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  • Cream of The Crate: CD's #18- Thomas Dolby: Hyperactive

    Cream of The Crate: CD's #18- Thomas Dolby: Hyperactive

    "The best damned synth-pop record ever, period."[Musician Magazine]


    CD Cover

    This is number eighteen in the series of albums I'm featuring as part of an on-going retrospective of CD's in my personal collection. The series is called, "Cream of The Crate (CD's)", and they represent CD albums that I believe are of significant musical value, either because of their rarity, because they represent the best of a style or styles of music or because their is something unique about the group or the music.
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  • If we find ET, don’t talk to it, says the man who wants to find ET

    If we find ET, don’t talk to it, says the man who wants to find ET

    Should we make contact with alien life?

    The question of whether there is
    intelligent life elsewhere in the universe has been asked by people for many years.

    But if we hear something, should we answer? In the absence of any signal from them, should we try to make our presence known?

    One of those asking these questions is Stephen Hawking, the British cosmologist with many deep thoughts and a good sense of humour.

    Unlike many celebrity scientists,...
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  • Kevin Rudd takes on George Pell over climate change

    Kevin Rudd takes on George Pell over climate change

    Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a sweeping attack on Cardinal George Pell for his sceptical stance on climate change.

    Rudd – who took a high profile role at the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 – has also said the coming Paris climate conference should consider reconvening in the near future to revisit the inadequacies of the international commitments made so far.

    Speaking at the University of Melbourne on “Faith, Ethics and Climate Change” on Tuesday...
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  • Explainer: what treatment do young children receive for gender dysphoria and is it irreversible?

    No four-year-olds in Australia are undergoing any irreversible treatment, as was implied in media reports yesterday.

    Preschooler’s sex swap at age four”, read the Daily Telegraph’s headline on Thursday, sparking intense debate in the media over how to handle cases of young children experiencing gender dysphoria.

    The story detailed the case of a pre-schooler who is transitioning to another gender.

    But the fact is that no four-year-olds in Australia are undergoing...
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  • CAIRO CLUB ORCHESTRA, SONS OF SUN, JIMI HOCKING & GEOFF ACHISON + more

    CAIRO CLUB ORCHESTRA, SONS OF SUN, JIMI HOCKING & GEOFF ACHISON + more

    Dear Space Riders, We’re settling into 2015 with some big weekends of shows for you all. Be sure to check out some of the gigs this weekend – on Friday night, one of Australia’s favourites, Daryl Braithwaite, is taking the stage. On Saturday night, come along for “The Amy Winehouse Show” performed by Atlanta Coogan & the Little Big Band because it’s one of the greatest tribute shows you’ll ever see, then wind down on Sunday afternoon withCanyon – West Coast Sound. Please read on to find out mor...
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  • BALLOONease: Part 2 The Wonderfully Colourful World of Balloons ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING & ARRANGING BUNCHES



    Compiled and written by Sean J.O'Kelly

    Part Two:
    PARTY BALLOONS:
    ENVIRONMENTALLYSPEAKING & ARRANGING BUNCHES


    Contrary to the unfortunately popular and the obviously misinformed opinion of far too many self opinionated armchair greenies the latex used to makethe hundreds of millions ‘toy/party latex balloons’ used around the world every year really does grow on trees and really is a 100% naturally biodegradable product that should never be confused
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  • Victorian ReachTEL: Labor leads, but Andrews damaged by CFA dispute

    Victorian ReachTEL: Labor leads, but Andrews damaged by CFA dispute

    A Victorian ReachTEL poll, conducted Thursday night from a sample of 1650, gives Labor a 51-49 two party lead, a one point gain for the Coalition since the November 2014 election. Primary votes appear to be 40.1% for the Coalition, 34.6% for Labor and 10.7% for the Greens, but we are told that Labor’s support rises to 36.8% with undecided voters who lean to Labor included, so presumably the first primary votes given include undecided voters.

    Although Labor is still in an election-winning
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  • Australian sugary drinks tax could prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes and save 1,600 lives

    Last month the United Kingdom announced a sugar tax on soft drinks. The tax will come into effect in 2018, with the funds to be used to address childhood obesity.

    The move has been applauded by public health groups internationally. Unsurprisingly, the tax is strongly opposed by powerful groups in the food industry, and the announcement resulted in shares in Coca-Cola temporarily plunging.

    In our new research published today in PLOS ONE, for the first time we have modelled...
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  • Cattle ‘sledgehammering’ in Vietnam raises yet more questions over live export

    Recent revelations about the sledgehammering to death of what seem to be Australian cattle in Vietnam provide further evidence of the government’s inability to control how exported livestock are slaughtered overseas.

    An Animals Australia investigation reported by ABC’s 7.30 showed what are reportedly Australian cattle being slaughtered in three abattoirs. Australia has suspended trade to the facilities while they are investigated.

    The government’s tool to try to ensure
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  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a closed shop with a hopeless task

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a closed shop with a hopeless task

    The annual induction of new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sometimes throws up some strange spectacles.

    This year we were confronted with the induction of Chicago, the creators of
    Hard To Say I'm Sorry


    – a mopey ballad of regret and restoration – and NWA, the creators of

    Fuck Tha Police,

    a groundbreaking and violent protest song.

    Both were incorporated under the umbrella of “rock ‘n’ roll”.

    In...
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - Part 4

    Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - 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
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