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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)
    "
    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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  • Author Interview – Felicity Banks

    Author Interview – Felicity Banks

    I’m delighted to welcome to my blog, Steampunk author Felicity Banks whose debut Heart of Brass is released today! Happy Publication Day!!



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  • Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - Part 2

    Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - Part 2

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 195 - Rob E. G. : All His Hits [The Festival File Volume 3]

    "Robbie played lap steel guitar, an axe with a real twangy sound." (Colin Talbot - 100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The Sixties)
    "Rob E. G. was, by any criterion, a curious sensation."
    (Glenn A. Baker - album liner notes)
    "Rob E. G.'s flame may have only burnt brightly for a relatively short time, but when it really burned it was scorching, and, it has never actually gone out!"
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Five in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Peace be upon us all

    Peace be upon us all

    It was an ordinary day in September. Summer was nearing its end and a I was about a month into the first time of the new school year. The school day had ended and I walked in the staff room. A few colleagues had the telly on and they were glued to it. I went over to see what was so compelling viewing.
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  • The real Domingo

    The real Domingo

    In the late 1980s I lived on the volcanic desert island of Lanzarote. When I wrote The Drago Tree in 2013, I had no idea the story would take me back.


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  • Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - Part 1

    Listen To Older Voices: Nora Kevan - Part 1

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 194 - Sleepy John Estes: Jailhouse Blues

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 194 - Sleepy John Estes: Jailhouse Blues

    "Pure gold is twenty-four karat, a pure alcoholic drink is 200-proof, and pure blues is that of John Adam “Sleepy John” Estes." (Blues Blast Magazine - August 2014)
    "His high-pitched inflections and relaxed phrasing is irresistible."
    (All About Jazz - October 2008)
    "
    Blues by nature is the story of pain,suffering, and occasionally a triumph, so is therefore by nature, emotional. John Estes took it too another level in regard to that emotion."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Four in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Bid Aitken - Part 2

    Listen To Older Voices: Bid Aitken - Part 2

    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 # 193 - The Beatles: Rubber Soul [50th Anniversary Year]

    "Rubber Soul was an indication of the ways things were going to go - it's one of my favourite albums. I think it's a great album." (George Martin)
    "Our whole attitude was changing - we'd grown up a little. I think grass was really influential in a lot of our changes, especially with the writers." (Ringo)
    "Was it their best? maybe, maybe not - but I think it was the most critical album in their development!". (This review)



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