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David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

Back in Darwin during Christmas holidays 1972 my friend Fred McCue had returned from London holidays with his family early and we hung around in the blessed aircon and smoked pot. On the first morning back from London he walked out of his bedroom and threw some albums on the table. “These are big in London,” he said. They were Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Man Who Sold the World and Space Oddity

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First look: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa

This exquisite art book contains the precious story and transformative work of celebrated artists now living in an aged care facility in Ngaanyatjarra country, a remote and isolated community that is the centre of their abundant world amongst ancient Dreamings.

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Strider’s Almanac, Vol. 1, Pt 2: How the growing season began in late 2012

Depending upon the thickness of the leaf litter layer, and the rate at which the rain falls, anything between the first 3 to 12 mm of a rainfall will be completely absorbed by the leaf litter and hardly a drop will find its way through to the soil beneath it. For this reason we can discount all of the cases or drops of rain and traces in the gauge as fairly irrelevant to what is going on in the soil.

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Strider’s Almanac Part 1 – How the rainy season began in 2012

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general.
10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.

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Dear Madam Speaker, there has been a coup … oh, wait.

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley. It seems there was a rat–or at least a mouse–in the CLP ranks. They don’t call it the troppo season for nothing. Watch this space.

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37 – the only number that matters at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

The Yuendumu Sports Committee had a plan. “All of the teams from across central Australia that come for the Yuendumu Sports agreed that we would do what we could to show our support and respect for Adam Goodes and every Aboriginal sportsman and woman across the country. This is an important thing for us and our kids. We can’t let that business happen without standing up.”

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Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles may be looking for a new career in stand-up comedy with his latest “Statehood” routine. Joe Hockey was laughing like a drain and I nearly drove into one. Here is why …

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One year more! Environmental Defenders Office (NT) lives to fight on for another year.

“This is a sensational result for the many Territorians who value our near pristine environment; it is a great result for access to justice; and it’s a great result for people who value government and industry accountability,” said David Morris, the EDO’s Principal Lawyer.

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Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The ‘Selamat Dua’

The loss of the ‘Selamat Dua’ is one of the great nautical regrets of my life, because two years later I was living and working in East Timor following the crisis and the ‘Selamat Dua’ would have been perfect over there – Tony Haritos.

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Art, law and environment: saving the NT EDO, one artwork at a time.

NT EDO principal lawyer David Morris on local support for the auction: “It’s been an incredible outpouring. Particularly, I’m astounded at the response by places where we haven’t worked that have heard about this and have said, we want to support this because there’s a real potential that our community might need this service in the future.”

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