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WAS CYCLONE DYLAN NAMED AFTER BOB? TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

bobFor a couple of days this week it looked as if a tropical depression might come ashore in far north Queensland. It had formed out over the Coral Sea, and we watched closely as it drew closer and got organised. As it turned out, it did become a cyclone – and in accordance with the long-established Bureau of Meteorology convention of choosing names boy-girl-boy-girl in alphabetical order, this one was given the name Dylan. Now was that choice inspired by Dylan Thomas, or Dylan from Beverly Hills 90210. Our music guru Tony Hillier is convinced the cyclone was named for Bob Dylan, giving the weather bureau credit for what he calls an “inspired choice” – inspiring Tony to present Bob Dylan songs with a weather flavour.

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The convention of giving proper names to cyclones was started by a pioneer of meteorology in Australia – Clement Wragge.

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A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963

High Water from Love And Theft 1991

Shelter From The Storm from Blood On The Tracks 1975

Hurricane from Desire 1976

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TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in cyclones, EFFINCUE, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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AUSSIES HEADING TO SOUTH AFRICA, RUGBY LEAGUE COMING SOON AND THE SUPERBOWL – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy.

He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it. Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. Phil’s Thoughts on Sports are podcast too – search Phil Staley in your podcast app.

This week: the Australian cricket squad heads to South Africa after their Ashes triumph, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks do battle in the Superbowl, the Northern Pride and the North Queensland Cowboys prepare for season 2014, and we farewell Kerry O’Keefe, legend of cricket broadcasting and the architect of the now world renowned frog joke.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, Sport

 

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AUSTRALIA DAY MEETS THE GRAMMY AWARDS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Two major events involving music this weekend – Australia Day and the 2014 Grammy Awards.

There’s plenty of good music to be had over the holiday long weekend around far north Queensland – with the enduringly popular Snake Gully playing at the Yorkey’s Knob family day in Cairns. And long term FNQ favourites Mangrove Jack are playing at Brothers Leagues Club Cairns on Australia Day afternoon after a Saturday night gig at the Lake Eacham hotel.

There are 82 separate award categories in the Grammys – one performer to watch in the folk category is the gifted US singer songwriter Guy Clark.

Music from all three acts on this week’s Tony Hillier’s World of MusicLISTEN here

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Coyote Guy Clark 2013 album My Favourite Picture Of You

Dennis O’Reilly from the Snake Gully album Snakes Alive

Rebel Flag from the Mangrove Jack album Shape Of The Day

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TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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ARE YOU AN ORGAN DONOR? ADAM GARNETT IS VERY GRATEFUL SOMEONE DECIDED TO BE A DONOR

ADAM GARNETT

ADAM GARNETT

Meet Adam Garnett – 45 years old, husband, father of four lovely kids, and the recipient of a donated organ.

You may already know Adam. He was one of many government workers who came to the aid of Cassowary Coast communities in 2006 when Cyclone Larry paid us a visit. Like many of us hit by that disaster, Adam didn’t feel too good, and put it down to tiredness and the huge workload of the cyclone recovery effort. But then some tell-tale symptoms showed themselves, and the doctor told Adam they were signs of kidney disease.

He was put on dialysis – something he learned to do for himself – and was told he might wait five years or more for a transplant. That’s because organ donation rates are low in Australia, and only a small percentage of donors die in circumstances where donation is viable.

But it only took a year – he got the call in the middle of the night and was in a Brisbane hospital next morning being wheeled in to an operating theatre where, waiting in what looked like an ordinary blue esky, was the kidney that would change, and save, his life.

Before his illness, Adam had decided he would say yes to the organ donor option on his driving licence. Not surprisingly, he hopes you will make that decision too, and make sure your family knows about your wishes. It is, Adam says, a chance to be a hero. LISTEN to Adam’s story here

Adam mentions a story broadcast by the ABC TV Four Corners program about organ donation – you can watch that report at http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2013/04/08/3729893.htm

Information about transplants in Australia at http://www.transplant.org.au/

and looking after your kidneys at http://www.kidney.org.au/

and organ donation in Australia at http://www.donatelife.gov.au/home

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, health, rd on the road

 

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