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In the Heart of the Hunter

Novocastrians unite - at the Wicko! It has taken us far too long, but we’re coming to Newcastle, Australia’s 7th largest city and one of our great live music cities. We’re only in town for one show, but it is free. Come on down and help us rock the Wickham Park Hotel on Tuesday 21 October from 8pm

Back in Batmania

Clearly time has been flying. We recently realised that we haven’t done a gig in Melbourne for a couple of years, but that’s all about to change. We’re doing one show only at Kaleide Theatre Wednesday 9 July, 7:30pm. We love Melbourne (and Melbournians), so it’d be nothing short of ace if you could join us. Tickets here or on the door.

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Our Tasmanifestation

We have just returned from Tasmania. A subsequent examination of our map of Tassie indicates that we covered 1,200 km, on our way through 4 performances in 3 busy, fabulous days. The tour was predictably exhausting and superb. If there was any doubt that the tour was going to be interesting, it was quashed when our first flight had to taxi back to the terminal (and at break-neck speed) to let an ill passenger off the plane. If we thought that it might not be cold, that was put to rest as a sharp breeze sliced its way off the ocean at Cape Grim. 

We were utterly blessed to visit the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station and do a web-streamed gig. Many thanks to Sam, Nigel, Jeremy and the team for their hospitality, patience and ingenuity. 

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We’ve been to Burnie nearly every year for more than 10 years, so it was great to catch up with Ben and Drew and the nice people at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre and Merv and Del at Glen Osborne House too.

We raced to Hobart to share the stage at The Grand Poobah with Warning Will Robinson, which was a great night. Thumbs up to Juniper and Manu and WWR. We also enjoyed some very fine late night souvlakia.

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Massive thanks (and hugs) to Tim and the team at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research for their dock, enthusiasm, good humour and sausages.

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We went to Faraday’s Candle too, which was simply great. If you see it playing near you, get a ticket.

In short we worked hard, had a ball and met plenty of ace people. Thanks to everyone who came out – we can’t wait to get back.

Adventures in Lab 22 - 3D printing with titanium

We’re very lucky to be able to meet researchers all over the place. We’re not sure that people really understand just what an invaluable asset these people (and their brains) are and we are often struck by how genuinely excited scientists are about their work and its potential. Our visit to CSIRO’s Lab 22 was a great example. And well they might be excited - they do 3D printing with titanium. As part of CSRO’s extensive additive manufacturing group, they are changing the way we make things.

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Additive manufacturing technologies are about building from zero, rather than machining things into shape. This idea is becoming more familiar as 3D printing becomes more common, but it is a profound change. 3D printing with metals (in this case titanium) is simply awesome. It is more efficient and less wasteful than traditional machining approaches and you can make things that would be impossible to make any other way.

You can learn more about this exciting work at CSRO’s additive manufacturing site, and in the meantime, here’s the video of our web-streamed visit to Lab 22. 

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