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Leptospermum is a genus of flowering
trees and shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, which is native to
Australia, New Zealand. Called "tea tree" because Captain James
Cook in the 18th century brewed a tea from the leaves and gave it
to his crew as a scurvy preventative. These are substantial and
useful plants all year round; soft and casual looking (never rigid
or formal). Most make a display of five-petalled single flowers
(somewhat like tiny wild roses) along stems among the small leaves.
Petals surround a hard central cone or cup that matures to a woody
seed capsule that hangs on for a long time after the petals drop.
Flowers are typically white, pink, or red.
Shown here is the hybrid 'Burgundy Queen'. Few drought resistant shrubs can rival the colour of 'Burgundy Queen.' Everything about it is majestic and burgundy. Its profuse, fully double flowers are intense dark burgundy, and the fine foliage of this large shrub is also burgundy flushed. It originates from New Zealand where it grows in a wide range of areas from peaty bogs to coastal and montane regions. So, it is surprisingly adaptable, especially to arid sites and soils.
Tea tree is a large shrub to small tree that develops an untamed grace when allowed to maintain its naturally irregular form. Bloom time is variable. South of the equator it blooms from Spring through to Summer, but in the southwestern United States it tends to bloom from Autumn to Spring. The double burgundy blooms are small and densely line the branches.
Tea tree grows quickly if given full to partial sun and acid to neutral soil with average to good drainage. It will withstand arid coastal and inland conditions but grows more vigorously if well-watered. In highly arid regions, it is best to provide protection from hot afternoon sun. Use tea tree to flesh out mixed borders and dry gardens. It is excellent for erosion control but not in wildfire hazard zones as it is oil-rich and volatile. Allow tea trees to grow naturally. Many a well-intentioned gardener has tidied" them up with shears or clippers thus spoiling their natural shape while creating more long-term maintenance for these otherwise carefree plants.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne
Police have charged a man following an alleged firearms incident in Brunswick in July.
When I got home from the last twitch at Stockyard Point near Jam Jerrup, I saw a report for another rare vagrant to Victoria the Little Stint. It was seen in the flock we had just left. Due to its brown/orange breeding plumage it stood out from the 100s of the plain grey over-wintering Red-necked Stints. Without the colour plumage it would have been identical to the others and no-one would have noticed it. We waited two weeks for another suitable weekend where the tide was high at a reasonable time. The weather, if possible, was even colder but at least newly purchased thermals helped keep me warm. It took a while to spot the little wader but an eagle-eyed and patient birder (Emma) finally found it Lifer 347. We spent the next four hours watching it move from the sand spit to a small sand bank out of the strong cold wind. Much of the time its head was tucked in as it napped at high tide. When it looked up a dozen cameras would snap away. Several times it flushed and we thought we had lost it but it always seemed to come back to the same sand divot.
From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer
Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.
Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser
Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with
turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor
Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who
talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables
in the electricity grid.
Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:
As a sports person I often am messy and leave sweat, food and other stains everywhere. Some of these stains are tough to get rid of in the normal wash.
Last week I pooped my pants. I tried natural washing and that did not get rid of all the odour.
But then thanks to Coles Supermarkets I received a Vanish Gel stain remover which has 2X more concentrate and is gentle on the skin.
This is a prewash stain and odor remover. All I had to do was rinse my pants out in the laundry and then apply the stain remover. This remover is a powergel and all you do is open the bottle and then squirt the gel on to the pants. Then you have to rub it all over the pants. Then leave it on the pants for about 5-10 minutes sometimes even more depending on how tough the stain is.
And then the pants goes into the normal wash and it comes out smelling fresh and not like the poo.
Do buy the quick and easy Vanish gel as it is easy to use and its available now at all supermarkets.
So I got a new powerbank, yay! No need to worry about the battery going too low on my phone.
Todays run wasnt too bad but I did lose balance at the end. Also the blood in my period is scant given that it is day 5. Thank god for the gym work. Eventually though by day 6 it finished....
The Greater Glider is Australias largest gliding marsupial. Once common, Greater Gliders have declined by 80% in the last two decades.
Logging operations have wiped out large areas of its habitat and it's the latest Victorian animal to become a threatened species.
Government scientists advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider. Unfortunately, Victorias Environment Department has urged the Environment Minister not to follow this advice.
Greater Gliders continue to be killed and their habitat destroyed by logging.
The latest area up for destruction is Glenview coupe (298 516 0001) in the upper headwaters of the Kalatha Creek in Toolangi State Forest.
Please, let the Minister know you expect Greater Gliders in Glenview coupe to be immediately protected from logging.
Send your email below and follow up by calling her office on (03) 9637 9504
Police have arrested three teenagers following an aggravated burglary in Dandenong this morning.
Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.
Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.
Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!Scout Sixty
A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.
Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.
There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.MV Agusta Brutale 800 America
South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).
When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.
We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.
Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts....
Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be 
This week, Richard Watts sprukes the Australian Ballet's "Symphony in C" playing at ACM's State Theatre with dancers and choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House, Rollercoaster Theatre company's Artistic director Sarah Sutherland and David Baker chat about their debut musical 'Fish' on at Melba Spiegeltent and Curator Juliette Hanson about "Borderlines", a gallery celebrating the Indigenous Australian artwork focusing on Central Australia, now showing at Domain house in South Yarra.
If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada
You will find more statistics at Statista
As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.
As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.
The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).
Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.
3CR is actively advocating for equality in the lead up to the national postal survey on same sex marriage. We provide a media space to enable progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change. As such we will not give airtime to the NO campaign on the basis that it prejudiced, homophobic and harmful to LGBTIQ+ people and our families.
We acknowledge that our community may hold different views on marriage as an institution, yet we stand in agreement that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is a political stunt, designed to circumvent the legitimate role of parliament, appeasing prejudiced and homophobic views in the process.
3CR will continue to advocate for equality in all areas - to do anything else would contravene our code of practice to not broadcast material that is likely to stereotype, incite, vilify, or perpetuate hatred against, or attempt to demean any person or group, on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, language, gender, sexuality, religion, age, physical or mental ability, occupation, cultural belief or political affiliation. At this particular time in our political climate we need to ensure that our LGBTIQ+ members, friends and colleagues know that 3CR is a safe space for all of our community.
Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.
Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.
Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.
Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.
It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.
On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.
Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,
Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)
Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, November 25th
Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency
With special guests Rosetta (USA)
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.
Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:
This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.
Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.
These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.
Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:
We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.
sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...
This is an older post (2014) from Alice Friedemanns blog, which somehow flew under the radar. There is one bullet point in this that stunned me:
IF you have been following this humble blog long enough, you might know that Ive been forecasting that Australia will be totally out of oil by around 2020, and will therefore need to import 100% of our liquid fuel needs. what happens then?
When I asked Alice for more details, she replied I suspect when I wrote this it was common knowledge, theyre rising empires as other nation fade. But now with Chinas housing and other bubbles, and the corruption in both China and India, and ecological destruction, its probably not true now. Ive met Australians who fear a China invasion someday but dont know how realistic that is.
Furthermore, as Chinas spectacular growth rates have somewhat shrunk, we may get a few more years relief. but how long will it last? Heres Alices post, very interesting as usual.
The problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis. Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on d...
Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee
River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city is
approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital,
Melbourne, with a population of some 101,686. It is the third
largest population for an inland city in Australia. Locals are
known as 'Ballaratians'.
Ballarat is arguably the most significant Victorian era gold rush boomtown in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, migrants from across the world had rushed to the district in search of gold.
Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades, which can be evidenced to this day in the city's rich architecture. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia.
Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (established 1857), the longest running lyric theatre building (Her Majesty's Theatre, established 1875), the first municipal observatory, established 1886, and the earliest and longest war memorial avenue (the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919).
Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria, as well a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage, with much of the...
http://reneweconomy.com.au/30mw-battery-to-create-renewables-based-mini-grid-in-south-australia-63304/, By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.
The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.
It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.
It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state....
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Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.
By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.
The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on
July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.
Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.
Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com
The Victorian government has announced that it will aim to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).
This measure has been widely welcomed by the environment movement, businesses and the broader community.
The hostile reaction by the Victorian Coalition highlights the negative attitude of the Opposition towards policy action on energy and climate change. They have been 'road testing' anti renewables messages in recent weeks. The following is our response.
Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself 
Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.
The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.
Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.
Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.
The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.
Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.
Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.
Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.
It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.
Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).
The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.
Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...
It's been 6 months since Patient Wolf launched their premium dry gin in Brunswick. This Saturday, the 26th August, they are opening the distillery doors to the public for the first time. They are putting on tours, free tastings, G&T specials and there'll be a cellar door so people will be able to grab bottle from the source.
For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.
The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.
The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh record, Sleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.
The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.
While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.
For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.
ZERO-G #1147 Title:GOT TO HAND IT TO THEM
Podcast Title: Visit To a Small Pod 1147
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: remembering JERRY LEWIS; and "defenders assemble" with THE DEFENDERS
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On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).
Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.
The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au
Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.
The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.
The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.
Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...
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