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PacificEdge | May 28, 2015

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Just a minor aero accident…

May 17, 2015 |

THE NEW CLASSROOM at Randwick Community Centre yesterday experienced its first, and hopefully only, aircraft accident.   It went like this…   I was with Fiona and we were walking across to open the new classroom on the village green at … Read More

The structure of plants

May 9, 2015 |

HERE YOU SEE the above and below ground parts of a plant.

You can see the taproot that goes deep into the ground as the plant grows. This enables the plant to harvest deeper-lying nutrients and moisture in the soil. … Read More

The day the music died

April 30, 2015 |

I’M SURE THE MUSIC will start to play in your head as soon as you read this: “They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie… “….


It’s amazing how music stays with us, how a song released these … Read More

In our cities, wild nature becomes new nature

April 26, 2015 |

WHEN Ben Schmitz interviewed me for his research last week, we noticed how urban nature is now new nature.

What I mean by this … Read More

Figure in a window

March 29, 2015 |

…WHITLAM’s  in power and the war’s ended… for us, anyway, the yanks are still there, still involved in that peace process that seems to go on and on just like the fighting… and here we are in Annandale…”.

“Different … Read More

The citizen photojournalist: here’s the manual

March 22, 2015 | 1

WHO BETTER than a multimedia photojournalist and blogger whose work has also been picked up by old media’s newspapers and TV to write a book on citizen journalism? After all, Carlos Miller has pioneered this new field of independent journalism and popularised it in his blog, Photography Is Not A Crime.Read More

Enforcing accountability with cameras

March 22, 2015 | 1

PAUL KITANO edits a collection of writing around the sharing economy, citizen media and co-ops in the online magazine, Medium.

One of his recent posts was about how the presence of citizens with phone cameras can bring better behaviour and … Read More

In  2025, what will your kids be doing for a living?

March 20, 2015 |

This is a story inspired by the article:

The iEverything and the Redistribution Imperative:

The link to the article was circulated on social media by farmer and fair food advocate, Michael Croft.

THIS IS another article in a growing … Read More

A new apple future for Tasmania – any hope?

March 18, 2015 |

MY ARRIVAL in Tasmania coincided with the collapse of the state’s apple industry. I remember it… farmers in despair as their orchards rapidly fell in value, people expressing their fears about the state’s farming future, lots of apples but … Read More

Lib-Dems offer little hope for a fair food future

March 18, 2015 |

THIS IS A STORY of surprise, hope and disappointment.Read More

In the scrub, by the bay — a rediscovery

March 15, 2015 |

IT WAS AT THE END of 2104, December, when I accidentally rediscovered the Tyler family graves.

My discovery of them was back in the 1970s when I was with a group bushwalking down that way. The only person I recall … Read More

Towards Permaculture 3.0

March 9, 2015 | 2

Is is time, then for a new version of the permaculture design system so that it can continue to offer the solutions we need?Read More

In the Anthropocene… What role for permaculture?

March 5, 2015 | 2

I STARTED WRITING this paper as a background handout for a group direction-finding session planned for APC12 (the twelfth Australasian Permaculture Convergence)…Read More

Submission: Victorian Greens Animal Policy Review 2015

March 1, 2015 |

Following is a submission to the Victorian Greens Animals policy review as invited by email circulated in February 2015.Read More

A food-filled evening with the teachers

March 1, 2015 |

KAREN raided her parent’s garden in Orange, a small city out on the flat lands of NSW’s middle western reaches. Then she hopped the fence to collect from the neighbour’s lemon and … Read More

Both inspiring and instructive: Vandana Shiva in Sydney

February 26, 2015 |

I ATTENDED two of global food sovereignty advocate, Vandana Shiva’s appearances in Sydney this February. It was the second event that I found most interesting, but more on that later.

To walk past the display tables at Vandana’s Friday evening … Read More

Searching for halal

February 25, 2015 |

Graphic: Peter Broelman. See more of Peter’s work: Used with permission.

AFTER I WROTE an article about would-be politician, Kirralie Smith, who then wanted to stand for Fred Nile’s party that caters to those occupying the distant badlands of … Read More

Love your enemies… for they are a great source of humour

February 22, 2015 |

HOW TO CONFUSE YOUR ENEMIES… with their own hashtag…

Here’s something interesting that happened this month, and it demostrates the fine art of reframing arguments so as to turn them against their perpetrators.

The self-named Islamic State (IS), otherwise known … Read More