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  1. Asylum Reviews



    Today I found two reviews of Asylum on NetGalley which I just had to share!
    The first is by Tanya Brough – “Have you ever felt like just dropping everything and running far, far away? To perhaps an island? That is what Yvette Grimm did. She ran from her life in Malta and her boyfriend Carlos (what an oaf!) and met up with her mother, Leah, in Australia. She wants to stay and her mom wants her to stay. There might even be a man on the horizon, but that will always be a complicated situation with Yvette, a romantic at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Asylum. Yvette is such a lovable, but emotional human. You can even feel ...
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  2. Asylum Reviews



    Today I found two reviews of Asylum on NetGalley which I just had to share!
    The first is by Tanya Brough – “Have you ever felt like just dropping everything and running far, far away? To perhaps an island? That is what Yvette Grimm did. She ran from her life in Malta and her boyfriend Carlos (what an oaf!) and met up with her mother, Leah, in Australia. She wants to stay and her mom wants her to stay. There might even be a man on the horizon, but that will always be a complicated situation with Yvette, a romantic at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Asylum. Yvette is such a lovable, but emotional human. You can even feel ...
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  3. Mindful over Matter Workshop



    Mindful over Matter Workshops

    Overview:
    Mindful over Matter workshop is an interactive opportunity introducing mindfulness concept and practice to participants. It teaches the fundamental principles of mindfulness and gives a chance to practice mindfulness in both stillness and through movement in a safe and constructive environment. There will be feedback opportunities and a self-directed strategy to form a plan for future mindfulness practice.

    Outcomes:
    At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

    • Identify how to be mindful through two approaches
    • Practice mindfulness while
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  4. Marriage Equality At last? - Bill To Legalise Same Sex Marriage

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ID:	23178 Bill Shorten has announced that he, and Tania Plibersek will bring forth a bill to the National Parliament on Monday June 1st, to legalise same sex marriage.

    Tania Plibersek has said: "Bill Shorten and I have just given formal notice we will present a bill for marriage equality to the Parliament next week. The time for marriage equality in Australia has well and truly come. Together we can get this done."

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    This matter has been bubbling under the surface for many years. The ACT attempted to enact a law to allow same sex marriage in December of 2013. The law lasted barely a week before the High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT's laws were ...
  5. Listen To Older Voices: Rod Young - 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.

    This is Part 1 of a 2-part program featuring the Life and Times of Rod Young. ...
  6. Metafit + Mindfulness @ 2XU Hampton

    Metafit + Mindfulness @ 2XU Hampton, 8am Saturday the retail store floor transformed to a workout studio for Metafit + Mindfulness a new mind/body fitness concept delivered by Blue Sky Fitness and Melbourne Coach in their high performance 2XU compression gear.



    Local ladies, men, children and even a bubba filled the space ready train. Mats laid down, stretches, then boom the music started and trainer Niki got the pace started easing everyone into the workout.

    Metafit is a faced paced workout designed to ramp up metabolism and engage the whole body in a workout that burns fat, works big muscle groups
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  7. Getting acclimatised to horror


    PHOTO: For a country that values its commitment to human rights as does Australia, the silence in the face of Rohingya suffering is a humiliating moment. (AFP: Christophe Archambault)


    Still, it’s easier to shut my ears and eyes to Eurovision and not be affected by it. Whereas hearing the latest spin on those asylum seekers languishing in South Asian waters is something I can’t disengage from. Julie Bishop has been told by Indonesian officials that the Bangladeshis on those boats are all illegal labourers, or ‘economic migrants’ and not refugees at all. I dare say there will be much debate and speculation about the validity
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  8. Getting acclimatised to horror

    PHOTO: For a country that values its commitment to human rights as does Australia, the silence in the face of Rohingya suffering is a humiliating moment. (AFP: Christophe Archambault)

    Isn’t it wonderful that popular culture provides us with glossy rituals of glamour and celebrity to distract us from the realities of our lives and the lives of others. Like Eurovision. Go Guy Sebastian! – Catchy little song he’s got. But I’d rather sleep than sit through that pap.
    Still, it’s easier to shut my ears and eyes to Eurovision and not be affected by it. Whereas hearing the latest spin on those asylum seekers languishing in South Asian waters is something ...
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  9. Pale New Sun - A review of the latest CD by Chris Stockley

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ID:	23149 Chris Stockley has been in the mainstream Australian Music scene for over fifty years, and this, his solo CD, represents excellence in application, production and in fact, is a damn fine album!

    Pale New Sun is the title of a 13 track release by long standing Australian musician, Chris Stockley. The CD is released by Chris on the Ratus Ratus label and it has no catalog identifying code. The album is produced by James Black, who himself has a long and successful career in the Australian music scene with associations with such iconic groups as Men At Work, Black Sorrows and Mondo Rock. All the tracks were composed by Chris.

    Chris Stockley came to Australia from Britain in February of 1964
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  10. Asylum seekers: confronting the double face



    There are two faces to Australia’s asylum seeker policy. There is the outward face, all smiles and hooded eyes, that espouses ‘stop the boats’ mantras to indoctrinate the masses. We are to be persuaded of the necessity for harsh, inhumane treatment of asylum seekers journeying by boat. We are to disregard these peoples’ basic human rights and apportion blame for all their suffering on the shoulders of the smugglers. We are thus exonerated from guilt. We need look no further, for our government is right, opportunism is to be condemned. It is only us who gets a fair go.

    The outward face is a veil, a mask. It has been
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    Updated 25th May 2015 at 01:47 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  11. Asylum seekers: confronting the double face


    There are two faces to Australia’s asylum seeker policy. There is the outward face, all smiles and hooded eyes, that espouses ‘stop the boats’ mantras to indoctrinate the masses. We are to be persuaded of the necessity for harsh, inhumane treatment of asylum seekers journeying by boat. We are to disregard these peoples’ basic human rights and apportion blame for all their suffering on the shoulders of the smugglers. We are thus exonerated from guilt. We need look no further, for our government is right, opportunism is to be condemned. It is only us who gets a fair go.
    The outward face is a veil, a mask. It ...
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  12. Cream of The Crate: Album # 134 - The Marvelettes: Greatest Hits

    "The Marvelettes’ début single is easily Motown’s best single to date (Please Mr Postman).(Motown Junkies)
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    The first Motown act to score a Number One pop single on the pop chart this foursome helped define the girl group era."
    (Rolling Stone)
    "The Marvelettes also opened a new door for all girl groups." (JazzWax)

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    This is album review number one hundred and thirty four in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.

    The series is called
    Cream of The Crate and each review represents an album that I believe represents significant musical value, either because of its rarity, because it represents the best of a style or styles of a music
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  13. Looking for a strength workout? It's time to #getmoving with weights!!

    Hello fit and healthy people!!

    After a week off due to surgery last week I figured it was time to step it up a little!! This week, we are going to HIT THE WEIGHTS!!


    Inspired this week by a fabulous bunch of gals & guys who I chat with as part of a closed fitness/health group on Facebook. The group known well worldwide as "The HIIT Mum Monthly Challenge Group" (All welcome to join, just search the group via Facebook)

    This is wonderful group of motivated people, minus any negativity, advertising etc. put simply, just a group of AWESOME people supporting each other in good health no matter what their individual fitness
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  14. Ruminations From My Veranda #37: If 6 were 9

    If 6 were 9 - Hey I made 69 years of age!

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ID:	23145 Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty seventh posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".


    In my last rumination I was basking in the warmth of the easter sun, but today I'm not basking and there sure as hell isn't any sun! It is bloody freezing, but for some bizarre reason i believe if I'm going to post a Rumination From My veranda, then I damn well need to be on the veranda! I have "Vandella", the cafe gas heater on, and the top of my head and my face are glowing from the heat, but my hands and feet are freezing. Not only that, my drink of choice - oh be still my beating heart ...
  15. Asylum seekers are not a problem: they’re people



    With thousands of asylum seekers and refugees in the Straits of Malacca, crammed into boats without food and water, rejected by country after country and towed back out to sea, the desperation of vast numbers of people scrambling to reach safer shores could not be starker. They may be fleeing terror. They may be fleeing destitution. And we must strive to understand the circumstances of such flights in their entirety before we dare to point an accusatory finger.

    The blame game will only succeed for so long. A hugely successful propaganda technique is to isolate the ‘fall guy’ and blame to the hilt. When it comes to asylum seekers, we
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