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Wednesday, 24 January


Gibraltar: Islamic, Spanish, British and modern ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

The Rock of Gibraltar is a narrow sandy isthmus off the Iberian Peninsula. Being limestone, the 6sq km Rock is riddled with 140+ caves. Off the eastern cliffs of the rock a flat, sandy plain stretched out towards the Mediterranean.

The Strait of Gibraltar is the narrow neck separating Europe from Africa, the only link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Since the Prophet died in Medina in 632 AD, the progress of Islams armies was rapid. Berber Tarik-ibn-Zeyad landed in 710 AD and from 742 on, the Moors defended their rock with a fort.

In 1068, the Arab Governor on Gibraltar ordered that a stronger Moorish Castle be built to watch events across the Strait. The castle had the largest keep and the tallest towers in all the Iberian Peninsula, plus buildings, gates and fortified walls. In 1160 the Caliph of Morocco commissioned a fully fortified city. The Rock remained in Arab hands until an unexpected Spanish attack between 1309-33, then it reverted to Arab control. The Moors City Walls surrounded the city, later strengthened by other nations.

The King of Castiles troops finally captured Gibraltar from the Moors in 1462 and permanently expelled them. 3 years later, the Duke of Medina's son was confirmed as the owner of the Rock by Royal Decree. When Isabella became Queen of Castile in 1474, she wanted Gibraltar back. She granted Gibraltar the Castle, Key and Coat of Arms. Note Gibraltars flag: a three-towered red castle and key.

 marinas, Gibraltar

Spain retained the Rock, and used it as an important naval base. The opportunity for Britain to capture Gibraltar arose with the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-13). The Rock became a pawn in the struggle between rival claimants to the Spanish throne, Frenchman Philip V of Anjou & Austrian Archduke Charles III. When the Rock fell to an Anglo-Dutc...

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Tuesday, 23 January


A challenging ID The Gap Year and Beyond

Below is another of the young birds I have been finding while walking around Greens Bush down the Mornington Peninsula. To ID this one took some effort and fooled me a bit due to its rufous colouring I was thinking Rufous Fantail or Rufous Whistler, or maybe something exotic. It was definitely a juvenile as it moved around a nearby bush in a deep rainforest glade along the track. It was quite curious and I tried to keep it interested by phishing and psstting so I could take a few images to check out laterany ideas? The previous juvenile to fool me was a young Eastern Yellow Robin.


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50 studies for $100 each

Although Ive received some success recently, it doesnt translate into income.
Im living on a serious financial cliff, so I would like to offer these studies for $100 each to create some income.
They are not too large, averaging around 11 x 14, some a bit larger, some smaller. Ill be adding new images often.
I can only ship within the US. If anyone outside of the US is interested you will have to pay the postage
Please message me if youre interestedthank you.

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Monday, 22 January


Yet to learn fear The Gap Year and Beyond

There are quite a few juveniles birds along the Greens Bush Baldry circuit. It has been a fairly good breeding season and I am seeing many young birds from a few locally common species.Grey Fantails, Red-browed Finches, Brown Thornbills, White-browed Scrubwrens and Bassian Thrush. The one pictured below was feeding on the track where I often find them. Being a young bird it has yet to learn what to fear and flew up to a nearby branch and tried to figure out what I was up to.


Sonic Systems Laboratory at MPavillion Experimental Melbourne

Monday 5 Feb 2018, 7:30-9:30pm (free event)

Sonic Systems Laboratory (SSL) is a vibraphone duo with a difference. Described by Shannon ONeill as like waking up to an alarm clock, only in reverse; the hypnotic quality of the sound pulling the listener into a dream world, over the past decade renowned Australian drummer and composer Robbie Avenaim and percussionist Dale Gorfinkel have together developed a unique language on the vibraphone.

With instruments that are microtonally prepared and activated by machinesinstead of the usual malletsSSL weave together tones laden with a variety of unusual textures. Come down to MPavilion to experience this unique sensorial showcase!


King Charles II: Art and Power at the Queens Gallery ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. The court of King Charles II ((1630-85) became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served a) as decoration for the royal apartments and b) to glorify the restored monarchy and reinforce Charles position as the rightful king. Now an exhibition called Charles II: Art and Power at the Queens Gallery is on at Buckingham Palace, until 13th May 2018.

In May 1660 Charles II made his triumphant return to the thrones of England and Ireland, ending a decade of republican Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. After 14 years in exile, Charles II was keenly aware of the importance of princely tradition and magnificent display in enforcing his right to the throne and his position as Head of the Church.

He ordered royal regalia and crown jewels to replace those sold off or melted down by the Parliamentarians, and his coronation in April 1661 was the most extravagant since that of Elizabeth I. See the stunning altar plate in Westminster Abbey, including the silver-gilt alms dish by Henry Greenway, a metre in diameter, and a solid-gold chalice and gold paten.

Charles planned to regain legitimacy, amongst other ways, by re-claiming his fathers fabulous art collection. Although the royal residences had survived the Civil War largely undisturbed, the Commonwealth government had sold off much of their contents. Parliament commanded that all persons holding goods formerly belonging to Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria or the new king were to return them with immediate effect. This order was later made legally binding through the 1660 Act of Indemnity and Oblivion.

King Charles II
by John Michael Wright in c1661
282 239 cm



ILI PIKA (Jen Tait + Dmn Shn) - IDEOPHONE Experimental Melbourne

ILI PIKA is the free-sound improvisation project by the very same Jen Tait and Dmn Shn who are also quasi-improvised spiritual-metal band INTRINSIC LIGHT - the two projects are flipsides of the one shiny shiny mindfulness coin.   But whereas INTRINSIC LIGHT has the loose framework of riff-hungry mantra-spewing meditation metal to hold it together, ILI PIKA has no such framework - every ILI PIKA session is different, and unified only by their no-rules diversity.

The session that created IDEOPHONE (the first ILI PIKA release for several years) was driven by Jen playing assorted hitting-objects, and Dmn Shn playing guitar and keyboards - though both also played many other odd things that were lying around in the studio.   For fans of:  SISTER / MARIA MOLES AND ADAM HALLIWELL / MILES DAVIS / GNAUMGN / FUNCTIONAL ZERO / SQUIRREL PANCAKE / IS THERE A HOTLINE? / DFFDL / etc

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Sunday, 21 January


January 21 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.

1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...

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Friday, 19 January


Foo Fighters pop-up bars, with Foo Town beer open in Sydney and Melb. next week Tone Deaf

Australia fancy a pint? asked the Foo Fighters on social media, and Im so excited by the prospect of a Foo Fighters branded bar and beer, I wont even point out that pints are traditionally a Melbourne or a British thing, and not dreadfully common in NSW.

The Foo Fighters Hotel opens on Wednesday night in Sydney, taking over a bar that was once named The Hollywood Hotel during a simple time, while Fooie Bar launches Sunday at the former Cherry Bar in Melbourne. This will be exclusive merch, trivia, drinks, and random giveaways.

Young Henrys are supplying a Foo-branded beer too, in case you thought youd be smashing VB or something.

Check out the timetable below.

Foo timetable

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Thursday, 18 January


The Collingwood Open Series is delivering an awesome lineup of local acts Tone Deaf

For the last few years, Victorians have been lucky enough to have an annual series of summer concerts right by their doorstep. With The Gasometer Hotels Collingwood Open Series kicking off proceedings for another year recently, theres no excuse not to find your way over to one of Melbournes most happening suburbs for a night full of awesome local talent.

With acts such as Tijuana Cartel and The Creases recently performing sets to highly eager crowds, it proved that this years Collingwood Open Series was getting set to become yet another rousing success.

Considering that bands like The Senegambian Jazz Band, Oscar Key Sung, Golden Vessel, Vaudeville Smash, Baby Blue, and Suss Cunts still on the lineup for some awesome shows over the next few weeks, Melbournes Gasometer Hotel is undoubtedly the place to be for lovers of loud and local music.

Be sure to check out The Gasometer Hotels website for more information about coming shows and ticket pricing.

Check out Oscar Key Sungs Brush:

The Gasometer Hotels Collingwood Open Series 2018 Lineup:

Saturday, January 20th
The Senegambian Jazz Band

Friday, February 2nd
Oscar Key Sung

Thursday, February 8th
Golden Vessel

Saturday, February 10th
Vaudeville Smash

Thursday, February 15th
Baby Blue

Friday, February 23rd
Suss Cunts


Laneway organisers have removed Kirin J Callinan from this years lineup "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Earlier this week, you might have noticed that this years Laneway Festival added a few extra acts to its bill, including a DJ set from Tame Impalas Kevin Parker at the Fremantle leg of the festival. However, unless you were purposely keeping an eye out, you might not have realised that one of Australias most enigmatic acts, Kirin J Callinan, is no longer on the lineup for this years festival.

If youve been paying attention to all the happenings in the Aussie music world over the last few months, you might recall the controversy that followed Kirin J Callinan following his appearance at last years ARIA Awards ceremony, one day after Callinan was added to this years Laneway lineup.

While walking the red carpet at the high-profile event, Callinan stopped for a series of photos before lifting his kilt, flashing his penis to photographers and onlookers in the process. The event was immediately met with criticism from almost every facet of the Australian media, with many accusing Callinan of indecent exposure, generating a level of publicity that the famed muso probably wasnt looking for.

As Junkee notes, neither Laneway Festival organisers nor Kirin J Callinan have addressed the issue or his silent removal from the bill, with Callinan also remaining silent in regards to his red carpet exhibitionism.

While Callinan has been seeing praise for his intriguing new album Bravado, and even copped some international attention for the Jimmy Barnes-featuring video for Big Enough, this isnt the first time that the muso has stirred up controversy though.

You might recall that at the 2013 Sugar Mountain Festival, Callinan faced walkouts from his set......


Psych Fest Australia have announced their insane 2018 lineup "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Psych Fest has gained a reputation as one of the nations most enthralling boutique music festivals, championing all things fuzzed out, hazy and delayed.

After the roaring and reverberating success of 2017s installment of the festival, 2018 is here boasting a slew of international and local favourites set to take the stage. Topping off the roster of incredible acts will be the USAs Flavor Crystals and Italys New Candys wholl be playing in Australia for the very first time.

With the success of huge acts like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Tame Impala, theres no hiding Australia has a burgeoning thirst and talent for delay-drenched tunes and fuzzed out tracks Psych Fest will be a massive celebration of this awesome musical community.

Local acts kicking things off will include psych pop stalwarts, Moaning Lisa, Glitoris, Sports Bra and many more. Suss the entire lineup below:


International: New Candys (Italy) + Flavor Crystals (USA)
Local (in alphabetical order): Arse, The Baudelaires, Davey Lane, The Demon Parade, Egoism, Glitoris, Imperial
Broads, Julia Why?, Lapse, LIGHT, The Lovetones, Married Man, Moaning Lisa, Moody Beaches, Sports Bra, The
Wednesday Night + DJs + Special Guests TBA


International: New Candys (Italy) + Flavor Crystals (USA)
Local (in alphabetical order): The Baudelaires, The Bleeding Flares, Buried Feather, The Demon Parade, The
Dunes, Egoism, Julia Why?, Jungle Cuffs, Lazertits, Little Desert, Moaning Lisa, The Wednesday Night + DJs +
Special Guests TBA

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Wednesday, 17 January


Cranberries singers death not suspicious "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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Monday, 15 January


Members of The xx and Warpaint team up for surprise Melbourne DJ set Tone Deaf

If you were lucky enough to catch The xx over the weekend at either of their two Melbourne shows, then youd be aware of the sort of brilliant shows that they perform. With a penchant for keeping crowds captivated, members of the group each possess a certain undefinable quality with which they manage to woo their audience over, leaving them mystified. Now, punters have a chance to catch a rare DJ set from the groups hugely-talented guitarist.

As Music Feeds note, The xxs Romy Madley Croft and Warpaint drummer, Aussie Stella Mozgawa are set to take over Melbournes Ferdydurke bar for a surprise DJ set tonight.

It all kicks off tonight at 9pm, but with free entry, you can be sure that youll need to turn up early to secure a spot for this exclusive event.

For more information, be sure to check out the Facebook page for tonights exclusive set.

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Mastadon and Gojira are teaming up on two huge Download Festival sideshows "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Two of the worlds most critically lauded metal acts, Mastadon and Gojira are joining forces on a string of Download Festival sideshows that could literally rival the epic-ness of the entire event itself.

Fans of the trailblazing acts will be treated to Sydney and Brisbane shows after the festival in Melbourne so if youre planning on catching every moment of riff-fuelled greatness, youre in luck.

Tickets to witness this display of modern metal glory go on sale this Friday, via, the 19th so get in quick.


Mastodon with special guests Gojira








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Saturday, 13 January


Message from The City of Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The National Sustainable Living Festival reminds us that everyone has a role to play in protecting our environment. The City of Melbourne is proud to support this month long celebration which inspires numerous sustainable living ideas.

Over nearly two decades the event has grown rapidly, now hosting hundreds of organisations, performers and sustainability experts from across Australia and the world. From its base at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr, the Sustainable Living Festival spreads to encompass activities all over Melbourne in Eco-City hubs.

Visitors can enjoy the Cool Down and Power Up shady installation outside ArtPlay while enjoying a bite to eat from the sustainable food market serving delicious local, organic treats. Plus, explore backyard biodiversity, a veggie patch at Melbourne Town Hall and yoga at the Boyd Community Hubs summer pop-up park.

As you enjoy many of the free events, we urge you to think about ways you, individually, can reduce your impact and help fight global warming. We wish you all a most successful Festival.

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Tuesday, 31 October


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #566 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online Newsletter | #566 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #566 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 31st October 2017 to Monday 6th November 2017 Melbourne Cup 2017 The final public holiday of the year brings us a long weekend (for some) and the race that stops the nation, Emirates Melbourne Cup. Melbourne Cup Guide | Carnival Flowers | Milliners (Hats) Emirates Melbourne Cup | CBD Parade Cirque de Soleil .nobrtable br { display: none } Inspired by James Camerons AVATAR, TORUK The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. TORUK - The First Flight | Rod Laver | Archibald Prize Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } The prestigious Archibald Prize Exhibition comes to Geelong, 28 October to 10 December 2017. Archibald Prize Exhibition 2017 | Geelong Gallery | Tickets Online Rock in the Vines .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 4th November 2017 - Jimmy Barnes, Jon Stevens, Richard Clapton and Taxiride live at Sutton Grange Winery. Rock in the Vines 2017 | Oakleigh Glendi .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017 at Warrawee Park Oakleigh A celebration of Mediterranean culture through music, performance, and food. Oakleigh Glendi 2017 Whittlesea Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017 - Come and enjoy at the 158th annual Whittlesea Agricultural Show. Whittlesea Show 2017 Sidesault at The Melba .nobrtable br { display: none } A festival of experimental circus, showcasing emerging and established circus artists. Festival program Casting Off by A GOOD CATCH 8 - 11 November Unsuitable by Tumble Circus 8 - 11 November Nonstop Time In Space Circus 15 - 18 November Party Ghost Poached Eggs and Asparagus 15 - 18 November Relax: Everythings F****d The Syndicate Sideshow 15 - 18 November Sidesault at The Melba Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } 8 concerts over one weekend | From Jack Jones to Hoang Pham Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen it doesn't get any more 'Melbourne' than this. Saturday - Sunday | 4th & 5th November 2017 Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival | Collingwood | Buy Tickets HiFi Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The great home entertainment show is a weekend festival of Recorded Music Sound Vision Vinyl and Lifestyle Technology. Melbourne HiFi Show 2017 | Buy Tickets | Pullman Albert Park Circus Oz | Stacks On .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz presents a show of breathtaking feats, serious fun, fresh humour and a tumble of extraordinary acrobatics. Stacks On! | Melba Spiegeltent | Tickets Special This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } An Evening With Professor Brian Cox, Darebin Art Prize 2017, Grand...

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