Author: Kerrod Trott

Is this the world’s oldest hip-hop crew?

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017, you’re invited to join us for a humorous and inspiring morning learning about ‘Hip Op-eration’, the world’s oldest hip hop dance group. Billie Jordan started the Hip Op-eration Crew, a hip hop dance group with members aged 72 to 97, as part of her own recovery from trauma and abuse. Whether you love dance or not, come along for morning tea and to hear the inspiring story of how Billie changed the lives of her elderly neighbours as they changed hers. Presented by Caxton Legal Centre as part of World...

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Local schools to get much-needed boost

Two new schools will open in the inner-city in Brisbane, and another will be significantly expanded, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to deliver better education for all Queensland students. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the State Budget would include a $500 million Building Future Schools Fund to build new schools, secure land in Queensland’s fastest growing regions and create 1500 jobs over five years in delivering the initiative. Ms Palaszczuk said through the Fund, the Advancing Inner City Schools initiative will: deliver a new state secondary school at the former Fortitude Valley State School site in partnership with...

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Who doesn’t like dressing up?

History Alive: A Journey Through Time is a not-for-profit family-friendly community festival held at Fort Lytton National Park this weekend. The event is presented by Queensland Living History Federation and run by passionate volunteers. The iconic Fort Lytton National Park is the perfect backdrop for such a unique event where more than 500 re-enactors and historians portray and display almost 10,000 years of history. History Alive aims to bring Fort Lytton National Park to life by inviting re-enactment and community history groups from all over Queensland to share their passion for history through entertaining and informative representations and displays for...

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Support grows for Brisbane peace activists

A growing number of veterans, and relative of veterans, have signed a statement supporting the recent removal of a sword embedded in a cross at a WW1 memorial in Toowong cemetery, Brisbane. The sword was then beaten into a garden hoe in what is known as a “ploughshares action”. The support statement describes the act by the pacifist Catholic Worker activists as “an act of repair”. Among others, signatories include a British SAS veteran from the recent invasion of Iraq, an 85 year old D-Day Royal Navy veteran, U.S. Vietnam veterans and Australians whose relatives served in World War...

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Got a story to tell? Tell Roly

If you have a short story you’re proud of, Roly Sussex would be delighted to hear from you, and perhaps award you $7,500 as part of The ESU-Roly Sussex Short Story Award 2017 The English Speaking Union, QLD is running the competition, and Professor Sussex is a Consultant to the Judging Panel. He is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland and is a former chairman of the State Library of Queensland. He speaks Russian, French, Polish, Czech and Latin and is one of Australia’s...

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