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  • A Perfect Square – esoteric fiction

    A Perfect Square – esoteric fiction

    A Perfect Square is on some level an exploration of the different ways people approach esotericism.

    Who are these people? Where can we find them? Meet the eccentric artist Harriet Brassington-Smythe, her daughter, pianist Ginny Smith, and the mysterious hidden figure of Wilhelm Schmid, a scholar of the esoteric order of the Rosicrucians.


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  • Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - Part 1

    Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - 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.

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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 199 - Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Series Vol 1

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 199 - Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Series Vol 1

    "The blues is born with you. When you born in this world, you were born with the blues. (Lightnin’ Hopkins, 1967)
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    Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players." (New York Times Obituary, Feb 1, 1982 )
    "These are not necessarily the best known Lightnin' Hopkins tracks, but in many ways that makes this CD even more valuable."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Nine in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • On ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ by Hermann Hesse

    On ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ by Hermann Hesse

    First published in 1930, Narziss and Goldmund forms part of a profoundly insightful body of work by Hermann Hesse.


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  • ‘Conspiracy?’ – Hijack it back

    ‘Conspiracy?’ – Hijack it back

    There is no doubt in my mind that the word ‘conspiracy’ has been hijacked. We can’t even think of it without adding ‘theory’ and pointing derisively at what we believe to be whacky ideas and the whacky folk who ascribe to them. Say ‘conspiracy theory’ and you immediately make an argument illegitimate. The door is sealed. There’s no way we’re going there.

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  • Listen To Older Voices: Eleanor Fennessy

    Listen To Older Voices: Eleanor Fennessy

    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.

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  • A Sojourn to Seminyak: Part 2 - the best was yet to come

    A Sojourn to Seminyak: Part 2 - the best was yet to come

    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!
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    "The reality of Plastic Ono Band is that it contains eleven of Lennon’s most accessible and gorgeous melodies and riffs." (Gerry Mullholand - BBC review 2010)
    "An album that will be as much analysed as Sgt. Pepper over the years." (Billboard - 1971)
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    It remains one of the most audacious, iconoclastic albums in all of rock and roll." (Guitar World 2016)
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    The album certainly shows that he had yet to work through many unresolved matters, and that he still had much anger in him. However he was a brilliant man and knew how to channel these elements in such a way to create some brilliant, memorable and haunting tracks." (This review)


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  • Fashion + Aid 2016

    Fashion + Aid 2016

    The big names of Melbourne’s fashion scene strut their stuff at last night’s extravaganza. Before a packed media contingent Melbourne’s celebrities gathered at the Bond Lounge and Bar to launch Fashion +Aid 2016 Where Fashion and Music collide in a stellar line up of Australia's hottest performers and designers.
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  • OLYMPICS - THE BEST AND THE WORST

    OLYMPICS - THE BEST AND THE WORST



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    es, I’m a fan. I’ve watched Mack Horton blitz the 400 in the pool, and the Campbell sisters with a couple of mates, knocking off multiple awards in the relay, our archers getting bronze without getting a tan and Bogut doing his magic with the round ball. Wonderful stuff. And this was just the first day.
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  • Families thrive with Curious Minds

    Families thrive with Curious Minds



    Nada is creating something extraordinary for St Kilda families.

    Through 20 years of working with children, as a nanny to the young, as a mentor to teens both in Perth and St Kilda, and having raised two confident, capable lads despite a messy divorce, Nada has seen the value of rich experiences as part of growing up, and is passionate in offering that to families today.
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    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by 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.
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