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CELTIC FESTIVAL AT PORTARLINGTON Di Rolle’s column ● From Page 8

● Bon Scott Bon Scott is still hailed today as the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll frontman, idol and rebel. “The story of the rise of AC-DC is in everyone’s memory as if we were all there: riding high through the middle of Melbourne in the 1970s, singing the story of life on the road, of dreams and broken promises, of the long way to the top. “At the centre of the band stands a man with bagpipes and a wicked grin – Bon Scott,” says Barker.

Opens on July 14 ■ Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be - The Story Of Bon Scott will open on Thursday, July 14 at 8pm. The season runs from July 12-24. See www.hellaintabadplacetobe.com.au for tickets and times.

Richard joins Vic. Opera ■ I always like hearing about new appointments. One of Australia’s most outstanding composers and music directors, Richard Mills, has been appointed to the position of Artistic Director of Victorian Opera. He succeeds Richard Gill who announced last year that he will leave the company at the end of the 2012 season . Mr Mills said he is committed to continuing the distinct identity Victorian Opera has established of being flexible and surprising. - Di Rolle

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By Rochelle Smith ■ The countdown is on for the biggest craic in the southern hemisphere as the National Celtic Festival gets set to take over the coastal town of Portarlington on the June 10-13 long-weekend. Now in its ninth year at the beautiful seaside village on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, the National Celtic Festival is proudly the largest and most diverse celebration of Celtic music and culture this side of the equator. Organisers have pulled out all stops, gathering together a lineup of acts of unprecedented calibre, and assembling some of the most interesting elements of Celtic culture to tickle the fancy of the thousands who flock to this family-friendly event. One of the unusual inclusions this year is ‘The Coming of the Quaich’. This traditional Scottish communal drinking vessel, used to share a “wee dram” among friends, will make a special stop at Portarlington as part of its two-year-long world tour. Those who partake of the Quaich are invited to sign the accompanying logbook, post a photo online and view the map showing the Quaich’s extensive travels. Practitioners from The Glen Lachlann Estate College of Arms. Celtic branch of Western Martial Arts, will be displaying its historical fencing techniques and holding competitions at the festival, including longsword, short sword, sabre, rapier and dual weapons. Young maidens beware! The ‘Obby ‘Oss will be appearing over the weekend trying to catch you as it goes by adorned with gruesome mask and black cloak. This ancient tradition originated in Padstow, Cornwall where the ‘Obby ‘Oss (Cornish dialect for ‘Hobby Horse’) Festival is held annually to celebrate the coming of Spring. Festival director Una McAlinden said this year’s program was by far the festival’s best yet: “The calibre of bands, both internationally and nationally, is the best ever, and the sheer diversity of cultural experiences available is incredible.” Ms McAlinden said. Transportation to the National Celtic Festival also gets interesting this year, with the historic replica tall ship Enterprize providing unique seafaring passage to and from the festival and even overnight accommodation onboard ship (details at www.enterprize.org.au ). The Enterprize is also one of the many atmospheric venues at the festival from which to enjoy worldclass Celtic music. Searoad Ferries has a special offer for those coming across the bay from the Mornington Peninsula to nearby Queenscliff – passengers in a car will travel free when they present their National Celtic Festival ticket (details at www.searoad.com.au ). The music really drives this festival, and whether you’re a hard-core traditionalist, partygoer, or just a family looking for a fun weekend, this year’s program truly has something to suit all ages and music tastes. The international line-up includes arguably the world’s most popular Celtic-folk band, Solas (US), performing in Australia exclusively at the National Celtic Festival; the “pure dead brilliant” Scottish fiddle of Hanneke Cassel Trio (US); edgy contemporary singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland); Scottish Gaelic songstress Christine Primrose (Isle of Skye); and two cultures unite with hot young duo Sophie and Fiachra (Canada/Ireland). The Australian contingent will be well-represented by loads of festival favourites and fresh new faces including The Bushwackers; Sunas; Maria Forde; McAlpine’s Fusiliers; Jimmy Moore and Claddagh; Catherine Fraser and Friends; Highlander; Oriel Glennen; George Jackson Band; Siobhan Owen and Riogh. “This festival’s profile has grown to the point that it now attracts a great number of people from interstate and overseas,” Ms McAlinden said. Among the many highlights on this year’s program will be the Celtic Pipes and Drums spectacular featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers gathered from across the country. Also the festival’s own National Golden Fiddle Awards; Celtic comedy shows; a huge singing program; and a treat for fans. All festival venues are cosily heated and located within easy walking distance around the town centre. The undercover Celtic market will house more than 80 stalls bursting with Celtic treasures, delicious food and local produce to take home. For a full festival program and to book tickets, visit www.nationalcelticfestival.com or phone Geelong Performing Arts Centre on (03) 5225 1200. ● See advertisement on Page 72

Much Ado About Nothing

● Much Ado About Nothing ■ Bell Shakespeare presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing from June 9 - 25 at the Arts Centre Playhouse. Directed by John Bell, this exuberant comedy is set against the backdrop of Sicily in the 1950s. Here we witness the sweet, forthright love of Hero and Claudio, alongside Benedick and Beatrice's sizzling battle of wits. There is Don Pedro's gleeful plotting to spark a romance between Beatrice and Benedick, a cruel hoax by Don John and a surprising reversal as Beatrice and Benedick are compelled to join forces with a vengeance. Director John Bell says: “Each of Shakespeare’s comedies has a unique charm; to my mind Much Ado About Nothing is the most earthy and warm-hearted. “Here there are no enchanted forests or amazing coincidences, just the hammer and tongs of gender politics with all their attendant rages and hilarity.” Melbourne Season: June 9 - 25 Venue: The Arts Centre Playhouse Bookings: 1300 182 183 theartscentre.com.au or 1-300 723 038 ticketmaster.com.au

Red Stitch Theatre ● Red Stitch Actors Theatre presents Elfriede Jelinek's Princess Dramas from June 10 to July 2 (not Monday or Tuesday) at the Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St., St Kilda.This collection of three fascinating shorter works (Part I, Snow White; Part II, Sleeping Beauty; Part III, Jackie) explores the notion of "The Princess". Are the heroines of these stories forever cursed to wait patiently for a hero on horseback? Or can they break free of the high romantic tropes that render them helpless and, quite literally, unconscious? Jelinek’s Princess Dramas are variations on one of her common themes - the difficulty of selfrealisation in a world where women are painted over with stereotypical images. The plays present a radical dissection of iconic romantic fairytales and the symbolism of popular culture with its mendacious presentation of the good life. Turn To Page 61


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Melbourne People

● Megan Castran with Corinne Grant on the red carpet at The Regent

● John Foreman

● Barry Humphries with Suzie Howie

● Amanda Harrison

● Tony Kamitsis, Parliamentary Secretary Heidi Victoria, and Chris Ryan

● Ben Elton

● Allan Smith and Julie Houghton celebrate their 29th anniversary

● Shane Jacobson and Felicity Hunter

Opening Night: ‘Love Never Dies’ Regent Theatre, Melbourne Afterwards: Sofitel On Collins

● Meike Buchan of Triple M

● Kylie Gillies

● Premier Ted Baillieu with wife Robyn


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Melbourne People

● Derryn Hinch with wife Chanel at The Regent Theatre.

Opening Night: ‘Love Never Dies’ Regent Theatre, Melbourne Afterwards: Sofitel On Collins

● Lauren Welsh with her mother Patti Newton

● Greg Bird with Silvie Paladino

● Natalie Grosby with Natasha Stipanov

● Melbourne publicist Michael Wilkie with Velta Whyte of Ballarat

● Elana McKinley with Tony Bartucchio at the after-show party

● Deborah and Gary Turner at The Regent Theatre

● Sharna and Sandra Jones at The Sofitel after-show party


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Observer Radio Confidential Showbiz News from stations from around Victoria Overnighters A 17-YEAR-OLD STAR IS BORN www.overnighters.com.au

Old radio mates re-unite

● Keith McGowan met Henry Gay on his first day at 3UZ in May 1957. Gay worked with ‘Nicky’ prior to Graham Kennedy’s arrival at the station. He worked in the record library at the station, and went on to become an executive in the radio inudstry. Keith and Henry met up this week in Melbourne. Henry and his wife Maureen were visiting from Hervey Bay, Queensland.

■ Seventeen-year-old singing sensation Steven Rossitto has been enjoying saturation publicity on Melbourne radio. Rossitto has sung live on the Magic 1278 breakfast program hosted by Kevin John and Jane Holmes. He is also been a favourite of Simon Owens, who has been in charge of the Melbourne Overnight program on 3AW at weekends, whilst Alan Pearsall is on leave. Steven enjoys swing, jazz and big band music. He has released an album, Night and Day, and an EP, My One And Only Love. Rossitto will feature in a show at The Palms At Crown on Friday, August 5.

In Court ■ 3AW ‘drive’ presenter Derryn Hinch is due back in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday (June 3) in the next instalment of his case where

TEENAGER WITH SINATRA-LIKE VOICE

● Steven Rossitto at Magic 1278 he is accused of breaching court suppression orders. If a jail sentence is announced, Hinch’s law- logo. The Australian Rayers are said to be likely dio Network station is usto immediately launch an ing a new logo nationally. appeal. The logo represents “a confident brand that operates across multiple markets, is easy-going, un■ MIX 101.1 FM is complicated, uplifting and changing its branding and is a station that is serious about connecting with its female target,” says a marketing statement.

New logo

Premier on radio

Bum deal ■ No names, no packdrill. But who is the Melbourne radio gal who put this message on her Facebook page: “Me standing up from my seat and discreetly pulling my knickers out if my bum, is not an invitation to strike up a conversation ... 'So, bit uncomfortable there hey?'” ■ Community station 3PBS 106.7 FM - ‘home of little heard music’ - finished its Radio Festival on Sunday (May 29). A ‘Turn On-Tune In-Cough Up’ theme was organised to signup members. A Holden Barina Spark was offered.

‘Grubby’ at Regent

Can you remember?

● Jo Duff, Angela McGowan, Maureen Gay

● Bill Duff, Angela McGowan, Henry Gay

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December4 3, 1930, broadcasting on the 1350 AM band, later adjusted to 1341. Wayne Mac’s Don’t Touch That Dial recalls a small but representative list of 3GL performers including PeterAcfield, Rod Batchelder, Ken Bennet, Tom Bennett, Barry Casey, David Coburn, Rob Davis, John Deeks, Ric Ditchburn, Richard Dowling, Don Dwyer, Graham Filcock, Gene Bradley Fisk, Martha Fleet, Steve Gilmore, Andy Gold, Ken Henderson, Tim Hind, Neil Kane, Claire Kincaid, John Keef, Roger Kent, Dennis Lee, Suzanne Lucas, Don Lunn, John Mason, Mike Menner, Gordon Munro, Gary Newton, Peter Pitts, Rod Poynter, Gordon Remnant, Denis Scanlan, Max Stevens, June Thomas, Peter Van Hassen (Peter Van), Graeme Walton and Lesley Yeomans.

● Will Conyers interviews Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu for radio this week

■ Observer columnist Ted Ryan recalls working with the late Ted Whitten on football commentaries for Geelong radio station K-Rock, which succeeded 3GL. 3GL was founded on

● Gold 104.3 FM’s Peter ‘Grubby’ Stubbs and wife Jenny at Love Never Dies Melbourne

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■ Marilyn Monroe (Norman Jean Baker/ Mortenson) was born in Los Angeles in 1926. She died aged 36 in 1962. American actor Andy Griffith was born in 1926 (85). Australian singer Jason Donovan was born in Melbourne in 1968 (43).

■ English comic actor Patrick Cargill was born in England in 1918. He died aged 77 in 1996. Actor Tony Curtis was born as Bernard Schwartz in New York in 1925. He died aged 85 in 2010. TV host Tracy Grimshaw was born in the Diamond Valley in 1960 (51).

■ US actor Dennis Weaver was born in Missouri in 1924. He died aged 81 in 2006. TV broadcaster Mike Williamson was born in Melbourne in 1928 (83). Rob E.G. (Robert Porter) was born in Sydney in 1942 (69). TV-radio host John Burgess was born in Sydney in 1943 (68).

■ Australian actor Martin Vaughan was born in Brisbane in 1931 (80). Jockey Roy Higgins was born in Koondrook in 1938 (73). Nurtitionist Rosemary Stanton was born in 1944 (67). Model Lara Bingle was born in Yowie Bay, NSW, in 1987 (24).

■ Actor Andrew McFarlane was born in Albany, WA, in 1951 (60). Swedish tennis champion Bjorn Borg was born in Sweden in 1956 (55). Melbourne football journalist Caroline Wilson was born in 1960 (51). English cricketer Frank Tyson was born in Lancashire, England, in 1930 (81).

■ US actress Jessica Tandy was born in London in 1909. She died aged 85 in 1994. Singer Dean Martin was born as Dino Crocetti in 1917. He died aged 78 in 1995. Welsh singer Tom Jones is 71 (40). Former ABC host Mary Delahunty is 60 (1951).

■ American actor Johnny Weissmuller was born in Chicago in 1908. He performed as Tarzan. He died aged 79 in 1984. Actress Sally Kellerman, of MASH, was born in 1937 (74). Cricketers Steve and Mark Waugh were born in Bankstown in 1965 (46). TV host Yumi Stynes is 36 (1975).

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Observer TV, Radio, Theatre Showbiz Latest Melbourne show business news - without fear or favour The Spoiler FEUD RE-IGNITES Veritas

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Neighbours ■ 6.30pm. Weeknights. Eleven. ■ Monday, June 6. It wouldn’t be a wedding on Ramsay Street without a few hiccups! When Harold suspiciously goes missing just before the ceremony, his friends and bride-to-be worry that he’s got cold feet. ■ Tuesday, June 7. Troy is angry and hurt by Toadie and Sony as reconciliation, and he starts to show signs of his old, volatile self. Andrew does more harm than good while trying to reassure Summer. ■ Wednesday, June 8. As Toadie searches desperately for Sonya, she tries to reason with Troy. Tash confides in Andrew and asks him to cover for her while she goes to a party with Ivan. ■ Thursday, June 9. Tash is mortif ied when Michael turns up at the nightclub where she was making out with Ivan, and bans her from ever seeing him again. ■ Friday, June 10. When Kyle realises he’s still a long way from being able to start his own handy man business, he accepts a challenge from Lou to see who can sell the most cars in one day at Erinsborough Motors.

Home and Away ■ 7.00pm. Weeknights. Channel 7. ■ Monday, June 6. Laura and Roo are back in business, Sid and Roo try to keep their feelings at bay. Laura and Elijah hit it off. ■ Tuesday, June 7. Charlie almost blows the lid on her romance with Brax, Heath makes a move on Bianca, and Dex discovers he has eyes for April ■ Wednesday, June 8. Angelo blackmails Brax, Charlie calls things off with Brax, things between Heath and Bianca heat up - but is he too dangerous for her? ■ Thursday, June 9. Elijah and Laura decide to go on a date, Sid and Roo grow closer as they organise the fund-raiser, and Nicole decides she wants to leave Summer Bay with Angelo - and George. ■ Friday, June 10. Marilyn tries desperately to keep baby George, April and Dex discover they might be more than just friends, and Roo is caught in the middle of the battle for baby George.

Star’s ‘adult’ movie bill

● John-Michael Howson, Alfie Duran and John Couch at Love Never Dies on Saturday night ■ A bitter feud has re-ignited between goss ... denies he ever did. I just hope showbiz legend John-Michael Howson when I am 75 and had a great career that I don't turn vile and nasty and angry with and 3AW reporter Peter Ford. Howson made comments about Ford younger talent. “It’s just sad that a clever and witty in the 3AW Sunday Morning program in which he appears with Darren James man has descended into a bitter old fool.” Twitter follower Kellie Shannon and Nick McCallum. Ford was quick to fire back on Twit- commented of Howson: “He has turned ter: “Love John-Michael slagging me very nasty and vitriolic in his old age, off on 3AW ... so nasty when someone hasn't he? It is very sad.” The spat continues. said he used to do Hollywood

PETER VAN RETURNS

Bolt ratings reality ■ The Australian newspaper last week published a claim that Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt was “worth two per cent” of the vote. This theory was quickly demolished on the newspaper’s website. Further proof is evident with the fact that Bolt, with Steve Price, fails to attract any more than 2.2 per cent of radio audiences in Melbourne with their MTR 1377 breakfast show effort. “It is doubtful Bolt make much difference to how many people believe in climate change, or how many vote for whom,” says the national newspaper.

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Red Stitch Actors Theatre ■ From Page 57 This Australian premiere of Princess Dramas is directed by André Bastian and features Red Stitch ensemble members Dion Mills and Andrea Swifte, with special guest actor Melodie Rose Reynolds. Director André Bastian said, “It seems difficult to imagine another opus where the force of language has been stripped bare with more eloquence … where its might and its often violent control over our thoughts can be experienced in a more inspiring way.” Elfriede Jelinek’s impressive repertoire includes eleven novels, more than 30 theatre texts and a complex corpus of over 400 essays. Winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature her writing is dense, rebellious, elusive and highly unconventional. Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Goethe-Institut will also present an Afternoon Talk on Elfriede Jelinek on Saturday, June 11. This informative series of short papers by Australian and international experts will provide exciting insights into the author and her work. Reservations: 9533 8083. Previews: June 8 and 9 Season: June 10 - July 2 (not Mon. or Tues.) Times: Wednesday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6.30pm. Matinees: Saturday, June 18, 25 and July 2 at 4pm Running time: Approximately 90 minutes no interval Bookings: www.redstitch.net (discounted tix) or on 9533 8083 Tickets: $20.00 - $34.00 ($15.00 student rush) Venue: Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda

■ How private are your viewing habits on pay-TV? One former Foxtel staffer is rumoured to be talking widely about the ‘adult movie’ watching habits of a prominent Australian TV star. ■ And which Aussie TV star is still paying off big gambling bills? Old habits die hard.

● Peter Van Popular Magic 1278 presenter Peter Van returned to the airwaves at the weekend, after some weeks away with a serious “lurgie”. Van publicly thanked his ‘patient GP” for his return to good health. Country distrrict community station, Radio Mansfield, is trying to fund an emergency power source at the Paps transmitter site, in case the station goes off air during an emergency. Assistance can be directed to John Coffey, 0409 144 410. Jazz afficianado Ralphe Rickman was hosting an hour on Radio Eastern 98.1 FM on Sunday, with the Ray Lawrence program. It would be good if Radio Eastern could stream its programs on the internet, in a similar way to neighbouring community stations Casey Radio 97.7, Mountain Distrct Radio 97.1, and 96.5 Inner FM. Some of Jon Faine’s audience on ABC 774 are a curious lot. Whilst the rest of Melbourne was condemning Victorias Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland over perceived shortcomings at headquarters, Faine’s callers were congratulating the Chief.

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Observer Showbiz DVD & Blu-Ray New Release Highlights FILM: SARAH'S KEY: Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Aidan Quinn. Genre: Drama. Year: 2010. Rating: M. Running Time: 111 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: ***** Verdict: Powerful and poignant drama beginning in Nazi occupied Paris, in July of 1942, when a ten-year old Sarah is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families, and in a desperate bid to protect her younger brother she locks him in their secret hiding place and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. In a beautifully balanced parallel series of events, nearly seven decades later, Sarah's story intertwines with that of an American journalist investigating the roundup, and in her research she stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah and to questions about her own future, as well as the secrets of our own past. This is a Superbly realized screen adaptation from the best-selling novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, an immensely haunting, moving, captivating and thought-provoking experience with never a dull moment throughout an extraordinarily touching and tragic journey, and even though the characters of which are fictitious, the events themselves very real. A most intense and personal film, the central characters are compelling and unforgettable, most notably Kristin Scott Thomas as the American journalist, this is what cinema is all about, exactly what it was created for, a truly great storytelling and filmmaking odyssey that is not only the surprise of the year, it is without doubt the best and the most rewarding and revealing release of the year also. Not to be missed! OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS: FILM: WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER: Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Tony Randall, Joan Blondell, Henry Jones. Genre: Comedy/Romance. Year: 1957. Rating: G. Running Time: 93 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: **** Verdict: A clever, brisk, colourful, energetic and entertaining 1950's satire set in the advertising world of an ad-man who, to save his career, wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick, but in return she wants him to pretend to be her new boyfriend, and you'll be surprised how little things have changed, screen beauty Jane Mansfield is simply a joy to behold, and Tony Randall is an equally delightful match, or foil, a beautifully orchestrated and executed romantic-comedy on every level, and a time capsule full of fun and joy that remains so refreshingly vibrant, and would be a big mistake to miss! FILM: MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION: Cast: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Fabian, John Saxon. Genre: Comedy. Year: 1962. Rating: PG. Running Time: 116 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: ***1/2 Verdict: Traditional 1960's Hollywood studio family fun on the misadventures of a husband and wife who rent a house near the beach with his wife and all the family in tow, the sparks fly thick and fast between screen legends James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara, both of whom seem to be having a lot of fun, taking a break from their more serious dramatic offerings during this period, filled with many funny moments, so if you have a penchant for good old fashioned classic Hollywood family comedy, then this is a holiday you won't want to miss. FILM: KOLCHAK - THE NIGHT STALKER: Cast: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Phil Silvers, Jim Backus. Genre: Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller/TV Series. Year: 1974. Rating: PG. Running Time: 975 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: **** Verdict: The quirky adventures, or misadventures, of a newspaper reporter who investigates strange supernatural and always inexplicable occurrences in Chicago as he comes across a series of strange events that lead him to anything from Vampires to Ghosts, and the newspaper boss and cops who find his investigate stories too wild to believe, let alone print, Darren McGavin is superb as the super-snoop of the underworld, reporter Carl Kolchack, as is Simon Oakland as his long suffering Editor and boss, a real treat and good fun! FILM: Cast: liams. Genre: Year:

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Reviews by Aaron Rourke

BILL HUNTER

â– The Australian entertainment industry lost a huge icon when legendary actor Bill Hunter passed away on Saturday May 21 from cancer, aged 71. Born in Ballarat on February 27, 1940, Mr Hunter would go on to have a career that lasted over 50 years, and make him one of Australia's most identifiable characters. The huge turnout at his Memorial Service last Thursday showed just how loved the always matter-of-fact Hunter was. With a film career that dates back to 1957 and 1966 for TV, Mr Hunter has built up an impressive resume in both fields. His TV credits include Doctor Who (1966), Skippy (1968), Spyforce (1971-73), Division 4 (1969-75), Homicide (1967-75), Matlock Police (1971-76), Prisoner (1979), 'the excellent mini-series The Dismissal (1983) (****), The Eureka Stockade (1984) (***1/2) with Bryan Brown, The Flying Doctors (1985), A Fortunate Life (1985), the highly acclaimed Phoenix (1992), Police Rescue (199192), Minder (1993), Blue Murder (1995) (****) with Tony Martin, Moby Dick (1998), Sea Change (1998), All Saints (1999), Water Rats (2001), Stingers (2004), 'and the mega-budget Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production The Pacific (2010). His film career is even more impressive, with an eclectic mix of small-scale dramas, box-office hits, and knockabout comedies. After appearing as an extra in The Shiralee (1957) and as a swimming double in the nuclear drama On The Beach (1959) (***), directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Gregory Peck, Mr Hunter would land a number of small roles in films such as Ned Kelly (1970) (***) with Mick Jagger (and despite its flaws is still hugely superior to the awful 2003 version with Heath Ledger), the tough, controversial biker flick Stone (1974) (****), the very entertaining The Man From Hong Kong (1975) (***1/2), the notorious Mad Dog Morgan (1976) (**1/2) with Dennis Hopper, and the comedy romp Eliza Fraser (1976). Mr Hunter would truly make his mark in the industry with his searing performance as a loudmouthed criminal in Backroads (1977) (****1/2), which would be the directorial debut of Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm'/ Patriot Games / Salt). It is an unsettling, at-times brutal drama that for some reason is still unavailable on DVD. Hunter and Noyce would reteam in 1978 for Newsfront (****1/2), a wonderful look at newsreel cameramen in the 1940s and 50s, and would arguably be his best role. It features a strong cast which includes Chris Haywood, Bryan Brown, Wendy Hughes and Angela Punch-McGregor. Unfortunately it is now deleted on DVD, but if you come across it in a video store please rent it, as it captures Australia at a particular time and place perfectly. Mr Hunter would appear in one of the best films ever made, Gallipoli (1981) (*****), starring Mel Gibson, written by playwright David Williamson, and directed by Peter Weir. It is a film that truly captures the Aussie spirit, and its blend of humour

TRIBUTE TO AUSSIE MOVIE ICON and heartbreaking drama is film-making of the highest order. Mr Hunter followed this with roles in the uneven Heatwave (1982) (**1/ 2) with Judy Davis (and once again directed by Noyce), the terrific arthouse thriller The Hit (1984) (****), directed by Stephen Frears and was the film debut of Tim Roth. The film was his first pairing with actor Terence Stamp, and Mr Hunter provided a lot of the film's unexpected humour. High profile but forgettable films followed, such as Rebel' (1985) (*) with Matt Dillon, Sky Pirates (1986) (*), an Indiana Jones-style adventure with the late, great John Hargreaves, Death Of A Soldier (1986) (**) with James Coburn, and Rikky & Pete (1988) (**), from the makers of Malcolm. Mr Hunter would strike gold with Strictly Ballroom (1992) (**), a massive box-office hit that put director Baz Luhrmann on the map. A much better film was Gillian Armstrong's The Last Days Of Chez Nous (1993) (***), detailing the flaws of a Sydney family. After the watchable The Custodian (1993) (**1/2) with Anthony LaPaglia and Hugo Weaving, Mr Hunter would appear in two hugely popular Aussie hits, the Oscar winning The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994) (*), which would reteam him with Stamp, and Muriel's Wedding (1994) (**). Mr Hunter kept showing his versatility by appearing in very different films such as the tough prison drama Everynight...Everynight (1995) (***) and the ultra-light Road To Nhill (1997) (*). One of Mr Hunter's best roles in later years was in the lightweight, enjoyable Crackerjack (2002) (***), cowritten, co-produced, and starring popular comedian Mick Molloy. Hunter gave a standout performance, where we saw a true character actor at work. Finding Nemo (2003) (****1/2), Bad Eggs (2003) (***1/2) (a genuinely good Aussie comedy, which is something very rare now), Tom White (2004), the overly Coen Brothers-inspired thriller The Square (2008) (**), the execrable Australia (2008) (No Stars), and the dazzlingly animated but utterly uninspired Legend Of The Guardians : Owls Of Ga'Hoole (2010) (**) are among his notable recent work. Mr Hunter completed two films before passing away, the true story family film Red Dog starring Josh Lucas and Noah Taylor, and the Melbourne Cup drama The Cup, starring Brendan Gleeson and Tom Burlinson, and will be released later this year. After speaking with fellow colleague James Sherlock, we both agree that Bill Hunter is an Aussie icon that will be sorely missed, and represented Australia in a highly distinctive manner, and such is totally irreplaceable. - James Sherlock

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Top 10 Lists THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. 2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. 3. SOURCE CODE. 4. FAST AND FURIOUS 5. 5. THOR. 6. SOMETHING BORROWED. 7. HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL. 8. INSIDIOUS. 9. SNOWTOWN. 10. YOUR HIGHNESS. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: MAY 26: GET LOW, OF GODS AND MEN, SOUL SURFER, THE HANGOVER PART II. JUNE 2: CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST, HERE I AM, JULIA'S EYES, MEEK'S CUTOFF, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. THE DVD TOP SELLERS: 1. THE FIGHTER [Drama/Sport/ Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo]. 2. THE KING'S SPEECH [Drama/ Historical/Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush]. 3. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS: Pt 1 [Fantasy/Adventure/Daniel Radcliffe]. 4. John Carpenter's THE WARD [Horror/Thriller/Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jared Harris]. 5. TRON: LEGACY [Sci-Fi/Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen, Olivia Wilde]. 6. TANGLED [Family/Animated/ Voices: Mandy Moore, Ewam McGregor, Steve Martin]. 7. BURLESQUE [Drama/Musical/ Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci]. 8. ANOTHER YEAR [Drama/Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ruth Sheen]. 9. GULLIVER'S TRAVELS [Fantasy/ Comedy/Adventure/Jack Black, Billy Connolly]. 10. LITTLE FOCKERS [Comedy/Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman]. Also: WINTER'S BONE, LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, RED, 22 BULLETS, THE TOURIST, THE DILEMMA, MORNING GLORY, THE CHRONICALS OF NARNIA: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, BAMBI, MEGAMIND. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE GREEN HORNET [Action/Comedy/Crime/Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz]. THE NEXT THREE DAYS [Crime/ Action/Thriller/Russell Crowe, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson]. SANCTUM [Drama/Adventure/Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd]. THE BLACK SWAN [Drama/Thriller/ Dance/Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis]. NEW & RE-RELEASE CLASSICS ON DVD HIGHLIGHTS: ANNA KARENINA [1948/Drama/ Romance/Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson]. ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS [1969/Drama/History/Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold]. BULLET TO BEIJING [1995/Harry Palmer Thriller/Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Michael Gambon]. Turn To Page 69


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Observer Showbiz SHOWS ■ CLOC Musical Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof Until June 4 at the National Theatre, St. Kilda. Co-Directors: Chris and Lynette White; Choreographer; Lynette White; Musical Director: Philip Osborne. Bookings: 1300 362547 www.cloc.org.au

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PLOS STAGES ‘CATS’ SHOWS

■ Moreland Theatre Company: Under Milk Wood (by Dylan Thomas) Until June 4 at the Mechanics Institute of Performing Arts, Cnr. Sydney and Glenlyon Rds., Brunswick. Director: Steve Gagen. Thurs - Sat at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. Bookings: 9388 1942. ■ Brighton Theatre Company: On Golden Pond (by Ernest Thompson) Until June 11 at the Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre, Wilson St., Brighton. Director: Peter Newling. Tickets: $18/$16. Bookings: 1300 752 126. ■ Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company: Death of a Salesman (by Arthur Miller) Until June 18 at 39-41 Castella St., Lilydale. Director: Kevin Trask. Tickets: $25/$20. Bookings: 9735 1777. ■ The Mount Players: Hello Dolly! Until June 4 at the Mountview Theatre, Smith St., Macedon. Directors: Marg Cameron and Ray Kenney. Bookings: 1300 464224. ■ MLOC Productions: Pippin June 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8pm, June 19 at 5pm and June 18, 25 at 2pm at the Phoenix Theatre, 101 Glenhuntly Rd., Elwood. Director/Choreographer: Lyn Laister; Musical Director; Danny Forward. Tickets: $30/$27/$25. Bookings: 9570 4052 or www.mloc.org.au ■ Mountain District Musical Society: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers June 17 - 25 at the Karralyka Theatre, Mines Rd., Ringwood. Bookings: 0431 940984 or tickets@mdms.org.au ■ Peoples Playhouse and Kidz 4 Kidz: Oliver! (A youth cast) July 8 - 16 at the Cranbourne Community Theatre, behind KFC, Cranbourne. Bookings: 0402 197390 www.peoplesplayhouse.asn.au ■ Aspect Inc: Man of La Mancha July 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm, July 9, 16 at 2pm and July 10 at 5pm at the Mentone Girls Secondary College Theatre, Cnr. Balcombe and Charman Rds., Mentone. Director: Peter Martignoles: Musical Director: Darryn Wright: Choreographer: Heather King. Tickets: $28/$23/$18 (Gala Night July 8 $5 extra pp). Bookings: BH: 9580 8415, AH 0419 308 636 or www.aspecttheatre.com ■ Beaumaris Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde) July 8 - 23 at Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Emma Sproule. Bookings: 9583 6896. www.beaumaristheatre.com.au Publicists can send details of shows to editor@melbourneobserver.com.au

AUDITIONS

Strathmore Theatrical Arts ■ Kidnap Game (by Tudor Gates) June 5 from 3pm and June 6 from 7.30pm at the Strathmore Community Hall, cnr. Loeman and Napier Sts., Strathmore. Director: Cameron South. Audition bookings: Contact the director on 8697 9251 ext. 339251

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‘Hysteria’ at STAG ■ Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG) presents the fascinating and entertainingly dark play Hysteria until June 4 at the Strathmore Community Centre, Cnr Loeman and Napier Sts., Strathmore. Written by British dramatist Terry Johnson, STAG's production is expertly directed by Alex Lance. Johnson's narrative tells of an imaginary meeting between Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud (Brian Moynihan) and Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali (Dean Gunera) who was influenced by Freud's writings about the subconscious mind. Also visiting the terminally ill Freud are invented characters Jessica (Dana Kronental) and Freud's physician, Dr Abraham Yahuda (Alex Lance). Moynihan and Gunera have both created a remarkable similarity in the appearance and manner of their historical characters, with interesting contrast between Gunera's portrayal of Dali's eccentricity and Moynihan's calm characterisation of Freud, the deep-thinking founder of the discipline of psychoanalysis. Dana Kronental gives a powerfully emotional performance as Jessica, who arrives in Freud's office late at night and strips to demand an analysis session. Director Alex Lance uses his equally competent acting skills to portray Dr Yahuda, admirably taking on the role at short notice due to cast illness. Lance has also designed the well-dimensioned set (constructed by Tony Leatch) which, like the narrative, transforms from the real to surreal. Johnson's play title is cleverly based on the 1895 book Studies on Hysteria, co-written by Sigmund Freud and Dr Joseph Breuer. There is no opportunity to relax during the show because full mental concentration is needed to focus on the characters' halfconscious fantasies, uncomfortable truths, subjects ranging from penis envy to the Bible … and hysteria. There is opportunity however to relax during interval and enjoy STAG's warm, friendly hospitality. Congratulations to STAG on yet another quality production.

RED STITCH ACTORS THEATRE

SHOWS

■ Hair Information Night Sunday, June 12 at 7.30pm. To be presented in late November/early December. For all enquiries call 0449 540915 or visit www.boilerhousetheatre.com

The Basin Theatre Group

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■ Natural Causes (by Eric Chappell) Until June 5 at Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Drucilla Bartlett. Bookings: 1300 784668.

■ Camelot Information Night June 30 at 8pm at the Parkdale Church of Christ Hall, 174 Como Pde., Parkdale. Auditions July 5, 7, Callbacks July 14. Director: Judy Sullivan; Musical Director: Danny Forward: Choreographer: Merilyn Young. Audition bookings: 9589 4912.

● PLOS Musical Productions presents Cats from July 14 - 23 at the Frankston Arts Centre, Davey St., Frankston. The show is directed by Fred Pezzimenti, with musical direction by Bev Woodford and choreography by Karen Taylor-Pottinger. Tickets: $39/$34/$26. Bookings: 9784 1060. Photo: Lang Photographics

The 1812 Theatre ■ Breaking Legs (by Tom Dulack) Until June 25 at 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: Robin Miller. Tickets: $22. Bookings: 9758 3964.

● Dion Mills and Andrea Swifte in Princess Dramas at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda. Report on P57 Photo: Brett Ludeman

Cheryl Threadgold on 3AW ■ Non-Pro Theatre columnist Cheryl Threadgold is heard weekly on 3AW Overnighters program hosted by Keith McGowan. Cheryl presents a segment with the latest community theatre news at 12.45am Wednesdays.


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Scan The Calls ■ At Charlton on Wednesday, Shelbourne's Larry Eastman snared the Jill Cossar & Chris Livingston 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres with cleverly named Sealed And Delivered/Dont Answer That gelding Scan The Calls. Driven by Neil McCallum, Scan The Calls led throughout from gate three in accounting for a deathseating Lifes A Bonus and Temcan Theory (three back the markers) in a rate of 1-59.6.

4-y-o is ‘extra smart’ ■ Charlton duo John and Ellen Tormey's extra smart 4-Y-0 Earl/Icantremember gelding Mister Castleton chalked up his 11th victory when successful in the Charlton Football Club Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2570 metres on their home track. Slowly out from the 10 metre mark, Mister Castleton settled with most of the field ahead of him, before gaining a three wide trail home from the bell on the back of the 60 metre backmarker Gentlemans Honour. Taken wide on straightening, Mister Castleton finished determinedly to score in fine fashion over Maoris Pocket and Adams Crown in a rate of 2-08.7.

Strong victory at Melton ■ Gisborne trainer Shannon McLean and the McLean family have another smart performer in Village Jasper/Ive Got Rhythm gelding Broadway Class who scored a strong victory in the Petstock Animal Supplies 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday. Driven forward from outside the front row by Chris Alford to park outside the pacemaker Mwerrangker, Broadway Classic surged clear in the last lap to record a most impressive victory in advance of Narre Boy (four wide last lap) and Soldier Boy from last in a mile rate of 2-00.9. It was Broadway Classic's second race appearance.

Onlyonewoman wins ■ Elphinstone trainer Wendy Attard combined with former partner Joe Attard to land the Santons Of Bendigo Trotters Mobile for T3 to T5 class over 2150 metres at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Thursday, with 5-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Lonwarbec mare Onlyonewoman in a rate of 2-02.6. Given a sweet passage on the back of the poleline pacemaker Our Aythreeeighty from gate two on the second line, Onlyonewoman taking a mares concession, used the sprint lane to perfection in defeating Sunset Truscott which gained a late split from mid-field, with Our Aythreeeighty holding down third. It was Onlyonewoman's 11th victory in 41 outings.

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Wednesday - Kilmore/Bendigo, Thursday - Maryborough/Ballarat, Friday - Stawell/Melton, Saturday - Cranbourne, Sunday - Horsham@Melton, Monday - Cobram, Tuesday - Nyah.

Horses To Follow ■ Vijay Lee, Major Command, Fergus MacCool, Dejayangel, Stevie Harlyn, Button Brigade, Soldier Boy, Total Muscle, Weekend Rustler, Smokey Town, Moderm McKenzie. Len Baker presents Harness Review a dedicated two-hour program of harness news, views and interviews, on 97.9fm.net Len Baker has been going to the ‘trots’ since a very young age and has been involved as an owner, punter, bookmaker and devotee of the sport.

HAPPY DAYS AT TABCORP PARK

■ Doreen breeder/owners John and Christine Yeomans have enjoyed plenty of happy moments in harness racing, but none better than last Friday (May 27) at Tabcorp Park Melton, when their 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Indigenous mare Life Inthefastlane captured the $100,000 (Group 1) Nevele R Stud Queen Of The Pacific for mares M0 or better (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2760 metres. Trained by John with assistance from long time stable foreman Shane Gallagher, Life Inthefastlane with Daryl Douglas in the sulky possied three back along the markers from inside the second line, enjoying a cosy trip throughout. Extricated into the clear in the last lap, Life Inthefastlane when asked for an effort approaching the home turn, rallied and ran to the wire strongly to score from Pacific Playgirl from well back and Left In Paris which trailed the weakening leader Mendelico in a rate of 2-00.6 in the wet conditions.

Honours ■ Former New Zealand harness trainer Brent Lilley has enjoyed enormous success in Victoria since crossing the Tasman to take up residence in Melton and took the honours at a wet Hamilton in Victoria's Western District on Monday May 23, providing a training double with ex-Kiwi's Sir Clive and Thats All Right, while Peter Tonkin also produced another Enzedder by the name of Galatos to register a first-up Aussie victory, all three handled to perfection by a revitalized Gavin Lang. Sir Clive (Christian Cullen/Personality Plus) coming off a second to boom former Kiwi The Smiler at Horsham on May 11, snared the 3HA/ Mixx FM Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1660 metres, racing in the open from gate five outside Rosenlea to register a "soft" victory over Captain Dale (three wide last lap from near last) and Witchwaywndy which followed the runner up home. The mile rate 200.2. Five year old Artiscape/ Tupelo Miss mare Thats All Right taking a mares concession, was having her first outing since March 11 when unplaced at Rangiora behind Collecting. Settling last from the extreme draw, Lang sent her forward on the back of Safely Loaded to raced parked mid-race in the Hamilton Spectator Pace

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for C2 class over 2160 metres and driven with the patience of Jobe, Thats All Right did only what she had to do in defeating the pacemaker Jar Zinyo and House Of Khan in 2-00.2. Galatos a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Courage Under Fire and She's Special was also having his first outing since March in the Matthews Petroleum Pace for C5 to T7 class and after safely retaining the front running from the pole, toyed with his rivals to score from Lombo Royal Flush which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Turbo Tate (three wide last lap) third in a mile rate of 1-59.5.

Scoops it ■ Border hoppers scooped the pool at the Echuca fixture held on Wednesday May 25, winning half the eight event card. Shrewd Wagga Wagga trainer Bernie Kelly combined with Shane Hallcroft to land a double - Provence at massive odds of $26.40 in the Harcorp Produce 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres and Spring Artesian ($1.60) in the Closters Group Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres. Provence (Life Sign/ Spring) ran home strongly off a one/one trip from gate five in defeating Elsu Dream (three back the markers) and the first starter Queen Mab which trailed the weakening leader Melrose Kate. The mile rate 2-00.8. Spring Artesian (Artesian/Spring Illusion) led throughout from gate four in accounting for Lucys Penny (one/one) to give NSW the quinella, with a death-seating Weekend Rustler battling away strongly for third in a rate of 2-04.3. Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden snared the Christies Welding 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with King Of Spin Lombo, a gelded son of Northern Luck and Karoake Lombo.

Driven by Melton based Jason Hackett, King Of Spin Lombo despite racing in the open from gate four outside the well supported Melrose Kate, proved too strong for Mighty Boy Lombo (one/ one) to again give the Northern State the quinella, with Two Pot Screamer (four back the markers) third in a rate of 2-00.5. Narrandera's David Kennedy is no stranger to Echuca meetings and captured the Dinky Di House Boats Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with 4-Y-0 Brioso Hanover/Emma Franco gelding My Happy Chappy in a 2-04.1 rate. With stable reinsman Jackson Painting in the sulky, My Happy Chappy from the extreme draw was set alight shortly after the start to circle his rivals and lead, defying all challengers in the run home to score from Frank Barac's Madam Altissimo off a three wide trail last lap, with Im Laughing (three back the markers) third.

Defied all ■ Elmore breeder/ owner/trainer Jenny Johnson was victorious with honest 4-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Wongala Dianne gelding Amiri in the Supporting Chris Alford and An NF Free Future Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Tuesday. With Gavin Lang in the sulky, Amiri was trapped wide from gate four, before letting rip with a dynamic burst of speed to assume control entering the front straight on the first occasion. Rated to perfection, Amiri defied all challengers on straightening to score from a game Le Chabanais which shadowed him for the last lap, with Enjoy A Malabu (one/ one) third. The mile rate 2-09.9.

■ Pipers Creek (Kyneton) trainer/driver Tony Xiriha has 4-Y-0 Conch Deville/Anfield mare Spinster Clare racing in rare form at present and brought up three wins in succession by taking out the De Bortoli Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley on Friday. Showing her usual brilliant gate speed, Spinster Clare ran her rivals ragged in defeating the Joe Abela stablemates Its Lightscameraction and Dreamscape Aurora in a rate of 2-03.6.

Biggest pay-day ever ■ Bolinda co-trainers Kari and Paul Males received their biggest pay-day ever at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, when tough Bettors Delight/Bella Aurora filly Bellas Delight outstayed her rivals to capture the $100,000 (Group 1) 2Construct Vicbred Super Series for 3-Y-0 Fillies over 2240 metres in wet conditions. Driven by Greg Sugars, Bellas Delight wasn't flash away from gate four, being trapped three wide trailing the favourite Aussie Made Lombo (gate six). Gradually working forward to park outside Aussie Made Lombo which crossed the polemarker Milliara Lombo, Bellas Delight was left in the open for the majority of the journey. Joining the leader on turning, Bellas Delight raced by a plethora of owners headed by media personality Rob Auber, refused to give in under hard driving to record a 2 metre victory over Awaywiththefaries (one/one) andAussie Made Lombo in a rate of 1-57.9.

Settled on back of leader ■ Veteran Bendigonian Bill White was in the winners stall at Melton on Thursday, when 5-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Vestal Vee gelding Vee Salute scored in the Tabcorp Park Melton Trotters Handicap for TR0 & TR1 class over 2240 metres. Stepping cleanly from the 10 metre mark, Vee salute settled on the back of the leader Giddy Up Amour in a strung out field and always looked to be the one to beat. Easing away from the markers approaching the home turn, Vee Salute surged clear on straightening to win well over Dream Factor (four back the markers) and Button Brigade in a rate of 2-08.3.

Handicap win at Bendigo ■ Echuca's Faye McEwan scored a terrific victory with lightly raced 4-Y-0 Continentalman/ Damoho mare Pearls at Bendigo on Thursday, taking out the Schweppes Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres restricted to the fairer sex. Driven by Leigh Sutton, Pearls was trapped wide in the early stages, before being restrained to settle three back in the moving line. Setting off three wide solo in the final circuit, Pearls making only her third appearance at the races, finished determinedly to gain the day over Golden Photo which trailed the pacemaker Galaktika, gaining a late split, with Allawart Lass a game third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-08.5.

Very wide on turning ■ Young Melton reinsman William Pace combined with brother Darren to land the Melbourne City Toyota Pace for R2 & R3 class over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday with 5-Y-0 Pacific Rocket/Miss California gelding Camivell Rock. Taking advantage of a concession, Camivell Rock settled a "mile" off the leader Orse M Aint It from gate three on the second line, before gaining a nice trail home from the bell three wide on the back of Gentle Force. Although very wide on turning, Camivell Rock finished hard to gain the day in advance of Brialinger Boy(one/one) which had raced clear on straightening in a rate of 2-01.8, with Total Muscle third after following the winner home from last.


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TOP FOUR COULD BE SETTLED

■ It is a bold prediction this far from the Finals but the current top four teams seem to be ahead of the rest. Who could challenge them? If Carlton is a query have a look at their draw for the next four games and realistically they should win all four as they meet Port Adelaide at AAMI then Brisbane, Sydney and WCE all at Etihad Stadium. And Matty Kreuzer is set to return. Round 10 proved conclusively my point in AFL games and a ‘two horse’ race the favourites do not always win. We supposed experts all tipped the eight favourites and crashed badly on Fremantle, Richmond and Adelaide. I’m pleased with my best bets with ‘points in starts’ as I suggested you back St Kilda and Brisbane so I hope you punters had a decent collect. The results highlighted several other points worthy of comment. Take the coveted Brownlow Medal Award and we must query two of the favourites. Will Marc Murphy rob Chris Judd of his third medal and over at Magpie land will Dale ‘Daisy’ Thomas do likewise to the 2009-10 favourite Dane Swan? The ‘play-on’ interpretation was again a problem and will continue to be so until it reverts back to the umpire’s sole control. The current situation is like asking the road traffic police and the courts to automatically accept the ‘penalised’ driver’s version of events as to why he speeded up. As too was the umpires’ bouncing of the ball in the centre circle. It was recalled far too often for the compulsory ‘throw-up’, appropriate terminology for the ‘older men in white’ who knew how to keep it straight and fair. My concern as the present day umpires, because of the lack of numbers and inability to recruit, are a protected species they will get their way, as they have been agitating for, to ‘cut-out’ the bounce altogether. This would be ‘sacrilegious’ as this art is unique to our game. Prior to the season’s start many media headline hunters believed at season’s end Carlton would appoint Mick Malthouse to replace Brett Ratten as coach. They’ve dropped off that prediction now the Blues are in the top four and a chance for the flag. But as ‘true’ football stirrers the same reporters have Mick being inundated with offers from Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, his old team WCE and even Brisbane. Jonathon Brown’s return from injury has doused that rumour and similarly much cold water has also put out the fires for John Worsfold with his Eagles improving form. I’m sure Mick doesn’t need to turn back the clock and return to the Bulldogs. So it is down to Melbourne as I imagine the Malthouse family doesn’t need or want another shift interstate. Mick it will be a ‘real test for your best’ as twelve have tried and failed, including the great Ron Barassi, since the heady days of Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes and Norm Smith with their multiple premierships, the last in 1964, 47 years ago. TOP FOUR IS SORTING ITSELF OUT The recent results suggest the Final Four is taking shape with Geelong, Collingwood, Hawthorn and Carlton breaking clear of the opposition.

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ways is a carbon copy of Scotland. Brent started with Port Adelaide, then St Kilda and has now played over 100 games with the Hawks. He has impeccable delivery by foot and hand. Round 11 Games Friday (N) Essendon v Melbourne MCG Sat Geelong v West Bulldogs Skilled Stadium Sat WCE v Gold Coast Suns PS Perth Sat (N) Brisbane v Sydney Swans Sun North Melbourne v Adelaide Gabba Crows Etihad Stadium Sat (N) Collingwood v St Kilda Sun (T) Port Adelaide v Carlton MCG AAMI Stadium Sun (E) Hawthorn v Fremantle BYE Richmond MCG June 5 - Harry Beitzel

● South African Mtutuzeli Hlomela is challenging the comments of Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett. His open letter is published, courtesy AFLBigPond Network.

www.squidoo.com/harrybeitzel Here is the Ladder: Geelong 40 Pts; Collingwood 36Pts; Hawthorn 32 Pts; Carlton 30 Pts; then follow, Swans 26 Pts; Essendon 22 Pts; WCE & Freo 20 Pts (the 8); Richmond 18; Melbourne & Saints 14; Western Bulldogs & Adelaide 12; North Melb/ Brisbane/Port Adelaide & GCSuns 8Pts. The next 4 Rounds Top 8 are:Geel v Bulldogs (SS), v Haw, v St Kilda both at MCG, Crows at (SS). Collingwood v St Kilda, v Melbourne both at MCG, Bye and Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium Homebush. Hawthorn v Freo, v Geelong both MCG, v GCSuns at Aurora Stadium Launceston, v Essendon at ‘G’. Carlton v Port Adel AAMI, v Brisbane, v Swans, v WCE all at Etihad Stadium. Swans v Brisbane Gabba, v Richmond SCG, v Carlton ES, v Collingwood ANZ Stadium Homebush. Essendon v Melb at ‘G’, v Freo at WA, v North Melb ES, v Hawthorn MCG. WCE v GCSuns at WA, v Adelaide AS, v Port Adel at WA, v Carlton at Etihad. Fremantle v Haw at ‘G’, v Essendon at WA, v Melbourne ‘G’, v Brisbane at WA. The fight for 5 to 8 positions will be keen with Richmond, St Kilda and Brisbane all with claims. Fremantle has hit a hole and needs Matthew Pavlich to hit form and Aaron Sandilands and Michael Barlow back from injury. Geelong is dicing with a loss giving away starts and must be thrilled with the outstanding form of their experienced players especially Steve Johnson with his seven goals against the GCSuns. And The Bombers are back next Friday night. Hawthorn is impressive and all their midfielders are on fire – all the Hawks need now is for ‘Buddy’ Franklin to kick straight. From what looked like a ‘one horse’ race with Collingwood virtually unchallengeable the AFL now has a real competition. And the Saints Nick Riewoldt has hardly fired a shot so far this season so with Brendon Goddard there is plenty of improvement to come. Last week I mentioned the ‘under the radar’ performance of Carlton’s Heath Scotland and barely touched on another favourite of mine, the Hawks’ Brent Guerra who in many

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OPEN LETTER TO JEFF KENNETT ■ South African representative Mtutuzeli Hlomela says Jeff Kennett should advocate, not denigrate, Australian football development overseas: Dear Mr Kennett, As someone who fell in love with your game and has worked tirelessly to develop it in South Africa, I, with all due respect, was very disappointed to read your comments in the Herald Sun suggesting we in South Africa and the rest of the world are wasting our time. The game has become everyone's game, not only Australia's, and I invite you to take some time in August to go and witness the AFL International Cup. It's a magnificent event that is full of colour and cultural diversity; things I think are great for the game. It will also show you how the game has grown internationally in the last decade despite minimal resources in some countries. I also invite you to come to South Africa, to see for yourself how the game has grown and also the number of people whose lives it has changed, people who have developed a genuine passion and love for it. Australian football has a place in the world and we have embraced it. I'm not trying to be sentimental, what the game is doing to and for people outside of Australia is real and it is not a waste of time. Nelson Mandela said, "sport has the power to unite enemies" and an example of this is the Peace Team, an Australian football team comprised of Israelis and Palestinians, something unheard of in other sports. “Through hard work and genuine belief, people have made the Peace Team work and its members aren't only teammates, but have become friends and brothers. I think the AFL should be congratulated for having the vision to take Australian football to other parts of the world. “They're making it possible for the rest of world to be part of what I feel is the world's greatest game and also an opportunity to test themselves

● Mtutuzeli Hlomela against the best. One of my dreams Franklin kicks another 100 goals like is to see South Africa play Australia he did in 2008 at Docklands, I was in an official Test match at the MCG lucky enough to be there to witness it. in 25 years, and I believe that dream Kindest regards, will come true looking at what we've Mtutuzeli Hlomela achieved in the past five years. (Johannesburg, South Africa) Mr Kennett, I thought I should share with you what I thought of your ■ Harry Beitzel adds: I like Jeff comments in the Herald Sun, but most Kennett but we disagree on this importantly, what I feel about this fan- aspect. I’ve declared for the tastic game. past few years the AFL’s future I think I speak for the entire inter- recruiting area will NOT be Irenational community who's caught the land nor the world Rugby/Basbug when I say, we love the game ketball converts but South Afand we've made it ours - do not take it rica. away. More especially as our game International growth is in the best is being fashioned for the fast, interest of the game and I'm sure deep athletic bodies such as the Afdown in your heart you want what is ricans. best for the game. There will be thousands of As an influential figure and a cus- kids from impoverished backtodian of the game I encourage you to grounds who will relish the opadvocate the international agenda. portunity to learn the skills and The seed has been planted on fertile play our game. soil, please help with the nurturing and Just as we’ve enjoyed an Abgrowth of the sport. Spread the joy! origine explosion into the elite I thank you and wish to meet level standby for the African inyou one day. Good luck with the rest vasion. of the season and I hope Buddy - HB


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CLASH OF THE DECADE ■ It will be the clash of at least the last decade, if connections of the brilliant galloper, Rocket Man come up against our star, Black Caviar. Rocket Man recently scored possibly the greatest win of his career when he blitzed them in the time honored Group One Kris Flyer sprint in Singapore. Rocket Man, an Australian-bred and sold sprinter, by another top Australian Viscount, was sent out a red hot favourite after a similar demolition of his rivals in the recent half a million Singapore dollars at Kranji. Despite being caught three deep during the early and middle stages, the Champion of Singapore was able to race away to score by just under five lengths. His trainer, Patrick Shaw, didn't mince words after his class act scored so easily, claiming that he deserved the title of the world's best sprinter, not Australia's great mare, Black Caviar. Now that is fighting words especially if you want to tell the ‘big fella’, Peter Moody that. Shaw said after his sensational win: “He is obviously getting stronger with age and we will see how he goes over the next few weeks, as we have many options overseas especially a clash with our champion. “The July Cup at Newmarket, England is one, Japan and Australia down the road, and I'm going to England to have a look, staying at Mike De Kock's yard at Newmarket. “I've also been invited to go and inspect the quarantine facilities in Melbourne and Adelaide over the next couple of weeks". Getting very cocky he added "They can bring her (Black Caviar) wherever they want. We're happy to take her on. Tell them that.” I can picture Peter Moody already putting on the gloves in Caulfield right now; they are fighting words. A good comment from one of Australia's leading jockeys, Steven Arnold, saying Rock

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day November 1 will close on September 1, a month later than previously. Weights for the 3200 metre classic will be released on Tuesday September 13, two weeks later than has been the case. The BMW Caulfield Cup and the Tatts Cox Plate nominations will close at the beginning of August. Caulfield Cup weights will be re-

ies hosting October's Emirates Melbourne Cup tour will be announced in August In its eight years the tour has travelled more than 227,000 kilometres and visited more than 180 towns and cities. Reflecting the rise in gold prices, the value of the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup has been set at $175,000 up from $ 150,000. ■ The towns and cit- Ted Ryan

leased by the end of August. No worries with the Cox Plate; as it is a weight for age event. The Victoria Racing Club said the later deadline would bring fewer but more relevant entries, and a later release of weights would enable a better assessment of spring form.

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Kingdom, was just sensational. Rocket Man was selected and purchased as a yearling for $60,000 from the 2007 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. The star five-year old has won 16 of his 20 starts and has amassed earnings of $A4,577,726. Rocket Man's regular rider, top hoop, Felix Coetzee, was looking for superlatives after his win at Kranji. “He was sensational, it's a privilege to ride him, I'm just the guy who sits on top and steer him, he does the rest.” Now let's have a good look at our champion Black Caviar. What else does she have to do? Thirteen starts undefeated, beating the best that Australia can throw up again her. She has beaten our second best sprinter Hay List every time they have met, and he has won 15 of his 19 starts. Black Caviar's times are sensational and her cruising speed incredible. When she won the Newmarket, she created a weight carrying record for a mare in the big sprint and she averages just under 11 seconds in all her races over each 200 metres. Seeing the normal even time for 200 metres is 15 seconds, and she does it with so much ease. Without a doubt she is one of the most

relaxed gallopers I have ever witnessed, nothing phases her. The other big plus is, if the connections of Rocket Man take up the challenge here in Australia, they will be sorely tested on her own dung hill. Peter Moody pulled the right rein after defeating Hay List in Brisbane she pulled up a shade worse for wear, not greatly, but thoroughly deserved a spell. If they do meet it will most likely be in the Patinack Classic at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Emirates Stakes Day over the straight 1200 metres, which once again is right up her alley. If it does eventuate, all us keen racegoers will be delighted, especially the Victoria Racing Club who would expect a crowd of over 100,000 with the two best sprinters in the world having a crack at each other. On top of all this anyhow, they are both Australian bred. Australian bookies are confident that Black Caviar can beat Rocket Man if they meet, possibly in the Patinack Classic. They have made Black Caviar favorite at $1.30 and Rocket Man at $3.50.

Big race noms near ■ Nominations for the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tues-

DVD Selections Rating: PG. Running Time: 108 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: ***1/2 Verdict: Delightfully madcap Woody Allen comedy of a once revered but neurotic film director at a low career point and gets a chance at a comeback when he is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film, however, the night before the first day of shooting he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness, great cast and brimming with many wonderful and often hilarious Woody Allen comic vignettes, as well as a wildly satirical parody of the crazy world of the Hollywood studios and filmmaking. FILM: Joanna Lumley CATWOMAN: Cast: Joanna Lumley. Genre: Documentary/TV. Year: 2009. Rating: PG. Running Time: 92 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: ***1/2 Verdict: Cats, cats, cats and more cats, of all shapes and sizes, a fascinating and intriguing journey with animal lover and cat enthusiast Joanna Lumley who travels the world to discover the roots of our fascination with the humble moggy, as well as a few of its distant cousins, from sinister beginnings to being worshipped as Gods, across Britain, Egypt, Belgium the U.S. and beyond, no stone, or cat, is left unturned, and the next time you open the can of Whiskas or shake the biscuit box, you'll never look at your favourite cuddly little puss the same way again after this engrossing, enlightening and entertaining look at these most beguiling of creatures. - James Sherlock ■ From Page 62

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■ Astute Lara trainer Dean Braun in New Zealand on a buying spree at the time, landed the SEWEurodrive Pacers Handicap for C3 or better class over 2150 metres at Kilmore on Tuesday with Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Table Tower gelding Sunnivue Caesar in a rate of 2-06.5. Coming from a daunting 20 metre backmark over the short course, Sunnivue Caesar began speedily for Chris Alford to possie five back in the moving line, before being sent forward mid-race to park outside the poleline pacemaker Myrniong Panorama. In a great battle all the way up the running, Sunnivue Caesar prevailed by a head margin without really being pushed out, with Our Icarus (one/three - four wide home turn) a further 11.2 metres back in third place.

■ Kilmore's Wayne Potter made a welcome return to the winners list at Charlton on Wednesday, when quality 4-Y-0 mare Morgan Abby greeted the judge in the Wally Churchill Memorial Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres in a rate of 2-00.4. Driven by Chris Alford, Morgan Abby from gate five possied outside the leader The Artison, before striding past when It And A Bit moved forward in the first lap to race in the open. Despite copping pressure from the bell, Morgan Abby's class prevailed and she kicked clear on the final bend to score well in advance Absoootmagic along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with The Artison holding down third. - Len Baker

Top 10 Lists MIDNIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG [1996/Harry Palmer Thriller/Michael Caine, Jason Connery]. CADDIE [1976/Drama/Romance/Helen Morse, Jack Thompson, Jackie Weaver]. DOC [1971/Western/Stacey Keach, Faye Dunaway]. DRACULA [1979/Horror/Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier]. MAN OF THE EAST [1972/Western/Comedy/ Terence Hill, Gregory Walcott]. BLUE COLLAR [1978/Crime/Drama/Richard Pryor, Yaphet Kotto, Harvey Keitel]. NEW RELEASE TV/DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC ON DVD HIGHLIGHTS: MR. WARMTH: The Don Rickles Project. ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES [Documentary]. WHITECHAPEL: Series Two. GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART: The Complete Series 4. TOP GEAR: Great Adventures - The Middle East, The US and Albania Road Trips]. THE TWO RONNIES: Series 8. THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES: The Complete 2nd Series. THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES: The Complete 3rd Series. HAMLET [Drama/BBC/David Tennant]. THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE COLLECTION: Volume One. THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE COLLECTION: Volume Two. LEONARD COHEN: Bird on a Wire. WILLIAM & KATE: A Royal Love Story [Documentary]. WAR OF THE WORLDS: The Complete Series [1988]. TOP BLU-RAY SELLERS: 1. THE FIGHTER [Drama/Sport/Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo]. 2. THE KING'S SPEECH [Drama/Historical/ Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush]. 3. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS: Pt 1 [Fantasy/Adventure/Daniel Radcliffe]. - James Sherlock


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FOOTY CLUB CARDS BOOST Muppets resurgence ■ There is expected to be a resurgence in Muppets collectables with Jim Henson’s timeless puppet variety show, The Muppet Show, is brought into focus nexty month. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square will presents Live In The Studio, a live television appreciation event giving TV enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate the finer points of the tube. Before Homer and Marge, Cartman and Kyle, or Hank and Peggy there were The Muppets. The arrival in 1976 of Kermit The Frog and his cronies in The Muppet Show marked the birth of a new era of TV. A parody of the variety show genre, creator and puppeteer Jim Henson crafted a show with playful characters, memorable songs, humour and a message of friendship that spanned the generations. Some 35 years later, its relevancy lives on. Television commentating duo, Josh Kinal and John Richards (Boxcutters.net podcast) guide patrons through 35 years of Muppets with the help of some friendly puppeteers. One Thursday each month in ACMI’s television studio, Studio 1, a collection of pop-culture commentators, academics and industry experts and luminaries get together to present a night fits somewhere between analysis and entertainment, allowing audiences to revel in TV past and present. Date: Thursday, July 28 at 7pm

■ Traditional football club membership cards and wallets are becoming increasingly rare with the introduction of electronic technology. Prices for Club membership cards are expected to increase as the emphasis changes to plastic cards with bar codes, similar to credit cards. The Melbourne Cricket Club is accelerating its reliance on electronic cards. It has 101,000 members, comprising 61,000 full members with voting rights, and 40,000 restricted members. The waiting list consists of approximately 213,000 people, who 60 per cent who are aged 15 years and above. The MCC waiting list is approximately 22 years for full membership, and 16 years for restricted membership. The Melbourne Cricket Club is taking action to ensure that thousands of people waiting for membership can receive their

glected to update details,” says MCC president Paul Sheahan. “By providing us with an email address, we can proactively contact waiting list candidates on an annual basis to check whether they have moved house or changed their details.” “This will reduce the heartache involved when candidates who have not updated their details discover they have missed out on a membership offer,” Sheahan said. “It also allows the ● A Preston Football Club ‘Bullants’ club to provide offers such as this one, membership card whereby we allow acoffer – by allowing mail address, mobile cess to the Members access to the Mem- number and postal ad- Reserve for some AFL matches.” bers Reserve at the dress. Mr Sheahan urged At present, less MCG for selected AFL matches in return than 25 per cent of the those on the waiting for a valid email ad- waiting list has given list to act now to avoid the club an email ad- despair at a later time. dress. “Our message is MCC management dress. “One of our major simple. If you are on has warned that thousands of potential frustrations is dealing the waiting list, or think members risk missing with people who have you are, please conout on a membership waited a long time for tact the club to check offer if they don’t keep membership but did that we have correct their details current, in not receive an offer information on file,” particular a valid e- because they ne- he said.

“It would be a shame to wait more than 15 years for membership, only to be wiped off at the last minute!” All those on the waiting list aged six and above who lodge/ have lodged a valid email address with the club will be sent details about how to purchase visitor tickets to access the MCC Members Reserve at any of eight nominated AFL home and away matches, starting with Hawthorn v Fremantle on Sunday (June 5). “It’s quite common for people to be put down for membership when they’re born or quite young, so it’s easy to forget to update details when they move house,” said Green, who joined the waiting list in 1999,” said Melbourne footballer Brad Green – and the Demons skipper is among the thousands whose details are incomplete. The next intake of members will occur in July, 2011.


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● Lot 488, a painting by the 19th Century Melbourne artist, Marian Ellis Rowan, was auctioned in England ■ A painting by the Melbourne artist, xxplorer and naturalist, Marian Ellis Rowan, has been auctioned in England. Rowley’s Antiques & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers offered a large still life of flowers by Marian Ellis Rowan, in their May 24 Fine Art & Antiques Auction, in Newmarket, England. Ellis was a well-known 19th century adventuress and in 1923, shortly after her death, a collection of her paintings was bought by the Australian Government for £5000. Most of these pictures still form part of the National Library of Australia collection and her work rarely appears at auction in England but when Rowley's auctioned this single painting, they anticipated that bids could excede $A5000. Auctuon results were not to hand when we went to press. Will Axon, Rowley's senior valuer says “Marian Ellis Rowan was a wonderful 19th century Australian character - although she was apparantly delicate in stature she was a tremendously brave and intrepid woman, particularly when she was tracking down a rare plant or an elusive animal. “It was very unusual for a woman of her age and social standing to travel so widely and she certainly had the Australian sense of adventure. “The vendor of this particular painting, which is a such a good example of her work, thinks that her grandfather may have bought it at one of her exhibitions in England - he was a traveller himself and may well of admired her work because of this connection.” Born in 1848 in Melbourne, Australia, Ellis Rowan had had no formal training as an artist but was encouraged to paint wildflowers when visiting English relatives in 1869.

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■ An Australian Government advertising campaign will use a ‘Swap It’ theme, to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Australians are being encouraged to share their Swap It, Don’t Stop It stories with a video competition. The Swap It, Don’t Stop It campaign is inviting people to share their healthy eating and physical activity ideas and swap tips. By uploading a video entry, participants will go in the running for weekly prizes, with the winner entering a major prize draw, decided by the public’s vote. Submitting a 30 second video, entrants are encouraged to demonstrate their Swap It, Don’t Stop It action, taking viewers through what it is, where or how they came up with the idea, and how it makes an impact on their everyday life. Weekly winners will receive a Swap It, Don’t Stop It prize pack which includes campaign merchandise including T-shirt, drink bottle, hat and a copy of the Healthy Food Fast cookbook. Winners will then go in the running for the major prize draw of a kitchen pack including a health grill, slow cooker, steamer, blender and water filter, valued up to $2000. The major prize will be voted by the public. Video entries opened on Monday this week (May 30) Up to 12 weekly winners will be chosen over four weeks, before going to a public vote to choose the overall winner of the competition.

‘Healthy swaps’ The video competition is a unique way for people to showcase the healthy ‘swaps’ they are incorporating into their lives and demonstrate these swaps to others. To enter, log on to the Swap It, Don’t Stop It Facebook page for competition details www.facebook.com/swapitdontstopit Swap It, Don’t Stop It is the next phase of the Australian Government’s Measure Up campaign, showing Australians how they can take steps to help reduce their waist measurement and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Entries run for four weeks. Public vote opens on July 4 and will close on Sunday, July 11. The 30-second (max.) video uploaded to the Swap It Don’t Stop It Facebook page should demonstrate nutrition and/or physical activity swap(s) they have made in their everyday life that may benefit their health and wellbeing in line with the campaign messages. Entrants must ‘like’ the Swap It, Don’t Stop Facebook page to enter. You can also view and vote for your favourite video on the Swap It, Don’t Stop It Facebook page. Major prize is a kitchen pack valued at $2000.

Organ enthusiasts ■ Victorian theatre organ enthusiasts will gather for a concert on Sunday, June 19. The Melbourne Theatre Organ Society event features flamboyant theatre organist Tony Fenelon joined by the impressive Melbourne High School Ceremonial Band for a concert entitled Pomp and Circumstance, in Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin at 2 pm.

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