On a ride from Glen Helen 12 kids and three adults talked with hundreds of tourists in the West MacDonnells about the challenges and the joys of children in the nation's most remote areas. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. The riders arrived in Alice Springs yesterday.
Attempting some laps and trying to cool off a little at the town pool on Monday (the eve) I overheard a lovers' quarrel: "But you said we weren’t ‘doing’ Valentines Day! Now I’ve got to get you a present!" So that is ‘doing’ Valentine's Day, buying stuff. Christmas had barely been peddled from the shelves before gaudy Australian flag propaganda was being hawked and now it was poor old St Val’s turn to be flogged (who coincidently was apparently almost stoned and clubbed to death and failing that was in the end beheaded). I may as well start preparing now for the next commercial 'shock and awe' event that is Easter.
Outback roads and roadhouses have cast their spell on the alt-country rock band, Rustflower. After their Outback tour in 2008, they are taking the music "further and wider" with a "Big Country" tour – 13 gigs, 18 days, 4000 kms. Playing their own brand of infectious Aussie country rock, Rustflower tell the stories of the characters and land, mixing them with the rhythm of the road. They're always open to a “guest” vocalist or tambourine player, creating an atmosphere where everyone is part of the night. They're in the Alice area this week, performing at Ti Tree on Thursday, October 13, and then at the Glen Helen Resort on Friday, supported by Alice muso, Barry Skipsey – under the stars in the venue provided by nature. Rustflower’s Big Country Tour is supported by the Australian Government's Contemporary Music Touring Program.