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Monday, 08 January


Review: Falls Festival Byron Bay, Part 1 The Grove Timber and Steel

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography The Falls Festival is an annual institution for many, with people waiting with baited breath to see if they land a coveted ticket. Most of what we see is all about the Main Stage acts and tight scheduling to see all your favourites, or to toss up who the best []


The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017 Timber and Steel

Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions Once again Adelaides favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This years tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart []


Peak Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018 Timber and Steel

Image Courtesy of Sahara Beck It may be the height of Summer but its time to start planning your Winter escapades with the first round of artists announced for the Peak Festival in New South Wales. So far nine artists have been revealed including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck (above), Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, []


Watch the New Fallon Cush Video Achilles Heel Timber and Steel

Image Courtesy of Fallon Cush Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush have just released their latest single and video Achilles Heel. The track is taken from their 2017 album Morning and the video is shot and directed by local stalwarts MCMI Music Imaging featuring Fallon Cush frontman Steve Smith. Check out Achilles Heel below:Filed []


January 8 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Today is the Lesser Festival of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus, God of revelry and wine.
Guess what some of you will get up to today!

1789 - The first European baby pupped on Norfolk Island, son of Superintendent Philip Gidley King and convict woman Ann Inett, was named (drumroll for those unimaginative parents) Norfolk.
You think that's bad, she had another son to King, back in Sydney that was named....Sydney.

1799 - Saw Bass and Flinders bobbing about in the Tom Thumb in and around Tassie and assorted islands, proving that the umbilical cord that once connected Tassie to the mainland was long gone; today they made a return visit to the Furneaux Islands for a cuppa tea on their journey back to Port Jackson.

1803 - Capt. Anthony Fenn Kemp and Lieuts Thomas Hobby and Nicholas Bayly arrested for being involved in "scurrilous attacks" on Gov King.

1804 - The first recorded cricket match took place in the New South Wales colony.

1810 The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, Australia's second newspaper and the first in Van Diemens Land, began publication.

1814 - George Evans advocated building a road over the Blue Mountains, to follow in the tracks of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth.

1818 - Gov Macquarie was a tad miffed at the Flogging Parson Samuel Marsden, accusing him of conspiracy (!!!) so he told him not to darken the doorstep of Govt House again!
So there!

1846 - Ursula Frayne, the leader of the first group of The Sisters Of Mercy, landed at Fremantle WA on this day.

1847 - George Barney and party leave Sydney in the barque Lord Auckland to found the Gladstonecolony in northern Australia centred on Port Curtis.

1849 - The Plymouth, the first of a number of ships carrying people to the California goldfields, left Port Jackson for San Francisco.

1867 - The Mining Corner buildings were removed in Ballarat.

1868 - The Earl of Belmore became the Governor of NSW. Of course he was second choice after Pearl the Pole Dancer of Digger's Ditch...

1872 - The Lydiard St, Ballarat, Wesleyan Sunday School opened.

1878 - Today was known as "Black Wednesday", when Victorian Premier Graham Berry wouldn't just take his bat and ball and go home but instead dismissed more than 200 public servants, starting with police and judges, in response to the upper house blocking his Appropriations Bill. Berry argued that without an Appropriations Bill they could not be paid. A fine time was had by all who weren't observing any laws...

1878 - The Melbourne to Portland railway line opened.

1881 - A cyclone, which killed 16 people, decimated the pearling fleet on the Ashburton River, WA.


Workers Return from Holidays Feeling Refreshed Hatred for their Jobs SYDNEY SENTINEL


Billions of Sydneysiders have returned to work today feeling refreshed hatred for their jobs after experiencing two weeks of life outside the office.

One man said hed always known going to work was balls, but that after enjoying such luxuries as seeing his wife and kids and eating lunch away from his keyboard over the Christmas break, hed realised just how bad his working life was.

The holidays showed me that life could actually be rather good if you removed the work bit, he said. My hatred for what I do and the people I do it with has been fully reinvigorated over the break.

One woman said shed spent the last fortnight of her two-week break in a constant panic attack, fearing her return to the office.

The only thing getting me through is that there are only 50 weeks to go until next Christmas, she said.


Peak performance "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Peak state

See the latest in my series of blog posts, this time on peak performance on my main website here (or click on the image below).

You can subscribe to my mailing list for goodies while you're there.

By the way, watch out for a free e-book which I'm releasing at this week.

Hope you haven't melted if you live in Sydney.

There's loads of interesting news out this week, which I'll analyse here as usual.

Have a great (and hopefully cooler) week!

Saturday, 06 January


Pill Testing Is Long Overdue: An Interview with Victorian MP Colleen Hartland "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The current campaign to trial a pill testing service at an Australian music festival began in February 2016. The push was led by prominent harm reduction advocates Dr Alex Wodak, Dr David Caldicott, and Will Tregoning. The impetus behind the renewed calls to implement this harm minimisation approach were the six drug-related deaths that occurred at

The post Pill Testing Is Long Overdue: An Interview with Victorian MP Colleen Hartland appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Ode to Sydney Art, Literature, and Kenneth Slessors Five Bells 89.7 Eastside FM

Elaine Campaner Breakfast in Sydney, 2009, digital print on 100% cotton paper, 553 x 830 mm.

ArtiFacts Eastside.

Join me, Jane Raffan, Monday 8 January, for a program about art, poetry and literature specifically focused on Sydney.

Hear interviews with Damien Minton about an exhibition at his former eponymous gallery called Five Bells a Visual Ode to Sydney.

Taking cues from Kenneth Slessors poem voted Australias best poem by ABC listeners in 1988 and Delia Falconers recent book on Sydney, the group exhibition featured works by forty artists across a range of media and styles, offering the chance to reflect on a Sydney many of us may not recognise.


Kenneth Slessors famous poem can be found here:

And the playlist? A mix of contemporary Australian songs about Sydney (mostly contemporary!), including Paul Kellys musical take on Slessors Five Bells.

And if you are interested in musical inspirations from this famous poem, heres a short list to investigate:

Alan Brownes Australian Jazz Band album Five Bells and Other Inspirations Review

Trumpeter Mirolsav Bukovskys composition The Five Bells Suite for his ensemble, the Ten Part Invention

Composer Peter Sculthorpe Between Five Bells, later renamed (sadly) as Harbour Dreaming

Kirsty Beilharz, former Professor of music, sonification and interaction design at the University of Technology, Sydney composition called Between Five Bells, 1995, and Diamond Quills A Study of Time, Death and the Harbour, performed by the Charisma Ensemble Listen

Paul Kelly, Jeremy Ledger et al, Five Bells from the album Conversations with Ghosts, 2013 Review

I look forward to your company.



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