The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) releases incredibly rare recordings – New Desk Tape Series

Now rare and classic Aussie tracks will help the roadies who supported the bands who recorded them The ARCA Desk Tape Series is an initiative of the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA). ARCA is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of live production crew in Australia, past and present. Without roadies to pack, unpack, carry, maintain and set...

Australia is a global top-ten deforester – and Queensland is leading the way

A chain used for land clearing is dragged over a pile of burning wood on a drought effected property near St George, Queensland. AP Image/Dan Peled When you think of devastating deforestation and extinction you usually think of the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo. But eastern Australia ranks alongside these in the top 10 of the world’s major deforestation...

Sunday essay: when did Australia’s human history begin?

Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years? Michael Amendolia/AAP In July, a new date was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a time revolution that has gripped the nation over the past...

Mary Jane Exhibition

Jane Curtis Jane Curtis has been living in and around St Kilda for the past 30 odd years. She was an art student back in the 70’s but went into hospitality out of necessity. 8 years ago she went back to her passion, painting. Back to school. Having had a number of exhibitions. The last being at the TITI Café...

BANANARAMA

Their success was beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and before the Spice Girls, they were the biggest girl group in the world even surpassing the Supremes. The Bands original lineup consisted of Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey. In the aftermath of punk, three girls came together with no obvious qualifications, but a vision to start their own pop group. These...

This is how to create social hubs that make 20-minute neighbourhoods work

Highton Shopping Village in Geelong.  Leila Farahani, Author provided Successful neighbourhood centres are important as places to meet and for social activity. People’s access to neighbourhood centres and the diversity of buildings and commercial uses found there can significantly influence how, and to what extent, we interact. Developing successful neighbourhood centres is at the core of Plan Melbourne’s strategy to create 20-minute neighbourhoods. These...

Facebook wants your nude photos to prevent ‘revenge porn’ – here’s why you should be sceptical

Show me yours, and we'll make sure no one else sees it! Facebook’s latest attempt to tackle the non-consensual sharing of sexual pictures (often known as “revenge porn”) appeared so wrong-headed that at first it seemed like a joke. But the social network has made clear its system of asking users to send in explicit images that they don’t...

THE FALLING OF A TEAR

I travelled far It brought me here I went to great lengths To disappear It's gonna take courage To kill this fear That your world can go to hell In the falling of a tear I was there for you Do you remember me? I laid down my life So you could finally see You have to lose everthing That you held so dear For wisdom comes At the cost of a...

ROBERTO DEVEREAUX by DONIZETTI

Opening nite time again this time for this AUSTRALIAN PREMIER fabulis production of I @ Athenaeum by Melbourne opera company. This is MOCs third in the TheTrilogy series, each being held at different Melbourne inner city venues.... back to the future now and home in Collins St Saturday nite November 11,14,16,18 at 7-30pm sharp!   Music to dye for great set on the now-adaze...

The road to same-sex marriage support has been long – and the fight isn’t over yet

People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne. AAP Image/Luis Enrique Ascui Wednesday's same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was...