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I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times

Cream Of The Crate Review # 209: The La De Da’s – The La De Da’s

cream of the crate review # 209: the la de da’s – the la de da’s
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      These reviews are provided to help maintain a connection with various genres of popular music extending from the 1940's through to present time.    This is album review number 209 in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl LP’s and Cd’s, in my collection. The series is called “Cream...

Cream Of The Crate #20 : Max Merritt & The Meteors – Max Merritt & The Meteors [Vale Max]

cream of the crate #20 : max merritt & the meteors – max merritt & the meteors
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 This review was posted on the first Toorak Times web site in September 2019 and updated on 25 September 2020. This is number twenty in the series of albums I'm featuring as part of an on-going retrospective of vinyl albums in my personal collection. The...

Listen To Older Voices: Glyn Mason – Part 3

listen to older voices: glyn mason – part 3
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This is the 3rd and final part of the Life & Times story of talented singer and musician, Glyn Mason.   Born into the Baby Boomer generation, Glyn’s story, while orientated around music, is engrossing because he weaves personal observations on life around him with the...

Cream Of The Crate Review #208: Bo Diddley – The Singles Collection

cream of the crate review #208: bo diddley – the singles collection
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    These reviews are provided to help maintain a connection with various genres of popular music extending from the 1940's through to present time.      This is album review number 208 in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl LP's and Cd's, in my collection. The series...

Jimi Hendrix: November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

jimi hendrix: november 27, 1942 – september 18, 1970
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 The debate on whether Jimi Hendrix was the greatest electric guitarist ever, is a debate that will see no end! On this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death it is in fact, a monumental sign of respect that that issue is still discussed. In some ways,...

Listen To Older Voices: Glyn Mason – Part 2

listen to older voices: glyn mason – part 2
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Welcome to the 2nd of the 3-part program featuring Baby Boomer professional musician – Glyn Mason In part 1 we learned that Glyn was born in the UK, migrated with his family to Australia post WWII, but the family eventually ended up making New Zealand...

Cream Of The Crate Review #207: Various Artists – Starday-Dixie Rockabilly Vol. 2

cream of the crate review #207: various artists – starday-dixie rockabilly vol. 2
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      These reviews are provided to help maintain a connection with various genres of popular music extending from the 1940's through to present time.     This is album review number 207 in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl LP's and Cd's, in my collection. The series...

Listen To Older Voices: Glyn Mason – Part 1

listen to older voices: glyn mason – part 1
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This is Part 1 of a 3-part Program featuring the Life & Times of Glyn Mason.   Glyn is a Baby Boomer and is indeed becoming part of the older generation. Like almost all Baby Boomers his story is, however, significantly different to those of the...

Sunday essay: amid a war on culture, are Australia’s art schools an endangered species?

sunday essay: amid a war on culture, are australia’s art schools an endangered species?
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Image: Shuttlestock The plight of art schools in Australia in recent decades is hardly breaking news. Shrinking budgets, staff cuts, amalgamations and reduced course offerings have plagued most of them. Some workshop disciplines including printmaking, studio glass, ceramics and precious metalwork are no longer...

Morrison government secures two possible vaccine supplies with agreements worth $1.7 billion

morrison government secures two possible vaccine supplies with agreements worth $1.7 billion
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Image: Lisa Maree Wiliams/AAP The federal government has nailed down two possible vaccine sources with supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth $1.7 billion. The agreements mean the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL would provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses,...