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You see a familiar face on the street. It’s someone you knew a long time ago. You couldn’t place a name, but you remember being very fond of them. You near each other, your eyes meet, you’re about to pass, you open your mouth, and in a second they are gone, moving onwards in the opposite direction.
Neither of you stopped or even smiled. It might have been something – you could have asked then for a drink, placed their name while your fumbled for your phone. But the moment is gone. All you’re left with is what might have been.
This week on All the Best – missed moments, alternate paths, loves lost, whole cities never realised.
There’s a place on the north coast of NSW called North Arm Cove. There are 400ish residents, no shop, no town water, but they do have a tennis court they built with money from the government’s GFC stimulus package a few years back.
But North Arm Cove was slated to be something much bigger. For a brief, shining moment, it might have been the capital of Australia, designed by Walter Burley Griffin. That didn’t happen, obviously. But plans were drawn up and roads carved through the bush, and due to a strange confluence of planning laws and economics, a small community lives in a perfectly planned city that’s mostly gravel boulevards and eucalyptus trees.
Produced by Heidi Pett
One of the biggest, strangest things about ‘what might have beens’ is the ways they could change not only the course of our lives, and what happened, but our identities. Things that happen or don’t happen ripple through us and form the people we become.
Erin’s been wondering for a while what might have been if something in her family had happened very differently
Produced by Erin Rosenberg
Executive Producers: Heidi Pett
State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon
Image Credit: Google Maps
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This episode we follow the stories of people who have crossed the ocean in search of a new home, a new beginning or adventure. These stories will takes us from Africa to Australia, to Chile and Afghanistan.
From Africa, Home
Erin Rosenberg moved from South Africa with her family in 2005. In this story she reflects on the challenges she faced establishing a new life in Melbourne and the love she has of her homeland South Africa.
Producer: Erin Rosenberg
Supervising Producer: Merran Winchester
Music Credits: Shosholoza by the Drakensberg Boys Choir, Arms of Steel by Freshlyground, Jump One by Romain B.
Anjali Vishwanathan met Ahmad-Ali-Jafari in Villawood Detention Centre when she went to speak with detainees about their experiences. They shared stories, food and laughter. Earlier this year Ahmad passed away in detention after suffering from a heart attack at the age of 22. This story is a personal reflection and tribute to Ahmad-Ali-Jafari.
Writer & Narrator: Anjali Vishwanathan
Producer’s: Zacha Rosen & Merran Winchester
Sound Design: Merran Winchester
Music Credits: Loop Four by Seaworthy, Laceration by Kai Engel, Afghan Music Melody by Afghanistan Culture 09, Dil (A meaningful poem especially for Muslims) broadcast by Kashmala Ch.
Other Links: http://overland.org.au/2013/08/eulogy-for-ahmad-ali-jafari/
Zacha Rosen met Gabriel Salas to learn about his adventure crossing the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft. As a Chilean National, Gabriel left his country looking for an adventure. What was originally going to be a road trip through South America turned into a history making voyage across the Ocean. However, when he arrived in Australia a new political regime had begun in Chile and he realised he couldn’t go home. He became one of the first Chilean refugees in Australia. And if it wasn’t enough to cross the Pacific Ocean once in a lifetime, he managed to do it twice.
Producer: Zacha Rosen
Music Credits: Jupiter The Blue by gillicuddy, Opening Doors by Jamie Evans, El barzón by Los Amparito, Spring Rain by Aaron Ximm, Skitzin by Shining Bird
Other Links: http://allthebestradio.com/blog/sea-hitchhiker/
* This story was originally broadcast in September 2012. To find out more about the story go to
Production Manager: Carly-Ann Keneally
Executive Producer’s: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez
Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester