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What we talked about

Some of the things mentioned during the show. Recipes, jargon, slang translated, who knows what.

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Caroline Wright knows Tony Rice - In our show on 16 April 2010, we had a chat with Caroline Wright, co-author of the new book "STILL INSIDE: THE TONY RICE STORY" about the background to the new book. It was an entertaining interview indeed, so we're offering it as a free download for you

Harrietville Gospel Concert - For the first time we broadcast a special edition of the show from the main stage at Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Convention. The show was broadcast in Bluegrass Country's Open Mic program slot.

Aussie Jingle Bells - In the Christmas special, I played 'Aussie Jingle Bells' by Bucko and Champs (Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion). It's got a lot of Aussie references in the song, so here's a translation for the non-Aussies.

Deck the Shed With Bits of Wattle - In the show on 7 December, I played an Australian Christmas carol by Bucko and Champs with lots of Aussie slang in it. This is to help listeners who might not be familiar with the language.

The Man From Snowy River - On the show on 5 October, Mike played Jack Thompson reciting the iconic poem, The Man From Snowy River, but it ran through pretty fast. Here's the text of the poem for those who want to see it again. It's written by A B (Banjo) Patterson, the same person who wrote the words to that other great Austalian icon, Waltzing Matilda.

Tom T Hall and Miss Dixie on the show - On 14 September, 2007 MIke interviewed Miss Dixie Hall and Tom T Hall as part of the special program about the two great songwriters. The phone interface to the broadcast desk was faulty and the sound quality wasnt very good, so here is a transcript of the interview to help listeners understand what went on during the interview.

J D Sumner - More About Him - Listener Larry Seiber wrote asking if the announcer who opens and closes the show every week with "COUNTRY ROCKS, BUT BLUEGRASS RUUUUUUULES!!!" was J D Sumner. As it happens it is, but I wanted to know more about him. Here's what Larry had to say

The Ten Most Important CDs - Regular listener Tina Buchanan asked for suggestions about which ten CDs she should suggest her friend Jane buy to give her a good start to her CD collection. I asked listeners to send suggestions ...

The world's biggest audience - It was 2000, and Peter Somerville played his 5-string banjo to the biggest audience in history

Bluegrass in Gippsland - Mike Hall in Gippsland, Victoria has decided to act to get bluegrass happening in his part of the world. He's decided to put his time and energy where his heart is and do something about it.

Weelabarabak for Me - In the show 200629 which featured the Don Rigsby album Hillbilly Heartache, we played a song by Jim Hanyes called Weelabarabak for me. Here's a translation into english.

G'day G'day Translated - During our show which went to air in Sydney on 3 February 2006, I played a song by Australian country music legend Slim Dusty called "G'day G'day". It's an iconic song, and nearly all Aussies know at least the chorus even if they have to muumble the verses. But there's lots of strange idiom and slang in the song, so for the benefit of our non-Australian listeners, here's what the song means, more or less ...

Tourism Australia - These questions about Australia are from potential visitors. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a ready sense of humour.

The Knack - A listener wrote that he was really frustrated with opening CDs and found them difficult to open. I found them difficult to open too, until a fellow DJ told me that they had been designed to be opened with one hand. So he showed me how. And when you see how, it's easy as pie. And yes, they do open easiest if you only use one hand. Here's where we reveal the secret

Waltzing Matilda - what's it about? - Waltzing Matilda is in many ways Australia's unofficial national anthem. Lots of Aussies would love to have it made our official national anthem, and millions of people all over the world are familiar with the song, yet a surprising number haven't got the vaguest idea what it's about.

Anzac Biscuits - In my ANZAC Day special program, I talked about the special biscuits (or if you must, "cookies") that the women used to make for the soldiers in WWI. They're a kind of tradition in our house now, and every ANZAC day we make some of these wonders. They last ages because that's how they were designed. Read about them and get the recipe here - its' real easy and they're YUMMO!!