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I’m very sorry that this is only for people in Perth but I’m going to mention it anyway.

Pauline entered this photo into the Smile with Centro Photography Competition recently and it’s been selected as one of the twenty finalists at our local Centro Shopping Centre, the Galleria in Morley.

It’s a picture I took when I was in India in 2005.

We visited an orphanage and were surrounded by a mass of happy smiling kids. I lifted my camera above the throng and clicked.

The main reason I love India is the Indian people and the children in India are particularly delightful. I might share a few more of the photos I took at the orphanage sometime soon.

Enough of my reminiscing, you just want to know how to grab the cash.

If you can make it to the Galleria, head to the centre and check out the 20 photos on display. Then grab an entry form from one of the local shops and fill in your details. Then select photo number ‘1’ as the photo that made you smile. If you forget the number just look for the photo with ‘Rodney Olsen’ printed below it.

If my photo gets the most votes I win a wonderful prize, but simply by voting, you’ll be in the running to win $5000.

Thanks for your help on this one and all the best for winning the $5000.

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Lost in Traffik

Andrew Frazer is a full time volunteer staff member at Youth With A Mission, Perth.

He recently returned from a two week documentary trip with a team of 8 photographers and artists through Thailand. The focus for the trip was to highlight the horrific practice of Child Trafficking and the circumstances that allow such an industry to exist.

One of the results of the trip is an exhibition titled Lost In Traffik displaying photography and art from the time in Thailand.

Thousands of children continue to be bought and sold across our world. Some are forced into child labour, some are used as child soldiers and many are sold into the sex trade. It’s a horrific situation that makes millions of dollars for those who trade children while many thousands of lives are destroyed.

Andrew joined me on my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM to talk about the experience and the exhibition. You can hear Andrew’s story by using the media player at the bottom of this post.

Can I encourage you to take some time to hear what he has to say? It’s an important topic that deserves our attention and our action.

The exhibition will be held at 150 Claisebrook Road, East Perth this Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9:00. Funds raised through the exhibition will be channelled directly back into the ministries that Andrew and his team partnered with during the course of their trip.

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Hmm Hmm Hmm

What a brilliant idea.

How many times have you had a melody stuck in your head but you just can’t work out the name of the song? Sometimes I get fragments of melody going around in my brain and I try to force myself to remember the next line so that I can work out what it is but it just doesn’t come.

According to this story from News.com.au the answer has arrived ….. almost.

We should soon be able to hum into our computers and then let them try to remember the song.

Sandra Uitdenbogerd, a computer science expert has spent the last ten years developing advanced music-recognising technology. She says the technology recognises melody and then searches the internet to track down information about the song.

I guess it won’t be long before the technology is linked to Amazon or iTunes so that we can hum into our computers and then be given the option of buying the song we want. I reckon it’d make life a lot easier for music stores.

I know it’d make it a lot easier for those of us working in radio. When a listener calls up asking about some obscure song they think we’ve played it’d make life so much simpler to have them hum what they know of the melody.

Are there songs that you wish you could remember? Do you have obscure melodies floating around in your head that you wish you could track down? What do you usually do when you’re trying to work out the name of a song?

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