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FNQ AVIATOR AUTHOR HELENE YOUNG LAUNCHES HER FIFTH NOVEL – “SAFE HARBOUR”

HELEN YOUNG LAUNCHING SAFE HARBOR AT THE NORTH QUEENSLAND AERO CLUB CAIRNS

HELEN YOUNG LAUNCHING SAFE HARBOR AT THE NORTH QUEENSLAND AERO CLUB CAIRNS

For about three years now I’ve been following the rising literary fortunes of far north Queensland author and pilot Helene Young. In a commendably short time she’s produced five really good mystery romance novels, drawing themes and characters from every day life in tropical Queensland. It’s a place Helene knows well from her extensive travel as a regional airline pilot, and she has a real gift for vividly portraying those people and places.

On Friday night, Helene launched her latest work – Safe Harbour. This one is set further south, in the Bundaberg region, where friends become lovers against a backdrop of drugs in sport and international crime syndicates. Helene’s previous novels are Half Moon Bay, Burning Lies, Shattered Sky, and Wings of Fear (a.k.a Border Watch). Her books fit neatly in the enduringly popular “chick-lit” genre, but Helene describes them as “two for the price of one” books – women like the romance, men like the mystery. Helene’s blend of those two ingredients continues to win her awards and readers.

LISTEN I spoke to Helene Young as she signed copies of Safe Harbour at the Cairns launch at the North Queensland Aero Club.

More about Helene at http://www.heleneyoung.com/

 

HELENE'S OFFICE IS THE POINT END OF A DASH-8 AIRCRAFT

HELENE’S OFFICE IS THE POINTY END OF A DASH-8

 

 
 

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THREE OF ARABIC MUSIC’S MOST POTENT VOICES – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

 

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This week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music we tune in to the sounds of the Arab world – with music from three of its most potent voices.The protest songs of Tunisian born Emel Mathlouthi became the anthems of the Arab spring in her homeland and in Egypt. Aziza Bhahim is an actor and singer from the Sahrawi people of western Sahara, a region split between several north African nations. And Rachid Taha is an Algerian singer who has earned international repute for his blend of rock and rai – his homelaned’s powerful folk music.

All three live and work outside their homelands – Emel and Aziza are effectively political exiles – but their music is knwon across the Arab world and beyond.

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TONY HILLIER CASTDhalem from the Emel Mathlouthi album Kelmti Horra

Lagi from the Aziza Bhahim album Soutak

Now Or Never from the Rachid Taha album Zoom

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in EFFINCUE, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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HIRD TO STAY AT BOMBERS – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

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Australians 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: James Hird will stay with Essendon, despite last week’s public comments by his wife Tania, the Brisbane Broncos play unexpected top of the ladder St George, and what’s the strangest thing a sports star been asked to autograph? LISTEN

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports

 

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MAESTROS OF THE MIGHTY HARMONICA – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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TONY HILLIER CASTIn the right hands, the humble mouth organ is a magical instrument. This week on Tony Hillier’s World Of Music we hear some seriously good harmonica players, who will all be gracing Australian festivals over the next couple of months. LISTEN

PLAYLIST

The Joy Of Music from Spaniard Antonio Serrano‘s new album Harmonious

Lassoing The Bees  from Englishman Rory McLeod‘s 2010 album Swings and Roundabouts

I’ll Fly Away by the Backsliders

If I Should Have Bad Luck from the Charlie Musselwhite 1993 album In My Time

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in EFFINCUE, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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NORTHERN PRIDE IN PNG, COWBOYS V WARRIORS & A NEW BOMBSHELL IN THE ESSENDON SUPPLEMENTS SAGA – 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 Essendon supplements saga – the story that will not die – the Broncos v Roosters NRL match tonight, the North Queensland Cowboys play the Warriors, & Northern Pride in action against the PNG Hunters.

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, Sport

 

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YANKEE FOOTBALL IN QUEENSLAND? THE DOCKERS,THE PRIDE & THE COWS – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

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Rarely do politicians earn a spot in a sports report, but Queensland Premier Campbell Newman gets a mention this week. He’s in the US, where he’s invited National Football League chiefs down under, with a view to putting on an NFL match in Brisbane. Mr Newman reckons it would generate tourism, and could become an ongoing arrangement.

We explore this possibility on this week’s Thoughts on Sports with Phil Staley, and we preview the AFL season opener between the Fremantle Dockers and Collingwood, the NRL Queensland derby between North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos, & the Q-Cup Northern Pride v Redcliffe match in Cairns.

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Australians 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.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports

 

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WOMADELAIDE 2014 HIGHLIGHTS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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.

Today he’s fresh back from Womadelaide 2014 – Australia’s premier world music festival – with a suitcase full of great music. LISTEN

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Adekalom a live recording of Danyel Waro from the official 2014 WOMADelaide compilation album

Ayrhindu from the Hanggai 2010 album He Who Travels Far

As Pedras da Minha Rua from the Carminho 2012 album Alma

Central Time from Pokey LaFarge‘s self titled 2013 album

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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in EFFINCUE, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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