Spice Girls, ‘Mixed Spice!’

Fancy some ‘Mixed Spice’? Take a listen to this ripping Spice Girls mix by one of our blog supporters Colin Bell. He says “I chose Spice Girls as a special edition as I realised I hadn’t done one yet so it needed doing. The toughest part was picking the best 2 solo spice tracks but I think I’ve hit it right and the mix flows pretty well“.

Thanks Colin!

Special Interview: Hamish Anderson

theaussieword.com caught up with Hamish Anderson for a special interview. Here’s a couple of points introducing you to the works and life of Hamish!
  1. I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old. I heard the song “Back in the U.S.S.R” and it just made me want to play guitar.
   2. I was drawn to the power that a song can have, I remember the first time I ever heard songs like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Layla” when I was like 13 years old and how from the first note they just completely had all my attention. 
3 Influences: People like Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, Robert Plant etc. Hearing a song that has an impact on me or listening/watching an artist who has a career I aspire to, that really acts as a driving force.
4 I’m just starting to work out interstate dates for gigs (keep an eye out on my website/Facebook) but at the moment we have the EP launch in Melbourne on May 1st at The Toff in Town and then the next day May 2nd the band and I are heading to Sydney to do a gig at The Standard supporting Jess Dunbar.
5. I’d love to be able to play in some bigger venues I’ve enjoyed shows at like The Forum, The Palais and one day Rod Laver Arena. To open for one of my heroes, someone like Eric Clapton or Neil Young would be an absolute dream! 
6 Really a lot of push behind this EP, a lot of gigs, a lot of online performances and hopefully a new single out towards the later half of the year. 
7 My biggest career highlight so far has definitely been in the studio recording with guys like Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers) and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Angus Stone). Playing with those guys and the gratification they’ve given me has definitely offered some incredible experiences. To me the secret to success with music is being able to create something that you are truly happy with and proud of, if your work is an honest portrayal of who you are and what you love then that is a success. 
8 Inspiring Musicians: Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards. The type of musicians whose whole lives have been lived through music and who don’t stop. You can’t think of them without the instrument in their hands and without their incredible body of work coming to mind.
9 I would describe my music as a mixture of Blues, Rock and Folk music. 
10 This is my debut EP.  It’s 5 tracks that I feel best represent me and I’m very excited to be putting out my very first release.
11 In December last year I actually went back into the studio in Sydney to record a few tracks with Angus Stone’s band whilst they were on tour. The stuff is sounding great and I can’t wait to release it! We start the mixing of those songs in a few weeks, which I’m very excited about. 
12 The thing I want the most is just a loyal fan base of people who enjoy my songs, hopefully in a few years time it’ll be around time to put out an album and I hope I can just keep improving and learning. 

13 Favourite Aussie Artists: Angus & Julia Stone, Steve Smyth, Wishful, The Rubens, Mia Dyson.

Thanks Hamish!

Being Brendo / Queer As Fxxk Final Episode Screening!

Being Brendo aka Queer As Fxxk, winner of 5 LA Webfest awards has finished up with two ripping final episodes! Such a powerful and dramatic portrayal of characters won me over from the beginning as I sank into the couch to watch the last couple of episodes this week. I really am hoping for a ‘new beginning’ – this series is just too good to let go. The cast and production team are outstanding with a very loyal fan base. Check out the final couple episodes here from Season 7.

Icehouse’ Iva Davies Pays Tribute To The Late Chrissy Amphlett.

Iva Davies from Icehouse has paid tribute to the late Chrissy Amphlett. Iva released the following statement after Chrissy’s death. “It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the passing of Chrissy. Chrissy and the Divinyls played with us on scores and scores of occasions and I was always a great admirer of her as both a writer and a performer. Chrissy did me the great honour of recording her version of one of my songs, “Love in motion”, in the early nineties. She made the song distinctively hers, with her own smoking, seductive and unmistakable style. I was recently asked by The Age to nominate my choice of the Top 10 Australian singers of all time. Chrissy was among my choices, of course. She was a pioneer, and a great spirit”.  
RIP Chrissy x

Land Of Opportunity Beckons City Dwellers / Hopetoun ‘Home Away From Home’

An interesting article that I can back absolutely 100%. Well done The Age! I love this place like a home away from home!

There is not a single traffic light or parking meter anywhere in the shire, locals say traffic jams are non-existent, and ”fancy” houses in town sell for less than $200,000.

There are jobs available for nurses, teachers, hospitality workers, farm hands, truck drivers and others. For those who want to be their own boss, there are a handful of local businesses for sale, including a couple of hotels, a post office and a supermarket.

If you live in Melbourne these opportunities are not on your doorstep. But if you feel like escaping to the country and like the wide open spaces of the state’s north-west and big Mallee sunsets, these are the kinds of attributes that the Yarriambiack Shire Council has to offer.

Next Saturday the shire, home to towns such as Warracknabeal and Hopetoun, will host its first open day in a bid to attract more residents. While Melburnians debate the height of apartment buildings and length of their shadows, Yarriambiack Shire – population 7500 – has plenty of room to grow. The shire, which straddles the line separating the Mallee and the Wimmera, is one of many country councils spruiking their towns, lifestyles and opportunities over coming months.

The day will start with a barbecue lunch on the shore of Lake Lascelles, a Mallee town of about 600 people, where ”local champions” will be on hand to champion the region. If it is country footy you want to see they will take you to a match, if you are interested in education they will host you on a tour of schools, and if it is bushwalking you are keen on they will take you there.

”You tell us what you’d like to see, what interests you, what you want to know about to make this move successful and we’ll match you up,” says mayor Kylie Zanker.

When the touring is over dinner will be cooked for visitors in a camp oven or on a barbecue by the lake. It will be followed by a bonfire, yarning around the fire and a bit of guitar.

Accommodation will be free in the Mallee Bush Retreat at the lake, in cabins that have a farming flavour. Two of them are converted grain silos, and others resemble farm buildings such as machinery sheds and a stable.

A range of jobs are waiting for people tempted by a move, Cr Zanker says.”If you’re a panel beater you could walk into a job tomorrow, if you’re an electrician you could walk into a job tomorrow. Builders, we’re short of builders, because we do have a large amount of economic growth,” she says.

Farmer Bert Hallam, chairman of the committee that manages the lake and cabins, believes the open day is a good idea. ”It’s certainly worth having a go, because the infrastructure in Hopetoun itself can support a lot larger population than 600,” he says. ”Our medical services are excellent. We’ve got a hospital, full-time doctor and a pharmacy. We’re probably streets ahead of larger regional centres.”

But if you prefer the north-east to the north-west, Benalla Rural City will host an open day on July 27. The council, about two hours’ drive from Melbourne, will partner the Victorian Farmers Federation and appeal to people who want to farm, ”for those who have always wanted to own a piece of rural Victoria and live off the land”, says promotional material.

Visitors will be shown farms, visit a country footy match and meet real estate agents, business owners and CFA representatives.

For those who would rather live near a regional city of more than 70,000 people, Latrobe City Council in the state’s east will host an open day on May 26. Visitors will tour university, TAFE and school facilities, hospitals, childcare, galleries and sports and leisure facilities.

Latrobe, less than two hours from Melbourne, is linked to the city by the Princes Freeway and rail services.

Nanna’s Eulogy

Breaking away from the usual entertainment blog post to share something a little personal and special with you all. The response from my family and friends yesterday was overwhelming. Many asked that I share it so they could share it with other friends and family who could not be there.
500 well wishers gathered to pay their respects to my Nanna yesterday. Such an amazing turnout. Standing up there reading Nanna’s eulogy and seeing a packed church lined up from wall to wall and out in the foyer was a sight I will never forget. She was an amazing women who touched so many. She would be proud.

I received an overwhelming round of applause after reading my eulogy a great moment. So many people thanked and praised me for my words after the service. I’d like to share it with you all now – It was an honour and a privilege to do it. I loved her so much.

Nanna’s Eulogy:

Before I started writing my eulogy for Nanna I sat down and thought about how I was going to translate so many moments from Nanna’s life and put it into words on paper. Two words continuously came up, ‘Love’ and ‘Acceptance’. Nanna loved and accepted all of us into her life; she shared her journey with us. What an honour and privilege it is to have travelled with her, all of our paths crossing, those in this room and those who are no longer with us. Let us remember them. Let us remember Nanna. That was enough for me to start writing today’s eulogy; to pay homage and dedicate this last tribute to a much loved and adored woman.

85 years of memories, Giuseppina, Giuseppa, Guza, Josephine, Peppa, Nanna. Born on June 6th 1927 to parents Emmanuel and Nazja Defelice in Zabbar, Malta. Nanna’s journey through life has been quite an extraordinary one. She married in April 1950 to Nannu Eusebio Darmanin, immigrated to Australia in 1954 with two daughters Grace and Evelyn, settled in Carlton, then giving birth to her first son Tony. She was over the moon.

Nannu Eusebio built the family home in Oberon Avenue St.Albans, where she had three other children Maryanne, Johnny and Raymond. It was Nannu’s passion to provide for his family and his children, always putting them first. His hard work and his dedication was what made him an extremely fine gentleman. He was a very proud man who just adored his family. While Nanna looked after her family, Nannu worked hard on building the family home. Their hospitality was a defined specialty; they welcomed friends and relatives from overseas, accommodating them in part of the family home.
When all of their children married, Nanna moved to Fox Street for a short time before moving on to Conrad Street, which would end up being her home for many more years. Nannu fell ill and it was the family who came together to help care for him right up till his passing. Sunday visits to Nanna’s place in Fox Street were special. We would have the whole family together, a memorable childhood memory. My sister Danielle was the first-born grandchild. Nanna and Nannu loved to fuss over her; she was their pride and joy. Many other grandchildren followed then came the great-grand children. Nanna loved all of us equally. She just adored having all of us around her, joking with her and talking with her. She showered us in love.

Thank you all for being here today, all you need to do is take a good look around this church to see how many people have been part of Nanna’s journey through life. I know we could all say that she was one special woman. Nanna would be so happy to see you all here for her. I’m sure she would’ve taken a moment to come sit with you all and have a good chat about life or share with you whatever news she had to tell. Nanna was a good talker and a good listener, she brought people together. Nanna welcomed people into her home; she made time for everyone – all those endless cups of tea; the lengthy phone calls. She thrived on companionship, friendship and having her family and friends around her.

The Maltese pension club was one of Nanna’s favourite pastimes; she loved being with her Maltese friends down at the local hall in St.Albans or enjoying regular dinner dances with her family and friends, particularly her favourite; ‘Our Lady of Grace’. Nanna loved attending the bingo down at Green Gully Soccer Club, she was in her element. Nanna would let others play her bingo tickets for her while she sat back, drank tea and watched others; she enjoyed the company of the people around her. Nanna made so many friends over the years, many loved her like a mother and like a sister.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all who played such an important part in Nanna’s care; particularly my colleagues at Sunshine Hospital, and all the friends who visited Nanna regularly as we all know how much she enjoyed their company. My personal thanks to mum Grace who did such an amazing job taking care of her right till the end. The love we had for Nanna was mutual. We loved her and she loved us. It was unconditional.

I took the time to sit with Nanna and discuss her time in Malta for a school project many years ago; I’d like to share a few of these memories with you today.

When I asked her what two words she’d use to describe her 70 years of life, she said ‘Happiness and Hardship’. From the dusty streets of the Mediterranean Island of Malta, to the rough seas of the Indian Ocean and to the current place she called home Australia, Nanna Peppa had a story to tell. A story that every person loved to hear because living in the 1900’s was a fascination to every storytellers dream.

Nanna talked about life, being the second eldest of seven children, she recalled many events that shaped her life. The horse and cart was her most memorable childhood memory. The sound of hoofs clattering on the ancient Maltese rubble stone. She remembers buying fresh fish, bread and Kerosene. Food wasn’t scarce however they did have to look after what they had. Water was collected from a well situated on the outskirts of her village. Nanna recalls people young and old venturing across the rocks of Malta towards the relief of fresh water to drink and bath.

Nanna spoke to me about the times her mother would prepare a dish of food and send her down to the local bakery where she would get the dish baked and heated, there were no cookers back then. There were no refrigerators either. Men on carts would travel through the streets and sell ice, which helped keep produce cool.

Life in war-torn Malta had its ups and downs. When I asked Nanna what it was like living in a country outraged with war, she said her time was spent washing clothes for a small amount of money. She became a daily housemaid for different families; she would do their laundry in return for money or even in some cases a meal. Her best friend Theresa and she would walk to work and begin and end their day scrubbing clothes. She recalls the day her hand was struck while scrubbing clothes in a basin by a piece of metal from a bomber aircraft that flew over Malta. ‘Times were tough’ she said, ‘but the love of my family was strong enough to not let war tear them apart’.

There were very small amusements in Malta during this time, but the happiest of times she remembers was that at ‘The Royale’, a small picture theatre where she and her friends would go to amuse themselves by meeting others and enjoying their company. They would play a game with small beans bouncing them between their hands, or skipping rope with friends, but the most important of events was church on a Sunday with family – a traditional she continued in Australia right here at Sacred Heart with her own family.

Christmas was a special time for her family. Her father Emmanuel would return home from the Merchant Marine Navy to celebrate with them, her mother Nazja would catch a rooster that morning and prepare their dish and Nanna’s favourite – soup. Two weeks before Christmas Nanna would join her three sisters in washing and scrubbing floors, decorating the house and dressing up the curtains with Christmas cheer. Their local priest would come by and conclude celebrations by blessing their home. “There was never any jealousy’ she said, ‘You had what you had and that was that’. ‘Never in my life did we ever go without’ Nanna said. She was ‘content’ with the way her life had turned out and the advice left for the next generation of her family was ‘to just be happy with what you have’. Nanna fought and battled hard to earn what she had but she says ‘we should be grateful for what we have and what we are given’.

Nanna got a little emotional when I asked her ‘If she had one dream, what would it be?’ She paused for a moment then turned to me and said ‘I wish my husband was still with me, my children were babies and we all lived together in our first home in St.Albans’.

Nanna, all of your beautiful attributes will continue to live on forever and will be with us always as we continue on through this journey. We will eternally keep your loving memory in our hearts and in our prayers.

We will miss your smile and we will miss your love.

Nanna, may you rest peacefully, together again with Nannu Eusebio, my Dad Joe and all the beautiful souls who have left before us. Shining ever so brightly like a diamond in the night sky.

I’ll leave you with a verse from Nanna’s favourite song.
XEMX WISQ SABIHA LILLEK IRRID – (Sun you’re so beautiful its you I desire)
GAWHRA TA QALBI LILLEK INHOBB – (Jewel of my heart you are the one I love)

Thank You.