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10 students graduate Observer from National Theatre In This Edition
■ Ten drama graduates from the National Theatre Drama School’s three-year Advanced Diploma of Acting graduated with a Showcase of their work at the Lawler Theatre Following on from their performance of Metamorphoses earlier in the year they brought to the Showcase a combination of stage and multimedia performance. Having had three years of intensive and creative work together they now part ways to individually embark upon careers in acting whether it be for theatre, festivals, TV or film. T heir respective CV’s will overflow with much of the Showcase highlights. And there were aplenty. With a combination of literary pieces on stage or captured on video, solo or in pairs they showed their versatility with many changes of character throughout 20 segments. While all the work was singular in presentation some highlights included the work of Harvey Zielinski and Timothy Cox in a video snapshot of Boogie Nights written by Paul
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● From left: Timothy Cox, Dasana Smyth, Harvey Zielinski, Sara Bolch, Jordan Stack, Jackson Heenan, Emma Jevons, Casey Filips, Carolyn Williams, and James Martin.
Latest News Thomas Anderson with Zielinski later giving an emotive performance of an extract from Equus written by Peter Shaffer. Dasana Smyth, brought life to an extract of Anne Boleyn written by Howard Brenton where she reflected on her body laying still after her execution, then further lifting from her case her severed head with flowing locks and bloodied neck. Many segments (perhaps too many) centred on relationships, none more touching than Puberty Blues written by Tony McNamara and Alice Bell with that first kiss on video between Jordan Stack and Dasana Smyth. Certainly not to be outdone was the performance of Jackson Heenan playing a lonely soul, unlucky in love opposite Sara Bolch in Stupid F**king Bird written by Aaron Posner. Drama ensued in a video piece with Carolyn Williams removing unwanted visitor Casey Filips from her unit staircase in no uncertain terms in Search Party written by Sarah VioletBliss. Graduates James Martin and Emma Jevons both demonstrated their dexterity in their solo work. All augers well for the ten graduates’ theatrical futures and it would be a shame not to see them on stage or TV soon. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie
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● Scott Gooding, front left (Leo), David Kambouris (Dan), Lauren Bailey (Mel) and Luke Mason (J) in Cuckoo. Photo: Pier Carthew ■ Melbourne playwright Jane Miller’s dark their loss, and Mel’s emotional need to becomedy Cuckoo has been restaged in pop-up lieve J is their son impacts on her relationship theatre style at The Unknown Union in Little with Leo. Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, and is playing David Kambouris (Dan) completes the there until November 11. cast of first-class actors who do great work in This was my first visit to The Unknown embodying their characters and performing Union, a warm, atmospheric ‘speakeasy- the play convincingly in such close audience style’ venue with downstairs bar, and a sec- proximity. The white shirts and dark slacks ond bar and creative space upstairs. worn by all actors work well, with the visual Presented by 15 Minutes from Anywhere uniformity strengthening impact of the indiunder the direction of Beng Oh and designed vidual, very different character portrayals . by Emily Collett, this new production of The cast demonstrates impressive ability Cuckoo replicates the mystery and intrigue to switch moods during the play from the inherent to the original 2015 production, leav- comic to tragic. In particular, Luke Mason’s ing the audience once again with a sense of (J) erratic mood swings and Lauren Bailey’s unresolved narrative. (Mel) delivery of contrasting aspects of her However, compensating more than enough character, deserve special mention for lack of final resolution to the story, is an Congratulations to Jane Miller and Beng engaging theatre experience, beautifully writ- Oh for restaging Cuckoo and challenging auten by Miller, and skilfully staged by Oh in an diences to think beyond boundaries. intimate performance space, lined either side The 6.30pm sessions, lasting approximately by the seated audience. 70 minutes, are perfectly timed for pre-dinner Through naturalistic conversation, we learn entertainment. that Mel (Lauren Bailey) and Leo (Scott Performance Season: November 8 – 11 at Gooding) have experienced a major loss in 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. their lives related to their son Jonathan, Venue: The Unknown Union, Level , 361 whether real or imaginary. Little Lonsdale St., Melbourne When the stranger J (Luke Mason) arrives Tickets: $20/$15 with the words “You knew I’d come”, Mel Bookings: http://15minutesfromanywhere. and Leo are realistically confronted by the com/bookings/ - Cheryl Threadgold
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100 Years Ago From Our 1917 Files
Patriotic bazaar ■ A very successful bazaar was held at Molesworth last week, the financial result from which exceeded anticipation, and those who took part in it are to be congratulated on the result. The bazaar, which was organised in connection with the State School's Flower Day Fund,was formally opened by the president of the Shire, Cr. R, S. McAlpin, during the afternoon, and immediately after the opening ceremony had been performed, the ladies connected with the various stalls, of which there were four, set to work to dispose of thevarious articles donated for the purpose of raisingmoney for our returned disabled soldiers, the object for which the bazaar was held. Business proved to be brisk, and as the afternoon wore on it became evident that a good round sum would be realised. The supply of ice cream soon ran our, and there was a run on the folly and soft drinks stall. Afternoon tea was served out in the room at the rear of the hall, and this also received liberal patronage. The fancy goods stall, which was well stocked with articles likely to attract the attention of the feminine portion of the large gathering. was in capable hands, the nett result of sales at this stall totalling over £13. Another stall that received liberal patronage was the produces stall. At this stall almost every article of produce could be obtained, either for man or beast. There were bags of potatoes, oats, chaff, etc., as well as cakes, etc., hams, butter, and almost every article that one can purchase at a general store. There were raffles and guessing.competi tions for pigs, sheep, a weuding cake, and other useful and fancy articles; all of which were liberally patronised. Buttonholes were also on sale, and last but not least there was a !'bran dip," The young ladies were not too persevering in their labours, preterring to leave it to the generosity of their victims to shell out, which they did quite willingly, as the result of their efforts£63 - shows, This splendid result serves to show what a small community can, with organisation, do towards raising funds for our disabled soldiers. At about 10 o'clock a quantify of unsold articles were disposed of by auction, Mr S. Dodgshon wielding the hammer, after which the hall was cleared for dancing, the musicfor which was generously provided by Mr. F. Boyd, of Cathkin. A waltzing. compeui'ion also took place, the prize being awarded to Miss Ridd and Mr Bayner. The stall holders were as follows: Refreshment stall, Mrs Black; ice cream, Miss Black; lollies and soft drinks, Miss Clarke and Mrs Harris; fancy stall, Mrs Scale and Mrs Bowers; produce stall, Miss Ridd and Mrs Williamson; brandip, Miss Sinclair and Mrs Butler. A number of gifts were raffled during the evening. The following is a list of the winners Bag oats, Mr O'Sullivan; pair ducks, Mr Howell; sheep, Mr O'Oallaghan; chip carved tray, Miss T. Scale; powder box, Mr McPherson; ham, Mr J. Hocking; inkstand, Mr H McAlpin; kewpies, Miss Ruby Black; pig, Cbeero Brigade; oake, Mrs Webb; pot plant, Miss McCormack ; pig, Mr R. McAlpin; pairfowls. Mr C. Ridd. Miss Black won the ladies' nail driving competition, Mr Moore the gentlemen's nail driving competition, and Mr Kemp the guessing competition(peas in bottle).
Exam. results ■ At the theoretical examination held in Seymour recently in connection with Trinity College of Music, London, the following candidates were very successful: Miss Connie O'Connor, of Murrindindi, passed Junior Grade with honors and obtained 98 marks out of the maximum number, 100, and a Miss Clarice Webb, of Molesworth, passed Preparatory Grade, and also secured honor marks in that grade, Both candidates are pupils of Miss E. Burns, A.L.O.M., Trawool.
At Geelong Gallery 2017 Archibald Prize First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize is Australia's favourite art award and one of the most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it's a who's who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artisans. Since its innovation the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years the prize has been awarded to many of Australia's most prominent artists. The Geelong Gallery is the exclusive Victorian venue for the 2017 Archibald Prize. Little Creatures after Dark Little Creatures presents 2017 Archibald Prize after hours with a pop-up bar and pizzeria each Friday during the exhibition. Until December 8, 5pm - 8pm. Creative Conversations Role Models of a social justice 2017 Archibald Prize finalist Yvette Coppersmith with 2017 Archibald Prize sitters Professor Gillian Triggs and Remy van de Wiel QC, moderated by Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith. Bookings essential. Saturday, November 11 from 2pm. After Hours - talking art @ the Archibald Meet the 2017 Archibald Prize winner Mitch Cairns in conversation with Jason Smith and have the chance to ask questions and engage with the artist while enjoying the Prize after hours. Thursday, November 16 from .30pm. Geelong Gallery. 55 Little Malop St, Geelong
Town Hall Gallery Another Look: Contemporary Artists and The Collection. The Town Hall Gallery has asked five contemporary artists to create a contemporary response to items from the Town Hall Gallery Collection. Another Look delivers new ways of seeing historical works and cultural objects. Featuring work from Dana Harris, Sini Hayes, Vivian Cooper Smith, Tai Snaith and Kylie Stillman. The exhibition ruins until Wednesday December 29. Town Hall Gallery 30 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn.
Melb. Symphony Orchestra MSO + Frank Woodley: The Composer is Dead. Frank Woodley your charming host/inspector. Brett Kelly conductor. Oh oh, there's dreadful news from the concert hall the composer is dead. The MSO teams up with one of the legends of Australian comedy. Frank Woodley, for The Composer is Dead, a unique introduction to the orchestra incorporating all the humour and wit of Lemony Snicket. Saturday November 11. Hamer Hall St. Kilda Rd. Melbourne. ★ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Nicholas Buc conductor. CineConcerts and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invite you to rediscover the magic of Harry Potter in the latest instalment of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. Join Harry, Ron and Hermione as they encounter harrowing pixies, giant snakes and Polyjuice potions in this concert event. Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18. The Plenary 1 Convention Centre Place south Wharf. ★ MSO plays Rachmaninov 2. Stanislav Kochanovsky conductor. Lisa Larssen soprano One of the world's rising musical stars, Stanislav Kochanovsky makes his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducting Schumann's Manfred Overture,
Martinsson's song cycle Ich danke Dein… and Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2. Thursday November 23 and Saturday November 25 at Hamer Hall. ★ Sounds of Spring Eoin Andersen violin/director Stefan Cassomenos piano/ MSO Concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy some of his favourite works celebrating the rebirth of spring. Beethoven's Spring Sonata, bursting with lyricism and pastoral themes will see Eoin Andresen together with Melbourne's own Stefan Cassomenos. Thursday November 30 Melbourne Recital Centre Southbank Boulevard, Southbank. Friday December 1 Robert Blackwood Hall Monash University Wellington Rd. Mulgrave.
National Gallery of Victoria Under 4s: Our Colourful Great Hall. Wednesday November 15. 10am, 11.30am and 2pm Designed for children aged two to four years old, this program will use Leonard French's celebrated stained glass ceiling in the NGV's Great Hall as a source of inspiration for a range of art making activities. Using an array of paper-based materials, children will be invited to create a collages inspired by the kaleidoscope and multi-coloured ceiling. Bookings Required: 9620 2222 ★ Artist's insights: Louise Paramori, Mel O'Callaghan, Helen Maudsley, Del Kathryn Barton. Experience four exhibitions of contemporary Australian Art in a series of back-to- back talks with Louise Paramori, Mel O'Callaghan, Helen Maudsley and Del Kathryn Barton. Traversing the entire third floor at NGVAustralia these four exhibitions will provide an opportunity for visitors to connect with artists at differing stages of their careers. Led by Jan Devery and Pip Wallis, Curators, contemporary Art, NGV, the artists will share intimate insights into their works across diverse mediums including sculpture, painting, film and digital collage. Saturday November 18 at 1pm - 2.30pm Bookings not required. ★ Transformer: Talk and Tour with Gareth Sansom. Gareth Sansom: Transformer traces the career of one of Australia's most provocative artists, showcasing more than 130 works spanning his entire career as a pioneering figure if the Australian avant-garde. Hear from Gareth in conversation with Simon Maidment, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art NGV, as he reveals his own reflections on his career. Sunday November 19, 11am -12pm. Free Bookings required 9620 2222. National Gallery of Victoria 180 St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Merricks House Art Gallery Bushwhacked Presented by Baden Croft & Jess Milne. Bushwhacked a series of paintings reflecting on Baden and Jess: relationships with the natural environments of Victoria. Baden's highly textural oil paintings are portraits of threatened species endemic to Victoria, their rich colours and gestural energy celebrate the immense beauty and character of our local fauna. Jess's paintings are meditations on the forms of found flora collected on her travels from a range of locations around the state from Bushrangers Bay to Hattah-Kulkyne. Until November 19. Merricks House Art Gallery 3460 Frankston - Flinders Rds, Merricks. Open Daily 8.30am - 5pm.
Your Stars with Kerry Kulkens Aries: March 21-April 20. Colour fawn Lucky day Friday Racing numbers 18.104.22.168. Lotto numbers 22.214.171.124.45.1. This could be a much luckier period in which many things could happen the way you want. Something unexpected could have a pleasing effect on your budget or love life. Relax and ignore any tension. Taurus: April 21- May 20. Colour lilac Lucky day. Wednesday Racing numbers 126.96.36.199. Lotto numbers 188.8.131.52.40.33. You should be hearing better news during this period and the unexpected could alter a planned outing. Recent problems find solutions and you could see your loved ones in a different light from now on. Gemini: May 21- June 21. Colour red Lucky day Monday Racing numbers 184.108.40.206. Lotto numbers 220.127.116.11.40.33. There is a lot more going on for you during this period. Enthusiasm, more self-confidence and a lot of what you expect happening at last. Sudden interruptions to some of your plans is a distinct possibility, but you will be able to manage. Cancer: June 22- July 22. Colour brown Lucky day. Wednesday Racing numbers 18.104.22.168. Lotto numbers 22.214.171.124.11.33. A good time to spend in the company of people with influence. Many could be moving into the direction not of their choice and this may worry most. Many of your undertakings could be successful in spite of any odds. Leo: July 23- august 22. Colour blue Lucky day Tuesday Racing numbers 126.96.36.199. Lotto numbers 188.8.131.52.22.10. Whatever you feel can come about if you are prepared to go about it the right way. A calm outlook will bring happy responses from those around you and who matter most to you. Virgo: August 23- September 23. Colour cream Lucky day Monday Racing numbers 184.108.40.206. Lotto numbers 220.127.116.11.30.1. A period that seems to be devoted to pleasure and social events. Try to avoid misunderstandings with loved ones. It is not what you think, but what you do that counts. Libra: September 224- October 23. Colour blue Lucky day Friday Racing numbers 18.104.22.168. Lotto numbers. 22.214.171.124.40.11. Worrying about feeling miserable will not get you anywhere. Have faith in your abilities, your potential seems to be excellent and you should manage to do very well. For many a meaningful relationship should begin. Scorpio: October 24- November 22. Colour orange Lucky day Sunday Racing 126.96.36.199. Lotto numbers 188.8.131.52.40.33. Old friends could be pleased to hear from you and contacts from the past could bring surprises. Romantic expectations may not measure up and there could be some tension on the home front, stay calm. Health improves. Sagittarius: November 23- December 20 Lucky colour white Lucky day. Saturday Racing numbers 184.108.40.206. Lotto numbers 220.127.116.11.32.5. If you plan to make changes, you could meet opposition. However, if you are unsure of your ground, there is nothing holding you back. An unexpected encounter could lead to a happy surprise for you. Capricorn: December 21- January 19. Colour peach Lucky day Sunday Racing 18.104.22.168. Lotto numbers 22.214.171.124.11.22. Routine is likely to be disrupted by some unusual events, just take it as it comes.A good time to reflect on relationships and partnerships.A romantic overture could be flattering. Aquarius: January 20- February 19. Lucky colour green Lucky day Monday Racing numbers 126.96.36.199. Lotto numbers 188.8.131.52.6.9. What you hear during this period, could spur you on to try something totally different. Good aspects to give you a lift and people could be seeking your company socially. Pisces: February 20- march 20. Colour grey Lucky day. Wednesday Racing 184.108.40.206. Lotto numbers 220.127.116.11.37.38. Your attitude towards others will decide your future, so be prepared to be more socially active. Not wise to confide your inner thoughts to anyone. A change in affairs could be a little unsettling and yet you will gain.
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Mandy Martin : Triggers in the Landscape Mandy Martin is a practising artist with a national and international reputation for her concern about environmental issues, landscape conversation and land management. This exhibition draws on a range of paintings produced by the artist in recent years which focus on relationship between climate change, CO2 emissions and coal-burn fire management by indigenous land owners. Adelaide-born Mandy Martin studied at the South Australian School of Art from 1972-75. Martin has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Her works are held in many public and private collections across Australia, in the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts. Between 1978 - 2003 she was a lecturer at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra and a fellow from 2003 -06. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at ANU's Fenner School of Environment and Society. | The exhibition runs until February 4. ★ WAM # (Where Artists Meet). Collaboration, connection and creative communities. Offered as bi -monthly events throughout the year, these regular gatherings propose space for connecting and developing conversation between local creatives. WAM provides a fun and friendly environment to talk shop with other artists, share tips, discuss creative practice, projects and local arts and culture. With the Dandenong Ranges rich and abundant cultural landscape Burrinja's WAM events are a great opportunity to develop new creative networks, find out about potential opportunities and connect with your local arts community. As well as connecting with other local practitioners over a drink, each session will touch on a different arts issue or skill. This second session will consider 'collaboration' and include special guest artists that will share their secrets and successes about their collaborations. There will be many opportunities to learn, share and laugh, and provide insight into what collaboration looks like, why collaborate and who to collaborate with? Wednesday, November 15,. 6pm - 8pm. The Sky Room. ★ Preface The final exhibition for the year is Preface, taking place November 25 to December 17 , Opening November 25th, 1pm - 3pm Storytelling is something that we humans have been doing for thousands of years, Preface showcases modern day storytellers, across a wide range of mediums. Their stories share their common concerns, trials and successes of modern city life. Burrinja Gallery 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey
At Collingwood Dorothy Lipmann - Artist. Recent Work
● Peter Kemp November 10 - 23. Daily 11am - pm. . Opening 6pm. Friday November 10. Collingwood Gallery 252 Smith St, Collingwood.
Blender Studios Blender Studios are excited to announce t their annual Blender Christmas Show. This year has been one of the most significant for the Blender Studio, longtime pioneers of Melbourne's urban art scene. In January, the Studio was given 30 days notice to move out of the gritty old warehouse full of 16 years of memories. After a suitable bout of apocalyptic-style stressing Blender Studios found their new home in Docklands. Not everyone saw the Studio's vision at the time but after weeks of hard work, a entirely new studio was built - double the size of their old home. The space was the first tenancy to be leased out by The District (formerly Harbour Town) as part of a huge new Arts Precinct initiative by the centre. The Docklands Studio quickly came together with all hands on deck to get the studio built so Blender Studios could transition immediately from the old space to the new. Today Blender is home to 28 artists practising in a huge array of mediums and genres. The result is the largest and most motley collection of artists Blender has ever seen sprawled across 1000 square metres of creative labyrinth style spaces. All the artists at Blender go through an application process to secure a place and the artists are selected by Doyle based on their commitment to their practice - ensuring a productive, inspiring and inclusive artist community that is the key to Blender's success. The Blender Christmas Show has certainly become a tradition over the decades. The season opens November 24 and runs for three weeks. The Blender Studios Level One, DocklandsArt Precinct Harbour Town, Melbourne - Peter Kemp
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Local Theatre Shows
■ Nova Music Theatre: Les Miserables Until November 10 at The Whitehorse Centre,397 Whitehorse Rd., Nunawading. Director: Noel Browne; Musical Director: Phil Osborne; Choreographer: Wayne Robinson. www.novamusictheatre.com.au ■ Brighton Theatre Company: The Return November 9 - 25 at Brighton Theatre, Arts and Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton. Director: Deborah Fabbro. Bookings: 1300 752 126 www.brightontheatreco.com ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Leading Ladies (by Ken Ludwig) November 10 - 25 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Director: Tim Long. Bookings: www.mordialloctheatre.com ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: Blood Brothers (by Willie Russell) November 17 December 2 at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Director: Bruce Akers. Bookings: 9457 4117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG): Face to Face and Charitable Intent (by David Williamson) November 9 - 19 at the Strathmore Community Theatre, Corner Loeman and Napier Sts., Strathmore. Tickets" $20/$15. Bookings: 9382 6284 www.stagtheatre.org/reservations ■ The Basin Theatre: Australia Day (by Jonathan Biggins) November 10 - December 2 at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Angela Ellis. Bookings:1300 784 868 www.tebasintheatre.com.au ■ Peridot Theatre: Bloody Murder (by Ed Sala) November 17 - December 2 at the Unicorn Theatre, Lechte Rd., Mt Waverley. Director: Dexter Bourke. Bookings: 9808 0770 or email email@example.com ■ Frankston Theatre Group: Caught in the Net November 17 - December 8 at the Mount Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Rd., Mount Eliza. Director: Roy Thompson. Cabaret seating, BYO refreshments. Bookings: 1300 665 377. ■ Williamstown Musical Theatre Company: Rent November 10 - 25 at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute, Cnr Electra and Melbourne Rds., Williamstown. Director: Stuart Dodge; Musical Director: Stacey-Louise Camilleri; Choreographer: Ashley Tynan. Bookings: www.wmtc.org.au ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Unnecessary Farce November 23 - December 2 at the Bradshaw Street Theatre, Bradshaw Street, West Essendon. Director: George Benca. Bookings: 0422 029 483. ■ Playhouse Players: 16th Year National Playwright Competition November 24 at 7.30pm, November 25 at 3.00pm and 7.30pm at Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Rd., Malvern East. Plays: Skin, by Michael Olsen, The Arrangement by Greg Roberts and The Scrunch Test by Alaine Beek. Tickets: $24. Further details: playhouseplayers.org.au or 0407 276 973. ■ Brighton Theatre Company: Friday Magic (Inaugural Youth Production) December 14 - 17 at Brighton Theatre, Arts and Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton. Director: Pedro Ramos. Tickets: $10. Bookings: 1300 752 120 or www.brightontheatreco.com
■ The Basin Theatre Group: Australia Day (by Jonathan Biggins) November 10 - December 2 at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Angela Ellis. Bookings: 1300 784 668 or www.thebasintheatre.org.au ■ Beaumaris Theatre: Chicago November 11 - 14 at Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Debbie Keyt; Musical Director: Rhonda Vaughan; Choreographer: Camilla Klesman. Further details: www.beaumaristheatre.com.au ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Old Actors Never Die … They Just Lose the Plot, November 28 at 7.30pm and December 5 at 7.30pm at the Bradshaw Street Community Theatre, Bradshaw St., West Essendon. Director: Alex McMurray. Audition bookings:040-9 867 2090. - Cheryl Threadgold ● More local theatre news in Observer Showbiz, starts P37
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Stateside with Gavin Wood in West Hollywood
LA Dodgers, so close to World Series ■ Hi everyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week's news.
Out and About
Maybe Next Series? ■ The Houston Astros clinched their first World Series championship in Game 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston capped off a thrilling Series full of home runs and reliefs pitching with a 5-1 win at Dodgers Stadium. Game 7 was relatively quiet compared to the earlier games, but it was a historic moment for the Astros to finish an unforgettable series, giving the city of Houston a boost as it continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. "I think as time will go by and we'll watch the DVDs that are made of this series and the memories that are built from this series. “There will be a great appreciation of where it fits in the context of history of baseball," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said told USA Today. The Astros can thank centre fielder George Springer for Game 7's only home run. It was Springer's fifth home run this series, tying Reggie Jackson's all-time record set in 1977 and matched by Chase Utley for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's home was burglarised overnight, adding insult to injury after losing in Game 7 of the World Series to the Houston Astros. An LAPD watch commander confirmed the burglary investigation at Encino-area home, where a window was found smashed and items were taken.
● Pictured at Game 7 is Managing Director, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, Alan Johnson with his General Manager, William Karpiak.
Stranger Things ■ Of that overall Live + 3 Day (of sorts) audience, nearly 11 million members come from the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. While subscription service Netflix doesn't sell ads, they still target the folks with disposable income. Young adults never go out of style. Additionally, 361,000 people watched all nine of the new hour-long episodes on Day 1. It's like; get a life, you guys.
Hollywood Bowl ■ The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheatre in Hollywood, California. The Hollywood Bowl is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003, before being replaced with a larger one beginning in the 2004 season. The shell is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign to the northeast. The "bowl" refers to the shape of the concave hillside the amphitheatre is carved into. The bowl is owned by the County of Los Angeles and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the host of hundreds of musical events each year. It is at 2301 North Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood/Highland subway station and south of Route 101.
From my Suite at the Ramada Plaza Complex on Santa Monica Blvd
The Greek Theatre ■ Greek Theatre is a 5870-seat music venue located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. The theatre is owned by the city of Los Angeles and is operated by SMG. Designed by architect Samuel Tilden Norton, the theatre stage is modelled after a Greek temple. The idea for the Greek Theatre originated with wealthy landowner Griffith J. Griffith, who donated 3000 acres (1200 ha) of land to the city of Los Angeles in 1896 to create Griffith Park. In his will he left money for the construction of a Greek theatre. A canyon site was chosen because of its good acoustics. The cornerstone was laid in 1928 and the building was officially dedicated on September 25, 1930. The first performance took place on June 26, 1931, attended by a capacity crowd of 4000. In 1983, the Greek Theatre's seating capacity was expanded to 6187, but recent renovations have brought the Greek Theatre's capacity down to 6,162 in 1995 and to 5,700 in 2004. In 2009 the Los Angeles Fire Marshal permitted the addition of two more rows in the pit, bringing full capacity at the Greek to 5870 seated and 5900 general admission.
The Ford Theatre ■ Welcome back to the Ford Theatre season. With nearly three years of renovations complete, the Ford truly is LA's freshest venue. The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre was built in 1920 as the site of The Pilgrimage Play. The author, Christine Wetherill Stevenson, believed the rugged beauty of the Cahuenga Pass would provide a dramatic outdoor setting for the play. Together with Mrs Chauncey D. Clark, she purchased this land along with that on which the Hollywood Bowl now sits. A wooden, outdoor amphitheatre was built on this site and noted actors performed the play every summer from 1920 to 1929, until the original structure was destroyed by a brush fire in October of 1929. The present theatre, constructed of poured concrete and designed in the style of ancient Judaic architecture to resemble the gates of Jerusalem, was built on the same site and opened in 1931. The Pilgrimage Play was again performed here until 1964, interrupted only by World War II. In 1941 the land was deeded to the County of Los Angeles. Today, the Ford Theatres are dedicated to presenting a diverse roster of events representing music and dance styles reflective of the communities that comprise Los Angeles County. In addition to its multidisciplinary summer season, the Ford presents interactive participatory arts events at its amphitheatre.
■ Michael Jackson died eight years ago, but he's still generating millions of dollars. Jackson is atop the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year, with $75 million. Forbes says a new greatest hits album, a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show and a stake in the EMI musicpublishing catalogue boosted Jackson's earnings. Katherine Jackson is no longer the guardian of Michael Jackson's youngest child, Blanket. The Jackson family matriarch filed paperwork surrendering guardianship, which began in 2009 after Michael's sudden death. His older cousin, Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson, will now look after Blanket, 15, after full time. TJ has held joint guardianship with Katherine since 2012. ■ Wendy Williams gave viewers a fright last week when she passed out on live TV. The morning show host, 53, dressed as the Statue of Liberty for Halloween, was mid-sentence when she suddenly stopped talking, lost her balance and collapsed. The show then cut to an extended commercial break before Williams came back on-air and addressed the audience. "That was not a stunt," a smiling Williams explained. "I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But you know what? I'm a champ and I'm back." ■ Starz (U.S. Cable Channel) boss Chris Albrecht and new wife Tina Trahan spent more than $1 million booking potpuffing rapper Snoop Dogg to perform at their kids' Halloween party in Los Angeles, along with artist-of-the-moment DJ Khaled. Albrecht and Trahan threw the bash for 75 kids aged between 7 and 12. They transformed their Santa Monica mansion into an 8000-square-foot haunted house, complete with a funeral parlor and mausoleum. A source told us that Snoop was on his "best behaviour" for the children, and "the only smoke was coming from the fog machine." ■ Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver are still legally married after breaking up six years ago. In 2011, Shriver, 61, filed for divorce after discovering her actionhero husband, 70, had an affair and fathered a child with their housekeeper, reports TMZ. As for why it's taking so long to finalise the details, the site reports they haven't been able to reach an agreement regarding the division of property and assets. ■ The View co-host Meghan McCain is engaged to Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and publisher of online magazine The Federalist. The daughter of Sen. John McCain is expected to announce on the ABC show that she and Domenech, also the writer of political insider newsletter The Transom, plan to tie the knot.
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Photos from railwayman Lance Adams
● A DD hauled train, arrives into Yea, circa 1905.
● North End of the railway yard area at Yea, circa 1905.
● DD584 hauls a Mansfield bound mixed train through Yarck, circa 1905
● Approach to Mansfield station, captured from atop of a wooden overbridge
● Activity of an arrival train at Mansfield, circa 1905
● Staff at Mansfield circa 1925.
● A view of the Up end (Tallarook end) railway wooden handgates at Yea. Circa 1905. Last gatekeeper at Yea was Nancy Catanach in the 1970s. Prior to that the Cummings family filled the role; in the early years the Mulvagney family were attendants for years. The old house in this 1905 Image was replaced in the 50s.
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■ It is my great pleasure to attend the Friday morning tea of The Brady Bunch. Philip Brady invites a small group of friends to a lovely social get together each week. It is always a joy to chat with Mike McColl Jones, the famous comedy writer for Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton, Don Lane, Steve Vizard, Stuart Wagstaff, Ernie Sigley and many others. It is an honour to know and be a friend of Mike McColl Jones OAM. Mike McColl Jones was born in East Melbourne in 1937. He went to Xavier College and still supports his school football team the Old Xaverians - the ‘Old Xavs’. It was at Xavier that Mike became friends with Philip Brady, Mike Walsh and Jim Murphy. Mike is a witty person and always had a desire to write comedy. When he started at GTV9 as a comedy writer his mentor was Freddie Parsons who had written comedy material for Roy Rene ‘Mo’, George Wallace, Dick Bentley and Buster Fiddess. Mike was a special guest on the This Is Your Life episode for Freddie Parsons in later years. Initially Mike wrote for Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight. Graham and Mike measured their success by the number of complaints received at the television station switchboard. Their association spanned a period of almost 20 years. As Graham's personal writer, Mike was responsible was responsible for helping Graham ‘send up’ the live commercials on The
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Graham Kennedy Show. Products like Alka Seltzer, Hoover, Cedel, Pal dog food and ‘Pussy’. "Pussy in a can!! What will they think of next?". He also wrote for Don Lane on his recordbreaking decade long The Don Lane Show. Mike also did many dozens of ‘specials’ for the Nine Network, including 23 Logies and a Royal Command performance from the Sydney Opera House ... all hosted by Bert Newton. He wrote for Steve Vizard for Tonight Live, Stuart Wagstaff, Joan Rivers for several years, David Strassman, Frankie J. Holden, Paul Martell, Brian Doyle, Bob Monkhouse, Malcolm Fraser and John Howard (the ex-PM, not the actor). Mike became friends with many of the over-
Win free tickets to the Australian Pops Orchestra New Years Eve (2pm) Concert The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra will present their much-loved annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Arts Centre Melbourne on December 31. Now in its 36th year, the celebrated 65-piece orchestra will perform songs from popular musicals (both past and present) to herald in the new year. Joining the Orchestra on stage will be three of the nation’s best musical theatre voices – Silvie Paladino, Simon Gleeson and Kane Alexander. The performance will be led under the baton of acclaimed Vienna-based Australian conductor Warwick Stengards and Master of Ceremonies, Denis Walter.
To enter, post to: ‘Pops Comp’ PO Box 1278, Research, Vic 3095
We have five double passes to give away to readers for The Australian Pops Orchestra at 2.30pm on Sunday, December 31 at Hamer Hall, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Send your entry to ‘Pops Comp’ to reach us by first mail, Monday, December 11. Results will be published in our December 13 issue. Double passes will be mailed to each winner. Subject to Local Media Pty Ltd competition terms and conditions.
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● Mike McColl Jones seas guests he met here, and enjoyed their hospitality overseas, especially Richard Deacon, Rock Hudson and Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers once gave a joke Mike wrote for her to her friend Nancy Reagan. She gave it to her husband, the then President of the United States and he did it at a press conference. These days Mike McColl Jones runs his own company, The Joke Factory, and provides comedy material for many famous people. He has spoken at funerals over the years and he sometimes does his famous ‘Letter from Heaven’ comedy spot. Mike has put a smile on the faces of mourners at the funerals of Gra-
ham Kennedy, Don Lane and Tommy Hanlon Jnr. These days Mike is putting the finishing touches to his new book, he still provides comedy material for many top comics. He and his wife Valerie have two children, Tim and Catherine, and five grand-children, Charlotte, Max, Nicholas, Lucy and Elizabeth. Mike can be heard every two weeks on 3AW's Remember When with Philip and Simon Owens. His favourite meal is lamb cutlets, mashed potato and peas, and he loves soft licorice. When time permits, he studies the art of Zoolycrump. He is a columnist with us at the Melbourne Observer and The Local Paper - his topical ‘Top Five’ column is always very funny. Mike McColl Jones is the author of several books which have included And Now Here's, My Funny Friends and Graham Kennedy Treasures: Friends Remember The King. Mike McColl Jones was last month presented with his Order of Australia Medal at Government House and his friend Philip Brady was there to support him. Kevin Trask Kevin can be heard on 3AW Mike Till Midnight - Saturday at 8.10pm The Time Tunnel - on Remember When Sundays at 9.10pm And on 96.5 FM: That's Entertainment - Sundays at 12 Noon
Win free tickets to The ABBA Show (Dec. 15) at the Athenaeum Theatre
Following more than 5000 international shows, The ABBA Show, will be performed exclusively at The Athenaeum from December 15-30. More than just another tribute show, The ABBA Show is a full-scale, twohour concert experience. It features a live band, stunning replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects – and all the dancing and sequined frivolity an ABBA fan can handle!
We have five double passes to give away to readers for THE ABBA SHOW at 8pm on Friday, December 15 at The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne. Send your entry to ‘ABBA Comp’ to reach us by first mail, Monday, December 4. Results will be published in our December 6 issue. Double passes will be mailed to each winner. Subject to Local Media Pty Ltd competition terms and conditions. TELL US YOUR BIRTHDAY
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jim didn’t like the spiders, and the spiders didn’t like Jim; and so they’d lay for him, and make it mighty warm for him. And he said that between the rats and the snakes and the grindstone there warn’t no room in bed for him, skasely; and when there was, a body couldn’t sleep, it was so lively, and it was always lively, he said, because THEY never all slept at one time, but took turn about, so when the snakes was asleep the rats was on deck, and when the rats turned in the snakes come on watch, so he always had one gang under him, in his way, and t’other gang having a circus over him, and if he got up to hunt a new place the spiders would take a chance at him as he crossed over. He said if he ever got out this time he wouldn’t ever be a prisoner again, not for a salary. Well, by the end of three weeks everything was in pretty good shape. The shirt was sent in early, in a pie, and every time a rat bit Jim he would get up and write a little in his journal whilst the ink was fresh; the pens was made, the inscriptions and so on was all carved on the grindstone; the bed-leg was sawed in two, and we had et up the sawdust, and it give us a most amazing stomach-ache. We reckoned we was all going to die, but didn’t. It was the most undigestible sawdust I ever see; and Tom said the same. But as I was saying, we’d got all the work done now, at last; and we was all pretty much fagged out, too, but mainly Jim. The old man had wrote a couple of times to the plantation below Orleans to come and get their runaway nigger, but hadn’t got no answer, because there warn’t no such plantation; so he allowed he would advertise Jim in the St. Louis and New Orleans papers; and when he mentioned the St. Louis ones it give me the cold shivers, and I see we hadn’t no time to lose. So Tom said, now for the nonnamous letters. “What’s them?” I says. “Warnings to the people that something is up. Sometimes it’s done one way, sometimes another. But there’s always somebody spying around that gives notice to the governor of the castle. When Louis XVI. was going to light out of the Tooleries a servant-girl done it. It’s a very good way, and so is the nonnamous letters. We’ll use them both. And it’s usual for the prisoner’s mother to change clothes with him, and she stays in, and he slides out in her clothes. We’ll do that, too.” “But looky here, Tom, what do we want to WARN anybody for that something’s up? Let them find it out for themselves — it’s their lookout.” “Yes, I know; but you can’t depend on them. It’s the way they’ve acted from the very start — left us to do EVERYTHING. They’re so confiding and mullet-headed they don’t take notice of nothing at all. So if we don’t GIVE them notice there won’t be nobody nor nothing to interfere with us, and so after all our hard work and trouble this escape ’ll go off perfectly flat; won’t amount to nothing — won’t be nothing TO it.” “Well, as for me, Tom, that’s the way I’d like.” “Shucks!” he says, and looked disgusted. So I says: “But I ain’t going to make no complaint. Any way that suits you suits me. What you going to do about the servant-girl?” “You’ll be her. You slide in, in the middle of the night, and hook that yaller girl’s frock.” “Why, Tom, that ’ll make trouble next morning; because, of course, she prob’bly hain’t got any but that one.” “I know; but you don’t want it but fifteen minutes, to carry the nonnamous letter and shove it under the front door.” “All right, then, I’ll do it; but I could carry it just as handy in my own togs.” “You wouldn’t look like a servant-girl THEN, would you?” “No, but there won’t be nobody to see what I look like, ANYWAY.” “That ain’t got nothing to do with it. The thing for us to do is just to do our DUTY, and not worry about whether anybody SEES us do it or not. Hain’t you got no principle at all?” “All right, I ain’t saying nothing; I’m the servant-girl. Who’s Jim’s mother?” “I’m his mother. I’ll hook a gown from Aunt Sally.”
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off to bed the minute we was done supper, and wouldn’t tell us what the trouble was, and never let on a word about the new letter, but didn’t need to, because we knowed as much about it as anybody did, and as soon as we was half up stairs and her back was turned we slid for the cellar cubboard and loaded up a good lunch and took it up to our room and went to bed, and got up about half-past eleven, and Tom put on Aunt Sally’s dress that he stole and was going to start with the lunch, but says: “Where’s the butter?” “I laid out a hunk of it,” I says, “on a piece of a corn-pone.” “Well, you LEFT it laid out, then — it ain’t here.” “We can get along without it,” I says. “We can get along WITH it, too,” he says; “just you slide down cellar and fetch it. And then mosey right down the lightning-rod and come along. I’ll go and stuff the straw into Jim’s clothes to represent his mother in disguise, and be ready to BA like a sheep and shove soon as you get there.” So out he went, and down cellar went I. The hunk of butter, big as a person’s fist, was where I had left it, so I took up the slab of corn-pone with it on, and blowed out my light, and started up stairs very stealthy, and got up to the main floor all right, but here comes Aunt Sally with a candle, and I clapped the truck in my hat, and clapped my hat on my head, and the next second she see me; and she says: “You been down cellar?” “Yes’m.” “What you been doing down there?” “Noth’n.” “NOTH’N!” “No’m.” “Well, then, what possessed you to go down there this time of night?” “I don’t know ’m.” “You don’t KNOW? Don’t answer me that way. Tom, I want to know what you been DOING down there.” “I hain’t been doing a single thing, Aunt Sally, I hope to gracious if I have.” I reckoned she’d let me go now, and as a generl thing she would; but I s’pose there was so many strange things going on she was just in a sweat about every little thing that warn’t yard-stick straight; so she says, very decided: “You just march into that setting-room and stay Mark Twain there till I come. You been up to something you “Well, then, you’ll have to stay in the cabin when So he said, now for the grand bulge! So the very no business to, and I lay I’ll find out what it is me and Jim leaves.” next morning at the streak of dawn we got an- before I’M done with you.” “Not much. I’ll stuff Jim’s clothes full of straw other letter ready, and was wondering what we So she went away as I opened the door and and lay it on his bed to represent his mother in better do with it, because we heard them say at walked into the setting-room. My, but there was disguise, and Jim ’ll take the nigger woman’s supper they was going to have a nigger on watch a crowd there! Fifteen farmers, and every one gown off of me and wear it, and we’ll all evade at both doors all night. Tom he went down the of them had a gun. I was most powerful sick, together. When a prisoner of style escapes it’s lightning-rod to spy around; and the nigger at the and slunk to a chair and set down. They was called an evasion. It’s always called so when a back door was asleep, and he stuck it in the setting around, some of them talking a little, in a king escapes, f’rinstance. And the same with a back of his neck and come back. This letter low voice, and all of them fidgety and uneasy, king’s son; it don’t make no difference whether said: but trying to look like they warn’t; but I knowed he’s a natural one or an unnatural one.” Don’t betray me, I wish to be your friend. There they was, because they was always taking off So Tom he wrote the nonnamous letter, and I is a desprate gang of cut-throats from over in their hats, and putting them on, and scratching smouched the yaller wench’s frock that night, the Indian Territory going to steal your runaway their heads, and changing their seats, and fumand put it on, and shoved it under the front door, nigger to-night, and they have been trying to bling with their buttons. I warn’t easy myself, the way Tom told me to. It said: scare you so as you will stay in the house and but I didn’t take my hat off, all the same. Beware. Trouble is brewing. Keep a sharp look- not bother them. I am one of the gang, but have I did wish Aunt Sally would come, and get done out. UNKNOWN FRIEND. got religgion and wish to quit it and lead an hon- with me, and lick me, if she wanted to, and let Next night we stuck a picture, which Tom est life again, and will betray the helish design. me get away and tell Tom how we’d overdone drawed in blood, of a skull and crossbones on They will sneak down from northards, along the this thing, and what a thundering hornet’s-nest the front door; and next night another one of a fence, at midnight exact, with a false key, and we’d got ourselves into, so we could stop foolcoffin on the back door. I never see a family in go in the nigger’s cabin to get him. I am to be off ing around straight off, and clear out with Jim such a sweat. They couldn’t a been worse a piece and blow a tin horn if I see any danger; before these rips got out of patience and come scared if the place had a been full of ghosts but stead of that I will BA like a sheep soon as for us. laying for them behind everything and under they get in and not blow at all; then whilst they At last she come and begun to ask me questhe beds and shivering through the air. If a door are getting his chains loose, you slip there and tions, but I COULDN’T answer them straight, I banged, Aunt Sally she jumped and said “ouch!” lock them in, and can kill them at your leasure. didn’t know which end of me was up; because if anything fell, she jumped and said “ouch!” if Don’t do anything but just the way I am telling these men was in such a fidget now that some you happened to touch her, when she warn’t you; if you do they will suspicion something and was wanting to start right NOW and lay for them noticing, she done the same; she couldn’t face raise whoop-jamboreehoo. I do not wish any desperadoes, and saying it warn’t but a few minnoway and be satisfied, because she allowed reward but to know I have done the right thing. utes to midnight; and others was trying to get there was something behind her every time — UNKNOWN FRIEND. them to hold on and wait for the sheep-signal; so she was always a-whirling around sudden, Chapter XL. and here was Aunty pegging away at the quesand saying “ouch,” and before she’d got two- WE was feeling pretty good after breakfast, and tions, and me a-shaking all over and ready to thirds around she’d whirl back again, and say it took my canoe and went over the river a-fish- sink down in my tracks I was that scared; and again; and she was afraid to go to bed, but she ing, with a lunch, and had a good time, and took the place getting hotter and hotter, and the butter dasn’t set up. So the thing was working very a look at the raft and found her all right, and got beginning to melt and run down my neck and well, Tom said; he said he never see a thing home late to supper, and found them in such a behind my ears; and pretty soon, when one of work more satisfactory. He said it showed it sweat and worry they didn’t know which end them says, “I’M for going and getting in the was done right. they was standing on, and made us go right Continued on Page 18
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and comfortable, for the island where my raft was; and we could hear them yelling and barking at each other all up and down the bank, till we was so far away the sounds got dim and died out. And when we stepped on to the raft I says: “NOW, old Jim, you’re a free man again, and I bet you won’t ever be a slave no more.” “En a mighty good job it wuz, too, Huck. It ’uz planned beautiful, en it ’uz done beautiful; en dey ain’t NOBODY kin git up a plan dat’s mo’ mixed-up en splendid den what dat one wuz.” We was all glad as we could be, but Tom was the gladdest of all because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg. When me and Jim heard that we didn’t feel so brash as what we did before. It was hurting him considerable, and bleeding; so we laid him in the wigwam and tore up one of the duke’s shirts for to bandage him, but he says: “Gimme the rags; I can do it myself. Don’t stop now; don’t fool around here, and the evasion booming along so handsome; man the sweeps, and set her loose! Boys, we done it elegant! — ’deed we did. I wish WE’D a had the handling of Louis XVI., there wouldn’t a been no ’Son of Saint Louis, ascend to heaven!’ wrote down in HIS biography; no, sir, we’d a whooped him over the BORDER— that’s what we’d a done with HIM— and done it just as slick as nothing at all, too. Man the sweeps — man the sweeps!” But me and Jim was consulting — and thinking. And after we’d thought a minute, I says: “Say it, Jim.” So he says: “Well, den, dis is de way it look to me, Huck. Ef it wuz HIM dat ’uz bein’ sot free, en one er de boys wuz to git shot, would he say, ’Go on en save me, nemmine ’bout a doctor f’r to save dis one?’ Is dat like Mars Tom Sawyer? Would he say dat? You BET he wouldn’t! WELL, den, is JIM gywne to say it? No, sah — I doan’ budge a step out’n dis place ’dout a DOCTOR, not if it’s forty year!” I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did say — so it was all right now, and I told Tom I was a-going for a doctor. He raised considerable row about it, but me and Jim stuck to it and wouldn’t budge; so he was for crawling out and setting the raft loose himself; but we wouldn’t let him. Then he give us a piece of his mind, but it didn’t do no good. So when he sees me getting the canoe ready, he says: “Well, then, if you re bound to go, I’ll tell you the way to do when you get to the village. Shut the door and blindfold the doctor tight and fast, and make him swear to be silent as the grave, and put a purse full of gold in his hand, and then take and lead him all around the back alleys and everywheres in the dark, and then fetch him here in the canoe, in a roundabout way amongst the islands, and search him and take his chalk away from him, and don’t give it back to him till you get him back to the village, or else he will chalk this raft so he can find it again. It’s the way they all do.” So I said I would, and left, and Jim was to hide in the woods when he see the doctor coming till he was gone again. Chapter XLI. THE doctor was an old man; a very nice, kindlooking old man when I got him up. I told him me and my brother was over on Spanish Island hunting yesterday afternoon, and camped on a piece of a raft we found, and about midnight he must a kicked his gun in his dreams, for it went off and shot him in the leg, and we wanted him to go over there and fix it and not say nothing about it, nor let anybody know, because we wanted to come home this evening and surprise the folks. “Who is your folks?” he says. “The Phelpses, down yonder.” “Oh,” he says. And after a minute, he says: “How’d you say he got shot?” “He had a dream,” I says, “and it shot him.” “Singular dream,” he says. So he lit up his lantern, and got his saddle-bags, and we started. But when he sees the canoe he didn’t like the look of her — said she was big enough for one, but didn’t look pretty safe for two. I says: “Oh, you needn’t be afeard, sir, she carried the three of us easy enough.” “What three?” “Why, me and Sid, and — and — and THE GUNS; that’s what I mean.” “Oh,” he says. But he put his foot on the gunnel and rocked her, and shook his head, and said he reckoned he’d
look around for a bigger one. But they was all locked and chained; so he took my canoe, and said for me to wait till he come back, or I could hunt around further, or maybe I better go down home and get them ready for the surprise if I wanted to. But I said I didn’t; so I told him just how to find the raft, and then he started. I struck an idea pretty soon. I says to myself, spos’n he can’t fix that leg just in three shakes of a sheep’s tail, as the saying is? spos’n it takes him three or four days? What are we going to do? — lay around there till he lets the cat out of the bag? No, sir; I know what I’LL do. I’ll wait, and when he comes back if he says he’s got to go any more I’ll get down there, too, if I swim; and we’ll take and tie him, and keep him, and shove out down the river; and when Tom’s done with him we’ll give him what it’s worth, or all we got, and then let him get ashore. So then I crept into a lumber-pile to get some sleep; and next time I waked up the sun was away up over my head! I shot out and went for the doctor’s house, but they told me he’d gone away in the night some time or other, and warn’t back yet. Well, thinks I, that looks powerful bad for Tom, and I’ll dig out for the island right off. So away I shoved, and turned the corner, and nearly rammed my head into Uncle Silas’s stomach! He says: “Why, TOM! Where you been all this time, you rascal?” “I hain’t been nowheres,” I says, “only just hunting for the runaway nigger — me and Sid.” “Why, where ever did you go?” he says. “Your aunt’s been mighty uneasy.” “She needn’t,” I says, “because we was all right. We followed the men and the dogs, but they outrun us, and we lost them; but we thought we heard them on the water, so we got a canoe and took out after them and crossed over, but couldn’t find nothing of them; so we cruised along upshore till we got kind of tired and beat out; and tied up the canoe and went to sleep, and never waked up till about an hour ago; then we paddled over here to hear the news, and Sid’s at the postoffice to see what he can hear, and I’m a-branching out to get something to eat for us, and then we’re going home.” So then we went to the post-office to get “Sid”; but just as I suspicioned, he warn’t there; so the old man he got a letter out of the office, and we waited awhile longer, but Sid didn’t come; so the old man said, come along, let Sid foot it home, or canoe it, when he got done fooling around — but we would ride. I couldn’t get him to let me stay and wait for Sid; and he said there warn’t no use in it, and I must come along, and let Aunt Sally see we was all right. When we got home Aunt Sally was that glad to see me she laughed and cried both, and hugged me, and give me one of them lickings of hern that don’t amount to shucks, and said she’d serve Sid the same when he come. And the place was plum full of farmers and farmers’ wives, to dinner; and such another clack a body never heard. Old Mrs. Hotchkiss was the worst; her tongue was a-going all the time. She says: “Well, Sister Phelps, I’ve ransacked that-air cabin over, an’ I b’lieve the nigger was crazy. I says to Sister Damrell — didn’t I, Sister Damrell? — s’I, he’s crazy, s’I— them’s the very words I said. You all hearn me: he’s crazy, s’I; everything shows it, s’I. Look at that-air grindstone, s’I; want to tell ME’t any cretur ’t’s in his right mind ’s a goin’ to scrabble all them crazy things onto a grindstone, s’I? Here sich ’n’ sich a person busted his heart; ’n’ here so ’n’ so pegged along for thirty-seven year, ’n’ all that — natcherl son o’ Louis somebody, ’n’ sich everlast’n rubbage. He’s plumb crazy, s’I; it’s what I says in the fust place, it’s what I says in the middle, ’n’ it’s what I says last ’n’ all the time — the nigger ’s crazy — crazy ’s Nebokoodneezer, s’I.” “An’ look at that-air ladder made out’n rags, Sister Hotchkiss,” says old Mrs. Damrell; “what in the name o’ goodness COULD he ever want of —” “The very words I was a-sayin’ no longer ago th’n this minute to Sister Utterback, ’n’ she’ll tell you so herself. Sh-she, look at that-air rag ladder, sh-she; ’n’ s’I, yes, LOOK at it, s’I— what COULD he a-wanted of it, s’I. Sh-she, Sister Hotchkiss, sh-she —” “But how in the nation’d they ever GIT that grindstone IN there, ANYWAY? ’n’ who dug that-air HOLE? ’n’ who —” “My very WORDS, Brer Penrod! I was asayin’— pass that-air sasser o’ m’lasses, won’t
ye? — I was a-sayin’ to Sister Dunlap, jist this minute, how DID they git that grindstone in there, s’I. Without HELP, mind you — ’thout HELP! THAT’S wher ’tis. Don’t tell ME, s’I; there WUZ help, s’I; ’n’ ther’ wuz a PLENTY help, too, s’I; ther’s ben a DOZEN a-helpin’ that nigger, ’n’ I lay I’d skin every last nigger on this place but I’D find out who done it, s’I; ’n’ moreover, s’I—” “A DOZEN says you! — FORTY couldn’t a done every thing that’s been done. Look at them case-knife saws and things, how tedious they’ve been made; look at that bed-leg sawed off with ’m, a week’s work for six men; look at that nigger made out’n straw on the bed; and look at —” “You may WELL say it, Brer Hightower! It’s jist as I was a-sayin’ to Brer Phelps, his own self. S’e, what do YOU think of it, Sister Hotchkiss, s’e? Think o’ what, Brer Phelps, s’I? Think o’ that bed-leg sawed off that a way, s’e? THINK of it, s’I? I lay it never sawed ITSELF off, s’I— somebody SAWED it, s’I; that’s my opinion, take it or leave it, it mayn’t be no ’count, s’I, but sich as ’t is, it’s my opinion, s’I, ’n’ if any body k’n start a better one, s’I, let him DO it, s’I, that’s all. I says to Sister Dunlap, s’I—” “Why, dog my cats, they must a ben a housefull o’ niggers in there every night for four weeks to a done all that work, Sister Phelps. Look at that shirt — every last inch of it kivered over with secret African writ’n done with blood! Must a ben a raft uv ’m at it right along, all the time, amost. Why, I’d give two dollars to have it read to me; ’n’ as for the niggers that wrote it, I ’low I’d take ’n’ lash ’m t’ll —” “People to HELP him, Brother Marples! Well, I reckon you’d THINK so if you’d a been in this house for a while back. Why, they’ve stole everything they could lay their hands on — and we a-watching all the time, mind you. They stole that shirt right off o’ the line! and as for that sheet they made the rag ladder out of, ther’ ain’t no telling how many times they DIDN’T steal that; and flour, and candles, and candlesticks, and spoons, and the old warming-pan, and most a thousand things that I disremember now, and my new calico dress; and me and Silas and my Sid and Tom on the constant watch day AND night, as I was a-telling you, and not a one of us could catch hide nor hair nor sight nor sound of them; and here at the last minute, lo and behold you, they slides right in under our noses and fools us, and not only fools US but the Injun Territory robbers too, and actuly gets AWAY with that nigger safe and sound, and that with sixteen men and twenty-two dogs right on their very heels at that very time! I tell you, it just bangs anything I ever HEARD of. Why, SPERITS couldn’t a done better and been no smarter. And I reckon they must a BEEN sperits — because, YOU know our dogs, and ther’ ain’t no better; well, them dogs never even got on the TRACK of ’m once! You explain THAT to me if you can! — ANY of you!” “Well, it does beat —” “Laws alive, I never —” “So help me, I wouldn’t a be —” “HOUSE-thieves as well as —” “Goodnessgracioussakes, I’d a ben afeard to live in sich a —” “’Fraid to LIVE! — why, I was that scared I dasn’t hardly go to bed, or get up, or lay down, or SET down, Sister Ridgeway. Why, they’d steal the very — why, goodness sakes, you can guess what kind of a fluster I was in by the time midnight come last night. I hope to gracious if I warn’t afraid they’d steal some o’ the family! I was just to that pass I didn’t have no reasoning faculties no more. It looks foolish enough NOW, in the daytime; but I says to myself, there’s my two poor boys asleep, ’way up stairs in that lonesome room, and I declare to goodness I was that uneasy ’t I crep’ up there and locked ’em in! I DID. And anybody would. Because, you know, when you get scared that way, and it keeps running on, and getting worse and worse all the time, and your wits gets to addling, and you get to doing all sorts o’ wild things, and by and by you think to yourself, spos’n I was a boy, and was away up there, and the door ain’t locked, and you —” She stopped, looking kind of wondering, and then she turned her head around slow, and when her eye lit on me — I got up and took a walk. Says I to myself, I can explain better how we come to not be in that room this morning if I go out to one side and study over it a little. So I done it. But I dasn’t go fur, or she’d a sent for me.
To Be Continued Next Issue
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■ Wednesday - Geelong, Thursday - Yarra Valley (Cup), Friday - Bendigo, Saturday Melton, Sunday - StArnaud (Cup), Monday Cobram, Tuesday - Ararat.
■ Melton mentor Lance Justice's 4Y0 Muscle Mass-Mystic Hush gelding Carnera was responsible for an outstanding performance to land the Central Tyre Service Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres at Shepparton on Wednesday. Galloping away from 10 metres, Carnera settled a "mile" off the leader Tenno Sho which had crossed the noted quick beginner Kains Boy, appearing to have little hope of figuring in the finish. Gradually making ground, Justice put the foot to the floor approaching the bell, sending Carnera forward three wide to join the pacemaker with a circuit to travel. Applying the pressure, Carnera and Tenno Sho turned together, with the highly fancied Justtentrumps after racing three wide for the last lap closing rapidly. Showing a tremendous fighting spirit, Carnera defied the pair to register a head margin over Justtentrumps in a career best performance, with Tenno Sho five metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-05.5.
■ Bendigo based Todd Matthews took the honours for the night at Shepparton after chalking up three winners - two as a driver and one as a trainer which included a double for Rochester's Mark Thompson - Ideal Eagle and Weeks End. Five year old American Ideal-Skyhigh Eagle raced in the open from gate six, accounting for Boy From Bondi (three wide last lap) by 2.9 metres in 1-56.6. Machli (one/two) was third 2 metres away. Weeks End a Jet Laag-Orta Be Ruthlass filly did similar in the Elite Horse Transport 3Y0 Pace over the same distance, defeating a death-seating Emerging Force by 2 metres, with Illawong Gerry (one/three) in a mile rate of 1-59.9. First starter Marine Parade a 4Y0 Art Major-Philtra Girl gelding raced by Matthews and driven by the stable's Haydon Gray possied mid-field from gate three and after racing wide in the last lap, did best to score by a head in 1-59.6 from Heavenly Shades off a three wide trail last lap from mid-field, with Beach Skipper 6.8 metres away in third place after racing in the open.
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■ At Cranbourne on Thursday, Myrniong father and son - Ross and Greg Sugars snared a double with 4Y0 mares Melpark Alexa taking the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres and Shady Secret the Blue Hills Rise Pace for C2 & C3 class over the same journey. Melpark Alexa (Artistic Fella-Golden Forrest) led all of the way to score by 11.5 metres from Illawong Lord (three back the markers) and Dromana Beach which raced in the open. The mile rate 200.3. Bonny mare Shady Secret (Shadyshark Hanover-The Milky Way) raced without cover most of the way outside the long odds on favourite Nitro Nikky to register a 1.3 metre margin in a rate of 1-58.2, with Bongiorno Boyz (one/three) 9 metres back in third place.
■ Melton's Joe Borg finally cracked it for a belated victory with consistent 6Y0 Santanna Blue Chip-Perfectly Smooth gelding Blue Chipped in the 2080 metre ADE Turf Pace for C1 class at Cranbourne. Driven by brother Charlie, Blue Chipped led all of the way from gate four to score by 1.5 metres over Mymasterplan which trailed and Bettor Biaggi (one/one). The mile rate 2-01.6.
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■ Armbro Hugh, Our Sir Oliver, Reign Of Pain, Admiral.
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■ Brilliant in-form 6Y0 Million Dollar CamEyes Of Couage mare Ameretto is off to Perth for the Inter Dominion Carnival after another dominant victory at Melton on Saturday, taking the &30,000 (Group 3) Allied Express Cinderella Stakes for Mares M0 or better over 1720 metres. Trained and driven by the queen of Australasian harness racing and “Hall Of Famer” Kerryn Manning, Ameretto (gate six) took no part in the early speed battle, settling three back in the moving line as South Australian visitor Just Rockon Bye led from the pole. Sent forward racing for the bell, Ameretto despite racing three wide for the final circuit, asserted her authority in the straight, scoring by a head from the fast finishing Whirily School and a death-seating Carlas Pixel. The mile rate a sizzling 1-51.6.
■ The second of the Victorian country cups circuit - Maryborough was held on Sunday October 29, with the victor being exciting 7Y0 Mach Three-Bridge Paler gelding San Carlo for Shepparton duo Steve O'Donoghue (trainer) and stable reinsperson Bec Bartley. Beginning swiftly from gate two, San Carlo led throughout over the 2690 metre journey for M0 or better class, winning comfortably from My Field Marshall (one/five - three wide solo final circuit), going down by 3 metres in a rate of 1-56.6. Mr Mojito (one/one) was third a head away after a sweet trip one/one before switching down to the sprint lane on turning.
■ Bendigo was the venue for Tuesday Trots and 8Y0 Mach Three-Infante Elana gelding Nonno Stride was a tough winner of the DNR Logists Claiming Pace over 2150 metres. Trained at Elmore by Keith Cotchin, Nonno Stride driven by Greg Sugars was having his 107th start and after racing wide from outside the front line, settled outside the pacemaker With Gusto (gate four). With the pair drawing away from their rivals approaching the finial bend, Nonno Stride proved the better stayer on the night to record a 3.5 metre margin in a mile rate of 1-56.2, with Major Laugh (one/two - three wide last lap) 9.3 metres away in third place. It was Nonno Stride's 20th success.
■ Bendigo's Chris Svanosio is doing exceptionally well at present and landed the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2150 metres with Nine Mile Cruiser, a 4Y0 Bacardi Lindy-Puerto Bonus mare raced by father Peter who was having her first start for the stable. Coming from the extreme draw, Nine Mile Cruiser settled closer to last than first as polemarker Graciella Pinvale led with Armbro Hugh a former stablemate of the winner racing in the open. Despite being very wide on the final bend,
■ Bullengarook trainer Graham Lee was successful with reliable 4Y0 TennotrumpRaider Maiden gelding Tenden at Cranbourne, bringing up his 6th victory in 32 outings. With Anthony Butt in the sulky, Tenden a noted leader was driven with a sit on this occasion, settling on the back of the leader Myrniong Rainbow before easing outside her on the home turn. Giving plenty in the straight, Tenden prevailed by a 17.9 metre margin from Sumo Grin (one/one) and local hope Breezin Around in a rate of 2-04.4.
with Len Baker Nine Mile Cruiser finished full of running out wide to gain the day by a neck from Hellbound which trailed the front runner on debut, returning a mile rate of 2-04.3. Armbro Hugh which took over on the home turn finished third 1.1 metres back.
Won by a nose
■ Kyabram trainer Mark Watson combined with local reinswoman Ellen Tormey aboard Sportswriter-Slip Slop Slap colt Scarborough Flow to capture the Steel Deals Bendigo 3Y0 Pace over 2150 metres at Bendigo. Making his fourth appearance at the races, Scarborough Flow enjoyed the run of the race one/one after starting outside the front line, finishing his race off nicely to prevail by a nose in a blanket finish from a death-seating Justice Served who was a head in advance of Admiral which flashed late from three back the markers when clear. The mile rate 2-02.7.
Racing at Horsham
■ Wimmera racing was at Horsham on Monday and "Hall Of Famer" Kerryn Manning snared the 2200 metre Conways Horsham - Jason Lee Pace for C2 & C3 class with ex-Kiwi Elsu-Nicky's Dilemma 5Y0 gelding Hes Novak at Supertab odds of $30.90, massive odds for a Kerryn Manning trained and driven runner. Beginning swiftly to lead from gate four, Hes Novak defied all challengers to score by a head in 1-59,6 from Shes Magnetic which trailed, using the sprint lane to just fail. Okelhero Lad was 2 metres away in third place after following the pair.
Hall of Famers
■ The state's leading trainer Emma Stewart provided three winners on the Horsham program - Marateai in the 1700 metre Betta Horsham Matt Craven 3Y0 Pace, Machida the 1200 metre Westvic Race Pix - Jason Lee Pace and Pin Stripes in the Cruisers Horsham - Barry Dunn Pace, all driven by champion reinsman Chris Alford, another of the Harness Racing "Hall Of Fame" brigade.
■ The feature event at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Friday, the $10,000 Emma Turnbull Lawyers Pace for C5 or better class over 1710 metres attracted only a small field of six included in which were three very smart performers who are all going places - Shadow Sax from the Emma Stewart stable, Tim Butt's Let It Ride and Kerryn Manning's former Kiwi Motu Meteor who stood out from the rest of the field and it was Shadow Sax the victor. Lightly raced due to niggling problems, Shadow Sax a 5Y0 gelded son of Shadow Play and Miss Saxony bred and raced by the Hockham family who's absence at the trots has been noted over the past couple of years, was making only his 21st appearance at the races and after being handled superbly by Gavin Lang, had little trouble leading from the pole, with Motu Meteor going forward from gate five to park in the open, while Anthony Butt surprised all and sundry by going back from gate two with Let It Ride to settle at the tail of the field when most expected he would immediately drop to the leaders back. Although eye balled by roughie Bettor Downunder for the first lap, Shadow Sax was doing it comfortably. Hotting up the tempo for the last lap, Lang kicked Shadow Sax clear on turning as Motu Meteor came into the race three wide with Let It Ride trailing. Coasting to the wire, Shadow Sax recorded a most impressive performance, running quarters of 27.4, 30, 29.2 and 26.2 for the last mile to score by 5 metres in advance of Let It Ride, with Motu Meteor weakening over the concluding stages to be third 2.9 metres away. Mattie Craven's Cant Refuse (three back the markers) ran on late to finish fourth 3.7 metres in arrears of Motu Meteor. The mile rate a slick 1-53.1.
■ Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan were in the winners stall at Ballarat after Lombo Pocket Watch-Lady Muluka Lombo 5Y0 gelding Time Keepa Lombo greeted the judge in the 1700 metre Turnbull Lawyers Ballarat Pace for C2 class. Beginning brilliantly from gate two on the second line, Time Keepa Lombo was forced to race in the open as Swiftly Tothebeach strode to the front from gate three shortly after the start. Surging clear on the final bend, Time Keepa Lombo registered an easy 15 metre margin over Top The Ace (one/one) and Tough Call from last, returning a rate of 1-54. - Len Baker
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BAMBERT’S BOOK OF LOST STORIES Continue Without Saving
● Alexander Gavioli in Continue Without Saving? ■ Melbourne-based playwright Kieran Gould-Dowen presented his latest play Would You Like to Continue Without Saving? at The Butterfly Club, and it was great to see a good following of young patrons after the success of his last show, Take a Seat. Presented by Thatcher’s Boy Theatre, Continue Without Saving? is written, directed and produced by GouldDowen. The story tells of Adam (Alexander Gavioli), whose attitude to technology is considered at odds with modern day norms because he prefers and values the more simple things in life, such as family and being outdoors. Adam is imprisoned in a room until he learns to appreciate technology, and a Big Brother style captor controls his communication with family and friends through the technological devices he abhors. Adam’s dislike of technology is understandable – his mother lost her job when replaced by technology, and he missed the birth of his child because his phone was turned off. However, over time Adam starts to recognise the benefits of technological devices because people lost in time can stay with us forever. For example Adam sees a video of his Dad who died in a car accident when Adam was the driver. His father talks reassuringly to him – thanks to technology. Gould-Dowan specialises in presenting interesting narratives, such as this show which explores the perspective of someone determined to keep his mind unplugged. Critically speaking, the pace dragged a little at times and audio quality was poor and too low. Alexander Gavioli presents a convincing performance as Adam, supported by a pre-recorded cast comprising Melina Wylie (Teacher/Interrogator), Hannah Vanderheide (Eva) and Kieran Gould-Dowen as the Captor. With fine-tuning of audio and a little tightening of script, we will hopefully see Continue Without Saving? enjoy more performance seasons. Congratulations to Kieran Gould-Dowen and his team for successfully introducing another original play to Melbourne theatre. - Review by Cheryl Threadgold
● Nick Maclaine, Amanda McGregor, Tim Watts, Igor Sas and Jo Morris. ■ Young patrons wrote down their wishes for the world, and the Fairfax Studio foyer buzzed with creative energies. Thanks to the magic of projections and animations, we then enjoyed the interactive experience of watching the written messages such as ‘Peace for the World’, appear on balloons on the screen and drift away. ■ Sit back, sip a bespoke cocktail, and enjoy the fabulous Patrons were about to see Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories, a shows at the Butterfly Club this summer. charming show brought to Arts Centre Melbourne by the BarkFrom Tindr dating musical theatre in Cell, Block Tango ing Gecko Theatre Company. to a smoky jazz cabaret in The Man and the Moon to a tale A show about someone else who enjoys writing, in fact his of a sexually aggressive cockatiel in Love Bird, there’s stories and characters are the most important things in Bambert’s plenty on offer. life. First off the blocks is the Green RoomAward-winning, Adapted for the stage by Dan Giovannoni and Luke Kerridge ‘surreal showgirl and obscene beauty queen’ Betty from Bambert’s Buch der Verschollenen Geschichten by Grumble. Join the rest of the glitterati, Betty’s sparkleReinhardt Jung, this 2016 Helpmann Award-winning productacular audience. tion delighted the full-house audience of mixed ages. Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to Bambert may be a tiny man but his love of writing is huge, kick off the ‘best-worst time of the year’ than with a Christand he enjoys working alone in his attic above Mr Bloom’s mas farce, More Pudding Anyone? Let the games begin. grocery store, with the moon as his muse. On one side, we have a mother desperate to keep up the But one day, Bambert wishes to learn more about the outside traditions of Christmas. world and decides to liberate his stories and send them floating On the other, her adult children reverting to the 10-yearout on balloons, each with an attached note. old versions of themselves. And don’t forget to throw in the The note requests that the finder of each story places a stamp odd bimbo to spice up the festivities. on an envelope and returns it to Bambert so he knows where to Created by Kieran Gould-Smith, who, as a recent set his stories. émigré from Britain, is still flummoxed at the Aussie abilThis delightful tale cleverly combines an effective message ity to serve a traditional piping hot Christmas turkey with about the power of words and the act of kindness, with fun all the trimmings in the sweltering heat. moments for very young audience members, and informative Lawson Reeves Genuinely Impossible ‘will screw with and thought-provoking entertainment for others. your head’. Try and pick his tricks apart or better still, bring The story is beautifully told, thanks to skilled puppetry and your smart aleck, sceptical friends and see if they can pick wonderful performances from the cast members Igor Sas, them apart. Amanda McGregor, Jo Morris, Nick Maclaineand Tim Watts James Christensen’s chamber opera When I Awoke who seamlessly switch between their varied and colourful chartakes a quasi-nostalgic look at Aussie cultural cringe and acters. life as an ex-pat. Christensen wants to ‘smash through the Jonathon Oxlade’s superbly designed two-tiered set immeconservatism of how opera is thought to be done to bring a diately engages the audience on arrival and facilitates the unwhole new perspective and a brand-new audience to opfolding of this special, timeless story. era’. Not only a first for Australian audiences but and interBambert’s Book of Lost Stories is a whimsical, joyful theatre national premiere not to be missed. experience that is well worth seeing. -Kathryn Keeble - Review by Cheryl Threadgold
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TV, Radio, Theatre
Art Space Reflections: Art Exhibition. Mary Gregory, Painter. Creating contemplative seascapes based on the colours of the natural world; the amazing variety of the sea blues and greens and the infinite range of blues, grays and whites of our vast sky, Mary's paintings suggest a scene rather than a clearly delineating one. Her aim is to evoke a particular feeling or mood rather than a picture to view. These seascapes embrace Mary's sense of this natural world, in both the sound and visual aspect of water, as she explores its calming and all encompassing presence. Her work has evolved from living by Port Phillip Bay as a child and now as an adult. "When I paint I overlook Safety Beach and I am always entranced by the ever changing mood, colour and lights of the sea, the sky and beautiful clouds." Reflections creates a space to pause, away from the distractions and pressures of modern life. By evoking an atmosphere of stillness the artist's intention is to bring a moment of quiet and comfort to the viewer. The exhibition runs to December 9. Artspace at Space2b 144 Chapel St. St, Kilda - Peter Kemp
Caught In The Net
c ● Robert Lister, Thomas Bland, Asha Van Leewan and Mark Moore rehearse Caught in the Net. Photo: Grant Kennedy ■ Frankston Theatre Group presents Caught It soon dawns on John there is a catastrophe in the Net by Ray Cooney from November 17 to in the making. December 3 at the Mt Eliza Community CenThe show is presented in cabaret style. BYO tre, Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza. drinks and nibbles. Directed by Roy Thompson, Caught in the Performance Season: November 17 – DeNet is the sequel to Run for Your Wife and finds cember 3 the bigamist taxi driver, John Smith, still keepVenue: Mt Eliza Community Centre, Canaing both families happy and blissfully unaware dian Bay Rd., Mt Eliza of each other. Tickets: $28/$26/$15 However, his teenage children, one from Bookings: 1300 665 377 www.frankston each marriage and one girl, one boy have met theatregroup.org.au online! - Cheryl Threadgold
More Pudding Anyone? By Rob Foenander email@example.com
Col’s compilation ■ Best Original Country Songs is the new release from Werribee artist Col Millington. The veteran performer has drawn on 40 years of writing and recording with this latest offering of some of his well-loved songs. It also includes duets with legendary singer and former 3UZ on-air personality Gene Bradley Fisk amongst other contributors. For details on the 18-track album contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Music in the Park ■ Traralgon will come alive on Sunday, November 26, when a host of artists join together to raise funds for the Gippsland Cancer Centre. Strzelecki String Busters, Sandi Dodd, Bryce Wright, Evan Platchinda, Lachie and Georgia plus Borderline will entertain crowds at the beautiful Victory Park from 12 Noon5pm . Gold coin donation.
November at Guild ■ The Country Music Guild’s November line up includes Friday, Nov. 10: Danny Stain; Nov. 17, Dalton Gang; Nov. 24, Mustang. Music from 8pm to 11pm at the Pascoe Vale RSL. - Rob Foenander
● Ruby Wall, Alexander Gavioli, Melina Wylie, Kieran Gould-Dowen, Candice Lillian, Luca Romani, and Carmelina Di Guglielmo in More Pudding Anyone? Photo: Teresa Noble. ■ After a successful 2017, Thatcher’s Boy posal; Christmas with the Robertsons is never Theatre are finishing the year on a festive and boring. entertaining note. More Pudding Anyone? is a “Christmas is a time of togetherness but we farce of the festive variety from December 12 – all know it never goes smoothly. This cast is 17 at the Butterfly Club. hilarious and truly captures that childish nature Written and directed by Kieran Gould- we’re all guilty of slipping into. Think National Dowen, More Pudding Anyone? follows a Lampoon live on stage. If you don’t laugh at Melburnian family as hilarity unfolds around this, you must be the Grinch,”says writer and the Christmas dinner table to bizarre extremes. director Kieran Gould-Dowen. Meet the Robertsons. All Julie wants is to This show contains strong language and nuuphold her Christmas traditions and have all dity. Bookings recommended. her family under the same roof whilst she still Performance Details: December 12 – 17 at can. But her kids are no longer children and 8.30pm doing so is proving difficult, no matter how childVenue: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, ish they act. Melbourne. Burnt turkeys, faces full of cream, an unconCost: $25-$32 scious Santa Claus, a deceased Christmas tree, Bookings: thebutterflyclub.com matching jumpers, and even a poorly timed pro- Cheryl Threadgold
Miracle City ■ The Melbourne premiere of Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s Australian musical Miracle City takes over the Athenaeum Theatre from February 9 with a cast of new stars and musical-theatre veterans. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, November 9 at 9am. Set in the late 1980s, at the height of televangelism, Miracle City tells the story of the Truswells, a family with a dream to build a religious theme park, and the extreme lengths the patriarch, Ricky Truswell, will go to in order to make their dream a reality. This new production features an outstanding cast including: ■ ARIA award-winner Missy Higgins in her first musical role as one of the powerhouse trio, the Citadel singers, alongside Josie Lane (Little Shop of Horrors, Jerry’s Girls, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miracle City) and another exciting musical theatre performer to be announced soon. ■ Gus Murray (The Great Gatsby, McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters) as the Reverend Ricky Truswell ■ Kellie Rode (Mamma Mia!, Rocky Horror Show, Mother & Son) as his wife Lora Lee ■ Jessica Vickers (Light in the Piazza, Fiddler on the Roof) as their apple-pie-fresh daughter Loretta ■ Liam Nunan (Away, The Golden Age) as Loretta’s love interest, and ■ Anthony Phelan (Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Kettering Incident, The Wild Duck) as evangelist Reverend Millard Sizemore. Producer Lisa Freshwater of The Theatre Division says, “It has been said by many that Miracle City is an undiscovered gem of Australian musical theatre. “I am thrilled to produce local work with a cast and crew of formidable talent. Miracle City is a story that still resonates loudly today, perhaps even more so than ever before.” Co-producer Alistair Thomson of The Theatre Division stated, “Miracle City is a unique, powerful and exhilarating Australian musical written by one of our finest musical theatre partnerships. “I am delighted to bring this show to a Melbourne audience for the first time with a truly stellar cast at the Athenaeum Theatre.” The late Australian dramatist Nick Enright (The Boy From Oz, Lorenzo’s Oil, Cloudstreet) wrote the book and lyrics for Miracle City, based on a concept by Max Lambert (Hairspray, King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), who also wrote the music. It premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1996 to universal acclaim, and was resurrected at the Hayes Theatre Co in 2014, earning five Sydney Theatre Award nominations and a slew of rave reviews. Where: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne Performance Dates: From February 9 Prices: Tickets from $59-$99 Bookings: ticketek.com.au | 132 849, 9650 1500 Tickets on sale from November 9. - Cheryl Threadgold
● Missy Higgins
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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: JULIA: Genre: Drama. Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, Meryl Streep. Year: 1977/ M/117 Minutes. Stars: ***** Verdict: Stunningly remastered for Blu-ray, this beautifully crafted drama of celebrated playwright Lillian Hellman, who undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany at the request of an old and most cherished friend, is simply a knockout! Based on an extraordinary true story, screen veterans Jane Fonda as Lillian Hellman, Vanessa Redgrave as the enigmatic Julia, Jason Robards as legendary author Dashiell Hammett, and Maximilian Schell as Julia's friend, Johann, are right at the top of their game, never better! Exemplary Oscar winning screenplay by Oscar Alvin Sargent (Paper Moon, Ordinary People) from "Pentimento," the memoirs of Lillian Hellman, and tautly refined, sensitive and respectful direction by two time Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann, whose previous efforts include the classics The Search, High Noon, The Men, From Here to Eternity, A Man For All Seasons and The Day of the Jackal, to name a few. Add to the mix the breathtaking cinematography by Douglas Slocombe (The Lion in Winter, Raiders of the Lost Ark), along with superlative Production and Costume Design, Editing, Music Score and European locations, and they all come together to create a haunting, poignant, thoroughly gripping and unforgettable experience! Nominated for 11 Academy awards, winning three for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Robards), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Vanessa Redgrave) and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Alvin Sargent). The extra features on the Blu-ray are only a trailer. Footnote: The woman in the boat is actually Lillian Hellman, and also marks the big screen debut role for Meryl Streep. FILM: ANNABELLE CREATION: Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller. Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 109 Minutes. Stars: **1/2 Verdict: Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the doll-maker's possessed creation, Annabelle. This prequel to "Annabelle" (2014) and depicts the possessed Annabelle doll's origin, and as the title implies, the movie provides the story of how the possessed doll that eventually ends up in the hands of "The Conjuring's" (2013) paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren first came to be inhabited by an evil entity. Australian stalwarts Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto give effective performances, as do the children in the piece, but the only major stand-out here is the isolation of the farm house where all the events take place, possibly a nod to Tobe Hooper's 1974 shocker "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Matching its predecessors in fiendish frights and all things that go bump in the night, this more akin to old school fright tactics, however, all things spooky and in fright night cinema today have become a cliché and this is no exception, other than trying to extend the story. The horror is akin to the chilling fear of Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" and William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," to name a few, and a nod and a wink to other creepy doll films such as "Dead of Night" (1945), "The Devil Doll" (1964), 1975's "Trilogy of Terror," 1978's "Magic," 1988's Chucky from "Child's Play" and with a touch of Robert Wise's "The Haunting" (1963), and your time would be better served if you sought any of these out. FILM: CARS 3: Genre: Animated/Adventure/Comedy. Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy and Kerry Washington. Year: 2017. Rating: G. Length: 109 Minutes. Stars: ***1/3 Verdict: Blindsided by a new generation of super fast cars, the legendary Lightning McQueen is pushed out of the sport he loves, so to get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, but he is determined to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.. Directed by Brian Fee, this eighteenth Pixar animated feature film and the third instalment in the "Cars" film franchise, following "Cars" (2006) and "Cars 2" (2011), stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria, is a joy from beginning to end. This may not be the best film in the Pixar library of already established animated classics, but it's certainly a step-up from the previous "Cars" effort," and matches the original rev for rev, laugh for laugh. Brimming with dynamic animation and filled with delightful characters we have come to relish over the years, this is a warm, funny, heartening, energetic, radiant and ultimately a rollicking fun ride for the whole family to enjoy!
Rourke’s Reviews: Detroit
● British actor Will Poulter plays brutal, racist police officer Philip Krauss in the effective but superficial true-life thriller Detroit, from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. ■ (MA). 143 minutes. Opens in one-note creations who never alselected cinemas on November 9. low the material to truly analyse the Kathryn Bigelow, who made still highly relevant problems occurhistory by being the first woman to ring between the African American win the Academy Award for Best community and a largely unchangDirector in 2010, re-teams with ing white hierarchy (which Presiscreenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt dent Trump and his cronies sadly Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) for De- personify). While it has an undeniably vistroit, which is also based on true events, but the results are disap- ceral impact, Detroit lacks the kind of complexity and depth needed to pointingly uneven. Set during the 1967 Detroit ri- make a genuinely provocative ots, which left numerous people point, which is odd after Bigelow either dead or arrested, and the area and Boal's sterling efforts on the brilruined and in flames, the story fo- liant Zero Dark Thirty, the film that cuses on one particular incident that should have garnered the duo their took place over one horrifying night. Oscar wins. RATING - *** Some of those terrified are Larry Reed (Algee Smith), Fred Temple (Jacob Latimore), and Blade Of The Immortal (MA). 140 Robert Greene (Anthony Mackie), minutes. Opens in selected cinemas who, along with others, are on November 16. Director Takashi Miike celbrutalised by three white police officers, led by Philip Krauss (Will ebrates his 100th film (yes, you read Poulter), who raid the Algiers Ho- correctly) with this chaotic, ultratel after receiving reports that gun violent epic, based on a famous shots were heard coming from the manga and anime series. The journey begins with Manji building. Not everyone Krauss and his (Takuya Kimura), a disgraced goons torture will survive the samurai who has been given the gift evening. Bigelow (who also helmed (or curse) of immortality, and which the cult classics Strange Days and sees him roaming the lands for the Near Dark) and her expert techni- next fifty years. Manji is hired by teenage Rin cal crew create a vivid, all-too-believable atmosphere, but as the film (Hana Sugisaki), who wants regoes on, there is unfortunately a lack venge on the notorious gang who of character and environmental murdered her father and abducted detail, causing disconnect in re- her mother. Setting off on their quest, Manji gards to the subject's bigger picture. More time needed to be focused starts to sense an opportunity at reon the events leading up to the ri- demption, that is if he can protect ots, and a greater exploration of the Rin from the constant stream of people and neighbourhoods who opponents who cross their path. Screenwriter Tetsuya Oishi suffered under the suffocating, oppressive horrors that caused such (Death Note) crams a lot into its weighty 140 minutes, which Miike an explosive, violent outcry. Too much time instead is spent (13 Assassins, The Mole Song on very specific bloody conflict, films) brings to life with his usual and while these scenes are disturb- style and bravado. The large cast all acquit themingly effective, they distract from the compelling character develop- selves well, whether their roles are ment and dramatic arcs that should large or small. While not for the squeamish, be taking place. Performances are mostly com- Blade Of The Immortal is a highly petent, with John Boyega (Attack entertaining blast of anarchic enThe Block) and Smith standing out. ergy from one of the world's leadPoulter is superficially loath- ing auteurs. RATING - **** some, but Krauss and his col- Aaron Rourke leagues are complete caricatures,
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1. Crocodile relative 6. French woman's title 11. Appraised 15. Truce (5-4) 20. Verbal 21. Small insect 22. Turban-wearing Indian 23. George Cross island 25. Agile 26. Act as go-between 27. Ellipses 29. Swiss cheese 32. IX 34. Pronto (1,1,1,1) 36. Re-stage (2-5) 39. Incidental comment 41. Jeans material 43. Category (of art) 46. Played (with) 48. Gaggle birds 49. Matthew, ..., Luke & John 51. Temperate 52. Abhorrence 55. Tibetan priest 56. Acorn bearers 59. From Emerald Isle 61. Pine fruit 62. Golfer, ... Norman 63. Start 64. Peculiarity 67. Red Planet alien 68. On edge (5,2) 70. Aggravate 71. Replenishes (4,2) 72. Urges into motion 73. Spanish pre-Euro currency unit 74. Grassed sections 75. Defunct 77. Municipal boss 78. Composer, Andrew Lloyd ... 79. Situated inside 82. Devouring 86. Caught in the act 87. Annual period 89. Social exclusion 92. Requests, ... for 94. Stop briefly 96. Surface layer 98. Off-limits (2-2) 100. Flow-rate recorder 101. Dawdles 103. Not one 105. Caster 106. Manipulative person 108. Female horse 111. Splendour 112. Employs to excess 114. Amazement 116. Difficult 119. Muslim chieftain 120. Practise boxing 121. Fitness centre 123. Lamenting cry 124. Australian gem 125. Able to be located 126. Generous 127. Epic journey 130. Harbour work boat 131. Especially tag 135. Biting flies 138. Child's jumping pole, ... stick 139. Increase 141. Presumes (the worst) 144. Haul 146. Mature 147. Bangkok native 148. Compete 149. Bulldoze 150. Sales agent 151. Sicilian volcano 152. Pen cartridge 153. Mirth 155. Tenant's payment 157. Prophecy 158. Forbidden activity (2-2) 160. Overly fat 161. Squeeze 162. Crooner, ... Fisher 163. Rim 165. Plucked string sound 166. Hatchet
Across 167. Baronet's title 168. Family, ... & blood 169. Rugged peak 171. Altercation (3-2) 172. US symbol 175. Spotted pattern, ... dots 176. Trim, ... & terrific 179. Discovered 180. Flip (coin) 182. International trade fair 184. More submissive 185. Front of ship 186. Smash into 188. Belgrade native 189. Drinking-house 190. Charity gifts 191. Definite article 193. Cold & damp (of cellar) 194. Affirmatives 196. Abominable snowman 197. In addition 198. Stoneworker 200. TV popularity figures 205. Director, ... Howard 207. Aids 210. Or else 211. Respond too strongly 212. Feudal peasant 213. Sob 214. Moral crime 216. Formerly Persia 218. Ice hockey disc 219. Monster 220. Secret hopes 224. Hired killer 227. Rugs 229. Famed lioness 230. Bamboo rod 231. Nodules 232. One time only 233. Pant 235. Remove (brooch) 237. Entertainer, ... Coward 239. Old Testament son of Isaac 241. Raw vegetable dish 244. Garden shack 246. Stress 249. Raced 252. Spain's capital 254. Make certain 256. Lame walker's aid 258. Warder 259. Striped cat 260. Mosquito-borne disease 263. Of the eyes 264. Routine 265. Wrinkle 267. Wench's bonnet 270. Phantoms 271. Strain 272. Anti-slide 273. Accurate 274. Part of play 277. Skip 279. Red-rind cheese 281. Beauty parlour 284. Sea phase, low ... 286. Salt Lake City state 288. Exploited 292. Infiltrating spy 294. Blister-like pouch 295. Magic sticks 298. Slight mistake 300. Dodge 301. Illness, scarlet ... 303. Fuss, song & ... 306. Dish, ... thermidor 308. Wood-shaping tool 309. Banded gemstone 311. Renounced 314. Restraining cord 315. Away from coast 316. Offend 317. Civilian garb 318. Oil cartel 319. Mountain nest 320. Sports day 321. Essential 322. Library patron 323. Steel-belted tyre 324. Metal wind instrument
1. Very eager 2. Overtime reimbursement, time in ... 3. Matches 4. Laid slates 5. Horse colour 6. Provided with personnel 7. Strange 8. Egg white 9. Come out 10. Arrival 11. Plush fabric 12. Farm vehicle 13. Composition 14. Fuel oil 15. Meat cutlet 16. Conscious (of fact) 17. Alleviates 18. Early Peruvian 19. Prepare (newspaper) 24. Dry 28. Stare lustfully 30. Lion's call 31. Tibetan oxen 33. Least busy 35. Wise sayings 37. Fluorescent lamp gas 38. Gateau 40. Cardinal's title, His ... 42. Teenage heart-throbs 44. ... de corps 45. Restricted portion 47. At an advantage (3-2) 48. Wild animal reserve (4,4) 49. Small fish 50. Barge 53. Moderates 54. Catches fire 57. Pieced together 58. Wisps 60. Yells 63. Perform surgery 65. Highly priced 66. Any moment now 68. Ku Klux ... 69. Onto 76. Foolishly 79. Vex 80. Giver 81. Exudes 83. Love (French) 84. Unrevealed 85. Silence 88. Classifying 90. Pulls along on rope 91. Misfortunes 93. Unknown place 95. Shady trees 97. Incorrect 99. Aperture 100. Breakfast or dinner 102. Utilise 104. Artist's naked models 107. Sounded out letters of 109. White wine, ... Riesling 110. Among 111. Career golfers 113. Involve deeply 115. Not bound by oath 117. Grim fate 118. Wig material 121. Recover from (3,4) 122. Street assailants 127. Of past times 128. Pine (for) 129. Rankling 132. Emotional ties 133. Represented in court, ... for 134. Scoundrel 135. Chivalry 136. Airmail letters 137. Degree of incline 138. Ceremonial display 140. Swimming ballgame (5,4) 141. Medieval social system
142. Primitive art forms 143. Groups' proxies 145. US President, ... Bush (6,1) 151. Chose 154. Fencing swords 156. SE English county 159. Belonging to us 164. Oxlike antelope 169. Pickled bud 170. Up in the air 173. Has ambitions 174. Beirut is there 177. Saudi natives 178. Transports 181. Complying with 183. Pale colours 187. Passenger jet 192. Becoming more exciting (7,2 195. Brighten up 199. Collects 201. Actor, ... Baldwin 202. Lowdown 203. Brace (oneself) 204. Abdominal area 206. Non-rural 207. Water, ... ale (4'1) 208. Little devils 209. Outlaw priest, Friar ... 213. Tiny songbird 215. Movie hero, ... Jones 217. Brief sleeps 221. Strong winds 222. Not ever 223. Buy quickly, ... up 224. ... spumante 225. Unintoxicated 226. Flower smell 228. Plain 234. Rebelliously 236. Mimic 238. Lyrical poem 240. Cigarette residue 242. Geronimo's people 243. Surrounded by 245. Tropical shrub 247. Relic 248. Run playfully 250. Due 251. In attendance 253. Open valley 255. Naming word 257. Fellow 258. Irish dances 261. Leguminous plant 262. Flattened, ... out (pastry) 265. Great Train robber, ... Biggs 266. Bowsers, petrol ... 268. Grass leaf 269. Monastery 275. Italian farewell 276. Media bulletin 278. Eire, Republic of ... 280. Reduced dangerous tension in 282. Experts 283. Peace prize city 285. Respectfully, on bended ... 287. Foggier 289. Yacht's mooring cushion 290. Roots 291. Weirder 292. Cerebral 293. Entangle 296. Book of maps 297. Crisis 299. Shillings & ... 302. Russian river 304. Fasten (to) 305. Press into pleats 306. Skinny 307. Power group 308. Nautical greeting 310. Christmas 312. Cleveland is there 313. Large hawk
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New favourite in Emirates ■ The Emirates Stakes, run on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, has attracted a top class field of horses to contest the popular event. On the early markets, the mighty mare, Winx, was quoted at $1.20, but is now spelling. The new favourite is the winner of the Cranbourne Cup, Folkswood, who ran a good third behind Winx in the Cox Plate. Folkswood is a five-year-old bay gelding sired by the Australian sire, Foxtel, and is prepared by Godolphin trainer, Charlie Appleby, who won the Bendigo Cup with Qewy. He is a horse with loads of talent and will be in the firing line for a long time. Gailo Chop, with the powerful Darren Weir camp, will come into calculations despite being outclassed in the Cox Plate. Prior to his Cox Plate run he won the Caulfield Stakes over 2000 metres in good style. From his 22 starts he has won against top company. The interesting nomination is the exciting three-year old Royal Symphony, who has been extremely unlucky in his last four starts. After four wins on end he was acclaimed as the one to beat in the Caulfield Guineas for his age. Royal Symphony, prepared by leading South Australian trainer, Tony Mc Evoy, competed in the Guineas prelude only to be flattened after coming for the rear of the field on a windy day at Caulfield. He went around in the Caulfield Guineas as the one to beat, but "lo and behold", once again he found trouble snookered along the inside. His rider, Dwayne Dunn, whose wife is a part-owner of Royal Symphony, tried everything to get him balanced, but once again found trouble. The stable then thought our luck has to change, and Tony entered him for the Cox Plate, although not giving the colt a chance of beating Winx. This time it wasn't his fault, but Damien Oliver had a brain fade on his mount, Happy Clapper, in the Cox Plate and had his mount lay all over him for around 1000 metres turning out of the straight. Subsequently, Damien Oliver was given a 20 week suspension by Stewards, thus missing out on the mount of equal favourite for the Melbourne Cup, last year's winner, Almandin. He appealed, but he was never going to get it cut back, and accepted the penalty gracefully. I like the colt and I feel he is all quality, and with an ounce of luck in his races he will win Group Ones, this is his chance. It would pay to stick with him, plus he loves Flemington. Humidor has been nominated, but probably won't start. The New Zealander, Gingernuts, is a top performer, winning some top class races. Hailing from New Zealand, his planned map, was to be running in the Caulfield Cup, went astray, when he went amiss and missed a start on his return to racing, he has plenty of talent. Another of Weir's team is the talented former international, Tosen Stardom, who never runs a bad race and is a Group One winner, a winner of the Toorak Handicap on Caulfield Guineas Day. Of the others in the market is Hartnell, who is not racing that well of late, but has the talent to beat the best. He is being quoted at double figure odds, but you can't leave him out. I am sticking with Royal Symphony, he has all the ability in the world, but needs luck in running, and Flemington will suit him right down to the ground.
● Royal Symphony wins well at Flemington. Racing Photos Redzel picked up around $ 5million to add to Flemington, Redzel is the one to beat; he has great pace, but the field is red hot. his already stakemoney, just over a million. He is being quoted at just under each odds. On form and up the straight 1200 metre at On the next line is the horse at one stage rated the best sprinter in the world, Chautauqua, who ran a great fourth in the Everest, after his rider decided to take a run up the inside, rather than go to the outside which is more to his liking, being a big strider. Avdulla came under fire from many quarters for the ride, after he finished a solid fourth and about 20 metres past the post was in front. Then came the debacle at Moonee Valley, before the Manikato on Cox Plate eve. The Sydney mare, English, played up in the barriers upsetting Chautauqua, who appeared to get his leg over the stall and was withdrawn. The Hawkes camp, were irate, and said there was nothing wrong with him. The next morning he was as bright as a button. He will be hard to beat, if he is within three lengths of them, with about 400 metres to go. The brilliant Sydney mare, In Her Time, who has won seven of her 17 starts, has brilliance as displayed when a great second in the Manikato. In Her Time is being quoted at nearly double each way odds, with the Hayes- Dabernig trained galloper, Vega Magic, who appeared to be disappointing in the Manikato, in which he started favourite, but the team were not too disappointed. The Sydney galloper, Impending, in the Godolphin camp in the care of James Cummings, was a good second last start in Sydney, but the others look stronger. Malaguerra, with Peter Gelagotis at Moe, was a good third in the Manikato, but the stars may have his measure up the straight. The Manikato Stakes winner, Hey Doc, who won the Australian Guineas over 1600 metres earlier this year, is relishing the cut back in distance to 1200 metres. - Ted Ryan
■ This year's Darley Classic at Flemington is shaping up as one of the best Darleys of all times. The field likely to be assembled come race day without a doubt will be a beauty. The favourite is the Everest Race winner, Redzel, with the strong Peter and Paul Snowden team in Sydney.
● Redzel, Everest winner. Racing Photos
Wine Column 2007 Semillon available for $35 ■ JOHN ROZENTALS finds some real joy in a visit to Wollombi, in the Hunter Valley: I've always found mature Hunter Valley semillon, or at least good-quality mature Hunter Valley Semillon, to be one of the wine world's genuine wonders. My chief oenology lecturer described it as one of only three unique Australian wine styles, the other two being sparkling shiraz (or 'sparkling burgundy' as it was known in less PC times) and Rutherglen muscat. I remember an early-morning round of very early-morning golf many years ago in Hobart with that somewhat controversial, certainly provocative, Melbourne-based winewriter, the late Mark Shield. He waxed for several holes about the qualities of aged Hunter semillon and wondered how such a "mean, squinty-eyed youngster" could develop such grace, richness and complexity with time in the bottle. There are, of course, some fine examples available for keen drinkers - wines such as Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon, but you're going to have to fork out quite a bit for the pleasure of drinking that with your best seafood. Imagine my pleasure last weekend to be offered at Wollombi's smallish Stonehurst a few glasses of 2007 Semillon - and my even greater pleasure in finding that it was still available for purchase at the cellar door, for the very reasonable price of $35 ($28 in case lots) a bottle. While proprietor/winemaker Daryl Heslop isn't quite giving the stuff away for this ask, it really is a bargain. The wine in question has a trophy and gold medal to its credit, and as can be seen from my tasting notes it really is a gem. And Daryl has some very handy other older semillons available as well. Visit www.cedarcreekcottages.com.au. WINE REVIEWS TYRRELLS 2013 VAT 47 HUNTER CHARDONNAY ($75): This line, created by Murray Tyrrell in the 1960s, has assumed near legendary status as one of Australia's first and best chardonnays. At last count this particular vintage had won four trophies and 15 gold medals, and thoroughly deserved every one of them - a lovely, tight, modern style of dry white with great length of flavour. Even if you say you don't drink chardonnay I reckon you'll fall for this one. Made entirely from the family's Short Flat vineyard, directly across the road from the Broke Road winery. DRAYTONS NV HUNTER BLUE ($24): Pouring a glass of this presents an immediate surprise. The wine is a bright, vivid blue in colour. Given that it's made from a blend of semillon and verdelho I'll stick with calling it a white wine, as I normally would. It has a noticeable level of sweetness and will appeal to a broad range of tastes. Surprise your friends by serving it as an aperitif. WINE OF THE WEEK STONEHURST 2007 CEDAR CREEK SEMILLON ($35): A truly delightful bottle-aged dry white that's showing ample enough toasty, honeyed flavours to be regarded as a classic. Still showing fresh citrus flavours on bouquet and palate, it's nearing its peak right now but should hang around for a few years. - John Rozentals
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