I’ve been fleeced!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne day I was wandering around all bundled up in fine merino wool……..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I was kidnapped and held to ransom!   I got FLEECED!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was bad enough when the dog didn’t recognise me and barked at me when I arrived back at the cottage, then the cats laughed, as only cats can – they think they are SO superior to anything else!  But the cattle – BAAAA!  They all gathered together to stare at me – how RUDE!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’t need company like that anyway!

E’s got all my wool now, and keeps talking about taking a photo sometime to show you all how wonderful it is.  Apparently it’s very high class microns.  At least she’s making sure I’m warm at night, and giving me extra food, and the weather has been quite mild.   And do you know, there’s times when I feel quite frisky, now that I’m not carrying all that wool around!  I guess there’s always a bright side to anything 🙂


Household gas bills to increase by $162-00

Let the people be well informed and not duped by corporations and governments.


by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

‘It’s a hard narrative to sell, to a community, to a government, that we are going to increase production of gas and we are going to export it, and in the meantime, domestic gas supplies will be diminished and domestic prices will go up. I’m a politician and I’m pretty good at selling a story, but I’d find that a tough one to sell’. Colin Barnett, Premier WA

Coal Seam Gas Will Cost YOU More
Fact Sheet: East Coast Gas Supply in Australia
Quick Facts
• The CSG export industry is causing domestic gas prices to rise by linking us to world prices
• In 2015 they will increase gas bills by up to $162/yr for households and $625/yr for businesses
• Wholesale gas prices will triple, causing up to 100,000 direct manufacturing jobs to be lost
• In total, rising prices will…

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The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

Damn the Matrix

heinbergA guest post from my friend Richard Heinberg, originally published as MuseLetter #264 in May 2014.  This is a long but important essay. I recommend a large cup of your favourite poison, and a biscuit or two….  Enjoy!

Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 126 KB)

Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an amazing accomplishment?

Let’s wait to stock up on party favours, though. After all, the Anthropocene could be rather bleak. The reason our epoch has acquired a new name is that future geologists will be able to spot a fundamental discontinuity in the rock strata that document our little slice of time in Earth’s multi-billion year pageant. This discontinuity will be traceable to the results of human presence. Think climate change, ocean acidification, and…

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Confession time

I sleep in organic bedding, it’s the least I can do to my long suffering body, but if only that could apply to all fabrics I have contact with.


Sometimes I wonder if I’m making too much fuss about organic fabrics. I mean, we live surrounded by textiles, and nobody – well, o.k., most people –  don’t have immediate reactions to the fabric. I can use towels and sheets and still wake up in the morning feeling just fine. Organic fabrics don’t look or feel any different from conventional fabrics. Just like organic food, the only difference seems to be in the price tag.

So it’s always with, I don’t know, relief perhaps, when I find support for the fact that textiles are filled with chemical substances that can gravely harm us. I just found a report by the Swedish Chemicals Agency which was asked by the Swedish government to develop proposals and principles for a piece of EU legislation on hazardous chemicals in textiles. (click here to read the entire report.). It was published in April 2013.


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“If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be”. – Anonymous

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” – Abdul Kalam
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem


“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“People need dreams, there’s as much nourishment in ‘em as food.” – Dorothy Gilman

Community Radio needs your help

Keep the voice of the community!



by S Lowe 5THEFM newsonlinewattlerangenow

With just a few days to go to the Budget, we need you to put your voice behind 5THE FM and our fellow stations around Australia. Please click onto the link below and send you support to the treasurer.

The scrapping  of Community Radio removes community voice – your voice.

Please take the time to send your support.


S Lowe 5 THE FM Manager

Listeners please go to www.committocommunityradio.org.au to email the Treasurer Joe Hockey.

We know how passionate listeners are about community broadcasting. Let’s turn that passion into action by emailing the Treasurer and call on him to make sure that cuts to community broadcasting funding aren’t included in the Federal Budget.

The more emails that are sent to the Treasurer (emails will also be copied to the Communications and Finance Ministers too), the greater chance we have of ensuring community broadcasting…

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