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Afternoons with Gillian O'Shaughnessy

ABC (Australia)

Gillo will bring you insights into the world around you, you'll meet the people of Western Australia, you'll learn something new and you'll have a great time doing it.

Gillo will bring you insights into the world around you, you'll meet the people of Western Australia, you'll learn something new and you'll have a great time doing it.
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Perth, WA

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Gillo will bring you insights into the world around you, you'll meet the people of Western Australia, you'll learn something new and you'll have a great time doing it.

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English


Episodes

Please Don't Pee in the Pool!

3/2/2017
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(Image: Wikimedia Commons) It may have crossed your mind when taking a dip in the pool. Has everyone been doing the right thing or has someone been treating the pool like a toilet? Until now it has been hard to tell how much urine might be in the swimming pool but Chemist Xing-Fang Li from the University of Alberta is helping to quantify that. Xing-Fang Li and her colleagues say they can now calculate how much wee is in the pool by measuring the artificial sweeteners carried in urine....

The glory days of sleeper trains

2/28/2017
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(Images:Wikipedia) After finishing your evening meal in the dining carriage it is a short stroll to your cabin where you retire for the night. You drift off to sleep with the gentle rocking of the train and the odd set of railway crossing lights flashing by. Some people like nothing more than train travel but the golden age of sleeper trains is slowly disappearing in parts of Europe in favour of high speed lines and budget airfares. A German rail provider recently confirmed the night train...

Ugly Parent Syndrome

2/28/2017
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We see the best and worst of behaviour on the sporting field but sometimes the most aggressive and demeaning behaviour is coming from the sidelines. With concerns about obesity and the health of children it is important they become active and involved in exercise but too much pressure from family can turn kids off. A number of high profile athletes have thrown their support behind the Let Kids Be Kids campaign. Play by the Rules is an organization aimed at promoting inclusion and a culture...

Meet Alberto Manguel

2/24/2017
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Meet a man who loves to read. He has more than 30 000 books and it is rumoured he won't buy new books or make new friends because he still has so much to learn from the books and the friends he already has. He believes libraries are more important than banks, and that in times of catastrophe we carry with us the words of our poets on paper or in our heart. This week Perth is hosting authors from far and wide, all with a different story to tell. One thing they share in common is a curiosity...

The Un-Discovered Islands

2/24/2017
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Pack a bag and joins us for a spot of island-hopping now but don't rely on your GPS or atlas because some of the islands we are going to visit don't belong on a map. Our travel guide is writer and musician Malachy Tallack who is visiting WA for the Perth Writers Festival. Malachy is the author of Sixty Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands. His island intrigue might have been shaped by his time living in the Shetland Islands to the north-east of Great Britain. In The Un-Discovered...

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

2/24/2017
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(Image: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young) Learning can be challenging at the best of times but some children have more hurdles to jump than others. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young knew something wasn't quite right as early as grade one. She watched her other classmates and could tell there were differences in the way they picked things up and they were not struggling with reading and writing in the same way she was. She could memorise but found it harder to understand. Barbara's mother was called in by the...

Architect and Author Marwa al Sabouni

2/23/2017
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Since 2011 we have been watching the civil war in Syria. Cities destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people killed, hundreds of thousands displaced, ancient treasures destroyed. It is hard to comprehend how anyone living there could imagine a future? Marwa Al Sabouni is 35 years old. She was born and grew up in Homs, where some of the worst fighting has taken place. Unbelievably Marwa and her husband have stayed there throughout the civil war. Marwa is an architect and the extraordinary...

China's One-Child Policy

2/23/2017
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"In the midst of the Cold War, China's rocket scientists came up with an ambitious plan that had nothing to do with missiles, or space exploration, or weaponry of any kind. It concerned babies. On September 25 1980, China's Communist Party unveiled this plan through an open letter that asked families to voluntarily limit their family size to one child. The request was, in truth, an order." That's the opening of Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Mei Fong's book One Child: the story...

Life in the world's largest refugee camp

2/22/2017
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The news has never been so full of images and stories about refugees and Governments are grappling with solutions from building walls to introducing laws to try and control the crisis. Ben Rawlence's book City of Thorns: Nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp is a timely reminder that most refugees never get close to the developed world. They remain in limbo in refugee camps. City of Thorns is Ben's experience of Dadaab in Kenya, home to 350 thousand people who are largely forgotten...

New crime novel set in 1980s Perth

2/22/2017
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Perth in the early 80s was an interesting place to be. They were the days of the mining boom, bikies and WA Inc. There were plenty of dirty secrets and people called in personal favours. It seems the perfect setting for a crime novel and not one overlooked by West Australian Author David Whish Wilson. In Old Scores David brings back ex police detective turned private investigator Frank Swann. What are the old scores? David is chatting to Gillian. Download audio

Ryan Adams

2/22/2017
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(Image: Supplied - 1 News Express) Ryan Adams has had a prolific career. Over two decades he has produced 15 albums and two books. He's one of those musicians who takes pain and turns it into art and that is no small thing. He also famously did an entire album that was a cover of a 1989 Taylor Swift album, and many say his cover of Wonderwall by Oasis is better than the original. He's good at the unexpected and his new album Prisoner is back to his raw best. It is a collection of stories of...

Author Lindy West

2/22/2017
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A lot of us were shy as children and some find it is an affliction that stays with them for life. It is almost crippling and all you want is to be invisible. You wish the room would swallow you up. American writer Lindy West once wanted to be invisible, now she doesn't. Lindy West is loud, funny and fearless or at least gives that impression. Her Memoir is titled "Shrill, Notes From a Loud Woman". Lindy is here for the Perth Writers Festival and reflects on those days when she wanted to...

A tale of sealers on the south coast

2/22/2017
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Let's head back to Western Australia in the early 19th century to a violent and brutal slice of our history when sealers worked the south coast. They were as brutal with each other as they were with the animals they hunted. Sarah Drummond is in a unique place to tell this story. She is a fisherwoman from Albany and the author of Salt Story: Of Sea-Dogs and Fisherwomen, a memoir of commercial estuarine fishers. The Sound is based on the true story of the Aboriginal women and the sealing crews...

Inua Ellams

2/21/2017
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Inua Ellams is a poet, a playwright and a performer. He's also an immigrant. He was born in Nigeria to a Muslim father and a Christian mother and moved to the United Kingdom when he was 12. His show An Evening with an Immigrant is his very personal story about having no place to call home or country to belong to, surreally while he was also being invited to Buckingham Palace to drink wine with the queen and performing at the National Theatre. Inua Ellams is visiting for the Perth Writers...

Richard Fidler's Ghost Empire

2/21/2017
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We know Richard Fidler as the host of the immensely popular Conversations on ABC. He has interviewed people from all walks of life, some of them famous and some of them lesser known but with an extraordinary story to tell. This time it is Richard who has a fascinating story to share. In 2014 Richard and his son Joe, both obsessed with history, travelled to Istanbul in Turkey but they were drawn to an earlier incarnation of the city a thousand years before. It was the history of...

Barb's Books

2/21/2017
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Barb Sampson has another good read for us and today it is 'Alone in Berlin' by Hans Fallada. Download audio

Laser pointers causing eye damage

2/21/2017
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(Image:Scarring caused by a laser pointer on a teenager's retina which has caused the permanent loss of 75 per cent of his vision.Supplied - Ben Armitage) Laser pointers might look toys but they can be dangerous and we have seen number of cases where people have been charged after shining them at drivers and aircraft. The Lions Eye Institute is also keen to raise awareness about the damage these laser pointers can cause to the human eye. Ophthalmologists say they are seeing more people with...

Micro living: Shrinking block sizes in Perth

2/20/2017
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(Image: Large houses are not for everyone and a lot can be achieved in a small space) Many of us grew up in a home on a large block and the neighbours would come over for a game of backyard cricket. Times have certainly changed and so have the needs of homeowners. Year by year the size of the average lot has been coming down in Perth, last year the average lot size was 383 sqm. In line with this we are seeing the emergence of green title 'micro lots', some as small as 80 sqm planned for...

Could the drive-in make a comeback?

2/16/2017
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(Images: Supplied Michael Counts) Most towns had a drive-in many years ago and most of us remember parking the family car, hooking up a speaker and watching a film with a quick snack run at intermission. Gradually we watched these drive-in venues disappear and now they are as rare as hen's teeth. Well there might be fresh hope for the drive-in. Michael Counts creates immersive entertainment experiences and his latest project is a unique drive-in movie theatre and Nashville Tennessee will be...

Mosquito warning following widespread rain

2/16/2017
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We are being encouraged to take precautions against insects with many parts of the state affected by rainfall and flooding, providing ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. The Department of Health says increased mosquito activity elevates the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus. Without a vaccine or quick fix it is very much a case of prevention is better than cure. Dr Michael Lindsay is the Managing Scientist for Environmental Health Hazards...
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