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Mental   Health & Wellbeing

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Liberty   Swing, Newman Park Traralgon

Do you have a key for   the Liberty Swing in Newman Park Traralgon?Newman Park, located on   Peterkin St in Traralgon boasts an ‘access for all’ type playground which   includes a railway station and platform, a maze decorated by local schools, a   teenage exercise/adventure area, an adventure castle, new BBQ facilities, new   toilet facilities incorporating disability access and a Liberty Swing financed   by the Variety Club some years ago.There was a lot of hype   and publicity when the Liberty Swing was first installed which saw a great   demand for its use.  We want to remind the community of this valuable   equipment and encourage its use to ensure the need continues to be identified   in the future for the establishment of accessible facilities such as   this.  The Liberty swing is accessible by a key that can be lent from   the Traralgon Service Centre from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am   and 5.15pm.  The key can be collected on a Friday evening and returned   Monday morning if weekend use is required.  The Traralgon Service Centre   can be contacted on 1300 367 700.A number of keys were   distributed to local residents when the Liberty swing was first established   for more convenient and frequent access.  If you have, or know of   someone who has a key that is no longer required, we would appreciate that   you return it so that it can be redistributed to another family.  If you   feel you would benefit from having a key for the Liberty swing, please   register your interest.  All correspondence should be made to Laura   Jenkins, Rural Access Project Officer at Latrobe City Council by emailing



Social   Inclusion Week event in Sale

SOCIAL INCLUSION WEEK ►CELEBRATION◄◄◄◄Thursday 28th November 11am—2pm in the SALE MALLCome and join us!►Music►Information stalls

►Creative workshops


Rudely Interrupted are   a unique indie rock act with a great sound

‘Their music is some of the most energetic   and genuine to emerge from the Australian rock ‘n’ roll underground in recent   times. Timeout Sydney.

If the weather is bad   we will be in the Sale Memorial Hall

For more information   call Leanne on 0429 588 818



“Puzzled by Autism?”

for families of   children with autism –        grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends.

(Parents can come   too)

Wednesday   November 20, 2013: 7.30pm

at WECAN12 George Street, Warragul

Discussion and   Conversation led by Child Psychologist Lisa Archer

  •   What is autism?
  • Common myths and   misunderstandings
  • What does the   future hold?
  • Other questions   or concerns you may have and would like to explore

Please note:   Registration is necessary as this session can only proceed if we have   sufficient interest and numbers to bring Lisa here.

Gold Coin Donation.

RSVP: November 13, 2013 to Anne at WECAN

Ph: 5622 1200 or email



Cerebral Palsy Support Network new   website launch event

Date:   Friday 22nd November Time: 6.30pm

Venue: CPSN office, 525 High St   Preston

RSVP: by 15th November

Don’t   forget to your RSVP in quick and come along and help us celebrate the launch   of our NEW website –

The Board of Management and staff would   love for all members to come and join us over a glass of bubbly and some   delicious treats to help us officially launch the website on Friday 22nd November @ 6:30pm, 525 High   Street Preston.

This is a great opportunity for members   to come together and learn about how the new website can make your   life easier.

The new website will go live as of   the 13th November, so make sure you check out the upcoming news & events, a heap of information, resources and   so much more then!

In celebration we will also be holding a   members only website scavenger hunt, where you could WIN a $200   Coles / Myer voucher. Registrations for the   scavenger hunt will open on Friday 13th November. Stay tuned for   more information on how to win!

For further information on the website   launch please refer to the attached invite.

For all RSVP’s to the event please   contact and express your interest.



Welcome to DARU Update – 11 November 2013

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Disability Self Help Grants Program   2013-15: Funding round now open

Grants   of up to $10,000 (over two years) are available to self-help groups to cover   general expenses, minor works and equipment purchases.

The above program is now open   and accepting funding applications up until 13 December 2013.

The grant round opening was advertised in Saturday’s Herald Sun newspaper (9   November), and previous program applicants have also been notified in writing   and sent guidelines for their consideration. Additional notifications are   being sent to The Collective of Self Help Groups and the Victorian Local   Government Disability Planners Network.

Further funding program information is provided in the website link below,   including guidelines and application form.



Community Family Fun Day

Make   & Create Crafts

Jumping   Castle

Saturday 30 th November 2013

10:30am – 1:30pm

Meeniyan   Recreation Reserve

Hanily   Street, Meeniyan

For   further information or to organise transport assistance

please   contact Julia at South Coast Primary Care Partnership

5674   0900

Sensory   Play


Come   & Try games & sport

Face   Painting

Family   treasure hunt

Quiet   Tent Autism friendly event



3D Program

This program is an initiative of   Cooinda Hill Traralgon and aims to support people with a disability between   the ages of 18 – 35 to try new options, learn new skills and put them into   action

An   initiative of Cooinda Hill Inc., the 3D Program is unique. It has been   established by professional and experienced staff using a set of 3 innovative   learning principles. The 3D program is aimed at young people between the ages   of 18-35 years of age who may need a bit of support building their   independent, adult lives. 3D is highly flexible, enabling people to get the   most out of the program, no matter what their life goals and priorities are.   The 3D Program strives to provide an engaging and supportive learning   environment which aims to provide the individual learner with the best   possible opportunity to explore, transition and maintain life long skills and   confidence to:

  •    Seek and maintain suitable employment
  •    Live independently, or learn independent   living skills
  •    Develop self advocacy skills
  •    Build Self esteem and confidence
  •   Understand   the importance of healthy living, good personal hygiene and presentation   skills
  •   Managing   and budgeting money
  •   Go   onto further education opportunities

Simply ring Cooinda Hill on 51744834   for further information. You can also speak to your planning or case manager.   Then you come and meet us and talk about the goals you have for your life and   what support you need to reach them. Remember, it is your choice what you do   with your life.

We support you to learn to make   smart decisions and give you direction to find what you are looking for



Genetic Support Network of Victoria – GSNV “Bits   & Pieces” email publication

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Children with a Disability Australia (CDA) monthly   e-news November 2013

To have your copy emailed to you contact CDA: 1800 222 660 or via email to


“Wear something blue for 15q”

International Prader Willi Syndrome Organisation (IPWSO)   news flash

Greetings to you all!

Our very special date is just around the corner—15.11.13—15th   November, 2013. What makes this date   so special? The line-up of numbers are exactly the same as the deletion on   chromosome 15 that makes not only Prader-Willi   Syndrome what it is, but also is the marker for

Angelman’s Syndrome, and Duplicate 15q syndrome. These three syndromes are pinpointed by   this line-up of numbers which, coincidently, become the date, 15.11.13.

We want you to wear blue, to do something memorable to   publicise our special date so that people will become more aware of PWS.

“Wear something blue for 15q”

To all our PW Associations, to our Parent, Scientific, and   Caregiver Delegates: Please publicise awareness of this one-in-a-hundred-year   date by posting on Facebook, Tweeting around the world, making people aware   that we exist! All the information you need, you will find on our webpage  along with two amazing diagrams showing the   similarities among our sister syndromes. Use this information in your   newsletters, your email groups, your Facebook pages, and let’s see if we can   raise the profile of 15q around the world! You may also use these logos.

With very best regards to you all,

President and Board of IPWSO


2012 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi wheelchair accessible   vehicle



        2012   Volkswagen Caddy Maxi wheelchair accessible vehicle.

  •   1.6   litre diesel
  •   Automatic, only 20,000 km
  •   Registration to June 2014
  •   Cruise control, remote locking, air   conditioning
  •   One owner, only 18months old, full service   docs, well maintained
  •   4 separate seats and wheelchair passenger has   a spacious, comfortable compartment with unobstructed views through side   windows and a forward windscreen
  •    Wheel   chair(electric or manual), can be placed in back of vehicle, or a childs   chair can sit between the back seats to be close to driver and family   members.
  •   Flashcab conversion embraces simplicity,   quality and safety, well above Australian standards. The rear of the vehicle   is built to protect the wheelchair passenger in the event of a rear end   collision.
  •   Access for the wheelchair is by a folding ramp   through a rear door making use of the more common parking bays in carparks.  The ramp is fabricated from steel tube   sections and sheet steel and is particularly innovative in design with   simplicity and strength being the main criteria, strong, but light to lift.
  •   Ease of loading and unloading with limited   mechanical gadgets makes it a fast and reliable system.
  •   New vehicle with conversion $55,000, ASKING PRICE $46,500 ono.
  •   LOCATION Bendigo (central Victoria)
  •   CONTACT Meg or Pete 0458 362247

(more photos and information on   request)



Amaze eSpectrum November newsletter

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The ‘What about Human Rights’ Forum is for People   with

a Disability, Service Managers and Support Staff

The ‘What about Human Rights’ Forum is for People with a Disability,   Service Managers and Support Staff.BRING YOUR BOSS AND BRING YOUR WORKERS!Human rights matter. We all have human rights, sometimes people with   disability miss out on their human rights.It is important that everyone can get together to learn about human rights   in disability services. We all have a role to play, People with Disabilities,   Worker and Bosses.The forums will explore:

– NDS Victoria’s online human rights training program for disability   support workers

– VALID’s My Rights Training Program for people with a disability

If you would like to attend the forum please book online through Event   Bright or see link below.


Uniting Church  Park Lane, Traralgon

 Friday 22nd   November 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration from 9:30am  (Morning tea provided)

Additional session for managers

12:00pm   – 1:00pm

Breigh Smith – Policy and Project   Officer, NDS

03 8341 4300

Jon Slingsby – KSP Self Advocacy Coordinator, VALID

03 9416 4003


Parent Support Groups meeting in 3   weeks’ time


Parents of   children with Autism Spectrum Disorder invited to attend the following   meeting: Inverloch & District ASD Support Group

Wed 4th Dec10.30am-12.30pm Inverloch Hub meeting room near playground 16   Abeckett St Tea/Coffee   provided   We provide   support info & social get-togethers. We have info on services in the   area. For more see the Autism Gippsland website

Contact Julie   5657 4248; Franki 0410 645 613




Bairnsdale & District challenging behaviour PARENT support group

You are warmly invited to attend the   following morning coffee/tea’s of the    Bairnsdale & District Challenging Behaviour Parent Support Group.   Parents of children with autism, ADHD, ODD and undiagnosed additional needs   are warmly invited to attend.

When:……………………………………………………………………….. Wednesday   December 4th 2013

Time:………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10am—noon

Venue:…………………………………………………………………………………….. Relle’s   Chatterbox Café

2 / 180 Main Street – Campbell’s Centreway   Arcade, Bairnsdale

This meeting will be an informal opportunity   to get together in relaxed surroundings and chat.   Meals available if you wish to have lunch   afterwards

Coffee and cake is available to purchase as well

For further information please contact

Narelle    51 522 126 – 0414 915 440  or

Yvonne Waite from Parent To Parent Gippsland   1800 010 453


Wellington Special Needs Network Inc

are a group of parents of children & adult children with   disabilities who get together to share.    For more info contact Rosemary 0413 010   047

Anita 51444408

Where: 5 Star Housing Community Room – Between Howard & McCole   Streets Sale

Monday December 2nd 7:30pm – 9:30pm

  All family members welcome



‘Acknowledging Challenges BUT Living the Potential’

Presented By Kerry   Cooney – Author and Founder of “Every Day with ADHD” Renowned Australasian   speaker on Behaviour Management for challenging behaviours Answering the hard   questions

National Tour 2 Events One Day Open Seminar  Thursday 5th December 3.5 hour Youth Workshop Friday 6th December Understanding the behaviour   of ADHD and Learning DisabilitiesManaging the behaviour of   ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Turning Disengagement into   Engagement

Who should attend?

Parents Carers Support   staff

Disability Workers Youth   Workers Justice Workers

Drug and Alcohol Mental   Health Educators

Allied Health Managers   Service Coordinators

Where Cost

Travelodge Southbank One   Day Open Seminar $165.00 Cnr Southbank Ave & Riverside Quay Southbank

3.5 hour Youth Workshop   $88.00

Attend both events $220.00

Parking is available for   $12 per day from hotel reception. (03 8696 9600)

Presented By Kerry Cooney –   Author and Founder of “Every Day with ADHD” Renowned Australasian speaker on   Behaviour Management for challenging behaviours  Answering the hard questions

Further details Seminar outlines, dates and   bookings are available through the ‘Workshops and Seminars page’ on our   website.

****Please Note: It would be   advantageous for those attending the “Youth Workshop” to attend the one day   seminar as well.

Every Day with ADHD | Australia | +61 488 99 77 65 |  |


‘World Festival of Magic’

The ‘World Festival of Magic’ 20th   Anniversary Show is a spectacular family entertainment starring the   world-renowned Australian magician Michael Boyd whose mastery of   ‘Grand Illusion’ will amaze and astound you!


The Lions Club of Melbourne   Markets hosts this show to lift the spirits and bring well needed joy,   laughter and amazement to the special needs and disadvantaged children from   your local community. This   show will captivate and mesmerise both adults and children for the full 90   minutes.


Melbourne Convention Centre

Plenary Hall – 1 Convention Centre   Place, South Wharf


2 Show Times Available

Saturday 21st   December 2013

11.00am & 2.00pm

Please enjoy the tickets,   complimentary of the Lions Club of Melbourne Markets and the business   community of Melbourne and Surrounding Areas.


These   FREE tickets are available by contacting Yvonne at p2pg – or call 03 51 353   131 or 1800 010 453.  Please provide   these details: how many people will be attending – one ticket per person for   adults and children, and which show would suit you best 11am or 2pm

Note   – transportation and other associated costs are not covered, just admittance   to the show in Melbourne

Should   you have any further queries please contact Yvonne

Autism   Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 2 Day WEEKEND Positive Behaviour   Support Workshop: CARLTONReminder for weekend workshop.Places still available but minimum numbers are required for this   workshop to go ahead so please encourage parents carers and interested   professionals to register before Friday 15th November  


Autism   Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 2 Day WEEKEND Positive Behaviour   Support Workshop: CARLTON


In response to requests for a weekend workshop we have scheduled   Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st November for parents and carers of   children and young adults aged 6 – 25 years with ASD and living at   home.  A great opportunity for parents and the professionals currently   working with their child to come along together and work as a team. Registrations are now   openWhen:                          Saturday 30th November & Sunday   1st December 2013 Where:                          Rydges on   Swanston – 701 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC 3000Time:                            Saturday   9am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm (8:30am arrival for registration each day)Cost:                             $95 per   person (includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & workshop materials)

Registration:               Register   & Payment online via the following direct link

Accommodation is also   available at Rydges on Swanston at a discounted rate for registered   participants who wish to stay for the weekend of the workshop.

Please refer to the attached workshop flyer for further   details.  Please check the eligibility criteria prior to   registering. If you have any additional queries, please contact Amber   Day (Administration) or Heather Kirkhope (Program Coordinator) – Email  or Phone 03 9377 6600

Eligibility to   participate in this 2 day Workshop:

§ Parents or carers of children and young   adults aged between 6 and 25 years, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum   Disorder (ASD)

§ The individual with ASD must be living at   home

§   Participating   families are encouraged to invite professionals or service providers working   with them to attend the workshop

Families   participating in this 2 day workshop will:

§ Develop an understanding of autism and how   an ASD impacts upon learning and behaviour

§ Learn how to be proactive by creating an   autism friendly environment at home

§ Learn how to write an autism specific   behaviour support plan for one of their child’s behaviours

§ Learn how to write a plan to respond   confidently when challenging behaviour occurs

§   Learn   how to teach new skills to promote their child’s independence and quality of   life


A huge thank you to the Mallacoota Surf Life Saving club and our instructors Luke and Simon. 

Children’s Week is for children to enjoy themselves.

Last week we were teacher’s for the week. We made a timetable of the things that we wanted to do because it was CHILDREN’S WEEK.

People chose sports, mathletics, free time, writing, science, a movie, art, fact files and recycling. It was fun being the teacher and doing the different activities.

When you are a teacher you have to think hard, do what you think is right and set things up. Being  teacher for the week was fun.

We had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for library.

This week we cleaned out the shed for our recycling and we want to thank the mum and dad and the community member for helping.

We are doing ball skills in sport.

Our posters about our Asian countries are displayed on the windows.

I would like to thank the 2013 House Captains.

Gabo: Chloe Scott and James Wetherweld

Bastion: Jasmyn Litherland and Larz Van Dersant

Without the assistance of these young men and women the house events would not have ran as well..or even at all. They assisted with planning, organising, fundraising and most importantly encouraging!!

The leadership that these students have show will put them, and us, in great stead. You have the ability to change the world for the better. Good luck and thank you!

Simon Berry

House Captain’s #HouseChampions

Chloe, James, and Larz. Absent: Jasmyn

House Captain’s #HouseChampions

This year saw the first full Gabo V Bastion house challenge. Students participated in their houses in the following events:

– Swimming carnival

– Athletics carnival

– Cross country

– Home group challenges (inc. master chef, Mallacoota fun run, games, and intellectual events)

– Thursday lunch sports (inc. touch rugby, volleyball, cricket, soccer, ultimate frisbee, kickball, basketball, chess, softball, science week)

It was a mighty battle with close to 100% participation ratio from the secondary and primary students. The event culminated during Health and PE week. Before the final event, the score was Gabo: 3609 – Bastion: 3403, which put Gabo in a seemingly unbeatable position (as each event was worth 50 points), 206 points in front. BUT in what could only be described as a huge boon for Bastion the umpire determined that the final game (ultimate frisbee) would be for 207 points. It was all on the line!!!

However Gabo, the deserving team, managed win the last event and win the house challenge for 2013. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and house captains.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who participated, had fun, and did their best. A huge thank you must go to the House Captains; James, Chloe, Jas and Larz. They assisted in the running of the events, and without them it would not have been possible. It has been a privileged to work with such young professionals.

Please see below for the yearly table and highlights.

Simon Berry



Gabo Total


Bastion Total

Swimming Carnival










Soccer (Jnr)





Mallacoota Fun Run





HG games





Touch Rugby

25 for participants














Term 2






Softball (jr)





HG Challenge










Footyvolleyball (jnr)










Cross Country





Ultimate Frisbee





Basketball (jnr)





HG Sport Challenge





HG Master Chef















Master Chef





Grade 3 Students





Term 3

Touch Rugby










Science Quiz





Student B’hav





Athletics Carnival















Basketball (jnr)





Kick Ball (jnr)










Ultimate Frisbee





On Tuesday the third of September we left at 7:45 to go to Bairnsdale for the zone athletics. It was a great day with lots of good results.  I was in the high jump the long jump and the 800m race.  I got two thirds; one in the high jump, one in the 800m, but unfortunately in the long jump I came 5th. After the athletics was over we went to McDonald’s to have lunch, then after that we went home. A special thanks to Mr Berry for organising the day and to Mr Embleton for driving us there.

By Archie

Zone Athletics Results

Event: 7 13Yr M Shot Put A

3 PRE01MALLA Preston, Harrison Mallacoota P-12 9.41 20.0

Event: 10 13Yr M 100m A

2 PRE01MALLA Preston, Harrison Mallacoota P-12 13.76 22.0

Event: 19 17Yr F Triple Jump A

1 PRE02MALLA Preston, Amy Mallacoota P-12 7.9 24.0 NR

Event: 25 13Yr M High Jump A

3 EMB01MALLA Embleton-Mew, Archie Mallacoota P-12 1.45 20.0

Event: 51 14Yr M 400m A

3 MOL01MALLA Molan, Thomas Mallacoota P-12 1:04.53 20.0

Event: 57 14Yr M Discus A

2 PEA01MALLA Pearse, Bryce Mallacoota P-12 25.43 22.0

Event: 60 14Yr M Long Jump A

2 MOL01MALLA Molan, Thomas Mallacoota P-12 4.81 22.0

Event: 72 13Yr F Discus A

2 MIG02MALLA Migotto-Brown, Chiara Mallacoota P-12 17.17 22.0

Event: 75 14Yr M Shot Put A

1 PEA01MALLA Pearse, Bryce Mallacoota P-12 9.83 24.0 NR

Event: 79 13Yr M 800m A

3 EMB01MALLA Embleton-Mew, Archie Mallacoota P-12 2:49.53 20.0

Event: 122 13Yr M 200m A

3 PRE01MALLA Preston, Harrison Mallacoota P-12 30.15 20.0

This week Samdog reviews Line dancing songs, Jaidyn researches the history of PlayStation consoles, and Mark reports on the history of snowboarding. 

Once again here is our exclusive interview.

Jaidyn’s nterview

  1. Who is your favourite superhero and why? Batman because he overcomes his fear of bats to become Batman. He doesn’t have any super powers by his still kicks bum.
  2. When did you first realise you where human, what effect did that have on you? What? Haha. I don’t know. I got nothing! When I recognised my reflection in the mirror. 
  3. Why do you think birds can fly but humans can’t? Because we do not have wings.
  4. If you were the last person on earth what would you do? Go insane. 
  5. Tell us your favourite SFW (safe for work) joke?  This is ridiculous. 

Please read on for another fantastic edition of “The Mag”.

Simon Berry

The Mag Edition 3

Extreme sports


Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves a rider sliding down a slope covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider’s feet  using a specially designed boot set onto a mounted binding. Snowboarding has been around since the 1920s, when people would tie plywood or wooden planks to their feet using clotheslines and horse reins in to steer down hills.

Snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998.


Since snowboarding became winter sport, it developed a number of styles, each with specialized equipment and technique. The most common styles today are freeride, freestyle, and freecarve/race. The styles are recreational and professional. While each style is unique, there is some overlap between them.

The first National Snowboard race was held near Woodstock, Vermont, at Suicide Six in 1982.

The first World Championship half pipe competition was held at Soda Springs, California. Tom Sims  organized the event with the help of a snowboard instructor named Mike Chantry at Soda Springs. The half-pipe is a ditch or purpose built ramp that is usually on a slope, 7 m deep.

Snowboarding comes with a certain level of risk. The injury rate for snowboarding is about four to six thousand persons per day, this is around double the injury rate for alpine skiing. Injuries are more likely beginners, most with those who do not take lessons with instructors. A quarter of all injuries occur to first-time riders and half of all injuries occur to those with less than a year of experience. Experienced riders are less likely to suffer injury, but the injuries that do occur tend to be more severe.

Video of Amateur Stacks

Video of Professional Stacks


In 2002, Terje Haakonsen and other snowboarders started the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.


– Mark out. 

The Mag Edition 3

Samdog’s Musical Mayhem

Hey there, it’s me again, and this time I’ll be reviewing the three most popular line dancing songs. Now, line dance songs are something we usually affiliate with barn dances or the like, but for the most part, they are actually heard at a number of places, from parties, to weddings, to some night clubs and discos. Also, I feel like it’s important to state that you all have most likely heard most – if not all – of these songs. Now, let’s see how many of these songs you remember.

First on the list it the ‘Time Warp’. This song featured in a 1973 movie, but wasn’t released until 1975. The verses consist largely of the characters of the film singing the dance moves, like ‘…And put your hand on your hips… And bring your knees in tight.’ Also, the song has a total of 13 different covers from various different artists and genres, as well as featuring in the video game ‘Just Dance 4’. But enough talking, let’s hear the song!

Next up on the list is the ‘Nutbush City Limits’. Ah yes, there was no way that I could convince myself not to put this song on the list. The original song was released in 1973, but there were a number of different covers, spanning from 1988, to 1991, and there are more coming out all the time. The song itself is about the producer’s rural hometown, called Nutbush. Interestingly enough, the town doesn’t really have city limits, and instead has ‘Nutbush – unincorporated’ signs around the local highway. Now, that’s enough information, let’s play the song!

Now for the grand finale, we have the ‘Macarena’. Of course this song was going to be on the list! This song has reached number 1 on three different charts, being one of only 6 foreign language songs to reach number one since 1955, as well as being the number seven on the top 100 greatest songs of all time, and sitting on top of the US top charts for 14 weeks. The song is also believed to have set a world record for group dancing when a crowd of over 50,000 got up and danced the ‘Macarena’ at the Yankee Stadium in New York. Now I think that I’ve said enough about the song, and it’s time to hear the song itself.

Well that’s it for this edition of Samdog’s Musical Mayhem, and now that I’ve enticed you to dance, I guess I’ll be seeing you on the dance floor. Until next time, keep dancing!

– Marc Sammut

The Mag Edition 3

You, Me and Gaming

The evolution of Gaming consoles

(Sony PlayStation)


Hello my lovely readers! Today I am going to talk to you about the evolution of the consoles I have grown up with playing. This is quite a recent history of consoles. There are many consoles out there, at the moment we are in the 8th generation of gaming consoles. There are many consoles I had never even heard of until I did my research. I never knew just how many there were, look at this:

It all started in 1967 with the first working prototype that played only six simple games, namely Ping-Pong, tennis, handball, volleyball, chase games and a light-gun game. It would take a long time to go through the list so definitely check out the link. Since then we have had many consoles and generations leading up to where we are now. At the moment and in my lifetime there have only been two main contenders, the Sony PlayStation and the Microsoft Xbox.

Recently as a gamer you are either Xbox or PlayStation. So I bring to you the history of the PlayStation series. So I begin with the PlayStation (one). I am not including the PSP or PS vista. They are hand held but are technically included in PlayStations console series.

Throughout a consoles lifetime there are many stages. The console is released with games that get better and better over the learning curve of developers.  Until the games reach their maximum potential and a new console is needed more and more things are developed. There are new technologies for the console such as mic’s, cameras, motion controllers, remotes and much more. After the console has been out for a while a slimline version is brought out. Obviously it is smaller but it also usually has a few better specs. In the case of the Ps3 there were many models brought out.

The Sony PlayStation (aka PlayStation One, PSOne).


When Sony released the PlayStation console they had never previously developed a game, let alone a console system, but the PlayStation ended up a mega hit that introduced 3D gaming (depth in screen)  to a mass audience and kick-started the video game CD-ROM revolution. Oddly, had it not been for a contract dispute, the “Play Station” would have been released by Nintendo as an add-on to their Super Nintendo console.  The Disc-Based Video Game Console (5th Generation) was huge and kick started Sony’s development of gaming consoles. Before this all games were 2D. The console was released worldwide in 1994.

The PlayStation primarily competed with the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn. In 2000, a re-designed, ‘slim’ version was released, called the PSone, replacing the original grey console, and also being renamed to avoid confusion with its successor, the PlayStation 2.

Look up the PSone,(witch is the slim vertion) its funny looking and came with revolutionaly acssesorys.

PlayStation 2


The Sony PlayStation 2 is currently the best-selling home console, selling over 155 million units worldwide.

The PlayStation 2, formally the PS2 was the second gaming system that Sony released. It sold over 1 million consoles in the first two days, and was released in the year 2000. It is the bestselling console to date with over 150 million consoles by the date January 31st 2011.The sixth-generation console competed with the Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. 3,800 game titles have been released for the PS2 since launch, and more than 1.5 billion copies have been sold. Sony later manufactured several smaller, lighter revisions of the console known as ‘slimline’ models. On January 4, 2013, Sony announced that the PlayStation 2 had been discontinued after 12 years of production. This was one of the longest runs of all time for a video game console. Despite the announcement, new games for the console continue to be produced even now.

PlayStation 3


The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft‘s Xbox 360 and Nintendo‘s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan,with international markets following shortly after. Originally set for a spring 2006 release date, it was delayed several times until finally hitting stores at the end of the year. It was the first console to use Blu-ray disk as its primary storage medium.

We have come quite far. An eight megabit Ps2 memory card held my entire gaming childhood when I was six. Now that I’m sixteen I had to upgrade console because eighty gigabits was not enough space. The distance we travel with technology each day, each year is amazing. From the original PlayStation (one) (1993) to the PS4 now (2013) in only 20 years, the difference between the generations is quite amazing.

Something to look forward to…

– Jaidyn Marsden

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