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The West End Festival made a welcome return to our suburb on the weekend, with good crowds enjoying the music, entertainment, market stalls and discussion groups, etc. Festival organisers were happy with turnout, and should be congratulated for their efforts.

The weekend also saw Sanity Fair happening down at Musgrave Park as part of Mental Health Week, a fun and informative event making our communities a place where everyone feels respected, heard and valued. 

Oh well, when the mainstream media if full of doom and gloom, and rumours of war, what else is there to do but celebrate the things that make life worth living?

Cheers, and have a good read. 

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West End Festival 2014

West End Festival 2014

The West End Festival proved itself to be the community celebration of everything that's wonderful about West End. Special thanks must go to Festival Director Sarah Gall and Festival Manager Jess EarthClan, two women that continue to contribute massively to making West End the great place that it is. Also thanks to the many helpers behind the scenes and a … Read more.

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‘coal is good for humanity’ … really?

‘coal is good for humanity’ … really?

Tony Abbott’s comment last week that ‘coal is good for humanity,’ while opening the Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah, shows the Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate crisis we face. “People will be shaking their heads in disbelief at the Prime Minister’s alarming comment today, and future generations will wonder how our Prime Minister …Read more.

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Night Sky Fireworks

Night Sky Fireworks

The night sky for the rest of this month is looking good with a nice, almost full Moon coming up to ogle. It’s a great target for the novice telescope owner as well because it’s just so easy to find. It’s also a good week ahead for watching the Orionids meteor shower visible across most of Queensland starting tonight, with … Read more.

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Tough times for Queensland's carers

Tough times for our carers

A new report out today has found that Queensland carers are significantly more likely to live in poverty than non-carers. Carers Queensland’s annual Quality of Life survey has found that almost half of carers struggle to afford everyday basics, such as food, housing and power bills. The survey, sent out to unpaid family carers across Queensland, found that half of …Read more.

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ETHICS, WITH OR WITHOUT GOD

ETHICS, WITH OR WITHOUT GOD

Ethics: with or without God is written from the author’s unique perspective: theological training as a Christian minister, social justice engagement across several decades, combined with an academic career teaching and researching applied ethics in secular universities. From this cross disciplinary perspective, Noel Preston outlines a common ethical vision and spirituality for humanity; and whether religious belief can be part … Read more.

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Find out more at the website

ANTI-POVERTY WEEK 12-18 October 2014

More than 400 activities will be held around Australia as part of Anti-Poverty Week 2014. About 1,000 organisations and more than 20,000 people will participate. Activities and events Activities during the Week will include launches, forums, workshops, awards, exhibitions, fund-raisers, publications, presentations, addresses, festivals and many other activities focussing on different aspects of poverty and hardship at home and abroad. …Read more.

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Dot Espresso's sheep Ewan

Southbank sheep rustler avoids Baas in no Ramification amnesty

South Bank Corporation is putting the call out to retrieve one its most beloved retailer icons. On Saturday night, dot. espresso’s resident sheep (affectionately known by staff as Ewan), was stolen from its home outside the store in Stanley Street Plaza. dot. espresso’s proprietor, Megan Dugdale, is urging the thieves to return the sheep, as ‘he’ has become a significant …Read more.

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Tony Abbott: The chip on Australia's shoulder

Tony Abbott: The chip on Australia's shoulder

Some interesting commentary from Timothy Bancroft-Hinchley, an English journalist working for Pravda.  I would advise Russia's President Vladimir Putin to wash his hands carefully and sterilize them after shaking the paw offered to him by Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the forthcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane. It is not about Ebola Virus Disease, it is about the disease called … Read more.

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Concentration camp victims

Nauru concentration camp message claims unreported suicide

A message just in from Offshore Processing Centre 3 (OPC3) on Nauru claims that a resident commited suicide on October 2. This latest tragedy from Australia's concentration camps has not been reported elsewhere and Westender so far has no corroborating evidence. The message dated October 3 is ... In this picture asylum seekers hold their hands up and shouting mottos " … Read more.

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