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Throw away your razors boys –


Movember was officially launched today by Andrew Barr, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, at the Canberra home of the “mo” – King O’Malleys.
Movember is a month-long charity event in which men grow moustaches and raise money for prostate cancer research and depression. The aim of Movember is to increase awareness and change attitudes towards male health issues.
King O’Malleys Irish Pub will be the hub of all things Movember for the month which will culminate with a Gala Parté where Mo-Bro’s will strut their stuff on the catwalk, competing for the esteemed title “Man of Movember”.
Movember Canberra is pleased to announce 666 ABC Breakfast announcer, Ross Solly, is the ambassador for the Canberra program and will be growing a moustache.
For the duration of the month King O’Malleys will be encouraging staff and patrons to grow a mo in support of important men’s health issues.
“The fact that the average male lifespan is six years less than females is very disturbing.
Putting male health issues in the face of the community will help to raise awareness about prostate cancer and depression, as well as raise some much needed funds” said Peter Barclay, Managing Director of King O’Malleys.
“The statistics speak for themselves. Every year in Australian 2,700 men die of prostate cancer, which is more than the number of women who die from breast cancer each year.
One in six men suffer depression and many don’t seek help,” said Mr Barclay.
In 2006, 44,756 Mo-Bro’s and Mo-Sista’s across the nation raised over $7.3 Million.
“I would like to put the challenge out to all wannabe Mo-Bro’s in Canberra. Ditch your razor for the month and jump on board” said Mr Barclay, who hopes to outdo his mo from last year.
Minister Barr also presented the winner of the inaugural King O’Malleys art prize, Ms Dioni Salas Hammer, with her $5,000 award.
Media contact: Rowena Harbridge (02) 6273 0232 or 0438 463 370

666 ABC Canberra reporter recognised as one of Australia's best


666 ABC Canberra reporter Claire ''Ginger'' Gorman has been recognised as one of the nation''s best health journalists.
666 ABC Canberra reporter Claire ‘Ginger’ Gorman has been recognised as one of the nation’s best health journalists.

Claire has just been awarded a National Press Club of Australia Excellence in Health Journalism Award in the category of Best Documentary or Documentary Series. She received the gong for her series on organ donation, broadcast on radio and online in February this year.

The Organ Donation Project was about everything which matters: love, loss, joy, despair, ethics, family, health and illness, hope and disappointment, fear and bravery. It showed Australians that by doing something tiny, they had the chance to save a life.

Instead of hiding behind facts and figures, this documentary series used the voices of everyday people – stripped naked – telling their own heart-warming and heart-breaking stories of organ donation. With courage and compassion, the Project’s honesty created an impetus among radio listeners to do something about organ donation. And indeed they did.

In the words of ACT Organ Donor Coordinator, Holly Northam:

“The ongoing benefits of this documentary effort are pervasive, significant and in the final analysis, unquantifiable into the future.”

She also wrote:

“The organ donor coordinators actually had lines of people form at their office doors waiting to ask for inclusion within the organ donation program after hearing Claire’s documentaries.This is a direct result of increased community understanding because of the intense coverage of this issue by the ABC.”

The Organ Donation Project took an issue which usually falls under the media radar and brought millions of ABC Local Radio listeners around the country and a global online audience.

In a strange twist, Claire’s own health was compromised this year and she said this was what led her to enter the Awards.

“In June this year I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The shock of it was so profound that I sat at home for a week just thinking. I stopped answering my phone. I didn’t want to do anything or talk to anyone.

“I thought about what it means to live. I thought about each of the people I interviewed for the Organ Donation Project. I realised what courage it takes to talk to a reporter in your moment of greatest distress – opening the door at the moment when you most want to close it.

“This prize is their prize as much as it is my prize. As a journalist it’s easy to forget that you are just the messenger.”

Those people are:

Laurie and Marguerite Wiseman in memory of their beloved son, Ben
Stephen and Judith Williams and their sons Jack and Matthew
Damian Harding in memory of his beloved brother Darren
Anne Cahill-Lambert
Margie and Charissa McDonald
Renal surgeon Dr Debra Verran

666 ABC Canberra would also like to thank ACT Organ Donor Coordinators Holly Northam and Sue Hockley and, of course, their listeners.

For more about the Organ Donation Project: http://www.abc.net.au/canberra/stories/s1846195.htm



Australia is known throughout the sporting world as a country of high achievers, our Olympic and Commonwealth teams always finish towards the top of medal counts, Sir Jack Brabham, Jeff Fenech, Cathy Freeman, Sir Donald Bradman and more recently Kosta Tszyu, Casey Stoner, Ian Thorpe and Ricky Ponting have all reached the pinnacle in their chosen sports.

During October Australian talent of a different kind is beamed into millions of homes around the globe. Aussie television technology and professional sports telecasting leads the world in innovation, Lipstick cameras, in car vision, fly cam and a host of gizmos and gadgets now common place overseas, were all developed in Australia.

Australia’s massive month of motorsport including the Bathurst 1000, MotoGP from Phillip Island the Indy Car carnival from the Gold coast go live or on delay into the lounge rooms of millions of viewers in 60 countries world wide featuring some of the best technical TV innovation of not only the speed and excitement generated by these World class motorsport events, the projected image has added benefits.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and with the technical wizardry displayed by our television networks, second to none, the live vision will have long lasting effects in the promotion of this great country, showing off OZ better than and having a far greater impact than any travel brochure, Shrimp on the Barbie commercial or Government tourist campaign.



By Graham Jacobs
Australia is known throughout the sporting world as a country of high achievers, our Olympic and Commonwealth teams always finish towards the top of medal counts, Sir Jack Brabham, Jeff Fenech, Cathy Freeman, Sir Donald Bradman and more recently Kosta Tszyu, Casey Stoner, Ian Thorpe and Ricky Ponting have all reached the pinnacle in their chosen sports.

During October Australian talent of a different kind is beamed into millions of homes around the globe. Aussie television technology and professional sports telecasting leads the world in innovation, Lipstick cameras, in car vision, fly cam and a host of gizmos and gadgets now common place overseas, were all developed in Australia.

Australia’s massive month of motorsport including the Bathurst 1000, MotoGP from Phillip Island the Indy Car carnival from the Gold coast go live or on delay into the lounge rooms of millions of viewers in 60 countries world wide featuring some of the best technical TV innovation of not only the speed and excitement generated by these World class motorsport events, the projected image has added benefits.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and with the technical wizardry displayed by our television networks, second to none, the live vision will have long lasting effects in the promotion of this great country, showing off OZ better than and having a far greater impact than any travel brochure, Shrimp on the Barbie commercial or Government tourist campaign.



Round twelve in the V8 Supercar championship takes place in the Kingdom of Bahrain this weekend.
By Graham Jacobs

V8 Supercars push to take the popular series to the rest of the World continues this weekend when the stars and cars arrive in the Kingdom of Bahrain, for round twelve in this year’s championship,” The Desert 400.”

Offshore events are nothing new for V8 Supercars Australia, already staging events in China and New Zealand and this week the entire category will move more than 12,000 kilometres in a massive airlift involving more than 100 tonnes including 31 V8 Supercars, spare parts, engines and equipment in a massive logistical exercise.

As the ”gateway to the Middle East” the island is a natural host to international visitors, who discover a thriving cultural and community hub amid the tranquil Gulf waters. Bahrain’s 670,000-strong population enjoys a unique fusion of traditional Arabic life and cosmopolitan modern living.

Like so many of the Gulf nations, diversity is the byword for a population of which almost 40 per cent is made up of ex-pats. Across Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman almost every nation on earth is represented.

Bahrain International Circuit, the home of motorsport in the Middle East was awarded the prestigious FIA trophy for the best organized Grand Prix in 2004. It is the most technologically advanced racing circuit in the World and the only circuit to host a round of the FIA Formula One World championship in the Gulf.

Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander and Rick Kelly will resume their championship battle on the tough 3.6 Klm circuit featuring several hairpin bends, blind corners and fast long straights.Whincup and Lowndes grip on this year’s championship silverware took a battering in the previous round on the Gold Coast both the Triple 888 Ford teammates finding trouble at various stages throughout the weekend.

24 year old Whincup now has a slender nine point lead in the series, over the Toll Racing Holden of Garth Tander, teammate Lowndes and Rick Kelly. This weekend’s round should give a clear indication in the outcome of this year’s championship, before the teams head to the penultimate round in Tasmania in a fortnight.

Victory celebrations may look a little subdued in Bahrain, whether it be Kelly, Lowndes, Holden or Ford, there will be no traditional Champagne victory spray for the victor on the dais in respect of laws prohibiting alcohol advertising in Bahrain.

Two familiar Holden teams will have a decidedly unfamiliar look to Aussie V8 fans in Bahrain or on Television with the Perkins engineering’s all black Jack Daniel’s Commodores deleting the sponsor’s brand name in respect of the alcohol laws and the Holden Racing Team’s Todd Kelly realising a lifelong dream to become a Chevrolet driver with his familiar all red #22 Commodore turning into a badged black and gold Chevrolet Lumina to celebrate Holden’s 10th year of booming export sales into the Middle East.

You know the old saying, when we lend the pride and joy to newest P-plater in the family or Mum has just returned from the battle field doing the rounds of the weekly shopping. How did that scratch on the car get there. ” I dunno, It wasn’t me, I think the cat did it.” ”It was there when I left”. Or a dozen or so more lame excuses from the nobody knows how the scratch appeared hand book – ($19-95 at Supercheap).

Dad, our troubles may be over, Nissan has developed the world’s first clear paint that repairs scratches on painted car surfaces, including scratches from car-washing machines, off-road driving, minor parking lot bingles, fingernails and minor stone marks.

“Scratch Guard Coat” contains a newly developed high elastic resin that helps prevent scratches from affecting the inner layers of a car’s painted surface. With “”Scratch Guard Coat” a car’s scratched surface will return to its original state anywhere from one day to a week, depending on temperature and the depth of the scratch.

The water-repellent paint also has a higher resistance to scratches compared with conventional clear paints. A vehicle painted with SGC will have only one-fifth the abrasions caused by a car-washing machine compared with a car covered with conventional clear paint.

Garage Sale – Yarralumla Uniting Church


Yarralumla Uniting Church
The popular Yarralumla Uniting Church Garage sale takes place on Saturday 10th November from 9am-1pm. Taking place inside and outside the Church (Denman Street, Yarralumla) the sale includes a wide range of items.

Do you have items which we can sell? Call Alan Gregory on 0428-779736 or 6290-1881 to organise drop-off or home pick-up.

The Seven Year Itch


Seven Year Itch
Richard Sherman roams restlessly around his empty New York apartment, bemoaning the fact that his wife has left him alone for the first time in seven years. Then, without warning, a gigantic flower pot tumbles down from an overhead balcony, nearly putting him permanently out of his misery. The jarring event has a strange effect on Richard. He now sees his marriage as wasted time and feels it necessary to exercise his libido as quickly as possible. Suddenly reborn, he invites the delectable doll who lives on the floor above down for an evening of temptation. The night doesn’t go quite the way he thought it would, as morality and guilt sneak into his head. In his conscience – literally following him about the apartment – a soul-struggle of heroic and hilarious proportions ensues.

The Seven Year itch comes to Canberra courtesy of the Free-Rain Theatre Company. Live at the Courtyard Studio, performances run from the 8th-24th November. Times and ticketing information from Canberra Theatre on 02 6275 2700

But How Shall we Advance, Australia Fair?


Prime Minister John Howard

Very few Australian citizens are intimate with the proceedings and inner working of today’s government and know only the basics that are taught in our schools. Most rely blindly on media coverage and general consensus when deciding who to vote for. The majority have never been to Question Time at Parliament House to witness our country’s democracy in action.

When John Howard was first elected Prime Minister in 1996 he vowed to improve parliamentary standards and dissolve the notion that cabinet ministers were loud and obnoxious. Eleven years after this promise the standards seem to have dropped and Question Time reduced to an adolescent shouting match across a school yard.
The suits and important looking documents of the ministers on the front bench do little to hide the fact they were little more that over sized bullies. Their contempt and disdain for the opposition was more that evident. Our Foreign Minister, Mr Alexander Downer, spread himself comfortably across the front bench and played on his mobile phone. Pausing only to look up and throw childish and counterproductive comments across to the opposition.

However it was not only this blatant display of disrespect that is worrying to the public. Question Time was designed so that the Members for each electorate can raise important issues with the government. The House of Representatives meets each day when the government is in session and can last as long as the government deems necessary.

Over an hour and a half period, only three questions were asked and very few sensible answers were given. It seems that the closer we come to an election the more personal and immature the responses become. That hour and a half of Question Time was more of a performance than productive steps to improve our nation.
In fact the similarities between this period of Question Time and the ancient Greek plays were quite evident. Over sized scoffs and exaggerated laughs were thrown around the room and any movement was deliberate and precisely timed for maximum impact. The front bench acted in the principle roles but their lines were enhanced by the chorus of members that sat behind them.
They sung and danced for the cameras in the press gallery, for it seems that if you are in control of Question Time then you control the country.

Many political points were made by both the opposition and the Government however any sensible criticism or comment seemed to go unnoticed, washed away by the sea of personal digs and clever accusations.
Indeed, at a suggestion by the Opposition that the government is in a state of panic, the front bench got to its feet and filed loudly and rudely out of the room. How is our country expected to advance and improve when its top ministers behave like arrogant school children?

In the ranks of the Australian Government, it has become now, not who has the best policies or who is the better candidate to lead our country but rather which is the side that has the last laugh. It is about who can jeer the loudest and who can make the smartest comments. Question Time has become a tool in the struggle for power and we are forced to ask, is it really good for the nation?

International Defence Cricket Challange


Defence Draws Global Cricket Teams

Defence organisers plan to expand the inaugural Samsung Techwin International Defence Cricket Challenge to become a Defence World Cup which, in military status, will be the equivalent of that in which our Aussie men in yellow famously dominate on the world professional limited-over stage.
The challenge, in Canberra from November 19 to 23 has attracted two teams from Britain and two from New Zealand to do battle with four Australian Defence Force teams.
Teams taking part will include the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, the Australia Services Cricket Association President’s XI, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, New Zealand Army, the Royal Engineers (United Kingdom) and the Adjutant General Corps (United Kingdom).
Games will be played between 10am and 5pm as one-day fixtures under International Cricket Council rules and it is planned to become a biennial carnival.
The tournament will involve 170 defence players and officials in a series of pool matches – preliminaries, semi-finals and plate finals – at various Canberra grounds before the Samsung Techwin IDCC grand final at Manuka Oval on November 23. At this stage it is planned to use Canberra Grammar, Kingston Oval, Stirling Oval, Chisholm No. 1, Majura and ANU North Oval with a back-up plan in case of wet weather.
“Cricket is universally acknowledged to be a game of fair play, teamwork, social interaction and fierce rivalry between nations; especially Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain,” Tournament Director LTCOL James Brownlie said.
“By their nature, cricket matches foster a spirit of goodwill, healthy competition and a greater understanding between competitors.
“The Australian Services Cricket Association (ASCA) has conceived and developed this activity to harness these qualities within the Defence environment in partnership with Cricket ACT and the Defence Support Group (DSG) to provide an opportunity for the Defence Forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to further enhance Defence partnerships through cricket.
“I have developed this concept with a view towards a Defence Cricket World Cup, so in a sense, this will be a pilot for that concept,” LTCOL Brownlie said.
“Services cricket has undertaken a number of tours – to New Zealand in 1990, Britain in 1993, South Africa in 1997, Asia in 2000 and then Britain again in 2005 . And we have competed in the Arafura Games (in Darwin) in every year that cricket has been played there.
The ASCA can boast some cricket talent of its own, with Australian Army side including LT Matt Pascoe, a former Shield player for Queensland; and Navy’s WO Gary Fuss a former one-day player for Western Australia to enrich its history of having players such as Lindsay Hassett, Allan Davidson and Doug Walter who have played for Defence as servicemen.
“The entire event is free for spectators, although attendees of Grand final day on November 23 will be asked to make a gold coin donation to Legacy at the gate.
“We will be incorporating a number of activities into the Grand Final day aside from the cricket match,” LTCOL Brownlie said.
“During the lunch break, the Cricket ACT Kanga Cricket coordinator will have ACT schoolchildren undertaking matches on the ground.
“The Australian Army Red Berets have also been scheduled to parachute into the ground during the lunch break.
“Lunch, a formal buffet for diplomats, dignitaries, officials and IDCC participants between noon and 2pm will incorporate the inaugural Australian Service Cricket Association Reunion of past players.
“When the game ends, and the champion team has been decided, a presentation function will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy to mark a fitting end to the Samsung Techwin IDCC.
“We intend to pick a World Defence X1 based on performances at the carnival.
“And because there has never been an ASCA reunion dinner before, it has been decided to run that in conjunction, with several former Australian Test cricket players, who are also former Servicemen, attending.
“Cricket ACT, which is very excited by the prospect of the IDCC, is our partner and will assist with grounds and support to the event.”
LTCOL Brownlie said that anyone interested in the event should visit the Samsung Techwin IDCC website; www.ascacricket.net.au/IDCC.htm

Folkus Gnus 071025


The Folkus
Greetings … and welcome again to the gnus…
don’t forget to check out our web site at http://www.thefolkus.org.au/ and bookmark us so you’re always only one click away from knowing the best of wot’s on in live music in Canberra

1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

This Week In Folkus –

FRIDAY 26 October…. TOMORROW NIGHT FOLKS!… We’re off and running so hang on to your hats C21… IT’S DANCE TIME!
@ The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. Doors & Players Bistro from 6.00pm Admission $15/$12 Children Free

From 8.00pm JORDAN BEST SHE’S BACK!!! after taking time off to cultivate what she seriously calls a “mummy brain” (Jordan gave birth to a little boy some months ago) she has decided it’s time to get her musical life back into some sort of order. This exceptionally talented singer, actor and director will simply knock your socks off. It’s an honour for The Folkus to host this looked for & well needed comeback.

From 9.00pm QUEEN JUANITA & THE ZYDECO COWBOYS … a dance band… a four piece zydeco and western swing dance band featuring Queen Juanita on vocals and piano accordion and Dr Zot on guitar. This band looks like it’s stepped right out of the 1950s with rockabilly fashions, upright bass, hot rhythms and a dangerously danceable attitude. Queen Juanita and her band celebrate the exquisite melting pot of sounds from the Louisiana Basin covering Cajun, Zydeco, Western Swing, Blues, Jazz, Creole and Reggae. Be ready to dance and to party! … Special guests Dave “Cardigans” O’Neill & Anton “Fingers” Wurzer.

& here’s another good link to find out what’s happening in live music in Canberra… http://www.loadedog.com/

2.Next Week In Folkus –
Friday 2 November – Doctor Stovepipe + The Cyclone Rangers and more

3.Parish Notices………,

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. The deal is – For just $120 (in real Australian money) you buy a ticket which entitles you to five(5) free shows plus the remainder of attendances over twelve months at the concession rate whenever a concession price applies. The ticket is valid for twelve months from the date of issue and is available for purchase at the door on any Folkus event AND is transferable. The money raised from the sale of annual subscriptions will be used to underwrite performer fees thus ensuring that The Folkus Room will always have access to highest quality performers across all our genres. We are getting some really big names lining up at the moment so savings will be significant…. Subscribe NOW!

3b.From Jan Lewis in Corryong – Man From Snowy River Bush Festival at Corryong from Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th April 2008 …. Hello performers of Australian content! Time for me to drum up some support for our 2008 festival. We are striving to be an Australian Icon event and therefore the entertainment is to be Australian, with both traditional and contemporary bush poetry and music. Musicians who play traditional bush music and instruments are very welcome at the Drover’s Camp and Banjo’s Block campfires. We need a large team of volunteers, including judges and entertainers but can’t afford to pay everyone what we know they are worth. However, we can definitely offer free camping or a billet, and it’s first in best dressed. Our 500 mainly local volunteers, must buy a pre-paid half price wristband before the festival. ($27.50 or $20 concession in 2007). We can manage a small fee to selected entertainers, but if you have been paid by the festival then you cannot enter any of our competitions. We have 14 Sections of Bush Poetry and Music, Gum Leaf playing, Busker and Aussie Bush Idol including Juniors, with over $5000 prizemoney. Please contact Jan Lewis for a table of our Poetry and Music events to help you decide what you can offer our festival. Email: poetfarm@corryongcec.net.au

4.a kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead. “How do you know that the cat was dead?” she asked her young charge. “Because I p.i.s.s.e.d in its ear and it didn’t move.” answered the child innocently. “You did WHAT?!” the teacher exclaimed in surprise. “You know,” explained the boy “I leaned over and said ‘Pssst’ real close to its ear … and it didn’t move.”

The Diatonic Dittymunch plucked music from the air,
He swallowed scores of symphonies and still had space to spare.
Sonatas and cantatas slithered sweetly down his throat;
He made ballads into salads and consumed them note by note.

He ate marches and mazurkas, he ate rhapsodies and reels,Minuets and tarantellas were the staples of his meals.
But the Diatonic Dittymunch outdid himself one day:
He ate a three-act opera
And LOUDLY passed
Jack Prelutsky

Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
0407 434 469
“No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met”

Readers Looking to the Future


On July 21st, at 9:01am, we saw the end of an era – the release of the last Harry Potter book. J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal seven-part series has been credited with getting children interested in reading and reinvigorating the book business. But now, although there are still two more Harry Potter movies to be released, the literary journey has ended.

So, what now? What new books are being released that could make up for the loss of Harry?

“We’re already seeing lots of fantasy,” says Andrew Whittley, co-owner of Dymocks, Belconnen. “There’s lots of other-world type fantasy out there.” Mr Whittley hopes that the next big thing will be something a little different from Harry Potter. “A step away, a storyline away from this type of wizards and other worlds and dragons sort of thing.”

Jennifer Morton, 19, a long-time fan of the series, agrees: “You sort of have this storyline out so anyone wanting to do another big book is going to have to do something completely different. But yeah, there have been a few good books. I read a couple of the Eragon books and they were fairly good.”

“I don’t ever think you’re going to see the hype that we’ve seen for this [Harry Potter]. It’s got a life of its own,” says Mr Whittley. “The only thing we’ve seen come close is The Da Vinci Code, and that was a fairly brief sort of period.”

There has been a lot of debate over what exactly has made J.K. Rowling’s series so successful. Some think it has been purely due to the hype, while others disagree and say that the books were popular before the hype built up. Some people believe their success is because they are a series of carefully plotted stories with a singular, intricate storyline. Most people have a theory.

“I guess in some ways there’s a bit of a connection with kids, and sort of this boy going through school learning magic and stuff like that. I don’t know, just coming up with a setting that the kids are familiar with, but is different at the same time. That’s sort of what Hogwarts did, that it was a school, but it was this whole new world as well,” says Ms Morton.

Several other fantasy novels are enjoying wide success and are currently being released as movies. Eragon, based on the novella by Christopher Paolini, was released in 2006, to mixed reviews. Stardust, based on the novella by Neil Gaiman, has been successful this year, and The Golden Compass, based on Philip Pullman’s novel, is to be released in December.

So, overall, what is the effect that Harry Potter will have on the future of children’s literature?

“I think it will have a positive effect,” says Mr Whittley. “I think anything that encourages children to read is fantastic.”

Turn on, tune in to ArtSound FM 92.7 Radiothon!


ArtSound FM 92.7 and 90.3 (Tuggeranong) is gearing up for their 2007 Radiothon: 88 Keys to Happiness. The major fundraising campaign will be held over 10 days at their Manuka Arts Centre Studios from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 18.

This year’s focus is to raise funds towards the purchase of a YAMAHA C6 grand piano, as well as the station’s general operations. ArtSound FM’s goal is to raise $35,000 over the 10 days with the support of new and existing members. This will be done through a number of fundraising approaches including a membership drive, donations and a piano key sale.

ArtSound FM will be ‘selling’ the 88 keys of the YAMAHA grand piano for at least $200 each. Key contributors will have their name engraved on a plaque modeled after the keyboard which will be proudly displayed in front of the recording studio. Key contributors will also have the chance to bid for Middle C, arguably the most important on the keyboard, once they have purchased their first key.

ArtSound FM’s General Manager of Engineering and Development, Chris Deacon, said the Radiothon is a great opportunity for the listeners to get directly involved with the station and introduce new listeners to its unique music and arts programming.

“ArtSound’s mission is to foster live music performance and recording in Australia,” Mr Deacon said.

“The gift of a superb grand piano will materially assist us to fulfill that mission for many years to come.”

ArtSound FM will be broadcasting special Radiothon programming with daily prize giveaways including the opportunity to go into the major prize draw. An open day will be held on the November 10 with studio tours, free concerts and a BBQ.

It's the election… so?


Do young people really care about politics?
Do we really understand about policies, promises, Labor and Liberal, independent parties, surplus budgets and the rest of it?

Some would say yes. By the number of university students studying politics and/or law, I would gather that they would take great interest in the upcoming election. I, however don’t. As a 19 year old student, I believe most young people don’t really know too much about politics, nor do they have the inclination to take an interest. But, this apathetic ignorance is not necessarily restricted to the younger generation.

Many older voters are greatly influenced by other people’s opinions. Why? Because they don’t understand the concept of politics enough to make their own judgments. Most people decide who they are going to vote for when they get to the ballots, and some people even do the age old ‘donkey vote’.

I personally don’t understand most political movements and processes. I have had many try to explain particular parties and ideas to me, to no avail. I tend to tune out as soon as someone mentions the word politics. But, this being my 1st federal election, I made the obligation to take a tad more interest in the nation’s future. From what I can gather, Kevin Rudd focuses more on the working man and his family, whereas, good old Johnny has more interest in economics and the country’s health and well-being in the international scheme of things.

I really have not decided who to vote for, not have I decided who not to vote for. I think closer to the date, I will put together a list of for and against arguments for both Rudd and Howard. This way, in the spirit of politics, instead of putting the best person in, I will be helping to keep the worst person out.

Bullying – Some basic principles


Eight year old primary school student, Charlie cowers in a secluded corner of the playground, praying Jonah and his friends don’t find him before the bell rings. He glances at his watch and lets out a sigh of relief, only 2 minutes before class begins.

During recess and lunch Charlie usually manages to stay out of danger by loitering close to a teacher, however, before school when the playground is devoid of any adult supervision Charlie is an easy target for bullies. Every day he brings home new bumps and bruises. He shrugs off his mothers concern, telling her that he has fallen over.

This story is likely to be neither shocking nor surprising to the majority of Australians. Gone are the days when bullying was seen as character building, nowadays Australian parents seem well aware of the huge impact bullying can have on their children.

Defined by wikipedia as ‘an individual who tends to torment others, either through verbal harassment or physical assaults, or through more subtle methods of coercion’, bullying is a serious issue for Australian children.

According to a 2006 report released by ‘Kids Help Line’ over 3000 phone calls were received by the service in 2006. Of these calls, bullying was the sixth most common reason for calling, with statistics showing that 39% of all calls reported frequent episodes of bullying or continual harassment.

Schools themselves are also becoming more aware to the problem. Walk into an average primary school and what do you see? Anti bullying slogans blazoned around the school as well as children being encouraged to speak about their problems and address signs of bullying. It is no longer something to be kept in the dark.

Even John Howard has noted it is a problem. In 2004, the Howard government put $5m dollars into a ‘National safe school framework’ initiative as well as introducing new legislation to combat bullying. Then in May of this year he unveiled a new plan to deal with violence in schools. The plan attempts to give more power to teachers so they have further control over students showing signs of aggressive behaviour.

The strange thing is with all these schemes being instigated, a number of Australian schools are neglecting basic methods of bullying prevention. Including proper teacher supervision before the beginning of school, and during school hours

The ACT department of education and training published a school policy in 1997 called ‘playground supervision of students’, that is still in use today. It states that ‘principles are required to make arrangements for the proper and adequate oversight of playgrounds and building during the thirty minute period immediately preceding the commencement of the first lesson’.

There is additional evidence from studies around the world that suggest playground supervision dramatically reduces the instance of bullying.

In Sheffield, England an anti bullying initiative took place in twenty three schools during 1991 to 1993. The initiative proved positive when students reported a significant decrease in the frequency of bullying. The initiative involved ‘changes to the use and quality of school grounds’ including increased playground supervision.

Creators of the Second Step Program, Committee for Children also advocate extra supervision for our children. They believe that ‘quality of adult supervision is critical to developing and maintaining a safe playground’.

Despite this, some schools in the ACT do not have teacher presence in the playground before the beginning of the school day. One ACT school that cannot be named argues that teachers are able to adequately supervise children from inside the building. Therefore there is no need for them to be physically in the yard.
Frank McCormick* disagrees. As a member of this ACT primary school board, he sees first hand the influence bullying can have on children and their families. ‘Parents come to me all the time, complaining about the lack of supervision in the playground before school begins’. He says parents feel this lack of supervision puts their children at a greater risk.

It is obvious that bullying is not confined to children beating each other up in the playground. With so many different forms of technology, bullying can happen via numerous mediums including mobiles, internet, letters, and gossip.

During high school, Tania Sampson* suffered serious bullying at the hands of her so called friends. At one stage, indecent pictures of herself were sent to her father. It has taken many years to rebuild the trust that was destroyed when her father saw those photos.

While it is not possible for teachers to monitor these actions by simply being in the child’s presence, without basic supervision how is escalation of bullying behaviour supposed to be prevented.

Earlier this year, a milestone in the fight against bullying occurred when 18 year old Benjamin Cox received a payout of $213,000 plus weekly wages for the rest of his life. This payout was believed to worth around $1.5m over the course of the Mr. Cox’s lifetime. Public liability lawyer, Barry Woollacott who represented Mr. Cox said that ‘the size of the payout showed the seriousness of bullying and its devastating effects’.

Who knows? With proper supervision maybe Benjamin would have been spared the trauma of bullying.