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Opinions, insights and learnings for a better world

Gain fresh insights from Rev. Bill Crews and guest contributors.

Welcome to www.billcrewstv.org

I have found the telling of stories to be a powerful way of bringing people together and motivating them to make change, either in themselves personally or for other individuals or communities.

The telling of stories, I have found to be a profoundly spiritual act.  They link us to our common humanity and lift us outside ourselves into a realm of new possibilities.  

In this age of economic rationalism, care for the lost and abandoned has diminished and I hope these stories, in a small way, redress the balance.

I would love your feedback about this website as it is you the viewers who will make it all happen and keep it alive. 

God Bless

Bill

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  1. Thank you for sharing the films of personal stories of the people living on the edge. I love how you have such a great attitude towards the people who, for whatever reason, have dropped from the norm, giving them a feed and basic human kindnesses, like a shave. The first episode really touched my heart and made me realize that the edge can come to any of us. Circumstances can change & life would be unbearably cruel if it weren’t for wonderful people like Bill Crews & his many volunteer helpers. These films are inspiring. Gives back faith in human nature. Really great work. <3

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    • Kim, Thank you very much. We will have a new set of films up first thing next month. We’re looking for sponsors. God Bless, BILL

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  2. I’m new on Facebook and not sure whether this will get to you Bill Crews but i want to say anyway that your new TV website is absolutely wonderful. I’ve watched the videos several times and get a new insight every time. Thank you thank you.

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    • Sue. Thank you very much. We’re trying to give a voice to the voiceless. God Bless, BILL

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      • You’ve certainly done that mate. Ive just caught up with Bill Crews TV. It’s got people talking. and the great thing about how the stories are told is they do give voice to the voiceless. No interruptions from silly journos asking silly questions. Can’t wait for the next lot of stories.

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        • William, Thank you. I hope people are talking. You got it, Giving a voice to the voiceless. God Bless, Bill

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  3. Me too, that story about the single mum broke my heart. She is a brave gal. Theres many of us out their struggling just like her. Live on 35 dollars a day? Ha!

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    • Jade, Thank you for your comment. So many are suffering today. We are trying to give people a voice. God Bless, Bill

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  4. These videos echo difficulties clients have who attend Food Halls (branches of Food Bank) in Orange Bathurst Canowindra Cowra and Young.
    With early intervention in younger years, & recognition of Mental Health/depression/drugs etc. these rising numbers could be halted. As well, circumstances swamp good people. so Exodus and like organisations are vital. These videos ‘tell it how it is’! Keep up the good work, all of you.

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    • Petrilla, Thank you for your comments. What we are doing is trying to give a voice to people who have NO voice at all. God Bless you, BILL

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      • Good on ya Petrila. Regional Aus needs to speak out. The video stories are great and exactly whats going on in the city is going on in bush towns. Some are doin it real tough. A great site. Great stories. well done Rev Bill.

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        • Just heard of this website. Fab stuff. Tough but beautiful stories. Inspiring to. Why isn’t it on TV? Better than how to cook a cake or catch a trout. Bring on the next ep.

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          • Beccy
            I agree with you. I would love to see it on television. In fact, we took it to the TV channels and got nowhere. That’s why we decided to put it up as a webinar. Why don’t you hassle the television channels and see what happens. As I said we are looking for sponsors as we only have enough money for the next six months and we have literally hours of material that I’m sure people would like to see. God Bless BILL

        • Mike, thanks for your response. We will be heading out that way to do a story on it. Keep looking at the website for the next installment. God Bless, BILL

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  5. The Christmas Tale episode really restored my faith in humans. Did you notice how many volunteers were wearing the green t-shirts, handing out foor to the needy? It’s so wonderful that this great volunteer work is being done so selflessly, even on Christmas day! It’s really admirable to see. Beautiful. You are all great people. I hope others are also getting inspired by these episodes of Living on the Edge.

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    • Dear Kim
      Thank you for your lovely email. There are many people today who simply want to do good. I hope this website does them justice. What we are trying to do is give a voice to the silenced needy and shine a spot light on the wonderful people who help. God Bless, BILL

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  6. ie. Stories from the Edge

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    • Kim, Bless you. God Bless, BILL

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  7. This site is simply fabulous. And the stories! Crying one moment laughing the next. The work you and Exodus do Bill Crews is nothing less than saintly. How about that John Singleton. Not a saint but what a lovable rogue.

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    • Andrea, God Bless you and thanks for your lovely email. Yes, I love John Singleton with all my heart. He has a big heart too. Without his help this website wouldn’t be there but now we have to find more sponsors. That’s our job at this moment. God Bless, BILL

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      • These are important stories. This is an important website. Confronting. Uplifting. Like the story on Jacob helping out others worse off than him. Great stuff! It must stay alive. It’s like a specialised Tv channel on the web. Why not more brand sponsors? Advertisers. Wests and Blackmores are already in. Good on ’em. Great PR.

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        • Alex. Thank you for your insights and compliments. We have sponsors for 6 months, so we have to find more. We have much more material “in the can”. The next episode goes up on March 1. We need sponsors. BILL

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  8. These videos give a vivid picture of the complex problems which ‘sink’ people into this unfortunate state.

    Revealing their stories might shock, but educate many people, who think they will ‘never’ experience these problems.

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    • Charles. All these stories say “There but for the grace of God go I”. God Bless, Bill

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      • I’m with Charles. Some of the stories might be harsh but they’re bloody real. How about that kid in Hyde Park. Living on the streets from 14? How would we go? By the grace of God that’s for sure.

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        • Stuart, It’s my firm belief that governments know we are heading back to the age of Dickens and yet refuse to do anything about it. The world is increasingly ruled by International Corporations who, through their accountants and ‘managers’ feel free to move money around at will. They are amoral and so things just get worse. politicians are afraid of them and so there’s minimal regulation and the ordinary people suffer. God Bless you BILL

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  9. My mother who is 91 enjoys listening to you on 2GB and has done so for many years (so many thanks for your programme). Would you tell me the name of the Australian author interviewed on Sunday 22nd Feb, because we have tried to come up with it but are stumped. Thanks for your help,
    Sue Lancaster

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    • Sue, I think you are talking about Hugh Mackay. He’s a really great Australian. Been studying us for years. Please pass on my best wishes to your mum. God Bless, BILL

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  10. Thats right and with the government cutting down on welfare and disability pensions theres not many more places for some of us to go by the grace of god.

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    • Jade. Yep. More people in need than ever and we sit on our hands. God Bless, BILL

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  11. Stories from the edge. Are very moving to a certain way of needs of others. It takes me away from my own life. And helped me to personally understand that their are always a lot of people worse off then yourself. So I take ‘Life on a Core Issue of being Kind in helping others along the way. If only Government got it right Mr Bill Crews. Thanks.

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  12. I’ve just watched the second episode. What a scorcher! How about that Joe bloke. Mental illness. Homeless. Jail. Why can’t our pollies speak with the same passion!

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    • Mike. Thanks heaps. We have a lot more like that to put up. We want to give a face to the voiceless. God Bless you, mate. BILL

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  13. Great stories. Love them. I am referring to friends. More please. These are the grass roots stories which are important to society and society needs to stand up and take notice. Especially those who think they are doing it tough when really in comparison they truly are not that bad off. This is top shelf viewing.

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    • Patrick. We will be putting up a new episode every first of the month. So the next episode will go up on the first of April. Please keep referring them to your friends. Also we NEED sponsors. If you know of anyone or any company who would like to sponsor them, please let me know. God Bless, BILL

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  14. These new stories are even better than the first episode Bill Crews. The domestic violence one is really important message. Luv the way you provide links to ways to get help. Make me realise i’m not alone. Thank you.

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    • Sue. Yes, I think these are even stronger than those in the first episode. The whole purpose of these stories is to raise awareness. God Bless, BILL

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  15. Great stories. Love them. More please. These are the grass roots stories which are important to society and society needs to stand up and take notice. Especially those who think they are doing it tough when really in comparison they truly are not that bad off. This is top shelf viewing.

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    • Patrick. I’m glad you like them There will be a new episode going up on April 1. I think this is a VERY important project and I hope we can find some more sponsors. God Bless, BILL

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  16. Good work Mr Crews. The first show was great but this one even better. Love the 7 dollar story. And domestic violence? We’ve all had our share of it and we’ve all had enough. This website’s crating a rumble. Lotsa friends watching.

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    • Beccy. I really hope these stories are “creating a rumble” because that’s what they’re meant to do. Tell your friends we’re looking for sponsors. God Bless, BILL

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  17. Episode 2 is great. Well done guys. I find these insights to be so interesting. These stories always reduce me to tears, especially the little crippled Cambodian boy who had been chained up his entire life. So sad but touching. I hope that these stories can change the way most people view the homeless & the troubled people and that more can be done for them in the future.

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    • Kim. Thank you for your email. Whenever I go to Cambodia I come back with a severe case of PTSD. And to think we are going to send refugees there!!!!!????? I think this episode is particularly strong but we have even more stronger stories “in the can”. Our aim is to give a voice to the voiceless. God Bless you BILL

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  18. Sad to hear of Ross Turnbull passing away. He certainly did create an impact in his life. Your story on him is a really nice tribute to a colourful man. He’d be proud that he left such a good message.

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    • Bill, Thank you so much for your response. Yes he was a real character. Ross worked with me on our free inner city food van. It was really ironic because I was showing that interview to some business people at the very time he died. May he rest in peace and may our God of loving compassion Bless him. BILL

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  19. Yes God bless Ross indeed. He was brave to tell his story. Funny too. It will help others know their not alone.

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    • Alex. Thank you. Yes, I agree with you. Ross’s story will help others. God Bless, BILL

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  20. Ran into Mossy last night, we live in the same building, and he told me about your TV channel. I met you at the Wayside Chapel in 1968/69 and have known since then that you are doing good works. The TV is a great step! Last night I suggested the idea of “Edge creep” to Warwick and he likes it; the “Edge” is coming closer to us all. You’re doing a great job Bill, if you think I can help, please contact me. I research, write and edit.

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    • Gerry. Thanks for your response. Yes. Let’s have a coffee and go from there. I’ll contact you. God Bless, BILL

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  21. Rev Bill!
    With Domestic Violence a focus, how timely was your story on the collection of at risk women. As well, the story of a child in Cambodia with a disability chained for 10 years is sickening!!. Amazing to see Ross Turnbull’s story. From ‘Money’ to ‘Mess’ but never cowered and still able to give and receive compassion. Give us more stories!!
    Bella

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    • Bella. Thank you for your reply. Yes. Every time I go to Cambodia I return with a huge dose of PTSD. Warwick and I are trying our best to give a voice and face to those who have no power at all and so suffer all the abuse imaginable. God Bless, BILL

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  22. Important story telling. A brave man Ross Turnbull to be so honest. Proves a full life is well worth living.

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    • Peter. Yes, a life lived to the full, eh? and one lived on the edge, too. God Bless BILL

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  23. What i really like about the website Bill Crews is going back and watching storys from last time……and no silly tv mop head host asking silly questions……the storys just tell thmselves. Luv it!!!

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    • Jade, Thank you very much. It was a deliberate decision to format it this way. People are then free to tell their own stories in their own way. God Bless, BILL

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    • I agree, this is my go to interviewing technique which I learned from a very wise mentor. You don’t know where your blind spots are when your whole interview is geared around specific questions. This style allows stories to reveal themselves and find truths in places you never thought to look in.

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      • Naretha. Yes. Blind spots. We all have them, eh? I gotta say, I REALLY love doing this series. I hope and pray we do justice to all who end up in it. God Bless, BILL

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  24. I just caught up with this site. Tough truths sometimes but really good watching. Important issues. Why isn’t this compulsory viewing on all Government social services websites!!! And schools!!! Good work Bill Crews.

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    • Rachael. Thank you heaps. I’m glad you can see how truthful these stories are. Sometimes it is really painful filming them. God Bless you BILL

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  25. Sorry Rev I normally would listen to your 2GB radio show last night but I went to this website instead and got hooked. Wow!
    What great watching. Spent hours on it! Had trouble navigating to some of the the old stories but they were great too. I agree with Rachael, the education sector needs to support this so kids can see the real world and realise how lucky they are. Powerful stuff!!!

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    • Jake. Thank you for you email. I am really trying to get the schools involved in this website as I think it has a lot to offer them. As with everything progress with them is slow. So, if any teachers look t this site, please let your school know what we are doing. God Bless, BILL

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  26. I am loving these stories Bill. We are all so close to that ‘edge’ in some way but mostly believe ourselves infallible and safely pottering along in our lives. It only takes a blink to change our comfortable lives into something we could never have foreseen. Thank you Bill for providing such a strong platform for these people to tell their stories.

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    • Dinah. thank you for your response. YES, we are all (or many of us) so close to the edge it isn’t funny. One pay cheque away from financial disaster or one rental payment away from homelessness. That’s the reality of life today. You got it in one!

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  27. Great site. That story on domestic violence caught my eye. No one ever mentions the stat that 40% of AVOs are taken out on women. Maybe the agro occurs because they shouldn’t be together. Maybe people should learn how to not be so terrified of being alone. It can be a nice, very fulfilling place.

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    • Simon. Thank you for your note. One of the great problems today is that Lawyers are handling relationship breakdowns. The legal profession is combative in itself and can often lead to even more violence than before. A relationship breakdown is a tragedy that needs to be handled with gentleness and sensitivity and we human beings are not good at that. We need to take the violence out of relationship breakdowns not add to it. God Bless BILL

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  28. I am almost 70 Bill Crews. I’ve seen a lot. I love this website. I love the stories. I love truth. I love the way you put people ahead of God.

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    • Rose. Thank you for your lovely words. God is Love you know. Not judgement and condemnation. I hope we exemplify that. God Bless, BILL

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  29. “Stories from the Edge” has facilitated, held and honoured some remarkable stories. Homelessness does not discriminate. Be compassionate, get real and get serious. The lucky country? What is important to acknowledge is that there are many Australians, from all backgrounds, living in absolutely despicable conditions – in a ‘First World Nation’. Right here, right now. Across the board. Universal humanitarianism is the only way forward. As a wise man once said, “we were all someones beautiful baby at some point in our life.” Remember this. In Unity & Love Xxx

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    • Naretha. Thank you so much for your response. You tell it like it is and I am proud to be a part of ‘Living on the Edge’. I know that Warwick, who produces it would echo my sentiments, too. God Bless, BILL

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  30. As an Indigenous woman, these stories are all too familiar and this series highlights the struggles of all those who are displaced in the current system. Those who are ignorant of the realities some people face can be quick to judge and lack an understanding of how people actually end up “on the edge”. This compassionate insight really is essential viewing and should activate some healthy discussion on the topic.

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    • Naretha. God Bless you and thank you. Remember, God is Love and Compassion NOT judgement and condemnation. BILL

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    • I agree sis. The edge is not too far away for a lot of us mob. How about this latest lot of storys. Good to see Ray Miniecon up there. How about that gal in Woolomooloo. Sad but brave.

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      • Jade. Yes, she is brave. Very Brave, indeed. God Bless, BILL

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  31. I’ve waited a while to make comment Reverend but this month’s stories really deserve. That Anzac Day song is simply beautiful. Made me cry with pride. And that fella in his hideaway in the middle of the city. Do possessions really make us happy? Maybe not.I’m going back to look at the old episodes with a different perspective now. Great stuff!!

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    • Mike. Thank you for your comments. NO, possessions in themselves do not make us happy. We only need enough to survive. Please pass this site on to others. We need to find more sponsors. God Bless, BILL

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  32. Thanks Bill, the stories from the edge have really touched my heart (such good soul food). It’s hard to believe that in our modern world, which reveres the human intellect and worships technological ‘advancements’ like their some kind of savior, that our humanity could still be so retarded in wisdom and compassion.

    It makes me wonder if it’s because compassion and nurturing are considered feminine qualities that they are undervalued?

    I recently discovered the full Lord’s Prayer according to the Essene Gospel of Peace. I wonder what our world would be like if prays to our mother and father were part of our spiritual education.

    (A missing part of the Lords pray, from the Essene Gospel of Peace)

    “Our Mother which art upon earth,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    and thy will be done in us,
    as it is in thee.
    As thou sendest every day thy angels,
    send them to us also.
    Forgive us our sins,
    as we atone all our sins against thee.
    And lead us not into sickness,
    but deliver us from all evil,
    for thine is the earth,
    the body,
    and the health.
    Amen.”

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    • Anita. Thank you for your contribution. What a beautiful prayer!!As you say, these stories are good soul food. God Bless, BILL

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  33. Mr Crews that story on the girl fighting heroin is brutal but important television. Also I think I have passed the fellow living in the bushes there. Potts Point. He was always very kind and polite. A wonderfully enlightening series. Thank you.

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    • Britt. Thank you for your response. We work very hard on this site. We need to find more sponsors to keep them going. If you know of anyone you think could help us, please send this site to them. God Bless, BILL

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  34. It just keeps getting better. The story on the different religions helping out at Easter is so uplifting and full of hope – especially at a time of the horrors in Kenya. Our prayers to them all.

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    • Sue. Thank you. It was very moving at Exodus today (Easter Sunday) a little Jewish boy and girl gave out the Easter Eggs. “Happy Easter” They said to everyone. There is hope, you know, if you look for it. God Bless, BILL

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  35. I experience an amazing journey of emotions watching this site. I lost a son to heroin and your stories were confronting but healing. Keep up the great work. Exodus too!!! Loved the multifaith Easter story. Full of hope.

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    • Bob. Ohhh Bob. I’m so sorry. I know how hard it is. Thank you for sharing. God Bless you, mate. I hope those stories are ultimately healing and I hope you find some healing, too. I’ll keep you in my prayers. God Bless you, mate. BILL

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  36. Yes that’s horrible Bob. Feel for you. Sad to say that out in the bush we see it all the time. Ice now though. And boredom. We’ve got a whole generation of good kids wasting away. This website should be compulsory viewing in schools to let them know the real dangers of the real world.

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    • Mike. Thank you for your compassionate response.I am seeing the schools in the
      next week or so to (hopefully) get them involved.God Bless, BILL

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  37. I can’t help but wonder what happened to that girl in Wooloomooloo. Do the methadone clinics really worK? Would they have saved Bob’s son? This is a seriously important website Bill Crews. Good on you. And I agree with Sue on the multi faith Easter story. Really uplifting in these shaky times.Love the archives idea! Can’t wait for next months stories.

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    • Pauline. We sare hoping to get another interview with her so’s she can tell you how she’s going. Life is really tough for young people like that. God Bless you BILL

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  38. What a fab job Exodus does feeding all those people. And how good was that young Jewish volunteer kid. Gives you the warm and fuzzies about the next gen. Great stuff.

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    • Beccy. Thank you for your response. All we need to find are some more sponsors to keep this website going. God Bless, BILL

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  39. I’ve been pondering this site and its blogs for some time. Yes the archives are excellent. Echoing in my brain is that bankruptcy story and the lady in this lot saying ‘the edge’ can be really close to any of us. Reason I write is I had dinner with an old mate last night. Upper north shore. Multi millionaire. Then one big bad deal. Now he has nothing overnight. A totally shattered man. A proud mad wrecked. Tragic. Yes, we upper middle class are not trained for the edge. Indeed, it’s a very broad place. God Bless.

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    • David,
      You are so right! I’ve come across so many people like your friend. Often, I’ve noticed, they pick themselves up and start all over again. I hope and pray your friend can do that. Most of us are one disaster away from catastrophe and don’t (in the good times) contemplate on that.You never know what is going to happen tomorrow so make every day count. God Bless you mate, BILL

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  40. Thank you Bill. Yes, perhaps some are just prepared for sudden downfalls better than others. A loss is a loss isn’t it. It’s all relative. That fellow Lawrence seemed to have it all sorted by reducing possessions therefore loss of, to the bare minimum. And then of course there’s Anzac Day and all it represents. That Amazing Grace Anzac version sheds a beautiful light on loss.

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    • David. Thank you for your response. We take a lot of time on this project and hope it affects people so that they can get a glimpse of what life is like for “the other”. If we all did that a bit more, the world would be a far better place. God Bless, BILL

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  41. Yes the Amazing Anzac song is lovely. Just about all we need. My father fought in WW2 and he would be the first to agree that the whole Anzac Day thing has become a media circus. Your decision to keep it to a gentle minimum was a wise relief. Love the stories love the site!!!

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    • Rose. Thank you for that. God Bless, BILL

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  42. Good news! I spotted Laurence in Kings Cross the other day. He looked fine and healthy. He even nodded hello. A good man who proves that possessions aren’t everything.

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    • Britt. Hooray!!! We were hopeful he was still around. God Bless, BILL

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  43. I wasn’t sure whether you’d do it. A had a sneak peak and there it is. As you said. Episode 4. I wanted to get in early. Well done Bill. Not a fly by night thing. That ‘Reach out and touch’ song is wonderful. Should be an anthem. Should really help the wonderful cause that is Exodus. Off to watch the episode now. Keep up the good work.

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    • Andrea, Thank you very much. No, it’s NOT a fly by night thing. We have to find new sponsors now. Know anybody? God Bless, BILL

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  44. Good to see you made it down to Melbourne Bill and dear old Father Bob Macguire. What a hoot. You two scoundrels together. I hope we see more of it. That Murray story is beaut. What a great fellow. I really like the way your producer films the stories. Raw and seriously edgy. As if we’re actually there ourselves. Good stuff……again!!!

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    • William, Thank you for your comments. Yes, Fr. Bob and I are great mates. We are working together. We’re a bit worried about Murray. He has a terminal illness and is quite sick at the moment. God Bless, BILL

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  45. Well, well, well. I got onto your website via an article on your producer Warwick Moss in the Mosman Daily (no pun intended). I’ve been a followers of Warwick’s work since he wrote a great play about Cats or something back in the 80s. Then the Tv series the Extraordinary about ghosts and things. He is a great story teller and I’m glad he’s teamed up with you and the great work Exodus does. Going through your archive videos – some of the stories are confronting – but importantly amazing. Very good!!!

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    • Prue, Good on yer. I’ll pass your good will on to Warwick. He’s my mate! An amazing man!!! God Bless, BILL

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  46. Yes Moss is a good story teller. His play by the way was Down An Alley Filled With Cats. A mystery thriller. You can see his stamp on these stories the way they tell themselves. My favourite in this batch is ‘Who’s Correct’. What a character Ray Minniecon is. And you’re not a bad host either Mr Crews. Overall, a great package.

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    • Stuart. Thank you Very much. I gotta say it’s an absolute joy and real hoot to work with Warwick. God Bless, BILL

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  47. Hi Bill. I just enjoyed Episode 4…another wonderful collection of realities to stand as reminders of our strengths and our fragilities. Keep it up. You and your team are doing a sensational job.

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    • Dinah. We have a “team” of TWO (2), Warwick, who does all the work and me, who does all the “poncing”. We often joke about how cheaply we produce this and struggle for funding. If anyone knows a potential sponsor, please contact me. God Bless, BILL

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  48. That Murray fellow. ‘Anyone can be homeless’. How true.’Reach Out and Touch’. Wonderful. But re the first story I have a problem with bipolar and ADHD or whatever it is. Not the condition. I’m sure it’s real for those who have it. But the endless research $$$ and names we have for what used to just be depression and being hyperactive. And as Murray says people are being mugged for their prescription drugs. Now days more people are addicted to prescription drugs than illegal drugs. Most of them government funded. So who’s the biggest dealer in town?!

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    • Jake, I’m sure most people need someone to “reach out and touch” them. A touch, hug, kiss is far more therapeutic to most of us than anything that money can buy. Drugs are just stop gap at best. God Bless BILL

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  49. Why didn’t SBS just give the million dollars it cost for ‘Struggle Street’ to the people actually struggling on the street. What a waste of tax payer money!!! All negative – with no solutions. I thought their charter was to unite, not divide the community. They should be hauled over the coals! They should look at what you’re doing with the stories on this website Bill Crews. A mixture of hard facts, hope and inspiration. On the smell of an oily rag too I’ll be. Why doesn’t SBS just put your show on air? Not enough waste of tax payers money????

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    • Mike. Thanks for that. I WISH SBS would take us up!!!I don’t even know if they’re interested in us as we don’t cost a million dollars a show and we have a team of only Warwick and me. We’re always looking for sponsors as we exist on the smell of an oily rag. Please let SBS know of your feelings and our plight. God Bless Bill

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      • I watched the second lot of Struggle Street – for a while. I agree with Mike. What a wasted opportunity. So many issues just left to float unresolved. That short conversation with you and father Bob in Melbourne covered more of the real issues. Keep up the good work. Please!!!

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        • Jacqy. Thank you for your comments. I’m contacting SBS to see if they will show our episodes. We’ve got them on the Aurora Channel on Foxtel from June…So, here’s hoping. By the way we need sponsors now. God Bless, BILL

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  50. Being mothers day and a mum whos has lost custody of my boy i watched the bipolar angel story again. It brings me to tears shes so brave and still gives a lot to other kids. People should remember on mothers day that for some of us its a very sad time. Love to the world. Jade.

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    • Jade, Today being Mothers Day, every mother eating in our Loaves and Fishes Free Restaurant was given a Mothers Day gift whether she was looking after her child or not; whether she had custody of her children or not. I know from sad experience, that for many women, Mothers Day IS a very sad time. God Bless, BILL

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  51. I haven’t been back to the site for a while. Luv it!! Like a good book and a cozy read on a winter’s day. Quite a Blog chat you’ve got going on Bill Crews. Wonderful mix of people. I feel like I know them. Then a stroll through the archives. Building up nicely aren’t they. But for the first time I noticed the beautiful quotes you’ve got on the story pages. And the advice links. Really really nice. Thank you.

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    • Rachael. Thank you sooo much for your comments and for coming back. That’s exactly what we want people to do. God Bless, BILL

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  52. Wooloomooloo. The Bipolar lady.It’s hard to imagine how much wealth looks down on so much struggle. Makes you wonder if anything’s changed in 200 years down there. Looking forward to the next lot of stories. Like the song.

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    • Pauline, Thank you. A new episode goes up TONIGHT. God Bless, BILL

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  53. There go I but for the grace of God. The winter appeal song is very good. As are the other stories – as usual. Everyone please make your Exodus donation. It’s cold out there. Believe me I know.

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    • BOB, Bless you. God Bless, BILL

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  54. How uplifting is Col Joye!!! I was such a fan. Takes me back to happy times. I’ve been really enjoying your site Bill Crews. A real eye opener to reality in a world where we can think all is rosy in our own street when just around the corner it’s not. Keep up the great work. Exodus too!!!

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    • Trisha, God Bless and thank you. We have heaps of material and now need more sponsors. BILL

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  55. I sooo look forward to your new stories each month Bill. Always a surprise. The homeless cats!! Ha!! Col Joye. What a lovely man. And the great advice from that fellow to kids about NOT living on the streets. The schools should see this they really should.

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    • Rose, I’m REALLY glad that you like them. Warwick and I are really trying to show life as it is for lots of people. God Bless, BILL

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    • I agree Rose!! I got hooked on this site with the bipolar mum story with my namesake Jacqy. Makes you wonder how many of us are a bit this or that and don’t even know. Now there’s Col Joy, the cats. And what is that song??? The variety is absolutely marvelous.Is it next month yet?

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      • Jacqy, There is a new episode up every month. We are looking for sponsors as I feel it is a very important site. That’s the hard job, getting sponsors!!!! God Bless, BILL

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        • What a great website!!! I’ve been away and missed some but caught up on your archives. Do you realise what you got here Rev?? Gold. Pure Gold. Really important. Well done.

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          • Bill Jay. thank you. Do you know that we’re now on the Aurora Channel on Foxtel? I just WUISH we could find sponsors. It’s a real struggle financially. God Bless, BILL

      • I agree too!!! I been part of this blogging since you first put up the website up Bill. Can’t wait for each month to see what surprises you got for us. You could answer your blogs a bit quicker though. Fave story this month? Col Joy 1. Kevin 2. Wow! What a life!

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        • Rebecca, Thank you for being sooo loyal. I know I’m a bit slow answering and am really trying to be quicker. For you I will try even harder as this site is very important to me. We’re working on next month’s episode now. God Bless, BILL

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  56. Sorry I can’t help you on the sponsor side Bill. Got my own problems. Why doesn’t the Government or Church help fund this site!! It’s doing a lot of their work for them, better than they do, for a lot less I’m sure. Simple awareness of issues is half the battle. You’ve got to keep it going somehow!! Blessings.

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  57. Hello brother it’s Jason from Brisbane bro it was great to here from you brother

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  58. At last your blog’s back Bill. What happened? It’s been weeks! I missed reading the comments. Anyway. It’s back. Good. Love this lot. That Father Bob’s a hoot! And the ADHD single mum. What a voice!! Back to watching more stories now. Just wanted to let you know we missed the blogs.

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    • Sue, I’m sorry for all that. We are trying to co-ordinate everything and it gets difficult at times. I’m sooo glad you missed us. Makes us feel not quite loved. God Bless BILL

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  59. At last the Blog is back. I’ve been meaning to write and then it went off!! THat little story So Rich so Poor. I cried and cried. Is this our city? Our country? Thank God for Exodus and the other Angel charities who help.

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    • Cerena, Thank you heaps for writing. We’re trying to co=ordinate everything and it gets a bit messy at times. we’ve got so much good material and getting more and more. We’ll be doing this for quite a while. So….Keep in contact. God Bless, BILL

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  60. Good old Father Bob. I had a bar in St Kilda in the 70s. He and his flock did a great job. Heroin was playing havoc. And booze. What about that Lisbeth. Powerful story. I like the detail you go into on the story pages. Nice quotes. Good advice. Really nice stuff.

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    • Billy. Thank you mate for your lovely comments. God Bless, Bill

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  61. Good to see the Exodus food van out in the great wild wild west of Liverpool way. We need you its getting like the overcrowded Sydney we left. Lots struggling.Keep up the great work and website. Ralph.

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    • Ralph. Thank you for your positive response. We are also extending our Literacy Tutorial programs to Liverpool as well. When we met there people said “We’ve been waiting for you for 30 years”. Really humbling. God Bless, Bill

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  62. There is something really beautiful about this website Bill. I think it’s because except for your nicely understated introductions,the stories take the viewer off into a world of their own. Like the one on the fellow from Portugal. Obviously he was battling a few demons but he still had the courage to let us into his own experiences and perspectives. Weird, lovely and moving. Thank you.

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    • Tricia, Thank you for your lovely comments. You get it! The telling of stories is the way we share our common humanity and spiritual depth. God Bless you for that. Bill

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  63. Nice voice the single mum. But hardest job in the world with one kid??? Try 3 kids sis. Now thats hard work. Blessings anyway.

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    • Jade. My heart goes out to you.Three kids is REALLY tough, I know. God Bless BILL

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  64. That’s why you find so many single mums out here in the bush. Cheaper rent and a stronger sense of community that you don’t find in the city. Even if they don’t have family in the town there’s always someone willing to help. A better place to bring up kids too. Fresh air and lots to do away from computers.

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    • Michael. Thank you for your comment. It’s tough for single mums everywhere, eh? God Bless, BILL

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  65. Wow! This website is really good soul food. There’s not one story that doesn’t touch you inside somewhere…..for better or for worse. That gal with the drinking prob is so strong, so beautiful, so brave to tell her story. What a recovery! What a hero! Thanks!

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    • Britt. Yep. I’ve found most of the people I work with are really stoic. Life is sooo tough for them. God Bless, BILL

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  66. I’ve seen those poor fellows sleeping outside the Supreme Court for years. What a disgrace! Right near all the Law Courts. Even more disgraceful now. They’ve moved them on. To just across the road!!! So rich so poor is so right. Keep up the good insights.

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    • Bill. Yep. I’ve seen them, too. You’d think that no one cares anymore. God Bless, BILL

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  67. It’s like the Sydney Olympics when they cleared all the homeless out so the tourists wouldn’t see them. All that did was move them out west. Good to see your food vans out there now Bill. In the nick of time.

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    • Jake, thank you. Yes, we are serving meals in the Liverpool region now. We are in Hart Park, Warwick Farm on Sat,Sun and Monday. And in Miller on Fridays. We started at Miller last Friday with little publicity and had 60 to 70 guests on our first day. Looks like we are really needed there. God Bless, BILL

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      • Yes the west really needs help. Its now a long way from when Cowpasture Road actualy had cows on it. Its a big multi culture area now and a lot of older Aussies are falling through the welfare cracks. Any help you can offer is much needed. Steve.

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        • Steve, Good on you. I really hope we can be of use out there (sounds like a foreign country, eh?) God Bless, BILL

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  68. At last a moment to catch up with the intimate chats which each special person gives us each month. It is as if we sit opposite them to hear their stories. Thanks for this very honest method of sharing. No ads. Nothing but words, expressions, smiles, tears. Very strong meaningful viewing.

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    • Wanda, Thank you. IO believe that it’s in the telling of stories that we catch the spiritual truths that unite us. God Bless, Bill

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  69. Rich and poor? Not so rich now. Global stock markets have just collapsed. Like your intro says – more will be struggling. Maybe not such a bad thing. I remember my parents talking about the great depression of the 1930s and how the best of human nature came out with neighbour helping neighbour. Maybe we have to learn how to care all over again. Cheers.

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  70. Ross Fitzgerald. Thank you thank you thank you. You too Amanda Muggleton. You too Bill Crews. The eye of truth. Thank you thank you thank you.

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    • Stuart. And a big Thank you to you, too. God Bless, Bill

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  71. It’s so tragic to watch the refugees struggle in Europe. Sadly it’s all happened before in two world wars. When will we learn. Which is why every little bit that Exodus and yourself do for every single person is so important. Keep up the good work and this very important website.

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    • Paolo. Thank you for your comments. Watch this space re Syrian Refugees as we HAVE to do something. God Bless. BILL

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      • I agree with Paolo. When will we learn. The fodder for Hitler was mostly the Jews. The fodder for ISIS is mostly Christians. Like with Hitler the only way to stop the exodus is to get rid of the cause. Sorry.

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        • Alex, Thank you. We have to keep people looking at these stories to see we ALL count. God Bless, BILL

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  72. Life Education. I was in Kings Cross around that time (Sorry mum). American soldiers. Vietnam. Wild days and nights. The Wayside Chapel was true a haven. The pictures in your story brought back some good and bad memories. Wayside saved many young lives. God bless Rev Bill.

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    • Andrea, Thank you. The Wayside Chapel was a haven for us, eh? I miss those days heaps! God Bless, BILL

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  73. Wow, I just watched episode 8. Keep up the great work guys.

    “When one person falls through the cracks, we all do.” I really appreciated that comment.

    Thanks for all you do.

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    • Anita. Thank you and God Bless you. We’re trying to tell life as it is. God Bless, BILL

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  74. What I adore is that with all the grand media hype about world issues this website keeps it simple and focuses on home issues, which after all is the actual world we live in and just as valid. Like that comment from the father Bob guy ‘if one person falls through the crack we all do’. And the promo for next month on ‘giving back’. IE caring for all of humanity begins with one small gesture at home.

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    • Agreed. And now that Mr Turnbull’s in power perhaps he could show more concern for those struggling at home. Maybe he should look at this website.

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      • Simon. Everybody should care about what happens to their neighbour whether here or overseas. God Bless, BILL

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    • Rebecca, Yes. Keep it simple. God Bless, BILL

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  75. Every month I so look forward to your new stories and the hard task I set myself of choosing the best one. This month its really hard. They’re all great…..and extremely poignant. With all the problems always going on, the simplicity of your story telling is a wholesome, meaningful break from the manic world of twitter hashtag trending and endless hollow facebook chatter. Even the blogs on this site are thought out and meaningful. Luv it!!!! Best story this month? A tie between Amanda Muggleton and the indigenous pastor singing ‘Don’t pass me by’. Beautiful.

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    • At last with Turnbull the Liberals may now have some compassion for those whose lives are on the edge. Episode 8 is great. Thank you.

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      • Rose. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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    • Rachael. I’m sooo glad that you love these people. They all show us hope. God Bless, BILL

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  76. Australia should be proud of its response to the refugee crisis. When the world gets messy like it is at the moment I retreat to your magic website Bill Crews. The new stories and the gold that lies within your archives are the source of real reality and true hope. Thank you.

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    • Ruth. Thank you. I hope this website gives you HOPE. God Bless, BILL

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  77. Heady days. Now we have Big Mal as leader of the Libs. Good luck all. To stay in touch with the real issues of this society his entire Cabinet should be forced to sit down and watch all the stories on the magnificent website. Shorten’s mob too.

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    • Bob. Yep, I agree. Make ’em all watch it. God Bless, BILL

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  78. Here we go again. New Leader. New Party bla bla bla. The stories on this marvelous website should be compulsory viewing for BOTH Parties so they’re in touch with the real issues of the real Australia.

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    • Batters. You and Bob agree. God Bless you. BILL

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  79. The Libs have now got Turnbull and Canning. All they need to do now is look at this website to see the REAL Australia that they govern. Well done all. Every month is a whole new set of incredible insights.

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    • Jack. Yep. I agree. God Bless, BILL

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  80. I love the way some people who have been helped, look to being a support for others! This way your assistance in whatever form it takes, is doubled. A case of ‘Paying it Forward’

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    • Trish. Thank you. We all can help each other. God Bless, BILL

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  81. Over 5 million Australians suffer from some form of Chronic Pain, causing depression and other disabilities. I know. I’m one of them. Thank you so much for the Amanda Muggleton story. This fine actress put a human face and an uplifting result to an issue that affects many more than just those with the Pain. Sharing her story made me and others feel far less alone. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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    • Prue. Thank you soo much for taking the time to contact me. Chronic pain is soo hard to cope with. God Bless, BILL

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  82. Just caught up with this site after being away for a while. What an inspiration! Archiving the old stories is a really great idea. Ugh boots are one. Tea’s on. Going to settle back and catch up with what I’ve missed. Thank you!

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    • Jacqy. You are EXACTLY the person we are trying to make this series for. God Bless BILL

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      • I agree. I go away then come back and love catching up with the new and old stories……and the blogs. It never stops growing, informing and surprising. Luv it!

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  83. What a fab new episode!! They keep getting better!! Loved the Redfern boxing training one. Doing such good work. And the young mum beating back pain. what an inspiration. Really look forward to this each month. Thank you!

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  84. The “Clanging Gong” indeed resonates. Having volunteered on the front line many times over the years one cannot but wonder who some of the feel-good volunteers are actually trying to make feel good. Themselves? Or those in need? So long as it helps I guess. Another great month of stories. Well done.

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  85. Good to see you’re coming out west next month. Same issues in the bush as in the city. Great work that C3 church is doing eh? And Exodus of course. Volunteers are our true Aussie heroes.

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  86. That chronic back pain story is another we can all relate to. The silent epidemic. Good that you brought it up Bill. And a good result! Uplifting. I like the thoughts of the ex homeless fellow too – respect the services that help those who need help. Like wonderful Exodus!!

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  87. The I Lay Down to Die promo. What an incredible tumble. How brave of Les to tell his story. It looks great. The other stories to. Can’t wait for next month.

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  88. Just saw the Salvos report. 2.5 mil Aussies under the poverty line. Not a very Lucky Country for them/us. Not if your renting. Your story with the doc and the plight of those living on social benefits is really important stuff. Keep it up.

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  89. Good to see you taking on the chronic pain issue Bill. It’s huuuuuge. So many of us suffer silently. Today I heard on the news that cannabis for medical purposes IE relief of chronic pain will be legal by 2017. Great! Loved all your other stories too……especially my indig mob in Redfern. Thank you!

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    • Jade
      Thanks for your input. I agree so many suffer silently. Please keep in touch.
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      Bill

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  90. The more dramatic stories were great as usual but I particularly liked the little chiropractor story. Wonderful to get an insight into the great services Exodus provides. May I also say the archives are invaluable. Every now and then I go back and look at a story that relates to an issue when it arises. Very good.

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    • Steve
      God Bless you and thank you so much for your loyalty.
      God Bless
      Bill

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  91. That Kevin’s good value. I like what he has to say in the earlier stories too. I sometimes go back and look at them. He says how it really is on the streets from first hand experience. A great example of beating the odds. Keep up these stories! Marvelous.

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    • Alex
      Yes, I love Kevin too.
      God Bless
      Bill

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  92. What a fab story on blessing the animals Bill Crews. You are saint in many ways. And of this yet another great bunch of stories I particularly liked the little one on the hair dresser. What an incredible life she has led. And what an incredible service Exodus provides the community.

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  93. Thank you Bill for all the support you give to me personally, Sydney Recovery Movement, the Homeless and the needy. Without you Bill and what you do people would die. I feel it is an honor to call you my good friend. The World would be such a better place with more people like you in it. Thank You Bill for giving a voice to those that have no voice

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    • Les, God Bless you. I’m proud to know you. And call you friend. BILL

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  94. Another superb set of stories. From light and uplifting to deeply disturbing. How can this wealthy society still turn a blind eye to the homeless at home whilst crying crocodile tears about the homeless abroad.

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    • Britt.
      Thank you and God Bless. BILL

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  95. How brave is that Les Banton to share his story with us. Goes to show how any of us could fall off the edge. But not many would have the strength to recover and give back as gracefully as he has. Great story telling!!

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    • Stuart,
      Yes. Les is really brave. I really have learned a lot from him. BILL

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  96. “Way out West”!!! Yes, that Food Hall in Cowra mirrors many regional towns who strive to solve the problems they can. The benefit to those who accept items from the Food Bank is a true case of ‘paying it forward’. Some return to volunteer, enjoying the positive vibes and social interaction. And now an incredible vegetable garden, also volunteer run, provides healthy vegies.

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    • Wanda. Thank you. Yes, a lot of outback towns do this. BILL

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  97. I always love your insightful stories….critter blessings were gorgeous. But this time the Cowra Food Hall story is one that stood out for me. As a carer engaging with people in the community I do know people walk past houses and apartment blocks having no concept of the struggles that might be going on behind doors. Keep up your wonderful story telling.

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    • Dinah. Thank you so much. God Bless. BILL

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  98. So Rich so Poor. Unbelievable that we’d have people sleeping right in the heart of the city. What is wrong with this society! Is it totally blind to the bleeding obvious. We’re no all rich!! Thank God that at least organisations like Exodus try to help.

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    • Trisha. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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  99. That first homeless story! No make up, lights, action. No glamour. Just straight into the trenches with them. Then brought me to tears at the end. Politicians from all side should be tied down and forced to watch this tough, rough, powerful piece of work.

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    • Richard. Politicians know all this. They choose not to act. God Bless, BILL

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  100. I was driving through the city today in the sudden storm and couldn’t help but think about that story on the people sleeping out near the courts. How would those poor souls ever get by without the help of Exodus and others. Well done for presenting the confronting issues.

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    • Alex, Yes. it hits you, doesn’t it? Some people really struggle and we let it happen. God Bless, BILL

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  101. How wonderful is that blessing of the animals! The power of that city homeless story! Terrific to see you go to regional Australia where the same issues apply as in the big smoke. Thank you!

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    • Ruth. I love doing an animal blessing. It makes me real. God Bless, BILL

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    • Ditto, ditto, ditto Ruth. What a great website eh! A joy every month. So glad someone knows there’s an Australia beyond the Great divide.

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      • Jack, God Bless you. We are trying to cover more than just the capitals. God Bless, BILL

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  102. After the horrors of Paris I return to this website and home. Thank you Bill Crews. Australia’s huge heart must also look after its’ own.

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  103. Mate, how was the little old dame in Cowra driving her car at 100. Loved it! Also, highlighting the situation with an increase of the underemployed/working poor was really important. All this going on while 1 in 5 of the mega corporations making money in this country pay $0 in tax.

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    • Rebecca, Thank you for your comments. Yes, she is amazing, eh? The corporates should hide their heads in shame, God Bless, BILL

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  104. Well I just love the little hairdresser story and where she’s come from to end up a volunteer at Exodus. From Russia through China. Goodness gracious what a rich country we live in.

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    • Rose. Thank you for your comments. Often the most popular services we run at Exodus are those where people get touched. Many of our guests never have anyone who touches them so the hairdresser and chiropractor are very popular. God Bless, BILL

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  105. I wonder how many communities have a similar set up to the Cowra Food Hall and whether the government are totally aware of how tough it is for people to manage, especially when making ends meet is so difficult. Doesn’t matter how well you budget unexpected expenses can cause months of scrimping and saving to recover, using a service like this would help you to get back on your feet. Well done to all services like this.

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    • Anne, Thank you for your comments. Yes. Good on them! God Bless, BILL

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  106. ‘There are happy people on the streets too’. That comment from Lance in the rich/poor story both breaks and lifts my heart. Magnificent harsh reality.

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    • Paolo, Yes mate. We try to show life as it is. No filters. God Bless, BILL

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  107. A great new lot of stories. A wonderful Xmas message Bill. As usual you bring things back to the basics. Good to see you with your old mate Singo too. We all need mates. Merry Christmas mate.

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    • Simon,
      Yes. Without Singo this series would never have started. God Bless, BILL

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  108. What a contrast! From the fellow talking about isolation in the bush to the other one living in that giant housing commission block. And how good is that busker. I hope I have her spunk when I’m 70. Inspiring!

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    • Andrea, Thank you. Yep, so many people really have spunk and that’s what we are trying to say. God Bless. BILL

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  109. The Busker is fantastic! She looks for credibility of her worth by entertaining in the truest form – the money not so important though I am sure it helps. Can imagine she would have had a career with that voice and showmanship.

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    • Wanda, yep she really has it, eh? The world needs people like her terribly today. God Bless, BILL

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  110. Love your Christmas message Bill……and this series. I look forward to it each month…..like a good read of a good book. Blessings.

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    • Sue. Thank you very much. We work very hard on it. Lot’s more to come. God Bless, BILL

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  111. The yarn from that bushy re isolation really rang a bell for me. Sometimes nothingness can get to you. But like him, when I went to boarding school in the city, surrounded by other kids and things to do I was never more isolated and alone. A nice story. An important website. Liked your Xmas message too. Happy Merries all.

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    • Mike. Thank you for your comments. It’s true. You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. God Bless. BILL

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  112. Very nice to see that story from the country. Yes there is an Australia beyond The Great Divide. L O L. Our lives and our probs are just as valid as city folk. Thank you.

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    • Ruth. Lovely to hear from you. Yes, we all need one another, eh? God less, BILL

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  113. I thought I’d pop back to see what stories you’re doing over Christmas. Good to see Singo back. And a lovely Xmas message Bill. A browse through your wonderful archive of stories will be my down to earth summer reading. Best wishes.

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    • Cerena. Thank you heaps. I’m soooo glad you like what we do. God Bless, BILL

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  114. Very nice indeed. I like the juxtaposition of the stories. One minute we’re with that marvellous busker by the sea, them we’re out in the bush and it’s hailing, then we’re in the heart of housing commission city. Sharp contrast. Hard edges. Very nice indeed.

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    • William. Thank you. We work hard on this. God Bless, BILL

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  115. What a fab start to 2016!!! Superb shots in the Redfern boxing gym. And how about that gal on the Fringe in Melbourne. Wow has she got a future! Thanks for starting the year off on such a high note.

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  116. Really nice stories this month. I often see that fellow washing car windows at the lights down there. I’ve had him clean my windows but never asked him what he was really about. Thanks for the insight. And John Singleton! You can see why he helped get this website going. Hard and right to the pointy edge of things. Good on him!

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    • Stuart, Thank you and God Bless. Bill

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  117. Nice to see you in Melbourne. The Fringe story is quite a journey. I was also really touched by the fellow driving the Exodus food van. A lovely approach to a difficult job. Well done!! And the count down at the end of the car window wash story. Funny!!

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    • Jake. Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  118. A fine example of how storytelling can be great therapy. These stories help people to identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so that they can confront whatever problems they face. Powerful stuff!

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    • Nathan. Thank you. very insightful. God Bless, BILL

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  119. I agree Nathan. That story on the Fringe was really really powerful. Sis looking for her roots and sharing it with others. What courage. And Erhan working on the Exodus food van. Just beautiful. Beautiful. And the Redfern Gym. What a feast!!

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  120. Having followed you right from the start I am amazed how you’ve been able to not only maintain but increase the variety and quality of stories and issues. I really love the way the stories seem to just tell themselves. Congratulations to all. Looking forward to lots more.

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  121. Good to see Melbourne front and centre again. Luv it luv it luv it. Every issue under the sun. Thank you thank you thank you.

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    • Billy. God Bless you mate. BILL

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  122. Just back from Christmas holidays away from computers and the racket of endless hollow info trivia. And what a great quality episode to come back to. Here’s to another fabulous year of your wonderful story telling. That rags riches Buddha story looks really interesting. Can’t wait.

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    • Andrea. Thank you and Welcome Back. God Bless, BILL

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  123. Another fine collection of stories. Great news that you’re continuing on for another year. Quality like this takes time and patience to establish its’ importance. Well done.

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    • Richard, Thank you. I feel it’s such a worth while project. God Bless, BILL

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  124. What an uplifting start to hopefully what will be an uplifting year….so far so good. Great messages in all the stories. The footage in the Redfern boxing story if fab. God Bless you and this wonderful website Bill.

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    • Trisha. Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  125. What a wonderful compliment to Australia Day your website is Bill Crews. The real Australia! The true Australia. The Australia we sometimes don’t like to admit to being. After all the speeches and flag waving is over, your stories and your insights will remain.

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    • Steve, Thank you. We are trying so hard to tell stories that are relevant to today’s Australia. You’d think the media would be more interested but we’ll keep trying. BILL

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  126. Really like those too indigenous stories. Really good stuff……particularly on Invasion Day. Thanks bro. That old fella washing the car windows is good a great rave too. Keep it up.

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    • Jack. Thank you so much. On this Australia day I had to do all the “Advance Australia Fair” stuff. But it was going to the Indigenous YARBUN Festival that really restored my soul

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  127. What a gentle episode this one is. The wisdom of old Herbert. The grace and courage of the fellow from Cambodia. The resilience of the folk on the wall. Beautiful. Thank you.

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    • Andrea. Once again. Thank you. It’s a story that just had to be told. God Bless. BILL

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  128. I so enjoyed the story of Herbert and the trains. Like him I would have been a child in the Depression but I remember my parents telling us later how the hard times bonded people together. I wonder if the same would occur today in what seems a much more greedy world. Nice work. Rose.

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    • Rose. If you talk with homeless people sleeping in the park you still find that bonding happening. That’s why I love ’em. God Bless, BILL

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  129. Hi there. I tried to post one earlier but I think there was a computer glitch. Hope I’m no repeating myself. Just want to say this bunch of stories are great. I went back through your archives for stories I might have missed and realised what a treasure this website is as it shows the REAL Australia of today for future gens. Really important. Well done all.

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    • Batters. Thanks Mate. We feel that way, too. God Bless, BILL

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  130. Your philosophy Rev Bill about your Xmas lunch that the people (or outsiders) sitting on the wall are as important as anyone else and that helping one person is just as important as helping thousands is truly lovely and itself highly important. Beautiful.

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    • Stella. Thank you. I REALLY believe that. God Bless you. BILL

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  131. Herbert. A magnificent story. Magnificent in its sheer simplicity.

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    • Simon, Thanks Mate. I’m glad you liked it. God Bless, Bill

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  132. That Cambodia story is very powerful. It makes us realise how lucky we are to not only live in this beautiful country but also have a rich multicultural society. That said, I agree we need to maintain a balanced intake. What we’re doing for those from the middle east is fair and just.

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    • Pauline. Thanks for your comment. God Bless, Bill

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  133. The old fellow by the railway line brought back a lot of good memories to me of a simpler, kinder Australia. Trains going by. Trying to light a cigarette. Laughing at death. Living in heaven. The down to earth people on the wall at exodus too. Terrific mate.

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    • Alex. Ahh for the simple life, eh? God Bless, Bill

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  134. Hear hear! Three cheers for Herbert and the blokes on the wall!!

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    • Paolo. Thank you. Yeh! Three cheers for ’em. God Bless BILL

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  135. Once again a lovely range of stories, treated to suit what they are saying….like the beautifully patient treatment of Panha Pal in the Cambodian story. With immigrant refugees like him our future is safe.

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    • Stuart. Thank you heaps. Meeting Panha is one of the highlights of my life. God Bless, BILL

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  136. Yes I agree with the others. What a terrific character old Herbert is. We need listen more to our elders and their wisdom from just living a life.

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    • Sue, What an old Devil he is, eh? God Bless, BILL

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  137. Yep sis the old fella is realy good eh but I like the bro on the wall to. happy with his car as a palace. Ha!

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    • Jade. Thank you. Those guys on the wall are what it’s all about. Eh?

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  138. I must say that with all the horrible things we now discover have been going on in institutions and churches to those under their care, it’s refreshing and uplifting to see the work Exodus does particularly on Christmas Day, mostly for people who have no connections to the church.

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    • Michael. Thank you. It’s hard work Christmas Day. But so many people benefit. God Bless BILL

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  139. Great stories again but I’ve got to say I’m a bit over those Kiwis coming over here and not only ripping off social services and sleeping rough in a warmer climate but like in your first story….pretending they’re homeless!!! Isn’t beating us in the rugby enough for them?

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    • Jake. Awwww God Bless, BILL

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  140. What a beautiful man that Exodus food van driver is. And what a wonderful service. One can only wonder how close any of us could be to that edge so many people talk about. A terrific website and stories. Still watching after over a year. Thank you.

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    • Cerena. Thank YOU and God Bless, BILL

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  141. Very interesting that fellow in Kiribilli. I didn’t like him much at first but some of the things he had to say have value. And yet there he is gambling away the money he’s begged. Mmmmmm. Honest enough to share his story though. points for that.

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    • Jacqy. Thank you. Honest….or Foolish????? Good Bless, BILL

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  142. Foolish I say. But we are wealthy and healthy enough as a nation to help anyone in need. So be it.

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    • Ruth. Yes. We are wealthy enough to do more…….Wouldn’t it be nice if we did? God Bless BILL

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  143. A friend referred me to this site. A lovely story about that man singing for his daughter and now I’ve got the archives to delve though. What a treasure trobe!!

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    • Beryl, Thank you. We’ve been working on this for almost three years, now. We have a real archive of Australiana and I am so proud of it. God Bless, BILL

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  144. The Exodus food van is a really nice story. What caring people! Thought I’d tell you I caught the show on Aurora recently. It’s really nice to catch up on some of the older stories on a different format. Good idea.

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    • Trisha. Yes, often people tell me they’ve seen it on Aurora. It’s pretty popular there. God Bless, Bill

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  145. That story on the bloke testing the homeless parameters has many layers. I watched it a couple of times. The other down and out bloke offering him a bed…..the NZ couple testing his motives…..then the big reveal that he’s actually got a gambling prob. I wonder if he knows or cares that a 37 year old homeless guy had his throat slit in the CBD just last night.

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    • Steve, We all come in many layers and that story exposes so many. As for the guy who had his throat cut, it just goes to show how dangerous it is to be homeless. God Bless, BILL

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  146. Yes that was indeed a deeply layered story. That part of Sydney is very conservative. Good to see someone giving it a shake up. Meanwhile of course the Exodus food van continues to do its good thing in the REAL Sydney.

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    • Rachael. Thank you and God Bless. BILL

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  147. Sorry folks. I’ve been away. Great to catch up on this months stories and a few I missed. They’re as strong and relevant as ever.

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    • Stella, Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  148. That Kiwi in Kirribilli has got to be joking. Sure he brings up some important issues but don’t come over here and bludge off our kindness….like the food van guy. Now that’s kindness.

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    • Alex. Yes. That story shows how complex life can be. We humans can be so contradictory, eh? God Bless, BILL

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  149. Bill I don’t know whether anyone’s mentioned it but I really respect how in your busy life you still find time to answer all these Blogs personally. Equally, what with the horror of Brussels the personal touch of the Exodus dinner van reminds us of the importance of simple kindness. Keep it up!

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    • Jack. Thank you. I try really hard to share with people who take the time to watch these stories as they mean a lot, not only to me but to Warwick who puts them all together. I’m just grateful you watch and take the time to comment. God Bless, BILL

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  150. What a sweet story Talking to Laura is. How you get the trust of these wonderful people to tell their intimate stories amazes me. And the Archives! More great viewing over the Easter break. Thank you.

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    • Andrea. Thank you. We work really hard to get peoples’ trust. Hopefully, one day, someones’ story will change the world. God Bless, BILL

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  151. Thank you Bill. Yes one story can change the world. I just caught up with this month’s new show. The story on that incredible woman living in the park for all those years! That’s a fine example of making the best of things. We should all learn from that in our cushioned world.

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    • Andrea. Thank you. So many people just struggle and make the best of things. God Bless, BILL

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  152. Thanks to Telstra’s free data day I have been able to catch up with the last three months and enjoyed ALL the contributors! How their vulnerability shows one minute – then their strength the next!
    Each story with different and unexpected circumstances where ‘Rooster one minute!!…..Feather Duster the next!!’ pushes home that most of us are only a twist of fate away from struggling.
    Looking forward now to May! Roll on Exodus, and thanks for this expose of ‘hurt’ and ‘heroism’

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    • Wanda. God Bless you and thank you. BILL

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  153. Go Wanda! Couldn’t have said it better myself. The archives are indeed a treasure chest for those of us in the bush with low data levels. That gambling story is really important. I know. I’ve been there. A horrible habit.

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    • William. thank you. True. We run GA here at Exodus and all the stories we hear. It’s a terrible addiction. God Bless, BILL

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  154. I’ve seen Carol many times over the years sleeping around Glebe and often thought ‘why doesn’t someone do a story on this incredibly brave woman’. Trust you lot. You’ve done it. Congrats!

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    • Rebecca. Thank you for caring. Any other suggestions? God Bless, BILL

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  155. Another terrific range of stories thank you particularly the gambling one. Perhaps a Royal Commission into the finance and banking sector would find that they are all just gamblers at heart. With our money! Keep up the good work.

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    • Mate, That’s probably why Bankers call depositors punters. God Bless, BILL

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  156. I’ve been OS for a while. Nice to settle back and catch up on some of your wonderful work thanks for the archives. Great idea! This month’s story of the lady in the park really is quite amazing. In this country? In these times? How can it happen?

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    • Britt. Welcome back. Mate, it happens all the time. God Bless, BILL

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  157. Good on you for taking on the gambling issue. It’s a disgrace that Govs happily take their share of gambling revenue while pretending to care for problem gamblers. Huh??!! A bit like the health system relying on smoking and alcohol taxes while pretending to want to get people off the habit. Tripple Huh??!!

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    • Simon. Once upon a time I believed Governments were there to protect people. Time after time I have learned that they don’t. GOD BLESS, BILL

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  158. Another lovely set of stories thank you Bill. Gambling gently treated. Homelessness made beautiful. Anzac Day to treasure…..like this site. Rose.

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    • Rose. Thank you and God Bless you. Tell others to visit it. BILL

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  159. Nice work on the Carol story bro. And Anzac Day. We’ll be marching again through Redfern this year. Come and join us all. Its a great day!!!

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    • Robert. Thank you. I might just take you up on your offer. Where do you meet and at what time? God Bless, Bill

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      • I’ll now be in Taree for family bro but the meet is 1.45 at the Block for 2 pm march to Redfern Park. Enjoy!

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        • Robert. Sorry mate. I missed it due to stuff at Exodus. We did it here, though. God Bless, BILL

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  160. The Anzac story is really beautiful. And terrific timing. No more will our heroes be marching down grand old George Street. Elizabeth Street now. Seems a shame. Change for the mere sake of change.

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    • Pauline. Sad!!!

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  161. As I sit here waiting for the sun to rise and reflect on another powerful lot of stories I would also like to compliment your team on the carefully chose quotes which accompany each story and the links to assistance. It shows you really care. The archives too provide much fine fodder for those of us who battle the long dark nights. Cheers.

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    • Ralph. Thanks heaps mate. God Bless BILL

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  162. Another nice bunch of stories Bill. Good to see the good things people are doing. That young self esteem girl. The laundry for the homeless. And how about the Exodus band. Terrific stuff.

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    • Michael. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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  163. ‘The best way to feel better is to get up and do something’…I love that quote on the Battlers story page. In fact I like the idea of those quotes. Icing on the cake.

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    • David. Yep, “Get up and do something” God Bless, BILL

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  164. What a lovely slant on the edge those two wonderful young Australians Ruth and Nic are. Inspirational. Our country is in safe hands.

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    • Sue. God Bless you. BILL

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  165. What a great yarn from that Scottish ex copper bloke. Terrific how all these people are willing to tell of their weakest moments on this series so that they might help others. Well done all.

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    • William, Thank you. The best way is to be honest. God Bless, BILL

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  166. ‘We are all each other’. A fab way of looking at life father Bill. looking forward muchly to seeing the full story. All the others in this lot really good……again 🙂

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    • Rebecca. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. God Bless, BILL

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  167. Here we go with another election of the unelectable! Why don’t both sides simply look at the issues covered on this wonderful website to see the REAL issues and people of Australia!!

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    • Stuart. I try and try. All I can do is keep putting them up. maybe one day a politician will be interested. God Bless, BILL

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  168. I like a lot of what that Judo bloke says about redirecting aggression. It’s different for men to women. Men need something physical and that seems to do the job. BTW when are getting some more stories from the bush. Not that the pollies would know but we do exist.

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    • Mike. Keep watching. We’ve got quite a few coming up. God Bless, BILL

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  169. What a coincidence Mr Crews!!! I was just listening to Radio National with you talking about the homeless, while watching your latest lot of stories, including the battlers band and the homeless laundry. (Yes I can do two things at the same time)You certainly do put your energies where your mouth others. If only others did too.

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    • Beryl. WOW. Actually that program generated a lot of interest.They have done a follow up on homeless people voting and being part of the national census

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  170. Homeless issues unc. That fella in next story living on trains. Now that’s going to be worth watching. They do that all the time up here. On there land! I liked the exodus band good idea.

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  171. “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.” I love the quotes that go with the stories. This one from the Kung Fu fellow should apply to all our lives every day.

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  172. That Kaine fellow should speak to the Libs and Labour about how to solve unemployment. Don’t deduct what they earn from the dole for six months so they can get back on their feet. Otherwise why bother getting a job! Once again. The streets have the answer.

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  173. ‘We are all each other’. A lovely philosophy Bill and a lovely story. I remember those characters from the early days. They had an affect on me too. As do most of your stories and the issues they tackle. Thanks again.

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  174. And the great stories keep rolling in. Looking forward to the producers story at last. Been wondering how you could turn out such quality volume for so long. The Exodus volunteers story looks good to. They deserve a medal.

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  175. It’s a wonder you haven’t cracked before this Warwick! The anguish in your thoughts comes through in the sensitivity with which you approach your stories.
    People share with you because they know you care.

    The frustration in realising the difference between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ hasn’t changed a lot – despite the positive publicity all Government bodies like to feed us.

    Housing and Health! If only!!!
    Wanda

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    • Wanda. Thank you for your comments. I think Warwick is wonderful and really special. I can’t tell you how much his friendship means to me. God Bless, BILL

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  176. You just don’t take your foot off the pedal do you Bill. In amongst the gentle stories you through in a real toughy…….like that homeless young man living on trains sometimes. Do our pollies realise how hard it really is out there for a lot of Aussies???!! Keep up the great work mate. Awareness. Awareness. Awareness.

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    • Jake. Thank you. No mate. I’m sure our politicians have no idea. They say they do but they don’t. God Bless, Bill

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  177. That first story of yours Bill with the four characters is quite wonderful. The hermit in the heart of the city…..the heroin lass………heart rending. Really impactful. And the images in global home….beautiful. Thank you.

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    • Andrea. Thank you, GOD BLESS, BILL

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  178. Right on tune ever year all the media outlets wail about the homeless in winter as if its a whole new issue. Why don’t they just look at this site. How long have you been going? A couple of years? Marvelous eye opening stuff. look at the story on Kane. He’s even got a solution! Let them keep job income AND unemployment benefits until they get back on top. Then of course theres Exodus doing their stuff year in year out for the homeless.

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    • Jack. Yes, everyone agrees with you. Every year the same stories get trotted out. GOD BLESS, BILL

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  179. Yes indeed ‘we are all each other’ Bill. A beautiful sentiment especaily as we absorb the tragedy of Orlando.

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    • Rachael. Orlando. What a tragedy! BILL

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  180. Perfect timing for ‘Global Home’ and the planet. Beautiful words. Beautiful pictures…….and very much looking forward to the Volunteers story 9n your next lot. Keep up the great work.

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    • Simon. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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  181. As this election draaags on do you think there’s any chance of any of the contenders ever referring to this wonderful website which covers all the real issues of the real Australia 🙂

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    • Ruth, I’ve brought up that we need a Homeless Commissioner. GOD BLESS, BILL

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  182. Good to see the return of the hermit from Potts Point…..and Bill’s personal philosophy. Looking forward to hearing Mr Moss’ thoughts next month. Looks like he’s really been through the mill producing those marvelous stories.

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    • Britt. Keep watching. God Bless, BILL

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  183. What we are looking for is in the eyes and minds of others……A beautiful sentiment Rev Bill.

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    • Trisha. Thank you for understanding. GOD BLESS, BILL

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  184. What a kufuffle in Europe with the Brexit result. Maybe good. Maybe not. Whichever way, I hope they’re truly aware that our beautiful planet is struggling. IE Global Home is a cutting story. Great pictures. Great lyrics……Bob.

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    • Bob. Thank you for your understanding and enthusiasm. GOD BLESS, BILL

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  185. ‘We Are All Each Other’…..what a superbly timeless belief that is Bill. No wonder you’re a true national treasure. And very much looking forward to Warrick’s thoughts in next month’s lot. Happy Election day!!!! (Not):)

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    • Pauline. Thank you heaps. GOD BLESS< BILL

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  186. So we’ve got a ‘hung parliament’! (Wish) Who ever of the majors wins of loses if they’d look at this site they might get an idea of the REAL Australia that didn’t vote for them. Another great episode!!!

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    • Billy J. Thanks mate. I think we’re all losers at the moment. God Bless, BILL

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  187. The election! Who cares! More important its NADOC week. A celebration of the true owners of this country! Great to see you covering Indigenous issues unc. We love it!!!

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      Thank you mate. We have many indigenous matters coming up. God Bless, BILL

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  188. A lovely lot of stories again thank you Bill. Really nice to see the volunteers doing their work and that powerful search for God from an aboriginal perspective. Very interesting.

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  189. Wow! What a great family the Cannoween mob is. Now that’s the real Australia. Caring for others and having fun at the same time. The producer’s story was riveting. Keep up the great work all of you.

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  190. I haven’t been here for a while but it’s great to see this excellent series continuing. The archive section is pure gold and a valuable collection of the real Australia today for the nation.

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    • Alex. Thank you. We will keep trying hard. God Bless, BILL

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  191. ‘What is God?’ Indeed with yet more atrocities in France one may ask where is God…..Your series and stories remain as current as ever. Love it!!!

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    • Stella,
      If you look for God ‘out there’ you won’t find Him. God is found present in our relationships. God Bless, BILL

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  192. The producers story is very powerful. I remember Mr Moss from his acting and playwriting days long ago. He was always destined to leave a message. A wonderful and important website. Thanks all.

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    • Ralph, Thank you. I love Warwick like my brother. We think alike. God Bless, BILL

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  193. Inspirational stuff that volunteers story. Another great bunch of stories and issues thank you.

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    • Michael. God Bless you. BILL

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  194. Oh Reverend Bill! That war with the church! Such an important document. The pain you go through! The Struggle! Yes why don’t our religious leaders just focus on the people and forget the politics! How many centuries have to go by before they learn!…..Bless you for airing your journey.

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    • Sue. These stories are timeless because they are about our human condition. And that never changes. God Bless, BILL

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  195. This website never ceases to amaize me. What an outstanding insight into the political workings of religion. What a brave story from Ray Morris about alcohol. This website deserves an award for the good it must be doing. Well done.

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    • Stuart. Thanks very much. If I knew where to submit our website for an award, I would. But I bet we don’t win! God Bless, BILL

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  196. Really nice heart story from uncle Ray on the old La Perouse mission. and from you to on the big churches. yes when will the real church show its real heart.

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    • Jade. God Bless you. BILL

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  197. Keep fighting Bill! That battle royal with the ‘heavies’ of the Church must have been a goodun!

    So glad the majority saw your role as YOU see it – wherever, whoever, whatever is needed, you’ll be there. Flexibility in filling that gap.

    Ray Morris! Another fighter winning his battle with alcohol – and giving back in the best way possible.

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    • Trisha. God Bless you. I like your comments, BILL

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  198. Surely someone out there realises the value for the future of this amazing collection of stories of Australia as it is today. The forgotten Australia! The REAL Australia. Loved the chess metaphor for church politics. Loved the first indigenous mission. Keep it coming!

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    • Jack. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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  199. Another wonderful set of thought provoking stories thank you. I’ve meant to thank you also for your archive section which allows me to catch up on stories I may have missed in my travels. PS my friends in NZ also love this site since I put them on to it. Regards.

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    • Andrea. Thank you. Please welcome all you Kiwi friends from me. God Bless, BILL

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  200. I just heard on radio that the Vic Gov have thrown out homeless squatters who are living in empty houses bought and now not needed for the abandoned South Link project. As your producer Mr Moss said last month why aren’t the homeless given empty warehouses to live in. And as Bill Crews himself says where is the church when the needy need them!

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    • Jake. Homeless people are at the bottom of the pile today. It’s so sad. God Bless, BILL

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  201. That Ray Morris story is a beauty. I think I may have worked for Ray way back when he had his trucking business. Yes the 70s were wild days. Great to see he survived to tell his wonderful tale. It will help many. Thanks mate.

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    • Steve. Good on you. God Bless, BILL

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  202. Thank you thank you thank you. I’ve just had a week off with the flue and besides this months stories have been able to trawl through your wonderful archives. An amazing collection of important matters!!!

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    • Beryl. You have a heart of gold. God Bless, BILL

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  203. That War with the Church is outstanding Reverend. Outstanding!! If only those in religious power carried your passion for humanity.

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  204. Well I look forward every month to the new stories on your website Rev Bill and I’m never ever disappointed. This lot is up there with the best. For how long now? Amazing. What about that girl in Kings Cross. And its nice to see our aboriginal sector having a strong say. Blessings.

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    • Rose. Thank you. We try so hard and comments like yours keep us going. God Bless, BILL

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  205. I had a shop in Kings Cross….when it had life…..before the death of the Cross and all its history with the lock out laws. What a grandma state we’ve become. Anyway I remember Liz well when she used to sit on the streets with her baby boy. Quite a sight. A nice story. Good onya.

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    • Paolo. You should see her now. God Bless you BILL

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  206. I am truly loving these stories! I think they would fit neatly into teensy little time slots on the telly just before the news each night….just one story….a little nudge for our country. Thank you Bill and thank you Mr Moss.

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    • Dinah. We’re trying to do that. God Bless, BILL

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  207. I so adore the Liz story. What an incredibly gracious woman! And what a happy ending!! I cried. Beautiful.

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    • Rachael. Thank you. Liz is a very special person. God Bless, BILL

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    • I agree Rachael. The happy ending was a lovely surprise. Goes to show we should never lose hope.

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  208. Hear here to all of you bloggers. A great read. And to Ray Miniecon. That journey to his old mission is a beauty. And ya know what? Nothing’s changed with indigenous issues.

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    • Michael. That’s what annoys me sooo0 much. We seem to be going backwards. God Bless BILL

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  209. Ha ha! You never stop surprising. Now your into Lifestyle on the Edge. Love it! Beetroot and celery really does clear up the liver. Ask my hubby. Fixed him.

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    • Ruth. Beetroot and Celery. I’m so glad it worked for him. God Bless, BILL

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  210. I so feel for that wonderful lass in Kings Cross. What an adventure. What courage. What a lovely outcome. I had to pull out the hanky. Blessings to all.

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    • Trisha. I love Liz. She has come such a long way. That’s what I mean, People like Liz are so brave. God Bless, BILL

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  211. Good to uncle Mick Gooda having a say at Babana. Always was a fella who going places. Uncle Ray to. nice stories. thanks.

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    • Billy. God Bless you. We should be farther along than we are. BILL

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  212. With the Recovery walks coming up that Liz Gal story is a must for all who participate, recover, care and repair. Well done Liz. Well done all. God bless Bill.

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    • Bob. I walked with Liz on the first walk. She said to me “you know Bill, Recovery is the loneliest place to be”. Well, so far she’s made it and she is soooo brave. God Bless,. BILL

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  213. Indeed what a gal! Indeed what a Recovery story! See you all at the Recovery walk this Sunday. 11.30 Customs House

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    • Pauline. It was a great walk today, eh. God Bless, BILL

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  214. That Liz Gal story is incredible. I think I remember Liz when she used to sit there on Macleay with her son. What a beautiful turnaround.

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    • Britt. Yes, its quite a story. I love Liz heaps. She is an inspiration to me. God Bless. Bill

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  215. Good on aunty Mary. Great story. You are a hero gal. Your story helps many of us.

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    • Beccy. Yes Mary is quite a gal! I’ve known her for nearly 40 years. God Bless, Bill

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  216. Indeed what is there that’s better!! Marvelous philosophy from Dr Wennitong. A great mix of issues…..again. Confronting and inspiring. Good work.

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    • Bill Jay Thank you and God Bless you. BILL

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  217. Ha! So now you’re doing Lifestyle on the Edge! Beetroot and celery for the liver? Absolutely works! On a more serious note, another great collection of stories. The indigenous lady is truly heroic and inspirational.

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    • Simon. Thank you. Yes, the edge covers many topics. God Bless’ BILL

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  218. A beautiful story on May Hooker. She is a proud woman who I have met several times. She does wonderful work with regards diabetes and blindness in regional Australia. She is an inspiration not just for her indigenous folk buy for all of us. Wise words from Dr Wenitong too. What a team!

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    • Andrea. God Bless you. I really admire you for being such a loyal follower of this program. BILL

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  219. Yes indeedy there’s has got to be more. Dr Mark’s comments are so valid. We need a more ‘community’ sense of family. These issues and more really should be on TV for good wholesome debate. Well done.

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    • Stella. I really agree with you. God Bless, BILL

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  220. I have been concerned about the displacement of refugees in Calais in France. I feel compelled to help them and am asking people I know in provincial France to do something in their towns to help with placement of these people.

    How can my friends and I help you, help them, from Australia?

    Lesley Torpey.

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    • Lesley, Thank you and God Bless you. I’ll ge4t back to you soon. BILL

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    • Spot on Lesley but its all about the 24 hour news cycle. Now it’s local refugees in Naura. Next week? Who knows. Out of site out of mind unfortunately and so it goes on in this impatient new world.

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    • Lesley. Please contact me. I have just come back from Calais again. (02)87524616 God Bless, BILL

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  221. The tragically outstanding comment in the Mary story is that when the poor darlings were on missions the provisions they were provided such as sugar and salt was the poison that causes diabetes. A powerful story.

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    • Richard, Thank you. Yes you are right. All the crap they were given has ruined their lives. God Bless BILL

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    • Richard. Yep. That’s why they are so sick now. God Bless, BILL

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  222. What a beautiful moment when you watch Mary talking about Kings Cross in the 1970s Bill. So touching. You felt that you failed all those children. But you didn’t. You were there for them then and you’re there for them now. God Bless you and your caring kind.

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    • Cerena, Thank you. I do feel I failed them. So few cared about what was going on then. God Bless, BILL

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    • Cerena. Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  223. Todays news. Over 700,000 Aussie children living in poverty. What a disgrace. But perhaps….just perhaps our life style goal posts are set too high. IE as Dr Winneting says in his story……half of too many luxuries is not exactly poverty.

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    • Michael. Thank you. God Bless, BILL

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  224. I’ve been away for a bit but there’s something really down to earth in coming back to these stories. A nice balance between the light and the meaningful. Beetroot and celery to stolen children and girls homes? What a contrast what a journey!

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    • Batters. Thank you. We really try hard. God Bless,. Bill

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  225. Good meaty stories. I knew Kim Hewitt when we were both in emergency accom years ago. We were both down and out back then. We’ve both made it good. The back up services for those in trouble do work. This website does too.

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    • Jake. God Bless. We run a Recovery Movement for people and it is a real struggle. God Bless, BILL

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  226. What a wonderful artist and history. The messages behind Gordon Siron’s work are very powerful and still stand up today. Thanks for reminding of the Exodus can drive too. We’ll be there!!!

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  227. As I listen to the ABC and debates of the American elections this coming week I ponder the similarity to the gap in our own politics. My point you ask? If both sides of all politics of all countries paid attention to the real issues such as this wonderful website the endless debates would be about something of meaning. Another great set of stories this month thank you.

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    • Andrea. It’s such a hard job. We try and sometimes they listen. God Bless, BILL

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  228. Well I just love it! Every month a while new roller coaster ride into an Australia I hardly new existed. And that artists social comment. Marvelous!

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    • Beryl. I love it too. God Bless, BILL

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  229. Quite inspiring that fellow who fell from the building and now teaches water exercise classes. He is right. It all begins with just participating. Another thought provoking set of stories thank you. Merry Christmas to you all. Trisha.

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    • Trisha. thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  230. So Trump is now trumps. Hopefully it all works out but you can’t help but wonder whether they will care for their needy anywhere like this great country does….and your wonderful Exodus Foundation. Great stories again. Well done.

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    • Stuart. i wonder too. God Bless, BILL

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  231. Good timing your end but how times dont change eh? Trump is in and Gordon Syron takes us back to uncle Charlies 1965 Freedom Bus Ride. Segregated cinemas, pools, librarys. Fingers crossed the world doesn’t go back to then. A really nice story. Ta

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    • Bob. Lets hope not. God Bless BILL

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  232. I so love the artists reversing of history. Black judge white criminal. Black first fleet white natives etc. So clever. My how we’ve moved on. Already looking forward to next months stories.

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    • Futh. God Bless you. BILL

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  233. The exodus can drive is a marvellous idea and I certainly shall encourage my large spread out family to contribute. How is it though, that in these times of long national prosperity we still have so many people in need. Maybe we’re numb to it. My parents suffered the Great Depression of the 20’s and 30’s and often talked of the care for others that was born from hard times. Merry Christmas to you all.

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  234. Did I mess that up? Trying again. After a stint in hostipal it’s so good to come back home to this website. I could watch you and J Singleton a thousand times and your Christmas message is just beautiful. Blessings.

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    • Rose. Thank you and God Bless. I hope you are well now. BILL

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  235. Good timing bro!!! Just as NSW Gov at last announces compo for stolen gen you do a story on uncle Cec. Right on the mark. Ill spreads the word.

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    • Steven, Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  236. Wow that’s a powerful story on the Glen Centre. Save me they did. Glenn Colliss was there then too. He never spoke of his backround. What man! What a recovery. Love the site. does a lot of good

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    • Michael. We run a recovery Group for people who have been in Rehab. We try very hard. God Bless, BILL

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  237. ‘Make a Glass eye Cry’ is great drama. Amaizing how close you get to these people. And the Kinsella boys home. Really important issues gently treated. Exellent!!

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    • William, God Bless you. We try very hard to tell it s it is. BILL

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  238. Indeed let’s be happy this Christmas!! What is wrong with this country? All we hear is calamitous news like GDP down. Construction down. Spending down. Hope down. Can’t we remember the great depression? The two world wars? Get a grip!!!! This still is the lucky country. So yes be happy this Christmas. Bless you Rev.

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    • Rachael. I love you sweetheart. God Bless you and thank you. BILL

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  239. A nice balance of warm and fuzzy and harsh reality for Xmas. Thank you. Next month looks good too. Have a good one.

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    • Andrea. God Bless you. BILL

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  240. What a classic stinker of a sleepless night!!! Good chance to catch up on your stories though. Great Xmas viewing. That bloke 9in the rehab is a true blue Aussie hero. Keep up the great work. seasons cheers.

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    • Jack. God Bless and thanks, BILL

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  241. What a hoot Singo is. You make a good pair of hombres padre. and a beaut xmas message to. Doing lots of good for lots of people. Nice.

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    • Jade. I just love him. God Bless, BILL

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  242. That Glen rehab does a great job and your great story gives it due credit. It does indeed change lives. I know. It saved me. Merrys all.

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    • Alex. Thank you and God Bless. We run a Recovery Program for people who have been in Rehab so know what you mean BILL

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  243. Another great Xmas lunch thanks Bill. Dunno what we do without you. Keep the web sight going. really good. Jacqy.

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    • Jacquy, Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  244. Luv the story from Alice. Realy important. We need more of Steve Bevis and his thoughts. Have not been here for a while but am enjoying the revisit. ta.

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    • Beccy, I agree with you totally. God Bless, BILL

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  245. Congratulations on your two years of stories. They really have provided inspiration for many of us. Your visit to the Centre is indeed interesting Bill. Keep it up.

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    • Britt, Thank you and God Bless, BILL

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  246. I know both Steve Bevis and Alice Springs very well. Your sensitive treatment of a sensitive subject is to be congratulated. Pass this story and indeed this website on to all Government department heads to view. Excellent.

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    • Richard. I will and I am God Bless, BILL

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  247. Your trip to the Red Centre was certainly worth it Bill. I love the Edge parallels you draw. Two years of these stories has done you proud. May you stir and inspire us for much longer with the issues you raise.

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    • Stella. I agree that trip to the Alice was sooo important. God Bless, BILL

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  248. I think if more of us could find Jesus and follow his teaching and example then there would be less judgement of our fellow man and more compassion and love. Your videos are fantastic, and really let people know what is happening to people who don’t have much in the material sense, I am praying that more of us will come to love our neighbors in need and want to share what we have with them. You are such a wonderful example for us all! love, best wishes and regards, Chris.

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    • Chris, God Bless and thank you for those ;lovely words. BILL

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  249. The Alice Springs story is a gem. A very important document for those don’t yet realise that First Nation Australians are still being treated like 3rd class citizens! Why!!

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    • Ralph, I have no idea! It’s not rocket science. God Bless, BILL

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  250. Now we have Trump! The last of democracy and freedom of speech. Only social media and website podcasts like yours will air the truth and real situations that people live in. Great stories! Go brother!!!

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    • David. Thank you. we have no intention of stopping. God Bless, BILL

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      • Aha! Good to see you’re back Bill. I admire how you find the time to respond to all your communications on all the mediums that you are on. Glad you’re not stopping. Forget TV rubbish. Podcasts like on this website is the way to go. Have a great year!

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        • Thank you so much for writing mate. God bless you.

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  251. That horrible murder in Wolloommooloo this morning highlights the relevance of these stories like your two promos on homelessness. As usual I’ll be watching. And congrats on your two wonderful years folks!

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    • Thank you so much. I really believe our stories are relevant and necessary. God bless, Bill.

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  252. Well the Donald is officially in eh? Will it makes any difference to the human pulse? Probably not. The rich shall get richer and the poor will always get poorer. Nice stories this month.

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    • Bob, God bless you mate. Bill.

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  253. Homeless living outside Flinders Street. Now that horrible car slaughter in the streets. Your stories are bountiful and poignant but where is God’s justice in all of this.

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    • Michael, the only way I can answer you is to say that God does not need to solve the homelessness problem, nor was God driving the car that caused that terrible slaughter on the streets. Human beings did that. God Bless, Bill.

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  254. Happy Australia Day all and yes let’s not forget our First Aussies which is why your Alice Springs stories are so important Bill. This website seems to track the mood of the nation. Compulsory viewing for schools I say.

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    • Sue. thank you. I reckon you’re right about schools. I’ll have3 to try to get to them. God Bless, Bill

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  255. Been away and just caught up. Excellent start to the year folks. Looking at your promos for next month it’s going to be another great year of finger right on the pulse of important issues.

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    • Stuart. Thank you. godless, Bill

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  256. Wow! It gets better and better! Your reunion with that street girl brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Will she survive though or just more of the same ol dame ol. And that fab unc who finally got out of jail! Tough stuff but some of your best. Go team!

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    • Rebecca. Thank you. At this moment, she’s surviving well. God Bless, Bill

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  257. That story on uncle Vincent as truly powerful. What a tough background. What a horrible crime. What a wonderful outcome. Dignity writ large.

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    • Jake. Thank you. A lot of our stories are about the power of redemption. God Bless, Bill

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      • Stories of redemption? Spose they are. Is that what life is? redemption? Vincents certainly was but a tough way to get there eh.

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        • Jade. It’s always tough. God Bless, BILL

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  258. The more Trump carries on the more you think issues at home are all its about. Like your storys Aus needs to look after our own homeless and troubles first. then the world.

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    • Michael. The trouble is we don’t do either well at all. God Bless, BILL

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  259. With the disgrace of the Catholic church re abuse of children your 2 powerful stories show that not only is it an issue outside of religion it can also somehow have a brave and happy ending. great viewing.

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    • Richard, You have to be very brave to survive it. God Bless, BILL

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  260. Another stinking sleepless hot night. Global warming? You betcha. At least you stories to watch gave a bit of worthwhile relief. Nice to see that girl coming home. Stay coooool.

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    • Paolo, Thank you. I gotta say that living on the edge is definitely UNCOOL. God Bless, BILL

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  261. I ran into uncle Ray the other day and he was teling me about the trip to Alice. looks like its on next month. Good to see you supporting our mob Bill. I spread the word.

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    • Billy. God Bless you and Uncle Ray. too. BILL

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  262. With the anniversary of Sorry Day good timing with your ‘beyond the edge’ story coming up. With all the good intent noth9ing still has changed.

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  263. Strong story on Bobby Vincent. Good bloke. Trouble with the prison system is not what they do IN jail but the lack of job oportunities when we get out.

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  264. A heart wrenching story that Natasha one. I can’t help but wonder whether she’s going to repeat the same ol’ same ol’. None of my business I suppose but being a single woman who has never had children I sometimes wonder whether a lot of mums have kids just because there’s nothing else to do. Boo hiss do I hear?

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  265. As hard as it as to watch that Robert Vincent story has an angelic message. The wonderful Dutch family that brought him up. The work he did for himself and others in jail. Quite inspiring. Like most of your stories. Important. Keep it up.

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  266. What a sweetheart Natasha is. What a hero. I wonder how the rest of us would handle such adversity. Not very well I would think. A lovely story.

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  267. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” I really love the quotes you add for each story. It’s all about detail. Very nice. Great stories. Again!

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  269. From trillionaire to remote community that’s really covering some ground. a very wide edge your covering there boys. great stuff.

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  270. The range of stories this month is fabulous once more. And I can’t wait for next month. I’ve seen both the play Home and Gordon Syron’s wonderful art. I don’t know how you lot keep it up. Marvelous thank you.

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  271. Well I love it! How you get people to talk so openly about their lives wonders me. That millionaire being so open is just wonderful. And so uplifting…..a volunteer at Exodus after all of that. Really lovely.

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  272. A millionaire going bust! A lot of us can relate to that from the GFC. An important story for those who may be feeling a bit blasé in these boom times. Get ready. A bust is just around the corner……as usual. And yes, it’s how we handle it spiritually that matters.

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  273. Anyone who think’s the gaps closing think again. As uncle Ray says all the money goes to the paper shufflers. none reaches the communities themselves. Good to see someones telling it how it really is.

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  274. Outstanding stories. From millions to poverty. Better than Stan Grant’s show for 100th the budget I’ll bet. Keep plugging away folks. Those of us who like it love it!!!

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  275. We’ve been to Yuendumu and yes although there are marvelous things going on it still is like 3rd worlds country. How is that so? With all our wealth!

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  276. What a great bloke Paul Lockrey is. I’ve been to several of his restaurants. I didn’t know he’d taken a tumble. What a gentleman! And what an inspiration to the rest of us with our heads in the clouds. A volunteer at Exodus. Fantastic.

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  277. Isn’t it lovely that man who lost all that money now a volunteer at Exodus. The true spirit of humanity.

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  278. What an episode to wake up to! You guys never cease to amaize me. A fabulous range of stories. The play story. The Anzac artist. The rapper.Pure gold. Please never stop.

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  279. Gordon Syron’s art has always been spectacular. His tribute to black Anzacs sings strong. And Davud Leah bro. What a man. Really good storys thank you.

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  280. Well, you’ve done it again! Three special stories, highlighting the various problems but STILL with touches of humour and hope. Shining the light in these dark corners we see struggles, despair….. But wait! There is Exodus – doors always open to ‘show the love’ so many don’t get.

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  281. Wow! What an episode! One of your best. Entertainment. Empathy. Compassion. Wonderful!

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  282. An nice ode to Anzac Day. Great satire. Very impressive episode all round actually. You’re doing a great job. Look forward to it every month.

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  283. That play is so powerful. The thing about you Bill Crews is you take the issues to the streets rather than wait for them to come to you. This website does that to. A real conduit between theory and reality.

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  284. This website is incredible. I last looked about a year ago. And You’re still going. Congratulations. What fly by night TV show can say the same. With all that’s going on in the world from the Middle East to Washington you bring the axis back to here…..and People. An inspiring episode. I shall catch up on all that I have missed over Easter.

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  285. As I reflect over Easter I also reflect on the growth of your wonderful website Bill. It continues to improve and raise issues and through that ensure we remain in touch with the true Australia that too many try to ignore. A great gift.

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  286. The Anzac artist story is a great tribute to our indigenous brothers who have fought in all our wars. Syron’s art captures it all with beautiful sad satire. Similar to the Home play. I nice episode. Congrats.

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  287. Riveting stories this month Bill. Took me a while to get to them but it’s always nice to know they’ll always be there. If only TV was like this. Reliable.

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  288. A marvellous episode. Absolutely marvellous. Amazing how you keep delivering the volume. Bring on the next months!!!

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  289. I saw you and Mr Moss at his play the other night Bill. Excellent wasn’t it! And you two and your marvellous stories from the edge make an excellent team. Keep on keeping on. Cerena.

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  290. Another sleepless night!!! I hope you take this as a compliment Bill but you rich archives provide wonderful thought provoking material for an insomniac. And to be greeted by this months new stories!! A really love mix of entertainment and substance. Thank you thank you thank you. RT.

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  291. Us from The Glen went to the Warrick Moss play last night. It was really great. And the stories you do on the Glen are really great too. Thank you for caring. Jake.

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  292. A nice match of stories and emotions – the homeless dog, cute – the rehab centre, enlightening and hopeful – the David Lea song, magic!

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  293. Just enjoyed Ep 28 thank you Bill and Warwick. You are an excellent team bringing truths and consistent reminders to viewers of just how supportive our community can be with love and teamwork.

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  294. I just love this month’s stories Bill. Your mix of light and serious are all meaningful. And some thought provoking music thrown in for good measure. Really nice.

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  295. This episode is a must to watch. Speaking of watching I saw you last night on the Drum Bill. Very good. But these shows are better than that. Why don’t you do your own panel show using theses stories? Makes sense to me. Doesn’t have to be on TV. Do it on this website. We’d love it in the bush. Boy have we got some issues for you mate.

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  296. In my time I’ve had family members struggling with drinkijng over the years but it’s nothing like all the drugs today. THat Glen place is doing a wonderful job helping good people break a bad habbit

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  297. David Lea is indeed a powerful talent. Not just in size but in voice, words and presence. A nice counterbalance to the other stories. I’ve seen him perform on the Central Coast. A huge talent in all meanings of the word.

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  298. For lot of us mums an auntys there be no mother day with out the top job the glen do for our men and young fella. bless ya

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  299. The balance of stories is lovely this month thank you. Heavy going sometimes but light and lifting on others….speshly the boy with the dog. Lovley.

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  300. You know I was watching Stan Grant the other night and think about this website. Your stories are so much more real. Stan in his polished suit and sipping tea doesn’t quite ring true to me. You lot really are on the edge and providing the a better Link than the ABC….and imagine what that’s costing the tax payer!

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  301. Wonderful stories once more. I still trawl your archives too when TV numbs my senses. I saw Mr Moss’s play too. It was very, very good. He certainly is a great story teller.

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  302. Bring it on!! So good to see you supporting The Glenn and uncle Joe. The work they do! Al your stories are good. We all watch em when we can. Depends on internet speead out here in the bush sometimes.

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  303. 50 years since they gave us the vote. Then finally admitted the place wasn’t empty BC (before Cooky). Uncle Ray Minniecon put us onto this website. With the Glen stories and others you do us proud Father Bill. Ta

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  304. I like that quote on The Glen page about one small crack. That’s how the Glen works. One small crack at a time. Great rehab great website. Ta.

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  305. Ha ha what a hoot! Can’t wait for your Tooth Fairys story. And where did you find David Lea? He’s marvelius. Better than tele this show. I look forward to it every month.

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  306. That Blessings for the Animals story is simply adorable Bill!!

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  307. Well I just love it. Those eyes on the front. And timely! Beautiful. Lovely words about the last 40 years Rev Bill. You’ve seen a lot and you’ve certainly done a lot. Blessings.

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  308. Oooooh yee yes yes girls! That blessing of the critters story is soooo cute……And your forty years Bill? Pure Heaven. Thank you.

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  309. Loved the Glen Story! Really powerful – communication around the fire a healing and uplifting force for all those in the circle.Then Bill’s reflections of loneliness increasing over his past 40 year’s . In each of us is the power to help so if we all did, small steps MUST overflow into a wave of smiles to embrace those who are in the shadows. If words were deeds!!!.

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  310. I couldn’t say it better Wanda. Great comment on great stories.

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  311. I’ve been away for a while and forgot that you’re on the world wide web. Catching up now through your fabulous archives. Great to see you’re still going strong. Keep up the vaulable work.

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  312. Tragic isn’t it Bill that after all those years nothing has changed. But you have never stopped trying and loving and caring. That’s what sets you apart.

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  313. No doubt about you chaps. Channel 10 have just gone under and here you are churning out important quality stuff month after month for the cost of an oil rag I imagine. Go you good things!!!!

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  314. Well I love it. Month after month after month of the real Australia. Forget those big TV channels this is where the truth is. Keep it going please please please. We need you.

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  315. Those eyes says it all. The wisdom of these stories is high. Such a solid relief from two minute noodle TV.

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  316. Its on sleepless nights like this that I really appreciate your archives.I go back time and time to revisit some of my favourites. A terrific collection. I hope someone from the Gov is archiving these as well. They really are Aus as it is. Mind you in this digital world it probably dostnt need them to bother. Mmmmm. Do we need them at all?

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  317. I took the family to the Open Day they had at the Glen recently. They couldn’t stop talking about you guys and this website so I thought I’d have a look. It certainly is something special. Well done.

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  318. That story on the animals is sooooo lovely….and your 40 years Reverend Bill. I hope you are proud of yourself and what you do. We certainly are. Blessings.

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  319. Hahahaha! Love the quote about the dentist! LOve the quotes every month in fact. Nice touch. I woke up this morning looking forward to looking at your new lot of stories and not disappointed. A wonderful gift. Thank you thank you thank you for something REALLY different to watch!

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  320. Nice Ep folks as usual but just thought I’d mention there’s a bit of a glitch on the Story 1 page. Otherwise all great.

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    • Thanks Stuart. Checked it out. Seems OK. You might like to clear your cache if on a PC. Cheers. Warwick

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  321. Ooooooh that cat story is so cuuuute. I love the way you mix the light with the deep. But always a message.

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  322. Well we love it out here in the golden west. Sydney like ya never seen it b4. Community wakes up for a brand new ep every month. Keep going unc!!!

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  323. That dentist story is a beauty!!!!

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  324. The quotes on these stories are worth quoting like the dentist’s hand in the drill one. Ha ha! It’s that special quirkiness that make this site so special. Serious matters not dealt with too seriously. Timeless indeed.

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  325. It can be a long night with a snoring husband. But not with these stories you bring us. I dug through your archives often and look at old fave stories to get me though the night. Wonderful and inspiring. Thank you!!!!

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  326. Another great Ep thanks folks. I love reading the blogs. Speaking of which I notice you’ve stopped replying Bill. Busy I guess. I’m sure you read them though. Interesting views out there.

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  327. Sorry. I’ve been away folks. Nice to be back to my favourite story teller. A beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Perfect for watching David Leah’s Train…..and the cuuuute animals. A lovely lot of stories this month thank you.

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  328. A really nice Episode thanks folks. The heavy issues are fine but every now and then we need a bit of lightness, which you’ve certainly achieved this time around.

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  329. I’m looking forward to the Lillian’s story. A niece of mine ended up there and it saved her life. You really do cover stories that no one else bothers with. A great service that I hope is being recognised.

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  330. Good Ep. That intensive care story really rings a bell out here in the bush.

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  331. Ha! Love your stories and love the quotes! A nice touch. That quote of the story for Lilians is soooo apt. We were all adolescent once!

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  332. The Intensive Care story is wonderful. Yes! Why be kept going with much pain when our time and peace has arrived.

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  333. Wow how freaky, I was talking about Death choices today. Do you want to be buried or cremated? Are you going to donate any of your organs? Great ep.

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  334. I spotted you in at Martin Place with the homeless the other day Bill. Why, why, why do we still have homeless in this city??? The irony of them being right outside the Reserve Bank didn’t miss my eye either.

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  335. All three stories ‘hit the mark’ folks! Lillians, dealing with confused and bitter young women. Aaron, with his recovery and a positive light in his eyes, and the discussion about ‘Advanced Care Directive’ which should be on everyone’s list. The actor in that film seems somewhat familiar! Fantastic acting, even dead!!
    Good Stuff, great messages

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  336. A brilliant episode once more chaps. Don’t ever let the Networks know about this. Especially the ABC. They’ll stuff it up with million dollar budgets funded by the tax payer to achieve less. Have a look at Stan Grant. A crew of at least six to achieve less. Keep fighting the fight!

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  337. It is so important that you make these stories Bill. Who of us would have known about blessed places like Lillian’s. And those young men fighting their devils and succeeding. Inspirational thank you. Ruth.

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  338. That opening shot in your episodes is Martin Place I think. I love the ‘edge’ metaphor, standing waiting on destiny. Did you know there are 12 figures in the final shot? Of course you did. The 12 apostles. Clever!

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  339. There’s something really special about that Lillian story. Quite beautiful. I think the young girl might be crying out too loud about what is sadly a normal Australian family, going through problems just like any other. What is now seen as dysfunctional used to be normal. Are we all perhaps getting too soft. I think so.

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  340. Having worked in the senior health sector for many years I must congratulate Dr Hillman for his approach to end of life care. And to yourselves for being game enough to make and air the story. An important message.

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  341. I heard Ken Hillman on Radio National the other day. What a wonderful man! What a marvellous approach to our inevitable Passing. I’d love to have him by my side when my time comes.

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  342. Yes the visit into the subject of Intensive Care is very important. Surely we all have the right to die with the dignity chosen by us not others.

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  343. I see that your producer Warwick Moss is in that intensive care film. He certainly does like to keep a low profile doesn’t he. You’ve chosen a good one there Bill. A great series!!!!

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  344. That Jonothan story is wonderful Bill. How you find these people beats me but thank God you do. A great service!!!

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  345. good yarn on cousen Jon unc. Lot of us fella use Glen. Real good place

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  346. That young ex pro surfer chap is a very good story. Believe me up here on the Peninsular many young lives are being ruined by easy drug use. He is a fine example of beating the curse.

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  347. How good is Johnothon!!! What a survivor! What a great example. So glad you do first Australians on your show too. We luv it out here!!!

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  348. Yep we’re all going to head to the pearly gates one day. At least your short film on IC sho9ws us a gentle and proud way to handle the inevitable. Very worthwhile thank you.

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  349. Such an important message from Ken Hillman. Yes, just as life must be respected and cherished so must death.

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  350. I know Luke Thomas. He was a great surfer. Then he disappeared off the scene. So good to see he’s sorting himself out. Thanks for bringing us this story. Inspiring.

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  351. Still looking after our lot i see unc. Jonno story made my cry. true. our mob luvs your show. thanks.

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  352. A nice mix this month. You’re archives must be amazing by now. I hope they’re being kept safely for the future. An important perspective of Australia today. Well done.

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  353. Current as usual. Whatever the current debate you seem to have a story to match. Euthenasia is the hot topic. Your story really rings a gentle bell bell.

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  354. Once more the story from the Glen is a powerful insight into the good and need of great rehab centres to help so many of us who battle with lifes tribulations. Well done.

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  355. What a lovely idea!!! The discussion format is wonderful Bill. Where is that set? So relaxed. Beautiful Father Bob! Surely this would work on a Sunday morning on a network somewhere. But who needs them. You’re doing it anyway. Marvelous!!

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  356. Well I just love your new chat format! How good is Eva Cox? And Father Bob. What a hoot! A great idea. Well done Bill.

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  357. I though you’d like to know that once a month we and our three wonderful children form the age of 8 to 14 sit down and watch you current episode together. This one is marvellous. Whatever the stories and issues they inform us and fill our spirits before we head off to church. Blessings to you all.

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  358. That Glen story is strong. I know blokes who have tried other recovery places that didn’t work for them. The Glen seems to have a more brotherly approach. The indig background I’d say. Good stuff.

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  359. That chat format gets 3 ticks from me. You keep moving on nicely!

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  360. I’ve been away for some time. So glad to be back to your stories Bill. They brought a glimpse of home while I was O/S but there’s nothing like actually being at home with the time to absorb their deeper message. No flippant approach to life for you eh? The stories truly are marvellous. So happy to be back to them. And soon it Xmas! Yikes!!!

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  361. Will any of this matter if Trump and Rocket Man go for each other? I doubt it. But thank God it’s here right now. Excellent stories, important discussions and great perspectives. What else could we ask for?……except the end of Trump perhaps.

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  362. Well I really do like that discussion format Bill. A nice change of pace and what a hoot you and Father Bob are together. A couple of w9se old rogues. Bless you both. Ruth.

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  363. Good viewing if one cant sleep like myself. The Jake story is very good. Many young Australian men are struggling with the same loss of identity. IE loss of the belief on the higher power of our almighty. You and Father Bob make a good pair. Keep that format going too.

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  364. A good bunch this month but I still go back to some of my early faves…..like dear old Ross Turnbull…..and the fellow living in that tiny park right on the heart of Kings Cross……with life just passing by. Fabulous! If only we could all do that. The richest in spirit are often those with the least. X

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  365. I notice that Stan Grant’s the Link has been pulled from ABC…….and you’re still going. After how may hours? Amazing. Says something about staying under the ratings radar to actually leave a long term message. Stay right where you are you’re doing just fine.

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  366. Just checking. Yep. You guys are right on the dot. Yet another ep up and running. And a good one too. An Amazing run. Well done!!!!

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  367. I like the new discussion format! Cracking guests, with much wisdom and deep thoughts coming through.

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  368. I really do like that discussion format. Last month too. A nice mix with the stories, which you must keep doing. This is the only place I and my extended family go for good honest content with meaning 🙂

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  369. Lovely again. How Exodus gets their hard earned edge in caring for the homeless is quite clear. And always words of wisdom form you Bill of course.

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  370. Gifts in Kind is a really good idea. How much do all of us waste in simply getting fatter and richer. Always something sharp on your website Rev that prods at the conscience. Nice chat with Father Bob too. Well done.

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  371. I may be simple but I really love the little details on your conversation set. AS I listen to Bill and the others talk I look around…..the ship, the car, the plane, the lighthouse, the old book. Important issues too!!! Just a really lovely set…..and change of pace from the hard core stories. I perfect match!

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  372. Memories of the great depression. Yes as my father often told me, people were kinder to each other. The basic values of life. Friendship, family, food and sometimes God. This greedy society has much to learn from the Great Depression.

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  373. Hoooooraaaaah for Eve Cox and hooooorah for the discussion format. Fabulous!!!!:)

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  374. The Depression yes! Why don’t our children learn more about how tough things really were. We came out from Italy with nothing! Nothing! We turned vegetables into a fortune. Now our kids just want to take it easy. And they’ve hardly worked a day in their lifes. Fat and lazy. I am ashamed!

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  375. Is it Xmas already? Yikes! Good to see your still doing your lunch Bill and I hope these stories are still going on. Good watching over the hols. Seasons best to you all 🙂

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  376. Sorry folks. Been away for a while. Another fine Episode I see. The standard still has high as ever. Now I’ll catch up on some of the archives. What a treasure!

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  377. Me and the gang are looking forward to a holiday season of going through your archives. What a treasure trove!!!

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  378. Wow! An amazing lot of stories. Again! How you guys keep up the energy and the stories and the variety and the issues is incredible. If only every day TV was the same. One day maybe. One day.

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  379. A very impressive episode. From the pictures on first opening to the depth of the stories. Sill setting a very high standard after all this time. Excellent.

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  380. Your continued support for indig issues is much appreciated rev Bill. A great spokesman to in uncle Ray. You and this show have a big following out hyere. BT.

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  381. $30 million for indigenous services? I agree Ray! Most of it goes on white Land Cruisers, flights, accommodation and entertainment to second hand failed social services beaurocrats from Scotland!!!!

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  382. Father Ray real has it right. Give us the funds direct not whitys sittig in office. what would they know!!!

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  383. That Glen does a real good job. I know unc Matt from Nowra. he was going not good. NOw hes real proud. Me to.

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  384. Yes Christmas is almost here. And you are still there for quality viewing over a very silly TV season. Greetings all.

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  385. There has got to be a better way! That’s scared you didn’t it. I mean there’s got to be a way for your stories to get on TV. On the other hand don’t! They’d only change them and spoil them. Keep doing exactly what your doing! Merry Xmas all.

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  386. Well what a stinker of a night that was. Watched a lot of your archives. Great to have forever. That new chat format works for a nice change too. Keep it up.

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  387. Well I love it. All the TV shows that have come and gone and you’re still plowing along. Congratulations on a job well done. Merry Christmas all.

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  388. Merry Christmas to you all. Have a beautiful day sharing it with our Lord. Blessings.

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  389. Thank golly you are here over summer. How about Mary and her childhood on the missions! Tragic and heroic in same breath. The discussion is fabulous……..and important! Merries 🙂

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  390. Well what a marvellous year for you Bill. Who knows how many you’ve helped and informed with these wonderful stories and insights. Looking forward to another year of heart felt gems. Thank you!!Rachael M.

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  391. Happy New Year all you merry Bill Crews Bloggers! You’ve all become great mates over the past few years on this great website. Here’s to a great 2018!!!

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  392. Just thought I’d check. Yep, you’re still going strong. And some great viewing to be had by all of us in the bush. Thank you!!!

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  393. Your thoughts on the true meaning of Christmas today are adorable Bill. Yes, we so often miss the point as to what being both human and spiritual is truly about. And the fellow in the cave? Amazing!!!

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  394. That Glen centre certainly does wonderful work for men needing recovery. I think we need some stories on what services are available for women. Not just for those escaping domestic violence, but the ravages of addiction. looking forward to seeing them.

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  395. Great holiday viewing. Well done! Thank you!

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  396. Well what a horrible sleepless humid night that was! Thank heavens for your stories. A lovely new set……And the archives! Well I never. Stories there on just about everything. Thank you Bill.

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  397. No wonder that fella is living in a cave in Nowra. Ice is a shocker down on the south coast. The rail line ends at Bomaderry. And so does hope!

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  398. Those recovery stories should be compulsory vewing in schools. That’s where the trouble starts and it can be nipped in the bud before bad behavious becomes the norm.

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  399. I agree Bill. What is the meaning of Christmas? It’s less religious that’s for sure. Just a good holiday for most. At least we’re fighting about it less. Thought provoking stories as usual mate. Thank you.

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  400. A year of Donald Trump and we’re still all here. Amazing! As is your website which is even more amazing. It represents the voice of those who really matter. Bless!!!

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  401. Happy Australia day all………..including the First Australians. Why not leave it on the same date but split it in two. The morning for recognising Indigenous Australia…..and the afternoon for a one in all in party for all us immigrants….from the First Fleet on 🙂

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  402. Just come back from Glenn rehab. great place and they show a lot of youre stories as part of rehab. Good that we can find them here to. thank you.

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  403. A lovely start to the year. The homeless story is just beautiful. As you say Bill, more said in a few pictures than thousands of words. May the rest of your year be just as powerful.

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  404. Ha! How cool is that Desmond! Escaping lectures with noise. I met lots of good men like him when I was in the Glen. A great place doing great work. Good stories. Onya!!

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  405. So Parliaments back in session. So what! All the real issues are here on your website Bill. The Martin Place story of lovely. So to the real point. Now words say a much. SB.

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  406. Just marvellous! I don’t catch them all but sure enough when I come back you’re there – with new stories – every month. You have to be congratulated. Have a great 2018. PK

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  407. Bill your Martin Place story is so majestic. Such dignity! It brought tears of gold to my eyes. And believe me I’ve seen it all. Bless.

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  408. Well I love these blogs. like a family. Hiya all! Rose is my fave 🙂 Hi sis 🙂

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  409. Ten years since Sorry Day and not a lot has changed. We thank you for your support with great stories that touch the hearts of all of us. David Leah is a big man with a bid message. More of him please!

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  410. A superb story on the homeless camp in Sydney. I passed it every day. Right in the heart of the finance sector. The reality of life etched hard as people in suits wondered by. Very moving. You have created a great tribute to the steely spine of humanity. Congrats!!!

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  411. Good morning to brand now day and a marvellous episode. Indeed a musical feast of whimsy. Pictures on the homeless certainly DO say a thousand words.

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  412. 25% less rough sleepers in Sydney this year they say. Next year 25% rise will now doubt be the headline. But rough sleepers are only 1% of the homeless. IE Without a home on the last census night. IE couch surfing, staying with friends or enemies etc. The only issue nowadays is housing affordability. Concentrate on that and all else follows. Macca.

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  413. Sorry I’m late folks. Family issues. Lovely stories this month thank you. looking forward to March stories and a cool Autumn.

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  414. Another nice episode thank you. Speaking of important issues have you done anything on LGBTQI? The Mardi Gras this weekend!!! I good time to start boys 🙂

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  415. Incredible clarity! Why indeed are the homeless the last to be consulted on the issues that directly effect them? Wouldn’t they be the ones with the solutions? Same mistake we still make with Indigenous issues. Ask them! Not beaurocrats who’ve never been beyond Bondi Beach! Keep up the good work.

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  416. David Leah is quite a star up here on the C Coast. He does many great things for the community and youth. A great example and worthwhile all your support. Thanks.

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  417. That glen centre and homeless stories are really good. nice to know someone is telling out story. Kyp.

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  418. It never ceases to amaze me how nothing is ever new. So North Korea and Donald Duck are soon to have pace talks eh? Let’s wait and see. One thing for sure, the real issues of life of real people such as those on your wonderful website will continue no matter what.

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  419. That Less is More story is truly inspiring. Sometimes it is too easy for those of us who have it too easy to understand the courage of people who fight back to improve their own lives and that of those around them.

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  420. The brothers and uncs who go to the Glenn say its real good and come back lots better. they put me on to this website and I tell others. spread the word. real good.

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  421. David Leah performs a lot up here on the coast. Small gifs bit a biiiig message. A real power. Good to see your supporting him. Give us more!!!

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  422. So now we’re about to have a world trade war. Power versus power. Rich versus rich. Meanwhile ordinary lives go on; the lives that you guys capture so well in this marvellous series. Keep up the great work.

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  423. That Jake story reminds on of how strong people are who taken on recovery. I know many and all have more power and dignity than average jo blo mowing his lawn or grinding his teeth 9in a traffic jam whole wishing he was somewhere else 🙂

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  424. Just caught up on this months. Fab stuff as usual. Bring on the next lot. Dunno how you do it but please keep on keeping on.

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  425. This episode has it all you say? It sure does! The rapper is great. The two gals in the van. Wow! Really, really, really good. Well done! Again!

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  426. A marvellous batch of stories. Just marvellous! I’ve seen MC Wire perform many times. A great soul with great words! BVM.

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  427. Love your website for us insomniacs 🙂 Kidding. Ni it really good. i go thrugh your arkives heeps. helps me no im not alone

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  428. The 2 gals in the caravan are marvellous! Those of us older women who have little super and with a public housing wait of 20 years a caravan will be just about our only choice. But even they costs a lot to buy and maintain. What is going to happen to us all!!!!

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  429. An important episode. Again! When will this show ever be on TV? Yet, maybe not. All the integrity would be swamped by the demand for ratings. And people are watching more online now than ever anyway. So keep doing what you do. For ever!!!

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    • I agree. An excellent set of stories. Getting better all the time. Congrats to all involved. AR

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  430. Those two fine women living in the caravan really tells it the way it is for so many of us females who inherited nothing, got nothing out of a failed marriage and earned little super because in between having children got paid lots less than men. A huge crisis just beginning!!!!!

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  431. The variety of your stories is lovely. My fave this month was MC Wire. So much our indigenous brothers and sisters contribute to society. At the Glen too xx

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  432. Less is More for sure. The wisdom that comes from many of your interviewees is born from struggle. Perhaps without struggle there is no wisdom. DB

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  433. Just resting before the Anzac march. Your videos are an inspiration and tribute to all who have lived loved and served this country. They show that we indeed care for all.

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  434. The two women living in the caravan certainly does ram home how we girls are battling while the rest of Australia celebrates rising home prices. Many of us will own our own home. Less working years. Lower wages. Less or no super. This is Australia’s real crisis!!!

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  435. Excellent. The segmented stories work wonderfully. Issues in depth rather than 60 second grabs on TV. Quality! Stay off TV is your best bet. That way you can run for years rather than 6 quick eps relying on flippant ratings. Stay right where you are.

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  436. I see you have Decendance coming up. What a coup for you! A lovely episode this month thank you. Really lovely. So glad you’re still here 🙂

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  437. The Glen stories keep on keeping on. And so they should. Best Rehab in the state. I know!

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  438. What a tragedy in West Australia. Blessings to the poor loving family. I look to your storys for hope and they always provide it. Blessings to you. May this show go on forever. So important.

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  439. Very good. Very good indeed!!!

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  440. Those Glen stories just keep on keeping on. They are the best rehab bar none on all of Australia not only for us indig but lots of white fellas too. A real family!!!

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  441. Adorable!!! Those too sisters living in the caravan! Takes a while to finally realize life is better and freeer without men eh? Love it!!

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  442. Wow! How cool are you guys. I haven’t been back for a while. Thought I’d see if you were still going. Are you!? What a great bunch of stories. Lotsa variety. Well done!!!

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  443. Another fab episode thank you. The variety you achieve is just marvellous! One can’t help but care and wonder at the same time….Are those kids on Social Security because there’s no other option? Or have they worked out that it’s better than a job at Bunnings? Maybe that’s why the basic wage needs to go up. To provide an incentive. Just a thought from a wrinkly. What would we know eh? 🙂

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  444. Klae has a lotto say eh? Good stories but Klae does not give the homeless cause much of a lift. Just get a job Klae and stop using tax payer’s hard earned money to loaf about. Problem or Genius? Idiot if you ask me.

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    • That’s rubbish Alex. Many of them (us) just go through lean times and the Welfare System has to be there. In fact New Start needs to be increased! Have you ever tried living on 35 bucks a day? Including rent?! Bet not.

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  445. Yep. The edge can be anywhere eh? Like the truckies. A nice change. Good variety. Indig dance story is a beaut. Keep it up.

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  446. Another lovely episode. I so look forward to each month and the wonderful stories you bring us Bill. And a look through the archives. Absolutely marvellous. The real Australia that prime time TV has no time for. Their loss eh?

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  447. I saw you and Mr Moss filming in King Cross on Saturday. You certainly do shoot lean. No wonder this wonderful website is still going. Good brain fodder stories this ep as usual. Good on both of you. PM

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  448. Well I love it. The contrast of stories this month is terrific. Don’t worry about the doubters, you lot really do deserve some sort of award. How many shows now? 42? How many TV shows get that far. Keep up the good work.

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  449. I have been following the ‘problem or genius’ stories with great interest. Indeed my son has ADHD bi polar and certainly a genius….but in ways that society doesn’t accept. We need to find a way to tap that genius and turn it into a productive force. Otherwise it turns the other way. Great series. Thank you.

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  450. How true that story is on the advertising guru. The industry is riddled with them. A dope when sober. A genius when drunk (sic). So many great minds fall by the wayside. Thanks for highlighting the issue.

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  451. I don’t believe it! Been OS for a while and never dreamed you’d still be going. What an effort! Well done. And the stories are still right up there and out there. Now I can just rug up and go through the Archives. Lovely!

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    • Agreed sis. The archives are the gold of this site. I hope the Gov is storing them as a true reflection of life in Aus here and now.

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  452. Wow! That new panel format is cool. You guys just keep raising the bar. So sad to see that Natasha passed. She’d still be proud to be in your stories though I bet. Bless 🙂

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  453. Another fine ep thank you. The Night Mayor? I saw him when it was on. Proud man. And yes being homeless doesn’t = being an angel. Great stuff!!!

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    • Agreed! Great ep!

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  454. That Klae has got to be kidding. As smart as you are mate get a job. Leave social benefits for those who need it. Good on you for bringing his perspective to our attention though.

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  455. Cool! Love the new link to Bills You Tube. A beautiful story. And Bill’s anecdote on this. More please 🙂

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    • Yes I found that link too Britt. Very good indeed.

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  456. The new panel format is excellent. Summer is a great host. Bill of course is quietly wonderful in taking the back seat. I like the way you get so much mileage out of your stories. Keep it up please.

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  457. You have important things to say Bill Crews and this is a great platform for your kind wisdom. We need more in the ilk of ‘Loving Kindness. Excellent.

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  458. I gotta say I’m a bit over those two boys from Nowra. I know you’ve got to bring it to our attention and good on you for being brave. But both of them genius or idiot should just get a job! Pure and simple. Love your work!!!

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    • Not fair David. They all have their different reasons for being where they are and they all deserve our help. This is a wealthy country. We can afford it for goodness sake.

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  459. That Summer Boag moves around. Last saw her on a TV car show. She’s good at this one. Precise questions. Obviously cares. Top panel too. A good move. I hope it works for her and you. You all deserve it. Jake.

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  460. Silly me. Sunday’s are my ‘edge’ days. I thought your next ep would be up but will have to be patient. Can’t come fast enough as far as I’m concerned. BTY I like the panel idea but looove your little stories Bill. It’s like being right there with you 🙂 AL

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  461. Well I love it. Month after month and still coming up with new ideas. The panel and Conversations are wonderful! And how about the wisdom of that homeless gent in the city. Indeed being homeless is not just living on the streets. Marvelous!

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    • Agreed Beryl. This site is unique! I’ve been following from the very start and thank Heavens it’s not on TV because it would only get 6 Eps then go to the graveyard. For a long term digital presence OnLINE is the place to be. Well done all!!

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  462. That Night Mayor story is outstanding!!! Lanz (who I have met) has great things to say. Yes. look around. The poor are not only on the streets. Wake up Australia!!!

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  463. Yes indeed the Kurdistan issue and those of the entire era are timeless. Revisiting the issue is proof. Conversations is a nice format. you should keep it. AR.

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  464. Why isn’t this show on television? It’s too good for television that’s why! Best kept secret in town full of quality surprises. The Panel and Conversation are a great addition. Keep it up!

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    • I agree William 🙂 And why does Australia all of a sudden care about the farmers and drought when there are real issues like the ones this website confronts that going on year in and year out.

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  465. Good morning 🙂 Well I love this site. The panel is terrific! The two boys at the Glen? Even better. Best rehab in Aus. Saved my marriage 🙂

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  466. Every Autumn is Homeless month and we hear all and sundry air their cares about issues that actually go on all year, year after year. This site cares all year, year after year. When all the others have changed interests and concerns you’ll still be caring. Well done. Be proud.

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  467. Up here at the Glen rehab right here right now and just wanted you to know that we all watch these storys lots and they do us a lot of good nowing were not only one out there with troubles. Thank you for great storys

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  468. At last Turnbull has gone. Now for Labour and more hollow words about helping those in need. At least you care. And DO good things.

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    • Maybe Stuart. Maybe. But I do feel that ScoMo might just be the circuit breaker between a bitter past and more caring future. Let’s hope so.

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  469. This sniping in politics has to stop! Enough is enough. If they don’t want to get on with the real issues fronting Australia at least you and we do. God Bless.

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