12 episodes

Everyone has stories. We all start with nothing and our stories end when we do. During the short time we have, we all do stuff and learn stuff we’d love to share. If only someone would ask - so I did. These are the stories of within 20 square blocks of where I live.

20 Square Blocks Ben Plazzer

    • Documentary

Everyone has stories. We all start with nothing and our stories end when we do. During the short time we have, we all do stuff and learn stuff we’d love to share. If only someone would ask - so I did. These are the stories of within 20 square blocks of where I live.

    The Gardens

    The Gardens

    Gardens provide us many things - flowers, fruit, weeds and at certain points in our lives, free therapy. I spoke with Kim Nolan, a member of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens about what the garden means to her and how, when we're at our most vulnerable, a beautiful garden can offer a peace and tranquility to help us to heal.

    • 15 min
    Sometimes You Won't

    Sometimes You Won't

    What happens when things start to go wrong -  all around you? I sat down with Chris and Lucy Frith and spoke about when they met, when they got married and how when things started to crumble, they  reevaluated and swivelled.

    • 18 min
    The Funky Turtles

    The Funky Turtles

    Moving from the UK to Australia in the mid 1960’s, an aspiring young drummer found himself living in Melbourne during the hey day of sharpies, rockers & mods. Geoff Hassall chatted to me about his love of music and what led to an unexpected yet...

    • 18 min
    The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers

    Ask anyone what Ballarat is known for and you’d probably hear gold, amazing architecture, freezing cold weather and pubs.Torquil Neilson, a former film and tv actor, spoke to me about hanging up his actors hat, moving to Ballarat and opening an intimate...

    • 21 min
    Truth Hurts

    Truth Hurts

    Katrina Hill is a talented performing artist, events manager, podcaster and registered celebrant. But more than that, as many of her friends can attest, Katrina is a truth seeker both on and off the stage.

    • 18 min
    Principal

    Principal

    Ghosts, Ned Kelly and Eureka are all a part of Dana Street Primary school’s history. I sat down with Paul Nolan, the former principal and asked him to tell us about his time there and what he learnt about it’s 160 year history. Find out about how, when...

    • 19 min

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