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Jack stars in ‘Kitchen Bird’ Observer ■ Comedian Jack Druce presents his new stand up show Kitchen Bird in August at Club Voltare in North Melbourne This is a chance to see his new hour of standup without waiting a whole year for the comedy festival. Since releasing his first stand-up special in 2016, Jack has been building his reputation as a writer, touring his stand-up around the country and writing for Australia’s prime-time comedy shows, including Splendour in the Grass, audience warm up on ABC1’s QnA , comedy festivals all over Australia, and writing for Channel 10’s The Project. This is a limited season of four shows only. Tickets will be available at the door, but booking early is recommended to make sure of bookings. Performance Dates:August 5, 12, 19, 26. Venue: Club Voltaire 14 Raglan Street ,North Melbourne. Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm Price: $15 Bookings: jack-druce-kitchen-bird-tickets-34910399946 - Cheryl Threadgold

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■ The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court to wind up a land banking scheme known as the VKK Investments Unit Trust, as well as the trustee and operator of the scheme, Gem Management Group Pty Ltd. The VKK scheme owns land located at 64 Hutton Rd, Keysborough. ASIC says that it understands that around 125 investors have invested a total of approximately $22 million into the VKK scheme. Gem has operated the VKK scheme since May 2010. ASIC alleges that the VKK scheme constitutes a managed investment scheme which has not been registered, in contravention of the Corporations Act 2001. ASIC also alleges that Gem, which does not hold an Australian Financial Services Licence, has also breached the Act by operating an unregistered managed investment scheme. ASIC is seeking to appoint liquidators to both the VKK scheme and Gem. Gem and the VKK investors will have the opportunity to make submissions to the Court in relation to ASIC's application. These proceedings are part of ASIC's wider and ongoing investigation into land banking schemes.

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Nostalgic Photos: Fitzroy ................ Page 6 Victoria Pictorial: Ivanhoe ............... Page 8 Incovenient Sequel .......................... Page 9 Freemasons Feature ................ Pages 10, 11 Whatever Happened ......................... Page 12 Outback Legend .............................. Page 12 Observer Classic Books .................. Page 13 Sulky Snippets ................................ Page 27 Observer Racing ............................. Page 28 Radio Confidential .......................... Page 30 Local Theatre .................................. Page 33 Cheryl Threadgold Jim Sherlock Aaron Rourke

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Rowville incident

■ Police are searching for two motorists following a series of incidents where two cars drove at officers in Rowville last weekend. About 1.20am on Saturday (July 15) detectives in an unmarked police vehicle spotted two cars displaying stolen number plates perform illegal U-turns on Wellington Rd. Police followed the vehicles, a 1990s model white Honda Civic hatch and a 1990s model red Honda Civic sedan with a black bonnet, on to the Monash Fwy. Due to roadworks, traffic was at a standstill and police activated their emergency lights, exited their car and approached the two vehicles. Both drivers ignored police direction and proceeded to accelerate through traffic, ramming a number of stationary civilian cars in the process. No one was physically injured during the incident. Police are yet to arrest anyone and investigators have released images of vehicles similar to those involved in the incident. It’s believed there is extensive damage to the passenger side door and panelling of the white vehicle, including green and blue paint transfers. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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THE TOP 5 OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO EMULA TE MA TTHEW RICHARD SON'S NEW EMULATE MATTHEW RICHARDSON'S ROLE AS ‘SHANE THE TRAIN’ IN ‘THOMA S THE T ANK ENGINE’. ‘THOMAS TANK ● Despite her younger son, Larry being missing in action for three years, Kate Keller (Julie Arnold, at right) clings to the conviction he’s alive. Kate's seen here with husband Joe (George Werther), surviving veteran son, Chris (Liam Gillespie), and Larry's former girlfriend, Ann Deever (Claire Abagia) (at left). Heidelberg Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, under the direction of Chris McLean, until July 22 at 36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna. Tickets: $27/$24. Bookings: Photo: David Belton

5. Robert Doyle - Popeye. 4. Kim jong un - Mr Magoo. 3. Steve Monegetti - The Road Runner. 2. Pauline Hanson - Betty Boop. 1. Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott Heckle and Jeckle.

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Melbourne Observer Nostalgia Collection

● Scouts River House, Ivanhoe

● (Lower) Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, looking south

● Panorama of Ivanhoe

● Ivanhoe Public Golf Course. 1976.

● Looking towards the Yarra from Ivanhoe station.

● Panorama from the quarry

● Local Ivanhoe football team. 1935.

● Ivanhoe bus (Deepdene-Mont Park).

Melbourne Arts National Gallery The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity An 11m long pool will be transported to the National Gallery of Victoria for The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity, an exhibition that celebrates and explores one on Australia’s greatest cultural symbols. A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs, that reveals the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form. The exhibition holds its Australian premiere following a successful showing at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale where it received more than 100,000 visitors. It was presented by the Australian Institute of Architects and curated by Aileen Sage Architects with Michael Talbot. The installation also includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australia cultural identity. Olympic gold medal winning swimmers, Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould, environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery, fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Tajolkas; winner of the 2002 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Fender, indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly. The Pool Architecture, Culture and Identity will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia form August 18 to February. Free Entry. - Peter Kemp

NGV commission

■ The NGV Architecture Commission is an annual open competition, that asks architects to consider innovative ways to activate one of Melbourne's great civic spaces, the NGV's Grollo Equiset Garden, with a thought-provoking work of temporary architecture. As the 2017 NGVArchitecture Commission coincides with the inaugural NGV Triennial, a free gallery-wide exhibition of contemporary art and design from around the world, competitors were encouraged to explore the global and inter-disciplinary nature of architecture as a creative enterprise. Conducted in two parts, Stage One of the competition comprised an anonymous proposal round, from which five projects were shortlisted from an entry pool of 79 entries from across Australia. In Stage Two the shortlisted entrants presented a resolved design proposal to the competition jury and were assessed on quality, originality and viability. The 2017 NGV Architecture Commission will be on display at NGV International from December as part of the NGV Triennial. - Peter Kemp ● Organisations seeking publicity in the Melbourne Observer may send items to editor@MelbourneObserver.

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Inconvenient sequel

● Al Gore: An Inconvenient Sequel ■ The 2006 original An Inconvenient Truth urred recently. As Florida becomes wetter, health won Academy Awards for Best Documentary officials have advised pregnant women and Best Original Song. to avoid non-essential travel to the state because Former US Vice-President Al Gore, who is of the risk of contracting the Zika virus. the centre-point of both films, won a 2007 Nobel Gore says emphatically: “It is right to save Peace Prize. the future for humanity.” Bonnie Cohen and John Shenk directed this While he originally had 50 trainees, now there sequel which opens on August 10. are thousands. Davis Guggenheim, directed AIT and is a Gore states: “You can feel if you’re onto the producer of this sequel. We have an Indian prob- right thing.” lem says Gore at one point in this film when History is likely to say he was. President Indian PM Modi says that the US has had 150 Trump, however, in his announced view to reyears to develop using fossil fuels. Gore man- verse the US position at the Paris Climate Conages to get the Indians back in the tent. ference, won’t be treated as well. There are compelling scenes. One is a reThe film ends with a call to action, to join the search hut that used to sit on the surface of a campaign and to vote. We could be about to see glacier. a new era in people power. Now, with the glacier gone, a tall ladder is There are some images from the beginning needed to reach it. of the film that complete a tidy visual arc and Gore’s presentation contains good graphics. the song Truth To Power (One Republic) proOne, featuring a bell-curve, shows how over vides a fine lyrical finale. time we have been getting more hot and very Classification: PG. Movie Runtime: 95 minhot days. utes. Stars: 4 We learn the Earth’s hottest years have oc- Review by Greg Every

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■ The Dandenong Ranges Music Council presents an Attitude Drumming and Singing Party on Thursday July 27 at Tecoma Uniting Church 7pm – 9pm. Singing and drumming sessions for all ages and all abilities. All welcome, supper provided. For more information: DRMC 9754 6566

Geelong Gallery

■ Fred Williams in the You Yangs brings together the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams's art. Williams started working in the You Yangs in 1962. It is his work of this period that defined what is commonly considered his 'classic' interpretation of the Australian landscape.

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This exhibition reveals Williams's enduring fascination with the You Yangs as a recurring subject (among others) for his painting throughout the 1960s to the late 1970s, and surveys in marvellous depth the artist's working method. Exhibition opens August 19 and runs to November 5. - Peter Kemp

Moongate Gallery Along the Great Silk Road: Jan Francis is excited that her painting My Jazz Triptych was exhibited in a touring exhibition of international artists. The first phase closed last weekend in Moscow at the Belyaevo National Gallery and the Moscow Academy of Art, the exhibition continues touring to St Petersburg in October and onto Beijing, China. Surf Coast Arts Trail: Open studios and Galleries on the weekend ofAugust 12-13 throughout the Surf Coast Shire, Moongate Studios and Galleries will be open. Birds and Blooms: Selected artists will join local sculptor, Cinamon Stephens, producing new work on this theme at the Surfcoast Art Space, 103 Great Ocean Rd. Anglesea. August 18 - 30. - Peter Kemp

Morn. Peninsula Regional Gallery

■ Mystery to Me is an exhibition of new works by Minna Gilligan. 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. Exhibition uns to September 17.

Just Briefly Elephant Man

■ Following the success of Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and writer Tom Wright reunite for an adaptation of The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, based on the real life story of Joseph Merrick. Presented from August 4-27 at the Malthouse Theatre, the story tells of Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, having been cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public before a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879. Weaving through a carnival of hospitals, the circus and the public arena, The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man interrogates our capacity for countering hate with hope, and the radical power of compassion. The role of Joseph Merrick will be played by Daniel Monks, and Paula Arundell, Julie Forsyth, Emma J Hawkins and Sophie Ross will form the ensemble of characters that Merrick encounters throughout his life. This is Daniel Monks’s Malthouse Theatre debut and he joins the production as an acclaimed actor, dancer and filmmaker. Monks recently wrote and starred in Pulse, the centrepiece of this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which was also screened as a part of Sydney Film Festival’s Screenability program, featuring work by filmmakers with a disability. Daniel says: “Joseph Merrick has been a role that I have dreamt of playing for many years, and I feel incredibly fortunate and grateful to be given this opportunity. “As a young disabled person, Joseph and his story had a huge impact on me, as I know he has had on many others, and I feel honoured to be part of sharing his powerful story with new audiences.” Performances: August 4 - 27 Venue: Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St., Southbank Tickets: $35-$69 Bookings: 9685 5111 or - Cheryl Threadgold

Raising ‘Ell

■ Short and sweet it was, provocative, vulgarity, humorous, melodious and enjoyable but all too short. Raising “Ell! with lyrics and score composed by Ella Filar spared no one and with the support of the Krows Bar Kabaret team and all manner of social media. Using biting commentary Ella Filar likened the performance to the seven deadly sins but being replaced by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, Grindr and Youtube. With Ella on keyboard, Rudolf Dombrovski, violin and Martin Zakharov, sax and clarinet, a pulsating musical backing was provided for the vocal performers. By way of introduction to each piece of political and social commentary a backdrop of an LCD screen gave us images and word grabs that were part of Ella Filar’s lyrics. I could not separate the performances of the four Kabaret singers, each capturing the essence of the songs together with smart choreography. Both Olivia Laskowski and Linda Cookson put each other down in their quick fire performance of Hello Su… where Friends in Need are Inconvenient Friends Indeed X2 so Don’t take it personally with clever retorts encompassing all manner of social media and political back chat. Certainly not to be outdone Bruce Langdon and Chris Molyneux struck accord with many in their rendition of Hello Vlad where Donald met Vladimir in a down to earth exchange with My sick Cyber Friend, you’re one Hack of a Friend, you’ve got to go declaring Donald with a Vladimir response of “You’re a Donald Duck of ForeignAffairs” but “Don’t take it personally”. In a well scripted performance that could have lasted another two or three more cryptic lyrics, all seven deadly social media elements were well to the fore. Something that we can all relate to. The seasons at the Butterfly Club and La Mama have just closed. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie

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125-year anniversary for Yea Freemasons ■ The 125th anniversary of a Masonic Lodge being established in Yea in 1892 will occur this year. But the Lodge’s opening night almost did not occur - because of a last-minute argument with the Yea Shire Council. “We learn that a Masonic Lodge, under the title of ‘The Duke of Clarence’,will be opened in Yea on Thursday, October 6, at the Commercial Hotel, when the installation of officers will take place followed by the customary banquet,” reported the Yea newspaper on September 15, 1892. Within one week, the event had graduated from the Commercial Hotel (now Country Club Hotel) to the Yea Shire Hall: “A large number of invitations have been issued by the Yea Masons to members of the craft in Kilmore, Seymour, Mansfield, and Alexandra, for the opening of the Duke of Clarence Lodge, which takes place at the Yea Shire Hall on Thursday, October 6. “The Grand Lodge Officers will also come from Melbourne to Yea on that occasion, and a large gathering of the brethren is confidently expected.” Members of the Lodge approached the Yea Shire to use the Council Chamber at the Shire Hall for the inauguration. “The deputation from the Duke of Clarence Lodge, consisting of Messrs. J. B. Mummery, C. Anderson, and W. W. Perry, waited on the Council, to request the use of the council-chamber for the inauguration ceremony on Thursday (today),” reported the October 6 issue of The Yea Chronicle. “Mr. Mummery said they were told they could get the hall on paying for it, and they came to the Council to request the use of the councilchamber also for the ceremony in connection with the opening of the Lodge. The hall would be used afterwards. “They did not ask for any rebate, but they might do so afterwards, as they intended to take the hall for 12 conseeutive meetings. “Cr. Condon proposed -"That the request of Messrs. Mummery, Anderson, and Perry for use of Shire HaIl and council-chamber for October 6 be granted on the usual terms." “They had never refused the hall so long as they knew that those who took it would not injure it in any way and he was quite sure these gentlemen would look after it. “Cr. Webster had much pleasure

● Sir William Clarke, 1st Baronet, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria in seconding the motion. He had point of order, contending that it was known the hall let to all sorts of not an amendment but a negative, people, who had left it in a worse and did not comply with the condistate than the blacks in a corroboree, tions of an amendment, which should but he hoped, now that they had be to strike out some words and subpainted it and made it look a little stitute others. decent, that would be put a stop to. “Cr. Sandilands: It is an amend“Cr. Sandilands would like to ask ment on "the usual terms." You can't the Secretary what time it took to re- have every thing your way. move the books and documents. He “Cr. Webster: It is not an amendunderstood it took about half a day to ment. You came here to teach us. shift them to and from. He would pro- We'll teach you, if you're capable of pose an amendment that it be not being taught. granted. “Cr. Underwood (who had been “Cr. Webster rose to a point of on his feet for some time) said he order. Cr. Sandilands said he would wished to say a few words. propose an amendment. Let him do “Cr. Webster: You won't say so. much. “Cr. Sandilands moved, and Cr. “Cr. Underwood: I'll speak to the Underwood seconded-" That in fu- point, anyway, and that's more than ture the sum of £1 be charged for the you do. I do not think the councilrent of the Shire Hall, and the sum chamber should be let to every "Tom, of 10s. for the use of the piano, and Dick, and Harry." 10s. extra for the use of the council“Cr. Condon and the President obchamber for one night; and every jected to that remark. person so renting the hall shall pay a “Mr. Mummery: Is Sir William deposit of 10s., the balance of rent to Clarke included in it ? be paid-before four o'clock p.m. on “Cr. McCormnick was in favour the night the hall is engaged." of allowing the use of the councl“Cr. Webster again rose to a chamber to these gentlemen, and thought they ought to encourage things of that kind; but as they had painted the chamber, they should take steps to preserve it and keep it in better order. “Cr. Ferguson said the whole thing was a storm in a teacup. They let it to everybody, and he could not see why these gentlemen should be refused. It was the ratepayers' money that built the hall; it was the ratepayers who asked for it, and theyshould get it “The amendment was declared out of order, and the motion was then put and carried, Crs. Sandilands and Underwood voting against it. “Mr. Anderson thanked the Council, assuring them they would leave the hall and the chamber just as they found it.” The opening of the Lodge was ● One of the artefacts in the Masonic Temple, until its well covered in the local press. closure, was a photographic collage of Past Masters. “Thursday last will, in years to

● The Yea Masonic Temple in High St, Yea come, be a memorable day amongst Queen. Next day I was waited on by Freemasons in and around Yea. For several brothers at my hotel, the years past the starting of a Masonic well-known old Clarence, and made Lodge in Yea has been talked of, and much of by a shower of invitations at last, owing to the endeavours of to dine out, but in only one case did Bro. Sanders, Bro. Mummery, and I accept. a few others, the object has been at“In London there are some swell tained. lodges, such as the Prince of Wales, “On Thursday last at 4 p.m., the where the initiation fee is 150 guinnew lodge, entitled the Duke of eas. Clarence, was consecrated by Bro. “The commoners, of course, Baker, Acting-Grand Master of cannot afford to pay this, and are Victoria. consequently excluded. “Over a quarter of a century ago I “Even in Masonry, where all are entered the ranks of Freemasons in supposed to be on the same level, New Zealand,” wrote ‘Wanderer’. you find ‘mammon’ alters things. “What changes have taken place “How many people know what since then. Where are the boys of Masonry is? Very few. Well, it may the old brigade! Bro. Lazaar was be summed up in a few words. It is then the "big man " of the order in the a system of mortality, veiled in allesister colony. Yes, where are they gory, and illustrated by symbols. “Masonry is based on the purest gone? Who can answer? “When recently travelling through atoms of virtue, and there is nothing England and America, I found that in it incompatible with your religion the Masonic Order was a powerful or your religious dictums. “Let as hope that in years to organisation in those countries, and that in most cases it was faithfully come I may have the same to say of the latest created babe, the Duke of and efficiently carried out. “In Manchester I was introduced Clarence, in the little but by Past-Master Bro. Kennedy, who, pleasantlysituated township of Yea. “But I am getting out of the track, by the way, also essayed to "prove me" before entering the sanctum. as usual; you will perhaps say “gush“Before we were in it many min- ing" too much. Well, the consecrautes I proved to my examiner's satis- tion ceremony is very impressive, faction that he was a little "rusty,'" and tihe Acting-Grand Master Bro. and the stranger in a strange land in- Baker was assisted by the ActingGrand Secretary Bro. Gosling, structing him. “At the banquet that followed I P.M's. Bros. Blashki and Wheeler, was, with two Canadians, put down and some of the officers of the to respond for the visitors, and I told Alexandra Lodge (the W.M. of the brethern that Australia was still which was conspicuous by his abin existence; that.the people were not sence). “After the consecration, the folaltogether black; that we had some gold and even silver yet left, and that lowing officers were installed: WorshipfulMaster, Bro. Mumit was no mean country ; that we were as loyal as they could afford to be, mery; Senior Warden, Bro. Petch; Turn to Page 11 and feared God and honoured the

● The Master’s Chair at the Yea Masonic Temple, with the ‘Volume of the Sacred Law’ pictured at front

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History ● From Page 10 Junior Warden, Bro. Wightman; Secretary, Bro. Perry; Senior Deacon, Bro. Anderson; Junior Deacon and Treasurer, Bro. Sanders; Tyler, Bro. Patterson. P.M. “Bro. Wheeler efficiently acted as Chaplain throughout the beautiful and impressive ceremony, and a number of visitors were present from Melbourne, Williamstown, Kilmore, Tallarook, and Alexandra. “The banquet that followed was held in Bro. Anderson's Commercial Hotel, and the tastefully laid out dining hall with emblems of the Craft, together with the excellent bill of fare and good attendance, reflected the greatest credit to Bro. Anderson and his worthy lady, Mrs. Anderson. “A little after 9 p.m. the W.M. Bro. Mummery took the chair, having on his right Bro. Baker the ActingGrand Master, and on his left P.M. Bro. Wheeler. “After the good things had been done ample justice to, the Worshipful Master proposed " The Queen and the Craft, the Grand Master Bro. Sir William Clarke and his Officers," coupled with the name of Bro. Baker. “Song, Bro. Blashki, " Boys of the old brigade." Bro.. Baker, in responding, said on behalf of his worthy chief, Bro. Clarke, and himself he heartly thanked the brethren. He would inform the Grand Master on his return from England of the new addition to the ranks. “Like a good father of a family, he liked to hear of an increase in the number; as an old officer he was pleased to be amongst them, and considered it a privilege to be entrusted with the carrying out of the consecration ceremony. “As they had the Acting-Grand Secretary present, he would call upon him to give them some information about the success of the Craft in Victoria. “Acting-Grand Secretary, Bro. Gosing, said that a few years ago, when the charter was established, 136 stations or lodges were in existence, now there were 172, and they were all flourishing. “Bro. Baker was an ardent Mason, and he felt sure that he must often neglect hie own business for the advancement and welfare of the Craft. He thanked the Acting Grand Master for the kind reference to him, aml the brethren present forthe kind attention. “He hoped the Duke of Clarence

‘With the core values of integrity, kindness, fairness and honesty at the centre of all Freemasons’ lives, members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount, and also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.’ - Freemasonry Victoria

● Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence

Named after Duke of Clarence

■ Yea’s Masonic Lodge, formed in 1892, was named in honour of the Duke of Clarence, who had died earlier in that year at age 28. Albert Victor Christian Edward, from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the eldest child of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and grandson of the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was second in the line of succession to the British throne, but never became king: he died before his father and his grandmother, the Queen. Albert Victor was known to his family, and many later biographers, as ‘Eddy’. When young, he travelled the world extensively as a naval cadet, and as an adult he joined the British Army, but did not undertake any active military duties. After two unsuccessful courtships, he was engaged to be married to Princess Mary of Teck in late 1891. A few weeks later, he died during an influenza pandemic. Mary later married his younger brother Prince George, who became King George V in 1910. The Duke of Clarence’s death shocked the British Empire. Shops put up their shutters. The Prince of Wales wrote to Queen Victoria, "Gladly would I have given my life for his". Princess Mary wrote to Queen Victoria of the Princess of Wales, "the despairing look on her face was the most heart-rending thing I have ever seen." His younger brother Prince George wrote, "how deeply I did love him; and I remember with pain nearly every hard word and little quarrel I ever had with him and I long to ask his forgiveness, but, alas, it is too late now!” Source: Wikipedia

● The interior of the Yea Masonic Temple, first opened in May 1915

Lodge would prosper. P.M. Bro. Wheeler proposed "The newly installed W..M., Bro. Mummery," in flattering terms. Song, Bro. Petch " True to the last." Worshiptul Master Bro. Mummery responded. He was once a member of a lodge in Penrith, N.S.W., which was just the same as the Dake of Clarence, and not long ago he was visiting Sydney and took it into his head to visit the place and strange to say the Lodge held its meeting during his visit, and he was delighted to find it grown into a large and important body. “He had no doubt but that their Lodge would do the same. “He had known Bro. Baker for some 15 years. He liked his kind genial face; he liked his character, and he liked to hear of the good opinion others in and out of the Craft bore testimony to of him. “Strange to say that he (Bro. Mummery) was presented by Bro. Blashki with the working tools of a Mason on the present occasion and that he (Bro. Mummery) carried out the same duties when Bro. Blashki was first installed in the chair. “He thanked the brethren for the high honour that they had conferred on him, and promised to work zealously and faithfully for the cause. Song.Bro. McKay, "Jack's come home to-day.” Bro. Baker feelingly responded, complimenting the Freemasons in the district on their pluck in organising the starting of the new Lodge. Bro. Baker proposed "The Past Masters and Masters of sister Lodges." Recitation, Bro. Wheeler, "Advance Australia”. Bros. Blashki, MeKay, and Wheeler, of Mansfield, responded. Song, Bro. Wheeler, " Sally in our Alley." Bro. R.G. Neale responded for the visitors. Song, Senior Warden of the Kilmore Lodge, "I live like a lord." Bro. Baker proposed ' The Officers of the Duke of Clarence Lodge." Song, Bro. Leckie, "Far Away”. The Worshipful Master gave "The Press, and "Wanderer" respsonded Song, Bro. Anderson. "Poor and Distressed Masons" followed, after which the "Host and Hostess,"' who received great praise for tihe sumptuous spread; Bro. Anderson respondeds tating that if Masonry did nothing else, it had that day brought the most respectable looking body of men to Yea that he hal ever witnessed. "God Save the Queen" brought a most enjoyable gathering of the Craft to a close about midnight.” The November 10, 1892, issue of the Yea newspaper reported: “The new Masonic Lodge, the Duke of Clarence, held its first meeting since the consecration at the Yea Shire Hall on Thursday last, when two gentlemen were initiated into the mysteries of ancient Fremasonry . “The lodge is now in full working order, and any gentleman desirous of entering the craft can get full particulars from either of the following brethren: Messrs. Mummery, Sanders, Petch, Perry, Anderson, Williamson, and Wightman.

“The lodge is held on the Thursday on or before full moon, so that brethren from a distance will have the benefit of what has not been inaptly termed the ‘parish lantern’ to light them to their respective dwellings.” By January 1893, the Lodge was attempting to have its £1 monthly rental of the Yea Shire Hall reduced. The Chronicle reported: “From Wm. W. Perry, secretary to the Duke of Clarence Lodge, asking for the use of the council-chamber at a reduction in present price, £1 per meeting being rather more than the funds of the Lodge would allow; and the establishing of the Order in Yea was certain to have a powerful influence for good, they trusted the Council would see its way to reduce the present charge.-Reduction made to 10s. per night, on the motion of Crs Sandilands and Scale.” Cr Sandilands had originally been one of the opponents to the Lodge’s use of the Council chamber. “The annual installation and investiture of officers of the Duke of Clarence Lodge, No. 172, Yea, takes place at the Shire hall this evening, when Bro. J. B. Mummery; the Worshipful Master Elect, will be installed for the second time,” noted the October 26, 1893, issue. “Bro. J. A. Gordon, P.M., assisted by Bro. R. Irvine, W.M., of the Albert Edward Lodge, Alexandra, will perform the duties of Installing Master. “A large number of invitations have been sent by the W.M. to the various lodges in the surrounding districts and Melbourne.” In 1915, the June 3 issue of the Chronicle reported: “The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new Masonic hall in High -street was performed on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a number of the Masonic fraternity the building is of solid brick, in places the wall being 14 inches thick, and is situated on a block of ground at the corner of High street and Craigie street, immediately opposite the old lodge room. “The size of the building is 25 x 50. and it comprises a lodge room of 25 x 35 and an ante room of 25 x 14. “The proceedings opened with a hymn, after which Bro J. Tosh, the W.M,, de livered an address on freemasonry. “This was followed by the chaplain (Bro. Rev, R. A. Scott) offering up a prayer, after which the secretary (Bro. S. Wall) read the inscription on the stone. “The junior warden (Bro, W. Taite) then plumbed the stone and the senior warden (Bro.J. Gracey) inspected the stone to see that the stone was laid true, Bro. G,. Buckley then placed oil, wine, and grain on the stone, after which P.M. Bro. J. Taite presented Bro. J. C. Sanders, one of the founders and treasurer of the lodge, with a silver trowel, with which the latter tapped the stone and declared it well and truly laid. “Another Masonic hymn was sung and the proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem.” The final meeting of the Lodge was held in Yea in October 2015. - Ash Long

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■ Russell Irving Tamblyn was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1934. Both his parents were actors. His older brother Larry also went into show business and became the lead singer and keyboard player with the 1960's group The Standells. Russ studied acrobatics and dancing from the age of six. Russ was discovered by the actor Lloyd Bridges who got him a role in a play titled Stone Jungle when Russ was only 10. This led to working as an extra in the film The Boy with Green Hair in 1948. But the work kept coming in and he played ‘Saul’ opposite Victor Mature in Samson and Delilah. During the early 1950s Russ was playing teenager roles in films such as Father of the Bride, Fathers Little Dividend, As Young as You Feel and Retreat Hell. He was signed to a long term contract with MGM and landed the role of ‘Gideon’ in the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This role was just perfect for Russ with his agility, acrobatic and dancing skills - he was a standout in the film. Sadly, the era of the big Hollywood musicals was coming to an end but Russ starred in Hit The Deck and in the title role in Tom Thumb which was filmed at the MGM Studios in the UK. In 1957, he worked on the choreography for the Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock. He was nominated for an academy award as Best Sup-

Whatever Happened To ... Russ Tamblyn

By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM

porting Actor in the film Peyton Place. Russ originally auditioned for the part of ‘Tony’ in the film version of the Broadway musical West Side Story, but was cast as ‘Riff’ instead, while the part of ‘Tony’ went to Richard Beymer. Russ has been married three times and has three children. He has been married to his current wife Bonnie for 36 years. Russ started his television credits with dancing on the Ed Sullivan Show and over the years has been a guest star in many television series such as Cade's County, Burke's Law, Gunsmoke, Days of Our Lives, Tarzan and Fame. In 1990 Russ began work on the television series Twin Peaks playing ‘Dr Jacoby’. Twin Peaks has now been revived after a break of

● Russ Tamblyn

25 years and Russ is back in it. The new series is currently playing on Stan. In recent years Russ has mentored and managed his beautiful daughter's career. Amber Tamblyn has starred in television shows such as House, Two and a Half Men and The Unusuals. They both had roles in the Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained. Russ was devastated over the passing of his dear friend Debbie Reynolds last year. They made the film Hit the Deck together and Debbie was just like a sister to him. His big regret was that he never got the chance to say goodbye. Russ has been working on his autobiography Dancing on The Edge for about 20 years and it will be a great read when it is finally published Russ is 83 these days and still working in the business - which is just amazing. I am a longtime fan of Russ Tamblyn. Kevin Trask The Time Tunnel - on Remember When - Sundays at 9.10pm on 3AW That's Entertainment - 96.5FM Sundays at 12 Noon 96.5FM is streaming on the internet.

Alice Springs, colder than Thredbo

■ From a weather perspective Alice Springs always boasts of its heat. There are times I have experienced a daily temperature in the 40s for a couple of weeks on end. The hottest I have known was 56°outside the back door of my shop one February day. The record I've heard of was 61°at Coober Pedy a few years back. The sun just beats down on the sparkling white mullock heaps, and radiates out. However on Sunday June 11, Alice was colder than Thredbo - in fact it was the fifth coldest place in the country. The temperature at the Airport was -2.9. On my five acres just out of town I measured it at -8 one bright frosty morning. In fact in this era of global warming the average minimum temperature last June was 8.5°, whereas this year it's now down to -1. So much for the perpetually blisteringly hot Red Centre. There is an opal field called Mintabie a few hundred kilometres north of Coober Pedy which gets quite warm too. I had a mate who was living in a caravan there a few years ago. He told me of his experience one summer - his thermometer only went to 57, and for about a week it reached this every day. "It may have been hotter", he said, "But that was it for my thermometer". The floor of his van was so hot that he needed to wear thongs inside. ■ Every so often an incident of brutality is drawn to one's attention. I suppose our police down here must experience some fairly harrowing incidents, but they're generally kept fairly quiet. But in the NT most crimes experience of the light of day fairly regularly. One Robert Morton was at his home in Alpurrurulam, north-east of Alice Springs, and about to head off to the Mount Isa Rodeo with his wife of 18 years. They had been drinking during the day, but as Justice Trevor Reilly indicated, there was no explanation for the violence which occurred later in the evening. His wife had suffered at least 28 "impacts" to her body, inflicted by an axe and a knife. A broken arm, stab wounds, a chipped forehead and three

The Outback Legend

hectare "bushland haven" where our native creatures can thrive away from the cats' evil jaws. The 180-km electric fence will be finished in 2021, and many endangered species will be reintroduced into the area. I assume that this will be a great success, and may well begin further such developments elsewhere in Australia, and protect even more of our critically endangered creatures. However, critically important though this conservation is, it certainly comes at a price.

■ The first time i met Rex Niendorf was at a road stop, Glendambo, a couple of hundred kilometres south of Coober Pedy, where he was running a reptile display. With similar interests, we struck up a friendship, and even planned to unite in a venture - selling my opals and displaying his snakes. This was first of all contemplated with Nick Le Souef in Alice Springs, and then possibly Darwin. But, as with the best laid Lightning Ridge Opals plans… 63 Elizabeth Street, So I kept my shop in Alice Springs, Melbourne and Rex shortly thereafter moved up Phone 9654 4444 to Alice Springs, opening his Reptile Centre, which quickly began to thrive and prosper, with several shows a day, fractured ribs. The magistrate, in his and a large crocodile. instruction to the jury, said that because And Rex is of course is the Alice of the level of intoxication of the hus- Springs snake catcher. band there may have been some doubt Last year has been his busiest ever as to whether he intended to actually - he's had about 600 rescue calls bekill his wife, and they may choose to tween January and March this year, find him guilty of manslaughter. and there were 110 calls in April, up They didn't, and he was sentenced from the normal 30 or so. to life imprisonment, with a non-paAnd 47 in May when it begins to role of 20 years. cool a bit, so you'd expect them to be slithering into hibernation. Most of snakes in town are west■ Cats again! I often rail against the millions of our native species which ern and eastern browns, and yellow are decimated each night in Central face whip snakes. The browns are particularly danAustralia, dispatched by these evil gerous, with the eastern brown the secferal cats. Australian Wildlife Conservancy ond most venomous in the world. CEO Atticus Fleming noted that 30 native mammal species have become ■ Ambos are always kept busy in extinct since Federation. This is the Alice Springs. Not only are the vast distances a problem for them when worst example in the world. Of course cats are to blame for there are car accidents on remote roads, but communication in the much of this, he said. So a group of conservationists are Outback has always been a difficulty. Mobiles only work in town, so when working on the world's largest feral cat eradication plan - a $10m cat-proof there is a serious mishap out in the fence is being constructed in the Cen- bush somewhere, it's often a while tre to try and reverse this extinction before significant help arrives. And because of the 130-kmh speed crisis. This fence will surround a 70,000 limit, combined with international driv-

ers accustomed to driving on the right, there can be an occasional series accident. And furthermore, many of the youths of Alice Springs just love throwing rocks at ambulances. The recent Finke Desert Race kept them busy. Rushing on through the sandy creek beds on motorbikes or buggies seems to be just a recipe for disaster. Indeed 59 people were treated dur-

ing the duration of the race, 52 being actual competitors. Injuries, according to Andrew Everingham, St John's Ambulance Southern Region Area Manager, were "consistent with someone crashing at high speed during a motor event”. Fractured femurs, pelvic injuries, broken arms, dislocations and chest injuries. That kept them all busy. - Nick Le Souef

OK. With John O’Keefe 300 not out

■ The breakfast team on Gold 104 - Jo Stanley and Lehmo - celebrated a milestone with their 300th program since joining the station last year. Over the 16 months of their partnership stunts have included the heavily publisised nude breakfast , and other events that have been both original and newsworthy. Lehmo, aka Anthony Lehmann is to make a return performance in the ABC-TV series Utopia - starring alongside Rob Sitch.

Sydney gossip

■ We try and avoid stories abour the Harbour city but this tale is too much to pass up. Rove McManus and his on-air partner Sam Frost were bumped from their Hit Network brekky gig because of rotten ratings. Moved to Drive, they bombed again and the pair taken off air. Reported salaries were; Rove $ 3.7 million per annum, and Sam $ 250,000 pa. Sam got the heave ho while Rove has been moved to 'special projects' on same salary which puts Rove and Kyle Sanndilands running neck for neck in the pay stakes.

Murder movie

■ The gruesome double killing that occured at the Old London Coiffure, Portland, is to be made into a feature film. Writer and actor Aphra Williams, granddaughrer of the accused Robert Penny, is making the film about the infamous double murder in1991. Robert Penny died last year . Coroner Jacqui Hawkins found there was not enough evidence to identify the killer in the case.

Funny man

■ Tennis champ Sir Andy Murray is not known for his sense of humour but he was wearing a rather comical T-shirt during warm -ups at this years Wimbeldon. Tee is emblazoned ' Bangers and Smash' making it obvious which country he represents , and in which sport.

Star robbed

■ Actor Les Hill put his trust and a hard earned $ 35,000 in the greedy paws of a Sydney accountant. Accountant allegedly gambled investment away. so Les , and others left lamenting . Case currently processing through the Courts. Les's telly credits include Underbelly, Home and Away and Rescue.

Caught and bowled

■ Cricket Australia has lodged a claim against Channel 10 for $ 21 million allegedly owing to Cricket Australia up to end of year. Busy time at Cricket Australia headquarters with chasing outstanding debts, and avoiding player strikes.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I was sorry to hear Jim say that, it was such a lowering of him. My conscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever, until at last I says to it, “Let up on me — it ain’t too late yet — I’ll paddle ashore at the first light and tell.” I felt easy and happy and light as a feather right off. All my troubles was gone. I went to looking out sharp for a light, and sort of singing to myself. By and by one showed. Jim sings out: “We’s safe, Huck, we’s safe! Jump up and crack yo’ heels! Dat’s de good ole Cairo at las’, I jis knows it!” I says: “I’ll take the canoe and go and see, Jim. It mightn’t be, you know.” He jumped and got the canoe ready, and put his old coat in the bottom for me to set on, and give me the paddle; and as I shoved off, he says: “Pooty soon I’ll be a-shout’n’ for joy, en I’ll say, it’s all on accounts o’ Huck; I’s a free man, en I couldn’t ever ben free ef it hadn’ ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de ONLY fren’ole Jim’s got now.” I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on him; but when he says this, it seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me. I went along slow then, and I warn’t right down certain whether I was glad I started or whether I warn’t. When I was fifty yards off, Jim says: “Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on’y white genlman dat ever kep’ his promise to ole Jim.” Well, I just felt sick. But I says, I GOT to do it — I can’t get OUT of it. Right then along comes a skiff with two men in it with guns, and they stopped and I stopped. One of them says: “What’s that yonder?” “A piece of a raft,” I says. “Do you belong on it?” “Yes, sir.” “Any men on it?” “Only one, sir.” “Well, there’s five niggers run off to-night up yonder, above the head of the bend. Is your man white or black?” I didn’t answer up prompt. I tried to, but the words wouldn’t come. I tried for a second or two to brace up and out with it, but I warn’t man enough — hadn’t the spunk of a rabbit. I see I was weakening; so I just give up trying, and up and says: “He’s white.” “I reckon we’ll go and see for ourselves.” “I wish you would,” says I, “because it’s pap that’s there, and maybe you’d help me tow the raft ashore where the light is. He’s sick — and so is mam and Mary Ann.” “Oh, the devil! we’re in a hurry, boy. But I s’pose we’ve got to. Come, buckle to your paddle, and let’s get along.” I buckled to my paddle and they laid to their oars. When we had made a stroke or two, I says: “Pap’ll be mighty much obleeged to you, I can tell you. Everybody goes away when I want them to help me tow the raft ashore, and I can’t do it by myself.” “Well, that’s infernal mean. Odd, too. Say, boy, what’s the matter with your father?” “It’s the — a — the — well, it ain’t anything much.” They stopped pulling. It warn’t but a mighty little ways to the raft now. One says: “Boy, that’s a lie. What IS the matter with your pap? Answer up square now, and it’ll be the better for you.” “I will, sir, I will, honest — but don’t leave us, please. It’s the — the — Gentlemen, if you’ll only pull ahead, and let me heave you the headline, you won’t have to come a-near the raft — please do.” “Set her back, John, set her back!” says one. They backed water. “Keep away, boy — keep to looard. Confound it, I just expect the wind has blowed it to us. Your pap’s got the small-pox, and you know it precious well. Why didn’t you come out and say so? Do you want to spread it all over?” “Well,” says I, a-blubbering, “I’ve told everybody before, and they just went away and left us.” “Poor devil, there’s something in that. We are right down sorry for you, but we — well, hang it,

Mark Twain we don’t want the small-pox, you see. Look here, I’ll tell you what to do. Don’t you try to land by yourself, or you’ll smash everything to pieces. You float along down about twenty miles, and you’ll come to a town on the lefthand side of the river. It will be long after sunup then, and when you ask for help you tell them your folks are all down with chills and fever. Don’t be a fool again, and let people guess what is the matter. Now we’re trying to do you a kindness; so you just put twenty miles between us, that’s a good boy. It wouldn’t do any good to land yonder where the light is — it’s only a woodyard. Say, I reckon your father’s poor, and I’m bound to say he’s in pretty hard luck. Here, I’ll put a twenty-dollar gold piece on this board, and you get it when it floats by. I feel mighty mean to leave you; but my kingdom! it won’t do to fool with small-pox, don’t you see?” “Hold on, Parker,” says the other man, “here’s a twenty to put on the board for me. Good-bye, boy; you do as Mr. Parker told you, and you’ll be all right.” “That’s so, my boy — good-bye, good-bye. If you see any runaway niggers you get help and nab them, and you can make some money by it.” “Good-bye, sir,” says I; “I won’t let no runaway niggers get by me if I can help it.” They went off and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it warn’t no use for me to try to learn to do right; a body that don’t get STARTED right when he’s little ain’t got no show — when the pinch comes there ain’t nothing to back him up and keep him to his work, and so he gets beat. Then I thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on; s’pose you’d a done right and give Jim up, would you felt better than

what you do now? No, says I, I’d feel bad — I’d feel just the same way I do now. Well, then, says I, what’s the use you learning to do right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? I was stuck. I couldn’t answer that. So I reckoned I wouldn’t bother no more about it, but after this always do whichever come handiest at the time. I went into the wigwam; Jim warn’t there. I looked all around; he warn’t anywhere. I says: “Jim!” “Here I is, Huck. Is dey out o’ sight yit? Don’t talk loud.” He was in the river under the stern oar, with just his nose out. I told him they were out of sight, so he come aboard. He says: “I was a-listenin’ to all de talk, en I slips into de river en was gwyne to shove for sho’ if dey come aboard. Den I was gwyne to swim to de raf’ agin when dey was gone. But lawsy, how you did fool ’em, Huck! Dat WUZ de smartes’ dodge! I tell you, chile, I’spec it save’ ole Jim — ole Jim ain’t going to forgit you for dat, honey.” Then we talked about the money. It was a pretty good raise — twenty dollars apiece. Jim said we could take deck passage on a steamboat now, and the money would last us as far as we wanted to go in the free States. He said twenty mile more warn’t far for the raft to go, but he wished we was already there. Towards daybreak we tied up, and Jim was mighty particular about hiding the raft good. Then he worked all day fixing things in bundles, and getting all ready to quit rafting. That night about ten we hove in sight of the lights of a town away down in a left-hand bend. I went off in the canoe to ask about it. Pretty soon I found a man out in the river with a skiff,

setting a trot-line. I ranged up and says: “Mister, is that town Cairo?” “Cairo? no. You must be a blame’ fool.” “What town is it, mister?” “If you want to know, go and find out. If you stay here botherin’ around me for about a half a minute longer you’ll get something you won’t want.” I paddled to the raft. Jim was awful disappointed, but I said never mind, Cairo would be the next place, I reckoned. We passed another town before daylight, and I was going out again; but it was high ground, so I didn’t go. No high ground about Cairo, Jim said. I had forgot it. We laid up for the day on a towhead tolerable close to the left-hand bank. I begun to suspicion something. So did Jim. I says: “Maybe we went by Cairo in the fog that night.” He says: “Doan’ le’s talk about it, Huck. Po’ niggers can’t have no luck. I awluz ’spected dat rattlesnakeskin warn’t done wid its work.” “I wish I’d never seen that snake-skin, Jim — I do wish I’d never laid eyes on it.” “It ain’t yo’ fault, Huck; you didn’ know. Don’t you blame yo’self ’bout it.” When it was daylight, here was the clear Ohio water inshore, sure enough, and outside was the old regular Muddy! So it was all up with Cairo. We talked it all over. It wouldn’t do to take to the shore; we couldn’t take the raft up the stream, of course. There warn’t no way but to wait for dark, and start back in the canoe and take the chances. So we slept all day amongst the cottonwood thicket, so as to be fresh for the work, and when we went back to the raft about dark the canoe was gone! We didn’t say a word for a good while. There warn’t anything to say. We both knowed well enough it was some more work of the rattlesnake-skin; so what was the use to talk about it? It would only look like we was finding fault, and that would be bound to fetch more bad luck — and keep on fetching it, too, till we knowed enough to keep still. By and by we talked about what we better do, and found there warn’t no way but just to go along down with the raft till we got a chance to buy a canoe to go back in. We warn’t going to borrow it when there warn’t anybody around, the way pap would do, for that might set people after us. So we shoved out after dark on the raft. Anybody that don’t believe yet that it’s foolishness to handle a snake-skin, after all that that snake-skin done for us, will believe it now if they read on and see what more it done for us. The place to buy canoes is off of rafts laying up at shore. But we didn’t see no rafts laying up; so we went along during three hours and more. Well, the night got gray and ruther thick, which is the next meanest thing to fog. You can’t tell the shape of the river, and you can’t see no distance. It got to be very late and still, and then along comes a steamboat up the river. We lit the lantern, and judged she would see it. Up-stream boats didn’t generly come close to us; they go out and follow the bars and hunt for easy water under the reefs; but nights like this they bull right up the channel against the whole river. We could hear her pounding along, but we didn’t see her good till she was close. She aimed right for us. Often they do that and try to see how close they can come without touching; sometimes the wheel bites off a sweep, and then the pilot sticks his head out and laughs, and thinks he’s mighty smart. Well, here she comes, and we said she was going to try and shave us; but she didn’t seem to be sheering off a bit. She was a big one, and she was coming in a hurry, too, looking like a black cloud with rows of glowworms around it; but all of a sudden she bulged out, big and scary, with a long row of wide-open furnace doors shining like red-hot teeth, and her monstrous bows and guards hanging right over us. There was a yell at us, and a jingling of bells to stop the engines, a powwow of cussing, and whistling of steam — and as Jim went overboard on one side and I on the other, she come smashing straight through the raft. I dived — and I aimed to find the bottom, too, for a thirty-foot wheel had got to go over me,

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Observer Classic Books From Page 13 and I wanted it to have plenty of room. I could always stay under water a minute; this time I reckon I stayed under a minute and a half. Then I bounced for the top in a hurry, for I was nearly busting. I popped out to my armpits and blowed the water out of my nose, and puffed a bit. Of course there was a booming current; and of course that boat started her engines again ten seconds after she stopped them, for they never cared much for raftsmen; so now she was churning along up the river, out of sight in the thick weather, though I could hear her. I sung out for Jim about a dozen times, but I didn’t get any answer; so I grabbed a plank that touched me while I was “treading water,” and struck out for shore, shoving it ahead of me. But I made out to see that the drift of the current was towards the left-hand shore, which meant that I was in a crossing; so I changed off and went that way. It was one of these long, slanting, two-mile crossings; so I was a good long time in getting over. I made a safe landing, and clumb up the bank. I couldn’t see but a little ways, but I went poking along over rough ground for a quarter of a mile or more, and then I run across a big old-fashioned double log-house before I noticed it. I was going to rush by and get away, but a lot of dogs jumped out and went to howling and barking at me, and I knowed better than to move another peg. Chapter XVII. IN about a minute somebody spoke out of a window without putting his head out, and says: “Be done, boys! Who’s there?” I says: “It’s me.” “Who’s me?” “George Jackson, sir.” “What do you want?” “I don’t want nothing, sir. I only want to go along by, but the dogs won’t let me.” “What are you prowling around here this time of night for — hey?” “I warn’t prowling around, sir, I fell overboard off of the steamboat.” “Oh, you did, did you? Strike a light there, somebody. What did you say your name was?” “George Jackson, sir. I’m only a boy.” “Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid — nobody’ll hurt you. But don’t try to budge; stand right where you are. Rouse out Bob and Tom, some of you, and fetch the guns. George Jackson, is there anybody with you?” “No, sir, nobody.” I heard the people stirring around in the house now, and see a light. The man sung out: “Snatch that light away, Betsy, you old fool — ain’t you got any sense? Put it on the floor behind the front door. Bob, if you and Tom are ready, take your places.” “All ready.” “Now, George Jackson, do you know the Shepherdsons?” “No, sir; I never heard of them.” “Well, that may be so, and it mayn’t. Now, all ready. Step forward, George Jackson. And mind, don’t you hurry — come mighty slow. If there’s anybody with you, let him keep back — if he shows himself he’ll be shot. Come along now. Come slow; push the door open yourself — just enough to squeeze in, d’ you hear?” I didn’t hurry; I couldn’t if I’d a wanted to. I took one slow step at a time and there warn’t a sound, only I thought I could hear my heart. The dogs were as still as the humans, but they followed a little behind me. When I got to the three log doorsteps I heard them unlocking and unbarring and unbolting. I put my hand on the door and pushed it a little and a little more till somebody said, “There, that’s enough — put your head in.” I done it, but I judged they would take it off. The candle was on the floor, and there they all was, looking at me, and me at them, for about a quarter of a minute: Three big men with guns pointed at me, which made me wince, I tell you; the oldest, gray and about sixty, the other two thirty or more — all of them fine and handsome — and the sweetest old gray-headed lady, and back of her two young women which I couldn’t see right well. The old gentleman says: “There; I reckon it’s all right. Come in.” As soon as I was in the old gentleman he locked the door and barred it and bolted it, and told the young men to come in with their guns, and they all went in a big parlor that had a new rag carpet on the floor, and got together in a corner that was out of the range of the front windows — there warn’t none on the side. They held the

candle, and took a good look at me, and all said, “Why, HE ain’t a Shepherdson — no, there ain’t any Shepherdson about him.” Then the old man said he hoped I wouldn’t mind being searched for arms, because he didn’t mean no harm by it — it was only to make sure. So he didn’t pry into my pockets, but only felt outside with his hands, and said it was all right. He told me to make myself easy and at home, and tell all about myself; but the old lady says: “Why, bless you, Saul, the poor thing’s as wet as he can be; and don’t you reckon it may be he’s hungry?” “True for you, Rachel — I forgot.” So the old lady says: “Betsy” (this was a nigger woman), “you fly around and get him something to eat as quick as you can, poor thing; and one of you girls go and wake up Buck and tell him — oh, here he is himself. Buck, take this little stranger and get the wet clothes off from him and dress him up in some of yours that’s dry.” Buck looked about as old as me — thirteen or fourteen or along there, though he was a little bigger than me. He hadn’t on anything but a shirt, and he was very frowzy-headed. He came in gaping and digging one fist into his eyes, and he was dragging a gun along with the other one. He says: “Ain’t they no Shepherdsons around?” They said, no, ’twas a false alarm. “Well,” he says, “if they’d a ben some, I reckon I’d a got one.” They all laughed, and Bob says: “Why, Buck, they might have scalped us all, you’ve been so slow in coming.” “Well, nobody come after me, and it ain’t right I’m always kept down; I don’t get no show.” “Never mind, Buck, my boy,” says the old man, “you’ll have show enough, all in good time, don’t you fret about that. Go ’long with you now, and do as your mother told you.” When we got up-stairs to his room he got me a coarse shirt and a roundabout and pants of his, and I put them on. While I was at it he asked me what my name was, but before I could tell him he started to tell me about a bluejay and a young rabbit he had catched in the woods day before yesterday, and he asked me where Moses was when the candle went out. I said I didn’t know; I hadn’t heard about it before, no way. “Well, guess,” he says. “How’m I going to guess,” says I, “when I never heard tell of it before?” “But you can guess, can’t you? It’s just as easy.” “WHICH candle?” I says. “Why, any candle,” he says. “I don’t know where he was,” says I; “where was he?” “Why, he was in the DARK! That’s where he was!” “Well, if you knowed where he was, what did you ask me for?” “Why, blame it, it’s a riddle, don’t you see? Say, how long are you going to stay here? You got to stay always. We can just have booming times — they don’t have no school now. Do you own a dog? I’ve got a dog — and he’ll go in the river and bring out chips that you throw in. Do you like to comb up Sundays, and all that kind of foolishness? You bet I don’t, but ma she makes me. Confound these ole britches! I reckon I’d better put ’em on, but I’d ruther not, it’s so warm. Are you all ready? All right. Come along, old hoss.” Cold corn-pone, cold corn-beef, butter and buttermilk — that is what they had for me down there, and there ain’t nothing better that ever I’ve come across yet. Buck and his ma and all of them smoked cob pipes, except the nigger woman, which was gone, and the two young women. They all smoked and talked, and I eat and talked. The young women had quilts around them, and their hair down their backs. They all asked me questions, and I told them how pap and me and all the family was living on a little farm down at the bottom of Arkansaw, and my sister Mary Ann run off and got married and never was heard of no more, and Bill went to hunt them and he warn’t heard of no more, and Tom and Mort died, and then there warn’t nobody but just me and pap left, and he was just trimmed down to nothing, on account of his troubles; so when he died I took what there was left, because the farm didn’t belong to us, and started up the river, deck passage, and fell overboard; and that was how I come to be here. So they said I could have a home there as long as I wanted it. Then it was most daylight and everybody went to bed, and I went to bed with Buck,

and when I waked up in the morning, drat it all, I had forgot what my name was. So I laid there about an hour trying to think, and when Buck waked up I says: “Can you spell, Buck?” “Yes,” he says. “I bet you can’t spell my name,” says I. “I bet you what you dare I can,” says he. “All right,” says I, “go ahead.” “G-e-o-r-g-e J-a-x-o-n — there now,” he says. “Well,” says I, “you done it, but I didn’t think you could. It ain’t no slouch of a name to spell — right off without studying.” I set it down, private, because somebody might want ME to spell it next, and so I wanted to be handy with it and rattle it off like I was used to it. It was a mighty nice family, and a mighty nice house, too. I hadn’t seen no house out in the country before that was so nice and had so much style. It didn’t have an iron latch on the front door, nor a wooden one with a buckskin string, but a brass knob to turn, the same as houses in town. There warn’t no bed in the parlor, nor a sign of a bed; but heaps of parlors in towns has beds in them. There was a big fireplace that was bricked on the bottom, and the bricks was kept clean and red by pouring water on them and scrubbing them with another brick; sometimes they wash them over with red water-paint that they call Spanish-brown, same as they do in town. They had big brass dog-irons that could hold up a saw-log. There was a clock on the middle of the mantelpiece, with a picture of a town painted on the bottom half of the glass front, and a round place in the middle of it for the sun, and you could see the pendulum swinging behind it. It was beautiful to hear that clock tick; and sometimes when one of these peddlers had been along and scoured her up and got her in good shape, she would start in and strike a hundred and fifty before she got tuckered out. They wouldn’t took any money for her. Well, there was a big outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy. By one of the parrots was a cat made of crockery, and a crockery dog by the other; and when you pressed down on them they squeaked, but didn’t open their mouths nor look different nor interested. They squeaked through underneath. There was a couple of big wild-turkey-wing fans spread out behind those things. On the table in the middle of the room was a kind of a lovely crockery basket that had apples and oranges and peaches and grapes piled up in it, which was much redder and yellower and prettier than real ones is, but they warn’t real because you could see where pieces had got chipped off and showed the white chalk, or whatever it was, underneath. This table had a cover made out of beautiful oilcloth, with a red and blue spread-eagle painted on it, and a painted border all around. It come all the way from Philadelphia, they said. There was some books, too, piled up perfectly exact, on each corner of the table. One was a big family Bible full of pictures. One was Pilgrim’s Progress, about a man that left his family, it didn’t say why. I read considerable in it now and then. The statements was interesting, but tough. Another was Friendship’s Offering, full of beautiful stuff and poetry; but I didn’t read the poetry. Another was Henry Clay’s Speeches, and another was Dr. Gunn’s Family Medicine, which told you all about what to do if a body was sick or dead. There was a hymn book, and a lot of other books. And there was nice split-bottom chairs, and perfectly sound, too — not bagged down in the middle and busted, like an old basket. They had pictures hung on the walls — mainly Washingtons and Lafayettes, and battles, and Highland Marys, and one called “Signing the Declaration.” There was some that they called crayons, which one of the daughters which was dead made her own self when she was only fifteen years old. They was different from any pictures I ever see before — blacker, mostly, than is common. One was a woman in a slim black dress, belted small under the armpits, with bulges like a cabbage in the middle of the sleeves, and a large black scoop-shovel bonnet with a black veil, and white slim ankles crossed about with black tape, and very wee black slippers, like a chisel, and she was leaning pensive on a tombstone on her right elbow, under a weeping willow, and her other hand hanging down her side holding a white handkerchief and a reticule, and underneath the picture it said “Shall I Never See Thee More Alas.” Another one was a young lady with her hair all combed up straight

to the top of her head, and knotted there in front of a comb like a chair-back, and she was crying into a handkerchief and had a dead bird laying on its back in her other hand with its heels up, and underneath the picture it said “I Shall Never Hear Thy Sweet Chirrup More Alas.” There was one where a young lady was at a window looking up at the moon, and tears running down her cheeks; and she had an open letter in one hand with black sealing wax showing on one edge of it, and she was mashing a locket with a chain to it against her mouth, and underneath the picture it said “And Art Thou Gone Yes Thou Art Gone Alas.” These was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn’t somehow seem to take to them, because if ever I was down a little they always give me the fan-tods. Everybody was sorry she died, because she had laid out a lot more of these pictures to do, and a body could see by what she had done what they had lost. But I reckoned that with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard. She was at work on what they said was her greatest picture when she took sick, and every day and every night it was her prayer to be allowed to live till she got it done, but she never got the chance. It was a picture of a young woman in a long white gown, standing on the rail of a bridge all ready to jump off, with her hair all down her back, and looking up to the moon, with the tears running down her face, and she had two arms folded across her breast, and two arms stretched out in front, and two more reaching up towards the moon — and the idea was to see which pair would look best, and then scratch out all the other arms; but, as I was saying, she died before she got her mind made up, and now they kept this picture over the head of the bed in her room, and every time her birthday come they hung flowers on it. Other times it was hid with a little curtain. The young woman in the picture had a kind of a nice sweet face, but there was so many arms it made her look too spidery, seemed to me. This young girl kept a scrap-book when she was alive, and used to paste obituaries and accidents and cases of patient suffering in it out of the Presbyterian Observer, and write poetry after them out of her own head. It was very good poetry. This is what she wrote about a boy by the name of Stephen Dowling Bots that fell down a well and was drownded: ODE TO STEPHEN DOWLING BOTS, DEC’D And did young Stephen sicken, And did young Stephen die? And did the sad hearts thicken, And did the mourners cry? No; such was not the fate of Young Stephen Dowling Bots; Though sad hearts round him thickened, ’Twas not from sickness’ shots. No whooping-cough did rack his frame, Nor measles drear with spots; Not these impaired the sacred name Of Stephen Dowling Bots. Despised love struck not with woe That head of curly knots, Nor stomach troubles laid him low, Young Stephen Dowling Bots. O no. Then list with tearful eye, Whilst I his fate do tell. His soul did from this cold world fly By falling down a well. They got him out and emptied him; Alas it was too late; His spirit was gone for to sport aloft In the realms of the good and great. If Emmeline Grangerford could make poetry like that before she was fourteen, there ain’t no telling what she could a done by and by. Buck said she could rattle off poetry like nothing. She didn’t ever have to stop to think. He said she would slap down a line, and if she couldn’t find anything to rhyme with it would just scratch it out and slap down another one, and go ahead. She warn’t particular; she could write about anything you choose to give her to write about just so it was sadful. Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her “tribute” before he was cold. She called them tributes. The neighbors said it was the doctor first, then Emmeline, then the undertaker — the undertaker never got in ahead of Emmeline but once, and then she hung fire on a rhyme for the dead person’s name, which was Whistler. She warn’t ever the same after that; she never complained, but she kinder pined away and did not live long. Poor thing, many’s the time I made myself go up to the little room that used to be hers and get out her poor old scrap-book and read in it when her pictures had been aggravating me and I had soured on her a little. I liked all that family, dead ones and all, and warn’t going to let anything come between us. To Be Continued Next Issue

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Secret cellar door hidden in the Dookie Hills

■ Just a 30-minute drive from Benalla, tucked away in the rolling Dookie Hills, you will discover the relaxed Tallis Wine cellar door. Be transported to a natural rural setting as you motor through the property’s gates. Discover warm hospitality, distinctive hand crafted single vineyard wines to be enjoyed with seasonally selected local handmade produce. This cellar door ticks all the boxes for a place to bring visiting guests or for a catch up with family and friends. Experience the captivating beauty of the Dookie Hills with sweeping views of the Strathbogie Ranges, fireside or out on the relaxed deck Whatever time of year, the landscape will have put on a show. On the bridge of winter and spring the canola uplifts with parcels of iridescent splendour. A classic Australian pastoral scene awaits you in summer with fields of golden wheat contrasting against vivid blue skies. On a clear day in winter, you can see the snowy peaks of Victoria’s Alps and oftenwitness as a storm brews. Choose to be guided through a wine tasting, sip a glass of wine or beer, share a selection of grazing platters from our seasonal menu, homemade cakes and coffee, or if you are interested in entertaining a large crowd the BBQ area is also available for hire. Keep an eye on the Tallis Facebook and wesbite as there is regular live music and it pays to make a booking. For those keen on getting outside and close to nature, our Rock Correa walking track (one hour return) from the cellar door is signposted with 11 interpretive signs and offers a chance to sight kangaroos and local wildlife, taking in breathtaking 360 degree panoramas back to Benalla and beyond, While Tallis Wine has been producing wine from the red Cambrian soils over 15 years, the cellar door is a recent venture for the Tallis family. Architecturally designed by family member John Tallis and built by Richard Tallis (winemaker and owner) with local tradesmen, the cellar door was opened in early 2012 and is constructed from straw bales grown on the property, receycled or sustainable building materials with an energy efficient layout. The philosophy behind the cellar door design was to minimise the impact of the building on the environment and maintain a sense of connectedness to the land. Tallis Wine cellar door is a rewarding haven for wine lovers and well worth a visit when staying in Benalla. For bookings call 0437 825 547. Find out more at: Open: Tuesday to Thursday 10am-3pm. Friday to Sunday 11am5pm. Closed Monday. The walking track closes one hour prior to closing.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Vacationers celebrate in style Cash up for grabs

■ Last Thursday saw a mammoth night of harness racing at Kilmore, featuring the 2189m Silver and Bronze Consolations of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for all ages and sexes. With plenty of cash up for grabs, the racing was keen all through the evening as owners and trainers chased the major prize, having failed to make the rich finals held at Melton the previous weekend. The 2Y0 C & G saw Jodi Quinlan successful aboard Art Major-Shes Got It All gelding Be Major Threat in 2-00.8. Moving forward three wide in the final circuit from just off the speed, Be Major Threat ran home strongly to prevail by 1.4 metres over Stefsbest which followed him home, with Tin Roof Raider using the sprint lane from four back the markers to finish third. Local Romsey trainer Paul Green combined with David Miles to land the 2Y0 Fillies Silver with Pick Up Line, a daughter of Four Starzzz Shark and Chick At The Bar. Settling mid-field from the extreme draw, Pick Up Line made the final bend three wide, gaining the day by a head in 2-00.7 from the favourite Hakuna which trailed the pacemaker Fruitdrops. Scarlett Brew weakened to finish third after leading into the straight. A rank outsider, Pick Up Line paid odds of $37.90. Classy Sportswriter-Striking Spirit gelding Spiritwriter captured the 4Y0 E & G Silver for Burrumbeet's Michael Stanley. Sent forward three wide from gate four to park in the open, Spiritwriter received cover when Warfare moved to occupy the "death-seat" midrace. Easing three wide approaching the final bend, Spiritwriter was too strong over the concluding stages to score by 1.4 metres in 159.2. Firenglow was third 1.2 metres away after trailing the front runner Role With It. Wallan's Ruth, Noel and Chris Shinn's home bred Rocknroll Hanover-Albertique gelding Albarock finally broke through for a long awaited victory by taking the 3Y0 C & G Silver at Supertab odds of $41,70. Settling a long way off the leader SolidAs A Rock from gate four, Albarock gained a nice ride home before moving four wide on the home turn and despite shifting out in the straight, careered away to register a 9.9 metre victory in a rate of 1-58.7 from Blissful Stride which trailed the leader, with Somebeachshadow third after being held up at a crucial stage. Coimadai trainer Steve Zammit's Modern Art-Awesome Powers mare Platinum Power was an upset winner of the 4Y0 Silver, paying $16.90. Driven by Nathan Jack, Platinum Power was extricated from four back the markers in the last lap to pounce on the leaders in the straight, accounting for Keayang Destiny which had every chance after trailing the hot favourite Bou Chard which raced parked into the final bend before being gathered in over the concluding stages to finish third. The margins 4.9 by 1.3 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.3. The 3Y0 C & G Bronze went the way of the Marg Lee (Terang) trained and Xavier O'Connor driven Four Starzzz Shark-Jilliby Jamilla gelding Jilliby Mako in a rate of 200.9. Enjoying the run of the race from the pole trailing Budding Caesar (gate three), Jilliby Mako finished best along the sprint lane to nose out Lochinvar Delight (three wide at bell), with Budding Caesar 2.9 metres away in third place. Bannockburn trainer/driver Geoff Webster snared the 4Y0 E & G Bronze with Rocknroll Hanover-Golden Flyin gelding Keep On Rocking. Given every opportunity one/one from gate two on the second line, Keep On Rocking sprinted like a gazelle on turning to register a runaway 13.2 metre margin over a game Four Starzzz Forsa which led in 1-58.4. Hot To Rock was 2.5 metres away third after following Willem home in the final circuit.

■ Victorians holidaying in Queensland were celebrating in style at Albion Park on Saturday, following the victory of outstanding 6Y0 Dream Away-Sheer Finesse gelding Hectorjayjay in Queensland’s biggest race – the $200,540 (Group 1) Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship for M0 or better class horses over 2680 metres. Trained at Avenel by David Aiken and driven by regular reinsman son Josh, Hectorjayjay came from an almost near last impossible position on the rain effected track in the final circuit, making the home turn right off the track to mow down his rivals in the straight, registering a runaway 1.1 metre margin over New Zealander My Field Marshall (one/one) and the NSW trained pacemaker Tiger Tara who was 1.2 metres away in third place. Two other Victorians Lennytheshark and Mr Mojito were fourth and fifth. The mile rate 156.1.

Double secured

■ Nanneella (Rochester area) part-owner/ trainer Col Godden who has only a small team in work at any given time, enjoyed a "night of nights at Shepparton last Tuesday, combining with Strathfieldsaye reinsman Glenn Douglas to land a winning a double on the big 11- event card. First to arrive was 4Y0 Art Colony-Millenium Outbreak mare Ridethewildside in the Neatline Homes Pace (1st Division) for C1 class over 2190 metres, leading throughout from gate five to defeat Lady Sanza which trailed by an easy 14.3 metres, with Caesareal 9.1 metres away in third place after a mid-field trip. The mile rate 1-59. Nine year old Jet Laag-Computerize gelding LightsAnd Music the pride of the stable chalked up his 19th success at start number 158 by taking the Elite Horse Transport Pace for C0 to C3 class over 2190 metres. Starting from inside the second line, Lights And Music possied one/three as the roughie Northern Eagle led from the pole. Gaining a beaut ride into the final bend following Stuart ahead of him, Lights And Music gave chase to the favourite Maken Art Magic on turning and finished best to prevail by 1.8 metres in a rate of 2-02 from Maken Art Magic and Stuart who was 9.2 metres back in third place.

First win since Jan.

■ Albury visitor Sammysluck, a 7Y0 gelded son of Elsu and Shez Ryans registered his first victory since January when victorious in the 2nd Division of the Neatline Homes Pace. Driven by local Matt Newberry who had earlier in the night saluted aboard Village Encounter for dad John, Sammysluck enjoyed a sweet passage one/one from gate two on the second line as This Is Your Life led from the pole. Easing wide on turning, Sammysluck finished strongly to score by 13.9 metres over a death-seating Winkn Nod and Bensononfire in a rate of 2-02.

Won by half-head

■ Kialla trainer John Hallam ultra consistent home bred 5Y0 Pegasus Spur-El Scorcho mare Scorching Along snared the Shepparton Sale 23rd July Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2190 metres. Leading out from gate two, reinsman Rod Petroff elected to hand over the front running to the in-form Black Valley to enjoy the run of the race. Using the sprint lane, Scorching Along just got there to win by a half head in a tricky finish, with Aimforthemoon 16.3 metres away in third place after racing uncovered for the final circuit. The mile rate 2-02.1.

Worked hard

■ At Horsham the day before, 4Y0 Major In Art-Gates Closed gelding The Big Show was a tough victor of the DNR Logistics Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres. Trained at Mt Gambier by Kevin Von Duve,

Harness Racing

Given easy time

■ Shepparton duo Laura Crossland (trainer) and David Moran (driver) landed the 2Y0 C & G Silver with Sportswriter-Shake It Up Baby gelding Lochinvar Hugo in a rate of 2-03.5. Given an easy time from the pole trailing the leader Scrawl, Lochinvar angled off the inside in plenty of time and when taken wide on straightening, finished at a great rate to score by 4.4 metres in advance of first starter Mighty Sheffield (one/three - three wide last lap) and Monterei Duke (three back the markers). Melbourne



with Len Baker The Big Show driven by Terang based Tim McLean worked extremely hard from outside the front line to eventually park outside the pacemaker Presidential Grin. Crossing to lead at the bell, The Big Show appeared to be a sitting target for those back in the field as runs from the rear commenced in the last lap. Headed on the final bend, The Big Show refused to give in and came again in the straight to record a meritorious head margin over Kate Lovemetwotimes and Sassy Man which parked out from the bell. The mile rate 2-00.8.

Raced strongly

■ Terang's Mattie Craven landed a stable double for the afternoon at Horsham with Emveepee (Chris Svanosio) taking the T0 or better class Wimmera Mail Times Trotters Handicap over 2200 metres and Kiwi bred All Jokers Todaright with Mattie in the sulky the Off The Bit 3WM Saturday Pace for C2 & C3 class over the same distance. Emveepee (Majestic Son-Fulloninterest) finished his race off strongly from mid-field to register a 2.5 metre margin over Waikare Astronomer and Social Fireball in 2-04.9, while All Jokers Todaright (Washington VC-Aces Win) did similar in accounting for Our Shanghai Noon and Artful Christian in 1-59.7.

Did it tough

■ All American bred 4Y0 Yankee Glide-Fashion Tempo mare Argentine Tango was a strong victor of the Oxley Feed Mills Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 1650 metres at Bendigo on Wednesday. Trained at Bolinda by Alison Alford and driven by "Hall Of Famer" husband Chris, Argentine Tango despite doing it tough in the open, surged clear on turning to score by 2.5 metres in a rate of 1-59, defeating Outpunch Enchanter and Illawong Sunny.

Bendigo special

■ Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley enjoyed a special night at Bendigo, winning four races on the program. Village Jolt-Miracle Lover gelding Loveisamyth (Chris Alford) greeted the judge in the Alabar 3Y0 Pace over 1650 metres prior to Any Old Way, Sunny Afternoon and Eyrish Mist taking three of the trotting events beamed into France. Anthony Butt guided both Any Old Day and Eyrish Mist to victory, with Nathan Jack taking the reins aboard Sunny Afternoon.

This Week

■ Wednesday - Melton, Thursday - Stawell/ Bendigo, Friday - Mildura/Shepparton, Saturday - Melton, Sunday - Warragul, Monday Charlton, Tuesday - Kilmore.

Horses to follow

■ Christmas Jolt, Waikare Astronomer, Grinvil, Scout Hall Road, Mighty Sheffield, Santanna Breeze, Gilty Hanover, Ozzie Bogan, Dennington Heights, Carl Mattgregor, Melpark Elexa, Somebeachshadow.

Feature races

■ Two features were held at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Friday - the $20,000 (Group 3) Hes Watching @ Alabar Jane Ellen for Mares Mo or better and the $18,000 Allied Express Pace for M2 - M4 class, both over 2240 metres. Kerryn Manning's Million Dollar Cam-Eyes Of Courage 5Y0 Ameretto, a former NSW trainee, snared the Jane Ellen, exploding away on the final bend off a cosy mid-field passage to blitz her rivals by 17.3 metres, defeating Glenferrie Blade and Rockstar Angel in 1-55.4. John Justice's in-form 6Y0 Gotta Go CullectJill Forsa gelding Gotta Go Henry led throughout in the Allied Express, just lasting by a head over stablemate Hotasel which dead-heated for second after trailing and using the sprint lane with Three Ways (three wide last lap). Bred and raced by John, Gotta Go Henry returned a mile rate of 1-57.7.

Wine Column

■ I wrote a few weeks ago about Orange's Brangayne having two vineyards - one decidedly higher and cooler than the other. They're certainly not the only ones in the district adopting this approach. Ross Hill also has two vineyards - their 'home' vineyard at Wallace Lane, high on the slopes of Mt Canobolas, and the Griffin Road Vineyard, on the milder north-western edge of Orange as you head along the Mitchell Highway towards Molong and Dubbo. If winemaker Phil Kerney didn't have the Griffin Road Vineyard at his disposal, the only red in Ross Hill's premium Pinnacle Series would be a pinot noir. That's the only red variety that Phil and Ross Hill's owners reckon will ripen at Wallace Lane, and hence it's the only red variety planted there. But the Pinnacle Series label carries four reds, of which the 2015 vintages have just been released - the two I've reviewed here plus a 2015 Shiraz and a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter already having sold out. They formed a very solid quartet, which will expand to a quintet if Phil Kerney gets his way, by the addition of a pinot noir made 100 per cent from the Griffin Road Vineyard. That should make for a highly interesting comparative tasting - two pinots made by the same hands from vineyards separated by a couple of hundred feet in altitude. Visit WINE REVIEWS Ross Hill 2015 Pinnacle Series Pinot Noir ($40): Made from 100 per cent Wallace Lane fruit, this is a quintessential cool-climate pinot, showing subtle flavours and a mediumbodied, sinewy structure rather than beefy muscle. It's a spicy, food-friendly wine that I'd love to try in Beijing or an Australian Chinatown with the best Peking Duck. Visit WINE OF THE WEEK Huntington Estate 2016 Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay ($24): The Mudgee district has a proud history with chardonnay and, in fact, claims to have been the birthplace for the variety inAustralia. This is a richly flavoured, complex dry white which spent eight months sitting on yeast lees in barrel. Its fruit flavours are primarily in the stonefruit sector of the flavour wheel but there's a hint of old-fashioned chardonnay oakiness there as well … and I like that. Visit - John Rozentals

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Royal Symphony, on song ■ If early form is any indication, top South Australian youngster, Royal Symphony, is definitely the one to beat come some of the classics races. The rising three year-old made it three on end with another resounding victory at Flemington at his first try over 1600 metres, winning the Taj Rossi series final in great style. As usual he missed the start, but his rider, Dwayne Dunn, whose wifeAmanda owns a share, just bided his time knowing what he had beneath him, and gradually eased his way through. At the turn he was still about six lengths off the leaders, but no panic. Dwayne just eased Royal Symphony out and he went up to the leaders in quick style. A number of punters, who had taken the short odds, were a bit worried when after moving up to the leaders he appeared to stargaze. Dunn soon got his mind back on the job and with a flick of the whip he bounded away to win by just over four lengths. Prepared by leading South Australian trainer, Tony Mc Evoy, who feels that he has something special and felt that when he won his first start, a two-year old maiden at Racing.Com Park at Pakenham scoring by 3.3 lengths one again missing the ‘kick’ and settling well back. McEvoy summed it up after his big win at Flemington when he said "when he clicks into gear, hold on to your hat". His breeding didn't suggest anything special being by Domesday from Naturalist, but Amanda Dunn stuck with the youngie and has proved spot on. He is a big strong galloper, who puts a space in them very quickly, but I am sure Tony, along with Dwayne, will be working on his barrier manners. He is the ruling favourite for the rich Caulfield Guineas over the MRC's Caulfield Cup Carnival over 1600 metres and is the early pick for the Victoria Derby at Flemington over the VRC'S Melbourne Carnival in November, all going well. On what he has shown so far it will take one out of the box to knock him off.

Record nominations

■ The Melbourne Racing Club is over the moon with news that record nominations have been received for their two-year old-plum, the Blue Diamond, to be run next February for twoyear olds. A record of 1470 yearlings have been nominated for the 2018 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond over 1200 metres. This year's figure is up 89 from last year's total of 1381 noms. up 6.44 per cent. Topping the list of nominations in the victorious 2017 Blue Diamond training partnership of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, who have submitted 112 entries for Victoria's premier juvenile event. Other top nominators include Gai Waterhouse and Andrew Bott, with 97, global giant Godolphin (89), Sydney-based Snowden Racing Peter and Paul, have entered 69 and BMW Caulfield Cup winning trainer, Ciaron Maher, with 66 noms. Champion Snitzel, once again heads the stallion list with 83 of his sons and daughters nominated, with rising star, I Am Invincible, a close second with 78 of his own progeny. Fastnet Rock has a strong hand again with 49 entries, having sired last year's winner, Catchy. Excitement begins to surround the nomination of the Hawkes Racing trained Sebring Colt, Prince of Caviar, who is the second foal out of unbeaten legendary mare, Black Caviar, who won 25 races on end. All horses nominated for the 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes are also eligible for the 2018 Group 3, $350,000 Catanach's Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes over 1200 metres for three-year olds, to be run during next year's Caulfield Cup Carnival.

● Royal Symphony. Racing Photos horses has reared its ugly head again this time in New South Wales with an unvaccinated horse ■ The dreaded Hendra Virus a scourge among infected with the virus. The infected gelding was euthanised in northern New South Wales. He was put down on a property near Lismore; it is the first confirmed case of the virus in New South Wales this year. Flying Foxes are the natural carriers of the Hendra virus, which can affect human beings, horses and dogs. Vaccination remains the most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra Virus infection in horses, but good biosecurity and personal hygiene measures should always be practised.

Hendra virus alert

Ted Ryan

Bendigo’s big day

■ The Bendigo Jockey Club is gearing up for their big Mosstrooper Steeplechase day coming up next Sunday (July 23)at their picturesque course. On course patrons who correctly select the winner of races 3-4-5- and 6, will be in the running to win a table of 10 in the Nursery of Champions Trackside Marquee on Jayco Bendigo Cup Day, on Wednesday November 1, valued at over $2000. The competition will again be located in the race book. The winner must be on course to claim the prize. There will be nine races on a tip-top program with four jumps races. A maiden Hurdle over 3200 metres, the 1JW Hurdle over 3200 metres, then the ever popular Brendan Drechsler Hurdle named after the former Chairman of Bendigo, over 3600 metres. The highlight of the day is the Mosstrooper Steeple over 3600 metres. It is always a popular jumps day, and plenty of action at the magnificent Nursery of Champions. Hope to see you there.

Postcript Pars Travel Extra

■ Berlin hardly springs to mind when talk turns to tropical escapes, but pleasure-seekers in their thousands flock daily to the Tropical Islands Resort that’s 60km south of the city to revel on its sands, swim its waters, bask in 26 degrees warmth, and walk its dense rainforest. And they do so even in winter, when around them there’s snow as far as the eye can see … For this amazing Resort has been created inside one of the largest buildings on earth, a monstrous 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and 107 metres high, and originally built seventeen years ago to house the huge CL160 CargoLifter airship. But CargoLifter went bankrupt before a single airship saw its interior, and the hangar was abandoned. Then in 2003 Malaysian entrepreneur Colin Au bought the hangar for Euro17.5m (AU$26m,) and inside created a “tropical sea” covering 4,400 sq metres and a “Bali lagoon” of 1,200 sq metres for swimming, with vast sandy beaches alongside both, several other swimming pools, plus fountains, whirlpools and waterslides. He also added the world’s biggest indoor rainforest with 50,000 trees and plants, a novelty golf course, and a stage for evening entertainment, and let loose flamingos, quail, pheasants and other birds to stride and fly the resort, and turtles and fish to live in its waters. And finally a dozen bars and restaurants offering Asian, European and American fare, accommodation blocks for overnight stays or longer, shops and boutiques, and Europe’s largest tropical sauna and spa complex, many housed in structures replicating the architectures of Thailand, Borneo, Bali and Samoa. Tropical Islands Resort is open 24/7 and can cater for up to 6,000 visitors a day. For details including entry fees, additional optional costs inside, and overnight accommodation, go to - David Ellis

34th advances ■ Filming has officially wrapped on the new Australian sci/fi-action film Occupation. The film, starring an amazing ensemble cast of local and international names including Dan Ewing (Red Billabong, Home and Away),Temuera Morrison (Star Wars, Once Were Warriors), Stephany Jacobsen (Revenge, Battlestar Galactica), Rhiannon Fish (The 100, Home and Away), Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives, Once Upon a Time) Jacqueline McKenzie ( Romper Stomper, The 4400), Felix Williamson (The Great Gatsby, Underbelly Razor), Izzy Stevens (Underbelly Razor, Puberty Blues), Trystan Go (The Family Law ), Zachary Garred (General Hospital), Charles Terrier ( Neighbours), Aaron Jeffery (McLeod’s Daughters) and Bruce Spence (Star Wars, Mad Max 2), was completed on the Gold Coast using top local crew and supporting cast topping over 300 in total employed throughout.

Southern Pielands

● Catchy, winning last year’s Blue Diamond. Racing Photos

■ Could New South Wales be on the verge of having a new geographical region – the Southern Pie-lands, after the stunning success in June of Australia’s first-ever monthlong celebration of the great Aussie pie in the Southern Highlands between Sydney and Canberra? Dubbed Pie Time, it saw a mind-blowing 100,000-plus pies wolfed down during the month by locals and visitors alike in cafés, pubs, restaurants, take-away shops and home dining rooms, and had chefs working 24-hours straight at times to keep ovens catering for demand… or having to shut up shop early after simply running out of supplies. And pie aficionados happily told of driving from Victoria, the ACT, Queensland and from across New South Wales to experience as many as they could of the diversity of pies they’d heard were on offer, pies both hot and cold, and sweet and savoury.

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● Lachlan Wolters as Lord Faquad ■ The Young Australian Broadway Chorus’s (YABC)big, bold production of Shrek the Musical Jr featured rousing chorus numbers, cheeky humour, and an energetic and talented cast. Based on the original animated movie voiced by Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, Shrek (Tristan Sicari) and Donkey (Aidan Khan) promise to rescue Princess Fiona (Jasmine Arthur) from the clutches of a terrifying dragon (Kristen Robertson), so that Lord Faquaad (Lachlan Wolters) can marry her and become King. The ambitious self-serving Farquaad would then reward Shrek by giving him back the swamp that was inundated with fairytale characters the Lord had banished from Duloc. The stunning cast entertained from start to finish with solid all-round performances. Sicari and Khan stayed true to the Myers and Murphy characterisations which for the most part worked. Can’t imagine Shrek without a Scots accent and while Khan was fabulous, attempting to mimic the greatness that is Murphy had its dangers. Nevertheless Khan displayed a confidence and comic presence vital to the role. Arthur flirted with the audience with vigour and great humour, and Wolters mastered his dastardly character to great effect. Perhaps the brightest star was the glorious Kristen Robertson - resplendent in her divine dragon costume. Her powerful vocals were a standout. The ensemble cast gave it their all and their energy and enthusiasm was stirring. Particularly enjoyable were the cleverly staged chorus numbers including Story of My Life by the fairytale outcasts, featuring a noteworthy Dijana Razumic as Pinocchio, and What’s up Duloc. This production at the Union Theatre may have been all about the kids but there was some serious grown-up talent that inspired this marvellous production, including director Robert Coates, choreographer Jacquie Green, musical director Andy Coates and the magnificent costumes by Jennifer McKenzie. With this much talent I can’t wait for YABC’s next production coming soon in January. - Review by Beth Klein

Suite Life commences ■ Connection 2 presents Suite Life on Tuesday, July 25 at 7.30pm at the Clifton Arts Precinct, 304-314 Church Street, Richmond. Combining 50/50 music and drama, this engaging chamber music fusion from Cook & Co. stars cellist Josephine Vains and actor Leah Filley. Tickets: $45/$30 includes wine and cheese. Bookings

● Coodabeen Champions: Greg Champion, Ian Cover, Bill Baxter, Jeff Richardson ■ The Coodabeen Champions will perform at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse on Sunday, September 3, at 4pm. The Coodabeen Champions are returning to, Arts Centre Melbourne on Father’s Day to tell a swag of stories and sing songs about the game they love. This year for the first time, Covey, Champs, Billy and Richo will appear on stage with members of the Footscray-Yarraville City Band. The Coodabeen Champions presented their inaugural Arts Centre Melbourne show to a full house in 2014 and returned in 2015 and 2016 with sold-out performances. The comedic broadcasters are limbering up for this year’s Father’s Day performance and make no mistake, they’ve come to play and will have a red hot go. Featuring live footy talkback, their own interpretations of hit songs and their own brand of footy lexicon, the boys will have all their skills on display. This special live show will showcase new material and of course, all the old favourites: Pearl from the Peninsula, Peter from Peterborough, Nige from North Fitzroy and Guru Bob. “Now we’ve reached the fourth year of performing at Arts Centre Melbourne we can truly call this a ‘time-honoured’ event,” The Coodabeens said. “Under our formula, the first is the inaugural, the second is annual, the third is traditional and then anything after that is, indeed, time-honoured.” When The Coodabeen Champions hit the 3RRR airwaves in 1981 with their simple formula, they broke new ground for sports coverage. And, a bit like the AFL teams of today, The Coodabeens did their share of building the playing list. In an ever-changing footy world, the group have remained one of the enduring constants thanks to an engaging combination of footy knowledge and inthe-outer experience. The Coodabeens and their ever-popular show on ABC Radio Melbourne have managed to stay at the top of the game through four decades and they’re still riding high on the airwaves without ever bottoming out or being the subject of tanking allegations. ● Pierre Ulric. Photo: Jack Hawkins Irreverence, humour and the odd tall story will be the order of ■ A French Canadian native based in Perth, Pierre Ulric the day when The Coodabeens take the microphone in the intionce again had audiences baffled, mystified, and stumped mate confines of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Theatre for his second year at the Melbourne Magic Festival. From small beginnings in 2008 the Melbourne Magic this September. Festival has grown to over 300 performances by 65 perPerformance details: Sunday, September 3 at 4pm formers from Australia and guest international magicians Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse as part of the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Bookings: or 1300 182 183. Hemisphere. Turn To Page 30 - Cheryl Threadgold

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By Rob Foenander

Vale Roger Lloyd ■ Casey Radio 97.7FM presenter and well respected country music supporter Roger Lloyd passed away on July 11 after a long battle with cancer. Roger's radio career spanned well over three decades beginning at 3PBS-FM in 1979 before joining Casey in the early nineties. He worked tirelessly promoting his passion for country rock music and raised the profile of numerous local artists who regularly featured on his show Rebels Rednecks and Rock n Roll. G

Tex, Don, Charlie

■ Three Australian music legends have teamed up for a massive Australian series of shows whilst promoting their new album, You Don't Know Lonely. Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen take to the stage at St Kilda's Memo Music Hall on Sunday, September 3, for their third show. Their two previous concerts were sold out. Tickets at

New for Morrie ■ Narre Warren singer and entertainer Morrie Mathews has released his second album Vol 2. The theme is very much middle of the road and Elvis. No doubt it is sure to be well received by his Morning Melodies fans. - Rob Foenander

News around Victoria

Zara in Nova Red Room ■ Award-winning singer and songwriter Zara Larsson is the latest artist to perform for Nova’s Red Room on Thursday next week (July 27). Larsson shot to international fame in 2013 with the release of her debut EP album Introducing. In February she released her international debut album So Good which produced the hit singles Lush Life, Never Forget You’ ft. MNEK, Ain’t My fault, I Would Like and Symphony. Zara Larsson has since collaborated with some of the industry’s biggest artists including Tinie Tempah, David Guetta, Clean Bandit, WizKid and her latest sing, Don’t Let Me Be Yours co-written with Ed Sheeran. Her work has gained international recognition, winning Best New Act at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards for Never Forget You and the 19-year-old Swedish artist was named one of Time Magazine’s ’30 Most Influential Teens of 2016’. In her first performance for Nova’s Red Room, listeners can win their invitation to see Zara Larsson in this money-can’t-buy experience by tuning into Nova or registering at Nova's Red Room is said to be Australia's premier intimate live music experience that provides fans with a money can’t buy experience with the world’s biggest artists. Established in 2012, Nova's Red Room works closely with record labels and promoters and has seen more than 150 artists perform including Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Sam Smith. In 2014 Nova Entertainment took the live music brand international with Nova's Red Room Global Tour.

■ Author A J Cronin was born in Scotland in 1896. Died aged 84 in 1981. Brian May, guitarist with Queen, was born in London in 1947 (69). Australian TV preseneter Catriona Rowntree is 46. She is now also a wool farmer based in Geelong.

Each year fans have travelled to various overseas destinations, including the USA, UK, Ireland and Dubai, to see some of the hottest artists. This year winners had the ultimate travel and music experience, in LA, Rhode Island, Las Vegas and New York, to see The Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris and Katy Perry.

Red Symons off air ■ ABC Melbourne breakfast announcer, Red Symons, is on sick leave. He explains why in this statement. “Hello everybody! Just over a week ago, on Wednesday July 5, when walking home from the supermarket I experienced a sudden lack of consciousness. “This resulted in a fall, with my head hitting the pavement. I am currently in hospital, thankful to be receiving the best of medical attention and working on a speedy recovery. “I’m sorry for this unexpected absence, but do look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible”

Latest ratings ■ Melbourne commercial station 3AW won the latest ratings survey, results being announced last week. Fox FM’s Hamish and Andy beat 3AW’s Tom Elliott in the Drive shift. Pacific Star Network Director Ron Hall used to say of the old 3AK station that it had more readers than listeners. The same could be said for Macquarie Radio Network’s Magic 1278 Talking Lifestyle which now has less than 1-in200 available listeners tuning in.

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Pierre Ulric’s White Lies The term White Lies is intrinsically linked to magic and illusion. Just what the performance by Pierre Ulric is about. Ulric is no amateur with 20 years of perfecting and performing the art and this certainly showed in his latest offering of White Lies. Where does one start as we were party to psychological illusions, mind-control, hypnosis and visual hallucinations. Audience participation was a key to many of his coincidences where mystery and perception played a vital role in the outcome of his many ”tricks” or were they just illusions? How could he being blindfolded draw an accurate image of an audience member unseen and chosen by the audience at random? How with sealed envelopes that he gave to

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■ Australian actress Vivean Gray was born in England in 1924. She played Mrs Jessop in The Sullivans. American actress Natalie Wood was born in 1938. She died aged 43 in 1981. Radio-TV man Ken Sparkes was born in Sydney in 1940. His death has been mourned.

random audience members could they reveal intimate details of that person? I can say that my friend was certainly unknown to him but the envelope enclosed the correct spelling of his first name. A burning ball of aluminium foil, the bending of spoons and forks all with audience participation and much much more made this a very intriguing show that certainly would have taken years to perfect. No sceptics here but just leaving me and many others …how did that happen? The 80-minute performance was well paced and with great dialogue to suit. Try to catch a performance of Pierre Urlic somewhere in Australia in the future. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie

■ Girls Act Good (GAG) present The Association, an immersive theatre experience number until July 30 at 64 Pentland Pde, Yarraville. Drawing inspiration from Frankenstein, The Stepford Wives and the Country Women’s Association (CWA), The Association is set in a secret women’s meeting where a select group have been invited to take part in a bold new program. The meeting's agenda quickly changes from the perfect recipe for jam sponge to how to create the perfect partner ... and a horrific experiment is revealed. Formed by Jennifer Monk in 2013, Girls Act Good (GAG) is an all-female ensemble of actors, writers, directors, producers and designers based in Melbourne. The focus of GAG is to create opportunities for women to extend their creative skills while working on challenging material that is not afraid to ask the difficult questions. The women of GAG create complex characters that explore all aspects of human nature and give a voice to people and their stories that normally go unheard and unnoticed. With two major theatre productions and a short film produced, written and created by the GAG ensemble, the girls are ready to take their work to the next level. The Association will shine a light on both theMcAuley Community Services forWomen and GROW within the piece, to bring awareness to the extraordinary work and dedication that these community programs provide. GAG will be taking over the unique venue Number 64 in Yarraville, for a four-week residency for their most challenging project to date. Beginning with this two-week season of an immersive theatre experience, they will then re-work the piece, in the same location, to create a low budget, festival-ready film. All ticket sales from this theatrical event will fund the film element of the project. All members who are acting in the project have also taken on a creative behind-thescenes role to bring this project to life. A fast paced, thriller that asks the question: how far will you go to change another for the chance of a better life? Produced by Jennifer Monk, Perri Cummings and Lee McClenaghan; written by Perri Cummings and directed by Lee McClenaghan . Performed by Perri Cummings. Hannah Davies, Lisa Dallinger, Emily Joy, Kelley Kerr Young, Lee McClenaghan and Jennifer Monk. Performance dates and times: July 19, 20, 21 and 23 at 7.30pm; July 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7.30pm and 9.30pm Venue: 64, 64 Pentland Parade, Yarraville Tickets: $23/$28 Bookings: QGKE - Cheryl Threadgold Melbourne


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Saturday July 22

■ US author Ernest Hemingway was norn in 1899. He died aged 61 in 1961. Comic author Don Knotts was born in 1924. He died aged 81 in 2006. Australian actor Michael Caton was born in Queensland in 1943 (74). He played Uncle Harry in The Sullivans.

■ Comedian Dan Rowan was born in 1922. He died aged 65 in 1987. He was one of the cohosts of the popular Laugh-In show English actor Terence Stamp was born in London in 1939. US actress Selena Gomez was born in Texas in 1992 (25).

Sunday July 23 ■ Bert Newton was born in North Fitzroy in 1938 (79). He started in TV in 1956. Actress Abigail (Rogan) was born in London in 1946 (71). Collingwood football legend Tony Shaw is 57. Australian actress Bec Cartwright was born in Sydney in 1983 (34).

Monday July 24

■ Jimmy Tunz is 35. Painter Arthur Boyd was born in Murrum-beena in 1920. He died aged 78 in 1999. US comedienne Ruth Buzzi was born in 1936 (81). Actor Michael Richards (Kramer in Seinfeld) was born in Culver City, California, in 1948 (69).

Tuesday July 25 ■ American character actor Walter Brennan was born in 1894. He died aged 80 in 1974. Seekers vocalist/guitarist Bruce Woodley is 75 (1942). US actor Matt Le Blanc was born in Newtown, Massachusetts, in 1967. The Friends star (19942004) is 50.

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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One Act Plays

■ For the past 125 years, some 60 new Australian One Act Plays have been recognised and performed as well as sharing in cash awards. Open to novice and emerging playwrights, all entries are judged and following the announcement of the three finalist plays they then go into rehearsal, ready for their premiere performance season planned for November. There is no restriction regarding topic, theme, gender or basis of play. Entries can be lodged at any time up to August 20. For further information , please email: or download the entry and conditions booklet from the website: - Graeme McCoubrie

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Sting in the Tale

Foto Biennale

■ The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has announced the 28 finalists in the running for the inaugural Martin Kantor Portrait Prize. The $15,000 cash first prize, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian distinguished in the arts, letters, science sports or politics. “I couldn't be more thrilled with the selected short list of photographers for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize exhibition,” said director Fiona Stewart. “We received over 150 entries and whittling it down to the final 28 was an incredibly hard decision for our experienced panel of judges. What a great start to establishing a portraiture collection of significant Australians in Ballarat,” Ms Stewart said. The finalists include works by Elli Bardas, Chris Budgeon, Brian Cassey, David Darcy, Tamara Dean, George Fetting, Hilary Finch, James Geer, John Gollings, Luke Hemer, Pia Johnson, Tony Kearney, Helga Leunig, Robyn McRae, Rod McNicol, Ferne Millen, Nadia Moth, Ilona Nelson, Emma Phillips, Claudio Raschella, Matt Ray, Pippa Samaya, Jacqui Stockdale, Christian Thompson, Tobias Titz, Peter Whyte and Elizabeth Yore. The selection was made by a professional panel of judges: Naomi Cass (Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography), Isobel Crombie (Assistant Director, NGV) and Leonard Vary (CEO, Myer Foundation). Supported by the Dara Foundation, the acquisitive first prize is named in memory of the late Martin Kantor, a photographer and philanthropist who was known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists such as Iggy Pop and Howard Arkley, as well as for his strong and active support of indigenous and environmental causes. His image of Mark Seymour, the lead singer of Hunters and Collectors, was used by the band for an album cover and is a classic representation of Australian rock and roll. The exhibition will take place at the Ballarat Town Hall and the winner will be announced at 2pm on Sunday, August 20. - Cheryl Threadgold

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■ Modernism and Melbourne Women Artists. During the 1930s women artists came to the fore as leaders of the modern movement in Australia. Learn about the mark they made on Australian art history. Speaker: Dr Janine Blake, art historian, author and curator. Sunday August 6, at 2pm. Venue: Exhibition Space. ■ Leap into the Modern Dance Culture in Australia from the 1930s. Explore the unique art of modern dance in Australia from its philosophies. Saturday August 12. 10qm – 4.45pm Venue: Theatre Ground Level NGV Australia. - Peter Kemp

● Michael Redmon(seated), Andrea Staunton, Jonty Reason and Grant A Sting in the Tale at Mt Eliza. ■ Frankston Theatre Group presents A Sting we end up not knowing just who has been murin the Tale from July 28 to August 6 at the Mt dered. Performances: July 28 – August 6, Fridays Eliza Community Centre. Written by Brian Clemens and Denis and Saturdays 8pm; Sunday Matinee 2pm Venue: Mt Eliza Community Centre, CanaSpooner, and directed by Keith Gledhill, the dian Bay /Rd.., Mt Eliza. play tells of two crime-writing playwrights who Ticket Prices: $28.00 ; Concession $26 ; Chilare endeavouring to write a blockbuster in or- dren under 15 $10 der to pay off their mounting debts. Bookings: 1300 665 377 As the plot develops they realise who better Email: secretary@frankstontheatregroup. to arrange the perfect murder . Forbes’s nagging wife is the perfect victim, but the secretary is murdered by mistake, and - Cheryl Threadgold

By A Thread ■ One Fell Swoop Circus’s presentation of By A Thread at Gasworks Arts Park showcases the amazing circus talents of the troupe assembled by directors Jonathan Morgan and Charice Rust. Other ensemble members include Ryan Darwin, Piri Goodman, Sarah Berrell, Luke Thomas and Ela Bartilomo. These seven circus artists all honed their abilities at Melbourne’s NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). The performers use long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves to wrap around their bodies. This rope connects their movements together both on and above the ground. Like the boom and sheets of a sailing ship, the performers are hoisted and swung by one another. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of movements showcasing, cause and effect. The seamless choreography gives the effect of total weightlessness. The trust the artists show in each other throughout the performance enhances their exploration of balance, fun and risk. The creative ensemble wanted to show that this metaphysical state could relate to real relationships. This is a lesson in an en-

● Jordan O'Brien, Ryan Darwin, Amanda Lee, Jonathan Morgan, Emily Chilvers, Ela Bartilomo and Hamish Norris in By a Thread. Photo: Aaron Walker. semble being as one. Strength, own style, with costumes by fitness and purity of movement Emily Barrie enhancing their are something to applaud. This individuality. ensemble showed they have all I congratulate the troupe for this and more. taking the original 20-minute Sound designed by Lee performance and extending it Stout was exemplary and set into a full live-theatre perforthe mood for each of the se- mance, showing a combination quences. of danger, comedy and theatCircus Lighting Designers, rics. After Dark Theatre gave the Details of the troupe can be performance the necessary found at onefellswoop edginess. Each performer had their - Review by Lyn Hurst

Media Flashes ■ Kirsten Robb has joined The Project as a News Associate Producer. Kirsten had previously been a Senior Journalist for Domain at The Age. ■ Alexandra Beech has joined the ABC’s AM as the program’s Political Producer. ■ Kahla Preston has started as a Network Writer for lifestyle and entertainment site, 9 Honey.

Next Fall

● Mark Davis and Paul Robertson ■ Geoffrey Nauffts’s Next Fall is an examination not only of the challenges within a relationship but also of the difficulties imposed by beliefs and societal restraints. Adam (Darrin Redgate)and Luke (Mark Davis) are a gay couple whose individual spiritual convictions make their relationship problematic. Adam is a 40-something atheist while the younger Luke is a fundamentalist Christian who hasn’t yet “come out” to his divorced parents. Nauffts uses the spiritual divide between the couple to explore and ridicule the notion of homosexuality as sinful. The complication thrown into the mix is an accident leaving Luke on his hospital death-bed creating a situation where faith, belief, rejection and compassion need to be reconciled. Luke’s mother, Arlene, (Kaarin Fairfax) perhaps realises but does not fully acknowledge who Luke truly is when speaking with Adam but her former husband, Butch (Paul Robertson), is an entrenched ‘redneck’. Adam even tests the waters by broaching the subject of evolution. Holly (Sharon Davis) and Brandon (James Biasetto) are friends in the hospital waiting room providing further dimension and perspective on the dynamic that unfolds. Holly once harboured feelings for Adam and fundamentalist Brandon was Luke’s former partner. The first act seems a little didactic in its exploration of Christian sin but the second act is an acknowledgement that, despite entrenched beliefs, people in need require support and compassion when suffering and this necessitates compromise. The heavy-handedness of the first act might have been alleviated with a greater subtlety of direction (Peter Blackburn) to show the connection betweenAdam and Luke. Why would they still be together if their beliefs are so polarised? But the cast were all believable and suitably irritating as and when their roles required. The greatest challenge was the accents which were generally sustained. The production elements were disappointing.A more imaginative approach was needed with the set (James Lew). Multiple locations on a small stage can be handled with lighting changes (Megz Evans) rather than an insistence on set pieces; living room, waiting room. In fact, the multiple changes Nauffts has written in make it too awkward for some cast to ‘realistically’change. An engaged audience can transcend this if treated properly. And some of the sound cues (Linton Wilkinson) started and ended abruptly. Christian fundamentalism in Australia is slightly different to the American brand but the argument is no less important especially where characters have to struggle with their rights and their own personal demons. Chapel off Chapel. Until July 30 - Review by David McLean

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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

Rourke’s Reviews: Shin Godzilla ■ (M). 120 minutes. Available on Blu-Ray and 2 DVD Set On July 19. Big budget reboot of the indefatigable giant lizard, given the kind of care and energy that is required to entertain his huge fan base. Like other entries in this longrunning series, there is a lot of talk, but the film-makers cleverly intersperse the big guy amongst the human conflict. When a huge eruption happens out at sea, the federal government are immediately on the back foot trying to figure out what the cause is. One public servant, going on the data he has collected, suggests the existence of a giant underwater creature, a theory that is unanimously laughed at. When the creature turns out to be real, the race is on to try and defeat it, before the mutated reptile destroys the entire city. A lot of money has been spent on this production, and it shows, with an impressive array of physical, miniature, and CGI effects, and some of the action set-pieces are genuinely eye-popping. The other surprise asset is the film's satirically focused attack on government bureaucracy, noticeably critiquing mistakes made after recent, infamous nuclear disasters. As the film progresses, there are also comments made about the use of nuclear weaponry, and how once used, it can then be too readily relied upon again, even though better options may be available. The production has managed to amass a huge cast (there are apparently around 300 speaking parts), with well-known actors filling even minor roles. Those expecting a slam-bang finale may feel that the concluding confrontation is somewhat anti-climactic, but it does fit in with the themes elaborated on beforehand. After the disastrous, wrongheaded 1998 version (directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Matthew Broderick), there have only been a handful of Godzilla films since - including the enjoyable Godzilla 2000 (1999), the uneven but unfairly panned Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and the wonderfully respectful Godzilla in 2014. This smart, stylish, and intelligently large-scale entry (which was a box-office sensation and won several Japanese Academy Awardsincluding Best Picture) ensures that Godzilla will continue to rock our screens for years to come. Given its incredible success, it is no surprise that a sequel (as well as a CGI-animated feature) will be gracing our screens in the near future. Madman Entertainment have secured a number of extras dealing the epic production, so there is plenty of material for fans to sink their teeth into. RATING - ****

Kong: Skull Island ■ (M). 118 minutes. Available on Blu-Ray, 4K UHD, 3D, and DVD On July 19. It is simply perfect timing that two iconic giants of cinema are arriving on the home viewing format on the same day. Along with the hugely entertaining Shin Godzilla, Kong : Skull Island is also a grandly executed production, crafted with skill by a team that care about how this famous beast is brought to the screen. After a short prologue set during 1944, the story moves forward to the early 1970's, where the US is showing serious fatigue from the effects of the Vietnam War. During this chaotic time, conspiracy theorist Bill Randa (John Goodman) and his colleagues manage to obtain unlikely support from the government, financing an unusual fact-finding mission to an uncharted island in the South Pacific. To save money, the department assign the expedition as a military operation, and use soldiers who have been brought home from the expensive, failing Vietnam conflict. Placed in charge is Commander Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), who is unhappy about being pulled out of the War, but also feels empty that there was no sense of closure or victory. Once these characters arrive on the island, they will all encounter a very different kind of opponent, one too that despises its homeland being invaded. After Peter Jackson's exquisite, labour-of-love adaptation in 2005, the thought of another Kong movie seemed a risky proposition, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) shows a surprising mix of confidence, style, and respect. He supplies a number of exciting action set-pieces that hark back to other classic adventure films, but Vogt-Roberts is just as interested in the darker undertones of the material, and as the story progresses, he references Francis Ford Coppola's brilliant Apocalypse Now both visually and thematically. Kong himself is an impressive creation, and the state-of-the-art special effects makes him seem like a living, breathing creature. In cinemas the 3D was impressive, so if you have the set-up at home, please make this large scale extravaganza all the more immersive. Finally, make sure you watch until the very end. RATING - **** - Aaron Rourke

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 The Housekeeper

● Keith Hutton (Manle) and Eleni Miller (Annie) in The Housekeeper. Photo: Lorraine Bell. ■ Encore Theatre Company presents The Housekeeper until July 23 at the Clayton Theatrette, Cooke St., Clayton. Written by James Prideaux and directed by Geoff Hickey, The Housekeeper is an offbeat, zany comedy which deals with the unlikely relationship that develops between a middle-aged, rather stuffy bachelor and the eccentric bag lady he hires as his housekeeper. Manley is a self-styled literary artist who engages housekeeper Annie to look after his large Victorian house – and himself. When Annie arrives wearing sneakers and carrying her belongings in a grocery cart, we quickly learn that she is an oddball – she insults her employer, admitting she forged her references and accuses Manley of lusting after her. When Manley finally loses his temper and attempts to chase Annie away, he finds himself face to face with an unexpected struggle. Performances: July 22 at 2.15pm Evenings: July 20, 21 and 22 at 8pm Tickets: Singles $25 – Seniors/Concessions $23 Groups (10 or more) $21 per person Venue: Clayton Community Centre Cnr Cooke Street and Centre Road, Clayton Bookings: Box Office 1300 739 099


● Michael ‘Spank’ Argus and Charlie Ranger in Sketchy at Best. ■ Comedy duo The Lioness is ready to bring all-new laughs off the back of their sell-out Comedy Festival season to The Butterfly Club between August 8 -13. This double act was conceived two years ago and has since built its name with performances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the NCDFREE Global Launch, The Global Ideas Forum and Festival21. The Lioness is one of Melbourne’s freshest duos to hit the comedy scene. Their new show, Sketchy at Best, will be pointing the finger at the serious, the stupid and the just plain weird that makes our world go round. From GPs diagnosing a man’s child as a horse, to Pauline Hansen getting possessed by Islam – Exorcist style, this show isn’t afraid to push social and political satire to its limits. Sketchy at Best is a show that takes big and small ideas and weaves them into 50 minutes of clean, sharp comedy that hits its mark. Dates: Aug 8 -13. Time: 8.30pm. Cost: $25 $32. Venue: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, Melbourne. Tickets: www.thebutterflyclub. com/show/sketchy-at-best

Local Theatre With Cheryl Threadgold

Pygmalion at Geelong SHOWS


■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: Pygmalion (by George Bernard Shaw) Until July 22 .at the Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong ■ 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. ■ 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: ■ 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& ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Company: And the Big Men Fly (by Alan Hopgood) July 21 - August 5 at the Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster. Director: Tony Bird. ■ Frankston Theatre Group: A Sting in the Tale (by Brian Clemens and Denis Spooner) July 28 - August 6 at the Mt Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Rd., Mt Eliza. Director: Keith Gledhill. Bookings: 1300 665 377,

■ The 1812 Theatre: Last of the Summer Wine (by Roy Clarke), August 3 - 26 at 3-5 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: Pip Le Blond. Bookings: 9758 3964 or ■ Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group: Secret Bridesmaids' Business (by Elizabeth Coleman), August 11 - 19 at Queenscliff Uniting Church all, 83 - 89 Hesse St., Queenscliff. Director: Debbie Fraser. Bookings:


■ Southern Peninsula Players: Three One-Act Plays. Auditions on July 30 from 10am to 2pm in Rosebud. Directors: Brendan and Hannah Croft. One-Act Plays: A Couple of Bimbos Sitting Around Talkin (by Richard Vetere), We Regret to Inform You (by David C. Daheim) and The Birthday Presen (by Charlie Schulman). Audition bookings and enquiries: Brendan: 0467 892 572. ■ 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

And the Big Men fly ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Company presents And The Big Men Fly from July 21 – August 5 at the Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster. Written by Alan Hopgood and directed by Tony Bird, the story is set in 1963, and Achilles Jones, the world’s greatest kicker, couldn't care less that the East Melbourne Galah's have not won the VFL premiership in 30 years. He just wants to stay on the farm with his beloved horse Milly. Can the Galah's President J. J. Forbes entice him down to the big smoke to win the flag for the long suffering Galah's faithful? This is a classic Aussie play from a bygone era when our great game was still played by the fans. Performance Dates: July 21, 22, 23 (matinee), 27, 28, 29, 30(matinee), August 3, 4, 5. Venue: Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster Bookings 1300 650 209 or at www.

● Stephen Barber (journalist Wally in And The Big Men Fly’) Photo: Saul Collins

CO-WORKING SPACES ■ Opportunity is available to become part of a thriving creative community in one of Melbourne’s newest co-working spaces in the heart of Melbourne Arts Precinct at 152 Sturt St, Southbank. Architecturally designed, Guild Cowork has 32 desks available on a daily or monthly basis. This work space aims to offer a collaborative environment among like-minded creatives. Tailored to creative industries, desks are available for either $25 ex GST per day or for $300 ex GST per month. A light and plantfilled space that offers high speed internet, printing and scanning facilities, meeting room access, lockable storage and 24/7 access.

Creative Spaces: Guild recently transformed over 1000m2 of vacant retail space into a collection of arts spaces and includes: the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Melbourne Fringe, a flexible rehearsal space for hire, Cafe Godot and a curated public gallery Assembly Point, that links Sturt and Moore Sts. Creative Spaces: Guild is the result of local and state government partnering to provide affordable space To get a desk at Guild Cowork, visit: www.creative guild-cowork Creative Spaces is a program of the City of Melbourne Arts


Observer WATER CHILD ■ Pawprint Productions presents Water Child for eight performances from September 1-9 at Crossroads Uniting Church, Werribee. One in six couples struggle with fertility, and familial fractures, pain, loss and the desperate need for a child are the bases of this award winning play, Water Child, by Australian playwright, Emma Wood, directed by KrisWeber. Jeannie and Mark are dynamic, intelligent and capable. Their marriage is happy and balanced, their careers bloom. They are successful, confident, fulfilled. Or that’s how it appears. But unlike family and friends, who have effortlessly brought children into the world, they have not. Jeannie’s 40th birthday, a night planned for celebration, leads them to an abyss which threatens to engulf them and all they have built together. Family and friends weigh in with wellmeant but not always well worded advice – but what to say when no one knows why you can’t do what everyone else can? And when it’s too hard to talk about it at all? And how do you prevent two people who are mired in shame, sorrow and panic pushing you away? One in six couples struggle with fertility. And yet the subject remains taboo. Award winning Australian play Water Child offers a rare glimpse into the myriad of difficulties faced by so many – and talked about by so few. "Emma Wood's Water Child is a very personal journey that is written with both humour and pathos," says director, Kris Weber. “It is a powerful and poignant tale that reflects the hardship of many couples who so desperately want to become parents. “It also honours the children lost to miscarriage as well as giving us a sensitive perspective on the pain and sorrow involved with that loss from both parent's perspective." Kris Weber is an actor and director in the Melbourne theatre scene whose recent productions include: Killing Jeremy, The Dixie Swim Club, The Other Place, Almost Maine and Death and the Maiden. Emma Wood is an award-winning playwright, actor and director whose lifelong passion for theatre has extended to acting, directing, and writing plays. Water Child was born of personal experience and a growing awareness of the widespread but often silent suffering of those who struggle with fertility. Another motivation was to write strong and passionate roles for women of all ages. She is pleased to bring back Pawprint Productions, a company she and her husband created in Ballarat in 2005, producing four successful productions over their two years there. Cast: Marti Ibrahim, Travis Handcock, Gabriella Mazzarino, Rachel Clayton, Stephanie King. Water Child was produced by Newcastle Theatre Company where it won Best New Play in 2012 at the City of Newcastle Drama Awards. The following year saw a return season and tour to the Adelaide Fringe. Performance Season. Opening Night: Friday September 1 at 8pm; Saturday September 2 at 2pm and 8pm’ Wednesday September 6 at 8pm;Thursday September 7 at 8pm; Friday September 8 at 8pm; Saturday September 9 at 2pm and 8pm. Where: Crossroads Uniting Church, Corner Duncans Rd. and Synnot St., Werribee Bookings: event?eid=279907 - Cheryl Threadgold ■ 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.

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