Cairns People's Climate Action March

Cairns People’s Climate Action March at the G20

Cairns residents joined millions worldwide for the largest climate mobilisation in history in a march calling for action on dangerous global warming.

Cairns was in the unique situation of holding the People’s Climate March in the same week that it hosted some of the most powerful decision makers in the world at the G20 Finance Summit.

Cairns People’s Climate March – 21 September 2014 from Jennifer Frei

The March



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Jason Becker Spelling

Jason Becker: Inspirational guitarist who has ALS.

Soon after joining David Lee Roth’s band at the age of 20, Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

In spite of Jason’s incapacitation, he continues to compose music. His life and works were documented in the 2012 film ‘Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet’.

Jason continues to inspire millions with his desire to communicate through his art.

Disruption the movie

‘Disruption’ is the most important movie on Climate Change. Ever.

After having just watched ‘Disruption’, the new, free to download movie on Climate Change, I can recommend it as the most important movie on the subject ever produced.

It spells out the history of Climate Science, social and environmental costs of Climate Change, and the predictions and solutions we have for the crisis.

Please watch the trailer, and download and watch the movie if you can.



PC SSD Upgrade

PC Speed Boost with SSD (Solid State Drive) Upgrade

It was time to reinstall Windows on my 5 year old Acer Aspire 6930 and I found that I couldn’t. I suspected bad sectors on my HDD (Hard Disk Drive).

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 operating system (a distribution of Linux) as an interim measure as an alternative to Windows.

Although Ubuntu installed on my faulty drive, I could not install my important graphics and music software such as Cubase, Band in a Box and Corel Draw.

SSDs, just like stick USB drives don’t have any moving parts which make them faster and more reliable. I installed a Samsung SSD 840 EVO. I recommend the upgrade.

“You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave” – The Eagles

Mel and Andy

Interviews with Melinda Irvine

Melinda Irvine is a Far North Queensland musician who has just returned to the Philippines to continue her extraordinary volunteer and charity work. Her impetus for volunteering was the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

The videos on this page are the interviews that I conducted with Mel in April 2014. They were filmed by Brett Charles of Leftfield Sound Vision and Multimedia, and assisted by Jen Frei from The Office Expert.

More information on these interviews can be found at:

If would like to donate to help Mel help the people of Iloilo in the Philippines, you can do so at :

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  – Mother Teresa

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Selling my Rings…

Hey everybody, a few years ago I had planned to drive around the country playing gigs and doing market stalls. For the market stalls I bought a lot of costume jewelry rings because they were easily transportable and they don’t degrade. Anyway, long story for another day but I never did that trip and I still have all the rings.

They are all for sale as a job lot. Here is a quick video to show you what I have. In the near future I will do a stocktake to figure out how many of each type that I have.
All enquiries welcome.

“I lost my shirt, I pawned my rings, I’ve done all the Dumb Things” – Paul Kelly

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Douglas Reef Rally

 What? Douglas Reef Rally

When? The 23rd of February, 2014

Where? Port Douglas, QLD, AU

Who? Concerned citizens marched to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Why? To save the Reef from the approved dredging and dumping of Three Million Cubic Metres of sediment.
To save the planet from opening up the Galilee Basin to coal mining which will add 705 million tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Singing credits at the start of the video – Chantelle Wignall.

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‘Lust for Gold’ – [Live Original Song]

Filmed at Wallaby Creek Festival, 2008.

Holding up a broken man is more than we should do
My prosperity, angers me, I am forced to share with you
This parasite on society
Just cannot be told

You would not work for forty hours if I handed it to you
You must agree, concur with me, you’re not much of a man

The paradox that is fed to all
On which I fail to be sold:
That there is a place for dignity without a lust for gold

It was said that those are helped who damned well help themselves
Well paltry means and crazy dreams are damning you to hell

This parable of my society
Is one that must be told:

While he wastes his time with his artistry
I fuel my lust for…
Fuel my lust for gold

…it’s one that must be told:

While he wastes his time with his artistry
I fuel my lust for
Fuel my lust…

Gold !


A golden opportunity for local star Natalie

I am pleased to announce that Natalie Davenport’s Pozible Project to fund her trip to the Philippines to help after Typhoon Haiyan has been successful.

In the Philippines she will be learning to build Windships that are based on the radically sustainable Earthship principle.

Congratulations Natalie on reaching your target and for being a great humanitarian.