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Princely personal A380 plaything

■ Next time you’re about to get aboard that whopping A380 Airbus that seems to shade half the airport, and you’re told you are the 350th passenger to step inside – and that there are another 200 still to follow – give a thought to a Saudi Arabian prince who’ll soon have no need to worry about looking to see if he turns left or right for First or Business Class. Because he’s about to become the first person in the world to own his very own personal A380. A whole AU$363m worth from France’s Airbus Industrie, and which a British company is now outfitting for a further US$90m-odd with luxuries ranging from a lounge for live concerts, to a marble-lined Turkish bath, and a glass floor so he and guests can gaze down on whatever they are flying over. At a total cost of around AU$455m, it means the prince will be absolutely relaxed as he zooms off to places as far as 15,500km away – and with tanks sucking-up 320,000 litres of aviation fuel, not even having to think about stopping to refuel. (Which we guess is the old adage: if you can afford to buy such a plane in the first place, those litres should be the least of your concerns.) The Prince’s A380 would normally carry around 550 passengers in Economy, Business and First Class, with some airlines also having a fourth Premium Economy category as well,

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and others going for all-Economy into which to cram 853 backsides. But our Saudi prince won’t have to worry about such crass sharing in his plane: he and his family will indulge in five luxury suites complete with king-size beds, handmade rugs, private lounges, and ensuites with fullsize showers. And there’ll be First Class sleeper seats in private compartments for up to twenty business and other guests, lounging areas and a dining room … as well as a Prayer Room where computers will automatically always have prayer mats facing towards Mecca. A member of the Saudi Royal Family, the prince made his money – his personal wealth is said to be in the vicinity of AU$25-billion – from a lifetime of shrewd investments, including 50 per cent ownership of London’s Savoy Hotel, and a 7 per cent stake in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the largest outside the Murdoch family. And in truth he probably doesn’t think his purchase is all that unusual. Why would you when you already own your own customised Boeing 747, an Airbus A231 and a Hawker Siddeley HS125 mini-jet to get to that next meeting, more than 200 cars including Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and Ferraris for when you’re in a hurry on the ground in different parts of the world, and for holidays an 86m (280ft) mega motor-cruiser you can boast featured in the Bond movie Never Say Never Again (in which it was named Flying Saucer.) Guests who go aboard at regular airports will enter through a normal door that will open into a large Entrance Hall with a wide spiral staircase, and a lift if you don’t like stairs, going to the aircraft’s upper deck. Where permitted at others, that lift will descend through the belly of the aircraft onto the ground below – with a red carpet automatically unfurling, and bathed by floodlights at night so these guests will feel they’ve arrived at a Hollywood premiere. A fully-outfitted boardroom will boast screens showing real-time world markets, and a 12-place Perspex table will embrace touch screens built flat into it at every seat, plus internet and satellite phone… Down in the aircraft’s belly, empty cargo and luggage spaces are being turned into recreation zones including a Wellbeing Room with a “Magic Carpet” glass floor to stand on, or lounge around, to look down on the passing world below – with scents of forest and sea for added ambience. And a concert lounge will have a stage and baby grand piano … with the prince owning a number of entertainment companies, top artists will perform for family and guests. Finally a “garage” in the plane’s belly can take a Rolls Royce – and maybe on occasion the owner’s diamond-encrusted Ducati motorbike. Now, remember, you were number 350 going aboard your A380 for anything up to a 14hr flight – and there are another 200 still to follow behind you … Enjoy. - David Ellis

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CHAPTER X ORIGIN OF THE PERPETUAL ADORATION

However, this almost sepulchral parlor, of which we have sought to convey an idea, is a purely local trait which is not reproduced with the same severity in other convents. At the convent of the Rue du Temple, in particular, which belonged, in truth, to another order, the black shutters were replaced by brown curtains, and the parlor itself was a salon with a polished wood floor, whose windows were draped in white muslin curtains and whose walls admitted all sorts of frames, a portrait of a Benedictine nun with unveiled face, painted bouquets, and even the head of a Turk. It is in that garden of the Temple convent, that stood that famous chestnut-tree which was renowned as the finest and the largest in France, and which bore the reputation among the good people of the eighteenth century of being the father of all the chestnut trees of the realm. As we have said, this convent of the Temple was occupied by Benedictines of the Perpetual Adoration, Benedictines quite different from those who depended on Citeaux. This order of the Perpetual Adoration is not very ancient and does not go back more than two hundred years. In 1649 the holy sacrament was profaned on two occasions a few days apart, in two churches in Paris, at Saint–Sulpice and at Saint–Jean en Greve, a rare and frightful sacrilege which set the whole town in an uproar. M. the Prior and Vicar–General of Saint–Germain des Pres ordered a solemn procession of all his clergy, in which the Pope’s Nuncio officiated. But this expiation did not satisfy two sainted women, Madame Courtin, Marquise de Boucs, and the Comtesse de Chateauvieux. This outrage committed on “the most holy sacrament of the altar,” though but temporary, would not depart from these holy souls, and it seemed to them that it could only be extenuated by a “Perpetual Adoration” in some female monastery. Both of them, one in 1652, the other in 1653, made donations of notable sums to Mother Catherine de Bar, called of the Holy Sacrament, a Benedictine nun, for the purpose of founding, to this pious end, a monastery of the order of Saint–Benoit; the first permission for this foundation was given to Mother Catherine de Bar by M. de Metz, Abbe of Saint–Germain, “on condition that no woman could be received unless she contributed three hundred livres income, which amounts to six thousand livres, to the principal.” After the Abbe of Saint–Germain, the king accorded letterspatent; and all the rest, abbatial charter, and royal letters, was confirmed in 1654 by the Chamber of Accounts and the Parliament. Such is the origin of the legal consecration of the establishment of the Benedictines of the Perpetual Adoration of the Holy Sacrament at Paris. Their first convent was “a new building” in the Rue Cassette, out of the contributions of Mesdames de Boucs and de Chateauvieux. This order, as it will be seen, was not to be confounded with the Benedictine nuns of Citeaux. It mounted back to the Abbe of Saint–Germain des Pres, in the same manner that the ladies of the Sacred Heart go back to the general of the Jesuits, and the sisters of charity to the general of the Lazarists. It was also totally different from the Bernardines of the Petit–Picpus, whose interior we have just shown. In 1657, Pope Alexander VII. had authorized, by a special brief, the Bernardines of the Rue Petit–Picpus, to practise the Perpetual Adoration like the Benedictine nuns of the Holy Sacrament. But the two orders remained distinct none the less.

CHAPTER XI END OF THE PETIT-PICPUS At the beginning of the Restoration, the convent of the Petit–Picpus was in its decay; this forms a part of the general death of the order, which, after the eighteenth century, has been disappearing like all the religious orders. Contemplation is, like prayer, one of humanity’s needs; but, like everything which the Revolution touched, it will be transformed, and from being hostile to social progress, it will become favorable to it. The house of the Petit–Picpus was becoming rapidly depopulated. In 1840, the Little Convent had disappeared, the school had disappeared. There were no longer any old women, nor young girls; the first were dead, the latter had taken their departure. Volaverunt.

The rule of the Perpetual Adoration is so rigid in its nature that it alarms, vocations recoil before it, the order receives no recruits. In 1845, it still obtained lay-sisters here and there. But of professed nuns, none at all. Forty years ago, the nuns numbered nearly a hundred; fifteen years ago there were not more than twenty-eight of them. How many are there today? In 1847, the prioress was young, a sign that the circle of choice was restricted. She was not forty years old. In proportion as the number diminishes, the fatigue increases, the service of each becomes more painful; the moment could then be seen drawing near when there would be but a dozen bent and aching shoulders to bear the heavy rule of Saint–Benoit. The burden is implacable, and remains the same for the few as for the many. It weighs down, it crushes. Thus they die. At the period when the author of this book still lived in Paris, two died. One was twenty-five years old, the other twenty-three. This latter can say, like Julia Alpinula: “Hic jaceo. Vixi annos viginti et tres.” It is in consequence of this decay that the convent gave up the education of girls. We have not felt able to pass before this extraordinary house without entering it, and without introducing the minds which accompany us, and which are listening to our tale, to the profit of some, perchance, of the melancholy history of Jean Valjean. We have penetrated into this community, full of those old practices which seem so novel today. It is the closed garden, hortus conclusus. We have spoken of this singular place in detail, but with respect, in so far, at least, as detail and respect are compatible. We do not understand all, but we insult nothing. We are equally far removed from the hosanna of Joseph de Maistre, who wound up by anointing the executioner, and from the sneer of Voltaire, who even goes so far as to ridicule the cross. An illogical act on Voltaire’s part, we may remark, by the way; for Voltaire would have defended Jesus as he defended Calas; and even for those who deny superhuman incarnations, what does the crucifix represent? The assassinated sage. In this nineteenth century, the religious idea is undergoing a crisis. People are unlearning certain things, and they do well, provided that, while unlearning them they learn this: There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions. In the meantime, let us study things which are no more. It is necessary to know them, if only for the purpose of avoiding them. The counterfeits of the past assume false names, and gladly call themselves the future. This spectre, this past, is given to falsifying its own passport. Let us inform ourselves of the trap. Let us be on our guard. The past has a visage, superstition, and a mask, hypocrisy. Let us denounce the visage and let us tear off the mask. As for convents, they present a complex problem,— a question of civilization, which condemns them; a question of liberty, which protects them.

BOOK SEVENTH.— PARENTHESIS CHAPTER I THE CONVENT AS AN ABSTRACT IDEA This book is a drama, whose leading personage is the Infinite. Man is the second. Such being the case, and a convent having happened to be on our road, it has been our duty to enter it. Why? Because the convent, which is common to the Orient as well as to the Occident, to antiquity as well as to modern times, to paganism, to Buddhism, to Mahometanism, as well as to Christianity, is one of the optical apparatuses applied by man to the Infinite. This is not the place for enlarging disproportionately on certain ideas; nevertheless, while absolutely maintaining our reserves, our restrictions, and even our indignations, we must say that every time we encounter man in the Infinite, either well or ill understood, we feel ourselves overpowered with respect. There is, in the synagogue, in the mosque, in the pagoda, in the wigwam, a hideous side which we execrate, and a sublime side, which we adore. What a contemplation for the mind, and what endless food for thought, is the reverberation of God upon the human wall!

CHAPTER II THE CONVENT AS AN HISTORICAL FACT From the point of view of history, of reason, and of truth, monasticism is condemned. Monasteries, when they abound in a nation, are clogs in its circulation, cumbrous establishments, centres of idleness where centres of labor should exist. Monastic communities are to the great social community what the mistletoe is to the oak, what the wart is to the human body. Their prosperity and their fatness mean the impoverishment of the country. The monastic regime, good at the beginning of civilization, useful in the reduction of the brutal by the spiritual, is bad when peoples have reached their manhood. Moreover, when it becomes relaxed, and when it enters into its period of disorder, it becomes bad for the very reasons which rendered it salutary in its period of purity, because it still continues to set the example. Claustration has had its day. Cloisters, useful in the early education of modern civilization, have embarrassed its growth, and are injurious to its development. So far as institution and formation with relation to man are concerned, monasteries, which were good in the tenth century, questionable in the fifteenth, are detestable in the nineteenth. The leprosy of monasticism has gnawed nearly to a skeleton two wonderful nations, Italy and Spain; the one the light, the other the splendor of Europe for centuries; and, at the present day, these two illustrious peoples are but just beginning to convalesce, thanks to the healthy and vigorous hygiene of 1789 alone. The convent — the ancient female convent in particular, such as it still presents itself on the threshold of this century, in Italy, in Austria, in Spain — is one of the most sombre concretions of the Middle Ages. The cloister, that cloister, is the point of intersection of horrors. The Catholic cloister, properly speaking, is wholly filled with the black radiance of death. The Spanish convent is the most funereal of all. There rise, in obscurity, beneath vaults filled with gloom, beneath domes vague with shadow, massive altars of Babel, as high as cathedrals; there immense white crucifixes hang from chains in the dark; there are extended, all nude on the ebony, great Christs of ivory; more than bleeding,— bloody; hideous and magnificent, with their elbows displaying the bones, their kneepans showing their integuments, their wounds showing their flesh, crowned with silver thorns, nailed with nails of gold, with blood drops of rubies on their brows, and diamond tears in their eyes. The diamonds and rubies seem wet, and make veiled beings in the shadow below weep, their sides bruised with the hair shirt and their iron-tipped scourges, their breasts crushed with wicker hurdles, their knees excoriated with prayer; women who think themselves wives, spectres who think themselves seraphim. Do these women think? No. Have they any will? No. Do they love? No. Do they live? No. Their nerves have turned to bone; their bones have turned to stone. Their veil is of woven night. Their breath under their veil resembles the indescribably tragic respiration of death. The abbess, a spectre, sanctifies them and terrifies them. The immaculate one is there, and very fierce. Such are the ancient monasteries of Spain. Liars of terrible devotion, caverns of virgins, ferocious places. Catholic Spain is more Roman than Rome herself. The Spanish convent was, above all others, the Catholic convent. There was a flavor of the Orient about it. The archbishop, the kislaraga of heaven, locked up and kept watch over this seraglio of souls reserved for God. The nun was the odalisque, the priest was the eunuch. The fervent were chosen in dreams and possessed Christ. At night, the beautiful, nude young man descended from the cross and became the ecstasy of the cloistered one. Lofty walls guarded the mystic sultana, who had the crucified for her sultan, from all living distraction. A glance on the outer world was infidelity. The in pace replaced the leather sack. That which was cast into the sea in the East was thrown into the ground in the West. In both quarters, women wrung their hands; the waves for the first, the grave for the last; here the drowned, there the buried. Monstrous parallel. To-day the upholders of the past, unable to deny these things, have adopted the expedient of smiling at them. There has come into fashion a strange and easy manner of suppressing the rev-

elations of history, of invalidating the commentaries of philosophy, of eliding all embarrassing facts and all gloomy questions. A matter for declamations, say the clever. Declamations, repeat the foolish. Jean–Jacques a declaimer; Diderot a declaimer; Voltaire on Calas, Labarre, and Sirven, declaimers. I know not who has recently discovered that Tacitus was a declaimer, that Nero was a victim, and that pity is decidedly due to “that poor Holofernes.” Facts, however, are awkward things to disconcert, and they are obstinate. The author of this book has seen, with his own eyes, eight leagues distant from Brussels,— there are relics of the Middle Ages there which are attainable for everybody,— at the Abbey of Villers, the hole of the oubliettes, in the middle of the field which was formerly the courtyard of the cloister, and on the banks of the Thil, four stone dungeons, half under ground, half under the water. They were in pace. Each of these dungeons has the remains of an iron door, a vault, and a grated opening which, on the outside, is two feet above the level of the river, and on the inside, six feet above the level of the ground. Four feet of river flow past along the outside wall. The ground is always soaked. The occupant of the in pace had this wet soil for his bed. In one of these dungeons, there is a fragment of an iron necklet riveted to the wall; in another, there can be seen a square box made of four slabs of granite, too short for a person to lie down in, too low for him to stand upright in. A human being was put inside, with a coverlid of stone on top. This exists. It can be seen. It can be touched. These in pace, these dungeons, these iron hinges, these necklets, that lofty peep-hole on a level with the river’s current, that box of stone closed with a lid of granite like a tomb, with this difference, that the dead man here was a living being, that soil which is but mud, that vault hole, those oozing walls,— what declaimers!

CHAPTER III ON WHAT CONDITIONS ONE CAN RESPECT THE PAST Monasticism, such as it existed in Spain, and such as it still exists in Thibet, is a sort of phthisis for civilization. It stops life short. It simply depopulates. Claustration, castration. It has been the scourge of Europe. Add to this the violence so often done to the conscience, the forced vocations, feudalism bolstered up by the cloister, the right of the first-born pouring the excess of the family into monasticism, the ferocities of which we have just spoken, the in pace, the closed mouths, the walled-up brains, so many unfortunate minds placed in the dungeon of eternal vows, the taking of the habit, the interment of living souls. Add individual tortures to national degradations, and, whoever you may be, you will shudder before the frock and the veil,— those two winding-sheets of human devising. Nevertheless, at certain points and in certain places, in spite of philosophy, in spite of progress, the spirit of the cloister persists in the midst of the nineteenth century, and a singular ascetic recrudescence is, at this moment, astonishing the civilized world. The obstinacy of antiquated institutions in perpetuating themselves resembles the stubbornness of the rancid perfume which should claim our hair, the pretensions of the spoiled fish which should persist in being eaten, the persecution of the child’s garment which should insist on clothing the man, the tenderness of corpses which should return to embrace the living. “Ingrates!” says the garment, “I protected you in inclement weather. Why will you have nothing to do with me?” “I have just come from the deep sea,” says the fish. “I have been a rose,” says the perfume. “I have loved you,” says the corpse. “I have civilized you,” says the convent. To this there is but one reply: “In former days.” To dream of the indefinite prolongation of defunct things, and of the government of men by embalming, to restore dogmas in a bad condition, to regild shrines, to patch up cloisters, to rebless reliquaries, to refurnish superstitions, to revictual fanaticisms, to put new handles on holy water brushes and militarism, to reconstitute monasticism and militarism, to believe in the salvation of society by the multiplication of parasites, to force the past on the present,— this seems strange. Still, there are theorists who hold such theories. These theorists, who are in other respects people of intelligence, have a very - Continued on Page 58

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Observer Classic Books From Page 57 simple process; they apply to the past a glazing which they call social order, divine right, morality, family, the respect of elders, antique authority, sacred tradition, legitimacy, religion; and they go about shouting, “Look! take this, honest people.” This logic was known to the ancients. The soothsayers practise it. They rubbed a black heifer over with chalk, and said, “She is white, Bos cretatus.” As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it. Superstitions, bigotries, affected devotion, prejudices, those forms all forms as they are, are tenacious of life; they have teeth and nails in their smoke, and they must be clasped close, body to body, and war must be made on them, and that without truce; for it is one of the fatalities of humanity to be condemned to eternal combat with phantoms. It is difficult to seize darkness by the throat, and to hurl it to the earth. A convent in France, in the broad daylight of the nineteenth century, is a college of owls facing the light. A cloister, caught in the very act of asceticism, in the very heart of the city of ‘89 and of 1830 and of 1848, Rome blossoming out in Paris, is an anachronism. In ordinary times, in order to dissolve an anachronism and to cause it to vanish, one has only to make it spell out the date. But we are not in ordinary times. Let us fight. Let us fight, but let us make a distinction. The peculiar property of truth is never to commit excesses. What need has it of exaggeration? There is that which it is necessary to destroy, and there is that which it is simply necessary to elucidate and examine. What a force is kindly and serious examination! Let us not apply a flame where only a light is required. So, given the nineteenth century, we are opposed, as a general proposition, and among all peoples, in Asia as well as in Europe, in India as well as in Turkey, to ascetic claustration. Whoever says cloister, says marsh. Their putrescence is evident, their stagnation is unhealthy, their fermentation infects people with fever, and etiolates them; their multiplication becomes a plague of Egypt. We cannot think without affright of those lands where fakirs, bonzes, santons, Greek monks, marabouts, talapoins,

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and dervishes multiply even like swarms of vermin. This said, the religious question remains. This question has certain mysterious, almost formidable sides; may we be permitted to look at it fixedly.

CHAPTER IV THE CONVENT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF PRINCIPLES Men unite themselves and dwell in communities. By virtue of what right? By virtue of the right of association. They shut themselves up at home. By virtue of what right? By virtue of the right which every man has to open or shut his door. They do not come forth. By virtue of what right? By virtue of the right to go and come, which implies the right to remain at home. There, at home, what do they do? They speak in low tones; they drop their eyes; they toil. They renounce the world, towns, sensualities, pleasures, vanities, pride, interests. They are clothed in coarse woollen or coarse linen. Not one of them possesses in his own right anything whatever. On entering there, each one who was rich makes himself poor. What he has, he gives to all. He who was what is called noble, a gentleman and a lord, is the equal of him who was a peasant. The cell is identical for all. All undergo the same tonsure, wear the same frock, eat the same black bread, sleep on the same straw, die on the same ashes. The same sack on their backs, the same rope around their loins. If the decision has been to go barefoot, all go barefoot. There may be a prince among them; that prince is the same shadow as the rest. No titles. Even family names have disappeared. They bear only first names. All are bowed beneath the equality of baptismal names. They have dissolved the carnal family, and constituted in their community a spiritual family. They have no other relatives than all men. They succor the poor, they care for the sick. They elect those whom they obey. They call each other “my brother.” You stop me and exclaim, “But that is the ideal convent!” It is sufficient that it may be the possible convent, that I should take notice of it. Thence it results that, in the preceding book, I

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have spoken of a convent with respectful accents. The Middle Ages cast aside, Asia cast aside, the historical and political question held in reserve, from the purely philosophical point of view, outside the requirements of militant policy, on condition that the monastery shall be absolutely a voluntary matter and shall contain only consenting parties, I shall always consider a cloistered community with a certain attentive, and, in some respects, a deferential gravity. Wherever there is a community, there is a commune; where there is a commune, there is right. The monastery is the product of the formula: Equality, Fraternity. Oh! how grand is liberty! And what a splendid transfiguration! Liberty suffices to transform the monastery into a republic. Let us continue. But these men, or these women who are behind these four walls. They dress themselves in coarse woollen, they are equals, they call each other brothers, that is well; but they do something else? Yes. What? They gaze on the darkness, they kneel, and they clasp their hands. What does this signify?

CHAPTER V PRAYER They pray. To whom? To God. To pray to God,— what is the meaning of these words? Is there an infinite beyond us? Is that infinite there, inherent, permanent; necessarily substantial, since it is infinite; and because, if it lacked matter it would be bounded; necessarily intelligent, since it is infinite, and because, if it lacked intelligence, it would end there? Does this infinite awaken in us the idea of essence, while we can attribute to ourselves only the idea of existence? In other terms, is it not the absolute, of which we are only the relative? At the same time that there is an infinite without us, is there not an infinite within us? Are not these two infinites (what an alarming plural!) superposed, the one upon the other? Is not this second infinite, so to speak, subjacent to the

first? Is it not the latter’s mirror, reflection, echo, an abyss which is concentric with another abyss? Is this second infinity intelligent also? Does it think? Does it love? Does it will? If these two infinities are intelligent, each of them has a will principle, and there is an I in the upper infinity as there is an I in the lower infinity. The I below is the soul; the I on high is God. To place the infinity here below in contact, by the medium of thought, with the infinity on high, is called praying. Let us take nothing from the human mind; to suppress is bad. We must reform and transform. Certain faculties in man are directed towards the Unknown; thought, revery, prayer. The Unknown is an ocean. What is conscience? It is the compass of the Unknown. Thought, revery, prayer,— these are great and mysterious radiations. Let us respect them. Whither go these majestic irradiations of the soul? Into the shadow; that is to say, to the light. The grandeur of democracy is to disown nothing and to deny nothing of humanity. Close to the right of the man, beside it, at the least, there exists the right of the soul. To crush fanaticism and to venerate the infinite, such is the law. Let us not confine ourselves to prostrating ourselves before the tree of creation, and to the contemplation of its branches full of stars. We have a duty to labor over the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to adore the incomprehensible and reject the absurd, to admit, as an inexplicable fact, only what is necessary, to purify belief, to remove superstitions from above religion; to clear God of caterpillars. first? Is it not the latter’s mirror, reflection, echo, an abyss which is concentric with another abyss? Is this second infinity intelligent also? Does it think? Does it love? Does it will? If these two infinities are intelligent, each of them has a will principle, and there is an I in the upper infinity as there is an I in the lower infinity. The I below is the soul; the I on high is God. To place the infinity here below in contact, by the medium of thought, with the infinity on high, is called praying. Let us take nothing from the human mind; to suppress is bad. We must reform and transform. Certain faculties in man are directed towards the Unknown; thought, revery, prayer. The Unknown is an ocean. What is conscience? It is the compass of the Unknown. Thought, revery, prayer,— these are great and mysterious radiations. Let us respect them. ● To Be Continued Next Week

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PHILOSOPHER’S SCRAPBOOK A Morning Wish The sun has just risen on the morning of another day, the first day of a new year. What can I wish that this day, this year, may bring to me? Nothing that shall make the world or others poorer, nothing at the expense of other men, but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me, but touch me rather, as they pass and gather strength: A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends. A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel poorer, A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays, A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed. An understanding heart. A night of the eternal hills and unresting sea, and of something beautiful the hand of man has made, A sense of humour and the power to laugh, A little leisure with nothing to do, A few moments of quiet, silent meditation, The sense of the presence of God, And the. patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come. - W R Hunt

Careless I am more powerful than the combined armies of the world, I am more deadly than bullets and I have wrecked more homes than the mightiest siege guns, I massacre thousands and thousands of wage earners in a year, I lurk in unseen places and do most of my work silently, You are warned against me, but you heed not, I am relentless, I am everywhere, in the home, on the street, in the factory, at railroad crossings and on the sea, I bring sickness, degradation and death, and yet few seek to avoid me, I destroy, crush and maim; I give nothing but take all, I am your worst enemy, I am carelessness.

The Doctor And The Postman The doctor and the dustman are Our most important men by far. They both desire to keep disease at bay, Each in his own peculiar way. The dustman is preventative, he doesn't wait for dates, He gathers all the microbes up, which he incinerates. The doctor sort of waits about, And, when the microbe is inside us, He tries to get it out, The doctors would be wiser if they followed what the dustmen taught 'em, And then they'd seldom need a lock-the-stable-door post mortem We raise our hats to both of them, they certainly are just men, But still we wish our doctors were like prophylactic dustmen. - F. Oswald Barnett

Bitter Bread of Old Age (Written by an old pensioner in Cheltenham Home, Victoria) Old people do not always get a fair deal. There is a tremendous amount of sadness in old age, and old people who are not prosperous are the saddest figures in life. Sons and daughters get petulant with them when they have to keep them. They may not mean to be cruel. They may never say anything in words to show that the old folk are not wanted, but they do it in a thousand unspoken ways. The old are no longer important when they are dependent, and they are not re ferred to. Their opinion, being no longer necessary, is not asked. Their pride, if they are nice old people, is broken, and it is usually the nicest old people who have the cruellest children. They have given in to them all their lives, and they have given them of their best, and at the low tide of life have to seek a grudging sanctuary with them until the great call comes. Filial duty is at its worst in Australia at the present time. It is an era of disrespect, back-chat, of flouting the value.of the past, of jeering at conventions that have been won by a rigid adherence to principles of righteousness and clean living. Old people stand for all these things. If the children who despise them had had to go through the same hard school of life as their parents; if they had had to deny themselves little pleasures and do with out big ones; if

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they had had to maintain the appearances demanded of a past generation on small incomes and live meagrely that their children might have the best education and be always nicely clad they would not be so callous towards the old. They forget that children are the shares in which parents have sunk all their capital, and these parents have a right to see a return on their investment in their old age. It is a business proposition. No son or daughter should allow father or mother to feel in the way. No son or daughter should keep their parents out of their own active lives. No son or daughter should allow dependent parents to feel that the bread they eat is bitter bread, and, above all, no son or daughter should allow their parents to go shabby, for there is no

sight so pleasant as well-cared-for old people. Old people want very little. They are easily satisfied, they are easily chilled, and they are easily hurt. They know that they are not as swiftly moving as the modern world demands of them, but they should have all these chills and hurts lessened and their gentle pace made happy while they are here. When they go they will not return, and post mortem remorse for things left undone is the bitterest feeling to which men and women are heirs. Be kind and gentle and generous to your old' people. It will make you happier when your own age grows slower, and it is a good example to your children, who are absorbing all your ways of life, your habits and your attitude towards other people.

Girls who serve in shops To all the girls who serve in shops at Christmastide, Whose tempers are so sorely tried, But yet who never would give way to that, To all of you I lift my hat. The multitudes are milling in the giant stores, And all the little shops are crowded to the doors, Behind the counters there they stand, With aching feet, but willing hand, The girls who serve the foolish and the wise, You're really angels in disguise. Take me, for instance, just a normal, nervous man, Who has no Christmas shopping plan, With fear I pick a little shop And like a timid rabbit in I hop, A pleasant lass with titian hair, Behind the counter waits me there. She smiles at me, she has the knack, And blushing, I smile back. She sweetly says, "What can I do for you?" What can she do! "I have a wife and daughters four, A Mother and an Aunt next door." I said no more. "Your Mother first," said she, "How old now would you think she'd be?" I told her, and she started off, It is no wonder that my hat I doff, Before I knew it she had got, Enough to. satisfy the lot. I pranced away with joy, And felt I really was a clever boy. Then think of all the dear old Mums, Who are so pleased that Christmas comes But once a year They come in with an unshed tear, With aching feet That tramped all day from street to street

Old-age pensioner, sitting in the park, Of what are you thinking as you wait for the dark? Mingled with reality, maybe there's a dream Of days of sparkling joy and hope, passing like a stream. Just for a moment, your old eyes see A figure dance across the grass, with step light and free, A young and lovely maiden, with a gay coquettish smile, And your mind is full of beauty for a little while. But then your eighty years rush back and claim you once again, And bring a host of other woes, marching in their train; Your loneliness and poverty-your fear that no-one cares, For all you get are hard words, and cold, unfriendly stares. You can't cook a meal, and you can't have a bath, And if you boil a kettle, you'll incur someone's wrath, And yet your rent must still be paid, or else you know you'll find Yourself cast out upon the street, and the street is far from kind. Forgive us, old-age pensioner who will not see your plight, Pray that deep compassion may break o'er us like light, And for your life of struggling, the battle that you waged, May we give you some peace and love, now that you are aged. - Nancy Ewart

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And, what is worse, They mostly have a slender purse. Just watch this lovely, bright brunette, She knows just what to get, To do all the famed economists can't do, To make the humble shilling do the work of two. Mum's frowns depart, She leaves the brunette with a happy heart. I care not whether you be young or old,

Not half has ever yet been told. If we, with sensible intent, Persuaded you to represent us in our Parliament, You are so crammed with real goodwill, The world with rare unselfishness you'd fill, And we'd have war no more ; Oh girls, who serve the populace the way you do, Again I doff my hat to you. - F. Oswald Barnett

I shall but once pass through the walks of Life, And I must suffer human care and woe; Let me then move and bravely meet the foe, And with a sturdy heart encounter strife. If I should meet a pilgrim on the road Unhap'ly stricken by the Hand of Fate, Let me not pass aside, but pause, and wait, And make an effort to relieve his load. The time will come when I must pass away, And I must never live my life in vain, If I can right some comrade led astray, Or lighten some sad heart, relieve some pain, Or do some good, then let me act today, For I shall never pass this way again. - E. O’Driscoll

If with pleasure you are viewing, Any work a friend is doing, If you like him or you love him, tell him now; Don't withhold your approbation, Till the preacher make oration, And he lies with snowy lilacs on his brow: For, no matter how you shout it, He doesn't care a thing about it, He'll not know how many teardrops you have shed; So if you think some praise is due him, Now's the time to slip it to him, For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead. More than fame and more than money Is the comment kind and sunny, And the beauty, warm approval of a friend; For it gives to life a savour And it makes you stronger, braver, And it gives you heart and courage to the end; If he earns your praise, bestow it, If you like him, let him know it, Let the words of true encouragement be said; Do not wait till life is over, And he sleeps beneath the clover, For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead. - ‘The Scribe’

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For Remembrance Day: For What We Fought

A Prayer For All Mothers Our Father God, may the Altar Flowers be theirs today. Thou hast let them share with Thee in the mysterious labour of creation and entrusted them with an in destructible love resembling Thine Throughout all time, Thou hast taught them to bear the dread and agony of their life-giving task without complaint. Thou hast endowed them with living sympathy to understand childhood's foolish fears, flashing rages, dismaying greeds, and care less responses to costly devotion. At Thy Feet they have interpreted the mounting insubordination of their liberty-questing Sons and the smiling condescensions of their flowering Daughters, aware that each passing generation must quickly yield its sceptre to another in the cause of progress. We thank Thee for the valour displayed by Mothers in bewildered eras when the keepers of the house tremble. We rejoice in the prescience with which they discern new duties in new occasions. Hearten them, we beseech Thee; in these troubled times with faith-empowered poise may they soothe their children's unrest. Grant them the greatness of heart to glimpse a rescuing justice in the impending redistri bution of human privileges. Enable them to teach their ambitious sons that comfort for many is better than luxury for some. At this hour when, indignant over age old hypocrisies and long-sanctioned shams, the new generation clamours for truth and candour, make all Mothers keenly sensitive to the embarrassing de mands of integrity. Strengthen their passionate cries for peace. Re-assure them that all things work together for good in the lives of those who love Thee. And make their calmness ours . .. Amen. - Lloyd C Douglas

Prayer For The United Nations God of the free we pledge our hearts and lives today to the cause of all free man kind. Grant us victory over the tyrants who would enslave all free men and nations. Grant us faith and understanding to cherish all those who fight for freedom as if they were our brothers. Grant us brotherhood in hope and union not only for the space of this bitter war, but for the days to come which shall and must unite all the children of earth. Our earth is but a small star in the great universe. Yet of it we can make if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, un troubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, colour or theory. Grant us the courage and foreseeing to begin this task today that our children and our children's children may be proud of the name of man. The spirit of man has awakened and the soul of man has gone forth. Grant us the wisdom and the vision to comprehend the greatness of man's spirit that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal beyond his own brief span. Grant us honour for our dead who died in the faith, honour for our living who work and strive for the faith, redemption and security for all captive lands and people. Grant us pa tience with the deluded and pity for the betrayed. And grant us the skill and the valour that shall cleanse the world of oppression and the old base doctrine that the strong must eat the weak because they are strong. Yet most of all, grant us brotherhood, not of words, but of acts and deeds. We are all of us children of the earth - grant us that simple knowledge. If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed. If they hunger, we hunger. If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secure. Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace-that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, and equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best, not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march towards the clean world our hands can make. AMEN.

Grant unto us the peace on earth for which we fought, and the love of all men, and the quiet and peace of a new world - the soothing solace of that to which we belong, the peace of mind and body and of the familiar faces of those we love and the friends and peoples we know - the tranquillity of scenes from our past, the peace of the land of our birth. Grant that we may idle our days in those places, Among those faces; That we may roam again at leisure and at will, the green blue hills That reach up round our homes. To scent again the pungent sweetness of the bushlands, And to lie o'er a brackish stream and watch long eddies widen and break 'neath a shaded stone, To see again the glories of the fern, the regal rata, the winding clematis,

And to hear the songs of the birds. Grant comforts of a home, not big, not small, but that which we may know and love ; the crackling fire of a winter's night; the scented garden of a summer's eve. Let the paths of our leaders be guided by wisdom ; let there be a little riches for all, suffering and poverty for none. Let there be green-ness and ripeness on the lands, and let our sowers reap well. Let our cities hum with the noise of prosperity, and let them lie shaded and quiet at the end of the week. Grant that not again shall men be called to bear arms and that our sons be spared from walking in the valley of the shadow of death. And let us not forget at the setting of the sun, and in the mornings, Those who made this possible.

For The Fallen With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again, They sit no more at familiar tables at home, They have no lot in our labour of the day-time, They sleep beyond England's foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known, As the stars are known to the night. As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain, As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain. - Laurence Binyon

Shed thou no tears Shed thou no tears, This road they chose, this way of pain Was theirs, Who drank the cup of bitterness, And lie in alien soil, hungering For home. From fields wherein the streams of youth ran deep, They heard the far, clear call, And answered. Out from the quiet places and the gentle folk They knew and loved, and graciousness, They went, and questioned not. Thorns were their portion, and their end A lesser Calvary. .... Weep not for them. For they have gone beyond the Night, And found Quiet havens where the waters laughing run, And rest is given They sleep in fields of amaranth, flow'r crowned; And all their glory lights the hills Of Heaven. Shed thou no tears, For these high souls, in their last hour, Walked with Christ, and marvellously knew The joy and pain of sacrifice; and reached Their goal, as runners do, with swift, Drawn breath. Theirs was a wondrous way, who came, Down all the winds of turbulence, To keep, for you, this rendezvous With Death. .... Weep not for them. - "NX 65238"

England shall never die England shall never die. Her flag unfurled. Flies as God's symbol to a broken world, To crush a tyrant's power and tyranny, And raise a Throne of righteous liberty.

England shall never die. There shall arise A stronger race, bound with those mystic ties, The Fatherhood of God, to bind and seal The Brotherhood of Man, God's own ideal.

England shall never die. The ocean deep Bears on its bosom, those brave men who keep Her shores, lashed by the ocean's cease less spray: For those brave fearless men we humbly pray.

England shall never die. God holds her reins And in her fields, or peaceful country lanes, With autumn leaves over the green sward laid, God's soft voice speaks, as in cathedral shade.

England shall never die. Each restless wave Which guards her coast, would rise in wrath to save Her life, and hurl the spoiler back to Hell, That dark and deep abyss where Satan fell. England shall never die. All Empire veins Are centred in her mother breast - great skeins Of love, stronger than bands of steel, have grown To bind the Empire to the British Throne.

England shall never die. Though traitors link Themselves with Hell, Britain will never shrink From her God-given mission, to fulfil Upon this troubled world, His righteous will. England shall never die. Though seeds are sown By traitors' hands, one burning flame alone, Is ours, the flame of righteous Liberty, Despite our colours, creeds, diversity.

England shall never die. Above her Throne, There is a greater Throne-not hers alone, Superimposed, to guard and fend our coasts, He holds the Nation's scalesthe Lord of Hosts. England shall never die. By God's decree, The Union Jack, God's flag of liberty, Will always proudly float, on land and sea, The emblem of a true democracy. - Gillespie Douglas (Aboriginal Clergynman)

Spring Clean Now that Nature's waking up, And happy birds are preening, and housewives scurry round with brooms To start on their springcleaning. Don't you think it's time that you did some decorating To that dusty mind of yours, It's been a long time waiting ? Throw away the faded rags Of those old thoughts and worries; Time to lift your pecker up, Have done with fuss and flurries, Open all the windows wide And give your thoughts an airing, You'll be surprised to see how much Your ideas need repairing. Don't you think you might patch up That quarrel long outstanding, ad clear those grievances away, That clutter up the landing? When you have swept and mended, then I think you'll get my meaning; There's nothing makes you feel so fine As mind and heart springcleaning. - Hilary Poole

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SOUVENIR OPENS ON FEB. 20 By ASH LONG, Observer Editor

● Helen Noonan and Stephen McIntyre

Argo takes honours at SAG awards

● Ann Hathaway at last week’s SAG awards Photo courtesy: MTV News ■ The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held in Hollywood last week. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Argo Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Modern Family Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series: Julianne Moore , Game Change

■ Rehearsals start this week for Souvenir, a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins by Stephen Temperley, starring Helen Noonan and Stephen McIntyre, opening on February 20 at Chapel Off Chapel. CDP is presenting the Australian premiere of the play until March 10, followed immediately by a Sydney season. John Hay-Mackenzie tells us that Souvenir premiered on Broadway in 2007, winning a Tony nomination. The New York Daily News said it was hilarious and deeply touching. Souvenir is the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the so-called Diva of Din, society warbler and one of New York's most treasured and unique personalities of the 1940s. Written by Stephen Temperley and directed by Peter J Adams, it tells of the real-life collaboration between Mrs Jenkins and her accompanist and reluctant admirer, pianist Cosme McMoon. Who better to play Florence Foster Jenkins and her accomplished and gradually admiring accompanist than Helen Noonan and Stephen McIntyre? Helen Noonan has toured the world in Chamber Made Opera's Recital. Other roles have been as diverse as Dame Nellie Melba, Carlotta the neurotic diva in the Australian premiere season of The Phantom Of The Opera as well as several music theatre works written and created by Helen. Her latest triumph has been Voicing Emily in Melbourne and at the 2012 Port Fairy Festival. Stephen McIntyre is one of Australia's most eminent pianists and teachers. He has performed as concerto soloist with all the major Australian orchestras and he has accompanied many of the world's great singers and instrumentalists. Florence Foster Jenkins's name has long been synonymous with musical torture. A wealthy society eccentric suffering under the delusion that she was a great singer, she lived at New York's Ritz Carlton. Annual recitals in the ballroom there gained her many fans, who had to stuff handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter. Mrs Jenkins blissfully mistook this for cheers of approval. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. The climax of her career was a memorable concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out it two hours. Surviving recordings suggest that Jenkins may not have been the most vocally challenged singer of all time, but she certainly was the worst ever to play Carnegie Hall. Her accompanist McMoon at first regards their collaboration as little more than an easy way to pay his rent but, as he gets to know her, his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration then friendship and affection. The play takes a humourous look at the true meaning of music and the art of performing. Souvenir promises a funny yet charmingly beguiling night at the theatre. Venue: Chapel Off Chapel. Dates: February 20 to March 10. Tickets: $49, Concession $42. Groups of 6 or more $39. Bookings: 8290 7000, chapeloffchapel.com.au

Risque revelry ■ Club Spiegel, Melbourne’s pop-up venue The Famous Spiegeltent, is set to become the city’s night-time hotspot this summer. Located on Arts Centre Melbourne’s forecourt, which also includes the iconic W-Class Tram Bar and Curve Bar, Club Spiegel offers visitors late-night entertainment and risqué revelry on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm inside The Famous Spiegeltent from a revolving roster of special guests from circus, cabaret, theatre, burlesque and barnstorming bands. A place of adult-only humour and anything-goes anarchy, highlights of the raunchy Club Spiegel line-up include: ■ DJ Barry’s Organ Beats Explosion on Friday-Saturday (Feb. 8-9). ■ The Toot Toot Toots perform in Fri.-Sat., Feb. 22-23. ■ The Club Spiegel revelry will rock until dawn as part of Melbourne’s inaugural White Night Melbourne on Saturday February 23, an all-night celebration of arts and culture that is celebrated in 23 global cities. Part of the all-night line-up from 11pm – 7am.

Vika Bull to star in Etta James Story

● Vika Bull ■ At Last: The Etta James Story will premiere at The Athenaeum Theatre on the Tuiesday, February 19. Vika Bull will portray the late Etta James and sing her songs in this narrative concert. The career of the legendary American soul singer Etta James spanned almost 60 years. The story of her tragic life will be told in this production. Vika Bull has worked with many of the great stars during her career having sung alongside John Farnham, Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows and many others. I had the great pleasure of recording a radio interview with Vika Bull and we actually recorded Vika singing At Last accompanied by her Musical Director John McAll on keyboard. I have spoken to a lot of singers in my time but that is the first time an artist has actually performed live at an interview and I have got to say that Vika Bull is just sensational. Vika will be backed by The Essential R & B Band in At Last: The Etta James Story. Tickets can be booked via Ticketek and the show runs at the Athenaeum Theatre till March 3. - Kevin Trask Melbourne entertainer Silvie Paladino has just de nied that she will be moving overseas after earlier ★ announcing “Going to Germany for 18 months!” Helen Kapalos is featuring in Melbourne-based TV for the re-styled Today Tonight on Seven. ★promotions Singer Jim Keays has returned home after seven weeks in hospital, undergoing gruelling stem cell ★ therapy. He says he is unable to walk or eat at the moment, and is looking forward to be working in May-June.

Gong for local station ■ Kilmore community radio station, OKR-FM, won an Australia Day honour for its Young Presenters’ Quest. The station was recognised by the Mitchell Shire Council, winning the ‘Community Event of the Year’ prize. For the past five years the station has conducted a quest each March-April for young residents aged betwen 11 and 25. “This nominee encourage youth participation by the community radio sector and supported young people in planning, promoting, training and judging the presenters,” said Council spokeman Daniel Heiss.

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Melbourne People

● Donna Demaio and Dee Dee Dunleavy, both from 3AW

The Real Vegas Chippendale Lunch at Crown Melbourne

● Di Rolle with Adrianne Sarkozy from Inglis Thoroughbred Auctioneers

Real Vegas Chippendales

● Greta Donaldson and columnist Rita Panahi

■ Melbourne women are being warned to brace themselves for the inaugural tour of the real Chippendales direct from Las Vegas, which promises to offer a night of harmless fun.. The all-male dance troupe is best known for its exhilarating and exotic dancing performers, who take to the stage in a bow tie and shirt cuffs on an otherwise bare torso. The original Las Vegas Chippendales have never before performed in Australia. A Chippendale show is more like Broadway musical than a striptease. The Chippendales will appear at the Melbourne Convention Centre on March 16. Luckily, for Melburnians, the show coincides with the Grand Prix. Tickets are priced from $49 to $199. For tour details see www.facebook.com/chappendales or email info@ strongwoman.com .au To book online, go to www.moshtixs.com.au or call the team at Strongwoman on 9318 6957.

● Triple M's Lisa Hind and journalist Leah White

● Strongwomen: Nadia Sammartino, Sharon Waters and Cindy Born

● Billy Jeffrey, Tara Bishop of Crown Melbourne, David Abrams

● Claire McLennan, JD Pilz (The Merrywell host) and Nikki Obsourne

● Tracey Cheuk and Joanna Zhou

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Melbourne People

Aussie Millions at Crown Melbourne

● Laura Peric and Brook McLean

● Kirsty McBeth and Matthew Anderson

● Jessica and Tony Hachem

● Connie Mitchell of Sneaky Sound System

● Helen Cauchi and Jim Lee

● Grant Smilie

● Jackie and Jamie Glazier

● Tom Hall and Joe Hachem

● Kate Giouzellis, Helen Nolan, Natasha Stipanov

● Ash Long and Natalie Grosby

● Rebecca and Christian Vaughan

● Champagne Girl

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DOBE RECEIVES OAM

■ Music industry identity and member of The Bushwackers, Dobe Newton has been recognised for his service to the performing arts as an entertainer and advocate with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). Dobe has been involved with the iconic Australian band since 1972 as the front man, vocalist, dance caller and lagerphone player. Along with Bruce Woodley from The Seekers, he is also recognised as co-author of the iconic song, I Am Australian.

WOLFE BROTHERS DEBUT

■ Tasmanian band The Wolfe Brothers released their much anticipated debut album It's On at the recent Tamworth Country Music Festival. Since their runner-up prize in the 2012 Australia's Got Talent show on Channel 7, brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe along with Casey Kostiuk and Brodie Rainbird have burst well and truly into the national spotlight. The band have been signed to ABC music and are now part of Lee Kernaghan’s touring band.

SLOW BURN FOR BEN

■ Another artist to release his debut album is the fast rising Ben Ransom. Slow Burn is the eleven track recording from this father of two, and qualified anaesthetic nurse, who was a finalist in this years Tamworth Songwriters Awards held last month. Ben is also a graduate of the CMAA Academy of Country Music. More info at www.ransommusic.com

4 AWARDS FOR TROY

● Craig Huggins ■ Gold 104.3 host Craig Huggins has been in strife with tghe Australian Communications and Media Authority over a technical error in a show he presented. Whilst presenting his Gold 104.3 program, ‘Huggy’ also hosts the Weekdays show on 5DN Adelaide, by relay. His announcement that a Status Quo recording of Down, Down was actually an advertisement for Coles did not make it to air because of the glitch. The failure to identify the song as a commercial breached ACMArules. Australian Radio Network says it is upgrading its computer software to avoid the error re-occurring.

New bub for Dave Hughes

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McGowan remembers ● Guy Dobson ■ Guy Dobson, the Chief Content Officer at Southern Cross Austereo, is reportedly on an annual package of more than $1 million. Southern Cross Austereo operates Fox 101.9 and Triple M 101.5 in Melbourne.

McManus to Queensland

■ Nova 100 and The Project co-host Dave Hughes is a Dad for the third term. Wife Holly delivered an 8lb girl, who joins brother Rafferty (born April 2009) and Sadie (April 2011). Tommy Little took over the co-hosting at Nova with Kate Langbroek.

■ Troy Cassar-Daley was the big winner at this years Golden Guitar awards held in Tamworth on January 26. Song of the Year for Home, Single of the Year for Country Is, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year award for Home were all Troy’s. Other winners included Luke O'Shea, Graham Rodger, Tamara Stewart, Felicity Urquhart, Sara Storer, Camille and Stuie French and Victorian Pete Denahy who won Instrumental of the Year with his work, Yackandandah 1852. - Rob Foenander ● Dave Hughes

McManus was “let go” from the Perth station 6PR, part of the Fairfax Radio stable (a sister station to 3AW). He was signed in no time by the Queensland station. Greg Newman of Jocks Journal reports that amongst the comings-and-goings at Fairfax Radio is the departure of Brisbane presenter Paul J Turner. He was a longtime weekend presenter.

● Tony McManus ■ Former 3AW afternoon show host Tony McManus has been signed to present the breakfast radio show in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

■ A short excerpt of a radio conversation between Keith McGowan and John Laws was heard on The Train TV special aired on Foxtel to mark the 35th anniversary of the Granville train disaster. McGowan, now retired from 3AW Overnights, and who celebrates his 70th birthday on March 9, was a survivor of the horror incident in which 83 people were killed. Keith lived at Katoomba and travelled by train daily to the 2UW studios where he presented the afternoon program, following the Laws morning show. The TV program was produced by Graham McNeice and voiced by Brian Henderson.

● Keith McGowan

PM, Abbott on Smooth FM

■ Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott each hosted their own radio shows on Smooth 91.5 FM over the Australia Day weekend.

Station drops Peter Ford

● Peter Ford ■ Popular 3AW showbiz reporter Peter Ford has been dumped from sister station 2UE in Sydney. Ford quickly found a new NSW radio home. Ford lost his Sydney position immediately after 3AW Program Director Clark Forbes took over as National Content Director for all Fairfax Radio stations. Forbes had tried to drop Ford from 3AW’s breakfast program previously, but co-host Ross Stevenson is thought to have intervened, and the decision was reversed. Ford is far from bitter: “I had a great run in there - about 24 years - no complaints from me.” He broadcasts reports on more than 40 radio stations across Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne

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■ Former US President Ronald Reagan was born in 1911. He died aged 93 in 2004. Former Victorian RSL President Bruce Ruxton was born in 1926. He died last year aged 85. Reggae singer Bob Marley was born in 1945. He died aged 36 in 1981.

■ Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen in Superman, is 80. He was born in Los Angeles (1933). French author Jules Verne was born in 1828. He died aged 77 in 1905. Radio man Jack Davey was born in 1910. He died in 1959, aged 49.

■ Broadcaster Derryn Hinch was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, in 1944 (69). Cricketer Glenn McGrath was born in Dubbo in 1970 (43). Singer Michael Buble was born in British Columbia in 1975 (38). Sir Charles KingsfordSmith was born in 1897. He died aged 37 in 1935

■ Golfer Greg Norman was born in Mt Isa in 1955 (59). Actor Peter Allen (Woolnough) was born in Tenterfield in 1944. He died aged 48 in 1992. Comedian and actor Jimmy Durante was born in New Tork in 1895. He died aged 92 in 1986.

■ Singer Chad (Chadwick Morgan) was born in Wondai, Queensland, in 1933 (80). Singer Gene Vincent was born as Vincent Eugene Craddock in 1935. He died aged 36 in 1971. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 44 today. Surfer Kelly Slater is 41 today (1972).

■ TV doctor James Wright (John Knight) was born in Brisbane in 1927 (86). Abraham Lincoln, US President, was born in 1809. He died aged 56 in 1865. US actress Christina Ricci was born in California in 1980 (33) Scottish actress Annette Crosbie is 79.

■ Charles Dickens was born in Porstmouth, England, in 1812. He died aged 58 in 1870. Artist Sir Russell Drysdale was born in Sussex, England, in 1912. He died aged 69 in 1981. Actress Hattie Jacques was born in Kent, England, in 1924. . Country singer Garth Brooks is 51.

Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of the Birthday Bulletin for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates. Find out more at www.birthdaybulletin.com.au

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Observer TV, Radio, Theatre Showbiz Latest Melbourne show business news - without fear or favour The Spoiler REFRESHING RADIO Media Flashes

ShowBiz!

For Those Who Have Lost The Plot

Home and Away ■ 7.00pm. Weeknights. Channel 7. ■ Monday, February 4. Bianca agrees to fight for custody of Darcy with Heath, Maddy and Spencer run away and Celia reveals she returned money that she took. Bianca asks Liam for a divorce and Kyle starts work at Angelo's ■ Tuesday, February 5. Celia promises to get help for her gambling problem, Heath and Bianca meet with the social worker, but it doesn't go smoothly. Tamara returns to the Bay and has a run in with Sasha, and Casey kisses Tamara. ■ Wednesday, February 6. Sasha gets closure on her relationship with Casey, Dex defends Sasha and asks Casey to leave and Nelson messages Tamara. Jett locks Romeo in a shed in an attempt to get close to Indi. ■ Thursday, February 7. Jett sets up Gina, John and Rom eo, and faces the consequences when his plans fall apart. John and Jett bond after Jett suffers a broken heart from Indi's rejection. Meanwhile, Sid asks his family to stop trying so hard to include him. ■ Friday, February 8. Heath has his custody revoked, Kyle and Liam start a friendship, then Darcy is kidnapped by a mysterious man

● Russell Crowe ■ Habitual talkback radio station caller ‘Lindsey of Kew’ phoned 3AW prior to Christmas, saying that he was leaving Australia, and would probably not return. He told 3AW weekend presenter Alan Pearsall that it was probably his last-ever talkback call. Regular listeners say Lindsey returned to the AW airwaves, just like before, in January.

■ And what did we think of Russell Crowe as host of the second annual AACTA Awards on Channel 10 last Wednesday (Jan. 30). Perhaps it is a Melbourne thing, but Crowe is very-Sydney ... and doesn’t seem to make a natural audience connection. A bit like his appearance in Les Miserables, the movie.

● Lindsey of Kew

■ Nova 100 breakfast program co-host Kate Langbroek admits that she had a “crush” on MasterChef Professionals personality Marco Pierre White. White stars with Matt Preston in the Network 10 program. Kate regarded Marco’s rugged good ● Marco Pierre White looks, sultry voice, cooking ability and general brash demeanour, as winning points. One Nova listener Julie Hayes told the radio station’s website that Kate’s crush was justified: “Yes! He's certainly is to die for! I suggest Kate and everyone else read his autobiography. It’s a fantastic read that you won't want to put down. Its a must read. The Devil in the Kitchen.”

ACMI axes 17 jobs

Changes at nights

Ticket giveaway to Tubular Bells For 2 ■ The Melbourne Observer newspaper has five double pass giveaways to Tubular Bells For TwO to be staged at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Thje tickets are for the 9.15pm show on Friday, February 15. To enter, complete the the entry form on Page 10. Be quick. Entries will be drawn this Friday (Feb. 8).

Crush on TV’s Marco

■ John Blackman and Philip Brady recaptured the fun years of Nightline when they worked together on 3AW for four weeks over the summer break. Nightline and Remember When co-host Bruce Mansfield was ordered by the station to take four weeks accrued leave, after returning from accompanying a listener trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Blackman and Brady presented a relaxed fourhour program over the December-January period. ■ It was amusing to listen to Mansfield and Blackman paired for Friday’s edition of Nightline. Both wanted to be chief announcer.

● John Blackman and Philip Brady

Veritas

Melbourne’s Best TV-Radio Critic ● Murray Wilton ■ Four out of five radio tips in the Observer’s Melbourne Confidential section have come true. Despite denials by 3AW General Manger Shane Healy, Andrew McLaren did take his Overnight program nationally. Clark Forbes did widen his responsibilities as Content Director for Fairfax Radio. Nicole Bland did get her programming promotion at 3AW. And Bruce Mansfield was forced to take four weeks’ leave last month. The only rumour yet to come to fruition is that Nightline will be piped into other states.

■ The Melbourne Nightline program scores a rating of about 15 per cent of the available radio audience in the Victoria capital. In Sydney, the Fairfax station manages about half of that share at night. As predicted in the Observer, Sydney night-time presenter David Oldfield has left 2UE. In the short-term, he was replaced by Mike Jeffreys. He has since been replaced by Murray Wilton. Sydney station executives are fighting hard to stop any more Melbourne shows being relayed into the harbour city.

Ratings dip

■ Victoria’s ongoing summer bushfire days may have inadvertently given an answer to Channel 7 over its flagging audience ratings in Victoria. On a number of nights, Seven presented a onehour bulletin, dropping the Today Tonight show. Hosted by Peter Mitchell, and Jennifer Keyte, the 60-minute Seven bulletins had a tight feel, and looked the best for months. Today Tonight is now hosted by Helen Kapalos.

● Clark Forbes

Answer for 7

■ The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is cutting 17 full-time and casual jobs in a bid to balance its budget. ACMI, situated at Melbourne’s Federation Square, is also cuttingback on exhibitions and its school holiday programs. ACMI will close an hour earlier each day in a bid to contain costs. ACMI says visitors are spending less, and the Government had a freeze on operating grants. There will be only two exhibitions a year in the ACMI galleries.

Extra role for 3AW’s Simon ● Peter Mitchell

Lessons from Melb. ■ Melbourne radio woman Nicole Bland has been seconded to assist Sydney station 2UE launch its new breakfast program with Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Sarah Morice. Bland wasw formerly in charge of production of the 3AW breakfast show hosted by Ross Stevenson and John Burns. Bland is also taking on Program Director duties at 3AW.

● Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Sarah Morice

■ 3AW Nightline and Remember When producer Simon Owens has added another title to his job description. Simon has listed his designation as “Station Historian, Presenter, Producer” on e-mails. Owens has been comprehensively collecting memorabilia, and penning histories of station personalities including Happy Hammond, Denis Gibbons, John Masters and Jack Davey.

● Simon Owens

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Movies, DVDs With Jim Sherlock and Aaron Rourke Aaron Rourke writes: Welcome back everyone, and here's hoping that 2013 proves to be a great year for film. I hope all our readers had a warm and wonderful Christmas break, and saw in the New Year with good cheer.

CHARLES DURNING

February 28, 1923 - December 24, 2012

● Looper FILM: LOOPER: Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller/Sci-Fi. Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt. Year: 2012. Rating: MA15+. Running Time: 119 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: *** Verdict: A briskly entertaining science fiction yarn set in the year 2044 of a young man working for a group of killers called "Loopers" - who work for the mob and kill people who are sent blindfolded back in time from the year 2074 by their bosses, only this time he recognizes a victim as himself, and as he hesitates, it results in the escape of his older self. Pacing and a few pot holes offer little distraction, but it has enough thrills, action, and even a bit of romance, to fill in a couple of hours with satisfying results. FILM:

NIGHT GALLERY Season One: Episode: Steven Spielberg's EYES. Genre: Drama/Thriller/Fantasy/Anthology Series. Cast: Joan Crawford, Tom Bosley, Barry Sullivan, Rod Serling. Years: 1969. Rating: PG. Running Time: 50 Minutes an Episode. Format: DVD. Stars: **** Verdict: Legendary Twilight Zone creator and host Rod Serling followed his landmark anthology with Night Gallery, and though similar in format, each week we got a new tale represented by a painting in an old museum, and tales that have a darker, more horrific edge - But it is the pilot episode "Eyes", of a rich, heartless woman ('Joan Crawford' ) who has been blind from birth and blackmails a surgeon and a desperate man to give up his sight so she can see that remains the standout of the entire series, an episode that brought a young then unknown director Steven Spielberg to the attention of many, and set him on his now legendary path. FILM: GOODNIGHT, MR. TOM: Genre: Drama/War. Cast: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, William Armstrong. Year: 1998. Rating: PG. Running Time: 108 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: **** Verdict: Finally on DVD in Australia! The poignant and moving tale of an emotionally wounded and bitter elderly man in an English village at the outbreak of World War II who is forced under protest to take a painfully quiet and shy 10 year old boy evacuated from war ravaged London, only to reveal a horrific secret. A superb drama that is brought to vivid life with excellent performances by British stalwart John Thaw as the old man and Nick Robinson as the boy, aided by beautiful location filming and period detail, this is sure to touch those who see it.

■ I couldn't start this year without mentioning terrific character actor Charles Durning, who passed away on December 24, aged 89. One of the most popular and wellliked thespians in the business (he was certainly up there with Ernest Borgnine), Mr Durning created a number of memorable personas in several classic films. His personal life was also fascinating, surviving some of the most horrific incidents of WWII. Mr Durning was born in Highland Falls, New York on February 28 1923, the ninth of 10 children. Sadly, five of his siblings would die during childhood, from either smallpox or scarlet fever, and his Irish immigrant father, who was badly injured during WWI, died when Charles was only 12. At the age of 21, Mr Durning served with the 1st Infantry Division in WWII, and he was the only member of his unit to survive the first landing on Omaha Beach of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 (Durning was unable to talk about his war experiences until the mid 1990s). He was the second man off his barge, and first and third man were killed (the barge stopped too early, and when Durning leapt over the ramp, found himself in 60 feet of water with a 60-pound pack on, which he had to dump; by the time he reached shore, Durning had nothing, while he saw bodies lying everywhere). If his D-Day experiences weren't enough (he was shot in the hip and legs three days after landing), Mr Durning miraculously survived the infamous massacre at Malmedy, Belgium, where German SS troops slaughtered 88 American POWs, and it is a dark memory he always found hard to talk about. As one can see, Mr Durning lived an eventful life even before he turned to acting, a decision he made at a relatively late stage, but it would be a decision that would delight millions of movie goers around the world. After a handful of brief appearances in TV shows in the mid 1950s and early-mid 60s (his debut being You Are There in 1953), Mr Durning would work with master film-maker Brian De Palma in the dark satirical comedy Hi, Mom! (1970) (****), quickly followed by the under-rated drama The Pursuit Of Happiness (1971) (****), directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird). The film that brought Mr Durning a lot of attention was the Oscar-winning classic The Sting (1973) (****½), where he played corrupt cop Lt Snyder. This good-natured, cleverly written con-artist comedy starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford ensured that Mr Durning would be busy for the rest of his career. Alternating between TV (Madigan, All In The Family, Barnaby Jones, Baretta) and film (including De Palma's immensely suspenseful Hitchcock homage Sisters (1973) (****), Billy Wilder's variation on His Girl Friday, the enjoyable

The Front Page (1974) (***), his Oscar-worthy turn in Sidney Lumet's brilliant Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (*****), and Breakheart Pass (1975) (****), one of Charles Bronson's best films), Mr Durning was building up an impressive body of work. Other notable works include the under-appreciated cold-war thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) (****), directed by Robert Aldrich and is now finally available on BluRay in its complete 146-minute version; The Choirboys (1978) (**½), a loud, uneven, but intriguing black comedy again directed by Aldrich; The Fury (1978) (****), teaming up again with De Palma; An Enemy Of The People (1978) (**), one of Steve McQueen's last films; Tilt (1979) (***), as a pinball champion who battles a young Brooke Shields; The Muppet Movie (1979) (*****), a marvellous family film where he played the villain; North Dallas Forty (1979) (****½), starring Nick Nolte; When A Stranger Calls (1979) (***), a hit-andmiss horror/thriller with a tense opening 20 minutes; Attica (1980) (****), a gritty TV prison drama; The Final Countdown (1980) (***½), a very entertaining time-travel adventure starring Kirk Douglas, and inspired by the Japanese film G.I Samurai (1979); True Confessions (1981) (***½), a religious themed killer/thriller with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall; Dark Night Of The Scarecrows (1981) (***), a made-for-TV horror film; Sharky's Machine (1981) (****), a brutal cop drama directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, with Brian Keith, Bernie Casey and Henry Silva; the Burt Reynolds musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982) (***), where Mr Durning got to sing; Tootsie (1982) (***), starring Dustin Hoffman; To Be Or Not To Be (1983) (***), with Mel Brooks; Cop (1988) (***½), starring a typically intense James Woods; Cat Chaser (1989) (***), directed by Abel Ferrara; Dick Tracy (1990) (***), starring Warren Beatty; The Music Of Chance (1993) (****), a great lowkey thriller with James Spader; The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) (****), a charming film from the Coen Brothers; I.Q (1994) (***½), starring Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins; One Fine Day (1996) (****), with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer; Homicide : Life On The Streets (1998) (****½), an excellent cop TV series; Lakeboat (2000) (***½), written by David Mamet; O' Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) (***), again for the Coen Brothers; State And Main (2000) (**½), written and directed by Mamet; Everybody Loves Raymond (1998-2002, six episodes); Family Guy (***½) (several episodes providing the voice of Francis Griffin); and the highly acclaimed TV series Rescue Me (2004-2011) (****), where he played Denis Leary's father. Mr Durning's final completed project was Amazing Racer (2012), and was filming Scavenger Killers when he passed away. Another unique talent and screen presence that will be sadly missed. - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. DJANGO UNCHAINED. 2. LIFE OF PI. 3. THE IMPOSSIBLE. 4. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. 5. WRECK IT RALPH. 6. LES MISERABLES. 7. THIS IS 40. 8 GANGSTER SQUAD. 9. GUILT TRIP. 10. PARENTAL GUIDANCE. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: JANUARY 31: FLIGHT, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, ZERO DARK THIRTY. FEBRUARY 7: ELLES, HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, LINCOLN, MOVIE 43, WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, ABCD (ANY BODY CAN DANCE). THE DVD TOP RENTAL & SELLERS: 1. THE EXPENDABLES 2 [Action/ Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis]. 2. LOOPER [Action/Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt]. 3. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES [Action/Crime/Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy]. 4. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD [Drama/Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis]. 5. TED: Extended Edition [Comedy/Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane]. 6. MENTAL [Comedy/Drama/Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia]. 7. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA [Animated/Comedy]. 8. ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTIAL DRIFT [Animated/Comedy/Ray Romano, Denis Leary]. 9. MADAGASCAR 3: Europe's Most Wanted [Family/Animated]. 10. BRAVE [Family/Animated/Adventure/Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson]. Also: ARBITRAGE, THE WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, BAIT, LOCKOUT, THE BOURNE LEGACY, TOTAL RECALL, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, MOONRISE KINGDOM. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE WORDS [Drama/Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons]. RUBY SPARKS [Comedy/Annette Bening, Paul Dano]. THE POSSESSION [Horror/Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick]. PIXAR: SHORT FILMS COLLECTION - Volume 2. PIXAR: SHORT FILMS COLLECTION - Volumes 1 & 2. NEW & RE-RELEASE CLASSICS ON DVD HIGHLIGHTS: BUGSY [1991/Drama/Crime/Warren Beatty, Annette Bening]. HIGH ROAD TO CHINA [1983/ Action/Adventure/Tom Selleck]. GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM [1998/ Drama/John Thaw]. QUIZ SHOW [1994/Drama/Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro]. ONE EYED JACKS [Western/ Drama/Marlon Brando, Karl Malden]. Turn To Page 00

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Showbiz Flashbacks A star’s wedding that made headlines, 40 years ago

■ In 1973, Johnny Farnham was at his peak as a teen pop idol in Melbourne. Long before he became an adult contemporary singer, Farnham’s days in the spotlight started in 1964 as a singer with The Mavericks and Strings Unlimited. When he performed at Cohuna in 1967 with Bev Harrell, her boyfriend Darryl Sambell offered to become his manager. Farnham recorded an advertising jingle Susan Jones for Ansett ANA and was offered a solo record contract with EMI. His first commercially successful recording was a novelty song entitled Sadie (The Cleaning Lady). Pop magazine Go-Set ran a poll to determine the 'King of Pop' which was first won by Normie Rowe for 1967–1968. When TV Week sponsored the 'King of Pop' awards, readers forwarded their votes from coupons, and Farnham won the most popular male award and was crowned 'King of Pop' five consecutive times from 1969–1973. So when Ian Meldrum broke the story in Go-Set of the Farnham wedding, it was huge news ... especially when it was denied by Sambell and the bride-to-be.

THE FARNHAM WEDDING: DENIALS AND DRAMAS

■ When Melbourne-based pop magazine Go-Set lodged its advertising copy with radio station 3AK on February 1, 1973, it unleashed one of Australia’s biggest showbiz stories of the year. Go-Set columnist Ian Meldrum, now known universally as ‘Molly’, was breaking the story that ‘King of Pop’ Johnny Farnham was to marry his 17-year-old sweetheart Jillian Billman, a dancer. The 3AK newsroom got onto the story ... which was promptly denied

by bride-to-be Jill, and the pop star’s manager Darryl Sambell. Then followed a week of further denials and name-calling ... until GoSet Editor Ed Nimmervoll went to press with a copy of the wedding invitation, and Meldrum’s breathless 1000-word explanation, proving his claim. Meldrum, then 30, was making his name in the music industry as a producer, critic and journalist. It was long before the days of the familiar Stetson hat and Countdown.

● Johnny Farnham, as he was then known, and Jillian Billman tie the knot at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Glenroy, on April 18, 1973. When the couple arrived they were confronted by thousands of fans. Most of the adoring female fans hated Jillian and even tried to rip her dress when she walked past. After the wedding the Farnhams enjoyed their honeymoon on Brampton Island.

Most of his Go-Set work was typed up by his secretary, Glenys Long (no relation), with Meldrum pacing the office as he dictated. Meldrum explained that he had tried to contact Farnham six times before publishing the story. “I rang Jillian at her home in Glenroy nad asked if she had any objection to the story going into the paper. Jillian’s reply was that she didn’t mind at all.” Meldrum went to air on 3AK that he would stake his whole career on the accuracy of the story. A “rather fierce argument” erupted with Sambell who accused Molly of betraying a confidence. Later, Sambell “congratulated me on the story and then said he would made the story look ridiculous because he and John would deny any knowledge of any wedding”. “He also said that if there was any wedding, then it was off, because the Billman and Farnham families (were) feuding.” Meldrum’s report went on to say that he believed Sambell feared that any wedding reports might kill Farnham’s popularity with his female fans. He revealed that Jill had received death threats from some “twisted people”. Meldrum, in his trade-mark style, detailed the to-and-fro of arguments, confusion, drama and denials surrounding the story. Go-Set Editor Ed Nimmervoll wrote: “We have proved in this instance we are a responsible magazine ... always first and authoritative.” The wedding, originally scheduled as a double wedding with sister Judy and her fiancé Vincent Grech on March 29, finally went ahead on April 18. In 2011, Farnham told the Sydney Daily Telegraph of the day he first saw Jill: “The first time I saw Jill, I just knew. She was coming out of rehearsals at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. She had long hair and big eyes. I just thought, oh! And that was it.” He said it took him three months to get a kiss: “She thought I was gay, as most of the country did back then. I had a lot of gay fans. I was very lucky; they loved me to death.”

● Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum went to press with a copy of his invitation to Johnny Farnham’s wedding, after it was denied by his manager Darryl Sambell. Go Set’s original story was carried in the February 3 edition in 1973, 40 years ago.

● Jillian and John Farnham have only one photograph of their own from their wedding at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Glenroy, in 1973. The photographer that was hired disappeared after the ceremony ... negatives and all.

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Observer Showbiz ‘BUSYBODY’ BY PERIDOT THEATRE

● Glen Baker, Pat Alcock and Michael Knowles (seated) in Peridot Theatre's production of Busybody, opening on February 8 in Mt Waverley. ■ Peridot Theatre Inc. presents Jack Popplewell's comedy, Busybody, from February 8 to 23 at the Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley. Directed by Loretta Bishop, Busybody tells of Mrs Piper living in the basement of the office building that she cleans. One night whilst in the process of cleaning one of the offices, she discovers a dead body. The investigating officers, Superintendent Baxter and Sergeant Goddard try to get to the bottom of a series of events and murders, while Mrs Piper skilfully hinders the investigation as more bodies pop up all over the place. Evening performances commence at 8pm, with matinee performers on February 10, 16 February at 2pm and a twilight performance at 4pm on February 17. Tickets: $23/$20. Bookings: 1300 138 645 (toll free), 9898 9090 (mobiles), or email peridotboxoffice@yahoo.com.au

WILLIAMSTOWN LITTLE THEATRE

● Marianne Collopy in Williamstown Little Theatre's production of Talking Heads. Photo: Shirley Sydenham ■ Three of Alan Bennett's acclaimed Talking Heads monologues, fusing the comic and the tragic, can be seen at 2 Albert St, Williamstown until February 23, Tuesday to Saturday at 8.15pm and 5pm on Sunday. Presented by Williamstown Little Theatre and directed by Shirley Sydenham, the three monologues include Soldiering On, where Muriel 'soldiers on' after her husband's death as she adapts to reducing circumstances and the truth about her daughter's mental illness. A Bed Among the Lentils tells of the transformation of vicar's wife Susan from a social embarrassment to a paragon, and A Lady Of Letters tells of Irene writing letters to 'speak' her mind to remedy social ills she sees around her. Fate steps in when she writes one letter too many, and she discovers happiness in an unexpected way. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 9885 9678.

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Clare Bowditch at Music Festival ■ The Riverboats Music Festival returns to Echuca-Moama from February 15 to 17, with another line-up of great Australian artists. This unique weekend will include Australian music and locally sourced food and wine, amid the beautiful setting of the Murray River. The 2013 line-up includes Pete Murray, Clare Bowditch, Archie Roach, James Reyne, Tim Rogers, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Mia Dyson, Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes, Gossling, The Bombay Royale, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Better Than The Wizards and Talisa Jobe. The Riverboats Music Festival takes place on the banks of the Murray, close to the heart of Echuca’s historic port precinct. The artists perform in a stunning natural amphitheatre surrounded by ancient river red gums and paddle-steamers cruising along the river. With only a single stage, this festival is small and intimate, but with plenty of room to roll out a picnic rug, open a bottle of wine and not move all weekend. Once again, the Beechworth Bakery will be the location for the Official Festival Breakfast, which will take place on Sunday, February 17, from 9am – 11am on the top floor of the bakery, featuring live music, views over the Campaspe River and fine food. Festival Pass: $95. Day Pass: $50 riverboatsmusic.com.au

● Clare Bowditch

‘MURDERED TO DEATH’ SHOWS ■ The Basin Theatre Company presents Murdered To Death from February 15 to March 9 (Thursdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm, Sundays at 2.15pm) at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd, The Basin. Written by Peter Gordon and directed by Don Harwood, this hilarious spoof of the Agatha Christie genre is set in a country manor house in the 1930s. The play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds and his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house's owner. Tickets: $25 include complimentary parking, program, preshow sherries, tea/coffee at interval and supper with the cast after the show. Bookings: 1300 784 886 (between 7pm and 9pm) or www. thebasintheatre.org.au

● James McRae (left) as Bunting the butler, Chris Shaw (Inspector Pratt) Susan Carty (front left) (Margaret Craddock) and Judy Dingley (Mildred) in The Basin Theatre Company's production of Murdered To Death opening on February 15. Photo: Sally Larwood

● Melbourne playwright Paula J. Armstrong, whose play Katerina opens at Eltham Little Theatre on February 15. ■ Eltham Little Theatre presents Katerina, written by Paula J. Armstrong and directed by Sam Chappel, on February 15, 16, 21, 23, 28 and March 1,2 at 8pm and Sunday, February 24 at 2pm at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre. 1603 Main Rd, Research. When asked what inspired her to write Katerina, playwright Paula J. Armstrong said she felt there is a lack of modern day farces on the community theatre circuit. Paula said it got her wondering what a person would do if they found someone living in their cupboard. "And what would make a person let them stay there?" she said. "Especially if they were hiding from their wife." Paula says her main objective is to entertain and make it fun for the actors and crew. "It is a very busy play with 50 sound cues, many quick changes, fun props and costumes and special effects," says Paula. "I am so excited to be able to share Katerina with ELT audiences." Tickets: $22.50 full price, $17.50 concession. Bookings: 9437 1574. www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au

Auditions for MLOC Productions: Big The Musical ■ MLOC Productions: Big The Musical Information Night Thursday, February 7 at 8pm at the Parkdale Church Of Christ Hall, 174 Como Parade West, Parkdale. Director: Trish Carr. Musical Director: Geoff Earle. Choreographer: Keir Jasper. Auditions: February 12, 14, 16, 17 (Dance auditions and call-backs). Audition bookings: 9589 4912 www.mloc.org.au

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Observer Showbiz REVIEW: THE GIRAFFE’S UNCLE

Local Theatre With Cheryl Threadgold

‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’ SHOWS

● Martin Portus as eccentric writer Les Robinson, in Kieran Carroll's The Giraffe's Uncle (The Les Robinson Story) at La Mama Theatre. Photo: Cynthia Sciberras ■ The life of eccentric Sydney short story writer and freelance journalist Les Robinson, is explored in Kieran Carroll's latest play being presented at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. Titled The Giraffe's Uncle (The Les Robinson Story), this one-man comedy-drama has already enjoyed a critically acclaimed premiere in 2011 at Newtown Theatre, Sydney. Presented by Typefaster Productions and directed by Ron Hadley, the show opened last week to a full house. Les Robinson was part of Sydney's bohemian scene between the 1920s and 1960s, and his unconventional ways brought him notoriety. He refused to pay rent, living in derelict houses and caves around Sydney Harbour, writing, fishing and playing his gramophone on the rocks. Robinson was antisocial, but not so much anti-people. He was a contributor and cartoonist to The Bulletin and other early Australian works and his friends included Kenneth Slessor, Norman Lindsay, Douglas Stewart and the critic HM Green. Robinson's one and only short story collection, The Giraffe's Uncle, was published in 1933 and re-published recently by Angus and Robertson. Fortunately playwright Carroll found an earlier copy of Robinson's book to create his story for theatre audiences. This show is basically a one-hander, but the 1930s era is set beautifully by singer and composer Darryl Emmerson, whose songs include using Kenneth Slessor's poem Moving Day At Midnight' for lyrics, and The Woolloomooloo Lair. But more than that - Emmerson's knockabout, laid back style, with the haunted look of a man living in tough times, instantly transports the audience back in time. Les Robinson is played by Martin Portus, whose strong, energetic performance style engages his audience throughout the one hour show. Incredibly, former actor, Radio National arts broadcaster, journalist and theatre critic Portus has taken on this one-hander role after a 30-year absence from performing! Perhaps that helps explain the unaffected, down-to-earth believability of his portrayal of Robinson, the anti-social "cavedwelling fantasist". I felt as a small criticism that there is more 'telling' than 'showing' in the show. Perhaps because of being thoroughly immersed in Robinson's telling of his story, I wanted to see more action. Congratulations to Kieran Carroll and his team on bringing Robinson's story and some little-known Australian history to the stage. And ... bravo! to Martin Portus. Season: Until February 10 Times: Wed, Fri, Sun at 8.30pm; Thu, Sat at 6.30pm Venue: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton Tickets: $25 full, $15 concession Bookings: www.lamama.com.au or 9347 6142 - Cheryl Threadgold

FUND-RAISER AT RED HILL ■ Gypsy Serenade @ Poffs for a Russian-themed Valentine’s Day celebration will be held on Sunday (Feb. 10) at 12 Noon at 164 Arthur’s Seat Rd, Red Hill. Enjoy Russian cuisine and a live floor show, featuring Melbourne Opera mezzo soprano, Lucy Nicolson. Proceeds go to Focus Individualised Support Services. Cost: $110 per person (BYO). Bookings: 5987 0988 www.focuslife.com.au Cheryl Threadgold assembles news of shows and auditions at Victorian community theatre groups. The Observer does not charge groups for this publicity.

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■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: Arsenic and Old Lace Until February 16. Director: Scott Beaton. Enquiries: info@geelongrep.com.au ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: Talking Heads (by Alan Bennett. Until February 23 at 2 Albert Street, Williamstown. Evening performances 8.15pm, Tues to Sat, 5.00pm Sun. Director: Shirley Sydenham. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 9885 9678. ■ Brighton Theatre Company: The Female of the Species (by Joanna Murray-Smith), February 21 - March 9 at the Clocktower Theatre, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton. Director: Deborah Fabbro. Tickets: $20/$18. Bookings: 1300 752 126. Email: enquiries@brightontheatre.com.au ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: The Grand Manner (by A. R. Gurney) Until February 16 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale. Director: Judy Corderoy. Tickets: $24/ $22/$18. Bookings: 9587 5141. ■ Malvern Theatre Company: Death and the Maiden (by Ariel Dorfman) February 22 - March 9 at 29 Burke Road, East Malvern. Director: Kris Weber. Tickets: $20/$18. Bookings: 1300 131552 www.malverntheatre.com.au ■ Pep Productions: The Boys (by Gordon Graham) February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8.00pm at the Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Tickets: $22. Bookings: http:// www.trybooking.com/CFFW Email: pep.productions06@ gmail.com Warning: This production contains adult themes and offensive language. ■ The 1812 Theatre: The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, February 28 - March 23 at 3-5 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully. Tickets: $25. Bookings: 9758 3964 www.1812theatre.com.au

Fidelio

Not A Very Good Story

● Writer and performer May Jasper in Not A Very Good Story at La Mama Theatre until February 10. ■ Another first class one-hander play being performed at La Mama Theatre this week is Not A Very Good Story, written and performed by May Jasper. The uninspiring title is not too encouraging to theatregoers but, intrigued by the title's honesty, I wanted to learn more. Jasper's character Stephanie is real. A very credible person, who is hesitant, self-conscious, gets flustered and admits she is not a good story-teller. Stephanie's idosyncrasies include an hilarious focus on minutiae, where every tiny detail of a story is covered so minutely that the opening night audience was in hysterics. Flashing her wide, happy smile, Stephanie talks about her late shift at a call centre, showing plans of her work pod, chats about her workmates and her crush on the cleaner who worked in her office. Directed by Daniel Rice and produced by Erin Voth, this show has been inspired by the phenomenon of cancer clusters. No, Stephanie's story is not a very good one. It is however, one that needs to be told, and the endearing Stephanie is the perfect person to tell it. Stephanie ends up having risked everything to save the life of the person she loved, and we share her exasperation at the call centre manager's reluctance to conduct onsite tests. Just one directorial point - take care towards the end not to allow the telling of cancer-cluster related information to override Stephanie's story. May Jasper is a clever playwright and highly talented performer. This story should travel further for others to hear it too. It may not be a very good story, but I am very glad to have heard it. Performance Season: Until February 10 Times: Wed, Fri, Sun 6.30pm; Thu, Sat 8.30pm Venue: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton Tickets: $25 full, $15 concession Bookings: www.lamama.com.au or 9347 6142 - Cheryl Threadgold

SHOWS ■ Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG): The Merry Wives of Windsor (by William Shakespeare) February 21-23, February 28 - March 2 at 8.00pm, February 24, March 3 at 2.00pm at the Strathmore Community Centre, Cnr Loeman and Napier Streets., Strathmore. Director: Drew Mason. Tickets: $20/$15. Bookings: 9382 6284. www.stagtheatre.org/reservations

AUDITIONS ● Jason Wasley as Florestan in Melbourne Opera’s production of Fidelio. ■ Melbourne Opera presents Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 7.30pm at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne and on Saturday, March 2 at 8pm at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University. Fidelio tells the timeless and moving story of a woman’s devoted love of her husband through great adversity. Directed by Hugh Halliday, Melbourne Opera’s superb cast features Donna Maree Dunlop, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Steven Gallop, with a specially augmented Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra, all under the musical direction of international conductor Dr David Kram. The production is sung in English. Performance: Saturday, February 9, 7.30pm, Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. Bookings: www.melbourneopera.com Second Performance: Saturday, March 2 at 8.00pm, Alexander Theatre, Monash University. Bookings:www. monash. edu/mapa

■ PLOS Musical Productions: Shout! February 8, 9, 10, 11, Dance audition February 12, Recalls February 17 at the PLOS Shed, Cnr. Overport and Somerset Roads, Frankston. For further details please refer to www.plos.asn.au ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: 33 Variations (by Moises Kaufman) February 10 at 2.00pm, February 11 at 7.30pm. Director: Chris Baldock. Contact: 33variations@gmail.com ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Lost in Yonkers February 10 at 2.00pm, February 11 at 7.30pm at Bracken Hall, Wilson Street, Cheltenham. Director: Michaela Smith. Audition bookings: 0402 041 700. ■ Mooroolbark Theatre Company: Fish Out of Water (by Derek Benfield) August 21 at 7.00 pm. Director: Arline Myer. Bookings: 9726 4282 or mooroolbark_theatre_group@optusnet.com.au ■ Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG): The Merry Widows (by Cenarth Fox), February 25, 26 at 7.30pm. Director: Mel de Bono. Bookings: 9467 1502. ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: August: Osage County (by Tracy Lotts) February 24, 25 at 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. Director: Joan Moriarty. Audition bookings: 9459 3495.

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AIRPORT WEST, 3042. Airport West Newsagency. 53 McNamara Ave, Airport West. (03) 9338 3362. AIRPORT WEST, 3042. Airport West Nextra. Shop 73-74, Westfield Shoppingtown, Airport West. (03) 9330 4207. ALBERT PARK, 3206. Dundas Place Newsagency. 188A Bridport St, Albert Park. (03) 9690 5348. ALBURY, 2640. Albury Newsagency. ALTONA, 3018. Altona Newsagency. 84-86 Pier St, Altona. (03) 9398 2912. ALTONA EAST, 3025. East Altona Newsagency. 63 The Circle, Altona East. (03) 9391 3316. ALTONA MEADOWS, 3028. Central Square Newsagency, 1 Central Ave, Altona Ameadows. (03) 9315 8022. ALTONA NORTH, 3025. Alrona North Newsagency. 22 Borrack Sq, Altona North. (03) 9391 2291. ARMADALE, 3143. Highdale Newsagency. Shop 1, 969 High St, Armadale. (03) 9822 7789. ASCOT VALE, 3032. Ascot Vale Newsagency. 208 Union Rd, Ascot Vale. (03) 9370 6485. ASCOT VALE, 3032. Ascot Lotto & News. 217 Ascot Vale Rd, Ascot Vale. (03) 9370 8558. ASHBURTON, 3147. Ashburton Newsagency. 209 High St, Ashburton. (03) 9885 2128. ASHWOOD, 3147. Ashwood Newsagency. 503 Warrigal Rd, Ashwood. (03) 9885 4662. ASPENDALE, 3195. Aspendale Newsagency. 129 Station St, Aspendale. (03) 9580 6967. AUBURN, 3123. See Hawthorn East. AVONDALE HEIGHTS, 3034. Avondale Heights Newsagency. 5 Military Rd, Avondale Heights. (03) 9317 8274. BACCHUS MARSH, 3340. Bacchus Marsh Newsagency. 138 Main St. (03) 5367 2961. BALACLAVA, 3183. Carlisle Newsagency. 272 Carlisle St, Balaclava. (03) 9593 9111. BALLAN, 3342. Ballan Newsagency. 133 Ingles St, Ballan. (03) 5368 1115. BALLARAT, 3350. Bridge Mall Newsagency. 6870 Bridge Mall, Ballarat. (03) 5331 3352. BALLARAT, 3350. NewsXPress Ballarat. Shop 20, Central Square, Ballarat. (03) 5333 4700. BALLARAT, 3350. Williams Newsagency. 917 Sturt St, Ballarat. (03) 5332 2369. BALWYN, 3103. Balwyn Newsagency. 413 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn. (03) 9836 4206. BALWYN, 3103. Belmore Newsagency. 338 Belmore Rd, Balwyn. (03) 9857 9729. BALWYN, 3103. Yooralla Newsagency. 247B Belmore Rd, Balwyn. (03) 9859 8285. BALWYN NORTH, 3104. Burkemore Newsagency. 1060 Burke Rd, Balwyn North. (03) 9817 3472. BALWYN NORTH, 3104. Greythorn Newsagency. 272 Doncaster Rd, Balwyn North. (03) 9857 9894. BALWYN NORTH, 3104. North Balwyn Newsagency. 77 Doncaster Rd, North Balwyn. (03) 9859 1983. BANNOCKBURN, 3331. Bannockburn Newsagency. (03) 5281 1625. BARWON HEADS, 3227. Barwon Heads Newsagency. 43 Hitchcock St, Barwon Heads. (03) 5254 2260. BATMAN. Batman Newsagency. (03) 9354 1269. BAYSWATER, 3153. Bayswater Authorised Newsagency. Shop 21, Bayswater Village. (03) 9729 1773. BELGRAVE, 3160. Belgrave Newsagency. 1704 Burwood Hwy. (03) 9754 2429. BELL PARK, 3215. Bell Park Newsagency. 21-23 Milton St, Bell Park. (03) 5278 4032. BELMONT, 3216. Belmont Newsagency. 132A High St. (03) 5243 1385. BENNETTSWOOD, 3125. Bennetswood Newsagency. 79 Station St, Bennettswood. (03) 9808 3391. BENTLEIGH, 3204. Central Bentleigh Newsagency. 395 Centre Rd, Bentleigh. (03) 9557 1453. BENTLEIGH EAST, 3165. Centrefield Newsagency. 939 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East. (03) 9563 7607. BENTLEIGH EAST, 3165. Chesterville Newsagency. 299 Chesterville Rd, Bentleigh East. (03) 9570 1983. BENTLEIGH EAST, 3165. East Bentleigh Tatts & News. (03) 9570 5951. BERWICK, 3806. Berwick Newsagency. 29-31 High St, Berwick. (03) 9707 1311. BLACK ROCK, 3193. Black Rock Newsagency. 606 Balcombe Rd. (03) 9589 4266. BLACKBURN, 3130. Blackburn Newsagency. 116 South Pde, Blackburn. (03) 9878 0101. BLACKBURN SOUTH, 3130. Blackburn South Newsagency. 108 Canterbury Rd, Blackburn South. (03) 9877 2110. BORONIA, 3155. Boronia Village Newsagency. Shop 22A, 163 Boronia Rd, Boronia. (03) 9762 3464. BOX HILL, 3128. Newsline Newsagency. Shop 70, Box Hill Central. (03) 9890 2217. BOX HILL, 3128. Whitehorse Plaza Newsagency. G35, Centro Shopping Plaza, Box Hill. Phone: (03) 9899 0593. BOX HILL NORTH, 3129. Kerrimuir Newsagency. 515 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill North. (03) 9898 1450. BOX HILL SOUTH, 3128. Box Hill South Newsagency. 870 Canterbury Rd, Box Hill South. (03) 9890 6481. BOX HILL SOUTH, 3128. Wattle Park Newsagency. 164A Elgar Rd, Box Hill South. (03) 9808 1614. BRIAR HILL, 3088. Briar Hill Newsagency. 111 Mountain View Rd, Briar Hill. (03) 9435 1069. BRIGHTON, 3186. Gardenvale Newsagency. 168 Martin St, Brighton. (03) 9596 7566. BRIGHTON EAST, 3187. Highway Newsagency. 765B Hawthorn Rd, Brighton East. (03) 9592 2054. BRIGHTON EAST, 3187. East Brighton Newsagency. 613 Hampton St, Brighton. (03) 9592 2029. BRIGHTON NORTH, 3186. North Brighton Authorised Newsagency. 324 Bay St, North Brighton. (03) 9596 4548. BRUNSWICK, 3056. Lygon Authorised Newsagency. (03) 9387 4929. BRUNSWICK WEST, 3055. Melville Newsagency. 418 Moreland Rd, West Brunswick. (03) 9386 3300. BRUNSWICK WEST, 3055. Theresa Newsagency. 34 Grantham St, Brunswick West. (03) 9380 8806. BULLEEN, 3105. Bulleen Plaza Newsagency. Shop 29, Bulleen Plaza. (03) 9850 5521. BULLEEN, 3105. Thompsons Road Newsagency. 123A Thompsons Rd, Bulleen. (03) 9850 1882.

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BUNDOORA, 3083. Bundoora Centre Newsagency. Shop 3, 39 Plenty Rd, Bundoora. (03) 9467 1351. BUNDOORA, 3083. Bundoora Newsagency. 1268 Plenty Rd, Bundoora. (03) 9467 2138. BUNYIP, 3815. Bunyip Newsagency. (03) 5629 6111. BURNLEY, 3121. Burnley Newsagency. 375 Burnley St, Burnley. (03) 9428 1669. BURWOOD EAST, 3151. East Burwood Newsagency. 16 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East. (03) 9808 7284. CAMBERWELL, 3124. Burke Road Newsagency. (03) 9882 3671. CAMBERWELL, 3124. Burwood Newsagency. 1394 Toorak Rd, Camberwell. (03) 9889 4155. CAMBERWELL, 3124. Camberwell Centre Newsagency. 628 Burke Rd, Camberwell. (03) 9882 4083. CAMBERWELL, 3124. Camberwell Market Newsagency. 513 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell. (03) 9813 3799. CAMBERWELL, 3124. Zantuck Newsagency. 732 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell. (03) 9836 4953. CAMBERWELL EAST, 3124. East Camberwell Newsagency. 188 Through Rd, Camberwell. (03) 9836 2495. CANTERBURY, 3126. Canterbury Newsagency. 104 Maling Rd. (03) 9836 2130. CARISBROOK, 3464. Carisbrook Newsagency. (03) 5464 2293. CARLTON, 3053. Lygon Authorised Newsagency. 260 Lygon St, Carlton. (03) 9663 6193. CARLTON NORTH, 3054. Princes Hill Newsagency. 607 Lygon St, Carlton North. (03) 9380 1419. CARLTON NORTH, 3054. Rathdowne Newsagency. 410 Rathdowne St, Carlton North. (03) 9347 2630. CARNEGIE, 3163. Carnegie Newsagency. 58 Koornang Rd, Carnegie. (03) 9568 5256. CARNEGIE, 3163. Patterson Newsagency. (03) 9557 5794. CARNEGIE, 3163. Southern Distribution & Delivery Service. 669 North Rd, Carnegie. (03) 9576 7044. CARRUM, 3197. Carrum Newsagency. 514 Station St, Carrum. (03) 9772 7696. CARRUM DOWNS, 3198. Bayside Distribution. (03) 9782 6333. CAULFIELD EAST, 3145. Caulfield Newsagency. 14 Derby Rd, Caulfield East. (03) 9571 6194. CAULFIELD NORTH, 3161. Junction Newsagency. 69-71 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North. (03) 9523 8546. CAULFIELD SOUTH, 3162. Booran Road Newsagency. 177 Booran Rd, Caulfield South. (03) 9578 3195. CAULFIELD SOUTH, 3162. South Caulfield Newsagency. 792 Glenhuntly Rd, Caulfield South. (03) 9523 8701. CHADSTONE, 3148. Supanews. Shops A42 and A49, Chadstone. (03) 9569 5858. CHADSTONE, 3148. Holmesglen Newsagency. 637 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone. (03) 9569 7365. CHARLTON, 3525. Charltopn Newsagency. (03) 5491 1680. CHELSEA, 3196. Chelsea Newsagency. 403 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea. (03) 9772 2621. CHELTENHAM, 3192. Cheltenham Newsagency. 332 Charman Rd, Cheltenham. (03) 9583 3276. CHELTENHAM, 3192. Southland Newsagency. Westfield Shoppingtown, Cheltenham. (03) 9584 9433. CLAYTON, 3168. Clayton Authorised Newsagency. 345 Clayton Rd, Clayton. (03) 9544 1153. CLIFTON HILL, 3068. Clifton Hill Newsagency. 316 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill. (03) 9489 8725. COBURG, 3058. Coburg Newsagency, 481-483 Sydney Rd, Coburg. (03) 9354 7525. COLAC, 3250. Blaines Newsagency, Colac. (03) 5231 4602. COLDSTREAM, 3770. Coldstream Newsagency. 670 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. (03) 9739 1409. CORIO, 3214. Corio Village Newsagency. Shop 27, Corio Village, Corio. (03) 5275 1666. COWES, 3922. Cowes Newsagency. 44 Thompson Ave, Cowes. (03) 5952 2046. CRAIGIEBURN, 3064. Craigieburn Newsagency. Shop 9 Mall, Craigieburn. (03) 9308 2132. CRANBOURNE, 3977. Cranbourne Newsagency. 105 High St,Cranbourne. (03) 5996 8866. CRANBOURNE NORTH, 3977. Thompson Parkway Newsagency. Cnr South Gippsland Hwy, Cranbourne North. (03) 5996 0055. CROYDON, 3136. Burnt Bridge Newsagency. 434 Maroondah Hwy, Croydon. (03) 9870 6140. CROYDON, 3136. Croydon Newsagency. 158 Main St, Croydon. (03) 9723 2001. CROYDON NORTH, 3136. Croydon North Newsagency. 5 Exeter Rd, Croydon North. (03) 9726 6030. DANDENONG, 3175. Lonsdale Newsagency. 250 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. (03) 9792 1897. DANDENONG, 3175. Lucky Winners Lotto. 118 Hemmings St, Dandenong. (03) 9792 4628. DANDENONG, 3175. Doveton News & Lotto. (03) 9792 4937. DEER PARK, 3023. Deer Park Newsagency. 823 Ballarat Rd, Deer Park.(03) 9363 1175. DENILIQUIN, 2710. Deniliquin Newsagency and Bookstore. (02) 5881 2080. DIAMOND CREEK, 3089. Diamond Creek Newsagency. 62A Hurstbridge Rd. (03) 9438 1470. DINGLEY VILLAGE, 3172. Dingley Newsagency. 79 Centre Dandenong Rd, Dingley Village. (03) 9551 1184. DONCASTER, 3108. Shoppingtown Newsagency. Shop 34, 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster. (03) 9848 3912. DONCASTER EAST, 3109. East Doncaster Newsagency. 74 Jackson Ct, Doncaster East. (03) 9848 3174. DONCASTER EAST, 3109. Tunstall Square Newsagency. Shop 4, Tunstall Square, Doncaster East. (03) 9842 2485. DONCASTER EAST, 3109. The Pines Newsagency. Shop 35, 181 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East. (03) 9842 7944. DROMANA, 3936. Dromana Newsagency. 177 Nepean Hwy, Dromana. (03) 5987 2338. DROUIN, 3818. Burrows Newsagency, Drouin. (03) 5625 1614. DRYSDALE, 3222. Drysdale Newsagency. High St, Drysdale. (03) 5251 2776.

EAGLEMONT, 3084. Eaglemont Lucky Lotto, News & Post. 68 Silverdale Rd. (03) 9499 2589. EDITHVALE, 3196. Edithvale Newsagency. 253 Nepean Hwy. (03) 9772 1072. ELSTERNWICK, 3185. Elsternwick Newsagency. 348 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick. (03) 9523 8335. ELSTERNWICK, 3185. Elsternwick Office Supplies. 433 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick. (03) 9523 6495. ELSTERNWICK, 3185. Ripponlea Newsagency. 78 Glen Eira Rd, Elsternwick. (03) 9523 5649. ELTHAM, 3095. Eltham Newsagency & Toyworld. 958 Main Rd. (03) 9439 9162. ELWOOD, 3184. Elwood Newsagency. 103 Ormond Rd, Elwood. (03) 9531 4223. EMERALD, 3782. Emerald Newsagency. Main St, Emerald. (03) 5968 5152. EPPING, 3076. Dalton Village Newsagency. (03) 9408 8877. ESSENDON, 3040. Essendon Newsagency. 15A Rose St, Essendon. (03) 9337 5908. ESSENDON, 3040. Roundabout Newsagency. 94 Fletcher St, Essendon. (03) 9370 5305. ESSENDON NORTH, 3041. North Essendon Newsagency. 1085 Mt Alexander Rd, North Essendon. (03) 9379 2243. FAIRFIELD, 3078. Fairfield Newsagency. 99 Station St, Fairfield. (03) 9481 3240. FAWKNER, 3060. Fawkner Newsagency. 54 Bonwick St, Fawkner. (03) 9359 2046. FAWKNER, 3060. Moomba Park Newsagency. 89 Anderson Rd, Fawkner. (03) 9359 1595. FERNTREE GULLY, 3156. Ferntree Gully Newsagency. Shop 2, 69 Station St, Ferntree Gully. (03) 9758 1343. FERNTREE GULLY, 3156. Mountain Gate Newsagency. Shop 9B, Ferntree Gully. (03) 9758 4427. FERNTREE GULLY UPPER, 3156. Upper Ferntree Gully Newsagency. Shop 3 Ferntree Plaza. (03) 9756 0171. FITZROY, 3065. Fitzroy Newsagency. 337 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. (03) 9417 3017. FITZROY NORTH, 3068. North Fitzroy Newsagency. 224 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North. (03) 9489 8614. FOOTSCRAY WEST, 3012. Kingsville Newsagency. 339 Somerville Rd, Footscray West. (03) 9314 5004. FOREST HILL, 3131. Brentford Square Newsagency. 29-31 Brentford Sq., Forest Hill. (03) 9878 1882. FOREST HILL, 3131. NewsXPress Forest Hill. Shop 215, Western Entrance, Forest Hill. (03) 9878 2515. FOUNTAIN GATE, 3805. Fountain Gate Newsagency. Shop 1157 (Level 1), Fountain Gate. (03) 9704 6408. FRANKSTON, 3199. Beach Street Newsagency. 239 Beach St, Frankston. (03) 9789 9736. FRANKSTON, 3199. Foote Street Newsagency. c/ - Bayside Distribution Services. (03) 9783 4720. FRANKSTON, 3199. Frankston Newsagency. 5 Keys St, Frankston. (03) 9783 3253. FRANKSTON, 3199. Karingal Hub Newsagency. c/ - Bayside Distribution Services. (03) 9776 7744. FRANKSTON, 3199. Young Street Newsagency. 78 Young St, Frankston. (03) 9783 2467. GARDENVALE, 3186. See Brighton. GARFIELD, 3814. Garfield Newsagency Pty Ltd. 77 Main St, Garfield. (03) 5629 2533. GEELONG, 3220. Geelong Newsagency & Lotto. 139 Moorabool St, Geelong. (03) 5222 1911. GEELONG EAST, 3219. East Geelong Newsagency. 78A Garden St. (03) 5229 5109. GEELONG WEST, 3218. Manifold Newsagency. Shop 2, 132 Shannon Ave, Geelong West. (03) 5229 5897. GEELONG WEST, 3218. Murphy's Newsagency. PO Box 7133, Geelong West. (03) 5229 1973. GISBORNE, 3437. Gisborne Newsagency. Shop 20, Village Shopping Centre. (03) 5428 2632. GLADSTONE PARK, 3043. Gladstone Park Newsagency. Shop 164. (03) 9338 3921. GLEN HUNTLY, 3163. Glenhuntly Newsagency. 1164 Glenhuntly Rd, Glenhuntly. (03) 9571 2551. GLEN WAVERLEY, 3150. Glen Waverley News. Shop L2, 65 Glen S/C, Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley. (03) 9802 8503. GLEN WAVERLEY, 3150. Kingsway Newsagency. 65 Kingsway, Glen Waverley. (03) 9560 9987. GLEN WAVERLEY, 3150. Syndal Newsagency. 238 Blackburn Rd, Glen Waverley. (03) 9802 8446. GLENFERRIE, 3122. See Hawthorn. GLENROY, 3046. Glenroy Newsagency. 773 Pascoe Vale Rd, Glenroy. (03) 9306 9530. GRANTVILLE, 3984. Grantville Newsagency. Shop 4, 1509 Bass Hwy, Grantville. (03) 5678 8808. GREENSBOROUGH, 3088. Greensborough Newsagency. Shop 4-5 Greensborough. (03) 9435 1024. GREENVALE, 3059. Greenvale Newsagency. Shop 4 & 5, Cnr Mickleham & Greenvale Rds, Greenvale. (03) 9333 3154. GROVEDALE, 3216. Grovedale Newsagency. 19 Peter St. (03) 5243 1480. HADFIELD, 3046. Hadfield Newsagency. 120 West St, Hadfield. (03) 9306 5007. HAMPTON, 3188. Hampton Newsagency. 345-347 Hampton St, Hampton. (03) 9598 1239. HAMPTON EAST, 3188. Hampton East Newsagency. 412 Bluff Rd, Hampton East.(03) 9555 2821. HAMPTON PARK, 3976. Hampton Park Newsagency. Shop 3, Park Square, Hampton Park. (03) 9799 1609. HASTINGS, 3915. Hastings Newsagency. 56 High St. (03) 5979 1321. HAWTHORN, 3122. Glenferrie Newsagency.669 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. (03) 9818 2621. HAWTHORN EAST, 3123. Auburn Newsagency. 119 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East. (03) 9813 4838. HAWTHORN EAST, 3123. Auburn South Newsagency. 289 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East. (03) 9882 2009.

HAWTHORN WEST, 3122. Hawthorn West Newsagency. 44 Church St, Hawthorn. (03) 9853 6098. HEALESVILLE, 3777. Healesville Newsagency. (03) 5962 4161. HEIDELBERG, 3084. Heidelberg Newsagency. 128 Burgundy St, Heidelberg. (03) 9457 1098. HEIDELBERG WEST, 3081. Heidelberg Heights Newsagency. 35 Southern Rd, Heidelberg West. (03) 9457 2063. HEIDELBERG WEST, 3081. The Mall Newsagency. Shop 18, Heidelberg West. (03) 9457 4244. HIGHETT, 3190. Highett Newsagency. 2 Railway Pde, Highett. (03) 9555 1010. HIGHTON, 3216. Highton Newsagency. 7 Bellevue Ave. (03) 5243 4824, HOPPERS CROSSING, 3030. Hoppers Crossing Newsagency. 31 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing. (03) 9749 2652, HUNTINGDALE, 3166. Huntingdale Newsagency. 291 Huntingdale Rd, Huntingdale. (03) 9544 1175. HURSTBRIDGE, 3099. Hurstbridge Newsagency. 800 Main Rd. (03) 9718 2045. IVANHOE, 3079. NewsXPress. 194-196 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe. (03) 9499 1231. IVANHOE EAST, 3079. East Ivanhoe Newsagency. 262 Lower Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe East. (03) 9499 1720. KEILOR, 3036. Centreway Newsagency. 59 Wyong St, Keilor East, 3033. (03) 9336 2451. KEILOR, 3036. Keilor Newsagency. 700 Calder Hwy, Keilor. (03) 9336 7930. KEILOR DOWNS, 3038. Keilor Downs Newsagency. Shop 3, Keilor Downs Plaza, Keilor Downs. (03) 9310 9955. KEW, 3101. Cotham Newsagency. 97 Cotham Rd, Kew. (03) 9817 3840. KEW, 3101. Kew Newsagency. 175 High St, Kew. (03) 9853 8238. KEW NORTH, 3101. North Kew Newsagency. 93 Willsemere Rd, Kew. (03) 9853 9383. KEYSBOROUGH, 3173. Parkmore Newsagency. Parkmore Shopping Centre, Kensington. (03) 9798 4311. KILMORE, 3764. Kilmore Newsagency. 41 Sydney St. (03) 5782 1465. KILSYTH, 3137. Kilsyth Newsagency. 520 Mt Dandenong Rd. (03) 9725 6218. KINGSVILLE, 3012. See Footscray West. KNOX CITY. See Wantirna South KNOXFIELD, 3180. Knoxfield Newsagency. (03) 9764 8260. KOO-WEE-RUP, 3981. Koo Wee Rup Newsagency. 44-48 Station St, Koo Wee Rup. (03) 5997 1456. LALOR, 3075. Lalor Newsagency. 364 Station St, Lalor. (03) 9465 2698. LARA, 3212. Lara Newsagency. 44 The Centreway, Lara. (03) 5282 1419. LAVERTON, 3028. Laverton Newsagency. 12 Aviation Rd, Laverton. (03) 9369 1426. LEOPOLD, 3028. Leopold Newsagency. 45 Ash Rd, Leopold. (03) 5250 1687. LILYDALE, 3140. Lilydale Newsagency. 237 Main St. (03) 9735 1705. LOWER PLENTY, 3093. Lower Plenty Newsagency. 95 Main Rd. (03) 9435 6423. LOWER TEMPLESTOWE, 3107. See Templestowe Lower. MALVERN, 3144. Malvern Newsagency. 114 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern. (03) 9509 8381. MALVERN, 3144. Malvern Village Newsagency. 1352 Malvern Rd, Malvern. (03) 9822 3761. MALVERN, 3144. Winterglen Newsagency Malvern Lotto. 167 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern. (03) 9509 9068. MALVERN EAST, 3145. Central Park Newsagency. 393 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East. (03) 9509 9842. McCRAE, 3938. McCrae Newsagency, 675 Point Nepean Rd. (03) 5986 8499. McKINNON, 3204. McKinnon Newsagency. 148 McKinnon Rd, McKinnon. (03) 9578 4478. MELBOURNE, 3000. Mitty's Newsagency. 53 Bourke St, Melbourne. (03) 9654 5950. MELTON, 3337. Melton Authorised Newsagency. 383-385 High St, Melton. (03) 9743 5451. MELTON, 3337. NewsXPress. (03) 9743 5451. MENTONE, 3194. Mentone Newsagency. 24 Como Pde, Mentone. (03) 9585 3494. MERLYNSTON, 3058. Merlynston Newsagency. (03) 9354 1532. MIDDLE BRIGHTON, 3186. Middle Brighton Newsagency. 75-77 Church St, Middle Brighton. (03) 9592 1000. MIDDLE PARK, 3206. Middle Park Newsagency. 16 Armstrong St, Middle Park. MILDURA, 3500. Klemm's Mildura Newsagency. (03) 5302 1004. MILL PARK, 3082. Mill Park Authorised Newsagency. Stables Shopping Centre, Cnr Childs Rd & Redleap Ave, Mill Park. (03) 9436 4400. MITCHAM, 3132. Mitcham Newsagency. 503 Whitehorse Rd, Mitcham. (03) 9873 1108. MOE, 3825. Yeatman's Newsagency. 3A Moore St, Moe. (03) 5127 1002. MONT ALBERT., 3127. Mont Albert Newsagency. 42 Hamilton St, Mont Albert. (03) 9890 1140. MONTMORENCY, 3094. Montmorency Newsagency. 41-43 Were St. (03) 9435 8893. MONTROSE, 3765. Montrose Newsagency. 912 Mt Dandenong Rd. (03) 9728 2057. MOONEE PONDS, 3039. Puckle Street Newsagency. 45 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds. (03) 9375 2264. MORDIALLOC, 3195. Mordialloc Newsagency. 574A Main St, Mordialloc. (03) 9580 5141. MORDIALLOC, 3195. Warren Village Newsagency. 87 Warren Rd. (03) 9580 3880. MORELAND, 3056. See Brunswick. MORNINGTON, 3931. Mornington Newsagency. 97 Main St, Mornington. (03) 5975 2099. MORNINGTON, 3931. Scribes Newsagency. Shop 1/10, Mornington Village, Mornington. (03) 5975 5849.

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Observer Victorian Sport

YES, BLACK IS BACK ■ Everything is ticking along nicely with the mighty mare, Black Caviar, with a good jumpout win at Sandown; see two excellent shots of the champion coming out of the barrier at Sandown. The two shots were taken by young Sharon Chapman one of the best young snappers in the business. You will remember that excellent shot that Sharon took at Warrnambool with one of the jumpers taking off over the fence during their Carnival in May last year. I was having a chat with RSN trackman, Robbie Nicholson who said Black Caviar is coming along beautifully and is right on track to resume in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes on February 16. Her trainer Peter Moody has done a marvellous job getting her back to her racing weight, and she naturally will be hard to beat. Whether she runs in the Newmarket is problematical, as she will probably get around 61.5 kilos, but she could still win with that weight. Amongst her possible competitors could be another of Australia's best, the unbeaten Western Australian, Barakey. Barakey is an interesting runner if they accept with him, as he is undefeated in 11 starts in Western Australia, but he hasn't come against anyone like Black Caviar in the past. There is not a sprinter in Australasia who can match her sectionals and even is she is not her peak it is hard to see her getting rolled. Barakey's jockey, Jason Brown who has ridden the five yearold gelding in all his 11 wins is convinced that he could match it with the Black Beauty. He said that Barakey has a massive high cruising speed and continues it for a long way in his races. But as I stipulated earlier in my column, has he the pace to match what she can run over different sections of any race? I know where my

Ted Ryan

Observer Racing

● Black Caviar starts Sharon Lee Chapman. Fast Track Photography www.fasttrackphotography.com.au

money will be come Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Day, adding number 23 in a row to her tally. "Go Nellie".

Flying filly ■ It's been a long time since I have seen a two year-old filly with the ability that the flying South Australian filly, Miracles of Life. Miracles of Life came here with the biggest big rap on her for sometime. She came off a 5.5 length win at Morphettville on December 22 in an open 1000 metres treating her opposition with disdain. Then her trainer, Daniel Clarken, produced her again against the colts and this time she blitzed them over 1050 metres, winning by a conservative 9 lengths which included the Peter Moody youngster, Midnight Rule, who was placed at his previous start at Flemington. At her first start in Victoria she lined up in the Blue Diamond Prelude for the fillies at Caulfield and after getting out in the market from $2.50 out to start at $ 3.10. She just flew to the line winning by 4.5 lengths and running her last 200 metres in a tick under 12 seconds. The average time

for 200 metres is 15 seconds. On top of that she ran a second quicker than the colts. Her rider Lauren Stojakovic, who has been aboard the flying filly in her two previous wins, retained the ride despite her trainer, Dan Clarken being inundated with calls from all the leading jockeys around Australia to get the ride on the flying machine. The owners and trainer got together and decided the girl had done nothing wrong on her in two sensational wins, and gave her the chance to strut her stuff at Caulfield. Lauren made us all sit up and take notice with a superb ride on the More Than Ready filly, settling her beautifully fifth, on the outside with cover. She then waited patiently until well into the straight, and you had to be there to see what she did to the opposition, when Lauren gave her a gentle kick to get going. Without a doubt is was one of the most impressive wins I have seen in the Blue Diamond Preludes as a lead up to the big day come February 23. In the latest markets courtesy of Eskander's Betstar, she rules the roost. Miracles of Life is a pronounced favorite

● Black Caviar at work Sharon Lee Chapman. Fast Track Photography www.fasttrackphotography.com.au

at $ 3.80, from another top filly from the Snowden Camp by the unusual name of Guelph, who won impressively after coming from the tail of the field in Sydney and showed that she won't be troubled by the 1200 metres of the final of the Blue Diamond. On the next line is Politeness, a filly owned by Phil Sly who raced the top notcher, Mosheen. There are big raps on the filly. She is on the third line of betting along with Thermal Current a great third to Stablemate Dissident in the colts Prelude. Thermal Current nearly fell at the home turn and flashed home

● Miracles Of Life Photo by SLICKPIX, phone 9354 5754 for a very good third. throughout Australia. The gelding got On the next line is the very well performed home from the Gai colt ,Crack a Roadie, Waterhouse pair, who is doing every- Travolta and Reuben thing right for trainer Percival in a new class record time of Stave Theodore. 2.27.87 seconds. A lovely individual, Shadows in the Sun, purchased by An■ South Australian was thony Cummings, for Derby winner, Shad- $280,000 from the ows in the Sun, draft of Kitchwin showed he is coming Hills, at the 2009 back to his best with a Magic Millions Gold recent win at Warwick Coast Yearling Sales. Farm, and is on track Cummings has big for bigger riches. race ambitions for his Trained by An- rising talent, and is althony Cummings, the ready planning a four- year old, was im- spring carnival, with pressive in winning the the Melbourne Cup, Australia Day Cup high on the agenda. over 2400 metres and Cummings is set for bigger things said:"He'll be entered especially with a lack for the big races; like of good stayers the BMW.”

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Items held over ■ A number of reports have had to be held over from this issue of the Melbourne Observer due to demands on space. With regret, we have to hold over parts of Di Rolle’s column, plus photos and reports submitted for Cheryl Threadgold’s Local Theatre column. We will publish these items as soon as possible.

Warranties in spotlight ■ Consumer Affairs Victoria says it will shine a spotlight on extended warranties as part of a consumer protection operation. Phil D’Adamo, Acting Director, said fair trading agencies across Australia had raised serious questions about the value of many extended warranties, and whether they offered any greater protection than that already provided by Australian Consumer Law.

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Superstar in making ■ Toolern Vale horseman John Justice has had many a star performer through his stable - the likes of Shakamaker, Safe And Sound, Henschke and Lenin to name just a few. At the Yarra Valley restricted class fixture on Monday January 27, Justice produced what could possibly be a superstar in the making, a Kiwi bred Falcon Seelster/Sabrina Bromac colt by the name of Shakti Bromac who on debut, blitzed his rivals in the Imagination Play 3-Y-0 Pace (1st Division) over 2150 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars as John is currently serving a driving suspension, Shakti Bromac after starting from inside the second row, was restrained all the way back to last, with Bretaca (gate two) pouncing on the lead. Sent forward three wide approaching the bell, with Local Vicka Lombo moving forward ahead of him to park in the open, Shakti Bromac was left on a limb for the remainder of the journey. When Local Vicka Lombo got the better of the leader on the final bend, Shakti Bromac effortlessly joined him, before surging clear untouched in the straight to record a 13.1 metre victory over Local Vicka Lombo in a mile rate of 2-01.4 (last half 28.8 - quarter 28.7, with Sugars sitting as quiet as a church mouse. Joelissa finished third after trailing the pacemaker and moving to be one/one on the home turn.

At Ballarat (Jan. 25) ■ New Zealander Mah Sish was a brilliant winner of the $150,000 (Group 1) Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2710 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Friday January 25, giving trainer Tim Butt and reinsman brother Anthony their second Ballarat Cup in a three year period, the previous being Stunin Cullen in 2011. Starting from gate two on the second line, Mah Sish possied three back in the moving line with the heavily supported favourite Sushi Sushi easily retaining the front running from the pole as the mobile barrier pulled away. Luke McCarthy aboard Mach Alert (gate three) began on terms with Sushi Sushi but quickly realized that he had no chance of crossing the favourite and immediately took hold looking for cover which eventuated shortly after when Lance Justice sooled Smoken Up forward from the extreme draw to take up a familiar role outside the leader. With three in line on the final bend, Smoken Up was almost on terms with Sushi Sushi, with Mah Sish continuing a long run from the bell to join the pair. Kicking strongly on straightening, Sushi Sushi was trying ever so hard to defy the challenge of Smoken Up which gave ground shortly after enabling Mah Sish to move along side of the leader. Mach Alert which had enjoyed a cosy trip then angled four wide to give chase. Always appearing likely to hang on, Sushi Sushi was nabbed in the last stride by Mah Sish, with Mach Alert third and Smoken Up a fighting fourth. With quarters of 30.9, 29.9, 28.8 and 27.6 after a lead time of 82.8 seconds, Mah Sish scored by a nose in a rate of 1-58.4, 1.1 seconds outside Stunin Cullen's track record of 1-57.3.

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Wednesday - Charlton/Geelong, Thursday - Maryborough/Cranbourne, Friday - Stawell @ Melton, Saturday - Terang (Cup), Sunday - Kilmore, Monday - Shepparton, Tuesday - Mildura

Horses To Follow ■ Montana Sky, Keayang Left Hook, Drunken Jeff, Hawkwood, Big Mumma Fitz, Fairest One Youare, Weallwantano, Twentyfivetolife, Funny Car.

Brilliant Hunter Cup victory ■ Six-year-old New Zealand gelding Mah Sish (Mach Three/Dancing On Winds) brought up his second Group 1 victory in the space of eight days, with a record breaking victory in Australia’s greatest standing start handicap event - the $400,000 Del-Re National Food Group A.G. Hunter Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 3280 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday (Feb.2) after capturing the Ballarat Pacing Cup a week earlier. Trained from the Melton satellite stable of Tim Butt and driven by brother Anthony, Mah Sish stepped safely from barrier five along with MachAlert (barrier 3), Four Starzz Flash (barrier 4), Our White Knight (barrier 6) and Devil Dodger outside the front line all beginning on terms, with Mach Alert having superior speed inside the quartet to lead from Our White Knight and Four Starzzz Flash in the moving line, with Devil Dodger caught three wide being followed by Mah Sish. Polemarker Saint Flash trailed the leader with Savesomtimetodream three back along the markers. Victoria Cup winner Caribbean Blaster began with a wing on every foot from the 10 metre mark, with Kate Gath immediately moving into the three wide line to follow

both Devil Dodger and Mah Sish. When Devil Dodger crossed to lead the outside division, Mah Sish was asked to accelerate and was able to cross Mach Alert within three parts of a lap to assume control. As soon as Mah Sish had taken up the running, Caribbean Blaster moved up to join him and began racing very fierce resulting in a brisk tempo being set. With a little over two laps to travel, John McCarthy set the Cranbourne Cup winner Terrorway alight from well back in the field to join the leaders and after being posted, crossed to face the breeze with around a mile to travel, while at the same time keeping the leader honest. Dexter Dunn eased Four Starzzz Flash three wide from four back in the back straight on the final occasion being trailed by Jaccka Clive, with Caribbean Blaster easing three wide ahead of the pair forcing Four Starzzz Flash four wide on the final bend. Going for home on turning, Mah Sish in what was a memorable victory held on by a head over Jaccka Clive out wide, with Caribbean Blaster a gallant third 1.5 metres away considering he over raced all through the event. Sydneysider Pub Blitz rattled home along the markers to finish fourth from a

mile back ahead of Mach Alert who had his chance along the sprint lane, but only plodded to the wire. In quarters of 28.4, 28.9, 28.6 and 29.6 for the final mile, Mah Sish returned a new track record of 1-59.2, taking . 7 seconds off Choice Achiever's 1-59.9 set last year. Raced by a syndicate consisting of P.J. Hailes, T.G. Casey*, G.A. Ayres, L.N. Ayres, M. McKay and J.W. Hall, Mah Sish dis his early racing for Christchurch trainer Dean Taylor before being purchased by the above mentioned clients of the Butt stable. It was Tim Butt's fifth Hunter Cup as a trainer and Anthony's seventh as a reinsman. It was a huge night for Christchurch resident Trevor Casey proprietor of the Lone Star Restaurant in Riccarton, as apart from holding a share of Mah Sish, he also bred and races brilliant mare My Escapee who blitzed her rivals in the Glenferrie Farm Melton Trotters Cup for trainer/driver Mark Purdon. Other big winners on the night were Kiwi Ohoka Punter (Tony Herlihy) in the $200,000 Victoria Derby and Mister Zion in the $50,000 Australasian Trotting Championship for Geoff Webster. - Len Baker

WELCOME RETURN FOR KEN WHELAN

■ Lawrence (Creswick) based trainer Ken Whelan, one of Melbourne's top reinsmen in the 1970s and 80s, was in the winners stall at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday (Jan. 31), when 4-Y-0 Artiscape/Sokissmegoodbye gelding Kisartis broke his maiden status when successful in the Toolern Engineering Supplies Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres. Driven by John Caldow, Kisartis from gate three raced roughly at the start and was eased back through the field as the mobile barrier pulled away, with Im Henry Theeighth leading from gate two. As several runners moved forward in the back straight on the final occasion, Kisartis was shuffled to the rear of the field. Taken very wide approaching the home turn (six wide on the final bend), Kisartis ran home strongly to gain the day by 5.7 metres in a rate of 202.5 on the rain effected track from Alissa Tiki (one/two) and Viva Courage off a three wide trail last lap on the back of Isabelle Delacour. Bred and raced by high country resident David Luelf, Kisartis has fronted the starter on 23 occasions. Whelan formerly from Maryborough, was responsible for a host of metropolitan winners in the Showgrounds/ Moonee Valley era, including Robin Guy, Doxa Joe, Scorchin Sun, Dale

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Consistent ■ Elmore's Neville Welsh does a fine job with his trotters and ultra-consistent 4Y-0 Yankee Paco/Rainbow Maori gelding Rainbow Jay Jay notched up his sixth victory from 33 outings when greeting the judge in the News Express Maryborough Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Thursday afternoon. Driven by son Clinton, Rainbow Jay Jay began very fast from the 10metre mark to lead and after being rated to perfection, ran out an easy winner by a 12.5 metre margin over Brynmor which

raced in the open, returning a mile rate of 2-07. The 20 metre backmarker Abbotshall ran home late to finish third a further 4.3 metres away.

At Shepp. ■ Shepparton. Jan. 19. A massive crowd attended the Goulburn Valley Paceway to witness an exciting $50,000 (Group 2) Shepparton Gold Cup - the victor being 7-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Unquote gelding Our White Knight for Melton based duo Brett Cargill (trainer) and (driver). Given an easy time from barrier five trailing the poleline pacemaker and favourite Mustang Mach, Our White Knight was eased wide on straightening and finished best to score from the roughie Savesomtimetodream along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Mustang Mach most disappointing in weakening to finish third. The mile rate 2-01.

■ Those who ventured to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday January 12 were given the opportunity to witness three great races, the (Group 1) Betezy SA Cup, $30,000 (Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive SA Derby and $30,000 (Group 2) Seelite Windows & Doors SA Trotters Cup, the highlight of the night without doubt being Smoken Up's fourth Cup victory to equal the deeds of the great Gammalite in the eighties. All accolades must go the trainer/driver Lance Justice for what was the ‘drive of the night’ to register his fourth success in the season's feature, having first tasted success in 1989 aboard Whirley Dream (Greg Sugars handled Smoken Up last year). On paper the race appeared to be a match between the favourite Caribbean Blaster and Smoken Up who drew terribly inside the second line, with Caribbean Blaster starting from the extreme draw. Most anticipated that Caribbean Blaster would settle ahead of Smoken Up, however as the mobile gate rolled away, Justice was immediately away from the markers ahead of Caribbean Blaster who encountered traffic problems. This is where the race was won as Justice sent Smoken Up forward hitting the back straight on the first occasion to assume control from the polemarker Deadsetlucky, with Kate Gath and Caribbean Blaster surging forward out wide to park in the open. This paved the way for a two horse duel at the business end, with Kate putting the foot to the floor in the final circuit as the pair drew away from their rivals. Drawing clear on the final bend, Caribbean Blaster looked all over a winner, when Smoken Up showing his customary ‘never say die’ attitude, rallied in the straight to gain the day by 2.2 metres on the wire. Crowd favourite Come On Frank ran home from four back in the moving line to finish third 23.5 metres away a nose in advance of Mark Dennis (three back the markers). It was a proud Alex Kay (a Betezy shareholder) who accepted the trophy on behalf of his co-owners following the event. With quarters of 29.7, 30.4, 28.3 and 28.4 for the final mile after a lead time of 78.5 seconds, Smoken Up returned a mile rate of 1-58.9 for the 2624 metre journey, two seconds outside Courage Under Fire's track record set in 2001. Once again Victoria dominated, with Flaming Flutter (Geoff Webster) taking the Derby and Bendigo'sAnthony Crossland the Trotters Cup with Our Dolly Would.

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