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COUNTDOWN the Australian music television show broadcast by the ABC from 1974 until 1987. Countdown was the most popular music program in Australian TV history which exerted a strong sway on radio programmers. Countdown attracted local and International acts and reflected the musical cultural influences of the day. Gavin Wood was the program's voice over announcer and offers an insight to the artists who performed on the show.
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Welcome to the HoloGraham Media Club Podcast. We're Will and Gavin Graham + Aaron + Andy, a few cousins that enjoy speculative fiction, sci-fi movies, and all things geeky. We focus on books but we'll talk about movies, TV, and nerd culture in general. Grab a Blue Milk, some Hagro Biscuit, and give yourself to the dork side.
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The Kickstart Garage

Sam John Byrne & Gavin Quigley

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The Kickstart Garage provides an informal conversational podcast with rising entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and other like-minded business individuals. Join us as we extract the valuable ideas, advice, insights and life stories from the best in the business. In this audio experience, you will develop the expertise that will help you scale your business, achieve financial independence, develop your personal brand and so much more. Everyone has to start somewhere, so why not start ...
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Graham William Nash OBE (born 2 February 1942) is an English-American musician, singer and songwriter. He is known for his light tenor voice and for his contributions as a member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nash is a photography collector and a published photographer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of …
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Jesus shows his love for his sheep by laying down his life for them. How you love Jesus' sheep is a sign of your love for him. Graham Thomson (pastor at Spen Valley Church in West Yorkshire) speaks from Matthew 25:31-46 at The Hub 2024. You can watch a video of this talk and get more resources for church leaders on ⁠the FIEC website⁠. About The Hub…
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How should we live and minister in the world as we wait in expectation for the coming return of Christ? If we want to honour the Lord Jesus and know his welcome when he returns, we need to live out the life he's given us as we fully expect his return. Graham Thomson (pastor at Spen Valley Church in West Yorkshire) speaks from Matthew 25:1-30 at The…
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There is an intensity to Christian ministry that we must hold in tension: the cost and the joy; the privilege and the pain; the blessing and the burden. Adrian Reynolds (FIEC Head of National Ministries) speaks from Hebrews 12:1-3 on the nobility of Christian ministry and the costs to Christian ministry: two sides that church leaders must hold in t…
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Susan Kay Quatro was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1950, and grew up pursuing performing. Suzi was playing bongos on stage with her father’s jazz band by the age of eight, and by 14 she’s changed her name to Suzi soul and had left school to become a Go-Go dancer. By the age of 15, Suzi was fronting the band the Pleasure Seekers, with her sisters. T…
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On this episode, Gavin catches up with Australian media personality and radio broadcaster – Philip Brady OAM. Philip Brady OAM is one of the country’s most experienced and familiar radio broadcasters, with a career spanning more than 6 decades. From Kennedy to Vizard, Newton to Hogan, Philip has collaborated with Australia’s most iconic personaliti…
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There are reasons for optimism when we look at the growth of the gospel in FIEC and its churches over the past year. In 2023, we find ourselves in a post-Christian context with a declining institutional church, making Christians in an ever-decreasing minority. Yet evangelical churches - that faithfully proclaim Christ, provide a warm welcome, and c…
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How can the church be a clear voice when it comes to beginning and end-of-life issues such as abortion and euthanasia? James Mildred, Director of Communications and Engagement at Christian Action, Research, and Education (CARE), and Pete Killingley, Head of Church Engagement at CARE, explain what the current challenges are, and help us think about …
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Much of what passes for the pursuit of justice can be tinged with a hint (or more) of cultural superiority. How can we serve people well without becoming paternalistic or colonial? In this seminar, Inonge Siluka, founder of Restored Hope Zambia, will help us see how actions and words can often be unwise and misunderstood and how we can serve others…
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What place does the church have in bringing healing to a fractured world when it comes to race? In this seminar, Jason Roach, Director of Ministries at London City Mission, explores how the church can both lead the way in how it relates to all its members but also speak clearly and winsomely into a debate which is often divisive and sometimes bitte…
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There is both a long history and much debate about working for justice in the world around us.In this seminar, Graham Beynon, FIEC Head of Local Ministries, clarifies the key issues, sketches the territory, and helps churches navigate their way forward.An audience Q&A follows, moderated by Phil Topham, FIEC's Executive Director.This seminar is from…
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Can we love and be concerned for God’s creation without going liberal? Or is the caricature valid that we either care for gospel mission or the world, but not both? In this seminar, Dave Gobbett, pastor of Highfields Church in Cardiff, helps us to see what true stewardship of the world looks like. You can order a copy of Dave's book The Environment…
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What administrative and operational burdens do you currently carry? What would happen if you could raise up gifted administrators that would release you from this burden and enhance the work and ministry of the gospel? Gavin Smith, founder of The Church Office, leads a seminar focused on people, structures, and workflows to help identify some pract…
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David VanDrunen’s Living in God's Two Kingdoms gives us one model of how Christians should engage with issues of justice. Is it helpful or are there better models? Are we at liberty to reach different conclusions about cultural engagement and issues of justice? Paul Mallard, chair of the FIEC Theology Team, hosts this panel discussion with Dan Stra…
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How can ministry leaders keep on going in the complexity, frustrations, and suffering of local church life without burning out or becoming cynical? In this seminar, Sarah Allen and Lewis Allen, both serving at Hope Church in Huddersfield, help leaders think through some helpful steps for pastoral resilience. You can watch a video of this seminar on…
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Younger adults seem increasingly reluctant to take on responsibility in the local church. How do we encourage them to see the call to leadership positively? In this seminar, Peter Dray, one of the directors of UCCF, explores this issue and helps us explore how we can invest in younger leaders, especially when resources are limited. You can get the …
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We know legal compliance is important, but there is a danger that church policies and procedures are a dry, tick-box exercise, rather than a living reality. In this seminar, staff from Edward Connor Solicitors aim to change your mind about the law, sharing some top tips about how the law can be worked into your church relationships, to work out rig…
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Paul calls Timothy to care for widows who are really in need (1 Timothy 5:3). Jonathan Parkinson, CEO of Caring for Life, helps us think about who the marginalised groups are today and how we can serve and help them. This seminar is from the 2023 FIEC Leaders' Conference held in Blackpool from 6-8 November 2023. About FIEC: We are ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠a fello…
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What does it mean to be just as we think about the relationships and partnerships that exist between churches, especially where there are disparities or differences in size, resources, culture and social standing? Pastor of Hardwick Baptist Church Matt Oliver helps us consider this and think about what can be practically done to overcome such injus…
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How does a right view of the justice of God shape our mission and desire to see the unsaved escape the judgement of God through the mercy of Christ? Steve Palframan, pastor of West Kilburn Baptist Church in London, explores how applying the paradigm of justice will change the way we think of world mission in particular. This seminar is from the 202…
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How can a right view of justice help a church to be effective as it welcomes those with neurodivergence – such as autism - in both adults and children? In this seminar, Kay Morgan-Gurr, co-founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, helps us consider what practical and spiritual steps need to be taken to teach the whole church family these important …
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Justice issues have long been difficult for evangelicals to grapple with. What is it about our theology that makes it difficult for us to deal well with these important issues? Yannick Christos-Wahab, Martin Salter, and the FIEC Theology Team help us to consider this question. This seminar is from the 2023 FIEC Leaders' Conference held in Blackpool…
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How do we answer the powerful claim that complementarianism is inherently unjust? How can we pursue gender justice in the church whilst apparently distinguishing so starkly between those who equally share God’s image? Linda Allcock, staff member at The Globe Church and teacher at London Seminary’s Flourish course, helps us think through these impor…
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Having justified his people, God calls his people to be just in their life together. In this seminar, Graham Beynon, FIEC Head of Local Ministries, looks at Biblical examples, identifies key principles, and reflects on contemporary applications. An audience Q&A follows, moderated by Phil Topham, FIEC's Executive Director. This seminar is from the D…
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God is the source of justice and only acts justly in his world. By contrast we so often pervert justice. In this seminar, Graham Beynon, FIEC Head of Local Ministries, helps us consider how God's justice - and our injustice - changes our perspective and life together. An audience Q&A follows, moderated by Phil Topham, FIEC's Executive Director. Thi…
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The ‘not quite’ election of Kate Forbes as First Minister in Scotland has once again raised the question of whether Christians can get stuck into politics. Tim Farron, MP and host of Premier’s ‘A Mucky Business’ podcast, and James Mildred, Director of Communications and Engagement at Christian Action, Research, and Education (CARE), will help us un…
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A place of perfect justice is coming, a place of delight and joy. Injustice will not be remembered, nor need to be, as wrongs are righted. We will be glad in God and he will be delighted in us. There will be no weeping or crying because God will eliminate the cause of all tears. So, let us point to the God who will put an end to injustice forever. …
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Jesus was sent in the power of the Spirit to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the world, and now his people are too. The church needs to be the just community it is called to be. John Stevens (FIEC National Director) preached from Isaiah 61:1-11 to show how the work of the church is not simply to enjoy God’s justice, but to display i…
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Isaiah wrote: "You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7) Matt Oliver (Pastor, Hardwick Baptist Church) preached from Isaiah 62 to boldly encourage us to give God “no rest” as we gathered to pray for gospel work in our churches and our…
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Jason Roach (Director of Ministries, London City Mission) helps us see how the justice of God is declared in the work of the cross and justification, preaching from Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Jesus is the servant that Isaiah spoke of, who would bring true justice to the world. He is a wise servant, who was also despised and suffered as our substitute. He …
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The foundation for our 2023 conference was to understand and rejoice in the character of God – and in particular his justice. He will do and does do right in his world. Ray Brown opened the conference by preaching from Isaiah 1:21-31: that God’s wrath at the failure of his people to exercise justice reveals the deep heart of the Father, and that th…
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On this episode of Gavin Wood’s Countdown podcast, Gavin catches up with American singer, songwriter and composer - Jimmy Webb. Jimmy Webb achieved success from a young age, aged just 21 when he won his first Grammy Award, winning Song of the Year in 1967, for the song, “Up, Up, and Away”. As well as “Up, Up, and Away”, Jimmy has written numerous p…
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Tommy Emmanuel was a workingprofessional age of 6, playing rhythm guitar in his family’s band as theytoured Australia. He has never had a formal guitarlesson, in fact, he doesn’t read music or know music theory. However, he’sconsidered one of the modern masters of the guitar, with Chet Atkins namingTommy as a Certified Guitar Player, an honour best…
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Philip Kenneth Collen (born 8 December 1957) is an English musician who is best known as the co-lead guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, joining the band in 1982 during the recording of the Pyromania album. Prior to joining Def Leppard, Collen hadperformed with a number of bands in the burgeoning British glam metal scene.Outside of Def Leppard…
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Born Christopher John Cheney in 1975, Chris graduated with a VCE from Wheelers Hill Secondary College. Chris played guitar since age 6 and studied jazz at Box Hill Tafe in 1994-95. However, it was at a barbecue Chris' was introduced by his sister to Scott Owen. In 1992 they formed a cover band called 'The Runaway Boys' taken from a Stray Cats song …
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Peter first came to prominence with Stylus in 1975, releasing four albums with hits such as ‘Summer Breeze’ and ‘World of Make Believe’ before the band split in 1980. A successful solo career followed throughout the 80’s, with a top 20 hit for his first release, ‘Fear of Thunder’, and success with the song ‘Blame it on the Weather’ – not only for P…
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Melbourne-born sisters, Vika and Linda Bull, grew up singing at church, and were taught how to harmonize by their Tongan mother. The talented siblings first made their mark as members of Joe Camilleri’s The Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, also providing backing vocals for other artists including Hunters and Collectors, Archie Roach, John Farnham, …
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Tania Doko become a pop sensation in 1998 as one half of Melbourne duo ‘Bachelor Girl’.Their 1998 debut single, "Buses and Trains", was a top-10 hit in Australia and New Zealand; it peaked in the top 30 in Sweden and charted in the UK. The follow-up single, "Treat Me Good", reached the top 40 in Australia and New Zealand and their debut studio albu…
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Lee (Vassilis) Simon was born in 1954 in Melbourne to Greekimmigrant parents. At age five, he changed his first name to Lee, as "itwas easier to use." He worked as an audio engineer from 1971 at localradio station, 3AW. His first job as a DJ was for radio 2BE in Bega, New SouthWales followed by stints at 7HT (Hobart), 2NX (Newcastle) and 2SM (Sydne…
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What could partnership between new churches look like? What does it take to start a new church? In this roundtable discussion, Trevor Archer (Director for London) is joined by the leaders of The Globe Church, Hope Church Vauxhall, and Stockwell Baptist Church to find out what their partnership as leaders looks like and to discuss church planting. 0…
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Mike Brady was born in England and moved withhis family to Australia when he was 11 years old. His recording career began inthe mid 60’s with the formation of MPD Ltd (Mike, Pete & Danny). After MPD Ltd, Mike spent the majority of histime building his career as producer and writer of jingles for Television andRadio. One such jingle brought Mike bac…
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How does the local community affect local church life? How can partnerships with churches that are different help us grow and glorify God? In this roundtable discussion, Trevor Archer (FIEC Director for London) is joined by the leaders of The Globe Church, Hope Church Vauxhall, and Stockwell Baptist Church to discuss how they reflect their local co…
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Three new churches in central London are located in close proximity yet serve in very distinct settings. What can we learn from their shared experiences in different contexts? In this roundtable discussion, Trevor Archer (Director for London) is joined by the leaders of The Globe Church, Hope Church Vauxhall, and Stockwell Baptist Church to find ou…
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Our Local Conferences in 2023 aimed to help church leaders go deeper into the themes of the 2022 Leaders' Conference. They explored the pressing need for direct partnerships between churches, and how we can overcome some of the challenges. Andy Hunter (FIEC Acting Head of Local Ministries) opened the Liverpool Local Conference by preaching from Eph…
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Bill Armstrong - Legendary Music Producer was born in 1929. The Melbourne audio technician-turned-producer has been atthe forefront of the local music industry for more than 60 years. In the mid-50s, Armstrong was working as a "balanceofficer" at ABC Radio, producing live-to-air programs, outside broadcastsand variety shows and working with the lik…
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Bill Armstrong - Legendary Music Producer was born in 1929. The Melbourne audio technician-turned-producer has been atthe forefront of the local music industry for more than 60 years. In the mid-50s, Armstrong was working as a "balanceofficer" at ABC Radio, producing live-to-air programs, outside broadcastsand variety shows and working with the lik…
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John St Peeters was born in Melbourne, in 1956, toItalian-born parents, Pasqualino Lo Piccolo – a greengrocer – and Giovanna (néeBasile). He grew up in Richmond with a younger sister, Josephine"Jo". Early in his career heperformed as Johnny Lo Piccolo. From the age of 11 he played piano accordion onTV talent quests, such as Brian and the Juniors, N…
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For over 40 years Shane Howard has established himself as one of Australia's most influential writers and singers and created a uniquely Australian voice. From the red heart, where he penned his enduring song ‘Solid Rock, Sacred Ground’, to the wilds of Tasmania that gave birth to ‘Let the Franklin Flow’, Howard's songs have created a new m…
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Mark Dixon Kitchen (born 8 September 1950), known professionally as Mark Gable, is an Australian musician who serves as the frontman and a founding member of the rock band The Choirboys. The band was formed in Sydney in 1979. Mark was born in Captains Flat, New South Wales. Starting in 2012, Mark hosted The Awesome Eighties on 107.7 2GO in The New …
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Tim Finn was born in New Zealand. In 1971 he completeda Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland. It is there that hemet Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies, Philip Judd and Noel Crombie. Phil and Timformed a band called Split Ends, which became Split Enz before they started totour Australia. Finn recorded his first solo album, Escapade, in 198…
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