Australian tall ship marks 30 years at sea

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She conceded that modern navigational requirements meant the tall ship had an engine, GPS, radars and satellite navigation, but said they took a secondary role when trainees came on board, such as when 18 young people from remote parts of the state sailed to Port Lincoln recently.”They had an opportunity of a lifetime to get on board and have five days at sea,” she said.”It is a big buzz for the crew when these kids actually start to meld together and work as a team.”After two or three days at sea we actually hand the ship over to them and they start to bring the ship home.”It’s an enormous high when they get off the ship, it’s that real sense of achievement.”To mark 30 years, the One and All is offering special weekend voyages in early April and will also sail to Kangaroo Island for events to mark the anniversary.Ms Roberts said she was not sure how many nautical miles the One and All had sailed over the years, but its small professional crew always loved the chance to be out on the water.”Every day’s a good day to go sailing, in our book, even if it’s really windy or there’s no wind, we love it,” she said. The only Australian tall ship which sailed in the 1988 First Fleet re-enactment voyage for Australia’s bicentenary is celebrating 30 years on the water.The One and All was built and commissioned in South Australia in 1987 and, three decades on, is kept busy offering youth development programs and leisure voyages.One and All crew member Annie Roberts said the tall ship grew from an idea sketched on a paper napkin.”Just the other day we uncovered the original napkin where basically two men at a pub drew the One and All on the napkin,” she said.”That was really the birth of this whole amazing project.”She represents pretty well what might have roamed our waters here in South Australia about 150 years ago.”

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Teamwork the key sailing requirementMs Roberts said trainees and volunteers on the ship got a pretty authentic sailing experience.”There’s no flash pulley systems or remote-controlled furling systems, everything is very much teamwork,” she said.”It’s no magic technology — it’s get in there and all hands on deck.”In terms of the traditional skills like communication, and those basics that mariners had years ago, those things haven’t changed.”

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Urban foraging: Nutritious weeds in your backyard

A bitter aftertasteBut if you are expecting a flavour that leaves you wanting more, you could be bitterly disappointed.”Plantain has a very bitter aftertaste that improves with salt,” Ms Aylott said.”Those bitter tastes in the plants are from the alkaloids in the plant that have strong antioxidant properties. “That’s what’s so good for us, but that’s what we don’t like because we’d rather eat chips and sugar.”One of the nice things about getting into eating weeds is that you really start to appreciate the cultivation efforts of being able to eat a beautiful piece of spinach.”The Canberra Environment Centre will run a course on identifying and cooking with weeds on March 14 as part of a series of workshops.
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Blackberry nightshade berries are edible, but care should be taken only to eat the fully ripe berries that fall into your hand when touched.

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Sarah Aylott is a garden educator with the National Botanic Gardens. Urban forager Sarah Aylott told ABC Radio Canberra’s Lish Fejer that these plants come from a long list of edible and highly nutritious weeds.”Wild brassicas are the ancestor from which we cultivated broccolini, kale, brussels sprouts and kohlrabi,” Ms Aylott said.”We look at these plants and see them as something we want to get rid of from the garden, but they’re unbelievably precious.”The dandelion is the most nutritious vegetable ever tested by the US Department of Agriculture.”Ms Aylott is a garden educator with the National Botanic Gardens and facilitates foraging workshops at the Canberra Environment Centre.Learning to forage safelyShe said the safest place to eat plants is from your own backyard. “There are many plants out there that I don’t know and could be toxic,” Ms Aylott said.”I just look for the plants I know.”

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Reading a book on edible weeds, taking an edible weeds tour or studying reputable online sources are good places to start.Ms Aylott said the plantain weed was one of the most common edible weeds and could be found all over the city in backyards and green spaces.”Plantain has nice long oval leaves and a beautiful seed head which looks like a miniature grass tree.”This is where we get psyllium husk from and if you eat something like Metamucil, this is what it is made from.”Just break off the seed head and grind it up in your fingers.”You can chop up plantain leaves and put them in your pesto, salads, stir-fry or a smoothie.”You can sprinkle the seed head on your cereal or put it in your homemade bread or into stews or soups.” (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley)
But in order to forage for edible weeds safely, you need to be very sure the weeds you are picking are what you think they are. Key points:Many common weeds are edible, and some are more nutritious than store-bought greensDo your research before you go foragingNever eat anything you cannot positively identify
Dandelions, plantain and cat’s ears are three of the most common edible weeds growing in gardens and street verges across Canberra. Next time you weed the backyard, take a closer look at the plants you dig up because they could be more valuable than you realise.
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Cat’s ears (Hyochaeris radicata) is often confused with the dandelion. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley)

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The dandelion root is both edible and nutritious and can be eaten fresh or cooked.

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Sour thistle or sonchus oleareus (which translates to ‘cooked vegetable’) is a common edible weed in backyards around Canberra. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley)

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Dandelion flowers are edible and make a colourful addition to a salad, while the leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach.
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Plantago major is a species of the flowering plant in the plantain family and is rich in calcium and vitamins A,C and K.

Port Lincoln honours Matthew Flinders and his cat

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Businessman Roger Lang donated the statue to Port Lincoln’s Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, which has loaned it to the local council.Another casting of the same statue is on permanent display at London’s Euston Station, beneath which Flinders is buried.Mr Lang said the idea to make the statue was first put forward by the State Government in 2014 — the bicentenary of Flinders’ death.”The South Australian Government engaged Mark Richards to make a sculpture to enhance the knowledge [of Flinders] for English people,” he said.”Captain Cook they all know, but Flinders is basically unknown in England.”Lincoln City Mayor in the United Kingdom, Yvonne Bodger, has travelled to Port Lincoln for the occasion.”The way I feel is almost indescribable — it’s excitement, it’s almost indescribable,” she said. (Supplied: Flinders Memorial Statue)
Almost exactly 215 years since that day, a statue of Flinders and his cat Trim has today been unveiled at the now-thriving city of Port Lincoln in tribute to Flinders’ famed antipodean voyage on HMS Investigator.The two-metre-high work will be on permanent display at Port Lincoln’s Flinders Precinct, near Flinders Archway on Tasman Terrace, and was unveiled by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le.The statue is one of only three castings of a design by British sculptor Mark Richards, who attended the ceremony.Richards said the statue depicted Flinders kneeling and using his compass to chart his voyage along the South Australian coast.”I’ve made him working,” Richards said.”His map of Australia is on the base and he’s measuring a part of the coastline.”‘Accessible design’Richards said, despite Flinders’ importance in Australian history, he remained relatively unknown in his homeland.”I tried to imagine what it would be like if I walked up to a statue of someone who was largely unknown, and what I would want to pique my curiosity,” he said.”I came up with a design which was quite close to the viewer in the sense that it’s quite low. When explorer Matthew Flinders visited the spot he christened Port Lincoln in February 1802, he was deeply impressed by the pleasantness of its location.”The port which formed the most interesting part of these discoveries I named Port Lincoln, in honour of my native province,” wrote Flinders, who was born in the county of Lincolnshire in northern England.”Port Lincoln is certainly a fine harbour … It’s very accessible.”

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Rowing coach kelpies keep the girls moving

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They’re with me all the time,” she said.Lomu and Snap love their morning routine of coming down to the River Derwent before the sun is fully up. They’re obsessed,” Ms Duffy said.”As soon as the boats are launched, they’ll jump in any boat.”I think the girls love [having] the dogs around and I’ve got no doubt that that extra eye on them is an encouragement.”The dogs sit on the bow and watch what goes on and in the water, and they love to help motivate the rowers.”The part that they really enjoy is when we’re practising starts,” Ms Duffy said.”It’s attention. Bark. Photo:
Michele Duffy coaches different rowing team every morning in Hobart and she also competes as rower herself. As the sun rises over the River Derwent, Lomu and Snap are barking out the stroke for training rowing crews.The pair of chocolate kelpies accompany schoolgirls rowing coach Michele Duffy for practice on the water every morning.”They assist in every way,” Ms Duffy told Ryk Goddard on ABC Radio Hobart.”They sit up on the bow and they’re my lookouts — there’s quite a lot of activity on the water in the morning.”They look for the seal, they look out for dolphins.”They supervise my coaching and they keep an eye on the girls.”
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Ms Duffy started rowing 14 years ago when her sons got into the sport.Soon after she took on the role of coaching and about four years ago she was joined by two little helpers.”With kelpies, they’re part of your lives. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“They’re very keen to get out. Go!”When the dogs think the girls are slacking off a bit, there’s a bit more barking that goes on for a bit more encouragement.”Ms Duffy said she could not imagine coaching without the dogs now.”I can’t imagine anytime, even if I have to lift them up and carry them onto the boat. I’ll do that.”Rower Jessica Hall said the dogs did help lift the rowers’ effort.”It really motivates you when you’re tiring and you are really getting sick of it and you hear them encouraging and keep going on,” she said.Lomu and Snap have become a welcome feature of the rowing circuit in Tasmania.”Everyone knows them around Tassie,” said rower Poppy Newton.”They’re just always at the rowing regattas.”
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Loving their job is common ground for these unsung heroes

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Meet three Brisbane groundsmen who believe their job is the best in the world.Michael Shear – St Ambrose’s School, Newmarket Mr Shear swapped his job as an insurance officer 15 years ago for a life of worm farms and sports ovals.”It was just not me and when I started here I just loved getting out of bed every day. that’s really good.”Len Moss – St Mary MacKillop Primary School, BirkdaleWith more than 600 students at the school where Mr Moss works, remembering names is a daily challenge. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“It’s the best job ever; every part of it has been great.”It’s one of those luck jobs that you can get.”He said each day was different.”The fun part is never knowing what’s going to come up during the day.”I start at 6:30am and I clean up from the day before and then things come up like leaking air-cons or bins.”

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Seeing the children start school and grow up is also an enjoyable part of the job for Mr Shear.”I call all the boys ‘sir’ and all the girls ‘miss’,” he said.”Years later you see the kids grown up and how they turn out so great … Photo:
Flowers and hedges are all part of the school yard gardens that the groundskeepers tend too. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“I think this jobs suits me and the hills keep me thin.”Every day is a new challenge and you never know what’s going to happen.”The biggest thing about the job is that you just have to keep at it and eventually you’ll get there.” Photo:
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The school garden includes paw paw trees, worm farms and vegetables. I don’t know how the teachers do it.”Mr Moss was an electrician for 30 years before he turned to groundskeeping.”You have variety and it’s great to have the kids around as they always want to say hello and see what you’re doing.”At Christmas time many of the parents give me presents — so you know you’re doing something right.”Each day Mr Moss can be seen mowing and cleaning.”I do anything and everything from hedging to cleaning up after a kid that has been sick. Each day, groundskeepers across the country start their day at sunrise, helping to keep our schools tidy and green. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
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“I’m surprised when the kids notice the grounds so much, it helps me not see the hills so steep at the end of the day.”I think I made a difference to the school from the minute I put the first plant in the ground.”I love creating the beautiful gardens and being able to make the place look better.”Mr Miles, who was previously a musician, has looked after the grounds at Holland Park for the past eight years. Photo:
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The bittersweet decision to downsize and sell home of 46 years

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Sitting in their flourishing backyard, the Franklins joked that they would not miss having to weed the garden.”The garden that we planted, we’ve enjoyed the garden, but as we’ve got older, it is harder to do the gardening,” Mrs Franklin said.”Although I will miss being able to go outside every morning and pick a bunch of flowers from my garden.”A house full of memories”It’s been a real family home with so many big celebrations here for the children and grandchildren,” Mrs Franklin said.”Now our children have been through school, been through university, married local girls and boys and most of them have settled here.”They’ve loved the house as much as we do.”For the Franklins, leaving the family home will be “tinged with sadness”.”Rosemary’s mother also came and lived with us here for the last six years of her life, before she died at 101,” Mr Franklin said.”Those memories are all part of the house.”With Rosemary’s heredity behind her — her father was 97 when he died and her mother at 101 — I figured she might be a widow for a few years and I couldn’t see her rattling around in here on her own.”If we’re going to move, it’s better that we move together.”Our new home will be a lot easier for one left alone to feel secure.”

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Rosemary Franklin says her garden has been magnificent in bloom each spring. Gerry and Rosemary Franklin have made a bittersweet decision that empty-nesters right across the country are faced with each year.The Canberra couple will move into retirement accommodation later this year and sell the family home where they have lived for almost half a century.At 83, Mr Franklin is determined that he and his wife, 82, downsize together while they are both fit and well.An ideal family homeIt was 1971 when the Franklins bought land and built the first house on Wenholz Street in Farrer.”The house itself cost $17,000 and the block of land we bought at auction,” Mr Franklin said.”We said we wouldn’t go beyond $1,500 for the land, but we actually went to $1,900.”A very expensive block,” he added, chuckling.Moving from their small “govie house” in Dickson, the Franklins were in need of a bigger home to accommodate their six young children.”Farrer was a lovely neat little suburb and we were pleased to be here,” Mrs Franklin said.”To us, this place was ideal.”Changing needsOver 46 years the house has undergone numerous additions and renovations to accommodate the family’s changing needs.”For a time there was our family of eight living here and now it’s just the two of us, so it’s a big house to be in,” Mr Franklin said. Photo:
Rosemary and Gerry Franklin say their children have accepted the decision to downsize and sell the family home was a good idea. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley)
The Franklins will also leave behind their much-loved neighbourhood community.”We love the street,” Mrs Franklin said.”We’ve had such a friendly number of neighbours and we’re going to be grieving at leaving the street.”Encouraged by friends who have already moved into retirement villages and smaller homes, the Franklins are proud their decision is one they have been able to make for themselves.”All the people that we know who have been through this say it’s like going overseas — it’s like sheer hell to go through, but when you get there, it’s marvellous,” Mr Franklin said.

From Harlem to Perth: Sharing the joy of swing dance

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New York swing dance aficionado Lana Turner has brought her passion for getting people onto the dance floor to the Perth International Arts Festival.An archivist and real estate agent by day, by night Turner is well known in the Big Apple for swinging; she is a regular at outdoor dance floors and pop-up jazz concerts in the city’s parks across summer.She stands out among the crowd, dressed in the prized vintage dresses and hats from her vast collection.While she is swaying and moving to the music of Ella Fitzgerald or Count Basie, she always sneaks a peek at those watching on.”You can see the joy in their faces watching the dancers and you know that they want to get up and do the same thing. She also does not stick to a set routine when she dances.Instead, she improvises with her dance partners — a practice she likens to how musicians play jazz. “Knowing that something that started in Harlem has found its way all over the world — and Perth is one of them — is wonderful.”No formal trainingTurner never studied dance in any formal way; she started by standing on her father’s feet as child and just went from there. (ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne)
“I just want to thank them for having me come and loving the art of dancing,” she said of the participants. “I’ve never done any choreography, it’s not me.”My model really was my daddy and it was not about performing, it was simply about enjoying that music of Count Basie or Duke Ellington.”Really, dancing is hearing it and being able to react to it. That’s where I fit in.” (ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne)
“One of the things I do is try to get people who don’t dance to dance.”I just go and get them and say, ‘it’s OK if you don’t know the steps, it’s alright’.”The idea is to understand the joy and the exuberance of dance.”It’s all about the musicMany people get swept away by Turner’s enthusiasm and reassurance that it is not necessary to know any of the steps.”What you need to do is hear the music and have a great time.”In Perth she’ll be staging a series of workshops and performances; this weekend she will appear alongside famed Harlem drummer Evan Sherman and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Festival Gardens.Turner said she was certain she would not be the only person dancing by the end of the night.”Don’t worry about the steps, you will get it later.”While in Perth, Turner has also taken up the opportunity to attend swing dance classes — but she said she was not there to teach. Photo:
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Australian model saves New York teens from icy Central Park pond

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“It was all a bit confronting, to be honest,” he said.The teens were all pulled out safely and treated for hypothermia, with one taken to hospital. Luckily for them, Australian model Ethan Turnbull, 24, and his friend Bennett Jonas, 23, were skateboarding by and saw the ice collapse. How to survive falling through iceDon’t remove your winter clothingTurn towards the direction you came — that’s probably the strongest icePlace hands and arms on the unbroken surfaceKick your feet to work your way back onto the solid iceLie flat on the ice and roll away from the hole to keep your weight spread out and avoid breaking through againGet to a warm, sheltered area and rewarm yourself immediatelySource: Minnesota Department of National Resources
“Some of those kids would have gone under the water if we didn’t go in, so God was looking out for them and was looking out for me and I was in this park for a reason tonight,” Mr Jonas said. it wasn’t nice.”He laughed off a reporter’s suggestion he and Mr Jonas were heroes.”I think we were just right time, right place to be honest.”AAP/ABC Authorities were able to get to the pond within two minutes. “The guys at the back were just on top of one another … An Australian model and his skateboarding friend have been hailed as heroes in New York after they saved seven teenagers who fell through ice in Central Park. In a video posted to his Instagram account Mr Turnbull told journalists of the moment he realised the teens were in trouble.”I could see them standing on the ice as we were skating around … External Link:

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“He [Jonas] was just passing the kids at the end and I was just throwing them up and over the fence,” Mr Turnbull said. Turnbull told 3AW the last two teens were unconscious by the time they were pulled out. as we came back around, I could hear them screaming by that stage and then when we got there they were well submerged in the water,” he said. “I went into the water, he followed me and the first two kids jumped on me and I had to get them off,” Mr Jonas said. External Link:

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The teens were playing, dancing and taking selfies on a frozen pond on Monday night (local time) but fun became a fight for survival when the ice fractured and they fell into the frigid water. “I think they all just panicked a little bit,” Turnbull told local television station NY1. “They were like overwhelmed, it was so absolutely freezing cold.”Mr Jonas said he and Mr Turnbull worked as a team to pull the teens out of the icy water.

From dogs to frogs: The life of a pet photographer

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“When an animal comes in I get them moving around, running, jumping and throwing balls around the studios.”I have to recognise the body language of the animals and I’ve developed a way of talking to them in their own language.”Working with children and animals The saying goes, ‘Don’t work with children or animals’, but Mr Drake said one of his most touching sessions involved both.The subject was a Jack Russell that had an amputated leg, severe scaring and had beaten numerous cancers.”I took photos of him with the owner’s four-year-old daughter; she was with him in a pink ballet tutu.”The personality that came through for both of them was absolutely fabulous.”And one of the smallest animals Mr Drake has had to photograph turned out to be one of the most animated.”People don’t think about frogs and personality but this little guy was beaming at the cameras and I captured that.”A rewarding and giving careerMr Drake said his work was very rewarding, especially when people received their prized photograph.”It’s such a privilege to meet so many lovely personalities that we have in our dog friends and other animals,” he said. Photo:
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“I have an unusual technique for a photographer as I hold the camera in one hand as I use my left hand for communicating,” he said.”I’m often down on the floor trying to get photos.”I was dragged around the floor by a 55-kilogram Rottweiler — as we were playing tug-of-war — once.”We got some great shots but he nearly pulled my arm out of my socket.”The former software developer said before pet photography he was constantly travelling for work and was never home long enough to have his own animal.”I took a few months off and got my first digital camera and a couple of cats and it all connected instantly.”I noticed I wasn’t just getting images of the animals, I was capturing their personality and it really excited me.”Capturing an animal’s personalityMr Drake said photographing animals successfully involved spending time with them before going into the studio.He said having food and toys at hand — as well as good conversation — helped capture the animal’s personality. Photo:
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“Also seeing the connection people have with their pets is a beautiful thing.”It can be an emotional time when owners receive their photos because they have a slice of their pet that’s captured forever … From dogs to frogs, a day in the life of one of Australia’s best pet photographers involves patience, pet food and the ability to talk to animals.Ken Drake has won numerous photography awards and was last year named AIPP Australian Professional Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.But such fame has not led to a life of glamorous overseas photo shoots; instead the Brisbane-based artist spends much of his day lying on the ground at his workshop in Milton. Photo:
Pet photographer Ken Drake spends hours with the animals before taking their photo. that’s a very special moment.”Mr Drake works with the RSPCA regularly and shoots its calendar each year.He also recently published a book, Paw Traits, with a portion of the sales going to the charity.”It was so exciting to see my images in a book; all the owners were so excited to have their pets on a page.”This is why I do what I do, it’s my calling and I don’t imagine there will ever be a time in my life I won’t be photographing animals.”It’s something I’ll do right up until the day I die.”

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Cochran became a leader of the graffiti subculture movement in Adelaide of the early 1990s, and said that early on he realised it was something he wanted to do for a living.”I went to art school and it was from there that it gradually became full time,” he said.Cochran admitted there were a few times he almost got caught painting somewhere he should not have been.”There was a time when graffiti … “For me it was basically the mystery of painting in the night.”I was seeing these colourful things along the railway line and I was intrigued — who the hell is painting them?”

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Attitudes to urban art changingCochran said his rebellious streak initially drew him to the art form.”Rebelling was part of it, that was part of my nature, also finding an identity on the street among friends,” he said.”It gave me a lot of things, one of them was an outlet of expression, so if there was any adolescent angst, frustration, it was a very good way to express yourself and have a focus.”My work is often about how we connect to the world around us — maybe at an atomic level or through energy.”The South Australian-born artist said attitudes toward urban art were slowly changing.”I’ve met police, security guards that were 10 years ago chasing graffiti artists and now they’re buying canvases of graffiti or street art books for their coffee table,” he said.”It’s definitely evolved and matured as an art form. (Reuters: Stefan Wemuth)
Hip hop inspires aerosol artworksIt was back in the late 1980s, in a golden era for hip hop music, when at the age of 15 Cochran first picked up an aerosol can.”The hip hop culture from America made a strong impact on us young kids,” he said. Even though it still has the rawness and the rebellious aspect of it, it has also become very sophisticated and institutionalised.”Street art is appearing in museums now and [is] collected by major art collectors around the world.” “I’m surprised at how many artworks there are popping up around the place.”Among street artworks for which Jimmy C is celebrated globally is his British mural of performer David Bowie, which became a memorial after the singer’s death.He said such attention was “surreal” and beyond what he could have imagined when he was a teenager growing up in the Adelaide Hills.”When you’re a student you don’t really know how you’re going to make a living out of it,” he said. After this year’s Adelaide Fringe festival ends next month, one of its art highlights will not be going anywhere.Internationally renowned street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, has been back in his former home town to leave his mark, collaborating with another artist, Seb Humphreys, in Adelaide’s laneways on a project known as Street Art Explosion.”Every time I come back to Adelaide I see a further transformation and more colour on the walls, new architecture,” Cochran said. was basically perceived as vandalism and nothing else,” he said.”It’s all to do with rebellion, it’s to do with finding identity.”

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But if I do something silly, she’s right there,” he said.”I rely on her quite a lot. If I ever need her, she’s right there. He and his family moved to Rockhampton from the small mining town of Blackwater to gain access to better services.”Coming from a rural area, there’s really not much in the way of services to support my disability and that became a recurring issue, especially when I may become sick,” he said.”I have congenital muscular dystrophy. He said much of his success was because of the support of his mother, who is also the school-based police officer. It just means I am contained to the wheelchair for life.”Last year, Thomas had back surgery to stabilise and correct the curvature in his spine.He said fatigue was an issue after the surgery, but he had seen massive improvements. “I have a few options, maybe a lawyer, maybe a politician. The year 12 student has clearly made an impression on his peers in a short space of time.”I just think I have a great personality,” he said.Feeling of belongingThomas said the appointment to vice-captain made him feel like he belonged.”The honour of being selected by your peers to do such a big job,” he said.”I reckon they look at me like just another student, just their friend.”Last year, Thomas came first in three subjects and was one of the top five students for his grades across the school. “I like to dream big but I really don’t know yet. “Thomas doesn’t present himself as a boy with a disability. A teenager with congenital muscular dystrophy has been elected school vice-captain by his teachers and peers.Rockhampton High School’s Thomas Byrne only came to the school two and a half years ago. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Thomas has the willpower to overcome any obstacle,” she said. (ABC Capricornia: Megan Hendry)
Thomas’s English teacher Cheryl Hendry said he was a well-respected student in the community. “It’s a blessing and a curse. There’s too many options,” he said. Who knows?”

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Rockhampton High School teacher Cheryl Hendry with school vice-captain Thomas Byrne. He has a disability but it doesn’t define him,” she said.”And I think that comes out with the way he communicates with others.”Ms Hendry said Thomas had a bright future ahead of him. She cares for me pretty much full-time and I really appreciate that she does that for me.”Dreaming of a big futureAs for his future, Thomas said he had his sights set firmly on university, but had not made up his mind on what he would like to study.
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100 women help veteran fulfil wartime wish for 100th birthday

Just go out and meet people, that’s all it is, meeting people and discussing things with them,” he said.And the secret to his long life? They said, ‘Sir, it’s just started!'”I said, ‘Well, it’s got to end sometime’.”One of them said ‘I want to get married and have 10 children’, one wanted to go to university, they all had different things they wanted to do.”Then one chap at the back of the hall stood up and said, ‘excuse me sir, what do you want to do when the war ends?'”I sat back in my chair and said, ‘Well, I hope I can live to be 100 and I want 100 girls at that do.'”Well you know, that started the men, shrieking and whistling and laughing, because can you imagine what it feels like to a soldier — a man they knew with 100 girls — that’s absolutely fabulous.”Chance conversation made wartime wish a realityMr Cunningham survived the war and eventually moved to Australia where he and his wife worked for many years at the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.When they retired they moved north to Swansea on the shores of Lake Macquarie, and although his wife died many years ago, he still cherishes her every day. A wartime promise has turned into a very special 100th birthday celebration for a former British Army officer now living near Newcastle.Doug Cunningham today celebrated his centenary surrounded by 100 local women, after promising his troops he would host a big party if he lived that long.He was an officer stationed in India at the outbreak of World War II.As they prepared for battle, he realised he needed to know more about the men he was working with. Doug suspects his longevity is inherited.”My mother lived to be 104 and my grandmother to 99,” he said.”I always felt there must be something in their genes that they’ve passed down.”Doug officially turns 100 on February 23. Photo:
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Mr Cunningham (centre) was stationed in India at the outbreak of World War II. (ABC News: Liz Farquhar)
“I had a troop of soldiers and I wanted to know what they were thinking so that if I was caught in a queer situation, I knew I could depend on them,” he said.”I said to them, I want you to talk to me about what you’re going to do when the war ends. Photo:
Women from Mr Cunningham’s local supermarket organised the party. (ABC News: Liz Farquhar)
It was a chance conversation with a check-out operator at his local supermarket that made his wartime wish a reality.”One of the girls spoke to me one day and said, ‘How old are you?’ “And I told her, and she said ‘You’ll soon be 100’ and I said ‘Yes, and I hope 100 girls come to the party’.”And the girls just took that, and said let’s see if we can find 100 girls interested in having a party, and that’s how it started.”After 100 years, Doug Cunningham has a simple philosophy for living well.”Enjoy life, use your brain, don’t look at TV too often! (Supplied)
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Fire-affected farmers receive a helping hand

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Other than the important things, the kids,” said Chris Wentworth-Brown.The Wentworth-Brown family said they had received incredible support from their local community and the wider farming sector, including the hay drive.”It is very overwhelming, look at these trucks rolling down here,” said Mr Wentworth-Brown.The family had temporarily moved in with friends who also live near Dunedoo.They were expecting about 100 bails of hay to be donated to their property, where many fire-affected people had off-loaded their stock.”We have just opened our arms to let people in and bring their animals,” said Lisa Clisby.”So far we have got 15 dogs and 14 horses there at the moment as well as, we have got sheep and cattle ourselves, so we have a bit of mixture.”Ms Clisby said she was amazed by how far people had travelled from to bring fodder.”I just can’t believe it, it has been so overwhelming.”Riverina truck driver humbled by grateful community

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Ron Wilson has travelled from Ladysmith near Wagga Wagga to donate hay. (By Kathleen Ferguson)
The fodder donations would make a big difference for the Wentworth-Brown family whose whole property was burnt out.”In a nutshell, [we lost] everything. One week after devastating fires ripped through central western NSW, farmers are being given a helping hand with fodder being delivered from across Australia.More than 50 trucks carrying hundreds of bails of donated hay to the fire-affected Warrumbungle region lined the streets of Dunedoo on Saturday afternoon.The Sir Ivan Fire has so far burned about 55,000 hectares of land, destroyed more than 30 homes and killed thousands of livestock.More than 3,000 bails of hay were expected to be delivered to the district during the coming days.Trucks had travelled from as far as Emerald in Queensland. (By Kathleen Ferguson)
One of the organizers, Andrew Glover from Cootamundra, said delivering fodder was the least he could do.”We couldn’t be seen to be sitting at home on our hands not helping,” said Mr Glover.Co-organiser Paul Manwaring said the hay drive was initially meant to involve only a couple of trucks.”We were down south, a long way away, too far away to help fight the fires. That sort of gets to you, and you think then they appreciate you, which I know they do.” Photo:
Cootamundra hay run organisers Paul Manwaring and Andrew Glover in Dunedoo. (By Kathleen Ferguson)
Ron Wilson would have travelled almost 1,000 kilometres by the time he got back to his home in the New South Wales Riverina region.He had travelled from Ladysmith near Wagga Wagga to bring hay donated from people in the area.He said it was imperative the rural sector supported the fire-affected farmers during this time.”I thought I would help these poor buggers out because some of them have been burnt right out and most of the money I earn, it all comes off the land,” said Mr Wilson.He said the number of people who showed gratitude surprised some of the drivers on the hay drive.”It was surprising, the amount of cars that passed us and had their thumbs up to say thank you. So we thought the best thing we could do is try and organise a couple of trucks to bring some hay up,” he said.More than 50 trucks had brought hay to the region by Saturday.”Those couple of trucks, through enormous generosity from everyone, has turned into a massive event,” said Mr Manwaring.Affected family overwhelmed by support

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Bird banding and one man’s 30-year duty tracking diversity

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A Pacific baza hawk seen searching for food in the gardens at Mount Annan. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)

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The white-browed scrubwren lives in rainforest, open forest, woodland and heaths. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)

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Alan Leishman records all his banded birds on system cards. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
Other species though have been driven out by newcomers like the bell miners which only started appearing in the Mount Annan gardens in 2011.”In my lifetime, they’ve been dispersing from the Nepean, to Revesby and Scheyville National Park,” Mr Leishman said.”They’re common right down the coast, but they’re not a good thing.”Like the noisy miners they’re an aggressive bird; they feed on insects and they drive the honeyeaters out.”Some populations like superb fairy-wrens have remained steady given their ability to “fit in with human habitation”, Mr Leishman said. Photo:
The birds get tangled in the soft nets which are camouflaged in the bushland. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
In his 30 years at Mount Annan, Mr Leishman has seen rainfall decline, land clearing, habitat modification and the botanic gardens slowly “closed in” by the construction of the neighbouring M5 and surrounding housing estates.Dr Martin said researchers were working hard to stop the garden becoming “an island”, which would severely reduce cross pollination and the migration of animals, including three species of kangaroo in the area that frequently move along the green corridor between between Mount Annan and the Nepean River.Mr Leishman’s 30-year records, which he has started writing up into a scientific paper, are vital in the understanding and monitoring of bird populations in the area.One of the most notable changes has been silvereye birds which have significantly declined in numbers across the Cumberland Plains, partly due to the growth of African olive — an exotic noxious weed food source. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
It starts at dawn with the setup of several misting nets; the sites chosen by “gosh and by god” according to Mr Leishman, but which practically allow the nets to be camouflaged among the trees and long grasses.Every 40 minutes, he returns to the nets to disentangle the birds that have flown into them.On one of the rounds, Mr Leishman had to call in some tools to help extract a golden whistler after it had gotten the net twisted around its beak.After about 20 minutes, the bird came free and was put inside a white cotton bag for the walk back to the makeshift workstation beside the road. I’ll enter the information into the computer later when I get home.”

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PhD student Vicky Austen lets a brown thornbill go after taking its measurements. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
Joining Mr Leishman this week were PhD students Vicky Austen and Corey Callaghan, who along with wildlife ecologist John Martin caught and recorded 22 birds.For each one they identified the species, recorded any visible features, then measured the bird’s weight, wing span, tail and head-to-beak length before letting it go.Among the captures were a few superb fairy-wrens, white-browed scrub wrens, a grey fantail, an eastern yellow robin, a bell miner and a red-browed firetail. Photo:
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This azure kingfisher is only the second caught in Alan Leishman’s 30 years at Mount Annan. Birds of Mount Annan The ABBBS has compiled more than two million records since it started in 1953.For the past three decades, Mr Leishman has been banding at Mount Annan every second Tuesday of the month.The process takes several hours. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
When asked about how distressed the birds got, Mr Leishman said: “It obviously has some stress, no doubt.”Who wants to be caught in a big net and have what’s like a big gold ring put around their finger?”He later added that he had not noticed any long-term effects in the birds after catching the same ones on subsequent occasions.Recording the dataMost of the birds caught already have bands on their legs and have hand-written record cards which Mr Leishman stores in old metal drawers in the back of his van.”Well there were no computers when I started,” he laughed.”It is much easier with cards … (Supplied: John Martin)
The smallest of them, a brown thornbill, weighed just six grams.The team was most excited though with an unbanded 38-gram azure kingfisher.It was only the second kingfisher Mr Leishman had seen in his 30-odd years of work.”There is a level of pleasure when you’ve found that birds are still there.So far, Mr Leishman has captured thousands of birds and recorded more than 180 species in the gardens.Tracking changesMr Leishman has honed his talent for recognising bird calls and the ability to spot the tiniest of wings in the tree canopy.But he has also witnessed first hand significant changes to the diversity of birds as a result of residential and industrial development and the effects of climate change. Photo:
Each bird has their wing length, tail length and weight measured by researchers. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
While checking the nets, Mr Leishman fondly recalled one of the oldest birds he encountered — a yellow thornbill that weighed about seven grams and which he caught multiple times over 16 years.”Most yellow thornbills from hatching period, probably only live for three months,” he said.”Most birds have a very short lifespan, but there are a number of individuals, once they know the area, they are able to live for a fairly long period of time.”Handing over to the next generationAt 76, Mr Leishman said he had no plans to hang up his binoculars or his nets anytime soon, although he does hope to pass on his knowledge to someone willing to dedicate themselves to bird banding at Mount Annan for another few decades.”Thirty years seems a reasonable amount of time and I would hope that someone may come back and look at [the data] and do some comparisons,” he said.”I don’t think the prognosis is good, I think we’ll have some big changes in the bird population.”We have some critically endangered birds in Australia, and at what point do we do something about it?”You leave it too long and you won’t have enough birds to work with and enough diversity to work with.”

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That comment proved unintentionally ironic at noon when the team packed up the nets and the tools and headed to lunch.As he reviewed the list of birds, Mr Leishman appeared slightly disappointed.”You get your good days and your bad days,” he said.”Twenty-two is below average.”One day, I had 800 birds fly into the nets.”
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He has spent much of his life banding and collecting information about birds — starting at the age of 25 — and training young ecologists in the technique.”I’ve always loved the outdoors.”It’s one of those things children don’t get enough of. They look at [the bush] and go, ‘ooh, there’s snakes’.”Yes, there are snakes and other things here, but when you walk around confidently and keep your eyes open, there’s no real problem.”I’ve had a few raptors put their claws through my fingers and things like that … As Alan Leishman treks through the bush of the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan, he whistles as he works.But it is no ordinary whistle.He is returning the call of a grey shrike-thrush, one of the many bird species he has tracked for the past 31 years.”It’s very appropriately named harmonica — it’s scientific name,” he explained.Mr Leishman is a self-described “non-professional bird bander”. it’s all part of the operation.”Netting the birdsBanding is a universal technique to monitor threatened and migratory birds. When caught, they are fitted with a uniquely numbered metal band or tag around their lower leg.In Australia, the bands are provided by the Federal Government and the information is collated by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS), of which Mr Leishman helps coordinate. Photo:
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Unique student-staffed school cafe celebrates 10 years

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Darwin Middle School’s canteen is staffed by students. (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon)
They get in there and get it done.”Everybody who graduates from the class gets a certificate I in hospitality and a few students have gone onto complete professional courses and cook in Darwin restaurants.School cafe opens for businessAfter the walk-in fridge is piled high with fresh food, Ms Kerrigan and two other employed cafe assistants load up the bain-marie with the daily hot meal made with the students. (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon)
The class is run by Lorraine Kerrigan, a former food trainer who grew weary of high-pressure commercial kitchens.”The beauty of this is that the kids do all the cooking,” Ms Kerrigan laughed.”I give them all the ingredients and tell them what to do. And making new foods is fun.”Class sees noticeable rise in male studentsAssistant principal Sue Neal said one of the most interesting trends since the program launched in 2007 was the number of male students choosing to participate in the elective subject.”I’ve seen a real change from it being all-girl classes to a mix of 50-50 now, with the boys actually preferencing this as their first option,” she said.Ms Neal ascribed this to the “My Kitchen Rules effect” encouraging boys to embrace home cooking.”Cooking now is seen as not just a women’s-stay-at-home thing,” she said.”The boys are really in there, they’re diligent, they’re self organising, they don’t need the girls to tell them what to do anymore. Photo:
Lunch time at the Darwin Middle School is described as “the chaos”. When the bell rings for recess at Darwin Middle School, there is the expected chaotic rush to the school canteen, along with the more unusual appearance of teenagers in hair nets and chef aprons.The school canteen is part of a program that teaches year nine students basic cooking and business skills.The class runs four days a week in the public school’s industrial kitchen, which has seen about 1,000 students over 10 years make everything from sandwiches to Thai curries. Photo:
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Lorraine Kerrigan is a former food trainer who wanted a break from high-pressure kitchens. (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon)
Over on another steel counter, Ethan Muller and Malakye Stapleton-Pinto were slicing up croissants and filling them with ham and cheese.”At first I didn’t really want to do [this course] because I knew I’d have to work in the canteen, but it’s been a big surprise,” Malakye said.”I think it’s the atmosphere and the other kids and making new friends. (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon)
After the school bell rings for lunch, the cafe is swamped by what Ms Kerrigan calls “the chaos”.”It gets very busy and sometimes [the customers] can get a bit annoyed,” Malakye said.”But normally they’re very thankful and they know we’re sacrificing our time to do this, twice a week shifts at lunch or recess.”Takings go back into the school, with Ms Lorraine welcoming of all feedback to help the students improve.”Sometimes there’s a bit too much seasoning or [students] can be a bit heavy handed with pepper and garlic, or the garlic bread goes soggy because they’ve loaded it up with enough butter to sink a ship,” she said. (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon) Photo:
The school has witnessed a noticeable rise in male students electing to do the cooking subject. It’s a great thing to see kids get hands-on experience.”On Monday Ms Kerrigan’s rice paper roll station was manned by Camryn Stacey, a 14-year-old with a love of cooking apple tarts and other desserts at home for her mum.”We also have food nutrition classes at school where we cook for ourselves, but here we cook for the whole school,” Camryn said.
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