Conections – a start

Brian neurons

25% of our total energy budget goes on running our brains which contain about 86 billion neurons (of different forms and functions), and each neuron may make as many as tens of thousands of synaptic contacts suggesting several 100 trillion connections.


My co-worker

John Laidler, musician (Okapi Guitar Band), editor & sound engineer.



Local Valla community news

Arts Mid North Coast (AMNC) connecting and nourishing the arts and culture in this region

Our Living Coast has information and resources for sustainable living in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca shires.



The Wonderbook, mostly poetry but images and music and text too, a site of enthusiasm began by the poet Kit Kelen.

Australian Poetry (AP) the poetry society for Australia.

Australian Literary Resource (Auslit) a large and udeful database.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine (USA) a rich site.

Modern American Poetry Site (MAPS) (USA) over 30,000 pages on poets and poems.

PennSound (USA) Hear the poems.

Poetry International Web a rich source of world poetry.


Eyes and ears and moves

Bronwyn (Wyn) Rodden showing her art, including the most recent wonderful work on the oral histories of Valla Beach and the Solitary Islands, Mid North Coast NSW.

Will Barton is Aria Award Winner Musician, Didgeridoo Player. We have worked together in the past and I would love to again, an amazing musician. I just can’t keep up with him at the pub.

Voice of the Shuttle: Art & Art History VoS is an extensive database with many useful links to art history resources.

UbuWeb takes on all forms and genres of the avant-garde.

Margrit Linder, Swiss artist, a wonderful artist who works with site specific art, wearable art/jewellery and much more. – (In German)

Jazz Australia is a useful resource.

All About Jazz a comprehnisve jazz resource (USA).

The Australian Music Centre for contemporary classical, impro, experimental music, sound art.



The Webb Lab at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). My mate Jonno is “passionate about wildlife ecology and conservation biology.”

Save The Kimberley, a not-for-profit organisation. Mass destruction of Aboriginal art has been taking place by the oil and gas industry.

Australian Antarctic Division supports science programs and research projects aimed at understanding Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Ihave applied for an arts fellowship with them.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is a non-profit, non-government organisation representing more than 100 community environment groups across NSW.

The Ecologist was a wonderful British environmental journal that has now merged with Resurgence. It is a pay for view site – with e-membership.


Generally fascinating and often necesary

Guardian for latest news, analysis and reviews “the world’s leading liberal voice”

ABC Radio, Radio National and ABC Jazz are tow of my favbourites. Some great programs and unliek teh BBC transcripts are availabel for many which is a big bonus.

ABC Open is an important resouce for regional Australia, encouraging the community to upload, stories, videos and pictures, usually for specific projects

Arts and Letters Daily – Commentary, reviews, in the world of arts, culture and society, founded by Kiwi Denis Dutton it culsl the most interesting items from a wide raneg of sources.

Australian Humanities Review a wonderful rich resource for research and discussion on the humanities – quarterly and peer reviewed.

Edge is a rich source of leading thinkers thinking aloud about important issues.

Podcast Alley is a rich pod portal.

Science Daily for latest news in all areas of the natural science.