#1408 Did I Ever Tell You?

All grandparents have stories they tell over and over again. The time your mum was late to school. The time your uncle got his toe broken in a sliding door. The time you were really scared of an emu. But what about the stories they don’t tell us? The lifetime of stories they think we wouldn’t be interested in? In this weeks episode, we asked our grandparents to tell us stories they’d never told us before.


All the Best presenter Michaela Morgan talks to her Great Aunty Noelene about sewing ball gowns to dance in Sydney, 1952.

Produced by Michaela Morgan

Music credits: ‘The Sheik of Araby’ by Fats Waller & His Rhythm, ‘Diga Diga Doo’ by Artie Shaw, ‘King of the Trocadero’ a recording from National Film and Sound Archive, ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’ by Frank Coughlan

Sandwiches in the Park

Pip Rasmussen spoke to her grandmother about a time in Australia when there was a great fear of HIV, but she looked past the misconceptions and held out her hand to her friends who were suffering.

Produced by Pip Rasmussen

Music credits: ‘Youth’ by Daughter, ‘A World Alone’ by Lorde, ‘Far from View’ by Jack Cowell and the Owls and ‘Autumn Breeze’ by Exit Strategy.


A 1950s Love Story 

In 1951, a holiday to the sleepy town of the Gold Coast saw the beginning of a love story between Yvonne Hoffman and Hal Leslie. Yvonne was on holiday from Sydney with her mother and grandfather in Burleigh Heads, Queensland when she met Hal. He and six of his friends from Narrabeen, NSW were in town for a Surf Life Saving competition. Yvonne reminisces about her holiday with Hal and his mates on the Gold Coast 62 years ago.

Produced by Sydney Pead

Music credits: “Sweetheart Swing” by Tim Garland, published by Audio Network


His Story’s in the Suitcase

There have always been unanswered questions about Flynn’s refugee grandfather. Flynn’s mum describes him as a polymath “admired by people from all walks of life and disciplines”, who would join him in his study for intense discussions that would last hours. He arrived in Australia in February, 1951 on board the S. S. Castelbianco. The family mythology holds that he was born in Russia, and raised in a military academy after returning home one day to find his mother frozen to death. That’s all he ever said about his parents, apart from the fact they were Russian. A few weeks ago, Flynn found a suitcase full of documents that might answer some of those questions.

by Heidi Pett

Music credits: ‘Transnautica – Wintercoats remix’ by Guerre, ‘Mazu Heart Sutra – Namine remix’ by Guerre


She Got A Free Holiday 

Lucie sat with her grandfather by the fire and he told her the story of crazy Aunt Jess, and how she fell in love.

Produced by Lucie Robson

Final song: ‘Jack, Where You At’ by Caitlin Park


Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Something Something Free Parking

#1307 Everyone Needs Music I (feat. The Lifted Brow)

All the Best presents literary mag The Lifted Brow in musical form: featuring Woody Allen and, of course, his clarinet. And when two stroke victims find their ability to speak severely affected, a speech pathologist with a penchant for singing tries an unorthodox method to help their recovery.

Spread around the city of Newcastle, NSW, were a number of stroke victims, fighting their own private battles after losing their speaking abilities.  Speech pathologist Bernadette Matthias had an inkling that one of her own passions – singing- could help bring a group of strangers together, and help them cure each other.

Media coverage of the BrainWaves choir.

Produced by Lucie Robson.
Sound and production supervision by Belinda Lopez.
Music credits: BrainWaves choir recordings from Bernadette Matthias; Edelweiss – Piano by Calikokat ; Can’t Help Falling in Love with You- Piano Instrumental’ by Macgyver; ‘Piano 48 from Copenhagen Studio’ by Feather Drug.

Woody Allen at the Cafe Carlyle
For two seasons a year, Woody Allen plays clarinet in the Eddy Davis band on Monday nights at the Café Carlyle in New York City. While on his travels, Nick Marland decided it was his one chance to meet his hero, face-to-face. With a creased suit straight out of a backpack, a $210 ticket made more expensive because of French champagne consumption, and throngs of adoring fans to compete with, what could possibly go wrong?

Written and read by Nick Marland. Nick’s piece was featured in The Lifted Brow 15. Buy it here. All the Best says thank you to editor Sam Cooney.
Produced by Heidi Pett.
Music/sound credits: ‘New Orleans Percussion’ by Larry Salzman‘Party Crowd’ by Robinhood76/Freesound. 

The Lifted Brow’s upcoming Music edition will be released in late April. Keep an eye out for it via Facebook and Twitter.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Photo credit: Hellerhoff
Music credit: ‘Tears’ by Django Reinhardt; ‘Music is Crap’ by Custard.