Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chonicle 27-01-16 Contents Tuesday, January 26, 2016 The Chronicle
Two years ago, when a
degenerative eye disease
began to profoundly a�fect
her sight, Liz was le�t feeling
uncertain and anxious.
"I lost a lot of self-confidence and
was afraid to leave the house," she said.
While Liz received orientation and
mobility training with a cane from
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, she never fully
regained her confidence.
"Even with my cane, I struggled
a lot in public areas. I still found
catching public transport really
Eventually, Liz requested a Guide
Dog and was matched, free of charge,
with a beautiful blond Labrador
It cost more than $35,000 and took
two years to breed, raise and train
Poppi from a gorgeous Labrador pup
into a fully working Guide Dog.
This amazing journey was made
possible through a generous gi�t that a
supporter le�t to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Why Guide Dogs needs you to consider a gi�t in your Will
• It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train a single Guide Dog.
• All services are provided at no cost to their clients.
• Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with irreparable vision loss,
including nine who become blind. This means over the next five years
they predict demand for their services will double.
• Less than two per cent of their funding needs comes from the
government. This means Guide Dogs continues to rely on the public's
• Guide Dogs NSW/ACT relies on these types of gi�ts to continue to
breed, raise and train their life-changing Guide Dogs. In fact, two out
of three Guide Dogs are made possible thanks to gi�ts le�t in Wills.
To request an information brochure please contact Guide Dogs on
(02) 9412 9361 or email email@example.com
Will changed Liz
and Poppi's lives
For a person who is blind or vision impaired, one of
the best gi�ts they could ever receive is a Guide Dog.
One person who knows this to be true is Liz Wheeler.
in their Will. In fact, currently two
out of every three Guide Dogs are
made possible through these
With Poppi by her side, Liz's
confidence has grown exponentially.
"I love that Poppi is such an
energetic dog. She demands to leave
the house, which has helped a lot with
my self-confidence," Liz said. "But she's
also incredibly a�fectionate, which has
helped with my anxiety.
"Sometimes she just comes over
and puts her head on my lap. She's
been such a great support."
Poppi has been able to give Liz the
gi�t of self-confidence. For Liz, having
a Guide Dog means not being afraid
to leave the house or catch public
transport; simple tasks that we o�ten
take for granted.
So when you next review your
Will please consider Guide Dogs,
Australia's most trusted charity. The
generous gi�tle�t in a Will helps to
train more amazing Guide Dogs like
Poppi and ensure that when someone
loses their sight, they don't lose their
freedom and independence as well.
Liz Wheeler credits her Guide Dog Poppi
with giving her greater self-confidence.
the day she
a Guide Dog.
"I will never forget the wonderful work Guide Dogs
are doing. No matter how much I change my Will, you
will never be forgotten due to the wonderful work you
do in the community. The next time I rewrite my Will,
the amount will only increase."
Mary, supporter of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Poppi as a pup.
Pyke ponders break from treadmill
Josh Pyke finds the release phase ''frightening and confronting''.
Five albums in and celebrated
singer-songwriter Josh Pyke is
thinking about taking a break.
It s not the constant writing or
the touring that gets to him. It s the
difficulty of actually releasing
albums that leaves him feeling
weathered and worn.
During the day-to-day writing
phase, my state is great, as long as
I can hold it together and not put
too much pressure on myself to get
things done within a time frame or
anything, Pyke said.
I go down to my studio and
write for the day and come up and
pick my kids up and be a dad.
He said the recording phase was
awesome too. He loved being in the
studio and putting ideas down.
It was just the release phase of
writing and recording albums like
his latest opus, But For All These
Shrinking Hearts, that gets this
I ve liked it less and less as I ve
got along, says Pyke, who was
disappointed about the lack of
support national youth broadcaster
Triple J gave But For All These
Shrinking Hearts. This, despite the
clear public support for the work,
which debuted at No. 2 on the
ARIA albums chart.
I get it and I accept it, and this
is not a criticism of the process, but
as soon as you put out a record you
are basically asking to be judged.
And when you are an artist like I
am who just pours out their heart
and soul onto every song -- and I
don t really separate myself from
my creative output -- it s always an
incredibly confronting and
frightening thing, he said.
He said as soon as you get
through that it is back to touring
and "it s instant gratification time
"So the state of being a musician
is pretty up and down, I ve got to
say. And after 10 years, it s like I m
actually starting to feel I wouldn t
mind a break from it at some
After a decade making a career
out of his creativity and 20 years
obsessively engaging with it he
said he was still figuring things out.
When you first realise that
writing songs, or whatever form of
creativity that you re involved in, is
this thing that you re compelled to
do, it is like this falling in love, he
Then, as you go along, you
have these periods where you go
deeper and deeper, and you get to
know this thing better and this
relationship better, and you fall
deeper and deeper in love.
But you also see all the faults
and they are reflected back at you
and you see all your own faults
through your relationship with this
Josh Pyke with Banff
When: Saturday, January 30
Where: Playhouse, Canberra
Tickets: $50.50 from
ARTIST: DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie s parting gift to the
world is a masterpiece.
It may actually be his best album yet
by a man who has brought out more
than 25 of them in his lifetime.
While his death has interlinked with
the album with many looking for clues
to his last days -- it is a thrilling,
experimental ride with moments of
despair, gloom and doom (plus much
The master chameleon has always
been on the dark alien side of pop and
with this album he leaves a mark as
significant as his Ziggy and Thin
White Duke days.
The album is kind
of like a dark, warped
form of jazz merged
with rock and the two
standouts are the
songs he has released
before his 69th birthday -- the epic
10-minute Blackstar with its epileptic
beats and Lazarus, a dramatic song
many have interpreted as his last
goodbye given his debilitating illness.
Guitars and pianos fill the emotional
and fairly straightforward Dollar Days
which is similar to his gorgeous ballad
Where Are We Now, but this is the only
straightforward song as Bowie sends
the listener headlong into an unsettling
and organically rich soundscape that
only the brilliant could possibly
Young musicians take note -- for
there is still much more to learn from
this Brixton boy.
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