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DEATH OF LA MAMA FOUNDER BETTY BURSTALL

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Fox takes over ‘Blonde’ ■ Melbourne radio station Fox FM took over the historic Princess Theatre this week, with a special performance of Legally Blonde The Musical. Joining Lucy Durack, Rob Mills, Erica Heynatz, Cameron Daddo and the rest of the cast, Fox FM favourites including Jules Lund, Byron Cooke, Matt Tilley, Jo Stanley, Troy Ellis and Adam Richard had guest appearances in a special performance. Taking on small roles throughout the show, the team popped up in some very unlikely spots, including Jo Stanley as a court reporter, Matt Tilley and Troy Ellis at a university party and Jules Lund in some very short shorts as a UPS delivery man. The theatre was filled with Fox FM listeners who had all won their way to the special show to witness their favourite personalities sing, dance and twirl across the stage. The Fox FM team was upstaged by two cute pooches, who had the audience captivated.

■ La Mama Theatre beloved founder and mentor Betty Burstall passed away peacefully last Friday afternoon, surrounded by family members. Artist, homemaker and teacher, in 1967 Betty established La Mama Theatre in the elegant Victorian warehouse at 205 Faraday St, Carlton. Recently returned from New York, Betty was determined to replicate the exciting ‘off-off Broadway coffee-house theatre’ scene that so involved her during her stay there. A very determined woman, she let nothing stand in her way, even self-funding the space in its formative years. A devoted mother, grandmother, wife, lover and friend she will be missed by so many in the wider community who were inspired by her energy and vision. In the coming weeks, Betty will be remembered at an open gathering in the La Mama Forecourt, to celebrate all that she so generously contributed to so many people’s lives. ■ For further information ring La Mama, 9347 6948. - Cheryl Threadgold

● Betty Burstall

New awards for artists ■ Fdeeral Arts Minister Tony Burke this week announced new awards to celebrate the important role Australian artists and arts organisations play in enhancing the relationship with Asian countries. The Australian Arts in Asia Awards open for appli-

cations this week and will recognise the significant number of Australian artists engaging in Asia, contributing to stronger cultural links with Asian nations. “The engagement in Asia isn’t simply an exposition of Australian creativity,” Mr

Burke said. “The work of our artists is being affected by Asia just as artists who have moved here from parts of Asia are seeing their art affected by Australia. “This artistic influence is now at the cutting edge of much of Australian creativity.

● Harrison Craig

Harrison wins The Voice ■ Victoria’s Harrison Craig from Team Seal wasnamed The Voice of Australia 2013, on Monday night. The Grand Finale saw Australia vote Team Ricky’s Luke Kennedy as runner-up to Craig, followed by Celia Pavey from Team Delta in third place, with Team Joel’s Danny Ross in fourth position. Harrison Craig, 18, wins a recording contract with Universal Music Australia, $100,000 and a Ford Kuga. The winning single Unconditional, which Harrison sang in Monday, immediately became available for download. His debut album, More Than A Dream, will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, (June 25). “The past few months have been an experience like no other,” said Harrison. “This show, through Seal and the other artists, has given me so much and provided an amazing launch pad into my career. “Seal always said, ‘coaches don’t win, the artists do’, but in this case I feel we both have. I feel I am better because of Seal, and because of my experience on this show.” Harrison first won the nation’s affection with his rendition of Josh Groban’s Broken Vow in the Blind Auditions. He chose Seal, last year’s winning coach, to guide him on his journey to victory on The Voice. In the Battle Rounds, Harrison was paired with 27-year-old music pastor Tim Moxey, performing the Josh Groban classic, You Raise Me Up. Harrison continued his unique ‘popera’ style through the Live Shows, performing his own original song, More Than A Dream.

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The Buzz Tour de Crawf kicks off In hospital

● Shane Crawford ● Yvonne Lawrence ■ Observer columnist Yvonne Lawrence has been hospitalised after being rushed to hospital after suffering a fractured hip following a fall at her home. Yvonne was recovering from broken ribs, after an earlier fall. Yvonne’s colleagues at the Observer wish her a speedy recovery. ■ Observer columnist Di Rolle is also on the sick list. Her doctor ordered her to stop work, and stay in bed, after Di was struck down with a winter flu.

■ Football identity Shane Crawford heads off on his cycle ride tomorrow (Thurs.) from Melbourne to Perth in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia. His departure will be from 7am at Crown Riverwalk. Tour de Crawf will kick off at the official farewell, hosted by Garry Lyon and James Brayshaw from The AFL Footy Show. There will be a musical performance from Melbourne’s Michael Paynter, seen recently on The Voice.

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● Captain Baxter ■ Winners of the Captain Baxter dinner-for-two vouchers are:

■ Brendon Bartlett. 55 Noorong Ave, Bundoora. ■ Peter Hanningan. 7/4 Allard St, Brunswick West. ■ Donald Davy. 4/13 The Glen, Ferntree Gully. ■ Janet Anderson. 211 Parer Rd, Airport West. ■ Colin Nesbit. 96 Langs Rd, Ascot Vale. ■ Tim Glennen. 17 Moreton Cr, Bundoora. ■ M. Perry. 1/171 Sunshine Ave, St Albans. ■ Simon Reynolds. 13 Mephan St, Footscray. ■ Monica Cutler. 3/32 Walmer St, Kew. ■ Elizabeth Coombes. 370 Burwood Hwy, Burwood.

● Olivia Sproule portrays the Genie in Eltham Little Theatre's production of Disney's Aladdin Jr., being presented from July 12-21. ■ Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! This is the setting for Eltham Little Theatre's production of Disney's Aladdin Jr, playing at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd, Research, from July 12 - 21. Directed by John Leahy, favorite characters include Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audience spirits will soar with excitement. Tickets: $22.50/$17.50. Bookings: www.elthamlittletheatre. org.au or by email eltboxoffice@gmail.com - Cheryl Threadgold gallery C3 is launching its latest exhibition tonight (Wed.) ★Artist-run 6pm - 8pm, until Sunday, July 7, at Abbostford Convent. The 23rd annual Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search for 2013 ar ★ rives in Melbourne on Saturday, July 6, from 9am at Westfield Southland. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival attracted more than ★ 40,000 people to nearly 100 events over 10 days. Publicist Prue Bassett says box office revenues exceeded the record-breaking figures achieved last year with more than half of the events playing to full houses.

Melbourne Moments Back on deck

Shapes of Rush

■ Sir David Attenborough has recovered well from a heart operation and he has received the all clear to travel to Australia to complete his sell-out A Life On Earth tour in July. The appearances will be held at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre Plenary on ThursdayFriday, July 11-12. ““Thank you everyone for all your wonderful and kind messages. Everything went well. I will see you in Australia very soon,” Sir David soon. Patrons with tickets to the June shows in Melbourne (Ticket-master) will be contacted by the agency.

■ A free exhibition celebrating characters created by Australian icon, Geoffrey Rush, will be staged by the Arts Centre Melbourne. The free exhibition in Gallery 1 from will be held from July 6- September 29. The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush will reflect on his many achievements to date and explore his ability to inhabit characters through what is described as a “remarkable physical and verbal dexterity”. The exhibition includes costumes, photographs, moving image and personal items.

● Sir David Attenborough

● Laurie Oakes ● Billy McMahon ■ Howard Sattler’s questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard about the sexuality of her partner Tim Mathieson brought back memories for Canberra political journalist Laurie Oakes this week. “Back in the 1970s a reporter from the now defunct Sunday Observer newspaper in Melbourne phoned Lady Sonia McMahon with a similar line of questioning to Sattler's,” Oakes wrote in News Limited papers at the weekend. “Did Lady McMahon know that people were saying her husband, former Liberal PM Sir William McMahon, was homosexual? Her response gave the paper the headline it wanted. ‘My Billy's No Poofter - Sonia Tells’. Former Observer scribe Mike Frazer thinks that reporter Jacqui Johnson may have asked the question of Lady Sonia around Melbourne Cup time. If it was prior to the 1972 Federal Election, this would have been under the editorship of John Sorell. Perhaps it was after Billy McMahon’s electoral defeat, so it could well have been under the later Observer editorship of Chris Forsyth, Brian Blackwell or Alan Armsden. If a reader has a copy, or knows more, we would love to hear. ● editor@melbourneobserver.com.au PO Box 1278, Research, Vic 3095

Aust. Dance Theatre returns ■ After a 10-year absence from Melbourne, Australian Dance Theatre returns with the technologically remarkable Proximity from Thursday-Saturday, August 15-18 at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse. Artistic Director and choreographer Garry Stewart worked with French video engineer Thomas Pachoud in Proximity to create an astonishing dialogue between dance and real-time video manipulation. artscentremelbourne.com.au

Helpmann Awards ■ Nominations for this years’ Helpmann Awards will be announced on Monday (June 24) at the Arts Centre. Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne have been announced as hosts for the awards to be staged at the Sydney Opera House on Monday, July 29. The awards will be broadcast on Foxtel’s Arena channel.

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MELBOURNE’S NEWEST TRIPLE THREAT

■ In the entertainment industry, the term 'triple threat' usually refers to a performer who excels in acting, singing, and dancing. A few 'triple threats' immediately spring to mind - Lisa McCune, Mike Snell, Rob Mills and Hugh Jackman. The 'triple threat' term has taken on another meaning because of the three talented Directors of Sidebar Productions - Joanne Nguyen, Deanna Ortuso and Amy Coutts, who were casting for their comedy television series pilot series in Melbourne. Having been officially invited by the producers to audition for the pilot's only male role, Julién, I had to come clean (with a side-step, spin and a finger breakdance), explaining I was already committed to my morning melody bathroom project - Legally Bombed. 'SNAPS for thinking of me though!' Having read the synopsis I was impressed by their vision and the show's quirky appeal, yet I couldn't understand why they suggested I audition for the role. According to the character description, Julién is a washed up ballroom dance champion who is forced to teach a community female dance class following a DUI misconduct and only cares about his appearance, mirrors and has quite a hair-style. I couldn't resist popping into the studio and visited Sidebar's Audition Porch (that reminded me of the judge's desk on X-Factor) to learn more about

Audition Porch Thoughts

the show, the audition process and meet the three creative minds who as professional actors, writers and producers in their own right, are often referred to as Melbourne's 'triple threat' in the showbiz industry. We have established that with my current project I won't have the level of commitment you need to play the role. As you all seem happy about that, who are you hoping will fit the bill of Julién? Jo: We have invited several actors to audition for the role of Julién (pronounced Zhoo-lee-UHNG); all of whom visually fit the bill so we're keeping our fingers-crossed that one of the remaining actors will bring Julién's character to life in the way that we envisage him. As for you, your hairstyle screams [obscure hand movement]...je ne sais quoi - I don't think it's quite up to the calibre we have seen or can expect to see for this role ...

Off The Porch Thought For The Day Cam Faull Actor – Cast for role of Julién “I was very excited to be auditioning for the role of Julién. I love getting an exciting character to play. He’s a washed up ballroom dance champion who has fallen on hard times having to teach Salsa to a bunch of beginners as community service for a drink driving charge. The audition itself was quite challenging. The girls threw a lot at me. It involved plenty of improvisation which I love. I felt at home with many laughs.”

If I had auditioned today, what would have been the process? Amy: Auditions this time round have been a combination of the actor preparing then performing a given scene; demonstrating what kind of thought they've given to the character and project by answering questions, and establishing their ability to think quickly on their feet through some improvisation. Our aim is to get a feel for who they are and what they'd be like to work with. This will be a Sidebar Production that the three of you officially started a year ago. What gives Sidebar its reputation of 'Professional Fun?' Jo: Sidebar Productions is committed to creating an avenue for different stakeholders in the entertainment industry to explore and excel in their fields; regardless of industry norms, stereotypes and expectations. Whether you're an actor, production assistant or entertainment lawyer, you're surrounded by a team who will support, inspire and encourage you to reach for greater heights...and keep you humble with endless laughs along the way! How did Sidebar Productions come to be? Deanna: We were all being mentored by the same acting coaches and found ourselves meeting up for coffee socially. Quick catch-ups led to politely being ushered out of restaurants at closing time, after hours of inspiration. With each of us having individual goals and discovering we were on the same path, we joined forces to help each other achieve more quickly. There are a lot of young faces working behind the scenes today, including yourselves; do you have designated roles in running the company? Amy: A young face doesn't mean a young mind ... but I'm sure Joanne will happily pass along your compliments to her cosmetic surgeon! We share the running of the business equally; each focusing on the areas that optimise our strengths. Our designated roles can change depending on the requirements of each project, but first and foremost we are actor/writer/producers. What are your backgrounds? Deanna: On the business end, we have experience in a surprising range of fields; Amy in Education, Joanne

SIDEBAR PRODUCTIONS

● Sidebar Productions Directors - Joanne Nguyen, Deanna Ortuso and Amy Coutt Photo: Kon Iatrou in property development and myself hoops that we put up for them - no as a production assistant/production questions asked - which is a wondermanager and worked in the oil and cas ful sign of things to come when we work together as a cast. industry. After you have cast the role of I've read a brief overview about the Series Pilot, what is the Julién today, what's the next major step for the production? show based on? Jo: We'll film a 10-min 'teaser' of Deanna: It's your classic Aussie underdog tale based around a commu- the Series Pilot for prospective invesnity Salsa dance class. Taught by tors and the major networks to illusfallen star Julién, the class consists trate the direction we're headed and of five eager-but-oh-so-rhythmically- where the series could potentially go. Following that, we're headed to the challenged Melbourne women. It sounds hilarious and way nearest Taquería for burritos and a out there; that certainly appeals night of margaritas. I've heard a few rumours that to me. In what genre are you going to write and produce it for you are looking for a name for the show with the help of VictoTV? Deanna: It's a half-hour comedy rians. Is that rumour true? Deanna: Yes. The original name series over eight episodes, whose characters will warm their way into The Salsa Plays doesn't seem to be your hearts; have you laughing uncon- translating to screen. We are inviting trollably and keep you coming back people to our Facebook page to learn more about our productions and help week after week for more. Think old school comedy with a us name the series. www.facebook.com/ modern day mockumentary spin that SidebarProductions will seem both familiar yet unlike anyIf the actor who is cast for thing you've ever seen before. You've been auditioning for Julién just happens to fall over the past two weeks, what have and you need a replacement, do been some funny highlights dur- you think I could whip down to the hairdresser and be invited ing the process? Amy: Casting Julién for sure. back? [Queue chirping crickets as all I've been reading for the auditions and it's been hard for me to keep a straight stare blankly at each other] What is your collective Porch face. There's some wonderful comedic Thought For The Day? Sidebar Productions: Forget male talent in Melbourne and we are privileged to see them in action. tall poppy syndrome; be Seeing people dancing and improvis- unapologetically, authentically you ing as their characters, gosh it was (but not at the expense of others) and help enough others achieve their goals hard to keep the smile off my face. People just jumped through the and you'll in turn achieve yours!


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Fiddler On The Roof

● Nicola Bird (left), Emma Welsh, Emma Harris and Emily Carter portray The Daughters in Fiddler On The Roof at the Karralyka Theatre, Ringwood, until June 22. Photo: Jo Buckingham ■ MDMS (Mountain District Music SoThe daughters and their lovers were impresciety) presented Fiddler On The Roof at the sive in their roles as they challenged tradition. Karralyka Theatre, Mines Rd, Ringwood This show was beautifully choreographed by East, directed by Paul Watson, musical di- Kaela Bruchett and this added greatly to the rection Ryan Jacobs and choreography by enjoyment of the night. Kaela Bruchett. Particular highlights were the Dream SeFiddler On The Roof, set in a little Rus- quence, and at the wedding the Bottle Dance sian town of Anatevka, tells the story of which was superbly performed. Tevye, a poor dairyman, who tries to instil in This performance of Fiddler was as near to his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit perfect as you could get and again highlights community, as together they face change in the amount of talent that we have in commusocial mores, rising instability and growing anti- nity theatre. There was a cast of 37 performers Semitism in Czarist Russia. with everyone giving 100 per cent. Paul Watson’s direction gave this musical The 27-piece orchestra under the baton of a new look with a box set and excellent lighting Ryan Jacobs was excellent. Phillip Ness by Jason Bovaird. provided excellent sound. Paul Watson is a brilliant director and has This is a family show that this reviewer has cast very well with outstanding performances no hesitation in encouraging people to go along with his lead characters and large ensemble. and enjoy. The opening number Tradition with Tevye Fiddler On The Roof continues at the and the whole cast, set the scene for a wonder- Karralyka Theatre, Mines Rd, Ringwood ful night of musical theatre. East until Saturday (June 22) with a matinee Tevye was played by Adrian Carr, who on Saturday (June 22) at 2pm, Evening shows gave a superb performance in his role and at commence at 8pm. all times was very much the Jewish milkman To book tickets go to www.trybooking. and father to his five daughters. com or email tickets@mdms.org.au or call Victoria Zainal as Golde was perfect Chris on 0402 221 681 for the role and gave a wonderful interpretation - Brian Amos as Mother and wife of Tevye. Radio Eastern 98.1, Croydon

■ Victorian chiropractor Dr Malcolm Hooper has been found by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have engaged in unprofessional conduct. The Tribunal, comprising presiding member Robert Davis, Dr B Draper and Dr J Waterhouse, heard allegations including: ■ unorthodox treatment for cerebral palsy ■ failure to make proper assessment ■ failure to obtain informed consenty ■ misleading and deceptive conduct. The Tribunal heard that Dr Hooper prescribed hyperbaric oxygen treatment for a patient with cerebral palsy. Dr Hooper was alleged to have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct on his website, VCAT was told by the Chiropractic Board of Australia. The Tribunal heard that Dr Hooper graduated 30 years ago as a chiropractor, practising in Collins St, Melbourne. The Tribunal was told that Dr Hooper recommended 140-150 hours of hyperbaric treatment at up to $140 per hour, and 40-60 hours on a Loromat walking machine at $220 an hour. When the patient, a pensioner, expressed doubts over being able to pay, Dr Hooper is alleged to have suggested community fund-raising. The debt grew to more than $50,000. and the patient made a video supporting the doctor’s work. VCAT is yet to publish its action against Dr Hooper.

City Desk: Hidden Treasure at Eltham ........... Page 3 Melbourne People: Been and seen .............. Page 6 Tribute: Helen Cronin remembered .............. Page 7 Pictorial: Survivors veterans meet .............. Page 8 Melb. Confidential: King Kong bombs .......... Page 9 Long Shots: Vale Peter Holloway ................. Page 10 Gavin Wood: Live from West Hollywood ....... Page 11 Melbourne Extra: Outback Legend ............. Page 12 Readers’ Club: Birthdays, recipes, fun ........ Page 14 Travel and Wine: David Ellis reports ............ Page 87 Footy Week: Harry Beitzel’s analysis ......... Page 102 King Kong reviews Radio Confidential Veritas, The Spoiler Local Theatre

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THE TOP 5 COMMENTS HEARD AT OPENING NIGHT OF ‘KING KONG’. 5. "Darling, put that banana away ... you can't feed the cast.” 4. "No, he is not related to Donkey Kong!" 3. "What do you mean that's not a vine he's swinging on?" 2. "Yes, after the show it's back to Robert Doyle's joint for drinks.” 1. "No, that isn't the star … that's Matt Preston.”

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Aussie cash timebomb ■ “Australia is a leveraged time bomb ready to blow,” said The Financial Post, predicting a reckoning day for inflated Aussie home prices.

Duchess fined $1200 ■ Magistrate Kay Robertson is hoping a $1200 fine imposed on Stephanie Martin, the Duchess of Welbergen, ofGoornong, for three breaches of an intervention order will put an end to a feud with neighbour Helen Hartup.

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Soul And Gospel perform ■ Featuring Melbourne Singers of Gospel, Sweethearts and introducing the MSG Youth Chorus, Soulfood, celebrates youth in two shows on June 29 at St Kilda Town Hall. Led by Darren Wicks, Souldfood features the 80 voices of Melbourne Singers of Gospel. Soulfood also showcases Sweethearts, Geelong’s 20piece neo-soul sensation: the only all-female school band to tour internationally to the Montreux Jazz (Switzerland) and Poretta Soul Music (Italy) Festivals. Date: Saturday, June 29. Time: Matinee 3pm and Evening 8pm Tickets: Full $30 Concession $25 Venue: St Kilda Town Hall, Carlisle St, St Kilda

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Step down ■ Harold Mitchell, prominent player in Australia’s media agency world, is preparing to step down from the helm of the company he turned into Australia’s largest media buying agency. He is due to make an announcement next month. He has an estimated fortune of a third of a billion dollars, says Mumbrella.

● Harold Mitchell

■ The State Library of Victoria has announced the recipients of the 2013-14 Creative Fellowships, a program started 10years ago. Some 15 paid and one honorary fellowships were awarded with a total value of $242, 500. CEO and State Librarian Sue Roberts said the fellowships represented a significant investment in creative endeavour in Victoria. Winners include Kaz Cooke, Joanne Oliver, Rachel Buchanan, Mike Brady and Brenton Broadstock, Adrian McNeil, Nicole Lindsay, Max Allen, Bernard Caleo and Alex McDermott. Four Dome Centenary Fellowships, each valued at $25,000, have been awarded to Penelope Bartlau; David Allen; Carolyn Watson; Alicia Sometimes, Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean Whelan. The Redmond Barry Fellowship goes to Marguerita Stephens. The La Trobe Society Fellowship is awarded to Madonna Grehan. The La Trobe Society Honorary Fellowship goes to Caroline Clemente.

Editor moves on

● Phil Gardner: leaving the Herald Sun

Survivors come together

● Melbourne media veterans Dan Webb, Bill Passick and Don Kinsey were at the Survivors luncheon at South Melbourne on Saturday. Bill was Dan’s first turntable boy at 3DB. More pictures on Page 8.

Fox FM’s special show

● Lucy Durack and Adam Richard are seen in the special Fox FM show of Legally Blonde The Musical at the Princess Theatre.

To meet Justin Beiber

● Popular Melbourne graphic artist Maris O’Sullivan and daughter Siena have won a trip to Los Angeles to meet entertainer Justin Beiber. Maris often assists with publicity for Melbourne showbiz events.

Idina Menzel visits Melbourne

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■ After 28 years with The Herald & Weekly Times and associated companies, Phil Gardner left the media organisation on Monday (June 17). Phil had most recently been Editor-in-Chief of the Herald Sun, Sunday Herald Sun and MX. News Limited CEO Kim Williams said Phil arrived in Australia from South Africa in 1985 with $200 in his pocket. “There comes a time for all of us to move on,” Gardner said in a media release. “I leave with a great sense of achievement, many fond memories and friends.”

■ Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel, star of Broadway's Wicked, the original stage production of Rent and TV'sGlee, will perform for one night only in at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday, June 30. Performing with the 55-piece Melbourne Pops Orchestra, Menzel will demonstrate why she is one of the great performers of our time with a diverse repertoire of classic pop and musical theatre favourites, including hits from Wicked and Rent. Garnering huge critical acclaim Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film, television, and in music. Menzel is a favourite in the smash hit television series Glee, as Shelby Corcoran, and guest appearances in the US television series Private Practice and starred in Disney's romantic fable Enchanted. Booking: Artscentremelbourne.com.au 1300 182 183 and Ticketmaster.com.au 136 100. Tickets from $95.00 Presenter: Tim Woods and The Music House.

In Hong Kong ■ 3AW sports commentator Shane McInnes made good use of the split round of AFL footy ... with a quick week-long mid-year holiday in Hong Kong. After six years at the station, Shane called his first Saturday afternoon match.

● Shane McInnes in the Hong Kong mist


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TRIBUTES FOR HELEN CRONIN Smith St Dreaming

Briefs Farewell

THE BARREL ‘Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.’ Lest we forget, Derryn

● Denzil Howson ■ We are sad to report the passing of Dot Howson, wife of the late Denzil Howson, Melbourne TV pioneer. Family friend Des Ford says: “Dot died quickly and peacefully in Bur-wood. She was a tony, active powerhouse to the end and was in her 90s.”

In hospital

● David Mann ■ Melbourne radio man David Mann has been in Epworth Hospital for a week, after suffering severe food poisoning in Bali. David Mann is Promotions and Marketing Manager of 3AW and Magic 1278.

Gypsy ■ The Production Company’s official opening night for Gypsy with Caroline O’Connor will be Wed., July 10.

● Helen Cronin ■ Mourners gathered at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Camberwell, on Thursday (June 13) for a service celebrating the life of Helen Margaret Cronin, who died at Caritas Christi, Kew, on June 7, after illness. Helen was the wife of Paul Cronin, best known for his acting roles in The Sullivans and Matlock Police. Paul was also known as a long-time stand-in host for a number of years on 3AW’s Nightline and Remember When. Helen and Paul had been married at the same Riversdale Rd church, 54 years previously. Helen was mother of Jane, Katherine, Susanne and Juliana. Leading the service was Fr Paul Rankin, assisted by TV personality Pete Smith, who described Helen as “a wonderful lady”. Bert and Patti Newton, who attended the service, used similar words in a press tribute. The folk of Seasus Farm described their friend as “the most beautiful, strong, stylish lady”. Notices included those from Matlock Police acting colleague Tom Richards; and also grandchildren who called her ‘Ma’ and ‘Minnie’. Other showbiz mourners at the service included Lorraine Bayly, Philip Brady, Terry Donovan, Reg Gorman, Dennis and Carol Smith, John-Michael Howson and Kevin Trask. Mourners were reminded that in addition to a busy family life, Helen had been the negotiator and business manager for husband Paul’s professional interests. An Irish Blessing was recited by brother-in-law Gerard Brown; readings were offered by grand-daughters Ysabel Cronin-Guss and Mimi Permezel; reflection were shared by daughter Suzanne Permezel grand-daughter Jessica Hemingway, and daughter Jules Cronin-Guss. Pall bearers were David Permezel, Alistair Guss, Aaron Kyle, Charlie Permezel, Harry Permezel and Angus Cronin-Guss. A gathering was held afterwards at the Toorak home of David and Susanne Permezel.

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● Musician Bart Willoughby will perform in Smith Street Dreaming on Saturday, July 20 in Collingwood. ■ Yarra City Council, Music Victoria, PBSFM and Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will present Smith Street Dreaming, an afternoon of Aboriginal music on Saturday, July 20 from 1pm5pm, with performances from 2pm. Smith Street Dreaming is about promoting awareness of Aboriginal culture and encouraging better relationships amongst the community on and around Smith St . Yarra City Council is working in partnership with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and with groups including the Aboriginal community, justice and outreach workers, Victoria Police, North Yarra Community Health Centre and the Smith Street Business Association. The event is programmed by Jason Tamiru and will feature well known Aboriginal musicians Bart Willoughby, Kutcha Edwards and Illana Atkinson and The Deans. Members of the local community will be invited to develop a streetscape for the event that will include seating, heating and wet weather cover, as well as artistic elements and a ceremonial fire. Architects from Here Studios will assist community members with creating this special gathering place. A free barbecue will be provided by the Margaret Oats Food Van and the Rotary Club of Collingwood which have been serving free meals for many years. No alcohol will be available for purchase at the event and Smith Street Dreaming has a no alcohol policy. This event will be supported volunteers and members of the local community. - Cheryl Threadgold

Andrew O’Keefe out of Superstar ■ Deal Or No Deal host Andrew O’Keefe was forced to withdraw from the Melbourne performances of Jesus Christ Superstar held at Rod Laver Arena at the weekend. O’Keefe suffered a ruptured disc, and doctors ordered him not to continue in the role of King Herod. Leon Craig took over the role. O’Keefe said: ““I sincerely regret having to withdraw from this magnificent musical and would like to thank the Really Useful Group, Frontier and the entire cast and crew for taking me in to such a terrific production. I’m devastated I can’t finish off the Australian tour.” The show features Tim Minchin as Judas, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Jon Stevens as Pontius Pilate and Ben Forster as Jesus Christ.

● David Koch with Derryn Hinch ■ If the matter was not so serious, you could almost classify it as comedy. There was motormouth Derryn Hinch, with his confected frown, telling the Sunrise audience how furious he was about Perth radio man Howard Sattler’s questioning of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Channelling his days as a headline writer of the Sydney Sun newspaper, Hinch delighted in namecalling Sattler as ‘Howard The Coward’. More than once. Hinch rebuked Sattler for “disrespect for the office of Prime Minister”. The Barrel is old enough to remember Hinch going to air revealing, against their wishes, that former South Australian Premier Don Dunstan’s wife, Adele Koh, had cancer. What a despicable thing to do to a sick person. So much for respect for a politcal office. So much for respect for a fellow human being.

No farewell drinks ■ What a happy team they are at Fairfax Media joint venture, Metro Media Publishing, which publishes a shrinking number of community newspapers across Melbourne. MMP is publishing the final editions of seven newspapers today, closing titles including Peninsula, Frankston, Casey, Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges Weekly. Some 32 staff were giv- ● Greg Hywood, Fairfax CEO en the heave-ho on Friday, and many wanted to have a farewell drink with their colleagues. MMP reportedly refused them permission, saying they would no longer be employees after 5pm, and therefore would not be allowed on the premises. Cheers ... and thanks for your years of service ...now get out!

Straight talking Colonel

● Lieutenant-General David Morrison ■ What a powerful Australian Army leader we have in Lieutenant-General David Morrison. The Barrel is glad this warrior is on our side. After facing the media last week, Lt.-Gen. Morrison sent a video to Army staff, explaining zero tolerance towards sexist behaviour with workmates. “If that doesn’t suit you, get out. “I will be ruthless in ridding the Army of people who cannot live up to its values. “If you are not up to it, find something else to do with your life.” The boss didn’t blink in his three-minute video.


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Melbourne People

● Survivors Club chairman Ron Tudor with Bruce McKay

● John Worthy with Dean Reynolds

● Pete Smith with Barrie Bell

● Ted Ryan with Ray Benson

● Ian Stewart with Garry Stewart

● Nevill Sherburn and Chris Bahen

● Peter Booth (ABC) with Bob O’Kane (Rising Sun Hotel)

● Keith Livingston and Mike Menner

‘The Survivors’ Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne Photos: Ash Long


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Confidential Melbourne

Talk is cheap, gossip is priceless

‘KING KONG’ BOMBS WITH THE CRITICS

Bitch Melbourne’s Secrets

Jennifer gets political

● Jennifer Hansen ■ Former Channel 10 newsreader Jennifer Hansen has gone political ... with calls for Liberal politician Mal Brough to stand down. Jennifer took to her website to slam Brough for the controversial menu that made crude references to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “Regardless of whether the Julia Gillard menu monstrosity was actually on tables on the night of a fundraiser for Mal Brough, or not - the shameful fact is, that the rest of the world believs it was. “Just in case you haven’t read about it by now, the menu, designed for this Liberal National Party funraiser listed one dish as ‘Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail: small breasts, hug thighs and a big red box’,” Jennifer wrote. “It’s downright revolting.” “The big question for me is why was Mal Brough apologising for the menu yesterday morning – denouncing it as ‘offensive and inappropriate’ – but then took another 10 hours to bring the restaurant owner into the scandal to claim the menu was never distributed on the night? “Why didn’t Mal say that in the first place? The public can’t help but help question his credibility when such a time difference smacks of slamming the gate shut after the chicken has flown the coop? “What kind of representative of the people will he be if he can’t manage a crisis and stop a tsunami of global outrage? Jen, and husband Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours), have always had an interest in left-leaning politics. ‘Fletch’ has been State President of the actors’ union, the Media Arts and Alliance.

Off-air for birthday ■ Birthday celebrations are starting so early for Judy Banks-Phillips tomorrow (Thurs.) ... so early that she has decided not to go near the Sugar And Spice microphone on Mornington Peninsula station 3RPP-FM. Instead, the station will repeat a special broadcast on the life of Melbourne TV ventriloquist, Ron Blaskett, now 91.

■ The multi-million dollar production of King Kong proved a flop amongst some of Melbourne’s media people at the weekend. Seven News reporter Dean Felton sent out a social media message to his friends: “At King Kong. Regent Theatre. Intermission. Wondering when would be the earliest moment in the second half that we could politely sneak out. It ain't good. “Some aspects are brilliant. But there aren't enough of them to compensate for the dreadful bits. It's a shame. Dean’s words were brave. His employer is one of the media spon-

● Dean Felton

● King Kong sors of the production. Dean’s friend, Veronica Castro said: “The only good thing was the puppet! Other than that very average indeed. No way it's making it to Broadway!” 3AW producer and sometime presenter, Simon Owens, said: “It won't be to everyone's taste but the puppetry is amazing and the cast did a great job. There are some very talented singers in that show. “Daughter Felicity says: ‘I thought he would be bigger’.” Critic Sam at AussieTheatre. com.au said: “There were two things I loved about the show – the King Kong puppet, and Esther Hannaford. Everything else ranged

Audience says show is a flop

Rumour Mill

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Gorgi Coghlan did not agree; she enjoyed the show but had a warning for parents, on Twitter: “Saw King Kong the musical last night and loved it.Thoroughly entertaining. Don't take the kids, too scary! It's the modern musical, brilliant.”

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● Dame Elisabeth Murdoch ■ There has been much ink used already on this week’s news that Rupert Murdoch has lodged divorce papers. One yarn has it that the late Melbourne matriarch, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, refused to meet Rupert’s third wife, Wendi.

● Simon Owens

AussieTheatre.com.au forum contributor Sam was far from impressed with King Kong, which officially opened at the Regent Theatre on Saturday night: “Queenie van der Zandt sung amazingly well but her main character is completely ridiculous and her songs are awful.” “Another significant thing (I think) is that there was no standing ovation. The audience response was pretty tepid throughout – the applause after songs seemed obligatory, it was only the big Kong set pieces that got some hoots and cheers.”

Refusal

The Bizzo

Hear It Here First

Fairfax Radio mystery

● Ian Nicholls ■ 3AW’s Nightline program last week allowed a caller to go to air with details about the personal life of radio veteran Ian Nicholls. Lawyers may be contacting AW manager Shane Healy cohosts Philip Brady and Bruce Mansfield, and producer Ken Francis.

Sacked

Geoffrey Tyler told his Twitter friends: “So crazy! This will either be a great success or a colossal bomb!”

Nicki W, writing on TripAdvisor.com.au, said: “Are we the only ones that thought the musical was the worst they've seen? King Kong himself was incredible - jaw dropping - and the team maneuvering him were the best on stage. The main cast were good vocalists but not great performers.

“Whenever the cast came together for a group number I blocked my ears and frowned. It was horrible! The music was a mish mash of old show tunes, drum and bass, and techno and produced very poorly. It was actually uncomfortable to listen to.

“We felt no connection to the characters, so when they would sing a heartfelt ballad we had no idea what they were singing about nor did we feel any passion ... it looked like something they did at my Year 10 play.”

● Judy Banks

from ‘meh’ to abysmal ... the score is appalling – it makes Bono and the Edge look like Lerner and Loewe. “"I suspect New York critics would slaughter the show.” AussieTheatre forum contributor ‘Innocent Chick’ said: “I was a bit disappointed by the score though – I liked some songs but no real standouts for me. The female ensemble choreography sequences seemed out of place and I honestly cringed – who decided to go that direction with this? I do hope the show does well though as it was very expensive – there are some fantastic elements to it – but I was let down by some parts of it.”. More on P91

Whispers

● Julia Gillard with Howard Sattler ■ Fairfax Radio host Howard Sattler says he is taking legal action after being sacked from his 6PR ‘Drive’ program. This followd his questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson. Meanwhile, at sister station 3AW in Melbourne, weren’t there rumours broadcast in the past month on the breakfast program (Ross Stevenson and John Burns) speculating that the ‘First Bloke’ might be living elsewhere? Was there not an item on the 3AW website, since removed, that Tim Mathieson had purchased a property at Jamieson in rural Victoria? Will there be any dismissals at 3AW over THAT reporting on Tim’s private life. We suspect not.

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● Dymphna James ■ Pacific Magazines has sacked its Director of Advertising Sales, Dymphna James. Group Sales Manager Kelly Purcell has also be made redundant in the changes announced by CEO Nick Chan. Commercial Director Peter Zavecz will take direct responsibility for sales.


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■ The Rev. Peter (Charles Turley) Holloway was farewelled yesterday (Tues.) afternoon at a service held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Westmeadows. Peter passed away on Thursday, aged 92. He was believed to have been the oldest Anglican priest with a licence to officiate in his home state of Victoria. As well as regular priestly duties, Peter had been a long-serving chaplain for Tullamarine Airport. Peter had served as President of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains from 1980 to 1984. His aviation history dates back to World War II, when he conducted many aerial operations with his soldier colleagues over New Guinea. In the week prior to his passing, he addressed a gathering of veterans in Cairns. Peter had been a machine gunner in the 39th Battalion. Yesterday’s service was followed by burial at Bulla Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requested that donations be made to St Margaret's Hospital Oro Province in Papua New Guinea. Our condolences.

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West Hollywood

MELBOURNE WOMEN TAKE ON L.A.

From my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites on Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood comes this weeks news.

■ Unearth Talent cofounders Kellie Langmaid and Katie O'Mara from Melbourne certainly hit the L.A. ground running. The girls were a powerhouse in getting one of their clients, singer Shania Whiteroad from Burnie, Tasmania into one of the most exclusive recording studios in the Hollywood Hills. Shania sang at Cactus Studios for David J. Holman who produced many successful albums for Olivia NewtonJohn, No Doubt and just recently Leanne Kingwell from St. Kilda. Kellie and Katie met with top end agents and management companies which will support their business and website. www.unearthtalent.com

L.A. Pride Festival and Parade

■ More than 400,000 people converged on Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, for the Annual Christopher Street West's 43rd ‘L.A. Pride Festival and Parade’. Mayor of Los Angeles, the Governor of California, Chief of Police and various public officials were in attendance. Live entertainment featured singer Luciana who has collaborated with Kylie Min-

● Shania Whiteroad, Katie O'Mara, Gavin Wood and Kellie Langmaid

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From my Suite at the Ramada Plaza Complex on Santa Monica Blvd ogue, French Kiss, D.J's Milk, Deadmau5 with additional performances from Judith Hill and the Pointer Sisters concluded the weekend

parade. Revellers celebrated on the balconies of the Ramada Plaza on Santa Monica Blvd. during the parade.

● Part of the LA Pride Festival and Parade crowd atop the Ramada Plaza

New addition to Ramada Plaza

■ The official opening of ‘Flywheel’ was held at the Ramada Plaza. Flywheel's first location in Los Angeles is located in the centre of West Hollywood above Starbucks at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites. Flywheel West Hollywood features Flywheel's signature stadium cycling classes complete with performance tracking technology, theatre lighting and complimentary shoes and towels with every ride. Every Flywheel ride delivers a high-intensity cardio workout in a fun, welcoming and energetic atmosphere. Stars already lining up to try Flywheel include Diane Keaton, Jessica Alba, Brittany Snow and Kyra Sedgwick,

● Invitation to the Gabors

New owner for Gabor Estate

■ Zsa Zsa Gabor's Bel-Air estate has been sold for $11 million. The home was built in 1955 with 28 rooms including six bedrooms and seven bathrooms with 8,878 square feet of living areas. Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley originally owned the Estate. Zsa Zsa brought the estate for $280,000 in 1973. I received an invitation to her birthday by Prince Federic.

Award for Hollywood star

■ Iconic actress and singer Debbie Reynolds was presented with the Mary Pickford award during the Heroes of Hollywood Awards this week. The award is given to an honorable woman who has shown a commitment to excellence, made contributions to community service and displayed innovative leadership, among other criteria.

● Debbie Reynolds

See you poolside

● Jessica Alba

● Flywheel at the Ramada Plaza

● Diane Keaton

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■ The world loved Audrey Hepburn. She was a beautiful, elegant, stage and film actress who captured our hearts during her film career. In her later years she devoted her life to humanitarian work which will never be forgotten. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1953 and was nominated for an Academy Award on three other occasions. Audrey Kathleen Ruston was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1929. Her parents, Joseph Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra, had both been previously married and Audrey had two half-brothers. Her father was an English banker. Joseph and Ella broke up in 1935 and Audrey attended school in England as a British citizen. In 1939 her mother moved the family back to the Netherlands believing that they would be safe from German attack. Audrey and her family went through a horrific time during the war years. Audrey suffered from malnutrition, anemia and respiratory problems. It was during the liberation at the end of the war that she witnessed the relief work of the United Nations and later in her life this led to her outstanding work with UNICEF. Audrey studied ballet and reached a very high level before deciding to concentrate on being an actress. Audrey performed in many musical productions on London's West End and played small

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Whatever Happened To ... Audrey Hepburn By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM roles in British films. She was very intelligent and fluent in five languages. Audrey won the leading role in the Broadway play Gigi which opened at the Fulton Theatre in 1951 and ran for 219 performances. When she auditioned for the role of the Princess in the film Roman Holiday director Billy Wyler cast her immediately. Her co-star Gregory Peck insisted that she be given equal billing because he knew that this young woman of 24 years of age was going to be a huge star in the future. Gregory was right and Audrey won not only the Academy Award for best actress in Roman Holiday but also the BAFTA and the Golden Globe awards.

● Audrey Hepburn She was signed to a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures. During her career Audrey Hepburn starred in some wonderful films which included Sabrina, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Charade, The Nun's Story, Robin And Marian and Wait Until Dark. In 1954 she married Hollywood actor Mel Ferrer. Audrey was cast as Natasha Rostova in War And Peace and received a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for best actress. In 1957 she played opposite Fred Astaire in her first musical film, Funny Face.

Audrey was thrown from a horse during the filming of The Unforgiven and broke her back. Her first son Sean Ferrer was born in 1960. When Audrey was cast as Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, Warner Brothers Studios decided to have her singing voice dubbed by Marnie Nixon. Audrey and Mel Ferrer were divorced in 1968 and she married Andrea Dotti in 1969. The second marriage ended in divorce in 1982. On January 20, 1993, Audrey Hepburn died in her sleep from cancer at her family home. Gregory Peck tearfully read her favourite poem Unending Love on television in tribute to his dear friend and the funeral was held in Switzerland. In 1994 the film My Fair Lady was restored with an amazing 70 mm print to mark the 30th anniversary. The original sound tapes of Audrey singing the songs were discovered and her voice was restored to the soundtrack. Sadly Audrey did not live to see it but I am sure she would have been pleased. - Kevin Trask The Time Tunnel - with Bruce & PhilSundays at 8.20pm on 3AW That's Entertainment - 96.5FM Sundays at 12 Noon 96.5FM is streaming on the internet. To listen, go to www.innerfm.org.au and follow the prompts.

DINKY DECIDES ON THE QUIET LIFE

■ I've got a mate called Jim Cotterill, who began a roadside stop at a place called Stuart Well, about 100 kms south of Alice Springs. He called it ‘Jim's Place’ for a few years, but the Roads Department bureaucrats wouldn't put that name on their roadside signs, so he had to tone it down to a mere Stuart's Well, after about three years of haggling, and getting permission from various Aboriginal and historic and heritage bodies. But Jim's main claim to fame was Dinky. He was rescued as part of a litter of dingo pups when the parents were poisoned, and he became Jim's household pet. However, as Dinky grew, it was discovered that he had a musical talent, to the extent that he would hop up on to the upright piano and howl along to any musical numbers playing at the time. His favourite was Beethoven's Fur Elise. So, instead of a quiet life in the privacy of Jim's household, it was the limelight for Dinky, with an audience of the countless passing tourists, and worldwide fame over the Internet. Now, thanks to 13 years of jumping up and down on the stool and warbling, arthritis has got the better of him, and he's leading a quiet life with Jim and Mardi in Alice Springs. Good on him.

■ There are dog people, and there are cat people, and rarely these sentiments coincide. I'm a dog person - I have always had them, and still have, and love their attentiveness and their trust and their friendly gene. Don't like cats though. I don't like arrogant people much - and this extends to animals, and cats are number one here. However, it's not just their demeanour which I dislike - it's their proclivity for decimating our native Australian wildlife. In Australia's history there never have been many natural carnivorous predators of our small species of wildlife, be they marsupials or reptiles or birds. Thylacines were once never in great abundance on the mainland, and when the early Aboriginal people brought the dingo along, even they weren't very plentiful. As a result, there are, or were, many such abundant little species which had no defence against vicious predators

The Outback Legend

with Nick Le Souef Lightning Ridge Opals 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Phone 9654 4444 www.opals.net.au when they arrived and began to multiply - mainly the cat. So they began, and continue, to decimate our little creatures. Some have been recently trapped in Arnhem Land. And, because of the abundance of food for them they are reputedly ‘super cats’, weighing up to 20kgs, and reportedly the size of goats. So authorities are bringing in specially trained ‘super dogs’ from Western Australia to chase them up trees, from where they can be shot by rangers. In the bush, the only good cat is a dead cat. ■ In my childhood my father would drag me off to many parts of Australia in search of elusive, rare, and even new unknown species. He was an avid entomologist, chasing tiny little butterflies, beetles, and moths in this quest. These creatures were totally oblivious to their rarity, or their importance to science, and just hid themselves away in their bushes and burrows. So I can understand the importance of the Bush Blitz, Australia's larg-

est biodiversity discovery program, which has been operating since 2009. The 17th event has just occurred , and during that time 650 new species of creatures and plants have been discovered. The latest was 12 days at Hendry Station, just south of Alice, involving a team of 15 scientists and five teachers. A new plant was unearthed, plus a variety of spiders and bugs and bees. But the desert fish are the most amazing, according to the organisers, with their ability to adapt to their environment. Top of the list is the Desert Grunter, which has been known to swim 20 kms in six hours along a water filled tyre rut. Clever little chap. ● Dinky of Stuart Well

something crawling up my leg!" imagining one of my centipedes had escaped. There was internal movement and wriggling from the socks to the jocks! After lots of frantic grabbing and grasping we stopped and out he leapt. Down came the daks, much to our mirth, and that of Sarah and Amy who were following us, and had also stopped. It transpired than a small skink had crawled into the car, and was scuttling around in Reg's trousers. In the mayhem, it had dropped its tail, which was also wriggling around, causing further panic. Finally, wriggling tail and by this time dazed skink were located, and released to scuttle around another day! - Nick Le Souef ‘The Outback Legend’

■ I've been to the Rock dozens of times, and each time has been a little different - I've encountered freezing nights and scorching days, raging floods and fierce fires. And, of course, Mulgaras, beautiful little marsupial mice, which pop out to nibble on snacks when all the sunset viewers have left the Rock car park. But in October there will be an extravaganza of a different nature - a symphony concert. The Darwin Symphony Orchestra has had a visit to the Rock on their wish list for 20 years, and now it's about to come to pass. There will be two concerts in the lee of the edifice, and I can just imagine how spectacular these will be. I've seen many sunsets, and have been to a few stirring symphony concerts, but this combination will be spectacular.

■ One of Australia’s most successful recording bands from the 1980s, Eurogliders, are reuniting for a run of special shows throughout Victoria. With a swag of hits to their name such as Heaven (Must Be There), We Will Together, City of Soul and Can’t Wait to See You, these concerts promise to be the perfect stroll down memory lane for music fans. Eurogliders smashed onto the Australian music scene in the 80s with chart topping albums and singles. Formed by Bernie Lynch and Grace Knight, they not only toured to sell-out crowds in Australia, but also throughout NZ, Japan, the US and Canada. With Grace on vocals and Bernie on vocals and guitar, their live shows promised a powerhouse performance of anthems. The band also won a swag of Countdown and MTV awards, and were asked to perform on the MTV New Year’s Eve show which saw them perform in-front of a televised audience of 65 million globally.i to our shows, it’s as exciting as it ever was and we are so thankful for that.” Thursday, August 8. Chelsea Heights Hotel. Friday, August 9. Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel. Saturday, August 10. Ferntree Gully Hotel.

■ Whilst I've never actually dreaded it, it's always been in the back of my mind - something which can bite me crawling up my trousers! Whilst wandering around the bush, there's always such a possibility. And anyone who gets into any of my cars over the years has had such a thought, as I've often got critters in jars on board, some of which have been known to break free. I've had lizards and snakes, centipedes and scorpions and spiders crawling around at various stages. And so it was with my mate Reg last week on the way to Coober Pedy. He was sitting next to me in the passenger seat, when he leapt up - "There's

● Eurogliders are reuniting for Victorian performances

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Observer Readers’ Club The Way We Were

100 Years Ago Bairnsdale Advertiser Friday, June 20, 1913 Opening of State Parliament It was decided on Tuesday last by the State Cabinet to call Parliament together on Wednesday. July 2. An attempt is to substitute day for night sittings. Speaking on this subject. Mr Murray, the acting Premier, said: “There is a feeling among many members lof the House ..that we sho uld do our Parliamentary work in the day time, instead of doing it at night. “Personally, I have always held the view that we could, without inconvenience, meet in the morning. It would make Parliamentary life, always exactling enough very much easier for the majorily of mem bers. “This is especially true of the winter months. The Cabinet is of the opinion that a proposal to transact the work of Parliament during the day time would meet with solid approval from the Ministerial party. “Some of the members may find such an arrange ment a little inconvenient at.first, but there are so many advantages to be derived from it "that it is probable that it. will be concurred in." ★ Mr. Watt's Return Mr. W. A. Watt, Premier of Victoria, left England on his return to Melbourne onWednesdaylast. A represenattive of the Colonial Office, Sir George Reid, the High.Commissioner, the AgentGeneral for several states, and many Victorians, said farewell to him at the Victoria station. ★ Concert at Mount Taylor Last Tuesday evening a concert and coffee supper was held at Mount Taylor in. connection with the Presbyterian Church, when tliere was a very good attendance.

Melbourne Photo Flashback

● Buckley St, West Essendon, at Garnet Street about 40 years ago. Photo: Paul Nicholson

Life’s Lessons

Observer Mailbag

■ “Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” - Maya Angelou

■ Betty Sutton of Surrey Hills writes to the Editor: “Loved the gorgeous photo of your son on the front-page of the Observer. What a fine young man he is, you must be proud of him. “Congratulations to him on his award. Prayers for all of our brave servicemen and women who put their lives on the line.” ■ Tommy Dysart, Joan Brockenshire and Kole Dysart write: “Sending a wee note of big congratulations to you justly proud parents, and a king size bravo to Sgt James Long.” ■ Thanks for congratulations messages also received from: Toni Giannarelli, Ashley Browne, Debra Cooper, Colin Jones, Lachlan Macdonald, Jenny Thompson, Glenn Bear, Denise Meikle, Catherine Sercia Kouros. Andrew Hocking, Gary McQuade, Helen Eastwood, Sheila Heath, Judith Anne Dix, Victor Hiah, Julie Cavanagh, Bruce Gow, Claire Halliday, Mark Richardson, Kay Paterson, Gavin Wood, Gigi Hellmuth, Sue Rees, Peter Greenaway, John David Buckland. Sandra McCurdy, Colin Drayton, Liz Sullivan, Nicola Williams, Brenda Raven Jenkins, Joy Sugiartha, John Crane, Sue McPhee, Adrian Dwight Schonfelder, Tom Schouten, Marjorie Ann Hammer, Jenny Evans, Jacki Marcon-Green, Nathan Lay, Toby Dean, Greta Polonksy, Mark Gillies, Kevin White, Imren Kuyucu, Chris McColl, Chris Ryan, Laura Musial, Geoff Brown, Judy Jacques, Ross James, André Haermeyer, Fran Duncanson, Deb Sukarna, Lizzie Joyce, Libby Nutbean, Maurice Golden, Alex Hutchinson, Colleen Hewett, Lisa Rudd, Eddie Olek, Brad Matheson, Stuart de Young, Adam Long, Cris Jubb, Liz Sullivan, Anthony Hadj, Paul Nicholson, Kieran Long, Jeanette Martin, Gaylene Thompson, Alison Lee-Tet, Jon Michael Swinbank, Rob Richardson, Lyndall Tennant, John Vertigan, Val Wishart, Julie Kiriacoudis, Lisa Williams, Jacqueline Healy, Steve Frew, Michelle Michie, Malachi Jubb, Ash Ellis, Callum Whiteside, Joyce Lawrence, Simon Diaz, Helen Macdonald, Robert Bak, Alan Waddell, Mark Gow, Michael Mendola, Debra McLeish Bertalli, Susan Coker, Max Walker, Fiona Mackenzie, Michael Bonaddio, Rob Foenander, Sal Grimshaw, Cecily Waters, Stacey Christopoulos, Jenny Adams and Suzanne Hevey. Please accept our sincere thanks.

Words Of The Week ■ Gossip (noun). Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. ■ Viraginity. Definition: Masculine qualities in a woman.

Your Stars with Christina La Cross A ARIES (MAR 21 - APR 20) Push yourself to try something new today. I know you can do anything you set your mind to. New names in business can help you to make a crossover you've been thinking about recently. TAURUS (APR 21 - MAY 21) Today is a brand new day. Try to put yesterday behind you Taurus and deal with tomorrow when it comes. Your day can be productive and positive if you do. Dealings with property are good now. GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21) You and a close one don't seem to be getting on well. This has a lot to do with the very dramatic events you went through at the end of last month. Talks tonight can rectify this. CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23) Dressing well today gives you the edge. In fact it can leave a lasting impression on those with the power to change your future for the better. Don't flirt with an ex you know is bad news. LEO (JULY 24 - AUG 23) You'll be meeting with an array of new and compatible faces, some of who have a very good chance of making an emotional impact on you. Your element of fire may see you choosing too quickly. VIRGO (AUG 24 - SEPT 23) Things you buy at this time say a lot about how you feel and what you want. Don't be forced into answering questions you don't feel comfortable with. It's your life, isn't it? LIBRA (SEPT 24 - OCT 23) This is a great time to make up with anyone you've fallen out with as the stars hand you the gift of charm on a silver platter. Cancelled travel plans work out in your favour this week. SCORPIO (OCT 24 - NOV 22) Why should you do all the hard work in relationships? It would be worth your while taking a backseat today to hear what other people have to say. Letters and emails bring better news. SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23 - DEC 21) If you're not happy Sagittarius then do something about it. Don't dwell on what might have been, but look to what can be done to make you happy. Tonight offers you a great starting point to begin. CAPRICORN (DEC 22 - JAN 20) Why do you worry so much what other people think of you? Surely it is better to have pride in yourself than to look to others for an assessment of your character? AQUARIUS (JAN 21 - FEB 19) It's a busy week, so try to let those you may have to let down know sooner rather than later. It could mean all the difference to you being friends or becoming enemies. PISCES (FEB 20 - MARCH 20) Jupiter clears up financial disputes. A recently made promise may have to be broken for a very good reason. Try to be understanding; you will soon see why as the week goes on.

Cheerios ■ A special hello to Sheila Heath. ■ Greetings to long-time Observer subscriber Mavis Ellis, who has been in hospital. ■ We’re thinking of Bill Lyon of Ivanhoe, on the sick list.

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Birthdays/Celebrations ■ Wedenesday, June 19. Observer reader Laura Lynch of Clifton Hill is 21. ■ Thursday, June 20. Happy birthday Peter Byrne. ■ Friday, June 21. Observer reader Maureen Sutherland of Melton South is 73. Happy birthday Angela McGowan. Observer reader Jim McCrum celebrates today. SEN broadcaster Tony Schibeci is 46. ■ Saturday, June 22. John Hindle was born in 1941; he died in 2003. Bruce McAvaney is 60. Dr Peter Larkins is 59. ■ Sunday, June 23. Happy birthday to Observer reader Chris McColl. ■ Monday, June 24. Observer reader Shirley Holt of Breakwater is 80. Happy birthday to Bill Armstrong, who is 84. Observer reader Ken Milsom of Drouin is 70. ��� Tuesday, June 25. Athlete Judy Pollock is 73.

Reader Recipes

Tomato And Oat Soup Ingredients Serves : 4 3 tablespoons olive oil 5 tablespoons rolled oats 5 large tomatoes, halved and sliced 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/2 bunch coriander leaves 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preparation:10min › Cook:20min › Ready in:30min Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium low heat. Add the oats and stir until toasted. In a blender or large food processor, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1/2 of the stock and coriander. Blend until smooth. Pour tomato mixture into the pan with the toasted oats. Add the remaining stock, and bring to the boil. Add the salt, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.


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