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■ After a sold out season at the Edinburgh Fringe, where Richard Carpenter Is Close to You scored a constellation of stars and added further shows, Matthew Floyd Jones brings his cabaret comedy to Melbourne’s iconic Butterfly Club from June 12-16. Presented by Serious Comedy and the Butterfly Club, tickets are available now via the venue website. He used to be on top of the world, looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) his kid sister, the iconic late superstar Karen Carpenter. Nowadays, Richard Carpenter is Close to You sees our hero back on the circuit, and solitaire really is the only game in town. A multi-talented musician, composer, arranger, orchestrater, producer and engineer the only thing he doesn’t usually get to do is sing lead. So... where do we go from here? In the 1970s, The Carpenters, brother and sister Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter, were best-selling music artists of all time. In the 2010s, Frisky and Mannish, the musical duo comprising of Matthew Floyd Jones and Laura Corcoran, became a popular seriocomic-mashparodicbapsbotty-infotainment duo at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now Matthew Floyd Jones combines the two in his first major solo show - Richard Carpenter Is Close to You. The first show ever created specifically about Richard, as opposed to Carpenters in general or Karen, this is a piece that’s been crying out to be created ... but only by Mannish. “Richard Carpenter was my very first musical inspiration growing up. It all started with him. And he’s the only person who knows more about being the piano player in a duo with a wonderful female singer than me. It’s the part I was born to play,” says Matthew Floyd Jones. Richard Carpenter Is Close to You is a concert of hit tunes and harrowing travesties. A bittersweet dark comedy that tells the imaginary tale of the ultimate piano player. A character-comedy/theatre/live music hybrid that sprinkles song parodies over a dramatic narrative . Performance Dates: June 12-16 at 8.30pm Tickets: $32 + BF (concession & group discount available) Bookings: https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/ matthew-floyd-jones-in-richard-carpenter-isclose-to-you - Cheryl Threadgold

Merricks Gallery Luminest 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of art practice for Miodrag Jankovic. In 1978 he began honing his skills at Prahran College of Advanced Education, majoring in painting and graduating three years later with honours in his chosen field. His mentors were well respected professional artists, including Roger Kemp, Jeff Makin, Vic Majzner, John Walker and many more visiting artists to the college. Miodrag hopes that this current show at Merricks House Art Gallery conveys and evokes the spirit of coastal ambience, the one he experiences every day. Exhibition: Sunday June 16 - Sunday July 8. Merricks Gallery 3460 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Merricks. - Peter Kemp

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■ Celebrate 10 years of risk-taking art at the c3 Contemporary Art Space June exhibition. Have you volunteered, exhibited or installed as c3 Contemporary Art Space since it opened? Then you've contributed to A Decade of Lingering Gestures, a covert accumulation of unseen moments, details and labours at the gallery over the past decade. See the piece by c3 Projects, Sarah crowEST and c3 volunteers at the June exhibition alongside work from Olga Bennett, Drew Pettifer, Marian Crawford, Kirsten Keegan, Noriko Nakamura, Marko Radosavljevic, Chanelle Collier, Joe Wilson and Siobhan Sloper Head along to the opening night on Wednesgalleryday June 20 to raise your glass to a much-loved contemporary art space.

Your Stars with Kerry Kulkens ARIES: (March 21-April 20) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 8,9,5,6 Lotto Numbers: 8,12,23,34,35,41, Some good news from far away is indicated.Also contact from people you haven't seen for a very long time. There could be a change in a present relationship that could have far reaching effects. TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: silver Lucky Day:Wednesday Racing Numbers: 8,9,3,4, Lotto Numbers: 8,12,25,41,22,1, A very lucky period is indicated and some of your dearest wishes could come true. Health improvements should also delight and the possibility of making a trip overseas is indicated. GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 9,3,4,5, Lotto Numbers: 1,7,23,25,41,33, You may have to do a little pushing to get your intentions through to family members. However, try not to argue with people. Something you have been hoping for should eventuate very soon. CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Yellow Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 8,2,4,3, Lotto Numbers: 1,15,23,28,37,5, You could have plans to move or to travel somewhere and this could be very upsetting for someone that you least suspected. If planning a little flutter with lady luck, try it with an Aries.

● Matthew Floyd Jones Exhibition: June 21 - July 15. Abbotsford Convent Gallery 1 St. Heliers St, Abbotsford. - Peter Kemp

Glen Eira Arts Desert Resonance - Outback Aboriginal Art. Outback Aboriginal Art presents a dynamic exhibition of Aboriginal paintings and sculptures from the central and western desert regions of Australia. This stunning exhibition celebrates the powerful and highly collectable work being created in diverse Aboriginal communities and arts centres. A selection of recent paintings by senior desert artists from the Utopia region, Polly Ngale and Kathleen Ngale are featured, along with paintings by Katarra Butler from Papunya Tula, Northern Territory. Exhibition is closing June 17. Floor Talk Director of Outback Aboriginal Art, Jenifer Dudley, will present a floor talk about the diversity of Aboriginal art and communities represented in the exhibition. Talk: Friday June 8 at 12.30pm. Paper Round - Justine Kuran. This exhibition is a visual feast of colourful three-dimensional artworks created entirely from paper using the ancient form of 'quilling' or 'paper filigree'. Local artist Justine Kuran, known for her vibrant interpretation of iconic symbols, has created a series of contemporary art works that will be exhibited for the very first time. Join artist Justine Kuran for an engaging discussion about her creative practice. Talks: Friday June 15 at 12.30pm. Want to Paint a Signal Box? The painting of 10 signal boxes located within the Glen Eira municipality has commenced. The project provides local artists with the opportunity to display their art on the street as well as make a valuable contribution to the community. Anyone who lives, works or studies within the City of Glen Eira (except council employees) can submit a design. Full colour designs for each visible side of the box should be submitted. Council recommends visiting the signal box you would like to paint for inspiration. Successful artists will be notified in August and will be provided with all paint and safety equipment and paid $400 at the completion of their artwork. Artists under 18 years will be required to be supervised by a parent, teacher or guardian. Glen Eira Arts and Culture Cnr. Glen Eira & Hawthorn Rd., Caulfield. - Peter Kemp

LEO: (July 23-August 22) Lucky Colour: orange Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 8,2,3,4 Lotto Numbers: 7,2,35,41,21,11, Lots of contacts with overseas friends and relatives and a reunion or trip could be planned.Your company will be very much sought after and social scene should be very pleasant. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: Violet Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 9,2,4,8, Lotto Numbers: 7,13,34,41,22,28, There should be plenty of action around you and you could be completely changed by someone very special. Do not let anybody bully or talk you into business dealings that you are not sure of. LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 9,2,3,5 Lotto Numbers: 6,13,36,45,51,22, Most seem to be at odds with everyone. These differences could get worse unless you put your cards on the table and tell others what you expect. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 7,3,4,5, Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,28,34,41, Don't trust to luck or anybody or anything. Although more luck is evident you will have to watch out for the pitfalls. If you are one of the lucky ones who attract a lot of money, don't tell anybody. SAGITTARIUS: (November23- December 20) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 3,5,4,2 Lotto Numbers: 1,14,12,27,34,45, Work and home affairs are undergoing major changes and should work in your favour. People from the past should now return your good deeds from the past. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Pink Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 8,3,4,5, Lotto Numbers: 1,14,12,23,35,41, Deal with problems as they arrive; don't put anything on the back burner. Financial luck is more evident and luck can come through a hunch. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour:Apricot Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 7,3,4,5, Lotto Numbers: 1,14,12,25,34,41, More stability coming up for long term arrangements. Money should come in a lot easier. You will be in your best position to handle any odds. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: Red Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 8,3,4,5 Lotto Numbers: 1,14,23,35,45,5 You may not be able to please everybody, so please yourself and you'll be the happiest. Watch out for argumentive people and don't get caught in the middle KERRY KULKENS PS YCHIC LINE 190 2 240 051 or 1800 727 727 CALL COST: $5.50 INC G.S.T. PER MIN. MOB/PAY EXTR A. VISIT KERR Y KULKENS MAGIC SHOP AT 1 693 BURW OOD HWY BELG RAVE PH/FAX (0 3) 9754 4587 W WW .KERRY KULKENS.C OM.AU Like us on Facebook


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‘Point of No Return’ at 5 venues

■ Essence Productions presents the 2018 Victorian tour of Point of No Return from July 17 – August 17 in Bendigo, Drysdale, Melbourne and Frankston. Written and directed by Alaine Beek, Point of No Return is based on the true story of Australia’s first boys’ jail, in Tasmania’s Point Puer Boys' Prison. Established in 1834, Point Puer Boys' Prison is located opposite Po rt Arthur Prison and was the first of its kind for the British Empire; an experiment that aimed to rehabilitate young offenders.

Melbourne Arts The Music Gym

■ Galleria announces an all new music hub in the heart of the CBD, The Music Gym., opening June 14. The Music Gym will officially launch on Make Music Day, 21 June. Make Music Day is a worldwide phenomenon observed by hundreds of millions of people in 800 cities across 120 countries. The day brings people of all styles, ages and skill levels together to make and enjoy music, with 2018 the first year Australia is participating. The Music Gym is the brainchild of Catherine Prifti, a music teacher of 21 years. Catherine has been immersed in the world of music for over two decades, working across Australia and Europe with her specialised skill set as a pianist, conductor and teacher. The concept for a music gym came about after Catherine noticed that while many adults have a strong interest in learning and performing music, expensive instruments and costly private lessons stopped many from realising their passion. Enter, The Music Gym: grown-ups only group classes with state-of-the-art instruments provided, at a convenient location where classes can be taken during a lunch break or before or after work. “I am so happy we have been able to realise this concept. There are so many people who will directly benefit from the ability to learn and practice music, whether it’s their dream to perform for a special occasion or just for general enjoyment and mental health,” says Catherine Prifti, founder and director of The Music Gym. “Our space is like an urban oasis, an escape from the office grind for the busy CBD worker who may not enjoy the gym or any other traditional stress relievers.” Music has been credited to be an extremely positive social activity for adults to engage in, particularly amongst office workers and employees. It offers the opportunity to network with others and boost productivity, while singing and listening to music have been proven to reduce stress levels. For more information on The Music Gym visit www.themusicgym.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

2018 Victorian Tour Details: ■ Bendigo Capital Theatre, 50 View Street, Bendigo. July 17 at 7.30pm Tickets: $35 Full, $30 Concession, $16 Student. Bookings: 5434 6100 or online at www.thecapital.com.au ■ The Potato Shed - 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale , July 20 and 21 at 8pm. Tickets: $38 Full, $34 Concession, $30 Grps 20+, $20 Students. Bookings: 5251 1998 or email potatoshed@geelongcity.vic.gov.au www.geelongaustralia.com.au/potatoshed ■ Wyndham Cultural Centre - 177 Watton Street, Werribee. July 27 and 28 at 8pm. Tickets: $35 Full, $30 Concession and Grps 8+, $25 Student under 25, $15 Under 15

Certain school of magic

● Eva Seymour, Keith Brockett, Tammy Weller, Matt Whitty, Annabelle Tudor, Rob Mills, Daniel Cosgrove, Zenya Carmellotti Ryan Hawke and Olivia Charalambous in Puffs. Photo: Ben Fon ■ Remember the four houses at a ‘certain Eye Moody is equally hilarious and disturbing. school of magic’? The Braves, the Smarts and Tammy Weller’s kooky Leanne, Daniel the Snakes and … the Puffs, the Mighty Ducks Cosgrove’s J Finch and Zack Smith, and Anna2 of the wizarding world. belle Tudor’s many impersonations were all on This story is not about the boy who lived. the mark with visual gags provided by Madeleine This is about the boy who didn’t,Cedric Diggory, Bundy’s costumes and props. Hufflepuff hero, and his not so clever, not so The Harry Potter phenomenon began in in brave, frequently overlooked but equally deter- 1997 and a whole generation of Potterholics are mined, fellow students of Hufflepuff House. now well into their twenties, if not older. This The entire Hogwarts saga is presented in 100 spoof as aimed squarely at those of us who know minutes except that this time around, our pro- far too much about a certain boy wizard and his tagonist is a young orphan, Wayne Hopkins friends and enemies. (Ryan Hawke), not from Little Whinging, SurIf you are suffering Post-Potter withdrawal rey, but from Sheep Shear Flats, Queensland, – don’t miss Puffs. and his geek and goth best friends, Oliver Keith Performance Season: Until June 17 TuesBrockett) and Megan (Eva Seymour). days to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 5.30p, Director Kristin McCarthy Parker has Venue: Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street, St coaxed her actors to perform at a rapid-fire pace Kilda Website: puffstheplay.com and with impeccable comic timing. Ticket information and bookings: In a terrific ensemble cast, there were some ticketek.com.au standouts. Rob Mills plays Cedric with the just - Review by Kathryn Keeble the right combination of vacuous and dreamy. Mills’s portrayal of ‘he who cannot be named’ is brilliant. David Todman nails Snape. Todman’s Mad-

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Bookings: 8734 6000 or online at www.wyncc.com.au ■ The Melba Spiegeltent - 35 Johnston St, Collingwood. August 1-11, Wed - Sat, 8pm. Tickets: $32 Full, $27 Concession, $17 Students Bookings: online only at www.pointonr.com Enquiries: 0439 690 091 ■ Frankston Performing Arts Centre - 2737 Davey St, Frankston. August 17 at 12 Noon. Tickets: $30 Full, $25 Concession, $18 Grps 10+ and Students. Bookings: 9784 1060 or on line at www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au www.essenceproductions.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

■ Arts and culture collide in the Children’s Party: Think Tank Sessions, a series of workshops for passionate young people by Alex Walker (House of Muchness) and Ben Landau at Arts Centre Melbourne’s The Channel from June until November. Civics and citizenship study jumps out of the classroom and into action during dynamic, practical sessions for 9 - 12 year-olds. The material created in the eclectic think tank sessions will feed into future iterations of The Children’s Party, a theatrical experience showcasing the powerful perspectives of children in Australia’s first child-led political party. Young people will be asked to respond to timely provocations and exciting stimulus to work out their stance on current hot topics. They will tackle questions including “What is the role of the young person in shaping our world?” and “What do you have to offer as a child?” The participants will then be charged with the task of how to inject their voice into the arena. They are asked to think about the tactics and strategies that can catapult the position of the young person into the frame. Young participants will engage in brainstorming, research, physical theatre, storytelling, speechmaking, discussion, problem solving, performance and presentation. The sessions are the work of Alex Walker, a youth arts practitioner focused on making live art with young people where the spheres of art and politics intersect and Ben Landau, an artist who creates interactive experiences and performances that deconstruct social, political and cultural assumptions to spur agency within the audience. Landau’s work challenges and investigates the world according to children, adults’ assumptions and expectations of children, and ultimately puts kids in control. Together the pair created The Children’s Party, Australia’s first child-led political party. Supported by a set of advisors, speech writers and experts, the pint-sized politicos brought their message to the people at the inaugural Children’s Party Convention. Part participatory art project, part social provocation, part the juiciest episode of Q&A, The Children’s Party flips the adult-child hierarchy on its head. “I’m excited to continue the exploratory process of The Children’s Party during the Think Tank sessions, working with young people to investigate new ways of elevating their ideas and showing adults what leadership means,’’ says Landau. "Working with children in this context is thrilling. Rather than adults teaching young people how the world works, they are given licence to unleash their potent and ancient wisdom. They have an inherent creativity of approach that is radical and necessary and it's a privilege to be witness to it,’’says Walker. Sessions: 11am, June 24, July 29,August 26, September 16, October 7 and November 11. Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, The Channel. Recommended for children aged 9 – 12 years Book: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183. - Cheryl Threadgold

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Murder at Mountain Rush ■ The earliest days of Kinglake then known as the Mountain Rush have been uncovered in an Age article from July 5, 1861. ‘New Diggings on the Upper Plenty Ranges’ offers a picture on the earliest days in the district. Most local storytelling puts the start of Mountain Rush as around 1862 when the local post office opened. Some sources talk about gold being found at Mount Slide in 1861. The Age’s ‘own reporter’ said: “These new diggings, which go by the name of the Mountain Rush, are situate near the extreme spur of the Dividing Range, and their distance from Whittlesea, is as the crow flies, about ten miles. “Although the surrounding country presents few of the ordinary features common to those gold fields whereon regular leads of gold have been found, still it is a matter of certainty that the locality is, in some spots - especially along the beds of the numerous creeks that come rushing from the higher ranges - auriferous to a considerable, and in the ordinary sense of the word, 'paying' extent. “The gold presents for the most part a waterworn appearance, though some of it is shotty and remarkably pure. “The soil is extremely rich and deep, and the vegetation luxuriant even to rankness. “Land leeches abound most unpleasantly, and are a source of no inconsiderable annoyance, for wherever they toucn they fasten, and the unconscious victim is let off cheap. if they have not made themselves as big as his forefinger before they part from him. “Enormous worms also bear testimony to the rank fertility of 'the soil. The timber is thick, and good, and .much of it rises to a height of 300 feet before the stem goes off in branches. “The scrub and undergrowth are on the same abundant scale, and woe betide the traveller if he gets off the ' cut' track. “Mountain Rush was discovered some three months ago, by a man named Pat. O'Brien, who, with aparty of three others, started from Anderson's Diggings, tor the purpose of prospecting some of the creeks running from this portion of the Upper Plenty ranges. “It appears that they found abundant evidences of the presence of gold, almost in any place they washed for it, and if they had stuck steadily to one spot, instead o wasting time in going about; in search of more likely looking places, they would have made something better than what is understood as 'wages.' “Grimshaw was the. next man who formed a party, and after prospecting for about three weeks, he hit upon some good ground, and immediately settled down upon a prospecting claim. “After diverting the course of the creek and getting the sluice boxes and apparatus into gear, he found stuff well worth washing, not only in the bed of the creek, but along the banks as well. “In the meanwhile, however, another party, known as Sloane s party, jumped a portion of the claim, and it stated they cleared 11 ounces of gold after a few hours' work. “At all events the claim was good

● A donkey team outside an early Kinglake Post Office building. Pgoto: Kinglake Historical Society enough to make it worth while for treat the whole affair otherwise than tain Rush. From this stage in the jourGrimshaw's party to despatch a as so much 'prospecting.' ney, the traveller had better take About .300 men are on the field, sweet counsel with his horse, and if messenger to Kilmore to fetch Warden McCrae to decide the dispute. so that there is every probability of the latter is anything like a ' scrubber' That gentleman, however, not its real merits being soon found out. of the renown of Mr Forbes' Polly, Provisions are in sufficient abun- the more he concedes to the beast, finding it convenient to attend at the time, contented himself with send- dance, and the price of most of them the less risk he runs of being bushed ing a trooper to the scene of the is very little above Melbourne rates. for the night. Bread is dear (14d the 4lb loaf), 'barney,' and the consequence is that But with plenty of daylight, and a the works are now placed under stop- but will come down as soon as the sharp look out for the ' blazed' trees, pack horse period of transport gives an hour or so ought to end the trip. page. But for this dispute, Grimshaw way to dray traffic. For the benefit of the uninitiated, Meat is only 5d per lb. One of the a ' blazed' tree is a tree that has got a would have got a puddling machine up before now ; and the real charac- storekeepers, is Mr Phipson, of bit of its bark chipped off, so as to ter of the diggings, as a probably rich Queenstown, .who. combines medi- look conspicuous. gold field, would by this time have cal with less professional pursuits, Whereupon the logical reader will and whom the miners will find an remark, by way of corollary, that the been pretty, well developed. It may be here remarked. that the equally good hand at dispensing doses first and only grand steps towards washing stuff is much too hard and as well as something to take the taste macadamization in this portion of the sticky to have justice done it by the out of the mouth with. scrub, on the Plenty ranges, has been Mr Watermann is also putting up already taken. inadequate mode of sluicing in vogue a store, of quite a pretentious charat present. A bush surveyor can do wonders Nothing short of the most thorough acter. even with a tomahawk. The road to the Mountain Rush, puddling can prevent a considerable ★ portion of the gold, coarse as well as by way of Whittlesea, has the merit On March 19, 1862, in the Victofine, from being carried off in clay of being a capital coach road so far rian Legislative Council, Mr. Jones as that township, the fare being only gave notice that, on the following day, balls. The claim that stands next in re- five shillings, and the 'whip' (Mr he would ask the Postmaster-Genpute, and will probably prove the Gardiner) a model hand at the rib- eral with the number of miners and richer of the two, was opened by Mr bons, and withal an extremely pleas- storekeepers on the Mountain rush, Dickenson, a gentleman who ap- ant fellow, of his inches. they had applied for the esIt is his intention, by the way, to whether pears, to divide his enthusiasm betablishment of a post-office there; tween gold-seeking and science. run his coach 'through,' as soon 'as and if so, whether the application wai more certain intelligence is obtained While he pans out with a duo relikely to be granted. gard to saving what is vulgarly called of the rush turning up trumps. The Herald reported that Dr In the meanwhile, however, those the precious metal, he has a Evans said he had “not received a mineralogist's sympathy for the who mean to visit the Mountain for memorial from persons describing the purpose of taking a business look baser materials found accompanythemselves ing it, and speaks everentially of ev- round, will do well to, furbish up all Rush”. as resident at Mountain the bush knowledge they are in poserything by its scientific name. “He had received a memorial Not the least valuable of his ob- session of. from Gordon's Diggings and steps From the Whittlesea Hotel to servations is, that there is a total abTommy's Hut is pleasant travelling had been taken for providing a postsence of quartz in situ. In fact, you may walk about the enough. The distance is some seven office there. “Mr Jones said there was a meranges for miles and miles without or eight miles, and the air of the morial sent to tho hon. member's ofranges is just keen enough to sharpen detecting the slightest evidence of the appetite for the corned beef and fice, and must in the ordinary course the presence of quartz. After working his claim for seven excellent damper, and what not, that have reached him. He supposed, weeks — during which time Mr await the traveller on reaching that therefore, it must have escaped his attention. Dickenson well paid his expenses place of halt. “Gordon Diggings was quite a difThence the bush track is good as — some hitch occurred in the party, ferent locality from Mountain Rush. far as Grimshaw's Hut, which is situand the issue was that the property Dr Evans said lie would cause has just been sold to Messrs Forbes ated within some four or fire miles inquiry to be made in the office as to and Waterman for £60, who are now of the diggings. This latter hut cannot be well the memorial from Mountain busy in making preparations for workmissed, unless the traveller runs Rush.” ing the claim in good earnest. ★ Hurst and party are the occupi- away with the idea that a hut, to be a The Mountain Rush Post Office ers of what is known as the 'third hut, ought to have a roof to it. The fact is, the structure, in ques- opened on Wednesday, May 4, 1862, claim,' the lower portion of which is tion was a hut some years ago, when according to a notice placed in The yielding remarkably well, It said that this party cleared £60 it was used as a dairy, in connection Herald by William Turner of the with the adjoining station, occupied General Post Office, Melbourne. in one week. In the same month, a murder near The various other claims that have by Mr John Nicholson, the brother been taken up on the other creeps in of Mr Germain Nicholson, of this Mountain Rush was reported by the neighborhood are reported to be city; but it is now in. ruins, and serves The Age newspaper (May 27, 1862). “A murder, accompanied with of average quality, but it is impos- as a very effioient land mark on the sible at this stage of the workings, to road from 'Tommy's' to the Moun- highway rob bery, was perpetrated

at the Big Hill, on the Mountain Creek road, on the afternoon or night of Friday, the 23rd instant. “On that day, about four p.m., Mr Edmond Cuckston, of the Wild Dog Brewery, near Queenstown, left the Moun tain Rush in order to return to Queenstown. “He had been there collecting money, and is supposed to have had about £15 on his person when he started homewards on his bay pony. “About half an hour before him a person named John Haines left the Mountain Rush for Queenstown. “He returned from Queenstown on the following morn ing. On coming to the Big Hill, about four miles from the Mountain Creek Diggings, about ten a.m., he found Mr Cuckston lying on the ground, dead. “He had been shot with a small bullet in the collarbone. The bullet had taken a downward course. On looking round Mr Haines recognised the place as one at which on the previous day he had seen a man camped, of rather a suspicious looking character. “He recollected also that about a quarter of an hour after he had passed this place -just about the time Mr Cuckston must have arrived at it — he had heard a pistol or gun shot in the direction of this man's tent. “Haines at once gave information to the police. On examination by them, it was found that the whole of Mr Cuckston's property, his money, whip, and other articles, had been removed from his person. His pony and saddle were gone. “Two dogs accompanied him in this journey; one of these dogs returned to the Mountain rush the same night, of the other nothing has since been heard. “The police anticipate a speedy capture of the offender.” The Argus (May 29, 1862) said: “The district coroner held an inquest on Tuesday on the body of Mr. Edmund Cuckson, who was found on Saturday last murdered, near an old hut, a little off one of the tracks between Smith Gully and Mountain Rush, New Caledonia diggings. “The jury returned a verdict of ‘wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown’.” The Age (June 3, 1862) said: “The man suspected of the late murder of Edmund Cuckson, on the Mountain Rush Road, near Queenstown on the night of Friday, the 23rd May, has been traced to and from the scene of the murder. “He passed up to the spot on foot, and returned on Mr Cuckson's pony, a bay one, a little white about the hind feet, with a small switch tail, and branded H 6 on the off shoulder. “In his passage down he passed Mr Cuckson's house, about three miles on the other side of Queenstown. Mrs Cuckson hailed him, thinking him to be her husband but he passed cn. He was also saluted by several other persons on the road, and was noticed to shy off from them, as if anxious to avoid them. “Beyond the fact of his coming into town on the pony, nothing further has been ascertained of his movements. “It is somewhat remarkable that no reward appears to have been yet offered by the Government for tho apprehension of the murderer,” The Age said. To be continued


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North-east’s last passenger train ■ The last train, hauled by diesel locomotive Y 158 departed Yea at 6.30pm on Monday, November 6, 1978. “No train ever visited the Yea area again,” comments rail historian Lance Adams, at Michael Minter’s yea.com.au website. 'The main northeast line reached Tallarook and Seymour in November 1872 and it was from the former location that it was eventually decided that the rail should branch eastward along the Goulburn River valley into one of the most picturesque areas in Victoria. The Murrindindi Shire’s Hertiage Study, quoting Sid Brown’s 'Mansfield Railway Centenary'feature in Newsrail, 1991, said: It was 10 years later in 1882 that a line was surveyed as far as Yea and the construction contract let. The route followed the curves and undulations of the valley, hugging the steep walls on the south side of the river. C. & E. Miller signed the contract to construct the 38.1 km railway on September 27, 1882, and 14 months later the line to Yea was opened for business. This was a very creditable feat, achieved by a team of over 1000 men and requiring the erection of 23 bridges. The cost was $200 000 and the terrain was not easy. For instance, in the first 11.2 km to Trawool, there were 17 curves and 68 changes of grade. The Minister of Railways, Mr Gillies, gave permission for the line to be opened on November 16, 1883, although engine sheds and turntables at Tallarook and Yea, goods facilities and intermediate sidings were not completed until the following year. The Tallarook loco depot was built in the V-shaped section of land between the main line to Seymour and the branch line. Intermediate stations to Yea were Trawool (until 1910 spelt Traawool, native for 'wild water'), Kerrisdale (initially called Windham) and Homewood. About 1893, a siding was opened 2 km on the down side of Trawool. It was named Wright's Siding. It later became Trawool Falls Siding, and was changed again in November 1904 to Granite, referring to the stone being loaded at that location. The siding was removed in 1919, but a one car length platform erected about 1910 remained until December 1951. Yea was the line terminus for six years. Several routes had been suggested for the extension of the line from Yea to Mansfield, but these were met with sporadic opposition from Benalla residents who preferred that a line to Mansfield should branch from the main line at their town. Eventually the decision was made that the line would extend from Yea. The first section, a 17.2 km extension to Molesworth, was started on April 27, 1887, and completed and opened on November 12, 1889, with two intermediate stations, Cheviot and Balham. The latter was closed on June 17, 1893. Three kilometres beyond Yea the line crossed the Yea River, a tributary of the Goulburn, on a curved bridge and climbed into the foothills of Mt Cunningham.

● Y158: the last locomotive to visit Yea. Photo: Lance Adams Following up-grades of 1 in 40, which was opened for use in Sep- 22.3 km from Merton to Mainthe line ran past Cheviot station to a tember 1890. dample on May 7, 1891, and the 13.9 depression in the mountain range at Alexandra Road will be remem- km from Maindample to Mansfield which point it ran through the 183 m bered for its three name changes. It on October 6, 1891. Cheviot tunnel. was renamed Lily in August 1909, The contract for building the line The summit of this bank is at the after the nearby Lily Gully, then from Cathkinto Mansfield (61.1 km) down end of the tunnel, which took changed to Rhodes later in the same was let on December 21, 1889 to R two years to construct. year and in 1916 was finally called Thomton for $122 325. From there 1 in 40 down-grades Koriella - the native word for The sleepers were cut from gum dropped the line again to the valley Goulburn. trees growing on the banks of the of the Goulburn River, which it folFor a period in the 1890s, due to Murray River at Koondrook, and lowed to Molesworth station. an economic depression, the line the rails were imported from the One wonders what particular was held up at Alexandra Road. Krupp works in Germany. forces were brought to bear to folWhen the decision was finally Locomotion for the first trains on low this mountainous route, rather made to extend to Alexandra in 1909, the line was provided by 4-6-0 type than follow the river valleys. it was largely because of the signifi- American style W or S class steam The 201m (660') long Tunnel was cant revenue to be had from the engines with truncated diamond constructed to pass trains across the Rubicon forest timber. shaped chimneys. Black Range at McLouglin's Gap The former Alexandra station is Some units, numbers 153, 155 and roughly half way between Yea and currently the home of the Alexandra 217 - 235 (odd numbers) were built Molesworth. TimberTramway Museum and His- by the Baldwin Locomotive Works Built under tender by Kenny toric Park. in Philadelphia, Penn., USAbetween Bros. as part of the Yea to Cathkin The line to Mansfield was closed 1879 and 1883. section at a cost of £88,661/2/11 the in 1978 and partially dismantled. Odd numbers 197-215 were built work was delayed by accidents, For 19 years, Alexandra Road at Ballarat by the Phoenix Foundry floods and several industrial disputes. was an inconvenient railhead for about 1883. The tunnel was constructed from Alexandra, seven kilometres away, Track speed was around 60 kmh an estimated 675,000 handmade but on August 11, 1908, work began With the opening of the first secbricks using local clay. in rough steep 1 in 30 grade country tion of the branch line from Tallarook This was sourced from Quinlan's on the 'Alexandra Township Rail- to Yea in 1883, a daily return Monpit in a nearby paddock just west of way Extension'. day to Saturday train was provided the Tunnel. The line climbed to its greatest from Tallarook. Some steel hooks that held lan- elevation at Eglinton cutting, before In 1884 the service was increased terns in emergencies still exist near dropping down towards the to two daily return trips and the situthe four indented safety alcoves. Goulburn River valley, through the ation held until the extension to These are located at regular in- deep cutting at Victoria Gap, to Molesworth opened in November tervals along the eastern wall. Alexandra. 1889. The Cheviot Station was built to This line was opened on October At this stage two return trips opload sawn timber harvested from the 28, 1909. In the 1920s, Alexandra erated daily, but were based on Murrindindi Forest, some 14 miles became the railhead for materials Molesworth. This provided better (23km) away. . used in the construction of the origi- connections to Seymour and beyond; The first 3' (0.9m) gauge timber nal Eildon Weir which was ready for as well as permitting a return day trip tramway opened in 1901 and led to use in 1927 and again when the weir to Melbourne. a terminus some 5 miles (8km) from was enlarged in the early 1950s. As the line was extended to the Station. It was extended to the From Cathkin, the Mansfield line Cathkin in June 1890 and to Station in 1905. stretched north east through Yarck Alexandra Road (Koriella) a few A second tramline commenced and Kanumbra to Merton, a dis- months later, two up and two down operation in 1925. Both tramways tance of 24.9 km. mixed (passenger and goods) trains stopped operation in 1937 when the This section was opened on No- operated on weekdays to Tallarook. horse-drawn wagons were replaced vember 10, 1890. Curves were few Cathkin was the base, with the by trucks. and grades easy to Kanumbra but engine working to Yea every Sunday Two six ton derrick cranes were beyond, the ascent to and descent for maintenance. installed at the station yards in the from Merton Gap (398 m) posed When Merton station was opened 1920s to handle the large volume of heavier going for the construction in November 1890, two return trips timber transported. teams and the trains that followed. daily to Cathkin connected with The completion of numerous The first train from Melbourne to Alexandra Road - Tallarook trains. bridges over the Goulburn River Merton averaged 29 km an hour. When Maindample became the flats permitted quick construction, by From Merton to Mansfield only railhead in May 1891, one of these June 17, 1890, of the next 4.4 km an occasional sharp pinch of 1 in 40 trains was extended to permit a day section to Cathkin, followed by the disturbed the easy undulating nature return connection from Melbourne, 7.1 km south-eastern stretch along of the line. with the tram still standing overnight the Spring Creek valley and graduThe 36.2 km section was com- at Merton. ally climbing to Alexandra Road, pleted and opened in two parts, the World War II coal restrictions

caused reduction in steam service until October 1945, when 80 hp Leyland rail motor cars ('Double Enders') took over the passenger operation between Tallarook and Mansfield, providing two morning and two evening services each way per week. Four Double Enders went into service in 1925-26 and had accommodation for 27 first class and 29 second class passengers. The Alexandra line passenger service was terminated in October 1945, but goods trains still ran twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays. A goods train also ran four days a week to and from Mansfield. The only surviving mixed train was the Monday morning up from Yea. The mid-1970s saw state parliament accept recommendations for the closure of numerous branch lines, the setting up of Regional Freight Centres at certain main line stations with forwarding of goods by road and the introduction of buses for passengers. The Tallarook - Yea - Mansfield/ Alexandra railway featured high on the list for elimination. As a consequence, train operations began to wind down with the cessation of the railmotor service on Saturday, May 28, 1977. In the following February, the Seymour Freight Centre was established and regular goods trains were cancelled on the branch line, with locos and crews being transferred to Seymour. Wednesday, February 1 and Friday, February 3, 1978 were the dates of the running of the last goods trains to Alexandra and Mansfield respectively. The weekend February 4 and 5, 1978 was the first in 93 years on which an engine had not been stabled in the Yea loco area. For the following nine months, trains ran on the line on an 'as required' basis, operated from Seymour. On August 2, 1978, loco Y131 departed Cathkin at 8.45 am with the last revenue train to Alexandra. It left on the return journey with a guard's van and one truck. Two months later, on October 23, 1978, Y166 hauled steam loco J5l2 to be preserved on track at Alexandra as a static exhibit. The diesel returned light engine and the line had seen its last movement beyond Cathkin to Alexandra. Trains ran spasmodically to Mansfield for another fortnight, until finally on Monday, November 6, 1978 loco Y158 trundled westward out of Mansfield into history with its small train, which after leaving Yea had only eight vehicles. Thus came to an end the working of the Mansfield line. This train heralded the end of 86½ years of rail service to Mansfield. Mansfield's ganger Ken Close and his cat were the only ones to see the last train disappear up the line.“ In a press release from VicRail it was announced that the Tallarook to Mansfield and Alexandra lines would formally close on Wednesday November 8. It was on May 28 that the last passenger train left Mansfield for Melbourne. It took 2¾ hours to reach Yea because the track had deteriorated. The departure of the last passenger train and the last goods train was in marked contrast to the official opening of the track and arrival of the first passenger train .


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■ Alan Ladd was one of the great film stars of the Golden Years of Hollywood. He became one of the popular "tough guy" actors and appeared in about ninety five films during his career. Alan Walbridge Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1913. His father died when Alan was only four. His mother moved with her son to Oklahoma where she married a housepainter and eventually the family re-located to California. Alan was about five foot six inches tall and was given the nickname "tiny" in his teenage years but he was a handsome young man with a remarkable speaking voice. He appeared in school plays and was an active sportsman. In the early 1930s Alan got small jobs in radio shows and then did "bit parts" in films. He supported himself by opening a hamburger stand which he called ‘Tiny's Patio’. Alan married Marjorie Harrold in 1936 and their son Alan Ladd Jnr was born in 1937. He is a famous film executive and producer these days and was responsible for approving production of the film Star Wars. Alan Ladd began getting speaking parts in films during the early 1940s and his voice can be clearly heard as one of the "faceless reporters" in the Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. Alan was divorced in 1941 and married his agent Sue Carol the following year. His "break

Whatever Happened To ... Alan Ladd

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through" role came when he starred opposite Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire. Alan played a ‘hit man’ with a conscience and this role virtually took him from being a small time bit player to a major international star. His next films The Glass Key, Lucky Jordan and The Blue Dahlia were all box office hits. In 1948 Alan started his successful radio series Box 13 where he played the reporter Dan Holiday. He was cast in the lead role in the film The Great Gatsby in 1949. The film he is most remembered for came in 1953 when he played the title role in Shane opposite Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde and Jack Palance.

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Ladd and I recall how Tommy Dysart once demonstrated to me the unique way that Alan Ladd had of walking down a staircase. The best remembered films of Alan Ladd include Saigon, Two Years before the Mast, Appointment with Danger, Whispering Smith, Hell Below Zero and Boy on a Dolphin. In 1955 he made a film The Mc Connell Story with June Alyson and they fell in love but it is said that the breakdown of the affair led to his depression in later years. In 1964 Alan Ladd was found dead in Palm Springs due to an overdose of pills and alcohol at the age of 50. He had completed work on his final screen role in The Carpetbaggers but did not live to see the film. He was survived by his wife Sue and three children. In a 1961 interview Alan Ladd was asked, "What would you change about yourself if you could?" He replied: "Everything." ● Alan Ladd The fact remains that his work in films has Shane was actually shot in 1951 and held given great enjoyment to his legion of fans back for two years by the studio for editing. The throughout the world. Kevin Trask simple line delivered by Brandon De Wilde as Kevin can be heard on 3AW Shane rides away, "Shane! Shane! Come back Shane!" has become one of the most famous The Time Tunnel - on Remember When Sundays at 9.10pm lines in cinema history. And on 96.5 FM Most film buffs regard Shane as a classic That's Entertainment - Sundays and it was nominated for five Academy Awards. at 12 Noon I know many of our readers are fans of Alan

Red-faced patrons at US restaurant bar

■ There’s a restaurant and bar in America’s Milwaukee whose ladies’ room features a large picture of a reclining and starkly naked Burt Reynolds, with no more than a small red cardboard-cut-out heart over his, ah, more personal parts. But pity any poor visiting patron who is not in the know – for if they touch that little heart for maybe a naughty peek, a siren blasts out across the restaurant outside so that as they leave to return to their table, they’ll be greeted raucously by other patrons to be left red-faced for the remainder of the night. Established 52 years ago, The SafeHouse as it is called is themed around international spying and espionage, including its very location being down a dimly-lit riverside alleyway, and the name over the door not mentioning being a restaurant or bar, but the alias International Exports Ltd. And to get in you have to give a secret password, with a bit of prompting from Miss Moneypenny if you’ve no idea what it is, while inside dim-lit passageways lead to dining and drinking areas almost straight out of Hollywood, a Newsroom Pub and an Interpol Bar, and a Cloak and Dagger Room in which to leave your coat. There’s also a collection of gadgetry from many of the James Bond films, an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall in a glass case, and a mass of fascinating espionage paraphernalia. David Baldwin who dubbed himself Agent Oh-Oh-Seven opened The SafeHouse in 1966, sold out to a fellow Milwaukee businessman in 2015, and died just three months later. The SafeHouse is well worth a visit for a meal, a drink and a look around – but ladies remember, if you need to go to the washroom, and you are a little inquisitive about Agent Burt (as his picture is titled,) you have been warned.

Pie capital

■ Pie eaters unite – June’s is here and that means it’s time again for Australia’s biggest celebration of everything pies in NSW’s Southern Highlands … that becomes the Southern Pie-lands for all of June. Based on the towns of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale and the

Observations Showbiz Briefs

■ Jeff Duff and Orchestra will appear at Bird’s Basement on June 22-23. Jeff has a fascination and reverence for the legendary 60s vocalist Scott Walker - one of the most mythologized, mysterious figures in modern music. ■ Stefan Mitchell will be joining Seven’s Sunday Night as a Producer from June 11. He moves from Weekend Sunrise where he has been since February last year, after first starting at Sunrise in 2011, before a brief stint at Network Ten. ■ Robert Burton-Bradley has joined the ABC in Melbourne as a journalist. He will contribute across television, radio and online. Robert moves from SBS where he was Senior Digital Editor, and Digital News Editor before that.

MoMA at NGV

■ More than 200 works from The Museum of Modern Art. New York come to Melbourne this winter. The National Gallery of Victoria presents a major exhibition f modern and contemporary masterworks from New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art in the premiere exhibition opening June 9 at NGV International Melbourne. ● Ladies be warned, if you need to go to the washroom in the bizarre SafeHouse Bar and Restaurant in Milwaukee, you’ll be confronted by this picture of Agent Burt on the wall – and roving hands could see you red-faced for the remainder of your visit. country. Last year’s inaugural Southern Highlands’ Pie Time drew thousands of pie-lovers to the Highlands through the month of June who, with enthusiastic locals, chomped their way through just over 100,000 pies – and which helped win Pie Time a major award in the 2017 Qantas Tourism Awards for best Destination Marketing Campaigns. And last year’s Southern Highlands Best Pie Competition has been expanded this year to become the NSW andACT Best Pie Competition, with five categories of pies both savoury and sweet and with the winning pies being available for visitors to search out and chomp into. Plus Pie Time’s month long celebrations will culminate in a two-day “Pie Fest” on the weekend of June 23 and 24 that showcases all things pies with David Ellis and their best accompanying wines, many picturesque little mountain vil- beers, ciders and spirits made in the lages around them, the Southern Southern Highlands, and further Highlands have more pie bakeries afield, will this year be held at the vast and pie outlets per capita than any Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse just other region in Australia, and is argu- outside Bowral to accommodate a ably the unofficial Pie Capital of the greater number of stallholder.

Struth

OK. With John O’Keef e ‘Mad Dog’ loved cats

■ Geelong readers well be saddended by the death of local radio identity Don 'Mad Dog' Dwyer. Don had spent a working lifetime in radio and his CV included stints with stations in London, Melbourne,Albury and Geelong. One of his better known gigs was as 'Mad Dog' the always cherry voice over man at Kardinia Park whenever the CatsAFL played at home. Vale Don.

Eyewitness News change

■ With the changing of the guard at Ten to anchor Eyewitness News there is no shortage of friends in Melbourne media thinking of offering Steve Quartermain a job. Already Ross Stevenson has secured Steve to co-host 3AW's Saturday food hour while Kate Stevenson is overseas. Quartermain has a extensive background in sports broadcasting -a five star caller of football and cricket- Channel 7 could be interested. Who will ever forget his now legendary call “Leo Barry , you star” during the 2005 AFL Grand Final?

Import on the loose

■ The much hyped arrival of Pommie import Christian O'Connell started his stint as brekkie announcer on Gold 104.3 on Monday. His on-air partner in a local lad Jack Post. The team will take awhile to settle in but reading through their track records listeners can expect a lot of original, crazy stunts. Time will tell how these stunts reflect in the scores in the ratings book. - John O’Keefe


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May's Sale Item is a ready-to-hang Limited Edition Art Print of Melbourne in 1882. This is a stunning Melbourne aerial view showing the historical development of the 1880's era. It is a beautiful reminder of our wonderful past and development.

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Hard Times - by Charles Dickens So he said, with truth, ‘I’m more leetsome, Rachael, under ‘t, than I could’n ha believed.’ It was not her part to make his burden heavier. She answered with her comforting smile, and the three walked on together. Age, especially when it strives to be self-reliant and cheerful, finds much consideration among the poor. The old woman was so decent and contented, and made so light of her infirmities, though they had increased upon her since her former interview with Stephen, that they both took an interest in her. She was too sprightly to allow of their walking at a slow pace on her account, but she was very grateful to be talked to, and very willing to talk to any extent: so, when they came to their part of the town, she was more brisk and vivacious than ever. ‘Come to my poor place, missus,’ said Stephen, ‘and tak a coop o’ tea. Rachael will coom then; and arterwards I’ll see thee safe t’ thy Travellers’ lodgin. ‘T may be long, Rachael, ere ever I ha th’ chance o’ thy coompany agen.’ They complied, and the three went on to the house where he lodged. When they turned into a narrow street, Stephen glanced at his window with a dread that always haunted his desolate home; but it was open, as he had left it, and no one was there. The evil spirit of his life had flitted away again, months ago, and he had heard no more of her since. The only evidence of her last return now, were the scantier moveables in his room, and the grayer hair upon his head. He lighted a candle, set out his little tea-board, got hot water from below, and brought in small portions of tea and sugar, a loaf, and some butter from the nearest shop. The bread was new and crusty, the butter fresh, and the sugar lump, of course — in fulfilment of the standard testimony of the Coketown magnates, that these people lived like princes, sir. Rachael made the tea (so large a party necessitated the borrowing of a cup), and the visitor enjoyed it mightily. It was the first glimpse of sociality the host had had for many days. He too, with the world a wide heath before him, enjoyed the meal — again in corroboration of the magnates, as exemplifying the utter want of calculation on the part of these people, sir. ‘I ha never thowt yet, missus,’ said Stephen, ‘o’ askin thy name.’ The old lady announced herself as ‘Mrs. Pegler.’ ‘A widder, I think?’ said Stephen. ‘Oh, many long years!’ Mrs. Pegler’s husband (one of the best on record) was already dead, by Mrs. Pegler’s calculation, when Stephen was born. ‘‘Twere a bad job, too, to lose so good a one,’ said Stephen. ‘Onny children?’ Mrs. Pegler’s cup, rattling against her saucer as she held it, denoted some nervousness on her part. ‘No,’ she said. ‘Not now, not now.’ ‘Dead, Stephen,’ Rachael softly hinted. ‘I’m sooary I ha spok’n on ‘t,’ said Stephen, ‘I ought t’ hadn in my mind as I might touch a sore place. I— I blame myseln.’ While he excused himself, the old lady’s cup rattled more and more. ‘I had a son,’ she said, curiously distressed, and not by any of the usual appearances of sorrow; ‘and he did well, wonderfully well. But he is not to be spoken of if you please. He is — ’ Putting down her cup, she moved her hands as if she would have added, by her action, ‘dead!’ Then she said aloud, ‘I have lost him.’ Stephen had not yet got the better of his having given the old lady pain, when his landlady came stumbling up the narrow stairs, and calling him to the door, whispered in his ear. Mrs. Pegler was by no means deaf, for she caught a word as it was uttered. ‘Bounderby!’ she cried, in a suppressed voice, starting up from the table. ‘Oh hide me! Don’t let me be seen for the world. Don’t let him come up till I’ve got away. Pray, pray!’ She trembled, and was excessively agitated; getting behind Rachael, when Rachael tried to reassure her; and not seeming to know what she was about. ‘But hearken, missus, hearken,’ said Stephen, astonished. “Tisn’t Mr. Bounderby; ’tis his wife. Yo’r not fearfo’o’ her. Yo was hey-go-mad about her, but an hour sin.’ ‘But are you sure it’s the lady, and not the gentleman?’ she asked, still trembling.

next to nothing — for a man who gets a bad name among them.’ ‘What shall I understand that you mean by a bad name?’ ‘The name of being troublesome.’ ‘Then, by the prejudices of his own class, and by the prejudices of the other, he is sacrificed alike? Are the two so deeply separated in this town, that there is no place whatever for an honest workman between them?’ Rachael shook her head in silence. ‘He fell into suspicion,’ said Louisa, ‘with his fellow-weavers, because — he had made a promise not to be one of them. I think it must have been to you that he made that promise. Might I ask you why he made it?’ Rachael burst into tears. ‘I didn’t seek it of him, poor lad. I prayed him to avoid trouble for his own good, little thinking he’d come to it through me. But I know he’d die a hundred deaths, ere ever he’d break his word. I know that of him well.’ Stephen had remained quietly attentive, in his usual thoughtful attitude, with his hand at his chin. He now spoke in a voice rather less steady than usual. ‘No one, excepting myseln, can ever know what honour, an’ what love, an’ respect, I bear to Rachael, or wi’ what cause. When I passed that promess, I towd her true, she were th’ Angel o’ my life. ‘Twere a solemn promess. ’Tis gone fro’ me, for ever.’ Louisa turned her head to him, and bent it with a deference that was new in her. She looked from him to Rachael, and her features softened. ‘What will you do?’ she asked him. And her voice had softened too. ‘Weel, ma’am,’ said Stephen, making the best of it, with a smile; ‘when I ha finished off, I mun quit this part, and try another. Fortnet or misfortnet, a man can but try; there’s nowt to be done wi’out tryin’ — cept laying down and dying.’ ‘How will you travel?’ ‘Afoot, my kind ledy, afoot.’ Louisa coloured, and a purse appeared in her hand. The rustling of a bank-note was audible, as she unfolded one and laid it on the table. ‘Rachael, will you tell him — for you know how, without offence — that this is freely his, to help him on his way? Will you entreat him to take it?’ ‘I canna do that, young lady,’ she answered, turnCharles Dickens ing her head aside. ‘Bless you for thinking o’ the ‘Certain sure!’ sea, and did some harm and waste (chiefly to poor lad wi’ such tenderness. But ’tis for him to ‘Well then, pray don’t speak to me, nor yet take itself), and fell again; this she knew the Coketown know his heart, and what is right according to any notice of me,’ said the old woman. ‘Let me Hands to be. But, she had scarcely thought more it.’ be quite to myself in this corner.’ of separating them into units, than of separating Louisa looked, in part incredulous, in part frightStephen nodded; looking to Rachael for an ex- the sea itself into its component drops. ened, in part overcome with quick sympathy, planation, which she was quite unable to give “ when this man of so much self-command, who him; took the candle, went downstairs, and in a She stood for some moments looking round the had been so plain and steady through the late few moments returned, lighting Louisa into the room. From the few chairs, the few books, the interview, lost his composure in a moment, and room. She was followed by the whelp. common prints, and the bed, she glanced to the now stood with his hand before his face. She Rachael had risen, and stood apart with her two women, and to Stephen. stretched out hers, as if she would have touched shawl and bonnet in her hand, when Stephen, ‘I have come to speak to you, in consequence of him; then checked herself, and remained still. himself profoundly astonished by this visit, put what passed just now. I should like to be ser- ‘Not e’en Rachael,’ said Stephen, when he stood the candle on the table. Then he too stood, with viceable to you, if you will let me. Is this your again with his face uncovered, ‘could mak sitch his doubled hand upon the table near it, waiting wife?’ a kind offerin, by onny words, kinder. T’ show to be addressed. Rachael raised her eyes, and they sufficiently that I’m not a man wi’out reason and gratitude, For the first time in her life Louisa had come answered no, and dropped again. I’ll tak two pound. I’ll borrow ‘t for t’ pay ‘t into one of the dwellings of the Coketown Hands; ‘I remember,’ said Louisa, reddening at her back. ‘Twill be the sweetest work as ever I ha for the first time in her life she was face to face mistake; ‘I recollect, now, to have heard your done, that puts it in my power t’ acknowledge with anything like individuality in connection domestic misfortunes spoken of, though I was once more my lastin thankfulness for this present with them. She knew of their existence by hun- not attending to the particulars at the time. It action.’ dreds and by thousands. She knew what results was not my meaning to ask a question that would She was fain to take up the note again, and to in work a given number of them would produce give pain to any one here. If I should ask any substitute the much smaller sum he had named. in a given space of time. She knew them in other question that may happen to have that re- He was neither courtly, nor handsome, nor piccrowds passing to and from their nests, like ants sult, give me credit, if you please, for being in turesque, in any respect; and yet his manner of or beetles. But she knew from her reading infi- ignorance how to speak to you as I ought.’ accepting it, and of expressing his thanks withnitely more of the ways of toiling insects than of As Stephen had but a little while ago instinc- out more words, had a grace in it that Lord Chesthese toiling men and women. tively addressed himself to her, so she now in- terfield could not have taught his son in a cenSomething to be worked so much and paid so stinctively addressed herself to Rachael. Her tury. much, and there ended; something to be infalli- manner was short and abrupt, yet faltering and Tom had sat upon the bed, swinging one leg and bly settled by laws of supply and demand; some- timid. sucking his walking-stick with sufficient unconthing that blundered against those laws, and ‘He has told you what has passed between him cern, until the visit had attained this stage. Seefloundered into difficulty; something that was a self and my husband? You would be his first ing his sister ready to depart, he got up, rather little pinched when wheat was dear, and over- resource, I think.’ hurriedly, and put in a word. ate itself when wheat was cheap; something ‘I have heard the end of it, young lady,’ said ‘Just wait a moment, Loo! Before we go, I should that in creased at such a rate of percentage, and Rachael. like to speak to him a moment. Something comes yielded such another percentage of crime, and ‘Did I understand, that, being rejected by one into my head. If you’ll step out on the stairs, such another percentage of pauperism; some- employer, he would probably be rejected by all? Blackpool, I’ll mention it. Never mind a light, thing wholesale, of which vast fortunes were I thought he said as much?’ man!’ Tom was remarkably impatient of his made; something that occasionally rose like a ‘The chances are very small, young lady — Continued on Page 27


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From Page 26 moving towards the cupboard, to get one. ‘It don’t want a light.’ Stephen followed him out, and Tom closed the room door, and held the lock in his hand. ‘I say!’ he whispered. ‘I think I can do you a good turn. Don’t ask me what it is, because it may not come to anything. But there’s no harm in my trying.’ His breath fell like a flame of fire on Stephen’s ear, it was so hot. ‘That was our light porter at the Bank,’ said Tom, ‘who brought you the message to-night. I call him our light porter, because I belong to the Bank too.’ Stephen thought, ‘What a hurry he is in!’ He spoke so confusedly. ‘Well!’ said Tom. ‘Now look here! When are you off?’ ‘T’ day’s Monday,’ replied Stephen, considering. ‘Why, sir, Friday or Saturday, nigh ‘bout.’ ‘Friday or Saturday,’ said Tom. ‘Now look here! I am not sure that I can do you the good turn I want to do you — that’s my sister, you know, in your room — but I may be able to, and if I should not be able to, there’s no harm done. So I tell you what. You’ll know our light porter again?’ ‘Yes, sure,’ said Stephen. ‘Very well,’ returned Tom. ‘When you leave work of a night, between this and your going away, just hang about the Bank an hour or so, will you? Don’t take on, as if you meant anything, if he should see you hanging about there; because I shan’t put him up to speak to you, unless I find I can do you the service I want to do you. In that case he’ll have a note or a message for you, but not else. Now look here! You are sure you understand.’ He had wormed a finger, in the darkness, through a button-hole of Stephen’s coat, and was screwing that corner of the garment tight up round and round, in an extraordinary manner. ‘I understand, sir,’ said Stephen. ‘Now look here!’ repeated Tom. ‘Be sure you don’t make any mistake then, and don’t forget. I shall tell my sister as we go home, what I have in view, and she’ll approve, I know. Now look here! You’re all right, are you? You understand all about it? Very well then. Come along, Loo!’ He pushed the door open as he called to her, but did not return into the room, or wait to be lighted down the narrow stairs. He was at the bottom when she began to descend, and was in the street before she could take his arm. Mrs. Pegler remained in her corner until the brother and sister were gone, and until Stephen came back with the candle in his hand. She was in a state of inexpressible admiration of Mrs. Bounderby, and, like an unaccountable old woman, wept, ‘because she was such a pretty dear.’ Yet Mrs. Pegler was so flurried lest the object of her admiration should return by chance, or anybody else should come, that her cheerfulness was ended for that night. It was late too, to people who rose early and worked hard; therefore the party broke up; and Stephen and Rachael escorted their mysterious acquaintance to the door of the Travellers’ Coffee House, where they parted from her. They walked back together to the corner of the street where Rachael lived, and as they drew nearer and nearer to it, silence crept upon them. When they came to the dark corner where their unfrequent meetings always ended, they stopped, still silent, as if both were afraid to speak. ‘I shall strive t’ see thee agen, Rachael, afore I go, but if not — ‘ ‘Thou wilt not, Stephen, I know. ’Tis better that we make up our minds to be open wi’ one another.’ ‘Thou’rt awlus right. ’Tis bolder and better. I ha been thinkin then, Rachael, that as ’tis but a day or two that remains, ‘twere better for thee, my dear, not t’ be seen wi’ me. ‘T might bring thee into trouble, fur no good.’ ‘’Tis not for that, Stephen, that I mind. But thou know’st our old agreement. ’Tis for that.’ ‘Well, well,’ said he. “Tis better, onnyways.’ ‘Thou’lt write to me, and tell me all that happens, Stephen?’ ‘Yes. What can I say now, but Heaven be wi’ thee, Heaven bless thee, Heaven thank thee and reward thee!’ ‘May it bless thee, Stephen, too, in all thy wanderings, and send thee peace and rest at last!’ ‘I towd thee, my dear,’ said Stephen Blackpool — ‘that night — that I would never see or think o’ onnything that angered me, but thou, so much better than me, should’st be beside it. Thou’rt beside it now. Thou mak’st me see it wi’ a better

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Observer Classic Books eye. Bless thee. Good night. Good-bye!’ It was but a hurried parting in a common street, yet it was a sacred remembrance to these two common people. Utilitarian economists, skeletons of schoolmasters, Commissioners of Fact, genteel and used-up infidels, gabblers of many little dog’s-eared creeds, the poor you will have always with you. Cultivate in them, while there is yet time, the utmost graces of the fancies and affections, to adorn their lives so much in need of ornament; or, in the day of your triumph, when romance is utterly driven out of their souls, and they and a bare existence stand face to face, Reality will take a wolfish turn, and make an end of you. Stephen worked the next day, and the next, uncheered by a word from any one, and shunned in all his comings and goings as before. At the end of the second day, he saw land; at the end of the third, his loom stood empty. He had overstayed his hour in the street outside the Bank, on each of the two first evenings; and nothing had happened there, good or bad. That he might not be remiss in his part of the engagement, he resolved to wait full two hours, on this third and last night. There was the lady who had once kept Mr. Bounderby’s house, sitting at the first-floor window as he had seen her before; and there was the light porter, sometimes talking with her there, and sometimes looking over the blind below which had BANK upon it, and sometimes coming to the door and standing on the steps for a breath of air. When he first came out, Stephen thought he might be looking for him, and passed near; but the light porter only cast his winking eyes upon him slightly, and said nothing. Two hours were a long stretch of lounging about, after a long day’s labour. Stephen sat upon the step of a door, leaned against a wall under an archway, strolled up and down, listened for the church clock, stopped and watched children playing in the street. Some purpose or other is so natural to every one, that a mere loiterer always looks and feels remarkable. When the first hour was out, Stephen even began to have an uncomfortable sensation upon him of being for the time a disreputable character. Then came the lamplighter, and two lengthening lines of light all down the long perspective of the street, until they were blended and lost in the distance. Mrs. Sparsit closed the first-floor window, drew down the blind, and went up-stairs. Presently, a light went up-stairs after her, passing first the fanlight of the door, and afterwards the two staircase windows, on its way up. By and by, one corner of the second-floor blind was disturbed, as if Mrs. Sparsit’s eye were there; also the other corner, as if the light porter’s eye were on that side. Still, no communication was made to Stephen. Much relieved when the two hours were at last accomplished, he went away at a quick pace, as a recompense for so much loitering. He had only to take leave of his landlady, and lie down on his temporary bed upon the floor; for his bundle was made up for to-morrow, and all was arranged for his departure. He meant to be clear of the town very early; before the Hands were in the streets. It was barely daybreak, when, with a parting look round his room, mournfully wondering whether he should ever see it again, he went out. The town was as entirely deserted as if the inhabitants had abandoned it, rather than hold communication with him. Everything looked wan at that hour. Even the coming sun made but a pale waste in the sky, like a sad sea. By the place where Rachael lived, though it was not in his way; by the red brick streets; by the great silent factories, not trembling yet; by the railway, where the danger-lights were waning in the strengthening day; by the railway’s crazy neighbourhood, half pulled down and half built up; by scattered red brick villas, where the besmoked evergreens were sprinkled with a dirty powder, like untidy snuff-takers; by coal-dust paths and many varieties of ugliness; Stephen got to the top of the hill, and looked back. Day was shining radiantly upon the town then, and the bells were going for the morning work. Domestic fires were not yet lighted, and the high chimneys had the sky to themselves. Puffing out their poisonous volumes, they would not be long in hiding it; but, for half an hour, some of the many windows were golden, which showed the Coketown people a sun eternally in eclipse, through a medium of smoked glass. So strange to turn from the chimneys to the birds. So strange, to have the road-dust on his feet

instead of the coal-grit. So strange to have lived to his time of life, and yet to be beginning like a boy this summer morning! With these musings in his mind, and his bundle under his arm, Stephen took his attentive face along the high road. And the trees arched over him, whispering that he left a true and loving heart behind. Chapter VII— Gunpowder Mr. James Harthouse, ‘going in’ for his adopted party, soon began to score. With the aid of a little more coaching for the political sages, a little more genteel listlessness for the general society, and a tolerable management of the assumed honesty in dishonesty, most effective and most patronized of the polite deadly sins, he speedily came to be considered of much promise. The not being troubled with earnestness was a grand point in his favour, enabling him to take to the hard Fact fellows with as good a grace as if he had been born one of the tribe, and to throw all other tribes overboard, as conscious hypocrites. ‘Whom none of us believe, my dear Mrs. Bounderby, and who do not believe themselves. The only difference between us and the professors of virtue or benevolence, or philanthropy — never mind the name — is, that we know it is all meaningless, and say so; while they know it equally and will never say so.’ Why should she be shocked or warned by this reiteration? It was not so unlike her father’s principles, and her early training, that it need startle her. Where was the great difference between the two schools, when each chained her down to material realities, and inspired her with no faith in anything else? What was there in her soul for James Harthouse to destroy, which Thomas Gradgrind had nurtured there in its state of innocence! It was even the worse for her at this pass, that in her mind — implanted there before her eminently practical father began to form it — a struggling disposition to believe in a wider and nobler humanity than she had ever heard of, constantly strove with doubts and resentments. With doubts, because the aspiration had been so laid waste in her youth. With resentments, because of the wrong that had been done her, if it were indeed a whisper of the truth. Upon a nature long accustomed to self-suppression, thus torn and divided, the Harthouse philosophy came as a relief and justification. Everything being hollow and worthless, she had missed nothing and sacrificed nothing. What did it matter, she had said to her father, when he proposed her husband. What did it matter, she said still. With a scornful self-reliance, she asked herself, What did anything matter — and went on. Towards what? Step by step, onward and downward, towards some end, yet so gradually, that she believed herself to remain motionless. As to Mr. Harthouse, whither he tended, he neither considered nor cared. He had no particular design or plan before him: no energetic wickedness ruffled his lassitude. He was as much amused and interested, at present, as it became so fine a gentleman to be; perhaps even more than it would have been consistent with his reputation to confess. Soon after his arrival he languidly wrote to his brother, the honourable and jocular member, that the Bounderbys were ‘great fun;’ and further, that the female Bounderby, instead of being the Gorgon he had expected, was young, and remarkably pretty. After that, he wrote no more about them, and devoted his leisure chiefly to their house. He was very often in their house, in his flittings and visitings about the Coketown district; and was much encouraged by Mr. Bounderby. It was quite in Mr. Bounderby’s gusty way to boast to all his world that he didn’t care about your highly connected people, but that if his wife Tom Gradgrind’s daughter did, she was welcome to their company. Mr. James Harthouse began to think it would be a new sensation, if the face which changed so beautifully for the whelp, would change for him. He was quick enough to observe; he had a good memory, and did not forget a word of the brother’s revelations. He interwove them with everything he saw of the sister, and he began to understand her. To be sure, the better and profounder part of her character was not within his scope of perception; for in natures, as in seas, depth answers unto depth; but he soon began to read the rest with a student’s eye. Mr. Bounderby had taken possession of a house and grounds, about fifteen miles from the town, and accessible within a mile or two, by a railway striding on many arches over a wild coun-

try, undermined by deserted coal-shafts, and spotted at night by fires and black shapes of stationary engines at pits’ mouths. This country, gradually softening towards the neighbourhood of Mr. Bounderby’s retreat, there mellowed into a rustic landscape, golden with heath, and snowy with hawthorn in the spring of the year, and tremulous with leaves and their shadows all the summer time. The bank had foreclosed a mortgage effected on the property thus pleasantly situated, by one of the Coketown magnates, who, in his determination to make a shorter cut than usual to an enormous fortune, overspeculated himself by about two hundred thousand pounds. These accidents did sometimes happen in the best regulated families of Coketown, but the bankrupts had no connexion whatever with the improvident classes. It afforded Mr. Bounderby supreme satisfaction to instal himself in this snug little estate, and with demonstrative humility to grow cabbages in the flower-garden. He delighted to live, barrack-fashion, among the elegant furniture, and he bullied the very pictures with his origin. ‘Why, sir,’ he would say to a visitor, ‘I am told that Nickits,’ the late owner, ‘gave seven hundred pound for that Seabeach. Now, to be plain with you, if I ever, in the whole course of my life, take seven looks at it, at a hundred pound a look, it will be as much as I shall do. No, by George! I don’t forget that I am Josiah Bounderby of Coketown. For years upon years, the only pictures in my possession, or that I could have got into my possession, by any means, unless I stole ’em, were the engravings of a man shaving himself in a boot, on the blacking bottles that I was overjoyed to use in cleaning boots with, and that I sold when they were empty for a farthing apiece, and glad to get it!’ Then he would address Mr. Harthouse in the same style. ‘Harthouse, you have a couple of horses down here. Bring half a dozen more if you like, and we’ll find room for ’em. There’s stabling in this place for a dozen horses; and unless Nickits is belied, he kept the full number. A round dozen of ’em, sir. When that man was a boy, he went to Westminster School. Went to Westminster School as a King’s Scholar, when I was principally living on garbage, and sleeping in market baskets. Why, if I wanted to keep a dozen horses — which I don’t, for one’s enough for me — I couldn’t bear to see ’em in their stalls here, and think what my own lodging used to be. I couldn’t look at ’em, sir, and not order ’em out. Yet so things come round. You see this place; you know what sort of a place it is; you are aware that there’s not a completer place of its size in this kingdom or elsewhere — I don’t care where — and here, got into the middle of it, like a maggot into a nut, is Josiah Bounderby. While Nickits (as a man came into my office, and told me yesterday), Nickits, who used to act in Latin, in the Westminster School plays, with the chiefjustices and nobility of this country applauding him till they were black in the face, is drivelling at this minute — drivelling, sir! — in a fifth floor, up a narrow dark back street in Antwerp.’ It was among the leafy shadows of this retirement, in the long sultry summer days, that Mr. Harthouse began to prove the face which had set him wondering when he first saw it, and to try if it would change for him. ‘Mrs. Bounderby, I esteem it a most fortunate accident that I find you alone here. I have for some time had a particular wish to speak to you.’ It was not by any wonderful accident that he found her, the time of day being that at which she was always alone, and the place being her favourite resort. It was an opening in a dark wood, where some felled trees lay, and where she would sit watching the fallen leaves of last year, as she had watched the falling ashes at home. He sat down beside her, with a glance at her face. ‘Your brother. My young friend Tom — ’ Her colour brightened, and she turned to him with a look of interest. ‘I never in my life,’ he thought, ‘saw anything so remarkable and so captivating as the lighting of those features!’ His face betrayed his thoughts — perhaps without betraying him, for it might have been according to its instructions so to do. ‘Pardon me. The expression of your sisterly interest is so beautiful — Tom should be so proud of it — I know this is inexcusable, but I am so compelled to admire.’ ‘Being so impulsive,’ she said composedly.

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■ A number of nice staying three-year olds have been nominated for the Queensland Derby to be run at Doomben this Saturday (June 9). The early market shows the promising Live and Free as favourite. In the care of leading Sydney trainer, John O'Shea, Live and Free was most impressive in winning the WilsonAsset event at Randwick. The son of former Cox Plate winner Savabeel has been right on the ball in his six starts having won three of them with two seconds. A strong colt, he deserves to be favourite in the early call. On the second line is the Darren Weir-trained colt, Lucky For All, a most forward type of a youngster who had nowhere to go at Sandown when his young rider Ethan Brown got caught behind traffic after being a long way back in the run at in the Ladbrokes event over 2100 metres. Prior to that run he had strung three wins together in good fashion. Before his unlucky run at Sandown he downed his more fancied stablemate, Furrion, who was fancied him in front of him. Lucky For All is an imported horse by leading New Zealand sire, Tavistock, from the Great Britain mare, Clerio. He is sure to take some beating if he starts, as the distance won't trouble him. An interesting nomination is Dark Dream, a Queensland youngster who has a great record from his last seven runs winning two of those with three seconds and a last start third in the Grand Prix Stakes over 2200 metres at Doomben, a little bit unlucky in the run. He will have no trouble with the journey of the Queensland Derby. On the next line is the Darren Weir-trained colt, Heavenly Thought, a winner in Melbourne and then taking out the Grand Prix at Doomben in great style. Weir has a big opinion of him and he will be matching them over the trip. The Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott trained three-year-old, Han Xin, is smart, a Flemington winner three starts back, and a good second to Heavenly Thought in the Grand Prix. A good front running three year-old he may lead them up in the Derby, but can sit behind them. The Nick Ryan trained, three year-old, Mahamedeis, has ability, and was a winner at Caulfield in April prior to that won Flemington over 2000 metres in good style. At his most recent run he had no luck in the Grand Prix in the Grand Prix Stakes when unplaced. His trainer, Nick Ryan, feels he is pretty smart and the trip won't worry him. Of the others, Astoria, a good type from the James Cummings barn, is smart on his day and is honest in every way. While Tangled with the Chris Waller team has ability, but has been struggling of late.

News from Coast

■ The Star Gold Coast has announced a threeyear agreement as naming rights partner of the internationally celebrated Magic Millions Carnival and Raceday. Bringing together two icons of the Gold Coast region-both dedicated to delivering world-class entertainment with a backdrop of style and glamour-the 10 day event will now be cast as the Star Gold Cost Magic Millions. A multi-component event, the Star Gold Coast Magic Millions will feature the January flagship Yearling Sale, the renowned $10 million Raceday and a bespoke competition involving some of the world's finest polo players. At the centre of the Raceday offering is the acclaimed $2 million Magic Millions two yearold classic and the $ 2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions three-year old Guineas. The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Beiker says the powerhouse partnership will kick off next year and align two organisations committed to driving the appeal of the Gold Coast as a must-visit destination.

● Heavenly Thought wins in good style. Racing Photos "Magic Millions is a major drawcard on the The transformation of the Star Gold Coast also national events calendar," Mr Bekier said. “Ev- highlights our commitment to the region and its ery year it attracts an influential and high-pro- potential to maximise tourism opportunities file mix of public, social and business identities through the development of world-class hotels, from around Australia and across the globe. restaurants and entertainment offerings." "Magic Millions continues to grow in popuMr Bekier says investment at the Star Gold larity and it's quintessentially Gold Coast. It is Coast coincides with the growth and evolution stylish, sophisticated and, above all else, fun. of the region. “For those reasons, and as an event that mat"The recent completion of the first phase in ters to the Gold Coast, we see our support for the property's transformation, our readiness to the Magic Millions as an ideal alignment. start construction this year on a new hotel/resi"We both aim to deliver thrilling experiences dences tower , and with a master plan awaiting approval that could see investment top $2 billion, illustrates our Gold Coast commitment," he said. The new partnership with Magic Millions will further propel the Star Gold Coast onto the world stage with local, domestic and International visitors having the chance to experience the new luxury-suite hotel, The Darling, 11 new food and beverage offerings, and 596 refurbished hotel rooms at the Star Grand during the carnival. "The past five years has seen Magic Millions introduce Australia's first $10 million Raceday; Magic Millions RacingWomen; Magic Millions Barrier Draw on Surfers Paradise beach and most recently Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo. Each of these investments have had the primary objective of attracting more people to the Gold Coast in January for the Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival- as it will now be known. "Magic Millions has been home on the Gold Coast for over 30 years- the number of visitors to Magic Millions grows each year, but as remarkable is the number of visitors who have been coming to the Gold Cost in January, for decades. “Now visitors to the Magic Millions have the ultimate in luxurious home away from home- in the Star Grand and The Darling." The 2018 Magic Millions Raceday, Pacific Fair, Magic Millions Polo, and Yearling Sales attracted almost 60,000 total visitors to Queensland, injecting $25.67 million into that state’s economy. It certainly has whetted my appetite to attend next year, I might try and snip Ash, for the fares. Good luck there. - Ted Ryan

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● Mahamedeis takes out the VOBIS sires. Racing Photos

Wine Column Fine wines from Karridale

● Richard Drake-Brockman: choice of Karridale far from a stroke of luck. ■ John Rozentals tastes some fine wines from Margaret River's southern Karridale area. No doubt by a stroke of luck, Richard and Ros Drake-Brockman's Hamelin Bay vineyard and winery lie at the intersection of the Bussell and Brockman Highways, in the south part of Western Australia's famed Margaret River wine region. The roads are named after Richard's great-grandparents, Grace Bussell and Frederick Brockman. Grace was probably best known for her heroism as a 16-year-old when she helped rescue the survivors in 1876 of the shipwrecked Georgette. Frederick, who explored much of the Kimberley region, rode 300 kilometres on horseback to meet Grace and ended up marrying her. Choosing a location for the Hamelin Bay vineyard was far from a stroke of luck, though. Richard closely consulted Dr John Gladstones, whose research had picked Margaret River as an area of great viticultural promise, and was advised that the region's southernmost part, Karridale, was eminently suitable, largely because of the moderating effect of its maritime location. As it has turned out, global warming is giving increasing prominence to the cooler southern parts of Margaret River. Whatever the climatic story, Richard and rose, and their winemaker, Julian Scott, are producing a fantastic range of wines showing both regional and varietal definition. WINE REVIEWS Hamelin Bay 2017 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc ($21.25): Ablend that Margaret River seems to have virtually made its own - and it's easy to see why. The wine is crisp and refreshing, though those in Australia's cooler parts may have to wait a few months before getting maximum enjoyment for their dollar. Citrus flavours are particularly noticeable in a wine ideally suited to fresh, simple seafood. Hamelin Bay 2017 Rampant Red ($17): This blend of shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon and malbec is a straight-forward mediumbodied red made for drinking with pizza or pasta at the local bistro or created in your own kitchen. Flavours of dark fruits mingle enticingly with touches of spice. Drink and enjoy rather than delve into nuances. APERITIF REVIEW LN Mattie Cap Corse Quinquina Blanc (about $40): This classical Corsican aperitif is a great pre-dinner alternative to sparkling wine. It's made from a white-wine base dressed up with local, aromatically skinned cédrat lemons and the bitter cinchona bark, a quinine source also known as quinquina. Try it with tonic or soda, or just broken down a little with chilled water.


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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Nightingale and Rose

● Jennifer Vuletic (Nightingale) and Yuchen Wang in The Nightingale and the Rose at Theatre Works. Photo:Pia Johnson ■ A giant orb-like moon dominates an otherwise dark, foreboding set. A dark silhouetted figure, the nightingale, begins to sing. A student, pouring over her books, laments. “She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses, but in all my garden there is no red rose. On what little things does happiness depend! For want of a red rose is my life made wretched.” The nightingale, moved by the lovestruck student’s plight, vows to find a red rose. The Nightingale and the Rose is a fairy tale written by Oscar Wilde. Published at the height of his career in 1888, Wilde’s story is a critique of Victorian society, using a fairy tale to satirise and subvert the romantic ideal of love and sacrifice and echoes Wilde’s fascination with the ideals of beauty and the aesthetic. Re-imagined for the stage by Theatre Works and Little Ones Theatre, the production is stylistically beautiful. Eugyeene Teh’s set is haunting and melancholy. His costuming, in particular for the Nightingale, almost become characters in their own right, potent symbols of aesthetic beauty and tragedy. Jennifer Vuletic mesmerises as the Nightingale. There is no happy ending in this story, only tragic irony. The Nightingale’s futile heroic action, making the ultimate sacrifice, goes unnoticed. Brigid Gallacher as the Student and Justin Wang as the Rosebushes and the Lover expose human weaknesses: vanity in a sharp tongue; indifference to suffering; true love exposed as infatuation. Performance Season: Until June 10 Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland St., St Kilda Bookings: www.theatreworks.org.au - Review by Kathryn Keeble

Melb. Symphony Orch. Thomas Hampson sings Mahler. A truly spline-tingling evening awaits when the amazing Thomas Hampson joins the MSO. Conducted by Andrea Molino, to perform a stunning program of songs of lament, transfiguration and redemption with Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden, and Totenfeier, Messiaen's sublime Le tombeau reslendissent and Strauss' uplifting Tod und Verklärung. Thursday June 7 at Hamer Hall, and Friday June 9 at Costa Hall Geelong. L'enfance du Christ Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ tells an ancient story (of the Holy Family). Featuring Sasha Cooke and Andrew Staples in the lead roles. Friday June 15, Saturday June 16 and Monday 18 June at Hamer Hall.

‘The ‘Theprofessionalism professionalismof ofthis thisshow showdeserves deservesthe the heartiest heartiestof ofapplause. applause. Congratulations Congratulationsto to Alan AlanBurrows Burrowsand andBabirra BabirraMusic MusicTheatre!’ Theatre!’ --Cheryl CherylThreadgold Threadgold ● Robbie Wilton (Don Lockwood), Abbey Hansson (Kathy Selden) and Jeremy Russo (Cosmo Brown) in Singin’ in the Rain. Photo: Gavin D Andrew ■ Babirra Music Theatre presents a fabulous production of Singin’ in the Rain until June 16 at the Whitehorse Centre. It is courageous to stage a well-known blockbuster Hollywood musical and meet contemporary audience expectations, but Babirra Music Theatre indeed succeeds. With artistic finesse, director Alan Burrows and team retain the original authenticity of this iconic musical, while utilising modern-day technology to believably immerse audiences into the narrative. Add a cast of outstanding ‘triple threat’ performers, terrific dance routines, particularly tap, beautifully choreographed by Kristy Griffin, and musical director Amy Wert’s rousing, firstclass orchestra, and the result is a truly splendid production. The cleverly designed sets by Barry Pearce transport us to the various locations, and congratulation to Stage Manager Andrew Roberts and his backstage crew for seamlessly facilitating the scene changes. The lighting and sound designs by Deryk Hartwick and Marcello Lo Ricco add atmospheric effects, and Elizabeth Watson’s era-authentic costume design is aesthetically impressive, enhanced by Maren Holm’s wig and hair styling. ● Andrew Ferguson (Frank Doel) and Camille Regan Wood’s black and white cinematography, featuring Alexander (Megan Wells) in 84 Charing Cross cast members as 1930s movie stars, works brilliantly, including Road. Photo: Karim Ghantous. a cameo appearance of Babirra President Owen Davies, in a ■ Peridot Theatre presents 84 Charing Cross Road from sound test describing the new talkie movies. June 8 -23 at the Unicorn Theatre, Mount Waverley. The wonderful cast is headed by Robbie Wilton (Don Adapted by James Roose Evans from the book by Helene Lockwood), Abbey Hansson (Kathy Selden), Jeremy Russo Hanff, Peridot Theatre’s production is directed by Horrie (Cosmo Brown) and Emily Mignot (Lina Lamont). Leek. Their excellent performances utilise their individual unique This a true story of the business letters between a strugenergies and musical theatre talents. Great work particularly gling young writer in New York and an antiquarian book from Wilton singing and dancing in real water in the signature store in London. In a sense these are also love letters, number. about the love of good literature. Ashleigh Psaila is dynamic as reporter Dora, with equally The story unfolds over a 20-year period, beginning in strong performances enjoyed from Tim Murphy (producer, R F 1949 when Helene Hanff first writes to Marks and Co., Simpson) and David Miller (movie director Roscoe Dexter), and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightsupported by a multi-talented, top-class ensemble. fully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen who Special mention must be made of the fine performances has shown her gratitude through the years by sending ‘care enjoyed from Lachlan Sonnemann and Joshua Simis-Garner packages’ to the book store staff. (Young Don and Cosmo), Shane Pritchard (Production Tenor), Performance Details: June 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21,22, Rachel Beard (Zelda/Dance Captain) and Liam McWhinney 23 at 8pm; Sun. June 10 at 2.15pm; Sun. June 17 at 4pm. (Rod/Dance Captain). Venue: Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary ColPerformance Season: June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 at 8pm, June 9, 10, lege, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley. 16 at 2pm Bookings: www.peridot.com.au Venue: Whitehorse Centre, Whitehorse Rd., Nunawading. - Cheryl Threadgold Bookings: www.babirra.org.au

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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI: Genre: Comedy/Crime/Drama. Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 115 Minutes. Stars: ****½ Verdict: A mother personally challenges the local authorities in a small American rural town to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit by writing a message on three billboards, which sparks division and violence with the towns people and police authorities. Compassion, humour and tragedy intertwine with overwhelming emotional effect in this intelligently scripted and meticulously filmed 2018 Oscar winner driven by bravura performances from a stellar cast all at the peak of their game including Frances McDormand as the mother, Woody Harrelson as the Police Chief, and the all too often underrated, Sam Rockwell as the Police Deputy. Like the Coen Bros. at their peak and their most profound, two time Oscar nominated and Oscar winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges/2008) has crafted a supremely clever, complex, darkly comic, entertaining and captivating tapestry of a mother's journey through frustration and determination of darkness, corrosion, anger and hate, and ultimately, unexpected and ambiguous redemption. Beautifully filmed, perfectly paced and brimming with sharp dialogue, this is simply put, outstanding! .... a haunting and poignant story of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances, who, through a career peak performance from Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo), will resonate on every emotional level long after it's over. FILM: PHANTOM THREAD: Genre: Romance/Drama. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville. Year: 2017. Rating: M. Length: 130 Minutes. Stars: **** Verdict: 2018 Oscar winning film set in 1950s London, of a renowned fashion designer and bachelor Reynolds Woodcock (The House of Woodcock) creates dresses and garments for members of high society, and his charisma and genius are matched by his obsessive, controlling personality. His sister (Cyril), manages the day-to-day operations of his luxury fashion house and has significant influence over his life, and he is haunted by the death of their mother, and stitches hidden messages into the linings of the dresses he makes. Reynolds visits a restaurant in the countryside and becomes interested in a waitress named Alma. He asks her out on a date, and she accepts. Their relationship develops, and strong willed Alma soon moves in with him and acts as his muse, assistant, and love interest. Director Paul Thomas Anderson has created a sharp, complex and provocative multi-layered tale of love, humour, obsession, mystery, deception, darkness and unsettling elegance, and if you are familiar with his previous work, you know what you expect is not what you always get. Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps give flawless performances as the controlling designer and the strong willed love interest, and superlative craftsmanship matched all throughout beautifully by a seamless flow of richly textured cinematography (by Paul Thomas Anderson), costume design, period detail, production design, editing and music score (by Jonny Greenwood). If you like your cinema experience original, intelligent, unconventional strange and thought provoking ... then this devilishly deceptive, wickedly funny elegantly woven web and luxuriously unsettling psychological and mythically haunting Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes) meets Hitchcock (Rebecca) meets Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut) gothic melodrama is tailor-made for you. FILM: THE DAM BUSTERS - 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition: Genre: Historical/War/Drama. Cast: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Bill Kerr. Year: 1955. Rating: PG. Length: 105 Minutes . Stars: ***** Verdict: Based on the true story of "Operation Chastise" when in 1943 Britain's RAF's 617 Squadron attacked a series of dams (the Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe) in Nazi Germany's industrial heart with Barnes Wallis's ingenious bouncing bomb, in an attempt to shorten the war. Based on the books "The Dam Busters" (1951) by Paul Brickhill and "Enemy Coast Ahead" (1946) by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, four decades before CGI began to dominate cinema screens, Director Michael Anderson and a fleet of four Lancaster bombers, technicians and cameramen took to the skies to recreate the training and dam attacks with alarming and nail-bitingresults. Outstanding cast all excel, most notably Richard Todd in a career high performance as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, along with Michael Redgrave as inventor, Barnes Wallis, along with Robert Shaw, Bill Kerr, and an uncredited Patrick McGoohan in one of his first big screen roles. Hugely influential to future generations of audiences and filmmakers, most notably George Lucas and the aerial Death Star attack in "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977) - a "Star Wars/Dam Busters" sideby-side scene comparison is on YouTube. Aided by a stirring and unforgettable music score by Leighton Lucas, this is a rousing, respectful, exciting, poignant and thrilling WWII adventure, and along with few others of the period, it just doesn't get any better than this! Footnote: "The Dam Busters" was the most popular movie at the British box office in 1955, and in 1999, the British Film Institute voted "The Dam Busters" the 68th greatest British film of the 20th century. - James Sherlock

Rourke’s Reviews Kodachrome ■ (M). 105 minutes. Opens in selected cinemas June 7. Despite a strong central performance and a couple of effective individual moments, this road trip drama sinks in a sea of predictability and third act sentimentality, undermining what might have been an involving, affecting father-son story. The story centres on Matt (Jason Sudeikis), a failing music exec who finds out that his long estranged father Ben (Ed Harris), is in the final stages of liver cancer. Ben, a famous photographer, has found some canisters of Kodachrome film, and wants to drive to Kansas to the last lab that can develop them. Eventually convincing Matt to take the trip is Ben's nurse Zooey (Elizabeth Olsen), and over the long journey, plenty of old wounds will be opened and argued over. Ed Harris is terrific, and remains the film's dramatic backbone even when it becomes so obvious what is going to happen and when (it is incredibly similar to the 1988 Billy Crystal film Memories Of Me). The intriguing backstory, dealing with of the end of the old-school photographic era, is never explored, used as a mere plot device rather than something more meaningful. RATING - **½

Inuyashiki

■ (MA). 127 minutes. Now showing at selected cinemas. Yet another popular manga that makes the transition to the big screen, this live action adaptation is inventive and energetic, giving audiences a very good time indeed. Ichiro Inuyashiki (Noritake Kinashi) is a 58 year-old salaryman, berated at work by his boss, and harassed at home by his wife and two teenage children. Ichiro's life takes a strange turn when one night, while walking through the park, he is struck by a blinding ball of light, as is Hiro (Takeru Satoh), a high school student who happens to be sitting nearby. Afterwards, the two realise they have been reconstructed as cyborgs, able to perform tasks like changing their arms into heavy weaponry. Ichiro uses his powers for good, while Hiro, who has a cynical view of the world, wants to wipe out everything around him. With two extremely different mindsets at play, the two will eventually confront and battle one another. The two leads offer fine work, as do a number of the supporting cast, while director Shinsuke Sato (I Am A Hero, the Gantz series) blends drama, action and sci-fi with assured skill. The effects are top notch, offering up some eye-popping moments. Two sequels have already been planned, so get ready for an epic journey. RATING - ***½

Re-Animator

■ Collector's Edition (MA). 86/ 104 minutes. Available on Blu-ray and DVD June 6. Memorable on so many levels, this gory, cleverly scripted, and well-acted horror/comedy deserves its place as one of the most inventive films to come out of the 80s. Jeffrey Combs plays Herbert West, a brilliant student who arrives at Miskatonic Medical University, moving into the spare room of fellow student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), who is seeing the Dean's daughter Megan (Barbara Crampton). Dan discovers that West has invented a serum which can bring dead tissue back to life, and mayhem ensues when they conduct a series of 'experiments', which attracts the attention of their power hungry teacher Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale). Based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, writers Dennis Paoli and William Norris, and debutant director Stuart Gordon gleefully translate the author's wild ideas to the screen, never worrying about restraint or good taste. Combs is simply wonderful as Herbert West, but he's backed up by a talented supporting cast. This edition contains two versions - the uncut theatrical release, and the extended integral cut, containing extra footage which was used for the re-edited, toned down version shown in some territories. Whichever version you watch however, this is not for the squeamish or faint-of-heart, and I'm actually quite amazed that the film has been re-rated from its original 'R' rating to an 'MA'. RATING - *****

Tokyo Ghoul

■ (MA). 120 minutes. Available on Blu-ray and DVD June 6. Though dramatically uneven, with too much emphasis on the supernatural side instead of effectively balancing the main character's dilemma of being part of two very different worlds, this is an entertaining big screen adaptation of the popular manga and anime. When shy student Ken (Masataka Kubota) is attacked by monstrous ghoul Rize (Yu Aoi), the resultant surgery (where some of the assailant's organs are used) leaves him half human, half ghoul. Taken in by an elder (Kunio Marai), the suitably confused Ken is educated in the rules of the ghoul world, helped also by Touka (Fumika Shimizu) and others, who have to hide from the CCG, a government agency specifically created to exterminate this otherworldly population. Like many films based on a manga, it tries to cram too much into one feature film, but director Kentaro Hagiwara generally keeps things moving, even when characters and sub-plots aren't fully developed RATING - *** - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists JUNE 3-9 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. 2. DEADPOOL 2. 3. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. 4. LIFE OF THE PARTY. 5. THE BOOKSHOP. 6. BREATH. 7. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. 8. DUCK DUCK GOOSE. 9. HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU. 10. I FEEL PRETTY. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: MAY 31: GAUGUIN, GRINGO, I KILL GIANTS, JUST BETWEEN US, LBJ, REDOUBTABLE. JUNE 7: HEREDITARY, KODACHROME, OCEAN'S 8, TEA WITH THE DAMES. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. BLACK PANTHER [Action/Adventure/ Sci-Fi/Chadwick Boseman, Martin Freeman]. 2. MOLLY'S GAME [Biography/Crime/ Drama/Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner]. 3. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI [Drama/Frances McDormand]. 4. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN [Music/ Biography/Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron]. 5. THE SHAPE OF WATER [Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ Adventure/Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon]. 6. 15:17 TO PARIS [History/Drama/ Thriller/Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler]. 7. STRONGER [Biography/Drama/Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown]. 8. THE COMMUTER [Action/Thiller/Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson]. 9. I, TONYA [Drama/Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson]. Also: REX, BEAST OF BURDEN, BRAVEN, THE EXCEPTION, MOM AND DAD, PHANTOM THREAD, BREATHE, MAZE RUNNER: The Death Cure, PITCH PERFECT 3, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. NEW HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: RED SPARROW [Action/Thriller/Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton]. RED SPARROW 4K + Blu-Ray [Action/ Thriller/Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton]. GAME NIGHT [Comedy/Mystery/Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman]. FINDING YOUR FEET [Comedy/Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley]. DVD AND/OR BLU-RAY NEW & RE-RELEASE CLASSIC MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS: THE BEASTMASTER [Action/Fantasy/ Adventure/Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: HORRIBLE HISTORIES: Series 7. THE LAST SHIP: Season 4. FATHER BROWN: Series 6. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season 5. SHAUN THE SHEEP: Series 4. FATHER BROWN: Series 6. - James Sherlock


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MIJF opening ■ The 21st year Melbourne International Jazz Festival started on a high note with the world’s best jazz artists together with many outstanding Australian artists performing at some 26 venues throughout Melbourne until June 10. Boasting some 100 events, be they at Hamer Hall, the lawns of the State Library, to intimate jazz clubs and vibrant cafes, it demonstrates that jazz can happen anywhere. One such opening event to start the 10day celebration was at Dizzy’s Jazz Club with the Roger Clark Quartet and featuring singer-songwriter Sarah Maclaine with her eclectic repertoire amongst such vocals as Georgia on my Mindand Fly me to the Moon. In the intimacy of a packed Dizzy’s we were treated to a diverse range of vocal and modern jazz by the quartet of Roger Clark on saxophone, Rory Clark on piano, Geoff Kluke on bass and Brian Abrahams on drums. Just the one performance with Roger, masterfully on saxophone and Rory skilfully on piano heading the quartet with balanced renditions of well-known Latin and standard jazz numbers. Continuing the 10-day Festival at Dizzy’s Jazz club for the final days are Australian groups of James Mustafa Quartet this Friday (June 8) at 7.30pm, with final performances, The Georgia Brooks Swingtet headed by Georgia as vocalist on Saturday (June 9) at 6pm followed by the Hot Swing Club with vocalist Nadine Joy at 9pm and then closing with Prickly Pear on Sunday (June 10) at 7.30pm. Most of these events will provide meals, well accepted by all in the relaxed intimacy of well serviced clubs and boutique café’s and particularly at Dizzy’s Jazz Club. What better way to enjoy and embrace some of the best in jazz performance. For further information: www. melbournejazz.com - Graeme McCoubrie

Immigration Museum Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin. Exploring the incredible life of the internationally renowned ballet icon Li Cunxin. Visitors will gain insight into Li's povertystricken childhood in rural China, his extraordinary journey to become an internationally recognised dancer, and his current life in Brisbane where he is Artistic Director of the prestigious Queensland Ballet. Leaving Brisbane for the first time, this Museum of Brisbane's world first exhibition transports visitors into Li's unbelievable story. It does so through the costumes, photography, audio visual content, awards and other personal items, shared by Li Cunxin from is own archives. Experienced together, these deeply personal items paint an intimate and inspirational picture. This story is one of fortune, grit, bravery and beauty. A truly moving exhibition celebrating the life and work of a remarkable man, Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin will fascinate and delight not only fans of ballet, but all those intrigued by the strength of the human spirit, and the power of artistic will. It celebrates the vibrant and vital contributions that international citizens like Li Cunxin have made to contemporary cultural Australia. Exhibition opens Juine 16. Immigration Museum 400 Flinders St, Melbourne - Peter Kemp

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● Matt Whitty, Annabelle Tudor, Rob Mills, Daniel Cosgrove, Zenya Carmellotti, Ryan Hawke, Olivia Charalambous. Photo: Kevin Trask

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SHOWS

■ Babirra Music Theatre: Singin' in the Rain until June 16 at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading. Director: Alan Burrows: Musical Director: Amy Wert: Choreographer: Kristy Griffin. Bookings: www.babirra.org.au ■ Beaumaris Theatre: The Mystery of Irma Vep Until June 9 at 8.00pm at 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Div Collins. Bookings: www.beaumaristheatre.com.au ■ The Basin Theatre Group: Night, Mother (by Marsha Norman) Until June 9 at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Barry O'Neill. Bookings: 1300 784 668 or www.thebasintheatre.org.au ■ Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre: The Elephant Man (by Bernard Pomerance) Until June 9 at 39 - 41 Castella St., Lilydale. Director: Chris Shaw. Bookings: 9735 1777. ■ Peridot Theatre: 84 Charing Cross Road (adapted by James Roose Evans from the book by Helen Hanff) June 8 - 13 at 8pm, Matinees June 10 at 2.15 and June 19 at 4pm at the Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd., Mt Waverley. Director: Horrie Leek. Bookings: www.peridot.com.au ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: Doubt (by John Patrick Shanley) Until June 16 at Cnr. Yarra St. and Mitchell Ave., Warrandyte. Director: Susan Rundle. Bookings: www.trybooking.com ■ Malvern Theatre Company: Morning Sacrifice (by Dymphna Cusack) June 15 - 30 at 29A Burke Rd., Malvern. Director: Loretta Bishop. Bookings: 1300 131 552. ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Company: The Old People are Revolting (by Devon Williamson) June 22 - 30 at the Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster. Director: Emma Barber. Bookings: 1300 650 209,\ ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Season's Greetings (by Alan Ayckburn) June 22 - July 7 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers rd., Parkdale. Director: Martin Gibbs. Bookings: www.mordialloctheatre.com ■ The 1812 Theatre: 10 x 10 Minute Original Plays (by various playwrights) June 28 - 30 at 8pm, 2pm matinee on June 30 at 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Bookings: 1812theatre.com.au ■ Williamstown Little Theatre; Under Milk Wood (by Dylan Thomas) June 28 - July 14 at 2 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Sandy Green. Bookings: www.wlt.org.au ■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: Barefoot in the Park (by Neil Simon) June 29 - July

14 at the Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West. Director; Kelly Clifford. Bookings: GPAC 5225 1200. ■ Frankston Theatre Group: The Communication Cord (by Brian Friel) June 29 - July 8 at the Langwarrin Performance Centre, Warrandyte Rd., Langwarrin. Director; David McCall. Bookings: trybooking.com ■ Diamond Valley Singers: Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein's Broadway version) July 6 14 at the Warrandyte High School theatre, Alexander Rd., Warrandyte. Director: Tam Smith. Bookings: www.dvsingers.org ■ The Mount Players 15th One Act Play Festival: July 6 - 8 at the Mountview theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Entries: PO Box 216, Mace-don. Phone contact: Lee Vandervalk 0458 582 838. ■ Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival: July 20 - 22 at The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald. Festival director: Sharon Maine. www.gemcoplayers.org/festivals/. Entries: PO Box 480, Emerald.

AUDITIONS ■ Babirra Music Theatre: Dusty: The Original Pop Diva June 10, 7-10pm at the Highfield Road Uniting Church Hall, Highfield Rd., Canterbury. Director: Christian Cavallo; Musical Director: Stacey Camilleri; Choreographer: Jessica Molie. Enquiries: auditions@babirra.org.au ■ MLOC Productions: The Boy From Oz June 12, 14, 15 (singing and acting), June 17 (dancing). Mentone and Mordialloc area. Director/ Choreographer: Rhylee Nowell; Musical Director: Matthew Hadgraft. For audition bookings visit www.mloc.org.au ■ SLAMS Heathers the Musical June 12, 14 7.30-10.30pm, June 17 10am-12nn at St Luke's Primary School, 25 Stokes rd., Wantirna. CoDirectors: Merryn Degnan and Julia Roper; Musical Director: Ryland Sack; Choreographer: Guada Banez. Audition bookings: slams.mtc@live.com.au ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: Vere (by John Doyle) June 10 at 4pm and June 12 at 8pm at the Mechanics' Institute Hall, Yarra St., Warrandyte. ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Pack of Lies (Hugh Whitmore) June 24 at 2pm and June 26 at 7.30pm at the Guide Hall, Glebe Ave., Cheltenham (off Charman Rd.). Director: Cheryl Ballantine Richards. Enquiries: 0412 133 071.

My Sister Feather ■ My Sister Feather, written and directed by Olivia Satchell, is compelling theatre. It is the tacit moments that speak volumes in this play and these two actors, Emily Tomlins (Egg) and Brenda McClory (Tilly), know precisely how to carry them off. Egg and her older sister Tilly were abandoned by their mother as young children during a game of hide and seek and cared for by foster mother Charlotte. We enter a prison visiting room where Tilly, who has made a go of life, is visiting her sister who appears interminably incarcerated. Tilly arrives with two unopened letters from their mother, one for each sister, along with news of her recent death. A complex connection between the two is expressed through frustration and anger, love and unprocessed emotions as well as joy and humour and all couched in Egg’s loss freedom unhelped Tilly’s lack of protection and estrangement. Satchell cleverly utilises childhood references and re-enactments of play as linchpins showing the closeness of their relationship which is shared by no other living person. An unsettling tone is heightened by the sterility of the prison room and Egg’s green track suit uniform and watchful eye of a security camera which Egg taunts causing an alarm to sound. My Sister Feather is the second play in Satchell’s trilogy about the relationship between grief, memory and the female body. It is splendidly acted, directed and produced by The Voice in My Hands theatre company and well-suited to the La Mama Courthouse space. After the performance, Emily Tomlins spoke of La Mama’s resolve to use post-fire donations to re-house upcoming productions. Wishing Liz Jones and team every success in the future. Performance dates: Until June 10 Times: Wed. 6.30pm, Thu. Fri. Sat. 7.30pm, Sun. 4.00pm Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton Tickets: $30 Full/$20 Concession. Running time: Approx. 80 minutes Bookings: www.lamama.com.au or 9347 6142 - Review by Sherryn Danaher

Film Festival

■ The 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will be presented from August 2-19 and opens with the Australian premiere gala screening of Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife – starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Australia’s Ed Oxenbould. Based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel of the same name, Dano’s debut directorial outing (co-written by Zoe Kazan, seen alongside Dano at MIFF’s 2012 Ruby Sparks) tells a tender and empathetic story about a teen dealing with his family falling apart in 1960s Montana. A hit at Sundance and Cannes, Wildlife is a bittersweet and elegant debut that represents a major coming-of-age – both off screen and on – for Oxenbould, an actor who broke out in MIFF 2014’s Paper Planes and last year’s MIFF Premiere Fund-supported The Butterfly Tree. Buoyed by exquisite cinematography from Diego Garcia (Neon Bull, MIFF 2016; Cemetery of Splendour, MIFF 2015) the film’s fine-tuned attention to period detail underscores its exceptional performances. This year’s MIFF program will feature more than 500 plus screenings. For further details visit www.miff.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold


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Deck-Doc

Local company chosen as best in the world

For many years Deck-Doc has been supplying retailers throughout Australia with their premium range of timber and decking oils. For the past three years, Deck-Doc has been predominantly selling their products online to service the whole of Australia as well as international customers.

Deck-Doc was recently chosen over other companies to supply their oils to an international company and is in the process of sealing an agency agreement for exclusive distribution and selling rights in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Deck-Doc timber oil is environmentally friendly and the business has been manufacturing unique, lanolin-based timber oil in Geelong for 15 years. The formula was developed by Robert Hylands to preserve the natural oils and tannins in the timber. The timbers oils and tannins determine the colour of the timber. If the tannins dry out, the timber will lose its own natural colour. The formula is made up of many different plant oils, waxes and lanolin and designed to stay soft and pliable when absorbed into the surface layers of the timber, therefore will not solidify and form a hard membrane of the surface. It will move with the timber during all weather conditions preventing water absorption and drying out of the tannins. Mr Hylands first developed the timber oil when he noticed there was nothing on the market that preserved the timber and protected the timber’s natural colour. Before his time at Deck-Doc, he gained experience when he owned a factory making hand carved, handpainted wooden decoy ducks for duck hunters. The timber used for the ducks had to maintain its natural colour and stay on the water without absorbing moisture. After extensive research, he found lanolin (wool grease) gave excellent water repellency as well as UV protection. Mr Hylands developed lanolin-based timber protection oil and found the water-repellent protection and preservative way far superior and says lanolin is “Nature’s natural UV protection”. Lanolin comes from the wool of sheep and is extracted from the fleece. It is a substance that waterproofs, insulates, and protects sheep from the cold, wind, rain and harmful CV sun rays. Deck-Doc uses the best merino wool to extract lanolin. Throughout history ancient mariners such as the Vikings used lanolin to protect, waterproof and preserve the wooden boards on their ships. Many of the ships were away from their home bases for many years and their ships were subjected to wild storms at sea. They survived thanks to the protection of Lanolin. Deck-Doc invites all to visit their showroom in Moolap for free advice in a number of important issues concerning timber care. There is a large selection of timber types that have been exposed to severe weather conditions, enabling people to understand the importance of choosing a suitable timber type. for the right application. Also know what happens to the different types of decking stains and coatings, how they weather, and the maintenance required. The friendly staff have useful hints for anyone preparing to build a new deck.


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Learning to Ride

Balance Bikes from Ivanhoe Cycles Balance Bikes (also called training bikes) are pedalless bikes designed to provide fun and exercise and to teach the basic skills of steering, balance and co-ordination. They are suited to a child from 2 to 5 years of age. The child simply sits astride the balance bike and "walks" while steering with the handlebars.

It effectively allows them to learn balance without having to learn to pedal at the same time. It cuts the learning "gradient" down. They are also called pre bikes or first bikes. Balance bikes are becoming increasingly popular, as it is so much easier to learn to ride. Learning to ride can be achieved at their own pace. A less confident child can “walk� it around for as long as they like, then

when ready, they can gradually lift their feet and scoot along until they are ready to simply push off and just roll along. More confident kids will be flying around with huge smiles in no time at all. Because they have a sturdy aluminium or steel frame and well constructed wheels they are virtually trouble free, and can be passed down from child to child.

BYK E250L PURPLE $219

GIANT PRE BIKE - RED $199

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The low stand-over height makes it very easy to get on and off the bike,

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Little Zoomer Balance Bike in any colour. A fun way to teach balance and coordination! Suitable 2-4 years.

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MONGOOSE LILGOOSE WNR BOYS BALANCE BIKE 12 INCH $179 The Mongoose Lilgoose Balance bike is not only one of the cutest designs we've seen on a training bike.

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