Damien Leith Returns

I was joined in the 98.5 Sonshine FM studios this morning by 2006 Australian Idol, Damien Leith. It was his second visit to my morning programme.

The Irish born singer-songwriter, who won the hearts and votes of the nation during Australian Idol 2006, has been working solidly since we last chatted back in July. In the past couple of months he’s released the single ’22 Steps’, then his album ‘Where We Land’ was released, debuting at number one. His new single ‘All I Want is You’ is out now and getting some good airplay around the country.

On top of all the music, Damien has released his first novel, One More Time. The book follows the adventure of Sean, an adventurer who becomes caught up in the mystery of Nepal as he treks through the spectacular Annapurna Mountains and deep into guerilla territory. It’s been described as part love story, part thriller.

Damien was once again a pleasure to interview and it felt like catching up with an old friend. Unfortunately, his tight schedule meant that we didn’t have as much time to chat as I would have liked. I’m hoping he’ll return sometime so that we can continue the conversation.

You can listen to our interview using the media player below.

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Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

He’s still not willing to offer an apology but Australia’s Prime Minister has finally conceded that our indigenous people should be recognised in our constitution.

John Howard delivered a speech this evening taking extra care to avoid the word ‘sorry’. Mr Howard is well known for speaking without notes but tonight’s statement was carefully scripted.

I was pleased to hear him admit that he had made mistakes in the reconciliation process and that he had changed his attitude on certain indigenous issues.

This article at News.com.au tells us that if the Coalition is re-elected we’ll have a referendum within 18 months to decide if the majority of Aussies want to officially show our original Australians some of the respect they deserve.

PRIME Minister John Howard has announced plans to hold a referendum on whether indigenous Australians should be recognised within the preamble to the Constitution.

“If I am re-elected, I will put to the Australian people within 18 months a referendum to formally recognise indigenous Australians within our Constitution,” he said tonight.

Mr Howard said there was a “deep yearning in our national psyche” to find a positive and permanent solution to the issue of reconciliation.

While many are sure to see today’s announcement as a cynical election stunt, at least it’s a move in the right direction. I would hope to see such a referendum pass with a massive majority.

It is Labor Party policy to offer our indigenous people a full apology for the way they’ve been treated since Australia’s white settlers arrived over 200 years ago. While John Howard has moved forward in his attitudes, an apology is unlikely if he retains power at this year’s Federal Election.

“I have never felt comfortable with the dominant paradigm for indigenous policy, one based on the shame and guilt of non-indigenous Australians (and) a repudiation of the Australia I grew up in,” he said.

“In the end I could not accept that reconciliation required a condemnation of the Australian heritage I had loved and owned.”

Mr Howard said reconciliation based on a symbolic apology “would only reinforce a culture of victimhood and take us backwards”.

He said a new definition of reconciliation that recognised indigenous heritage but also emphasised integration, rather than separation, was needed.

Whichever way the upcoming election goes I hope we can move towards a fairer Australia for all.

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The Nanny Diaries

Scarlett Johansson’s new movie, The Nanny Diaries, has recently been released in Australian cinemas.

The Nanny Diaries tells the story of the emotional and often humorous journey of Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), a young woman from a working-class neighbourhood in New Jersey, struggling to understand her place in the world.

Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world, although Annie would prefer to trade in her blackberry for an anthropologist’s field diary.

Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side – as remote from Annie’s suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply “the X’s.” She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs X (Laura Linney) and her precocious son, Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr X (Paul Giamatti).

Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous neighbour of the X’s (Chris Evans), whom she nicknames Harvard Hottie, and is forced to explore what she wants to do with her life.

I’ve seen it advertised on TV and it looks OK but I thought I’d get some expert help in deciding if it’s worth spending a couple of hours to watch it.

One of the segments on my morning radio programme at 98.5 Sonshine FM is a fortnightly look at what’s on at the movies.

Aaron Kamp has been reviewing movies for some time and he posts his reviews at Cinemaniac. Every couple of weeks we look at what’s in the cinemas and what’s new on DVD.

Today Aaron put The Nanny Diaries under the microscope and although he reckons it’ll be more popular with female than male audiences he thinks there are some good themes in the movie.

Have you seen the movie or do you plan to see it? If you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts? Worth the price of admission?

Click play on the media player below to hear what Aaron had to say about The Nanny Diaries.

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Wish Upon a Crane

There’s a Japanese myth that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you’ll be granted a wish.

Wish Upon A Crane is a fund raising initiaitive supporting the work of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Tomorrow morning thousands of paper cranes will be sold to raise money for the cause and along the way the organisers are hoping to break a world record. They’re hoping that someone will be able to fold 100 cranes in less than 90 minutes.

I spoke to one of the event’s organisers, Chris Marchegiani, on 98.5 Sonshine FM this morning.

Around 25 000 cranes have already been folded, using used paper, by school students, businesses and the general community. Throughout tomorrow the cranes will be sold for a gold coin donation.

It’s all happening between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. tomorrow at Sir Charles Promenade, Curtin University, Bentley.

If you’d like the full story you can listen to my conversation with Chris using the media player below.

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What blogs are you reading?

I don’t know how often you read this blog. Maybe daily, weekly, monthly or perhaps this is your first visit.

Anyhow, this post isn’t about this blog, it’s about other blogs that you read regularly.

I’d love to know which blogs you enjoy reading on a regular basis. How do you decide which blogs will become daily or weekly reads?

How about leaving the details of a few of your favourites in the comments section of this post? You can let me know why you like particular blogs or just leave a list.

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