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  • A Sojourn to Seminyak

    A Sojourn to Seminyak

    Bali has for the past four years become the choice of destination when I need to get away from the cold of Melbourne.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Myra Martin

    Listen To Older Voices: Myra Martin

    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 # 197 - Sam and Dave: The Best Of

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 197 - Sam and Dave: The Best Of

    "Sam Moore and Dave Prater's string of soul and pop hits made them the '60s' most successful black vocal duo." (The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
    "Sam & Dave created some of their century's most enduring music in the pop form." (Stylus Magazine January 2007)
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    There can be no argument that as a duo, Sam and Dave introduced the previously successful sound of the black church music, so successfully to pop music." (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Seven in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • ROCKY DABSCHECK CHALLENGES CHINA WITH AN INOFFENSIVE OFFENSIVE

    ROCKY DABSCHECK CHALLENGES CHINA WITH AN INOFFENSIVE OFFENSIVE


    Rocky Dabscheck on the free-access people's TV programme,
    The shtick on Aussie channel 31, talking about his new book.

    Since touching down in Hong Kong last week, Rocky Dabscheck has wasted no time in finding his footing in this part of the world where massive audiences of millions will take to his inspirational version of Aussie-rooted blues.
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  • IT WASN’T ME WOT DONE IT – IT WAS THEM BAD PEOPLE

    IT WASN’T ME WOT DONE IT – IT WAS THEM BAD PEOPLE



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    veryone is shocked by the treatment of incarcerated indigenous youth in the Northern Territory. There are calls to get the perpetrators and punish them. How dare they treat children that way? Unfortunately, their baying for blood is the same side of the coin. When will we learn that more of the same, doesn’t solve the problem? And it’s not just in the Territory. How we treat our less fortunate fellow humans is pervasive.
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  • Meredith Fuller talks with Ray Mooney, author of ’The Ethics of Evil: Stories of H Division’ (2016)



    Now Available on Amazon


    This visceral non-fiction book explores the true story of H Division, the punishment division within Pentridge Prison, Melbourne, that operated from 1958-1994, which was responsible for cultivating criminals who committed horrific crimes upon their release. “Some may have gone in as eighteen year olds, but the extreme brutality they were subjected to turned out potential monsters.”
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  • AUST & HOLLYWOOD FILM GURU FRANK HOWSON HITS HONG KONG

    AUST & HOLLYWOOD FILM GURU FRANK HOWSON HITS HONG KONG

    The Sunday Session at Hong Kong’s leading live music venue, The Wanch, was spiced up last Sunday July 24, 2016 with appearances by Aussie film and musical theatre writer and director, the impresario Frank Howson.


    Barry O’Rorke, Brian Greytak, Phil Whelan, Rocky Dabscheck and Frank Howson take the Hong Kong Drinking Oath of Allegiance at the Wanch
    The Sunday Session acts as a scoop for the cream of Filip
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  • Rebellious Daughters – book review by Lisa Romeo

    Rebellious Daughters – book review by Lisa Romeo



    Edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman. Published by Ventura Press.

    Rebellious Daughters is a delightful read, composed of 17 true stories written by premium Australian female writers. The stories capture a period of time in the authors lives that reflects on the development of their characters, shaping and greatly influencing who they have become as adults today.
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  • EMPTY

    EMPTY



    I woke with an immense feeling of emptiness. Perhaps it’d been brewing for years and things had gnawed me until I was hollow. I got out of bed and summoned the strength to walk to the window and look outside. I saw empty streets, empty freeways, empty bridges, empty buildings and empty skies. I considered the thought that I may be dead. Perhaps there is no heaven, just another dimension filled with familiar surroundings and this was my location in which I could spend eternity trying to make some sense of the life i’d lived. What was most surprising was that I felt nothing. No panic, concern, fear – nothing.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - Part 3

    Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - 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.

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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 196 - Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 196 - Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey

    "Her deep, almost-vibratoless contralto sounded rough and unsophisticated compared to other commercial blueswomen but she projected a great depth of feeling and was adored by audiences." (US Library of Congress
    "Ma Rainey was one of the first singers to popularize the style (the blues)." (Joe McGasko - Bio May 2015)
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    When we listen to Ma Rainey, the recordings are very crude, but even so the power and mesmerism of her voice shows that pure talent and commitment to an audience makes Ma Rainey stand out even more today.
    " (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Six in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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