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Archive for June, 2007

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2007 DCM World DJ Championship


Picture: DJ G-Wizard

Whether you want infectious pop, electro beats, drum’n’bass, bustin’ hip hop or even just some scratch, the DJs competing in the 2007 DMC World DJ Championship can satisfy any aural desire.

In the Australian leg of the world tour, capital cities play host to their state’s contenders by giving each the opportunity to represent. Later the state champs go head-to-head to decide the best in the nation, with the overall winner jetting off to Paris to take on the world.

Tuesday 17 July 2007 – Metro Nightclub, 20 Bourke St, Melbourne.

Thursday 26 July 2007 – Gaelic Theatre, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills.

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National School Music Awards

The recipients of the 2007 National Awards for Excellence in School Music Education will be announced at the opening ceremony of the XVI Australian Society for Music Education 40th Anniversary National Conference, in Perth, on Saturday 7th July 2007, by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Education, Science and Training.

In response to the 2005 report of the National Review of School Music Education, a National Awards for Excellence in School Music Education Project is to be funded by the Australian Government under the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme. The awards are to be administered by the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME).

Each recipient will receive a grant to the value of $5,000 to further their professional learning related to music education.

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Young Chef Awards

The finalists of the Lexus Young Chef award and, for the first time this year, the Lexus Young Waiter award have been unveiled for 2007.

Young Waiter finalist include Jason Chow (Aria Restaurant—NSW), Jayde Phillips (Circa, The Prince—Victoria),Claire Horsfield (Alchemy Restaurant & Bar—Qld), Jai Leighton (The Grange, Hilton Adelaide—SA), Sarah Bartlett (Stillwater—Tasmania).

The Young Chef finalists are Kyle Quy (360 Dining—NSW/ACT), Jenna Abbruzzese (Café Latte—Victoria), Nicholas Hill (E’cco Bistro—QLD), Melanie Gowers (Adelaide Convention Centre—SA), David Flukes (The Henry Jones Art Hotel—WA), Damien Bolger (Veritas—WA).

The 11 finalists were assessed and selected by more than twenty of Australia’s food industry leaders. The judging process is a two stage process designed to ensure objectivity with the finalists being selected on the basis of a majority vote from the national judging panel.

The Lexus Young Chef and Lexus Young Waiter state finalists will soon embark on an all expenses paid tour of WA including visits to leading primary producers, winemakers and vineyards. 

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Australia’s population hits 21 million


Australia’s population has reached an estimated 21 million.

The milestone is thought to have been achieved about 9.32pm and 58 seconds (AEST) on Friday, according to an online clock operated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that estimates the country’s resident population.

The world population as of Friday was an estimated 6.605 billion, according to a clock kept by the US Bureau of Census.

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Movie Review – The Sentinel

I watched ‘The Sentinel’ over the weekend. Its a pretty good movie.

It’s about a secret service agent who is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the president. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a relentless FBI agent.

Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland & Eva Longoria are all in it! A great cast & a pretty good story line. Plenty of action & it also has plenty of good supporting actors.

Decriminalization of illicit drugs??

A twist on an important issue, what do you think?

“Decriminalization of illicit drugs would lead to the following:

— Virtually overnight, the price of formerly controlled substances would plummet. All street crime, money laundering, gang violence, (etc.), and the corresponding corruption in law enforcement that involves drugs, would disappear. The power of organized crime and drug cartels would decline drastically, with beneficial ripple effects throughout our society. The greatest improvement will be seen in impoverished communities. Street dealers will be gone. So will be maximum minimum sentences, that have led to lengthy and costly (to the taxpayers) incarceration of non-violent offenders, that has exacerbated the breakdown of families and communities.

— Based upon past experience (prohibition of alcohol), we can expect a slight and temporary rise in drug abuse, which would eventually decline and level off, partly because of more robust and better-funded prevention programs (from the billions of dollars saved from drug enforcement that’s no longer needed), and also because studies indicate there’s a percentage of “addictive personalities” who will seek out drugs whether they’re legal or illegal. Most of us, for example, will not use recreational drugs once they’re decriminalized.

— People addicted to drugs would be registered with the government and encouraged to detoxify. In the meantime, the substances that we provide addicts will be less potent and free of harmful contaminants. Pharmaceutical companies would make safer substances to wean abusers off of the most addictive and psychoactive substances. Again, the billions formerly spent on drug enforcement could fund all this. (Over $20 annually at the federal level alone.)

The only way societies have been able to control the transactions of items in great demand was by controlling its legal commerce, and never through total prohibition. Prohibition forces the commerce underground and makes it invisible. It never stops it. Supply inevitably meets demand. Always.”

What do you think? Have your say right here!

Exploring the abyss

It remains one of the great unexplored zones of our planet.

The deep ocean makes up 80 per cent of the Earth’s habitable environment, but only a fraction of its plant and animal species have been observed by man.

But now an extraordinary project will see a permanent ocean observatory established on the sea floor off the United States, allowing scientists to monitor the ocean’s depths around the clock.

Powered by a cable stretching over 50km from the mainland, the Monterey Accelerated Research System laboratory will be located nearly one kilometre beneath the surface and could identify whole new branches of life.

The news has excited Australian marine experts working on cataloguing our own deep ocean life and who hope a similar project may one day be possible here.

How has Australia changed?

Richer and lonelier. And less invested in tradition. That’s how Australia in this election year compares with Australia when John Howard came to power.

The census results released today show that the average household is earning $200 more a week than in 1996. It has two cars and a broadband internet connection. But it is less likely to contain two parents with kids and more likely to contain one person or a single parent with dependent children.

It’s amazing what has changed in the last 10 years. Kids are not playing outside as much, people are getting more obese, soon very few will know how to really cook because of fast food & we all seem to be rushing more & more. We are all trying to get the most out of life & want it now! It’s no longer a holiday or mortgage, it’s both.

Have your say. Have things really changed?

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Made It – Designers Directory

A cool new concept has been launched called ‘madeit’, an online directory for independent Australian designers. The idea was born from a number of unsuccessful and frustrating web searches to find the unique and the new. This got us thinking, why not have a single website with all the designers in a one stop comprehensive directory. Then ‘madeit’ was born.

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Reading this is wasting time!


Sooner or later, someone was bound to give it a name. Its official description is “irrelevant web browsing”, but it really is “wilfing” – and people are wasting two days a month at work doing it.

At least that’s the word from a new poll by YouGov, a British polling firm. After extrapolating results of a survey of more than 2400 adults, it determined that two-thirds of the country’s 33.7 million internet users waste time surfing online at work and at home. And a quarter of those time-wasters spend as much as 33 per cent of their time doing it – just as Australians do.

Those aged 25 and under were three times as likely to wilf away the hours as those over 55. Wilf stands for “What was I looking for?”

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