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ISSUE 121 08.02.13

PULL OUT AND KEEP! PENRITH’S NUMBER ONE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

CHATTER ON THE BOX BEHIND THE SCENES TV NEWS

WEEKLY PUZZLES CHALLENGING BRAIN TEASERS

CHRIS ISAAK CROONER RETURNS DOWN UNDER

FARM TO FAME

THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF THIN LIZZY’S GUITARIST

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FROM FARM BOY TO ROCK BAND GUITARIST NATHAN TAYLOR chats with Thin Lizzy guitarist Damon Johnson about joining the band he grew up listening to plus touring Australia for the first time in 30 years...

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ow’s this for a story. Imagine growing up in a small farming town in Alabama where the only exposure to music you had was from reading it in a magazine. Then, one day, at age 14, you head into the largest city in Alabama to catch one of your first ever live rock shows. But little did a young Damon Johnson know at the time, the band he was seeing would one day be the band he’s now in. “There were no bands coming to my hometown of Monroeville growing up,” he said. “When I was 14-years-old I went to some of my first shows. Ironically the second concert I ever went to in my life was in Birmingham, Alabama, to see Ted Nugent. “When we arrived the sign said ‘appearing tonight Ted Nugent with special guests Thin Lizzy’. This was 1979, so I saw the original band when I was a kid.” It’s quite hard to believe that 34 years later, that teenager who stood from the crowd watching his rock idols do their thing on stage would one day end up standing alongside them touring the world. “Coming from a small town and getting to see a big rock show like that just blew me away, I started to dream,” Damon said. “I began to imagine what it was like for those guys playing those songs, touring the world and being on the road. It’s just unfathomable to me now that I could achieve that same thing, especially coming from a little farm town like that. I certainly don’t take it for granted.” In September 2011, Damon joined the 21st century line-up of one of the biggest ever bands to burst out of Dublin, Thin Lizzy. Penrith fans will get to see the current line-

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up that has been winning over fans and critics alike for the past two years, when they hit the EVAN Theatre stage on Friday, March 8. Led by Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards) – all of whom played with the band’s late great frontman Phil Lynott – the band also includes Damon on guitar, Marco Mendoza (bass) and Ricky Warwick (lead vocals/guitar). This stellar line-up has been racking up the road miles and re-introducing their music to a whole new generation of fans to overwhelming success. Damon said he was full of emotion when he joined the legendary band on stage for the first time back in 2011. “Thanks to all the experiences I’ve had in various bands it definitely prepared me for something like this but without a doubt I was incredibly excited,” he said. “The heartbeat was definitely up and I’ll never forget that first night turning around and seeing the backdrop that said ‘Thin Lizzy’. If I had a dollar for every time I listened to the ‘Live and Dangerous’ album as a kid I could retire by now.” Thin Lizzy haven’t toured Australia in over 30 years and are looking forward to being reacquainted with Australian audiences when they tour with KISS and Mötley Crüe in March. “We’re going to be playing all the hits, all the incredible songs in Thin Lizzy’s repertoire,” Damon said. “I can imagine the Australian Thin Lizzy fans are going to be very excited to hear ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and ‘Jailbreak’. I can tell you with sincerity that Brian (Downey) and Scott (Gorham) are very excited about coming back to Australia.”

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It’s just unfathomable to me now that I could achieve that same thing Joining one of his favourite band’s growing up was almost like fate for Damon. After being part of Alice Cooper’s band for much of the past decade, Damon said it was a case of being in the right place at the right time when the prospect came up of joining Thin Lizzy. “I was on tour with Alice Cooper at the time, and in the summer of 2011, we did two concerts in Ireland with Def Leppard and Thin Lizzy, so it was all three bands on the one bill,” he said. “When we played those shows in Ireland together I discovered that Richard Fortus was departing Thin Lizzy to link back up with Guns N’ Roses. And Thin Lizzy’s manager had made mention to one of the guys in Alice’s band that they would be going to look for a replacement. So, my bandmate famously said: ‘you guys should call Johnson because he knows the Thin Lizzy songs better than all you guys know them’. And that’s how it all came together.” But it isn’t the partying, clocking up the frequent flyer miles and rocking out to massive audiences all over the world that makes Damon who he is – it’s his kids. Damon said his kids love to watch him play with his eldest daughter who is also

slowly getting into the music industry herself. However, being on the road does have its ups and downs according to the 48-year-old. “For the better part of the past eight years I’ve done a lot of travelling, more than I really want to. I miss them, being away from my wife and kids,” he said. “My kids have this altered reality. They’ve been back stage at big rock shows since the time they could crawl, so they take it for granted a little bit. “My kids will be at school and their friends will say to them ‘your dad’s a rock star’ and they go ‘yeah he’s a rock star’. Then they say ‘have you ever been back stage?’ and they say ‘yeah I had M&Ms with Alice Cooper last weekend’. Of course their friends don’t believe that but it really happened.”

Don’t miss one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Thin Lizzy, when they perform live at Penrith Panthers on Friday, March 8 at 8pm. Tickets are $76.50. To book or for more information call 1800 061 991 or visit www.penrith.panthers.com.au.


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BBA’s Back is at the Windsor Hotel for a special tribute to the iconic band on Saturday, February 16! Paying tribute to the most famous Swedish pop group in history, the band will play all the classic hits. Abba has sold over 370 million records worldwide and continues to sell more each year making them one of the most popular bands of all time. ABBA’s Back is Australia’s number one ABBA tribute band. They are a national and international touring sensation that recreate a premier ABBA concert experience. In the band’s repertoire they include 27 of ABBA’s most successful hits such as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’, ‘Money Money Money’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mammamia’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Thank You For The Music’ and many more. ABBA’s Back adds a modern edge and sophistication to the music that makes the show memorable and will most definitely have you on your feet singing and dancing. To create a more authentic feel to the concert the band dresses up in costumes similar to the original designs the real ABBA wore so you won’t even know the difference. Fans will be saying “thank you for the

music” and will be amazed at how ABBA’s Back delivers a golden performance in honour of one of the most monumental pop groups in history. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $15 for members and $25 for guests. Don’t miss out on your fab ABBA experience, book now! For more information contact Windsor RSL on 4587 6900. Windsor RSL is located on the corner of Mileham and Argyle Streets, South Windsor.

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eel like taking the love of your life somewhere different this Valentine’s Day? Chalkdust Theatre Company will present ‘Love Letters’ by A.R. Gurney at the Riverside Theatre as a special event for Valentine’s Day with four performances only. ‘Love Letters’ is a romantic comedy that is both evocative and heart-warming. It tells the story of two friends who instigate correspondence as children with birthday party ‘thank you’ notes and summer camp postcards, and then continue throughout their lives confessing only to each other the joys and struggles of life and of course, love. ‘Love Letters’ is traditionally performed with a different cast for each performance and Chalkdust Theatre Company is keeping with that tradition. Each of the four performances has a different couple, some are old friends, some are real life partners and some have been brought together for the first time. Real life partners, Nicole Bonfield and John Baltaks, will perform the first of the four performances on Valentine’s Day. John and Nicole originally met when they were cast opposite each other in Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’.

They’ve then gone on to play romantic roles opposite each other in Michael Gow’s ‘Away’, Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, Ray Lawler’s ‘The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll’, and in David Williamson’s ‘Operator’. ‘Love Letters’ plays at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, from February 14 to 16 at 8.15pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for concessions. To book call 8839 3399 or visit www.riversideparramatta.com.au.


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e’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it twice and yet again there is another horror movie based on a true story. The ‘Possession’ featuring Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Madoison Davenport is based on the terrifying account of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Parents Clyde and Stephanie become alarmed when their daughter Em becomes obsessed with an antique box. Her behaviour becomes erratic causing panic that she might be possessed by a malevolent evil. It is ‘shock horror’ when they discover that the box contains a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours the human host. If you are easily frightened then ‘Possession’ will give you a surprise scare here and there but for avid horror moviegoers critics say that this film lacks originality. In 90 minutes it seems as if the movie repeatedly falls back on old cliches but see it for yourself to decide!

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veryone’s favourite girl band is back! Destiny’s Child has just released ‘Love Songs’, a compilation album featuring the romantic hits recorded by the band. The album is jam-packed with the best love ballads from all of the award-winning band’s albums. The album contains 14 tracks, including the chart-toppers ‘Cater 2 u’, ‘Brown Eyes’, ‘Say My Name’. Destiny’s Child’s albums have a history for climbing up the charts. Their 2001 album ‘Survivor’ debuted at number one in nine countries and was certified double platinum. The album also contains the first original Destiny’s Child song recorded since 2005. The trio Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were reunited for a track produced by Pharrell Williams. Titled ‘Nuclear’, the song sits in well with the theme of romance and has many loyal fans wishing the band would permanently reunite. Fans will perhaps be disappointed that the album contains none of the sassy R&B

anthems that were also iconic. However, with February 14 just around the corner, ‘Love Songs’ could be the perfect gift for your special valentine.

DESTINYS CHILD LOVE SONGS

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MANAGING CARMEN By David Williamson

David Williamson’s smash-hit comedy Managing Carmen comes to the Q after huge success in Brisbane, Perth and a sell-out season at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre. An uproariously funny comedy about football, gender, sex and slingbacks.

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rom the fine selection of meats in the deli to the suave bar setting, Osso Steak and Ribs Restaurant offers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Osso is the perfect setting for a business lunch, dinner date or a little self indulgence – the modern interior will have you feeling comfortable and the staff, including the charming waiter Bill, will make you feel like family. Located in Penrith Panthers, Osso has a menu for connoisseurs and carnivores alike. Start with the bruchetta entree and enjoy the crisp pizza base, finely chopped tomatoes and onion with olive oil, vinegar and freshlymade basil paste. There are many mouth-watering mains to choose from but be sure to order the wagyu beef. Though steak is most enjoyable with a fresh Béarnaise, Diane or pink pepper sauce, this premium, grain-fed wagyu beef is so tasty you will want to enjoy its marbled flavour as is. Some other choices to consider include the Cargill Wagga Wagga grain-fed eye fillet of filet mignon and the RH Collinson Pasture sirloin or t-bone. And it would not be Osso Steak and Ribs without a delicious range of ribs. Don’t be embarrassed to put down the cutlery; tender and full of flavour, the meat falls

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right off the rib bone. Osso cooks their ribs twice for guaranteed tenderness and they are basted with Osso’s own Hickory Barbeque Sauce. Don’t be fooled though, Osso’s quality food doesn’t stop with the mains. Displaying talent in every aspect of the kitchen, Osso’s pastry chefs have picked some dessert favourites for the menu that simply cannot be overlooked. Try a caramel brulee with poached pear and peanut brittle, a scrumptious chocolate tasting plate or sticky date pudding. And new to the menu will be a white chocolate and coconut panna cotta with a raspberry top. If you feel like a savoury dessert, Osso boasts an impressive range of Australian and international cheeses such as Mauri Taleggio from Lomardy in Italy and Ashgrove Vintage Black Wax Cheddar from Elizabeth Town in Tasmania. To cap off a night of gustatory delight, match any of your meals to over 100 wines from some of Australia’s most acclaimed vineyards, local and imported beers or classic range of cocktail favourites that the bar staff create with a modern twist. Osso is located inside Penrith Panthers, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith. For reservations call 4720 5588. - Reviewed by Cassandra O’Connor

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What’s On FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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Retro Friday Night Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 The Frocks Venue: St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Backlash Venue: Penrith Gaels Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Talk It Up Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 The Remixes Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 7.30pm 4737 4600 Out of Salem Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Club Envy Venue: Penrith Hotel $10, 9pm 4721 2060 Forever Rod Venue: Penrith Panthers $31.50, 7.30pm 1800 061 991 Steve Twitchen Venue: Penrith Panthers

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Chris Drummond Duo Venue: Blacktown Workers Free entry, 9pm 9830 0673 I Want To Dance With Somebody! Venue: Blacktown Workers $8.50 members, $12.50 visitors, 8pm 9830 0673 GTS Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600 Rock and Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Boogie Boys Venue: St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Blackwater Venue: Penrith Gaels Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Jive Bombers Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Peppermint Jam Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200

Kel-Anne Brandt Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 The Bowles Brothers Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 4pm 4720 5555 Free Entertainment Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 5pm 9623 1211 Have your gig featured. Email Nathan. Taylor@mediaview.com.au.

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Free entry, 8.30pm 4720 5555 Matt Lyon Venue: Wallacia Panthers Free entry, 7.30pm 4773 8417 Tim Stokes Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Soul Deep Venue: Blacktown Workers Free entry, 9pm 9830 0673 Oh What A Night! Venue: Blacktown Workers $40 members, $45 visitors, 8pm 9830 0673 JJ Duo Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600 Rock and Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 New Horizon Venue: St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 3 Rams Venue: Penrith Gaels Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180

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Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Dance Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Band of Men Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Saturday Night Divas Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Ukulele Band Venue: Nepean Rowing Club Free entry, 2.30pm 4731 2255 Live Entertainment Venue: Penrith Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Minus House Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Rockin Eddie Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Steph Jansen Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 3pm 4720 5555 The best gig guide in Penrith!

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Weekly Wine

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3rd Heat - Feb 24th, 2pm at the Penrith Gaels Club entries must be in by Feb 17th see reception staff Finals - March 2nd, 7pm at the Penrith Gaels Club The winner gets the opportunity to play on the main stage at the 2013 Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day on Sunday 17th March.

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oward the end of her life, Whitney Houston’s battle with substance abuse overshadowed her incredible success in the music industry. With over 170 million albums sold worldwide and over 400 career accolades including numerous Emmys and Grammys, Whitney was a trailblazer, becoming the first black female to receive high rotation on MTV, and paving the way for artists such as Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton. On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy – Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices of all time had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance but also painful questions

with no easy answers. Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar’s mother, Cissy Houston – a gospel legend in her own right – relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon’s life and career. From Whitney’s earliest days singing in the church choir to her string of number one hits and Hollywood box office hit, Cissy recounts her daughter’s journey to become one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Remembering Whitney is available through Harper Collins Australia. FYI has five copies of Remembering Whiteney to give away. For your chance to win one, send an envelope with your name and phone number on the back to Weekender Whitney Competition, Suite 2, 42-44 Abel St, Jamisontown 2750. Entries close Friday, February 15. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/12/01138. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au.


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YES, PRIME MINISTER WE NEED YOU!

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he BBC’s hilarious and much-loved television classic, ‘Yes, Prime Minister’, is back on stage at the Sydney Opera House from this month. Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley return to the stage in the biggest West End comedy hit of the year. This is the first ever stage play of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ from the original writers of the hit BBC TV series, which started in 1982. Writers Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay have honed their razor sharp wits once more to create a riveting and hilarious dilemma for Britain’s most trusted leader. Set in 2012, in the oak panelled drawing room at Chequers – the British Prime Minister’s official country residence, the embattled PM, Sir Humphrey and Bernard face their greatest challenge yet. The European Union is in financial meltdown and Hacker is hanging onto

power by a thread as he heads up a minority government. Then the oil-rich country of Kumranistan throws a potential lifeline - a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure deal which could save the British economy. Closing the deal, however, will be tricky, and may require some rather unsavoury bargaining. Hacker and his team meet at Chequers, to navigate the political and moral minefield and evade the ever-present media who will, of course, try to catch them out. With the help and hindrance from inquisitive journalists, a new generation of special advisors and an oil rich ambassador with a most disturbing interest in foreign affairs, the play engages audiences with the best of comedy and the worst of politics. Will Sir Humphrey obfuscate the situation? Will Bernard prevaricate? Will Jim rise to the occasion? Find out when the classic ‘Yes, Prime Minster’ plays at the Sydney Opera House

from Wednesday, February 13 until Saturday, March 2 at various sessions. Tickets start at $71.60.

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BEYOND THE SUN TO A SUN BURNT LAND

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t may be a few years between visits but it’s pretty obvious Chris Isaak loves Australia as much as we love him. Music’s coolest crooner will be returning to Australia next month with a huge show set down for the Sydney State Theatre on Wednesday, March 20 as part of his ‘Beyond the Sun’ tour. “Australian audiences are the best. I think I have a show they are gonna dig,” Isaak said. “We are playing all the hits and it’s really fun to throw in a whole ‘show within the show’ where we play a bunch of the real early rock and roll hits like ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. “We roll out an upright piano and a stand up bass and I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. I’m looking forward to surfing till soundcheck and playing all night.” From crooner to retro-rocker to one of music’s most sensitive singer-songwriters, Isaak has been making some of the coolest music for the past 25 years.

In addition to being a multi-platinum artist, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, acclaimed actor and all-round great guy, Isaak is a charismatic showman and entertainer. His live shows are spectacular events that keep his audiences coming back again and again. His stories alone are enough to keep people wanting more. His long-time legendary band, Silvertone, featuring Kenny Dale Johnson on drums, will accompany him on his upcoming tour Down Under. Some of Chris Isaak’s biggest hits include ‘Wicked Game’, ‘Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing’, ‘Dancin’’, ‘Blue Hotel’ and ‘Somebody’s Crying’. Isaak will also be joined by ex-Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens, who will be performing his biggest solo and Noiseworks numbers. Chris Isaak performs live at the Sydney State Theatre on Wednesday, March 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets start at $99. To book call 136 100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au.

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Television

CHATTER ON THE BOX with Nathan Taylor

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espite rumours that current affairs show ‘Today Tonight’ had been axed to make way for one-hour news bulletins, the show is returning this Monday, February 11. As mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, ex-Nine newsreader Helen Kapalos will front the rejuvenated program, which will feature more harder hitting stories and less tabloid trash. Channel Seven haven’t scrapped the idea of one-hour News bulletins in the future, saying that the 6pm to 7pm news hour will be more flexible, depending on news events.

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More on news and current affairs, longtime Channel 10 program ‘Meet The Press’ will get a new look this year. The program will now be produced as an hour-long show by News Limited with Kathryn Robinson replacing Paul Biongiorno as host. ‘Meet The Press’ returns at 10.30am on Sunday, February 17.

A show that was axed during the week that won’t come as a surprise to some is ‘The Price Is Right’. The classic game show, which was revived by Channel Seven mid-last year, was given its marching orders by the network due to poor ratings and viewer feedback. It was clear from the first few months of ‘Price’ that is wasn’t going to work. Cheap and nasty prizes and below average production values were among the contributors for the axe. Seven’s ‘4.30 News’ will continue running for the hour, with ‘Deal or No Deal’ back with new episodes at 5.30pm. It won’t be much longer until we finally find out who the ‘mother’ is on ‘How I Met Your Mother’. CBS in America have announced the show will be finishing up with a ninth and final season. Writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have always said they would need a year’s notice to properly tie up their loose ends. “We’re writing this season like it’s the end,” Thomas said at the start of the current season. ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Castle’ fans better reserve that spot on the couch on Sundays because Channel Seven are ready to bring them both back. Season three of ‘Downton Abbey’ will air from this Sunday, February 10 at 8.30pm, with ‘Castle’ also returning that same night from 10pm. Die-hard ‘Survivor’ fans will also be pleased to know that the next season of the hit reality show ‘Survivor Caramoan: Fans v Favourites’ will begin airing on GO!, the very same day as in the US – Thursday, February 14 at 7.30pm. This will be the first time in years that ‘Survivor’ will be fast-tracked from the US, meaning very limited spoilers. The new season sees the return of former contestants including Brandon Hantz and Johnny Cochran.


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PRINCE OF PLANES BUYS AN AIRBUS by David Ellis

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ext time you're about to get aboard that whopping A380 Airbus that seems to shade half the airport, and you're told you are the 350th passenger to step inside – and that there are another 200 still to follow – give a thought to a Saudi Arabian prince who'll soon have no need to worry about looking to see if he turns left or right for First or Business Class. He’s about to become the first person in the world to own his very own personal A380. The plane is worth AU$363 million from France’s Airbus Industrie, and a British company is now outfitting for a further US$90 million odd with luxuries ranging from a lounge for live concerts, to a marble-lined Turkish bath, and a glass floor so he and guests can gaze down on whatever they are flying over. At a total cost of around AU$455 million, it means the prince will be absolutely relaxed as he zooms off to places as far as 15,500km away. The Prince's A380 would normally carry around 550 passengers in Economy, Business and First Class, with some airlines also having a fourth Premium Economy category as well – others only have Economy seating into which to cram 853 backsides. But our Saudi prince won't have to worry about such crass sharing in his plane: he and his family will indulge in five luxury suites complete with king-size beds, handmade rugs, private lounges, and ensuites with fullsize showers. And there'll be First Class sleeper seats in private compartments for up to 20 other guests, lounging areas and a dining room as well as a prayer room where computers will automatically always have prayer mats facing towards Mecca. A member of the Saudi Royal Family, the prince made his money – his personal wealth

is said to be in the vicinity of AU$25 billion – from a lifetime of shrewd investments, including 50 per cent ownership of London's Savoy Hotel, and a seven per cent stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the largest outside the Murdoch family. And in truth he probably doesn't think his purchase is all that unusual. Why would you when you already own your own customised Boeing 747, an Airbus A231 and a Hawker Siddeley HS125 mini-jet to get to that next meeting, more than 200 cars including Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and Ferraris for when you're in a hurry on the ground in different parts of the world, and for holidays an 86 metre mega motor-cruiser that featured in the Bond movie ‘Never Say Never Again’ (in which it was named the Flying Saucer). Guests who board the prince’s plane at regular airports will enter through a normal door that will open into a large Entrance Hall with a wide spiral staircase, and a lift if you don’t like stairs, going to the aircraft’s upper deck. That lift will descend through the belly of the aircraft onto the ground below – with a red carpet automatically unfurling, bathed by floodlights at night so these guests will feel they’ve arrived at a Hollywood premiere. A fully-outfitted boardroom will boast screens showing real-time world markets, and a 12-place Perspex table will embrace touch screens built flat into it at every seat, plus internet and satellite phone capabilities. Down in the aircraft's belly, empty cargo and luggage spaces are being turned into recreation zones. Finally a "garage" in the plane’s belly can take a Rolls Royce and maybe on occasion the owner's diamond encrusted Ducati motorbike. Now, remember, you were number 350 going aboard your A380 and there are another 200 people still to follow you on board… Enjoy.

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POKEMON JOURNEY ENDURES

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t’s hard to believe that the Pokémon franchise has been around for 17 years. The multi-billion dollar brand has had its hand in everything – trading cards, games, music, merchandise, TV shows and of course movies. Pokémon has since become the secondmost successful and lucrative video game-based franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo’s ‘Mario’ franchise. In 2010, the cumulative sales of the video games reached more than 200 million copies. However there is more to Pokémon than just video games. Since 1998, there have been a massive 15 Pokémon movies released worldwide. Now, Pokémon are set to release their brand new big screen movie this month titled ‘Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs The Sword of Justice’. Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured

Pokémon—one he’s never seen before. He’s trying to figure out how he can help when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem, a Dragon-type Pokémon with immense power! Ash and the others barely manage to escape the rampaging Kyurem’s attack, and as the dust settles, they turn their attention to the injured Pokémon. Their new acquaintance turns out to be the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo, and it’s on a mission to rescue its friends – Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice – from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem’s rampage isn’t over and it’s drawing power from Reshiram and Zekrom, changing into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem to make its attacks even stronger. Why is Kyurem attacking Ash and his friends with such unrelenting fury? How will they be able to overcome this danger? You are just going to have to head to Hoyts Penrith to find out!

FYI has 5 double passes to see ‘Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice’ at Hoyts Penrith to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘POKEMON’, along with your name and phone number to competitions@mediaview.com.au. Entries close Wednesday, February 13. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/12/01138. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender. com.au.

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King Henry’s Court Café/Restaurant

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SEARCHERS FIND PLACE IN HISTORY

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he distinctive jangling sound of the 12 string guitar and the rich harmonies embellishing their immaculate vocals have without doubt assured British group, The Searchers, of a lasting place in the history of popular music throughout the world. From their early beginnings in the late 1950’s as a skiffle group formed by John McNally and a bunch of friends, through to the heady days of the 1960’s as teenage idols, the band has comfortably settled into a position well deserved by a group whose

sound has influenced some of the most important artists of our generation. The Byrds, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Marshall Crenshaw and so many others have happily acknowledged their debt to The Searchers for providing inspirational music. The atmosphere couldn’t get much more electric than when they play such hits like ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Love Potion Number 9’, ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’, ‘Someday We’re Gonna Love Again’ and ‘When You Walk in the Room’. The Searchers are a band not to be missed when they take to the stage for a live performance. Don’t miss the legendary The Searchers at the St Marys Leagues Club on Friday, February 15 at 9.15pm. Entry is free. For more information call 9677 7777 or visit www.saintsrl.com.au.

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enrith City Choir is ready to share its love of choral singing at an ‘Open Evening’ to be held next week at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts

Centre. The ‘Open Evening’ will not only offer participants an opportunity to experience the excitement of singing together, but also the chance to look behind the public face of a community choir. In this free, fun evening of singing, a wide range of styles of music will be on offer in a supportive and friendly environment.

Penrith City Choir’s director, choral specialist, Lucy McAlvery will lead the evening’s activities. Lucy has had a long and successful musical career leading choirs in both the UK and Australia, and has a wonderful talent for making singing such fun. The choir’s big plans for 2013 include a performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in May; ‘Rule Britannia’, a concert of British music served with high tea in September; and a Christmas concert with the Blue Mountains Concert Band in December. So, bring your enthusiasm and your love of singing to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Orchestral Room 2) on Wednesday, February 13 at 7.30pm to participate in the Penrith City Choir’s ‘Opening Evening’. Entry is free. For more information call 4754 3946.

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