Alice Springs in the dark, Ben and I found the back-packers hostel, two sheds nailed together with dormitory style bunk beds - women and men were segregated. Tourists were usually in bed by 9pm and we could not afford alcohol so there was nothing to do but exchange "where ya been?" stories with the other travelers and sleep. The next morning Ben and I decided to "Discover Alice Springs" a town of two main roads that cross the Todd River, which at that time of the year, June/July the dry season, the river is usually a dust bowl. However, it had ...
  8. JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS: An Antithesis between Australian media and culture - Part One of Three

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    I would give you a date but nothing has changed. Stay tuned until The End.

    I met Ben, a handsome guy who sat in the seat behind me, on a bus traveling back to Alice Springs from visiting Uluru. I started chatting to him while the other passengers got on board the bus. About eight transvestites go on board and sat behind Ben. Two or three sat on the backseat and they reminded me of the tough chicks at school who would sit on the back seat and smoke. Once or twice at school, I was given the honour of being able to sit on the back seat but it was only so they could take the piss out of me. So at school, I tried as hard as I might to find a seat nearer the front next to someone nice. ...
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  9. Listen To Older Voices: Mary Davenport - Part 3

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.


    This is the 3rd and final part of the story of 96-year-old Mary Davenport. A well-educated, thoughtful and assertive woman with a great sense of humor, Mary’s stories continue ...
  10. Listen To Older Voices: Mary Davenport - Part 2

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

    Welcome to the second of the 3-part program featuring the story of Mary Davenport. Born in August 1920, it is obvious that Mary owes much to her grandmother, who had very strong
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  11. All Because of You gets a 5-star badge!


    All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope received this awesome badge last month!

    “Throughout the collection, Blackthorn utilizes rich descriptions and language to portray vivid images of the women and their lives, both the ones they are living now and the ones that they had escaped…a powerful collection of stories that hits you hard, leaving you contemplating the good and bad of life and looking forward to the future.”
    https://readersfavorite.com/book-rev...cause-of-you/1
    You can buy from Amazon and all good bookstores. ...
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  12. Forbid Yourself Nothing by artist Benjamin Box

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    Melbourne based artist, writer and free verse poet Benjamin Box is an anathema. Or at least that’s what he believes his latest art buyer thinks of him.

    After commissioning his latest work: ‘Forbid Yourself Nothing.’, a large size spray paint and acrylic on canvass; the buyer in question: …”ran for the hills upon completion of the work and didn’t even have the manners to sling me a modest materials fee.”

    I thought it may have been a case of sour grapes until Ben showed me the two ‘test prints’ or ‘studies’ he’d sent the buyer before commencing the final picture.

    “There’s a special place in hell for buyers like that.” he informed me.

    Not only did this ...
  13. Listen To Older Voices: Mary Davenport - Part 1

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.


    The story of Mary Davenport is a story told over three programs. Mary is 96 years of age and you would be hard pressed guessing her age from just listening to her voice and
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  14. Listen To Older Voices: Alice Harris

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.


    Alice Harris was 85 years of age when she was originally interviewed in October of 2005. I interviewed her in the nursing home that she was a resident in. In this single episodic
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  15. Be inspired and make a real difference at Hand In Hand - a Celebration of Courage, Joy & Love!

    Presented by School of Hard Knocks
    Melbourne Town Hall, Saturday 10th December, 3pm

    Do you long to listen to beautiful arias from your favourite operas, groove to gospel and swoon to classics that you know and love? Do you want to celebrate this Christmas just a little bit differently?

    Hand In Hand, presented by the School of Hard Knocks seeks to raise funds for the School’s new women’s and men’s choral programs, No Excuses! and Men Aloud! singing out against family violence! “The School of Hard Knocks is so very excited and proud to offer these choir programs for such important causes and to help build positive physical and mental wellbeing through singing!” Dr Jonathon Welch, the Founding Artistic Director ...