Our son's band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard--named in a fit of fun when they were all playing in other bands and thought they'd be getting together only once to play a friend's party--are in the middle of their fifth US tour.
Paul Kelly remembers a great man and a great friend: "I thank you man of balance. I thank you brother."
I was freelancing for rock'n'roll magazines and having the lazy time of my life. A visit from half a dozen traditional Aboriginal men from Australia's Top End was well into the realms of the unpredictable, but they were rock'n'roll and so was I and that seemed enough to seal the occasion. Nonetheless I began battening down the hatches and warned all my friends that I had some pretty unusual visitors coming to stay. This is how it happened according to my diary at the time.
Friends. We meet here, your country. We meet here, on Australian soil, our country. And we come together in this place, at this time, to celebrate a moment uniquely yours, uniquely Australian. We celebrate an agreement between the traditional owners of this land and a mining giant.
"Our seven-year olds can't learn everything in English! The teacher will be saying "Blah Blah"and the children will be saying "Nha, Nha?". That is not good learning." - Djuwalpi Marika, Yirrkala
I'm sure there are some who'd believe Hendo's assertion that he reshuffled his Ministries because of the GFC - but they are most likely face down in a gutter and barely breathing.