- Hird, Essendon have their days in court
- Where has it gone wrong for Qantas?
- Police hunt man after lift assault
- Teens injured in Western Ring Road drag racing flip
- James Hird nominates Patrick Smith
- I found the experience so deeply unsettling
- 'No doubt medical cannabis saves lives'
- $400k fire at iconic St Kilda restaurant
- RSS Syndicate this blog (XML)
What we're talking about
- David on 'No doubt medical cannabis saves lives' Going after Greens voters.. Their evil twin the Greens won't be to impressed with that more
- Ross on 'No doubt medical cannabis saves lives' "Process", "Process", "Process". Davis is a broken record. I'm a Paramedic, and if I had a dollar for every time he's called ... more
- Gloria on 'No doubt medical cannabis saves lives' Danny Boy Andrews, how to win friends and influence people, bring in a drug law that can be rorted by druggies and ... more
- Peggy on 'No doubt medical cannabis saves lives' What a situation we are going to be in at the next election. If we want to do the right thing and have this approved and ... more
- Samantha Mclean on Shoeless creep attacks in Fitzroy North Put guards back at all stations!!! more
- IBARKER on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... Tell him to walk and if he does he might loose one of those "CHINS". more
- Atticus on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... He parked put the front so that porky would not have to walk too far.Disgrace. more
- James on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... Why didn't 3AW give him a spot in the visitor car park if he is expected/a regular guest? more
- Bugs54 on Monash Council to fine you for not ... If you park your car on the nature strip the council will say it's their land and fine you,yet they want you to mow it and ... more
- Mr Gararth on Monash Council to fine you for not ... No wonder Rudd dropped Geoff Lake as the candidate for Hotham last year. Get out of our lives local government! more
- KANE on Monash Council to fine you for not ... Melbournians are going to be 'Taxed, Dutied, Priced, Tar riffed, Levied, Excised, Pork Barreled OUT OF EXISTANCE!!! more
- Geoff on Monash Council to fine you for not ... Easy solution to the problem. If the council don't want to look after their own land ie the nature strips, just give the ... more
- mylene on Monash Council to fine you for not ... If Darebin council tried this they'd make a billion dollars before the sun went down. more
- bc on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' get WADA to come in over the top and give the killer blow stuff the AFL and hird and doctor little more
- Rod on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' What's Paul Little talking about. They have only been in court for 3 days. If Essendon don't get some sort of penalty, Then ... more
- Mooroolbark Mick on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' "Swepped" indicates the level of intelligence we have in this debate. I give up! more
- Peter Flynn on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' Yes we the footy public do want to know and if the Essendon Football Club and James Hird were not gagged maybe we would. And ... more
- Docklands on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' Show Cause Notices Issued.Essendon shows bokk of what was given and on what dates and to who ?Notices withdrawn. What has ... more
- Arthur Hiliard on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' If these footy "sportsman" have nothing to hide they should be welcoming any investigation! Seems they're a bit shocked to ... more
- David on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' We haven't got deal fatigue. We want to see Essendon held to account. Let the charges be heard! The public wants to see ... more
Greg Ham found dead
UPDATE: Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine how Men At Work musician Greg Ham died.
His body was discovered by 2 friends the house on the corner of Canning and Fenwick Streets yesterday when concerns were raised about his welfare.
Forensic Police and homicide detectives have deemed the death as not suspicious after spending hours at the Carlton North property.
Homicide Squad Detective John Potter says the exact cause of death is still unknown.
Tributes are continuing to flow in for the Men at Work musician who achieved international fame in the 1980's including a moving statement from his friend and bandmate Colin Hay.
COLIN HAY'S FULL STATEMENT:
I met Greg Ham 40 years ago, at Kim Gyngell’s house in 1972. Last year of high school. He had blond hair, rosy cheeks, ridiculously bright eyes, and along with Gyngell, was the funniest person I knew. He was sharp, real sharp.
We were friends from then on, we liked each other. He lived for a while in Park Street in St Kilda, in a communal household, which was the best of times. The best parties ever. Greg took up the saxophone and flute during this time, he was always practicing.
He got really good. We shared countless, unbelievably memorable times together, from stumbling through Richmond after playing the Cricketers Arms, to helicoptering into New York City, to appear on Saturday Night Live, or flying through dust storms in Arizona, above the Grand Canyon, or getting lost, driving aimlessly through the Gippsland countryside.
We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. He never lost his love and passion for music, and indeed taught music to kids over the last few years.
He was a great teacher, and they loved him. The saxophone solo on “Who Can It Be Now”, was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He’s here forever.
I’m thinking about his family, and hoping they are receiving the love and support they need and deserve.
THURSDAY: Derryn Hinch has reported that former Men at Work band member Greg Ham has been found dead in a house in Carlton.
It's understood that his body was found by friends in the Canning Street address late this morning.
Police are unable to confirm the identity of the body and are currently attempting to determine the cause of the death.
Ham played saxophone, flute and keyboard with the hugely popular band that conquered Australia and America in the 1980’s.
IMAGE: Police outside the North Carlton house. Photo: Joe Armao
Confirming Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead in Carlton North home. Circumstances not confirmed. Full story 3AW 4pm.— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) April 19, 2012
Men at Work Lead Singer Colin Hay and Ham were the last to call it quits from the band in 1985 and the two reunited to tour the US and South America during the late nineties.
Ham and the rest of the band were at the centre of a controversy in 2010 when their song Land Down Under became entangled in a copyright dispute with the Australian children’s classic Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
Ham expressed his disappointment with the case, telling the Age in 2010 that ''It (the court case) has destroyed so much of my song''.
''It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I’m terribly disappointed that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something'' he said.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
Headspace (Non-crises youth support): 1800 650 890
AUDIO: 3AW Reporter Phil Johnson at the Carlton North address.
DERRYN HINCH: Suddenly, it is not a case of 'laugh, Kookaburra, laugh'. The news broke this afternoon that Greg Ham from Men at Work is dead. That great talent who played his flute in the old gum tree was found dead in his North Carlton home today.
The most nicest personality in Australian music.And what talent.GREG HAM IS A GREAT PERSON.Will be missed by menorma Wednesday 25 April, 2012 - 1:31 AM
Greg you were a musical genius. The Court got it wrong.
RIPTony Sammassimo Sunday 22 April, 2012 - 9:53 AM
I saw Greg playing in Men at Work in 99 at the metro on george st across the road from the movies i will never forget his solo during Who Can it Be Now he came off stage and played around us on the dance floor.R.I.P Greg Ham.stephen mullins Friday 20 April, 2012 - 7:20 PM
It's a shame that he was not able to see the plagiarism case overturned before his death. What an absolute travesty that was!Linda Friday 20 April, 2012 - 8:24 AM
sad news will allways love gregs songscol Thursday 19 April, 2012 - 10:04 PM
RIP Gregn Thursday 19 April, 2012 - 4:40 PM