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What does it take to capture a winning portrait? Rod McNicol knows. Rod is the winner of the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize for his image of his friend, Aboriginal actor Jack Charles. Of his subject Rod says that Jack has lead a "very colourful life but very tough life.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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The Avatar. This is the name for the image that you use online when you tweet, tumble, facebook and blog. Avatars can be as simple as a happy snap taken on holidays, or cleverly considered, photoshopped images, but basically all they are just portraits. Today's Portrait Prize inspiration comes from... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Meet another of our Portrait Prize judges, Michelle Maartensz. Michelle is a Fine Arts Casual Academic at the University of Newcastle, as well as a Collection and Gallery Attendant at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Michelle recently joined Phil Ashley-Brown when he revisited The River Stories, and her images were... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
Hello, it's my one year anniversary this week... this time a year ago I had literally been in Changchun for 24 hours. So much has happened in the last 12 months, and more exciting adventures lie ahead. The Beijing Bikini has started For anyone who has been to China in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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"It's almost my one year anniversary of living in China - on the 16th of May, I will have been here for one year - wow doesn't time fly. Left: The Chanchung Culture Plaze (Creative Commons) A new Aussie friend in the Chun - ABC Newcastle plays friend matcher About... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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A stunning day in the Chun today - clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine with a very pleasant 19 degrees - bring on the summer. It's May Day In China Otherwise known as international workers day - this day is declared a public holiday by more than 80 countries,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has just released her new album, NIGHTFLIGHT. 1233's Carol Duncan spoke with Kate about the album and about the art of writing songs that are all at once very personal, at times melancholic but always beautiful. Listen to the interview here. Download Kate Miller Heidke 'Nightflight'... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Jon Gomm is an acoustic guitarist. He started playing when he was two. At that time it was a ukelele because his dad couldn't find a guitar small enough. These days Jon travels the world. He has a huge online cult following and is considered to be one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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With imagination and lots of chocolate you could make one of these. Yes, they are all made of chocolate, except for the bases which have real fish in them. This is the winning chocolate sculpture in the Asian Pastry Cup which was won by the Australian team coached by Dean... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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From Jodie in Changchun this week: The days are longer and the sun is up at 4:30am - summer is well and truly on it's way in North East China. Some things aren't so cheap in China Life in China can be very cheap in some ways, and very expensive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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This weeks report from Jodie O'Brien Paul's correspondent in the north easten Chinese city of Chanchung. A rocket goes off across the border We are just 538 kilometres from Pyongyang, which is the exact same distance between Newcastle and the Gold Coast ( specifically Coolangatta). From what I can gather,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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After 10 gorgeous days in the sun in the United Arab Emirates, Jodie and the Panda are back home in China. These are here observations: Travelling with Chinese nationals Living in China is one thing, and when in their country, we accept and embrace their cultures, idiosyncrasies and ways. Travelling... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
Lap band surgery has come into the sport light following the Diabetes Council of Australia saying that the "obesity epidemic" in this stateis now so bad that lap band, or bariatric, surgery should be provided by the NSW state government. Following that Paul talked with a wide range of people,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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"I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be" - Anita Heiss. After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too "fair... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Jodie's post card for this week is from the amazing city of Dubai. "Hi. We have been having far too much fun here in the UAE - Dubai is seriously another world. Before and after the GFC in Dubai We have enjoyed some amazing insights into life here in Dubai... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Author and Novocastrian, Dr Stuart Edser, joined Paul in the studio to discuss his book which deals with the controvertial issue of homesexuality and the attitudes of the Christian Church. Listen to the interview here: Download the audio file Being Gay Being Christian Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
The rejuvenation of the inner city of Newcastle and should the rail line stay or go are issues that have consumed planners, councillors, businessmen, politicians, developers the community. Paul Bevan has explored these two issues this week. With this week marking the first twelve months in office for the O'Farrell... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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This week its not Chanchung Tuesday, but Abu Dhabi Tuesday as Jodie reports into Paul from the UAE. Greetings from the Sandpit where the weather is sublime - a very pleasant 25 odd degrees, about 60 percent humidity, plenty of sunshine and a good time being had by all. Pics... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Artist Paul O'Brien joined Carol in the studio today to discuss his latest work "Requiem For The Laman Street Figs". This work represents the first time a major artwork has responded to the removal of the Laman Street fig trees as seen through the eyes of an artist. As Paul... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Taking time out from her tour schedule American singer Abigail Washburn dropped into the 1233 studio to talk with Paul about her music, and her latest album City of Refuge. Bob Corbett who supported Abigail in Newcastle posted this on his Facebook "If you get a chance, you MUST see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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1233 ABC’s Sam Parmeter packed the microphone in his beach bag and asked the people of Surfest why they keep rolling up each year. An eager audience turned out to the dazzling Mereweather beach to see their surfing heroes including Taj Burrow, Sally Fitzgibbons and Joel Parkinson face the barrelling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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From Chanchung this week Jodie says: "It is gradually starting to get warmer here supposed to get to 0 today and then up to a whopping nine degrees tomorrow ! Baby traditions There are a few Chinese friends I have met here over the last 9 months, who are, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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The fig trees have gone, so what happens next. This morning Newcastle City Council released what they are calling a "concept plan" for the precinct. According to Newcastle Council the plan will bring more people into the area by making it more pedestrian and cycle friendly with the removal of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Here's this week's installment from Jodie in Changchun, China. Back to normal after a thrilling summer of cricket ( was it...? ) - it's actually right on ZERO here today, but the wind chill factor is nasty !!!! Bring on summer... Luck with the Bamboo steamer I learnt some interesting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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There's not a day that doesn't go by when Sonia Cousins doesn't bless the cheese makers. Sonia is a fromager, an expert in cheese and cheese production. Cheeses are Sonia's passion and she came in to visit Carol armed with three interesting NSW cheeses* to explain the finer points of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at ABC New South Wales