#1348 Old & New


We are ending the year celebrating the people we love.  

From lovers to grandparents we hope you enjoy these stories.

Love Songs

We all know the deep, maddening love of the silver screen too well.  Those characters that laugh, cry, sing, dance and can’t live without their lovers!  But if you’re madly in love in real life, how do you truly express it?  Melbourne poet Izzy Roberts-Orr gives it a go in her poem ‘Love Songs’.

Writer:  Izzy Roberts-Orr

Producer:  Tess Lawley

Other links:  http://towerofwords.wordpress.com/



Grandpa Gerald

This is a personal account of one woman’s relationship with her grandfather and how it left her reeling when he passed away.  This story reminds of the magic that exists in the world.

Writer:  Katie Groneman

Producer:  Bryce Halliday

Composer/ Sound Design:  Bryce Halliday



Award winning performance poet Luka Lesson shares this story about his grandmother.  This story was recorded at the NSW Poetry Slam Final in 2013.

Writer/  Performer:  Luka Lesson


The Face of the One you Love:  Side A/ Side B

Side A/Side B was devised as a ten-minute tandem poetry meditation created by Sydney composer Tom Hogan and Brisbane poet Eleanor Jackson.

It was designed to be experienced by two people at the same time.   Side A/Side B asks that you take a seat, choose a side and conjure up the face of the one you love.

The installation originally sat two participants opposite each other, with “degradable sound” (tape or vinyl) on headphones. The two meditations are structured to move listeners through three distinct movements, using language and sound to create a hypnotic, contemplative place of love and loss.

Tom Hogan is a Sydney-based sound artist, composing for theatre and digital works. Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.

Writer/ Performer:  Eleanor Jackson

Composer/ Sound Designer:  Tom Hogan

Producer:  Tom Hogan

Technical Producer:  Rick O’Neil

Other links:  http://tomhogan.bandcamp.com/album/side-a-side-b


Music Credits: Whole Love by Wilco, Okada_s_Cat_2 by Tim Jenkins


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester


#1347 Naughty or Nice

It’s that time of year again.  

We wanted to celebrate the festivities with some fun, original and slightly naughty stories.  

Bard to the Bone

Bard To The Bone create completely original improvised Shakespearean plays.  The ensemble usually perform to live audiences, but they came into the studio to create a completely new Christmas story just for All the Best listeners.  This is Shakespeare, but not as you know it.

This tale will take you on wild and strange ride into a land far away, with pine-cones, a rising ocean, an unlikely hero and a Christmas twist.  Warning!  Things are about to get weird.

Voices/ Actors:  Bryce Halliday, Michael Gregory, Marko Mustac and Jon Williams

Music Composer:  Bryce Halliday

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Other Links:  bardtothebone.com.au 

You can find more information at and Like Post Haste Players on Facebook.


Christmas Memo

Do you let loose at the office Christmas party? Or do you hold yourself back, knowing you have to see everyone at work again the next day? Sarah Low shares some reflections from office workers on annual festive functions, and the company guidance to remind them that Mondays always follow.

Producer:  Sarah Low

Supervising Producer:  Merran Winchester

Music Credits: 9 To 5 by Dolly Parton, Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Charles Afton, The Goose is Getting Fat by Jon Kennedy


True Meaning of Christmas

Writer and performer Tug Dumbly brings unique insight into the true meaning of Christmas with his fable about Santa, Jesus and a well-known media celebrity.  However, this insight also comes with a ‘adults only’ content warning!

Writer & Voice:  Tug Dumbly

Sound Design:  Merran Winchester

Music Credits:  Come All Ye Faithful performed by Kings College Cambridge (2009), I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas by Bing Crosby


Music Credit:  Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood

Picture Credit:  Anton Emdin


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester


#1346 Summer Postcards

‘If you take 2 more steps, you’ll find what you’ve been looking for….

A little bit of magic.’


The Wormhole

There is a point at North Steyne where the cracks in the rock get bigger and more rugged.  This is the point where many head back believing there is nothing more to find.  But, if you take two more steps around the corner you’ll find what you’ve been looking for.  A little bit of magic.

Producer:  Pip Rasmussen

Other links:  http://instagram.com/p/dDomZWhTqv/


Bondi Beach

All the Best was invited to attend the book launch of ‘On Bondi Beach’ a series of personal stories about Bondi and how people relate to the beach.  Along the way we met one of the writers Demelza Marlin and talked to her about the research and discoveries they made whilst interviewing people.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Supervising Producer:  Zacha Rosen

Interviewee/ Voice Artists:  Demelza Marlin, Michael Catoin, Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak, Odile Le Clezio, Arky Michaels

Music Credits:  Okada S Cat 2 by Tim Jenkins

Other links:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OnBondiBeach/

You can purchase the book through Australian Scholarly Press http://www.scholarly.info/book/360/


Kings Cross Fatale

Kings Cross has an interesting past full of characters, scandals and significant moments.

This documentary takes you to the streets of Kings Cross to uncover it’s history.  Experience Kings Cross from 1910 on an audio adventure and let your imagination and senses be swept away.  Just immerse yourself in the sensory experience.

This story is part of a larger audio tour that you can take.  Download the sound (below) and wander through Bohemia.

Producer:  Natalie Penova

Music Credits:  Slidin Steps by C Mattone (MQ sound library ATMKITSCH)

References/ Archival Sound:  Stories and texts inspired by Pictorial History Kings Cross written by Anne-Maree Whitaker

The Glittering Mile, 1964 Documentary Film, David Low, Stations of the X http://www.youtube.com/user/bjmjdh,

Sydney Sidetracks http://www.abc.net.au/innovation/sidetracks/downloads.htm

Other links:  Audio Tour of Kings Cross in the early 20th century-  https://soundcloud.com/natalie-penova/kings-cross-fatale-2


Camel Connection

When you take the road to the heart of Australia who knows what you’ll find or who you’ll find it with.

This is the story of friendship, connection and camels.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Talent:  Alissa, Marcus and Lou McMaster

Music Credits:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Theme Song by Ennio Morricone

*Special thanks to Alyssa for her contribution.


Picture Credit:  Toby Hudson

Music Credit:  Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester


#1345 …Vs The Establishment

What would you stand up and fight for?

Small Fry

‘ A warm man cannot understand a cold man’.

Barrister and Mediator Robin Margo was an activist during apartheid in South Africa.  He wanted to change the regime and fight for equality for all South Africans.  He campaigned alongside many passionate people.  However, it was an experience he shared with activist Steve Biko that has changed the way he now tries to relate to people.

Producer:  Zacha Rosen

Music Credits:  Delicate Particle Logic by Thomas Newman, Night Vision by Suzanne Vega, Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck, Sinnerman by Nina Simone, Crucify Your Mind by Sixto Rodriguez, Hidden in Snow by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Other links:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xqj1n

Not on My Turf

Not on My Turf was created as part of the multi-platform storytelling installation Transform My Turf.  

Millers Point is in the heart of Sydney and is a richly diverse community.  The public housing tenants are currently under threat of losing their homes as the Government makes room for a new, wealthy community to move in.  This documentary shares the stories of the public housing residents who’ve been living in Millers Point for generations.

Producer’s:  Carly-Ann Keneally & Jordan Byron

Sound Designer:  Oliver Pieterse

Supervising Producer: Kate Montague

Interviewee’s:  Chad Ford, Bob and Barney, Col and Terry, Flo Secold, Quentin Dempster, Alex Greenwich and Ron.

*Quentin Dempster was interviewed as a resident of Millers Point and his views do not reflect those of the ABC.

Music Credits: Our House by Madness

Other links:  http://www.transformyourturf.org.au/

Picture Credit:  Transform My Turf – Jordan Bryon

Music Credit:  Fight the Power by Public Enemy

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Belinda Lopez & Giordana Caputo

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester