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  • WHEN WORLD'S COLLIDE

    WHEN WORLD'S COLLIDE

    My husband Alan went to a posh English boarding school Stowe in Buckinghamshire. I went to a state school on the rural/urban fringe of Sydney.

    Stowe school was the Duke of Buckingham's country residence and he built a similar looking residence in London, you probably know it as Buckingham Palace. Stowe's 250 acres of landscaped gardens were designed by 'Capability' Brown and are now maintained by UK's National Trust.

    Stowe has produced some of our global leaders from
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  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival Summer Sessions 2015

    Melbourne International Jazz Festival Summer Sessions 2015



    15 – 29 January 2015



    Melbourne International Jazz Festival are presenting their 2015 Summer Sessions which brings world-class jazz to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in January 2015.



    Over six nights, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club will play host to a series of intimate gigs including Belgian piano virtuoso Jef Neve, a celebration of John Coltrane's seminal album 'A Love Supreme' and a showcase of some of this country's finest jazz pianists in...
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  • Festive season road trip. Or, what to listen to while driving to Queensland?. Suggestions please


    Right now it's a sad and sorry time if you're a fan of radio. The ABC's had its feathers trimmed, if not not completely shorn off. Commercial radio's dominated by a mix of boofy fuckwitted brekky, afternoon and drive crews dismally failing at being funny, or opinionated overpaid senior citizens who are happy to embrace the paid for views of their biggest sponsors, and make them their own. Sad thing is that the number of people who listen to this crap means they stay on air. Furth...
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  • Evolve - A Fair Food Store Nestled in the Hills of Belgrave

    Evolve - A Fair Food Store Nestled in the Hills of Belgrave

    ["Evolve" - to develop gradually (Oxford Dictionary)]

    Some folk look toward "revolution" as a means to bring about lasting change, but those who look more closely recognise that with revolution change is very dramatic and often irreversible. However evolution is about gradual and decentralized participative decision making, adhering to higher principles of living lead to a firm commitment to ethics, values and a decision to be more representative not only to those around you, but...
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  • Black Pearl Studios Xmas 2014

    Black Pearl Studios Xmas 2014






    This year's Black Pearl Studios Christmas party exploded with some of Melbourne’s much loved musicians / singers / songwriters and industry folk.

    I was lucky to enjoy and share this impromptu performance of Crossroads by one of Melbourne’s rock ‘n’ roll royalty Jimmy Cupples; who was blown away by this amazing studios majestic digs and live performance sound scape, likening it to the calibre and magic created by Abby Road Studio.

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  • First Contact

    First Contact

    First Contact


    Lt John Oxley History records first contact with Aboriginal people, was not only by explorers, but also by escaped convicts, sealers, settlers, and shipwrecked castaways. In 1823 at Moreton Bay, castaways John Finnegan, Richard Parsons and Thomas Pamphlet were inadvertently rescued by Lt John Oxley, who sailed north from Port Jackson, in an attempt to further map in detail the northern part of the continent. Oxley in all his wisdom claimed discovery of the Brisba...
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  • Cream of The Crate: Reviews 101 to 150

    Cream of The Crate: Reviews 101 to 150

    Past Vinyl & CD album Reviews - Numbers 101 onward:

    Number 101 - Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley's Beach Party
    tooraktimes.com.au/content.php/4293-Cream-of-The-Crate-Album-101-Bo-Diddley-Bo-Diddley-s-Beach-Party

    Number 102 - Les Paul & Mary Ford: The World Is Still Waiting For A Sunrise
    tooraktimes.com.au/content.php/4312-Cream-of-The-Crate-Album-102-Les-Paul-Mary-Ford-The-World-Is-Still-Waiting-For-The-Sunrise


    Number 103 - Captain Beefheart & His Magic...
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  • Why are we abusing our parents? The ugly facts of family violence and ageism

    Why are we abusing our parents? The ugly facts of family violence and ageism

    Although population ageing is overwhelmingly a good thing, representing a healthier population overall and a longer more productive lifespan for most, it also means an increase in elder abuse.

    There is little public awareness of the extent and nature of elder abuse. Consequently, it is rarely recognised even by those who may be perpetuating or on the receiving end of it.
    My name’s Gwen. I’m 76 years old. About six months ago my boy Craig got mixed up in gambling and that drug
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  • Safety – or profit? The booming business of CCTV and Safer Streets

    Safety – or profit? The booming business of CCTV and Safer Streets

    Closed circuit street cameras have been sold to the community as a way of making us safer, reducing crime and discouraging anti-social behaviour.

    But
    research into the Federal Government’s $50 million Safer Streets program shows its main effect has been unchecked proliferation of highly profitable commercial arrangements between governments and private firms, amid little evidence that it improves public safety.

    The Tony Abbott-led government announced Safer Streets
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  • Discount chemists are cheapening the quality of pharmacy along with the price

    Discount chemists are cheapening the quality of pharmacy along with the price

    Focusing on price instead of drug information could put patients at risk

    Every day, more discount pharmacy stores and chains are opening and assaulting health-care consumers with the “we are cheaper” message. But is price the best way to achieve positive health-care outcomes?

    Community pharmacists are the only Australian health-care professionals to practise in a retail environment. When a patient “buys” a medication, it is easy to see how they can think they are purchasing...
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  • Introducing Lady Grange

    Introducing Lady Grange

    Lady Grange Restaurant and Receptions




    Lady Grange Restaurant has the best views in St Kilda overlooking Catani Gardens, the beach and St Kilda's boat harbour

    Just opened Lady Grange is a big plus for St Kilda's food culture

    Wood fired pizza oven and fantastic bar - there are two levels for functions and general casual dining in this bright and vibrant space
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    by Mick Pacholli



    Moving house doesn’t need to be stressful.


    You can do several things to make sure the process goes smoothly, and one of the most important is having a checklist for each step of the way. Luckily, we’ve devised a checklist that you can follow, covering every aspect of moving.


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    Today you can find an app for every purpose, whether it is booking a cab, shopping, transferring money, watching videos, etc. It is very easy to use,
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    Are you wondering how much I can get for broken cars?


    Do you have a broken car taking up space in your garage? Are you ready to upgrade to a new vehicle and get rid of your old and unwanted one?

    Worry not! Because selling a broken car is not something that the average consumer often does. In fact, many may not even have any experience about the same. Moreover, there are no such things as published prices for junk cars based on make, model, year, or...
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    by Mick Pacholli



    One of the most constant concerns that adults have is maintaining financial stability. Whether it’s for their households, or themselves, having enough money is a regular source of stress for many people. Fortunately, there are ways to build your finances over time. One group which has to deal with such concerns is elderly citizens.

    As an elderly citizen, having money is extremely important. As you age, you need a nest egg to survive. Today we’ll focus...
    6 October 2021, 12:27 AM
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  • Re: Should our troops be re engaged in Iraq?
    by Isobel Blackthorn
    Iraqi Civil War



    As Iraq breaks down into civil war our Prime Minister is making noises that we may have to take part in an 'allied' resolve to interfere again.

    What do you think?
    I think we should never have taken part first time round. Either the US and its allies are profoundly stupid in that they could not envisage the mayhem they would cause given the initial conditions, or profoundly clever, since last I heard of the $2 Trillion the US spent in Iraq, 90...
    21 August 2021, 09:58 PM
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