I am worried about radio in the country. Not the WHOLE country, mind you, just the parts of it politicians don’t visit unless something is wet, burnt or wind blown, i.e. “the country”. What worries me is digital radio. In cities digital radio may be a wonderful thing, more choices, better quality, I hear you may even be able to pause a live broadcast. Wonderful things. What I am worried about is the thing that radio was meant to be for – getting across information. A few years ago, a lot of “regional” stations were bought up by radio networks. [...]
In the last few years it’s become acceptable and even cool to give kids gender neutral names. That’s hardly news. However with this trend, I’m seeing a lot of girls with traditionally ‘male’ names, and very few boys with traditionally ‘female’ names. As a teacher I’ve seen some pretty out there names and interpretations of names. Calling the roll for the first time with a new class can be tricky: Me: “Elliot? Is Elliot here? Has anyone seen him?” Student: “ Um, Elliot is a GIRL, Miss!” (Rolls eyes at my apparent stupidity) Me: “Oh. Has anyone seen HER?” I’ve [...]
As a little girl I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be a singer, a rock star. I’d have loads of cash, I’d help out those I loved, it would be glamorous and life would be easy. It turns out the path to achieving fame and success at a young age seems to have a nasty aftertaste. The teenage years are awkward for everyone. I’d hate to have mine played out in the public eye, being scrutinized and torn apart by the media and lurking paparazzi. Maybe that’s what has sent so many young ‘starlets’ over the edge. Possibly [...]
We all heard the song. It struck a chord with so many. They knew how it felt to have someone turn their back, to have someone leave. The moment I heard it, I thought of you. I pulled up at his house one Friday night. Walked in using the back door, sat on his bed. We had some movies to watch, and dinner to arrange. What was the plan for the night, what did we want to do. I sat on the edge of the bed as he sat at the computer. The room was dark, as always, musty, and [...]
When travelling on public transport now it’s common to see more people with headphones than without. While I’m sure most are listening to their favourite tunes, I suspect a few, like me, would be indulging in podcasts. For those who are not familiar, a podcast is generally a series audio or video files you subscribe to and can download to a mobile phone, tablet, iPod or computer. You can find a podcast on almost topic and many TV and radio programs now release their show as a podcast. Since discovering them I have become addicted. I probably listen to podcasts [...]
Couldn’t resist posting this video. As a trained singer, I’m a pretty tough critic on professional singers, partly because there are a lot of famous people who shouldn’t be, and partly because it should be me, damnit! But I absolutely adored this half time show. I was GLUED TO THE SCREEN. Beyonce dominated. Watch the video. It’s 14min of your life you’ll want to relive immediately. What did you think of Beyonce’s Superbowl performance? Did you watch the rest of the game?
In the last few days I’ve been listening to Mix 106.5 and was struck by the number of female radio hosts. On the face of it this shouldn’t be a surprise but given how many times I’ve heard women complain about the lack of female hosts, I didn’t expect it. What I also didn’t expect was being the only radio station with an all-female breakfast show would be a big selling point. Only it’s not an all-female breakfast show. It was on the second morning of listening to Sami Lukis & Yumi Stynes that I first noticed the man who [...]
As December rolls around again, chances are you will hear Bing Crosby dream of a white christmas, or sing about bells jingling. I for one have never ridden in a one horse open sleigh across snow covered fields, and while I wouldn’t mind trying it, it’s a little unrealistic in an Australian summer, or more importantly, an Australian Christmas. When you don’t live in the Northern hemisphere, snow on December 25th is something for movies and carols, My last white Christmas was in Japan, a country where Christmas isn’t even a holiday. Don’t misunderstand me, I have eaten roasted chestnuts [...]