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  • Sunday essay: trace fossils – the silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium

    Sunday essay: trace fossils – the silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium

    Marcoo was a 1.4 kilotonne ground-level nuclear test carried out at Maralinga in 1956. The contaminated debris was buried at this site in the 1967 clean-up known as Operation Brumby

    As an archaeologist working in the remote areas around Woomera and the Nullarbor Plain, my understanding of South Australia was first informed by rocks and soil. This was a landscape of fossils and trace fossils – the preserved impressions left by the passage of a living body through sediment – jostling for attention.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Jim Walker - Part 1

    Listen To Older Voices: Jim Walker - Part 1

    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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  • Pride March 2017

    Pride March 2017

    On Sunday 29 January 2017, Victoria's iconic annual Midsumma Pride March will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary in St Kilda, solidifying and celebrating Victoria’s diverse L.G.B.T.Q.I.A+ communities – bringing the streets of St Kilda alive with Pride! Midsumma Pride March – a feature event of the annual Melbourne Midsumma Festival - stretches a kilometre along the length of the bayside Fitzroy Street, with around 40,000 people coming together to watch the annual parade – a free event - which fea...
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  • Carol Kaye & The Hit Men - Guitars 1965

    Carol Kaye & The Hit Men - Guitars 1965

    "One of the most prolific and widely heard bass guitarists, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 50 years" (Wikipedia)
    "The thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the bass lines."
    (Paul McCartney talking of Carol Kaye's bass playing on Pet Sounds)
    "In the world of bass guitar, Carol Kaye is a legend."
    (Guitar World 2016)
    "This woman is, putting it bluntly, damn red hot and fabulous on both guitar and bass guitar."
    (This review)


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  • AUSTRALIA - RACIST BY ANY OTHER NAME

    AUSTRALIA - RACIST BY ANY OTHER NAME

    CENTRELINK AGGRESSION.

    There’s a film out called “I, Daniel Blake,” about the abuse of a person seeking help in England through their equivalent of Centrelink. “Racist by any Other Name,” written in 2015 for Toorak Times, points out how we tolerate aggression towards our most vulnerable population, while accusing them of being the aggressors. Unfortunately it’s getting worse. Here’s a replay. Brenda.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Graham Maloney - Part 2

    Listen To Older Voices: Graham Maloney - Part 2

    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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  • A Perfect Square reviewed by Kate Braithwaite

    A Perfect Square reviewed by Kate Braithwaite

    I am delighted to share this warm, 5 star review of my novel, A Perfect Square, from Kate Braithwaite, author of Charlatan.


    A Perfect Square is a clever, thoughtful literary novel which also manages to have a cracking plot and complex characters.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Graham Maloney- Part 1

    Listen To Older Voices: Graham Maloney- Part 1

    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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  • Imperfect ways

    Imperfect ways



    N
    o Matter how far you travel

    you can always come back home
    no matter how lost you get
    people who love you won’t forget
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Colin Jarvis - Part 2

    Listen To Older Voices: Colin Jarvis - Part 2

    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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  • Lovesick re-released!

    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.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Max Borchardt - Part 2
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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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    Kathryn Gossow is a masterful storyteller who displays great insight and sensitivity in her handling of difficult themes. The result, her debut novel Cassandra, is an extraordinary and engaging coming of age tale.


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