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  1. Editorial: The End Of An Era For Us ~ But The Start Of A Better One

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ID:	35001 One door closes but a brighter one opens

    On November 11th 2010 Publisher Mick Pacholli revived the original paper-based Toorak Times which had commenced in the 1970's by his father Jack, as a multimedia on-line paper.

    It is common knowledge that Jack Pacholli was not looked upon favourably by the law, the establishment and even by other publications. Jack Pacholli was his own man and he saw the need for a paper to get out and "say' what other elements of the media were not able or willing to say.

    Several years after the death of the first incarnation of the Toorak Times, Mick saw the need and the opportunity of an on-line paper based around the concept of "Citizen Journalism".
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  2. Ruminations From My Veranda #45: Finding Freo - and the human spirit!

    Finding Freo - and the human spirit!

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    This is the very first Rumination that I have written in the years I have been publishing this ad-hoc column that doesn't have my picture at the top!

    Ruminations really is about what is going through my head as I sit on my verandah, generally enjoying a wine or sometimes a beer, and usually I don't research or check facts I just let the thoughts and feelings flow along with the wine.

    Certainly in Melbourne this afternoon the weather is balmy and it is a superb spring afternoon, the verandah is bathed in sunshine, birds are singing and it is a fine arvo for a vino and all should be right with the world.

    But it
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  3. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - How will you get involved?

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ID:	31711 In 2016, it is estimated that the age-standardised incidence rate will be 59 cases per 100,000 persons (1.1 for males and 115 for females). Breast cancer was the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2012. It is estimated that it will become the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2016.

    The Toorak Times joins many other organisations in promoting breast cancer awareness!

    October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

    Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
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  4. Udderly Awesome Dress Up Day: Assisting the Relief Dairy Farmers Support Program

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ID:	31598 Farmers have been doing it hard for some time now and there are many groups working to assist them. The Need For Feed Assistance Program run by the Lions Club is a prime example of community efforts to support Australian Farmers.

    Now in association with that program, we have a focussed program again under the auspice of the Lions Clubs, this time to assist the struggling dairy farmers.

    These men and woman provide Australians with the highest quality diary products anywhere in the world, and sadly, it is probably something we take for granted when we visit the supermarkets.

    Now the major supermarkets are proudly promoting $1.00/Litre milk, and on the surface that seems
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  5. Ruminations From My Veranda #44: Spring has sprung

    Ruminations From My Veranda #44: Spring Has Sprung - of boids, grass and coffee!

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ID:	31572 The spring is sprung, the grass is riz.I wonder where the boidie is.
    They say the boidie’s on the wing.
    But that’s absoid. The wing is on the bird.

    And so Ogden Nash introduced us to not just Spring, but an unforgettable piece of nonsense poetry! Here we are, it's Spring and in Melbourne we are celebrating the second consecutive fine day!

    Hey, for Melbourne not to have all 4 seasons in a day is amazing, but to get to warm sunny days in a row in early September is not just amazing it's delightful.

    Oh yes, that grass has certainly grown and I have had the old brush-cutter
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  6. Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite Dead?

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ID:	31278 During the recent federal election, Malcolm Turnbull made a promise to hold a plebiscite on whether the community would support a change in the law enabling same-sex marriage to be legal.

    Recently Turnbull announced that this plebiscite would now be held in February of 2017. This announcement angered many as it appeared to be a blatant beach of an election promise.

    The plebiscite was already under attack by many in the community who wanted to know why such an expensive exercise wasn't held at the same time as the election vote, and by others as an abrogation of the responsibility of parliament to deal with this matter in the same way as it deals with a plethora of issues affecting the
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  7. A Sojourn to Seminyak: Part 2 - the best was yet to come

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ID:	31037 We thoroughly enjoyed our first four days in Bali as we ate and drank ourselves silly, trying many of the great restaurants in the area and as we got two free cocktails every evening at our hotel - we worked our way through them determined to try as many as possible. Between all that and a late afternoon visit to Andy Bar on the beach, we thought that maybe this was as good as it could get.

    Wow, were we wrong!

    Day five started with a trip to the Dolphin Lodge bat Jl. Tukad Punggawa | Br. Ponjok, Denpasar.

    It was actually with a small amount of trepidation that June and I headed to the Dolphin Lodge, where you can observe, interact or
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  8. A Sojourn to Seminyak

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ID:	30857 Bali has for the past four years become the choice of destination when I need to get away from the cold of Melbourne.

    For a multitude of reasons I didn't do the Bali trek as a younger man, but I am trying to make up for it now. Kuta is probably the choice of locations for most younger Australians but for me, if i want to stay in or near the coast then Seminyak or its immediate neighbour Legian, is the place of choice.

    Inland, it's Ubud, but on this journey I am staying at the FurmaXclusive Exclusive Beach Hotel in Jl. Arjuna, Seminyak (although really it is Legian), but that's "snob location creep" for you.

    On this holiday, June - my erstwhile partner, and I have decided
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  9. Evolve: The Fair Food Restaurant Has Not Stopped Evolving

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ID:	30260 In December of 2014 I wrote an article titled "Evolve - A Fair Food Store Nestled in the Hills of Belgrave. In that article I pointed out that Evolve opened under the philosophy of caring about the planet and and reflecting that in their menu, with their suppliers, with the food and with the experience they wanted to give their customers.

    Two and a half years later I revisited to business as it had recently undergone a change of ownership, when the original owner Denise Sangster-Greenwood, sold the business onto another local woman, Chantelle Kostovski.

    I was interested to see whether the same philosophies were still going to apply and whether the amazing success this business had,
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  10. Australian Gun Laws Under Real Threat

    This is the man who would water down our national gun laws, even though the overwhelming evidence is that they work, and have probably saved lives!

    Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm, a senator in NSW, who is the the National Rifle Association’s local Australian hero and has appeared in a video supporting the
    National Rifle Association of America, in which he describes Australia as a "nation of victims" because of the government's tough stance on gun control.

    There is a video showing his support which first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 25th June and can be accessed here by clicking on the image below.

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  11. Introducing - Maureen Andrews: Arts Party Candidate For The Senate in Victoria

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ID:	29325 Maureen Andrews is one of three Arts Party Candidates standing in Victoria. The Arts Party is a new party dedicated to restoring Arts" as a cultural, social and educative backbone of our society.

    The Arts Party was founded to encourage the creative, cultural and educated life of every Australian.

    For more information on the Arts Party click the logo -



    Maureen is one of seventeen Arts Party candidates standing nationally.


    For a complete list of all Arts Party candidates click "Our Candidates"

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  12. The Arts Party

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ID:	29281 At a time when the "Arts" as a cultural, social and educative backbone of our society is under its greatest attack ever from a Federal Government that appears to have littler real interest in fostering this mainstay of any civilised country - a new political force has risen.

    At the Toorak Times we believe in providing a platform for individuals and minor parties that in turn promote the well being of this country and its citizens. We certainly support the ideals and policies of this new emerging party.


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    he Arts Party was founded to encourage the creative, cultural and educated life of every Australian.

    The Federal Election is around the corner and we want to get A MILLION
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  13. WARRIORS - Short Film Tackles Tall Subject

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ID:	28991 Australia is blessed with creative talent when it comes to film. Some of that talent ends up in Hollywood or other major production towns around the globe. Much of that talent commences with small independent productions and it seems as though we are constantly uncovering new talent, be that in writers, production and film crews or actors. here is a story on some of that new talent!

    This article presents to you the story behind a new and exciting short film called Warriors!


    The Warriors team is made up of Emma Monk, Shannon Walters and Lisa Morel who have written, produced, directed and starred in this independent production. With the added vision of a local up and coming cinematographer, ...
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  14. KEEP COMMUNITY RADIO - Community radio Screwed in 2016 Federal Budget!



    The following has been received from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia - who thanks to the 2016 federal budget, has been royally screwed again.

    This Government can only get away with this if we, the community, keep quiet.

    Please read carefully and assist in any way you can. Without Community Radio, we are stuffed!


    CBAA launches campaign in response to cuts in Federal Budget - we need your help !


    The Federal Budget has failed to maintain funding for metropolitan community digital radio services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The ...
  15. Cream of The Crate: Album # 183 - Deep Purple: The Deep Purple Singles

    "Prime contenders among the most searingly loud and heavy bands on both sides of the Atlantic."(RollingStone May 1972)
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    Perhaps more than any other rock band, Deep Purple proved that a group of musicians could undergo consistent and even traumatic turnover, yet still achieve remarkable success over a long span of time
    ." (Eduardo Rovadavia - Classic Rock)
    "[This album]
    provide us with a fantastic insight into the development of the music of Deep Purple"
    (This review)

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    This is album review number One Hundred and Eighty Three 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 ...
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