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■ Melbourne media and theatre identity Lachlan Macdonald died on Saturday (Nov. 25) after illness. His death is mourned by wife Helen, daughter Alexis, son Scott, their families, and a legion of friends. Lachlan had done so much in his career. He had worked in advertising production, front-of-house (including stints at Tikki and Johns, and Dracula’s), stage management (including Disney), fitness and positvity, as a journalist and radio newsman (Gold 104.3), and on television with credits including Wentworth, House Husbands, Offspring, Dangerous Remedy, The Cup, Neighbours, Bootleg, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, ANZACs, Skyways, Prisoner and Homicide. Lach approached his illness, Amyloidosis, with courage and humour. Lachlan Macdonald, our friend and former neighbour, will be missed. - Ash Long

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■ Illumni-Nation Theatre presents Lost: 5 as part of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival until Sunday (Dec. 3) at the Irene Mitchell Studio, St Martin’s Theatre. Director Michele McNamara’s selection of five thought-provoking monologues written by award-winning Australian playwright Daniel Keene, collectively relates issues about loss experienced by individuals in varying situations. These people are lost within themselves, from families, or from the outside world where they feel marginalised. The high brick wall backdrop typifies isolation, while Jason Bovaird and Haddy Seach’s superb lighting enhances mood and atmosphere, as does Matt Brown’s sound and music. The well-staged production under McNamara’s direction features five fine actors, who team with fluoro-vested stagehands to ensure seamless melding of the monologues. In The Rain, a woman in a recurring role (Fleur Murphy) recalls the past, standing in a field as people filed past to board trains. Possessions were forbidden, so they gave her ‘things’, such as photographs, parcels tied with string and spectacles, and a Jewish boy’s phial of rainwater. The woman naively minded the items in her house for when the people returned. Two Shanks tells of a homeless person (Stephanie Pick) ransacking bins and discovering a baby, still breathing. Kiniesha Nottle as a street person in Getting

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Counter terrorism arrest ● Fleur Murphy in Lost: 5. Photo: Sarah Steiner Shelter, revisits a place of shelter and safety in the half-life between death. Great energy from Kiniesha, but dialogue sometimes lacked clarity. The Foundling features Pearce Hesslingas a young man, seemingly institutionalised, who knows the little bird he holds will find the freedom he craves, if released. Marty Rhone in Kaddish presents a powerful portrayal of a grief-stricken man whose partner has died and had to be buried in a pauper’s grave. In contrast, throughout the play Mbryo (Matt Brown) sits in a coffee shop with laptop. Congratulations to Michele McNamara and team for giving a theatrical voice to these stories, and presenting compelling theatre. Performance Season: Until December 4 Times: 8pm Tue – Sun and 4pm Sat Duration: 75 minutes Venue: Irene Mitchell Studio, 44 St Martins Lane, South Yarra. Bookings: poppyseed.net.au - Cheryl Threadgold

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■ Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for witnesses as they continue to investigate the death of a man in Eildon last month. Investigators have been told a group of people had a physical altercation outside licensed premises on Goulburn Valley Hwy just before midnight on Oct. 20.

■ Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, which form the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, conducted an operation in Melbourne on Monday.. Operation San Jose resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Werribee man by members of the Victoria Police Special Operations Group. Warrants were also executed at two residential properties in Werribee and Meadow Heights, as well as a commercial property in Footscray. It will be alleged the man arrested was involved in undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve this year. He has been interviewed in relation to the offences of Acts in Preparation to Commit a Terrorist Attack and Collecting Documents to Facilitate a Terrorist Act, contrary to the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act. The operation is ongoing however the main lines of enquiry have been completed and at this time police do not anticipate further arrests. The arrest is not linked to any previous operational activity. Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police would like to reassure the community that the threat has been contained and there is no on-going risk posed by this individual. The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team and the Victoria Police CounterTerrorism Commandmaintains strong links with the intelligence and other partner agencies.

Mike McColl Jones ● Mike Brady, the Melbourne Observer’s Kevin Trask Jo Hall and Chris Ryan at the Starry Starry Night held at Crown Melbourne ■ Another successful Alannah and Onstage some great entertainers such as Madeline Foundation Starry Starry Night Rob Mills, Melissa Doyle, Marcia Hines, Dale Gala Ball was held at the Palladium at Crown Ryder, Jason Singh, Tottie Goldsmith and Melbourne this month. A host of local celeb- The Chantoozies, Bonnie Anders, Matt rities were in attendance. Hetherington, Sylvie Paladino, Keenan Te, Radio program Mike Till Midnight , hosted Mike Brady and members of the Richmond by Mike Brady was broadcast from the venue Football team gave their time and talent for on 3AW, and during the program many guests were interviewed in the outside broadcast stu- this wonderful cause. The Starry Starry Night Gala Ball is the dio. Foundation's major fundraising event to supGuests included Channel 9 newsreader Jo Hall, Bonnie Anderson, Walter Mikac and port their work to keep children safe from viothe CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foun- lence. - Kevin Trask dation, Lesley Podesta.

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■ Huntingtower student, Danielle Growse, took out an award at the Bond University Film and Television Awards on the Gold Coast on Saturday (Nov. 25) Danielle took out the Video Pro People's Choice Award for her film, 'Brussell Sprout'. She enjoyed star treatment when she walked the red carpet at the Gala Awards Ceremony, which was hosted by television presenter James Mathison.

Geelong Gallery 2017 Archibald Prize. Don't miss your opportunity to view the Art gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize, Australia's favourite art award, and one of its 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 artists. The exhibition closes December 10. ★ Kylie on Stage Kylie on Stage celebrates magic moments from Kylie Minogue's highly successful concert tours. Drawn from her spectacular stage wardrobe Centre Melbourne's Performing arts Collection, the exhibition charts the development of Kylie's ever-evolving stage persona and goes behind explore the creative process behind the tour. Exhibition opens December 9 and runs to March 4. 2018. Geelong Gallery 55 Little Malop St. Geelong. - Peter Kemp

NGV Victoria Kids on Tour Program returns bigger than ever for 2018. Reaching more local and rural communities than ever before, NGV Kids on Tour encourages children and families across the state from Gippsland through to Wodonga to participate in free activities and workshops. Including paper collage workshops and portrait illustrations, the program aims to connect local communities with NGV's dynamic summer exhibition program and enjoy time together at their local gallery or community venue. In its fifth year NGV Kids on Tour is the Gallery's most expensive yet with more than 50 venues in metropolitan and regional Victoria hosting the4 event for their local community. For the first time ever this year's program will be presented at an aged care home and various other locations including metropolitan resource centres, public libraries, regional galleries and children's hospital wards. The NGV Kids on Tour initiative will be held throughout the 2018 school holidays in January, interested families are encouraged to check the website at NGV.Melbourne to locate their nearest venues where they can participate in the following workshops and activities. Fiona Hall: Who Lives Here? Acclaimed Australian artist Fiona Hall is widely known for her installations that explore the significance of the natural environment and her activity invites children to create paper collage animals in their natural habitat. Flora Hall: Send a Message, Send a Message encourages young people to create an emoji that expresses their thoughts about contemporary issues using signs, symbols, colours and textures. Everybody Play

with Kerry Kulkens ARIES: (March 21-April 20) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 1.3.2.5. Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.36.34.45. Not the wisest time to play hunches or to take a gamble on career affairs unless everything is in writing. Most of what you say and do could be noted by authority. TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: White Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 6.2.3.5. Lotto Numbers: 5.12.26.29.8.11. Energy levels should be high and a career venture shaping up nicely. Money for most could be easier to come by. There will be many new people around you, however don't forget old friends.

Hut Gallery After-school young artists Exhibition. Opened November 12 and running to December 10. Wednesdays to Sundays 11am - 4pm The Immense. Exhibition featuring four Artists. Jan Neil, Diana Ingleton,Amanda Sgourakis and MatthewAlford. Opened November 12 and running to December 10. Wednesdays to Sundays 11am - 4pm. The Ferntree Gully Arts Society At the Hut Gallery. 157 Underwood Rd. Ferntree Gully. - Peter Kemp

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Melbourne Arts The board game challenges participants to a series of trivia questions, drawing activities and impromptu performances as they wind their way around the board to win. Nonsense NGV Triennial artist Olga Chernysheva shares her favourite drawing game, called Nonsense, which she played as a child growing up in Moscow. Children draw different parts of an animal to create creatures never seen before. My contemporaryArt Book This activity book introduces children to some of today's leading artists' and designers featured in the NGV Triennial. Young readers can learn about the artist's childhood stories and complete hands on activities favoured by the artists when they themselves were young. Everybody Draw Kids and teens are invited to create their own portrait masterpieces, drawing portraits of themselves or a loved one to add together to form part of a large scale collaborative installation with fellow participants. 2018 NGV Kids on Tour are free and will take place during the summer school holidays running in conjunction with NGV Kids Summer Festival from Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14 2018. NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from December 15 to April 15. 2018. Further information can be found at on the NGV website NGV.Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria 180 St Kilda Rd. Melbourne - Peter Kemp

Melbourne Symphony Orch. MSO concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy some of his favourite works celebrating the return of spring. Beethoven's Spring Sonata, bursting with lyricism and pastoral themes will see Eoin Andersen together with Melbourne's own Stefan Cassomenos, who in 2013 was a laureate of the International Telekorn Beethoven Competition in Bonn. The second work on the program, Copland's powerful evocation of the life of American pioneers on the Appalachian Mountains, will be played in the original version for 13 instruments, lead from the first violin by Andersen. In the second half we go to the southern hemisphere, whereAstor Piazzella mixes the fire of the tango with Vivaldi-flourishes in his highly original take on Four Seasons in Buenos Aires for violin and string orchestra. Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre Gaol Rd. Bendigo. Season Saturday December 2 at 7pm. - Peter Kemp

GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: Violet Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.2. Lotto Numbers: 2.13.26.34.40.45. If you have had trouble with people in the past the same can happen again, avoid known trouble makers. Personal connections will be helpful, avoid mixing work and love affairs. Your public affairs should be in for quite a boost. CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 1.3.2.5. Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.36.39.5 Be very tactful in all personal relationships as this can be a very tense period. People in a position to help improve your financial affairs could be well disposed towards you and in money and career affairs it could be a good time to ask for favours. LEO: (July 23-August 22) Lucky Colour: Red Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 1.3.2.5. Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.24.40.33. A choice between business and love affairs may be difficult to make. Career advancement is indicated and the domestic situation will sort itself out. Most will be in for a greater choice socially than usual. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.2. Lotto Numbers: 2.13.25.24.40.44. Most will have a lot to be happy about. Married life should be more fulfilling. The singles will meet interesting new suitors. Pay strict attention to any property transactions or someone could trick you. LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: Orange Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 1.3.2.5. Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.34.40.45. Now is the time for a health check up or to seek to correct any health problems. Don't start any financial deals unless everything is in writing. However more profitable times are ahead. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Peach Lucky Day: Green Racing Numbers: 9.6.5.2. Lotto Numbers: 9.12.26.35.40.45. Good news coming your way, which could involve travel. Romance looks great and many invitations to socialize are indicated. Career advancement for the worker and something you gave up on comes good. SAGITTARIUS: (November 23- December20) Lucky Colour: Silver Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 2.3.2.1. Lotto Numbers: 2.13.26.35.40.45. If you are prepared o accept responsibilities and work hard the rewards will more than compensate. A very romantic period, singles could decide to become doubles, some will be coming close to the move that they want to make. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Pink Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.6. Lotto Numbers: 5.12.29.6.14.45. The wiser will keep secrets to themselves. Consider others feeling first. Love interests are under fortunate vibes, and many will benefit financially. An out of the way place could be full of romantic surprises. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour: Yellow Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 4.6.8.9. Lotto Numbers: 4.12.25.8.36.30. Keep criticisms under control if you want to keep your friends. Don't provoke situations that you know will bring trouble. It is best to keep a low profile for now. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 4.6.8.7. Lotto Numbers: 7.15.29.38.4.33. Wiser to listen politely to the viewpoints of others or you could step on the wrong toes. Socially many will be climbing higher. You'll be happier if you keep some of your time to your loved ones. KERRY K ULKENS PSY CHIC LINE 1902 240 051 or 1800 727 727 CALL COST: $5.50 INC G.S.T. PER MIN. MOB/PAY EXTRA. VISIT KERRY KULKENS MAGIC SHOP AT 1 693 BURW OOD HWY BELGR AVE PH/FAX (03) 9754 4587 W W W.KERRY KULKENS.C OM.AU Like us on Facebook


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■ Plans are being made to hold a book fair in Melbourne in March 2018. All the books on show and for sale will have been written by a self-published author. All genres involved. More details are available from Cenarth Fox at writer@foxplays.com or 9428 9064. - Cheryl Threadgold

18-metre work

■ NGV commences installation of spectacular 18m long work by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Zhen for the NGV Triennial. The National Gallery of Victoria has been installing one of its largest works specially commissioned for the NGVTriennial. Spanning 18m in length, Xu Zhen's monumental installation, Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana…2016-17, brings together different cultural traditions by combining replicas of a famous reclining Buddha statue with a 3D scanned and cast Greco-Roman Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures. Xu Zhen is a leading international contemporary artist whose works often take the form of immense sculptural installations that address Eastern and Western assumptions about Chinese art and the global art market. As the basis of his installation at the NGV, Xu has recreated the colossal form of a reclining Buddha dating from the High Tang dynasty (705 - 781 CE), The original was built into a man-made grotto, the Nirvana Cave, near the wealth and cosmopolitan Chinese city of Dunhuang , situated at a religious and cultural crossroads of the Silk Road. The artist has also created replicas of historical sculptures based n the gods and heroes of Greek and Roman mythology. Each of the 3D scanned and cast figures adorning the great Buddha has its own colourful history, such as the famous Dying Gaul, an ancient Roman marble, itself a copy of a lost Greek bronze original. Occurring every three years, the NGVTriennial is a free, gallery-wide exhibition of contemporary art, design and architecture that features the work of more than 100 artists and designers from around the world. The exhibition will be on display from December 15 - April 15. National Gallery of Victoria 180 St. Kilda Rd. Melbourne - Peter Kemp

Veneto Gala Ball

■ The annual Blush Gala Ball was held on Friday, November 10 at Veneto Club and was described as a roaring success, with an impressive amount of money raised. This year the proceeds of the event go to two charities: Doncare and Joel's Journey, helping them continue their vital work. “We are extremely proud to have made a lively contribution to both Doncare, who do so much in support of our local community and Joel's Journey, due to his loyal and dedicated service to the country,” said a Club spokesman. - Priscilla Clarence

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One Act Playwright Comp. ■ Playhouse Players Incorporated presented the16th National One Act Play Playwright Competition last weekend at the beautifully appointed Malvern Community Arts Centre. Playhouse Players has taken over the mission of the former Kew Court House Arts Association which encouraged several fore-runners of community theatre within the eastern region of Melbourne. The National Playwright Competition commenced in 2000, with three original one-act plays presented as finalists from a field of 55 entries Australia-wide. In 2017, some 60 new Australian one-act plays having been recognised and performed, as well as sharing in cash awards. The three finalist one-act plays were Skin, written and directed by Michael Olsen; The Arrangement, written and directed by Greg Roberts; and The Scrunch Test, written by Alaine Beek and directed by Kevin Hopkins. Skin tells of Charles (Trevor Paparella) recounting stories of his World War II heroic exploits to District Nurse Margery (Christina McLachlan). If Charles is not telling the truth, Margery is determined to get to the bottom of it. Trevor Paparella (Charles) well-captured the changing moods of Charles, and Christina McLachlan was great in her role as the nurse Margery, particularly when transforming into the dominant character. In The Arrangement, widower David’s son is James is determined his dad will move forward in life, and arranges a blind date for his father, with the divorced mother of his girlfriend. Enjoyable performances were presented by Greg Roberts (David), Josh Lloyd as son James, Sheona Ball as James’s girlfriend Lisa, and Tracey Sleet as Lisa’s mother. The Scrunch Test brings family dynamics and relationships under the spotlight – at Christmas time. The sustained energies throughout this play were terrific, making it the ideal choice to complete an entertaining performance of the three plays. The cast included Ross Daniels (David McPherson), Alaine Beek (Janice McPherson),

● Ross Daniels (David McPherson) at left, Chris de Zeeuw (Troy) and Jeremy Withers (Michael McPherson) in The Scrunch Test by AlaineBeek. Photo: Graeme McCoubrie Jeremy Withers (Michael McPherson) and Chris de Zeeuw (Troy). The winners were announced at the end of the third performance, and awards presented by the President of the East Malvern Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Cam Johnstone. The results were: Judges’ Awards: 1. The Arrangement; 2. The Scrunch Test; 3. Skin. People’s Choice Awards: Best Written Play: The Scrunch Test. Best Performed Play: The Scrunch Test. Best Female Actor: Christiana McLachlan (Margery in Skin). Best Male Actor: Ross Daniels (David McPherson). Congratulations to the Administrator of Playhouse Players Incorporated, Graeme McCoubrie and his team for facilitating this successful event to encourage the development of Australian plays. - Review by Cheryl Threadgold

Cell, Block Tango ■ The Butterfly Club presents Cell, Block Tango: Showtunes on Modern Dating from January 16 – 21, 2-18. This cabaret tells of the perils and pitfalls of app ‘romance’ – a Bob Fosse-style, vaudeville lament on love in the time of Tinder. Original monologues weave around showtunes from Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Gypsy and Chicago, exploring the all-rules-but-no-rules enigma of contemporary courting and what happens to those trying to navigate it. Witness the dating world’s transition from the meat market to the stock market; hear stories from survivors of “benching”, the Friendzone, and an unsolicited dick-pic blitz, and tales of woe from a hope-less romantic swiping for something real. Writer and producer Louise Baxter says the

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■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: Blood Brothers (by Willie Russell) Until December 2 at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Director: Bruce Akers. Bookings: 9457 4117 or email htc@htc.org.au ■ The Basin Theatre: Australia Day (by Jonathan Biggins) Until December 2 at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Angela Ellis. Bookings:1300 784 868 www.thebasintheatre.com.au ■ Eltham Little Theatre: Murder's in the Heir. November 16 -December 2 at Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Rehearsal Room, 3095 Main Rd., Research. Further details and bookings: www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au ■ Peridot Theatre: Bloody Murder (by Ed Sala) Until December 2 at the Unicorn Theatre, Lechte Rd., Mt Waverley. Director: Dexter Bourke. Bookings: 9808 0770 or email tickets@peridot.com.au ■ Frankston Theatre Group: Caught in the Net Until December 8 at the Mount Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Rd., Mount Eliza. Director: Roy Thompson. Cabaret seating, BYO refreshments. Bookings 1300 665 377. ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: Brief Encounter (by Noel Coward) Until December 2 at Cnr. Yarra St. and Mitchell Ave., Warrandyte. Director: Adrian Rice. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/SOTC ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Unnecessary Farce Until December 2 at the Bradshaw Street Theatre, Bradshaw Street, West Essendon. Director: George Benca. Bookings: 0422 029 483. ■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: The Butler Did It (by Tim Kelly) Until December 2 at the Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West. Director: Jon Mamonski. Bookings: GPAC 5229 1130, ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Company: The Odd Couple (by Neil Simon) until December 2 at 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster. Director: Michelle Swann. Bookings: 1300 650 209. ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: The 39 Steps (by John Patrick) Until December 2 at 2Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Barbara Hughes. Bookings: 9885 9678 or www.wlt.org.au ■ 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

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● Louise Baxter in Cell, Block Tango: Showtunes on Modern Dating absurdity and detachment of the current dating scene is a gift to satire. “When you really think about it, the concept of app dating is ridiculous. A bunch of humans staring at a flat object – like the ape clutching a bone at the start of 2001: A Space Odyssey – hoping to find a mate. “It’s primitive behaviour for an evolved species and has dredged up some pretty anti-social behaviour as a result. It’s the blind leading the blind, none of us really know what we’re doing,” Baxter says. “I wanted to juxtapose this with the sensual theatricality of cabaret, vaudeville and Broadway – one, because the contrast is pretty hilarious, and two, because it brings some passion and life to this sterile breed of romance. The cast includes Lelda Kapsis, Andrew Iles and Louise Baxter. Venue: The Butterfly Club – Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne Performance Dates: January 16–21 at 8.30pm Tickets from $28 Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

■ Phoenix Theatre Company: Ghost the Musical December 3 from 7.00pm, Callbacks December 4 at the Phoenix HQ, Leeds St., East Doncaster. Director: Renee Maloney; Musical Director; Ben Heels. Audition Enquiries: auditions@phoenixtheatre company.org ■ Gemco Players: Falling from Grace (by Hannie Rayson) December 12 at 7.30pm and December 17 at 2pm at the Gemco CommunityArts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald. Director: Sharon Maine. Further details: www.gemcoplayers.org ■ The Basin Theatre Group: Night, Mother (by Marsha Norman) December 10 at 10.00am at The Basin theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Barry O'Neill. Enquiries: 5968 4731.

What’s On Betty Grumble

■ Betty Grumble hits Melbourne with her ongoing womanifesto Love and Anger or Sex Clown Saves The World AGAIN! Come down to the iconic Butterfly Club for this protest party and kiss from a surreal showgirl. Witness a flesh riot of dancing dissent and shamanic storytelling where pleasure is a radical act and the body a love letter. Performances: Until Dec 3, 8.30pm Tickets via thebutterflyclub.com and https://www.trybooking.com/book/ event?eid=334761 Extra accessible show 6pm Saturday 2 Dec. 2 at Hare Hole, Fitzroy.


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Stateside with Gavin Wood in West Hollywood

Early start for WeHo awards season ■ Hi everyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week's news.

Out and About

Achievement Awards ■ The 34th Annual Creative Business Awards is the City of West Hollywood’s most prestigious and longest running event. The Creative Business Awards is a gathering of 500 business owners, stakeholders, corporate executives, government leaders, hotel investors, developers and hospitality industry leaders to celebrate innovation in business in and around West Hollywood, California. Aussie Alan Johnson, managing director of Hoteliers International, has a huge smile stretching from West Hollywood to Melbourne. Alan, together with General Manager of Ramada Plaza, William Karpiak, received the City of West Hollywood ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for 2017-18 at a glittering event at one of the new hotels on the sunshine strip. Alan Johnson has been in the hotel industry for more than 50 years. His career started at the age of 17 at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne. His company, Hoteliers International, has interests in Australia, Asia Pacific, China, Thailand, South Korea and Dubai. The Ramada West Hollywood is home to many visiting Aussies and a great hang out for celebrities as well. Prices are reasonable and its location is ideal, being close to Beverly Hills and all the Hollywood action. Each room features the basic Aussie requirement, a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave. Staff pride themselves on service. Alan Johnson has made a significant contribution to the Australian hotel and restaurant industry over 50 years. In responding to the award Alan said: "It is well known that Australian hotels and restaurants are among the best in the world for quality, service and food. If you are successful in Australia it lays a solid foundation for achieving success in other parts of the world, particularly the USA."

● Alan Johnson and William Karpiak receiving the Creative Business Award 25 years ago

● Alan Johnson and William Karpiak receiving the Lifetime Achievement awards

Milennials still want Mum ■ The share of older Millennials living with relatives is still rising, underscoring the lingering obstacles faced by Americans who entered the workforce during and after the Great Recession. About 20 per cent of adults age 26 to 34 are living with parents or other family members, a figure that has climbed steadily the past decade and is up from 17 per cent in 2012, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Trulia, a real estate research firm. The increase defies record job openings and a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate, the lowest in 17 years.

Hall of Famer dies ■ Mel Tillis, who earned a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and a National Medal of Arts as a singer and writer of enduring songs like Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, and who was equally known for the stutter he employed to humorous and self-deprecating effect onstage, died last week in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. Mr Tillis had "battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered," his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, said in a statement. The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure.

Back on the market ■ Jennifer Lawrence is back on the market. The Oscarwinning actress and boyfriend Darren Aronofsky have split after a year of dating. Insiders revealed the break-up happened a month ago, and the two remain friends. Lawrence, 27, who starred in 48-year-old Aronofsky's polarising flick, Mother! previously praised the director's "brilliant," but disturbed vision.

One less Partridge ■ David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob best known for his role as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on the 1970s television sitcom The Partridge Family, died on Tuesday. He was 67. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, who said the cause was liver failure.

Eagles flying again ■ The Eagles will embark on a North American tour next year, with scattered dates scheduled throughout the spring and summer. The trek begins March 14 at the United Centre in Chicago. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will join the Eagles for four stadium concerts, while James Taylor and His All-Star Band will open two shows and Chris Stapleton will open one performance. Tickets for most dates go on sale December 2 local time via Ticketmaster, though tickets for shows in Arlington, Texas, Denver and Washington D.C. go on sale December 1. Complete information is available on the Eagles' website. www.eagles.com

■ One of the Walt Disney Company's most important executives, the Pixar co-founder John Lasseter, said that he would take "a six-month sabbatical" after unspecified "missteps" that made some staffers feel "disrespected or uncomfortable". Mr Lasseter, 60, made the announcement in a lengthy email sent to employees at Disney's animation division, which he leads as chief creative officer. "I especially want to apologise to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape or form," Mr Lasseter wrote in the email, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times. "No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected." Filmmaker Oliver Stone has responded to the sexual harassment allegations actress Melissa Gilbert made against him. During an interview with Andy Cohen on his satellite radio show, Gilbert said Stone had put her through a "humiliating and horrid" audition process for his 1991 movie The Doors. Stone said it was clear what kind of film Gilbert was auditioning for and insisted there was "a safe environment for all actors who auditioned." "We auditioned dozens of actors for roles in The Doors and it was made clear from the outset that our film was going to be a raunchy, no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll movie," Stone said in a statement. "Anyone auditioning was told the scenes would be rehearsed and performed from a script, with my casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, present throughout the process to ensure a safe environment for all actors who auditioned."

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■ Dozens of women who worked with Al Franken when the now-senator was at Saturday Night Live have written a letter in his defence following his allegations of sexual misconduct. The 36 women list condemned the Minnesota Democrat's behaviour but ultimately said, "not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behaviour." They wrote, "We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live, adding, "In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honourable public servant."

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■ Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second The word "pizza" means, "pie" in Italian. While pizza in some form has been baked since antiquity, the first "official" pizzeria opened in Naples around 1830. Samuel Morse, an American most famous for inventing the telegraph, noted that pizza was a "nauseating cake" that looked like "a piece of bread that had been taken reeking out of the sewer." In America, annual pizza sales exceed $28 billion a year. Pizza is the second-leading source of calories in the diet of American children, second behind grain desserts, such as cookies and other carb-heavy treats. More than five billion pizzas are sold each year worldwide.

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■ Sunset Boulevard is on my list of 10 favourite films. In 1950 Nancy Olson was only 22 when she was cast in the role of Betty Schaefer by Paramount Studios. Nancy received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance opposite William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Nancy was born in Milwaukee in 1928, educated at the University of Wisconsin and later moved to California. She was spotted by a talent agent in a stage production and signed to a seven-year contract by Paramount Studios. After a good part in the western film Canadian Pacific, Nancy landed the "role of a lifetime" in Sunset Boulevard. I did speak to Nancy Olson several years ago for a radio interview. Nancy told me that whilst they were filming Sunset Boulevard William Holden was having marital problems, he was not getting good roles and his career was a bit shaky. The character of ‘Joe Gillis’ could not have come at a better time in his career and he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award. Nancy went on to make three more films with William Holden. During her film career she was cast opposite some of Hollywood's famous older leading men. Her co-stars included, Randolph Scott, John Wayne and Fred MacMurray. Nancy's first husband , Alan Jay Lerner, wrote lyrics for the musicals: Brigadoon,

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Camelot and Gigi. In 1956 Alan dedicated his stage production of My Fair Lady to her. Nancy's films include Submarine Command, Big Jim McLain, Pollyanna, The Absent Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. Nancy told me she had attended several opening nights for various productions of the stage musical Sunset Boulevard. She mentioned that director Billy Wilder described the show as "a permanent long shot of my movie." In 1962, Nancy married Alan Livingston who was Chairman of the Board at Capitol Records and signed Frank Sinatra in the early 1950s when nobody wanted him. He also created the character Bozo The

● Nancy Olson Clown. Nancy has two girls from her marriage the beautiful Betty Schaefer in Sunset Bouleto Alan Jay Lerner, and a son from her marriage vard. Kevin Trask to Alan Livingston. Kevin can be heard on 3AW: She has performed in stage plays on BroadMike Till Midnight way and appeared as a guest star in many televiSaturday at 8.10pm sion series such as The Big Valley, Gunsmoke The Time Tunnel - on Remember When and Barnaby Jones. - Sundays at 9.10pm In 2014 Nancy returned to the big screen with And on 96.5 FM: a small role in the comedy Dumbells which was That's Entertainment directed by her son Christopher Livingston. Sundays at 12 Noon But I will always remember Nancy Olson as

Cyclonic 160-kmh jet blast claims victim

■ It is one of the most-beautiful and also most-visited islands in the Caribbean, but there’s a beach there that you need to give a big miss to if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the sea and sun in peace and quiet. Because this beach is just over the road from the end of the main runway of Princess Juliana InternationalAirport on Saint Martin Island, and jumbo jets as large as Boeing 747s roar over it a mere 10 to 15 metres above the sands when arriving or departing – some 61,000 aircraft in and out every year, ranging from those big international jets, to little half-dozen seat island-hopper propeller jobs. And camera-toting beach-goers and simply thrill-seekers will gather on the sands directly under the big jets’ fly paths to brave-out being hit by the cyclonic 160kmh blasts from the screaming engines … many often being bowled head-over-heels along the beach or even into the sea by those blasts. In fact in just July of this year, a 57-year old New Zealand tourist died when she was blown head-first into a concrete block on the beach – the first person to lose their life on the island to a jet’s blast. Saint Martin is just 87 square kilometres in size, with a little over half still a constituent country of the Netherlands named Sint Maarten, and the remainder an Overseas Collectivity of France and spelt SaintMartin, and the whole referred to officially in English as Saint Martin. And small as it is, it’s Princess Juliana Airport handles an amazing 1,000,000-plus visitors annually who come to enjoy the island’s average 27 degree days, sunny beaches, coraland cave-diving, exceptional dutyfree shopping, dining that is big on seafoods and barbecues, and nighttime dancing to calypso rhythms. And being bowled-over by the 160kmh blast of jet-plane engines.

Trump 757 stays home ■ Just as many new recipients of a company car have to decide what to do with the old-faithful family vehicle – keep it, sell it or give it to the kids – on a far loftier level President Donald Trump had to decide what to do with

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sonal 12-seater Cessna Citation X business jet, and two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters.

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with David Ellis a different old-faithful, and that was his personal Boeing 757 jet he calls ‘T-Bird’. Because as President he was given an even bigger Boeing to flit around in, a 747-200 known to the world as ‘Air Force One’. Donald Trump had declared on his election that his US$100m 757 ‘TBird’ would transition to presidential jet, as it was, after all, worthy of the role with leather armchairs for 43 passengers, gold plated seatbelt buckles, his own master bedroom with gold plated ensuite shower and handbasin taps, a guest’s bedroom, a surroundsound TV-cum-home-cinema with 145cm (near five feet) screen, and dining and boardroom areas. But his new presidential minders declared a firm No, citing security reasons and telling him he had to use Air Force One. No argument. And, anyway, AF1 came with a presidential bedroom suite, seating for 70 officials and guests, a conference/ dining table, teleconferencing facilities capable of televising live to the world from 40,000 feet, a medical centre with operating theatre and fulltime professional medical staff (and even a stock of his own-type blood,) an onboard security team, and both anti-missile and radar-jamming facilities. So it’s meant that whilst-ever he is President, the Trump-owned Boeing 757 stays at home, alongside his per-

■ An intruder who broke into Buckingham Palace in 1838 and was caught sitting on the royal throne with pieces of Queen Victoria’s underwear stuffed into his trousers, told police that he had got in through an unlocked window, and had pinched the royal knickers and whatever else when rummaging through Victoria’s dressing room. And he further shocked police by revealing that he was just 14 years of age, and had dodged apprehension on several prior occasions when confronted by staff, telling them that he was a palace chimney sweep and which they believed because of his unkempt condition in body and clothing. The bizarre story of Edward Jones and his obsession with Queen Victoria – herself just 19 at the time – quickly became the talk of the UK, particularly as he broke into the Palace on at least four occasions, and twice was found sitting filthy, as he seldom if ever washed, on the royal throne and was arrested. And on a further occasion he was discovered hiding under a sofa in the Queen’s sitting room at midnight, and on yet another snacking in a royal apartment on food he’d stolen from the palace kitchen. He was briefly imprisoned on each occasion, despite pleas by his father to the courts that he was insane. On discharge from his final imprisonment, Jones turned to burglary and was deported to Australia where he changed his name from Edward to Thomas Jones, and actually got a job as the Perth Town Crier. However he slipped into alcoholism, moved to Victoria, and on Boxing Day 1893 when drinking on a bridge in Bairnsdale, fell off drunk and died when landing head-first four metres below. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Bairnsdale Cemetery. A memorial plaque in his adopted name of Thomas Jones, incorrectly states that he had been deported for “breaching security at Windsor Castle” rather than Buckingham Palace.

OK. With John O’Keefe Heading for White House? ■ Entertainers in the US have gone crazy over the idea of becoming the next President of the United States of America. Already expressing their desire to call The White House 'home' are rapper Coolie, wrestler/action man Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood celeb Kanye West , and others .Got to wait until 2018 to see who are final nominations .

Birthday boy Frank ■ International entertainer Frank Ifield is soon to celebrate his 80th birthday amongst friends cruising the Sydney Harbour on a luxury cruiser . Theme of the party is We Remember You. Born in Dural, NSW, Frank Ifield made his singing debut on Bandstand in the late 1950s/ early'60s before venturing to swinging London where he toured extensively, including having The Beatles as his (unpaid) support act There are sure to be plenty of 'remember when 's' as the youthful as ever Ifield catches up with pals from his early yodeling days in Sydney. Your invite is sure to be in the mail, but you know how slow Aussie Post is these days.

Never a dull moment ■ When it comes to current affairs, 60 Minutes has a track record of breaking the big stories, or in some recent cases of reporters creating their own international incidents. Currently before the courts is 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes who is being accused of defamation over a story she filed about a father abducting his daughter for a pre-arranged marriage overseas. Former 60 Minutes reporter Michael Usher, now at Seven, has had his hosting gig on Murder Uncovered axed. Usher will continue reading Seven's Weekend News.

Showbiz gatecrashers ■ Denise Drysdale and showbiz reporter Craig Bennett, both of Studio 10, attended a charity function at Parliament House, Sydney. When it came time to say farewell, Denise and Craig got lost in the maze of rooms, until they stumbled into where Cabinet was sitting, discussing how much to donate to a certain charity. Quick as a flash Denise put up her hand and offered $ 5000. The offer recorded in official records, and Denise and Craig went on their way. True story.

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The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain I have seen, a long time, that he has studied hard and denied himself much. — How very dark it is!” “It’s turned colder, too,” said the old man, rubbing his hands. “There’s a chill and dismal feeling in the room. Where’s my son William? William, my boy, turn the lamp, and rouse the fire!” Milly’s voice resumed, like quiet music very softly played: “He muttered in his broken sleep yesterday afternoon, after talking to me” (this was to herself) “about some one dead, and some great wrong done that could never be forgotten; but whether to him or to another person, I don’t know. Not BY him, I am sure.” “And, in short, Mrs. William, you see — which she wouldn’t say herself, Mr. Redlaw, if she was to stop here till the new year after this next one —” said Mr. William, coming up to him to speak in his ear, “has done him worlds of good! Bless you, worlds of good! All at home just the same as ever — my father made as snug and comfortable — not a crumb of litter to be found in the house, if you were to offer fifty pound ready money for it — Mrs. William apparently never out of the way — yet Mrs. William backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, up and down, up and down, a mother to him!” The room turned darker and colder, and the gloom and shadow gathering behind the chair was heavier. “Not content with this, sir, Mrs. William goes and finds, this very night, when she was coming home (why it’s not above a couple of hours ago), a creature more like a young wild beast than a young child, shivering upon a door-step. What does Mrs. William do, but brings it home to dry it, and feed it, and keep it till our old Bounty of food and flannel is given away, on Christmas morning! If it ever felt a fire before, it’s as much as ever it did; for it’s sitting in the old Lodge chimney, staring at ours as if its ravenous eyes would never shut again. It’s sitting there, at least,” said Mr. William, correcting himself, on reflection, “unless it’s bolted!” “Heaven keep her happy!” said the Chemist aloud, “and you too, Philip! and you, William! I must consider what to do in this. I may desire to see this student, I’ll not detain you any longer now. Good-night!” “I thank’ee, sir, I thank’ee!” said the old man, “for Mouse, and for my son William, and for myself. Where’s my son William? William, you take the lantern and go on first, through them long dark passages, as you did last year and the year afore. Ha ha! I remember — though I’m eighty-seven! ‘Lord, keep my memory green!’ It’s a very good prayer, Mr. Redlaw, that of the learned gentleman in the peaked beard, with a ruff round his neck — hangs up, second on the right above the panelling, in what used to be, afore our ten poor gentlemen commuted, our great Dinner Hall. ‘Lord, keep my memory green!’ It’s very good and pious, sir. Amen! Amen!” As they passed out and shut the heavy door, which, however carefully withheld, fired a long train of thundering reverberations when it shut at last, the room turned darker. As he fell a musing in his chair alone, the healthy holly withered on the wall, and dropped — dead branches. As the gloom and shadow thickened behind him, in that place where it had been gathering so darkly, it took, by slow degrees — or out of it there came, by some unreal, unsubstantial process — not to be traced by any human sense — an awful likeness of himself! Ghastly and cold, colourless in its leaden face and hands, but with his features, and his bright eyes, and his grizzled hair, and dressed in the gloomy shadow of his dress, it came into his terrible appearance of existence, motionless, without a sound. As HE leaned his arm upon the elbow of his chair, ruminating before the fire, IT leaned upon the chair-back, close above him, with its appalling copy of his face looking where his face looked, and bearing the expression his face bore. This, then, was the Something that had passed and gone already. This was the dread companion of the haunted man! It took, for some moments, no more apparent

music, in the wind, in the dead stillness of the night,” returned the haunted man. “DID he love her?” said the Phantom, echoing his contemplative tone. “I think he did, once. I am sure he did. Better had she loved him less — less secretly, less dearly, from the shallower depths of a more divided heart!” “Let me forget it!” said the Chemist, with an angry motion of his hand. “Let me blot it from my memory!” The Spectre, without stirring, and with its unwinking, cruel eyes still fixed upon his face, went on: “A dream, like hers, stole upon my own life.” “It did,” said Redlaw. “A love, as like hers,” pursued the Phantom, “as my inferior nature might cherish, arose in my own heart. I was too poor to bind its object to my fortune then, by any thread of promise or entreaty. I loved her far too well, to seek to do it. But, more than ever I had striven in my life, I strove to climb! Only an inch gained, brought me something nearer to the height. I toiled up! In the late pauses of my labour at that time — my sister (sweet companion!) still sharing with me the expiring embers and the cooling hearth — when day was breaking, what pictures of the future did I see!” “I saw them, in the fire, but now,” he murmured. “They come back to me in music, in the wind, in the dead stillness of the night, in the revolving years.” “— Pictures of my own domestic life, in aftertime, with her who was the inspiration of my toil. Pictures of my sister, made the wife of my dear friend, on equal terms — for he had some inheritance, we none — pictures of our sobered age and mellowed happiness, and of the golden links, extending back so far, that should bind us, and our children, in a radiant garland,” said the Phantom. “Pictures,” said the haunted man, “that were delusions. Why is it my doom to remember them too well!” “Delusions,” echoed the Phantom in its changeless voice, and glaring on him with its changeless eyes. “For my friend (in whose breast my confidence was locked as in my own), passing between me and the centre of the system of my hopes and struggles, won her to himself, and shattered my frail universe. My sister, doubly dear, doubly devoted, doubly cheerful in my home, lived on to see me famous, and my old Charles Dickens ambition so rewarded when its spring was broheed of him, than he of it. The Christmas Waits mine where it was buried, and made rugged ken, and then —” were playing somewhere in the distance, and, steps thereof, for my worn feet to rest and rise “Then died,” he interposed. “Died, gentle as through his thoughtfulness, he seemed to listen on.” ever; happy; and with no concern but for her to the music. It seemed to listen too. “I AM that man,” returned the Chemist. brother. Peace!” At length he spoke; without moving or lifting up “No mother’s self-denying love,” pursued the The Phantom watched him silently. his face. Phantom, “no father’s counsel, aided ME. A “Remembered!” said the haunted man, after a “Here again!” he said. stranger came into my father’s place when I pause. “Yes. So well remembered, that even “Here again,” replied the Phantom. was but a child, and I was easily an alien from now, when years have passed, and nothing is “I see you in the fire,” said the haunted man; “I my mother’s heart. My parents, at the best, were more idle or more visionary to me than the boyhear you in music, in the wind, in the dead still- of that sort whose care soon ends, and whose ish love so long outlived, I think of it with symness of the night.” duty is soon done; who cast their offspring loose, pathy, as if it were a younger brother’s or a son’s. The Phantom moved its head, assenting. early, as birds do theirs; and, if they do well, Sometimes I even wonder when her heart first “Why do you come, to haunt me thus?” claim the merit; and, if ill, the pity.” inclined to him, and how it had been affected “I come as I am called,” replied the Ghost. It paused, and seemed to tempt and goad him towards me. — Not lightly, once, I think. — But “No. Unbidden,” exclaimed the Chemist. with its look, and with the manner of its speech, that is nothing. Early unhappiness, a wound from “Unbidden be it,” said the Spectre. “It is enough. and with its smile. a hand I loved and trusted, and a loss that nothI am here.” “I am he,” pursued the Phantom, “who, in this ing can replace, outlive such fancies.” Hitherto the light of the fire had shone on the struggle upward, found a friend. I made him — “Thus,” said the Phantom, “I bear within me a two faces — if the dread lineaments behind the won him — bound him to me! We worked to- Sorrow and a Wrong. Thus I prey upon myself. chair might be called a face — both addressed gether, side by side. All the love and confidence Thus, memory is my curse; and, if I could forget towards it, as at first, and neither looking at the that in my earlier youth had had no outlet, and my sorrow and my wrong, I would!” other. But, now, the haunted man turned, sud- found no expression, I bestowed on him.” “Mocker!” said the Chemist, leaping up, and denly, and stared upon the Ghost. The Ghost, as “Not all,” said Redlaw, hoarsely. making, with a wrathful hand, at the throat of his sudden in its motion, passed to before the chair, “No, not all,” returned the Phantom. “I had a other self. “Why have I always that taunt in my and stared on him. sister.” ears?” The living man, and the animated image of him- The haunted man, with his head resting on his “Forbear!” exclaimed the Spectre in an awful self dead, might so have looked, the one upon hands, replied “I had!” The Phantom, with an voice. “Lay a hand on Me, and die!” the other. An awful survey, in a lonely and re- evil smile, drew closer to the chair, and resting He stopped midway, as if its words had paralymote part of an empty old pile of building, on a its chin upon its folded hands, its folded hands sed him, and stood looking on it. It had glided winter night, with the loud wind going by upon upon the back, and looking down into his face from him; it had its arm raised high in warning; its journey of mystery — whence or whither, no with searching eyes, that seemed instinct with and a smile passed over its unearthly features, man knowing since the world began — and the fire, went on: as it reared its dark figure in triumph. stars, in unimaginable millions, glittering “Such glimpses of the light of home as I had “If I could forget my sorrow and wrong, I through it, from eternal space, where the world’s ever known, had streamed from her. How young would,” the Ghost repeated. “If I could forget bulk is as a grain, and its hoary age is infancy. she was, how fair, how loving! I took her to the my sorrow and my wrong, I would!” “Look upon me!” said the Spectre. “I am he, first poor roof that I was master of, and made it “Evil spirit of myself,” returned the haunted man, neglected in my youth, and miserably poor, who rich. She came into the darkness of my life, and in a low, trembling tone, “my life is darkened by strove and suffered, and still strove and suf- made it bright. — She is before me!” that incessant whisper.” fered, until I hewed out knowledge from the “I saw her, in the fire, but now. I hear her in To Be Continued Next Week


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Carnival of Cups Went forward

■ Horsham raced on Thursday and Mount Gambier border-hopper David Drury came away with the cash when 4Y0 Jet Laag/Lardy Dar Lombo gelding Sky High Eurasian was victorious in the DNR Logistics Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres. Trained and driven by David, Sky High Eurasian went forward from gate five to park outside the leader Audaz Bonita, before easily accounting for Safari Princess (one/two) by 8.8 metres in a rate of 1-57.4. Cullens Cam was third 1.9 metres back after a sweet one/ one trip. Drury was also successful with So Bobs Your Uncle in the 2200 metre Trots Club Victoria - TCV Pace for C0 class. David has an impeccable record when visiting Victoria and rarely goes home without a winner.

9-metre margin

■ Anakie trainer Tim Bolitho's team are really starting to fire and both All Eyes And Ears and Rule Of Thumb scored in their respective races at Horsham. All Eyes And Ears a 6Y0 daughter of Modern Art and Goldtown Dancer speared across the face of the field from gate six to assume control in the Congratulations President Terry Lewis Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres and was never headed, scoring by 10.2 metres over Aspureasdrivensnow which led out from gate five before taking a trail. Ithappensinvegas was 3.7 metres back in third place from mid-field. The mile rate 1-56.8. Six year old Dawn Ofa New Day-Apple Of My Eye gelding Rule Of Thumb established a new track record of 1-54.6 in the Water Tanker Tender Close Nov 30 Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2200 metres. Despite working forward from gate five to race in the open, Rule Of Thumb was much too tough for his rivals, recording a 9 metre margin in advance of Itmademyday (one/two) and Christmas Jolt from last.

Struth ■ A 1943 American-built half-track Army personnel carrier has sold at auction in England for an amazing 138,000 British pounds, or around AU$241,000. The International Harvester M5 HalfTrack was used by Polish forces during the Allied liberation of Europe, later by the French Army in French Guiana until the 1980s, and then sold to a Belgian historic vehicles enthusiast. He in turn sold it later to a Dutch tinkerer who spent 2,500 hours on a total restoration over the next twenty-seven years, and at the recent auction conducted by historic vehicles specialists H&H Auctioneers, the 100% roadworthy vehicle went to an English collector for that 138,000 pounds. Needing a crew of three to carry just ten troops and equipment, it bears the markings of the Polish 10th Regiment Dragonders, and is painted with the name ‘Krystyna’ on its doors – a tribute to famous Polish WWII spy for Britain’s Special Operations Executive, Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbeck. One of the longest-serving of Britain’s wartime women agents, Krystyna who was actually a Polish countess, was hailed by Winston Churchill for her heroic exploits in intelligence-gathering and other missions in Germany and Nazi-occupied Poland and France. These included organising Polish couriers to smuggle intelligence reports from Warsaw to Budapest, and sabotaging Nazi communications along the River Danube.

■ Victoria's Carnival Of Cups continued at Gunbower on Sunday November 19 - the two features being the $14,000 Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup for C5 or better class over 2630 metres and the $12,000 Cohuna Car Sales Bill Poxon Memorial Gunbower Trotters Cup for T5 or better class over the same distance. Lancefield trainer Rod Petroff combined with Chris Alford to land the Pacing Cup with honest 5Y0 Lombo Mandingo-Hush Hush Lombo gelding Brocks Territory in a track record mile rate of 1-57.7. Given the run of the race from the pole trailing Our Jimmie next door, Brocks Territory using the sprint lane prevailed by a head margin, with Spiritwriter off a three wide trail from last third 4.7 metres away. The Trotters Cup went the way of Kialla (Shepparton) trainer Dean Patison's quality 6Y0 Skyvalley-Thepowerofhealing mare Sky Petite giving young Goulburn Valley concessional reinsman Ryan Duffy his biggest win in the sport after a limited number of drives. Starting from a 30 metre backmark, Sky Petire first up since June stepped cleanly, settling at the tail of the field as Robbie Zuve and Miss Noelle vied for the lead, with Miss Noelle going off stride. Easing wide approaching the final bend, Sky Petite sprinted brilliantly on turning to register a 1.5 metre margin over Aintthatrightmacca and Daquiri returning a mile rate of 2-02.3.

Taken to the rear

■ Bendigo was the venue for Monday racing and a most impressive winner on the night was Melton mentor Adam Kelly's Kiwi bred 4Y0 Shadow Play-Magical Mills gelding Magical Marn in the C3 & C4 class J L King & Co Pace over 2150 metres. With Zac Phillips in the sulky, Magical Marn was taken back to the rear of the field from outside the front line as the speedy in-form Babalaas Jack strode to the front from gate three. Still a mile off the leader at the bell, Magical Marn gained a three wide double trail home in the final circuit before making the home turn right off the track. Motoring down the outside fence on straightening, Magical Marn prevailed by a head on the wire, defeating Artoripace along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which held down third a head away. The mile rate 1-55.7.

Too strong at finish

■ Popular Bridgewater trainer Col Redwood snared the 2150 metre Yabby Dam Racing Trotters Mobile for TR0 & TR1 class at Bendigo with Armbro Hugh, a 4Y0 gelded son of Armbro Variable and Derwinds. Driven by Maryborough's Ash Matthews, Armbro Hugh despite racing without cover, was too strong at the finish, scoring by 2.8 metres in advance of Bridie Okane which trailed the weakening leader Motoring Hall, with Nomaccasforu third 5.7 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-01.7.

Won first two legs

■ Local Red Cliffs trainer Kate Attard dealt punters a severe blow at her home track Mildura on Tuesday, winning the first two legs of the Quaddie with two rank outsiders Well Oiled Lombo ($31.90) and Mighty Maxwell ($54.50). Well Oiled Lombo a 9Y0 Modern Art-Alluring Lombo gelding driven by South Australian Wayne Hill spent most of the Ritchies Stores Pace for C3 & C5 class over 1790 metres bottled up three back the markers as polemarker La Safron led. Gaining an inside passage on turning, Well Oiled Lombo finished at a great rate to blouse the leader by 1.3 metres in a rate of 1-59. Parisian Ruler was third after trailing the pacemaker. Seven year old Jeremes Jet-Vivian Gaye gelding Mighty Maxwell (Emma Hamblin) landed the Zilzie Wines Pace Final for C1 class over 1790 metres in almost identical fashion. Given a sweet trail from inside the second line on the

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with Len Baker back of the poleline leader Lifeinheaven, Mighty Maxwell dashed through on the inside as the leader shifted ground to score by 5.4 metres, with Aunty Rita 5 metres away in third place after racing exposed. The mile rate 1-59.4.

Girls overjoyed

■ It was a terrific night for the girls at Mildura with Denbeigh Wade snaring a driving double (Waratah Beach & Markleigh Jill), Kylie Bevington a training double (Waratah Beach & Markleigh Jill) and Sandra O'Connor a victory with Did It Alone. Ace South Australian junior Jayden Brewin also chalked up a driving double aboard Golden Bambi for father Justin and Juza for local Frank Cavallaro.

Success for Shirlene

■ At Kilmore on Wednesday, 5Y0 Kenneth JStar Cheval mare Fly Cheval landed the Buds & Branches Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres for Mt Cottrell trainer Bill Galea. With Gordon based concessional reinsman Darby McGuigan in the sulky, Fly Cheval never looked to be in any danger, registering a 5.3 metre margin in advance of a death-seating Sheza Sportsgirl and Amelia Holmes (three back the markers) who was 3.3 metres away in third place. The mile rate two minutes even. The winner is raced by former "Golden Days of TV Penthouse Club and Sunnyside Up" entertainer Shirlene Clancy who bred her.

Ultra-consistent ■ Kilmore's Monique Burnett was successful aboard ultra-consistent Kiwi bred Art OfficialGammarads 5Y0 gelding Flight Officer at her home track on Wednesday, taking the Morning Melodies Xmas Lunch 22 December Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres. Trained at Strathfieldsaye by Glenn Douglas for in-laws Eric and Heather Anderson, Flight Officer was given every opportunity from gate two following the hot favourite Kotare Yarra from the local stable of Phillip Walters. Making full use of the sprint lane, Flight Offficer dug deep over the concluding stages to register a 2.2 metre margin over Kotare Yarra which kicked away entering the straight, with Willbe Doc another of the Walters team 2.4 metres away in third place after being four back the markers. The mile rate 2-02.2. Douglas was to bring up a double on the night when former New Zealander Vandanta, a gelded son of Christian Cullen and Heavenly Franco also raced by the Andersons, outstayed his rivals in the McIvor Estate 2Y- Pace over 2180 metres. Driven by Glenn, Vandanta raced in the open for most of the trip, showing plenty of courage over the concluding stages to defy all challengers to score by 1.7 metres from No Alibi from last and Art Tutor (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-01.1. - Len Baker

■ Im Toot, Shadys Pursuit, Artoripace, Lets Went. Our Jimmie, Regal Pepperell, Derrie Aire, Art Tudor.

David Ellis ■ Blye Pyrenees Estate in western Victoria has a full-on-taste 2013 Estate Red that winemaker Andrew Koerner created by bringing together four different varietals, maturing them in French oak for two years, blending and bottling in 2015, and then cellaring with care until now. And his patience has certainly rewarded, for himself and for the recognition this wine is receiving, and for consumers for a wonderfully more-ish drop that at $42, has got “partner with premium dining” written all over it. Andrew brought together 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 4% each of Malbec and Shiraz for this beautifully rich drop in what he likes to call “a traditional old world style suitable for aging,” one that’s loaded with fine grain tannins and lovely lingering fresh berry and choc-mint flavours. Get into it now for that special occasion, or think of cellaring for some other major event any time over the next twenty years, and you’ll appreciate why this is a true benchmark wine that Andrew blends only from the best of vintages. This Blue Pyrenees 2013 Estate Red would make for a wonderful match with the Christmas turkey – either hot or cold – or with a good steak any other time. ONE TO NOTE: Wedon’t hear a lot about Robert Stein Wines out near Mudgee in NSW’s Central West, but here is a small maker with a prestigious history it is certainly justified in being proud of. For current winemaker Jacob Stein is the third generation of his craft, his grandfather Robert Stein having planted their vineyard on the slopes of Mount Buckaroo in 1976, and his grandfather’s ancestor Johann Stein sailing to Australia from Germany in 1838 to work on the famous Macarthur family’s pioneering commercial vineyard as their “vine dresser,” and bringing with him vine cuttings for them from his homeland. A just-released 2016 Robert Stein Reserve Chardonnay was made from those vines planted in 1976, and has a generous body, wonderful citrus and yellow stone fruit flavours, some fine spice, and a creamy palate with nice acidity. Pay $40 and pair with poached salmon, salmon fish cakes, or grilled pork or veal chops topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. WINESPEAK: Cigar-box refers to the tobacco-like aromas in a wine that derive from its storage in oak.


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MAKING A CLEAN BREAST Waiting for Godot ■ Samuel Beckett’s game-changing masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, seems as fresh, funny and moving 70 years after it was written. The world hasn’t changed so much over the decades. Godot is still relevant today with a desperate humanity on the move filling their days between birth and death with endless trivialities waiting for their fortunes to change. Despite all that is said about it, such as philosophical discussions of existential angst, political interpretations and biblical allusions, its success rests on the relationship between the two main characters. Having played the two tramps in an earlier production 40 years ago, John Jacobs and William Henderson reprise their roles as Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) in this new production by Wits’ End, directed by Henderson. Didi and Gogo’s back-and-forth, slapstick banter, alternating between joking and bickering, requires skilful pacing which was on display. Insults are hurled - Sewer-rat!’ ‘Vermin!’ - culminating in the ultimate offence: ‘Critic!’ A judgment directly from the hand of the playwright. Richard Bligh’s Pozzo is selfish, self-serving, egocentric and childlike in equal measure and a perfect foil for Tom Considine’s affecting rendition of Lucky, Pozzo’s slave. Designer Julie Renton’s set is creative and evocative of a desolate, barren and unforgiving landscape. An eerie, skeletal X-ray of the legendary, single tree dominates; the stage is strewn with dead leaves and a giant, impassive moon looms. After the curtain call, Henderson, in a moving tribute to the late John Clarke, revealed that Clarke was to take the part of Gogo. Clarke, I’m certain, would have approved of this production wholeheartedly. Performance Season: Until December 16 Venue: Eleventh Hour Theatre, Fitzroy Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/SRCN - Review by Kathryn Keeble

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Desert, 6.29pm

● Kitty Van Horne ■ Newly minted Melburnian, Kitty Van Horne ,makes her cabaret debut at The Butterfly Club in January, presenting her original show iDenTITTY - A cabaret adventure into the world of breast ownership. One woman, two boobs (and one piano man). Spilling over with brash tunes and bawdy tales, iDenTITTY is a celebration of Kitty's personal experiences and an opportunity to poke at the myths and realities of the body as private space, political subject and cultural object. A singer from a young age, Kitty has always relished any opportunity to perform. When she entered the Sydney Burlesque scene in the mid 2000s her love of entertaining and her appreciation for vintage fashion and design found the perfect outlet. For the next six years she shared her special brand of cabaret and musical theatre inspired burlesque routines with audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Before she moved to Melbourne she was proud to be one third of the Sydney harmony group, The Hollywood Honeys. She has also dabbled in community musical theatre productions (which she highly recommends as a post-relationship-break-up activity). iDenTITTY opens on Thursday January 25 and runs for three nights. Bookings recommended. Dates: Thursday January 25, Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28 Time: 8:30pm Cost: $25-32 Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne Tickets: thebutterflyclub.com - Cheryl Threadgold

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● Benjamin Nichol and Ruby Johnston in Bread Crumbs. Photo: Pippa Samaya. Review on Page 37

Concentric Unity. is a collaboration between an Indigenous Australian woman Alice Nelson Napurrria, and a man of Italian descent Julian Di Stefano. Julian creates star flow charts using digital (i.e a computer) and then gives the charts to Alice who uses traditional Indigenous dot techniques to colour the charts. Mach-Mani: showcases imaginary machines made in the Steampunk genre. The artist has used asphalt 'bio-bitumen' made from renewable resources as opposed to conventional asphalt bitumen that is derived from fossil fuel (petroleum) as an art material in these drawings to emphasise and bring focus to the urgent need for the world to transition into renewable and environmentally friendly low carbon technologies. Exhibitions December 8 - January 2. Laurent Gallery 115 Thistlethwaite St. South Melbourne. - Peter Kemp

● Eva Seymour (Xan) in Desert, 6:29 at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre. Photo: Teresa Noble ■ Delight and desperation find equal voice around the dinner table in this new play by Morgan Rose, Desert, 6:29. Life’s ineffable pleasure is counterpointed with the anxiety and apprehension we feel when addressing the change and uncertainty of life. Seventeen-year-old Xan’s (Eva Seymour) exuberance is challenged by her friend’s suicide. Her awkward brother, Jamie (Darcy Kent), is in a relationship with an older woman, Abby, (Ella Caldwell), the generational divide evident in how they each perceive what the other is saying. Crystal’s (Sarah Sutherland) sexual fantasies help her cope with a boring job and an erratic family life while her husband, Rico (Joe Petruzzi), sings karaoke while fearing the onset of cancer. This cast embodies family life in their sharp and familiar characterizations, their ages and attitudes evident in the delivery of lines that has a familiar humour with which we can all identify. It is in their internal monologues, deftly indicated by subtle lighting changes (Amelia Lever-Davidson), that the undercurrent of unease and disquiet is conveyed. While the former is uplifting the latter is where the real compelling drama lies. The suggestion of these individual insecurities is what makes this a complete family and a narrative that is truly identifiable as realistic. We all “lead lives of quiet desperation” and Rose has captured this in her poignant writing. The direction (Bridget Balodis) sees this ninety minute production move without pause, the scene changes quick and seamless. The upright studs that create a permeable fourth wall (Romanie Harper) while suggesting an appropriate sense of family claustrophobia also impinge on sight lines occasionally. But this is a minor complaint when one has the privilege of attending the premiere of a new, original, entertaining and thought provoking Australian play. Red Stitch, as part of their INK program that fosters new playwrights and their work, has a gem of a production on their hands confirming their place in the Melbourne theatrical firmament. Venue: Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda Season: Until December 14 Time: Tuesday – Saturday 8.00pm, Sunday 6.30pm Tickets: $15.00 - $49.00 Bookings: 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net - Review by David McLean


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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: THE CROWN - Season 1: Genre: Biography/History/Drama/ TV Series/10 Parts. Cast: Claire Fo y, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow, Jeremy Northam. Year: 2016. Rating: MA15+ Rating: Stars: ***** Verdict: Queen Elizabeth II is a newly-wed faced with the prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, as the British Empire is in decline following WWII and the political world in turmoil. "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon" scribe Peter Morgan has masterfully researched and created a spectacular and towering television event with searing conviction revealing the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness, in a world of power and privilege and behind locked doors from Westminster and Buckingham Palace. Clare Foy is captivating as the young Queen Elizabeth II, as are Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden, Jared Harris as King George VI and Alex Jennings as The Duke of Windsor, among others, however, it is John Lithgow as Prime Minister Winston Churchill that excels with an award winning performance that punches a hole right through the screen. Cinematography, period detail, costume design, production design, music score, editing and pacing are exemplary on every level, resulting in a compelling, insightful, thrilling, poignant, thought-provoking and ultimately a hugely entertaining experience, a monumental and unforgettable multi-award winning television must-see event! FILM: THE LOST CITY OF Z: Genre: Adventure/Biography/Drama. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Franco Nero. Year: 2016. Rating: M. Length: 141 Minutes. Stars: ***½ Verdict: The true story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region, and despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, his son and aide returns in the 1920s to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case. Following the monumental mess that was "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," Charlie Hunnam redeems himself here as he returns to the screen as the legendary British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, with a performance that is believable and passionate. "Apocalypse Now" meets "Raiders of the Lost Ark," this early turn-ofthe-century tale is brought effectively to life by writer-director James Gray (The Immigrant/2013) based on the book by David Grann. Filmed in Northern Ireland and Columbia this journey is also driven by striking cinematography by Darius Khondji (Seven, Midnight in Paris), along with superb production design, period detail and costume design. Thrilling, poignant and thought provoking, along with a superb supporting cast, period detail and costume design .... they all ensure a unique journey and biopic of a determined young human being, and best enjoyed from the safety of your home. FILM: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD: Genre: Action/Comedy. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 118 Minutes. Stars: **½ Verdict: The world's once top, but now disgraced, bodyguard gets stuck with a hit man and old foe who must testify at the International Court of Justice against a brutal dictator, so they must put their differences aside to make it to the trial on time. Even though the one liners, bullets, car chases and pyrotechnics run thick and fast, this effort is a tiresome, unengaging and all too predictably formulaic popcorn action romp that even though doesn't require too much effort to get through, it doesn't leave any feeling of satisfaction either. No acting honours forthcoming here, however, Ryan Reynolds as the disgraced bodyguard and, most notably, Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman, are clearly having a good time as the Russian mob and subsequent mayhem unleashes around them. Far from what it could have been, this is a misfire for the major sum of its parts, sloppy and perhaps too long at nearly two hours in length, but nonetheless, there's some moments of fun to be had with this B-Grade and cliché riddled retread of a tried and true formula that is almost as old as cinema itself. Lethal Weapon and John Wick are just two that did it far better! - James Sherlock

Mudbound

● Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund co-star in the powerful new drama Mudbound. ■ (MA). 135 minutes. Now home for nearly 20 years, that is streaming on Netflix. remarkable. A film that may be a major conI just wish director Chris Smith tender at next year's Academy (American Movie, The Yes Men) Awards is relegated to streaming- could have interviewed Forman as only here in Australia, which is a well, to get a truly rounded look at pity, as it is a poetic and powerful the duo's troubled yet symbiotic redrama that needs to be seen on a lationship. RATING - ***½ big screen. The story centres on two families; the McAllans, who are white, and the Jacksons, who are African American, and both have sons currently serving in WWII. When those two sons, Jamie ■ (MA). 93 minutes. Opens NoMcAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and vember 30 at selected cinemas. Having remained on the reRonsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), return, traumatised by their experi- nowned Black List since 2012, the ences in battle, an unlikely friend- China Brothers (Benjamin and ship begins, putting in motion a se- Paul) finally see their script crafted ries of events that will end in hard- for the big screen, and the wait was definitely worth it. ship and tragedy. A typical mix of dirty secrets and Co-writer/director Dee Rees handles the material with excep- bad decisions that fill a small tional care, balancing each family's American town, the smartly woven specific problems, but potently material is manoeuvred in intellishines a light on the terrifying op- gent fashion by director Jamie M. pression the Jacksons have to en- Dagg, who thankfully underplays everything, wanting nuance to overdure. familiar. She also handles with skill, via take theBernthal (Fury, Marvel's multiple narration, what is going TheJon Punisher) is refreshingly cast through each character's head, and against type as Sam, while Chrisit's a technique that reminded me topherAbbott (It Comes At Night, of Terrence Malick's The Thin Red A Most Violent Year) is convincingly Line. unpredictable as the stranger Sam Performances are excellent (in- befriends. cluding Australian Jason Clarke), With echoes of the Coen Brothand production values are first-rate. ers and Carl Franklin's One False After the Academy ignored Beasts Move, Sweet Virginia is a small Of No Nation because it was a scale American film worth seeking Netflix release, let's hope they don't out. make the same mistake with RATING - **** Mudbound. RATING - ****

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Jim & Andy

■ The Great Beyond (M). 94 minutes. Now streaming on Netflix. Fascinating documentary which chronicles Jim Carrey's scary immersion into the role of late comedian Andy Kaufman, for the under-rated 1999 film Man On The Moon. With hours of footage shot during production, we see how Carrey left his own self at the gate and totally became Kaufman (or his alter ego Tony Clifton), only answering to those names during the shoot. Family, friends, cast and crew react in various ways to the actor's strange behaviour, while the strain shows on director Milos Forman, who has a difficult time handling the superstar. There are new interviews with Carrey, who explores the reasons for his drastic decision to completely inhabit his subject, but it is the footage, stored at Carrey's

In This Corner of The World

(M). 130 minutes. Opens December 7 at selected cinemas. Movingly told, gorgeously animated film, which follows newly married teenager Suzu from Hiroshima to the small town of Kure, focusing on the civilians she encounters, along with events she witnesses, before the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on August 6, 1945. Set between 1933 and 1946, this is a touching, patiently detailed, and eventually harrowing film that sadly looks like it is as relevant today as the period in which the strongwilled Suzu lives. Not as emotionally draining as Children Of Hiroshima (1952), The Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) and Black Rain (1989), but is still highly recommended viewing. RATING - **** - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists NOVEMBER 26 to DECEMBER 2. THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. JUSTICE LEAGUE. 2. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. 3. THOR: RAGNAROK. 4. BAD MOMS 2. 5. JIGSAW. 6. LOUIS THEROUX: HEROIN TOWN. 7. MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. 8. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. 9. BLADE RUNNER 2049. 10. LOVING VINCENT. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: NOVEMBER 23: BETTER WATCH OUT, DADDY'S HOME 2, GOODBYE CHRISTOPER ROBIN, THE BUTTERFLY TREE, THE TEACHER, TULIP FEVER. NOVEMBER 30: INFERENCE NOTES, NO GAME NO LIFE: ZERO, ONLY THE BRAVE, SHOT CALLER, SWEET VIRGINIA, THE DISASTER ARTIST, THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, THE STAR, WONDER. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS [Sci-Fi/Action/Clive Owen]. 2. LOGAN LUCKY [Comedy/Crime/Drama/ Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver]. 3. ATOMIC BLONDE [Action/Mystery/Thriller/ Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman]. 4. A GHOST STORY [Drama/Romance/Fantasy/Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara]. 5. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES [Action/Sci-Fi/Adventure/Woody Harrelson]. 6. HAMPSTEAD [Comedy/Drama/Romance/ Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson]. 7. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING [Drama/Romance/Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson]. 8. THE CIRCLE [Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller/Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton]. 9. PARIS CAN WAIT [Romance/Comedy/ Drama/Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin]. Also: KEDI, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, THE BEGUILED, THE BIG SICK, ANNABELLE: CREATION, BABY DRIVER, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, THE WALL, THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD [Action/Comedy/Thriller/Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds]. THE LOST CITY OF Z [Adventure/Biography/ Drama/Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller]. THE DARK TOWER [Action/Fantasy/Adventure/Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey]. GIRLS TRIP [Comedy/Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish]. GIFTED [Drama/McKenna Grace, Chris Evans, Jenny Slate]. THE BOOK OF HENRY [Drama/Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace]. MADAME [Comedy/Drama/Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley]. OVERDRIVE [Action/Thriller/Scott Eastwood, Ana de Amas, Freddie Thorp]. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON BLU-RAY THIS WEEK: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD [Action/Comedy/Thriller/Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds]. THE LOST CITY OF Z [Adventure/Biography/ Drama/Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller]. THE DARK TOWER [Action/Fantasy/Adventure/Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey]. GIRLS TRIP [Comedy/Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish]. GIFTED [Drama/McKenna Grace, Chris Evans, Jenny Slate]. OVERDRIVE [Action/Thriller/Scott Eastwood, Ana de Amas, Freddie Thorp]. NEW & RE-RELEASE AND CLASSIC MOVIES DVD HIGHLIGHTS: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: 40th Anniversary [1977/Drama/Music/John Travolta]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: FEARLESS: Season 1. DOCTOR WHO: Series 10. GILMORE GIRLS: A Year In The Life. WAKE IN FRIGHT. GLITCH: Season 2. BETTER CALL SAUL: Season 3.


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Vics nominated ■ Victorian artists Carter and Carter, the Davidson Brothers and Greta Ziller have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Guitar awards to be held in January. The annual Tamworth Country Music Festival will run from January 19-28 with the awards being one of the events highlights. Lachlan Davidson is also celebrating the birth of his first child.Good Friday Appeal.

Dec. at the Vale

■ Pascoe Vale RSL presents its December roster for the Country Music Guild and features Dec. 1. The Palace Gypsies. Dec. 8. Rough Cut. Dec. 15. The Moonlighters. Dec 22. Christmas break-up show featuring the Dalton Gang plus special guests. Bands will then resume again on February 2.

Nye at Noble Pk ■ Noble Park RSL will see out 2017 with a musical extravaganza. The ever popular Col Perkins, along with Rick Charles, will present a tribute to Elvis and Johnny O'Keefe, with special guest Adrian MJ Hogg as Michael Jackson. $65 set menu dinner with entertainment Bookings essential, phone 9548 3750 - Rob Foenander

■ Ruby Johnston and Benjamin Nichol, the creators and performers of Bread Crumbs, offer up a Grimm tale, pun intended, as part of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival that showcases new and emerging theatre makers. Based predominantly on Hansel and Gretel, Bread Crumbs draws on other popular Grimm tales to comment on the unrealistic and confusing expectations about what love is, what it is to be a woman, and the lasting effects of domestic violence. Johnston and Nichol transport the Grimm fable to suburban Dandenong. Coming to terms with the brutality and abuse they suffer at home, Hansel (Nichol) and Gretel (Johnston) go in search of a new life - however this is not a happily-ever-after fairy tale. The excellent performances from Johnston and Nichol, the clever writing, effective staging, costumes and lighting demonstrate a keen understanding of theatre craft. Given that the creative team are all recent Victorian College of the Arts graduates, that’s impressive. The play opens with the soothing, mellow tones of the voiceover narrator who introduces the action and sets the scene. There is however a menacing quality about him and when his façade crumbles it’s hilarious. Johnston is commanding as the feisty Gretel with her Girl Guide can-do attitude. Sadly, or perhaps predictably, she succumbs to the fantasy that her new wonderful life depends on meeting her Prince Charming. Nichol’s camp and exuberant Hansel comically prances around the stage with gay abandon. His encounter with a murder of crows is sadly fatal but necessary, as he returns as Gretel’s seemingly perfect Prince - ultimately a dark and disturbed character. The interactions between Gretel and her

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!

To enter, post to: ‘ABBA Comp’ PO Box 1278, Research, Vic 3095

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Prince begin happily as the loved-up duo plan their future together. The Prince’s manipulative and abusive nature is cleverly glimpsed when the pair compete, with combative intensity, about who loves the other the most. Bread Crumbs’ dark humour and edginess makes this gripping, funny and thought-provoking theatre. Performance season: Until December 1 at 8pm and 4pm December 2 Venue: Meat Market Stables, Corner of Courtney and Wreckyn Sts., North Melbourne Tickets: Full $35, Concession $25 Bookings: poppyseed.net.au - Review by Beth Klein

Downsizing

■ Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) is a nice-guy occupational therapist who encourages his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) to join him in undergoing a non-reversible procedure which will shrink them to around 13 cm tall. Separated from Audrey for five hours, in what is a segregated production line, the now small Paul wakes from the procedure to a life-changing surprise. As things progress he is later befriended by playboy neighbour Dusan Mirkovic (Christopher Waltz) who makes a living importing contraband. Dusan’s seafaring friend Joris Konrad (Udo Kier) also tries to get Paul to lighten up. The music is by Rolfe Kent and expect the CD to sell well. The film opened at the Venice Film Festival in August. Downsizing runs for 135 minutes and opens on Boxing Day. There is ‘F’ language in a one scene which may earn this currently unrated film an R rating. Expect some inoffensive nudity. Both are in context and, arguably, hardly offensive. Score 3/5. - Review by Greg Every

Gilligan’s Island ■ “Imagine, no phone, no lights, no motor car, not a single luxury, like Robinson Crusoe it's primitive as can be. It’s Gilligan’s Island.” There back and devotees of the 1960’s sitcom will welcome this Musical feast to hit the stage next February at Chapel of Chapel. It will capture all generations and this production surely will with a vibrant cast set “aground on the shores of an uncharted desert isle, with Gilligan, The skipper too, A millionaire and his wife, A movie star, The Professor and Mary Ann, all on Gilligan’s Isle”. With such dissimilar castaways, with many conflicts, and many unsuccessful attempts to escape their plight, only to be thwarted by the antics of Gilligan, one asks what will happen next? Local Humdrum Comedy and Left Bauer Productions bring this adaption written by the series creators Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J Schwartz with music by Hope Juber and Laurence Juber. At the launch, Riley Nottingham as Gilligan was adept in giving us a rendition of “I’m A Lucky Guy” while the full ensemble presented a rousing delivery of the theme song All the regulars are there, Sam Marzden as the Skipper, Kaya Byrne as the Professor and Joshua Monaghan and Lauren Jimmieson as Mr and Mrs Howell. Molly Fisher is playing the role of Mary Anne, your typical girl next door who is also friendly with the glamorous Hollywood actress Ginger being played by Alexia Brinsley. Venue: Chapel off Chapel Season: February 18 – March 4 Further Details: www.leftbauer productions.com - Graeme McCoubrie

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.

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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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1. Shabbiness in dress 6. Light-bulb inventor 11. Shiny 15. Forts 20. Egyptian river 21. Reproductive organ 22. Shopping precinct 23. Lead dancer, ... ballerina 25. South Africa's Cape ... Hope (2,4) 26. Pakistan currency units 27. Actor, Ryan ... (1'4) 29. Likable 32. Tube 34. Without delay (1,1,1,1) 36. Look-alikes, dead ... 39. Caravan rover 41. Brief 43. Sparking stone 46. Boils or ulcers 48. Low wetland 49. London's ... Mall 51. Curving lines 52. Exploited 55. Territory, Puerto ... 56. Every 59. Composer, Andrew ... Webber 61. Antarctic inlet, ... Sea 62. False god 63. Crowd brawl 64. Corrected (wrong) 67. Dalai Lama's nationality 68. Bitter regret 70. Very keen enthusiast 71. One who owes money 72. Overeats 73. Firebomb liquid 74. Of punishment 75. Batting spell 77. Broken down 78. Resounded 79. Theatre reviewer 82. Hazardous 86. Loft 87. Peace prize city 89. Spick & span 92. Merge 94. Get up 96. Biblical son of Isaac 98. Naming word 100. Recycle 101. Mongolian desert 103. Painting, Mona ... 105. From Baghdad 106. Adolescent 108. Sports match 111. Autograph 112. Actor's outfits 114. Rat 116. A single time 119. Droplet 120. Location 121. Kind 123. Leave out 124. Madam (2'2) 125. Flowing 126. Loudness 127. Grand house 130. Born as 131. Cleaning up (room) 135. English coin 138. Not stereo 139. Large jug 141. Computer/phone link 144. A lot of 146. I am, you ... 147. Looked up & down 148. UK national broadcaster (1,1,1) 149. Mad Roman emperor 150. Fuss 151. Female zebra 152. German emperor 153. Repast 155. Drink, ... spumante 157. Golfer, Greg ... 158. Unseat 160. Release (3,2) 161. Sprite 162. Italian city 163. Honey liquor 165. Brother's daughter 166. Souped-up car, hot ...

167. Scamp 168. Laid slates 169. Upper-class 171. Document, Magna ... 172. Glossy black bird 175. Entrails 176. Lubricates 179. Breakfast dish 180. Cow flesh 182. Flowers, sweet ... 184. Chirps 185. Castle water ditch 186. 24 December, Christmas ... 188. ... Lang Syne 189. US anti-crime agency (1,1,1) 190. Measure (out) 191. Fifth musical note 193. Own 194. Father 196. Verge 197. Fiesta, Mardi ... 198. Medicine amounts 200. Unhappiest 205. Vicious dog 207. Second-hand vehicle (4,3) 210. Playwright 211. Reparation 212. In a frenzied state 213. Grass skirt dance 214. USA nickname, Uncle .. 216. Steals from 218. Created 219. Prepare (newspaper) 220. Tights 224. Coffee style 227. Spiky plant, ... vera 229. From Bangkok 230. Abhor 231. Gallantly 232. Dr Jekyll & Mr ... 233. Heredity unit 235. Out of order 237. Solidifies 239. Actor, Richard ... 241. Timepiece 244. Forewarning 246. Blankness 249. ... & twos 252. Depletes 254. Crave 256. Heaven's ... Gates 258. French Mrs 259. Pins for hammering 260. Romantic US falls 263. Internal 264. Lump of gold 265. Legless grub 267. Actress, ... Kidman 270. Digit 271. Funeral Mass 272. Actor, Dustin ... 273. Lewd 274. Loses (hair) 277. London nightspot 279. Make (wage) 281. Throw out 284. Only fair (2-2) 286. Crustacean with nippers 288. Small distance measures 292. Yoga master 294. Raw metals 295. Domestic servants 298. Screen legend, Sophia ... 300. From Emerald Isle 301. Sum up 303. Baby's skin problem, ... rash 306. Bashfulness 308. Japan & Korea are there 309. Oil-exporting cartel 311. Throb 314. Mushy 315. Energetic 316. Do the dishes (4,2) 317. Throng 318. Former spouses 319. Paris landmark, ... Triomphe (3,2) 320. Tennis ace, ... Sampras 321. Urges 322. Sense 323. Blunted 324. Movie actors (4,5)

Down 1. Renovate (2,2) 2. Become distorted 3. Suggest 4. Kuwaiti rulers 5. Clean break 6. Flees to wed 7. Delay 8. Bathroom fixtures 9. Fall asleep (3,3) 10. Brigand 11. Revolve on axis 12. Stood against 13. Smudge 14. Palestinian chief, ... Arafat 15. Pour carelessly 16. Aida or Carmen 17. Potters' ovens 18. Pantomime lead 19. Observes 24. Rebukes, ... over the knuckles 28. Put on ... & graces 30. Spoken 31. Hideous 33. Irritated the skin 35. Incidental comments 37. Clarified butter 38. Curry & ... 40. Face veils 42. Physical activity 44. Portugal's capital 45. Scientist, Sir Isaac ... 47. Stench 48. Elevated railway 49. Drainage tradesman 50. Extortionate lender (4,5) 53. Largest bird 54. Calls (5,2) 57. Ancient Mariner's seabird 58. Protective headwear 60. Cloth retailers 63. Cleaver 65. Frosted (cake) 66. Expensive 68. Coral bank 69. Cosy 76. Set up (machinery) 79. Long-leafed lettuce 80. Nunavut native 81. Eastern faith 83. Twig shelters 84. Cartoon strip, Li'l ... 85. Flightless bird 88. English cheese 90. Fleur de lis plant 91. Among 93. Riveted 95. Easter gifts 97. Unplaced competitor (4-3) 99. Constantly busy (2,3,2) 100. Hire 102. Pungent bulb 104. Largest African nation 107. Uncanny 109. Wet 110. Vocal solo 111. Jet-baths 113. Soapie session 115. Obvious 117. TV award 118. Young deer 121. Contemptibly 122. Patella 127. Nonsense, ... jumbo 128. Razor cuts 129. Bits & pieces (4,3,4) 132. Recipe components 133. Stupid 134. Avarice 135. Packaged 136. Dilapidated 137. 24 hours ago 138. Unforgettable 140. Enforces once more 141. Pacified 142. Courageous

Down 143. Huge stone blocks 145. Tomahawk 151. Enormous 154. Men's Singles champion, .. Agassi 156. Lustre 159. One, numero ... 164. Totally 169. Cougars 170. Steam burn 173. Influences 174. Short, witty remark 177. Author, ... Asimov 178. Take oath 181. Whirling (of water) 183. Women warriors 187. Wantonly destroy 192. Female hormone 195. Current of air 199. Supervise 201. Points gun 202. Anti-flood embankment 203. Genuine fact 204. Implicit 206. Gay 207. Non-rural 208. Cheap, a ... a dozen 209. Lends a hand to 213. Smacks 215. Strolling 217. Killed 221. Helium & hydrogen 222. Not ever 223. Cut with scissors 224. Charlotte Bronte novel, Jane ... 225. Withdraw, ... out 226. Poet, ... Allan Poe 228. Legal trade bans 234. Phone security device 236. Wrongdoers 238. Terminate 240. Singer, ... Orbison 242. Normally (2,1,4) 243. Peculiarity 245. Mussels or clams 247. Peppermint essence 248. Nut fastener 250. Scientist, Albert ... 251. Weasel-like animals 253. Overfill 255. College test 257. Recline lazily 258. Restaurant list 261. Lovers' fling 262. Military forces 265. Valuable ores, precious ... 266. Garden ornament 268. Hex 269. The Continent 275. Jolly laugh (2,2) 276. Rounded roof 278. Hampers 280. Pressurised spray 282. Delights 283. Dollar division 285. Properly positioned, in ... 287. Steam generator 289. Tripoli citizen 290. Impersonates 291. Melted 292. Barked shrilly 293. Potato 296. Colorado ski resort 297. Writer, ... Thomas 299. Obtain (funds) 302. Two-door car 304. ... Fools' Day 305. Earnest requests 306. Crown Princess of Denmark 307. Opera singer 308. Yes votes 310. Head cook 312. Charismatic air 313. Spreading trees


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Racing Victoria on track

■ Racing Victoria has delivered a strong financial result, while continuing to build funds for future growth. Racing Victoria has announced a strong foundation for future investment in the growth of thoroughbred racing with a strong surplus for 2017, continuing a trend of positive results in recent years. Highlights of Racing Victoria's Annual Financial report included. ■ Total surplus of $9.2 million - down from $28 million in the full year 2016, due to increased investments in prizemoney, Media rights aggregation and Club funding. ■ Total revenue of $408.28 million- an increase of 1.8 per cent on the full Year, 2016, and one of the highest of any Australian sporting organisation. ■ Total annual domestic wagering turnover of $6.3 billion- up 9.4 per cent, and the first-time turnover have surpassed $ 6 billion. ■ Total wagering and race fields revenue of $351.38 million - up 3.5 per cent on 2016. ■ Total prizemoney and bonuses on offer increased to $215 million for the 2017-18 seasonan increase of $40 million since 2015. ■ Total of over $10 million invested across 40 infrastructure projects-in partnership with the State Government, Country Racing Victoria and the clubs. ■ Future Fund has increased to $61.53 million-established in 2016 to secure future investment in the Industry. ■ Nation high attendances of 1.3 million wih the number of owners rising to 68,469. Country clubs are the best funded nationally in Victoria to ensure that they remain so as they deliver 80 per cent of our meetings and support their broad participant base. Prizemoney for the 2017-18 racing season has been increased by $16.3 million, meaning a record $215 million in prizemoney and bonuses is on offer for our owners, trainers and jockeys. That is a $40 million rise since 2015. A total of 14,140 equine samples were collected over the 2016-17 season, with only nine returning positive swabs.

Unique Ddyta

■ Veteran racehorse trainer, Udyta Clark, might be short in stature and weight, but don't meddle with her as a number of racing folk have learned. The popular trainer captured the hearts of racegoers when she won with her top sprinter, Rich Charm, at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival. As mentioned in my previous column, Udyta, was alarmed when she brought her charge, Rich Charm, in the mounting yard before he won the Group two-event at Flemington, as to how much smaller he was compared to the other sprinters. She was nearly to the point that she felt like trying to scratch him. The rest is history, when Rich Charm finished brilliantly to score. Since then Udyta has been kept busy with her small team, who she loves so dearly. She was then notified that she had been nominated along with five other stars of the turf for the Prestigious Personality of the Year Award of the Victorian Racing Media Association. Udyta was nominated alongside the likes of the Winx team, top jockeys Steve Baster and Chris Symons, and would you believe much to the merriment of a number of us members of the Association that, Peter V'Landys, the top administrator of New South Wales Racing, had been nominated for organising the Everest Race in Sydney and among the best in New South Wales. The VRMA President, former leading race caller, Greg Miles, interviewed, Peter Tighe, part-owner of Winx, Udyta, and Chris Symons, whilst Stephen Baster and Peter V'Landys couldn't make the big day. Udyta was last to be interviewed, and had everybody in raptures with her sincerity and love of her horses. Much to the surprise and a number of VRMA

● Lloyd Williams, son Nick, trainer Joe O'Brien, jockey Corey Brown with the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Racing Photos. Members who voted, Greg Miles announced that Udyta Clark was the winner of this year's VRMA Personality of the Year Award, much to the delight of just about everyone present. The Award for the P.O.T.Y. and other awards were held as usual at the racing hotel, The Emerald, in South Melbourne. Other awards included the William Inglis Award won by Michael Lynch from The Age; the Sportsbet Media tipping award was won by Tim Guille; the Best Feature Award went to Jo Mc Kinnon, her television story has been picked up by airlines and the United States for future use. The General News Award was won by Pat Bartley from The Age on theAzkadelia case. The last of the Awards was the Bert Wolf Award, named after great Herald Sun journalist many moons ago, went to veteran race caller, Jack Styring. I had the pleasure of accepting Jack's award on behalf of him. Jack's wife, Dolores, wasn't well and Jack couldn't make the day. I had the pleasure of sitting with Peter Tighe and his lovely wife, Patty, who naturally are over the moon with their great mare, Winx. Peter was saying that they will meet in a couple of weeks to map out what is happening to Winx in the future. She will probably have two runs in the Autumn. Peter was quietly confident that they will have another crack at the the Cox Plate to make it four on end. All in all a great day as always. - Ted Ryan

Ted Ryan

● VRMA personality winner Udyta Clark. Racing Photos

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■ JOHN ROZENTALS is knocked out by the chardonnay that won the Trophy for Best Wine at this year's Orange Wine Show. The relatively slow development of Orange's Rowlee Estate, established nearly 20 years ago on the northern slopes of Mount Canobolas by Deonne and Nik Samodol, has come to fruition with the recent release of its 2016 Chardonnay, which was awarded the Wine-of-the-Show Trophy at the 2017 Orange Wine Show. The wine also won trophies at the show for best white wine and best young chardonnay, in addition to a gold medal in the young-chardonnay class of the 2017 NSW Wine Awards. The wine, made from grapes grown at 950 metres, is an outstanding chardonnay with admirable finesse (see tasting notes) and is a tribute to Nicole Samodol, Deonne's and Nik's daughter and winemaker, together with her partner James Manny. Nicole brought a wealth of industry experience to Rowlee, having worked in some of Melbourne's leading restaurants and hotels, including the Stokehouse and the Adelphi. "Being a member of the Victorian Sommeliers gave me the opportunity to get behind the scenes with Australia's best coolclimate chardonnay and pinot noir producers," she said. "Our philosophy is to make small batches of single vineyard wines, with minimal winemaking intervention. From the inception, we have collaborated with an experienced and talented team including mentor winemaker PJ Charteris. "While the property dates back to 1880, the vineyard is still relatively young, and we've learnt a lot along the way and are eager to learn more. We are lucky to be in Orange where vignerons and winemakers are harvesting their collective wisdom to make the best possible wines. The eight-hectare vineyard includes chardonnay, nebbiolo, pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc and arneis. WINE REVIEWS Rowlee 2016 Nebbiolo ($40): The Samodol family's love for Italian food is obvious in the varietal selection in the Rowlee Vineyard, and this superb dry red, made from the prince of Piedmont's grape varieties, shows that the choice has plenty of merit. I love this wine's gorgeous acidity and tannin - and its complex spicy flavours. It has a long life in front of it. Champagne Lanson Black Label Brut (about $50 but as little as $40 from Dan Murphy): Creamy, yeasty and complex, this is one of my favourite Champagne styles. Currently comes packaged in a metal 'music box' the doubles as a handy loudspeaker for mobile phone and iPad. WINE OF THE WEEK Rowlee 2016 Chardonnay ($40): This cool-climate dry white full deserves its accolades from the 2017 Orange Wine Show. It's lean and complex, with magnificent flavours at the nectarine end of the fruit spectrum and definitely the sense that it reward cellaring. Deftly handled oak complements rather than intrudes on the fruit. A top wine that's a tribute to both vineyard and winery.

● Nicole Samodol with her partner James Manny.


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