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  • WestConnex, asylum seekers and pressure from the Greens: Backchat interview with Labor MPs

    “It’s called gentrification. Put simply, the area’s changing.”

    Last week, Labor frontbenchers Jason Clare, Tanya Plibersek and Anthony Albanese visited the FBi Radio studios to announce their policy to restore government funding recently cut to digital community radio.
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  • Art We Heart: Angela Goh

    Art We Heart: Angela Goh


    Angela Goh’s experimental dance practice pushes the constraints of her body, movement and art. Her art practice attempts to define dance by getting right up to the edges of its form and nudging at the boundaries to see if they will budge.

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  • Family Secrets

    Family Secrets

    We’ve been sitting at the kitchen table looking over old family photos. My mother was never one to talk about or delve into the past. A conversation with an old friend , [ they’d met in a refugee camp and came out to Australia on the same ship after The War ], the subject of their youth came up.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Clare Humphrys - Part 4

    Listen To Older Voices: Clare Humphrys - Part 4

    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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  • BRIAN WILSON HE JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES

    BRIAN WILSON HE JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES

    Towards the end of 1996 and in Los Angeles I had the most surreal day of my music fan/journalistic life - breakfast with Iggy Pop at the Chateau Marmont, lunch with Neil Diamond at his studio, a phone interview with Jeff Buckley and then in the early evening I was in a taxi to . . . Brian Wilson's house.
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  • AN AUDIENCE WITH LARRY FLYNT

    AN AUDIENCE WITH LARRY FLYNT

    Towards the close of 1996 I was in Los Angeles at the end of a long trip which had started with a Bruce Springsteen show and interview in Philadelphia. Towards the end I spent one of the most surreal days of my life - breakfast with Iggy Pop at the Chateau Marmont, lunch with Neil Diamond at his studio, back to the hotel for a chat with Jeff Buckley, then a drive up the Hollywood Hills to spend a few hours with Brian Wilson at his house. Could it get any crazier? Sure could.

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  • KEEPING OUT OF TROUBLE IN WASHINGTON WITH GEORGE PELECANOS

    KEEPING OUT OF TROUBLE IN WASHINGTON WITH GEORGE PELECANOS

    In the early part of 2001 I took the bus from New York City to Washington to talk with George Pelecanos. This piece subsequently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Even though Pelecanos has written maybe a dozen books since then and played a major role working on TV shows like The Wire and Treme I've Ieft this as I originally wrote it. A snapshot in time and place.

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  • All Because of You re-released

    All Because of You re-released

    It’s been a hectic month of moving house and in amongst it all Odyssey Books re-released my short story collection All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope.



    It’s an eclectic collection and they’re mostly semi-autobiographical. Two were written from the point of view of my former partner, the late Alex Legg, who ought to be remembered forever as one of the world’s genius songwriters. The timing of the release is remarkable. I’ve been invited to run a serie...
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 188 - Frank Frost: Jelly Roll King

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 188 - Frank Frost: Jelly Roll King

    "Frost's voice can only be termed superbly classic." (Blues Access No.27 1996)
    "Played blues as intensely as you would ever witness."( Matt Marshall (M C Records) American Blues Scene Magazine March 14, 2007)
    "Frank Frost is a ripper - his voice, his harmonica playing and his vocal delivery is faultless." (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Eighty Eight in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • MR TIM'S WONDROUS VISION

    MR TIM'S WONDROUS VISION

    In the early 1980s I was lucky enough to hang out at Martin Sharp's house and interview Tiny Tim for RAM magazine. This is the piece, exactly as it appeared at the time. Debbie Baer and I did the interview, I wrote it up and editor Anthony O'Grady added his touches later.


    (Photos by Wendy Adnam)
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  • 1981 - IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR.

    1981 - IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR.

    For all of the 1980s I wrote a weekly music column for the Sun Herald, then the biggest selling newspaper in the country. They gave me crazy freedom to write about whatever I liked. This was my first column for 1982 and a summation of the previous year. It reflects newspaper journalism of the time - short pars that were usually just one sentence. I've left it the way it originally appeared and on reflection I'm pretty happy with my opinions - although I was probably a tad too nice to The Mighty Guys and a bit harsh on The Stray Cats!
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