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RENEE GEYER ENTERS HALL OF FAME Apology concert

● Archie Roach will perform in the Anniversary Apology Concert launch at Melbourne's Federation Square on December 10 from 11am-1pm, along with hip hop rising sensation Jimblah. ■ A concert held on February 13, 2014 at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl to celebrate the anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's Stolen Generations, will bring indigenous and non-indigenous performers together in a shared vision of unity for all Australians. Some of Australia's best indigenous and non-indigenous musicians will perform at the concert hosted by the Healing Foundation, an organisation established on the first anniversary of the Apology to support members of the Stolen Generations and their families through healing programs across the country. Apology, Heal Our Past, Build Our Future Together is being hosted by singer-songwriter, actor and comedian Eddie Perfect and Aboriginal actor and star of the Sapphires, Miranda Tapsell. For Helpmann Award winner, Eddie Perfect, the opportunity to co-host is one way to create a shared and positive vision between Australia's first peoples and non-indigenous Australians. "I'm incredibly proud to be involved in the Healing Foundation's Apology Concert. For me, the national apology constituted an important and symbolic step towards acknowledging Aboriginal identity, past wrongs and a commitment to working towards a unified future," he says. "The Apology Concert is a national event aimed at cultural exchange and healing. As a nation, Australia has progressed in acknowledging and healing the Stolen Generations but there is more to be done, and all Australians can work together to build the future. "In an area which is so quickly politicised, which so readily creates discomfort and blame and recriminations, I'm proud to be a part of a process that enters into a spirit of healing, reconciliation and discovery with an open heart, an open mind and a sense of togetherness." Indigenous and non-indigenous musicians will perform in the concert, and details will be announced at the Apology Heal Our Past, Build Our Future Together concert launch on December 10 at Federation Square. For Stolen Generations member and Human Rights Award winner Uncle Archie Roach it is important the nation comes together on the anniversary of the 2008 National Apology. "What happened to us affected the whole country, black and white and I hear it from non-indigenous people that they are truly sorry and regret the fact that children were taken away. Artists, actors, performers need to come together on the anniversary and be strong around what took place, and give a continued voice to it," he says. Archie believes a reconciled Australia in the future starts with educating younger generations. The Anniversary Apology Concert is being launched at Melbourne's Federation Square on Tuesday (Dec. 10), between 11 am and 1 pm, with performances by Archie and hip hop rising sensation Jimblah. - Cheryl Threadgold

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● Renee Geyer ■ Award recipient Renée Geyer and an all-star cast of Victoria’s finest musicians told the story of Australian soul to a near capacity crowd at Billboard, at the Music Victoria Awards. Renée played a 45-minute set of her greatest hits and delivered a passionate rendition of It’s A Man’s Man’s World. A thrilled Geyer said: “This award means so much - it is a career-topping milestone and I’m thrilled to be the first female solo inductee to … the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.” Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan said, "Congratulations to all of the winners and inductees. The ecstatic response from the crowd and 80,000 plus votes from the public illustrates that Victoria’s world class soul scene deserved its own night and that a Victorian contemporary music awards was long overdue. Bring on next year." The 2013 winners were: Best Album: ‘Spring and Fall’ – Paul Kelly Best Band: The Drones Best Song: ‘Riptide’ – Vance Joy Best Male Artist: Paul Kelly Best Female Artist: Adalita Best Emerging Artist: Hiatus Kaiyote Best Live Band: The Drones Best Venue: The Corner Hotel Best Festival: Meredith Music Festival Best Regional Act: Stonefield Best Regional Venue: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Music Victoria Hall of Fame: Michael Gudinski Music Victoria Hall of Fame: Renée Geyer

Circus Showcase

Controllers launch

● The Controllers - Kieran Rafferty (drummer) at left, Zac Connelly (singer/guitarist) and Ben Tyler (bassist) launch their new single on December 13 at the Brunswick Hotel. ■ The Controllers will launch their first single Twins on December 13 at the Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick from 9pm, with Among Giants, Squarehead and Chop Squad. Entry is free. Twins is the tale of two twins – one virtuous, one slightly tarnished and a decision between duty and desire, which is reflected in the design on the single cover by up and coming Melbourne artist, Madison Griffiths. Drummer Kieran Rafferty recently won Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer Competition, including $3000 worth of prizes and sponsorship. Bassist Ben Tyler and drummer Kieran met at the tender age of eight years while attending Grade Three at Haileybury College and were instant best mates, sharing the common bond of musicality, and both their mums teaching at the school. Enter new kid Zac Connelly (guitars/vocals), who came to the school in Year Seven (2007) and was classified as a ‘jock' rather than a 'muso' like Kieran and Ben. As it happens, the school was putting on a battle of the bands and Zac, Ben and Kieran were put into a band with three other classmates. After much shuffling and many reformations a four-piece band called Happy Accidents was formed. They went on to win multiple school battles of the bands and a couple of Freeza events. But eventually all things must pass, and at 16, Happy Accidents disbanded to concentrate on completing school. Fast forward to the present and at the age of 19 and fresh out of high school, Zac, Ben and Kieran have reformed as The Controllers with a more mature sound and a musical sensibility that belies their tender years. Twins is the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut 5-song EP and it’s sitting at number 17 on the overall charts and number five on the rock charts on Triple J’s Unearthed page. - Cheryl Threadgold

In search of Portly

● Hanne Grant (Top), Danny Golding, Hannah Trott, Anna Murray (bottom), Tamika Ball, Alyssa Moore and Emily Collins in NICA's Circus Showcase. More on Page 109. Photos: Aaron Walker

■ The Wind in the Willows is entering its 28th year and returns this summer, but things are a little askew, because they can’t find Portly, the little otter. During every production Portly goes missing into the Wild Wood. But this time it’s rather serious. The girl who played her last year has gone off to be a star, so the producers at the Australian Shakespeare Company are calling all small otters to apply. Turn to Page 109


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Country at Pascoe Vale RSL ■ The Country Music Guild Of Australasia presents country music every Friday night at the Pascoe Vale RSL. December artists appearing will be The Hawks (Fri., Dec. 6). Rough Cut (Fri., Dec. 13) whilst Phoenix will feature at the Christmas party on Dec. 20. Bands will then resume on January 17 with Mustang .

Apollo Bay Music Festival ■ The 22nd Apollo Bay Music Festival will host three days of the finest independent music and arts of all genres. Local artists will join international guests with a schedule aimed to please all ages. The annual event will run from February 28 to March 2.

Finalist place for Russell ■ Aussie music legend Russell Morris is a finalist in the 2014 Golden Guitar Awards male artist of the year category. The veteran singer songwriter, musician and Aria Hall of Fame inductee recently had national success with his R & B album Sharkmouth. Other finalists include Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan ,Luke Austen and Doug Bruce.

Keith Urban to tour ■ Country music star Keith Urban will tour Australia in 2014 as part of his Light The Fuse series of world concerts. Melbourne fans can see Keith on June 25 at Rod Laver Arena.

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Wednesday, December 4 ■ Canadian actress Deanna Durbin was born in Manitoba in 1921. Scottish comedian Ronnie Corbett was born in 1930 (81). Movie host Bill Collins was born in Sydney in 1934 (79). News presenter David Johnston was born in 1941 (72). He worked at Channels 7 and 10.

Radio Confidential News from stations from around Victoria

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■ Commercial radio station 3AW has set out to boost its advertising sales from clients on the Mornington Peninsula. Insiders at the local 3RPPFM station, based at Mornington, say that all their clients have been contacted by 3AW sales executives. Neil Mitchell broadcast his Friday morning program from Rosebud. “In many cases, RPP-FM has taken up the void left by the demise of 3MP from the Peninsula and is active covering local football, cricket and major events in this area,” the RPP volunteer said. “Unlike AW, RPP is also youth orientated, with much less emphasis on the funeral parlour type announcements and oldies which tend to thrive on AW.”

ASSAULT ON LOCAL MORNINGTON STATION’S CLIENTS

Joy’s 20th anniversary

■ Melbourne’s gay-lesbian radio station, Joy FM, held its 20th anniversary celebrations at the weekend.

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● Peninsula resident Judy Muir with Neil Mitchell

Ratings due next week

■ The final radio ratings survey results for the year will be released on Tuesday next week (Dec. 10).

Rod Brice moves on ■ A amn whose work has been important to a number of Victorian radio stations is moving. Greg Newman of Jocks Journal reports that Rod Brice is leaving Southern Cross Austereo next week. “Rod has been in the radio industry for 41 years and joined the group 20 years ago as Group Program Director,” Greg reports. “Some of Rod’s major highlights include successfully building six new radio licenses from the ground up and implementing program policy and creating a network system with the RG Capital Radio Group. “He has also been involved in the talent development and development of more than 300 breakfast shows. “He was also pivotal in ensuring the implementation of the regional network with the capital city network following the merge of Southern Cross and Austereo in 2011. “He iss also fondly remembered on the Gold Coast for his

days on breakfast at 4GG as well as other stations including 3KZ, 2UE, 3BO, 3HA and 2AY. He began his career as a jock at 7BU in Burnie. Rod intends to takes a well-earned break before the next step in his career in 2014.

Clive recalls radio days

■ Parliamentarian Clibe Palmer remembered his father George’s days as 3AK founder, when he delievred his maiden speech on Monday. "In 1918 my father, at the age of nine, went to see a silent movie,'' he said. "By the time he was 14 he was producing and starring in his first movie. “He went on to become the world's youngest movie producer, as he was known in the United States. "He returned to Australia to establish radio station 3AK in Melbourne and 7UV in Tasmania. “Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, leader of the United Australia Party, opened 3AK and I still have the recording." The Mayor of Camberwell opened 3AK in November 1931.

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■ American cartoonist Walt Disney was born in 1901. He died aged 65 in 1966. US rock and roll singer Little Richard (Richard Penniman) is 81 (1932). Australian TV star Denise Drysdale is 65. She started at GTV-9 as a child. US actor Frankie Muniz was born in 1985 (28).

■ American jazz pianist Dave Brubeck was born in California in 1920 (93). US born Australian actress Chelsea Brown was born in Chicago in 1947 (66). Australian actress Alexandra Fowler was norn n 1961 (52). Hockey player Dr Ric Charlesworth is 61.

■ The original Marie Tussaud, founder of the wax museum, was born in France in 1760. She died at age 89. American actress Ellen Burstyn is 81. We remember actor Ron Frazer who was born in 1938. He died aged 44 in 1983. He was a regular in the Mavis Bramston Show.

■ US singer, actor, dancer and mimic Sammy Davis Jnr was born in New York in 1925. He died aged 64 in 1990. Jim Morrison, lead vocalist with The Doors, was born in 1943. He died aged 27 in 1971. Australian promoter Paul Dainty was born in 1947. He is 66 today.

■ Actor Kirk Douglas was born as Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam in 1916. He is 97. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was born in 1929 (84). He was born in Bordertown. Dame Judi Dench was born in York, England, in 1934 (79). Actor Beau Bridges is 72 (1941).

■ English singer Peter Sarstedt was born in New Delhi, India, in 1941 (72). Irish-born actor and director Kenneth Branagh was born in Belfast in 1960 (53). American actress and singer Dorothy Lamour was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1914. She died aged 81

Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of Jocks Journal for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates. Jocks Journal is Australia’s longest running radio industry publication. Find out more at www.jocksjournal.com


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Observer TV, Radio, Theatre Showbiz Latest Melbourne show business news - without fear or favour Caribbean Pirates GOLDEN GUITAR BID Circus Showcase

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● Doru Surcel as Captain Cutthroat and Joshua Cameron as Major Key in Caribbean Pirates at Polly Woodside, opening January 6. ■ Glenn Elston and the Australian Shakespeare Company have been creating fun-filled summer memories for generations of Australian families. Established in 1987, the company is the longest running outdoor theatre producer in the country, delighting and surprising tens of thousands of Australians with interactive song-and-dance productions, set amongst magical garden settings. From January 6, Elston's most ambitiously staged children's show will see pirates swarm the decks of the epic, historic Polly Woodside ship on Melbourne's South Wharf. Caribbean Pirates at Polly Woodside takes adventure to a new hilarious, swashbuckling level with the larger than life characters of Captain Cutthroat, Major Key, Empty Draw, Larry (who should be Sally), Scurvy Dave and the mysterious and magical Gypsy Pirate. Will Larry save Major Key? It's up to you, because you're in the story. This exciting hour-long interactive theatre production is performed on shore and on the decks of the Polly Woodside itself, with lots of swordfights and songs and plenty of hearty pirate action. Performance Dates: Monday-Saturday January 6 - 25, 2014 Times: Mon Jan 6- Thurs Jan 9 at 10am only, Fri Jan 10 and Sat Jan 11 at 10am and 6pm. Mon Jan 13 Fri Jan 17 at 6pm only, Sat Jan 18 at 10am and 6pm, Mon Jan 20- Thurs Jan 23 Jan at 10am only, Fri Jan 24 and Sat Jan 25 Jan at 10am and 6pm Location: Polly Woodside, 2a Clarendon St, South Wharf Prices: Single tickets $25, Group of four $90, transaction fee may apply Bookings: 8676 7511 or online at www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au or Ticketmaster 136 100 (Cash sales are available at the on-site box office unless sold out, box office opens one hour prior to each performance) What to bring: Seating is provided. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Warm clothes for the 6pm show, as sometimes it can get cool in the early evening. - Cheryl Threadgold

In search of Portly From Page 107 Children between 8-12 years are invited to apply if they like to run, dance and play, play hide-and-seek and never have a dull day. This could mean an opportunity to be gadding about at Toad Hall with Ratty, Mole, Toad, Badger and of course Otter. The Wind in the Willows summer season runs from December 27-January 25 in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The role is shared between several Portlys. Parents should contact: Dominic Holden admin@shakespeareaustralia.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

■ Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes’ album Black Coffee is a Golden Guitar Finalist for Alternative Country Album of the Year. “We’re really excited to be finalists,” says Lachlan. “Australian country music means a lot to us – we want it to have a healthy and vibrant future, and we’re thrilled to see that the CMAA and the judges see alt-country as part of that future.” Since emerging on the scene with Ballad Of A Young Married Man in 2009, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes have built an impressive reputation and fan base as frontrunners of the altcountry movement. 2012’s Shadow Of The Gun received unanimous praise from the critics, gaining four- and five-star reviews across the board and reaching fans both inside and outside of the country music world. Since then Bryan has toured extensively with the band, as well as with fellow 2014 Golden Guitar

● Lachlan Bryan nominees Aleyce Simm- Lachlan, “bringing this onds (Best Female Artist) kind of country music to the and Luke O’Shea (2 people face to face is the only way to do it – it’s my nominations). He has supported inter- life’s work.” To celebrate the nominational heavyweights including Steve Earle, nation, Lachlan Bryan John Hiatt, Shawn and The Wildes are Colvin and Paul Thorn streaming the album for and appeared on the main free to the general public stages of festivals from the for a limited time. lachlanbryan.band Gympie Muster to the camp.com to hear star-studded Bluesfest. “I’d be on the road evthe entire record - Cheryl Threadgold ery day of the year,” says

SCHUBERT MARATHON

● Kristian Chong, Blair Harris, Tom Ford ■ Melbourne fine music radio station Cassomenos, Kristian Chong, 3MBS prides itself on providing good Daniel de Borah, Amir Farid, among many highly respected pianists. music 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ANAM's Auric Quartet, string So it somehow makes sense that the station is into marathons. After a highly players Chris Cartlidge, Rebecca successful Beethoven Marathon at Chan, Blair Harris and Kirsty Hilton Deakin Edge earlier this year, which re- will play, and the Sanguine Estate cently won an award for innovation in ra- Music Festival and Friends will play dio, 3MBS is embarking on another mara- quintets. Fine Schubert lieder will feature the thon in March. This time the composer in question will voices of soprano Merlyn Quaife, baribe Schubert, and there will be a 14-hour tones Nick Dinopoulos and Michael Schubert Marathon on Sunday March Lampard, accompanied by Rhodri 30 at Australian National Academy Clarke, David Griffiths and Andrea of Music at South Melbourne Town Katz. Schubert Marathon Artistic CuraHall. It will involve 45 artists performing 40 tor and Vice-Chairman of 3MBS, Chris Schubert masterworks. Music lovers can Howlett said 3MBS put time and effort buy all-day passes or single tickets to each into coming up with an appropriate follow of the seven sessions, or Schubertiades. up to the success of the Beethoven maraAs Melbourne has gone crazy for the thon. For those who can't get to the maraRing Cycle, the Schubert Marathon should attract a lot of interest from clas- thon, 3MBS will broadcast it live and it will be relayed to the Fine Music netsical music lovers. The marathon will involve piano works, work across Australia and available string quartets, instrumental quintets, so- worldwide online. www.melbournerecital.com.au natas and some lovely Schubert lieder or call 9699 3333 singing. - Julie Houghton Artists include pianists Stefan

● Anna Murray delights audiences in NICA's Circus Showcase being presented until December 7. ■ Forget your old perceptions of circus, with lions, clowns in funny costumes and red noses, or synchronised horse riding. The National Institute of Circus Arts Circus Showcase 2013 will introduce you to today's style of circus, featuring the circus stars of tomorrow. The final year students of the Bachelor of Circus Arts display their incredible skills in this truly entertaining production. The show is co-directed by Megan Jones and Meredith Kitchen, and allows each of the forthcoming graduates to shine individually and as part of the group. They are all multi-talented young people who specialise in different facets of circus, and are too many to name here. But highlights for me are the rope work of Tim Rutty, Jonathan Campos on the Chinese Pole, Kate Nelson using the Double Rope and Emily Collins working with the Tissu. Liam DeJong and Tamika Ball create magic with their Adagio, and Emeiline Dunand does a great job demonstrating contemporary clowning. I do think the transitions, combining energetic dance and comedy, are somewhat superfluous at times and a little pointless, but do allow the performers to demonstrate more of their skills. The students are a group of young people who radiate energy, athleticism, grace, courage, flexibility, fitness, strength, talent and an obvious love for today's form of circus. You will be captivated from beginning to end by this show. A word of warning, however - parking is very limited around NICA, so go early and have dinner while you wait for the show. Performance Season: Dec 4, 5, 6, 7 at 7.30pm, Dec 7 at 1.30pm Venue: NICA National Circus Centre, 39 - 59 Green Street, Prahran Price: $30 Full, $25 Concession, $20 Child U 16, Family $80, Groups 10+ $20pp. Bookings: Tickets available online www.nica.com.au - Review by Janine Chugg


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What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: MATINEE: Cast: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Jesse White, Dick Miller. Genre: Comedy/Drama/Horror. Year: 1993. Rating: PG. Running Time: 99 Minutes. Format: DVD. Stars: **** Verdict: John Goodman is in top form in this delightful and hugely entertaining romp as an over-the-top "B" Grade movie king, inspired by schlock horror producer/director William Castle, who brings his very unique brand of flashy movie showmanship and gimmicks to the unsuspecting residents of a small town on the Florida coast in 1962 at the height of the Cold War on the very weekend of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A charming, funny and captivating homage to the period of Cold War paranoia through the 'B' Grade Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horrors genre classics of the 1950's and 1960's that the Cold War inspired, full of nostalgia and loads of energy and fun! FILM: MARY POPPINS: Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Jane Darwell. Genre: Family/Musical/Adventure. Year: 1964. Rating: G. Running Time: 139 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY.. Stars: ***** Verdict: Just in case you've missed this one along the way, Mary Poppins tells a story of a mysterious nanny who flies out of the London clouds and into the home of two mischievous children and a family, and along with the help of a chimney sweep named Bert, the free spirited nanny has her own special way of changing their lives forever. This delightfully whimsical and charming Walt Disney classic of the world's favourite nanny based on the classic stories by Australian author P.L. Travers is out early to coincide with its upcoming 50th Anniversary, and the cinema release of Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks, based on Walt Disney's determination to get Mary Poppins to the screen. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Music, Best Song and Best Special Visual Effects, this is one of the great classics of all time, a pure joy from beginning to end, and one movie experience everyone is sure to enjoy over and over again! Watch out for the moving and poignant 'Feed the Birds' number with screen great Jane Darwell, unforgettable! FILM: THE WOLVERINE: Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto. Years: 2013. Rating: M. Running Time: 126 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: *** Verdict: Hugh Jackman is back as The Wolverine, our less than happy superhero and definitely someone you don't want to get on the wrong side of or upset. Filmed almost entirely in Sydney, substituting for Japan, this is the sixth instalment in the X-Men film series and the second film headlining Wolverine after X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Hugh Jackman his great fun as he chews up the scenery, which here follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and this time he travels to Japan where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences, and stripped of his immortality, he must battle deadly samurai as well as his inner demons. If you are a fan of the X-Men series and the character of Logan/Wolverine you'll get a big kick out of this, literally. It's a step up from the last effort and there's lots of spectacular action and pyrotechnics to enjoy, it's ultimately empty comic book popcorn fun that ultimately has a weakness in its strength and suffers from a strong sense of déjà vu. FILM: THE ITALIAN JOB: Genre: Crime/Comedy/Thriller. Cast: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill. Year: 1969. Rating: PG. Running Time: 95 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: **** Verdict: Along with The Sting, Rififi and Topkapi, The Italian Job ranks as one of the greatest and most entertaining heist films of all time, this uniquely original crime-comedy follows cheeky and charismatic conman Charlie Croker fresh out of the slammer, and begins work on a gold bullion heist, and even with the Mafia on his tail, it will either set him up for life, or send him up forever, Michael Caine gives one of the best performances of his career in one of his most memorable roles, brimming with many delightful characters and unforgettable moments, most notably Benny Hill in one of his all too brief big screen performances, the real scene stealing stars here are three beautiful Mini Coopers, each a unique character its own right, and a car chase that has become legendary, a classic!

PEARL HARBOUR FILM RECOMMENDATIONS ■ To commemorate 72 years since that infamous day on December 7, 1941, I have put together a list of films (and a TV mini-series) that look at this terrible, historically influential incident from different viewpoints. These films will enthral and involve, and offer at least a more seriousminded approach than the mega-budget, mega-awful Michael Bay travesty Pearl Harbour (2001) (No Stars), which treats the attack like a video game and buries everything under a third-rate, Titanic-style love story. Some are available locally, others have been released elsewhere. From Here To Eternity (PG) (1953). 118 minutes. *****. This true Hollywood classic deals multiple stories in and around a Hawaii Army Base just before the attack on Pearl Harbour. James Jones' celebrated novel is apprantly far more provocative, but this is still quite candid and stark in its depiction of a flawed military personnel, and the explosive finale is tense and convincingly portrayed. A top-notch cast includes Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Donna Reed and Jack Warden. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Film. In Harm's Way (M) (1965). 160 minutes. ***. Large-scale production about the bombing of Pearl Harbour and its effects on various officers is impressively mounted by director Otto Preminger (Anatomy Of A Murder), but is hampered by a screenplay (based on the book by James Bassett) that too-often falls into soap-opera, never reaching the From Here To Eternity-heights that it obviously aspires to. Gorgeously shot in Panavision by Loyal Griggs, capturing location detail (whether it be on land or at sea) wonderfully, this film certainly gets a boost from its huge cast, including Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Burgess Meredith, Patricia Neal, Patrick O'Neal, Carroll O'Connor, Paula Prentiss and Dana Andrews. Tora! Tora! Tora! (G) (1970). 145 minutes. ****. Elaborate, meticulously detailed look at the mistakes made by the US military leading up to Pearl Harbour. The film-makers also made a daring decision to show the build-up and aftermath from both US and Japanese perspectives. This is a story very-well told, and gives one a better understanding of not only how this horrific onslaught happened, but also how it changed the entire direction of WWII. Helmed with measured precision by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale). Again we have a first-rate ensemble, including Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards, Soh Yamamura, Eijiro Tono and Joseph Cotten. The special effects, pyrotechnics, and stunts still hold up incredibly well, and the final assault still packs a punch. The Winds Of War (M) (1983). 883 minutes. ****. Epic mini-series which centres on officers and families stationed in Hawaii, and how WWII eventually reaches their shores on December 7. Expensive series (a whopping $35

● Tora, Tora, Tora million) is definitely a long haul, but it is rewarding and worth the effort. Stars Robert Mitchum, Ali McGraw, John Houseman, JanMichael Vincent, Topol, Peter Graves and Ralph Bellamy. Kabei : Our Mother (M) (2008). 133 minutes. ****½. Subtle, delicate drama (based on the childhood memoirs of Teruyo Nogami) concerning an everyday Japanese family and how the government's push for war effects them and those close to them. Beginning in February 1940 and concluding several months after the end of WWII, veteran film-maker Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai / Tokyo Family) shows how the High Command brainwashed a sizeable portion of the population into unhealthy nationalistic hysteria, while crushing anyone who thought differently, mainly through threats, unlawful detainment, and starvation. Includes a telling sequence when Kayo 'Kabei' Nogami (Sayuri Yoshinaga, who is superb) hears a radio announcement detailing the attack on Pearl Harbour. Performances across the board are excellent. The Admiral (M) (2011). 141 minutes. ****. Looking at the eventful life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-In-Chief of Japan's Combined Fleet who orchestrated the horrific attack on Pearl Harbour, this makes for fascinating viewing. From his days as Undersecretary at Naval Headquarters, where he was targeted for assassination due to his opposing views on attacking America, to his fateful flight to visit troops in 1943, this deliberately-paced, low-key film does offer insights into one of the most controversial officers of WWII, whose thoughts of a peaceful solution continually put him at-odds with Military Command's lust for war and world domination. T hrough the eyes of a young journalist, we also see how public opinion was largely clouded by media propoganda, even when Japan was being beaten by Allied Forces. Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins / University Of Laughs / Suite Dreams) is outstanding as Yamamoto, bringing strength and depth to this pivotal figure, and is well-supported by Hiroshi Abe and Teruyuki Kagawa, all under the sure-handed direction of Izuru Narushima (Rebirth / A Lone Scalpel). - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. 2. JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA. 3. DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR. 4. THOR: THE DARK WORLD. 5. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. 6. THE BUTLER. 7. ENOUGH SAID. 8. GRAVITY. 9. THE COUNSELOR. 10. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: NOVEMBER 28: AUSTENLAND, CARRIE, FILL THE VOID, HOW I LIVE NOW, INCH'ALLAH, MAGIC MAGIC, ON MY WAY, ONE CHANCE, THE DARKSIDE, WHITE LIES. DECEMBER 5: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, DELIVERY MAN, ENDER'S GAME, HOMEFRONT, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, MR MORGAN'S LAST LOVE, NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON, TASTING MENU, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, THE SPIRIT OF '45. THE DVD TOP RENTAL & SELLERS: 1. THE WOLVERINE [Action/Sci-Fi/ Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee]. 2. PACIFIC RIM [Sci-Fi/Action/Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi]. 3. THE CONJURING [Horror/Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson]. 4. PARKLAND [Drama/Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron]. 5. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA [Drama/Michael Douglas, Matt Damon]. 6. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY [Animated/Billy Crystal, John Goodman]. 7. MAN OF STEEL [Action/Fantasy/ Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon]. 8. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - The Extended Edition [Fantasy/Adventure]. 9. WORLD WAR Z [Thriller/Brad Pitt, Daniella Kertesz]. 10. THE LONE RANGER [Action/Adventure/Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer]. Also: AFTER EARTH, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, EPIC, THE INTERNSHIP, DESPICABLE ME 2, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE HANGOVER: Part III, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, IRON MAN 3, FAST & FURIOUS 6. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE WORLD'S END [Comedy/Nick Frost, Simon Pegg]. THE CROODS [Animated/Family/ Adventure/Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders]. LORDS OF SALEM [Horror/Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison]. ABSOLUTE DECEPTION [Action/ Cuba Gooding Jr, Emmanuelle Vaugier]. BLINDER [Drama/Sport/Jack Thompson, Bob Morley, Angus Sampson]. THE POWER OF FEW [Action/Drama/ Christopher Walken, Christian Slater]. NEW & RE-RELEASE CLASSICS ON DVD HIGHLIGHTS: MATINEE [1993/Comedy/Historic/ John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty]. Turn to Page 115


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WILLIAMSON PLAY AT 1812 SHOWS ■ The 1812 Theatre: Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot (by David Williamson) Until December 14 at 3-5 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully. Tickets: $25. Bookings: 9758 3964 admin@1812theatre.com.au ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: Steel Magnolias (Robert Harling) Until December 7 at 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. Director: Brett Turner. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 9457 4117 www.htc.org.au ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Go Back for Murder (by Agatha Christie) Until December 6 at West Essendon Community Hall, Bradshaw Street, West Essendon. Director: Cat Dwyer. Tickets: $20/$18. Bookings: 0422 029 483. ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company Youth: Robin Hood and Maid Marian December 18 - 21 at 7.00pm, matinee December 21 at 2.00pm at 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. ■ PLOS Musical Productions: Oklahoma! December 31 at 5.00pm, January 2 at 7.30pm, January 3 at 11.00am and 7.30pm, January 4 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, January 5 at 1.30pm at the Frankston Arts Centre. Director: David Crawshaw; Musical Director: John Clancy; Choreographer: Steven Rostron. Bookings: www.plos.asn.au

AUDITIONS ■ Mountain District Musical Society (MDMS): Guys and Dolls December 1 at the Kim Annette Dance Studios, 1/3 Woodbine Court, Wantirna South. Director: Tyler Hess; Musical Director: Danny Forward; Choreographer: Craig Wiltshire. Audition bookings: auditions@mdms.org.au (preferred) or 0417 331071. ■ MLOC Productions: Thoroughly Modern Millie Auditions: December 4, 6, 7, 8 at the Parkdale Church of Christ hall, 174 Como Parade, Parkdale. Director: Lyn Laister. Audition bookings: 9589 4912 www.mloc.org.au ■ Windmill Theatre Company: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat December 3 and 8 at The Castle, Princess Highway, Hemmings Park, Dandenong. Director: Sean van Geyzel; Musical Directors: Andrew Houston, Amber Simm; Choreographer: Robert Mulholland. Audition bookings: 9704 5410. ■ Aspect Theatre: Blood Brothers December 3, 4, 7 at the Aspendale Gardens Community Centre, Kearney Drive, Aspendale Gardens. Director: Jane Court. Enquiries and bookings: Trish 0421 604 849. ■ Sunshine Community Theatre Inc: Family Spirit (by Pat Wollaston) December 1 at 3.00pm at the Dempster Park Hall, 82 Phoenix Street, North Sunshine. Director: Sharleen Griffey. Bookings: 0401 360 590. ■ Frankston Theatre Group: The Diary of Anne Frank (dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett) December 8 from 3.00pm, December 10 from 7.30pm at the Mechanics Hall, Corner Nepean Highway and Plowman's Place, Frankston. Director: Roy Thompson. Audition bookings: 0419 304 650. ■ Wyndham Theatre Company: The Lion in Winter (by James Goldman) December 14, 15 at 2.00pm at Crossroads Hall, Cnr. Duncans Road and Synnot Streets, Werribee. Director: Ben O'Connor. Audition enquiries: 0408 097 079.

The Well (Redux)

● Elizabeth Brennan in The Well (Redux) playing at La Mama Courthouse until December 8. Photo: Sarah Walker ■ The Earth has spun off its axis and is spinning in space. Unleashed from its orbit around the sun, the planet gets cold and crazy. A climate change apocalypse is upon us and very strange things begin to happen. Montezuma, the Aztec Emperor, turns up in Coburg. The universe of this play might be post-Einstein and postapocalyptic, but it retains a firm footing in the sensibilities of the twenty-first century. “I miss my mobile. I miss my guitar. I miss Google,” Gareth (Oliver Bailey) laments. “Nothing is connected. Everything is free-floating and detached from concrete reality.’ Including the audience as we collectively try to follow the action. This is a project in immersion and the audience join in with the actors following them around the performance space although without the same sense of purpose. Directed by Kate Brennan and the play’s writer Robert Reid (The Joy of Text), this is a challenging piece that asks its audience to come along for the ride. But be warned, the ride is bumpy. It is not a play for the faint-hearted or faint of hearing as the dialogue is often swallowed by the endless shifting of position. Tom Molyneux, playing a character called Director, does a great job in pulling together the energetic but sometimes earnest cast and the mini-narratives that make up the performance. For all its futuristic innovation there is one moment which drags the performance back to contemporary reality or perhaps the directors were being ironic when they required only the female actors to strip to their matching black underwear as Gareth complained of the “endless repetition of history”? The Well (Redux) is playing at La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse until December 8. Performance Times: Wed and Sun 6.30pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat 7.30pm Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton. Bookings: 9347 6142 or www.lamama.com.au - Review by Kathryn Keeble

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Observer FATE ■ Fate is a story about taking chances and it hits the jackpot. There is so much going on in this explosion of theatre, hip hop and song that is fresh and vibrant. Directed by Dave Coung Nguyen and Dave Kelman this production is clever, adventurous and funny. One of the great strengths of this production (among many) is its fabulously imaginative staging where bodies become part of the set morphing into cars, human fruit machines and Grand Theft Auto, the video game. The performance begins with a tale of the Gods playing a mythic game of dice. What follows are interconnected stories of choices, chances and destiny; narrative threads that engage the huge stellar cast of actors and musicians. There is an amazing amount of talent in this young cast of performers and musicians. There are many standouts among the cast. Lan Chu is particularly sweet as the vulnerable Charlie. The original music performed by the Massive Fam choir brings something really magical to this production. Fate has a powerful underlying message aimed once again at deconstructing our collective vision of the Lucky Country. But it is a message told with class. One of the most poignant scenes in an age where politicians in Canberra are pedalling furiously to dehumanise asylum seekers gambling with their lives to come here, is a human refugee boat holding the entire multicultural cast. This project came about as a collaboration between the artists of the Flemington Theatre Group, Massive Hip Hop choir, Western Edge Youth Arts, Barkly Arts and includes students from Mount Alexander Secondary College. Let’s hope there are many more. - Review by Kathryn Keeble

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ■ Dear Ash, Just a note to thank you so much for the exposure you have given the Warrandyte ‘55 Plus’ Variety Group through the year and particularly in this week's edition of the Melbourne Observer (Nov. 27). It was an excellent and accurate revue of the concert, and the very generous photo display really highlighted the variety aspects of the ‘world travel’ experience we endeavoured to create. It is great to see the Melbourne Observer going ahead in leaps and bounds, with an obvious increase in advertising. The full-page style seems very popular with people. It certainly catches the eye of readers. With your various talented columnists your paper is a extremely readable, and I must express my gratitude for the showbusiness news, both professional and non-professional, that you include in the content. Cheryl Threadgold is a perfect example of the dedicated, non-biased columnists who contribute to the success of your great weekly paper. Kind regards, and thanks again for your interest, Allan Spencer President Warrandyte "55 Plus" Variety Group

AUSTRALIAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

25 years of Shakespeare in the Gardens

■ This summer will mark a quarter of a century of Shakespeare in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, the Australian Shakespeare Company will remount A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first play performed in 1988, that over the decades has proven to be Melbourne’s favourite Shakespeare under the stars. Season dates run from December 21March 15, with tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster and early bird specials available until Friday (Dec. 6) via www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au Since the first performance, an amazing array of talented actors have traipsed the boards under the trees in Glenn Elston’s Shakespeare adaptations. Guy Pearce played Lysander in 1993, Tim Minchin performed in Twelfth Night, and one of Australian television’s most loved personalities Kate Kendall played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, while Nadine Garner played the first Juliet at

Rain Fuller tells of the anniversary show he age of 20 in 1995. The Australian Shakespeare Company has toured all over the country to places as remote as Annabangbang Billabong in Kakadu National Park, Weipa on Cape York, and was the first theatre company to tour to Thursday Island with a musical production of Much Ado About Nothing. In 2003, the company began working with Djilpin Arts to coproduce Walking With Spirits, a corroboree on the remote sacred site of Malkgulumbu (Beswick Falls) in the Northern Territory. For summer 2013/2014 Glenn Elston will presents a brilliant new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring a dynamic young cast of lovers as well as the Australian Shakespeare Company’s troupe of talented regulars.

“You might think I’d be sick of it by now, but it has been truly amazing to spend over two decades of summers in Melbourne’s gardens making theatre with such an array of talented artists,” says Director Glenn Elston. “I won’t say it hasn’t been trying at times, performing in Melbourne’s weather, up against wind, rain and fire, but we have always pulled through. “What makes it so fulfilling is to hear how our productions have become such treasured summer memories for our audiences and all those involved.” This year, audiences will be transported to the world of the woods beyond Athens, a place of tangled loves, mistaken identity, mischievous faeries and magic-potions. Melburnians and visitors alike are invited into the magical world of The Dream, down the garden path into the faery glen where they will be enchanted by The Duke, Titania, Puck, Bottom and all their faery friends.

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BLUE DIAMOND SURGE ■ In just under three months another chapter will be written when a dream will come true for some lucky owners if they can win the Blue Diamond Classic with their colt or filly. The dream of 2014 Sportingbet Blue Diamond Stakes glory will be alive and well for 505 two-yearolds following the first declarations. Among that number were four late entries; a Dreamscape-Jest A Sweetie colt trained by Team Hawkes; a MagnusTennessee Morn colt from the Wez Hunter Yard; a big BrownLogan's Choice colt trained by Stephen Brown and Silversands, a Richard Jolly trained Dubleo (ex Meriweather) filly. The biggest influx of nominations came from Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Gai Waterhouse who has nominated 42, ahead of David Hayes, who has won several Blue Diamonds, with 41, and the Caulfield duo of Mick Price with 29; likewise Peter Moody. Having paid a final late entry fee of $55,000 to enable his charge Miracles of Life to win this year's Blue Diamond, trainer David Clarken, paid up for six two year-olds for next year's big one. With 46 of his progeny declared- accounting for almost 10 per cent of remaining entries - Fastnet Rock is the best represented stallion on the list for the 44th running of the Classic. Some 26 of Snitzel's offspring remain targeted at the race, with the ill-fated Northern Meteor immediately behind the primary pair with 23 two-year-olds registered to run. Yearlings nominated for the 2014 Sportingbet Blue Diamond Stakes also gain automatic entry for the 2014 Catanach's Jewellers Blue Sapphire, a $250,000, 1200 metre race for three-year olds scheduled to be run on Beck Caulfield Guineas Day next year. This year the Sapphire was won by Lion of Belfast.

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As we get closer to the running of the Sportingbet Blue Diamond I will run through the main chances in the great race. The first Blue Diamond was run and won in 1971 by Tolerance, and the event is one of the most celebrated two year-old races, eagerly sought after by leading trainers and owners.

Worthy winner ■ Leading Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote was a worthy and popular winner of the Victoria Racing Media Association Personality of the Year for the xseason running from November 2012 to November this year. Rob, who has two of the best gallopers in the land, Buffering and Solzhenitsyn, going around at the moment has a team of around 60 under his care in the Sunshine State. He beat a top class field of nominations

including Gai Waterhouse who won the Melbourne Cup winner, Fiorente, after with seconds in the big one, and Glen Boss, the top hoop, who won the Victorian jockeys’ premiership this year. The other nomination: one of the best trainers in the land, Peter Moody, who put the polish on the great mare, Black Caviar. Peter won the coveted award for the 2010-2011 season, while last year, Black Caviar took out the honour. The started back in 1979, was won then by VRC handicapper, Kevin Ryan. Since then the mighty Bart Cummings has taken out the award on five occasions. This year's winner, Rob Heathcote, is one of the nicest men in racing ever obliging to the media, himself a former journo in Tasmania. His top performer, the great sprinter, Buffering, won his third Group One recently in Perth, and

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Observer Racing Rob has him set for bigger things in the coming months. He will miss the Newmarket, because he would be weighted out of it. He would have received around 62 kilos, which would have been a big ask for the top sprinter. I had the pleasure of meeting, Rob, before the awards at the Emerald Hill Hotel in South Melbourne. He is a pretty busy man; not only with a big team of horses, but a number of staff. The luncheon was held on the Monday, and he had flown from Perth to arrive in Brisbane at 11.30 at night, was up at 3am the next morning for trackwork in Brisbane, then caught an 8.30am flight to Melbourne on the Monday.

ter Mertens, one of the most popular jockeys on the racing circuit, once again has to get off the canvas after his bad fall at Hamilton recently. I have been a personal friend of Peter for a number of years, and they don't come any better than Pete. Peter came down when his mount, Leconi, broke down and fell at Hamilton, also bringing down young apprentice, Jordan Childs, son of former great rider, Greg Childs. Peter suffered several bad injuries including, a broken collarbone, fractured ribs, a broken ankle, a punctured lung, and damaged knees.

Jordan Childs was flown back to Melbourne for surgery on both wrists. I can vividly recall a few years back, Peter had a bad fall and hurt his neck so badly that surgeons said that he wouldn't ride again. Mertens, a keen golfer, was shattered, so he threw himself to his other great love, golf. Evidently on a hole when he was teeing off, he felt a crack in his neck, had it checked out by his specialist and "hey presto", he had somehow fixed the problem with his golf swing. Let's hope both Pete and Jordan are up and into horse riding, as quickly as possible. Op top this another veteran jockey, Darren Gauci, had a bad fall when his mount, Royal Mephisto, when in a winning position only metres from home in the seventh race at Bendigo. He suffered a swollen wrist, a bloody nose and general soreness. Every day they take their lives into their own hands, especially when you consider the average weight of a jockey is around 54 to 56 kilos, while a racehorse weighs an average of 450 to 500 kilos. Plus they are going at a pretty good pace when most falls happen. All the jockeys have to protect themselves is a skull cap and a vest, not much when you hit the turf at around 75 kilometres an hour, when a horse is in full flight

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Led from the pole ■ Melton trainer Sue Hunter combined with Gavin Lang to land the Kilmore H.R.C Trotters Mobile for T2 & T3 class over 2180 metres with smart pacing bred 6-Y-0 Elsu/Amanda Woodward gelding Mister Elwood. Having his first outing since May, Mister Elwood starting inside the second line was soon travelling just of the speed in the running line, with Conchs Critter leading from the pole. His task was made a lot easier as two of the main fancies Chevals Racer (gate two) and Star Style (gate five) galloped away. Send forward three wide gradually in the final circuit, Mister Elwood raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat the honest mare Sultry Lady which moved to face the open at the bell from three back the markers after an unsuccessful bid for the front running from gate four, with Tawonga South third off a three wide trail last lap from last on the back of the winner. The mile rate 2-02.4.

Ran rivals ragged ■ Glen Park's Sebastian Steenhuis has a wonderful strike rate and was successful Safari/Truly Sue gelding Bobby Fabulous in the Kilmore HRC 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres with Michael Stanley in the sulky. Leading out from gate two, Bobby Fabulous ran his rivals ragged, accounting for Ruato Bay off a three wide trail from six back in the running line at the bell and Christian Torado (one/two) returning a mile rate of 1-59.8.

Flew to the gate ■ Dunnstown based Nathan Cahir was also a winner on the night when five year old Metropolitan/Cornelia Lombo gelding No Bettertime greeted the judge in the Ashley's Kids Rides Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres. Driven by Nathan, No Bettertime was given a sweet passage from gate four trailing the well supported Pass It To Billy which flew the gate from barrier five and was always travelling beautifully. Using the sprint lane, No Bettertime dashed clear halfway up the running to score by 1.7 metres over the flying Dont Wanadie (four back the markers), with Packedtotherafters coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.1.

Charmed passage ■ Great Western trainer Peter Manning's Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide's Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving.

Double at Horsham ■ On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/ Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers - outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. - Len Baker

ARBER TAKES STAWELL PACING CUP ■ Ever reliable sevenyear- old gelding Arber was victorious in winning the $25,000 Stawell Farm Supplies Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2590 metres at Stawell on Sunday (Dec. 1). Bred and raced by Geelong's Philip Nott, trained at Anakie by Tim Bolitho and driven by Gavin Lang, Arber was able to cross and lead the pole marker Jukebox Music from barrier five when Uncle Wingnut inside him galloped shortly after the start when almost certain to take over the front running. Content to hold the front running when Uncle Wingnut once balanced moved forward but was unable to cross leaving him in the open, Arber better known as a sit/sprinter defied all challengers to score from a game Uncle Wingnut and Macho Commacho (one/two) in a mile rate of 2-01.5 (last half 57.1 - quarter 28.5). A son of Village Jasper and Any Danger (Keystone Scotch), Arber has fronted the starter on 62 occasions, winning 15 times for stakes in excess of $128,038. It was a similar scenario in the $10,000 Norton Ford Stawell Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2590 metres, with Bendigo trainer Alan McIntosh's nine year old Sundon/Sorry Hall gelding Si Capisco greeting the judge. Raced by members of the McIntosh family, Si Capisco jumped straight to the front from barrier five, with reinsman Matty Craven adopting "catch me if you can" tactics. Holding a handy margin on the final bend, Si Capisco coasted to the wire 9.3 metres in advance of Im Demimondaine which trailed, with last week's Gunbower Cup winner Zedalite (one/one mid-race - three wide last lap) after Waikare Aristocrat moved to face the breeze third. The mile rate 2-05. It was Si Capisco's 16th victory in 108 outings, his last being at Ballarat in June last year. Other Western District winners during the evening were: Metrofromelle in the Westway Nursery Vicbred Platinum Mares Series Heat 5 ( trainer - Ash Herbertson - Burrumbeet) with Matt Craven in the sulky, Witzend (Michael Bellman - Ararat) the Choices Flooring By Westside Pace Final for C0 class, Znana (Peter and Kerryn Manning Great Western) the

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Frewstals Abbatoirs 3Y-0 Pace, Jackabeams (Michelle Manning and Grant Campbell Great Western) the David O Jones Stawell Mitre 10 Pace Final for C1 class and Death Defying (Warren Bird Great Western and Greg Sugars) the Grampians Pharmacy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class. The Stawell Club would have been bitterly disappointed with the TAB turnover during the afternoon which would have been well down on an afternoon fixture, something that the club has requested for the past two seasons which has fallen on deaf ears.

Three wide ■ A night of competitive racing was held at Kilmore on Tuesday November 26, with the Avenel area taking the honours. Former Kilmore trainer Wayne Potter now based at Avenel, snared the Jet Roofing Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1690 metres with sit/ sprint specialist Tombstone Eden in a mile rate of 1-58.8. Driven by Nathan Jack, Tombstone Eden from gate two on the second line settled four back in the moving line, before gaining a beaut three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of Gangster Boy ahead of him. Despite making the final bend four wide, Tombstone Eden sprinted home brilliantly to defeat Post It Away (one/one - outside the leader Whosgunnagetit from the bell) and Easy Lighting who was never better than three wide the trip. A five year old daughter of Armbro Operative and Eve Of Eden, Tombstone Eden has recorded nine wins from 37 race appearances.

Gigantic ■ Other Avenel winners on the program were five year old Art Major/ Vangold entire Cold Major for David and Josh Aiken who was successful in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres following a gigantic performance at Shepparton a week earlier and promising mare Vics Cheval who was first up since June in A Harness Christmas At Kilmore 11 December Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres. Taking a concession, Cold Major, bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer, had little luck from gate four being trapped wide,before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Fifth And Broadway (gate two) who was the favourite. Gaining cover mid-race after Amazing Kano moved to face the breeze, Cold Major when eased wide on turning, finished his race off well to score from Big Zee (mid-field) using inside runs prior to the home turn before easing wide on straightening and Major Deed in a mile rate of 1-59.7. David was to finish the night on a high note when extremely talented Yankee Boy/Vics Lady four year old mare Vics Cheval recorded her fourth victory in 16 outings.

To follow ■ Luv Tha Aces Lombo (claimer), The Bohemian, Ruato Bay, Windy Big, Mightbeme, Brother Of Sonoko, Big Zee, Man Of The World, Dont Wanadie, Miss Dilly, Saab Magic.

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Wednesday - Bendigo, Thursday - Geelong/Nyah @ Swan Hill, Friday - Wedderburn @ Melton, Saturday - Cranbourne (Cup), Sunday - Wangaratta @ Shepparton, Monday - Charlton, Tuesday - Ararat.

Made no impression ■ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number 18 by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 159.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze.

Fast start from 10m ■ Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull's five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line.

Three and two ■ Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the FinnTack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/ three - three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1.

Third win in five outings ■ Michelle Manning's highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his thirrd victory in five outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres at Horsham with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing fourth to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter's Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57.

Thrilling finish ■ Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/ two - four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one - three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon.


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BIG NAMES TONIGHT AT BALLARAT

■ Many of the big names in Victorian greyhound racing have made their way into the rich Ballarat Cup Final which will be staged tonight (Wed., Dec. 4). The $80,000 final has drawn together another outstanding field - one very interesting starter is Deadly Vane who will be competing in the Cup at just his eighth start in a race. He led throughout to win his heat, defeating high quality sprinters in Peter Rocket (recent Melbourne Cup finalist) and Dream It. Deadly Vane was the slowest of the seven heat winners but still to qualify for a big race at such as young age is a credit to his trainer, Joe Borg. Pearcedale pair Paw Licking and Ronan Izmir have more than just the rich first prize at stake in tonight's race. Should either of those dogs be successful, they will earn their connections a special $50,000 bonus, which has been put up by Greyhound Racing Victoria for any dog that can win three country cup races in Victoria in the same year. This feat has been achieved only once, by Sale trained chaser El Grand Senor in 2011. The official box draw for tonight's big race is: 1 – Dark Warrior (Darren McDonald, Devon Meadows) 2 – Veyron Bale (Andrea Dailly, Anakie) 3 – Clone Your Own (Robert Britton, Lara)

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with Kyle Galley 4 – Ronan Izmir (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale) 5 – Paw Licking (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale) 6 – Deadly Vane (Joe Borg, Maryborough) 7 – Empire Allen (Andrea Dailly, Anakie) 8 – Allen Malik (Steve Collins, Lara) RESERVES 9 – Magic Diva (Darren Brown, Lara) 10 – Banjo Boy (Ken Virtue, Tooradin)

Top price ■ An unraced pup was purchased for the top price of $28,000 at the Ready 2 Race greyhound sales at Bendigo. Aged 20 months, the son of Dyna Lachlan trialed around the Lord's Raceway track in the sixth fastest time of all dogs entered in the sale.

Around 500 spectators attended the auction, and watched 99 greyhounds compete on the track before they were put up for sale. Members of the Crocmedia radio program Off The Bench were in attendance and made sevral purchases. These dogs will be syndicated to competition winning listeners from the radio program in 2013. At the first Ready 2 Race sale last year, one of the best buys proved to be Kiss Me Ketut, which qualified for the recent Melbourne Cup Final and has won more than $100,000 in stakes. Kiss Me Ketut's half-brother, an unraced 17-month old pup sold for $6500 at this year's sale, while the cheapest buy in the auction went for just $600.

At Warragul ■ Races are at Warragul on Saturday night this week and as well as the racing card a good night of entertainment has also be planned. The club has promoted the meeting as Girl's Night Out - an initiative that has been done at several tracks in Victoria recently with the support of Greyhound Racing Victoria and the State Government. Live music, Fashions on the Field, tarot readings and giveaways will be among the highlights on the night for the guests who have taken advantage of the club's special dining package deal. Monies raised from the Girls

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● Paw Licking Photo: Clint Anderson, Bluestream Pictures Night Out events will go to the Give Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson after his Melbourne Cup sucMe 5 For Kids charity. cess with Black Magic Opal. Pleasant weather drew a big crowd to the course for the combined gallops, ■ Phenomenal is a greyhound which trots and dogs extravaganza. clearly lives up to his name - with 10 wins and five placings under his belt from only 20 starts. At the Tricodes night at ■ Upcoming race meetings: Wednesday: The Meadows (Day), Cranbourne he took out the feature Bendigo (Twilight), Cranbourne City Of Casey Cup. And in doing so, Phenomenal be- (Night), Ballarat (Night); Thursday: Traralgon (D), came only the tenth greyhound to break the 30 seconds barrier for the 520 Shepparton (T), Sandown Park (N), metres trip, and the second quickest of Warrnambool (N); Friday: Bendigo (T), Geelong (N); all time behind record holder Saturday: Warragul (T), The Pororoca. Cranbourne is a tough track with Meadows (N); Sunday: Healesville (D), Sandown an uphill run in the home straight, and is not an overly quick circuit like simi- Park (D), Cranbourne (T), Sale (T); Monday: Ballarat (D), Geelong lar tracks such as Sandown and Traralgon where the 30 second bar- (T), Shepparton (N); Tuesday: Horsham (T), Warragul rier is often broken. Phenomenal's win by 12 lengths (N). - Kyle Galley gave yet another feature race win to

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