Email ABC Mid North Coast By Luisa Rubbo and Michael Cavanagh Posted December 14, 2019 05:00:00 Photo: Finding his medals in the rubble brought back memories for Vietnam veteran Terry Flynn. (Supplied: Team Rubicon Australia ) Related Story: Firefighters can't get to these properties — that's where the 'Renegade Brigade' come in Related Story: NSW town 'cremated' by bushfire crying out for support, Mayor says Map: Kempsey 2440 Ex-service personnel involved in the bushfire recovery in northern New South Wales have recovered and returned war medals to their former Special Forces Vietnam veteran owner. Key points:Team Rubicon's 'grey shirts' are ex-servicemen and women who help veterans in times of natural disaster, such as bushfireRecently, they found war medals in the rubble of a Special Forces Vietnam veteran's property west of KempseyThey also clear fallen trees, conduct drone surveys and mapping to help with insurance claims, and organise for lost … [Read more...] about War medals returned to former Special Forces Vietnam veteran who lost everything in bushfire
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Email By Mark Bannerman Posted December 14, 2019 05:00:34 External Link: Like so many masterworks, London Calling could have been a very different record. Related Story: Stan Grant: Music is more than my life's soundtrack — it's a roadmap Related Story: An old punk talks to a young punk Map: United Kingdom In the gloom of a recording studio in London, Joe Strummer is playing a repeated riff on the piano, trying to nail down a new song he's working on.The door to the studio opens and producer Guy Stevens walks in, trying to get his attention. Strummer ignores him.For a moment only the piano can be heard until Stevens picks up a bottle of red wine and pours it across the keyboard and over Joe's hands. Strummer plays on, creating a song that will soon grace the album London Calling.It's an odd way to make a record, but it's just part of the madness involved in the creation of one of rock's finest albums.Like so many masterworks, London Calling might have been a very … [Read more...] about Forty years on, London Calling remains a testament to Britain’s winter of discontent
Email 7.30 By Laura Tingle Posted December 14, 2019 05:00:52 Photo: Scott Morrison's silence on the fires suggests an inflexibility of mind. (ABC News: Eliza Laschon) Related Story: Is this the spark Scott Morrison needs to act on climate change? Related Story: Scott Morrison acknowledges smoke haze concerns as he stands by climate policies Related Story: Aerial firefighting centre given $11m funding boost after calls for more water-bombers Related Story: 2011 Grantham floods five years on Map: Australia In February this year, though it feels a lifetime of disasters ago now, Townsville and nearby areas of central Queensland were hit by catastrophic floods.Five deaths were linked to the floods which damaged around 3,300 homes.In the bush, which was in the grips of drought, the damage was devastating, including to the national cattle herd. Half a million cattle were estimated to have died in the floodwaters and their aftermath.Governments were quick to act, and to be … [Read more...] about Bushfire emergency reveals Scott Morrison’s leadership failure not just climate policy vacuum
Email By Philip Williams Posted December 14, 2019 05:00:56 Photo: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered the Conservatives an election victory. (Reuters: Hannah Mckay) Related Story: Conservatives win UK election and will form majority government Related Story: Five videos that explain Boris Johnson's campaign — and one where it all went wrong Related Story: Labour counts cost after landslide win for Conservatives in UK election, as it happened Related Story: When will we know the UK election result and what does it mean for Brexit? Related Story: The UK's toxic choice: a leader who won't show up or one who can't decide Map: United Kingdom The once great British Labour Party has a painful rebuild ahead. But it's not the only party with big questions.Boris Johnson's quirky salesmanship has proven it's not just about the policy but the presentation. And what a slick operation the Boris show proved to be.The simple cut through message of "Brexit with Boris" … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s stunning victory means he can chart his own course. But where is he heading?
Email ABC Central Victoria By Beth Gibson Posted December 14, 2019 05:30:00 Photo: Julie Radford has spent $30,000 on her at-home orchid laboratory. (ABC Central Victoria: Beth Gibson) Related Story: Highly coveted orchids destroyed in national park bulldozer blunder Related Story: After bushfires, feral cats prey on small native animals. Could this simple design protect them? Related Story: 'Tunnel of love' to help endangered pygmy possums bridge romantic divide Map: Bendigo 3550 Dedicated ecologist, Julie Radford, has worked for the last 12 years to propagate rare native orchids to help bring them back from extinction.But her first experience with orchids was not an entirely positive one."I just bought this orchid when my children were really little, and I didn't know anything about caring for orchids," she said."I worked on trying to keep this thing alive for years, and I actually threw it in the bin three times. Photo: The McIvor Spider orchid is one of the … [Read more...] about Julie Radford is Victoria’s ‘orchid whisperer’, propagating rare native orchids one tiny seed at a time