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Youtube do dia: KK Closer to Fine

Almost by definition, election campaigns have their bizarre moments - although Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell seem to have re-written the manual over the past couple of years.

But I doubt that I'll see anything more bizarre from the current NSW state election than the jam session on Kristina Keneally's campaign bus last Friday.

Youtube do dia: More from Jimi

As we pay tribute this weekend on the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, I've embedded a video of probably his most famous live performance, from Woodstock, NY in 1969, his rendition of John Stafford Smith's 1778 composition "To Anacreon In Heaven".

You may know it better as that song about Bombs Bursting In Air. I blogged more about its history on the occasion of May Day 2006, but for now, take it away Jimi:

Youtube do dia: Stevie Ray Vaughan

August 27, 1990 - one of the great guitarists of the era, Stevie Ray Vaughan, was dead at the age of 35, his helicopter crashing shortly after completing a concert in Wisconsin.

Twenty years after his passing, here is a brilliant live performance by SRV of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" (and more about its composer as September 18 rolls around). Got seven minutes to spare right now? Enjoy this.

Youtube do dia: A Tory waste of three minutes

I had to chase up a video of this Conservative Party political broadcast as I saw it being mentioned on Twitter this morning - generally accompanied by the words "a new low".

In short, the Tories have wasted three minutes of the UK TV viewer's time with this deceptive piece of scaremongering about what a "hung parliament" will be like after the May 6 general election. (Despite the fact that, at this point in time, a hung parliament is not only the most likely option, but probably for the time being the most desirable).

Youtube do dia: Putting mental health on the agenda

It's a federal election year in Australia. We've just seen on Tuesday a pointless and uninspiring "debate" between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott about health policy.

The following ad, produced by GetUp Australia, and featuring 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, calls for mental health to be central to any reform of healthcare in Australia.

Mental illness is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 45.


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