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● Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood and Tom Dickins in Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin. ■ Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin will Marsden and Wood are long-time collabobe presented from July 19-21 at Map 57, St Kilda rators and their Melbourne season, and subseWinterArts Garden. quent tour, sees them join forces with Tom Equal parts historical and ‘hysterical’, this Dickins as their Piano-man’ Tom has recorded darkly comic ode to gin is a raucous journey and toured with Amanda Palmer, co-written with told through tales of women, love, secrets and Neil Gaiman, and shared the stage with the likes … gin. of Tim Minchin, Paul Kellyand Margaret Cho. Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, accomThe production has toured and sold out seapanied by Tom Dickins, will take an intoxicat- sons at the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret ing stroll through the history of one of the world’s Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Fringe favourite tipples. World Festival (Perth) and Festival of Voices From the streets of London to the Austra- (Hobart). lian bush, via colonial India, New York speakBookings highly recommended. Dates: July easies and the jungles of Peru, the mythology 19-21. Time: 8.45pm (60 minutes). Cost: $35 and propaganda around gin has been relentlessly Full, $33 Conc. Venue: Map 57: St Kilda Winter used to subjugate women, build misnomers on Arts Garden. Tickets: miscarriage and hammer home the message of mother-s-ruin-a-cabaret-about-gin ‘hysteria’. - Cheryl Threadgold

Mother’s Ruin: A cabaret about gin

Radio theatre at Beaumaris

Vale Brian Hickey ■ Melbourne showbiz identity Brian Hickey has died at the age of 67, following a heart attack. Brian was well known to 3AW listeners as a regular contributor to the Nightline and Remember When programs. Partner Steven Olsen and Brian ran London Taxi Weddings. The pair were often seen at Melbourne showbiz opening nights. Brian was a shopping centre spruiker, and he had worked in

● Brian Hickey publicity for the Don Lane Show. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at at the Werribee Chapel, 11-13 Greaves St, tomorrow (Thurs., July 13) at 2.30 pm.

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Final show for Harness Racing

■ The Metropolitan & Country Harness Racing Association radio program Harness Review will cease at the end of the current racing season. The final edition will go to air on Monday, August 28. This is due to a number of factors including running costs, lack of industry support and the unavailability of hosts. Harness Review has been produced and hosted by Melbourne harness racing personality Len Baker since its inception. It has had numerous co-hosts assisting over the years including Roger Meulan, Jeffrey Hurley, Bob Turnbull, Dr. Mervyn Williamson, Dean Lewis and Luke Humphreys. Several HRV staff took turns for a short stint. Present co-hosts Clinton Welsh, Brian Dobson and Alexandra Hurley have been alternating on a regular basis. This dedicated harness program has been a recipient of numerous industry awards. The program has chalked up 24 years of continuous broadcasting, a possible record for a program of its type. It was initiated by MACHRA, the oldest kindred body associated with the sport in Victoria to promote harness racing in general. Harness Review with hosts Len Baker and Roger Meulan first went to air as an experimental half-hour program on community station Bulla FM at 6.30pm one Sunday in August 1983, with Chris Alford and David Miles as special guests. Melton FM then made a request to transfer the program to the Melton studios. Observer columnist Len Baker,r a recipient of 11 Joseph Coulter media awards, is proud to have been involved with the program for its entirety.

Mike McColl Jones ● Radio play writers Colleen Dewis (left), Jan Storey, Joy Meekings and Geraldine Colson (absent: Norah Dempster). ■ Radio Theatre comes to Beaumaris on nibbles. Complimentary tea/coffee will be Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, when served at interval six radio plays written by Bayside writers will The event will be compered by Joy be presented as onstage readings (with a touch Meekings, with all proceeds going to of theatricality) at Beaumaris Theatre. Beaumaris Theatre. Journey back to the halcyon days before Tickets: $15 television when radio was the main source of Dates and Times: Saturday, July 22 at entertainment, and imagination was used to 8pm, Sunday, July 23 at 5pm visualise the settings. Venue: Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Road, A cast of 10 actors will present the plays of Beaumaris. various genres, and audiences will meet the Bookings: playwrights: Jan Storey, Colleen Dewis, Joy (follow link to Radio Plays) Meekings, Norah Dempster and Geraldine Phone bookings: 9583 6896. Enquiries: Colson. 9584 9404. BYO nibbles and drinks. Seating is cabaret style, BYO drinks and - Cheryl Threadgold

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■ You can forget the likes of Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor or Australia’s Got Talent when you are at a performance of the Melbourne Gang Show, having just closed its 65th year season. It may be 65 years old but the talent is young and there on stage and hard to beat, as exuberant as ever. Scouts Victoria has the strong title of being one of the few Gang Shows world-wide still attracting sell out audiences with their young talent. From years at Cathedral Hall, the Palais Theatre and the National Theatre, and now at the Besen Theatre, professionalism emanates from every aspect. You have young talent with the wow factor, whether it be singing solo or chorus, with innovative movement, crisp dialogue and the ability to capture an audience. Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 Jungle Book is the basis of the doctrine of the Cub section within the Scout movement, and was the inspiration for the first half of Season 65. The Law of the Jungle, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to teach moral lessons was performed with an array of complex costumes with all the animals coming to life as we followed the journey of the boy Mowgli, being raised by Indian wolves in the Indian jungle. A wonderful transition of aging Mowgli using four alike boys from a being toddler to a young man. The second half took us to somewhere into the future to an unknown galaxy far, far away. All the effects visual, electronic, smoke that could be had were there, as the search for the missing Captain took place with Detective ‘Aver Ridge’ on the case, well that was debatable. A multitude of costumes for the 140 strong cast, several hundred intricate hand props, mechanical staging, a 20 strong orchestra and a diversity of lighting with supporting projected images scenery made the 65th year season stand out. Where else would you find a theatre production still alive after 65years? Don’t miss the 66thyear in 2018. - Graeme McCoubrie


■ Incognito, by Nick Payne and directed by Ella Caldwell and Brett Cousins, is being presented from July 18 -August 13 at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre. Founding Red Stitch Ensemble members Ella Caldwell and Brett Cousins will extend their 16-year creative relationship, co-directing the Australian premiere of Incognito by Olivier Award-nominated UK playwright Nick Payne. Tracing three interwoven stories (two of which are based on true events) across time and continents, Incognito is a dramatic intellectual puzzle about the workings of that most mysterious organ, the brain. It asks the ultimate question of humanity – how do we give our lives meaning? It’s 1955 in New Jersey and Princeton pathologist Thomas Stotz has just performed an autopsy on the recently deceased Albert Einstein – and then proceeds to steal his brain. In 1953, Bath, England, Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery to cure his epilepsy, which results in an inability create new memories. In present day London, Martha, a contemporary neuropsychologist, struggles to understand her own mind even as she probes the minds of others. The production will feature Red Stitch ensemble members Paul Ashcroft, Kate Cole and Ben Prendergast, alongside guest actor JingXuan Chan, together playing a total of 21 characters. The creative team will include set and costume design by Chloe Greaves, lighting design by Tom Wills and composition and sound design by The Sweats (Pete Goodwin). Venue: Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda Dates: July 18 – August 13 Previews: July 18-21 Opening Night: Saturday, July 22 Times: Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6.30pm

Co-ordinated by Cheryl Threadgold

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Different shades

■ Arts House is presenting a series of installations, performances, spoken-word events, readings and conversations during July, which will reveal and explore the complex relationships of place and belonging. Arts House Artistic Director Angharad Wynne-Jones said the works, which run from July 19-30, explore narratives around the violence of colonialism, the migration of people as refugees or those asserting new futures, and our connection to the land on which we live on. “Twelve lead artists and their collaborators from across the globe, and around the corner, are bringing their urgent, powerful explorations of histories and possible futures to Arts House in July,” said Wynne-Jones. Artists include multi-media spoken word maestro Nástio Mosquito with his work Respectable Thief. Known for his performances, videos, music andpoetry with an intense commitment to the open-ended potential of language, Mosquito comes to Arts House via MoMA (NY) and Berliner Festspiele (BER). South African based Sethembile Msezane will present Excerpts from the Past, a powerfully eloquent love letter to those who have been disposed of their history; and Sydney’s PYT | Fairfield will present Tribunal, a truth- telling and fiercely ambitious verbatim performance addressing Australia’shistory through the parallel stories of indigenous Australia and newly arrived refugees. The series also includes local Melbournebased artists include the 2017 Slamalamadingdong Champion wani, with his first fullfeature solo show Tales of an Afronaut, and Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms with the world premiere of We All Know What’s Happening; a collaborative work with seven young people in Melbourne in response to Australia’s ongoing relationship with Nauru. “Through this series of performances, discussions, readings, lively interactions anda special large Supper Club in the main hall of the North Melbourne Town Hall, audiences can expect to be taken to new worlds through ancient, new and crucial narratives,” WynneJones said.

Merciless Gods

■ From Little Ones Theatre (Stephen Nicolazzo, Katie Sfetkidis and Eugyeene Teh) comes Merciless Gods, a new theatrical adaptation of the story collection by author and provocateur, Christos Tsiolkas, being presented from July 25 – August 15 at the Northcote Town Hall. Vicious and tender, here is Australia. In migrant camps, gay saunas, pill-popping hipster dinner parties, porn sets, prison cells and the steamy streets of King’s Cross, Merciless Gods captures haunting slices of our psyche and unveils the hidden faces of ancient deities. The narrative interweaves between families, friends and accidental encounters - virtuous and vengeful, domestic and divine. Christos Tsiolkas has entrusted this first ever stage adaptation of Merciless Gods to queer indie mavericks Little Ones Theatre and award winning playwright Dan Giovannoni. In the hands of these theatre makers this is Australian theatre told from the perspectives of Greek, Italian, Turkish, German, and Iranian migrant experience. Little Ones Theatre creative team - director Stephen Nicolazzo and designers Eugyeene Teh and Katie Sfetkidis – will again craft the Company’s signature aesthetic of camp, kitsch and heightened visual style, joined by a cast including Paul Blenheim, Brigid Gallacher, Sapidah Kian, Peter Paltos, Charles Purcell and JenniferVuletic. Performance Dates: July 25 – August 15 Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Main St., 189 High St., Northcote Tickets: $35/$29 Preview $25 Bookings: or 9481 9500. - Cheryl Threadgold

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Melbourne Arts Hokusai

■ Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush, made him the most famous and popular artist of Edo period Japan as well as an internationally recognised artist. A self-professed 'drawing maniac', Hokusai was known by at least 30 names during his lifetime and was renowned for his unconventional behaviour. In 1909 the NGV purchased five works from Hokusai's iconic Thirty-Six views of Mt Fuji series including his most celebrated image The Great Wave, two works from his Tour of Famous Waterfalls series and four other major works. These astute acquisitions established a legacy of Japanese art in Australia that has now extended for over 100 years. Exhibition dates: July 21-October 15 at NGV International. - Peter Kemp

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Showbiz News

Frankenstein in St Kilda

Heide Museum

■ Drawing the Revolution. Take part in one of Heide's revolutionary drawing classes held inside the exhibition. Led by Heide's artist educators. Tuesday. July 18. 10am - 12pm. ■ Morning Tea. In 1971 Lyn Williams travelled with her husband Fred and their three children to holiday with Albert Tucker on his picturesque Springbrook rainforest property. The vacation was recorded by both Williams and Tucker in a series of paintings, sketches and photographs. Join Lyn Williams and curator Linda Short for a viewing of the exhibition followed by a delicious morning tea from Cafe Heide. Cost Adult $40. Concession $37. Member $35. ( includes admission & morning tea.) Wednesday, July 12. 10am - 11.30am. ■ Art Talk. Writing and ConceptsArt in the time of Trump. One hundred years after the Russian revolution, writer and social commentator Ben Eltham discusses dissent and descensus in the current political climate. Saturday July at 2pm. - Peter Kemp

■ In 1983, the Reeds commissioned David McGlashan of architectural firm McGlashan and Everist to build a home that had a senseof mystery and romance, and one that would house their growing art collection - 'gallery to be lived in'. Join a volunteer guide and learn about the design and construction of the iconic modern building that recently won the Victorian Enduring Architecture Prize. Saturday July 29 at 2pm. Heide Museum of ModernArt. - Peter Kemp

Burrinja Gallery

Film at NGV

■ Miss Hokusai is the untold story of O-Ei, Hokusai's daughter, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. Set in 1814 Edo (now known as Tokyo), the film introduces us to Katsushika Hokusai who works tirelessly in his house-atelier. He is as short-tempered and sarcastic ad he is brilliant, with no passion for money or meaningless pastimes. However very few people were aware of the four women who often painted for him while remaining uncredited, inheriting both his stubbornness and his talent, Hokusai's daughter O-Ei's art is so powerful that it leads her into trouble. Sunday, July 30 at 2pm. Free entry Booking recommended. - Peter Kemp

Just Briefly Architecture tour

● Chantelle Jamieson in Frankenstein. ■ Theatre Works and Don’t Look Away of, by playwrights we know”. present Frankenstein from July 20-29 at TheHe returns to Theatre Works after directing atre Works, St Kilda. 2016’s sold-out season of Brecht's The ResistWritten by Lally Katz, based on the gothic ible Rise of Arturo Ui, and 2015’s production of novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and di- Alma De Groen's classic Australian play The rected by Phil Rouse, this new production of Rivers of China. Frankenstein provides a perspective on guilt, Premiering at Sydney Theatre Company in crime and gender, while celebrating 80s pop 2008, Frankenstein was nominated for a culture and revisiting beloved power ballads. Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Drama Starring Chantelle Jamieson as The Crea- Script. ture - a tragic innocent - and Michael McStay as Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda Victor Frankenstein - a cold and inhumane faDates and times: July 20-29; Wed-Sat at ther, Rouse aims for the production to be dark, 7.30pm. Matinees: Thu 20, Tue 25, Thu 27, Fri yet a moving portrayal of one of horrors most July 28 at 1pm iconic creations. Tickets: $38 Adult, $30 Concession Phil’s production company, Don’t Look Away, Duration: 65 minutes, no interval is dedicated to “great playwrights that we haven’t Bookings: heard from lately or great plays we never heard - Cheryl Threadgold

Exhibition at Domain House

■ Linden New Art presents Border Lines, an exhibition that will bring together artworks from the Papulankutja and Warakurna communities with sculptures by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. With a focus on country, these works represent the lives of artists from the remote communities living near the tri-state border of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Border Lines aims to highlight the shared histories and the relationships that have developed FOR SALE between these communities in order to preserve their cultural and artistic practices. BUTCHER Meat Mincer. Stainless Steel with Established in 2001, Papulankutja artists are sausage attachment. Brand new. Still in box. known for their innovative fibre work, paintings Cost $2400. Sell $800. 0402 385 692. and carvings.

For Border Lines, the work of Bella Davidson and Nora Davidson will be presented. The paintings explore the impact of the Maralinga nuclear bomb testing as well as the abundant natural resources to be found in the area. The Warakurna community, located in the GoldfieldsEsperance Region of Western Australia, has a long history of artistic expression. ● Turn To Page 11

Indigo Moon

Melbourne Observations

with Matt Bissett-Johnson

● Guitarist Matthew Fagan and violinist Romana Geermans. Matthew Fagan is presenting various concerts to celebrate his 20th anniversary. Details in Observer Showbiz.

Rain White - Earthbound ■ This exhibition reveals an ongoing experience of the eternal elements of earth, time and place. An exploration of landscape as metaphor, referencing ancient icons and sacred sites both traditional and contemporary. The exhibition represents an artistic practice which is diverse, from painting to sculptural form. These works seek to create a resonant external form in which the essence of spirit is contained. The Earth teaches us to see with our eyes closed. Exhibition opens July 29 and runs till September 3. - Peter Kemp

Meet Graham

■ Commissioned by the Traffic Accident Commission, the work merges art, medical science and road safety and also includes an unique augmented reality experience - the first of its kind in Australia - that allows you to get under Graham's skin and discover why he looks the way he does. Visit Graham at Castlemaine Art Museum. - Peter Kemp

Morn. Peninsula Regional Gallery Constance Stokes Constance Stokes (1906 - 1991) was one of the leading artists of her generation. This retrospective brings together work from her early days as an art student at the National GalleryArt School, in the late 1920s, through to paintings made in the early 1980s. The exhibition will include over 35 paintings and drawings and cover the breadth of Stokes's artistic practice across 60 years, exploring her stylistic development, use of colour and portraiture. This exhibition will include never-befor-e seen archival material from the artist's estate including journals, sketchbooks, letters, photographs and drawings which gives a fascinating insight into the life and career of this important artist. The exhibition opens July 21 and runs to September 17. Wendy Sharpe: Wanderlust: Work from recent Travels. Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia's most accomplished painters. Her love for travel started in her twenties when she first won a scholarship to Europe. Since then, travel has been an integral part of her life and art. This is an exhibition of work from travels over the last 10 years in Italy, France, Egypt, India, the Middle East, Morocco, Antarctica, Mexico and Spain. Sharpe spends part of every year in an apartment in Paris. The exhibition opens July 21 and runs to September 17. Minna Gilligan: Mystery to Me. Presenting large-scale digital prints on fabric alongside small-scale collage works, Gilligan tackles notions of the female protagonist. With a focus on large painterly gestures which surround and engulf the women in her psychedelic worlds, Gilligan highlights the mysterious yet powerful nature of femininity within contemporary digital realms. While Gilligan employs a traditional retro aesthetic and colour palette, this trope allows her works to be accessibly viewed through the rose-tinted glasses of familiarity and nostalgia. The exhibition opens July 21 and runs to September 17. - Peter Kemp

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West Hollywood

You meet the nicest people in the Village

■ Hi everyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week's news.

Places to dine out

Meeting Dr Kildare

■ If you lived in or are just visiting West Hollywood you might run into Richard Chamberlain (Dr Kildare) on a daily basis as he goes for his walk around the beautiful tree lined streets of the village. George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare from1961 to1966. Since then, he has appeared in several mini-series such as Shogun (1980) and The Thorn Birds (1983), and many successful films, and he has performed classical stage roles and worked in musical theatre.

Abbey Stone’s release ■ Melbourne singer-songwriter Abbey Stone is back. Her star is on the rise. Slated for supports to some of the biggest names in show business, her music is reaching as far as Hollywood. Three years after releasing and touring with her debut EP Doorways, Abbey Stone is back with her new release Complete. Reflecting upon the themes of Complete, Stone says that this record is "less about someone else, and mostly about me. Coming off the back of Doorways, I wanted to write a body of work that reflected my personal and musical growth since I released that EP." Working out of a home studio in Point Cook, which was set up for the sole purpose of creating this EP (later named Still Here Studios, an homage to her debut). “We spent hours writing, producing and eventually engineering what would later become Complete. "I have worked in studios before but never this hands on. I wanted to learn about the trivial things that go into creating a record that you might not necessarily even think about as a listener." Complete focuses on the ideals of self-love, confidence and closure; something that Stone describes as "the perfect follow up to Doorways, because in that EP, I was writing about my longing for someone else, and now I am saying, "well, it wasn't meant to be and I am so much better for it." Complete was released last month.

$54.5 million mansion

■ Jay Z, Beyonce and their three kids are thought to be renting the huge estate for a jaw-dropping $400,000 a month since the superstar gave birth on June 12. Known as La Villa Contenta, or the happy house, the clan are thought to be settling in just fine and with the main mansion boasting 14 bathrooms, 10 bedrooms and a 25ft infinity pool there is plenty of room to potter around. It is thought the family and their huge entourage are renting the estate until the end of August as their other property in West Hollywood is renovated for the twins, believed to be a boy and girl. The new babies spent just over a week at the hospital before being allowed to leave. For a celebrity, La Villa Contenta is worth every cent of its cool $54.5m price tag, which includes a 'natatorium' or pool house “inspired by grand European follies”, a large office building and a staff housing complex. Relaxing walks can be partaken in the 6.3 acres of grounds including a rose garden with more than 1000 flower bushes and a landscaped desert area.

● Richard Chamberlain and Alan Johnson


From my Suite at the Ramada Plaza Complex on Santa Monica Blvd

Visit Sunset Strip

■ If you are considering a move to Los Angeles or just coming over for a holiday on the Sunset Strip then I have got a special deal for you. We would love to see you at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. I have secured a terrific holiday deal for readers of the Melbourne Observer. Please mention 'Melbourne Observer' when you book and you will receive the 'Special Rate of the Day'. Please contact: Joanna at Happy Holidays, Gavin Wood

● Abbey Stone

Kitchen 23 Mix and mingle on the outdoor patio. One of the most desirable places to be seen in the WeHo LGBTQ scene (though, obviously, hetero friendly). Offers upscale comfort food, delicious drinks and a cool vibe, all at very reasonable prices. Alma at The Standard - West Hollywood. You'll love these imaginative, SoCal dishes centered on a singular sensation or feeling and focused on amazing textures and presentation. Prepare your senses for overload. Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel - West Hollywood. Cosy up in this elegant, highbrow haven with sweeping vistas of the city. Splurge for a fancy night out (or in, if you're a hotel guest!) with a delicious meal influenced by northern Italian cuisine and French bistros, topped with California coastal notes. Sunset Strip. A stretch of glitz and glamour that connects Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the portion of Sunset Boulevard known as the Sunset Strip is today part of West Hollywood. For much of its early life the strip was an in-between landscape that welcomed the nightclubs, gambling houses and juke joints that could not survive the streets of more vigilantly patrolled Los Angeles. Just a mile and a half in length, the Sunset Strip is bigger than life, known for its enormous billboards, its star-making and star-studded clubs and its choice boutiques. To the north of the Strip are neighbourhoods that define the Hollywood lifestyle, from tidy bungalows and low-slung ranchstyle homes to magnificent traditional and contemporary estates. Narrow, winding streets rise up glens and canyons to evermore-impressive views over the sparkling lights of the Los Angeles basin below. The Strip drew an entertainment crowd from the earliest days of Hollywood Studios when casinos and back room booze offered respite from stricter city regulations. Glamorous nightclubs - Ciro's, the Mocambo and the Trocadero were the places to see and be seen. The Pacific Electric Railroad's Balloon Route Trolley travelled from Downtown L.A. through Hollywood to the beach and back. A pair of trolley cars plied the hilly dirt roadway of Laurel Canyon. Among the tourists were prospective land buyers. New restaurants and bars, clubs and boutiques crowded together along the covered boulevard, rising and falling and rising again in popularity with each trend in music, fashion and contemporary culture. The Strip found its way into songs and movies, television, books and newspapers. In 1984 when West Hollywood was incorporated as a city, The Strip, especially its western end became home to more hotels and office buildings. Even today, somewhat more dignified, the Strip is still a visual treat with billboards, neon and picturesque people clamouring for attention and sensational food, music and fashion rewarding visitors from around the world. It's just waiting for you to come and experience the Strip.

WeHo, foodie heaven Gracefully pig out at your choice of hundreds of restaurants and eateries in West Hollywood (WeHo). Foodies and gourmands book WeHo stays for seamless restaurant hopping (and, obviously, all the other attractions that make WeHo a dream vacation). Some of the best food is right in your hotel. Andaz - West Hollywood. Expect the unexpected. Dine on farm-to-table, Southern California-inspired cuisine while basking in the lights of the glammed-up Sunset Strip. Surround yourself with millennial rock-n-rollers, music industry insiders and tatted-up hipsters hankering for a hearty, market-fresh meal. Boxwood at The London - West Hollywood. Indulge at Boxwood to taste an innovative spin on New American food. Served in the classy Sitting Room or the luscious Rooftop West lounge, food comes with awesome views. Mardi Restaurant at Palihouse - West Hollywood. Chef Kris Tominaga is bringing a family-style shared plates menu with bold European flavours to Mardi Restaurant at Palihouse. Dine on big plates of roasted chicken, lamb ribs and butterflied fish while enjoying the summer weather in the cozy patio. Petit Ermitage - West Hollywood. Feel the magic and romance in a nooked away table or under the starry So-Cal sky. Relish unique fare that's a blend of California rustic merged with Italian, Japanese and Egyptian influences. While the cheese and charcuterie plating is a top menu item, the Gypsy Breakfast is worth the wake-up call.

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Confidential Talk is cheap, gossip is priceless

Arts Extra ● From Page 9

Border Lines

■ For Border Lines, Warakurna artists will present a series of paintings that tell the story of the first roads built from Warakurna to Jameson and Warakurna to Warburton. The Cutting of the Road Story signalled a momentous change in Ngaanyatjarra people's lives with the new roads giving employment for families, and the end product enabling greater access to country, sacred sites and family. The Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council that was established to aid women in remote central desert regions to earn an income from fibre weaving. This collective represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities and supports them by supplying art materials, purchasing their artwork and facilitating its display across Australia. In vivid colour and with natural materials collected from their lands, the sculptures selected for this exhibition include animals, vehicles and vessels. August 11-September 24. Venue: Domain House, Melbourne Gardens, Dallas Brookes Drive, South Yarra. - Peter Kemp

Gertrude Contemporary

■ Gertrude Contemporary announces that they are moving to their architect deigned studio at 21-31 High St, Preston South. Architecture firm Edition Office have deigned the fit-out of the High St premises. The building was built in 1983 and previously operated as a retail furniture showroom. The large, open-span building offers a flexible shell within which custom - made spaces have been designed for Gertrude's artistic program. The new location includes Gertrude's main exhibition spaces, 16 studios for the two-year studio program and administration offices. Gertrude's 16 studios have been incorporated within the configuration of Gertrude's new premises. For the first time in the organisation's history, the design of the new building privileges each artist equally, with all of the studios being of the same generous spatial proportions, as well as access to shared workshop facilities. Gertrude Contemporary has been building the careers of Australian artists for over 30 years. Since the establishment of Gertrude Contemporary as a not-for-profit organisation in 1985, Gertrude has played an essential role in the visual arts sector, shaping the careers for many of Australia's most celebrated artists. Gertrude's is an incubator and launching pad for early practice and mid-career artists. The artistic program - including the studio and exhibition program - is unique in its equal emphasis on the production and presentation of contemporary art. This enables Gertrude to support artists to explore new ideas and present risk-taking work at pivotal points of their careers. - Peter Kemp

Fundraisers cash

■ The cast and crew of My Fair Lady last week presented Cure Brain Cancer Foundation ambassadors Marcella Zemanek and Channel 10’s Candice Wyatt with a cheque for $50,366.

Radio, theatre identity Marie Ryan mourned

■ Many theatre companies were represented among the large gathering of radio colleagues, friends and family who celebrated the life of Marie Danuta Ryan at the Holy Cross Centre, Templestowe. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Brian Traynor to say farewell to a much respected Marie. The service was supported by members of Marie and John’s family, Patrick, Michael, Terrence and Timothy; daughter Christine was unable to be there as she and her husband Ashley were involved in a serious motorbike accident in a small town near Florence. Each member of the family participated in the service including two grandchildren James and Erin. The eulogy was given by husband John, assisted by his sister Margaret who read a message from Christine that told of the early days of their life in Blackburn with Marie chasing them down with a mixing spoon and many other delightful stories, especially the dreaded piano lessons. John told how he met Marie when they both worked in the Taxation Department, how they were married in January 1965. Marie was a great cook, and for many years made sponges and cakes and sold them at the St Andrews Market to help with the children’s education. She was involved in community radio first at .

Sisters in Crime seek donations ■ Sisters in Crime Australia is appealing to members and supporters to donate towards its 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. This year, 99 crime books are in contention for the awards, due to be presented in Melbourne in late August. “Become a partner in crime and give Australian women crime writers the recognition they so richly deserve,” urges Treasurer Robyn Byrne. “Donations go towards the costs of fares and accommodation for the presenter and the winning authors plus a small fee for the compere and the costs of six trophies and engraved plaques, administrative costs and promotion.” Robyn says that donations over $2 made through the Australian Cultural Fund are tax deductible. Named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812–79), who wrote Australia’s first full-length mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865, the first Davitt Awards in 2001 were presented by then Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon, and attracted seven crime fiction entries. “The huge increase in the number of books in contention are a testimony (in part) to Sisters in Crime’s efforts to nationally support and promote women crime writers,” Robyn said. Awards are presented in six categories: Best Adult Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Children’s Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut Book; and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime). Presenters are often overseas crime authors and have included Val McDermid (UK) twice, Karin Slaughter (USA), Sophie Hannah (UK), Shamini Flint (Singapore), ?sa Larrson (Sweden) and. Lauren Beukes (SouthAfrica).

● Marie Ryan Plenty Valley then at INR Heidelberg where Marie presented a magazine type program, Local Writers, and of course as a co-presenter with Kevin Yates with the theatre program On Stage. During the service a hymn was sung that summed up Marie’s life “It’s hard to leave you all behind, those loving smiles so sweet and kind, I love you all, you’re part of me, with you I leave the heart of me, it’s hard to go, but now’s the time, with loving arms I entwine, there will be times I miss you so, It’s hard to leave but I must go.” - Brian Amos

Rumour Mill

What’s On Avant Garde

■ Immerse yourself in constructivist cinema in this revolutionary double bill at Cinema Nova, with an introduction by Heide curators Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding. Tickets include admission to Call of the Avant-Garde Constructivism and Australian Art at Heide. Battleship Potemkin. Director: Sergei Eisenstein 68 minutes. A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations, the sailors of Battleship Potemkin stage a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizens; riot against the Czarist regime. The film's centrepiece is staged on the Odessa Steps and is often cited as the most famous film sequence ever filmed. Man with a Movie Camera. Director: Dziga Vertov 68 minutes. Vertov's experimental 1929 silent documentary presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa. It has no actors. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. This unabashedly avant-garde film was largely dismissed on its initial release in 1929, but has since been recognised as one of the best documentaries of all time. Bookings: Season: Sunday July 25. - Peter Kemp

Holidays at Heide

Hear It Here First

Mike is top Vic ■ Songwriter Mike Brady has been named Victorian of the Year in a ceremony in Melbourne. Brady is best known for his charttopping AFL anthem and many advertising jingles. The awards were revealed at a Victoria Day Council event at the Melbourne Town Hall.

What Shape is That? Be shape-maker in this fun 3D art class for young sculptors. Combine cardboard shapes into a Constructive inspired sculpture then use colour to transform your artwork. Suitable for children aged 5 - 8. BYO smock. Thursday, July 13 at 10am-12 Noon. Assemblage Sculpture Work with packaging slogans and household items to make a series of colourful sculptures inspired by the work of artist John Nixon. Suitable for children aged 8 -12. BYO smock., Thursday, July 13. 10am - 12pm. Hama Bead Revolution Learn about Constructive artists' interest in text, play and educational games, and create Hama Bead spinning tops encoded with secret messages. Suitable for children aged 6 - 12. BYO smock. Friday, July 14 at 10-am 12pm. - Peter Kemp

Kingtston call-out ● Mike Brady

Money for arts

■ Eight projects in Victoria have received $106,287 in funding through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.

Countdown ■ There are only 22 more Melbourne Observers until Christmas.


■ Kingston Arts is currently seeking applications for both solo and group art exhibitions in 2018. Kingston Arts aims to provide a dynamic program of visual arts by local, emerging and established artists to explore contemporary art in a supportive environment, which pioneers thought-provoking and professional exhibitions. Eligible artistic practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installation, video, performances and sound. Applications are now open and close October 18. To apply go to Venue: G3 Artspace. Shirley Burke Theatre. 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale. - Peter Kemp

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Kinglake’s fight for a railway line ■ Whilst nearby lines opened in succession, Kinglake was unable to obtain the railway link to Melbourne that it so wanted. Victorian Railways Commissioners opened lines to Yea (November 16, 1883), Yarra Glen (May 15, 1888) and Whittlesea (1889). Kinglake’s only link was through its Timber Tramway that had a link to a siding at the Whittlesea Railway Station. Kinglake locals held out hope that the Hurst’s Bridge line that opened on June 25, 1912 (renamed as Hurstbridge on December 9 of the same year) might be extended to the top of the mountain. The Evelyn Observer newspaper reported on October 19, 1883, that a deputation representing Alphington, Heidelberg, Greensborough, Eltham, Nillumbik, Diamond Creek, Kangaroo Ground, Caledonia and Kinglake, met with the Commissioner of Railways. The depuattion comprise Messrs. P. W. Smith, John Donldson, Crisp, Jos. Blond, Studley, Scotland, Iredale, Flintoff, Wingrove, Wippell, Peers, N. Ellis, Cumming, John Bell, Robert Smith, and Staff accompanied by Dr. Dobson and Mr. Balfour, M.LC.'s, and Mr. Harper, M.L.A., introduced by Mr. E. H. Cameron. “The deputation, who took it for granted that the extension of the rail way from Alphington to Heidelberg was a certainty, asked that a survey be made from Heidelberg to pass midway between Greensborough and Eltham, thence up the valley of the Diamond Creek,” reported the Evelyn Observer, then headquartered at Kangaroo Ground. “The population on this route, within a radius of five miles was given at 3500. The mining portion at 270, and the amount of gold obtained during the quarter ended 30th September last, was 1095 ozs., value, £4880. “There were four crushing machines and a couple more likely shortly to be erected. “It was also pointed out that within the same radius there were 40,000 acres of alienated land, a great deal of which was purchased at prices from £1 to £5 some 35 or 40 years ago, and all small holdings, hence the larger population, who were occupied principally on the land producing a large quantity of fruit and cereals “It was contended that the valley of the Diamond was famous for the quantity and quality of the fruit grown. It was also mentioned that the timber forest could be reached

● Whittlesea Railway Station: earliest days. Photo: John Young Collection, at a nearer distance to Melbourne deputation retired well satisfied with “As far as Kinglake was con- opened, as also would cattle breedthan by any other route. the reception they received,” re- cerned, he had been living there ers, who would then truck their cattle “Railway accommodatioin was ported the Observer. many years and simply through per- to market. strongly urged on the ground that alThe same newspaper, in 1885, severance had made living, and was “Under existing circumstances though the localities to be served are reported on the efforts to have a rail- now realising £500 a year, while he they preferred to drive them to only fron 15 to 30 miles from the way to Yarra Flats (Yarra Glen), knew others who had taken up se- Melbourne, as it was the cheapest. Metropolis the transit of produce to noting that a road proposed by Eltham lections and had commenced with “Mr Gillies, in reply to the depumarket costs as much as it does from Shire Council on land belonging to £500, £1000, and even £2000, had, tation, said he did not think it was the the agricultural districtsof Boort, Kinglake pioneers Staff and after spending their all, gone back to intention of anyone that the line would Charlton, or Dimboola, with their Thomson would bring Kinglake Melbourne. stop at Heidelberg, certainly it was hundreds of miles from Melbourne. within nine milles of the proposed “This was not owing to the land not his. “The deputation, to show their Yarra Flats railway station. “He knew from personal visits to being poor, but owing to it costing moderation, would be satisfied with The July 6, 1888 Observer noted from £20 to £30 an acre to clear,” the district that the several gentlea small instalment to begin with and that 50-60 people, representing the said the newspaper. men who had spoken had in no way only asked a survey to the Upper area between Heidelberg and Muddy “If a railway was constructed the exaggerated their remarks, and he Diamond, a distance of 12 miles Creek, met at the Grand Hotel, timber could be sent to Melbourne, would be glad to do all all he could to from Heidelberg, thus bringing a rail- Spring St, Melbourne, to discuss the and then, instead of ruination, it have the survey made. (Cheers),” way within four miles of Kangaroo discussion about the Heidelberg- would pay them to clear. noted the Observer. Ground, five of Panton Hill, eight Kinglake railway soon to be held In 1889, a meeting of the Railway “The mountain, too, was particuof Queenstown, and four or five of with the Victorian Premier. Mr Beale larly adapted for growing fine veg- League at Queenstown was reported Arthur's Creek. represented Queenstown (St etables, and would supply the mar- in the local press. “The deputation is more likely to Andrews) and Mr McAleese was the ket at that time of the year when veg“A meeting, consisting of a numsucceed in their request on account spokesman for Kinglake. ber of local residents and gentlemen etables were scarce. of their moderation. Mr Beale said that the route the “The people residing on the other from Melbourne, was held at the “Another feature of this deputa- line would go could honestly be side of the watershed of the Divide Hall, Queenstown, on Friday evening tion was that each did not deem it termed a valley or orchards, each looked to and depended on this line. last, regarding the proposed Heidelnecessary to have his say, but was orchard varying in extent from one “Now they had to turn their backs berg to Kinglake railway. satisfied with the way the introducer to 10 acres. “Mr J. L. Beale, President of the to Melbourne for a long distance if put their claim, and so ably sup“The district was known to be a they desired to reach that place by Elthnm Shire Council, and President ported by Messrs. Dobson, Balfour, particularly healthy one, and the im- rail. of the local Railway League, occuand Harper. pressive knolls, admirably adapted “There was a large number of pied the chair. “Mr. Wingrove, who spoke, a few for villa residences, would be eagerly stock bred and reared there which “The Chairman, after stating he words, incidentally mentioned that sought after if the desired boon was would be sent by railway. Stock and had received an apology from Mr. care should be taken in entering obtained,” Mr Beale said. produce were ever increasing in the Cameron, who was unable to attend, Heidelberg to keep in view the sup“There was a gold industry too. A district and would increase tenfold if said one of the chief reasons for callplying of districts to the north-east, good deal of prospecting had been the railway was opened,” the Ob- ing the meeting arose through the “Mr. Gillies, in reply quite agreed done in times gone by, and even at server reported. desire of a number of gentlemen rethat care should be taken that the rail- the present time men were engaged Mr McAleese, of Muddy Creek, siding in Melbourne, but who hold way to Heidelberg should not termi- in it.” spoke strongly in favour of this line; land at Kinglake, to have their names “Payable gold had been obtained it would make a difference of be- onrolled as members of the league. nate at the place in a cul de sac, and “Several letters were read, the was so impressed with a good case in several claims down to water level, tween 50 and 60 miles to them. having been made out, that be prom- and he was of opinion it only required “A large number of splitters were most important of which perhaps was ised to have a flying survey made, capital to find that they were pay- engaged in the paling industry, who one from Mr. McAleese, of the would be gainerrs if this line was Muddy Creek side beyond Kinglake. for which he was thanked, and the able below that level.

● The freight service to Whittlesea was closed in the mid 1950s and the passenger service remained until the line beyond Thomastown was closed on November 28, 1959.

● Work on the Hurstbridge reailway line, early 1900s.

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History ● From Page 12 “The people in that district were in favour of the Kinglake route, and if it could be obtained they would render all available assistance,” the Evelyn Observer reported. In 1889, Mr J.L. Beale, writing from ‘Longwood’, Kinglake, to John Herbert, of the Arthur’s Creek League, asked for the districts to work together. “The understanding was that the different leagues should all pull together, in seeking to get a line of railway consttucted from Heidelberg, Eltham, and Diamond township up the valley of the Diamond and Arthur's Creeks to Kinglake. Now, sir, I hope you will see that both Arthur's Creek and Queenstown have done their duty in showing Mr. Field (surveyor) all they were capable of doing for the benefit of all parties right through to Kinglake, thereby pulling together most assuredly.” Meetings, on a seemingly monthly basis, were called, with a June 1889 gathering assembled at Panton Hill, with another soon after at Kangaroo Ground, then a further meeting at Queenstown. “Mr. David Smith pointed out that about eight years ago a railway meeting was held in Queenstown,” reported the Evelyn Observer “Mr. Cameron was present and he then said that a line should be brought to Queenstown. “He (Mr. Smith) was at a loss to understand why the Arthur's Creek folk were clamouring for a line on their side when they must know that the route to Kinglake via Queenstown was more practicable. “There must be some influence at work to have even a flying survey up Arthur's Creek. Queenstown thoroughly deserved to have a line. “In America the railways were made to induce people to settle. In some parts the lines were constructed with but a very scanty population,” the Evelyn Observer noted. In June 1889, the press commentary recorded: “Mr. Beale was of opinion that united and determined notion should he taken at once. The matter swas of such iniportance to the district that a deputation should interview the Minister of Railways at the earliest possible date. “Mr Verso said that Queenstown had a prior right for railway accommodation to Arthur's Creek. The Whittlesea line was distant only three and a half miles, and it was absurd for the Arthur' Creek people to agitate for a line to be constructed almost parallel with it. “It was advisable to work amicably with the Arthur's Creek League, but at the same time it was necessary to let every one see that the Queenstown League was earnest in the matter. “He (Mr. Verso) would like to see an intermediate line constructed. “He would do all in his power to have such a line carried out. They must not fail to agitate. They must insist upon the line going to Kinglake. “If they didn't get their wishes complied with now they would have to wait years before such an opportunity as the present would again present itself.” Everyone wanted a railway line. A Kangaroo Ground meeting spoke of a line to Christmas Hills. One year later, in July 1890, the Observer detailed that “a largely attended meeting, at which Eltham, Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Queenstown, Arthur's Creek, Kinglake, and Panton Hill were represented, was held in the Nillumbik Mechanics' Institute on Saturday afternoon last.

● Steam engine at Hurstbridge. 1912. Photo: Nillumbik Historical Society Two months later, there was talk and committed. On clause 8, "Board evening; it was to try and formulate of a ‘tramway’ from Yarra Glen to to obtain material from land-owners such steps as would expedite the conKinglake: “line of railway or so free of charge," Mr . T. Turner asked struction of a railway line from called tramway, commencing at how the contributions were to be al- Heidelberg to Hurst's Bridge. For some years there was little furYarra Glen railway station, and go- lotted among the land-owners. Sir Bryan O'Loghlen exptlained ther mention of hopes for a railway ing north by way of Steel's Creek and Dixon's Creek to a point on the north that the land-owners had all agreed line to Kinglake. In 1906, the Debating Club at side of the Great Dividing Range amongst themselves an this matter. The clause was agreed to, and Kinglake had a fixture where the (Mr. R. Castella's selection), opposite to the Yea River gap, from which the bill was passed through its question was “Is the present time opportune for advancing the claims of point it is considered probable the remainig stages. By February 1894, the Observer Kinglake for a railway?” east and west line would be taken from Kinglake to the foot of Mount reported that the the Premier and the Mr J. Kerr’s side gained the St. Leonard, about four miles each- Minister of Railways had taken a tour judge’s verdict by three points. way. thirough the district, and they had Mr Alex Campbell’s address was “In the near future the line would expressed both surprise aind plea- published in full in the local paper. no doubt be extended in a northerly sure at the improvement being made By May 1907, the subject was direction towards Yea or Alexandra,” on these blocks particularly between alive again, thanks to the continuing said the Observer. Kangaroo Ground and Panton Hill, discussion at the Debating Club. In 1891 representatives of the and acknowledged that the industry “On Saturday afternoon last, in the Greensborough,.Eltham, Diamond shown on these ranges could not be local Mechanics' Institute, a repreCreek, Queenstown, Arthur's supassed in the colony.” sentative meeting of district land holdCreek, and Christmas Hills Railway It was four years later, in Sep- ers was held to discuss the best Leagues attended at the Parliament tember 1898, that the Observer re- means of securing railway extension House, Melbourne, for the purpose ported: “A large and enthusiastio to Kinglake. of giving evidence before the Rail- meeting of the residents of Kinglake “This question has been under way Standing Committee in support and Flowerdale districts was held at notice for a considerable time, but it of the extension of the Heidelberg Kinglake on Saturday last, 27th ult., is thought expedient to enter into arrailway line. to discuss the question of railway rangements in a businesalike manPolitician, Mr E. Cameron, communica tion with the above dis- ner. pointed out that at the present time tricts. J. L. Beale, Esq., J.P., pre“After Mr. Bouchier, the Presithere were four coaches running sided. dent of the Debating Club, had exdaily to the district, two to Diamond “The matter was fully discussed why the meeting had been Creek, and two to Kangaroo and the necessity of a railway was plained convened, Cr. A. Beale was elected Ground; this he contended was patent to every one present, the roads Chairman and more than had been. running on any during the winter being simply im- Hon. Secretary.Mr. Wm. McAuliffe other simlilar route int the colony passable. “The following resolution, moved where a line had. been constructed. were put to the meet- by Mr. Bouchier and seconded by Mr. Cameron further alluded to ing“Resolutions and carried unanimously, to the Mr. J. Beale, was carried unanithe good quality of the land at following effect: mously :-" That a District League be Kinglake, there was no better of its “Railway conmmunication is an formed to bring under the notice of class in the colony. If the line was constructed it absolute necessity; that the residents the Government the urgent claims of would be a favourable route for tour- form a railway league and appoint a Kinglake for railway connection." committee to collect statistics, data, It was further moved by Mr. ists. By November 1893, there was a information as to practicable route, Bouchier, seconded by Mr. P. Lynch, report noting the passage of legisla- &c., and place these matters before "That a Committee of nine be formed tion through State Parliament, see- another meeting of the residents as to gather statistics for future use." The following gentlemen were ing funds from Government soon as possible. “A thoroughly representative elected on the above Committee: East matched by local landowners. “Our railway, notwithstatnding its committee was appointed, and the end, Messrs. Jas. Kerr, sen., H. detractors and the often-repeated meeting terminated with a hearty Thomson, and Jas. Lawrey; central, prognostications on that it is a thing vote of thanks to the chairman aid Cr. A. Beale, Messrs. J. J. Traill, and of the very distant future, bids fair to acting secretary (James J. Traill).” Chas. Exton; west end, Messrs. In January 1900, the Observer Chas. Rawsthorne,A. Campbell, and be soon an establislhed fact,” the reported: “A largely attended and L. Denereas. The offer of Mr. Phil. Evelyn Observer commented. “The matter has been before the representative public meeting was Tuckett to act as town representaParliament this week, and from held at the Upper Diamond Creek tive was gratefully accepted. A further meeting is to be called Wednesday's Argus we learn that the Hall on Thursday night, 28th ult., to previous evening in the Legislative consider the advisability of taking and shortly to consider Committee's reAssembly, Mr. Richardson moved arranging such steps as would be port.” tihe second reading of the Heidelberg most likely to secure the extension The July 19 Evelyn Observer reand Eltham Railway Construction of the Heidelberg railway line to ported that a public meeting is to be Hurst's Bridge. Act 1893 Amendment Bill. held in the local Mechanics' Insti“The object of this bill was to re“Councillor John Herbert (Presi- tute on Saturday afternoon next,. peal a provision for a £5,000 guar- dent of the Eltham Shire) occupied 20th, at 2 p.m., under the auspices of antee, and in lieu to accept from the the chair, and in opening the meet- the Kinglake Railway League, to repromoters of the line materials of ing remarked that probably all present ceive the statistics recently collected equial value. were as well aware as he was of the by the Committee and also to make “The bill was read a second time object of their presence there that arrangements for forming deputation

to interview the Hon. the Premier at an early date. The August 2 Observer said: “There was only a fair muster at the meeting of the Railway League in the Mechanics' Institute on Saturday afternoon, 20th ult., this being no doubt due to the inclement weather. Cr. A. Beale was in the chair, and business of an important nature was discussed and "passed." “In order to get the largest number of the residents as possible conversant with the aims of the League, it was decided to hold the next meet. ing in the Kinglake West Public Hall on Saturday evening, 27th ult., at 7.30 p.m, sharp. “A large deputation of settlers in the Kinglake district, accompanied by Mr. Cameron (Minister of Public Works) and Mr. Hunt, M.LA., interviewed the Premier last Tuesday and asked for railway communication. “Mr. Cameron stated that the district was a tableland on the Dividing Range, running from Kilmore to apposite Healesville, a distance of 40 miles. It was grand country, there was no better land in Victoria for growing potatoes. Vegetables and fruit were also grown in abundance. “'The settlers were an industrious people, but they required the means of getting their products to market. “Mr Hunt said. that he had spent a good deal of money many years ago in mining in the locality, and still believed in its aurifer resources. “Mr. Beale, a settler of 30 years, described its timber resources as enormous. They had to slave to clear their lands from the timber, which was now destroyed, but would be a valuable asset if there was a railway. “Clearing at present cost £12 per acre. If the timber could be made available by means of a railway, the cost.would be reduced to about half. There was also about 20,000 acres of Crown lands, equal in quality to what had been alienated. “Dr. Mclnerney, who stated that he had owned land in the district for the last 30 years, and that there was a tree at his front door over 50 feet in circumference, descanted on the fertility and scenic reauty of the locality. “Mr. Bent said he would think the matter over, and let Mr. Cameron know in a week or two whether he would send the proposal on to the Railways Standing Committee for consideration or not. “He would also make inquirles about the Crown lands. It was, without doubt, a good part of the country, but the land would have to be leaded, The newspaper’s Panton Hill correspondent observed: “Now that Kinglake people are agitating for a railway, the people of the Diamond Creek valley should press for the construction of the Elthamn-Hurst's Bridge extension, which might eventually be carried on to Kinglake. Of the three routes suggested by the Kinglake deputation to the Premier, the Hurst's Bridge extension would provide a natural outlet for the producers of Kinglake, who, though only 35 miles from Melbourne, are .practically hundreds of miles distant. In February 1908, the Evelyn Observer recorded: “no answer has been received re the Premier's decision. It is to be hoped that the longexpected answer will soon arrive. Tommy Bent was Victorian Premier only until January 1909. He died on September 17, 1909, partly as the result of the strain of facing a Royal Commission to investigate allegations of corruption and irregularity in government land purchases. - Ash Long

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■ In 1955 American singer Johnnie Ray was making his second tour of Australia when his plane touched down at Essendon Aerodrome and hundreds of fans mobbed him and tore his shirt off. I was reminded of this incident whilst watching some old footage of the Johnny Carson Show where Carson referred to it on national television in the US. American promoter Lee Gordon brought Johnnie Ray to Australia for a series of concerts and he came back many times during his career. On his first tour, the national ticket sales were down. Lee Gordon hired planes to fly over the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane suburbs dropping leaflets which offered two tickets for the price of one. As a result, Johnnie's concerts were sold out. Alan Heffernan wrote about this story in his marvellous book The Big Shows. Johnnie Ray recorded some big hit songs during the 1950s: Cry, The Little White Cloud That Cried and Walking My Baby Back Home. He was nicknamed Mr Emotion or The Prince of Wails. John Alvin Ray was born on a farm in Oregon in 1927. His great grandmother was a full blooded native Indian. At age 12 Johnnie suffered a devastating accident on a Boy Scout trip, which left him partially deaf in his right ear and forced him to

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perform with a hearing aid throughout his career as an entertainer. Johnnie studied piano whilst working at his singing and song writing. He recorded his own composition Whiskey and Gin in 1951. Within 12 months he became a teen idol with many songs in the pop charts. Johnnie became very popular and was ‘sent up’ by Stan Freberg in a parody of his first hit song Cry. Johnnie Ray was signed by Twentieth Century Fox to play a priest opposite Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor in the film, There's No Business Like Showbusiness. His numerous hit songs included All Of Me, Such A Night, Just Walking In The Rain and

During the late 1950s, his popularity began to fade with media reports that he was gay and abused drugs. In 1969, he was the support act on the final Judy Garland concert tour of Europe with my friend, the late Tony Osborne, as musical director. There is the most amazing footage on YouTube of Johnnie and Judy doing some impromptu duets during that tour and I urge fans to have a look. Johnnie's career was boosted by television appearances on the Andy Williams Show in 1970. But as the years passed his career faded and his health deteriorated. I believe one of his last appearances in Melbourne was at the Bentleigh RSL. But his final onstage performance in the US was in Salem, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1989. Johnnie Ray had a drinking problem which led to being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 50. He died of liver failure in Los ● Johnnie Ray Yes Tonight Josephine. Whilst at Columbia Stu- Angeles in 1990. Kevin Trask dios he recorded duets with artists such as Doris Kevin can be heard on radio Day and Frankie Laine. Johnnie Ray appeared at the London Palla- The Time Tunnel - on Remember When - Sundays at 9.10pm on 3AW dium in 1956 and broke attendance records. In That's Entertainment - 96.5FM a radio interview with Bob Horsfall in Sundays at 12 Noon Melbourne he admitted that he was not a fan of ‘Johnnie Ray’ and did not have any of his own 96.5FM is streaming on the internet. To listen, go to records.

Cats are real problem in the Centre

■ All over Australia cats are a problem one way or another. My particular gripe is the effect which they have on native wildlife small lizards, birds and marsupials. They kill millions of these precious creatures each night throughout Australia. And Alice Springs is no different. It's beset with feline problems. Tammy Hargrave, the manager of the Alice Springs Animal Shelter, tells that about 500 cats are brought into the shelter each year, with only about 100 of these rehoused. Only about 20 per cent of these cats are feral, which means that the owners of the others generally just don't care about looking for them - they just abandon so many of them - even obviously cared-for pets. "There are many treated as throwaway pets, which is truly awful," she said. And, further, many people don't bother to desex the cats, and then posts arrive on Facebook advertising free kittens, which just exacerbates the whole problem. Cats must ideally be microchipped, then desexed and registered, she said. And even then there's a problem many people change their mobile numbers so the Centre can't trace them. ■ Apart from feral cats and, my biggest bugbear in the Centre was buffell grass. This horrible plant was introduced into Australia by camel drivers from Afghanistan, who stuffed their saddles with this evil stuff. The seeds, of course, fell out all over the Centre, and consequently flourished, with no natural predators. It grows into large and hardy tufts, and it's very difficult to remove. One of the main problems is that cockies like it. Cattle don't like it all that much, but they will eat it, so it's cultivated to feed their stock. The primary problem is that it spreads so widely so and so quickly that it just wipes out many of the native species of grasses and small plants which are the food plants for small native marsupials, leading to the demise of these creatures. And this grass grows in the Todd River bed, so there's a crew recently formed to try and eradicate it from this particular area. The new Landcare group, led by

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with Nick Le Souef Lightning Ridge Opals 63 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Phone 9654 4444 Peter Latz, who notes that "Central Australian rivers once had the highest biodiversity in the arid zone - now they have the lowest, thanks mainly to buffell grass. “And our rivers were once the food bowls of the region, a habitat rich in birds, lizards and mammals, which are now rare." Hopefully this group can decimate this menace. ■ This is probably not a bad idea. The whole South Australian cabinet was in Alice Springs for a meeting with the NT Government to sign the Strategic PartnershipAgreement. I have driven the whole length of the Stuart Highway many times, and it's just logical that the two entities cooperate in many ways. There are material situations, such as road infrastructure upgrades, joint international trade missions, the development of the Explorers' Way to guide tourists in both places. And, of course, social issues such as caring for children and the underprivileged in remote areas. There are many tourist icons and

attractions which could easily be developed for the benefit of both. There is such a diversity of Mother Nature along their whole length and breadth. The birds in particular, from the strutting emus and the soaring wedgies, to the beautiful tiny wrens and finches and mistletoe birds. Granted the animals can be a bit sparse, but reptiles can be noted anywhere along the way. From stumpies and bluies down south, to the beautiful thorny devils and the Perenties in the Centre, and the majestic pythons and fearsome crocs of the north. There's plenty of opportunity for cooperation. ■ I have had a bit of connection to the Variety Club over the years. I've been on a couple of Bashes with my mate Don Turner, and I have participated in a walk through the Outback of South Australia. Old cars are reclaimed and painted, with flashing lights atop them to indicate their presence on dusty bush tracks. These events over the years raise millions of dollars for deserving children Australia-wide, and provide amusement and interest for the townsfolk of the bush towns through which they travel. Now there is another similar event which has just come to my attention the Shitbox Rally. This has now been going for eight years, and is for "crappy cars" under $1000 to drive across some of the toughest roads in Australia. The raises money for cancer research, and was begun by James Freeman after he lost both his parents to cancer in 2009. Many of the participants are motivated by having being personally touched by cancer, and the camaraderie of people who've had similar experiences. "When you lose someone to cancer, you join the world's most horrible club," he said. The participants start in Adelaide, then onto Roxby Downs and Oodnadatta and on up to Alice, and further out. ■ I've got a few mates who love to purchase classic old cars and spruce them up to their original pristine condition, get a club permit, and Sunday

drive them around the place on a sunny day. Alice Springs, as I have often reported, regularly sees such vehicles gracing the Stuart Highway on their way out to the Rock or up to Darwin. One mate has just purchased an old MGA, which are quite popular amongst this set. Healeys and E-types are also favourites. To a one-time driver of some such vehicles, it stirs the blood to see an immaculately presented Sprite go growling past.

Another mate has just gone the other way - he's just done up an FX Holden to its sparkling originality. He's taken it up the Centre to Darwin. For this he installed a V8, which has livened it up a bit. He took the opportunity to test it out little - just north of Alice Springs he sat on 150kmh for a couple of hours. That's just short of the old "ton". My battered old FX from the 60s never quite reached that pinnacle. - Nick Le Souef ‘The Outback Legend’

OK. With John O’Keefe Big names in music

■ Bernard Fanning, The Temper Trap , Xavier Rudd are just some of the headline acts at the Queenscliffe Music Festival to be held in one of the most beautiful towns on the Bellarine: Queenscliffe, on Friday November 24 -26. Google up and book your tickets now.

Eatch out for Di

■ Channel 7 has scored the Australian rights to screen the new doco on the life and work of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. The doco described as 'exceptionally insightful' will include never before scenes of Lady Diana , along with interviews by her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Keep watching Seven for screening dates.

Over and out

■ Keo Films of UK will close their Sydney base at end of year. Keo produced the excellent prime time expose War on Waste on the ABC featuring Craig Reucassel . Closure will mean a loss of jobs for many talented people including Keo Australian MD, Brendan Dahill. Prior to Keo, Dahill was Head of Programming, ABC Sydney .

Mike wins top TV award

■ The boy from Bendigo, Mike Amor, now Seven Bureau Chief in US, has been awarded the TV Journalist of the Year award ar the Los Angeles Press Club Awards. This is Mike's second such gong. Stories that won him this years award were about the Orlando mass shooting 2016, and in the same year the shooting of Aussie basketball hope Chris Lane. Well done Mike, you're a credit to professional journalism.

Ringo celebrates

■ Ringo Starr celebrated 77 years of fun and drumming on Friday, July 7. There was dance parties in the streets around the world to mark the occassion. Ringo's message is still, and always will be 'peace and love'. - John O’Keefe

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn “Easy enough. Miss Hooker was a-visiting up there to the town —” “Yes, Booth’s Landing — go on.” “She was a-visiting there at Booth’s Landing, and just in the edge of the evening she started over with her nigger woman in the horse-ferry to stay all night at her friend’s house, Miss Whatyou-may-call-her I disremember her name — and they lost their steering-oar, and swung around and went a-floating down, stern first, about two mile, and saddle-baggsed on the wreck, and the ferryman and the nigger woman and the horses was all lost, but Miss Hooker she made a grab and got aboard the wreck. Well, about an hour after dark we come along down in our trading-scow, and it was so dark we didn’t notice the wreck till we was right on it; and so WE saddle-baggsed; but all of us was saved but Bill Whipple — and oh, he WAS the best cretur! — I most wish ’t it had been me, I do.” “My George! It’s the beatenest thing I ever struck. And THEN what did you all do?” “Well, we hollered and took on, but it’s so wide there we couldn’t make nobody hear. So pap said somebody got to get ashore and get help somehow. I was the only one that could swim, so I made a dash for it, and Miss Hooker she said if I didn’t strike help sooner, come here and hunt up her uncle, and he’d fix the thing. I made the land about a mile below, and been fooling along ever since, trying to get people to do something, but they said, ‘What, in such a night and such a current? There ain’t no sense in it; go for the steam ferry.’Now if you’ll go and —” “By Jackson, I’d LIKE to, and, blame it, I don’t know but I will; but who in the dingnation’s agoing’ to PAY for it? Do you reckon your pap — ” “Why THAT’S all right. Miss Hooker she tole me, PARTICULAR, that her uncle Hornback —” “Great guns! is HE her uncle? Looky here, you break for that light over yonder-way, and turn out west when you git there, and about a quarter of a mile out you’ll come to the tavern; tell ’em to dart you out to Jim Hornback’s, and he’ll foot the bill. And don’t you fool around any, because he’ll want to know the news. Tell him I’ll have his niece all safe before he can get to town. Hump yourself, now; I’m a-going up around the corner here to roust out my engineer.” I struck for the light, but as soon as he turned the corner I went back and got into my skiff and bailed her out, and then pulled up shore in the easy water about six hundred yards, and tucked myself in among some woodboats; for I couldn’t rest easy till I could see the ferryboat start. But take it all around, I was feeling ruther comfortable on accounts of taking all this trouble for that gang, for not many would a done it. I wished the widow knowed about it. I judged she would be proud of me for helping these rapscallions, because rapscallions and dead beats is the kind the widow and good people takes the most interest in. Well, before long here comes the wreck, dim and dusky, sliding along down! A kind of cold shiver went through me, and then I struck out for her. She was very deep, and I see in a minute there warn’t much chance for anybody being alive in her. I pulled all around her and hollered a little, but there wasn’t any answer; all dead still. I felt a little bit heavy-hearted about the gang, but not much, for I reckoned if they could stand it I could. Then here comes the ferryboat; so I shoved for the middle of the river on a long down-stream slant; and when I judged I was out of eye-reach I laid on my oars, and looked back and see her go and smell around the wreck for Miss Hooker’s remainders, because the captain would know her uncle Hornback would want them; and then pretty soon the ferryboat give it up and went for the shore, and I laid into my work and went a-booming down the river. It did seem a powerful long time before Jim’s light showed up; and when it did show it looked like it was a thousand mile off. By the time I got there the sky was beginning to get a little gray in the east; so we struck for an island, and hid the raft, and sunk the skiff, and turned in and slept like dead people.

Mark Twain Chapter XIV. BY and by, when we got up, we turned over the truck the gang had stole off of the wreck, and found boots, and blankets, and clothes, and all sorts of other things, and a lot of books, and a spyglass, and three boxes of seegars. We hadn’t ever been this rich before in neither of our lives. The seegars was prime. We laid off all the afternoon in the woods talking, and me reading the books, and having a general good time. I told Jim all about what happened inside the wreck and at the ferryboat, and I said these kinds of things was adventures; but he said he didn’t want no more adventures. He said that when I went in the texas and he crawled back to get on the raft and found her gone he nearly died, because he judged it was all up with HIM anyway it could be fixed; for if he didn’t get saved he would get drownded; and if he did get saved, whoever saved him would send him back home so as to get the reward, and then Miss Watson would sell him South, sure. Well, he was right; he was most always right; he had an uncommon level head for a nigger. I read considerable to Jim about kings and dukes and earls and such, and how gaudy they dressed, and how much style they put on, and called each other your majesty, and your grace, and your lordship, and so on, ’stead of mister; and Jim’s eyes bugged out, and he was interested. He says: “I didn’ know dey was so many un um. I hain’t hearn ’bout none un um, skasely, but ole King Sollermun, onless you counts dem kings dat’s in a pack er k’yards. How much do a king git?” “Get?” I says; “why, they get a thousand dollars a month if they want it; they can have just as much as they want; everything belongs to them.” “AIN’ dat gay? En what dey got to do, Huck?”

“THEY don’t do nothing! Why, how you talk! They just set around.” “No; is dat so?” “Of course it is. They just set around — except, maybe, when there’s a war; then they go to the war. But other times they just lazy around; or go hawking — just hawking and sp — Sh! — d’ you hear a noise?” We skipped out and looked; but it warn’t nothing but the flutter of a steamboat’s wheel away down, coming around the point; so we come back. “Yes,” says I, “and other times, when things is dull, they fuss with the parlyment; and if everybody don’t go just so he whacks their heads off. But mostly they hang round the harem.” “Roun’ de which?” “Harem.” “What’s de harem?” “The place where he keeps his wives. Don’t you know about the harem? Solomon had one; he had about a million wives.” “Why, yes, dat’s so; I— I’d done forgot it. A harem’s a bo’d’n-house, I reck’n. Mos’ likely dey has rackety times in de nussery. En I reck’n de wives quarrels considable; en dat ’crease de racket. Yit dey say Sollermun de wises’ man dat ever live’. I doan’ take no stock in dat. Bekase why: would a wise man want to live in de mids’ er sich a blim-blammin’ all de time? No —’deed he wouldn’t. A wise man ’ud take en buil’ a biler-factry; en den he could shet DOWN debiler-factry when he want to res’.” “Well, but he WAS the wisest man, anyway; because the widow she told me so, her own self.” “I doan k’yer what de widder say, he WARN’T no wise man nuther. He had some er de dadfetchedes’ ways I ever see. Does you know ’bout


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dat chile dat he ’uz gwyne to chop in two?” “Yes, the widow told me all about it.” “WELL, den! Warn’ dat de beatenes’ notion in de worl’? You jes’ take en look at it a minute. Dah’s de stump, dah — dat’s one er de women; heah’s you — dat’s de yuther one; I’s Sollermun; en dish yer dollar bill’s de chile. Bofe un you claims it. What does I do? Does I shin aroun’ mongs’ de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill DO b’long to, en han’ it over to de right one, all safe en soun’, de way dat anybody dat had any gumption would? No; I take en whack de bill in TWO, en give half un it to you, en de yuther half to de yuther woman. Dat’s de way Sollermun was gwyne to do wid de chile. Now I want to ast you: what’s de use er dat half a bill? — can’t buy noth’n wid it. En what use is a half a chile? I wouldn’ give a dern for a million un um.” “But hang it, Jim, you’ve clean missed the point — blame it, you’ve missed it a thousand mile.” “Who? Me? Go ’long. Doan’ talk to me ’bout yo’ pints. I reck’n I knows sense when I sees it; en dey ain’ no sense in sich doin’s as dat. De ’spute warn’t ’bout a half a chile, de ’spute was ’bout a whole chile; en de man dat think he kin settle a ’spute ’bout a whole chile wid a half a chile doan’ know enough to come in out’n de rain. Doan’ talk to me ’bout Sollermun, Huck, I knows him by de back.” “But I tell you you don’t get the point.” “Blame de point! I reck’n I knows what I knows. En mine you, de REAL pint is down furder — it’s down deeper. It lays in de way Sollermun was raised. You take a man dat’s got on’y one or two chillen; is dat man gwyne to be waseful o’ chillen? No, he ain’t; he can’t ’ford it. HE know how to value ’em. But you take a man dat’s got ’bout five million chillen runnin’ roun’ de house, en it’s diffunt. HE as soon chop a chile in two as a cat. Dey’s plenty mo’. A chile er two, mo’ er less, warn’t no consekens to Sollermun, dad fatch him!” I never see such a nigger. If he got a notion in his head once, there warn’t no getting it out again. He was the most down on Solomon of any nigger I ever see. So I went to talking about other kings, and let Solomon slide. I told about Louis Sixteenth that got his head cut off in France long time ago; and about his little boy the dolphin, that would a been a king, but they took and shut him up in jail, and some say he died there. “Po’ little chap.” “But some says he got out and got away, and come to America.” “Dat’s good! But he’ll be pooty lonesome — dey ain’ no kings here, is dey, Huck?” “No.” “Den he cain’t git no situation. What he gwyne to do?” “Well, I don’t know. Some of them gets on the police, and some of them learns people how to talk French.” “Why, Huck, doan’ de French people talk de same way we does?” “NO, Jim; you couldn’t understand a word they said — not a single word.” “Well, now, I be ding-busted! How do dat come?” “I don’t know; but it’s so. I got some of their jabber out of a book. S’pose a man was to come to you and say Polly-voo-franzy — what would you think?” “I wouldn’ think nuff’n; I’d take en bust him over de head — dat is, if he warn’t white. I wouldn’t ’low no nigger to call me dat.” “Shucks, it ain’t calling you anything. It’s only saying, do you know how to talk French?” “Well, den, why couldn’t he SAY it?” “Why, he IS a-saying it. That’s a Frenchman’s WAY of saying it.” “Well, it’s a blame ridicklous way, en I doan’ want to hear no mo’ ’bout it. Dey ain’ no sense in it.” “Looky here, Jim; does a cat talk like we do?” “No, a cat don’t.” “Well, does a cow?” “No, a cow don’t, nuther.” “Does a cat talk like a cow, or a cow talk like a cat?” “No, dey don’t.” “It’s natural and right for ’em to talk different

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Observer Classic Books From Page 15 from each other, ain’t it?” “Course.” “And ain’t it natural and right for a cat and a cow to talk different from US?” “Why, mos’ sholy it is.” “Well, then, why ain’t it natural and right for a FRENCHMAN to talk different from us? You answer me that.” “Is a cat a man, Huck?” “No.” “Well, den, dey ain’t no sense in a cat talkin’ like a man. Is a cow a man? — er is a cow a cat?” “No, she ain’t either of them.” “Well, den, she ain’t got no business to talk like either one er the yuther of ’em. Is a Frenchman a man?” “Yes.” “WELL, den! Dad blame it, why doan’ he TALK like a man? You answer me DAT!” I see it warn’t no use wasting words — you can’t learn a nigger to argue. So I quit. ChapterXV. WE judged that three nights more would fetch us to Cairo, at the bottom of Illinois, where the Ohio River comes in, and that was what we was after. We would sell the raft and get on a steamboat and go way up the Ohio amongst the free States, and then be out of trouble. Well, the second night a fog begun to come on, and we made for a towhead to tie to, for it wouldn’t do to try to run in a fog; but when I paddled ahead in the canoe, with the line to make fast, there warn’t anything but little saplings to tie to. I passed the line around one of them right on the edge of the cut bank, but there was a stiff current, and the raft come booming down so lively she tore it out by the roots and away she went. I see the fog closing down, and it made me so sick and scared I couldn’t budge for most a half a minute it seemed to me — and then there warn’t no raft in sight; you couldn’t see twenty yards. I jumped into the canoe and run back to the stern, and grabbed the paddle and set her back a stroke. But she didn’t come. I was in such a hurry I hadn’t untied her. I got up and tried to untie her, but I was so excited my hands shook so I couldn’t hardly do anything with them. As soon as I got started I took out after the raft, hot and heavy, right down the towhead. That was all right as far as it went, but the towhead warn’t sixty yards long, and the minute I flew by the foot of it I shot out into the solid white fog, and hadn’t no more idea which way I was going than a dead man. Thinks I, it won’t do to paddle; first I know I’ll run into the bank or a towhead or something; I got to set still and float, and yet it’s mighty fidgety business to have to hold your hands still at such a time. I whooped and listened. Away down there somewheres I hears a small whoop, and up comes my spirits. I went tearing after it, listening sharp to hear it again. The next time it come I see I warn’t heading for it, but heading away to the right of it. And the next time I was heading away to the left of it — and not gaining on it much either, for I was flying around, this way and that and t’other, but it was going straight ahead all the time. I did wish the fool would think to beat a tin pan, and beat it all the time, but he never did, and it was the still places between the whoops that was making the trouble for me. Well, I fought along, and directly I hears the whoop BEHIND me. I was tangled good now. That was somebody else’s whoop, or else I was turned around. I throwed the paddle down. I heard the whoop again; it was behind me yet, but in a different place; it kept coming, and kept changing its place, and I kept answering, till by and by it was in front of me again, and I knowed the current had swung the canoe’s head down-stream, and I was all right if that was Jim and not some other raftsman hollering. I couldn’t tell nothing about voices in a fog, for nothing don’t look natural nor sound natural in a fog. The whooping went on, and in about a minute I come a-booming down on a cut bank with smoky ghosts of big trees on it, and the current throwed me off to the left and shot by, amongst a lot of snags that fairly roared, the currrent was tearing by them so swift. In another second or two it was solid white and still again. I set perfectly still then, listening to my heart thump, and I reckon I didn’t draw a breath while it thumped a hundred. I just give up then. I knowed what the matter was. That cut bank was an island, and Jim had

gone down t’other side of it. It warn’t no towhead that you could float by in ten minutes. It had the big timber of a regular island; it might be five or six miles long and more than half a mile wide. I kept quiet, with my ears cocked, about fifteen minutes, I reckon. I was floating along, of course, four or five miles an hour; but you don’t ever think of that. No, you FEEL like you are laying dead still on the water; and if a little glimpse of a snag slips by you don’t think to yourself how fast YOU’RE going, but you catch your breath and think, my! how that snag’s tearing along. If you think it ain’t dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once — you’ll see. Next, for about a half an hour, I whoops now and then; at last I hears the answer a long ways off, and tries to follow it, but I couldn’t do it, and directly I judged I’d got into a nest of towheads, for I had little dim glimpses of them on both sides of me — sometimes just a narrow channel between, and some that I couldn’t see I knowed was there because I’d hear the wash of the current against the old dead brush and trash that hung over the banks. Well, I warn’t long loosing the whoops down amongst the towheads; and I only tried to chase them a little while, anyway, because it was worse than chasing a Jack-o’lantern. You never knowed a sound dodge around so, and swap places so quick and so much. I had to claw away from the bank pretty lively four or five times, to keep from knocking the islands out of the river; and so I judged the raft must be butting into the bank every now and then, or else it would get further ahead and clear out of hearing — it was floating a little faster than what I was. Well, I seemed to be in the open river again by and by, but I couldn’t hear no sign of a whoop nowheres. I reckoned Jim had fetched up on a snag, maybe, and it was all up with him. I was good and tired, so I laid down in the canoe and said I wouldn’t bother no more. I didn’t want to go to sleep, of course; but I was so sleepy I couldn’t help it; so I thought I would take jest one little cat-nap. But I reckon it was more than a cat-nap, for when I waked up the stars was shining bright, the fog was all gone, and I was spinning down a big bend stern first. First I didn’t know where I was; I thought I was dreaming; and when things began to come back to me they seemed to come up dim out of last week. It was a monstrous big river here, with the tallest and the thickest kind of timber on both banks; just a solid wall, as well as I could see by the stars. I looked away down-stream, and seen a black speck on the water. I took after it; but when I got to it it warn’t nothing but a couple of sawlogs made fast together. Then I see another speck, and chased that; then another, and this time I was right. It was the raft. When I got to it Jim was setting there with his head down between his knees, asleep, with his right arm hanging over the steering-oar. The other oar was smashed off, and the raft was littered up with leaves and branches and dirt. So she’d had a rough time. I made fast and laid down under Jim’s nose on the raft, and began to gap, and stretch my fists out against Jim, and says: “Hello, Jim, have I been asleep? Why didn’t you stir me up?” “Goodness gracious, is dat you, Huck? En you ain’ dead — you ain’ drownded — you’s back agin? It’s too good for true, honey, it’s too good for true. Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o’ you. No, you ain’ dead! you’s back agin, ’live en soun’, jis de same ole Huck — de same ole Huck, thanks to goodness!” “What’s the matter with you, Jim? You been adrinking?” “Drinkin’? Has I ben a-drinkin’? Has I had a chance to be a-drinkin’?” “Well, then, what makes you talk so wild?” “How does I talk wild?” “HOW? Why, hain’t you been talking about my coming back, and all that stuff, as if I’d been gone away?” “Huck — Huck Finn, you look me in de eye; look me in de eye. HAIN’T you ben gone away?” “Gone away? Why, what in the nation do you mean? I hain’t been gone anywheres. Where would I go to?” “Well, looky here, boss, dey’s sumf’n wrong, dey is. Is I ME, or who IS I? Is I heah, or whah IS I? Now dat’s what I wants to know.” “Well, I think you’re here, plain enough, but I think you’re a tangle-headed old fool, Jim.”

“I is, is I? Well, you answer me dis: Didn’t you tote out de line in de canoe fer to make fas’ to de tow-head?” “No, I didn’t. What tow-head? I hain’t see no tow-head.” “You hain’t seen no towhead? Looky here, didn’t de line pull loose en de raf’ go a-hummin’ down de river, en leave you en de canoe behine in de fog?” “What fog?” “Why, de fog! — de fog dat’s been aroun’ all night. En didn’t you whoop, en didn’t I whoop, tell we got mix’ up in de islands en one un us got los’ en t’other one was jis’ as good as los’, ’kase he didn’ know whah he wuz? En didn’t I bust up agin a lot er dem islands en have a turrible time en mos’ git drownded? Now ain’ dat so, boss — ain’t it so? You answer me dat.” “Well, this is too many for me, Jim. I hain’t seen no fog, nor no islands, nor no troubles, nor nothing. I been setting here talking with you all night till you went to sleep about ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same. You couldn’t a got drunk in that time, so of course you’ve been dreaming.” “Dad fetch it, how is I gwyne to dream all dat in ten minutes?” “Well, hang it all, you did dream it, because there didn’t any of it happen.” “But, Huck, it’s all jis’ as plain to me as —” “It don’t make no difference how plain it is; there ain’t nothing in it. I know, because I’ve been here all the time.” Jim didn’t say nothing for about five minutes, but set there studying over it. Then he says: “Well, den, I reck’n I did dream it, Huck; but dog my cats ef it ain’t de powerfullest dream I ever see. En I hain’t ever had no dream b’fo’ dat’s tired me like dis one.” “Oh, well, that’s all right, because a dream does tire a body like everything sometimes. But this one was a staving dream; tell me all about it, Jim.” So Jim went to work and told me the whole thing right through, just as it happened, only he painted it up considerable. Then he said he must start in and “’terpret” it, because it was sent for a warning. He said the first towhead stood for a man that would try to do us some good, but the current was another man that would get us away from him. The whoops was warnings that would come to us every now and then, and if we didn’t try hard to make out to understand them they’d just take us into bad luck, ’stead of keeping us out of it. The lot of towheads was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome people and all kinds of mean folks, but if we minded our business and didn’t talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through and get out of the fog and into the big clear river, which was the free States, and wouldn’t have no more trouble. It had clouded up pretty dark just after I got on to the raft, but it was clearing up again now. “Oh, well, that’s all interpreted well enough as far as it goes, Jim,” I says; “but what does THESE things stand for?” It was the leaves and rubbish on the raft and the smashed oar. You could see them first-rate now. Jim looked at the trash, and then looked at me, and back at the trash again. He had got the dream fixed so strong in his head that he couldn’t seem to shake it loose and get the facts back into its place again right away. But when he did get the thing straightened around he looked at me steady without ever smiling, and says: “What do dey stan’ for? I’se gwyne to tell you. When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin’ for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos’ broke bekase you wuz los’, en I didn’ k’yer no’ mo’ what become er me en de raf’. En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun’, de tears come, en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful. En all you wuz thinkin’ ’bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie. Dat truck dah is TRASH; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren’s en makes ’em ashamed.” Then he got up slow and walked to the wigwam, and went in there without saying anything but that. But that was enough. It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed HIS foot to get him to take it back. It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way. Chapter XVI. WE slept most all day, and started out at night, a

little ways behind a monstrous long raft that was as long going by as a procession. She had four long sweeps at each end, so we judged she carried as many as thirty men, likely. She had five big wigwams aboard, wide apart, and an open camp fire in the middle, and a tall flag-pole at each end. There was a power of style about her. It AMOUNTED to something being a raftsman on such a craft as that. We went drifting down into a big bend, and the night clouded up and got hot. The river was very wide, and was walled with solid timber on both sides; you couldn’t see a break in it hardly ever, or a light. We talked about Cairo, and wondered whether we would know it when we got to it. I said likely we wouldn’t, because I had heard say there warn’t but about a dozen houses there, and if they didn’t happen to have them lit up, how was we going to know we was passing a town? Jim said if the two big rivers joined together there, that would show. But I said maybe we might think we was passing the foot of an island and coming into the same old river again. That disturbed Jim — and me too. So the question was, what to do? I said, paddle ashore the first time a light showed, and tell them pap was behind, coming along with a trading-scow, and was a green hand at the business, and wanted to know how far it was to Cairo. Jim thought it was a good idea, so we took a smoke on it and waited. There warn’t nothing to do now but to look out sharp for the town, and not pass it without seeing it. He said he’d be mighty sure to see it, because he’d be a free man the minute he seen it, but if he missed it he’d be in a slave country again and no more show for freedom. Every little while he jumps up and says: “Dah she is?” But it warn’t. It was Jack-o’-lanterns, or lightning bugs; so he set down again, and went to watching, same as before. Jim said it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom. Well, I can tell you it made me all over trembly and feverish, too, to hear him, because I begun to get it through my head that he WAS most free — and who was to blame for it? Why, ME. I couldn’t get that out of my conscience, no how nor no way. It got to troubling me so I couldn’t rest; I couldn’t stay still in one place. It hadn’t ever come home to me before, what this thing was that I was doing. But now it did; and it stayed with me, and scorched me more and more. I tried to make out to myself that I warn’t to blame, because I didn’t run Jim off from his rightful owner; but it warn’t no use, conscience up and says, every time, “But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could a paddled ashore and told somebody.” That was so — I couldn’t get around that noway. That was where it pinched. Conscience says to me, “What had poor Miss Watson done to you that you could see her nigger go off right under your eyes and never say one single word? What did that poor old woman do to you that you could treat her so mean? Why, she tried to learn you your book, she tried to learn you your manners, she tried to be good to you every way she knowed how. THAT’S what she done.” I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead. I fidgeted up and down the raft, abusing myself to myself, and Jim was fidgeting up and down past me. We neither of us could keep still. Every time he danced around and says, “Dah’s Cairo!” it went through me like a shot, and I thought if it WAS Cairo I reckoned I would die of miserableness. Jim talked out loud all the time while I was talking to myself. He was saying how the first thing he would do when he got to a free State he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife, which was owned on a farm close to where Miss Watson lived; and then they would both work to buy the two children, and if their master wouldn’t sell them, they’d get an Ab’litionist to go and steal them. It most froze me to hear such talk. He wouldn’t ever dared to talk such talk in his life before. Just see what a difference it made in him the minute he judged he was about free. It was according to the old saying, “Give a nigger an inch and he’ll take an ell.” Thinks I, this is what comes of my not thinking. Here was this nigger, which I had as good as helped to run away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal his children — children that belonged to a man I didn’t even know; a man that hadn’t ever done me no harm.

To Be Continued Next Issue

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■ All 2200 metre (Group 1) Finals on Saturday were to the value of $100,000 and the Two Year Old Fillies was the first to be held, going to the Emma Stewart trained Nostra Villa. Driven by Chris Alford, Nostra Villa moved to race outside stablemate Nostra Beach at the bell proving much superior in the run to the wire, scoring by 1.8 metres over Nosta Beach and Major Occasion in a mile rate of 1-57.6. The Two Year Old Colts & Geldings saw Stewart trifecta the race, with Poster Boy (Chris Alford) defeating Tam Major and Big Bad Bruce in a rate of 1-57. Coming with a late surge, Poster Boy a fully American bred colt by Somebeachsomwhere from Aston Villa registered a 5.2 metre margin. The Three Year Old Fillies went the way of yet another Stewart trainee in Tell Me Tales (Tell All-Soaring Franco) giving Gavin Lang his 6000th career victory. Always well back,Tell Me Tales charged home out wide to score a runaway 1.2 metre margin over Petacular and Carlas Pixel in 156.5. Terang trainer Marg Lee and nephew Glen Craven snared the 3Y0 Colts and Geldings with Four Starzzz-Slip Slop Slap colt Jilliby Kung Fu. Leading out from the pole, Jilliby Kung Fu was eased to take a trail on Rocknroll Icon mid-race, before using the sprint lane to prevail over the hot favourite Stars Align by 1.3 metres. Mista Lombo was third a head awa in a mile rate of 1-55. Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack landed the 4Y0 mares with Without You, a daughter of Courage Under Fire and Rocknroll Ruby in 1-56.6. Leading for the majority of the journey to account for Whirily School along the sprint lane which led out, before using the sprint lane to fail by a head, with Rocknroll Magic third. Western AustralianAmerican Ideal-Pixel Perfect entire Soho Tribeca which had been under a cloud all week, showed his qualities by winning the 4Y0 Entires Final in 1-55.2. Trained and driven by Inter Dominion winning Kim Prentice (Baltic Eagle), Soho Tribeca worked extremely hard to take over mid-race, before careering away on turning to score by 3.7 metres in advance of Professor Tom and Moonrock. A highlight of the night was the 1720 metre Melton City Council Sprint which was taken out by the Adam Kelly (ttolern Vale) trained most consistent 5Y0 Four Starzzz Shark-Flo Jo Fernandez entire Four Ex Dan, leading for the last half of the journey to register a 1.8 metre margin over Gotta Go Henry and Crocketts Cullen in a slick 1-53.2.

■ Two massive meetings were held at Harness Headquarters Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday and Saturday featuring the rich finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Sires Series for both pacers and trotters of both sexes. On Friday, it was the trotters in action and the first of the (Group 1) $80,000 Finals for 3Y0 Fillies was taken out by the Anton Golino trained and Jason Lee driven Kinvara Sue, a daughter of Yankee Spider and Pretty Peggy Sue, leading throught to score by 11.1 metres in advance of Margaret Ruth and Andyou in a mile rate of 200.4. The 3Y0 Colts & Geldings Final went the way of Ararat trainer Terry Young's TennotrumpDeltasu gelding Deltasun. Driven by Gavin Lang, Deltasun last years victor settled near last as Kheiron led from gate three. Gaining a double three wide trail home from the bell, Deltasun when taken wide on turning, sprouted wings to register a runaway 5 metre margin over Garshaway along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Dark Secret 2.5 metres away in third place off a three wide trail from last at the bell. The mile rate 2-01. The 2Y0 Fillies saw Rochester part-owner/ trainer Neville Pangrazio's Moonshine Linda greet the judge with Nathan Jack in the sulky. Trailing the leader Allthemoves from the pole, Moonshine Linda (Majestic Son-Maori Sunshine) used the sprint lane to perfection, prevailing by 1.8 metres over the pacemaker in 203.9. Black Cat Claw was third after a one/one trip. Exciting Down Under Muscles-Tupeny Bit gelding Wobelee made a one act affair of the 2YO Colts and Gelding Final. Trained by Alison Alford and driven by the state's leading reinsman husband Chris, Wobelee exploded away from gate five to lead throughout, winning unextended by 18.2 metres in a rate of 2-01.7 from Fend Off which trailed and Smashthemcalder who raced in the open. Anton Golino combined with Gavin Lang to snare the 4Y0 mares Final with Aldebaran Eve, a daughter of Skyvalley and Aldebaran Dream, leading all of the way from the pole to account for the hot favourite Into The Unknown from last racing for the bell and Rift Valley which led in 2-00.6. The margins a neck by 3.2 metres. Brent Lilley combined with Anthony Butt aboard free running Rocknroll Hanover-Endeared gelding Enrolled to capture the 4Y0 Entires and Geldings Final in 2-00 even, leading throughout to score by 7.4 metres from the hot favourite Maori Law which was a certainty beaten after trailing the winner and galloping wildly on the final bend. Big Jack Hammer was 2.9 metre away third after facing the open from the bell. The $25,000 (Group 3) 3Y0 Silver saw Anton Golino's filly Nieta (Muscle Mass-La Biscuit) use the sprint lane off the back of the leader Kyvalley Kyrie with Nathan Jack in the sulky to score by 1.7 metres in 2-00.6. Rank outsider Bootleg Bert was third 5.1 metres back. The 2Y0 Silver went to Adelaide colt Crow Power (the omen bet of the night) for caretaker trainer Lisa Miles with Anthony Butt handling the reins and producing the "drive of the night". A son of Muscle Hill and Aftanoondelite, Crow Power from gate five on the second line trailed the leader Viksun, enjoying the run of the race. Extricated into the clear approaching the final bend as Meziah assumed control, Crow Power ($32.10) finished strongly to prevail by 3.3 metres, with Viksun 32.6 metres away third. The mile rate 2-03.7. David Aiken's 6Y0 Sundon-Maori Daunou gelding Maorisfavouritesun was brilliant in winning the $20,000 (Group 3) Noopy Kiosk Trotters Free For All on the program over the sprint trip of 1730 metres. Trapped four wide after starting outside the front line, driver Mark Pitt had no option but to continue to go forward, eventually taking over at the bell. Continuing to run, Maorisfavouritesun just lasted to register a nose decision over Anton Golino's Glenferrie Burn (four back the markers) who many thought had won in a tricky finish. Conon Bridge was third 1.1 metres away from three back the markers. The mile rate 1-

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with Len Baker 55.0. Camperdown trainer John Meade's smart 5Y0 Great Success-Diamond Insitu gelding Sparkling Success returned to the winners list in the TAB.COM.Au Trotters Mobile over 2240 metres. Driven by Chris Svanosio, Sparkling Success raced uncovered throughout, scoring by 2.4 metres from Blue Sky Commander (three wide last lap) and Sun Of Anarchy which trailed the runner up home. The mile rate 2-00.6. Former top class juvenile Sundons Courage now four, led for the majority of the 2240 metre $25,000 (Group 3) 4Y0 Silver for Entires and Geldings. A Sundon-Truscott Photo entire raced, trained and driven by Brad Angove, Sundons Courage led throughout to register an easy 19.7 metre victory in 2-01.1 over Zamba Deville and Scottish Sardius.

Sugars in the sulky

■ Five year old Dawn Ofa New Day-Apple Of My Eye entire Rule Of Thumb was an impressive winner of the TAB.COM.AU Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park on Monday July 3 for Anakie trainer Tim Bolitho. With Greg Sugars in the sulky, Rule Of Thumb starting from the extreme draw circled his rival to race without cover, proving too strong at the finish to register a 10.2 metre margin in advance of Atchoo and Madison Louise in a rate of 157.5.

Ran away

■ Local trainer Steve O'Donoghue was successful with 4Y0 Lombo Pocket Watch-Cobella gelding Willem at his home track Shepparton on Wednesday. Driven by the stable's Bec Bartley, Willem starting from the extreme draw settle a "mile" off the pacemaker Bad Influence (gate two). Mowing down his rivals in the last lap, Willem scored running away by 10.1 metres from Louis Sedgwick which led on turning and Royal Vendetta in a slick rate of 1-59.3.

Led throughout ■ At Ballarat on Thursday, Sunraysia owned Grinfromeartoear-Cisstar colt Franks Very Much presently in the care of Maree Caldow, led throughout from the pole to land the 2000 metre C2 class event. Driven by John Caldow, Franks Very Much had a neck to spare on the wire over Courtney John which trailed and Gipsy Blue in a 2-03 rate.

This Week

■ Wednesday - Bendigo, Thursday - Kilmore, Friday - Mildura/Melton, Saturday - Cranbourne, Sunday - Cobram, Monday - Maryborough, Tuesday - Ballarat.

Horses to folow

■ Rock Tonight, Royal Vendetta, Our Options, Ima Wonder Bug, Cant Refuse, Sheza Spur, Redriverdebba, Hashtag. - Len Baker

Wine and Travel ■ You'd have to be a fairly contrary soul to argue these days against the importance of the role played by climate and aspect on the quality of wine. It's something covered generally by the French term 'terroir', which also includes things such as soil and vineyard layout. A major part of 'terroir' is a vineyard's altitude, something that's closely related to climate and hence to how a wine tastes. It's why the best of Queensland's wines generally come from the Granite Belt, high up in the Great Dividing Range, to the southwest of Brisbane, where vineyard altitudes generally run between about 700 and 1000 metres. But we're staying south of the border today, where McWilliams has just launched its new McW 480 and McW 660 Reserve ranges, with labels proudly displaying the contours of topographic maps and the numbers referring to elevation above sea level. The McW 480 range is priced at about $20 and comprises a Hilltops Shiraz alongside a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir from Tumbarumba. The McW 660 Reserve range takes it up a bit in price to about $25 and quite significantly in altitude, to vineyards averaging some 660 metres elevation. Here we get a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir from Tumbarumba, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Shiraz from Hilltops, and a Syrah from near Canberra. Shiraz and syrah are made from the same grape variety, with the latter generally being more savoury and European in style, the former being bolder and brasher, in the style of the big Barossa reds Australians have grown quite accustomed to. I've tasted a few of the Reserve wines and think that they offer plenty of distinctively cool-climate flavour and represent excellent value for money. Winemaker Jim Chatto has delivered medium-bodied wines which have been made to accompany food - and do so very nicely, thank you very much. Visit WINE REVIEWS McWilliams 2016 McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay ($25): An elegant cool-climate dry white that resides very much in the nectarine fruit spectrum, with a layer of complexing but unobtrusive oak. It's a wine that will match quite richly flavoured dishes. Think grilled salmon or roast chicken. McWilliams 2015 McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon ($25): You can taste here exactly why cabernet is a district hero an amalgam of blackberries, cassis and chocolate, with plenty of firm tannins. I'm not one to discourage adventurous rood-wine pairing, but for me cabernet will always be about lamb. WINE OF THE WEEK Pig in the House 2016 Organic Chardonnay ($25): The vines that this comes from is the closest to Windowrie vineyard manager Jason O'Dea's house near Canowindra so he turned them organic to avoid any nasties entering his family's life. It's what I'd describe as a really 'solid' dry white, with fruit and oak in good balance. I like it, especially with richly white-sauced pasta. - John Rozentals

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● Chloe Smith, Charlotte Zadorozniak and Ruby Dunston in Beauty and the Beast Jr. Photo: Kate Manicom ■ Eltham Little Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast Jr until July 23 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre. Directed by John Leahy, the classic story tells of Belle, a ■ Nicole Byers is the new Editor-in-Chief of The Austrayoung woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really lian Women's Weekly. Nicole has been Editor-in-Chief of a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. OK! for the past seven years and has previously edited If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end Woman's Day, NW and TV Week. and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running ■ Chris Gillett has joined the ABC’s 7.30 as a Producer. out. Chris had previously worked as a Producer at The Project Music is by Alan Menken, book by Linda Woolverton and and, prior to that, was a journalist at the Herald Sun. lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Performances: Until July 23 (check website for times) ■ James Dean has announced he will be finishing at ABC Venue: Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd, ReNews in Bendigo, to join the ABC in Alice Springs as a search. Field Reporter. Tickets: $25 or concession and groups of 10 $20 ■ Matt Smithson has left journalism and joined the City Bookings: of Melbourne as a Media Adviser. - Cheryl Threadgold

Media Flashes

● Jacqui Moore (Baker’s Wife) and Omar Moustafa (Baker) in Into the Woods. ■ Aspect Theatre presents Into the Woods from July 2129 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale. What happens to everyone after “they lived happily ever after”? Into the Woods weaves the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk along with a baker and his wife, a witch, Rapunzel and two handsome princes into a beguiling and mysterious musical journey about family and interdependence where the woods represent life’s journey and the consequences of choice Into the Woods is the most performed and popular of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Company) musicals. The directors of this production, Jane Court and Dean Mitrousis, have chosen a path into the woods less travelled, “It was with some trepidation that we tackled Into the Woods,” says Jane. “We have taken a slightly controversial approach to this show, inspired by our choreographer Keir Jasper’s vision to fuse Into the Woods with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’ Dream, and have used a deliberate synthesis of styles in sets, costumes and performance, which is in keeping with the blend of fables of this story. “Sondheim musicals are regarded as the Shakespeare of music theatre and we wanted to make the story as accessible as possible for those who may not be familiar with this show by slowing the dialogue to ensure the narrative is strong. “Sondheim himself described it this way” ‘It’s about moral responsibility—the responsibility you have in getting your wish not to cheat and step on other people’s toes, because it rebounds’.” Dates and Times: July 21 at 7.30pm, July 22 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, July 23 at 4pm, July 27 and July 28 at 7.30pm and July 29 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Bookings at book/ event?eid=269335& - Cheryl Threadgold


■ Jenny Wynter takes on the persona of a performance superstar reflecting on her career in Fully Made Up – a one woman show replete with guest artists and a pianist. Furthermore, the audience become part of the story with their suggestions of names, places and quotes becoming part of the story making the notion of a ‘one woman show’ all the more contentious. But that’s all part of the anarchic fun in this cabaret. Matthew Hadgraft provides the piano accompaniment to Wynter’s show and the tunes and rhythms he plays set the pace and meter of what Wynter performs. The name of Wynter’s character can change each night and is dependent on the perspicacity of the audience. (I had to use the word perspicacious as it was the only time during the evening when Wynter was slightly thrown when weaving random submissions from the audience into the narrative. Not even an errant false eyelash could sway her from her objective.) The loose life arc of Wynter’s fictional character forms the foundation of her narrative; her early years, discovery, relationships, Broadway appearance and return home. Into this mix is thrown audience suggestions on sheets filled out prior to the show drawn randomly from a hat.

● Jenny Wynter in Fully Made Up. The sometime incongruous remarks are hilarious and even serendipitous (another audience contribution) making for great hilarity and a challenge for Wynter to integrate. The liberal structure and improvised chaos means even Wynter’s daughter was included in the show along with a different guest artist each night. The intimate confines of The Butterfly Club are the perfect setting with shared mirth being infectious. Audience members wait to see if their suggestions will be included and revel in the ridiculous associations that emerge. Just 60 minutes in duration, this show would be a perfect way to round out an evening in town. - Review by David McLean

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Rick in Victoria ■ Australian music legend Rick Price will bring his Brought To Life A 'Dead Man Walkin' tour to Victoria. The multi-award winner will also be releasing his new single Dead Man Walkin from his album Tennessee Sky on September 29 to coincide with his schedule of shows. This year Rick celebrates the 25th Anniversary of his debut album Heaven Knows, an album that garnered him critical acclaim from all over the world. Show dates and location at Good Friday Appeal.

New duo

■ Melbourne crooner and all-round entertainer Frankie Stevens is to team up with fellow Victorian and former Young Talent Time legend Derek Redfern for a series of shows. The two will combine their decades of entertainment experience for a pleasant trip down memory lane. The classic songs from music's finest performers will be showcased. Their first show will be at theThe NewAtrium in Safety Beach on Friday, September 8. Bookings to open soon.

4 Peace band ■ The 4 Peace band will rock the Mentone RSL on Friday, July 21 from 8pm. Covering all the hits of the 60s 70s and more, the boys always get a great response for their playlist of classic songs. Dinner bookings : 9583 2841 - Rob Foenander

News around Victoria

$238m ad spend in Melb. ■ Radio revenue for metropolitan markets was flat for the financial year ended June 30, 2017, according to figures released by industry body, Commercial Radio Australia. According to the Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue figures , as sourced by Deloitte, advertising revenue for the 12 months ending June for the five metropolitan markets was slightly down 0.21 per cent to a total of $773.849 million, compared to the previous financial year It is the first contraction in growth since 2012. Melbourne was up 0.27 per cent to $238.201 million.

Honour for John

■ RSN927 has honoured the radio career of racing host John Browne, who has retired after 50 years behind the microphone. Jocks Journal reports that for the past 28 years John has been the consummate RSN927 studio host, co-ordinating the live presentation

■ Military hero Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was born in Wangaratta in 1907. He died aged 85 in 1993. American comedian Milton Berle was born in 1908. He died aged 93 in 2002. Australian writer Phillip Adams was born in Maryborough, Vic., in 1939 (78).

of up to a dozen race meetings at a time, while making it all sound as smooth as silk. John came to RSN927 when it was still known as 3UZ, crossing over from 3DB, shortly after that station closed its racing service. Before that, John had been a radio announcer across Victoria and Tasmania, starting his career at 7BU Burnie in 1964. The reassuring tones of “the old J.B.” will be missed by punters who loved John’s clear and concise style. John told RSN he’ll still be a presence in racing, though now as a racegoer.

Radio Briefs

■ James Speed has been announced as the new Content Director at K Rock 95.9 in Geelong. He starts in the new role on August 14 and will be taking over from departing Content Director, Leigh Kuhlmann. ■ Former Joy 94.9 colunteer Matt Wade has been appointed as Editor, Star Observer.

Britni meets her match in Melb. ■ Dynamic Britni Leslie combines powerful vocals, emotive storytelling and comedic moments, with impeccably timed scripted repartee from accompanist Tim Verdon, to share her life chapters from Bourbon Street, Alabama to Orlando, to New York, to Broadway, then the biggest move of all … to Melbourne to marry the man of her dreams. In Bourbon Street to Broadway presented at The Butterfly Club, Leslie immersed her audience in her story, from the tutu-wearing little girl dancing on her front lawn, to packing her bags for Disneyworld in excited anticipation, and then being offered a ’fur’ character role in humid weather . Leslie’s genuine thrill when offered a ‘face character’ seems truly genuine, and no doubt she would have delighted Disneyworld guests, young and old, in her roles as Belle, Alice and the Little Mermaid. Around this time in the story, dialogue became a little indistinct, and this was noticeable because Leslie’s adventure is interesting and should be heard loud and clear; fortunately clarity picked up again not long after. Using humour and song, Leslie showcases Broadway favourites while cleverly recounting her experiences when queuing for auditions, and we share her success at achieving work in off-Broadway and Broadway shows. According to Leslie’s bio, she has also worked at Universal Studios, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare

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All My Sons


■ American actor Bob Crane, of Hogan’s heroes fame, was born in 1928. He died aged 49 in 1978. English stage and film actor Patrick Stewart is 77. His best known work is Star Wars. American actor Harrison Ford was born in Chicago in 1942.

● Musical comedian Britni Leslie Theatre and Sea World. Leslie’s professionalism is also evident in the attention paid to detail in the staging of her pink-themed cabaret show, Eclipsing the glittery silver shoes and earrings that sparkle in Britni Leslie’s show, is her mega talent for captivating audiences with her sincere, emotive and comedic storytelling, and impressive vocal range. And congratulations to Tim Verdon for his superb keyboard accompaniment. Welcome to Melbourne, Britni! We look forward to enjoying your performances again - sooner rather than later. - Cheryl Threadgold

■ Heidelberg’s production of Arthur Miller’s award winning 1947 play All My Sons, directed by Chris McLean, is measured and thoughtful, featuring strong and intense performances. The play takes place three years on from a major event that rocked the Keller and Deever families. Joe Keller (George Werther), is owner of a factory that once made parts for WWII aircraft. When a shipment of defective parts results in the deaths of 21 pilots, Joe’s partner and friend Steve Deever is blamed and jailed. Joe is cleared of any involvement. Joe’s eldest son Larry, a WWII fighter pilot, has been missing in action presumed dead for the past three years. His wife Kate (Julie Arnold) refuses to believe he is dead. When Joe’s youngest son Chris (Liam Gillespie)invites Anne Deever (ClairAbagia), Larry’s former sweetheart to visit with the intention of marrying her, devastating secrets are exposed and the family’s happy veneer crumbles. Arnold as Kate gives a remarkable performance, intensely portraying the fragile and unhinged mother, in denial and fearful of the truth, she is desperate to keep the family together. Gillespie is convincing as Joe’s idealistic and idolising son, and projects beautifully. However when the truth is revealed, the complexity and depth of emotion wasn’t quite there. Werther’s Joe is conflicted by his own contradictions – the honest and hardworking family man versus the dishonest and ruthless businessman unable to take moral responsibility for his actions. Abagia gives a considered performance, as do supporting cast. The effective set by Chris McLean and Marie Mackrell features an impressive twostorey home that looks out over the back yard where all the action takes place. Lighting design (Deryk Hartwick), effectively portrays the varying hours of the day/ night, and costumes (Wendy Drowley) create a real sense of the era. McLean has done a great job ensuring the melodramatic elements don’t distract from this classic Miller tragedy. Performance season: 8pm Wednesday to Saturday until July 22, 2pm Sundays and final Saturday July 22 Venue: Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna Tickets: $27 Full, $24 Concession Bookings: - Review by Beth Klein

Media Flashes ■ Neil Bennett has been appointed National Photographic Manager for the News Corp metropolitan titles. ■ Indigenous radio program Living Black has relaunched as NITV Radio. ■ Alysia Thomas-Sam has joined A Current Affair as a Producer (Melbourne). Melbourne


Friday July 14

Saturday July 15

■ English actor TerryThomas (Thomas Terry Hoare-Stevens) was born in London in 1911. He died aged 78 in 1990. US folk singer Woody Guthrie was born in 1912. He died aged 55 in 1967. Australian actor John Wood, star of Blue Heelers, in 1946 (71).

■ Dutch painter Rembrandt (Haremensz Van Rijn) was born in Holland in 1606. He died aged 63 in 1669. American singer Linda Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1946 (71). Politician Peter Reith is 68 (1949). Actress Joy Smithers is 54.

Sunday July 16 ■ Actress Barbara Stanwyck (Ruby Stevens) was born in New York in 1907. She died aged 82 in 1990. US actress Ginger Rogers (Virginia McMath) was born in 1911. She died aged 83 in 1995. TV presenter Don Burke was born in 1947 (70).

Monday July 17

■ US actor James Cagney was born in New York in 1899. He died aged 86 in 1986. Art Linkletter (Gordon Arthur Kelly) was born in Canada in 1912. He died aged 97 in 2010. Actress Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy) was born in 1951 (66).

Tuesday July 18 ■ Comedian Red Skelton was born in Indiana in 1913. He died aged 84 in 1997. Nelson Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918. Athlete Shirley De La Hunty (nee Strickland) was born in 1925. She died aged 78 in 2004. Cricketer Dennis Lillee is 68 (1949).

Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of Jocks Journal for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates. Jocks Journal is Australia’s longest running radio industry publication. ■ Melbourne Find out more at


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■ Historically Informed Performance (HIP) are the buzzwords in classical music circles. On July 22 in Richmond, Ensemble Goldentree will present a new pocket-sized project focusing on this practice of bringing new life to early music on original instruments, with the composers’ intentions front and centre. Ensemble Goldentree comprises nine musicians, including dedicated early-music specialists, who will perform J.S. Bach’s Peasant Cantata, a work full of good humour, with vocal soloists Alison McIntosh-Deszcz (soprano) and Stephen Marsh (baritone). Hear one of Bach's only two secular Cantatas, written with pointed comment towards local politics and tax collectors. Accompanying this work will be a specially curated suite of works by French Baroque composer, Rameau. This suite has been edited and prepared especially for this performance, from original manuscripts by Arun Patterson (violin and concertmaster) and Hannah SpracklanHoll. Ensemble Goldentree isinviting the public to help make their 2017 projects happen, by attending concerts and contributing to the 2017 Commissions and HIP Pocket Project fundraising page on the Australian Cultural Fund website. The ensemble hopes to raise at least $3000 to go towards paying the Early Music specialist performers for the HIP Pocket Project and Australian composers for commissions to be performed in September. 100 per cent of funds raised will go to the artists involved. Performance date: Saturday, July 22 at 7pm Venue: St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 360 Church St, Richmond Bookings and Enquiries: 0403 837 981 - Cheryl Threadgold

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Shrek Jnr

● Princess Fiona (Jasmine Arthur), Shrek (Tristan Sicari), Donkey (Aidan Khan) in Shrek the Musical Jr. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, ■ The Young Australian Broadway Chorus presents Shrek the Musical Jr for 10 perfor- Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show for the mances from July 12-15 at the Union Theatre, whole family, based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture and the book by William Parkville. In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek Steig Wednesday, July 12 at 11am and 2pm finds his swamp invaded by banished fairy-tale Thursday, July 13 at 11am, 2pm and 7pm misfits, runaways who've been cast off by Lord Friday, July 14 at 2pm and 7pm Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. Saturday, July 15 at 11am, 2pm and 7pm When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking Weekday Matinee tickets $22.50; Evenings/ donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Saturday Matinee $27.50 Bookings: or 8199 8344 Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be reVenue: Union Theatre, Union House, turned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn't be complete without Melbourne University, Parkville. - Cheryl Threadgold unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business

Mirror’s Edhe

■ Union House Theatre presents Mirror’s Edge from July 27-29 and August 3-5 at the Union Theatre, Melbourne University. Written by Kim Ho and directed by Petra Kalive, Mirror’s Edge tells of Sea Lake dying - a tiny drought-stricken town in the heart of the Mallee. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a busload of Chinese tourists turns up to take photos on the nearby salt lake. When the sun goes down, when the light’s just right, the lake turns to mirror-water and it’s like walking on sky. Not far behind these unlikely visitors comes Kai, fleeing Melbourne, broken and adrift. As Kai begins to understand this strange new place, its cultures and stories begin refracting through one another. With tenderness and humour, Mirror’s Edge explores the complexities of cross-cultural encounters. Developed as part of Cybec Electric and Asiatopa 2017 at Melbourne Theatre Company Performance Dates: July 27-29,August 25 Time: 7:30pm, and Matinee show Aug. 5 at 3pm Venue: Union Theatre, Ground Floor, Union House Tickets: Full $20, Concession $15, School groups $10 each ‘Pay as you feel’ performances – Aug. 2, 7:30pm, and Aug 5, 3pm Bookings: or at the door Accessibility: The Union Theatre is wheelchair accessible. - Cheryl Threadgold

● Caity Ellett, Melinda Hughes, Bernadette Byrne, Nicole Hickman and Georgyia Tino in Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, presented by the Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group. (Missing from photo: Lauren Nicholls and Andrew Percy) ■ The Queenscliffe LightNever far from reality, this tertainment industry on the house Theatre Group presents seriously funny play exposes Bellarine Peninsula. Performance Venue: Secret Bridesmaids’ Business the insanity that can be created from August 11-19 at the as the wedding juggernaut Queenscliff Uniting Church, Queenscliff Uniting Church. threatens to swerve out of con- 83-89 Hesse St, Queenscliff Performance Dates and Written by Elizabeth trol. Coleman and directed by Marriage may be a wonder- times: August 11 at 7:30pm, Debbie Fraser, the play is set ful thing, but after a night like August 12 at 2:00pm and the night before Meg and Jim’s this, could it really be worth it? 7.30pm, August 17 at 7.30pm, wedding. Queenscliffe Lighthouse August 18 at 7.30pm, August She and her bridesmaids Theatre Group was estblished 19 at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. Tickets now available are planning to kick up their in 2001 by a small group of eight heels as the final hours before founding members and has online at Also on sale at Queenscliff the big day tick down. How- staged a number of successful Information Centre, 55 Hesse ever not everything goes to plan, shows in that time. as a last minute scandal threatThe company continues to St. Ph 5258 4843. Adults $30 ; ens to ruin the whole affair. fill an important niche in the en- Concession $25.

Amazing Garce ■ Manilla Street Productions presents Amazing Grace, a calisthenics musical production from February 9 -11 at the National Theatre, St Kilda. Just like Riverdance did for Irish dancing, Amazing Grace takes the world of calisthenics to mainstream audiences with a new production showcasing the strength, grace and artistry of this unique Australian artform. Amazing Grace combines the best of calisthenics (perfectly synchronised choreography) with the vocal and theatrical highs of musical theatre. Freed from the confines of the competition world, Amazing Grace features choreography and staging that breaks away from the rules of traditional calisthenics. With a cast of more than 30 of Australia’s elite calisthenics and musical theatre performers, this production features new arrangements of over 20 songs, ranging from classical to musical theatre favourites performed by a live orchestra. Calisthenics is a local invention combining elements of gymnastics and dance. The highest accolade for a competitor is to be named Most Graceful Girl at the Royal South Street (RSS) competitions. Joining the Amazing Grace cast are both past and present Graceful Girls including half of this year’s RSS Graceful solo finalists and five national winning soloists. Amazing Grace’s creator and director Karen Jemison has teamed up with cali. choreographers Jeanne Sorich and Lucinda Williams, both previous Graceful Girl winners and two of Australia’s top calisthenics coaches to create the show. Performance Details: February 9 -11 Venue: National Theatre, St Kilda Tickets: From $45 Bookings: or Box Office, or 9525 4611

Body in the Library

■ Compere (and 2011 Scarlet StilettoAward winner) Angela Savage will introduce a selection of winning Body in the Library stories from Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards on Friday, August 4, at 5.30pm at the Athenaeum Library. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ category of the Scarlet Stiletto Awards by offering a $1000 prize to the winner and $500 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number of entries grow each year, clearly a prize worth killing for. The ‘Body in the Library’Award honours Agatha Christie and her pioneering 1942 Miss Marple novel of the same name. In the Foreword, Christie describes ’the body in the library‘ as a cliché of detective fiction and her novel consciously (and ironically) reworks the genre. The winning stories continue this grand tradition. Hear readings of: The Body in The Library by Dawn Farnham (Yokine, WA); The Book Club by Natalie Conyer (Mosman, NSW); and The Team from Information Services by Catherine Moffat (Lake Munmorah, NSW)k. MelbourneAthenaeum Library Manager Sue Westwood will read Christie’s Foreword then stories will be read by authors Jane Clifton, Susanna Lobezand Leigh Redhead. Entry includes a glass of wine with cheese from 5.30pm. Readings from 6pm–7.30pm. Date: Friday, August 4 at 5.30pm Tickets: $15/$10 members of the Athenaeum Library, Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria Bookings: Click 294399 to book by Wednesday August. 2. Bookings are essential as seating is limited. Venue: The Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins St, Melbourne

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Observer Showbiz What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: ALONE IN BERLIN: Genre: Drama. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl. Year: 2016. Rating: MA15+ Length: 103 Minutes. Stars: ***½ Verdict: Gripping and haunting story of a working class couple in 1940 Berlin who receive news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield, so they decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way by writing anti-Hitler/Nazi cards and leaving them scattered throughout the city, and before long the Gestapo is hunting a major threat. Based on the extraordinary true story of Otto and Anna Quangel, Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson portray the embittered and disillusioned couple with a sadness and dignity with great emotional effect, as do Daniel Bruhl as the investigating Police officer and Mikael Persbrandt as the brutal SS Officer. However, the film does only slightly lack the urgency and intensity that was captured with nail-biting and shattering effect in 2005's similarly themed "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days." Nonetheless, the flaws are minor, as this is a highly respectful and competently executed fact-based thriller with enough grip and emotional effect to make the journey well worth the effort. Previously filmed as a West German TV movie in 1962, an East German mini-series in 1970, and as the West German feature film "Everyone Dies Alone" in 1976. This is the first English language version bringing the story to an international audience. Those interested in reading further on this story, the book translated into English for the first time in 2010. Highly recommended! FILM: AFTERMATH: Genre: Drama/Thriller. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 94 Minutes. Stars: *** Verdict: Inspired by actual events, the lives of two complete strangers become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash after an air traffic controllers error causes the death of a construction foreman's wife and daughter and he feels compelled for revenge. Slow burning and compelling drama with both Schwarzenegger and McNairy giving solid performances, and though slightly flawed on some of its authenticity, it is nonetheless a worthy watch. Aftermath is based on the real-life crash of Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and DHL Flight 611 when the two planes crashed into each other in midair over the town of Überlingen, Germany on July 1, 2002. Though names and places were changed for the film, Schwarzenegger's character is based on Russian born Vitaly Kaloyev, a former architect who murdered Peter Nielsen, an air traffic controller handling traffic when the collision occurred. He was found not guilty for the main responsibility in the inquest. However, Kaloyev held Nielsen responsible, and in 2004 he travelled to the Swiss town of Kloten and stabbed him to death. The story is also the basis of an episode of "Air Crash Investigation" entitled "Deadly Crossroads." Father's Day recommendation: FILM: THE STEVEN SPIELBERG DIRECTOR'S COLLECTION (Box Set): Genre: Thriller/Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi/War. Cast: Goldie Hawn, Dennis Weaver, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Treat Williams, and Many More! Year: Assorted Years/TBC/Assorted Running Times. Stars: ***** Verdict: Outstanding selection of Steven Spielberg films, four of which are released on Blu-ray for the first time. With an extraordinary career spanning over 40 years, this spectacular Blu-ray box set features multi Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg's Universal Pictures classics and includes his first nail-biting feature DUEL (1971) starring Dennis Weaver, his first theatrical made feature, the gripping THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974) starring Oscar winner Goldie Hawn, followed by the all-time classic blockbuster JAWS (1975) with Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, the epic all-star-cast WWII comedy 1941 (1979) featuring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Treat Williams and Ned Beatty, and includes both the Theatrical & Extended Versions, the poignant and thrilling blockbuster fantasy-adventure E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982), the heartwarming romantic-comedy-drama ALWAYS (1989) with Richard Dreyfuss, John Goodman, Holly Hunter and the irreplaceable Audrey Hepburn in her final big screen role, the groundbreaking and spectacular edge-of-your-seat adventure JURASSIC PARK (1993) with Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Richard Attenborough, and finally, the thrilling sequel THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997) with Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore and Richard Attenborough. Each title is available individually on DVD. It just doesn't get any better than this! - James Sherlock

Movies, DVDs With Jim Sherlock and Aaron Rourke

The Good, Bad and Forgettable ■ Is the year really half over already? Where has the time gone? Seeing some good movies I hope. So far 2017 has given us some gems, but unfortunately there have also been a few ineptly prepared concoctions, while a group of films that promised a lot actually delivered very little. Here is my list of the best, worst, and disappointing movies for the first half of the year. THE GOOD Toni Erdmann - Unique comedy/drama from Germany was unlucky not to win Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars;A Man Called Ove - Reminiscent of the Bill Murray film St Vincent, but this Swedish flick is far superior; 13th Passionate documentary detailing the shrewd, legal continuation of slavery in the US; Moonlight - Brilliantly crafted drama that deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Film; Christine - One of the most overlooked films of the year, and Rebecca Hall should have got the Oscar for Best Actress; What's In The Darkness - Bleak drama from China that details the awakening of a teenage girl living under an oppressive government; A Monster Calls - Still yet to be released in Australia, this touching, intelligent film finally arrives on July 27; Silence - A noticeable absence at this year's Oscars, this labour of love from Martin Scorsese is thoughtful, exquisitely made viewing; Manchester By The Sea Heart-wrenching drama is superbly acted and beautifully written by Kenneth Lonergan; Jackie Centred by an outstanding performance by Natalie Portman, this has a refreshingly left-of-centre approach to a frequently covered subject; Big Bang Made : The Movie Expertly crafted doco covering the 10th anniversary world tour of South Korean band Big Bang; Too Young To Die - Hilarious, crazily constructed fantasy/comedy from Kankuro Kudo is definitely oneof-a-kind; Ethel & Ernest - Charming animated film based on the memories of author Raymond Briggs; The Emperor In August Intriguing WWII drama detailing the meetings that lead to the Japanese Emperor's surrender speech; They Call Me Joog Robot - Antihero film from Italy that is a breath of fresh air amongst the slick, neverending stream of Hollywood superhero movies; Long Way North Strikingly animated film from the producers of The Secret Of Kells; The Eagle Huntress - Crowdpleasing doco about the first ever female eagle trainer to compete in Mongolia; Frantz - Gorgeously filmed post-WWII French drama that evocatively deals with borders, barriers, and the price of blind nationalism; Notes On Blindness Cleverly made dramatisation that places actual audio recordings over a series of effectively recreated events; It's Only The End Of The World - Xavier Dolan gives us his version of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf, complete with first-rate cast; John Wick : Chapter 2 - Stunning follow-up to the 2014 original, this ultra-stylish sequel is surprisingly

better; The Fury Of A Patient Man - Very low-key Spanish thriller about a husband out for revenge. Will reward the patient; By Sidney Lumet - Glowing tribute to the great US film-maker, who crafted numerous cinematic classics over 50 years; Divines - Powerful French drama anchored by two strong performances from its youthful leads; The Lure - Bizarre fantasy/horror/ musical/romance from Poland, about two cannibalistic mermaids who become cabaret performers; Pandora - Entertaining, old-fashioned disaster story from South Korea that also criticises government inaction and corruption; I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore - Actor Macon Blair makes an impressive debut as writer/director with this darkly comic look at modern societal dysfunction; Raising Can : Director's Cut - Brian DePalma's under-rated thriller is re-edited back to its original narrative format, with terrific results; Loving - Graceful true-life drama from talented director Jeff Nichols; Kong : Skull Island - Surprisingly entertaining return to Kong territory, mixing exciting action with potent anti-war messages; Get Out - Comedian Jordan Peele shows his love for horror movies with a film that is filled with genuine dread and unease; Catfight Sandra Oh and Anne Heche beat the hell out of each other in this unsubtle but satisfying satire; Brimstone - If you thought The Homesman was a downbeat western, wait until you see this. Guy Pearce is scarily good. Requires patience, but the rewards are worth it; Rogue One - After the misfire that was The Force Awakens, this prequel to Star Wars is a much more balanced, assured effort; Life - Unfairly maligned sci-fi/horror wears its references lovingly on its sleeve; A Date For Mad Mary - Perceptive Irish comedy/drama, with a great performance from Seana Kerslake; Don't Kill It - Yes, it does star Dolph Lundgren, but this The Hidden/ Fallen/Shocker inspired splatterfest is a lot of fun; T2 : Trainspotting - Superb sequel to the 90's classic, full of melancholy and self-reflective humour; Prevenge - A nasty, well-crafted black comedy that is reminiscent of Baby Blood; A Silent Voice Moving, well-written Japanese drama also features wonderful animation; Aftermath - Very loosely based on a true story, this is a moody, low-key experience, with good work from Arnold Schwarzenegger and especially Scoot McNairy; The Void - Tremendously entertaining tribute to 80's horror, handled with love and flair; A Quiet Passion Terence Davies brings us one of his best films with this me ticulous look at the life of poet Emily Dickinson; Free Fire - Genre artist Ben Wheatley delivers again with this taut, star-studded bullet fest; Suspiria 4K - Restored to its original glory, this is still an overwhelming cinematic experience; Detour - Smart, mean and lean tribute to 40's film noir; My Life As A Courgette - Emotionally involving animated film that is sweet and sad; Turn To Page 38

Top 10 Lists JULY 9 to JULY 15 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. DESPICABLE ME 3. 2. TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. 3. WONDER WOMAN. 4. CARS 3. 5. THE HOUSE. 6. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL. 7. ROUGH NIGHT. 8. THE MUMMY. 9. ALL EYEZ ON ME. 10. BAYWATCH. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: JULY 6: CHICKEN PEOPLE, EVERYTHING-EVERYTHING, IT COMES AT NIGHT, OUR TIME WILL COME, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. JULY 13: A DATE FOR MAD MARY, BABY DRIVER, THE BEGUILED. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Fantasy/Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans]. 2. T2: TRAINSPOTTING [Drama/Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Robert Carlyle]. 3. ALONE IN BERLIN [Drama/Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl]. 4. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE [Animated/ Rosario Dawson, Will Arnett, Michael Cera]. 5. JASPER JONES [Drama/Toni Collette, Angourie Rice, Hugo Weaving]. 6. THE SPACE BETWEEN US [Fantasy/ Drama/Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman]. 7. LOVING [Drama/Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton]. 8. GENIUS [Drama/Biography/Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman]. 9. POWER RANGERS [207/Action/Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, R.J. Cyler]. Also: LOGAN, SILENCE, AFTERMATH, HIDDEN FIGURES, A FEW LESS MEN, RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, BEFORE I FALL, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, THE GREAT WALL. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: LIFE [Science Fiction/Horror/Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds]. BOSS BABY [Animated/Family/Comedy/Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel]. BRIMSTONE [Western/Dakota Fanning, Kit Harrington, Carice van Houten]. PLANETARIUM [Drama/Mystery/Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger]. BITTER HARVEST [Drama/Samantha Banks, Terence Stamp, Max Irons]. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON BLU-RAY THIS WEEK: LIFE [Science Fiction/Horror/Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds]. BOSS BABY [Animated/Family/Comedy/Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel]. BRIMSTONE [Western/Dakota Fanning, Kit Harrington, Carice van Houten]. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Anniversary Edition [Comedy/Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna]. GRIMM: Season 5. NEW & RE-RELEASE AND CLASSIC MOVIES ON DVD HIGHLIGHTS: DUNKIRK [1958/War/Historical/Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, John Mills]. MacARTHUR [1977/War/Historical/Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders]. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Anniversary Edition [Comedy/Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC DVD HIGHLIGHTS: GRIMM: Season 5. THE REPLACEMENT: Season 1. HEY DUGGEE: TIDY UP BADGE. RONNY CHIENG: International Student.

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Observer Showbiz Merrily We Roll Along

● Lyall Brooks and Cristina D’Agostino in Merrily We Roll Along. Photo: Jodie Hutchinson ■ A talented cast and Stephen Sondheim’s catchy score make the Watch This production of Merrily We Roll Along an enjoyable experience despite problems with the set, choreography and direction. Merrily We Roll Along – which originally opened on Broadway in 1981 and ran for a mere 16 performances (not counting the 50+ previews) - is an intriguing piece that moves backwards in time. It recounts the life and friendships of Frank Shepard (Lyall Brooks) – once a gifted but struggling Broadway composer who eventually makes it big in Hollywood at the expense of his close friendship with Mary (Nicole Melloy) and lyricist partner Charley (Nelson Gardner). The breakdown of friendships and dreams is a compelling and sad story but the characters were played in a way that evoked little sympathy. Instead of it being a tale about Frank’s ruthless ambitions (which I think was Sondheim’s intention), it feels more like one of resentful friends trying to hold Frank back. Nevertheless the three leads, Brooks, Melloy and Gardner did extremely well performing songs effortlessly with just the right amount of emotion and gusto, and without mics. The sweet voice of Sophie Weiss, as Frank’s forsaken first wife, is in apt contrast to Cristina D’Agostino’s at times guttural tones. With more nuanced direction D’Agostino’s Gussie, the husband-stealing star and seductress, may not have overplayed her character as she did. The ensemble was strong, in particular Vidya Makan and musical direction and accompanist (Cameron Thomas) was excellent. Regrettably there were missed opportunities for dynamic choreography and visuals, particularly in The Blob scene and the Opening Doors sequence, due to a massive staircase taking up almost half the stage. It restricted movement, was distracting and got in the way. Director Sara Grenfell made some interesting choices with regards to characterisation and set that made for an imbalanced production that ultimately failed to make the most of its talented cast. Performance dates: 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday until July 15 Venue: Southbank Theatre, The Lawler Tickets: Full $49, concession $39. - Review by Beth Klein ■ Cheryl Threadgold heads our team of honorary reviewers including Mark Briggs, Rita Crispin, Martin Curtis, Sherryn Danaher, Greg Every, Lyn Hurst, Kathryn Keeble, Beth Klein, Deborah Marinaro, Graeme McCoubrie, Catherine, McGregor, David McLean, Maggie Morrison, Jill Page, Kylie Rackham, Elizabeth Semmel.

Local Theatre With Cheryl Threadgold

Housekeeper, at Clayton SHOWS


■ Encore Theatre: The Housekeeper (by James Prideaux) Until July 22 at the Clayton Theatrette, 9 Cooke St., Clayton. Director: Geoff Hickey. Bookings: 1300 739 099. ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Australia Day (by Jonathan Biggins) Until July 15 at Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Director: Martin Gibbs. 9587 5141 ■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: Pygmalion (by George Bernard Shaw) Until July 22 .at the Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West. Bookings: GPAC 5225 1200. ■ Ballarat National Theatre: Falling From Grace (by Hannie Rayson) until July 15 at The Courthouse Theatre, SMB Campus (between Grant and Dana Sts), Ballarat. Director: Peter Nethercote. Bookings: 0401 609 335. ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: Vincent in Brixton (by Nicholas Wright), Until July 15 at 2 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Shirley Sydenham. Bookings:9885 9678 or ■ Diamond Valley Singers: The Mikado (by Gilbert & Sullivan) Until July 15 at the Warrandyte High School, Alexander rd., Warrandyte. Bookings: 9439 7843 ■ Eltham Little Theatre: Beauty and the Beast Jr, Until July 23 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research. Director: John Leahy. Tickets: $25/$20. Bookings: ■ Fab Nobs Theatre: Shrek Jnr Until July 16,

at 7.30pm at The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater. Bookings: www.fabnobstheatre. Anne 0401 018 846 ■ Peoples Playhouse Inc: The Little Mermaid Until July 15 at the Cranbourne Community Centre, Brunt St., Cranbourne. Bookings and further details: ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: All My sons (by Arthur Miller) Until July 22 at 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Director: Chris McLean. Tickets: $27/$24. Bookings: ■ Aspect Theatre Inc: Into the Woods July 21 - 29 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers rd., Parkdale. Director: Jane Court. Bookings: Bookings at event?eid=269335&


■ Hartwell Players: The Laramie Project July 16 at 2pm, July 17 at 7pm at Ashwood Performing Arts Centre, Vannam Drive, Ashwood. Director: Kellie Tweeddale. Audition enquiries:0400 507 788. ■ Mooroolbark Theatre Group: Becky's New Car (by Steven Dietz) July 20 a 7.00pm at Red Earth Theatre, Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Bryce Ave., Mooroolbark. Director; Louise Woodward. Enquiries: 0416 777 356, ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Arts Group: The Odd Couple (by Neil Simon), August 6 at 2.00pm at Factory 4, 22 Jesmond Rd., Croydon. Director: Michelle Swann. Audition Bookings: 0402 354 651. - Cheryl Threadgold

20 years since Indigo Moon ■ This year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Matthew Fagan’s album Indigo Moon featuring Matthew’s original Celtic, Flamenco and Classical compositions performed by Matthew Fagan, Gypsy Fire and the Orana Chamber Orchestra. Indigo Moon still receives regular airplay on ABC FM and has sold more than 30,000 copies. Gypsy Fire was founded by Matthew in 1997 and pioneered Gypsy Jazz in Australia with performances at Port Fairy, the National Folk and Wangaratta Jazz festival and major venues nationally. This concert features two of the original members from Gypsy Fire, guitarist Matthew Fagan and violinist Romana Geermans. This will be a truly special program featuring Vivaldi, Paganini, Gypsy Jazz masters from Django Reinhardt to Stephan Grapelli, Matthew Fagan’s original Celtic and Flamenco music from Indigo Moon, O’Carolan’s Celticharp and lute music arranged for ten-string guitar and violin performed with passion, vigour and virtuosity. Performance dates are as follows: In Castlemaine on Friday, July 28 at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm at the Castlemaine Senior Citizens’ Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine. Tickets: Adult pre-booked $20, On door $24, Child U16 free. Door sales subject to availability.

Meet the artists and complimentary refreshments after the show. Bookings: Kellie 0438 881 985 online: www.trybooking. com/QUFT In Ballarat on Saturday, July 29 at 7.30pm, at The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Oddie Gallery, 40 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat. Tickets: Adults $30, Concession and AGB Member $25, Student $10 . Tickets available from the Gallery 5320 5858 or online gallery_events/matthewfagan-romana-gerrmangypsy-fire-duo/ In Flinders, on Sunday, July 30 at 3pm (doors 2.30pm) at St Johns Flinders, 23 King St., Flinders. Tickets: $30 Adult/ $25 Concession /$15-Child U16/ $50 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children). Bookings: Kellie 0438 881 985 online: www. Door Sales subject to availability. Meet the Artists and Complementary Refreshments after the show In Warragul on Saturday, August 5 at 7.30pm (Doors at 7pm) at Wesley of Warragul, 64 Victoria Street, Warragul. Tickets::Adult $35,Conc $30, Members $25, U18 $20, Group 10+ $25pp . Bookings: Tickets available in person from WGAC phone: 5624 2456 online: Door Sales Subject to Availability In Brighton on Sunday, August 6 at 3pm (Doors 2.30pm)at Trinity Uniting Church, 17

Black St, Brighton. Tickets: Adult $25, U16 Free. Bookings: Phone: Kellie on 043 888 1985 Credit/Cheque/Direct Deposit Online: QSQZ Door sales subject to availability. Meet the artists and complementary refreshments Violinist Romana Geermans (nee Mazalnova), born in Prague, member of a musical family, twice won the prestigious Kocian International violin competition in her early teens and was the youngest member of the renowned Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra at the age of 15. She toured with them internationally for seven years. She studied under Prof. Dr Otoka Stejskal and graduated from Prague Conservatorium completing her post graduate studies in 1982, including a year studying professional gypsy music. Romana was also involved with the Film music studio in Prague which recorded film scores for American, French, Italian and English films. In Australia she was the concert master for the Orana Chamber Orchestra and played with the Australian Pops Orchestra for several years. Romana has toured extensively in Australia with many different groups. Romana has also performed at the New Caledonia Jazz Festival. Currently she has recorded two CD’s and another is underway. - Cheryl Threadgold


Observer SHIT HAPPENS ■ Iconic La Mama Theatre this year celebrates 50 years of presenting cutting edge, contemporary theatre to Melbourne audiences, and Artistic Director Liz Jones has invited an eclectic mix of artists to present short seasons of work between July 10 and August 13 in a Mini Fest to mark this special occasion. Melbourne’s own Sandy MacGregor is returning to La Mama to take part in this MiniFest between August 6 – 8 with her one-woman show Shit Happens, the same show presented for a successful season at La Mama in 2015, directed by the late Malcolm Robertson This time Sandy’s show will be directed by Beng Oh, one of Melbourne’s most outstanding young theatre directors. A synopsis is as follows: “Shit Happens is the story of a girl whose dream of being a great ballerina lands her only in the chorus line of a glitzy theatre restaurant in Melbourne. However her dream of belonging to the magic world of theatre burned more than ever. She would be an actress. What follows are tumultuous years of great highs and deep lows. As she makes her increasingly downward spiral through life, a variety of real life characters step out of the woodwork to accent each new twist. A lifetime of bad judgement and burdens follow her to Hollywood, where the depression she has tried to hide for years finally demands attention. Back home in Melbourne she is treated by psychiatrists for either depression or bipolar disorder - professional opinions differ. She thinks she knows the truth, and for the first time since she was a child feels alive, and grateful for the life she had/thought she’d lost but has now come back to her. Melbourne Observer reviewer Elizabeth Semmel saw Sandy MacGregor’s onewoman show in 2015, and extracts from her review read: “As the show started at La Mama I wondered who is this woman and will I care about her? By end I did care. I jumped on my phone, texting, ‘you’ve got to see this show”. Sandy MacGregor is mesmerising. “Shit Happens deserves to be on the stage with a full house and Sandy Macgregor in full glory telling it, to anyone interested in the world of entertainment or anyone who likes a generous well told, honest human interest story. This woman is unique.’ Bookings are recommended by visiting Performance dates:August 6 – 8 at 7.00pm Venue: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton - Cheryl Threadgold


■ After a sell-out premiere season at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo, the newAustralian musical Ned will be presented in concert for a one night only concert at the National Theatre, St Kilda on Monday, July 17. A cast of 50 performers and orchestra are featured in this Concert/Oratorio presentation, which explores the highs and lows of Ned Kelly’s journey from local hero to felon to legend. Audiences will see themselves in the struggle of a poor family trying to make it through in a system that was stacked against them. Adam Lyon (King Kong) has written a score that captures the sounds of the bush, while the libretto has the humour, warmth and tragedy audiences expect from this iconic story. Directed by Gary Young (Georgy Girl, Mamma Mia!) and musically directed by Kellie Dickerson (Wicked, Doctor Zhivago), Ned brings together a host of Australian musical theatre stars on their night off from other engagements. Nelson Gardner(Merrily We Roll Along) stars as Ned and is joined by Penny Larkin (Mama Mia!), Hannah Fredericksen (Dreamlover), Connor Crawford (Molly) and Alana Tranter (Georgy Girl, Hello Dolly). Performance details: Monday, July 17 at 7.30pm Venue: The National Theatre, St Kilda. Bookings: 9525 4611 or www.national y, , g

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Lovatts Crossword No 4 Across

1. Overbalancing 6. Flusters 11. Genetic inheritance 15. Lunar ray 20. Company head (1,1,1) 21. Sloped backwards 22. Vat 23. Relays (6,2) 24. Stipulations 25. Maturity 27. Having no pips 28. Half 29. Quay 31. Hunter's quarry 32. Laud 36. Humiliating remark (3-4) 37. Chilled cuppa (4,3) 38. Honey drink 41. Defensive castle ditches 44. Scientist, ... Newton 45. Latin American dance 48. Rugby handling error (5-2) 49. Royal offspring 52. Trick into crime 56. Competition 57. Fall 58. Adopt (policy) 61. Pranks 62. Greek shipping magnate 63. Kinder 64. Spotted pattern, ... dots 65. Sorcerers 66. Passage (of goods) 67. Brazilian music style (5,4) 71. Undeveloped insect 73. Uncensored (movie) 75. Gladdened 80. Large rodents 82. Rome or Naples native 83. Nosegay 85. Authenticity 86. Comedy team, Monty ... 88. Puzzle 90. Peter Pan writer (1,1,6) 91. Honoured with party 93. Kidnappers' demands 94. Pledges 95. Draw attention away 96. Terrorist's captive 97. Leave room 99. Tiny amount 100. Arms cache 104. Actress, Vivien ... 105. Mutilates 106. Wine, ... Riesling 107. Surgical insert 111. Singer, ... Minogue 113. Glacial period, ... Age 114. Yes in French 115. Frightening 117. Tennis star, Andre ... 118. Revolving tray, lazy ... 121. Peace prize 122. Visual perception 125. Bred 126. Fabled whale, ... Dick 127. Liquefy 129. Wine barrels 131. Exclude 132. Verb modifier 135. As far as (2,2) 136. Ripped apart, torn ... 139. Boulder 140. Speared 144. Magician's ... Pocus 145. Rest on knees 146. Ultra manly 147. Hard copy (5-3)


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Down 132. Let in 133. Outspoken 134. SE France river 137. Extremely 138. US naval port, San ... 141. Star, ... Centauri 142. Cymbals sound 143. Failed to (4'1) 151. Golfer, ... Palmer 153. Astonished 155. Cowgirl, ... Oakley 156. Fuses (of bones) 159. Somalia's neighbour 160. Receipt 161. Not moved (by argument) 164. Crippled 165. Pungent bulb 168. Intensify (of war) 170. December conifer (4,4) 173. Ceylon (3,5) 174. Letter recipient 177. Fellow players 178. Bridging 181. Vigorous exercise classes 185. Career barriers, glass ... 186. Blitz 187. Makes gloomy 188. Tilt 193. Expressionless 194. Sloping typeface 195. Slums 200. Gains entry to 201. Dirtily 206. Prisoners 207. Fabric retailers 208. More cocky 209. Stiffly 211. Financed in advance 214. Ground oats 216. Massive 217. Illegal hunter 218. Britain's 1066 invaders 220. Non-clergy 222. In vain, to no ... 224. Giving green light to 225. Unsuitably 226. Abnormal tissue growths 229. Bargain sell-off 232. Man 235. Heavenly 236. Bell-shaped flower 237. Government supporter 241. Rugby fending move (4-3) 242. Slipped by 244. Greed 245. Boarders 248. Second book in Bible 249. Air pollution 251. Betting chances 252. Stage-plays 253. Childhood swelling disease 254. Hawk's claw 255. Famous Swiss mountain 259. Flooded (of decks) 260. Anaesthetic 261. 1000 kg unit 262. The M of YMCA (3'1) 264. Canadian lake 265. Female sheep 267. Baseballer, ... Ruth

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Observer Victorian Sport Melbourne

Winx odds on for Cox Plate

■ Australia's champion mare, Winx, rated as the best horse on turf in the world, will go around in this year's Cox Plate at prohibitive odds. Early quotes have her at $1.60, to emulate the great Kingston Town, who won three Cox Plates on end in 1981-82-83. Winx had notched up 17 wins on end before spelling, with her astute trainer, Sydney based Chris Waller, wanting to maintain her record when she resumes. She has still eight consecutive wins to go to match the other mighty mare, Black Caviar, who was unbeaten in her 25 race starts, where Winx was beaten early in her career. Only last year she spreadeagled a top class field in the world's richest Weight for Age race over 2040 metres. Winx has proved herself on all types of going and once again will be the one to beat. In the early markets most of the international horses that may travel to Australia for the Cox Plate are well up in the early markets. The Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper, Highland Reel, who ran third to Winx in 2015, will go around again. He is a multi-million dollar winner, and recently won the prestigious Prince of Wales Classic in England. From only 12 starts he has won five with four placings. Highland Reel is in the care of one of world's greatest trainers in Irishman, Aidan O' Brien. Former international galloper, Hartnell, who ran second to Winx, beaten eight lengths last year, is likely to line up again. Now in the care of James Cummings for the powerful Godolphin camp, is a top competitor, but Winx has always had the wood on him. Another international who may go around is another Godolphin candidate in Ribchester. He recently won the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, England in dashing style. He is prepared by Richard Fahey, for the all Blue team, and is very smart from all reports. On the next line is a yet another international with outstanding form leading in the classic at Moonee Valley. Mekthaal is prepared by French trainer, Jean Claude Rouget, for the Alshaqab Racing Team, and has been racing against the cream Internationally. Last year he won the Prix Hoquart, a Group Two Classic over 2000 metre,s in Deauville, France. On top this he won at St Cloud, and then ran second in the prestigious Prix Du Orange, a Group 3 event in France. This year he scored at Chantilly, France, in the big Group One race. Of the others Australian galloper, the United States may take his place in the Plate, but would have to step up a fair bit to be a chance. He is in the strong Lloyd Williams camp.

VOBIS noms open

■ Racing Victoria have called or nominations for their lucrative owners and breeders' incentive scheme, the VOBIS Gold now open for foals born in 2015. A combined total of more $8.5 million in prizemoney and bonuses will be on offer next year across 250 VOBIS Gold bonus races and 16 feature races as part of the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, which aim to incentivise owners to invest in Victorian-bred progeny and race them for lucrative prizemoney. For a one-off fee of $1100, owners can nominate this year's rising crop of two-year olds for VOBIS Gold prior to the deadline on Thursday August 31. The VOBIS Gold Premier Series will, be spread across eight race tracks during the 201718 season with 10 races programmed in Melbourne and six in the country Victoria, commencing with the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) on Ballarat Cup Day - Saturday, November 25. Among the highlights of next season's program will be the fourth annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday, scheduled to be held

● Humidor. Racing Photos at the Caulfield Racecourse on April 21, next growth of ownership and the local breeding inyear with seven VOBIS Gold Premier races dustry. heading a nine event program. "Nomination to the VOBIS Gold program is The day will feature the second edition of the supported by the State Government's Victorian $310,000 VOBIS Sires overv1200 metres, a lu- Racing Industry Fund, and ensures that horses crative race launched this year for Victorian are eligible to compete for lucrative returns in Sired two-year olds as well as the running of the both VOBIS Gold bonus races and the VOBIS inaugural $310,000 three-year old VOBIS Sires Gold Premier Race Series throughout their enover 1600 metres. tire career,” Carpenter said. Eligible horses must be both Super VOBIS' "Since its inception in 2012, VOBIS Gold Category A' and VOBIS Gold nominated to has delivered key objectives to promote ownercompete in VOBIS Sires, meaning they must ship and breeding growth in Victoria by encourbe sired by Victorian-bred stallions. aging owners to but Victorian-bred horses thanks RV Executive General Manager-Racing, to the scheme's added prizemoney and bonus Greg Carpenter, said with the support of the incentives". Victorian Government, the VOBIS Gold pro"It has produced some wonderful success gram is making a successful impact on the stories on the racetrack, none more brilliant that that of six-year old gelding, Burning Front, who this year eclipsed the record for the most amount of prizemoney and bonuses earned ($ 1.26 million) by a VOBIS Gold Horse. “His record earnings took him past previous VOBIS Gold prizemoney leader, Trust in a Gust". Carpenter said with the start of the 2017-18 season quickly approaching, owners of rising two-year olds now have their chance to share in a slice of the VOBIS Gold riches on offer and potentially create their own history. Late nominations for Super VOBIS horses will also be taken up until August 31, this year's deadline for an additional fee. The final races in this season's VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, the VOBIS Goldtwo yearold Ingot over 1400 metres and VOBIS Gold Stayers over 2400 metres will be held at Caulfield on Saturday July 29, this year, with each offering $150,000 in prizemoney and an additional $30,000 Super VOBIS bonus.

Ted Ryan

Bad luck

■ Leading trainer, Patrick Payne, left Flemington a dejected man after his good young galloper, Widgee Turf, was found to have bled in his race at Flemington. He appeared to have a chance when he moved up to the leaders at the 200 metre mark, but faded just as quickly. Stewards upon examination found that Widgee Turf had bled from both nostrils and will be out for three months, and must run a satisfactory trial with Stewards before being able to race again. It's certainly bad luck for the Payne camp, as Widgee Turf has ability. - Ted Ryan

Showbiz Extra ■ From Page 34

Good, Bad, Others

May God Save Us - Penetrating Spanish character piece that blurs line between cop and killer; The Survivalist - Spare and relentlessly grim, this is a compelling post-apocalyptic drama; Small Crimes - Cleverly structured crime film features a strong cast, including Jacki Weaver; Dogs Without Names Heartbreaking Japanese docudrama that shows the plight of discarded pets who have to be euthanised; Hounds Of Love - Best Australian film in a long time is intense viewing; Rage - Enthralling Japanese thriller features a great cast, and is extremely well made; While The Women Are Sleeping - Typically hypnotic, elliptical effort from director Wayne Wang. Co-stars Takeshi Kitano ; The Merciless - The plotting may be familiar, but the well-rounded main characters make this South Korean prison/gang action thriller work; Her Love Boils Bathwater Quite possibly my favourite film for 2017, this Japanese drama is moving, funny, and inspirational; Miss Hokusai - Gorgeously animated Japanese film centred on the daughter of the famous 19th century painter; The Bad Batch - Ana Lily Amirpour's follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has proven highly divisive, but I found it mesmerising, proving she is a genuine talent; The Villainess - The plot is a combination of Le Femme Nikita and The Long Kiss Goodnight , but the action is so incredibly visceral and wellstaged, and coupled Kim Ok-vin's forceful turn, makes up for the script's shortcomings. THE BAD XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, The Founder, Rings, Beauty And The Beast, Power Rangers, Ghost In The Shell, CHiPs, The Belko Experiment, The Guardians, Going In Style, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Alien: Covenant, Rough Night. AND THE FORGETTABLE. War On Everyone, Fences, Hidden Figures, Patriots Day, Live By Night, Lion, 20th Century Women, Rules Don't Apply, The Prison, The Discovery, The Berlin Syndrome, Their Finest, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Wilson, Wonder Woman, Mindhorn, Resident Evil: Vendetta. - Aaron Rourke

Wallace & Gromit

■ Joy and delight are words that come to mind where Wallace & Gromit: The Magic of Aardman exhibition is concerned. Hosted by ACMI at Federation Square, the creative world initiated by David Sproxton and Peter Lord some 40 years ago, this retrospective allows visitors an insight into the processes and thinking behind such cultural icons as Shaun the Sheep, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Chicken Run and, of course, Wallace & Gromit. There are sketch books (those doodlings that teachers would reprimand students for), initial models and designs, story boards and full scale models allowing viewers to enter into the magic of a reality that is created with simple clay and stop motion photography. The playfulness and idiosyncratic nature of the creations is captivating allowing visitors a chance to capture their inner child. There’s even a modelling workshop where that child in us all can make figures and create a scene of their own to fully appreciate the craft behind the films in which we have all delighted. Not only are the techniques and characters on display but the full scale model of a pirate ship takes centre stage along with working sets of rooms and backgrounds used in many of the productions. The design behind the quirky machines and architecture of the buildings is laid out for all to see along with the seeds that brought characters into being. The claymation world on display brings imagination into reality. These are the childhood dreams we had before we grew up and too mature for such things. The Aardman Studio have managed to stay eternally young which accounts for their success with all ages. This exhibition is open till October 29 at ACMI and shouldn’t be missed. - Review by David McClean

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