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Red and grey squirrels in Britain "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This is an Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) video from Germany.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

The battle of the squirrels

Friday 13th January 2017

PETER FROST’S affection for the native British red squirrel sends him in search of measures that would boost its survival chances

There were once three and a half million of our native red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in the forests and woodlands of Britain.

Today that population is down to well under 150,000 and although still reducing dramatically a number of initiatives are reducing the rate of decline.

What happened? Well, in 1876 some stupid aristocrat decided to import grey squirrels (Scirius caroliniensis) from their native North America releasing them in Henbury Park, Cheshire.

It’s not clear why they were introduced, probably as a live novelty garden decoration. Rich Victorian land owners simply had no idea about the risks of introducing non-native species to their estates.

Other landowners in other parts of Britain also imported the greys which spread rapidly. There are now estimated to be about 2.5 million grey squirrels in Britain.

Unlike the bold and oft seen greys our native red squirrels are very shy and elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy. Telltale signs to look for include large dreys in trees, scratch marks on bark and chewed pine cones that look like chewed apple cores. You might also hear the distinctive “chuk chuk” noise they make.

Although the grey squirrels don’t actually attack the native reds they carry the squirrel pox virus which is fatal to red squirrels without harming its grey carriers. Squirrels come in all colours.

Entirely black ones are becoming common and originate in colder regions of Canada where their dark skins absorb more winter sun to keep them warm.

A family of at least...



Dumpster Fire is Word(s) of the Year Christopher James Wild

At the end of each year the American Dialect Society picks the best words that give a sense to how the year travelled or unravelled (take your pick). And in […]


ECCV in the news regarding proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Vilification Act Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

Ethnic and religious groups have warned the federal government that any weakening of section 18C could see it lose multicultural community support.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has published 135 submissions from individuals and organisations for its inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia.

Many opposed any changes to 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria made a joint submission with 83 other religious and community groups, including Muslim, Christian, African, Sikh and Jewish organisations.

Council Chair Eddie Micallef said many migrants, especially the most recent arrivals, would be left feeling very vulnerable by the watering down of section 18C.

"I think it just gives those who have a racist bent some encouragement," Mr Micallef told SBS.

"It will encourage that group and it will potentially cut across the social cohesion that we've been able to build up in Australia over many years," he said.

Read more in this SBS TV report:




Gallery: FBi Presents Dinosaur Jr at The Metro Theatre "GroovUs Feed Anews"

FBi Presents Dinosaur Jr at The Metro Theatre - 13.1.17 - Photo by Mikki Gomez

In support of their 11th album, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, bonafide rock legends Dinosaur Jr played a sold-out headline show at The Metro Theatre. Despite the unfortunate absence of their original drummer, Murph, due to flight issues, the band smashed through their catalogue with raucous energy and precision.

Supported by folk duo Luluc, who hail from Melbourne but now live in Brooklyn.


All photos by Mikki Gomez, 12.1.17
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Malmsbury: Riot police storm juvenile prison to suppress riot "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Inmates during the riot at Malmsbury.

12 Jan – A riot at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre came to a dramatic end on Thursday night, with heavily armed police storming the facility.

Six inmates were arrested after rioting at the facility.

Teenagers at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre during the riot.

Police were called to Malmsbury at 1.50pm after the inmates armed themselves with metal poles and locked themselves in a secure exercise yard.

The situation came to a head shortly before 6.30pm, when heavily armed riot police carrying shields stormed the facility.

Six inmates were arrested and brought out by the riot police shortly after.

Riot police prepare to enter Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

A police spokeswoman said the six inmates would be interviewed on Thursday night, with control of the facility due to be handed back to prison guards.

The whole centre had been put in lockdown to prevent any trouble spreading, sources said. The centre has capacity for 135 juvenile inmates, and is close to full at present.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said the perimeter of the centre was secure. He said the incident was safely resolved without any injuries to staff or young people.

Teenagers inside Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

The incident is the latest in a string of riots to hit the state’s youth justice centres.

Last September, rioting prisoners scaled the roof of the Malmsbury centre, about 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Violence erupted again at the facility in October, when a group of youths ripped benches from their fittings and armed themselves with metal legs before taunting guards.

Also last year, the Parkville Youth Justice Centre was crippled so badly by rioting teens that some units were left inoperable. The Andrews government moved some teen inmates from Parkville to a unit at t...


Melebourne: Youths transferred to adult prison after more riots at Parkville youth justice centre "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Police and paramedics at the Parkville youth justice centre

9 Jan – Seven young people have been transferred out of Melbourne’s troubled Parkville youth justice centre, some to Barwon Prison, after rioting for six hours overnight.

Paramedics and police, including dog handlers, were called to the centre on Park Street on Parkville shortly after 8:00pm.

Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said a group of six inmates broke away during a sporting activity before accessing a roof cavity and freeing another detainee.

“[The group] broke away from staff. They then managed to gain access to one of the units, and gain entry into the roof cavity of that unit,” she said.

“Whilst they were in the roof cavity, they managed to free one of their co-detainees out of his locked cell.”

Ms Mikakos said the incident was resolved by about 1:30am and no-one was injured.

Ian Lanyon, director of secure services at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), said 13 beds were damaged, taking the facility’s number of usable beds to about 50.

“We hope to have [those beds] repaired in the next few days and that unit fully back online,” he said.

The youths had been playing basketball before they absconded, Mr Lanyon added.

Before November’s riots, Parkville had a 123-bed capacity.

Some of the seven youths transferred were taken to the Grevillia Unit at Barwon Prison — a maximum security adult jail.

The others were sent to another youth justice centre at Malmsbury, about 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Police dog handler at Parkville Youth Justice Centre

A DHHS spokesperson said damage was being assessed and police were investigating.

“There were no injuries to young people, staff or police and at no point was there a threat to the security of the perimeter of the facility,” a statement read.

“Damage to the facility will be assessed with repair work to start as soon as this is completed.”

The State Government has been holding young people at the Grevillia Unit since Nove...


Fanny Farm update…. Damn the Matrix

It’s raining again, and too wet for fencing… so I’ll keep my faithful readers up on what’s been happening for the past few days.

Firstly, my amazing neighbour who had the most unfortunate accident that caused his expensive ute to be written off (nobody got hurt, which I have to tell you was pretty amazing…), flew to Melbourne the other day to pick up a replacement. japanesebathHe offered to pick stuff up there for me, and lo and behold, I discovered that someone in Melbourne manufactured round Japanese plunge baths that would finish the circular theme of our new bathroom. Sometimes, things are just meant to happen…. I’ve been looking for something like this for ages, but they were either unavailable, or just plain too expensive.

It turns out, this one was made by the bloke who sold it to me, and, wait for it, his factory was just two streets away from where Matt picked up his new car…!

Now I just need a house to put it in…. like the toilets, the bidets, the handbasins, the kitchen sink, the taps, I have accumulated a lot of stuff for this house already.

The same day the bath arrived, all the reinforcing steel was also delivered. On a very large truck, that the driver had to reverse the entire 400m back out to the main road…



Victims of Falls Festival crush come forward "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lorne Falls Festival stampede victim 'Maddy' said she still doesn't have white in her eyes 'it's just blood' after she was trampled on. Photo: Triple J Hack

Lorne Falls Festival stampede victim ‘Maddy’ said she still doesn’t have white in her eyes ‘it’s just blood’ after she was trampled on. Photo: Triple J Hack

The law firm leading a class action law suit against Falls Festival organisers over the Lorne crowd stampede on December 30 claims many victims have responded to the call.

Maddens Lawyers from Warrnambool last week urged people affected by the incident to be part of the class action, and some victims came forward with graphic photos of their injuries caused by the crush.

The stampede happened as people moved between two stage areas where headline acts were playing or had finished.

At the recent Byron Falls festival held at Yelgun, organisers had improved the access to its main amphitheatre stage by making it one-way to avoid crushes at peak times.

Class action principal Brendan Pendergast said at least 40 people, many from south-western Victoria, had come forward and thus the law firm was likely to pursue the class action.

Mr Pendergast told the ABC that those who had been in contact had suffered broken bones or suffered psychological trauma.

In response, the festival’s organisers said they were still trying to contact everyone involved in the stampede.

Around 80 people were caught up in the crush and 19 people hospitalised as a result.

Mr Pendergast said it appeared from initial reports that the crush could have been avoided if the site was designed better.

WorkSafe Victoria is conducting an investigation into the incident that will look specifically at whether the festival broke rules and regulations around site design and safety procedures.

That probe is expected to be completed in around six months.

Co-producer of the festival, Jessica Ducrou, said after the incident that a ‘confluence of events’ led to the crush, and that patron safety was of paramount importance to organisers.


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Watch the Kathleen Mary Lee Video “Hey, Very Good Friend” "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of Kathleen Mary Lee Kathleen Mary Lee is a young singer-songwriter from Melbourne. In mid 2016 she released her debut EP Nice Kind of Pain and now she’s treating us to the single from that EP, “Hey, Very Good Friend”. The video for “Hey, Very Good Friend” features footage captured in the 70’s […]

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Australian material in Project Blue Book files "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Hi all,

Readers will have noticed that I have been busy going through digitised issues of the Flying Saucer Review; NICAP's the UFO Investigator; the MUFON Journal, and the APRO Bulletin, in order to document Australian material in these overseas periodicals. Having Excel spreadsheet indexes of this material, makes it so much easier, when I am answering email from people, asking me about Australian sightings.

My latest small project was examining online resources, which contain files relating to the former USAF Project Blue Book, and checking these for Australian material. In all, I found 20 Australian sightings in these Blue Book files.

The best reference source I found, was Fold3. However, simply typing in such keywords as 'Australia;' Tasmania (as many Americans refer to Tasmania as if it were a separate country to Australia, whereas it is one Australian state); New Guinea etc., may not have revealed the full extent of Australian material. There may be additional sightings listed in other ways. I also found that you need to look at each page listed, as, for example, there were three reports for Melbourne, Victoria, dated 1 January, 14 January and 15 January 1954, all contained in the file dated 1 January 1954, Melbourne.  In addition, I found pages about non Australian sightings, attached as part of an Australian sighting file.

All in all, I found a total of 104 pages for the 20 sightings. Many of these sightings had Project Blue Book evaluations, e.g. Condamine, Queensland, dated 2 February 1951 was said to be a meteor; while the 20 August 1963 Turner River Station, Western Australia was listed as a satellite observation.

One example will illustrate the path these sightings took. On 12 June 1961 there was an observation by two residents of the Azerita Plantation, Papua New Guinea, at 0400hrs local time. Over a fifteen minute period the observers saw a shiny object w...


Opening Pandora’s Box: Metadata in civil procedings "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Last night Open Knowledge Australia (Melbourne) hosted the first of what will be two events on the issue of the plans by government to open retained metadata to civil proceedings. It was a very interesting event with a strong turn out of around 50 very informed people, most of whom had something to add to discussion throughout the night.

For a bit of background, the Attorney-General and Communications Portfolios are running a departmental Inquiry seeking submissions into whether metadata collected by Australian ISP’s should be used not only for investigating us under criminal law but also for civil cases. Jon Lawrence from Electronic Frontiers Australia provided much-needed background looking back on...


Calls by Vic kids in crisis go unanswered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael C. Irving’s Child Abuse Monument 7. Photo Harvey K

Michael C. Irving’s Child Abuse Monument 7. Photo Harvey K


Victoria’s child abuse hotline reportedly failed to answer 20,000 calls for help in an 18-month period with some people waiting two hours to speak with an operator.

Freedom of information documents obtained by News Corp suggest almost 57,000 calls to the Child Protection Crisis Line were not responded to between mid-2010 and late 2015.

Children Minister Jenny Mikakos insists the Andrews government has increased funding to the service ‘after years of neglect by the previous government’.

‘Labor has increased funding, resulting in a decrease in the number of abandoned calls and a significant reduction in waiting times,’ the minister says in a statement on Thursday.

The government says in the last six months of 2016 the percentage of abandoned calls dropped to six per cent, with the average waiting time cut to one minute and 11 seconds.

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Peak Uranium by Ugo Bardi Damn the Matrix

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THIS should get Eclipse all stirred up……..

[ This is an extract of Ugo Bardi’s must read “Extracted”.  Many well-meaning citizens favor nuclear power because it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases.  The problem is that the Achilles heel of civilization is our dependency on trucks of all kinds, which run on diesel fuel because diesel engines transformed our civilization by their ability to do heavy work better than steam, gasoline, or any other engine on earth.  Trucks are required to keep the supply chains going that every person and business on earth depend on, as well as mining, tractors/harvesters, road & other construction trucks, logging etc.  Since trucks can’t run on electricity, anything that generates electricity is not a solution, nor is it likely that the electric grid can ever be 100% renewable (read “When trucks stop running”, this can’t be explained in a sound-bite).

Alice Friedemann  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report ]

Bardi, Ugo. 2014. Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet. Chelsea Green Publishing....


Continuing rebound in Qld private sector job vacancies at end of 2016 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

There was good news for the Queensland economy yesterday, with the ABS reporting a continuation of the rebound in private sector job vacancies in the final quarter of last year (see chart below). Private sector job vacancies have increased from a low of 19,900 in May to 30,500 in November 2016, bringing total vacancies to 33,600. Partly the strong performance in November would have been seasonal. As the Acting Treasurer Bill Byrne noted in a media release yesterday regarding the increase in vacancies:

“A significant proportion of this will be seasonal work in retail and also on farms with crops ripe for picking.”

I also suspect the strong performance of the Queensland tourism sector, largely related to the lower Australian dollar, made a major contribution to the private sector recovery in job vacancies over the second half of 2016.


Queensland’s recovery in job vacancies stands in contrast to the performance of other States, in which vacancies were more-or-less stable (e.g. see chart comparing Queensland, NSW and Victoria below).



King Arthur's Cross - Pro Anima Artorius - Richard Melbourne is alive "GroovUs Feed Anews", he's not dead.

Richard Melbourne, the man who dug up the (above) electrum cross inscribed PRO ANIMA ARTORIUS at St. Peter's Church at Caer Caradoc above Llanharan, Glamorgan, Wales, is not dead.

He was on the 1990 excavation team, and he's still alive to tell exactly how and where he found the cross attributed to King Arthur II from just before the Dark Ages.

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MARA Inc sells office building in Melbourne for RM76.75m "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd (MARA Inc), a subsidiary of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), has completed the sale of its commercial office building on 51 Queen Street in Melbourne, Australia, for RM76.75 million. The sale was via an open tender. MARA Chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the tender exercise was completed in August 2016 and […]


The price of fuel..: what is going on..? Damn the Matrix

Yesterday, I went to the big smoke for a medical appointment. I’m fine. But when I went to fill up to ensure I could make it home, I realised that the price of petrol had gone up by a whopping 20c/L in one hit. That’s a 14% increase……… in one day.Petrol price hike in Hobart

In the news, “Mr Moody (of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania) said prices were being driven up by increases in the global oil price, but he said the price should level out in Tasmania at about $1.40 a litre in about a month.”

Except that when I investigated this, the price of oil had not skyrocketed, it was still around $52 a barrel. Last time petrol was this expensive, oil was at $147 a barrel….. so what’s going on?

My take on this is that the oil companies must be finding it harder and harder to pay their interest bills. If they can’t make profits with oil, they’ll have to find them upstream at the pump.  Furthermore, maybe Peak Oil is on the cusp of getting really serious, and this might be the tip of the iceberg……. Nafeez Ahmed has just written the following article about how dire the oil situation is becoming…….

Brace for the oil, food and financial crash of 2018

80% of the world’s oil has peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy

New scientific research suggests that the world faces an imminent oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis.

A report by HSBC shows that contrary to industry mythology, even amidst the glut of unconventional oil and gas, the vast bulk of the world’s oil production has already peaked and is now in decline; while European government scientists show that the value of energy produced by oil has declined by half within just the first 15 years of the 21st century.

The upshot? Welcome to a new age of permanent economic recession driven by ongoing dependence on dirty, expe...


Expense scandal spreads to other ministers "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Julie Bishop is the latest politician facing scrutiny over travel expense claims as calls for an overhaul of the entitlements system grow louder.

The foreign minister charged taxpayers more than $2700 to attend a polo event last year on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula as a guest of Peroni and Jeep.

Her office told the ABC Ms Bishop was there on official ministerial business in her capacity as foreign minister and deputy leader of the Liberal Party.

It’s also been revealed three others, including two government ministers, claimed thousands for a trip to the AFL grand final in 2013.

Among them was Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, whose department oversees politicians’ entitlements.

There are also reports cabinet minister Darren Chester settled on an investment property while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Melbourne, where he also attended the Australian Open tennis.

It follows the scandal around Sussan Ley, who was forced to stand aside as health minister pending investigations into trips she made to the Gold Coast.

On one of them, she bought an $800,000 apartment.

The federal government has vowed to make changes to the entitlements in the first half of 2017 based on recommendations from a review published early last year.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has reiterated calls for a national anti-corruption body that will in part scrutinise politicians’ expense claims.

Crossbencher Nick Xenophon also wants an independent watchdog, as well as real-time disclosure of claims and harsher penalties for those who exploit rules.


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Yes, it was hot last year and no, 2017 is not going to be much better "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), media release, 5 January 2016

2016 a year of extreme weather events

It was a year of extreme weather events, wetter than average overall, and the fourth-warmest on record for Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement 2016 released today.
Assistant Director Climate Information Services, Neil Plummer, said 2016 was an eventful year with significant climate drivers affecting the country’s weather.

“The year started off very warm and dry, with bushfires in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, and a nation-wide heatwave from late February to mid-March. We had our warmest autumn on record partly due to a very strong 2015–16 El Niño," Mr Plummer said.

“In May the El Niño broke down and the dry start was followed by record wet from May to September as a negative Indian Ocean Dipole developed, with ocean waters warming to the northwest of Australia.

“Widespread, drought-breaking rains led to flooding in multiple states. Even northern Australia saw widespread rainfall, during what is usually the dry season, greening regions that had been in drought for several years,” he said.
For Australia as a whole, annual rainfall was 17 per cent above average.

Notable events during the wet period included an East Coast Low in June, causing flooding down the east coast of Australia to Tasmania, and damaging coastal erosion in New South Wales. There were also significant storm and wind events which affected the southeast.
In the Murray–Darling Basin, already wet soils and full rivers meant rain caused flooding in many areas throughout September and October.
Australia was warmer than average in 2016, with a national mean temperature 0.87 °C above average, and it was the fourth-wa...

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Monday, 09 January


ZERO-G EPISODE #1113 26th December ZERO-G: IT'S THEIR BIRTHPOD TOO! "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

ZERO-G #1113



Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Zero-G chills with a celebration of all those other folks who had birthdays on December 25th, or who were otherwise entangled with that date...

For playlists, show notes, the T.V Geek and news see the 3RRR website at and follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter.

Subscribe via the iTunes store here.

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

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The Salt Lake Band bring music and culture of Groote Eylandt to Yabun Festival "GroovUs Feed Anews"

All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history next January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival, one of the nation’s biggest and longest running annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture events.

Formally known as Yantarrgna Band (after lead singer/song-writer Brandon Yantarrgna), Salt Lake Band consist of brothers, uncles, cousins and grandfathers, all hailing from the Warnindilyakwa family group.

“We’re feeling really proud and excited that our mob, Groote Eylandt, Warnindilyakwa mob, from Top End, Gulf of Carpentaria, can have a voice in Sydney at Yabun with all our Koori brothers and sisters, we have never travelled that far from our Island,” says Basil Mamarika, a young elder and spokesman of the Umbakumba community and member of Salt Lake Band.

The name of Salt Lake Band springs from a special part of the band members traditional lands, bringing with it their song-lines and Dreaming’s, all sung in Anindilyakwa language. Mixing rock, blues and reggae, and incorporating the band member’s totems of dugong, turtle, whale, dolphin, seagull and shark, Salt Lake Band’s songs share the sacredness and potency of the Warnindilyakwa Dreamtime.

The Salt Lake Band share a 10 year history and have headlined at several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. Based in their home community of Umbakumba (which has a total population of 350 people) the band’s language group is distinct from Yolngu, belonging exclusively to Groote Eyelandt.

Proud representatives of their language group and culture, Salt Lake Band have gained the financial support of their own Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to make the long trek to Sydney in order to share their music and culture with the Yabun audience, providing a special added cultural element to the 2017 Yabun Festival which already features esteemed Indigenous artists Kev Carmody and Warren H Williams.

“The Top End continues to be such a wellspring of vibrant and unique Aboriginal music and artistry and we are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of that proud legacy and culture at the 2017 Yabun Festival,” says Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

“This will be one of the few times that a Top End band has performed at Yabun and is set to be one of the most special moments in the event’s 15 year history.”

Yabun Festival takes places at Victoria Park in Camperdown on January 26, 2017 (10:00am – 7:00pm).


Sydney Outfit Bad Pony Drop Their Shiny New Indie Banger ‘Bottles’ "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney Outfit Bad Pony Drop Their Shiny New Indie Banger ‘Bottles’

Sydney outfit Bad Pony have followed up their recent track ‘Sideways’ with another indie banger, new single ‘Bottles’, which seems destined for festival stages with its twinkling, Foals-esque guitar lines.

“’Bottles’ is about a toxic, alcoholic relationship,” says frontman Jarred Young of the track. “It’s a lyrically co-written effort that explores frustration, infatuation, intoxication and despair.” It’s that frustration that shines through in the track’s best moments, where Jarred absolutely tears into a vocal line, the coarseness providing an ideal counterpoint to the smooth summer jams.

Having just played their first international showcase at Singapore’s Music Matters, Bad Pony are about to head off on an East Coast tour in celebration of the new single – dates below.

Bad Pony ‘Bottles’ Tour Dates

Fri 28 Oct | Moonshine Rum & Cider Bar, Manly NSW
Sat 5 Nov | The Pier, Port Macquarie NSW
Sun 6 Nov | Waywards, Newtown NSW
Fri 11 Nov | Night Quarter, Gold Coast QLD
Sat 12 Nov | Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD
Fri 18 Nov | Republic Par, Hobart TAS
Sat 19 Nov | The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC

Sunday, 16 October


Singapore-born singer Natalie Ong, 15, wows on X Factor Australia, moves on to top 3 of Under-22s "GroovUs Feed Anews"


SYDNEY – After home-grown crooner Nathan Hartono shone abroad in TV singing competition Sing! China, another singer from Singapore is taking a reality TV competition by storm with her powerhouse vocals.

Enter Natalie Ong, the 15-year-old born in Singapore and based in Melbourne who has wowed the audience and judges with her performances on Season 8 of The X Factor Australia.

Having made it past the audition round, Natalie impressed judges again in the “Three Seat Challenge” stage which was aired on Sunday (Oct 16) night.

At this stage, performers are grouped into Unders, Overs and Group categories. Natalie and 11 other singers were in the Unders group as they are under 22 years old. Out of the 12, judge Adam Lambert could only pick three to advance to the next stage. 

After an astounding range of performances by the show’s youngest contestants, Natalie secured her place in the top three in a tense episode. 

As the last performer of the night, her role was to oust one of the three performers already occupying the three seats.

With her powerful cover of Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, Natalie earned plaudits from the judging panel, consisting of first Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and American Idol runner-up Lambert. 

Lambert was so taken in by her performance that he rewarded it with a fling of his shoe – an indication of his utmost approval. He explained that shoe throwing was an unconventional way he and his friends expressed appreciation for one another’s performances. 

Adam Lambert locks in his top three and throws a shoe at Natalie Ong via @DailyMailCeleb

— Kathy Katz (@katzolicious) October 16, 2016

This led Sebastian to join in the shoe-throwing act, while Azalea chimed in: “If I wasn’t a diva myself wearing a pair of thigh high boots I would have thrown my shoe right at you.”

Lambert expressed his dilemma in selecting just three of the 12 performers to advance to the live shows. Before Natalie, the final performer, he had already made tentative selection...


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