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A Ssssh*tload of free music from Paul Kelly's A to Z!!

A Ssssh*tload of free music from Paul Kelly's A to Z!!

Over the last few years, Paul Kelly has performed a series of unique shows under the banner ‘A to Z', whereby he sings 100 songs from his catalogue in alphabetical order over 4 nights.

Nicolas Rothwell, The Red Highway launch and

Nicolas Rothwell, The Red Highway launch and "implausible nonsense"

Country Liberal Party stalwarts Dave Tollner, John Elferink, Peter Murphy were in attendance, as was of course Terry "the man who may soon be King" Mills, who waxed lyrical about Nicolas's observations of country and his ear for recording conversations.

A Letter from Darwin - Sue Stanton's view of the NT Intervention...and more

A Letter from Darwin - Sue Stanton's view of the NT Intervention...and more

Colonialism has an insatiable appetite - it is forever hungry, it can never be satisfied, and it recruits both unwitting as well as willing emissaries from the vast ranks and ever-growing number of colonised Aboriginal people.

Roadkill of the week - Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

Roadkill of the week - Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

Maybe instead of blaming the animals we should be saying "I committed a murder of a kangaroo today", "I was driving too fast to let the Wedge-tailed Eagle get enough height to get off the roadway" or "I didn't slow down to let that Goanna cross the road safely".

The Natural History of Selborne - Gilbert White and a dead Moose

The Natural History of Selborne - Gilbert White and a dead Moose

...sometimes it seems from White's journal entries and from the letters in Selborne that just about everyone abroad in the Hampshire countryside was armed and looking to shoot something.

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant's Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant's Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

The latest edition of the National Library Magazine, from the Australian National Library in Canberra has a fascinating article by Penny on the life and works of the French naturalist and ornithologist François le Vaillant.

Eye of the Storm Writers Festival, Alice Springs, May 1 - 4

Eye of the Storm Writers Festival, Alice Springs, May 1 - 4

The NT Writers' Centre will run the annual Alice Springs Writers Festival, named 'Eye of the Storm' in Alice Springs from May 1 to 4 2009.

Ten Poems about Highways and Birds...via negativa

Ten Poems about Highways and Birds...via negativa

Crows commute, heads down, their line of black Fords slow but steady. A heron keeps his Bentley in low gear.