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Recorded at Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 10th December 2017
Spiral Stairs aka Scott Kannberg first began making music with co founding member Stephen Malkamus in the legendary 90s act Pavement. After Pavement disbanded in 1999, Kannberg formed Preston School Of Industry, who went on to release two albums through Matador Records; 2001s All This Sounds Gas and 2004s Monsoon.
5 years passed before Kannberg re-emerged with his first solo effort The Real Feel, which was also released through Matador. He then relocated to the northern Brisbane suburb of Beachmere for a few years, before slowly beginning work on the follow up.
We're contemplating some creative re-configuring in our kitchen. We still have a wall of the original wooden cupboards from the red-brick Newlands houses. We'd like to re-organise them and add to them sympathetically while incorporating a new oven, hob, fridge and sink. Is there anyone out there who has done something similar? Or is there a skilled and creative carpenter/joiner/cabinet-maker who likes an interesting project?
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The Short and Sweet festival the biggest little play festival in the world is back for its 17th year in Sydney. Short+Sweet 2018 features 130 plays across 8 weeks, with 2 new programmes every week. The different programs feature new writers, directors and a totally new cast. Among the plays showing nightly this week is Monet, Monet, Monet! by Pauline Turner, and The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought by Carol Dance.
In Monet Monet Monet, when a Monet disappears from an art gallery wall, an eccentric woman is arrested for art theft on the evidence of surveillance video. But is the footage the truth or just an impression of it? It stars Steven Tait, Eveline Schubert, Carolina Portugal and Katia Moors and is produced by Andrew Cohen.
Writer and Director, Pauline Turner, is my guest today.
In The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought, a woman sings as she showers. A new thought pops into her head. Can she remember it? Will the thought she thought be lost forever? It stars Julia Dance and Sasha Dance.
Writer and Director, Carol Dance, is my guest today.
Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers Street
Info / Tickets: shortandsweet.org
I look forward to your company 10.30am midday
blue today there are no clouds to mask the breathing space the sun, manic and playful holds my chin roughly forcing my face to the sky look up animate those dark eyes break open your gaze look up above the grey tree line above the uniform boxes people exist in above the forlorn, thin wires 
The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, to Los Angeles.
Except for one couple, a Rohingyan man and his wife, the other refugees leaving today (Sunday, 11 February) are single men: Afghans, Pakistanis, and Rohingyan.
It is expected that altogether around 130 refugees will fly from Nauru to the United States this month.
As usual, the departure of the refugees highlights the flaws in the US resettlement process. Last week, Iranian refugees the largest national group of refugees on Nauru protested for the second week in a row, over Iranians being excluded from the US intake.
Also among the people leaving today is one Rohingyan refugee who has family in Australia. He told the Refugee Action Coalition that he asked Australia for protection, and had initially declined to go to the United States.
I dont know anyone there, he told the Refugee Action Coalition. The man had been told if he declined to go to the US, he could expect to be on Nauru for 20 years, or could go to Cambodia.
The departure of the refugees comes as Nauru makes the first medical transfers to Taiwan in an attempt to deal with the fundamental lack of medical facilities on the island. Three refugees were sent to Taiwan for medical treatment last Wednesday.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
The post Twenty-two refugees leave Nauru for the United States appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.
The annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is celebrating their eleventh year later this month. The festival, organised by the committee of volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, has a theme this year of We Are One and organisers are inviting the Coasts LGBTIQ community, family, friends and visitors to come together and celebrate diversity ...
The post Heres Whats On At The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Oh hey there errybody... we started today's show with a hint from Cam's FIRST EVER home-made creme brulee: use a spritzy water bottle alongside your brulee flame!
Nick Bennett is the chef at Melbourne's The Arbory, and he joined us to talk about tomorrow's fundraising event called Food for Thought. Some seriously big-name chefs are donating their time to raise funds for Beyond Blue and RUOK. There are still some tickets available, check it out over here.
Next up we spoke to John at the Victoria Market.
We finished today's show with a chat to pHd candidate Erin Cummin about seaweed. Victoria has over 1000 native varieties of seaweed, and it is amazingly useful not just as a food, but even as a fuel or clothing material. We spoke about the three main types of seaweed and what you can do with them.
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government has introduced a bill designed to protect whistleblowers within the private sector, but those who expose crime and corruption within government will continue to face criminal prosecution. Those in favour of broad whistleblower protections have called the bill a move in the right direction, while at
Flights occasionally get delayed and cancelled all the time. But for one reader, Tigerairs troubles and the way they handled them proved too much. But what do the actual statistics say? Vicky Moss weighs in.
After my most recent experience with Tigerair I decided that I would never fly them again! However, once I calmed down, I decided to analyse some data to see if I am just making an emotional decision, rather than one based on facts.
Over the last 4 years I have flown Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar & Tigerair depending on several factors such as the purpose of the trip, price, date/time, frequent flyer points available etc. No surprises, I find Qantas and Virgin more comfortable and they both have more flight options than the cheaper airlines, but I guess that is what you are paying for. However, I fly Tigerair most often because I am flying for personal reasons and they are usually the cheapest. My flights with Tigerair over the last 12 months are detailed below:... ... ... ...
|Booking Ref.||Departure Date||Departure Time||Flight No.||Departing From||Arriving||Rescheduled||Delayed||Cancelled|
In the last few weeks Ive become a bit of a bore with friends telling them about the book Ive read/listened to called The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. Despite the rather gloomy title (very Swedish!), its an inspiring work written from the perspective of a woman in her 80s/90s, preparing for her death, 
Troppo Bob, The Ultranormalist, has performed all over Australia and the world now the one-man comedy magic act, Troppo Bob from Troppo Magic, will again delight young and old alike at Scotts Head food, wine, music & art festival. Troppo Bob delivers a refreshing mix of verbal and visual comedy along with friendly good-humoured 
NORPA Associate Artist Emma Saunders is in residence in the NORPA Studio developing a new solo dance work Dancing With Myself. As part of her research she is inviting guests into the space, including NORPA Associate Director Kirk Page, Josephine Saunders (her mum), and Kimberley McIntryre.
DANCING WITH MYSELF one womans journey through space and time, where she has no space, and is completely out of time with whats around her. This includes an extended abstract solo sequence where she is attempting to choreograph her instinct, and to explore further how movement can reveal its own narrative.
She is warm and welcoming, she dances, she shows off a little, she is out of time with others, she is left behind, she is lost, she is alone. She is manipulated, she is shown tenderness, she is free, she is pushed around, she pushes back, she fights, she is in time, she is in time with others, she is lifted and she has found herself again.
If youd like to see Emmas work in development you can go to a free work-in-progress showing on Friday 16 February, 3pm at NORPA Studio, Lismore City Hall.
If you wish to join Emma in her dance practice she is running free warm up classes for the public in the NORPA Studio WED 14 Feb, 10-11am; THU 15 Feb, 10-11am; FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am.
Dancing with Myself
A work-in-progress showing
Friday 16 February, 3pm
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free
Warm-up classes with Emma Saunders
WED 14 Feb, 10-11am
THU 15 Feb, 10-11am
FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free
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While on a family trip to NSW, Friends of Ninney Rise (FoNR) secretary Sandal Hayes took the opportunity to visit Canberra where she met with Rowena McDonald, who is in charge of curating the new permanent Reef exhibition being planned for the National Museum.
While there, Sandal also caught up with Virginia Edlington who donated the collection of photos and miscellaneous personal effects of Alison Busst. (See the collection of photos here).
It is of great excitement to FoNR that Virginia generously donated another valuable contribution to our collection for heritage listed Ninney Rise.
Virginia is shown here holding the painting of Bedarra Island by John Busst complete with his signature style bamboo frame.
Swamp Wallabies are one of the most striking inhabitants of our local bush.
Their scientific name Wallabia bicolor is a reference to the distinct colour contrast between the coat, usually dark-brown to black and the chest which is much lighter and often rufous orange. Most individuals have a white creek stripe and a white tip to the tail. This one looks as though it has just enjoyed a dip in a bush pool prior to my arrival. Ive seen Swamp Wallabies almost submerge themselves in water during hot weather.
1788 - Having had a rough sleep the night before, the first
court was convened at Sydney Cove.
Presiding was Judge Advocate Collins with 3 Naval Officers & 3 Marine Officers as members. A convict was sentenced to 200 lashes for hitting a marine with an adze. Another to 50 lashes for stealing some wood (later remitted ). A third convict who stole some bread was put in irons and marooned for 1 week ( on bread & water) on a small island in the harbour, Pinchgut.
1797 - That big pond of water between Victoria and Tassie was tripped over and named Bass Strait.
1799 - Left scratching their heads and asking "why?" the gaol at Sydney was *gasp* deliberately burnt down.
1822 - Macquarie introduced Bungaree to Governor Brisbane at Georges Head.
I gave him an old Suit of Generals uniforms to dress him out as Chief,writes Macquarie.
Governor Brisbane promised Bungaree and his people a new boat and fishing net.
1823 - George Brown was granted 500 acres at Illawarra.
1830 - Michael Best was Hanged at Hobart for murdering Richard Garner
1830 - After an epic journey which began on the Murrumbidgee River in November 1829, Charles Sturt and a small party, consisting of his deputy George McLeay, two soldiers and four convicts, reached the Southern Ocean.
1833 - Patrick Brady was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Daniel Stewart at Webb's Creek, Windsor.
1833 - John Walsh was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Kenyon at Bathurst.
1833 - James Dwyer was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Dawkins at Bathurst.
1840 - Charlie Bennet (Charles to his familiars) was not feeling the serenity when he was admitted to the Newcastle gaol, then sentenced to the Maitland Stockade iron gang for 12 months for absconding.
1847 - Having a REALLY rough night's sleep the Governor of Westralia, Andrew Clarke popped his clogs.
1849 - The first of several groups of German immigrants stepped ashore at Melbourne.
1851 - The first intercolonial cricket match between Tassie and Vic was a huge sell-out although security had to remove several louts for throwing horse shoes for good luck.
1856 - Books for the peasants ?! Extraordinary!
The Melbourne Public Library opened its doors.
1861 - Burke and Wills plonked their bums down at the Gulf of Carpentaria .
1867 - The three masted barque Zanoni sailed from Port Wakefield for London, loaded with 15 tons of bark and 4025 bags of wheat. The weather was fine during the morning, but early in the afternoon a sudden squall from the westward 'came down with terrific violence; in fact a perfect cyclone' as it was later reported. The ship was struck so suddenly...
The next few weeks are filled with preparations, lists slowly being whittled down, installing, and rather a lot of strong coffee, (ahhh yes, coffee.) And after all that coffee is drunk? The Sunrise Swimmers exhibition officially launches. My book also Continue reading
John raking up the end product beside his biochar producer. Nice t-shirt too!
Biochar use has been documented as far back as the Amazonian Indians, who created tera preta or black earth. These nutrient-enriched soils retain much of their higher fertility, and their char, thousands of years after they were created. Biochar can also permanently lock up carbon to help neutralize our carbon footprint. In this world where governments are largely failing to mitigate a climate catastrophe, this is another path for a bottom-up global effort.
Biochar is now commercially available as a soil conditioner, at around $10/kg, but if you are not confined by allotment size, it is quite easy and cheap to make instead. You can also then control what goes into it. In my case, I have been using the sticks and leaves that I would otherwise have burnt to reduce summer bushfire risk.
Making it has also given our household another option for becoming truly carbon neutral, other than planting trees. Biochar means we can now lock up atmospheric carbon in the soil, potentially for thousands of years, rather than have it re-enter the atmosphere when the ground litter rots or is burnt. Once it is added to the soil, it remains mostly inert to oxidation and hence does not re-enter the carbon cycle. At the same time, it increases the soil fertility in our extensive food garden.
When organic matter is burnt in the open air, it nearly all burns to ash, with only very small amounts of unburnt black char. In biochar manufacture it is preferable to use enclosed steel drums to control oxygen delivery. When the fuel is burnt in controlled conditions, gas is converted to CO2. An added advantage is that it is a fairly smoke-free production process far more neighbour-friendly than open-air fuel reduction burning. But because so many people use this method and will continue to do so, I have describe an option that has little added effort to this procedure.
There are many ways that char is produced commercially or in back yards. A method which I have recently developed allows char to be made from leaves and small sticks that are routinely racked up from under Eucalyptus trees in the spring and summer period. By using a modifi...
.....and the Dow Jones Index indicated that financiers and big business might be seriously worried about possibly higher than expected interest rates, rising national debt and the size of the US federal budget deficit Trump created in his first twelve months in office - he also rather unwisely performed in front of the cameras on the subject of treason.
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Were back at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, and our next meeting is 7pm, Wednesday the 14th(*).
On the Agenda:
(*) And before anyone says that a residents group meeting isnt romantic, remember that forewarned is forearmed, knowledge is power, and power is widely agreed to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. Bring your Valentine along!
Unfortunately for the sugar addict, sugar is seen as the enemy of health. Forcing us to use alternatives to score our sugar high. Artificial sweeteners are a common aid in having your sweet and eating it too. If sugar is the culprit in a multifarious array of health concerns, what about artificial sweeteners? Are these damaging our health, particularly our teeth? Plaque metabolises sugar causing decay. This produces an acid, which contributes to decay. However, artificial sweeteners work differently. Artificial sweeteners contain antibacterial polyols and are not orally metabolised. According to research conducted in the 1990s and early 2000s chewing gum which contains xylitol, a sugar containing polyols , supports a healthy mouth. It seems we can have our sweet and eat it too.
Australian summer is characterised by 40 degree weeks, sunburn, flies and blue bottle jellyfish. Bluebottle jellyfish are a multi-colony species also known as siphonophores. The colony consist of different zooids. Each zooid has a role, such as stinging or reproduction. A common myth among stung victims is to urinate on the effected area. However, science revealed urinating is not effective at treating the sting because urine has a low acidity. Vinegar has a higher acidity; however, before we add vinegar to our beach bags. Vinegar promotes discharge especially in the ca...
Its not often that St. Patricks Day lands on a Saturday. What better way to spend it than to see authentic Irish Band The Young Folk Live at the Bundy! Supported by local traditional Irish band, Mollimor.
Bundy BBQ from 6pm Music from 7.30pm. BYO.
Since their initial discovery by Pixie Pace Records on the award-winning folk compendium released by ARC Music, The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk [curated by John ORegan], The Young Folk are filling venues both at home in Ireland and abroad.
While The Young Folk have performed widely in Ireland at festivals, venues and showcases, they are fully committed to expanding their fanbase overseas. With this in mind, they are rapidly becoming national favourites in The Netherlands with two sold out tours which included the infamous Paradiso in Amsterdam. They have also performed extensively in the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, USA and now have just finished their very first headline tour of Australia 2017. Along the way, TYF have bagged support slots for Midlake, Lisa Hannigan, The Waterboys and Imelda May, They have also featured at Manchesters Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen.
Backsliders are back on the road again in 2018. The band
has toured the festival and venue circuit for over 30 years
releasing a swagger of albums along the way. Vocalist, guitarist
and awarded songwriter Dom Turner is the founding member of the
group. Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst
(Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of
Australian music has been with Backsliders for the past 18
Joining Dom and Rob is harmonica master, Ian Collard.
BBQ from 6pm Doors open 7pm.
Support artist TBA
[ Friday, 16 Feb; 5:00 pm; ] This statement of concern was drafted by 30 members of the UNE community at a recent meeting to discuss habitat tree removal on the UNE campus. If you care about native wildlife and the beauty of the UNE campus, please add your name to this statement. This statement will be delivered to the Chief Operating [...] full article
For the past month Ive been watching a pair of Weebills tending a nest above our wood shed the tiny ball of cobwebs, flowers and grass suspended and largely hidden amongst the Yellow Gum leaves. The same site was used last year and the year before that!
Sadly, this morning, I discovered a tiny Weebill dead on the ground below the nest. Im unsure as to whether its a juvenile or one of the parents. It is now being quickly recycled by the local meat ants.
Scrap fabric wanted!
Art Nouveau, fireplace feature tiles - $150.00 neg.
The Winter Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Climate and winter sports advocacy groups have been using social media to highlight the expected impacts of global warming on future Winter Olympic sites.
This is not a new story, but research that shows that climate change is likely to make nine former Winter Olympics sites too warm to host the Games again has been circulating using the hashtag #ClimateWhiteout.
Groups have been concerned that media outlets are avoiding the climate change elephant in the room, instead focusing on minute detail of the Olympics reporting.
The research, originally published in 2014, was updated this month to include the Pyeongchang Olympics. A team of researchers, led by Daniel Scott, a geography professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, came to the conclusion about the nine sites by taking climate data from previous Winter Games locations and applying climate-change models to predict future winter weather conditions. (There is a report here).
A number of competitors in the Olympics have adopted the hashtag and are sharing the climate impacts message.
If the Department of Home Affairs was trying to stop detention centre visits with its new, punitive visitation procedures, then it may have worked. Last month the Department of Home Affairs changed the visitation protocols for Australian detention centres, provoking outrage and hunger strikes among detainees. Here, Rebekah Holt attempts to navigate the new system for her weekly Sunday visit.
Jim Molan offers lesson in courage for gutless Greens Major-General Jim Molan on duty in 2001. Picture: Corporal Jason Weeding. The Australian 12:00AM February 10, 2018 GREG SHERIDAN Foreign Editor Melbourne What a spiteful, divisive, unethical and prejudiced political force the Greens are in Australian politics. This is evident from...
The trim is a unique surfing event whereby the longest distance surfed is the goal for each of the 18 invited trimmers. Surfboards must be over 10 feet in length, requiring a significant amount of skill and panache to surf.
Trimmers released Thomas Bexon, Kassia Meador, Ari Browne, Roisin Carolan, Alex Knost, Hannah Magnall
Thats right guys, for the 2nd consecutive year, the legend himself, Bob McTavish, will be holding his famed event right here in his own backyard! BBSF is once again super stoked to be hosting the McTavish Trim at the 2018 Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions.
Last years event saw surfers compete on boards 10ft+, with the winner determined by whoever slides their craft furthest up the beach, and only in the finest trimming style, of course.
What an unbelievable day. Being here at the festival reminds us all just how much fun surfing together can be. We are all larking about in the waves laughing, sliding, cheering and catching up with friends from far and wide. We are so thrilled to be a part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival. Its bringing together the surf community, old and new and its just fantastic! Bob McTavish, 2017.
Sunday February 25th
9:00 10:00 am: McTavish Trim
presented by McTavish Surfboards
Full program and festival info available at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au.
Jura is pleased to be hosting this event organised by the Sydney Wobblies.
"Ever wanted to organise in your workplace and unionise your co-workers, but have no idea how? Well, this is for you! This participatory workshop will offer a brief introduction to some of the practical skills we can use to organise and fight for our rights at work. Whether there's a recognised union present or not, we can all learn how to unite with our co-workers and organise for change.
All are welcome, and no prior experience or background in union organising is required!"
Statue of Themis, an ancient Greek personification of law and justice, in Brisbane (photo by Rae Allen/Flickr)
On Friday afternoon, Artforum responded to growing concern about its role in the harassment-related lawsuit brought against the publication and its co-owner, Knight Landesman, by former employee Amanda Schmitt. In a statement posted on its website (and included in full at the end of this article), the magazine said it is in no way allied with Landesman in seeking the dismissal of Schmitts lawsuit. (Both have filed motions to do so.) The statement also said that the co-owner no longer has any influence over the magazine.
Landesman has received no remuneration as a consequence of his shareholdings, and retains no voting rights or influence over the company, the statement reads in part. Regrettably, there are no legal means by which Artforum can simply divest him of his shares, though the company is actively engaged in the process of recovering them.
In response to the magazines statement, Schmitts legal team provided the following statement to Hyperallergic:
Artforums legal position in the case is in lockstep with Landesmans. Both Artforum and Landesman have...
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: SpaceX
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.
Its only February, and the most stupefyingly incredible display of autonomous robotics well see all year has almost certainly happened already:
The center core didnt manage to make it back to the drone ship, but damn, that double landing of the boosters was epic, and thats not a word I use very often. Heres one more video of the boosters landing, which I think must have been taken from the top of a launch tower at KSC. The double sonic boom is nuts.
[ SpaceX ]
Here are a couple of old videos from Matt Mason at CMU. The first is of a Mobipulator, which was presented at ICRA 2003, and is a robot with wheels that are also manipulators for paper on a desktop.
1788 - Five convict couples got hitched by Rev Johnson,
including William Bryant to Mary Broad while the colony was a grand
15 days old on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets in
1801 - Governor King, using the grey matter between his ears, introduced the ticket-of-leave system which allowed convicts to *gasp* work for wages and (horrors) choose their own master !!!
1828 - The Cape Grim Massacre.
The Cape Grim massacre occurred where a group of Aboriginal Tasmanians gathering food at a beach in the north-west of Tasmania were ambushed and shot by four Van Diemen's Land Company workers, with bodies of the victims then thrown from a 60-metre cliff. Thirty men were killed in the attack, as a part of an escalating spiral of violence which included the abduction and rape of Aboriginal women in the area.
This George Pell child-sex abuse case is going to be a very big fight.
George Pell is being funded by The Vatican. Despite The Vaticans pious utterances against child sex abuse, the Roman Catholics, like all self-serving dishonest corrupt churches, always look after their own.
I have faith in the Australian justice system, and Australian police and courts are very good at putting pedophiles behind bars. The sentences in Australia for pedophiles are mild compared to America.
If George Pell is found guilty of multiple child sex crimes hell get 10-12 years in jail.
Australian courts have no qualms about sending high profile offenders, even church pastors and priests, to jail for substantive terms.
10 February 2018
Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are seeking access to the medical records of complainants in the case against him.
Cardinal Pell, 76, is set to face a four-week committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court next month as he fights historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.
No other details of the case against him can be reported for legal reasons.
One of Cardinal Pells defence barristers, Ruth Shann, made what she described as a responsible and considered application to access the medial records of complainants in the case.
Ms Shann told the court the records would have substantial probative value, meaning they would contain important evidence to the case.
She said a complainant may not be in the best position to descr...
Paddington residents may be asking themselves that question today after officials from the Sydney suburb murdered 50,000 European honey bees because a resident complained.
Locals who had become accustomed to seeing the massive bee hive were horrified to find thousands of dead bees beneath the hive and across the road. Residents say that the hive was no threat to anyone and that most residents enjoyed its presence and liked to watch the hive grown. Residents say that there was no need to kill the bees when they could have been relocated which is common practice in Australia.
A spokesperson for the Woollahara Municipal Council stated tha...
Satan is inside Hillsong and having a ball. Why would Satan attack Satan?
Satan and his minions have already visited Hillsong Church decades ago and tied it all up spiritually and placed an evil satanic anointing over Hillsongs two large main Sydney churches in Baulkham Hills and Waterloo in Sydney, Australia and on every Hillsong Church throughout the planet.
I have this very vague memory from my childhood of a store in the Pier, upstairs. You could go in and buy mugs with Simpson's iconography or anything from pop culture at the time. On the wall was a giant Animatronics model of King Kong, and every 10 minutes or so it used to come alive and make noises, and little model planes would buzz around it on strings. Scared me shitless as a kid. I must've been 2 or 3 years old, I was still in a pram at that stage.
Does anyone else remember and have photo evidence of that shop?
There will be a rally next week calling on the Government to take a serious approach to fixing NSWs transport:
17 February, from 14:0016:00
March from Hyde Park north (Archibald Fountain) to Martin Place for speeches
The cost of HIV prevention pill PrEP will drastically reduce after it finally received approval for addition to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme on Friday. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other safe sex ...
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Alt-country singer-songwriter Natalie Henry released her new video If We Said Goodbye. Details here Imogen Clark has announced her new album Collide, released her new video Your Anything At All and revealed a bunch of tour dates supporting Diesel. Details here 
Same old same old, but new, angst about being close to the nuclear brink. Russia is upset at Americas new Nuclear Posture Review. Many commentators are alarmed as it escalates the arms race. No doubt, weapons companies are salivating at the thought of it, and Americas tax-payers ought to be concerned at its beyond $1.2 trillion cost.
I know that this newsletter is now supposed to be leaving out climate stories. But its hard. Here we are, worrying about nuclear bombs, while climate change is bringing us its own weather bombs.
Australias new weapons export industry secret mens business.
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