Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community : NPR

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

via Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community : NPR.

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APRIL 11 2014

We are in Cooktown for today’s update guys as we get ready for Cyclone Ita

Today’s timeline:

0:00 – 6:50 – Track forecasts and current intensity

6:50 – 14:00 – Model forecasts

14:00 – 18:30 – The rain expected from this system and how to access our live stream tonight and be with us as we take on Ita.

Next update hopefully tomorrow 12th April 2014 at night. Remember to watch our live stream on our website and get involved in the chat room at

via Oz Cyclone Chasers – Australia’s first dedicated tropical cyclone documentary team.

Oxford Street – 1 – Perfect Storm

Oxford Street landlords are today accepting 30 per cent of the rent they commanded in 2008. And 89 shops along the 4.3km stretch from the city of Sydney to Bondi Junction are vacant, for lease or closing.

The iconic strip, cry locals, is in desperate need of help, but with no united voice nor leadership strategy it is in danger of slipping further into malaise.

In recent years, a mass retail and restaurant exodus from Oxford Street left its shopfronts sad and empty, for lease signs, darkened windows and dog-eared posters characterising parts of the road. While numbers change almost daily, the empty shops number 29 in the City of Sydney, 41 in Woollahra and 19 in Waverley. Paddington, bearing the brunt of the storm, clocks up 46, a vacancy rate of just over 18 per cent. In the area immediately surrounding Jersey Road, it is as much as 65 per cent.

via Oxford Street – 1 – Perfect Storm.

The Bohemian Beat – Home

In every culture poetry emerges before writing and is considered the highest form of language. However, in this day and age our language been been hijacked and funnelled into the narrow confines  of economics, negotiation, advertising, marketing and financial competition.

Rediscover the language of the poets with Riddhi, as she takes you on a journey through life exploring poetry and its influence on music and culture throughout the ages.

via The Bohemian Beat – Home.

Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher by Donald Brittain, Barrie Howells, Douglas Kiefer – NFB

This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful – A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of “appropriate” technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.

via Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher by Donald Brittain, Barrie Howells, Douglas Kiefer – NFB.

Barrington Pioneer Cemetery

Barrington Pioneer cemetery occupies a small site surrounded by farmland. Inscriptions found date from 1874 to 1970. A significant proportion of these relate to pioneering Scottish immigrants from the Isle of Skye. The cemetery is long closed.

Ray Cork visited Barrington Pioneer Cemetery in December 2009 and made digital images of all visible inscriptions. He says that, at the time of visiting, the open areas of the cemetery had been recently mown but long grass and weeds remained close to graves. The headstones are generally in reasonable condition, however some inscriptions are becoming difficult to read.

Ray’s images may be downloaded from the list of all inscriptions for this cemetery. Ray compiled that list from his images and with reference to the NSW BDM online search facility and the Australian War Memorial Nominal Rolls for aditional information.

How to find it

The village of Barrington is located on Thunderbolts Way 6km north of Gloucester. At the northern end of the town, turn off Thunderbolts Way onto Barrington East Rd. The cemetery is on the right 7km south of the town.

Latitude/longitude -32.031239,151.892181

More information

Barrington Pioneer Cemetery is administered by Gloucester Shire Council. For further information, contact Council at 89 King St (PO Box 11), Gloucester NSW 2422; phone (02) 65385250; email:



The number of inscriptions for this cemetery is 66

The number of inscriptions with headstone image(s) is 67

The listing was last updated on 2010-01-01

The listing was complete as at 2009-12-12

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via Barrington Pioneer Cemetery.

Crowded Houses, Empty Nests – Hindsight – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Crowded Houses, Empty Nests

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Sunday 23 March 2014 1:05PM

Utilising the collection of oral history interviews from the Australian Generations project, this feature goes inside that personal space we call home. We open the door on Australian houses and homes to discover the way we’ve lived domestically over the past eighty years. Boarders and lodgers, landladies and lovers all figure in households of the past; and while the recent decades have seen Australian houses expand in size, the number of people living in them has shrunk.


This program takes a long view of the story of house and home in Australia across the 20th century.

Participants from the Australian Generations Oral History project, whose memories feature in today’s program, include; Ronnie Gauci, John Christodoulou, Diane Singh, Judy Martin, Georgina Hammersley, Olinda Poulton, Robert Howard, Marion Mills, Susan Guerin, Patricia Barrkman, Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite, Marie Cousen, David Cooper, Kim Bear, Russell Elliott, Lisa Jackson, Jo Sanaghan Cross, Stephen Brown, Gwen Waters, and Clare Atkins.

via Crowded Houses, Empty Nests – Hindsight – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.




― Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star


“Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.”

Hunter S. Thompson

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Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life.




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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), Sunday 22 November 1903,

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Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

A quote from Bob Marley, which means that in order for you to be truly free, you must not let others get inside your head and dictate how to live your life.

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Nothing but tolerance would change the course of her winds … Freedom, to unlock denial; freedom, that incorrigible weapon.

Vicki Viidikas

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Oswald Brierly and the Bundian Way – ABC South East NSW – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Brierly kept a journal along the way, writing about the environment and their experiences, and making sketches, some of which were later developed into paintings.

Mark McKenna, author of the award winning history of European settlement, ‘Looking for Blackfellas Point’, has been researching the journal and the significance of Brierly’s documentation and sketches.

In this video he refers to sections of the journal and several of the sketches.

He was interviewed at his home by the Towamba River, on the Bundian Way where Brierly, Boyd, and Budginbro passed by one hundred and seventy one years ago.

The group travelled along the Towamba River, then known as the Kiah River, to its source near Cathcart.

via Oswald Brierly and the Bundian Way – ABC South East NSW – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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We must learn to see each other as brother and sister, beyond all apparent differences of belief, culture, color, language, and religion.




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Nganyinytja, a Pitjantjatjara Elder said, ”Much trouble has come from people forgetting the land, the spirit. Many people are sick and have lost their spirit; we grieve for them. But we can all learn and make our spirit strong. My teaching is about opening your spirit, working together to build understanding. Opening our way, opening our hearts, to share the spirit of the land with all who want to learn”.

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achildnature00compgoog_0054Mumma Kate has her house right in the middle of the Forest. The Unbearable Forest. She doesn’t live there all the time because she is the Teacher in the Village and needs to be near Saffron and the other children and Mumma Kate needs to be close to Poppy’s Place as well because she LOVES the shop and the people and all the busyness of the Village.

BUT she also has her house in the middle of the Unbearable Forest. She goes there to learn about all sorts of things. The things only Mummas and Aunties learn about.

Mumma Kate went to live in the Forest when she found out that not many people really knew how to be Mummas and Aunties.


She spoke to Nana and Nana told her about the secret in the Middle of the Forest. It takes quite a lot of courage to go to the…

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Robert Bugden | Australian Beach Artist

Robert Bugden, Australian Artist

Welcome to the website of Australian artist Robert Bugden.  a full time artist since 1998 & initially a watercolourist Rob now paints primarily in acrylics & mixed media ,  most notably a beach & surf artist his large forest abstracts & Australian bush scenes are also widely popular, after working in Sydney’s Bondi area for many years Rob re-located to the NSW Mid North Coast in 2011 where he works from his studio on his property near Eungai Creek.

Browse the online gallery to view Rob’s artwork

via Robert Bugden | Australian Beach Artist.

Sydney – City and Suburbs

These ANZ Bank Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are located along Pitt Street. A number of ATMs around the city this year were transformed into a “GAYTM” to celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which was held in the city recently. The machines are colourfully decorated and have different textures including fake fur. The bank is donating the operator fees for non-ANZ cardholders from their GAYTMs to non-profit counselling and support organisation Twenty10 for the duration of the campaign. There are ten of these ATMs around the city including “Mo’ Town” which celebrates the iconic disco moustache that dates back to the 1970s and “Pride” which celebrates the rainbow as a symbol of gay pride.

Click here to view all participants of Signs, Signs

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via Sydney – City and Suburbs.

Former ALP Politician was Present at Manus Island Detention Centre During Deadly Riot — News Report: News, Politics,  — Medium


An exclusive investigation has revealed a former ALP politician was working as a Safety and Security officer at the Manus Island detention centre during a violent riot that killed one asylum seeker and left 77 injured.

Former Queensland Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly was employed by G4S at the now notorious offshore processing centre, and was present during the bloody and chaotic event.

Kilburn was present on site at the detention facility during the riot and resigned his position directly after the incident.

Photo credit: Steve Kilburn

“Yes I was there. No I can’t comment, as you would know we are under a deed of confidentiality,” said Mr Kilburn when approached for comment.

“I have resigned my position at G4S. I wouldn’t continue working at the Manus Island facility unless I was to believe in my heart there was a change of approach…. I would have to be confident…

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Australian Railway Songs

inspired by the culture of Australian Railways

For over 150 years songwriters, poets musicians and writers have observed and recorded many aspects of Australian railway life. Many of the songs and poems came directly from those who were employed in building or operating national railway systems. Others items came from those who used railways as passengers, or recall trains amongst their earliest memories.

via Australian Railway Songs.

Lovers, to bed ; ’tis almost fairy time.



For now to sorrow must I tune my song. 
And set my harp to notes of saddest woe. 


My soul is an enchanted boat. 
Which, like a sleeping swan, doth float 
Upon the silver waves of thy sweet singing.


Congenial spirits part to meet again.  
But she was journeying to the land of 


My age is as a lusty winter, 
Frosty, but kindly.


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 7 February 1931,

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The spirit- world around this world of sense 
Floats like an - atmosphere, and every- 
Wafts through these earthly mists and 
vapours dense 
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

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Drove up to Hahndorf:
boiled lamb hock, great scoff!
Lamplit rain incessant.
Next morning to the Murray mouth,
reed-wrapped bottlings of view
grigio and verdelho.
Saw careers from the climbing bridge,
the steel houses it threw
all over Hindmarsh Island,
the barrages de richesse,
film culture, horseradish farms,
steamboats kneading heron-blue
lake, the river full again.
Upstream, the iron cattle bridges.
So. Then a thousand miles 
home across green lawn.
Les Murray



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