GUS MERCURIO Australian Actor

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Gus Mercurio (actor), renown for his gravelly voice, was also one of the most recognised and loved faces in Australian television history. Augustino Eugenio “Gus” Mercurio born 10th August, 1928 was an American born Australian actor who appeared in both television and film. Born and raised in Milwaukee, USA Mercurio was the eldest child of Vincent and Celia. He had three...

Illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren’t we talking about that?

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illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren’t we talking about that?
Picture: Sipa USA This month, the Victorian government announced on-the-spot fines for trespassers on farms following an upper house inquiry into how animal activism affects agriculture. It’s the latest in a string of new state and federal laws designed to crack down on activists who trespass on farms – often to gather video evidence of alleged animal cruelty, which is later distributed to the...

Is America a ‘failing state’? How a superpower has been brought to the brink

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is america a ‘failing state’? how a superpower has been brought to the brink
Picture: AAP/EPA/Albert Halim After the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a sense history had ended, and that the United States represented a supreme endpoint. Today, the US is not dominant, it is in crisis: convulsed by riots and protest, riven by a virus that has galloped away from those charged with overseeing it, and heading into a presidential election led by...

Sunday essay: how a ‘gonzo’ press gang forged the Ned Kelly legend

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sunday essay: how a ‘gonzo’ press gang forged the ned kelly legend
Destruction of the Kelly Gang. Drawn by Thomas Carrington during the siege. State Library of Victoria Washington Post publisher, Philip L. Graham, famously declared that journalism is the “first rough draft of history”. It’s also the first rough draft of inspiration for movies and books “based on a true story”. Since four Victorian journalists witnessed Ned Kelly’s last stand on June 28...

You’ve got (less) mail: COVID-19 hands Australia Post a golden opportunity to end daily letter delivery

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you’ve got (less) mail: covid-19 hands australia post a golden opportunity to end daily letter delivery
Picture: Shuttlestock Australia Post delivered more than 3.3 billion items last financial year. That’s almost 14 million deliveries a day (not counting weekends and public holidays). Its 2019 annual report itemises the massive logistical network required: 15,037 street post boxes, 4,343 post offices, 461 sorting and distribution facilities, 4,845 delivery vans, 2,600 trucks, six airline freighters, rail assets, and 8,992 motorbikes and...

Cream of The Crate: Bobby Bright: Child Of Rock And Roll

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cream of the crate: bobby bright: child of rock and roll
"Child of Rock and Roll'. 5 great tracks here, my favourite being the title track, because it's how Bob sees himself, at least that's how I see him too. Great musicians, fantastic solo by John Dallimore and awesome arrangements by Michael Oliphant." (Wrok Down) "It is AWESOME and BRILLIANT CD with great singing by Bobby Bright who stills sound...

Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

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pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs
Picture: Shuttlestock There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia. Our two new surveys of Australians who regularly use illicit drugs show people most commonly reported no change or a reduction in their use of various illicit drugs since COVID-19 restrictions came into...

Heroes & Laments by Olive Knight

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I had the opportunity to be present for an interview between Olive Knight and 3CR’s Rhythm and Blues journalist Werner Martin for his Hot Damn Tamale show aired Saturday nights between 7 - 8pm. The interview is jammed full of interesting information as well as tracks and discussion about her latest album Heroes and Laments produced by Desert Feet Records.

Cream of The Crate : Col Joye – Let’s Rock with Col Joye

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cream of the crate : col joye – let’s rock with col joye
"Col Joye and the Joy Boys stood along Johnny O'Keefe as the first stars of Australian rock. It took the Beatles to end their dream run on the charts.” (Peter Thompson - Talking Heads. September 2006) This review was originally featured in the Toorak Times in April 2013 as part of an on-going retrospective of vinyl albums in my personal collection....

ZIG & ZAG

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In my early 20's I was working on the reception desk of the Travelodge Hotel, when I befriended a grey haired elderly gentleman who ran the hotel's kiosk/newspaper stand. Un-beknown to myself at the time, that elderly gentleman who always hid a copy of the TV week under the counter for me, was in fact Doug MacKenzie, one half...