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Welcome to 89.1 Radio Blue Mountains

89.1 Radio Blue Mountains is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community radio station serving the upper and mid Blue Mountains since 1993 and broadcasting 24 hours a day from its studio in Gang Gang Street, Katoomba.

The station is committed to providing a radio service for the whole community with a diverse range of programming.

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Music From My Collection, Monday Drive Time, with Paul Cosgrave 4 – 6pm

Monday Drive Time, with Paul Cosgrave

Paul’s season of ‘songs with something to say’ continues with his usual eclectic mix of genres including World Party’s Put The Message In The Box, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s classic composition Universal Soldier.

We’ll hear another anti-war song from Neil Young and fellow Canadian Tia McGraff sings that Hope Is Everything.  XTC drops the bucket on suburban values very hard indeed;  and Francis Cabrel sings hauntingly about the need to tell children more often just how much they mean to us (see full playlist).

Business comment, news, weather, rail and traffic complete Monday’s drive time mix.  You can send comment and requests via pwp.com@gmail.com, or via this website.

Playlist July 28 2014

World Party – Put The Message In The Box

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier

Melissa Etheridge – I Need To Wake Up

Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love

Kinks – Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

Neil Young – Flags Of Freedom      

Ben Lee – We’re All In This Together

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie – Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Tia McGraff – Hope Is Everything

Gerry Rafferty – Garden Of England

George Harrison – My Sweet Lord

Francis Cabrel – Il Faudra Leur Dire

XTC – Respectable St

Heartwood – Rock & Roll Range

Richard Fariña – Birmingham Sunday

Eagles – Take It Easy

Nina Simone – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

The Hilliard Ensemble with Jan Garbarek – Agnus Dei

Arcade Fire – Sprawl 2 (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry

Michael Franti – Everyone Deserves Music

The Christians – Ideal World

Barbara Dickson – Caravan

Dick Gaughan – Freedom Come All Ye


RBM website image:   Canada’s Montreal based indie band, Arcade Fire (image wikipedia commons)


Blankets calling

Blackheath Knitwits and the Fibre Arts Group is hosting a Wrap With Love Knit-In and Sew Up day on Friday 1st August at the Blackheath Golf Club from 9.30am to 2pm

Call Yvonne on 4787 5392 or Dot on 4787 7610


Australia’s first female Nobel Prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn was awarded this most prestigious prize in 2009 in Physiology of Medicine by showing the relationship between the erosion of telomere and aging and for discovering an enzyme, telomerase, that restores telomere.

The physiological fallout of stress erode telomeres directly, with devastating consequences for our health. Age-related conditions from osteoarthritis, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and stroke have all been linked to shortened telomeres.

The good news is that Blackburn found that meditation, in particular Kirtan Kriya, a yogic musical chanting meditation can produce telomerase, thereby counteracting stress, cancerous and aging processes.

‘A pilot study of dementia caregivers, carried out with UCLA’s Irwin and published in 2013, found that volunteers who did an ancient chanting meditation called Kirtan Kriya,12 minutes a day for eight weeks, had significantly higher telomerase activity than a control group who listened to relaxing music.’

We are fortunate in the Blue Mountains that a foremost expert in meditation, Swami Chintan, who taught at the Bihar Yoga University in India, established by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, has just established a Meditation Centre in Leura.

She is to conduct a powerful musical meditation workshop in Kirtan for the general public. So, if you are interested in a research proven effective and delightful way of meditating and producing telomerase, thereby counteracting stress and the ravages of aging, this is your chance to learn Kirtan.

Kirtan Workshop (musical meditation)
Date: Sat 2nd Aug
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: 2 Watkins Rd, Leura
Bookings: Chintanshuddhi 0401210480 or email chintanshuddhi@gmail.com

Blackheath Philosophy Forum – THIS SATURDAY’S TALK


Our next forum will be at 4pm this coming Saturday 26 July at Blackheath Community Centre, corner of Gardiner Crescent and the Great Western Highway, Blackheath..


Noam Chomsky’s linguistic theory known as Generative Grammar has given insight into the uniqueness of the human language faculty, which he claims is largely innate rather than learned. Every aspect of Chomsky’s theory has been hotly disputed by philosophers who have objected to his methods and claims. Our speaker will explore these controversies – and argue that Chomsky was right.

Peter Slezak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of NSW.

Admission $10 (includes coffee/tea and snacks). The hall is heated and has wheelchair access.


Learn to use Publisher and PowerPoint to promote your small business or community project


The course will include:
• Create posters, fliers, calendars, brochures, business cards and more, using Microsoft Publisher
• Develop and deliver an engaging presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint
• Pathways to employment, business and /or higher level courses

NOTE: You must have completed a TAFE Outreach Introduction to Computers course, or have existing basic computing skills, to enrol

Classes held at BANC on Wednesday from 9am to 11.30am (till 17 September)

Phone BANC on 4787 7770 to register or for more information

Music From My Collection: Monday Drive Time with Paul Cosgrave 4 – 6pm

Paul returns from vacation with a program season of ‘songs with something to say’.  Over the next few weeks you’ll hear music that’s been written to make a difference, and this Monday the selection includes Peter Gabriel’s Games Without Frontiers and a superb cover version of the great song Peace Train by Cat Stevens, from 10,000 Maniacs.  There’ll be something a little rarer, too, from Syrian singer Lena Chamamyam – her haunting tune Love In Damascus.

Also included will be Australian artists Archie Roach and Headband, plus the Grateful Dead, John Prine, Bob Dylan and Canadians Tia McGraff and Rita MacNeil (see full playlist). 

Paul tells the sad story of Arturo the Polar Bear, imprisoned in a provincial zoo in Argentina, and the online petition to have him moved to better facilities in Canada (please sign at http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/please-allow-arturo-to-have-a-better-life-in-the-assiniboine-park-zoo-in-canada ).

Business comment, news, weather, rail and traffic complete Monday’s drive time mix.  You can send comment and requests via pwp.com@gmail.com, or via this website.

Playlist July 21 2014

Richard Ashcroft – Music Is Power

Lena Chamamyam – Love In Damascus

Chinowiso Maraire – Everyone’s Child

Kiki Dee – Lovin & Free

Headband – Land of Supercars

Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers

Grateful Dead – Ripple

Ozark Mountain Daredevils – It’ll Shine When It Shines

Moody Blues – Burn Slowly The Candle Of Life

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Audience With The Man

Tia McGraff – Hope Is Everything

Pink Floyd – Your Possible Pasts

Peter & Gordon – World Without Love

10,000 Maniacs – Peace Train

Cat Stevens – Father & Son

Bob Dylan – With God On Your Side

Dan Fogelberg – Changing Horses

Rita MacNeil – Working Man

John Prine – Souvenirs

Archie Roach – They Took The Children Away

G Wayne Thomas – Open Up Your Heart

Suzanne Vega – Luka

Don Maclean – Vincent

Kinks – Days

Gerry Rafferty – Garden of England


RBM website image:   Syrian singer, Lena Chamamyam, image courtesy wikipedia commons (lenachamamyam.net)