Midnight Oil in Darwin

Midnight Oil in Darwin

Although a lot has been written about the serious political content of their lyrics, I’ve always been far more moved by their melodies and beats. Songs like “Power & The Passion” and “When The Generals Talk” appealed more to my “dance sensibilities” than most of their 1980s Australian rock contemporaries. The lyrics of Midnight Oil […]

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Scott Stephens and Waleed Aly from The Minefield on video from Melbourne

Are podcasts “dying”?

“Are podcasts dying? Have they peaked?” I wondered to myself when I saw some of the research presented at “Podcast Day 24” in Sydney. In relation to podcasts, the United States has always been a little ahead of the game.… Read the rest

Sydney Streets in Surry Hills

“I wish there was more live music”, someone said over lunch today. A group of us were at the Carrington Hotel, a pub on Bourke Street, Surry Hills. I had the prawn linguine and it was excellent, by the way, though there was maybe a little too much chilli.… Read the rest

Back in my ‘hood

Though they made me cry, there are some wonderful photographs of Lismore in the current “Australian Life” exhibition in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

I’ve been going to this annual exhibition for as long as I can remember.… Read the rest

Eyes glaze over when you talk about the floods

“We’ll miss you when you go back”, Pat said to me last night. I’ve been home in Lismore for the last couple of weeks, and have really enjoyed being here. I’ll be back for Christmas, and maybe another trip before then.… Read the rest

Interview with Lismore legend, Arthur John Maloney

AAO at Coraki

“Thanks for coming and keeping the story alive”, I said to Ian and Lee at the end of their broadcast of ABC Radio’s “Australia All Over” from Coraki. “By and large people in Sydney have forgotten about the floods, and their eyes glaze over when I mention them”, I added.… Read the rest

The Queen

“So that’s what you do for a living?”, a family member commented yesterday. Aside from presenting radio programs, she finally understood my role as an editorial manager. Well, kinda.

I have a job title that is often misunderstood, “Manager, Planning for Regional and Local”.… Read the rest

The house that floated

“Have you been down the back laneway near Engine Street”, a family member asked me yesterday.

The area of Crown Street and Engine Street, South Lismore was deeply impacted in the year’s catastrophic flood.… Read the rest

Six months later

They seem to have either removed or painted over the 1974 flood signs in Lismore. The signs have been a constant reminder of the near record flood that engulfed Lismore. The 1954 flood was slightly higher and saw many more deaths.… Read the rest

North Coast Sounds

I woke up this morning to the sound of a rooster crowing. I could also hear cattle and birds. So peaceful. And then I heard the sound of milking machines. Less peaceful.… Read the rest