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■ Aboriginal identity ‘Kenny’ greeted former radio couple Keith and Angela McGowan when they visited Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm and Hermannsburg this week. The McGowans have known ‘Kenny’ from their previous trips to outback Australia. Dozens of Melbourne Observer readers are travelling on an outback tour with the McGowans and John Howie. Early this week they boarded the Ghan train for the Alice Springs-Darwin leg of their journey. Keith McGowan writes: “Simpson’s Gap is a few kilometres from Alice Springs and an easy amble. “Standley Chasm is a little journey up the road and the walk is 1.2 km and not all that easy, but certainly worth it. “From there to the Hermannsburg Mission and home of Albert Namatjira (125 kms from Alice), and seeing there was a footy match on, guess where we ended up. “A game of Aussie Rules in the Outback has to be seen to be believed. “It is fast, high-flying, and there is as much action amongst the excited spectators as there is on the ground.”

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GIRLFRIEND’S DAD ATTACKED: MAN LOSES COURT APPEAL ‘His Tedness’ entertains

By Our Court Roundsman ■ Christopher John Paisley has lost his appeal challenging a conviction of recklessly causing serious injury to the father of a girl friend. Supreme Court Judges Maxwell, Nettle and Neave, sitting as the Court of Appeal, heard that Paisley travelled with Colin Harrison and Jai Shire to the home of Amie West at Archiless Ct, Lilydale. All three men were affected by alcohol. Amie had a veral confrontation with the men, and her father Graeme approached the Corolla, aksing the men to leave. Harrison grabbed Graeme West by the shirt,kicked him and punched him in the face. Shore grabbed Amie’s boyfriend, Steven Davis, punching him to the back of the head.

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● Ted Egan entertains the Melbourne Overnighters tour at Alice Springs ■ The Coburg lad who became the AdminHowever, before the train departed, Ted istrator of the Northern Territory, Ted Egan, Egan performed a special concert for the traventertained the 40-strong group led by former ellers, who have been in Port Augusta, Coober 3AW Observer Overnighters host Keith Pedy, Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon. McGowan in Alice Springs this week. “Ted can make that VB carton sound like a The group, being organised by John Howie complete orchestra,” Keith said. on one of his popular music tours, is making “Ted sang songs, told yarns and jokes, and its way to the Top End by the Ghan train. his 2½-hours with us went all too quickly.”

Evidence was given that Shore, Harrison and Paisley attacked Mr West by punching him and kicking him as he remain slumped on the ground. Mr West was taken to the Maroondah Hospital by ambulance. He was treated for facial injuries, multiple fractures, nruising, swelling and a fractured finger. Paisley submitted that his conviction was “unsafe and unsatisfactory”. The Judges: “It follows as we see it that, even if the injuries inflicted before the point at which (Paisley) joined the criminal enterprise were enough to cause serious injury, the jury were well entitled to be satisfied that the injuries inflicted thereafter were in themselves such that (Paisley) was guilty as charged.”

15-YEAR BAN ON LAWYER Starchaser

● Anne-Louise Sarks (Catta) in Starchaser on June 2 at 2.00pm and 6.00pm at Arts Centre Melbourne. More details on Page 12. Photo: Vivian Cooper Smith

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■ Lawyer Ross Vincent Delahunty, 65, has been banned from holding trust monies before April 27. Trust account deficiencies were discovered at his Murrumbeena practice known as ‘Legal Rite’. Many of his clients were senior citizens seeking assistance in preparing wills and hadnling deceased estates. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Senior Member Jonathan Smithers has affirmed the Law Institute’s decision to refuse to issue a practising certificate to Delahunty. The order, which is to take effect on May 28, includes provisions that Delahunty not be granted a local practising certuficate until 2014, and that he not be allowed to act as principal of a legal practice before 2019. Legal Institute of Victoria inspectors Aruna Harina Colombathantri and Ronald Lewis Pata found the deficiencies totalling $385,542 after a random inspection of his trust account records. A receiver was appointed to the practice, which was purchased by Morley, Naughton Pearn and Cook in Bentleigh. Maryin Randall, Counsel for the LIV, submitted that Delahunty was not a fit and proper person to hold a legal practising certificate.

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SMOOTH FM TO LAUNCH ■ As predicted in last week’s Observer, radio station 91.5 FM is to change to an adult contemporary sound. Tje new format will be launched from Monday, May 21. The station will have local Melbourne hosts for the breakfast and drive programs. Also to be heard will be cameo appearances by David Reyne, Richard Wilkins, David Campbell and Jason Donovan.

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Offender bail refused ■ Convicted child sex offender Peter Pryse, 35 who Police believe is at “very high risk” of re-offending has had his bid for freedom denied at Bendigo.

Labor MP quits seat ■ Bronwyn Pike is quitting the Melbourne seat in State Parliament.

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CHANGING ATTITUDES: A TRUE STORY â–  After a sold-out season in 2011, Red Stitch Actors Theatre remounts The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later at Arts Centre Melbourne. Directed by 2010 Green Room Award winner Gary Abrahams, the play is one of the most performed scripts across the world that investigates the ripple effect of a single, senseless murder of the real-life young gay student, Mathew Shepard, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo-

ming, USA. One month after Shepard's murder, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project arrived in Laramie and set about conducting a series of interviews that formed the basis of The Laramie Project (1999). In 2008, the creators returned to Laramie to see how the town had changed since Shepard's death. This powerful and thought provoking play features Red Stitch en-

THEATRICAL PORCH THOUGHTS semble members, and the Melbourne Observer caught up with 25-year-old Bendigo born actor Brett Ludeman, set to play the challenging role of Aaron McKinney, who was one of the men who killed Matthew Shepard. What was it like growing up in Bendigo? It was secluded. The world was pretty small, and we spent a lot of time in the bush doing next to nothing. The town really looks after families and young people, and because life is so comfortable, time can go by really fast. A lot of people become really attached and never explore the outside world. What inspired you to want to be an actor? It just happened in high school and I realised how important it was to me. I couldn't let go of it and I was inspired by the energy and the freedom it gave me. You moved to Melbourne in 2007, how did adjust to the move? It was interesting. It takes a lot to become independent and stable as a young person in Melbourne. But it takes so much more to actually grow. You completed a three-year Diploma at the National Theatre Drama School, what was the process of being accepted? We had to prepare and perform a monologue to perform in front of a panel of judges. It was tricky. We had to choose something that would show them as much of what we could do as possible - but we only had four minutes to do it in. If they were interested, we would get called back the following week to do it all again with a new monologue. While at the NTDS, you were the recipient of two Cybec Foundation Scholarships, what is the background behind this scholarship program? The Cybec Foundation was founded by Pat and Roger Riordan 10 years ago. It's a charitable fund, and one of its aims is to support the arts. It gave me financial support towards studying. So many of today's incredible artists simply wouldn't be where they are without support like that of the Cybec Foundation. If you could pass on any advice today to first year Brett, what would it be and why? First year is all about opening yourself up. The sooner you learn to let go,

the sooner you'll learn real control of your craft. I always wanted to stay ahead of my tutors; to pretend that I was letting go so I didn't feel scared. But it's part of an artist's job to feel scared. You won't grow unless you face your fears. I'm still learning it, though. I think everyone is. You are multi-talented, working as an actor, director, videographer, lighting director, photographer and playwright, and created your own company - Brett Ludeman Productions. What is Brett Ludeman Productions? In 2009, I began to bridge my theatre and filmmaking. My company, Storybottle(.com), provides video promotions for the live arts industry by advertising upcoming shows with online video ads. We are based in Melbourne and work Australia wide, from independent groups to international art organisations. It's now vital to have a strong online presence. What's it like performing on the stage of The Arts Centre in Melbourne? Pretty wild! You look out and hundreds of people are looking back at you. But they're all there for the story to be told, so it's very supportive. Especially this particular story, because it's so powerful and direct. The 'documentary style' of the script means that the actors and the audience are kind of putting the pieces together at the same time. So there's a relationship we build with each audience. You were offered an internship with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, how has the company enhanced your performing skills? Leaving school, there was a sense that we were all individuals, all being separated in the big bad world. Red Stitch is an ensemble - a family of artists, surrounded by a community of theatre lovers. It's how it should be. Everything they do is for storytelling first and foremost. They've made sense of a lot of things for me. You aren't just an actor at Red Stitch. We all take on different roles within the company. It's this kind of perspective that comes back and helps you, grounds you, when you're performing. You can understand the kind of work that goes into all the areas of theatre making. Why were you drawn to this particular script? People who I loved needed the story to be told. They didn't have a voice until this script came along.

The unspoken attitudes towards homosexuals and their rights to equality were presented on stage, and this enabled audiences, and my friends, to talk openly about things that (before The Laramie Project) were just too difficult to speak about. There was also a lot I learnt about my own hometown through The Laramie Project. What do you think is the most powerful scene in the play and why? I think the most powerful scene is with the perpetrator Aaron McKinney. You'd think a prison sentence would teach someone that they did wrong, but it's as if in prison Aaron feels protected from judgement. Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, was reported to have been more frustrated and angrier 10 years on because she believed there has been no progress in the area of gay rights and equality. How does hearing news like this impact you as an actor? It's frustrating. I agree with her. It makes this story so much more important because we need society to progress. We need to tell them stories like this so they can learn and change how they live together as a community. What lessons do you think can still be learnt some ten years on after his Matthew's death? The actions of those people responsible for his death come from attitudes that are still around today. There are many ways to change these kinds of attitudes. Personally, my way is to tell stories to give people different perspectives. To make them think differently about how they think and act. What do you think are the thoughts the audience, particularly secondary school students leave with after the seeing the production? That theatre can be important. It can help society progress, and shift. It can ask questions and raises awareness. How have you enjoyed working with Director GaryAbrahams on this production? He's very driven and trustworthy. He's got an incredible instinct and looks after the story. What's next for Brett Ludeman? More stage work filmmaking and some travelling. I really want to get back to Berlin as I am inspired as an artist in Berlin. There's something about the theatre and the visual art that I love. And the food is amazing. What is your Porch Thought of The Day? ' There's nothing worse than trying to rehearse with a cold'. The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later. Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio 7.30pm, May 16-19 7.30pm, May 24-26


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TONY FENELON RAISES ‘TITANIC’ Briefs 7 years ■ A Corr yong man, 52, has been jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting a young girl from the age of three, with a County Court judge saying there were no winners in such cases.

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■ Melbourne Theatre Organ, of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, proudly presents Raising The Titanic on Sunday, May 27 at 1.30pm at the Palace Dendy Theatre, 26 Church St., Brighton. Organist Tony Fenelon will raise memories of the Titanic with his inimitable style and skill at the Wurlitzer. Tony’s performance will reflect music played on the Titanic and around the world in that affluent and debonair era, complimented by authentic screen material. Admission: $30 adults, TOSA members $25, Students $10, Under 18s, free home.vicnet.net.au/ ~organ/

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● Tony Fenelon performs at the Palace Dendy, Brighton on May 27

SUNSET BOULEVARD: ‘MAGNIFICENTLY STAGED’

● Digby Wolfe ■ Comedy writer Digby Wolfe, who worked with Ronnie Corbett, Hattie Jacques and Dave Allen, has died, aged 82.

Assault ■ Warrnambool racehorse owner Jason Michael White, 29, who assaulted a jumps protester has managed to avoid having a criminal record. He pleaded guilty. Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt orcered White to write a letter of apology and donate $500 to the RSPCA.

■ CLOC Musical Theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard plays at the National Theatre, St Kilda until May 19. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, the story tells of deluded silent movie star Norma Desmond and her fantasy world when preparing for a come-back on the silver screen in 1949. CLOC’s show may be a non-professional premiere, but this magnificently staged production is as professional as they come, under the direction of Chris Bradtke, choreographed by James Rooney and with musical direction by Andrew McCalman. Maureen Andrew’s superb performance as the delusional Norma Desmond displays poignant fragility within her

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REVIEW BY CHERYL THREADGOLD Opening Night photos on Page 11

● Harem Girls Jessica Forber, Lucinda Barratt and Hayley Doran dance for Cecil B. De Mille (Ken Jones) in Sunset Boulevard. Photo : Richard Crompton

stylish, commanding presence. First class performances are also delivered by Mark Doran (scriptwriter Joe Gillis), Phillip Lambert (Norma’s first husband/now butler, Max) and Alexandra Clover (Betty Schaefer).. Sharing equal billing with the show’s stars are Brenton Staple’s impressive sets, including Paramount Studios, Norma’s Sunset Boulevard mansion exterior with swimming pool and palm trees, and its stunningly grand, two storied interior. Congratulations to the stage crew for a seamless operation. The terrific performers playing featured roles, ensemble and cameo characters bring color and positive energies to an otherwise gloomy and tragic story. The vibrant costumes designed by Nerissa Saville include lavish, elegant gowns for Norma Desmond. Creatively projected film images are used effectively. I really felt we were travelling to Paramount Studios, the stage studio gates open and we enter with Norma, Joe and Max. Do join Norma’s “wonderful people in the dark” at the National Theatre. Sunset Boulevard is a great show. Performances: Until May 19 at 8.00pm, May 13 at 2.00pm. Venue: National Theatre, Cnr Barkly and Carlisle Sts, St Kilda. Tickets: $40 full price, $36 conc., $25 Children under 16.\ Bookings: 1-300 362 547 or www.cloc.org.au - Cheryl Threadgold

Valuable lessons can sometimes be lost due to emotional responses created from short-term volatility and disruption. It can be so frustrating! One of the most straightforward strategies that can be utilised to assist client portfolios in times of high frustration and volatility is that of dollar cost averaging. Dollar cost averaging is an investment strategy that can be used with any investment. Dollar cost averaging involves investing equal monetary amounts regularly over specific time periods (such as $100 monthly) in a particular investment or portfolio. By doing so, more shares are purchased when prices are low and fewer shares are purchased when prices are high. The point of this is to lower the total average cost per share of the investment, giving the investor a lower overall cost for the shares purchased over time. The really interesting thing with dollar cost averaging actually works better in volatile markets rather than those that gradually increase. As investors we all prefer markets like those from 2003 to early 2008 when despite the odd “market correction” along the way the overall direction was pointing up. Since the start of 2008 and the global financial crisis volatility has been ever present. 1% to 2% swings on a regular basis have coursed a significant amount of stress but interestingly enough some of us have become a little conditioned to it! That’s a discussion for another time. An example of a dollar cost averaging strategy is where $100 is invested over five time periods. The market price of the investment begins at $10, falls to $7.50, falls further to $5.50 before bouncing back to $11 before settling back at $10. In other words the market over the five investment periods has ended where it started. The bad news about dollar cost averaging is that some times you will be buying into a market at high prices although you will also be buying in at low points, which is where you essentially make your money. In this case, at the end of the period by dollar cost averaging the investment portfolio was worth $606. Keep in mind, $500 was invested and the market ended where it started.

If you had invested the same amount in a market that rose steadily from $10 in $1 increments to $14, you would have had a portfolio worth close to $591. The average cost of the dollar cost averaged portfolio was $8.25 compared to $11.83 for the gradually increasing market. What we quickly learn here is less about the end portfolio value and more about overcoming our natural behaviour. We generally feel good about investing when markets are trending up steadily. Markets that are volatile unsettle us and create doubt about the wisdom of investing and have us second-guess our decisions. A disciplined investment approach like dollar cost averaging helps overcome that natural behavioural that wants us to try and time the market, which is fraught with danger. As always, if you would like to review your personal financial situation we would be happy to meet with you initially, at our expense. Jon & Andrew Rancie are Authorised Representatives of Australian Financial Services (AFSL: No. 297239) Note: In this article we have not considered your personal situation nor your goals or objectives. You should not base your future investment decisions on the content of this article. Before you invest your hard earned money you should consult a Financial Adviser and have your situation reviewed, clarified and agree to a strategy for investing for the future.


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Tickets on sale on Monday

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■ Ticketmaster will sell tickets from Monday (May 14) for Rhonda Burrchmore’s Cry Me A River:The World Of Julie London, to be staged for five nights in August at the Comedy Theatre. The show is written by Rhonda and Gar y Young, based on an original treatment by Melbour ne writer Frank Howson.

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■ The Observer’s Mark Richardson was with Melbourne milliner Peter Jago at the Club 3004 networking group late last week. Peter was featured in Mark’s Straight From The Heart series earlier this year.

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● Cameron Tapp ■ Melbourne’s top executive and personal assistants gathered at ‘Secbrek’ at Crown on Friday morning. They were entertained by Cameron Tapp of The Voice, the Melbourne Gospel Choir, Jane Cho, with MC work by Michael Falzon of Rock of Ages. The 800 attendees raised funds for The Treasure Chest Foundation. it aims to support patients who lack sufficient funds or private health insurance to receive reconstructive breast surgery. Breast reconstruction is proven to help breast cancer survivors’ physical and emotional well-being, says Crown spokeswoman Melissa Pinder. ● More photos, P40

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● Paige Royal ■ Model Paige Royal, Miss Universe contestant, will be a special guest on the Sugar and Spice radio program hosted by Bob Phillips and Judy Banks tomorrow (Thurs.), 9am11am, on 3RPP-FM. Seven News anchor Peter Mitchell will also be on the program. The Mornington Peninsula radio station can also be heard online on rppfm.com.au

● Kate McGrath and Elise Mooney were at The Sisterhood fund-raiser for St Vincent’s Hospital, held at the Yarra Yarra Rowing Club. Photos: Sue Deenim

One night only ■ Lisa McCune will join Shane Jacobson, Daniel MacPherson and Spencer McLaren in the one-night-nly production of 8, the new play by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Directed by Bruce Myles, the play is an unprecedented account of the US Federal Court trial which stripped gay and lesbian couples of the right to marry. 8 will be performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Exhibition St, Melbourne, at 7.30pm on Friday, June 8. Producer Kate Whitbread says profits from tickets, through Ticketek, will go towards Australian Marriage Equality. ● Lisa McCune photographed last week in Melbourne. Photo: Jim Murphy

● Tania Gogos-Wilson with Stephanie Edgell

At St Paul’s Cathedral

● Andrew Wailes will conduct the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday (May 12) at St Paul’s ● Historic Russian music will be performed in Tchaikovsky’s The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom this weekend. See advertisement on Page 55.

● Tanya Cherny of Myer with Suzanne Carbone


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Talk is cheap, gossip is priceless

Networking at Richmond

FORMER DOLLARFORCE DIRECTORS TO STAND TRIAL

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Short Sharp ■ Jason McKay of Heathmont, 22, and his brother Luke McKay, 28, of Ferntree Gully, have been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in compensation after being prosecuted over graffiti at Lysterfield and Rowville. ■ A former senior staffer of Moonee Valley Council is being investigated over the alleged misappropraition of municipal funds.

● Actress Maryanne Niceforo and Peter Kalos from Melbourne Actors Lab

The Actors Group forms ■ Melbourne actress Maryanne Niceforo has started the first gree networking group for actors in Melbourne. The group is called TAG – The Actors and Artists Group. The purpose of TAG is to “create an opportunity to converse, gain and share helpful information with like-minded people as well as to inspire fellow actors and artists,” said Publicist Matthew Ongarello. “TAG followers are not only actors but artists, dancers, writers, producers and directors,“ said Maryanne Niceforo. The inaugural event was held at the The Collection Cocktail Bar in Richmond last night where 70 actors attended to listen to acting stalwart Peter Kalos talk about the industry in Melbourne. Peter is well-known in Los Angeles where he lived for 20 years working for Paramount Studios. P Peter is also a great friend of Robert De Niro, and runs Melbourne’s Actors Lab Veteran Melbourne actor Don Bridges also attended TAG. Don Bridges is known for his roles in Neighbours and long running Aussie drama Blue Heelers. Bridges is currently starring in the Melbourne production Uncle Vanya.

■ Two former directors of companies associated with the Dollarforce group, which was involved in property development, have been committed in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to stand trial at the County Court, following a contested committal lasting almost three weeks. Clestus Weerappah, 47, of Oakleigh, the director of Dollarforce Financial Services Pty Ltd (in liquidation), will face a total of 56 charges. He was conditionally bailed to appear at the County Court on July 12. James Stephen Lewis, 52, of Camberwell, an accountant and former director of Altitude Property Limited (in liquidation), was committed to face trial on five charges, after he was initially charged with four offences. Lewis was also conditionally bailed to appear at the County Court on July 12. Weerappah faces charges relating to the raising of more than $4 million from investors in a number of property-related investments, alleged false representations to those investors, alleged false statements in a prospectus issued by Altitude Property Limited, and related conduct. Weerappah also faces charges in relation to his role as a director of a number of companies. The alleged offences concern: ■ The Ivory Property Trust ■ Ivory Property Group Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ■ My Building No 1 Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ■ Altitude Property Limited (in liquidation) ■ Altitude Property No1 Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ■ Bennett Street Property Trust ■ Bennett Street Developments Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ■ Alamanda Property Investments No 2 Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ■ Dollarforce Financial Services Pty Ltd (in liquidation) Weerappah is charged with: ■ seven counts of dishonestly using his position as a director of Ivory Property Group Pty Ltd (as trustee for the IPT) to gain a financial advantage for himself or DFS from a number of investors (value $657,622); ■ 10 counts of obtaining property or financial advantage by deception from investors in the IPT (value $815,551); ■ 15 counts of obtaining property or financial advantage by deception from investors in MB1 (value $1,830,000); ■ 16 counts of obtaining property or financial advantage by deception from investors in the Bennett Street Property Trust (total value$1,286,950); ■ one count of dishonestly using his position as a director of MB1 to gain an advantage for himself or Alamanda (value $70,000); ■ three counts of making, or authorising the making, of false or misleading statements or omissions in a prospectus issued by APL. The misleading statements and omissions concern notes to the financial statements of the Darling Street unit trust, an incentive payment structure entered into by APL and Alamanda, and; information concerning the repayment of a loan due to MB1 of $2,955,000; ■ two counts of dishonestly using his position as a director of APL to gain a financial advantage for DFS (total value $400,000); ■ one count of dishonestly using his position as a director of MB1 to gain an advantage for Alamanda of $1,500,000; and ■ one count of creating a false deed of sale for the purchase by Bennett St Developments Pty Ltd of Lot 1 /25 Bennett St, Balwyn for $1.3 million.

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■ The phrase ‘get me to the church on time’ is well known. But it did not stop a 37-year-old Oakleigh limo driver losing his licence after being caught travelling at 120-kmh in an 80-kmh zone on the Monash Freeway. He told Police that he was driving the Porsche Cayenne limo at speed because he was late to pick up a bride. ■ Jeffrey Hales of Highett has been jailed for 12 months after threatening to kill his girlfriend.

Rumour Mill

● Nancy Cato ■ The host of The Magic Circle Club and Adventure Island from the pioneering days of Melbourne television has revealed that she is deaf. Nancy Cato, now 72, told Suzanne Carbone of The Age, that no-one in TV picked up on her deafness. She says she can feel sound. Cato says she was a quadriplegic for some time after falling from a rainbow on a TV set.

Warning Hear It Here First

Whooping cough claims ■ Homeopathy Plus! Pty Ltd has removed representations from its website. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission considered the claims to be misleading and deceptive and that could lead to serious health risks for consumers.

Persistence pays ■ Melbourne man Anthony Smeaton has won a round in his battle against the Victorian Workcover Authority, which wanted VCAT to dismiss his bid to access documents. VCAT member Ian Proctor questioned Smeaton’s chance of winning an overall case, but said the search for documents should not be denied.

Relationship on the fritz? ■ Which 3AW on-air personality has changed their Facebook status from ‘in a relationship’to‘single’?

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■ The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is warning insurance brokers and financial planners about the use of the word ‘independent’.

PR move ■ The Communications Council has opened talks with several of Australia's biggest public relations agencies with a view to the organisation widening its remit to include PR, reports the Mumbrella media website. It would raise serious questions about the future of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.


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Just ahead of Mothers Day ■ There is something so special about Melbourne during the footy season. I just love it. I came home this week after spending some time with my dear mother Alyson on the New South Wales mid coast. It was 23 degrees and hot when I left, and I arrived into freezing Melbourne, raining and cold and loved it. It’s the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd. No it’s the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd. It is footy weather, and there is no denying its football season in Melbourne. It’s palpable, you can smell it when you get off the plane. It is so good to be home, and so good to hear the trams and the hustle and bustle of the city. I couldn’t wait to get in my front door and throw myself back into my life. It was wonderful being with my mother, we had the best of times, laughing and sharing the simplest of pleasures, cups of tea and roast chicken together, hot chocolates and sitting outside which is what she loves in her 90th year. She loves sitting outside and she loves her football. A mad Hawthorn supporter she never misses a game on the tele. I do love being with her and miss her being so far away.

Not that bad after all ■ I really loved this, I get sent so many things every day and this email particularly caught my eye. I haven’t watched the whole latest series of Celebrity Apprentice, however I did manage to catch the final moments of the latest episode and saw Jason Akermanis being fired! He just cannot help himself, he just needs to reflect on his behaviour and stop being so reactive. However his management team from sent a release out day after him being fired and it read: “Jason Akermanis was fired from Celebrity Apprentice last night but raised $150,000 for VicDeaf “The passionate Brownlow Medal Holder, fundraiser, legendary football player and Master of Ceremonies was praised by fellow contestants and host Mark Bouris for his competitive nature, passion and multi-faceted talents. “Hes speak Japanese, Spanish, holds a pilot's license and is fluent in Sign Language. “(David) Hasselhoff described his Celebrity Apprentice co-star as ‘a true gentleman’ and a joy to work with.” I thought A for effort here! And good to see an agent turning a negative into a positive. Maybe Jason isn’t that bad after all.

Competitor for Dawn? ■ I must say Dawn French on our screens was a great idea and brainwave by a clever advertising agency for Coles. I would love to see her pay slip for that ‘little’ campaign; its everywhere. After travelling within Australia for a few days, she was the talk of the town everywhere I went, I must say! So many women love Dawn and a smile comes to my mother’s face every time the ad came on the tele up on the coast. I thought to myself, this is very clever advertising and it will work! Doing a bit of a self-generated survey the women I know agree with me, they love the ad and have all rushed off and filled out required forms to become associated with the store! The TV spots are gems. She really knows how to sell the product and I adore her in the Vicar of Dibley. All we need now is for the opposition supermarket chain to do a similar ad but with an Aussie this time. Maybe Colette Mann could be perfect for the role! Talking of Colette, I did enjoy watching her on Neighbours, Channel 11 at 6.30pm weeknights. More on Page 15

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For AWARD HONOURS JIMMY LITTLE

■ I as very happy to read that the late Jimmy Little AO has been announced as one of the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson Award. On the day of the State Memorial Service in his honour, NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell and Live Performance Australia announced that Jimmy will be one of the recipients of the prestigious awards to be presented at the 2012 Helpmann Awards. Andrew Kay, President of LPA said “Jimmy was delighted to be advised by the LPA earlier this year that he had been chosen as one of the 2012 recipients for this prestigious industry award. “While we are saddened that Jimmy is no longer with us to accept his award, I know everyone in the industry will welcome the opportunity to recognize Jimmy’s tremendous contribution at the formal ceremony to be held in Sydney on September 24” The second recipient of the JC WilliamsonAwards for 2012 will be announced closer to the awards night, which will be held in the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House on Monday September. 24. For many years James Oswald ‘Jimmy’ Little was the brightest Aboriginal star on the Australian music scene His career as a musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist spanned six decades. A member of the Yorta Yorta people, Little grew up on the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River in NSW. In 1955 he left for Sydney to pursue a

● Jimmy Little career in country music. His mellow style, influenced by Nat King Cole and American country singer Jim Reeves, soon earned him the nicknames of the Balladeer, Gentleman Jim, and the Honey Voice. His first single, Mysteries Of Life/ Heartbreak Waltz was released in 1956, but his first real hit did not come until Danny Boy in 1959. In 1963 Little scored a number one hit with Royal Telephone. The following year Everybody’s magazine named him Australian Pop Star of the Year. In 2005 Little’s life was chronicled by Sean Kennedy in the film Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey. One of Little’s children is documentary film-maker and author Frances Peters-Little. Soprano, writer and composer Deborah Cheetham is his niece.

George Michael ■ I will also be looking out for George Michael on his return to Melbourne for a show in November. One of the best concerts I have seen was performed by George Michael , and after his 2010 sold out tour here, George is returning to Australia. “His five minute standing ovation is entirely deserved.” noted The Guardian. Called the Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour, the multimillion selling artist is back in good health and fighting fit after a battle with pneumonia at the end of last year, which I remember unfortunately led to his Symphonica tour being postponed. George Michael is now preparing to return to the big stage later this year with rescheduled and newly added tour dates in Europe, UK and thankfully Australia. The Symphonica

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tour has been critically acclaimed across its journey throughout Europe this year” “Rich and expressive …a stunning show from a performer who looks back to his best,” said the Daily Mail “It was a show that covered the full range of emotions and confirmed that George was back in style,” commented The Mirror With an unparalleled voice, a largescale orchestra and a tantalising promise to include songs never previously performed live, Symphonica is a magical experience awaiting singer and audience alike ... George will appear

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in Melbourne on Wednesday, November 21 at Rod Laver Arena. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thurs., May 10) at 12 Noon through Ticketek. com.au or 132849. I for one cannot wait to see him in concert once again! www.georgemichael. com

Weetabix ■ This was something I read over my Weetabix whilst I was away: like Marmite, toast and tea Weetabix has long been favoured by British consumers as a breakfast staple. However now a major Chinese food conglomerate believes that Chinese consumers, who traditionally have a porridge to start their day, will now chew up the iconic cereal as well. China’s stateowned Bright Food has bought a 60 per cent stake in the 80year-old brand, which accounts for about 7 per cent of UK sales. Western eating habits are slowly catching on in China and across Asia as wealthier citizens seek to diversify from traditional stapes such as rice and dumplings. The nation’s favourite breakfast cereal was family owned (in Australia it is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church) until 2004, when it was bought by a private-equity firm based in Texas. Then Lion Capital bought Weetabix, and it will retain a 40 per cent stake in the brand after the Bright Foods agreement. Most interesting. - Di Rolle


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Sunset Boulevartd Opening Night National Theatre, St Kilda Photo: Malcolm Threadgold

● CLOC Musical Theatre Ticket Secretary, Carol Humphrey with President Grant Alley

● Mark Young and Joan Krutli from Golden Days Radio at Sunset Boulevard.

● Set designer Brenton Staples with Beth Sims.

● CLOC’s program seller Cheryle Osborne

● Lee Palmer with CLOC wardrobe’s Allan Paul

● Paul Kelly and Heidi Holmes

● John Burrett with Duty Manager Jan Sheppard

● Julie Ross and film critic Peter Krausz

● Kevin Custerson and Keith Marsh

● Bev Bickerton and Joan Schadel

● MLOC’s Judy Sullivan with John Egan from Aspect Theatre

● Beaumaris Theatre Company’s Sue and Ross

Cheryl Threadgold’s review of Sunset Boulevard is on Page 5. The Local Theatre report is on Page 60.


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Volunteer Freemasons head back to school for a new term

● Ionic Coaching Services President Brian Annand, the Grand Master Bob Jones, and Ionic Secretary Bruce Jeffrey Established in 1952, the Ionic Coaching Service is a not for profit organisation administered by volunteer Victorian Freemasons. "The Ionic Coaching Service came about thanks to some lodge masters who thought it would be a good idea to provide an inexpensive tutoring service - it aims to help kids who were struggling with their studies but didn't cost their parents the earth," says Bruce Jeffery, secretary of Ionic Coaching Service. Ionic is administered as a community service by Victorian volunteer Freemasons and is an example of Freemasonry in Action. Students are accepted regardless of their background circumstances and classes are conducted by fully qualified teachers. "Keeping the classes small ensures there's more individual attention and we have a lot of repeat students who come year after year - it's very satisfying to know that we must be doing something right!," says Jeffrey. May is the new semester in Ionic Coaching terms and it marks the 60th year that the organisation has tutored students in Mathematics and English from Grade 6 to Year 12. As a result of regular tutoring sessions, Jeffery says there is a marked improvement on student's general learning skills, academic and social confidence skills and a confidence to overcome obstacles to their success. Regardless of background or circum-stances, with classes conducted by fully qualified teachers in a small group format of 8-10 students, the coaching service has been a proven environment for success. "The results speak for themselves; in 2011 all our students passed their VCE and gained admission to a tertiary institute of their choice. We've also had past students receive the Premiers Award for academic studies," says Jeffrey. There are 16 class sessions structured over two school semesters. The study periods are an hour of Maths and an hour of English per Saturday morning session for Years 6-10. Special extended study periods in either subject can be arranged for Years 11-12 students. There are many booking options in Maths and/ or English and multiple students from one family receive a discount. Ionic coaching is held at the Uniting Church and the Connections House in Blackburn, just a short walk away from Blackburn train station. The coaching service also has a Werribee arm called Doric Coaching Service. For more information or to book a class: Ionic Service Bruce Jeffery: 98903214; Doric Service: Ted Finch 97418193. To find out more about Freemasonry, how to become a member, or attend upcoming public events, please visit www.freemasonsvic.net.au or 'Like' our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ freemasonsvic for the most up to date information.

■ It was a quick Melbourne-Townsville trip at the weekend for your Editor. Long Shots departed chilly Tullamarine aboard Virgin Blue at 6am Saturday, to arrive in 29-degreewarmth. There was a joint celebration: eldest granddaughter Emma’s third birthday party, and her eight-month-old-sister Madison’s baptism. Your scribe’s learning curve accelerated as he was taught plenty about the intricacies of PlayDoh, Barbies, fairy bread and sand pits. Miss Emma decided that age three was the perfect grown-up time to start addressing ‘Pa’ as ‘Ash’. And Emma was able to achieve what many readers may have wished over the years: our silence. “Pa, stop talking!”

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with Ash Long, Editor “For the cause that lacks assistance, ‘Gainst the wrongs that need resistance For the future in the distance, And the good that we can do”

● Godfather Michael Bonaddio, with Emma and James Long, look on as mum Sarah holds Madison, as Fr Mick Peters conducts the Baptism at St Joseph’s, Townsville. Julieanne and Andy Schmidt look on.

Not picky ■ Did you believe the statistic in Monday’s Herald Sun that there are just 86,000 eligible blokes for 1.3 million females aged between 25 and 34 Australia? And did you believe the comment - attributed to Fr Tony Kerin - that women should be less picky in choosing their life partner? “Are women getting too choosy? I'd say yes,” said Fr Kerin, speaking on behalf of the archdiocese.

For Mums ■ A Happy Mothers Day this Sunday (May 13) to all Mums.

Observer Treasury Thought For The Week ■ “I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.” - George Bernard Shaw

Observer Curmudgeon ■ “Contentment is often the result of being too lazy to stir up trouble.”

Text For The Week ■ “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise - that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life.” - Ephesians 6:1-3

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT COURT REPORTS Contents of Court Lists are intended for information purposes only. The lists are extracted from Court Lists, as supplied to the public, by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, often one week prior to publication date; for current Court lists, please contact the Court. Further details of cases are available at www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au The Melbourne Observer shall in no event accept any liability for loss or damage suffered by any person or body due to information provided. The information is provided on the basis that persons accessing it undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. No inference of a party’s guilt or innocence should be made by publication of their name as a defendant. Court schedules may be changed at any time for any reason, including withdrawal of the action by the Plaintiff/Applicant. E&OE.

Independent Theatre Miracle Man ■ A spiritual journey from Seddon to India is part of the audience experience at Miracle Man, playing at La Mama Theatre, Carlton until May 13. Two talented theatre makers, Pier Carthew and Nicola Gunn, are co-devisers and perform in this 6minute intriguing and amusing piece, and Nicola is also the director. The story tells of Derek from Seddon inspired by ardent Sai Baba devotee, Phil, to seek enlightenment in an Ashram in India. Based on the true experiences of Carthew, who grew up in a family devoted to Indian guru and apparent miracle-worker Sai Baba, funny moments include Derek sharing the process of his induction as a spiritual devotee. Interestingly, he learns that the three W’s to “bring him down” will be wine, wealth and woman. In real life, spiritual saint Sai Baba died in 2011 with millions of dollars stashed in his room, along with hundreds of cans of hairspray and Nike shoes! Carthew uses a range of skilled accents to portray various characters, including the enigmatic Sai Baba. Gunn delivers a beautifully naturalistic performance to represent the sceptics among us. Questions include “If he is God, how can he die?” Unquestionably, Pier Carthew and Nicola Gunn are skilled performers and congratulations to them for devising a unique storyline for their latest work. Unfortunately I felt the production dragged at times, including the film images. Tightening up the play’s duration to 50 minutes might solve the problem. Fewer pauses would add more impact to the overall audience experience. Performance season: Until May 13Times: Wed 8.30pm, Thu, Fri, Sat 6.00pm, Sun 4.30pm Running time: 60 minutes Venue: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street Carlton Tickets: $25 Full, $15 Concession Bookings: www.lamama.com.au or via the La Mama booking line 03 9347 6142. - Cheryl Threadgold

● Pier Carthew as spiritual leader Sai Baba in Miracle Man.

Starchaser ■ Arts Centre Melbourne presents Arena Theatre Company’s world premiere of Starchaser on June 2 at 2pm and 6pm. From one of Australia’s leading playwrights Lally Katz, under the direction of Christian Leavesley, comes a tale of hope, mystery and adventure. Transporting the Fairfax Studio through time and space, Starchaser is a family-friendly voyage into an original, colourful universe of characters, places and creatures. When there are questions that grown-ups just can’t answer, it's time to chase the stars. Catta (Anne-Louise Sarks) and Tommy are orphans, left with nothing but questions after their parents die mysteriously on the other side of the world. Venue: Arts Centre, Melbourne, Fairfax Studio Date and Times: Saturday, June 2 at 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Tickets: $19, Groups 4+ $17. Ages: 8 – 12 All kids must be accompanied by an adult. All adults must have a ticket. Theatre-chaser: behind the scenes of StarchaserArts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio – Amcor Lounge3.30pm Saturday 2 June* Duration: 60 mins Ticket: $12. Ages 8 – 12Accompanying adult free. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.* The workshop follows the 2pm performance of Starchaser. For bookings visit www.artscentre melbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183. ● More Independent Theatre, P53-54

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TIME TO DE-CLUTTER THE WARDROBE

Butchers

■ As soon as the first sniff of winter brings a red tinge to our cheeks, most of us start to think about preparing the house and garden read for spring. The garden is first. The falling autumn leaves are cluttering the guttering, so that’s the first job to be done but only by a professional. The garden is looking overgrown and space is needed for the spring bulbs to come through. My husband has been decluttering the garden. He’s been pruning like mad. I haven’t poked my nose into the garden since I saw Peter with some secateurs in his hand.

Yvonne’s Column

Margaret Thatcher crumbled. The P.M demanded loyalty, but the rot had set in and no matter what she did, it was made clear to her in no uncertain terms that the people wanted an election. Now where have I heard that before? The film was riveting because I could have been watching our own Prime Minister and her hanging on by her bootstraps. Margaret Thatcher was one tough lady and she took no prisoners. She did anything to keep her in power, and when she lost it she couldn’t understand the disloyalty that she felt she didn’t really deserve. You couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for her, but a line in the film said it all … those who wield the dagger will never wear the crown. If you see it being screened on your television, don’t miss it.

Three piles of clothing ■ Men have a habit of not knowing when to stop. However, I went outside the other day to catch a bit of autumn sun and I was delighted with how wonderful the garden looked after old ‘scissorhands’ himself had been at work. While the garden has been given a big declutter I have been at work trying to get rid of an over abundance of clothes in my wardrobe. I attempted the old tried but true method of sorting clothes. Three piles are recommended: one pile for clothes to keep, one for anything that needs attention and one for the Op shop. Need I tell you that I ended up with more garments in the ‘keep’ pile, and I am still debating if I will ever wear something again once I’ve lost more weight, hence the ‘Op shop’ pile misses out.

How can I throw them out? ■ My shoe wardrobe really needs a big declutter. How can I tell you that some of the shoes have fond memories, such as the shoes that I wore as I tramped all around China? How can I throw them out, yet I know I will never wear them again because of the height of the heels. Then there are my wedding shoes. The most expensive pair of shoes ever. I had them made from the same fabric as my outfit. I still have a pair of Brazilian shoes from the 70s that have huge multi-coloured platform soles. I wore them only once when I opened a fete, and I fell off them every few steps. And how can I throw away my favourite orange runners? My collection of high heel boots will have to go. Just looking at them reminds me that my shoe fetish has cost me lots of lira over time. Thank goodness low heel shoes are also now in fashion. I can let my passion for shoes go wild again.

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from my paper shredder. I’ve been putting the paper strips on the garden to encourage the worms. So far it is working. The pet shop in my local shopping center has a notice in the window asking for shredded paper, so I’ll make their day when I give them a carton full of multi coloured shreds. It’s amazing when you keep invoices for a few years and you compare prices with the charges of today. It’s insidious the way prices creep up. My life will be so much easier when I finally finish the clean out. But I can’t bear to throw away any books.

Purse is stuffed full ■ I surprised myself the other day when I gave a friend who is another avid reader a new book that I enjoyed. So perhaps I’m learning that there comes a time in your life when you have to think about downsizing and you can’t keep everything. I promise myself that if I win Tatts I will employ a personal assistant who will be ruthless in insisting what I can keep and what I should discard. My purse won’t shut at the moment, not because it is stuffed with cash, but because it is stuffed with receipts, so tonight, the purse is hit.

And books must be kept

Recommended viewing

■ The big clean up yet to come is my office. I’ve kept receipts and things in case the tax office ever demands proof of my claims. But 20 years? I’ve been keeping the paper that churns out daily

■ I watched a fascinating film the other night entitled Margaret on UK-TV. It showed the last few months of the British Conservative Party in 1990 as the reign of the Prime Minister

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Betty will be my guest ■ I know Betty Jeffrey reads my column because she and I communicate regularly. In fact, when Betty read about me asking why we couldn’t buy a pig’s head anymore, she made it her business to find the answer. Not only did she find the answer (no one buys them anymore so they are ground up and put into sausages) but also she managed to get one, and her son delivered it to my front door. Now, how many friends would go to so much trouble? We cooked the pig’s head as my mother cooked them and the cheeks made the best brawn imaginable. Betty is going to be a guest on my radio program soon. She has had such an interesting life, and indeed, still takes a great interest in everything. It’s nice to know I can phone her when I need some information.

Keeping warm in winter ■ It’s a bit of a worry how our power bill is going to soar when we heat the house during this winter. It’s gone past the electric blanket to warm the bed before we jump in stage. We now need to heat the entire house. And if you feel smug because you have trees surrounding your house that keep it cool in summer, it’s a different story now when the leaves fall and your house becomes as cold as the arctic ice flow. Another jumper and a pair of long johns they tell me is the answer! Yvonne Contact: Melbourne Observer. P.O, Box 1278, Research 3095

■ The 100th anniversary of the opening of the Eltham-Hurstbridge railway line is to be celebrated next month. The line began on June 25, 1912, to the terminus that was formerly known as Allwood. The original line was surveyed to continue to Kinglake.

Fines for pesticide

■ Justin Morgan, who traded as Lilydale/ Knox Pest Control, has been fined $10,500 for using pesticides without a licence, including once near children.

Di Rolle’s Column

● From Page 10 ■ Colette Mann is brilliant and so loveable on the screen. Mann returns to Ramsay Street in a regular role as Sheila Canning, the very opinionated and much-loved grandmother of Kyle, played by Christopher Milligan.

Steve Price on radio

Drinkies time

■ I was also interested to hear that Steve Price has been welcomed to Sydney’s radio 2GB. The award winning broadcaster, who I do enjoy watching on his spots on The Project, can now be heard weeknights from 8pm tomidnight, except on Friday nights during the NRL season. Living in Melbourne I cannot listen to him unless I dial him up on the internet! I will however keep looking out for him on The Project.

And next week ... ■ Next week I am going to talk about Barry Manilow and much more. - Di Rolle

■ Some butchers are now installing ovens so that their time-poor customers can buy cooked roasts and meats to take home at the end of the day. JustinTassone of Red Cliffs is charging an extra $2 for the service.

● Colette Mann with Christopher Milligan on Neighbours

■ Police say they are alarmed at the number of parents across Melbourne who are choosing to have an alcohol drink before driving to local schools to collect their children at ‘home time’.


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■ He was the Hollywood ‘tough guy’ in the films of the 1930s but he began in showbusiness as a comedian and dancer in vaudeville shows. James Francis Cagney Jr was born in Manhattan in New York City in 1899. He lived in a tough neighbourhood and learned to fight and box at an early age. His ancestry was mainly Irish with a touch of Norwegian on his mother's side. Young James had red hair and blue eyes and learned to tap dance when he was 10. His father passed away during the Spanish Flu epidemic and James worked at various jobs to support his family. He became interested in amateur dramatics and in 1919 landed a role in a show titled Every Sailor in which he sang and danced in the chorus playing a serviceman dressed up as a woman. James did not mind - he was working professionally and getting paid. He auditioned for a George M. Cohan show but although Cohan respected his talent - he didn't get the part. In 1922 James married a 16-year-old chorus girl named Frances Vernon and they remained married up till his death. James performed in Broadway plays and revues and even ran his own dancing school before breaking into films. His first film at Warner Brothers Studios in 1930 was Sinner's Holiday which was based on a play that he had starred in on Broadway - Al

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Whatever Happened To ... James Cagney By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM Jolson owned the rights and sold them to the studio on the proviso that it had to star James Cagney and Joan Blondell. He was cast in many films during the 1930s and played mainly the tough gangster. His popularity soared when he shoved a grapefruit into Mae Clarke's face in The Public Enemy. James got chance to sing and dance in Foootlight Parade and co-starred opposite Ruby Keeler. He was managed by his brother Bill Cagney and there were many issues over scripts and payments at the studio - James Cagney became known as the ‘Professional Againster’. Joan Leslie told us during a recent radio in-

● James Cagney with Loretta Young terview that during the filming of Yankee Doodle Dandy in December of 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and the cast and crew gathered around a radio to hear the news. After President Roosevelt had addressed the nation Cagney said, "I think a prayer goes in here" and everyone knelt to pray in their own way. James Cagney won the Academy Award for Best Actor in the film. He was President of the Screen Actors Guild in 1942 for a two-year term. James made many trips to support the troops during the war years. His other roles, during his 50 years on screen, included Angels With Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, Captains of the Clouds, White Heat, Mister Roberts, Man of a Thousand Faces and Love Me or Leave Me. At the AFI Lifetime Achievement presentation in 1974 he denied that he had ever said, "MMMMmmm, you dirty rat" onscreen. His final feature film was the acclaimed Ragtime in 1981.

In an interview John Travolta admitted was a huge fan of James Cagney. When John was six-years-old he watched Yankee Doodle Dandy many times and fell in love with this man who could, sing, act and dance. His mother used this to advantage to get him to do things - "John, James Cagney just rang to make sure you had brushed you teeth" - John would rush and brush his teeth because he believed that James Cagney had told him. In 1980 a meeting was arranged between John and his idol. As they talked they both cried as John told the story of how much James had influenced his career. James was overwhelmed that the biggest film star in the world at that time had taken the trouble to visit him. They remained friends until the day James Cagney died in 1986 at his little stone farm cottage in Stanfordville, New York where he and Francis had lived since 1952. (Look it up on You Tube and you will see that he didn't go in for ‘airs and graces’.) I am a huge fan of James Cagney and if one of his films comes on television I will make the time to watch it. - Kevin Trask

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McGOWAN TOUR ON ITS WAY TO DARWIN

■ Well, about 35 of Keith McGowan's mates duly arrived in Coober Pedy, and a good time was had by all! As mentioned last week, John Howie organised this trip, which began in Adelaide and continued up through Coober Pedy, the Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, then this week on the Ghan to Darwin, and flying home. I met up with them at the Outback Arid Centre at Port Augusta early on Saturday morning, and then settled down to dinner in Coober Pedy many hours later. Then at ‘sparrows’ the next morning onto the bus to ‘discover’ Coober Pedy. First the underground Serbian and Catholic churches, to scratching around for their own opals, to inspecting a couple of dugout dwellings, and watching a ‘blower’- a giant vacuum cleaner - in action. Then a visit to Michelle's Opal Beetle, my old establishment, where Jimmy cut some opals for them, and Michelle and I flogged some jewellery! Next, sunset at the Breakaways, a formation about 20 kms north of town, where the surrounding plain has eroded, leaving spectacular mesas and buttes of coloured sandstone and clay. Finally, to cap it off, Michelle and Jimmy fired up the Greek barbecue, and we were serenaded with appropriate Meditteranean ditties by Tim and his mates. A memorable day!

And, with the onset of the southern winter - the Grey Nomads! Some of the roadside stops looked just like a Chaddy car park - cars and vans everywhere!

■ Whilst the intrepid travellers flew into Adelaide to catch their bus, I drove, as I always do. There are always a few items of interest to note along the way. Nothing much on the Western Highway, but north from Adelaide it always warms up. Happily because of recent rains, kangaroos are way off the highway, not lured in by roadside greenery as in drought times. I only saw two roadkilled roos on the whole trip. What did interest me was something I'd never noted before - a couple of dozen road-killed foxes. They are proliferating Australiawide, and the Centre is no exception. This is highly unusual, because they are generally very cunning, and warily avoid vehicles. And then several emu families mum and dad and growing chicks trotting along through the desert.

■ There is a tradition in the Australian bush - you always give the oncoming vehicle a wave as it passes. Just a mutual cocking of the index finger. During the decades that I've been a driver in the bush, I've always assiduously followed this tradition. However, over the past few years I've been on the Stuart Highway during the Grey Nomad season, I've noticed a dwindling of this tradition. I would give give the customary wave to every approaching car and van, to be greeted by a steely stare straight ahead, fists grimly and firmly grasping the steering wheel, ignoring my presence. This attitude, smacking of arrogance and deemed superiority, doesn't go down very well with local drivers! Combined with the 80 kmh of the travel, making overtaking difficult, it sticks in the bushie's craw!

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And especially with road-train drivers. This was not all van drivers, but most. Interestingly, the European Britz campervan drivers quickly took up the habit. But not the Aussies! However, this time I noticed a happy change! Granted not all, but most of the north-bound Nomads cheerfully acknowledged me as they wended their way by - a welcomed change of heart! Now, if they could just leaden their foot a tad more! I've also often wondered if there's a heirarchy , a pecking order, amongst van drivers, or is it egalitarianism between all rigs. Do the big bossy behemoths turn their snooty noses up at the bouncy little campervans? ■ Joining us on the bus on the drive to the Breakaways was a local iconic identity, a friend of myself and Keith and Angie. Peter Rowe operates the ‘Mail Run’ from Coober Pedy. Twice a week he hops into his 4WD and heads out, delivering to the Outback towns of Oodnadatta and William Creek, and five remote cattle stations in between. Anna Creek is the biggest; in fact it's the largest ‘farm’ in the world. Oodnadatta is famous not only for its Track, which Rowie traverses, but its history. The Transcontinental Railway was completed in 1891, and the town was a thriving railhead. Afghan Camelleers loaded up their beasts for passenger and freight deliveries to more remote centres, such as Alice Springs. Whilst I haven't done Peter's run (Keith and Angie have,and also another Melbourne mate, Philip Brady), I've been along most of the roads, and this is indeed the Outback! Mile upon mile of red sandhills and gibber plains and sparse black soil ‘Moon Plain’, with nary even a blade of grass. This is where Mad Max was filmed; a more appropriate spot for a story about the end of civilisation you couldn't find! ■ Most anglers, myself included, have their own little secret special spots to angle for their favourite fish. I also have a few other special spots of my own! Mine are along the Stuart High-

menagerie, so I stop off to ensnare a few specimens. Heading south, my first stop is near Woomera, where beneath roadside rocks lurk some large centipedes. So I'll park my trusty automobile, arm myself with a few jars, and venture forth. Passing motorists are somewhat bemused at the spectacle I present; lifting up rocks to occasionally dive down to catch something! Then, further down the track to Port Augusta where there's a stand of large red gums, beneath whose bark lurk huge huntsmen. A few of these, then on to Port Germain Gorge. More rocks here, but this time it's scorpions hiding away. Then on through Adelaide to the Victorian border and the roadside trav● Angela McGowan ellers' stop. There's a picniccy shelwith python ter, and there are always a few way, miles from the sea, and my cho- redbacks hiding under the seats. sen quarry are not aquatic. They're So with a full catch, I head off home! spiders, scorpions and centipedes! - Nick Le Souef On occasion I need to top up my ‘The Outback Legend’

From The Outer

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■ When will Australians respect their politicians again? Our MPs languish at the bottom of the polls along with the media and other forgettables and that has now been the case for decades. As a kid in Colac I remember election candidates spruiking from a flat top truck and copping plenty from passers-by. Our political system is very sick and all parties are responsible for the mess. Preselection is the key - how could Slipper be preselected nine times and how did Craig Thomson get up? Encouraging people with real life experience and savvy to stand for parliament is hugely complicated for all the obvious reasons. Part of the answer lies in changing the culture of the party machines and their state and federal directors but with apparatchiks and factions running the show, another brick wall is in the way. If most of our MPs were dedicated to serving us they would have fixed things up long ago but they are only interested in themselves. In the Coalition's case a few hardheads who could bang heads together and encourage those with off the bitumen experience to at least come forward and discuss things might be a start - maybe Nick Minchin and ? - John Pasquarelli: kojak@mmnet.com.au


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Observer Readers’ Club 100 Years Ago: The Euroa Advertiser Friday, May 10, 1912 ARREST BYADOG. For: some months past the police in certain districts of Sheffield have been provided with dogs to accompany them on their rounds in lonely parts of the city. The value of the innovation was shown on'a recent night Shortly be fore midight Constable Hanson arrested a man in Archer-lane. The man suddenly drew a knife and escaped. The dog- a crossbred retriever - gave chase, brought the man to the ground, and held him until the officer, came up and handcuffed him. DISTRICT NEWS LONGWOOD:GUNCLUB The meimbers of the above decided on Saturdiy night to hold a teams match (5 aside), at Starlings, a £10 match to follow, in place of the proposed pigeon matchI. The secretary was instructed to write to the surrounding clubs, asking them.to' compete. The day of the shoot was left for the president and secretary to decide. The competitors for the trophy do nated by Mr. Mews, of Melbourne, attracted a large number of competitors. Messrs. Tilley and Starling divided, securing the possible at both ranges. Re-handicapped and shooting at 600 yards, they again tied. Football Meeting The annual meeting took place last Saturday, Cr. Withers in the chair. The balance-sheet,, which was adopted subject to audit, showed a balance of £8 odd. The election of office-bearers resulted as follows:---President Cr. Withers :i(re:elected); vice: Messrs. Spielvogel , Gleesop secretary,': J. Houston; assistant F Tubb, treasurer .M J. M Grant, match committee Messrs. J. Cummins, C: :Grant, W. Houston and S. E. Withers. The secretary was complimented on the efficient mannerin which he had carried out his duties.

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● Happy to have their gifts finished in time for Mothers Day: occupational therapy, Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg. 1946.

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■ Therapy helps, but screaming and yellin is faster and cheaper.

■ Absquatulate (verb) - to slip out without being seen.

Birthdays/Celebrations

Trivia Challenge ■ Which 2011 film starred Brad Pitt and Sean Penn? (a) Babes (b) The Tree of Life (c) Midnight in Paris

Answer: (b) The Tree Of Life

THe Way We Were

Your Stars with Christina La Cross Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20) Some unsettlement is likely in a close relationship, which may cause some emotional strain. Talk to each other, not a third party. Mixed messages are making it hard for you both to know where you stand. Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21) Problems can finally be put behind you as the stars give you clarity and forward thinking. Even that delicate family issue can be dealt with. Look out for instant attractions that could also have staying power. Gemini (May 22 - June 21) This is a particularly good time for broadening your horizons. Seek out new interests and activities and you can widen your circle of friends. Don't be too trusting where business and financial matters are concerned. Cancer (June 22 - July 23) A meeting or get together is forecast to discuss an important topic. Romance is well starred and this is an important time where affairs of the heart are concerned. Aries hold the key to promotions. Leo (July 24 - Aug 23) You may feel restless and bored and want to make some radical changes in your present way of life. This is a good time to do so and you should go ahead with confidence. Virgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23) Make a special effort to clear up a problem which has been on your mind for some time. Someone with more experience may be able to help you so don't be too proud to ask for advice. Libra (Sept 24 - Oct 23) Follow your instincts where a newcomer is concerned and don't listen to gossip and tell-tales. It will only see you looking and feeling the fool. Chance encounters can boost your career opportunities now. Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Don't let someone else push you into something you are not happy about. Follow your own judgement and stick up for yourself. Accepting impromptu invites bring fun and intrigue. Fellow Scorpios can keep that secret you're hiding. Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21) Make a special effort to clear up a problem which has been on your mind for some time. Someone with more experience may be able to help you. Don't be too proud to ask for advice. Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20) Good influences surround your domestic life and you may spend more time in the home than usual. News of someone from your past gives you reason to feel relieved you moved on from them. Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19) Indications show that you could find yourself in a new circle of friends. Make the most of any social invitations and opportunities to widen your activities. Fun is waiting, so go find it! Pisces (Feb 20 - March 20) Where finances are concerned you will have to pull your horns in and spend as little as possible. Romantic attachments are well starred for success and you start to feel confident about your future.

● Mothers Day special: Spiced French toast with walnuts and maple syrup Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients (serves 4) 4 eggs, lightly whisked 80ml (1/3 cup) milk 2 tbs caster sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 35g (1/3 cup) coarsely chopped walnuts 40g butter 8 thick slices panettone 200g frozen mixed berries, thawed Maple syrup, to serve Double cream, to serve Method Whisk together the egg, milk, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add walnuts and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Melt one-quarter of the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming. Dip 2 panettone slices, 1 at a time, in egg mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining butter, panettone and egg mixture, reheating pan between batches. Top French toast with mixed berries. Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with walnuts. Serve with cream. Keep warm this winter with our selection of casseroles, slow cooker recipes, soup recipes and pasta bakes.

■ Wednesday, May 9. TV personality Jana Wendt is 56 (1956). Swimmer Grant Hackett is 32 (1980). TV presenter Anna Coren is 34. ■ Thursday, May 10. Mike Person of 91.5 is 51 today. Happy birthday to Observer reader Florence Axford. ■ Friday, May 11. Entertainer Jeanne Little is 74; she is living in care in Sydney. TVman James Brayshaw was born in 1967 (45). Actor Mattnew Newton is 35. Actress Holly Vallance was born in New Zealand in 1983 (29). ■ Saturday, May 12. Comedian Glen Robbins was born in 1956 (56). ■ Sunday, May 13. Mothers Day. Radio man Malcolm T Elliott was born in 1946 (66). Happy birthday to Observer reader Elizabeth McLellan of Burnside. ■ Monday, May 14. Topping the birthday honours is Marcus Herman. ■ Tuesday, May 15. Bruce Atkinson of Donvale is 59.

Cheerios

Competition Winners ■ Winners of double passes to the 7pm Friday (May 11) performance of Naked Boys Singing at the Beckett Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Stuart St, Southbank, can collect their tickets 30 minutes prior to showtime at the box office. ■ Mr Charlie Rogers, Unit 1, 773 Old Calder Hwy, Keilor. ■ Mr Neville Brown. 28 Trent Ct, East Burwood. ■ John Trembath. 5 Summerhill Ave, Wheelers Hill. ■ Elizabeth Coombes. 370 Burwood Hwy, Burwood.

● Nicki Wendt ■ Suzanne of Docklands sends a cheerio and standing ovation to Nicki Wendt of Armadale.


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Melbourne Seniors News

Twins Parks Village Boutique Retirement Living in Preston

Cnr Davis St & Tyler St, Preston 3072 Telephone: 8470 9888 or 0425 881 424 (Philip) E-Mail: tpacc@bigpond.net.au


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Buying Guide

Anneís Pantry Cake Shop 135 Union Road, Surrey Hills. 9890 1225 ................................................................................... Located at 135 Union Road, Surrey Hills, Anne’s Pantry Cake Shop has on offer fresh rolls, cakes, pies, pasties, sandwiches and much more. They also cater lunch to local and surrounding businesses. Give them a call on 9890 1225 to find out more about what they have to offer or visit the shop to try the delicious goodies for yourself.

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Travel


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SEAMARK ON FIRST

in the heart of the Sunshine Coast

Conveniently located in cosmopolitan Mooloolaba and close to the Sunshine Coast's award winning tourist attractions, Seamark on First is perfectly positioned to enjoy Mooloolaba's relaxed lifestyle. A perfect holiday destination, ideal for couples and families and of all ages to wind down or visit and experience the abundance of attractions available. Our beautiful beaches, fully patrolled daily, are just a short walk away. Enjoy a stroll along the white sandy shores; sip an Expresso at a beachfront cafes or indulge in one the tempting dining options along the Esplanade. Whether you want relaxation, adventure or excitement, Seamark on First is the perfect place for you.

Seamark On First 29 First Ave, Mooloolaba, Qld 4557 Phone: (07) 5457 8600. Fax: (07) 5457 8699 Contact: Greg and Viv McKay Web: www.seamarkresort.com.au E-Mail: info@seamarkresort.com.au

MAY SPECIALS * 2 bedroom apartments. $150 per night. Normally $190. * 3 bedroom apartments. $200 per night. Normallt $250. * 3 bedroom penthouse. $280 per night. Normally $320. Based on 5-night booking


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"HIGH SEASON SPECIALS" ( Available 25 June 2012 till 9 October 2012) 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT $220.00 PER NIGHT (7 NIGHT MINIMUM 4 GUESTS) 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT $260.00 PER NIGHT (7 NIGHT MINIMUM 6 GUESTS) 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT $230.00 PER NIGHT (5 NIGHT MINIMUM 4 GUESTS) 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT $280.00 PER NIGHT (5 NIGHT MINIMUM 6 GUESTS) SPACIOUS AND COMFORTABLE 1,2 & 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS COUPLES, FAMILIES AND WEDDING GROUPS WELCOME FREE AUSTAR TV, HEATED POOL WITH BBQ AREA Your friendly hosts at nautilus holiday apartments, Mick & Sue Whalen will do everything possible to make your holiday in Tropical North Queensland one to remember. Full tour desk in house Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.com First 5 to book will receive a bottle of bubbly and free breakfast for all guests at Lure Restaurant on the Port Douglas Marina Mention this ad and you get an additional $5.00 per night off.


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Contact us for our Red Hot Deal

Channers on Norfolk

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Places to Go

Eureka Holiday Park Ballarat Very close to Sovereign Hill

Senior Savings Deluxe Villas - $35pp. Cottages - $30pp. Eureka Hotel Two Course Meals - $15pp When planning a trip to Ballarat, what better place to stay than the historic Eureka Stockade precinct? The Eureka Stockade Holiday Park is only five minutes from the centre of Ballarat, located directly along side the Eureka Stockade monument and reserve, which boasts a brand new adventure playground for the children to enjoy. The Eureka Centre and the new Tourist Information Centre are metres away and close by are many of Ballarat's diverse attractions including Sovereign Hill within two kilometres and the Ballarat Wildlife Park only a ten minute walk. Your hosts, Graeme, Loyola, Luke and Brooke ensure five star customer ser vice offering an extensive range of accommodation options and facilities as well as helpful, local knowledge on Ballarat and surrounding districts including hospitality, shopping precincts, entertainment and tourist attractions.

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Seniors and Group Bookings Welcome

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