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THE BIG TEASE Theatrical journey
● James Ness ■ Epping resident James Ness says he has been a performer since welcomed into this world. Starting with cameo roles in television, he was advised to discover the world of theatre to learn and develop varied skills. It worked, and ignited his passion for the arts. After performing in Grease with Windmill Theatre Company, he went on to doing three to four shows a year. Later becoming involved in the directorial side of productions, James’s first show was the Victorian premiere of The Wedding Singer. This led to new roles such as set , costume and lighting design, with the latter leading to employment with theatre companies as a lighting and sound technician. James has also found performing skills useful in the television world of presenting, and has enjoyed bringing Melbourne arts and events to audiences with Media Strikes Back on Channel 31. He is also sometimes the MC at events such as exhibitions and weddings. James has particularly enjoyed playing the lead role of George Dunn in Joel Batahla’s You, Me, Us in 2011, directing Bare for PEP Productions in 2013, and most recently, playing Mitch in Love Taps at La Mama Theatre. James says his love of theatre is not just about the passion of performing or directing. “It’s all about appreciating the journey, bringing a story to life and dragging the audience in and leaving them with something more,” he says. “I love a challenge these days and encourage those out there to make contact and present me with these challenges.” - Cheryl Threadgold
By KATHRYN KEEBLE
● Kathryn Keeble ■ If you believe the hype, the neo-burlesque revival is all about empowering women. Coy and camp at the same time, burlesque is all about the tease rather than the strip. The Australian Burlesque Festival’s gala event, The Big Tease, displayed plenty of feathers, fans and fishnets. Hosted by Miss Lizzy Squizzy, the show was a combination of stand-up comedy and clothing removal. There were a few misses among the talents on show but there were also highlights. As Mazeppa, Electra, and Tessie Tura tell Louise in the musical Gypsy, “you gotta get a gimmick”, and there were plenty of gimmicks on show. Melbourne performer Evie Red’s fabulous lampshade hat lit up as she shimmied and shook her way around the stage. Brisbane’s double act, The Fanny Bam Bams, featuring Miss BB le Buff and Magnolia Knife delighted the audience with their synchronised classic, retro fan dance. L’amour, who teaches ‘Bump and Grindercise’ classes when not performing, not only twirled the fringes of her nipple tassels but also managed to twirl the tassels pasted on her derriere to the delight of the audience. When done well, neo-burlesque is about creating a pastiche but in a way that engages the audience to join in on the joke. Miss Burlesque Tasmania, Lucy Sky Diamond, gave a polished and elegant performance accompanied by huge smile and a knowing wink and the audience loved it. As a showcase of the state of the art of seduction the burlesque revival is more cheesecake than social commentary with nipple tassels. At its best it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek. - Review by Kathryn Keeble
Showbiz Briefs ■ Popular race caller Wayne Wilson has died, aged 66, after a long battle with cancer. He found he had a knack for calling races and began his trade as a 12-year-old at Ferguson Park in Gladstone, Queensland. He is survived by Sally, their children Jamie and Honi and four grandchildren. ■ Robert Malherbe is exhibiting his New Works at James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge St, Collingwood, until July 6. The opening night celebrations will be held tomorrow (Thurs., June 12) from 6pm-8pm. ■ Opening night for The King And I, starring Lisa McCune and Jason Scott Lee, will be held at the Princess Theatre tomorrow (Thurs.). ■ Jo Hall is celebrating her 35 years at Nine News. We first remember her as Joanne O’Keefe, a cadet reporter at the Waverley Gazette local newspaper.
● Award-winning New Zealand burlesque artist MisRed Delicious ■ Melbourne’s wintry nights brightened last week when the Australian Burlesque Festival performed at various venues as part of a national tour. Presented by Green Fairy and produced by Dolores Daiquiri and Rosy Rabbit, one show, Empress Erotique, played to a packed house at Northcote’s Regal Ballroom. The friendly, positive audience experience started with producer Dolores’s warm greeting, then glamorous, delightfully pleasant ushers escorted us into the atmospheric, dimly lit ballroom. Dynamic MC Leila set the scene looking spectacular wearing a gold lame hot-pants outfit with black top-hat and gloves. Singing Show, Don’t Tell she expertly worked her audience amid flashing stage lights and pulsating music. Then followed a varied smorgasbord of top-line international and national burlesque acts, gender-balanced with well-buffed males strutting their stuff alongside sleekly toned females. Show highlights for me were Russian duo Mimi and Simon, with their impressive blend of burlesque with graceful adagio and acrobalance, and New Zealand’s multi award-winning MisRed Delicious, whose finely choreographed routine, music and Burlesque skills were superb. Another highlight was chatting with Texan burlesque performer Coco Lectric, who although starring in another show, came to support her colleagues. A university English graduate trained in ballet and opera, this charming, intelligent young woman also works as a psycho-therapist, and teaches burlesque to students. Coco explained there is more to burlesque than the allure and mystery we see onstage, referring to the art as an “empowering” liberation for people of all shapes and sizes, and pointing out it improves body image, too. It struck me that burlesque is developing a cult following in Melbourne, with many audience members enjoying dressing up in their own glitz to feel part of the scene. While not purchasing any titillating accessories from the foyer merchandise shop, or enrolling in classes, I can definitely recommend attending a well-presented burlesque show such as this for an entertaining night of sparkle and light-hearted fun. - Review by Cheryl Threadgold
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Radio Confidential News from stations from around Victoria
Gong for Richard Wilkins
Country Crossroads info@country crossroads.com.au Big Breakfast Show. Southern FM 88.3. Tues. 6am-9am.
Country artists at APRAs ■ Finalists in the 2014 APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Music Awards have been announced. Country music artists vying for an award include Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan Garth Porter, Jay and Mark O'Shea and The Wolfe Brothers.
Adam’s new release ■ Australian country music star and previous winner of Channel 7's Dancing With The Stars Adam Brand has announced the release of his new album. My Side Of The Street is the multi award winner’s first album since being signed to ABC Records. Adam will perform at the York On Lilydale on September 5; Gateway Hotel Corio on September 6; and the Hallam Hotel on September 11.
McClymonts at Crown ■ The McClymont Sisters will perform at the Palms At Crown on July 25. The girls no doubt will be performing tracks off their brand new album Here's To You And I, their fourth studio release. This new album was profiled in last week’s column. Dinner and show tickets available at Ticketek.
Banjo jamboree ■ The 11th Guildford Banjo Jamboree will be held from September 19-21 at the Guildford Town Centre Described as the traditional string band music festival, the performances will include Old Time, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Hawaiian, Celtic , Blues and other styles. banjojamboree.org/default.php - Rob Foenander
Observer TV Briefs ■ The Today Show (Nine Netweork) has announced that journalist Sylvia Jeffreys has joined the program. ■ Four Corners (ABC-TV) this week aired an episode, Chamber of Horrors, with allegations of sex abuse in the military. ■ The ABC has broadcast an apology to Chris Kenny, a journalist from The Australian, over comments broadcast on The Chaser program.
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● Richard Wilkins ■ Smooth 91.5 weekend presenter Richard Wilkins was named as a recipient of an Order of Australia honour on Monday for his “significant service to the community through a range of charities, and to the entertainment industry”.
Murdoch’s denial ■ Lachlan Murdoch has denied reports in Fairfax Media newspapers claiming he is selling media company Nova Entertainment, which operates radio stations Nova 100 and Smooth 91.5 in Melbourne.
Golden Days: more tune in ■ Golden Days Radio 95.7FM manager Alex Hehr says New listeners to the stream are averaging 1265 per week and the number of people tuning in on average week is now 4898. Average time listening has risen to 116 minutes. New or unique visitors to the GoldenDaysRadio.com website number 2517, with 5111 visits and 63,520 hits. Mr Hehr says the most hits are coming from these countries: Australia, USA, UK, China, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, New Zealand, Ukraine and Iraq.
On This Day Friday Wednesday Thursday June 12 June 13 June 11 ■ French scientist Jacques Cousteau was born in France in 1910. He died aged 87 in 1997. Irish actor Richard Todd was born in Dublin in 1919. He died aged 90 in 2009. Actor Gene Wilder (Jerome Silberman) was born in 1935 (79).
■ The late Bob Davis, Geelong football identity, was born in 1928. He died in 2011 aged 82. American singer and actor Jim Nabors was born in 1932 (82). Australian actor Tom Oliver was born in Hampshire, England in 1938 (76). He plays Lou in Neighbours.
■ Australian actor June Dally-Watkins was born in 1927 (87). Country singer Slim Dusty was born as David Kirkpatrick in Kempsey, NSW, in 1927. He died aged 76 in 2003. TV vet Dr Harry Cooper was born in 1942 (72). Red Symons is 65.
■ It is just Radio Confidential’s ears, or does there seem to be an anti-Federal Government news story in just about every Smooth FM breakfast radio bulletin? Or is there just a lot of anti-Government news circulating?
Trevor Jones in ‘Kollision’
Honours for radio people ■ The late Keith McGowan was not the only broadcaster to be honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Monday. Sydney broadcaster Angela Catterns was recognised with the AM distinction “for significant service to the broadcast media industry as a radio presenter, and to social welfare organisations”. Ray Warren, part of Triple M’s NRL commentary team, was accorded recognition. Eleanor Witcombe was honoured for significant service to the arts as a writer for radio, film, television and theatre.
It’s Cactus ■ How Green Was My Cactus claims to have taken over as Australian radio’s longestrunning syndicated program. The political satire series, starring Keith Scott and Robyn Moore, started on air in 1986. Blue Hills ran for 27 years on the ABC.
Radio Briefs ■ Wayne Wilson, the voice of Brisbane racing heard by Melbourne race enthusiasts for many years, has passed away after a long fight with illness. ■ Gold 104.3 will sponsor a number of entertainers including The Eagles, Roxette, and the Queen and Adam Lambert, Rock, James Reyne and Rick Springfield.
● Trevor Jones ■ It's amazing that performer Trevor Jones doesn't get confused about who he really is. One day he is an opera conductor, or an acclaimed cabaret performer, or a musical theatre teacher. Or perhaps he is the rock and roll piano bar entertainer on your cruise ship, or the serious choral conductor. Which Trevor you get to meet depends on which hat he is wearing, so it's no surprise that he decided to combine all his roles in a brand new cabaret show for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Called Kollision, the new show is the musical equivalent of a wrecking ball … and the audience will be taken on a journey to see what happens when Trevor decides to embrace all his roles within the one show. Just picture Miley Cyrus being interpreted in many different styles, or perhaps imagine what happens when Beyonce meets Wagner? Or when Aretha Franklin sings the hit tunes from Les Miserables? Trevor promises to channel Broadway performer Kristen Chenoweth, the late great Peter Allen, along with a dash of Bonnie Tyler and Miley Cyrus. Musical and comic mayhem is sure to ensure when Kollision brings all Trevor's musical worlds together, with the audience being the winner in what promises to be a most entertaining night at the Chapel. You can join the fun and meet all the Trevor Jones at Chapel Off Chapel on Thursday-Friday, June 26-27 at 7pm www.chapeloffchapel.com - Julie Houghton Melbourne
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■ Actor and folk singer Burl Ives was born as Burle Icke Ivanhoe was born in 1909. He died aged 85 in 1995. Actor Ross Higgins was born in Armadale, Vic., in 1931 (83). TV news man Peter Mitchell was born in Frankston in 1960. He is 54 today.
■ US country singer Waylon Jennings was born in Texas in 1937. He died aged 64 in 2002. American actress Helen Hunt was born in Los Angeles in 1963 (51). Australian actress Pia Miranda was born in Melbourne in 1973
■ Comic actor Stan Laurel was born as Arthur Stanley Jefferson in England in 1890. He died aged 74 in 1965. Melbourne radio host Philip Brady is 75 today. He co-hosts Nightline and Remember When. Comedian Peter Helliar was born in Melbourne in 1975 (39).
■ John Wesley, who led the Methodist Church with his brother Charles, was born in Lancashire, England, in 1703. He died aged 88 Poet Henry Lawson was born in Grenfell, NSW, in 1867. He died aged 55 in 1922. Entertainer Jade Hurley was born in Sydney in 1943 (71).
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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Gloriana on Friday
● Andrew Raiskums conducting Gloriana ■ Traditionally, china is the gift for someone celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary - probably because after 20 years that lovely dinner service you received for your wedding has probably lost a few pieces along the way…. But what do you give an independent choir that has notched up a very proud 20 years since its establishment? How about a big concert in St Paul's Cathedral? That's what artistic director and founder of Gloriana Chamber Choir has decided to do to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the choir's founding. It is no mean feat to establish a high standard choir from scratch, but Andrew Raiskums was driven to create something that would perform wonderful music, much of it from previous centuries, performed exquisitely. He gathered around him like-minded musicians, who knew other like-minded musicians, and Gloriana Chamber Choir was born. And to celebrate a big anniversary you need a big work and great soloists, so Andrew has chosen Bach's Mass in B Minor, and has invited soloists soprano Jennifer Cook, mezzo soprano Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Matthew Thompson and bass Nicholas Dinopoulos to make the night a great occasion. It is all happening on Friday (June 13) at 8 pm. For more information and tickets, go to www.gloriana.com.au or call 8319 0942. - Julie Houghton
● Nick Dinopoulos
Showbiz Briefs ■ Crawford Productions, a WIN TV subsidary, has just released its seventh DVD of 26 episodes of the 1960s Melbourne TV drama, Homicide. The DVDs are available only through a website. ■ The Melbourne Printmakers exhibition opens on Tuesday (June 17) at 5.30pm. It continues until July 5. Artists include Elizabeth Barnett, Marisa Corral, Clive Dickson, Peter Brown, Kasia Fabijanska, Kate Gorringe-Smith, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Damon Kowarsky, Soula Mantalvanos, Ann Rado, Stephanie Jane Rampton and Susan Wald. The Joshua McClelland Print Room and Rathdowne Galleries are at 310 Rathdowne St, Carlton North. ■ Melbourne’s Kate Ceberano is Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival which runs to June 21.
TV, Radio, Theatre Latest Melbourne show business news - without fear or favour
Madeleine to US ■ Rising, young Australian performer Madeleine Featherby has been cast to play the leading role of Sofia Duarte in the new Australian musical, The Mapmaker's Opera. The show will premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July as one of only 10 official selections chosen by a Grand Jury of Broadway professionals for full production. Maddie, who has just turned 23, will be the only Australian performer in an Actors Equity cast of 13. Maddie is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with American performers, most of whom are seasoned Broadway and OffBroadway actors. Maddie has just completed an engagement with Victorian Opera, performing in La Traviata. She will travel to New York this wej to begin rehearsals for The Mapmaker's Opera, which opens Off-Broadway, at The Pearl Theatre Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street, on July 9, The Mapmaker's Opera is an original work written by Australians, Kevin Purcell (music) and Victor Kazan (book and lyrics). Selected from hundreds of submissions worldwide, the show is the first Australian largescale musical, adapted from a best-selling novel, to appear in the decade old festival. NYMF, presented in the heart of New York’s theatre district, is the largest, and most prestigious annual musical theatre festival in the world. It provides a unique opportunity for writers to have their shows seen by
● Dean Cartmel, Mark Diaco and James O'Connell in the Kin Collective’s The Lonesome West, at fortyfivedownstairs until June 14. Photo: Lachlan Woods ■ Martin McDonagh’s interlinked tragicomedies of despair and dashed dreams, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West present a picture of an Ireland that is bleak, caustic and darkly comic. Set in the rural village of Leenane, farce plays out alongside pathos in this ‘Struggle Town’ Ireland inhabited by characters trapped in a hell of grim acceptance and comic misery. “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,” declares the legless old Nell in another Irish classic, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a kitchen sink Endgame. Noni Hazlehurst’s Mag is a tyrant wallowing in self-pity as she torments her daughter Maureen (Michala Banas). Maureen, bound by circumstance to be her mother’s carer, at once pathetic, resentful, and contemptuous, dreams of escape. In the macabre A Skull in Connemara, Mick Dowd (Christopher Bunworth) is a gravedigger who exhumes bodies in the graveyard to make room for the next inhabitants must now excavate the body of his dead wife and dig up old gossip and grudges in the process. In The Lonesome West, brothers Valene (Mark Diaco) and Coleman (James O’Connell) spend their time fighting each other in a parody of Cain and Abel while Father Welsh (Dean Cartmel) laments his impotence to affect the parishioners of Leenane, ‘the murder capital of fecking Europe’. Casey-Scott Corless’s clever sets and costume design enhance the productions by evoking this bleak backwater. There have been mutterings over the past few years that text-based theatre has had its day. Yet, on a wet winter Sunday, Melburnians packed the Flinders Lane theatre and over seven hours watched this traditional text-heavy trilogy in its entirety. The risk taken by the Kin Collective to present all three plays has paid off not least due to the compelling performances of all three terrific casts. Unmissable. Performance Season: The Lonesome West until June 14 at 8pm Duration: 100 mins. No Interval. Venue: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Tickets: $36/$28. Bookings: 9662 9966 or www.fortyfive downstairs.com - Review by Kathryn Keeble
■ Australia’s Polyglot Theatre will join Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre for the Australian premiere of Drawbridge. This cross-cultural collaboration is a giant walk through comic books created by artists from Australia and Indonesia, alongside local school children from the Victorian College for the Deaf, and will bring Deakin Edge to life during the July school holidays. The installation will build upon the first Drawbridge project in Merapi, Indonesia earlier this year when Polyglot artists worked with Papermoon to create an interactive theatre performance using local stories and the comic book form, which brought together whole communities from the Mt Merapi volcano area
■ For the first time, Nite Art 2014 is partnering with Open House Melbourne in July to develop projects that provide a new platform for curators, artists and audiences through site-specific works. Nite Art will creatively respond to architecturally significant buildings across the city that are part of the Open House Melbourne program. Artists and audiences will explore these new interventions, including the Citipower J-Substation curated by David Hagger and The Kelvin Club curated by Blackartprojects. Installations will open for Nite Art on July 23 and remain open for Open House Melbourne, which follows on July 26 and 27. For further details visit www.niteart.com.au and www.openhousemelbourne.org - Cheryl Threadgold
● Madeleine Featherby the leading Broadway who hails from Meland professional regional bourne. theatre producers. She is delighted to be The Mapmaker's Op- returning to the Big Apple, era, adapted from the having performed at the novel by Béa Gonzalez, is famous jazz venue, set in 1909, on the eve of Birdland, in 2011 with the Mexican Revolution. John Bucchino, in his reThe story’s young vue, It's Only Life. Spanish hero, Diego NYMF is the flagship Clemente arrives on the program of The National Yucatán Peninsula to help Music Theatre Network, create a guide to the a not-for-profit organregion’s wild birds. isation, and is supported, He finds himself in a in part, by public funds world that is as precarious from the New York City as it is beautiful, and Department of Cultural where opulent estates are Affairs and from the New built on the backs of slave York State Council on the labour. Arts, a state agency. Diego meets and falls Now celebrating its in love with Sofia, a young 11th year, The New York woman who longs to be Musical Theatre Festival as free as the birds that exists to revitalize musithey both love so dearly. cal theatre culture by disThis is a story of star- covering and promoting crossed passion, a pair of new musical theatre artmysterious birds and un- ists, producers and dying love. projects, nurturing a vi"It is a thrill to be tak- brant and innovative artising part in such a presti- tic community, and congious festival, and a privi- necting one of America's lege to be playing the lead- greatest art forms with a ing role of Sofia in such diverse, contemporary an emotional and power- audience. ful show," said Maddie - Julie Cavanagh
in an exceptional outdoor theatre performance. Drawbridge in Melbourne sees comic book artist Mandy Ord, Polyglot Theatre artistic director Sue Giles and Papermoon artistic director Maria Tri Sulistyani extending the discoveries made in Indonesia into a brand new interactive installation with Melbourne school children. Polyglot’s Artistic Director Sue Giles says Drawbridge is a project that just keeps on growing. Dates: July 6 – 11 Times: 10 am and 2 0pm Duration: 2 hours Location: Federation Square Admission: Free - Cheryl Threadgold
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Movies, DVDs With Jim Sherlock and Aaron Rourke
What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs
● Legendary Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline all out for a good time in the comedy Last Vegas. FILM: LAST VEGAS: Genre: Comedy/Romance/Drama. Cast: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen. Year: 2013. Rating: M. Running Time: 105 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: *** Verdict: Delightful comedy romp of four friends since childhood who are now in their retirement years and escape from their day-to-day lives by going on a bachelor party to Las Vegas for one in the group. This is "The Hangover" for the next generation and beyond, but far more intelligent and less repulsive. There's plenty of fun throughout, and even though some of the gags are as aged and predictable as our group, that doesn't diminish any of the enjoyment as the stellar (now legendary) multi Oscar cast, most notably Mary Steenburgen, all seem to be having a good old fashioned time. FILM: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: Genre: Biography/Drama. Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa. Year: 2013. Rating: M. Running Time: 141 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: ***½ Verdict: Captivating drama that chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela from his childhood in a small rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Idris Elba (from the TV series Luther) gives a respectful and compelling performance as Nelson Mandela, as is Naomie Harris as Winnie. Not without minor faults, however, it's intelligent and simplistic screenplay, strong and solid enough production design, period detail, cinematography, performances and pacing make this a journey on one of the world's most prolific and important leaders one well worth taking. FILM: STALINGRAD: Genre: War/Action/Drama. Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Mariya Smolnikova. Year: 2013. Rating: MA15+. Running Time: 131 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: ** Verdict: Sluggish epic of a band of Russian soldiers who fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army during WWII, and in the process become deeply connected to Russian women who have been living there. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, son of legendary Russian War and Peace (1966) actor/ director Sergei Bondarchuk. A solid enough depiction involving one of WWII's most brutal battles, this sadly does not quite compare to the epic films of his father before him. As one would expect it's full of impressive pyrotechnics, CGI and action, but as interesting as it is, the clichés are unrelenting and final results are shallow with little to grasp. FILM: THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR: Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery/Romance. Cast: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Yaphet Kotto. Year: 1968. Rating: PG. Running Time: 102 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: **** Verdict: Super stylish and entertaining crime-caper of a debonair and adventuresome corporate executive who believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man. Screen legend and the "King of Cool" Steve McQueen chews up the scenery as Thomas Crown, and Faye Dunaway is in equal top form and the perfect match in this cat and mouse classic. Wonderfully directed by Norman Jewison (In The Heat of the Night), outstanding credit sequence and visuals throughout by legendary titles designer Pablo Ferro and includes the classic Oscar winning song 'The Windmills of Your Mind.' Remade in 1999 starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.
Robocop ■ (R) (1987). 103 minutes. Available on DVD. It's hard to believe it has been 27 years since the original Robocop graced Australian cinema screens. A merciless action film that had a sharp sense of humour, Robocop turned into one of those rare creations; a commercial venture that became both a box-office hit and a critical success. After all those years the film has lost none of its impact, and is as action-packed, hilarious, and just flatout entertaining as when it was first released. Set in Detroit in the near future, we see society in chaos. Crime is rampant, corporations now run most of the public service sectors, including the police, and profits and personal ambition over-rule any kind of human decency. The Detroit police are losing the war on the streets, with officers being killed on a daily basis. Undermanned, underpaid, and underfunded by OCP (the company who have taken over the department), many officers are now considering going on strike. Transferred into this hellhole is Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), a straight-arrow cop who believes he can make a difference, and is partnered with female officer Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen), who is as tough as any of her male colleagues. The first criminals they have to deal with is Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang, who are the most notorious outfit in Detroit, and it is a confrontation that goes tragically wrong (in a scene that remains startlingly brutal), with Murphy killed in action. This brings in OCP's scientific and technical design team, headed by young hotshot Robert Morton (Miguel Ferrer), whose plan to recycle police officers as unstoppable machines sees Murphy return as a law-enforcing cyborg called Robocop. Complete with state-of-the-art software and weaponry, Robocop is put on the street, and is an immediate hit with the public. However Murphy's memories, which were supposed to be erased, begin to re-surface, causing a conflict between man and machine, as Murphy remembers his previous life as a married man and father, as well as the faces of the gang that killed him. Robocop breaks from his programming as he embarks on a quest to bring Boddicker down. As an action film Robocop delivers, with a number of highly-charged and elaborately-staged set-pieces, paced and crafted to perfection. There is technical ingenuity of the highest order on display, something that became a staple for high profile action movies of the 1980s, with Jost Vacano's cinematography, Frank J. Urioste's editing, Basil Poledouris's vibrant score, Phil Tippett's stop-motion work, and Rob Bottin's outstanding make-up effects deserving special praise. Performances are pitch-perfect and full of genuine energy. Weller, Allen, Smith, Ferrer, Ronny Cox, Daniel O'Herlihy and Ray Wise all seem to revel in the material and the
director's treatment of it. What surprised audiences back in 1987 was its clever, outrageous sense of humour, attacking everything from the media, to corporate greed and corruption, to society's own addiction to quick thrills and materialistic gain. The script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner hits each target with remarkable accuracy, creating a strong foundation that then justifies all the visual razzle-dazzle that fills the screen. The producers could not have picked a better director than Paul Verhoeven, who oversees all the mayhem with a confident hand, brilliantly combining violent action and satirical comedy in an uninhibited manner that helped make Robocop one of the most influential action films of all-time. Verhoeven, a Dutch-born filmmaker who rose to fame in his home country with films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier Of Orange (1977), Spetters (1980), and The 4th Man (1983), made the move to Hollywood with the 16th Century epic Flesh And Blood (1985) (which featured Australian actors Jack Thompson and Tom Burlinson), which he then followed with hits such as Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), and Starship Troopers (1997), the last reteaming with Robocop writer Neumeier. Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands to make the excellent WWII spy thriller Black Book (2006). This often-maligned director knows how to entertain an audience, but is also capable of discovering the subversive nature of the story he is presenting, proving he's a much smarter film-maker than what people give him credit for. The 2014 remake (now available on DVD and Blu-Ray), starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing TV series / Easy Money), Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Australia's Abbie Cornish, is surprisingly straight-faced, and looks at topics such as media manipulation, individual identity, and corporate control with a softer, blunter edge, resulting in a film that is bland, dull, and forgettable. What makes this version even more disappointing is that the studio brought in talented Brazilian director Jose Padilha, who impressed moviegoers with Elite Squad (2007) and Elite Squad : The Enemy Within (2010). These are two first-rate films that deal with police and government corruption, while also delivering pulsepounding, frighteningly realistic action sequences, but it seems as if he has not been given the opportunity to put his own stamp on proceedings, like Verhoeven was allowed to do on the original. While not the worst remake around, Robocop 2014 only helps illustrate how great Robocop 1987 truly is, and one can easily say that the original is definitely the best. Note - I still remember seeing the original Robocop at the cinema, and the shock of witnessing a horribly cut version (apparently the TV print was screened, so it could secure an (M)rating), where all the bad language was ineptly dubbed over, and several violent scenes were clumsily butchered. Turn To Page 55
Top 10 Lists THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. 2. MALEFICENT. 3. A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST. 4. GODZILLA. 5. BAD NEIGHBOURS. 6. THE TRIP TO ITALY. 7. THE OTHER WOMAN. 8. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. 9. CHEF. 10. BELLE. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: JUNE 5: EDGE OF TOMORROW, GRACE OF MONACO, OMAR, P.K. - RISING FROM ASHES, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. JUNE 12: BLENDED, FACE OF LOVE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, THE ROVER. THE DVD TOP RENTAL & SELLERS: 1. 12 YEARS A SLAVE [Drama/ Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o]. 2. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET [Drama/Crime/Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill]. 3. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS [Drama/Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman]. 4. FROZEN [Animated/Adventure/ Comedy/Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad]. 5. GRUDGE MATCH [Comedy/ Drama/Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin]. 6. SAVING MR. BANKS [Comedy/ Music/Drama/Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson]. 7. ROBOCOP [Action/Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish]. 8. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY [Comedy/Fantasy/Adventure/Ben Stiller]. 9. THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug [Fantasy/Adventure/ Martin Freeman]. 10. PHILOMENA [Drama/Judi Dench, Steve Coogan]. Also: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, HER, 47 RONIN, AMERICAN HUSTLE, THE HUNGER GAMES: Catching Fire, THE BOOK THIEF, ANCHORMAN 2: The Legend Continues, THE RAILWAY MAN, THOR: THE DARK WORLD. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: LAST VEGAS [Comedy/Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline]. MANDELA: Long Walk to Freedom [Biography/Drama/Idris Elba, Naomie Harris]. ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? [Comedy/Romance/Zac Efron, Mackenzie Davis]. STALINGRAD [War/Action/Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina]. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: The Marked Ones [Horror/Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts]. SWELTER [Action/Jean Claude Van Damme, Lennie James]. NYMPHOMANIAC: Volume 1 [R18+/Drama/Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard]. WINTER'S TALE [Drama/Matt Bomer, Russell Crowe, Alan Doyle]. ANIMALS UNITED [Animated/ James Corden, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley]. To Page 55
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Local Theatre With Cheryl Threadgold
‘12 Angry Men’ at Lilydale SHOWS ■ Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Inc: 12 Angry Men (by Sherman L. Sergie (adapted from the TV show by Reginald Rose) Until June 14 at 38-41 Castella St., Lilydale. Director: Catherine Carr. Tickets: $25/$23. Bookings: 9735 1777 www.lilydaleatc.com ■ La Mama Theatre: When the Cream Sinks to the Bottom June 12 - 22 at La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St., Carlton. Devised and directed by Lloyd Jones Ensemble. Tickets: $25/ $15. Bookings: 9662 9966 www.lamama.com.au ■ 1812 Theatre: Beyond Therapy (by Christopher Durang) Until June 21 at 1-3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Tickets: $27. Bookings: www.1812theatre.com.au ■ La Mama Theatre: May and Alia Do Pirates! (Created and performed by May Jasper and Alia Vryena) June 18 - 29 at La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St., Carlton. Tickets: $25/ $15 Bookings: 9662 9966 www.lamama.com.au ■ Fly-on-the-Wall Theatre: Teleny (adapted by Barry Lowe) Until June 15 at Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St., Prahran. Director: Robert Chuter. Tickets: $37.50, $34.50. Bookings: chapeloffchapel.com.au or 8290 7000. ■ Red Stitch Actors' Theatre: Grounded June 13 - July 14 at Rear 2 Chapel St., St Kilda. Bookings: www.redstitch.net ■ The Mount Players: Harold and Maude (by Colin Higgins) until June 28 at the Mount Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Craig Lenaine-Smith. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 5426 1892 or trybooking.com ■ Beaumaris Theatre: Blood Brothers - The Play (by Willy Russell) Until June 14 at 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Tim Long. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: www.beaumaris theatre.com.au ■ Babirra Music Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera Until June 14 at the Whitehorse Centre, 357 Whitehorse Rd., Nunawading. Director: Neil Goodwin; Musical Direction: Phil Osborne; Choreography: Di Crough. Tickets: $42/$38/$34. Bookings: 9262 6555 Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.30pm or www.babirra.org.au or in person at the Whitehorse Centre box office. ■ The Mount Players: Harold and Maude (by Colin Higgins) Until June 28 at the Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Craig Lenane-Smith. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 54261892 or trybooking.com ■ Tangled Web Theatre Productions: Retreat (by James Saunders) June 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8.00pm; June 14, 15 at 2.00pm at the Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster. Director: Mel de Bono. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 0404 942 143 or 9748 1468. ■ La Mama Theatre: Unsex Me (Written and performed by Mark Wilson) Until June 15 at La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St., Carlton. Tickets: $25/$15. Bookings: 9347 6142 www.lamama.com.au ■ Peridot Theatre Inc: One Act Play Season 2014 (Plays by John Tilbrook, Jimmie Chin and Alison Knight) June 12 - 15 at the Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd., Mt Waverley. Directors: Lisa McNiven, Alison Knight and Bruce Cochrane. Tickets: $15/$13. Bookings: 9898 9090. ■ Mooroolbark Theatre Group: Noises Off (by Michael Frayne) June 12 - 21 at the Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Ave., Mooroolbark. Director: Yvonne Miller. Tickets: $16/ $14. Bookings: 9726 4282. ■ MLOC Productions: Thoroughly Modern Millie June 13 - 21 at the Phoenix Theatre, 101 Glenhuntly Rd., Elwood. Director: Lyn Laister; Musical Director: Stacey-Louise Camilleri; Choreographer: Rhylee Nowell. Bookings: www.mloc.org.au . Enquiries: 9551 7154. ■ Mountain District Musical Society: Guys and Dolls June 13 - 21 at the Karralyka Centre, Mines Rd., Ringwood. Director; Tyler Hess; Musical Director; Danny Forward; Choreographer: Craig Wiltshire. Bookings: 9879 2933 or www.karralyka.com.au/ MDMSGuysDolls.aspx ■ Swan Hill Theatre Group: Into the Woods (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine), June 13 - 28. Directors: Adrian Corbet, Nathan Butler and Nikki Arnott. Bookings: 0429 376 765. www.swanhilltheatregroup.com.au ■ PLOS Musical Productions: Oliver! June 20 - 28 at the Frankston Arts Centre, Cnr Davey and Young Sts., Frankston. Director: Brad Dart; Musical Director: Anthony Bingham; Choreographer: Leah Osburn. Tickets: $45/$40/$30. Bookings: www.plos.asn.au or 9784 1060. ■ Windmill Theatre Company: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 20 - 20 at the Drum Theatre, Lonsdale St., Dandenong. Bookings: 9771 6666. ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Something With a Twist One Act Play Season June 26 - July 5 at the West Essendon Community Centre, Bradshaw St, West Essendon. One Act plays include: Something Old, Something New (by Chris Hodson), Your Guide (by Hayley Lawson-Smith), Formal Tradition (by Julie Johnston). Tickets: $20/$18. Bookings: 0422 029 483.
Observer THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
● Mel de Bono directs the Australian premiere of Retreat at the Doncaster Playhouse until June 14. ■ New theatre company Tangled Web Theatre Productions opens this week with the Australian premiere of Retreat, written by UK playwright James Saunders. Retreat tells of a middle-aged man and young woman in an isolated cottage at night. Grief and guilt dominate their lives, but gradually they come to see how they can find comfort, even healing from their troubles. Directed by Mel de Bono, the play features Peter Hatherley and Casey Bohan. Tangled Web was formed last year by Kevin Holman, specifically to stage the play Retreat. The company will follow up with their second production, Other People's Money by Jerry Sterner in December, followed by three more plays will be presented in 2015. Performance Season: June 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8pm. Venue: Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster Bookings: via Try Booking or 9748 1468 www.trybooking.com/Booking/ BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=77884
SHOWS ■ Malvern Theatre Company: The Vortex (by Noel Coward) June 20 - July 5 at 29 Burke Rd., East Malvern. Director: Horrie Leek. Tickets: $20 (no concession). Bookings: 1300 131552 or www.malverntheatre.com.au ■ Purely Pensive Productions: Picnic at Hanging Rock (by Laura Annawyn Shamas, based on the novel by Lady Joan Lindsay) June 26 - 28 at 8.00pm, plus 2pm matinee on 28/6 at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Sydney and Glenlyon Rds., Brunswick. Tickets: $22/$18, all matinee tickets $16. Bookings: www.purelypensive.com ■ Williamstown Little Theatre Inc: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (by Richard Alfieri) June 26 - July 12 at 2 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Alan Burrows. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: 9885 9678. www.wlt.org.au ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Loot (by Joe Orton) June 27 July 12 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Tickets: $24/$22. Bookings: 9587 5141 or www.mordialloctheatre..com
AUDITIONS ■ Hartwell Players: How Does Your Garden Grow? Readthrough of play on June 11 at 7.30pm at the Ashwood College of Performing Arts, Vannam Drive, Ashwood. 10 Minute individual auditions with director Fiona Clayton can be booked by emailing email@example.com ■ Eltham Little Theatre: The Wisdom of Eve (by Mary Orr) June 15 at 7.00pm and June 17 at 7.30pm at the Rehearsal Room, Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd., Research. Director: Susan Rundle. Audition enquiries/bookings: 0416 298 136 or firstname.lastname@example.org . ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: Amadeus (by Peter Shaffer) June 15, 22, 24 at 7.00pm at 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Director: Bruce Akers. Audition bookings: 0432 984 781.
● Sinister Mrs Meers (Trish Carr) with Ching Ho (Ju Han Soon) left, and Bun Foo (Will Kim) in Thoroughly Modern Millie. ■ MLOC Productions opens this week with the vibrant, toetapping musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, playing from June 13 – 21 at the Phoenix Theatre, 101 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood. Suitable for all ages, the story tells of New York City in 1922, when Millie Dillmount moves to the city in search of a new life. The show is directed by Lyn Laister, with musical direction by Stacey-Louise Camilleri and choreography by Rhylee Nowell. Tickets: $33/$30/$28 (Child 15 and under). Online bookings: www.mloc.org.au Enquiries: 9551 7514.
LORNE FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS ■ Bookings are now open for the fourth Annual Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, to be presented from Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31, with the lovely town of Lorne offering a stunning coastal backdrop for the streets to come alive for three days and three nights. A host of legendary arts and music events can be enjoyed during the Festival, with more than 3000 people expected to attend. Some of Australia’s best cabaret, sideshow, circus, theatre, comedy, visual art and music events will be featured, as well as free outdoor performances for kids and families. Festival Artistic Director Monique Harvey says the aim is to deliver the extraordinary. “We have a spectacular program of artists presenting intimate music pieces in iconic Lorne locations,” she says. “Also shocking sideshow, high-energy calypso dance music, thought-provoking theatre, genre-busting burlesque, side splitting comedy, high octane circus street performances and loads of stuff for the kids.” Community involvement will also play a significant role in the festival, with local choirs, heritage walks, the high school band and a VCAL art project. The Festival will kick off with an Opening Night Spectacular in the Circus Oz Big Top. For further details about events and times, or to book tickets, please visit www.lovelornefestival.com.au, visit the Lorne Information Centre or call 1300 365 901..
AUDITIONS ■ Sherbrooke Theatre Company Inc: Stepping Out (by Richard Harris), June 16, 17 at 7.30pm at 22 Jesmond Rd., Croydon. Director: Loretta Bishop. Enquiries/ audition.bookings: 9735 2802. ■ Sunshine Community Theatre: Dimboola (by Jack Hibberd) June 22 at 2.00pm at the Dempster Park Hall, 82 Phoenix St., North Sunshine. Director: David Price. Audition enquiries/bookings: 0439 653 800. ■ Brighton Theatre Company: Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee (by Aidan Fennessy) June 22 at 2.00pm, June 23 at 7.00pm at Brighton Theatre, Bayside Cultural Centre, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Sts., Brighton. Director: Nicholas Opolski. Audition bookings: 9534 2412 or email@example.com ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: Farragut North (by Beau Willimon) June 29, 30 at 7.30pm at 2 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Peter Newling. Audition bookings and enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. Overbalancing 6. Flusters 11. Genetic inheritance 15. Lunar ray 20. Company head (1,1,1) 21. Sloped backwards 22. Vat 23. Relays (6,2) 24. Stipulations 25. Maturity 27. Having no pips 28. Half 29. Quay 31. Hunter's quarry 32. Laud 36. Humiliating remark (3-4) 37. Chilled cuppa (4,3) 38. Honey drink 41. Defensive castle ditches 44. Scientist, ... Newton 45. Latin American dance 48. Rugby handling error (5-2) 49. Royal offspring 52. Trick into crime 56. Competition 57. Fall 58. Adopt (policy) 61. Pranks 62. Greek shipping magnate 63. Kinder 64. Spotted pattern, ... dots 65. Sorcerers 66. Passage (of goods) 67. Brazilian music style (5,4) 71. Undeveloped insect 73. Uncensored (movie) 75. Gladdened 80. Large rodents 82. Rome or Naples native 83. Nosegay 85. Authenticity 86. Comedy team, Monty ... 88. Puzzle 90. Peter Pan writer (1,1,6) 91. Honoured with party 93. Kidnappers' demands 94. Pledges 95. Draw attention away 96. Terrorist's captive 97. Leave room 99. Tiny amount 100. Arms cache 104. Actress, Vivien ... 105. Mutilates 106. Wine, ... Riesling 107. Surgical insert 111. Singer, ... Minogue 113. Glacial period, ... Age 114. Yes in French 115. Frightening 117. Tennis star, Andre ... 118. Revolving tray, lazy ... 121. Peace prize 122. Visual perception 125. Bred 126. Fabled whale, ... Dick 127. Liquefy 129. Wine barrels 131. Exclude 132. Verb modifier 135. As far as (2,2) 136. Ripped apart, torn ... 139. Boulder 140. Speared 144. Magician's ... Pocus 145. Rest on knees 146. Ultra manly 147. Hard copy (5-3)
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Down 1. Extra serving (3-2) 2. Noodle food 3. Welsh vegetables 4. Non-coms (1,1,2) 5. Swiss city 7. Cockerel 8. Mythical horned horse 9. Junior Girl Guides 10. Waist ribbon 11. German Mr 12. Imposing buildings 13. Factor 14. Lethargy 15. Artefacts gallery 16. Comply with 17. Gentle prod 18. Expel 19. Skinflint 24. Time signals 26. Luncheon meat 30. Davy Crockett's fort 33. Collided with (3,4) 34. Cuts into 35. Passion 38. Louder 39. Absurd pretence 40. Condense 42. Burden of responsibility 43. Cylindrical 46. Social chaos 47. Concoct 49. Punishment 50. Become liable for 51. Sure 53. Sea god 54. Souvenir 55. Spectre 59. Mollifies 60. Ill-matched 67. German alpine state 68. Broken-limb supports 69. Et cetera (3,2,2) 70. Insensitively 72. Minor planets 74. Modernising (software) 76. Easy seat 77. Joins forces (5,2) 78. Buddhist heaven 79. Lowest (voice) 81. Last Supper guests 84. Briniest 87. Upstage 89. Nudist 91. Turns into alcohol 92. Break (partnership) 98. Portugal's capital 101. Inflexible 102. Eventuate 103. Hands on hips 108. Flowering shrub, crape ... 109. Commit to memory 110. Sister's daughter 112. Childbirth contractions (6,5) 116. Marzipan (6,5) 119. Most important 120. Adding up (to) 123. Hebrew 124. Vietnam's ... City (2,3,4) 128. Toils
Down 132. Let in 133. Outspoken 134. SE France river 137. Extremely 138. US naval port, San ... 141. Star, ... Centauri 142. Cymbals sound 143. Failed to (4'1) 151. Golfer, ... Palmer 153. Astonished 155. Cowgirl, ... Oakley 156. Fuses (of bones) 159. Somalia's neighbour 160. Receipt 161. Not moved (by argument) 164. Crippled 165. Pungent bulb 168. Intensify (of war) 170. December conifer (4,4) 173. Ceylon (3,5) 174. Letter recipient 177. Fellow players 178. Bridging 181. Vigorous exercise classes 185. Career barriers, glass ... 186. Blitz 187. Makes gloomy 188. Tilt 193. Expressionless 194. Sloping typeface 195. Slums 200. Gains entry to 201. Dirtily 206. Prisoners 207. Fabric retailers 208. More cocky 209. Stiffly 211. Financed in advance 214. Ground oats 216. Massive 217. Illegal hunter 218. Britain's 1066 invaders 220. Non-clergy 222. In vain, to no ... 224. Giving green light to 225. Unsuitably 226. Abnormal tissue growths 229. Bargain sell-off 232. Man 235. Heavenly 236. Bell-shaped flower 237. Government supporter 241. Rugby fending move (4-3) 242. Slipped by 244. Greed 245. Boarders 248. Second book in Bible 249. Air pollution 251. Betting chances 252. Stage-plays 253. Childhood swelling disease 254. Hawk's claw 255. Famous Swiss mountain 259. Flooded (of decks) 260. Anaesthetic 261. 1000 kg unit 262. The M of YMCA (3'1) 264. Canadian lake 265. Female sheep 267. Baseballer, ... Ruth
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with David Ellis
Be blown away at Tan Hill Inn ■ There is probably little unusual about an English country publican, or one anywhere else for that matter, recounting tales of customers crawling through his doorway on hands and knees. What does make it unusual is those customers being on their hands and knees crawling into his pub – and at opening, not closing time. But such is what’s been known to occur at the Tan Hill Inn at Swaledale on the Yorkshire Dales, a bleak, desolate place where the nearest neighbours are 7km away, the closest town twice that, it rains almost daily, temperatures can drop to -20C in winter – and the ferocious winds have been known to tear doors off hapless visitor’s cars when not opened with due caution. And those customers who’ve crawled through the pub door have done so for fear of themselves being blown away between car and bar. (Just four years ago, 60 revellers celebrating New Year’s Eve at the pub were trapped there for three days by the foulest of weather. How tough is that?) Little wonder Tan Hill has been described as the nation’s most remote, bleak and isolated pub. Now Neil Hanson has written amusingly about the pub in a book titled Inn at the Top – doing so on good authority after he and his wife managed this highest inn in England for
● A hardy postman delivers the mail to the Inn back in 1936.
Observer Wines & Liqueurs
with David Ellis
Bubbly taste in Tas., Vic. ■ Australian are taking increasingly to the enjoyment of sparkling Rosé, a wine that can have an almost additive allure to it, and one that can prove wonderfully rewarding both in a partyroom environment and at a celebratory dinner table. Chandon have recognised this and last year released a new label it called Vintage Collection, which it dedicated to bubblies that it saw would be a distinctive and exceptional expression of each season, the first being a 2008 Chandon Cuvee 500. Now its released its second Vintage Collection, a 2010 Chandon Les Trois (“The Three”) Rosé – a blend of maritime climate Tasmanian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir giving acidity and freshness, Chardonnay from Victoria’s King Valley whose high altitude Whitlands Plateau add complexity, power and weight, and cool Victoria Upper Yarra Valley Pinot Noir that rounds out all this with characters of floral and spice. “We believe we’ve brought together a beauty and interest in flavours which are uniquely Australian,” said Chandon Senior Winemaker, Dan Buckle. “The interplay between these three regions makes for a really interesting expression of sparkling Rosé.” He’s spot-on; pay $45, and let the celebrations begin.
One to note ■ WA’s Margaret River Forester Estate has released a fab 2009 Yelverton Reserve Cabernet that is a marvellous drop to settle down with in front of the tele with a selection of matured hard cheeses, or if you are dining with family or friends, with a rosemary-infused lamb roast or rare beef fillet steak. With currants, bay leaf, menthol and savoury oak on the palate, this wine developed real character through being stored in temperature-controlled cellars for four years before release. A great drop that’s well worth the $62 asking price. And while wonderfully and rewardingly enjoyable now, with careful cellaring you’ll find it even more so in three or four year’s time.
Pictured ■ Great for the party-room or celebratory dining table. ■ Perfect simply with some matured hard cheeses or rosemary-infused lamb roast.
several years, following Neil’s retirement from a more-enviable post as editor of the UK’s Good Beer Guide. The Tan Hill Inn was built in the 17th century and a hundred years later used as a hostel for miners coal was found in the area, the pub/hostel wisely still retaining its Public Bar. When the coal ran out in the 1920s the miners left and their dozens of cottages around the Inn were demolished and removed, leaving Tan Hill isolated and remote once more to serve the small, scattered local community and occasional traveller. In his book Neil Hanson recalls one regular named Faith, always his first customer of the day, who would get a lift to the pub in the back of the local postman’s van. “There were no seats in the van, so Faith would lay on a pile of mail sacks as the van bounced along the rutted farm tracks … on reaching the Inn she would emerge, James Bondstyle – shaken but not stirred – and order up ‘a large whisky for the love of God.’ “After three or four of these in halfan-hour she would depart with a couple of bottles of Guinness and enough whisky to see her through to the next day.” During the 18th and 19th century the Tan Hill Inn was a venue for bareknuckle boxing events, with bets taken on how long combatants would last until one of them was knocked down – which could take ten continuous minutes or more. And even earlier, in 1737, highwayman Dick Turpin holed-up there between other bouts – bailing up coaches. Hanson also noted how at times the Inn often never actually closed: with the nearest police station 32km away, publicans soon got wind (no pun intended) when police were on their way to raid for breaches of the licencing hours. “It was a waste of time,” he noted. “So to be seen to be doing their job, the police would let us know when they were coming – we were the only pub in England to be regularly ‘raided by appointment.” Today the Inn enjoys a strong new customer base, despite the isolation and weather, from walkers along the famous Pennine Way, cyclists, motorists, even wedding parties, and those still few, scattered locals. And it also draws the inquisitive after The Observer newspaper in 2012 wrote of it as “eccentrically run, with something of a reputation for being the Fawlty Towers of north Yorkshire… the landlady, the kindhearted but sharp-tongued Tracy Daly, has been called ‘the rudest in Britain.’” Tracy herself admits to being “perhaps a little Fawlty Towers at times,” but says when she’s behind the bar “I’m on stage… my staff and I would be mortified if we ever seriously offended someone.” Tan Hill Inn has seven guest rooms, a family-size flat and camping facilities. For details visit www.tanhillinn.co.uk (And don’t be surprised at some of the “regulars,” including Muldoon the orphaned lamb
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Ascot Vale For our nostalgia collection
● Caledonia Bakery, Ascot Vale. Circa 1890.
● Ascot Vale State School. Grade VB. 1922.
● ICI Laboratories, Newsom St, Ascot Vale. 1961.
● ANZ Bank. Ascot Vale. 1965.
● RAAF and WAAF sports meeting at No. 1 Engineering School, Ascot Vale, Flemington Racecourse. 1961.
● Ascot Vale. Circa 1900-1910
● Ascot Vale Station. Circa 1907.
● Shwogrounds, Ascot Vale. Circa 1920-1940
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Legends game ■ A star studded alumni of AFL greats including Glenn Archer, Anthony Koutoufides, Brendan Fevola, Michael O'Loughlin, Dermott Brereton and newly retired 'rookies' Jeff Farmer, Justin Koschitzke, Andrew Embley and Daniel Kerr will pull on the boots for another chance at footy glory when they line up for the State-of-Origin showdown between Victoria and the All Stars in the annual EJ Whitten Legends Game at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, July 1.
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Some experts say ‘8’ is decided ■ Last week saw the AFL’s prestigious Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner and we honoured six new members: Ern Henfry, Anthony Koutoufides (Carlton); Brad Johnson (W Bulldogs); Warren Tredrea (Port Adelaide); Andrew McLeod (Adelaide) and Matthew Richardson (Richmond). It was Andrew D’s last official function as CEO of the AFL. An unsurpassed and brilliant contribution to the development of our game. We can forget about zones to combat congestion (this is caused by weak umpiring who have the Laws to prevent mauling, wrestling, congested packs but all refuse to pay the first free), I was thrilled to include the Peta Searle article – the first female AFL appointed by St Kilda as an assistant senior coach and the Competitive Balance Policy is about creating a level playing field for all 18 clubs. The competition is hotting up despite some ‘expert’ views the Final 8 is now decided. It reads: Port Adelaide 36; Haw; Syd; Coll; GCS; Geel 28; Freo, Nth Melbourne 24; then Adelaide, Essendon 20; WCE, Carlton 16; Rich, W Bull, Melb, St Kilda 12; GWS, Brisbane 8 Pts.
Legal expenses ■ The AFL last week informed the Essendon Football Club that it has considered a request from the Club that any legal expenses the Club pays Melbourne
and pay for player’s legal expenses when they are contesting a charge at the AFL Tribunal or appearing before the Appeals Board.”
Harry Beitzel www.squidoo.com/harrybeitzel on behalf of current and former players as part of the ASADA investigation be excluded from the Club’s Total Player Payments. AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said: “It has been determined that the reimbursement of legal expenses incurred by players that relate directly to defending any potential breach of the AFLAnti-Doping Code shall be excluded from the Club’s Total Player Payments. “This is in accordance with current practice whereby Clubs organise
■ The AFL and the AFL Players’ Association have concluded their scheduled mid-term review of the Collective BargainingAgreement. The review has seen a number of refinements agreed to, resulting in variations to the CBA effective from November 1 this year These include: The Total Player Payment Limit for each club will increase by $150,000 for 2015 and 2016, resulting in: ■ TPP for 2015 being $10,071 million; and ■ TPP for 2016 being $10,36 million; Clubs will be allowed to spend more than 100 per cent of the TPP and ASA limits (combined) if in any of the preceding two years the club spent below 100 per cent of the combined limit; the permitted amount of overspend is commensurate with the level of underspend in the relevant preceding period - for instance, if a club was $500k below the combined limit in 2015, they can spend up to $500k over the combined limits across 2016 and 2017; the overspend amount in any given year permits a Club to spend up to a maximum of 105 per cent of the combined limit in that year; The AFL has agreed to contribute
This Week ROUND 14 Friday, June 20 Richmond vs. Sydney Swans (MCG) (N) Saturday, June 21 Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs (AO) Hawthorn vs. Collingwood (MCG) Gold Coast Suns vs. Geelong Cats (MS) (T) Essendon vs. Adelaide Crows (ES) (N) Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions (PS) (T) Sunday, June 22 GWS Giants vs. Carlton (GS) St Kilda vs. West Coast Eagles (ES) Melbourne vs. North Melbourne (MCG) (T) an extra $7 million towards the existing AFL Players’ Player Retirement Fund; The AFL will provide $1 million to be used for the establishment of a Lifetime Health Care Fund over the next two years to provide health care to players after their careers have finished; The provision of short term income protection for players who are delisted due to a football injury; and AFL broadcasters will be permitted to use player images at no cost to promote their football coverage and the game.
International focus for greyhounds ■ An international greyhound will be invited to compete in feature races in Melbourne next year. In a bid to internationalise the $1.1 million Australian Cup Carnival at The Meadows, an overseas dog will be invited to run in the Group One Temlee classic event, with the option to then stay on and compete in the Australian Cup series. Greyhound racing have run similar promotions where overseas dogs have competed on our soil in past years, and officials believe the time is right again for the sport to show off its international appeal. Any greyhound that contests the Irish Derby Final will be invited to contest the Australian Cup. The greyhound that accepts the invitation will need to begin vet work no less than seven months before being exported to Australia to be eligible for the 10-day quarantine period. The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to the best greyhounds the United Kingdom and Ireland have on offer, according to MGRA Chairman Eddie Caruana. Further information regarding the invitations will be released later this year.
Gold Cup Final ■ Victorians look well placed to capture the rich Albion Park Gold Cup Final in Brisbane on Thursday night (June 12). Three locals, headed by brilliant stayer Xylia Allen, will compete in tomorrow night's race, after qualify-
with Kyle Galley ing in last week's heats. Xyalia Allen has been racing in outstanding form in recent weeks, including a track record breaking victory at The Meadows before heading north. Last Thursday night she again came close to a record time in winning her heat, despite missing the start and having to work hard to find the lead mid-race. Fellow local Mepunga Tiara qualified for the Final by finishing second to Xylia Allen, while Infinite Wish also won a heat to become the third Victorian representative. The Box draw for the Final is: 1. Xylia Allen, 2. Infinite Wish, 3. Golfing Amy, 4. Mepunga Tiara, 5. Eleazar, 6. Mullaway, 7. Set Her Again, 8. Know Class, 9. Late Angel Lee (reserve), 10. Auriga Doll (reserve).
Ben sets sights ■ Ben Thompson has the same enthusiasm for greyhound racing as his father, leading trainer Jason. But Ben also has his sights set on
fortune and fame in the galloping code, having recently made a successful debut as an apprentice jockey. Ben visited the winners' circle on his first day of riding, at only his second race ride, at Kilmore on May 31. The 17-year-old won on Compassionate. His interest in horses began somewhat by accident. While visiting the Sale stables on family friend, trainer Frankie Stockdale, Thompson hopped onto the back of a horse, and hasn't looked back. He completed Racing Victoria's Apprentice Jockey Training Program, and presently combines helping his father with his dogs with work at the Cranbourne stables of Mick Kent. It makes for long days, however Thompson obviously has the skill and dedication required to make a name for himself in the "sport of kings".
Generous GRV ■ Four young devotees of greyhound racing have been honoured with the 2014 Wilson Scholarship Awards courtesy of Greyhound Racing Victoria. Since 2010, numerous young people, including yours truly, have benefitted from the generosity of Greyhound Racing Victoria and the family of the late GRV Chair, Jan Wilson. Jan and her late husband, former Mayor of Dandenong Eric Wilson's estate has left $10,000 each year for 10 years towards the Scholarship, with GRV matching that amount to share $20,000 per year among young people who are seeking to make a career in the racing industry. This year, Ally Wood, Bonnie Chignell, Shar Cooper and Jodie
Elston were named as recipients of the Scholarship and were presented with their awards by Eric and Jan's son, Craig and GRV Chairman Peter Caillard at a ceremony recently. Shar Cooper is involved with greyhound racing in the Shepparton region, while the other three girls all hail from Gippsland. Any monies received by the Scholarship winners will be used towards furthering their training and career ambitions in greyhound racing.
Uncertainty ■ There is uncertainty about whether Perth’s premier racing venue, Cannington, will remain operational as their 40-year lease is due to expire soon. Potentially a new track could be built on-site subject to a new arrangement being finalised for future use of the land. But an redevelopment would require substantial financial assistance from the State Government, which cannot always be guaranteed. Meanwhile, there has been some interest in establishing a new racetrack at Bunbury, south west of Perth. Land is fairly cheap in this area, and the climate not as hot as it is elsewhere. And there is some interest from the Bunbury Trotting Club, who have indicated that land in the middle of the trotting track could be made available for the construction of a dog track. Presently there are only three tracks in Western Australia – Cannington, Mandurah and Northam.
■ Race caller and media personality Bill Collins was appointed Chairman of the Victorian Greyhound Racing Control Board in May 1987. Victorian Minister for Sport, Neil Trezise, announced the appointment and said Collins had a long-standing interest in and great knowledge of the greyhound industry. His experience, expertise and high media profile also made him extremely well equipped for the job. Previously, Collins had served as a government nominee on the Harness Racing Board (HRB), and when moving over the greyhound board was replaced at the HRB by Tim Walsh. The new greyhound board and its Chairman were appointed for a threeyear term. Collins would serve the greyhound industry with distinction in a board capacity until his death in June 1997.
Upcoming race meetings ■ Wednesday: The Meadows (Day), Bendigo (Twilight), Cranbourne (Night), Ballarat (N); Thursday: Warragul (D), Shepparton (T), Sandown Park (N), Warrnambool (N); Friday: Bendigo (T), Geelong (N); Saturday: Ballarat (T), The Meadows (N); Sunday: Sandown Park (D), Healesville (D), Melton (D), Horsham (T), Sale (T); Monday: Ballarat (D), Geelong (T), Shepparton (N); Tuesday: Horsham (T), Warragul (N).
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Caulfield Cup chance ■ Queensland Oaks winner, Tinto, could be seen in Melbourne in the spring with her trainer, Queenslander Rex Lipp setting her for many features, including the Caulfield Cup to be run in October. Tinto raced away to win the Queensland Oaks in great style defeating the favorite Arabian Gold in a dominant performance. A graduate of the 2012 Magic Millions National Yearling sales, the daughter of Red Dazzler, showed plenty of heart in her big win. The win was the first Group One win for Gold Coast jockey, Tim Bell, who also rounded off the big day with a pair of Group two wins, the Queensland Guineas aboard Sir Moments, who got up in the last stride and in the Magic Millions QTC Cup on Sacred Star. Tinto is a member of the Magic Millions Racing Women's crop. She is raced by Grania Mc Alpine along with her great friend, first time owner, Annabelle Raff. The ladies could be heard from Queensland down South as they cheered loudly, as postillion, Timothy Bell, booted home the filly to record her second win, Tinto was sent out second favorite in the Queensland Oaks after her good win two starts back in the Gold Coast Bracelet and her last start closing second to Arabian Gold in the Doomben Roses. Tinto is the first Group One winner for her sire; Red Ransom's winning son, Red Dazzler, a resident of Eureka Stud. From memory, Red Dazzler was trained by Mick Price at Caulfield. The Oaks winner, Tinto, is one of three winners produced by the Brave Warrior mare, Truly Brave. A winner of seven races including a Metropolitan Two-yearold event, Truly Brave is also the dam of the city performed two time winner, A Fine Drop of Red and this season's two year-old placegetter, Tweedies. A reserve of only $10,000 was placed
● Black and Bent Photo by SLICKPIX, phone 9354 5754
on Tinto at the 2012 sales and already she has amassed $474,200 for her connections. Already she has come into calculations for this year's Caulfield Cup. After all, it is the same distance of 2400 metres she won the Oaks over and she will be a four-year-old mare when the Cup comes around.
Great Southern ■ The Great Southern Sales at the Inglis Sale yards on June 22, 23 and 24 is sure to attract many buyers from all over the globe with a mixture for sale. The sale will feature Weanlings lots from to 268, while the Broodmare sale runs from Lots from 268 through to 517. Stallion lots 518522 highlight the following day along with Yearlings lots 523538, Unbroken Stock lots from 539 through to 541, Race Fillies and Mares, lots 542 to
578, while Race colts and Geldings take up lots 579 to 588. Some very good First Season Sires are up for grabs including some top stock. This includes Anacheeva, whose four wins included at top level and is nicely bred by Anabaa from Monroe Magic and was foaled in 2007. Another standout is Foxwedge, whose progeny sold very well at the recent Magic Millions National Sales and is nicely bred by Fastnet Rock from Forest Native His oldest progeny will be yearling's in2014-15. A former top galloper, Helmet, prepared for the Darley Regime by Peter Snowden is another who stands out, and would be expected to fetch a good price. One that stands out is the great New Zealander, Jimmy Choux, retired because of injury. He won the Horse of the year in New Zealand in 2010-11. Prior to that he took
● Fawkner Photo by SLICKPIX, phone 9354 5754 out the champion three-year old award in the same season. He started his stud duties in New Zealand in 2012 and his oldest progeny will be yearlings in 201415. Another outstanding specimen is the former top galloper, Sepoy, who won the Golden Slipper and the Blue Diamond Stakes. He was the leading three year-old male in 2011-12, and the Champion two and three year-old colt in Australia in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He commenced stud duties in Australia in 2012, then Great Britain in 2013. His oldest progeny will be yearlings this
● Great Southern Sales Photo: Adelaide Moses, Inglis strung together a numyear and next. ber of wins on end, and was the pin up boy of Racegoers at the ■ With the retirement time. Jimmy every of champion hurdler, Black and Bent, it chance he had on air brought back a few extolled the virtues of memories of yester- his champion jumper, and it filled many a year. Cast your mind page of newspapers at back a few years and that time. Unfortunately in there was a similar set of circumstances in the case of Black and Jumps racing with a Bent, he was retired galloper by the name because of a ligament problem. of Lots of Time. He was owned by There were many rumors flying around Melbourne Racing at the time especially Club Chairman, Mike about a pretty young Symons, and provided lady by the name of racegoers with many Sally Ann-Wood, then thrill like Lots of Time there was George a few years back. Now it is left to the Eccles and well known television old bloke, Gotta Take man, Jimmy Hannan. Care, at nine, to carry ● Great Southern Sales Lots of Time, like the mantle. - Ted Ryan Photo: Adelaide Moses, Inglis Black and Bent,
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Observer Victorian Sport Racing Briefs
First win for driver ■ Recently licensed Amanda Turnbull chalked up her first winner as a registered trainer, when smart 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Signorina gelding Highview Conall greeted the judge in an exciting Dunlop Super Dealer Pace for C5 to C7 class over 2100 metres at Charlton. Driven by Amanda, Highview Conall almost led from gate four, however Mick Bellman aboard the pole marker Beach Star kicked up to hold the front running resulting in him being caught in the open. Gaining cover shortly after at the expense of Narra Operative, Highview Conall was then shuffled back further after Artoc was sent forward to shadow the leader. Extricated to be four wide on the final bend, Highview Conall finished at a great rate to gain the day over Beach Star, Our Femme Fatale and Daylight Dan in a thrilling four way finish - the margins being a nose, half head and a neck in a mile rate of 1-58.4.
Charlton: swift start ■ Inglewood part-owner/trainer Trevor Ralph's most reliable Bacardi Lindy/Perfect Report 4-Y-0 gelding Rumbustious chalked up his 4th victory in 18 outings, when successful in the Charlton & District Community Bank Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2570 metres. With regular reinsman Peter Sanderson in the sulky, Rumbustious was swiftly away from 10 metres to settle just off the speed being set by Yankee Avenue which has taken over from Champ Devine. Striding to the front at the bell when the leader galloped, Rumbustious coasted to the wire 1.2 metres in advance of Champ Devine and Hozatfora Sundon in a rate of 2-06.8.
Toyed with rivals ■ Elmore's Keith Cotchin combined with Greg Sugars to take the Robert And David Young Pace for C0 class over 1720 metres at Melton with 4-Y-0 Art Major/Classic Sheffield mare Patchitupbaby in a rate of 2-00.3. Taking over from Kamikaze Ky inside her shortly after the start, Patchitupbaby toyed with her rivals, winning by 8.1 metres from Eternal Plight (three back the markers) and Kamikaze Ky who held down third.
Ran on late ■ Shepparton (Bunbartha) father and son - John & Matt Newberry were successful with 4-Y-0 Extreme Three/Platinum Miss gelding Top Venue in the Tab.com.au Pace for C1 class (2nd Heat) over the novelty trip of 1200 metres. Driven by Matt, Top Venue moved forward in the last lap, dashing to the front prior to the home turn to score by 5 metres over a sprint laning Glenhuggard which trailed the weakening leader Medonc, with Another Elsu running on late from the rear third. The mile rate calculated at 1-54.7.
Scored by 1.9 metres ■ Bungalally (Horsham) trainer/driver Wayne Lane has 3-Y-0 Sutter Hanover/Szarbo colt Bungalally Boy racing at his peak, bringing up two wins in succession by taking the Vacancies Available Charlton Training Complex Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres at Charlton on Monday June 2. Leading easily from the pole, Bungalally Boy toyed with his rivals, clearing away at the straight entrance with the race firmly in his keeping to score by 1.9 metres from Quirinus from last in a rate of 1-58.9, with Stylish Ruler (three back the markers) third.
Good win at Melton ■ Elliminyt (Colac) trainer/driver Courtney Slater was victorious with Village Jasper/Fremarksjodie filly Fremarks Ceejay in the Peter Elson 3-Y-0 Pace over 1720 metres at the Bacchus Marsh HRC fixture held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Tuesday.
Trio reigns supreme at Echuca ■ Yarrawonga trainer Shane Gilligan, Melton freelance reinsman Greg Sugars and Avenel father and son - David & Josh Aiken shared the honours at the Echuca meeting held on Wednesday June 4 - Gilligan taking the Echuca Travel Centre 3Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Stormy Lecture and the Bendigo Bank Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with Susila in identical circumstances, Sugars piloted Catchthateye to land the Moama Bowling Club Vicbred Pace for C1 class and Mind The Wire in the Radio 2QN Pace for C2 & C3 class and the Aiken pair were successful with Lets Go Rabbitoh in the Christies Welding Pace for C0 class and Stirling Point which snared the fast class event of the day, the Add Print Pace for C4 to C6 class. Art Major/Radical Storm filly Stormy Lecture driven by Haydon Gray was given a sweet passage from inside the second line following the pole line pacemaker Desiring Bella, before using the sprint lane to score by a head in a rate of 2-01.6 over the leader, with Somewhat Sardonic third after racing in the open. Susila a four year old daughter of Village Jasper and Yeronga Twinkle starting from gate four and driven by Mark Pitt, trailed the pole line leader Maarek and as Stormy Lecture did, used the sprint lane to score by 4.4 metres from Maarek and Kaka Point Coast (three back the markers) in a rate of 203.3. Gilligan was formerly based in Echuca. It Is I/Catchthat four year old gelding Catchthateye trained at Kyabram by Greg Caldwell, led throughout over the 2160 metre journey from gate two, defeating Kentucky Lane (three back the markers) by 1.9 metres in a rate of 2-02.8, with Mosquito Zephyr (four wide last lap to be outside the winner on the home turn) third. Rochester trainer Mark Thompson has an impeccable record at his home track and four year old Jeremes Jet/Zora Paree gelding Mind The Wire gave Sugars his double, leading throughout from gate two over 2160 metres in defeating Supersub which raced outside him and Fergus MacCool (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-02.4. Lets Go Rabbitoh, a four year old gelded son of Badlands Hanover and Sunset Hamilton possied mid-field in the moving
This Week’s Meetings ■ Wednesday - Maryborough/Geelong, Thursday - Charlton/Shepparton, Friday - Ouyen @ Mildura/ Melton, Saturday - Ballarat, Sunday - Cranbourne, Monday - Horsham, Tuesday - Geelong.
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line from gate three on the second line, before being set alight three wide racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Mark Attack for the final circuit of the 2160 metre event. Taking over on the final bend, Lets Go Rabbitoh was too strong at the finish for Black Jasmin which trailed the leader prior to receiving a split in the straight, with Wheres Paddy (one/one - three wide last lap - one/one home turn) third. The mile rate 2-00.6. Eight year old Life Sign/Diana gelding Stirling Point chalked up his 12 victory in 86 outings when successful in a mile rate of 2-00.3. Restrained from gate five to settle three back in the moving line over the 2160 metre journey, Stirling Point was sent forward mid-race to park outside the leader Bank Of Nova and dictate terms. Gaining the upper hand on turning, Stirling Point had to pull out all stops to hold off a flying Hereux Homme from last which galloped away from the pole, going down by a nose in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon, with Transaction (one/one - three wide home turn) third.
Reliable ■ Local Lancaster trainer/driver Carmel Belot's ever reliable five year old Sundon/Sorry Hall gelding Sans Frontiere chalked up his ninth victory at start number 68 by taking the Echuca Workers Club Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres in a mile rate of 208.6. Beginning like a rocket from 20 metres, Sans Frontiere crossed the early leader Mands Evie within half a lap to assume control and rated to perfection, defied all challengers to score from Forestspider off a three wide trail from last in the
final circuit to join the winner on the home turn, with Kains Boy (three back the markers) third.
Great run ■ Lemnos trainer Russell Jack has 3-Y-0 Kenneth J/Lisa Lombo gelding Tezz Khora going great guns at present, bringing up victory number seven from 24 outings when successful in the Just J's Painting & Maintenance Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres at Charlton on Monday June 2. Taking a concession for Shepparton's Bec Bartley, Tezz Khora led throughout from the pole, easily accounting for Xbolt which trailed and Virginia Lightning (one/ two) in a mile rate of 158.9.
Debut ■ Astute Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman produced a nice type in Somebeachsomewhere/ Dreams Of Heaven gelding Menin Gate to land the Bendigo Bank 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres at Charlton when making his race debut. With Chris Alford in the sulky, Menin Gate settled well back in the field after starting from gate two on the second line, before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Thebackpagescribe (also on debut) at the bell. Finishing strongly on straightening, Menin Gate raced by a syndicate from Birchip scored by 2.1 metres over Three Dee Delight which trailed the leader, with Thebackpagescribe holding down third. The mile rate 1-57.4.
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■ Glamour Art, Fergus McCool, Misschinoise, Hereux Homme, Maarek, Carmens Spirit, Gamechanger, Quirinus, Condoleeza Toffee, Su You Too.
Trapped in open ■ Great Western's Kerryn Manning snared the Charlton Harness Training Complex Pace (1st Heat) for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres with exKiwi 6-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Atomist gelding Suerte in a rate of 1-59. Trapped in the open from gate two, with Endorsement outside him leading, Suerte gained cover when Double Happy was sent forward to race in the open, with the favourite Desiring Kate being set alight racing for the bell to lead for the final circuit. Caught up in traffic when Double Happy gave ground sharply, Suerte was extricated to be four wide on the final bend, before finishing with a wet sail to blouse Desiring Kate by 1.7 metres, with Endorsement holding down third.
All smiles after win ■ Gordon part-owner/trainer Paul Micallef would have been all smiles following the victory of 7-Y-0 Blissful hall/Filly For Free gelding Goodtime Paul in the Bayswater Jayco Pacers Handicap for C1 class over 2100 metres at Charlton on Monday June 2, Driven by neighbour Tim McGuigan, Goodtime Paul from gate five was given a sweet passage trailing the heavily supported favourite and leader Myrniong Panorama (gate two) for most of the journey. Moving away from the inside on the final bend, Goodtime Paul hard driven proved too strong over the concluding stages to record a 4.9 metre victory over Myrniong Panorama in a rate of 2-02.2, with King Rafa third after a slow beginning to death-seat at the bell.
Local Marsh winner ■ It was appropriate that a Bacchus Marsh based trainer should win a race at the Bacchus Marsh HRC fixture held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Tuesday June 3 and Phil Chircop was one of three to do so, when Armbro Operative/The System Ace filly The System Black bred and raced by brother Charlie greeted the judge in the SEW-Eurodrive 3-Y-0 Pace over 1720 metres. In what was without doubt the "drive of the night" by Craig Demmler, The System Black starting from the extreme draw settled last along the markers, with the well supported Onemorelaugh crossing the favourite Punchinello inside him shortly after the start. With plenty of moves being made in the last lap, The System Black ($26.00) weaved a passage to be one/one on straightening, before finishing with a rush to gain the day by 2.2 metres over a game Lagoon Beach which raced in the open, with Four Smart Aces (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.6.
Beautifulkly bred ■ Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath snared the Empire Stallions Pace for C0 class over 1720 metres with beautifully bred Lady Patti, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Christian Cullen and Lagoon Lady bred and raced by Port Fairy's Richard Matthews. Sent forward from outside the front line to park outside the pacemaker In Sin City, Lady Patti cruised to the wire, defeating In Sin City by 13.5 metres in a rate of 1-58.1. Shoe Shine Boy (three back the markers) finished third. - Len Baker