No time for agendas

Trying to attach a person’s political views to their position on COVID-19 is a fairly fruitless activity. Take away the extremes, and there is a world of convergence.

Life over the border

I had to adjust to two realities. The first was that if I didn’t want to be in ‘lockdown’ then I would have to stay on the road. The second was that to be on the road I would need to get over the sense of guilt that goes with having that freedom.

Imagination’s edge

Bourke has drilled home how comfortable I’ve become in my own Australian bubble. It’s been a painful reminder of how little time I spend thinking about and even more importantly feeling the legacy of dispossession and subjugation that the bubble is based on.

Shepparton

What I like about Shepparton is that people walk about with a spring in their step and have a real warmth and friendliness. It’s visibly diverse and the people who I met and talked with had a way of making me feel very welcome. Have a listen

Last day open

The closing of St Kilda beach is only a drop in the ocean in the wider story relating to Coronavirus. Melbournians, like so much of the world, are battling with the enormity of Covid-19. Some people are taking a ‘day by day’ approach as they try to keep the basics rolling along – whereas others are hit with loss, fear and change. Have a listen.

Natasha Holgate – Twenty not out!

I sat down with Natasha Holgate in Woodend, inside Holgate’s newly opened taproom to learn more about the Brewhouse's history and her desire to strengthen connections with the wider Woodend and Macedon Ranges community. Have a listen!

Ups, downs and Ouch!

Not everyone can claim to have had a number one hit in Japan. Jon Mellor and British band Ouch! had three of them. I first met Jon six years ago while we were working together at Oxfam Australia.

Even by Oxfam’s colourful standards, there was something which made this dynamic bass player stand-out from the rest of the crowd.

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