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- 03/25/15--19:25: _Rock or Bust AC/DC
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- 03/30/15--19:13: _Barunga Festival 2015
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- 04/27/15--19:03: _Nightcliff Sea Bree...
- 05/01/15--17:30: _Unboxing with Mike ...
- 05/05/15--18:42: _Italian Festival May 9
- 05/05/15--18:58: _Cobain: Montage of ...
- 05/06/15--18:15: _NT volunteers despe...
- 05/10/15--17:22: _Greg & Ali live it up
- 05/13/15--19:51: _Anzac Day poem
- 05/18/15--18:18: _Northline Speedway
- 05/25/15--19:20: _Tropical Garden Spe...
- 02/22/15--17:47: Be Crocwise with Greg & Ali
- 03/01/15--16:49: Pink Stumps Day Saturday March 7
- 03/09/15--18:58: Greg’s Vinyl Vault – February 10
- 03/18/15--19:29: Rage returns with top 20
- 03/22/15--19:34: Kakadu Klash 2015 results
- 03/24/15--19:13: Territory Made Designer Markets
- 03/25/15--19:25: Rock or Bust AC/DC
- 03/29/15--19:37: Apia Good Times 2015 in Darwin
- 03/30/15--19:13: Barunga Festival 2015
- 03/31/15--19:29: The Walking Dead season 5 finale
- 04/26/15--19:48: Join Greg & Ali Starlight Day at the Cav
- 04/27/15--19:03: Nightcliff Sea Breeze Festival
- 05/01/15--17:30: Unboxing with Mike Tyson
- 05/05/15--18:42: Italian Festival May 9
- 05/05/15--18:58: Cobain: Montage of Heck
- 05/06/15--18:15: NT volunteers desperately needed
- 05/10/15--17:22: Greg & Ali live it up
- 05/13/15--19:51: Anzac Day poem
- 05/18/15--18:18: Northline Speedway
- 05/25/15--19:20: Tropical Garden Spectacular this weekend
Every Monday morning at 8.20 Greg & Ali are joined by Michael Barritt from Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory chatting about Crocwise.
With the flooding rain we’ve been having lately it has been an ideal time for Crocs to seek new areas as they look to make the most of the abundant food supply and new territory.
Your feedback is important in reducing the risk of crocodile attacks. If you witness or encounter a crocodile that is behaving aggressively or that has moved into a location that is a treat to human safety, please report it to the Crocodile Management team on 8999 4691 or 0419 822 859.
You can check more of the great work the team do buy clicking HERE
Stump up for the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Stump challenge this Saturday when the NT Police, NT Fire, St John Ambulance and the 1st Combat Signal Regiment from the Army battle it out at Marrara Cricket Ground from 9am.
There’ll be a sausage sizzle at the cost of a gold coin donation. All proceeds collected on the day will help the McGrath Foundation raise money to place McGrath Breast care nurses in communities across Australia as well as increasing breast awareness in young women.
Be sure to wear pink. If you require further information please phone Annette Mertin - 0434 090 522
Every weekday at 6.20am Greg digs into the Vinyl Vault to celebrate an artist’s birthday or event in music from past years.
On February 10, 1993, Oprah sat down with Michael Jackson for what would be the most-watched interview in television history. Michael, a fiercely private entertainer, had refused to give an interview for 14 years. The unprecedented live event, which took place before any allegations were made about sexual abuse, drew a worldwide audience of 90 million people. "It was the most exciting interview I had ever done," Oprah says. "It certainly was going to be the most watched interview I had ever done."
Great news is at hand for those of us who enjoy moving as little as possible on Saturday mornings. There is no need to feel guilty about staying in your boxers or dressing gown anymore because ABC's Rage is reinstating a top 20 countdown.
The show lived up to its name when it angered devoted viewers by slashing its top 50 in mid-2006 and playing videos freeform. But nearly a decade after that controversial decision, a new segment called The Chart will hit silver screens from this Saturday (21/3/15).
It will countdown 20 of the most popular videos from the ARIA singles chart.
This is terrific if you’ve just come home from a night out on Mitchell St with an Iced Coffee in one hand and the sauce from the just eaten Kabab covering the other.
It will air weekly on Rage from 6am to 8am on Saturdays on ABC, and you can enjoy it all over again on Sundays at 9.30pm on ABC3.
Rage has been part of Saturday morning rituals since it first aired in 1987 and it has outlasted other music television programs Soul Train and Video Hits.
High water temperature and big tides made it tough for anglers at this years Kakadu Klash 2015 on the South Alligator River. 40 teams battled it out over three days from Thursday, March 19.
The competition has anglers recording their biggest barra of the day. Length sizes are collated and the team with the highest score wins the $9000 in prizemoney.
Greg and Ali from ‘Wake Up’ on Mix 104.9 presented the results on Saturday night at Aurora Kakadu.
RESULTS: THIRD – Team Kokoda (Dave, Dwanye & Rocque) with a total of 240cm. SECOND – Team Fusion (Michael, Daniel & Scotty) 248cm FIRST – Beast of Bourbon (Dave, Doug & Bradley) 254cm.
Special mention must go to Scott Partridge of Team Fusion who scored the biggest barra of the tournament with 118cm caught on the first day.
Mix 104.9 will continue to co-sponsor this premier fishing event in the Territory.
Calling all Territory designers, artisans and producers…
The first Territory Made designer markets to be held monthly will kick off on Sunday April 12th at the Darwin Botanic Gardens and organisers are calling out for local NT creatives of all kinds to come out of the closet and submit for a spot on the field to display their wares to a wider audience.
Formerly known as the Etsy Markets, new owner and NT local Sarah Price wanted a place where NT artisans and creatives could showcase their wares for all to see. “I’ve re-branded and relaunched these monthly markets so they better reflect the Territory spirit and design perspective. Having worked in the arts much of my professional life I know that us Territorian’s have an eclectic design ethic, and my intention is to curate a market that best showcases this aspect of our innovative artisans and creative communities,” says Sarah Price.
The markets will be curated based on the principals of quality, creativity, diversity and innovation. Products must be designed and created in the Territory by Territorians. Currently the organisers are looking for products on the ‘edgier’ side to complete an already comprehensive selection of approximately 50 stalls including fashion, home-wares, gift-wares, garden-ware and loads of delicious foods and drinks including a bubble tea store and organic juice stall. On the food side there’ll be gourmet [a’la Territory style versions of] hot dogs, pies, pastries along with gluten free and raw food cakes and sweets options. All food is handmade locally using local and organic ingredients where possible.
“I want to get creators to come out of their spare rooms, their garages and home studios. We have a place for them now, one that can deliver their uniquely local wares to a wider audience”.
Being a digital marketing professional Sarah Price is currently working on adding an e-commerce back-end to the Territory Made market so that visitors and locals alike can stay in touch with the latest collections and ranges to be released and available on the ground and online. “With so many tourists it only makes sense that we provide an ongoing platform accessible worldwide”, says Sarah.
There are also plans is to take Territory Made designer markets to all key NT regions ensuring a solid platform for creative industries Territory-wide.
Once the Dry season comes along the day will extend into the night with a bar and live entertainment. But starting Sunday 12th April you can bring the whole family down for some quality retail therapy while doing your thing to contribute to the local economy; you can sit back in the chill-out corner chewing on a gourmet burger reading a magazine from the on-site library while the young-uns go wild in the Kids Zone.
Territory Made designer markets will be held every second Sunday of the month starting 12th April at 10am>>4pm. For those wishing to submit an application for a stall please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah on 0423 132 594.
2015 dates are;
Sunday 12th April
Sunday 24th May
Sunday 14th June
Sunday 19th July
Sunday 16th August
Sunday 13th September
The Territory Made markets will continue throughout the year in air-conditioned venues to be advised in due course. To find out more and sign up for regular newsletters go HERE
Greg & Ali on Friday (27th March) will give you the two final opportunities to get you name in the barrel too see AC/DC in Germany. To celebrate Greg’s getting dressed up as Brian Johnson and Ali will don the Angus Young school outfit.
For those about to Rock….we salute you.
APIA GOOD TIMES TOUR BACK & BIGGER THAN EVER.
Brian Cadd, Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano & Glenn Shorrock on stage together at Darwin Entertainment Centre on Tuesday May 19.
Back by popular demand for a third year, Apia are proud to present the 2015 Apia Good Times Tour - back, bigger and better than ever! This year’s lineup features legendary Aussie performers Brian Cadd (who could double as Santa Claus in December), Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano and Glenn Shorrock.
These celebrated entertainers will come together to perform their best hits for a show that will have audiences across the country rocking out to the good times.Date/Time Tuesday 19 May 8:00pm Darwin Entertainment Centre Full Price: $89.00.
Greg And Ali on ‘Wake Up’ catch up with Glenn Shorrock on Tuesday (31/3/15) morning at 8.40.
The countdown is on to the annual Barunga Festival which celebrates 30 years of art and music in 2015 with performances by Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher and Neil Murray.
The festival is held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 5 – 7 June. It’s a great opportunity to see and share some top class music, exciting sport and fascinating culture – all of which are so important to life in our communities.
The 2015 music program will once again provide an opportunity see some of the best emerging bands and artists from the bush.
The bush band line-up on Saturday night won’t disappoint with Lonely Boys, Mambali Band and Manuel Dhurrkay from Saltwater Band all taking to the stage.
On Sunday night on the Skinnyfish stage the Festival will feature legends Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher and Neil Murray. It’s an event not to be missed."
The Barunga culture program includes storytelling, weaving workshops, didgeridoo making and spear throwing. The sport program draws teams from across the Territory to battle it out in football, basketball and softball.
This year will also include the inaugural Road Safety Short Film competition. The best films will be showcased with over $4000 in prize money up for grabs.
Tickets are on sale now available from moshtix.com.au. Tickets cover the entire three-day festival. Adults are $40, Children (12–17) are $10 and children under 12 are free.
Gates open 10am Friday 5 June with final visitors to depart lunchtime Monday 8 June.
Here’s a highlights package from the 2014 Festival.
The Walking Dead finale drew big numbers in the USA, ending its highest-rated season with 15.8m viewers, a record for a TWD finale. According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, the season finale averaged an 8.2 rating in adults 18-49 — up about 3% on 2014. It was the second highest demo rating (tied with its season 4 premiere and behind only the season 5 premiere) and the third largest overall viewership total in the show’s 70-episode history.
Variety notes that Empire, the hottest new show of this season, wrapped earlier this month with a lower demo rating (6.9) but more total viewers (17.62 million). That makes TWD US television season’s No. 1-rated entertainment series in 18-49.
In Australia it pulled 69,000 and 67,000 in two separate screenings, the highest-rated non-sports show on Foxtel this week. It returns to FX in October.
Mix 104.9’s Greg was devastated when Season 5 of The Walking Dead wrapped up. He’s now concerned on how he’s going to get his weekly zombie fix. Thankfully there’s those who are helping fill that gap between seasons.
Don't ever take the subway in Portugal.
This Friday (May 1) join Mix 104.9’s Greg & Ali at The Cav in Cavenagh St from 5.30am – 3pm for National Starlight Day. All funds raised on the day will be added to those funds raised at the Darwin Starlight Ball and then donated to the Starlight Foundation in the Territory.
Mix 104.9’s Ali has volunteered to take part in the ‘Dunking Machine’. Greg’s ensuring the water temperature is set at 2 degrees Celsius.
Last year, Starlight’s hospital programs reached more than 6,000 children at the Royal Darwin Hospital in Tiwi, NT and Captain Starlight accompanied health professionals to areas including Alice Springs, Gove, Katherine and Tennant Creek, to conduct fun and engaging activities under the open sky.
Hope you can assist to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families here in the Territory.
SEE YOU AT THE CAV on Friday.
Shake off those wet season barnacles and come celebrate the Dry with a massive, family fun fiesta from 2pm-10pm on Saturday 2nd May, at the eleventh Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival.
The foreshore will be overflowing with multiple entertainment stages, creative endeavours to explore and opportunities to make a noise, bust a move and try something new, as you bathe in the carnival atmosphere.
You’ll be amazed at the melting pot of local music and movement spanning the globe, genres and decades and this year, a sprinkling of international acts have collaborated with our artists to present unique highlights.
From Nepal to Nightcliff, Circus Kathmandu joins Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre’s Circus Maximus & The Flying Gypsies, for the Territory debut of Big Top. This combined troupe of young acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, jugglers and unicyclists will leave you breathless in performance and share their skills in workshops, for those of all ages who dare to try!
There’s a dazzling diversity of dance troupes across the day bringing the world to our doorstep and inviting you to cut the rug and shake a tail feather. Go Bollywood, Break or Brazilian, Irish or Islander, Tarantella or Tango, jump into the Zumba zone and be inspired by the sneak preview of upcoming Tracks Dance productions.
Immerse yourself in the cool sounds emanating from the Music, Blues, CDU and Happy Yess Stages and choose your colours across the spectrum of swampy blues, jungle jives, funky folk, indigenous reggae and jazz from Ward Hancock, Yaturlu Yaturlu, Dave Garnham, Bernie Bremond, Darwin City Brass Band, The Fettlers (with Songs of Aviation), Brother Phoenix, Pulse Bollywood Band, Miz Bully Band, Jigsaw Collective and others, including school and community groups.
Visiting acts are 8 Ball Aitken, Ghana’s multi-awarded Afro Moses with local Rebecca B and global troubadores Perfect Blue Sky with Jane’ Kitto, who will join familiar faces for sensational searing sets.
Listen to emerging multicultural youth and established literary talents Paul Bayetto, Levin Ditschenko, Sachi Hirayama and Paul Stewart and let your words flow in waves at the Spoken Word Open Mic.
Cast your eyes to the night sky as Geoff Carr guides you through the universe with his telescope and swoon under the moon for the Seabreeze Hotel Social Dance at the Flight Dance Stage. This old-time Territory tradition was held on the same site more than six decades ago, so think ukuleles and hula.
Seabreeze Storytime, Sand Sculpture and The Jetty Art Competition - win a treasure chest of prizes!
Ahoy there! Break out the sequins, glitter, swords and fins and start the party early at Nightcliff Library for Seabreeze Storytime from 10am on Saturday 2 (and 7 May). There’s books to be read and bounty for the best sea themed costume.
MLA Natasha Fyles has pieces of eight to be won so put the Sand Sculpture competition on your family’s bucket list and bliss out on the beach barefoot, creating monsters, mermaids and pirates, while searching for buried treasure from Noon to 4pm. Bring your own construction gear, hat, sunscreen etc and dig in!
Whether you’re a jelly fish, sting ray, blue whale, octopus or hermit crab, there’s a category for you in The Jetty Art Competition, so register now at the Nightcliff Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) or at the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival website. All entries will be displayed at The Jetty Artspace and the major loot of $1,000 could be yours.
The Urban Art Wall provides a canvas for Banksy buddies of all ages to unleash their artistic expression inspired by the No Culture Masters who will be on-site, above ground and in a safe environment. Entry is free and there’s a haul to take home.
The City of Darwin Community Village is awash with talent and activities. This is your hub to meet the artists and participate in workshops across all forms of art, crafts, environmental activities and performance. Join the swirl of Bollywood, Belly and Lion Dancers, beat an African drum and relive Brassed Off with the bands.
Food stalls will be offering a wide variety of food and drinks for sale and children under 18 will not be permitted into the bar area.
A record number of participants are showcasing over fifteen activity areas, with one hundred performances from more than one thousand artists (including thirty nine dance groups and ten schools) and forty stalls and workshops.
When the stages come down at 10pm, the festivities continue at the Nightcliff Sports & Social Club for the After Party with DJ Enrico Rico, the Hot ‘n Cold Big Band and Swing Dance NT.
Transport and parking:
Plenty of parking along Casuarina Drive and streets nearby or take the # 4 bus which stops close to the Music Stage and Nightcliff Pool. Final foreshore departure is 10.30pm.
The Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival site runs the length of the foreshore from the pool to the jetty – that’s almost two kilometres of family fun! To make your day more enjoyable for little and not so little legs, Larrakia Nation is running a pick up/drop off mini-bus service from 3pm – 9pm at dedicated points along the festival route. Please take advantage of a free ride and save your energy for dancing!
NIGHTCLIFF SEABREEZE FESTIVAL WEEK (2-10 May) – All Free Events
The festivities continue throughout the week so don’t miss a minute of meditation, yoga, Chi Kung, Pilates, gym for Seniors and other interactive workshops,
as the acts featured on the foreshore, filter through the markets and broader ‘burb’ in intimate mode.
Highlights include the only chance to see Sticks & Stones Broken Bones, the awesome shadow puppets at 6pm on Sunday 3rd May at Nightcliff Community Centre Come (as a prelude, try your hand at making puppets from recycled materials at Mr Bunk’s 2.30pm workshop), Roy MacKonkey at Nightcliff Markets, Afro Moses Drumming for Adults at Darwin Community Arts (Malak Shops) and Percussion and Dance for Under 5’s at the Nightcliff Community Centre, City of Darwin Youth Pool Party at Nightcliff Pool, and so much more.
As Floyd Mayweather prepares to face Manny Pacquiao in the "fight of the century", former champ Mike Tyson prepares for his biggest battle.
Greg & Ali from Mix 104.9 hope to see you at the Darwin Italian Festival this Saturday 9th May 2015 in the heart of the city at Civic Park.
Following the huge success of the 2013 Darwin Italian Festival, it is expected that the 2015 festival will attract as many as 20,000 people between 2pm and midnight, making the Italian Festival one of Darwin’s largest community events.
The Italian Festival showcases the best of Italian food and beverages, art, music, language, history, theatre, dance and entertainment. By providing a high-quality cultural festival, IFA aims to celebrate Italian culture and share its culture with the broader community.
There are only 6 screenings of COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK at Event Cinemas Casuarina from Thursday May 6 to Sunday May 10. (Trailer at bottom)
Kurt Cobain, legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana, “the flagship band of Generation X,” remains an object of reverence and fascination for music fans around the world. His story is told for the first time in KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, a fully authorized feature documentary co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group.
Brett Morgen, the Oscar®-nominated filmmaker behind such acclaimed documentaries as the HBO presentations “Crossfire Hurricane,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, and “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” is writer, director and producer of KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain’s daughter, is executive producer.
Given unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal and family archives by the late rocker’s estate, Morgen uncovered a wealth of new material that documents the emotional rollercoaster of his personal life and celebrates his uncompromising creative spirit, including the inspiration for the film’s title, a circa-1988 “sound collage” he titled “Montage of Heck.” Recorded by Cobain on a four-track cassette recorder, it’s a free-form mash-up of song bites, manipulated radio recordings, elements of demos and disparate sounds created or recorded by Cobain.
Using Cobain’s artwork, photography, journals and family photographs as inspiration, the filmmakers have produced original animation to illustrate important moments in his life. Also featured are dozens of Nirvana songs and performances, as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.
“I’m extremely grateful to Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain for granting me unfettered access to Kurt’s possessions,” says Morgen. “There were over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects, countless hours of home movies and over 4,000 pages of writings, which together provided a new perspective on an influential and prolific artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”
In 1991, Seattle-based rockers Nirvana released their breakout hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” taking the music world by storm with a sound that came to represent the youth of the decade. Kurt Cobain became one of the dominant voices of the era, producing songs that were an unlikely combination of nihilism and jubilation. In April 1994, Nirvana fans around the world were devastated by the news of Cobain’s suicide at age 27.
Eight years in the making, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK chronicles the life of the legendary musician through a lifetime’s worth of work. As a child in rural Aberdeen, Wash., Cobain was clearly gifted, as well as hypersensitive, hyperactive and relentlessly perfectionistic. With seemingly boundless creative drive, he began writing, drawing and making music at an early age.
Idealized by his mother and belittled by his father, Cobain discovered punk rock as a troubled teen. “A friend of mine... made me a couple of compilation tapes,” he remembers in an audiotaped interview. “I was completely blown away. They expressed the way I felt socially and politically. It was the anger that I felt, the alienation. And I realized that this is what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Cobain dropped out of high school shortly before graduation and worked as a janitor while trying to find an outlet for his artistic energy and emotional turmoil. “He was searching for whatever made him feel like he wasn’t alone and that he wasn’t so different,” remembers his sister, Kim Cobain.
By the time Cobain, bass player Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl were leading the northwest rock circuit, the seeds of his destruction had already taken root. Long prone to depression, Cobain began experimenting with heroin and was soon addicted. As his fame grew, so did his appetite for drugs and his self-destructive behavior.
“It’s a superficial label to put on a band that they’re going to become the next big thing without us really wanting to do it,” Cobain told a reporter at the time. “We’re prepared to destroy our careers if that happens.”
Cobain’s marriage to controversial fellow musician Courtney Love followed. Coming from a broken home and blended family, Cobain’s lifelong dream was to create the family he felt he missed out on throughout his difficult childhood. The pair made an attempt at domesticity after the birth of their only child, Frances Bean, but drama followed them everywhere they went.
Throughout his life, Cobain continued creating almost compulsively, producing work both poetic and disturbing, often manifestations of his violent dreams and fantasies. He was, in his mother’s words, on a collision course with the world.
“You see his art,” says Novoselic. “A lot of those messages are as plain as day.”
Finally, tormented by his addiction, his inexplicable but excruciating physical ailments and his own unquiet mind, Cobain was unable to escape the troubles that had haunted him since childhood, and took his own life.
Children’s cancer charity Camp Quality is putting an urgent call out for 18 new volunteers to sign up in NT to coincide with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).
There are 40 children on Camp Quality’s books in NT but only 22 volunteers. The charity, which runs resilience-building camps in both SA and NT, offers one-to-one support for each child living with cancer in the form of a Camp Companion – a volunteer tasked with making the child feel optimistic and confident after cancer has knocked their self-esteem. Companions are gender-matched (so boys with men, girls with women), meaning the charity needs 5 men and 5 women in NT to help the 9 boys and 9 girls living with cancer awaiting a Camp Companion.
In addition, Camp Quality NT requires the support of fundraising volunteers in the Darwin and Alice areas to help organise and coordinate fundraisers such as quiz nights, bingo nights and casual clothes days at their workplace.
Tegan Davies, Camp Quality’s volunteer advisor, said: “At Camp Quality, we’re an organisation that relies heavily on our amazing volunteers to deliver our programs for us and support our fundraising so we can reach more kids living with cancer. When you sign up, you’ll be expertly trained and supported. Some think helping kids with cancer is a sad role when, in fact, the opposite is true. You’ll have the time of your life at our camps, creating wonderfully special, life-long memories for these kids.”
The charity has over 2,500 volunteers nationwide. Together those volunteers donated approximately 300,000 hours to Camp Quality in the past year. The charity has just over one hundred staff so volunteers help it to save considerably on costs, as they outnumber staff members by 23:1. This means every donated dollar goes right back to where it’s needed the most: to the kids.
Camp Quality relies heavily on volunteers and currently receives no government funding. To support Camp Quality to help create a better life for every child living with cancer in NT, please visit HERE for info on donating or volunteering.
The Dry season is absolutely the best time to visit the Top End. It’s also the time when friends and relatives want to visit. Accommodation availability is at a premium this time of the year and you want your visitors to enjoy their Darwin experience.
Instead of sending them to a Hotel room/suite for the duration of their stay, Greg & Ali suggest setting them up in a house. We’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in a couple of the beautiful homes that Suzanne from ‘More than a Room’ has on offer for visitors to the Top End.
There a number of luxurious property options to choose from. Click HERE to view the website for ‘More than a Room’.
Darwin teens Amy Chittick & Jack Lake were both at the dawn service in Gallipoli last month. Amy Chittick's brother serves in the Army in Queensland, and she said the pilgrimage to Gallipoli was one she's wanted to make since she was little.
Amy, a year 12 student from Darwin High School, visited Greg & Ali on Mix 104.9 Breakfast last Tuesday (12/5) and recalled the Dawn Service at Gallipoli in which she attended on the 100th anniversary of ANZAC.
Amy also provided us with the poem she wrote.
"Lest we forget"
A teary eyed mother hugged her son for what could be the last time, He left for war not long after he signed the dotted line,
"mother please don't cry I really will be fine, I am going away to become a man and protect this country of mine,"
He left for his training then prepared a piece of text, "a chapter of my life is over, god knows what is coming next,"
After months and months of training he had learnt all that he can, It was time to put it into practice and transition from boy to man,
On the 25th of April he waited with his head leaned against his gun, The boat stopped and his Comrade shouted "here we go get ready to run"
This young boy fighting for country only in his 18th year, Stormed up the bloody beaches ignoring his consuming fear,
Bullets flew past his head, the deceased lay at his feet, Not once did the thought cross his mind that maybe he should retreat
He fought so hard for his country with everything he got, Until he stumbled to the ground in pain after being shot
A medic rushed to his side and he whispers in the medics ear, "don't let people forget these sacrifices, make sure they remember them every year,"
He lets go of the medic as his pain begins to soar, The young man then goes quiet; he feels his pain no more
His eyes close ever so softly, his body is lifeless on the ground, His legacy will continue while his soul is heaven bound,
So many souls like his were lost, souls that will always be blessed, Husbands, sons and brothers; in peace you will forever rest
The pulse less bodies on the ground; of pain they were now free, Turned the white sand a dark blood red forever staining Gallipoli
99 years on and people continue to answer the call, To remember the sacrifice made by the men who gallantly gave their all.
A young boy places a poppy on the glowing memorial wall, And whispers "this ones for the brave soldiers who died protecting us all,"
The tomb of the unknown soldier adorned by flowers and wreaths, Is surrounded by 4 soldiers resting at arms while hiding their grief.
Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith remembers as he pins his Victoria cross, that war isn't all glory and that it is sadly full of loss,
The bugler grips his bugle and inhales the chilly air, He plays the last post proudly leaving goosebumps and raising neck hair
The last post sounds at the crack of dawn as the sun begins its steady climb, A veteran stands tall proudly as he salutes one more time.
In a parade through central Sydney a soldier marches with pride, His head held up he keeps in step; his medals clasped on his left side
In a distant elderly nursing home a young lady and hero met, They shed tears and embrace tightly before she whispers 'lest we forget'.
I always get goosebumps whenever I hear the last post play, When it finishes I am left with a tear in my eye every Remembrance and ANZAC day,
At my local dawn service I bow my head respectfully to the ground, All is quiet during the minute silence; nothing is heard, not a sound,
I pay my respects to the fallen while the flags are mast at half, I then place a small red poppy on the shining cenotaph
I stand back for a moment and clear all thoughts from my head, I then thank the brave soldiers that sacrificed so I can sleep peacefully in my bed/ that now lay in heavens bed
They gave their lives unselfishly so that we can live free, They fought and died under a rising sun for country, for you and me
The anzac sprit Is kept alive in so many different ways, By children, adults and myself not only on remembrance and Anzac days,
The sprit burns inside us as we live from day to day, Because of those words a young man whispered, the sprit will forever stay,
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn, Laurence Binyon couldn't have said it better, we will remember them.
Thank you Amy.
Greg & Ali.
Jason McIvor (pictured in the Mix Cruiser) popped into the Mix studios with Greg & Ali too talk up this Saturday’s racing at Northline Speedway (23/5/15).
“After a few coats of fresh paint during the ‘off season’ the circuit has never looked better” said Jason.
Northline Speedway this Saturday night. It’s the Darwin Street Stock title and SPRINTCARS!
Gates open 4:30 racing from 6
BYO allowed NO GLASS
Adults $15 Family $35 and kids under 12 FREE!!
For more information darwinspeedway.com.au AND like us on Facebook!
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Join Greg & Ali Saturday morning (Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May) from 9 when they broadcast from the Tropical Garden Spectacular.
The Tropical Garden Spectacular Darwin is a weekend full of entertainment and activities about Top End gardening, sustainability, the environment and lifestyle. The program includes workshops, presentations, display, hands -on activities and live music from the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Cheer on the Mix 104.9 Mulchers in the Landscape Olympics at 11am on Saturday. The Tropical Garden Spectacular opens at 9am each day.
Entry is $10 Adults. $30 Families (2 adults + up to 4 children under 16). $5 Concession cardholders. Children under 12 Free.
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