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The hottest news about Melbourne’s A-listers

The Buzz Disney Live this summer Promises

● Mickey Mouse

● Marina Prior ■ Rehearsals have begun this week for Promises, Promises in which Marina Prior and Matt Hethrington appear for The Production Company. The show will be staged at the State Theatre, Arts Centre, from October 3-7.

From The Outer With John Pasquarelli

■ Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and favourite Disney friends Tigger, Cinderella and Disney/Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear and Woody will appear in Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show. Melbourne publicist Julie Cavanagh says the show will play at The Plenary, Melbourne Convention Centre from January 24-27. Tickets go on sale this week through Ticketmaster: A Reserve: $37.50 (family ticket $140) / B Reserve: $29.50 (family ticket $110), Julie says.

COMMENT ■ The Muslim riots abroad and in Sydney says it all and here at home we have people like Malcolm Fraser and Paul Keating to thank. It would be good to hear a Liberal remind Australians that it was Keating who saved Sheik Hilali from deportation in order to win over Muslim votes in the western suburbs of Sydney. The young Muslim child in Sydney's CBD holding aloft the placard proclaiming 'behead all those who insult the prophet' drives home the abject failure of assimilation in that case and exposes the scam that is multiculturalism. Those Muslims who are telling us how horrified they were about the violence here and abroad also need to do a bit more explaining. Surely those 'good' Sydney Muslims must have known something was on and if they were fair dinkum they should have come into Sydney and stood with the police and demanded that their fellow Muslims desist - there are some of us who believe that many Muslims employ 'good cop - bad cop' tactics in order to confuse. I can't remember any examples of 'good' Muslims demonstrating in Australian streets against the atrocities committed by militant Muslims? How many of the Sydney rioters are Australian citizens?


AW wins ratings ■ An increase in listeners accompanied 3AW’s win in the sixth of eight radio ratings surveys. 3AW achieved a 16.2 per cent share of the Melbourne audience, meausred 5.30am-Midnight, Monday-Sunday. Then followed: ABC 774, 10.8. Fox, 10.1. Gold, 7.9. Nova 100, 7.9. Triple M, 6.5. Mix, 6.2. JJJ, 5.1. Magic, 5.1. Smooth 91.5, 4.6. SEN, 4.5. ABC FM, 2.7. Radio National, 2.3. News Radio, 1.3. In the Melbourne breakfast slot, measured 5.30am-9am, Ross Stevenson and John Burns won for 3AW with 21.6 per cent. The followed: Red Symons, ANC 774, 13.0. Matt Tilley and Jo Stanley, Fox FM, 9.8. Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek, Nova 100, 7.7. Eddie McGuire, Triple M, 6.8. Brigitte Duclos and Anthony Lehmann, Gold 104.3, 6.1. Chrissie Swan and Jane Hall, Mix 101.1, 5.6. Andy Maher and Tim Watson, SEN, 4.4. JJJ, 3.9. Kevin John and Jane Holmes, Magic 1278, 4.3. Mike Perno, Smooth 91.5, 3.2. Radio National, 3.2. ABC Classic FM, 2.6. Neil Mitchell, 3AW, 18.6, beat Jon Faine, ABC 774, 13.1.

Under The Clocks Return To The Forbidden Planet

● John Gilmour is presented with the first-ever ‘Grand Chum’ award from 3AW’s Philip Brady at a luncheon held at the Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie, on Friday. Other guests spotted at the occasion were Keith and Angela McGowan, Pete and Jackie Smith, Jane Holmes, Nick Le Souef, Philip Brady and Gill Andrew. More photos on Page 10.

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Trots book launch

● Len Baker

■ Harness racing columnist Len Baker advises that a book launch for KLG - An Enterprising Man, will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 6 at Melissa Cakes Cafe, 661 High St, Thornbury. . It is the story of former prominent trainer-driver Keith Greenwood in the early days of Victorian trotting, later to be a Victorian Trotting Control Board stipe, The book will be launched by Fr Brian Glasheen, a close friend of the Greenwood family, and the occasion marks the 100th anniversary of Mr Greenwood's birth.

● Back row, from left: Zoe Mcdonald, Ronnie Yang, Tara Dowler, Sylvia Jahn, Martin Quinn, Jessica Palmer. Front row: Michelle France, Courtney Fraset, Charlotte Kavenagh. ■ Return To The Forbidden Planet is being staged at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University, from next week. Julie Houghton has all the details on Page 13.

What’s On In Melbourne

Stephen Haley’s Somewhere About Now exhiobition will be opened ★ on Wed., Sept. 26 by Heide Museum of Modern Art CEO Jason Smith at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery. Curator is Diane Soumalis. A welcome will be extended by Deputy Mayor Cr Neil Pilling. Gareth Evans, former Foreign Affairs Minister, will launch a new book, Why Human Security Matters: Rethinking Foreign Policy, at the Brain Centre, University of Melbourne, on Monday. October 8. The book is edited by Dennis Altman, Joseph A Camilleri, Robyn Eckersley and Gerhard Hoffstaedter. Neale Johns and The Moments (Brendan Mason, Kerry McKenna, Nick Carrafa) will perform at The Fleece, South Melb. tomorrow.

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Mark Richardson ♥ Straight from the heart



■ Life has a way of presenting challenges when we least expect it. We can be up one minute and down the next. On target to reach our goals, two socks up with the crowd behind you, willing the ball through the sticks as it sails over the man on the mark. 'Go left; go left; straighten; straighten; and it's just off-line and through for a minor score.' What went wrong? A point on the board here or there can be handy and six will eventually equate to a goal, but it is harder work to achieve the same result. Whether your computer crashes and disabled by a virus and out of action for a week like mine, meetings cancelled at the last second or again like me, you spot a fresh coffee stain doing the 'Kimmy, look at me!' on your shirt just moments before an important meeting, everything needs to be questioned to avoid relentless behind kicking. When challenges arise, I've learnt through the success and determination of others, it's how you react, compose yourself and get back into the game that often gets you over the line for a memorable victory. On a day I was completely outplayed, with chewie on my boot and the clock ticking down to my 'publishing deadline', I stopped at the Belgian Beer Café along St Kilda Road to re-evaluate my column plan before the siren sounded. I ordered a coffee and headed to a quiet area.

Elliot Goblet’s Porch Thoughts I second-guessed my every move that led me to the café to plan new tactics to win the day. On the table adjacent to me, I spotted comedian, television personality, speaker and author Jack Levi, aka Elliot Goblet. Should I approach him for his 'Porch Thoughts’? Without prior arrangement and without a single question in mind, although I have met Jack before, I debated whether it was possible to put him on-the-spot to transform into his quirky character for an Elliot Goblet interview. Well, there is just one day in September that usually counts in Melbourne, but for my weekly column in the Melbourne Observer, let that one day be now. As I looked over to Jack, I could almost hear the words of the late legendary St Kilda, Hawthorn and Richmond coach Allan ('Yabby') Jeans ringing through my ears, visualising his fist pumping the air to spur me on, “When the occasions come, lead by example, lift yourself and win the contest that will win the game. In every game there is going to be a crossroad and when you get to that crossroad, you either step up or you step down ...”

Off The Porch Thought For The Day Clem Newton-Brown MP Member (MLA) for Prahran "I reckon I am one of the luckiest MPs in the Victorian Parliament. While Prahran is a marginal seat (which means I could easily be voted out if just 4 per cent of people change their vote), what a great community to represent! I love the diversity within my electorate, people from all sorts of backgrounds living together in a vibrant inner city area with great amenity."

G'Day Elliot, what have you been up to? Lately I've been doing an 'Advanced Ventriloquism' act ... no dummy just me talking to my hand. I call it Puppetry Of The Palmus. Apart from your Belgian Beer Café 'Porch', where else do you hang-out? Predictably you'll find me always where the action is ranging from the Grand Prix to Sexpo. And you can quote me on that. The Belgian Beer Café is famous for its mussel pots, do you have a favourite restaurant in Melbourne? No single favourite restaurant but I do like being near the water either bayside or at a country restaurant close to a water tank. What's your favourite thing to do in Melbourne? Amuse people on the road by driving a car and on the back window have a sign which says, 'Driver On Board'. That is a hoot. What is your favourite Victorian township? Ballarat. I like the beauty of Lake Wendouree - with or without water in it. What do the letters 'M Y K I' mean to you? A great source of material for so many comedians. What do you think of supporters being allowed on the MGC ground after the AFL Grand Final? Great news, but this will probably lead to an increase of streakers who will now have no fence to jump over. Where was your last holiday? Thursday Island but because I went on a Wednesday it took me a whole day to get into my holiday. Your thoughts of reality TV shows? Can't get enough of them. Being Lara Bingle has inspired me to work on a pilot for Being Elliot Goblet. Who is your favourite Australian comedian? Flacco because he makes me seem very normal by comparison. Who do you enjoy performing with? A little known fact is that I used to perform with The Three Tenors. I was the fourth but silent tenor and that was very enjoyable. Your thoughts on social media such as Facebook? Terrific and my prediction is that Facebook will really take off one day.

● Jack Levi aka Elliot Goblet Thoughts on Melbourne Zoo Also weddings, parties but not anything. Check out www.elliotgoblet. turning 150 years? Gee, that 150 years went fast. In- And later this year a cameo cidentally soon I will be opening a role in the Housos movie. Your Porch Thought of The Day? zoo with just empty cages. It will be It's important to note that there's the world's first ever zoo for extinct more caffeine in one bar of chocoanimals. So watch that space. For or against Derryn Hinch be- late than there is in a hundred bars of soap. And you can quote me on that. ing sacked? I'm always against Derryn being ■ As it turned out, on that one day sacked because he is a courageous in September, Jack Levi was at the individual. I'm sure he will bounce Belgian Beer Café working on plans back for the 15th time and any re- for future The Crimson Goat Cabaquired times after that. And you can ret Club shows that he produced with Mitchell Faircloth (aka Slim quote me on that. Talking about bouncing back, Whittle). Following the success of their two do you think John Farnham should make another return to the stage? shows in July as part of the 2012 Yes but in a different way. It's time Melbourne Cabaret Festival, their for John Farnham The Musical with next show will be performed at John Farnham as John Farnham. Ormond Hall on Sunday, DecemWhat's coming up for Elliot ber 9. For more information www.thecrimsongoatcabaretclub. Goblet? More of the same. I work as a com - Mark Richardson comedian/MC at corporate events. Melbourne


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● Joel Evans (left) (Johnnie), Jodie Symes (Olive), Tina Bono (Pearl) and, Dan Haberfield (Barney) in Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, playing until September 29 in Rosanna. Photo: Patricia Tyler ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company presents (‘Bubba’) (Anna Rodway) present different Ray Lawler’s Australian classic Summer Of perspectives and challenges to the 16-year The Seventeenth Doll until September 29 at cycle of kewpie dolls and legendary good 8pm, (2pm matinee on September 23), at 36 times. Director Paul King and his cast and crew Turnham Ave, Rosanna. For the past 16 years, Aussie larrikins effectively transport the audience back into Barney (Dan Haberfield) and Roo’s (Gavin the 1950s, with an atmospheric set, costumWilliams) lives have rotated between seven ing, hairstyles and music. Unfortunately some dialogue was poorly months’ cane-cutting in northern Queensland articulated on opening night. Sustaining good and five months’ leisure in Melbourne with pace is commendable, but risky if dialogue barmaids, Olive (Jodie Symes) and Nancy. becomes inaudible. Roo brings Olive her 17th kewpie doll to The cast presents terrific characterisations, join 16 dolls adorning the living room, but things with a particularly strong performance from are different this summer. Nancy has married Dan Haberfield (Barney). someone else and anti-marriage Olive hopes Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll is most her friend Pearl (Tina Bono) will match with appropriate for Heidelberg Theatre Company Barney, so her blissful annual five months with to present in their 60th anniversary year. Roo can continue. Thanks to the company for bringing this Set in 1952, the play delivers social com- wonderful iconic play to local theatre. mentary on the era, but is timeless in its themes Tickets: $25 Full price, $22 Concession of mateship, romance and the dark and lighter (not Seniors Card), Groups of 10+ $20 Bookings: 9457 4117 or sides of life. Olive’s mother (Joan Moriarty), - Review by Cheryl Threadgold Johnnie (Joel Evans) and neighbour Kathie

CANNOT BE SOLE PRACTITIONER FOR 2 YEARS ■ Former Dandenong lawyer Vita Battiato has been officially reprimanded after being found guilty on six charges of professional misconduct. She has been reprimanded by Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Senior Member Jonathan Smithers after the matter was raised by Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie. The charges relate to extended delays in completing work for clients in three family law matters. VCAT heard that Ms Battiato had poor communication with clients, acted without instruction in one instance, and failed to respond to requests by the Legal Services Commissioner for an explanation of her conduct. Ms Battiato must pay a $3000 fine to the Legal Services Board, and its legal costs totalling $2585.90. She must refund legal fees not already refunded to client, Natalie Purkiss. In that instance, Ms Battiato rejected a compromise put by Einsiedels Solicitors in a matter involving Ms Purkiss, without specific instructions. Other matters involved unsatisfactory work for Ms Glasborow, and Ms Fernandes. Ms Battiato’s practising certificate has been made subject to the condition that she not engage in practice as a sole practitioner for a minimum of two years.

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Geelong deceptions up ■ Geelong is racing ahead of the rest of the state in dishonesty. Victoria Police says in the 12 months to June 461 people were charged with deception, up 23.9 per cent.

Copycat web approach ■ The Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association has registered a series of domain names as part of a ‘council watch’ approach. One name is

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■ Ballarat man, Darrell Cocking, 77, has been charged with sex offences. Cocking, of Morres Street, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court charged with buggery, gross indecency and other sexrelated offences involving males. The allegations date back to the late 1950s. The case was adjourned for a committal mention to Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on October 25.

Cruelty alleged ■ Jeparit man Harold Thomas Flavel is contesting allegations that he starved more than 100 horses to death, which forced authorities to euthanise. The Department of Primary Industries has charged Flavel with 56 offences under prevention of cruelty to animals laws, including multiple counts of having committed an act of cruelty which resulted in death and serious disablement. The contested hearing was continuing as we went to press.

■ The Director of Public Prosecutions lost lost a bid to inncrease the five-year non-parole jail term of convicted rapist Jason Werry. The DPP took his case to the Court of Appeal, which comprised five Supreme Court Judges Warren, Maxwell, Buchanan, Weinberg and Bongiorno. The judges sent a clear message that the grounds of “manifest inadquedacy” is a stringent one, dificult to make good. The judges said the appeal should not have been made in the first case. Werry, 28, had been found guilty by a jury of the rape charge, and pleaded guilty to traficking a drug of dependence (cannabis). He received a seven-year sentence on the rape charge, and four months’ imprisonment of the trafficking count. The Court heard that a 17-year-old woman, who had drunk eight cans of a mixed alcohol drink, outside Dandenong Railway Station, and after a fight with her boyfriend, went inside a car driven by Werry. Werry drove to the ‘Dandenong Ovals’ (Grieves Reserve), where he raped her and left her. His car was identified from security vision at a service station, where he had purchased petrol and condoms. County Court Judge Gaynor had previously described the rape as “violent, demeanimg and callous”, exploiting the plight of a vulnerable, young woman.

● Philip Gould will be Master-of-Ceremonies at a Festival this Sunday ■ If you thought that just because the Olympics and Philip will MC a special Festival at High St Road the Paralympics were over, that would be the end of Uniting Church at 482 High St Rd, Mount Waverley, hearing about elite Australian athletic teams travel- which includes a concert at 2pm. ling overseas, then you are in for a surprise. And this is not just any old concert - apart from In Melbourne's Mount Waverley, a group of in- Philip as host, the audience will be treated to guest credibly talented girls are busy raising money to get trumpeters Geoff and Julie Payne from the their team to the Federation of International Sport Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, together with soand Fitness's 2012 World Sport Aerobics, being held loists from the Victorian College of the Art, joining in the Netherlands next month. students form Avila College and choirs to raise the So what does that have to do with showbiz? roof, and hopefully enough money to send the girls Two of the girls, Serena and Portia Gould, are Netherlands-bound. daughters of former West End theatre star and origiThere will also be a silent auction, sausage sizzle nal Young Talent Time team member Philip Gould, and all the usual fun of the fair. and his singer/actor/choreographer wife Kate. Concert entry is only $10 for adults and $5 for a To help Serena, Portia and their teammates Roisin child, with a maximum price for families of $30. Selverajoo and Jess Huang head to the Netherlands Proud dad, Philip Gould, will be delighted to say to compete in the Sport Aerobics, Aerobics and Hip hello to fans who have loved his performances in Hop sections, Philip is using his talents to stage a music theatre over the years. 'fun-raising' event on Sunday (Sept. 23). ■ Further information: 0439 544 106.


■ Scott Robert Darragh has lost his appeal against the Business Licensing Authority’s decision to ban him as an estate agent’s representative. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribubal Senior Member Robert Davis said the 28year-old had convictions for criminal damage (intent damage/ destroy), damage property of the Public Transport Corporation, fail to produce evidence of concession, use of offensive language/gesture, refuse/fail to comply with request, and carry a dangerous weapon.

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In 2007, Darragh was fined $200 for possessing a controlled weapon without excuse. With being authorised, Darragh worked as a property manager for Park Trent Properties in 2009 and 2010. He worked as an agent’s representative for Biggin & Scott Toorak in 2010. “The applicant appeared to me to be a volatile person,” Mr Davis remarked.

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Chums lunch ■ With a tradition dating back to Melbourne radio of the 1930s, a lunch group known as ‘The Chums’ gathered on Friday for a luncheon at the Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie. ‘The Chums’ take their name from the program aired on 3AW from 1932, 80 years ago, by ‘Nicky’, Nancy Lee and Fred Tupper. Amongst those at the luncheon were Keith and Angela McGowan, Peter and Jackie Smith, John and Julie Gilmour, Nick Le Souef, Philip Brady and Gill Andrew, Jane Holmes and Melbourne Observer Editor Ash Long.

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Will Bruce and Phil stay on 3AW?

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Radio move on Monday

● Andrew McLaren and Mark Petkovic ■ 3AW General Manager Shane Healy denied point blank on this page (Aug. 22) that the overnight show presented by Andrew McLaren and Mark Petkovic would not go national. It starts Australia-wide permanently on Monday. As well as Melbourne, it will be heard in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and regional markets. Healy told the Melbourne Observer last month that the move was for two weeks only. He said the change of the program name to Australia Overnight was coincidental. He struggled to explain why Victorian segments such as Cheryl Threadgold’s local theatre report, and the Queen Victoria Market prices, were being dropped permanently if the McLaren-Petkovic move was only for a fortnight. This page urged sceptism then. We were right.

Adults Only Panto ■ It will not gain huge press coverage, but the show for those in the know next week will be Fat Swan, opening at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre on Thursday, September 27. It stars Trevor Ashley as Natalie Portly. Politically incorrect in every way.

Reelin’ and a-rockin’ ■ Tickets will go on sale this Friday (Sept. 21) for the Sir Cliff Richard Still Reelin’And ARockin’ concerts to be staged at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, on FridaySaturday, February 1516. Publicity for the Dainty Group event is being handled by Kerry O’Brien.

● Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady ■ Two conflicting rumours are doing the radio rounds. Both stories relate to the Nightline and Remember When programs, co-hosted by Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady. First rumour is out of Sydney. It insists the Monday-Friday evening program on the Fairfax network - including Melbourne - will change in 2013 to be ‘national’. One angle has the show being offered to Derryn Hinch. Or perhaps Grubby and Dee Dee? On the other hand, another rumour suggests Philip Brady, 73, is to this week sign for another 12 months, but perhaps only for Remember When on Sundays.

Mapping change ■ In a rare moment, Melbourne Observer Editor Ash Long was heard laughing in the newspaper office corridors this week. Last month (Aug. 1 edition), Long wrote a fourpage feature, ‘Melbourne Time Capsule’, reviewing the Melway Commemorative 1966 First Edition reprint. “We received a story pitch and press release from Jessica Benton from the Media Pad agency, and Merv Godfrey from Melway delivered a copy of the book to our office,” says Long. “I spent several long nights, writing and assembling the feature.” “Now I see that the feature has made it to the ‘What We Do: PR and Communications’ section of Media Pad’s website.”

■ Melbourne-based radio station operator, Pacific Star Network, looks likely to declare a $1.16 million net profit for the past financial year. Pacific Star operates sports station 1116 SEN, MyMP, Inside Football newspaper, and digital radio interests. It is led by Ron Hall, a Melbourne merchant, who became a director in February 2002, when SEN was operating as talk station 3AK. Chairman of the company is Andrew Moffat. Director of the network is football identity Gary Pert. Chief Executive Officer is Barrie Quick. Pacific Star Network was a partner in the ill-fated Melbourne Talk Radio, but was protected against most losses by partner John Singleton’s Macquarie Radio Network. Total revenue for the company over the year was $14.56 million. SEN reports increased advertising revenue, and says it is number one radio station for male listeners, aged 25-54, during the AFL season. The company says Inside Football, acquired for $795,000, contributed $58,000 profit, and has enjoyed circulation gains, largely because of cross-promotion on SEN.


● Steve Vizard ■ Whispers hears that Steve Vizard was offered the 3AW afternoon program on weekends over summer ... but declined. Vizard has just concluded a two-week stand-in for the Denis Walter program.

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Recycling on the radio ■ Radio station 3AW has its fair share of ‘junkies’: people addicted to the station, and who frequently call a variety of shows. One such caller is Karen of Sunshine, heard on most programs. Karen took it to a new high at the weekend when she phoned the Buy, Swap And Sell program run by Darren James. Karen sought to sell an ● Darren James electric garden shredder ... which she had won on the 3AW Garden Show. Karen’s mobile phone number is listed on the 3AW Buy, Swap & Sell website.

Grubby, Dee Dee back

■ Which openminded Melbourne businessman had a shock on Sunday when he arrived in China, to be offered a ‘happ ending’ at the conclusion of his hotel room massage? The lass wasn’t his type.


● Derryn Hinch ■ Sacked radio man Derryn Hinch is pleading with listeners not to boycott 3AW. He sent a Twitter message “Don’t boycott AW advertisers. Let’s go out on highest ratings, best programs. Best revenge.”


● Sir Cliff Richard

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● The Melbourne Observer’s four-page history of Melway street directories (Aug. 1) is noted in Media Pad’s ‘What We Do’ brag section.

● Radio pair ‘Grubby and Dee Dee’ (Peter Stubbs and Dianne Dunleavy) are to take over hosting of the Weekend Break on 3AW. The pair were together on air for 25 years at Fox FM and Gold 104.3, before being fired last Christmas. This week’s announcement follows unsuccessful trials for this and other shifts by Tony Moclair.


■ A Directions Hearing in a Supreme Court of Victoria case of Equity-One Mortgage Fund Ltd against John Patrick Gannan was scheduled to be held before Associate Justice Lansdowne on Monday, September 10.

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Di Football is in our DNA

● John McCarthy ■ I think it was Germaine Greer who described AFL football as the purest form of theatre,saying it can be equalled with opera in our culture. I remember being incredibly touched when I heard it and totally agreed. We love our theatre, whether it be opera or football. We particularly love our football and what it means to us as a people. The players touch my heart, as they do all supporters of this great code. Like true warriors they play at their hardest and they entertain and disappoint like no other activity Melburnians or certainly Australians. They are the gladiators, and they give their all and they walk as teams and play as teams and they reflect back to me certainly what heroes are, what champions mean and what competition is in our society, I have my favourites when it comes to football. Always have since I was a kid and I ran on the Hawthorn ground to touch Brendan Edwards jumper No 9 for Hawthorn. I will never forget it. I got to know Brendan later as I grew up and never forgot running out to him on the ground. It was the greatest thrill to go to the footy with Dad, and he would take my brother and I down to the ground. When the siren went we would pour onto the ground and couldn’t wait to get home and tell Mum. If Mum was with my brother and I, she would run on to the ground also. And so AFL is in my blood, it is in all of our DNA really. And so with the untimely death of John McCarthy I felt the loss deeply, I didn’t know John McCarthy, I knew he played for Collingwood, and was a player for Port. I never met him, never saw him socially but I cried when I heard of his death. Like everyone I was shocked and touched by the comments of people like Eddie McGuire whose spoke so beautifully of him, the boy with the sparkly eyes. Andrew Demetriou was like a father speaking of his children as he spoke of the loss to the AFL family. And that is what it was like for me. The loss of an AFL family member. No more words to say. Other than the news was sad. And it changed the AFL forever I could tell. JMac will never be forgotten. Great lessons will be learned.

I love my job!

■ As an avid watcher of Chelsea Lately, E Channel, 10.30pm weeknights I have become quite amused by the appearances of Jo Koy. Jo is great foil for Chelsea and sometimes I think she genuinely hurts his feelings. He has a marvellous laugh and I was most interested to hear he is coming to Melbourne. He returns in fact for this fourth Australian tour in November with shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He will be in Melbourne on Thursday, November 15 at The Palms at Crown. The comedy world is very aware of Jo Koy. He is what is called in the biz as a comedian’s comedian, His impressive comic background spans more than a decade. From filling clubs across the US to being seen weekly as a regular guest on Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest start performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectiously explosive energy on stage, insightful jokes and family inspired humour crosses all boundaries and led Daily Variety to name him one of the ‘10 Comics to Watch. I must say when I first saw him on Chelsea Lately I was struck by his presence and I think in person he will be great! His performance covers a variety of topics from his ambiguous ethnicity and growing a Filipino mother, to male-female relations and personal stories of life with his five-year-old son. His unique stand-up, dynamic energy and loud stage presence has audiences convulsing with laughter and is a big hit with fans of all ages and racial backgrounds His credits include opening for headliner acts including Dave Chappelle, (Chappell’s Show), Snoop Doggy Dogg and Robin Williams.


■ Someone I don’t feel a stranger to is Brian Cadd. Brian is performing at the forthcoming Long Way To The Top 10th Anniversary at Rod Laver Arena on October 5. Australians have known Brian Cadd and music for 40 years He is a wonderful generous performer, all those wonderful songs of his: A Little Ray Of Sunshine, Don’t You Know It’s Magic, Ginger Man, Let Go, Alvin Purple … and many more for international artists such as Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Tyler Glenn Campbell and so many others. But very few Australians know that Brian has a great passion other than music! And that passion is Paris! Brian’s love of Paris has been combined with the services of Bill Peach Journeys to create a not-to-be missed adventure. “I confess, I’ve been having an affair!” said Brian “It’s been a long one, filled with adventures, wild nights, crazy days, and people and places, “I never dreamed of knowing about or being involved with.

with leading Melbourne publicist DI ROLLE

lessly and actually living there amongst it all. Five days exploring Paris with Brian ending with a special concert with him. More information can be found by visiting www.briancadd. com or calling 1-800 252 053


● Brian Cadd “No, it’s not a has so much to offer, woman (although so many secrets she some people songwrit- keeps to herself until ers, authors and visi- you coax her into retors compare it to one!) vealing them. “Then you find the … it’s a city; a beautiwonder, the fun, the ful city …. Paris.” Brian goes on to magic, the spiritual, say: “ I met her casu- the macabre and the ally in the 60s, had a bizarre. “Not to mention the huge fling with her in the early 80s and have food, the wine, the been back to see her restaurants and those regularly ever since bars!” Brian speaks so then, sometimes for six months at a time. wonderfully about “And during those Paris, I find it irresisttimes I’ve discovered ible not to book a ticket that she is far more myself! Brian invites than just a pretty face. “Sure she’s got the people to come and let Eiffel Tower, the Arc de him show visitors the Triomphe and the wonderful Paris that He has grown to Champs Elysees. But she has so much more. love. He tells me he “Drawing on a has only found these couple of thousand wonderful places by years of history, Paris walking the city end

Footballer’s death touches us all ■ Theatre will continue, football will continue, life will continue and the sun will shine and sun will set. The strange lessons of life. I had a lot of conversations with friends and strangers about John McCarthy. I was touched by just how gentler seemed to be at the news. I walked with an elderly man over a crossing. He was moving with a walking stick. I walked slowly with him across the crossing and asked him how he was and he said to me I can’t stop crying about that poor boy. And I knew who he meant. I helped him across the road and I stood and chatted with him for a for a while. As I went my way and he went his, he turned to me and said, don’t tell anyone I told you I was crying, and I smiled. Men and their crying. So I felt close to that man. a complete stranger!

■ Russell Brand is a favourite of mine. He has been for a long time. Working in this industry, he is one person I would love to work with in the PR field. However that’s not to be yet! My mate Dianna O’Neill is looking after Russell, and I will certainly be going to see him. The last time he was he was here I went by myself. No one I knew wanted to come with me, If I can’t find a date I will go by myself again, that’s how much I am besotted with him, I make no secret of my admiration for Mr Brand. Described as “The most exciting comedian of his generation” by UK Time Out magazine, and returning to Australia for this first full national tour in November-December, Russell Brand is described by the UK’s Telegraph as "the most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain so far this decade" Russell Brand shot to fame when he was seen as rocker ‘Aldous Snow’ in the Judd Apatow produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success.

● Russell Brand Past films include Wook 2: This Time It’s Warner Bros. Rock Of Personal. For televiAges, Arthur, Uni- sion, Brand hosted the versal’s Hop, Get Him 2012 MTV Movie To The Greek, Awards and the MTV Disney’s Bedtime Sto- Video Music Awards in ries and Miramax’s 2008; he hosted the MTV VMA’s again in The Tempest. Brand recently 2009 and garnered the wrapped production biggest VMA audion Diablo Cody’s di- ence since 2004, with rectorial debut in nearly nine million Mandate Pictures’ un- viewers. He began his catitled film, previously titled Lamb Of God. reer as a stand-up coThe film also stars median, and rose to Julianne Hough and fame in the UK in Octavia Spencer and 2003 for his Big is slated for release in Brother” spin-off, Big Brother’s Big Mouth. 2013. Brand is currently Russell Brand curin development to star rently splits his time in and produce between New York Warner Bros. The and Los Angeles. “He can conjure President Stole My the situational absurGirlfriend. Producing with dity of a Monty PyBrand is hisBranded thon sketch in just a Films partner Nik few exaggerated pantomime moves and Linnen. This will be the wield the observafirst project by tional wit of Oscar Wilde after an amyl Branded Films. Russell is also in nitrate hit. Brand exudes a pre-production for Paramount Pictures’ Jagger-esque rock The Hauntrepreneur star charisma mixed produced by Michael with an undercurrent of David SchwimmBay. I find him totally er’s ‘Why me?’ neucharismatic. And very rotic twitchiness. For more informafunny. His books are excellent, yes an ac- tion go to or www.ab – claimed author, Brand has written Russell Brand will be two books, My Booky in Melbourne at Rod Wook: A Memoir of Laver Arena on FriSex, Drugs and Stand- day, December 7. Tickets on sale Up, which was on The New York Times best- Tuesday, September seller list for five 25. 9am. Book at weeks in a row; and Ticketek 132849 or the follow up, Booky Melbourne


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Showbiz Extra

‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’ at Monash Uni. ■ Forget iconic shows like Star Wars and Star Trek, Return To The Forbidden Planet is landing at Monash University's Alexander Theatre for a strictly limited season from eptember 26. Remember the original 1956 movie classic Forbidden Planet? Bob Carlton's musical version, Return To The Forbidden Planet, draws on Shakespeare, black-and-white television, and the great rock and roll numbers of the 50s and 60s, including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Shake Rattle and Roll, and that's just for starters….. With a creative team headed by director Bryce Ives, Musical Director Adrian Portell, and cho-

reographer Zoe McDonald a highly talented cast has been drawn from across the Monash campuses and beyond. Celebrity casting is always a great way to involve a big name, but Return To The Forbidden Planet goes further and is using four celebrity names to play the role of The Newsreader. Names like Melbourne's own media star priest, Father Bob Maguire, comedian Tracy Harvey, disability advocate and ABC TV panellist Stella Young, and fan favourite from television's The Amazing Race, Mohammed Elleissy. "You've never seen the Alexander Theatre

like this before - walk into the foyer and you are transported to another world in another galaxy, surrounded by black-and-white television screens (which are another world to Generation Y!) and a creepy, atmospheric rundown theatre that is part theatre and part television studio," Ives said. Return To The Forbidden Planet isn't just another musical - it's a total experience that will hook in everyone from 10 to 100. It's a fabulous show to bring teenagers to because we can guarantee that the iPhone generation won't have a minute to be bored because there's too much happening on stage.

And as an extra treat, on Friday 28 September, the 8pm performance is preceded by a special free showing of the original Forbidden Planet movie at 6 pm, starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. Performances: Wednesday, September 26 to Saturday, September 29 at 8pm, with a matinee on Friday, September 28 at 2pm, and the free Forbidden Planet film screening on Friday, September 28 at 6pm. Popcorn available for purchase! Bookings: or 9905 1111. - Julie Houghton


Observer Life & Style

Travel Briefs


Plane bribe

■ Time goes at the speed of light when you are having fun. Of course, when you hit the half-century, time just gallops and you wonder if you will have time to do all that you have planned. Time has gone quickly because when a rather sick Ash Long, editor of the Melbourne Observer phoned me to wish me a happy anniversary I thought the antibiotics had gone to his head. He has been publishing the Melbourne Observer for 10 years, and I have been part of it. Where had the time gone?

Yvonne’s Column

Decade rolls by ■ Poor Ash, he sounded so croaky and talking would have been like talking through razor blades. But then that’s Ash. Somehow he always gets the job done, no matter what the difficulties. Ash was a guest speaker at one of my luncheons at The Glencoe and he kept the audience enthralled telling us all about the newspaper industry, the good, the bad and the ugly. He received unanimous applause and the audience rose to their feet as one. I call it a speech, but it was more like talking to a roomful of family, and he told it how it was. Ash is a good talker, but today he was labouring and I could tell it was a real effort for him to speak. I’d been enjoying writing my column and the 10 years has just rolled by.

Talking about loved ones ■ I met Ash when he was at 3AW, and I met up with him again when I joined ‘3AK Titanic’. He was the most laid-back person to enter the studio and I always looked forward to our chat. When he invited me to write a column for his Melbourne Observer, my mind explored the thought of writing a scoop every week. Typical me, my mind flashed to a Walkley Award, maybe, even a Pulitzer prize. Goodness knows I was working at a station where every minute was worthy of a front page. But I reasoned that I had made a lot of talkback friends and had become involved in many of their lives, so the die was cast. Keep on writing as if I was talking to my callers on the radio. Tell my listeners what was happening in my life and about my loved ones. Ash gave me carte blanche to choose my topic, and as long as I didn’t libel anyone, the sky was the limit. However, I always kept in mind that he was the keeper of the blue pencil.

‘Cheque is in the mail’ ■ Sometimes it was hard to keep my mouth shut when the radio station was being run without one person at the helm having any radio experience. The owner was a radio groupie who had little practical knowledge of broadcasting, but still poked his nose into every program. When he bellowed an instruction he spoke with ‘all the authority of the truly ignorant’. There is a word for CEOs like him and the word starts with B. as in bully. Bullying has now become so prevalent in everyday life that the Government has become so alarmed it is trying to stamp out this tormenting in the schools and workplace.

with Yvonne Lawrence

That wouldn’t have been so bad if this egotistical man was paying us any money to do his bidding, but the cupboard was empty. Many promises were made such as “the cheque is in the mail”, but the accountant who had a face devoid of all expression, except a leer that stretched from ear to ear, made them. I could never work out if it was meant to be his version of a grin. It must be an art, because I’m very good at sussing out a lie, but this fellow could lie for the Olympics.

Hot desks at ‘Radio Titanic’ ■ One of the first rules I learnt in management training that was really stressed by the tutors, was caring for the feelings of staff, never discipline them in front of their peers, and to always allow them to mark out their territory with a photograph or ornament or even a potplant on their desk. At the’Titanic’ we never knew where our desk would be from day to day. The first one to grab the computer hung on to it with the ferocity of a lion. Oh, what I would have given to give my readers one big scoop. But from the letters, which I received, the readers enjoyed reading about my husband Peter, Hamish, my cat and where and when I went, so I continued. And I’ve continued for 10 years. Letters to the station demanded that I continue to present Sexually Speaking, the top-rating program I had presented on 3AW, but because the owner of the station was a minister he bristled at the thought of it.

Nothing could change me ■ And when I decided to defy his edict, the accountant told me to go ahead because the program would be sponsored.

When I asked the name of the sponsor I was told it was a well-known Melbourne brothel. Sacre bleu! Over my dead body. Now I have nothing against brothels or working girls, in fact I used to have the girls on my program and they gave invaluable help and information to callers, but I just knew by the leering looks on these three suits that they would instruct me in what to do and say to their way of thinking which would definitely be sleazy. So I refused. Nothing would make me change my mind. Not even the threat of getting one of the other staff to conduct Sexually Speaking. Karma was with me when I took out copyright, and I told them to go ahead and I would sue. I never heard another word about it, and nor did I conduct the program, which was a pity because I felt we did a lot of good in the community. Finally, when most of the staff had gone to greener pastures I was called in to the office and handed a letter – written by the accountant. Thanking me for my services, and he would be pleased if I would vacate my desk and they would escort me from the building forthwith. There was no cheque, no nothing.

Only one to get paid ■ I laughed on reading it and said that I would leave, but be back tomorrow to explain to my guests that they could have the night off. My producer who was in training, and had worked his tuchus off was in shock, so I took him to afternoon tea to cheer him up and we did a bit of shopping along the way. I eventually sued for the thousands that they owed me, but it also cost me an arm and a leg to get the best QC to do it. When I finally received the cheque, on my threat of winding them up, I found out that I was the only one who did get paid the money owed.

‘Observer’ thrives ■ But to get back to Editor Ash Long. Congratulations Ash, for 10 years of entertainment, and understanding when I couldn’t file my column due to my accident. When journalists are looking over their shoulders, and newspapers are cutting costs down to the bone, the Melbourne Observer thrives. Working in most radio stations today must be like working at Radio 3AW at the moment, when staff don’t know if they have a job tomorrow. Mind you Ash, you’ll have to take care of yourself. You’ve had a few frights health wise over the decade, and you’ve always surprised me that you have returned to the pressure of a newsroom so quickly. I think you must have good genes, or perhaps it’s the loving care from Fleur, your wife, who fortunately for you is a nurse. Although, come to think of it I don’t think anyone could make you do anything you didn’t want to do. Hopefully our readers will be still enjoying the Melbourne Observer for the next decade. - Yvonne Contact: Melbourne Observer, P.O Box 1278 Research 3095

■ In his continuing search for the more weird, whacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says passengers boarding a short domestic flight in the US earlier this month were surprised to find a plastic bag of lollies on every seat in the second Economy Class compartment – and a note inside it apologising in advance for any screaming from two 14-week old twin boys making their first flight, plus the offer of earplugs available from their parents. And a passenger who snapped the bag and its note and posted it on a website certainly started something they didn’t expect: the site got over 1.5 million views and drew 3000+ comments in just two days. Most respondents lauded the parents for their thoughtfulness, although some were pretty blunt as to their views about even allowing young children on planes. And one suggested that instead of all the lollies, the bag could also have contained a complimentary couple of tablets for other passengers – pills used to control nervous tension and anxiety.

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Ash On Wednesday

Chronic pain sufferers, we salute you Want to know a secret?

Our Doors are Open!

Learn about Freemasonry at an Open Day near you an Open Day near you

Grand Director of Ceremonies, Don Rainey with Past Grand Standard Bearers John Belsham, Rahim Samat, Bruce Jeffrey and John Seagar at Ballarat Lodge. Freemasons Victoria is sharing its secrets, with Open Days run at Masonic Centres across the state. While the biggest secret of Freemasonry is that there is no secret, Open Days give you the opportunity to see inside the Lodge Room, meet Freemasons and learn more about the world's oldest existing fraternal organisation. At an Open Day you can walk through the various rooms of the Masonic Centre, talk to Freemasons about why they joined the fraternity and what Freemasonry means to them and find out exactly how to become part of the organisation. Open Days often include a presentation from one of the Grand Speakers' Team, about the history of Freemasonry, its place in society or the importance of many of Freemasons most famous symbols. If you think you fancy seeing some of the ceremonial aspects of Freemasonry, there are a number of open ceremonial events, including Open Installations, Open Consecrations and Open Investitures. An Installation is the ceremony that installs the officers of the Lodge, including the Worshipful Master. A Consecration is the dedication of a new Lodge (you can often visit a Lodge for a Re-Consecration, at an important anniversary). An Investiture is the dedication of a new Masonic Hall or Masonic Centre (you can also visit a Masonic Centre for an Open Re-Investiture, to celebrate an important anniversary). All Open ceremonies are performed by the Grand Ceremonial Team, including Freemasons Victoria's Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Bob Jones. Deputy Grand Master, Hillel Benedykt, says that open events are a great way to dispel the myths surrounding Freemasonry. "One of the best ways to dispel the myth of secrecy is to be honest about it," he said. "If I was running a secret society, I certainly wouldn't invite people into the meeting place, talk to the media or keep an internet presence." "Another aspect of open events is that they allow Freemasons' families and friends in to the Lodge Room, to find out more about what goes on in there and to share in important events," said Mr Benedykt. September and October are particularly busy months for the Grand Ceremonial Team, with 12 open events across Victoria. There are also a number of public events and community forums hosted by Freemasons Victoria, including Business Luncheons, Topical Lectures and Community Forums. You can find out when and where to attend an Open event by visiting the Freemasons Victoria website and checking the Calendar of Events, contacting your local Masonic Lodge or phoning Freemasons Victoria on 9411 0111.

■ We have a new-found respect for our many readers who suffer from chronic pain. It might be through coping with a cancer, terminal disease or injury, or a condition as ‘simple’ as tooth ache or ear ache. We salute those who endure pain - especially those who suffer through the long, lonely, dark overnight hours. And we think of those who are trying to cope with grief and loss. We have been reminded of the incredible suffering that so many have, whether it be physical, mental or emotional trauma. Special thoughts go to those troubled with memories they cannot escape. Where every night sees a horror movie replayed in their minds. For Long Shots, this reminder has come about a relatively minor twoweek bout with a middle

who feel “trapped” within their bodies. We particularly salute those with cancer, and the aged whose quality of life has diminished through loss of movement, function and freedom. ear infection. Just an earache; it will come and go, you think to yourself. But when the acute pain refuses to leave, and increases, your entire life perspective changes. At the moment, some medical attention has seen most of our pain disappear with the use of medication, but that constant ringing in our ear (tinnitus) is yet to leave us. How people endure it, long-term, astounds us. Likewise, we salute those with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, amputees (who still feel pain in their departed limbs), and stroke victims

In America, it is reported that chronic pain suffering is touching up to 30 per cent of the population. This level is an absolutely frightening state of affairs.

Observer Treasury Thought For The Week ■ “Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.” - Sir Charles Lyell

Observer Curmudgeon ■ “I do not like work even when someone else does it.” - Mark Twain

Text For The Week ■ “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” - Psalm 34:18


Short Shots

There is one Internet scam that tickles our fancy. It says its special offer is only open to ‘Austratlilians’.

Bridge Road, Richmond seems to have changed from the top shopping destination it once was. One Observer reader says there are more than a dozen empty shops west of Church St.

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Veteran Nine news executive John Westacott has been given the chop by the network. to soon hit ★bigAxemedia name?

Long Shots

● This week’s hospital wristband

with Ash Long, Editor ● Above: After a skin cancer was removed in 2011 ■ We should have picked up on the Editor’s Jinx when I had a fall down the steep Observer driveway, just weeks before our re-launch edition, 10 years ago. I was taking out the Observer rubbish bins, took a heavy tumble, and broke my right-hand ... a fairly important part in the arsenal of a one-fingered right-handed typist! That was 2002, and there seems to have been a “danger is my business” episode every year since. As if being a newspaper editor doesn’t already expose you to a lusty cocktail of life’s adventures and colourful characters! On behalf of Observer readers, I have taken falls, received death threats,

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

● August 2008: Editor cops a heart attack

● Above: Black eye and smashed legs after a fall down dangerous steps at the old 3AW studios at South Melbourne in 2005. copped abuse, been was needed. Your scribe threatened with physical came out with a bonus violence, taken tumbles, ruptured ear drum and undergone three heart op- other complications. erations (yes, they found However, I am told one!) ... and I even under- that it is quite likely that went hypnosis to bring you the membrane will regrow a fascinating story. over weeks or months. After several plane So, I am currently 50 flights over the past per cent deaf - although I month, Long Shots copped CAN loudly hear that ringa virus that seems to come ing-in-the-ears 24/7. The as a free bonus with most tinnitus doesn’t take a airlines these days. break for a single second. As well as the rough My condition may only tonsils, this came with a be temporary. But I have bonus middle ear infec- a new-found respect for tion. The pain became so those who cannot escape intense last week, that an chronic pain. overnight hospital visit to We all deserve danger the Emergency Ward money!

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■ Gus Mercurio was a great character actor in Australian films, stage and television productions. I remember seeing Gus for the first time in the police series Homicide and I was very pleased to meet him several times in his later life. Augustino Eugenio ‘Gus’ Mercurio was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1928. He had two sisters, Gerie and Connie, and a brother, Tony. His childhood was difficult as his parents divorced when he was seven. Gus became a professional boxer, qualified referee and chiropractor. He served for three years in the United States Marine Corps. He came to Melbourne with the US Olympic boxing team in 1956 and decided to stay. He got the acting bug when he played a small part in a non-professional production of Arthur Miller's play After The Fall. This led to a role in a radio play on the ABC and then character parts in some of the early television dramas such as Division 4, Matlock Police, Boney and Ryan. Gus was a commentator on the popular World Of Sport program on Channel Seven for several years. In 1975 Gus played the character of ‘Joe Brady’ in the historical television series Cash and Company which was set in Victoria at the time of the gold rush. He reprised his character the following year opposite Gerard Kennedy in the follow-up se-

Whatever Happened To ... Gus Mercurio By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM ries, Tandarra. Gus appeared in films such as Alvin Purple Rides Again, Eliza Fraser, Crocodile Dundee II, The Man From Snowy River and The Blue Lagoon. His television credits included The Sullivans, All The Rivers Run, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Five Mile Creek, The Saddle Club and Flipper. I went backstage to do a radio interview with Gus in 1994 when he was appearing in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Grapes Of Wrath. Sitting in his dressing room was a great experience as we chatted about his life and his role in the play. Gus loved working and even played the ‘Roof Fairy’ in a television commercial.

● Gus Mercurio

I enjoyed the episode of Who Do You Think You Are in 2010 when Paul Mercurio went back to Milwaukee to see the area where his father came from and talked to relatives. Gus was very proud of Paul and his achievements in dancing and acting. The final scenes where Paul came back to Australia and sat down in the kitchen to discuss what he had found out about his Dad's childhood in the US were very moving. Gus died at the age of 82 before the episode was shown and it was dedicated to him. Gus Mercurio was married twice and had seven children. Many of his children went into some form of show business. Gus Mercurio was survived by his partner Rita Tanno who came to Australia to star in the original Melbourne production of West Side Story. Gus was a great character and thank goodness he decided to make Australia his home. - 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 and follow the prompts.


■ More on the Bash! To finish our trip, all we needed to do now was to actually reach ‘The Tip’. I had started at Sorrento, and, whilst not the southernmost tip of Australia, it's getting down there, and ended up here, the northernmost end! So after a wander along the beach and over the rocks beside the mangroves, there we were! The Cape York I'd learned about in geography at Ky State - and I was standing on it! Just a few days, but a new experience! Sugar cane fields with cute little trains bustling about; the sickly sweet aroma of the cane being processed lying heavily in the air; banana fields and an occasional sampling of the wares from roadside stands. And the smell of the rainforest, with its unique and colourful life flapping and flying and hopping around.

The Outback Legend

■ And then briefly renewing some old acquaintances from Melbourne who had decided decades ago to forgo the uncertainties of the southern climes and experience the perpetual steam of the tropics. All of them say, in unison, with no hint of hesitation: "Wouldn't go back mate!" Firstly Robert and Lynn Walker moved up to Four Mile Beach, near Port Douglas, about 15 years ago. Then, just recently they have moved inland to some broader acres. I seemed to spend half of my youth with Robert around the jazz clubs of Melbourne, or at the Nipin Hotel at Portsea. I never dreamed that he'd ever leave our hallowed watering holes for the sunny north! Then Rae and Janet nee Lawardorn, a couple of dear friends from schooldays, who moved away about 30 years ago - we were about 16 when we last met! However, we found each other, and reminisced on our wonderful old years at Rosebud High. They showed me around Cairns they live at Yorkeys Knob - and a good time was had by all. However, I missed out on my best school mate, Hammo, Bob Hammond, now unfortunately nestling in the local cemetery.

celebrities throughout Australia who are avid supporters of Variety - on my first bash Wilbur Wilde and Mike Brady were our travelling companions. On this bash John Paul Young and John Williamson were tagging along. So, of course, there was an event put on by the organisers for the Bashers and locals alike - many of whom were wide-eyed kids. John firstly sang a bevy of his country ditties, much to everyone's glee, and he was ably followed by JPY, again regaling us with his repertoire. Before their appearance, however, someone from the Bash produced a box full of fireworks. I have often witnessed such shows, both live and on TV, often momentous events, but this lot, on the beach by the Arafura Sea, just shy of Cape York, was the best I've ever seen! And the joy of the local kids as they scuttled about was a joy to behold!

■ I flew back before the Bash closing ceremony, but was there for the festivities of the night before. There are many entertainers and

■ We were camping beside the beach at nearby Seisia, and we needed to visit the tourist centre in the camp ground to investigate a few local tour-

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isty things. I was greeted by a stunningly attractive young lassie, with an infectious, effervescent presence, who told me all about fishing tours and trips to Thursday Island. Being a purveyor of opals, I am daily in contact with people from all over the world, and always try and pick their origins and their history from their initial appearance and accent. So I instinctively tried this with this young lady. But I couldn't - even though she spoke perfect English, there was a tinge of something else there; similarly with her appearance. So I asked her. Her name was Mili Saul, and she was from PNG, hence the accent, and her mum was English, and her dad was New Guinean - hence her appearance. She told me that she was planning to move to Melbourne next year, to pursue her dream - a musical career. A couple of her fellow workers told me that she sang beautifully whilst she strummed away - if she sings anything like she looks and smiles, she'll be an instant success! I'll call a couple of musical mates! ■ During my time with Variety I've experienced many tear jerking moments of goodwill, as children's lives are changed by the generosity of Variety people. A mate of mine, Laurie Horne, just related to me a tale of a time at Hungerford, when a Bash swarmed in. There was a local working family who had just experienced a tragedy, whereby the three year old son had lost his foot in a mower accident. These bashers left $27,000 on the bar for them that night. I have seen a little kid being presented with a dream wheelchair at William Creek; I have seen the underachieving kids at Roxby Downs being presented with new playground equipment with nary a dry eye in the whole group. When the car broke down in Charters Towers, as I mentioned, it needed to be fixed. Don needed to find a local mechanic who was willing to do this the next day, Saturday, when I brought the spare part up. Admittedly a couple weren't interested! But he found two young guys who were. They stripped the broken part from

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the car whilst I was on my way up. They then fitted the new one. And balanced the wheels. All this was above and beyond the call of duty. Don and I wondered what this would cost : "Maybe they'll see us as city slickers and dud us! Three or four hundred bucks?" "We're great supporters of what you're doing," they said. The cost - $0. Brett Drake was the Assistant Manager of Beaurepaires, and Dave Barker his mate. Charters Towers should be proud of these two young guys for the goodwill they engendered. And I'll be getting my tyres from Beaurepaires from now on! - Nick Le Souef ‘The Outback Legend’

From The Outer




With John Pasquarelli

■ Dealing with those who illegally gatecrash our borders is moving to a new level as the Nauru and Manus options draw closer. Communication and tactics by those thumbing their noses at our laws have become very sophisticated and we must be ready to expect that movements to Nauru and Manus could be frustrated by resentment and violence. If people stage sit-downs and fight to avoid being placed on aircraft, the resulting headlines will have the Gillard Government facing another policy nightmare - even if movements can be achieved then there will be continuing law and order problems at Nauru and Manus. The game has changed with illegals being very aware of what awaits them on mainland Australia - Centrelink and all the other social services are shining beacons and even when in current detention centres, the range of services and benefits for detainees mocks what we do for Aboriginals and other Australians who have fallen on hard times. Because we have become a 'soft touch' due to Labor/Green policies, the boats will just keep on coming - a permanent headache and dollar drain for future governments and taxpayers. To pay people smugglers should be a conspiracy to commit a serious crime but where are our lawmakers?

Melbourne Observer. 120919A. September 19, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-16  
Melbourne Observer. 120919A. September 19, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-16  

Melbourne Observer. 120919A. September 19, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-16