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Sunday, 24 March


New To You: Pre-Loved Clothing Markets "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 24th Mar, 10.00am Sunday 22nd Sep, 4.00pm, The Line


Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 24th Mar, 9.00am Sunday 20th Oct, 12.00pm, Central Ringwood Community Centre

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Sunday, 17 March


Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 17th Mar, 9.00am Sunday 26th May, 12.00pm, Longbeach RSL

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Sunday, 24 February


New To You: Pre-Loved Clothing Markets "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 24th Feb, 10.00am Sunday 27th Oct, 4.00pm, Seaworks Maritime Precinct


Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 24th Feb, 9.00am 12.00pm, Peninsula Community Theatre

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Sunday, 17 February


Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 17th Feb, 9.00am Sunday 13th Oct, 12.00pm, Hampton Community Centre

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Sunday, 10 February


Bumble Bee Baby and Children's Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sunday 10th Feb, 9.00am Sunday 24th Nov, 12.00pm, Berwick Fields Primary School

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Saturday, 02 February


Berwick Swap Meet "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Saturday 2nd Feb, 6.00am 3.00pm, Akoonah Park

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Friday, 01 February


Chapel Street Huts Pop-Up Shops "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Thursday 15th Nov, 10.00am Monday 1st Apr, 5.00pm, Chapel Lane

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Saturday, 19 January


Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Rare Plant Party "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Saturday 19th Jan, 9.00am Sunday 20th Jan, 4.00pm, The Jungle Collective

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Monday, 14 January


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police search for missing Dandenong woman Suzzane Calgaret "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Dandenong woman Suzzane Calgaret.

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Drink driver nabbed in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A woman has had her car impounded and licence suspended after rendezvousing with the Somerville Highway Patrol in Frankston last night.

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Frankston pedestrian fatal "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A man has died after being struck by an emergency vehicle in Frankston this morning.

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Wednesday, 09 January


Wednesday Main Street Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Wednesday 1st Aug, 9.00am Wednesday 30th Jan, 3.00pm, Wednesday Main Street Market Site

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Saturday, 05 January


Pop-Up Markets "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Saturday 17th Nov, 10.00am Saturday 27th Apr, 4.00pm, Chapel Street Laneway
South Yarra

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Thursday, 03 January


Short fillum "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Farkern reckon I'm gunna make a short movie and horror comedy seems the way to go. Fake blood is cheapish, darkness is free and I'm hilarious.

A bloke wants to make a horror fillum, he kills a bloke to get blood for special effects and a m8 goes m8 what are you doin the end comedy gold.

Coz he doesn't reaiise he could of used fake blood. Um, ah, it's about not thinking things through and about how dreamers are often arseholes. Not biographical.

It defo won't be about feeling like creativity costs me everything or how it's fucked my life and wanting to kill to have a fleeting taste of raw power.

Right, so the bloke convinces an actor bloke to let him tie him up for a short film about satanic bullshit but then actually kills him so he can make a- etcetera






POSK: Alphia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

POSK (PEOPLE OF ST KILDA) Alphia (10) Nancy. It sounds like a nice name but no Nancy was not a nice person. She was WORSE. She was No Good Nancy! No Good Nancy was always doing the wrong thing. She would stay up after her bedtime and watch scary movies. Then she would turn the TV up to full []

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Using Laser For Healing "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Redinfrared Low-Level Laser helps heal soft tissue injuries by reducing inflammation, increasing circulation and relieving acute/chronic pain. Low-Level Laser offers an effective alternative to using Acupuncture needles. The Laser light can activate similar processes to those of acupuncture. Instead of inserting needles into an acupuncture point, the acupuncture point is lasered. Laser Acupuncture is a []

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01:24 Melbourne - Exhibition Street "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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January 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1788 - Captain Arthur Phillip was on board HMS Supply when, bored to tears from the long First Fleet voyage, Smarty-Arty played Eye, Spy with the coast of Van Diemen's Land.

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about, left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 - Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria opened in Melbourne.

1861 - The Wallsend Railway Branch line (NSW...

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Wednesday, 02 January


Gliding on a Lake "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Gliding on a Lake is a track from my album Mysteries of Gaia.


Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):

Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for thanks!). 



road trip : sydney to melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The week before Christmas we drove from Sydney to Melbourne via the Hume Highway. We wanted to take it slow, as always, because our journey is mostly dictated by Marigold who tends to scream at the highest pitch (and for the longest time) if shes well and truly over the drive.

So we mapped out a rough itinerary, hit the road and stopped in Goulburn on our first night. It had been a long, hot day and we spent the hottest part of it parked under a tree at a rest stop because thats the beauty of towing your home with you; you can pull over and have a nap at any time.

The next morning we were on the road by 6:45am which, we soon discovered, is the very best way to travel with kids. Our first stop was the little town of Jugiong which completely lived up to its fabulous reputation.

We pulled into the Jugiong War Memorial Park and Showground which is perfectly located on the river, next to the public pool and right across the road from The Sir George and Long Track Pantry. You can stay here for up to 7 days for a donation which makes it one of the best free camps weve come across. The amenities are really well looked after, the grounds are beautiful and theres an abundance of trees so you can while away hot summer afternoons in the shade.




Free Stuff!! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Garden shed clear out!

Lots of pots, a BBQ and fire amongst other things!

Out the front of 43 Livingstone st North Coburg.



The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribynong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribynong, said(...)


Government detention closure announcement is a fraud "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribyrnong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture.

The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribyrnong, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There has been no significant decrease in the numbers of people detained on the mainland. In November 2018, there were 544 people who had been in detention more than one year up from 505 in September, 2017.

Worse, it is inexcusable that the numbers of people being held in detention longer than a year keeps growing.  In November 2018, 281 people had been in detention over two years.

Some people have been kept there for six, seven and eight years. The government is systematically destroying the lives of those they hold in the factories of mental illness.

It is deliberate government policies that are keeping people in detention. If they were serious about closing detention centres, they could close them all, and release all those being held. Instead, they are increasing their detention capacity, while they try to hide their detention abuses behind meaningless announcements.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul , mob 0417 275 713.

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Get ready: Aussie property falls to get worse "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Welcome back.

Just like that, a new year begins.

Although I am going to begin the new year with a look back at what happened last year.

The so-called Santa rally never came to the markets in 2018.

That is, a small spurt for stocks to finish the year higher.

The broader Aussie market sold off as December came to an end.

Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 finished December where it started.

Major indices in the US, on the other hand, were savagely sold off as the year wrapped up.

And it turns out Aussie house prices took a bigger beating than most expected.

New year, same news

The last week of a year, and the first week of the new year, is my favourite time.

In Australia, theres generally very little do, other than complain about the heat. Most places are closed. Theres no rushing from place to place. You have time to finally finish that project you started a year ago, or enjoy guilt-free Netflix binges. You lose track of the days. The markets are quiet.

The time of year when you actually have the time to read the paper but theres nothing really new to read.

Take The Age this morning.

It kicked off the year talking about falling Aussie house prices. Again.

According to The Age, theres more doom and gloom ahead for the property sector in 2019. Todays headline is: Weakest property market since 2008: Sydney, Melbourne house prices tumble.

According to the article, Sydney house prices fell 10% for 2018, while Melbourne prices are down 9%. Australias two largest cities contributed to a nationwide property fall of 4.8% for the year.

The good news is that the average Joe didnt bear the brunt of the falls.

Turns out, the worst performing areas are where the rich people live.

It seems that houses in inner Sydney and Melbournes inner east are falling the most. Both areas saw double-digit falls for 2018.

Basically, multimillion-dollar houses are dropping back and becoming just million-dollar homes.

This skews the data somewhat, in the sense that the percentage figure of property price falls looks bigger. I mean, theres only a select group of people who can buy in those areas. So, already the number of purchases is reduced.

But the gloomy outlook doesnt end there.

Not only that, but The Age has wheeled out an economist or two to suggest that the falls will get even bigger in 2019.

Ah yes. New year but with th...


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Tuesday, 01 January


Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Can anyone recommend an exterior painter please? Im wanting to do fascia boards and under the eaves etc. 

We had one quote that was ridiculous. So Im after someone sensible who does a good job.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


FOR SALE ...please make an offer.

SONY digital HV video camera recorder/handycam!

Almost brand new....


The joy of forgetting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I just read (on a plane) The Labyrinth Index the latest novel in Charlie Stross Laundry series (a mashup of HP Lovecraft and Len Deighton). The central conceit is a spell which causes Americans to forget the existence of the President whenever they go to sleep. After reading the book and nodding off, I had a dream that someone has a similar office in Australia, with a couple of deputies, one in charge of the bush and another in charge of the money. On waking though, I couldnt remember any of these.

Update: Apparently, Im not alone.


Australian Labor Party commits to recognizing Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In Australia we have a significant lobbying force for the Palestinian position within the political sphere. The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN) is quite active and effective at running campaigns to highlight the plight of Palestinians. For example, they have had great success with a campaign entitled No Way to Treat a Child which chronicled the conditions under which Palestinian children are convicted and incarcerated in military tribunals.

Along with elder statesman and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr, APAN has also been lobbying for recognition of the state of Palestine within the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The Labor Party is in opposition in the Australian parliament to the ruling center-right Coalition bloc, of Liberal and National party members.

Two weeks ago on December 16 to 18, the ALP held its triennial national conference in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Persistent efforts to engage with senior members of the current ALP parliamentary group appear to be having results. APAN is a very diverse group. On the executive board are a retired Anglican Bishop, Palestinians of both Muslim and Christian heritage, secularists and a professor of Jewish background. They all participated in efforts leading up to the conference as this is the arena where policy positions are debated and then adopted.

To attract further attention to the cause I undertook another long range advocacy walk to highlight the unequal treatment of Palestinians. From November 18 to December 16, the walk covered a distance of 458 miles (starting in Melbourne and finishing in Adelaide). Many MPs and Senators greeted our arrival in Adelaide. The arrival was specifically planned to coincide with opening date of the ALP conference.

Bob Carr was overseas during the conference but made an address via video.

Delegates to the conference would also have been aware of support for recognition by former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd and another long serving Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans.

There is still strong support for Israel within the ALP but those members w...

16:36 Yarra - Alexandra Parade "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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I see you "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Well hello there 2019. Didnt you turn up rather suddenly! Its been a while. What have you been up to? Tell me what feed your hope these days.


Housing credit pulse "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Take a pulse

It's a happy new year, and all that, but not so much for bankers, with lending growth continuing to flounder. 

The Reserve Bank's latest figures showed credit growth slowing to 4.4 per cent, down from 5.2 per cent a year earlier, and broad money growth at fresh quarter-century lows of just 1.86 per cent. 

It was noteworthy to hear last week that the RBA has been watching the gross household debt-to-income ratio as a main point of concern, especially as this ratio has already peaked and is now falling

The distinction from housing debt-to-income was quite interesting (to me at least) as the lines between housing, small business, and personal credit are blurred at best, with small business loans often secured against a home, and so on. 

As you can see in the chart below, changes in the direction of housing credit growth have tended to lead changes in dwelling price growth. 

You can also see that no such change had occurred by the end of November 2018. 

A simple credit impulse model as favoured by ANZ economists suggests that capital city (i.e. Sydney and Melbourne) dwelling price declines should moderate, although there are several fa...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #627 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 1 - 7 January 2019 Newsletter | #627 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 1st January 2019 to 7th January 2019 January Markets Summer School Holiday Guide Must See Exhibitions School Of Rock | The Musical Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Peter Pan Weekend Wrap Ned Kelly VR Experience Polly Woodstock | Family Fun Day Sunset Sounds | Free Outdoor Concert Peninsula Summer Music Festival Outdoor Cinema Guide Happy 2019 Melbourne Summer School Holiday Guide Saturday 22 December 2018 - Tuesday 30 January 2019 Our biggest school holiday guide ever! Over 500 things to keep the kids busy over Christmas and New Year holidays. View Summer School Holiday Guide January Markets Check out these markets.. Wednesday Queen Victoria Summer Night Market Thursday St Kilda Twilight Market Saturday Rose Street Artists Market Gleadell Street Market Crate Digger Record Fair Bundoora Park Farmers Market East Ringwood Community Market Coronet Bay Market Sunday Camberwell Sunday Market Sunday Market | The Arts Centre Rose Street Artists Market Esplanade Market St Kilda Flinders Market Computer Market Phillip Island Makers Market Healesville Community Market --> Market Calendar...


An amazing World Fair in Tel Aviv 1934 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Organised by the Trade and Industry Co, through a private initiative of three businessmen, a small Tel Aviv Fair did attract attention in the 1920s. It all began at the Zionist Club on Rothschild Boulevard and then travelled to several schools, to sell locally manufactured goods to local customers. When they realised they were on to something special, the Trade and Industry Co came up with the idea of establishing a major trade show a la Barcelona.

But it was the hugely successful 1929 Barcelona World Fair that promoted a massive, international effort. After Barcelona finished, large advertising campaigns were launched in Europe that invited business owners to come to Tel Aviv. The response was satisfying and continued growing.

By late 1932, the Tel Aviv Municipality understood they needed to build a proper home for a World Fair. The British Mandate authorities were enthusiastic and allocated 25 acres on the very attractive Yarkon Peninsula at the far end of Tel Aviv. And they extended assistance to the project.

The Levant Fair was planned as the largest public event ever held during the British Mandate period. Beautiful, white Bauhaus buildings, built by German architects who had emigrated in 1933, were beginning to define the city.

The Italian pavilion

 British pavilion



1996 Cabinet papers: HECS ideas pursued and rejected "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This years National Archives Cabinet papers release includes material related to the 1996 Budget changes to HECS.

The most important of these were replacing flat HECS rates with differential HECS, so that rates were based on subject disciplines, and lowering the HECS repayment thresholds, so that debtors began repaying earlier and repaid more at each income level (historical thresholds are at page 47 of this document).

The main submission released today does not have these final decisions, but outlines different views within the government and bureaucracy about how to proceed.

In public statements, differential HECS was justified by reference to both course costs and the expected future income of graduates. Neither Treasury nor Finance were keen on using future income. Finance noted, as others have since, that it varies a lot between graduates. Treasury thought that it was unfair that students in some disciplines would end up paying a much larger share of costs than others.

The Cabinet submission also has a pricing rationale of expected demand that was not, so far as I know, used in public statements.  If demand already greatly exceeds supply, prospective students are less likely to be price sensitive. But politically that raises the possibility that other students would be price sensitive, which the government wanted to downplay.

Capping access to subsidised higher education to one degree or to a time period was considered; the Fraser government had tried something similar. In the final policy this was sort-of imple...


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Matthew (and all of you)-  Thanks for keeping the dream alive.


A Gray-card memorial Top 5

In memory of Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo Extravaganza!

1. Make a SINGLE post of your Top 5 photos on YOUR tumblr.

One post of 5 photos on your tumblr.

2. Submit the link to that post (permalink) to us via our SUBMIT.

3. Submission starts 12/23    

4. Submission ends at 6pm EST on 12/31.

5. One Top 5 per original content tumblr please.

Top 5 postings begin at midnight (EST) on New Years Eve and run for 24 hours.

All submissions with a working link will be posted.

Everyone is welcome; all skill levels are welcome and encouraged.

You do not need to be following us.

You do not need to tag us.

Do not forget to promo yourself, your shops and blogs.  

Drop us a note if you have questions!

Thanks for a great year tumblr photographers!

No cut off for submissions, so dont think youve left it too late! 

Ive got about 100 queued up but will keep adding to them tomorrow if I receive more. Jules


2019: Lighthearted Gaiety Perhaps "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

New Years resolutions are not for me. Never had one and likely never will. Every day is a new day. Every hour sings a new song. Every moment is entirely special and paradoxically nothing in particular....


January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.

1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.

1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.

1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.

1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!

1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.

1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.

1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
It's already a public holiday.

1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.

1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.

1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.

1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.

1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.

1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.

1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.

1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.

1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....

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Monday, 31 December


On holidays again "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I am travelling for most of today across land and water and so have no time to write anything coherent. So it is just a music day to welcome in 2019. Happy New Year to all and lets hope a few banksters go to prison, that a few politicians join them on corruption charges, that Italy tells the European Commission to jump and leaves the Eurozone, that the Gilets in France spread throughout Europe and bring down the whole disastrous monetary union, that Britain goes out without an agreement and that the British Labour Party gets some spine, sacks its New Keynesian advisors, and demonstrates how to actually run fiscal policy, and that you get the drift.

Music to listen to and welcome the New Year amid all the chaos in the world

Jimi Hendrix played at the Monterey Pop Festival on Sunday, June 18, 1967 in the evening session. He followed the Grateful Dead.

He was introduced by Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

In their song about the festival Monterey released in December 1067, the Animals referred to Jones presence in this way:

His Majesty, Prince Jones,
smiled as he moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
were groovin real loud, yeah

That was one of the coolest things I ever read when I was just a teenager trying to absorb all this music.

Ten thousand electric guitars were groovin real loud, yeah sounded like nirvana to me (the utopia not the band)!

Jimi Hendrix played 9 songs at Monterey and some of the footage never made it to the public for various reasons.

I saw D.A. Pennebakers movie release of the festival Monterey Pop at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne sometime in 1969.

Leo de Castro did a song before the movie started Lucille and I loved the riff. This was a great era of music and guitars.

It was a magic era really and Jimi Hendrix was at the apex.

Anyway, song 3 for Jimi Hendrix....


MIUC 21st Birthday Festival Program Announcement! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In January 2019, Make It Up Club turns 21!

To celebrate this, we are organising an extra special month of concerts each Tuesday from the 8th - 29th of January

A key aim of MIUC is to facilitate inter-regional collaborations between diverse performers and idioms with a focus on enabling established and emerging artists to develop musical relationships and experiences by performing in adventurous improvised contexts.

This curatorial philosophy is at the heart of the 21st Birthday Festival and we are now excited to announce the lineup for this very special occasion!

Robbie Avenaim/Joe Talia (JP/AU)
Petr Vrba (CZ)/Shoshana Rosenberg (WA)/Sarah Byrne
Uboa/Mark Groves
Tryptocrampoline - Nik Kennedy/Alowishes Falcon w. Scud Viney/Bonnie Hart (QLD)

The Body (US)/Diploid
Occult Blood/Marco Fusinato
Shit to the Spirit/Blarghstrad Noisesmith
Maya-Victoria Kjellstrand

Birgit Ulher (DE)/Amanda Stewart (NSW)
Sage Pbbbt/Romy Fox
Hammers Lake - Judith Hamann/Carolyn Connors w. Nat Grant
Cat Hope/Karina Utomo/ric Normand (CA)

Lori Goldston (US)/Chlo Sobek/Rory Brown/Vijay Thillaimuthu
Freya Schack-Arnott (NSW)/Matthias Schack-Arnott
Hi God People - Penelope Trotter/Sophie Perillo/Jen Callaway/Dylan Martorell/Greg Wadley/possible other visitations.
Robbie Thorpe & guests


The Make It Up...


FESTIVE JANUARY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Happy New Year to Everyone!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


matthewschiavello: The lives of others... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The lives of others #36


Something older


The Baker Heart and Health Institute "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Baker Heart and Health Institute is about finding cures for diabetes and obesity. They are located on Commercial Road, near the Alfred hospital. This blog is all about being healthy and diabetes free.


Here they have specialists that can treat you. Some of it is for free and others you need to get a referral from your GP. Like many hospitals, they also do research to find a cure and research costs money

Australia has one of the highest obesity rates and we are trying to curb these problems. It costs Australia a lot of money to cure us. We hope that in 2019 the rate of obesity will go down dramatically.

We are doing Ironman and other events next year as a team to raise vital funds for research.

If you can please donate to the Baker Heart and Health Institute here. You can donate however much money you want and the money goes towards the Institute.


Belle Gibson "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Belle Gibson is a fraudulent health blogger. She had her own book and app but then it was pulled from the shelf. She faked cancer and now she is found out by 60 minutes. She supposedly lied about her brain tumor. She supposedly went to the Alfred hospital in 2010 and she had four months to live. Her cancer won the followers over and she became famous.


To this day she is alive.

Now everyone hates her. She lies about everything and now no one believes her. Now she hit rock bottom and she wants to apologize. She didnt even visit her doctor.

She was interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 minutes and Tara was brilliant in grilling her. She needed to be confronted about her alternative path. Still to this day she lies about her advice and the fact she is the real victim of hate.

She also did not give any of her profits from her app to charity when she said that she would.

She was fined $410,000 fine but did not pay. So in the end she faces the prospect of jail.

We always remind you guys to be transparent and we always try to be as truthful as we can. It angers us to see that there are people l...

02:32 Dandenong - Springvale Road "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

lanes closed southbound - Vehicle Collision

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Sunday, 30 December


CTS 2018 the highlights reel "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Singaporean seafood stew with Mongolian rice at Fusion Ceylon.   Consider The Sauce gives thanks to two groups equally for being the mainstays of another fine year of western suburbs dining. Firstly, thanks to the readers. Thanks to them for the many comments, both here and on Facebook, and the hot tips, humour and support. []


SeenSound: January 2019 Edition "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

SeenSound launches into 2019 with a fresh set of A/V improv pieces and fixed media works from Megan Kenny, Eiichi Tosaki, Brigid Burke, Steve Falk, Dan Senn, Roger Alsop, Jutta Pryor and Mark Pedersen.

Grab a drink at the bar and join us in the back room from 4:30 for an audio-visual adventure.


SUNSET SILHOUETTES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Every ending has within it the seeds of a new beginning. Look forward to what will be, while remembering what has gone by, but don't dwell in the past. The brightness of the future depends on how well we nurture the candle of the present moment. Cherish the present while acknowledging that it has as its foundation the past, and build solidly now that you may dwell securely on the tall towers of tomorrow.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme.



Russell Street bomber operating distressing Twitter account from Barwon Prison "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Craig Minogue is a prisoner in Victoria's high security Barwon Prison. He should be completely out of circulation, but somehow he's pumping out regular and confronting messages to the world via Twitter. Thirty years ago Minogue and others parked a Commodore loaded with explosives outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters....


Gnocchi with pesto and asparagus "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My low energy levels have kept my cooking simple both in the days leading up to and following Christmas this year.  On Christmas Eve I often make pizza but as we had already had pizza the previous two days, I took advantage of gnocchi and asparagus from the farmers market and herbs from the garden to create a simple green dinner.

The man from the Take Me Home Italian food company at the farmers market has a great sales patter.  He tells customers that his gnocchi must be either dropped into the sauce or fried but never boiled.  Anyone who boils his gnocchi will not be his friend.  This made Sylvia very cross.  She loves boiling gnocchi. 

However on Christmas Eve after a day feeling poorly in front of the telly and taking naps, she was in no condition to help with dinner.  When I gave her a taste of the crispy fried gnocchi - plain for her - she was quite taken with it and ate a small bowl of it.  I was glad to see her eating as she had been off her food.


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Saturday, 29 December


Murnong Gathering "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Our local 10th Murnong Gathering Photos are now on FB. Well, some of them - dance photos still to come; later there will also be a video, not bad for a small group of volunteers!

So relive this very special community event and tag photos as needed/wanted.

Stay tuned also for what Merri Murnong will offer in 2019, a few different things are in store.

Feel very free to get in touch too if you want to get involved with what we do or have great ideas you have energy for.  After 10 years, 2019 wil...


New Studio "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy are happy to announce their new home studio at 13 Bishop St, Coburg North opposite Coburg North Primary School.

Private singing and instrumental lessons available and places are limited and school pickups can be arranged.

We are also accepting enrolments for our wonderful summer holiday program.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi - we are no longer in need of this coffee table. Make us an offer - well sell it cheap! 

1290mm wi...


Australian jihadist stripped of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australias most wanted jihadist, Neil Prakash, has been stripped of his Australian citizenship.

Announcing the move, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton described Prakash as a very dangerous individual.

Intelligence officials say Melbourne-born Prakash was a recruiter for the Islamic State (IS) group and encouraged terrorist plots in Australia.

He is currently being held in Turkey where he faces trial on terror-related charges.

In July, a Turkish court ruled against extraditing him to face terrorism charges in his home country.

In Australia, he faces charges of being member of a terrorist organisation as well as supporting and promoting IS.

In a televised new conference, Mr Dutton said Prakash had been central to ISs efforts in the Middle East.

If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him having lost his Australian citizenship, he said.

In 2016, the Australian government described Prakash as the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into networks in Melbourne and Sydney.

In a court appearance in Turkey in 2017, Prakash admitted he had something to do with terrorist plots in Australia but said he was not 100% responsible.

He said he had been forced to make IS propaganda videos and that he had fled the group after seeing its true face.

Prakash, 27, left Australia for Syria in 2013, taking the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi. He was mistakenly reported to have been killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq, in 2015.

Through his father, Prakash had joint Australian and Fijian citizenship. Under Australian law, a dual national can be stripped of their citizenship if they are convicted or suspected of terror offences.

Prakash is the 12th dual citizen to be stripped of Australian citizenship.



COCKATOO "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia, and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. A highly intelligent bird, they are well known in aviculture, although they can be demanding pets.

In Australia, sulphur-crested cockatoos can be found widely in the north and east, ranging from the Kimberley to as far south as Tasmania, but avoiding arid inland areas with few trees. They are numerous in suburban habitats in cities such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Except for highland areas, they occur throughout most of New Guinea and on nearby smaller islands such as Waigeo, Misool and Aru, and various islands in the Cenderawasih Bay and Milne Bay.

It has a total length of 4455 cm, with the Australian subspecies larger than subspecies from New Guinea and nearby islands. The plumage is overall white, while the underwing and -tail are tinged yellow. The expressive crest is yellow. The bill is black, the legs are grey, and the eye-ring is whitish. Males typically have almost black eyes, whereas the females have a more red or brown eye, but this requires optimum viewing conditions to be seen.

Their distinctive raucous call can be very loud; it is adapted to travel through the forest environments in which they live, including tropical and subtropical rainforests. These birds are naturally curious, as well as very intelligent. They have adapted very well to European settlement in Australia and live in many urban areas.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme.


Collaboration: Kathryn ( (Australia)... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Collaboration: Kathryn ( (Australia) and Matthew ( (Australia)
Double exposure. Shot #16 (negative version).
First Exposure - Kathryn - Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia, July-August 2018.
Second Exposure - Matthew - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August-Sept 2018.
AGFA CT Precisa 100 (soaked in Vodka and gifted by Walter,
Kathryn- Pentax ME Super with SMC Pentax macro 1:4/50 lens
Matthew - Nikon FM10 with Micro Nikkor 55mm 2.8 lens.
Post processing - Matthew


The Creators Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Saturday 29th Dec, 10.00am 3.00pm, Sorrento Community Centre


Dr William Palmer - did he use strychnine in his mass murders? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Propelled by the bizarre murder story of Burke and Hare, I became interested in the equally bizarre story of William Palmer (1824-56) who studied medicine in London, and qualified in Aug 1846. He returned to his Midlands home town of Rugeley to practice as a doctor, and married Ann Thornton in Oct 1847. His new mother-in-law had inherited great wealth from her late husband, but died in Jan 1849 from apoplexy, two weeks after coming living with the Palmers. But the gambler Dr Palmer was disappointed with the inheritance he and his wife gained from the death, having expected much more.

There were many other unexpected deaths in the Palmer family. After just one premium was paid on her life insurance, his 27 year old wife Annie sickened from cholera and died in 1854. Only the first child of the Palmers five babies survived infancy, and outlived his father. The next four babies died of convulsions.

Soon after William bought a new life policy for his alcoholic older brother Walter, Walter also died. But the insurance company refused to pay out, threatening a criminal investigation (which they failed to pursue). It is uncertain how many of William Palmers illegitimate babies also took ill and died unexpectedly.

In Nov 1855, close friends 31-year-old surgeon William Palmer and rich 28-year-old horse-owner John Cook went to the Shrewsbury races. Cooks horse won the huge sum of 3,000, at the same time that Palmers failures pushed him deeper into debt. When John Cook went into convulsions while celebrating, Dr Palmer supervised the medical care.

Back in Rugeley, John Cooks stepfather William Stevens already distrusted Palmer, especially once he found his stepsons betting papers were missing. The housemaid said Palmer had given Cook pills and had also sent him a poisoned broth. After suffering a week of excruciating pain, Cook accused Palmer of poisoning him, then died. No one yet knew that Palmer was already claiming Cooks recent winnings as his own, but people were already gossiping.

William Stevens requested that his stepson's body be exhumed, due to the long list of earlier deaths, Palmers large debts, angry creditors and Cook's stolen horse-money.

The autopsy was performed by local pathologists, with Palmer present as a colleague, not as a suspect. During the examination, Palmer tampered with Cook's stomach by accidentally bumping into a physician as he was lifting out the stomach. The remaining mat...

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Friday, 28 December



SUNSET ON THE ROAD "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Our strange weather continues with a heatwave after the cooler and wet weather we had about a week or so ago. The sunsets have been quite spectacular and very photogenic. This is our street with a rather dramatic light show put on by the setting sun.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.


Everybody knows this is somewhere #36.   Fuji Provia 100F Slide... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Everybody knows this is somewhere #36.  

Fuji Provia 100F Slide film. (Pre - 2014).

Found some old film I shot around 4-5 years ago and finally scanned it.


Intermittent fasting and our thoughts on this "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Intermittent fasting is about making a conscientious decision to skip meals in order to lose weight. Some people fast for a little while and others fast for about 16 hours. You can be as flexible as you like.


For most people, this simplifies their day as you dont have to count calories. The diet is calorie restricted. The less calories you eat, the more weight you lose.

We have heard about this but dont really like the idea as such. We love to eat a lot as it speeds up metabolism. We still count calories but dont like to fast. But for some people, it can be a way to avoid weight gain or lose lots of weight.

It helps speed up metabolism and decrease insulin levels.  And increased energy levels. It helps to cut down sugar cravings for some people.

We would never do this as we work out too much but if you dont like the idea of working out and still want to lose weight then there is an option.

Disclaimer: Before starting any weight loss program such as this you should see your doctor or nutritionist and they can either recommend it or not


Our 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


2018 went really well.  For Instagram we got a lot more followers- about 650.  And then we got a new phone which means better pictures. And a lot more likes on some of the pictures. Some of the pictures had about 60 likes.

Also there wasnt a lot happening on the Twitter homefront. We had about 380 followers and then now we have 397 followers

WordPress is the biggest influence with 117 followers to date. At this time last year we had 85 followers. Some of our posts got a lot of likes. Weight loss ones are one of those types. So next year we would love to work with the Baker Institute as they have a lot to offer in terms of diabetes and obesity support.

And yes this year we finished the marathon unlike last year and it was really hard.

Homelessness is on the rise as well as obesity and hopefully, the Government will spend more money on health services for everyone. We would love to start our fundraising for the Salvos as early as we can such as in February in time for winter!

Mental health and autism was another issue that we explored and liked a lot. Days like R U Ok day and World Autism day worked really well. And we will continue to explore th...


6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When: 6:30pm Monday 21st January 2019 Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Facebook event here In 2018 the campaign to get #KidsOffNauru won significant support, and put huge pressure on the Liberals to bring children and families from Nauru to Australia. But there are still 3 children and hundreds of refugees on Manus and Nauru.(...)


Christmas - cheesmas tree, food, presents and random thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I hope you had a great Christmas (or relaxing break if you don't celebrate).  Our was a good one, filled with lots of good food but a bit subdued because Sylvia was sick.  One of my fine achievements before Christmas was to make a Cheese Christmas Tree or a Cheesemas Tree.  It suited my energy levels!  So here are some photos of food, presents and a few random thoughts at the end.

We made gingerbread men for Sylvia's class Christmas party.  We kept a few of the good ones aside which Sylvia decorated with icing and M&Ms.  She then arranged them on a silver plate, wrapped in cellophane, tipped more M&Ms in and tied up with silver ribbon.  We decided it looked quite professional!  I am not sure what her teacher thought.  My sister who is a teacher says she gets so many chocolates it isn't funny!  Teacher presents are hard but I think homemade at least has a bit of heart in it.

Life has been so busy that we hadn't made pancakes for ages.  On the Sunday before Christmas we had a lazy day starting with...


Yagiz "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

St Kilda Chef Creating A Stir  St Kilda resident Murat Ovaz is the chef/owner of hit Turkish restaurant Yagiz in South Yarra. Theyve just celebrated their first birthday and have quickly established Yagiz as a restaurant to watch in 2019. We fired a few questions at Murat. Congratulations on your 1st birthday. What was the []

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POSK: Adam "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

POSK (People Of St Kilda) Adam  In many ways, the plastic bag is a beautiful thing. The improvements in design over generations have increased strength, reduced the use of raw materials, found efficiencies in production and hit new levels of longevity. The things are so hardy theyll last for a thousand years. If you took []

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Dan Andrews answer to Victoria's gang violence problem - look out for each other "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Andrews response to Victoria's violence. Meanwhile in the real world. Chelsea Beachgoers attacked in horror night People have been attacked at Chelsea Beach. Picture: Mark Stewart AN HOUR AGO DECEMBER 28, 2018 Youths have glassed a young man, bashed others and robbed beachgoers of their belongings during a horror...

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Thursday, 27 December


Back on the Property Couch "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Property Couch return

I mostly fly Virgin when headed interstate, but when I fly Qantas I always make sure to jump straight onto Q-Streaming to take in a Property Couch podcast. 

In an industry often known for its colourful characters these fellas have shone through with such generous and high-quality content over the past few years that their podcast is the most downloaded in the genre (at well over 4 million downloads the last time I checked).

A brief scroll through the back-catalogue shows the calibre of the guests they've had on, from Paul Clitheroe to Alan Kohler, and from Nerida Consibee to NBA Superstar Andrew Bogut. 

It's not a bad roll call, to be fair!

So when I was invited back onto the couch for my second appearance it was a no-brainer for me to get down to Melbourne quick-smart. 

Once you get past the hyped introduction (thoroughly undeserved) and a droll observation about my haircut (admittedly, deserved), it was a ripper episode and here are some of the key themes we covered this time around. 



A is for Alfrieda Street. And awesome. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

  Phi Phi Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant, 28 Alfrieda Street, St Albans. Phone: 9366 5686 On a blazing hot Melbourne day, is there any better place to be than luxuriating in the AC-cooled confines of Phi Phi? Nope. Its been a while since weve been here for a feed. The place has had a bit []


MELBOURNE STREET TREES 194 - OCHNA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Ochna serrulata (commonly known as the small-leaved plane, carnival ochna, bird's eye bush, Mickey mouse plant or Mickey Mouse bush due to the plant's bright-red sepals, which resemble the face of Mickey Mouse) is an ornamental garden plant of the Ochnaceae family which is indigenous to South Africa. It is planted in southern African gardens and is an invasive species in Australia and New Zealand.

Ochna serrulata is a small shrub growing between 1 and 2 m high, although it may occasionally become a small tree up to 6 m high. The narrow leaves are oblong to elliptic and measure 3060 mm in length by 815 mm wide, and are shiny green with fine toothed serrations along the leaf edges. During the spring, the shrub's fragrant yellow blossoms that appear are usually around 2 cm (0.79 in) in diameter. Though, the petals tend to drop soon after they bloom. Five or six fruits grow from the plant, which are attached to the sepals. While the fruit is developing, the sepals enlarge and turn bright red, in most cases turning the whole plant red. The 5 mm diameter fruit are initially pale green and turn black. In places including Kirstenbosch, the fruits on the plant start ripening in the early summer, while the red sepals last until around late summer. The flowers usually attract bees and butterflies, while the birds tend to eat the fruits from the plant. The seeds can be released by birds and water.

The plant is native to the forest areas of South Africa. It occurs throughout the country, from Cape Town in the south, along the east coast as far as Kwazulu-Natal, and inland through Swaziland and Gauteng. This tough, adaptable shrub grows in sunny, open positions as well as in the shade of deep forest. It has been widely cultivated outside of South Africa as an ornamental garden plant, and has become a weed in New South Wales and southern Queensland in eastern Australia, where it is found near human habitation in and around large towns and cities. In New Zealand it is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord prohibiting its sale, commercial propagation and distribution.

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Everybody knows this is somewhere #31. (crop)   Fuji Provia... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Everybody knows this is somewhere #31.


Fuji Provia 100F Slide film. (Pre - 2014).

Found some old film I shot around 4-5 years ago and finally scanned it.


24/7 gyms- the debate "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

24/7 gyms have been around for some time now with Anytime fitness being the first 24/7 gym. The aim of them is to provide people with another way to lose weight that is after hours.


They are quite popular with those that are night owls. But really?

I am glad that Fitness First in the city is not 24/7. Nor do I want it to be. It costs $25 for the access card and then youll have an induction. And then youll be left to your own devices.

Security is always an issue because you can call the paramedics and police if someone breaks in but it can be hard for them to get in.

Also for those that are new or disabled it can be hard to learn the right technique without the professionals being around to show you. Someone died whilst working out on their own.

For the disabled with social problems it can be hard for them to pick up when someone is taking advantage of them when they are alone.

By all means do sign up for it but dont do it if you are inexperienced or disabled as you could get hurt!


Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Thursday 27th Dec, 9.00am 3.00pm, The Jungle Collective



Defence Department accused of deception over Woomera radioactive wastes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Defence under attack on nuclear waste dump  LUKE GRIFFITHS @_LukeGriffiths DECEMBER 27, 2018

 Woomera must be revisited as a potential site for Australias first nuclear waste dump, says Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick, who accuses the Defence Department of deception over claims the site is unsuitable.

Senator Patrick said he would question Defence officials at Senate estimates hearings over why the department dismissed Woomera as a potential site because of an intolerable risk and its impracticability a position since backed by Resources Minister Matt Canavan.

 The 122,000sq km Woomera Prohibited Area, located in the South Australian outback 450km northwest of Adelaide, is a military testing range under federal government control.

 Senator Patrick said significant nuclear waste materials had been stored there since 1994, including 10,000 drums of low and intermediate-level waste from a CSIRO research facility at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

In a report published on its website last week, the CSIRO said tests had found the material posed no threat to health or the environment.   Tests in May found radiation levels adjacent to the storage had natural background values for Australia, as would be found in typical soil and rock.

The report findings make a mockery of Defence claims theres no way a national radioactive waste management facility could be located anywhere in the enormous expanse of the WPA, Senator Patrick said.
 The reality is radioactive waste has been safely st...


aquapiratepup: bbdeathz: Okay, this is intersting! My second... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Okay, this is intersting! My second blog suddenly has an OPTION - A WHOLE OPTION - to view all my flagged posts. Something people wanted since finding flagged posts is impossible.

Does ANYONE else has this option? I dont have it on this blog, so I think this will come later (hopefully)
If so, then we can at least let posts get reviewd way easier.

Thats actually super convenient. 


The Moon by Stuart Wilde "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

One day I stood on tiptoe in order to kiss the moon, she would have none of it. So I went down on one knee in homage, hoping for her love, again she ignored me....


Our favourite Christmas picture books for children "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

As a child it was as exciting to take out the Christmas books as the rest of the decorations.  They were all the more special because we could only read them a few weeks in in the year.  Since our 9 year old daughter was born, we have collected some beautiful Christmas books.  Today I bring you a bakers dozen of favourite books, mainly from those we own but also including a few we love even if we don't own them.

1. The Jolly Postman Christmas Book by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

If you peruse lists of best Christmas books online, this book is always included.  The Ahlbergs have to be one of my favourite authors for toddlers.  Their illustrations are so detailed and full of interest,  and their writing seems so natural and yet so much fun to read.  The Jolly Postman Christmas Book (based on the Jolly Postman book) has a brilliant premise of having envelopes on the pages that kids can dip into to find invitations, letters and presents.  And the story is magical.


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Wednesday, 26 December


Meal of the week No.48: Somali Star "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

  Its always a nifty pleasure to visit the Footscray Hub arcade a key component of what makes Footscray central such a cracking place to be. But today we have another motive. Wed heard that Somali Star was for sale or perhaps even under new management? So were here to find out what []


YARRA RIVER "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Yarra Bend Park has been one of Melbournes largest expanses of inner suburban parkland for nearly 150 years. Yarra Bend Park and neighbouring Studley Park were reserved in 1877. Both park areas and several reserves were combined in 1929 to create one large park. The combined area became known as Yarra Bend National Park despite never being raised to formal national park status.

During the 1930s additions included picnic and sporting grounds, toilet facilities and a public golf course. The Yarra Bend Golf Club House, officially opened in May 1936, is an original example of American Country Club type architecture. The Park provides a great open space for walking, bike riding, riverside cafes, golf, boating, BBQs, picnicking and a host of other leisure activities.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Everybody knows this is somewhere #25.   Fuji Provia 100F Slide... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Everybody knows this is somewhere #25.  

Fuji Provia 100F Slide film. (Pre - 2014).

Found some old film I shot around 4-5 years ago and finally scanned it.


Our December events "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Here is our wrap up for December



This one doesnt need a lot of explaining. Its about spending time with family and friends. Here we got lots of gifts and things. Its all about happiness.

The Salvation Armys donation drive

We did this one a few times, mainly at train stations. Its also good when people give while they can. Here we gave up our time and accepted small change or big notes from people. We thank you for supporting the homeless at this time of the year.

Random acts of kindness

There is such a thing as that! Here we can be kind to friends or to strangers (meaning homeless people). Christmas is such a lonely time for these people. Here we gave some Christmas cheer to those that would have otherwise gone without.

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Tuesday, 25 December


CHRISTMAS IN MELBOURNE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We had a perfect Summer's day for Christmas this year and many people chose the great outdoors for the Christmas lunch. Beaches, parks, nature reserves, barbecue areas were all popular spots for the festive fare spread. And after lunch of course, nothing better than a quiet lie down on the green lawn to digest...

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and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



Anni Albers at the Tate: Bauhaus and American textile designer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Annelise Fleischmann (1899-1994) started studying at the Bauhaus School of Art and Design in 1922. Bauhaus was a newly opened educational institution in Germany, combatting the despair and unemployment that followed WWI with youthful energy and training. During her first year, Anni did the same preparatory course that all Bauhaus students did, under Georg Muche and Johannes Itten.

Director Walter Gropius, his staff and students worked to unify the fine arts and the applied arts. In the elective workshops at that time, men were taught whichever art form they chose, while women were largely directed to the craft disciplines. Anni was reluctant to go into weaving, but at least it brought her under the tutelage of the quality weaver Gunta Stlzl, assisted by theoretical lessons from artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

Here she met Josef Albers, head of Bauhaus glass studio. Fleischmann and Albers came from very different backgrounds. Albers was the son of a Catholic house painter, living in a coal-producing town in Germanys industrial northwest. Fleischmann came from two cultivated Jewish families. Her father was a prosperous businessman who manufactured furniture sold in classy Berlin showrooms. Her maternal grandfather, Leopold Ullstein, had been the founder of what was the largest publishing company in Germany and my all-time favourite Jewish publisher. Leopolds sons operated the business, employing thousands of workers and managing an enormous printing empire.

Anni Albers. Design for Smyrna Rug, 1925.
Compare with Klee's series of works called Fire in the Evening, 1929

In 1930 Anni graduated from Bauhaus and presented a work that was installed in the auditorium of the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau. It was a textile that combined transparent cellophane and a velvety chenille, in order to reflect light and simultaneously absorb sound. Throughout her career, she was excited to design textiles while analysing how materials respond to heat and cold, light, air flow and architectural materials. And to design abstract geometric patterning. Then s...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #626 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 25 - 31 December 2018 Newsletter | #625 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 25th December 2018 to Monday 31st December 2018 Christmas Day to New Years Eve Christmas Day Boxing Day New Years Eve Fireworks New Years Eve Parties Canyon | Crosby Stills and Nash School Of Rock | The Musical Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Peter Pan Exhibitions Wrap Outdoor Cinema Merry Christmas and Happy New Year #Melbourne Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 2018 Whats Open Christmas Day Harp in the Gardens Melbourne Christmas Projections Spectacular Projections and Light Show 2018 ** Spread the love *** Christmas Day Lunch 2018 | Melbourne Social Club Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch Boxing Day Wednesday 26th December 2018 Boxing Day Sales Australia v India | Test Cricket Movie Releases Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers Fireworks | New Years Eve Monday 31st December 2018 from 6pm to 1am The City of Melbourne and Maribyrnong City Council present New Years Eve fireworks spectacular and free entertainment. 9.30pm - Family Fireworks and Entertainment Yarra Park Footscray Park When and Where: Yarra Park | Footscray Park Midnight - CBD Treasury Gardens Flagstaff Gardens Docklands Kings Domain When and Where: CBD Live Sites Midnight - Suburbs All Nations Park, Northcote Maribyrnong River Banks Green Point, Brighton Beach Maribyrnong riverside Mount Dandenong Mount Macedon Ruckers Hill, Northcote Summerhill, Reservoir/Preston The Strand, Williamstown Yarra Boulevard, Kew When and Where: Melbourne Suburbs Celebrate New Year with Melbournes free fireworks! New Years Eve Parties Monday 31st December 2018 See in 2019 in style. Featured New Years Eve Events Parties and Social Nights New Years Eve - H2o Riverside Melbournes ultimate Melbourne New Years party H2oh! has moved back to South Wharf for 2018. A fabulous night of entertainment and drinks with panoramic views of the spectacular Melbourne fireworks. New Years Eve Melbourne - H2o Riverside | Buy Tickets Online NYE Masquerade Lt Collins Street Party There is no better way to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019. 5 hours unlimited drinks and food. NYE Masquerade Party | Buy Tickets | Little Red Pocket Canyon | Crosby Stills and Nash Saturday 29th December 2018 | Kingston City Hall (Moorabbin) The Flying Saucer Cl...

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Monday, 24 December


CHRISTMAS EVE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Happy Christmas to all who celebrate this festive day. May you have a joyful, jolly and delightful day close to those you love!

The detail of the nativity is from a stained glass window in the Our Lady Help Of Christians Catholic Church in 49 Nicholson St, Brunswick East VIC 3057.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


Christmas photos in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The baking is done, the presents are wrapped, mince pies and a stocking await Santa, and Carols by Candlelight is finishing on the telly.  I just need to do a quick tidy, pack for my parents place and set the breakfast table!  It has been a busy festive season.  Today has been busy, and Sylvia has been sick so I am glad to be almost ready for the big day.  And I am looking forward to some rest after Christmas Day.  Before I finish up, I have some Christmas photos to share, mostly from out and about in Melbourne. 

 Coburg Night Market on a good night!

 Coburg Night Market valiantly soldiering on during a rainy night.

 Some wonderful Remaki Christmas decorations on our tree (paper angel and wha...



Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Newlanders, 

Can anyone recommend a person for removing kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and tiles? 

Many thanks and happy holidays, 

0400 200 973.


Labour market tightens further "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tightening labour force

Lots of people would like more work, which probably isn't that surprising given the ongoing casualisation of the workforce. 

But the volume of underutilisation is clearly falling, as at November 2018 down to the lowest level since the ABS began reporting this in its surveys at 7 per cent. 

The improvement has been driven by New South Wales (6.3 per cent) and Victoria (6.5 per cent), where the jobs markets have now picked up to levels consistent with stronger wages growth. 

Total construction employment has declined to a still-elevated 1.15 million, which is the lowest level in 15 months, albeit still 9 per cent of the total number of employed Aussies. 

This figure will likely fall further given that about three-quarters of construction employment relates to the residential sector. 

On the other hand mining employment has picked up sharply to the highest level in four years. 

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Sunday, 23 December


ms-excuse-me: In memory of Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


In memory of Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo Extravaganza!

1. Make a SINGLE post of your Top 5 photos on YOUR tumblr.

One post of 5 photos on your tumblr.

2. Submit the link to that post (permalink) to us via our SUBMIT.

3. Submission starts 12/23    

4. Submission ends at 6pm EST on 12/31.

5. One Top 5 per original content tumblr please.

Top 5 postings begin at midnight (EST) on New Years Eve and run for 24 hours.

All submissions with a working link will be posted.

Everyone is welcome; all skill levels are welcome and encouraged.

You do not need to be following us.

You do not need to tag us.

Do not forget to promo yourself, your shops and blogs.  

Drop us a note if you have questions!

Thanks for a great year tumblr photographers!

My favourite time of year!

I got my top five in, have you?


Anthony Cooley - Behind the Branches (out now on sombre soniks) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

recorded in 2017 at ants nest studio in the outskirts of Melbourne victoria. A big warehouse style space. This resulted In around 10 hours of reed organ/ms-20 drones which were wittled down over the next 8 months into a single 60 minute piece. 

On the release you will hear me playing around with the phasing of 2 microphones that help to create unique sounds and movements around the reed organ. 

Youll also hear the sound of a ms-20 synthesiser, which was played through a guitar amp that was wheeled around a microphone and also different points in the room. 


SEASON'S GREETINGS! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.


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Does anyone need a well loved and lovely desk?

We can deliver it to you if you need.

Please text Mel on 0404 043 010 if you'd like it.


Some British women got the vote in 1918! Thank you, New Zealand and Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The dates re suffrage across Europe are telling. Switzerland introduced universal male suffrage in 1848, the same year as it came to France. Danish voting rights came to men 30+ of good reputation in 1849. The North German Confederation enacted suffrage for all adult males in 1867. Suffrage came to all men aged 25+ in Belgium in 1893 and in Austria in 1896. Full male suffrage in Norway arrived in 1898.

The women's suffrage campaign in New Zealand began as part of a late C19th movement for womens rights that spread through Britain & its Empire, USA & Europe. The movement gathered momentum from the early 1880s, especially following the establishment of a New Zealand Womens Christian Temperance Union. This movement was shaped by two main themes: a] equal political rights for women a la John Stuart Mill and b] a desire for the moral reform of society!

Invigorated by the New Zealand suffrage victory in 1893, many NZWCTU activists travelled across the South Australian colony to obtain signatures for a suffrage petition. The NZWCTU suffragists were critically important in this state campaign; women were able to vote in the South Australia state election as early as 1894! In a few years, Australian women could vote in both state and, post Federation (1901), in national elections as well.

So why did women in Britain have to battle for decades for equal votes? Perhaps the British government had never granted ANY reform without pain and conflict. So let us look right back into C19th history. Formal legislation was easy to track but Prof Pat Thane provided information on the events that happened outside Parliament.

The Great (1st) Reform Act of 1832 gave the vote to men meeting property qualification and redistributed Parliamentary seats to represent urban areas properly. Alas the Act specified that only males could vote, excluding women with property who had been able to vote before then.

Procession to the 'Monster Meeting' in Hyde Park, 1908
Suffragettes holding a banner referring to Prime Minister Herbert Asq...


justjulespictures: ms-excuse-me: Matthew (and all of you)- ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Matthew (and all of you)-  Thanks for keeping the dream alive.


A Gray-card memorial Top 5

In memory of Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo Extravaganza!

1. Make a SINGLE post of your Top 5 photos on YOUR tumblr.

One post of 5 photos on your tumblr.

2. Submit the link to that post (permalink) to us via our SUBMIT.

3. Submission starts 12/23    

4. Submission ends at 6pm EST on 12/31.

5. One Top 5 per original content tumblr please.

Top 5 postings begin at midnight (EST) on New Years Eve and run for 24 hours.

All submissions with a working link will be posted.

Everyone is welcome; all skill levels are welcome and encouraged.

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Do not forget to promo yourself, your shops and blogs.  

Drop us a note if you have questions!

Thanks for a great year tumblr photographers!

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Saturday, 22 December


AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK PAIR "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Australian wood duck, maned duck or maned goose (Chenonetta jubata) is a dabbling duck found throughout much of Australia. It is the only living species in the genus Chenonetta. Traditionally placed in the subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks), it might belong to the subfamily Tadorninae (shelducks); the ringed teal may be its closest living relative.

This 4551 cm duck looks like a small goose, and feeds mostly by grazing in flocks. The male is grey with a dark brown head and mottled breast. The female has white stripes above and below the eye and mottled underparts. Both sexes have grey wings with black primaries and a white speculum. Juveniles are similar to adult females, but lighter and with a more streaky breast.

The Australian wood duck is widespread in Australia, including Tasmania. The Australian wood duck is found in grasslands, open woodlands, wetlands, flooded pastures and along the coast in inlets and bays. It is also common on farmland with dams, as well as around rice fields, sewage ponds and in urban parks. It will often be found around deeper lakes that may be unsuitable for other waterbirds' foraging, as it prefers to forage on land. It is classified as a game bird, and killed by licensed hunters. This species is not threatened, and numbers are stable.

Australian wood duck nests in cavities in trees or in nest-boxes above or near water. Nests are made with a pile of down. This duck nests in a tree cavity laying 911 cream-white eggs, similar to the Mandarin ducks. The female incubates them while the male stands guard. Once the ducklings are ready to leave the nest, the female flies to the ground and the duckling will leap to the ground and follow their parents. Like Mandarin drakes, the males also secure their ducklings closely along with the females.

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What are PMS symptoms "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

PMS symptoms are the symptoms that a woman gets two weeks (or thereabouts) before her period starts. Symptoms vary from month to month and are usually gone by the third day of her period.


Its annoying we know but it happens

There is no cure for PMS but just lifestyle measures.

They can vary from abdominal pain to no feeling in the legs. There can some emotional symptoms such as anxiety and clumsiness.

You can also be feeling a bit bloated. Hence this could also be why you put on weight. Usually the bloating goes on its own.

Some women get more hungry during this time as more energy is needed to make the walls.

Some people get emotional around this time and may have some sensitivities to things such as loud noises. They yell and stress can play a big part for PMS. Some people dont sleep well during this time. I know I dont sometimes.

Some people can get a bit grumpy around this time.


Why being a health blogger can be challenging "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This is my take on why health blogging can be a bit of a challenge.


The field and industry are always changing. You have to pick up new skills all the time and practice on friends and family that just dont get it.

You have to buy the latest books and learn the latest courses. Money can be a bit of an issue when you have the other bills to pay. You also have to learn about the latest fads such as keto. And you have to follow the Fitness Australia rules and nutrition policies. If I made up my own diet and recommended to everyone it might not be correct and someone can die.

According to Fitness Australia were not allowed to promote supplements for people, but some people find that they can be quite beneficial so long as they dont diet. Some of the supplements that are out there on the market can be scams and we need to watch out for those.

And then some months you dont get paid at all as people dont want to lose weight or are unhappy with the way that they are progressing. Also, the economy can change at any point in time.

But still, I like the job because there are lots of chances for us to grow as a human being as wel...


The Xmas Appeal and why we are doing it "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Salvos Xmas Appeal is on every year. The homeless and the less fortunates miss out on Christmas and so the Salvos have some sort of Christmas for them. They miss out due to the fact that they might not have any family and friends at all. We have been involved with the Salvos for a number of years now and every year homelessness is on the rise.

Here volunteering for them can be so much fun. Doing carols can be heaps of fun depending on what is being played. Usually the volunteers would play their violin, cello, trumpet and whatever they have. They would stand there for two hours and play non stop.



If you are around in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and other major capitals stop by and put some change in the donation tins whereever you see them.

Whereever you are out celebrating do spare a thought for those in need and celebrate a little less extravagantly. The money that you would spend on fireworks could be better off spending on the homeless.

In 2019 we can all do better to support the homeless doing it tough.



POSK: Janet "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

POSK (People Of St Kilda) Janet It hadnt been too long into the relationship when a difficult situation raised its head. I had developed a burning sensation when going to the lavatory and feared the worst. Id never had a sexually transmitted disease before. It had always been my worst nightmare. Like many, Id misguidedly []

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Sydney unemployment rate hits record low "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable, thunderous pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000 over the year to November. 

That's more than a third of all new jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and falling house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018 (not reported anywhere, as far as I could tell!). . 

Interestingly, that's now the lowest monthly unemployment rate figure on record for Sydney, a dynamic which can happen at the tail-end of a monster construction boom. 

On an annual average basis, Sydney's unemployment rate is now down to only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times, and Adelaide has recovered nicely from a sticky patch. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the equivalent figure for Perth remains elevated at 6.3 per cent.

These are backwards-looking indicators, of course, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the total number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the...

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Friday, 21 December


MINPAA Git Vouchers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is offering a fantastic Christmas special of 50% off their amazing gift vouchers for the whole family and their friends!

We offer wonderful student centered group and individual class in a range of disciplines including:



Beautiful Cookbook For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Locally Made Christmas Idea!

Summer cookbook by the author of the Hungry Girls Cookbooks.

Thirteen mostly vegetarian recipes.

First in a series for each season.


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Ive made a slight overestimation when ordering a pile of paving sand. 

I have quite a few barrow loads free to a good home. 

Please feel free to shout out if you want it, Id love it gone! 

Shannon, 0418 534 805.


Things Ive Seen Lately "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On behalf of everyone in Sydney, I felt so incredibly embarrassed recently. Though I dont subscribe to that whole Melbourne/Sydney rivalry thing (both are terrific cities), I know that many people in Melbourne believe Sydney-siders are an uncouth bunch of yobbos. A gross generalisation, of course, and if you look at the stats, Sydney-siders are more likely to go to


Coburg Night Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Friday 30th Nov, 5.30pm Friday 21st Dec, 9.00pm, Bridges Reserve


SUNSET MYSTERY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A sunset in a deserted park after heavy unseasonable rain. Quiet, cleanly-washed air. As the sun sets, a little creature pops up, pricks its ears, stops just enough to have its photo taken and then scurries off. I walk away.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.


Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo Extravaganza!Here are Five... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Gray-Cards Year End Top 5 Photo Extravaganza!

Here are Five images from the past twelve months which i still really like. A selection of experimental, 35mm film and digital images.

from top to bottom:

1: Perfect #2  100918  Intentionally interrupted digital scan of 35 mm film which has been effected with bleach and sandpaper.

2: Multi exposure on 35mm film.
Image  #27, August-September 2018. Negative version.
Camera: Nikon FM10
Lens: AI Micro-Nikkor 1:2.8 55m
Film: AGFA CT Precisa 100 (soaked in Window Cleaner and gifted by Walter:
post edit processing by Matthew.

3: Multi exposure on 35mm film.
Image #6, August-September 2018.
Camera: Nikon FM10
Lens: AI Micro-Nikkor 1:2.8 55m
Film: AGFA CT Precisa 100 (soaked i...


David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.



Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt STOP for holidays, New Year celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting events #SanctionAustralia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

While you are celebrating your end of year events, our community is being tortured, abused and murdered in Australian run detention centers in front of your eyes every single day. Have you forgotten?

This is a call by RISE eX-detainees to the Australian public and the International community to join our #SanctionAustralia Campaign and stand AGAINST Refugee/Asylum seeker Detention, Torture and Refoulement committed by the Australian government, during end of year events across Australia and Overseas.

What you are witnessing RIGHT NOW against Refugees in Manus or Nauru or any other Australian run detention camp is not something new. The systemic abuse against refugees coming on boats to seek asylum has been going on for over 26 years now. Australia needs to stop using us as political pawns and


Furthermore, Australias state sanctioned refugee trafficking, detention, torture and abuse has been the laboratory for the world. It has given a green light to many across the globe who claim to support refugees including the European Union who recently made a major deal with Libya to intercept refugee boats.

RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia in the way of global sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention process and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights forums until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

We eX-detainees request all supporters of eX-detainees and current detainees held hostage by Australia to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by this government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season.

What can you do?
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strongmessage that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking inhuman misery is leveraged for political gain.

Hand out our sanction Australia brochures

For more details about the #SanctionAustralia campaign initiated and run by eX-detainees visit the main page: #SanctionAustralia



Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.

New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...


Summer programming 2018-2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Summer programming 2018-2019

3CR wishes our listeners and supporters all the best for a relaxing summer break, and looks forward to a year of political action and change in 2019. But remember, there's no need to change that dial! Listen up this summer for some great radio ... from psychedelic music to feminist perspectives - environmental blockading to rebel girls and wicked women ... and much, much more. Listen live, or listen back at your leisure - check out all the programming details here.

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Thursday, 20 December


Victoria 2018 minor party votes mapped "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This is my last post for 2018, one final set of Victorian election maps. Ill be back in the new year with more coverage of the New South Wales and federal elections.

Today Im looking at the distribution of the vote for two of the larger minor parties. Derryn Hinchs Justice Party and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers both polled over 3%, with concentrations in certain regions that were quite high for a minor party.

First, the Hinch partys vote is mapped out in blue:

Youll notice the tremendous difference between the West Metro region and the remainder of Melbourne.

There has been a lot of discussion about newly-elected West Metro MLC Catherine Cumming, who quit the Hinch party on Tuesday barely a week after winning her seat. There was a belief that she had partly won her seat thanks to a higher public profile. She is a former councillor who has run repeatedly in the Footscray area. Yet the results dont justify a claim of a personal vote. The Hinch vote was highest in the outer fringe of the region, and indeed was also high in the seat of Melton on the western fringe but within the Western Victoria region.

Cumming polled 5.3% in Footscray, which covers her council ward and is the seat where she has repeatedly run in the past. This was the second-worst out of 11 electorate-level results for her former party in the region.

And the map makes it really clear that there was a massive drop-off between Western Metropolitan and similar seats across the border in Northern Metropolitan.

The more likely explanation is the ballot order: Cumming drew group A in the west, while the partys candidates drew groups J, N, P and R in the other metropolitan regions. The party also had relatively good ballot draws in Northern Victoria (B) and Western Victoria (F) where they also won seats.

This emphasises the importance of ballot order for small parties, particularly when a ballot is packed with candidates. While this wouldnt immediately be solved by abolishing GVTs, it would remove the incentive for minor parties to run candidates in every region, and would likely see ballots get a bit smaller.

You can also see this trend very clearly on a map of the Liberal Democrats vote. The LDP has a particularly strong ballot order effect, thanks to voters confusing them with the Liberal Party.

The LDP drew first column in East Metro, producing a total vote of 4.2%. The party generally did better in regional areas than in Melbourne, which cannot entirely be...


POSK: Ameena "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

POSK (People Of St Kilda) Ameena  Although Im a Chicago native, it was seamless to put roots down in St Kilda. I love that St Kilda is walkable, convenient, and prioritises its inhabitants and the environment. With a colourful (and somewhat infamous) past, St Kilda has so many incredible resources, such as Resourcing health & []

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Moonlit Markets "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Thursday 1st Nov, 5.00pm Thursday 20th Dec, 9.00pm, Eastland Shopping Centre


Eltham Twilight Christmas Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Thursday 20th Dec, 4.00pm 9.00pm, Eltham Town Square


THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Weve knocked out 11 quality editions, grown distribution and expanded our digital following

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Like most of us Sylvia has witnessed plenty of change in the west over the years.

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Lets check in with Pete as he continues on his inner-west beat!

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Yarraville Community Centre offers high quality affordable occasional childcare for children 6 months to 5 years

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10th Board Scholarship presentation ceremony - WCIGs work strengthens our community; socially and economically'

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Building the West Gate Tunnel for the next four years and we encourage people to come down to the Info Centre and learn about whats happening in their neighborhood




Footscray University Town did a lot of good things with a lot of good people, and theres more in store for 2019.




Before the heat sets in is the time to think about ways to be kind, both to yourself and the environment.

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SETTING SUN RISES AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Setting Sun Film Festival is calling for entries for its 2019 festival

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Too often you just dont know what you are buying

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IN THE GARDEN "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Despite our rather strange, cool and wet weather, Summer is progressing and in the garden the flowers are blooming. Here is a small sample: Blue agapanthus; red flowering gum tree; 'Norita' rose; Leucadendron; and two colours of marvel of Peru.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.




For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Porto cot (5 in 1) in new condition and walker up for grabs $50 for both.

Coburg Nth.

Jo 0408 387 836.


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Cat minder wanted please:

26th Dec- 31st Dec located in Northcote right on the 11 tram line in Sumner estate area. 

Stay in self contained bungalow. 



Needed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi Newlanders,

We have really struggled to think of a Christmas pressie for our youngest who's just content to wander through the garden and pretend to be an egg that hatches into almost any animal.  

Meanwhile, we've just lost all but one of our chooks to Mr Fox...she is looking lonely!

So we had a lightbulb moment too late - we can get fertile eggs locally, but have probably missed the boat to order an incubator online.  Does anyone have one we could borrow?  P...


Christmas Carols "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The Cutest Local Annual Picnic & Carols Sing Along & Carry On!

Hutchison Place Park, Coburg.

Lets gather together and celebrate the years end with some ye old carols, beverages and snacks in the park. 

From 6pm this Sunday 23rd December. 


NSW unemployment rate hits 40-year low "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Unemployment keeps declining

Stacks of interest in today's employment report - so much, in fact, that the ABS website crashed again.

Funding required, to use a hackneyed Muskism.

The composition swung back to part-time, but the economy added another +37,000 jobs in November 2018 on a seasonally adjusted basis to 12.7 million, led by firing Victoria at +30,900. 

Looking through the noise the economy added an impressive +295,700 to total employment year-on-year, for a growth rate of 2.4 per cent. 

On a cyclically positive note the trend participation rate hit the highest level on record.

And in spite of this the trend unemployment rate continued to decline to 5.12 per cent, the lowest since all the way back in July 2011. 

Victoria has been the great improver of late, but New South Wales saw its unemployment rate fall to a 40-year low of just 4.4 per cent.

The annual growth in hours worked was still very modest at under 2 per cent, which is hardly a ringing endorsement of strength. 



Ombudsman to Investigate Youth Solitary Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Following unrest at Melbournes Parkville Youth Justice Centre in mid-November 2016, Victorian authorities sent 15 youths to continue their detention at the Grevillea Unit inside Barwon Prison: an adult maximum security facility said to the be the states toughest. The incarceration of the children in the adult facility caused public outrage. And it took two Victorian

The post Ombudsman to Investigate Youth Solitary Confinement appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


POSK: Asher "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

POSK (People Of St Kilda) Asher After more than 20 years working in the corporate environment, a series of difficult life events including some tragic deaths in the family and a cancer diagnosis had me seriously questioning what I was doing on the planet. What was the meaning of my existence? What was []

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Wednesday, 19 December


Red December "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Now accepting your Red submissions for December! Thank you again for all the help this month, with honorable mentions:  @naturelvr69 and @qbn-scholar and for everyone who submitted this year. Lets finish strong! 

Please keep the red coming my way!! You can just message me links while going through your archives for your end of year top five. 


Victoria 2018 mapping the below the line vote "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

There was a concerted effort before the recent Victorian state election from psephologists and other commentators to encourage voters to vote below-the-line.

I posted on the day after the election about the early figures, including the breakdown of below-the-line rates for each party. I wont rehash that.

In the final results, below-the-line voting made up 8.8% of formal votes, up from 6.1% in 2014, which was already an increase compared to the 2006 and 2010 elections. Hopefully this trend will continue in future elections, further weakening the power of the group voting ticket.

In this post I will show you two maps I have produced mapping out how the below-the-line vote varied by geography: one by polling place, and the other by electorate.

Firstly, the booth-level map:

There was a strong trend where below-the-line voting was highest in the inner city. The below-the-line rate cracked 20% in three seats: Brunswick, Northcote and Richmond. It was just under 20% in Melbourne. These four seats form the core of the Greens heartland.

The BTL rate was much lower in the outer suburbs, with regional areas falling somewhere in between. The lowest BTL rates were in the outer suburban seats of Mill Park, Sydenham, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne, and the regional seat of Mildura.

And secondly, this map shows the figures by seat. The trend is similar, but is shown in a simpler style.

You can click on either map to see the BTL rate for that booth or seat.

Some of the geographic variation can undoubtedly be explained by the different partisan make-up of each seat, but that doesnt explain it all. Melbourne, Northcote, Richmond and Brunswick all produced some of the higher BTL rates for Labor voters, and something similar for Liberal voters. Over 10% of Greens votes were below the line in every seat, but there was still a variation with seats like Mill Park, Mildura, Cranbourne and Narre Warren South having BTL rates under 11% amongst Greens voters.

There was not much difference in terms of the proportional increase in the below-the-line vote between seats. No seat went backwards, and no seat managed to double the previous below-the-line rate. This graph shows the remarkable consistency:


XENIA FOOD STORE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Xenia Food Store is a local Greek-inspired Brunswick restaurant & cafe that opened its doors in December 2017. I have been there a couple of times and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The website of the restaurant is here.

Xenia (Greek: , translit. xena, meaning "guest-friendship") is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and/or associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship.

The rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host expressed in both material benefits (such as the giving of gifts to each party) as well as non-material ones (such as protection, shelter, favours, or certain normative rights).

The Greek god Zeus is sometimes called Zeus Xenios in his role as a protector of guests. He thus embodied the religious obligation to be hospitable to travellers.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


Perfect #2  100918 Intentionally interrupted digital scan of 35... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Perfect #2  100918

Intentionally interrupted digital scan of 35 mm film which has been effected with bleach and sandpaper.


Handy Hubby "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its Mark from Handy Hubby home maintenance with a few gift ideas for you.

Hopefully your house has kept you warm and dry all winter, doesn't it deserve a present too?

Dominic and I specialise in bathroom and laundry renovations. We also provide general plumbing/carpentry work and all round sprucing up of your home.



Awesome Cookbook "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Locally Made Christmas Idea

Summer cookbook by the author of the Hungry Girls Cookbooks.
Thirteen mostly vegetarian recipes.
First in a series for each season.



Why Im not hiking in Tasmania this summer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I dont like whats happening in Tasmania in terms of commercial development of its wilderness areas. Its something thats finally starting to get a bit of press with The Weekend Australian Magazine and The Guardian recently writing about it.

When did national parks and the wilderness need to pay for themselves? What happened to protecting parks and wilderness for the flora and fauna they sustain? To preserve a space where theres been little to no human disturbance. Since when did helicopters and huts and standing camps become part of the wilderness experience?

Just some of what has been planned or already underway:

         A cable car to Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

         Standing camp and helicopter flights to Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem

         Huts on the South Coast Track

         The Three Capes Track

         A cable car on Mt Wellington

         Others here.

I dont want to spend my money in a state whose Liberal government only sees the environment for its developme...


THE RATE DEBATE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The great rate debate is on in the inner-west

The post THE RATE DEBATE appeared first on The Westsider.


new TARAB release : HOUSEKEEPING : "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I am quietly pleased to announce the release of my new TARB cd:  HOUSEKEEPING.

HOUSEKEEPING was originally conceived as a project to finally put to use some of this amassed junk, and then to discard it all once again. It first took shape as an installation work for 8-channel audio, found objects, speakers, transducers, desk, chair and room; presented at Blindside, Melbourne, August 2017.

Since then it has slowly shifted itself into this CD. However rather than a documentation of an installation, this iteration has been arranged from the debris collected during the process of making one. Sound was gathered together from various raw audio materials; object manipulation; rehearsals, studio tests and failures; recordings of both installation and de-installation; the final composition files ; recordings of the installation in-situ; the empty gallery space; the Nicholas Building (the home of Blindside); a performance made with Clinton Green enacted to close the installation. All collected materials were then cut up, tumbled around and de-arranged into the current form it finds itself in here. 

This is the first release in a new self releasing venture, which depending on how this one works out...may lead to a slow but hopefully stead trickle of works from me ... and who knows what else ... ?? It is a terrible time of year to visit the post office ... so I have posted it as a pre-order for now ... but if you would like a copy I should be able to start sending them out very soon!

Available via ... or if you prefer to bypass BC altogether ... shamefile will hopefully soon have some copies in stock (alongside other TARAB works) or send me a message tarab AT sonicrubbish DOT com.



Rooftop of death "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Teenagers had a late night party on a nearby rooftop and I imagined them falling to their deaths then felt bad then felt bad that they were alive.

Bellowing. Screaming. Not even being killed. Teenagers are not human. Going self consciously quiet then arcing up again like human car alarms. I was stripped of all dignity.

Unable to close the window- these shitty apartments have zero ventilation- I listened intently for the sound of a falling body.

No one interrupts teenagers, because if you talk to them you have to kill all of them and then there's the tedium of collecting high-5s from their newly freed parents.

Not all teenagers are the teenagers in the horror movies aimed at teenagers, just the ones who can get rooftop access to a building at 1am on a Tuesday.


All over the globe public housing is under siege "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria

Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood? 

Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.

And now its Australias turn.

Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.

Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees

Personal testimonials (1)

At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.

Here are some extracts from her speech.

When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.

In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.

Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen. 

Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government

Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons.



What is Trade Justice and how does it relate to Labor Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.

Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.

AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system

What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.

Whats wrong with current trade policy

Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.

Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial services.

This policy culminated in former Treasurer Joe Hockeys  admission that his government decided to end all assistance to the car industry to reach trade deals with....

Tuesday, 18 December


Westie eats goss 19/12/18 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

  The former home of once-loved, now-gone Michael The Deli at 50 Leeds Street, Footscray, is getting a revamp and a new life.     According to the building permit notification in the window, the new business here will be a cafe during the day and a bistro during evening hours specialising in European cuisine. []


Rocky road, Christmas and trees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It is the time of year when every weekend is busy.  This weekend was particularly crazy.  So much so that I have 3 events cancelled and still found myself exhausted at the end of the weekend.  I think it was just as well I didn't do everything I originally planned.  One moment that was more whim than planning was making rocky road after seeing a particularly tempting recipe on Laws of the Kitchen.  It is great for gifts, cake sales and get togethers.

When we made the rocky road, Sylvia and I took two blocks of chocolate each to chop.  Once it was in the tin, I found one block of chocolate had not been chopped so I melted...


New home sales bounce "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

New home sales up a bit

Some brighter news for builders in the last monthly Housing Industry Association (HIA) release of the year, as new home sales increased 3.6 per cent.

Still comfortably lower than a year earlier.

The HIA included cautionary comments about credit becoming too tight.


AT OUR LOCAL PUB "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Old England Hotel in suburban Melbourne was established in 1848. Celebrating its 170th birthday this year the Old England is an iconic part of Heidelbergs rich and vibrant history. The hotel with its warmth and historical significance has been engrained in the traditions and social landscape of Heidelberg since its foundation. For the last century the old England hotel has attracted Melburnians as a fashionable place to dine, drink and socialise.

Some of the most notable patrons of the day included Heidelberg School of Arts founders: Arthur Streeton, Fredrick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder who as young struggling artists would frequent the hotel during the years they were painting the Heidelberg area around 1888. During this time they would meet regularly to share their dreams, stories, struggles and achievements.

We often go there to dine or have a quiet drink in the cosy lounge. The quality is consistently good and the service efficient.

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #625 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 18 - 24 December 2018 Newsletter | #625 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th December 2018 to Monday 24th December 2018 Christmas Festival 2018 The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom Christmas Lights Search Carols By Candelight Christmas Day Dancing In The Street - A Tribute To Motown School Of Rock | The Musical Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Peter Pan Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide New Years Eve Parties Markets This Weekend Merry Christmas #Melbourne Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santas House Spectacular Projections and Light Show Melbournes Christmas Festival The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Daily in December @ Federation Square The perfect pit stop on a family day out with everything the little ones love - were talking yard games a ball pit sweet treats ice cream and loads more plus Santa Claus on weekends. The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santas Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Christmas Lights Search The Melbourne Christmas Lights Guide will help you and your family plan to see all of Melbournes best Christmas Light displays. Melbourne Christmas Lights | Search Carols By Candelight Head out with family and friends for a wonderful night of carol singing. Carols on Southbank - Friday Carols by Candlelight | Vision Australia - Monday --> Carols By Candelight...


Women's domestic labour, in Edwardian art "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Frances Vida Lahey (1882-1968) studied painting at the Brisbane Technical College. In her early 20s (190509), she travelled south to Melbourne and studied at the National Gallery School with Bernard Hall. It was conventional training for a young Australian artist in the Edwardian era. And like everyone else, Vida Lahey travelled to Europe in 1915 where she spent four years, studying art in Paris at the Acadmie Colarossi and doing her bit during WW1. But her stay in Paris came after the painting I want to discuss.

Lahey, Monday Morning, 1912, 
153 x 123cm, 
Queensland Art Gallery

The Queensland Art Gallery says that the painting Monday Morning 1912 launched Vida Lahey's career when it was exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Queensland Art Society in Brisbane, in 1912. Monday Morning was apparently following the tradition established at the National Gallery of Victoria School in Melbourne, where students were encouraged to produce a large narrative painting to compete for the triennial travelling art scholarship.

Esme, Vidas younger sister, was the model for the woman at the wash tub. She worked alongside Flora Campbell, a family friend, doing the washing at the Lahey family home in Indooroopilly in Brisbane. The painting depicted the women doing the weekly wash with copper tubs and bar soap once a common sight in Australian households. But if it was such a common sight, why was it a rare subject in Australian art? Why were women's lives generally depicted in art in a more genteel fashion and how was it that their hard labour in and around the house disappeared from public discussion?

My assumption is that male artists were at work during the day and never saw laundry being done. As far as they were concerned, the laundry washed and dried itself, ironed itself and miraculously entered itself into the linen cupboard. Was it hard labour? Any viewer of this painting could see the relentless ste...


Explainer: why is Australia adopting the global refugee compact but not the migration compact? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Azadeh Dastyari

File 20181210 76989 11v0lv9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A young girl protesting at a rally to bring refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia.
Photo: AAP/Penny Stephens


Australia was one of 176 countries to vote in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees (refugee compact) in mid-November this year. The United Nations General Assembly will adopt it by the end of 2018.

However, Australia did not join the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (migration compact) at a conference in Morocco on December 10-11.

What are the compacts and what do they aim to do?

There is much confusion about the two compacts, with commentators often conflating the two documents. However, they are distinct agreements with differing subjects.

The term refugee used in the refugee compact has a specific meaning under international law. It refers to a person outside their own country who fears persecution because of their race, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

As a signatory to the Refugee Convention and Refugee Protocol, Australia has particular obligations to refugees under these two treaties. The refugee compact does not replace these obligations. Instead, it is a non-binding agreement that intends to provide a basis for predictable and equitable burden- and responsibility-sharing.

The Refugee Compact lists four objectives. They are to:

  1. ease pressures on host countries
  2. enhance refugee self-reliance
  3. expand access to third country solutions
  4. support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity

Unlike the term refugee, the term migrant does not have a precise meaning under international law. Australia does not have any specific international legal obligations to migrants beyond respecting their human rights under the human rights treaties to...


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