Monthly Archives: August 2012

Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine

“I know more than any scientist in my inner heart … I know everything about the universe and how it works. I can answer any question about any mystery in the world, any mystery in the universe.”

– Serge Benhayon’s message for the “New Era”, January 1, 2012.

A few years before Serge Benhayon realised he was the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, he was a junior tennis coach on the north coast of NSW. What prompted Italy’s greatest Renaissance painter and polymath to reappear in the lush hills of Alstonville to teach tennis 480 years after his death is a mystery, even to Benhayon.

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Paul Kelly’s “Stories of Me” – a new documentary

Paul KellyA three year project documenting the life and musical career of Paul Kelly has now been completed. On Saturday, August 4, the film had its premier at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It will have one-off screenings in all Australian capital cities during October/November (for tickets, dates and to view the trailer click here )

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The Biggest Hit

Twelve years ago, in the rapture of the 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony, you could almost feel the elation sweeping the globe when Men at Work’s Greg Ham offered up his immortal flute riff on Down Under to a television audience of nearly 4 billion, and a capacity crowd of 110,000 mostly dancing souls inside Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

On that golden millenial night, Ham had stood centre stage, a bright pixie of a man with silken blonde hair, raybands and black dinner jacket, bending to the wind and giving us the melody we’d all come to regard – without suspicion – as part of our unofficial national anthem.

Men At WorkAs singer/songwriter, Colin Hay, laid a gentle hand on his friend’s shoulder, Ham cut loose with the sequence of notes he’d once dreamed up – or thought he had – in a haze of marijuana smoke 21 years earlier.

It was his tongue-in-cheek tilt at an Irish Australian-style tune that went: A A A A B B B A F# A F#  followed by a descending scale, and then another 11-note flourish: F# F# F# F# G G G F# D F# D.

For all the world, it looked like the flautist was on top of the world, as he and Hay were eventually joined on stage by a rollcall of Australian icons. But the unravellening of Ham’s life had already begun, though nothing like it would in the period leading up to his death in April this year …

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