VERY DANCEABLE LATIN GROOVES – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

New music from guitar legend Carlos Santana this week, and some very danceable Latin grooves on To PLAY LIST Saldeira from the new Santana album Corazon Swingo from the 2007 San Lazaro album Mestizos Urbanos El Ovido – the title track from the Watussi 2011 album   […]

SELLING THE FEDERAL BUDGET – WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ALL OF US

The Australian Federal Government has crashed  in the opinion polls since it brought down a tough budget a couple of weeks ago. We’ve heard Government ministers say they’ll have to spend Federal funds advertising the budget – to make sure Australians understand it and can […]

IT’S WHALE SEASON IN FNQ – MEET THE HUMP-BACK

It’s whale season in far north Queensland – a time of year when your chances of seeing a whale up close are pretty good. The local reef and tour boat operators have a network of people who report sightings, and even a short boat journey […]

CAIRNS TRAIN LOVERS RESTORING A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Here’s an opportunity for train lovers to get involved with the restoration of steam engine 3620 – which used to pull the elegant silver carriages of the Cairns-Kuranda Steam Railway. It was retired a few years back and has been sitting in the railway yards […]

THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

There’s a fine tradition of free publications in Australia – newspapers and magazines independent of major commercial interests, that devote their columns and pages to lively coverage of music, the arts, local issues. In Cairns, Barfly blazed an entertaining and honourable trail between 1990 and […]