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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 4.00pm with Paul Cosgrave – 24 November

Monday drive brings you more music from the collection of host, Paul Cosgrave, and Paul has something of a French theme this week (24/11), with two tracks from singers Keren Ann and Berry and the faux-French Si Si Je Suis Un Rock Star, from Bill Wyman.

You’ll hear some classic 70s music from Frank Zappa and Wishbone Ash, plus music from Blue Mountains composer Oliver Downes and Canada’s Tia McGraff.  Lana Del Rey, Jon & Vangelis and Elvis Costello also feature’ along with another cut from the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River (see full playlist). 

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

Playlist Nov 24 2014

Coldplay – Yellow

Amber Lawrence – Superhero

Sinead Lohan – To Ramona

Keren Ann – Ailleurs

Wishbone Ash – Blowin’ Free

Frank Zappa – Rubber Shirt / Sheik Yerbouti Tango

Lana Del Rey – Ride 

Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home

Church – Destination

Gaby Moreno – Lejos

Oliver Downes – At The End

Pink Floyd – Anisina

Elvis Costello – Alison                      

The Who – Sunrise

Berry – Plus Loin

Tia McGraff – Christmas In Hebden Bridge

Ross Wilson – Get My Hands On You

Bill Wyman – Si Si Je Suis Un Rock Star

Soul Asylum – Runaway Train

Tanita Tikaram – Sighing Innocents          

Zero 7 – Give It Away

Joe Zawinul – Mountain Waters

Laura Veirs – Sun Song

Kimmie Rhodes – West Texas Heaven

Yonder Mountain String Band – Wind’s On Fire


  RBM website image:   Frank Zappa

Hands on Books

booksJennifer Nathan is a volunteer in Sulawesi (Indonesia). She posted this on her FB page the other day.

Here’s her post:

Hands on Books
One of our intrepid volunteers left Kendari the other day and cleaned out the bookshelf at the guesthouse where she’s been staying for the past few months – a collection of old, classic and modern fiction left behind by volunteers of days gone by.

I took the novels into the English Department yesterday and Oh My! I’ve never seen such excitement, joy and delight at the mere sight of a book. There was swooning and a tiny bit of scrambling. I heard one teacher educator, in her late 20s, say in a dreamy, wistful voice, ‘Ooww! This is the first time I’ve ever had my hands on an English novel.’

Can you imagine?

I’ve been tossing and turning and wondering, ‘How can we get more books?’

We’ve sent requests to publishers: no response. We’ve sent requests to philanthropic organisations: no response. We’ve sent requests to government funding bodies and received discouraging emails with complex and time consuming grant applications to be pitted against tough competition for a few hundred dollars.

Now I’m asking you, please:

Go to your bookshelf and select 2 novels – soft cover, less than 200 pages each.

I think that’s about 500gm. Don’t pick your favourites or the ones you can’t live without but 2 good books.

Write a brief note about the books, ‘I’m giving you this book because …’ and slip it between the covers. Include your name and address if you don’t mind. Or not.

Walk or drive to your nearest post office. Take $20 with you. The postage will cost $12.80 airmail or $16.65 with delivery confirmation.

Pop the books into a jiffy bag and address it to HANDS ON BOOKS, Universitas Muhammadiyah, Jl K.H. Ahmad Dahlan, No.10, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Buy yourself an ice-cream on the way home.

Return to this page and send me a message to let me know what you’ve done.

Share this post.

Give yourself a big hug and another one from me and another from the English teachers and learners of Kendari, southeast Sulawesi.

Do it. NOW. It could make an incredible difference to someone’s life. Maybe yours.

Music From My Collection: Monday Drive Time 4.00pm with Paul Cosgrave

Paul returns after a week’s break with tracks from Grace Barbé, Guatemala’s Gaby Moreno, the Martin Barre Band, Steely Dan live and the new release, Infinity Street, from Melbourne’s Sui Zhen.  And you’ll hear a charming movement from Beethoven’s String Trio in E flat major by the chamber ensemble Three Piece Suite, recorded live by Paul in Blackheath.

Monday’s Music From My Collection (Nov 17) also features a track from the brand new Pink Floyd album, released just last week, plus tributes to Manitas de Plata and Acker Bilk;  and there’s a quirky bit of news about Britain’s ‘emergency poet’, Deborah Alma, followed by a poem for Nick Drake written by his mother and read by his sister, Gabrielle (see full playlist). 

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

Playlist Nov 17 2014

The Who – Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand

Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen  

Gaby Moreno – Y Tu Sombra

Sui Zhen – Infinity Street

The Corries – Lock The Door Lariston

Manitas De Plata – Unnamed Flamenco Guitar Improvisation

Emergency Poet Deborah Alma

Nick Drake (+ Poem) – Chime Of A City Clock

Three Piece Suite – Beethoven’s String Trio, E flat maj Opus3 (5th movement)

Grace Barbé – Afro-Sega

Coldplay – Fix You

Cass Greaves – It’s Lonely At The Top

Ted Mulry Gang – Darktown Strutters Ball 1976             

Jethro Tull – Living In The Past 1969

Martin Barre Band – live at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2013

Steely Dan Live – Barrytown (live)

Doobie Bros / Michael McDonald – Takin’ It To The Streets

Philemon – Stowaway

Marianne Faithfull – Ruby Tuesday rehearsal

Keren Ann – Ailleurs           

Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore

Pink Floyd – Skins

Rolling Stones – Get Off My Cloud

Belinda Wickens – In The Eye Of The Beholder

Church – Destination

RBM website image:   Belinda Wickens


Position Vacant – Project Officer

Project Officer – “Heads Up For Fire” community fire preparation program

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre is seeking a Project Officer to lead a newly funded initiative to develop a local area response to bush fire preparation. The program, called HUFF or Heads Up For Fire, involves setting up small area “hubs” in the Blackheath and Mt Victoria towns in which residents provide mutual support to prepare for emergencies. The model has already been successfully developed in part and this project enables the initiative to be spread out across both the towns.  The Project Officer be energetic and innovative and will have experience working with diverse community, understanding and ideally experience in the disaster preparation and response sector, excellent communication skills, strong documentation skills (social media, website included) and capacity to work flexible hours.

For more information including a position description click here.

The Saturday with Anna on 30 October

This Saturday on The Saturday Zone Anna will be featuring the new album from Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence – as well as music from popular African singer Angelique Kidjo and her album Black Ivory Soul. Anna will also feature music from Federico Aubele from Argentina, Mountains band Griffschen, Italian based Brazilian band Nossa Alma Canta and Togo singer-songwriter Afia Mala among other contemporary international artists.