Thursday, October 18, 2018
It’s been way too long since I have been to a gig. I certainly made up for lost time with my recent trip to Max Watts, formerly the Hi-Fi Bar. This is clearly one of the best venues to see music in Melbourne. And what a pleasure it was to be there to witness our version of the Metal United tour.
I turned up and caught up with Mr Juicy who happened to be going past. I was tempted to join him on his trip to a cigar bar, maybe another time. Anyway once inside I found Damnations Day already playing. They are just brilliant. Blessed with one of the finest vocalists going Damnations Day remain a premier live act in this country. Sadly their set was not that long. Highlights were The Witness and A World Awakens.
In between bands there was romance in the air. I received a kiss from my old mate Shane. I also got one from Mark the lead singer of Damnations Day, which was much appreciated.
In Malices Wake were up next. This was their best performance but I’m not that into them. There are just too many options when it comes to thrash metal.
After that it was Alarum. They were solid without being spectacular. I was left not knowing whether they are a quality band or not.
Vanishing Point took to the stage next. Unfortunately I found myself sitting on the wrong side. For years I have diligently attempted to be on the side the lead guitarist Chris Porcianko and he decides to change it up. They remain one of my all time favourite local bands but this wasn't them at their best. I still enjoyed most of what they did, highlight was Distant Is The Sun.
Lord were the headliners on this occasion and I couldn’t have been More pleased. This was the closest I had ever been, which made it more memorable. It also helped that it was a well rounded set. I joined in with the pirate themed Terranno Del Mar as I always do. I also got right into Set In Stone, which has become Gary’s and I song. Covering all bases Lord briefly played part of the Maiden classic Heaven Can Wait to a tremendous reaction.
Immediately after their set I was fortunate enough to meet Andy Dowling the base player for Lord. To say I was thrilled is a massive understatement. A true gentleman and someone I have a lot in common with. I quickly suggested double dipping by being guests on each other’s podcast. Now to find the time to get it done.
This was a beautiful end to the night. If only every night of metal was like this.
Monday, June 4, 2018
In this episode of The Lachlan McLeod Show, Hoard World Founder Anthony Davies returns. He and Lachlan discuss the consequences of not being able to buy from Amazon USA and UK. They talk about what the implications could be for them not only as toy collectors but as people who have relied on the site for its accessibility and ease for many years.
They then discuss women in the sex industry. They talk of how there isn’t enough positive portrayals about women in the industry and how they would like to see this change.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
In this episode of The Lachlan McLeod Show, Lachlan and HoardWorld Founder Anthony Davies react to Free Comic Book Day. They then go on to discuss some of their favourite toys like Batman and Masters Of The Universe.
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
From my understanding the NDIS has been promoted as being a more efficient service with better outcomes. Motivating words as it looked like people with disability would actually get choice and control. This sounds absolutely wonderful and the parochial side in me thinks it’s about time. Having been burned so many times I have remained skeptical since I first heard about the NDIS. I have been forced into taking the approach I’ll believe it when I see it. Even with this mindset I wasn’t ready for what transpired.
Everywhere on the Internet maintains what a big deal the planners and planning meeting is. I didn’t do as much research as I could have falling into the trap of finding it all too boring as usual. I did however receive assistance from St Vincent’s and felt adequately prepared. The advice always seemed to be explain your needs in excruciating detail. And while I went through the thoughts of do I have too I was ready to give it a go once again.
Not long into the meeting I realised explaining my needs would be an ongoing theme. Potentially for the next year or more pending approval of my plan. I haven’t been so disappointed for some time. Planners have little to no power or say in the final outcomes. Those decisions are left to a delegate who you don’t meet. That’s right someone that doesn’t know your situation makes the final decision.
If that’s not bad enough the plan is merely a statement of goals. The pursuit of equipment, attendant care hours, physiotherapy etc still goes through the same amount of scrutiny it always did. I lost count of the times the people from the NDIS said “you’ll need to provide evidence of that” and “that will require an assessment”. As this went on I looked at my long suffering occupational therapist in disbelief. I couldn’t believe that this new model of service delivery for people with disability sounded exactly the same. We are going to be put through these horrible invasive procedures all over again.
Primarily though I haven’t had the best time over the last 12 months. At last I am getting back to what I want to be. Doing podcasts, getting out, living my life the way I choose to. Hearing all this created immediate stress. Now the majority of my time will be spent sorting out the NDIS. Getting quotes, liaising with therapists, etc is incredibly labour intensive. Naïvely I thought the NDIS was here to streamline that process. Yet right at the beginning it seems to be worse or as bad as it always has.
It takes a lot to make me consider giving up, after my planning meeting though I was close. The negative thought of what’s the point coming to the surface. Having said that I shall continue on but I really feel for those that can’t voice their concerns. Maybe you need to have disability or be related to someone that has to fully understand.
These processes are demoralising and ultimately tiring. To complicate it further there is often no reward for the effort put in. If you really want to improve life for people with disability respect this and make the planning meeting more useful. Get everything out of the way early and then leave us alone so we can get back to living life. As ideological as I am I don’t think I’m asking too much.
In the short term I shall play the overrated waiting game, contemplate how I’m keeping my brother on my care team (no that’s not a typing mistake) and gather energy for all these appointments I am forced to endure.
I better get back into writing blogs too. There is certainly enough ammunition out there. It seems so repetitive but when the point isn’t being made what choice do we have.
I find proving my disability incredibly degrading particularly when I have had it my whole life. From the outside world though while it’s frustrating it makes sense. When it comes from the disability sector that’s hard to take. Always is, always will be.
So to see the NDIS already failing at this by not recognising it in the first place certainly raises concerns, which is a shame.
Yet we have to remain optimistic. People with disability are here to stay and believe it or not we have dreams and aspirations.
I'd just like the opportunity to be able to explore mine. I live in hope.