When magic mushies pop up in the wild hills that surround the remote Western Australian town of Balingup the locals know the town will soon be swarming with pickers. But police are cracking down. I went along for the ride but never expected we’d actually catch anyone. (The dog has been blurred out to protect its identity) Watch, listen and read more here.
Who knows if Queenslander and self taught ‘Indiana Jones’ Tony Cush has found the last remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt? But the elaborate belt buckles and engraved map case clasp he says he brought back from the desert after scouring historical accounts in dusty libraries and setting out with a GPS, metal detector and a few mates certainly make you WANT to believe he’s solved the 160-year-old mystery. See hear more click here, to read more click here.
Thirty four minor parties met in Sydney over the weekend for a ‘council of war.’ Parties such as the anti-peadophile party and the Muslim party fear annihilation under changes to the Senate electoral rules proposed by the Government and supported by the Greens. And although their own ideologies are often completely at odds, the minor parties hatched a plan to exact revenge. Listen here.
Why WOULD ya listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 this AUSTRALIA DAY when you could flick on ABC Local Radio and hear from an Ozzie pilot flying missions over Iraq, a madman who’s roller-skiing across the Nullarbor, and an aspiring singer who only migrated here cos she saw a pic of the Sydney Opera House? Listen here. Or here. Or here.
It might only be a year away thanks to ‘Rippa’ a fully autonomous, solar powered robot which carries a robot passenger called ‘Viper’ which sees weeds and squirts them with herbicide. And it’s fast – the system sprays 10 weeds a second while simultaneously cutting total herbicide use by a thousand. Watch the video here, or listen to my recent radio on ‘Rippa’ here.
This. Is. Happening! Filling in for Dominic Knight this week on ABC 702 Sydney, 666 Canberra and ABC NSW. Tonight you’ll meet some of the quirky characters from the Humans of Newtown blog, be seduced by the best power ballads in the ABC CD library and have your brain stretched by Norman the Quiz… tune in from 7 here…
Just before he left to fight in WW1 in 1916 Private Fred Grimson from the Orange district in NSW was recorded playing ‘The Merry Widow’ on the violin. They used a wax cylinder – revolutionary technology at the time. It’s 100 years since anyone has heard it. Well now it lives on after it was ‘ripped’ from the cylinder last week. To hear the recording, and to learn more about Private Grimson’s tragic story, click here.
How’s this? German Lutheran missionaries arrived in Central Australian Aboriginal communities in the 1850s. The locals learnt this new faith’s hymns – and sang them in their traditional languages. Now, 150 years later, the Aboriginal Ladies Choir are heading to Germany to sing them to the Germans. It’s call the ‘Boomerang Tour’ – for obvious reasons. Hear the choir’s artistic director talking about this amazing project here.
Sometimes Santa actually gives you what you asked for. Over summer I’m doing my best Tony Delroy impression hosting his show – every weeknight between 10pm-2am (earlier in WA). I think that means I’ll be the first ABC radio presenter in the country to wish OZ a happy Xmas and ALSO a Happy New Year. Now it’s not hard to listen. I’ll be on every single ABC local radio station in the country – all 60 of them! Every capital city, every town, every village. So tune in – and give me a call! You can also listen here.
It’s Australia’s most mysterious historical riddle. In 1848 explorer Ludwig Leichhardt set off from Roma in Queensland trying to cross the continent from east to west – and was never heard from again. These fresh finds are from the edge of The Simpson Desert – and the story of their discovery is exclusive to ABC Alice Springs. Hear the story of the fella who found them here… or read more about his discovery here.
It took us 2 hours to meet snakes, eagles, 10,000 cockroaches & give away a sunset chopper ride over the West MacDonnell Ranges last Friday on the Drive Show at The Alice Springs Desert Park. But we’ve squashed it down to teeny weeny 9 minute morsel… don’t even try resisting! Listen here.
Sue and David Woods have lived in small ‘intentional Christian’ communities for over 30 years. They now operate a retreat centre not far out of Alice Springs called Campfire in the Heart. There they lead a life of hospitality and prayer. They met, married, and raised their four kids at St Joseph’s House of Prayer in Goulburn NSW which Sue founded. I spoke to them on ABC Local Radio’s Sunday Nights program. To hear why they’ve taken this unique life path listen here.
Dying in the wilderness it’s not quite as cool as it looks in Into The Wild – there’s less teenage broodiness and much less Eddie Vedder soundtrackage. I know this because I just spoke to a man who ran out of water while trekking in the central Australian desert about facing the reality of dying on 783 ABC Alice Springs. Graham Bradley was rescued by chopper after becoming so weak from thirst he couldn’t sit up. Listen here.
Ok so it was a slim possibility. But I had to check it out right? What if Darwin’s power outage had set loose the 207 crocs at the Crocosaurus Cove croc park in downtown Darwin. But I didn’t expect it to make national headlines… check it out here on the ABC’s PM program.
Got chased by wild dingoes on the weekend. Gunna talk about it on the radio. But that’s boring. They’re building a laser to shoot down space junk in Canberra. Sort of. Gunna talk about that too. Also to the Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes, about his support of John Pilger’s controversial Utopia. Tune in this week sometime online here between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Eastern States or 4pm to 6pm in the Territory.
He’s already invented the first ever vaccine for cancer. His vaccine for HPV, which causes cervical cancer, is now given free to all high school girls in Australia – and is being rolled out across the world. Prior to this cervical cancer was one of the top five causes of death among women. Now he wants to find one for skin cancer, and even herpes. ‘He’ is Professor Ian Frazer AC and I spoke to him on ABC TV’s OnePlusOne. You can watch it tonight on ABC News24 at 9.30 or now here.