Grand Years with Frank Morris

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VALE: June Dally-Watkins dead

AMAZING WOMAN: “REMEMBER, SHE IS AN ICON”.

JUNE DALLY-WATKINS, THE TRAILBLAZER WHO TURNED AUSTRALIA INTO A “POLITE AND WELL-GROOMED NATION”, DIED LAST WEEK-END, AGED 92. MAGGIE TABBERER, A CLOSE FRIEND AND FELLOW MODEL, SAID THE “ETIQUETTE QUEEN” WILL BE REMEMBERED AS AN ICON. “JUNE WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN. SHE TAUGHT MANY GIRLS HOW TO WALK, HOW TO TALK, AND TO BE THE BEST THAT THEY COULD BE”. – FM.


John Frost, the headline hunter: The newspapers are a unique record of events when they happen

JOHN FROST WITH A ‘HANDFUL’ OF HIS NEWSPAPERS. THE FUHRER EDITION IS TUCKED AWAY IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT-HAND CORNER. Below: THE DEATH OF QUEEN VICTORIA.

ONE OF FROST’S PRIZED NEWSPAPERS IS THE BLACK-BOARDED ONE-PAGE EDITON OF A GERMAN DAILY REPORTING THE DEATH OF THE FUHRER.

FRANK MORRIS

In the year 2000, I penned an article on John Frost after he forwarded me a mountain of news stuff and newspapers covering some of the intricate global events.

He went on to say that his collection had newspaper and news sheets dating back to rollicking times of the 17th century when the newspaper was in its infancy.

Frost’s fascination with newsprint started when he was a 10-year-old child in 1930. “After that I became hooked on collecting newspapers which recorded momentous events,” recalled John.

John Frost who collects – COLLECTS -- newspaper is no ordinary bloke.

The British-based Frost Historical Newspaper Collection comprises more than 60,000 British and international editions and 150,000 press cuttings dating from 1640.

In fact, Mr Peter Jones, of the Welsh (UK) Art Council, said it has been hailed as “the most remarkable collection” in the world.

Frost describes his mountain of newspapers as representing “a good slice of history”.  He is, he says, “a man who looks forward to the past”.  His business is collecting events which will become history.

The newspapers in this unique collection record everything from the day a British comedian was accused of eating a hamster, to the coronations and deaths of kings and queens.

A veteran of Normandy and now in his early eighties, Frost had been collecting since 1930.  “I was only ten and living in Notting Hill.  I remember the shouts of the newspaper vendors when the R101 airship crashed in France on its maiden voyage,” he says.

“I raced home to my mother who gave me a penny.  A few moments later I was back for another. It was a Sunday and the Sunday Express cost twopence”.

From that earth-shattering tragedy, Frost became “hooked” on collecting newspapers which recorded “momentous events”.

He was then kept busy with the rise of Hitler, the Spanish Civil War, the abdication of King Edward VIII, the Munich Crisis and so on.  His collection started to grow like Topsy.

After he was demobbed in 1946, Frost travelled for the next six years around Europe, collecting newspapers at every port of call; from Orkney Islands to Berlin.

“As a Normandy veteran I recall raiding billets evacuated by the Germans.  It paid off.  I managed to ‘capture’ a truly historic German army paper which reported the allied invasion”.

One of his prized newspapers of war years is a copy of the black-bordered one-page edition of the Lubecken Zeitung, reporting the death of the Fuhrer – Our leader has fallen – “in action”.

He has over 15,000 different newspapers, including some US editions, covering World War II from beginning to end.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The collection covers the death and coronation of every British Monarch since 1751, the election of every American President since 1832 and “practically” every major event in the life of Winston Churchill.

There are thousands of British and American editions which report the American Civil War, the Boer War, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and Middle East wars, famous trials, major disasters, obituaries, space exploration, Royal Events and notable sporting achievements.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
FANNY DURACK WAS GIVEN HER FARE TO MAKE SURE SHE APPEARED IN THE 1912 STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS GAMES. ACCORDING TO A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, “FORGOTTEN HEROINES,” AUSTRALIAN OFFICALS REFUSED TO ADD THE CHAMPION SWIMMER TO THEIR FIVE-MAN SWIMMING TEAM. – FM. CONTINUED.
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His “crown jewels” include the rare colour newspaper of 1909, reporting the French aviator Bleriot’s historic flight over the English channel; the sinking of the Titanic in 1912;  The Times of 1874, announcing the birth of Winston Churchill; the Wisconsin News reporting the death of Rudolph Valentino; the death of suffragette Emily Davidson, who threw herself under the King’s horse at a race meeting in 1913;  the Neues Wiener Tagblett of 1914, reporting the assassination of Sarajevo of the Crown Prince of Austria.

Says Frost: “Whenever a big event takes place, no matter where in the world it is, a newspaper reporter will always be there. Every day in every country in the world newspapers are on sale with some dramatic story only hours, minutes even, after the event”.

He says that to gain a “more personal perspective” on the world-wide events he likes “to get the newspaper from where it happened”.  In the case of the Apollo II moon walk in 1969, for example, he has the newspaper from Neil Armstrong’s home town.

My first contact with Frost was in 1998.  I came across an article he wrote for the MacMillan’s Press Directory.  He replied to my letter promptly.

A few days later a package of newspapers arrived, the first of many, among which was a copy of the New York Herald, reporting the death of Abraham Lincoln and various editions of British newspapers from the 1930s, reporting some major event.

“This (newspaper collecting) is a wonderful pursuit,” he says in his first letter.  “This century has certainly seen history in a hurry.  It’s wonderful seeing instant news on television.  But nothing can beat the printed word and reading the full story”.

<< Part 2. John Frost: Headlines we will never forget by Elaine Williams. Coming March 13.

COMING: Skateboarding, the pastime that leaves blood on the sidewalks, was developed as a sport in 1960s, will be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

 

DAILY EXPRESS: MAN ON THE MOON.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
EARLIER THIS CENTURY, FANNY DURACK ALMOST SUFFERED FROM AN UNUSAL FATE. DURACK “BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A GOLD MEDAL AFTER SOME PROMINENT WOMEN SUBSCRIBED TO RAISE HER FARE,” WROTE DEBORAH HOPE OF THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. CONTINUED.– FM.


HISTORIC MYSTERY: Was it man, woman or a young person The Man from Snowy River?

BANJO PATERON SECRET REVEALED.

THE MYSTERY HAS BEEN SOLVED. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER WASN’T MAN OR WOMAN. BUT AN 11-YEAR-OLD CLASS MATE OF BANJO PATERSON WHO WAS ACTUALLY THE MYSTERY RIDER. RESEACHER CLIFF CRANE HAS BEEN STUDYING PATERSON FOR 25 YEARS AND THIS IS WHEN HE REALISED THAT A SECRET WAS BURIED IN THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER THAT HAS TO BE REVEALED. THE FULL STORY NEXT WEEK.


SURFS UP! Fancy nameplates of surfing 60s from the board builders of Australia

NORM CASEY BEGAN TO MANUFACTURE SURFBOARDS IN 1949. IN AUGUST 1962, HE OPENED A MODERN SHOP AND FACTORY AT ROCKDALE, SYDNEY. THE FACTORY, OPERATED ON PROVEN AMERICAN METHODS, AND HOUSED SOME OF THE MOST UP-TO-DATE EQUIPMENT IN THE INDUSTRY. NORM ONCE REMARKED THAT “I’VE REALISED THE VITAL NEED OF CARRYING OUT CONSTANT RESEARCH ON THE FLEXIBILITY OF NEW MATERIALS”. THIS IS WHY NORM CONTENDED THAT HE HAD DEVELOPED THE “HIGHEST STRENGTH TO WEIGHT RATIO” OF ANY CUSTOM BOARD ON THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET. (WRITTEN FOR SURFABOUT MAGAZINE IN 1965 FOR THE NEW PUBLISHERS.) – FM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
FANNY DURACK WON THE 100 METRES FREESTYLE IN ONE MINUTE 22.2 SECONDS, DEFEATING TEAM-MATE WILHELMINA WYLIE. THE EVENT, WHICH WAS NEW TO OLYMPIC WOMEN’S SWIMMING, WAS DESCRIBED AS “A GREAT SUCCESS”. – FM.


PEARL TURTON: Part 1.  Queen of the surfers -- the young woman who turned heads

PEARL TURTON, AWAYS IN CONFIDENT FORM, AS SHE SLICES THROUGH A BULKLY WAVE AT WHALE BEACH. Below: HOW PEARL BECOME QUEEN OF THE SURFING FRATERNITY.

PEARL TOOK TO THE SURF WITH THE BOYS. HER MATES WERE MY MATES AND SHE WAS JUST ANOTHER OF THE GANG.

RON TURTON       Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In October 1949, Ronald and Pearl Turton Senior arrived in Australia from England, along with their children. I was four, Pearl was two and Ross was on the way.

We settled in Palm Beach at the tip of Sydney’s famous northern beaches. And although Pearl was not a big girl by any means, from the beginning she showed all the attributes of a sport star.

Palm Beach was very much a holiday destination then and was packed on the weekends in summer. But for the locals it was the sort of place where everyone knew everyone – although there weren’t too many locals our age.

During the weekdays after school we’d all play rugby league and cricket, which were “boy sports” in those days; but Pearl just joined in and was accepted.

She could run like the wind, had remarkable hand-eye coordination, and excelled at track and field, basketball and gymnastics.

But it was the surf that soon become the main attraction. Looking back, the timing was right. It was end of the 50s and we weren’t even teenagers yet. But things were starting to change – music, clothing and surfing.

Pearl took to the surf with my mates. She was just another of the gang.

We didn’t own our surfboards at first, we just bodysurfed. Then we rode these things called “surfoplanes”. You had to paddle like mad to catch a wave, the bigger the better; and then we’d lay down and hang on.

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ON THE WAVES …
WHO WAS THE FIRST WOMEN’S SURF RIDER IN AUSTRALIA TO STAND UPRIGHT ON A SURFBOARD? ISABEL LETHAM AGED 15, IN 1916. WHEN SEAS WERE POUNDING AT A BEACH CALLED FRESHWATER, NSW, HAWAIIAN DUKE KAHANAMOKU WAS DEMONSTATING HIS SURFBOARD RIDING. “COME ON!” SAID THE DUKE. HE WAS COAXING THE TEENAGER ONTO THE FRONT OF IT. “I WAS TERRIFIED … I WAS TOO SCARED TO STAND UP …” SAID ISABEL. -- FM.
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It was fantastic. Before too long Pearl decided it would be fun to ride these things like a jockey. And I can still see her flying down these waves: one hand on the handle and the other raised in the air like a rodeo rider rocketing around terrified body surfers.

It was so much fun.

Surfboards were only for the older boys and men. That was all about to change.

About half a dozen fellas my age – around 12 – bought nine-foot balsa Malibus. Some of the surf club members let us have a ride on their 16-foot hollow plywoods; but they were so heavy and awkward, compared to a fibreglass and resin balsa.

It was just a matter of time before Pearl borrowed my board. Off she went, this petite little thing … and she had confidence and raw talent to burn.

Soon, it was to become a way of life. It was more than a sport, and as Pearl had always been one of the Palm Beach gang there was none of this “what’s a girl doing our wave” stuff.

Pearl left school early in her mid-teens to work at the Palm Beach Pharmacy. She used to surf before and after work, whenever the “surf was up”.

There were no contests at the time, but, unbeknown to Pearl, there was a big surprise in store.

<< Adapted from That Pearl by Ron Turton, Pacific Longboarder, Vol 19, Number 1.

NEXT: Success was staring her in the face. She was to become a household name.

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ON THE WAVES …
SURFBOARDS HAVE HAD THREE DISTINCT ERAS: THE SOLID BOARD, USED FROM 1912 TO ABOUT 1938; THE HOLLOW LONGBOARD, FROM 1938 TO 1956; AND THE REVOLUTINNARY LIGHTWEIGHT MALIBU BOARD OF FIBREGLASS COVERED BALSA, WITH A FIN. THE MALIBU BOARDS REVOLUTIONISED BOARD RIDING. – LANA WELLS.
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ON THE WAVES …

WHEN LONGBOARD AND RIDER PARTED COMPANY, THE SWIMMERS NEARBY DUCKED FOR COVER. LONGBOARDS CAME TO A HALT IN 1956. THEY HAVE SINCE MADE A COMEBACK.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 27 February 20

READ ALL ABOUT IT! A newspaper can make a difference in your community

A GOLD COIN DONATION WILL BUY A COPY OF THE TRIANGLE, A NEWSPAPER PRODUCED BY THE COMMUNITY.

AN ESTIMATED 200 COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS IN AUSTRALIA HAVE BITTEN THE DUST. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY’VE CALLED IT A DAY. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO START A NEWSPAPER IN YOUR COMMUNITY? AUSTRALIA IS A BIG COUNTRY AND THERE’RE PLENTY OF STORIES TO CHOOSE FROM.

THE TRIANGLE, AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK, IS READY FOR THE PURCHASER. Below: A BOX AT A DROP-OFF POINT.

IT’S NO SURPRISE, THEN, WHEN A BEVY OF VOLUNTEERS PRODUCE THE TRIANGLE, WHICH IS PACKED FULL OF NEWS, NEWS THAT WOULD NEVER MAKE IT IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS.

FRANK MORRIS

The Triangle has become an anticipated monthly fixture for the townspeople of Brogo, Quaama, Cobargo and Tilba, and other localities along the way.

Established in 2002, it was quickly decided The Triangle, “would have no politics” (in its strictest sense.) It would be a local, positive and a conveyance for public discussion.

And there was an editorial committee responsivity and no central editor to spread and hopefully bring different snippets, attitudes, pictures and news to the forum.

The committee will publish anything as long as it doesn’t cover “politics, sex or religion”, which, naturally, would reduce complaints.

But the paper has occasionally “raised the ire” of some of the townspeople, says a spokesperson, and mistakes are quickly corrected and disputes are resolved pretty fast.

The spokesperson admits that some of the best stories come from the pub. Letters to the editorial committee also give the locals room to share their views.

The profits from The Triangle go back to the community.

Now, do you want to your start your own community newspaper?

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ABOUT THE TRIANGLE: WITH A LONG HISTORY OF FARMING AND FISHING, AND A PROUD LOCAL KOORI COMMUNITY, THIS IS A PART OF THE COUNTRY WITH PLENTY OF STORIES TO TELL. THANKS TO THE TEAM BEHIND TILBA’S THE TRIANGLE, LOCALS CAN CATCH UP WITH THE COMMUNITY NEWS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.
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What your need is a lot of motivation, organisational skills and little know-how. These are of some of the tips from the crew at The Triangle.

Keep your costs low. In 2010, The Triangle charged from 60 cents to $20 for advertisement. Revenue also comes from the donation boxes at drop-off points.

Printing costs, in 2010, are around $1500 and distribution, based on the weight, about $200. After the extraction of costs, The Triangle clear about $400 a month.

A spokeswoman, in 2010, says they keep at least $2000 in the bank to the cover the next issue. Any profit goes back to the community.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1964, TOKYO PLAYS HOST AND JAPAN SPENDS $2 BILLION ON THE “HAPPY GAMES” – THE FIRST GAMES IN AN ASIAN COUNTRY. DAWN FRASER WINS THE 100m FREESTYLE FOR THIRD TIME STRAIGHT IN THE OLYMPICS. AND DAWN WON HER FOURTH GOLD. IN ATHLETICS, BETTY CUTHBERT MADE A SCINTILLATING COMEBACK AND TOOK OUT THE WOMEN’S 400m. ALSO GOLD FOR MEN’S SWIMMING: 1500m FREESTYLE. 200m BUTTERFLY. 200m BREASTROKE. YACHTSMEN ALSO WIN GOLD IN THE 5.5m.
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When you work on a country newspaper like The Triangle you must be prepared to share the load. A spokeswoman said we have a 10-member editorial committee, comprising a secretary, treasurer, designer, proof reader and copy editor.

The work-loads vary, but the secretary must commit about 25 to 30 hours a month compiling material for the editorial meeting, but the designer spends about 40 hours laying out each issue.

Frank Morris comments: Now, as a professional journalist, the raised advertising revenue is important to extrapolate your circulation to a readership figure. With the circulation of 2000 copies, 3 persons as readers, it’s better to work on 6000 readership.

The next vital step is to turn your readership figures into strong and powerful sales letter for your potential advertiser. After two or three attempts, you’ll find the advertising starts to creep up. 

My suggestion would be is to lift the circulation for the holiday maker. There are a number of rewards that you could be striving for. Some of those ‘holiday’ people have been coming to these havens for years. Local or non-local? That is the question.

In 2020, printing and advertising costs have risen a fair bit.

Remember, the more creative you become the better your project will be in the market place. << Adapted from Australia Today. Australia Post, 2010.


NEXT: THE PEARL TURTON STORY: SHE WAS THE QUEEN OF THE SURFING FRATERNITY. SHE WAS ASKED TO APPEAR IN AN ENDLESS SUMMER MOVIE? THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.


READ ALL ABOUT IT …
ABOUT THE TRIANGLE: “A BOMB COULD HAVE GONE OFF HERE AND THEY WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT IN BEGA”, A WOMAN READER SAID. THOSE ON THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE MEETING ENJOY THE TASK OF DELIVERING THE NEWSPAPER BECAUSE OF THE FEEDBACK THE FROM THE LOCAL READERSHIP. THE PRINT RUN IS STABLE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON WHEN THE TOURISTS COME TO TOWN. “BECAUSE IT ISN’T FOR THEM, IT FOR LOCALS,” ACCORDING TO A COMMITTEE MEMBER.


FLASHBACK: To keep Tarzan of the Jungle hunting criminals will keep the enduring franchise going!

TARZAN (CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT) MINGLES WITH A BUNCH OF APES, TALKING THEIR LANGUAGE. Below: JOHNNY WEISSMULLER AS TARZAN WITH THE FAMILY.

MANY ACTORS HAVE ENJOYED PLAYING THE KING OF THE JUNGLE OVER THE YEARS. TWO OF THE FINEST ACTORS TO PLAY TARZAN, IN MY OPINION, JOHNNY WEISSMULLER AND CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT WERE OUTSTANDING.

FRANK MORRIS

It’s over 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan sagas of the enduring ape man became so popular that the author went on to write two dozen sequels.

Hollywood was quick to jump on the successful Tarzan bandwagon and produced the first film, Tarzan Of The Apes, in 1918. A silent film, it starred Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey.

In fact, Lincoln went on to star as Tarzan a second time that year in The Romance Of Tarzan.

The best known and most easily recognised actor to play the role was Johnny Weissmuller. Weissmuller had been one of the world’s fastest swimmers in the 1920s. He won five Olympic gold medals, but it was playing Tarzan that propelled him to international stardom.

He played the character twelve times and earned an estimated $4 million.
Weissmuller was the first actor to use the famous Tarzan yell. He explained in an interview that it was actually a recording of three diffentent vocalists – a soprano, an alto and a hog caller. The three vocalists were spliced together to get the effect.

Joining Weissmuller was the talented actress Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane. Then there was the famous Cheeta, the chimpanzee, although no chimpanzee actually appeared in the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels.

Perhaps the long-running Tarzan saga needed something new to appeal to filmgoers in 1984.

A French actor who spoke no English, Christopher Lambert, had to train for six months to play the part – learning to behave like a chimp in the afternoon, having English lessons in the evening. All his hard work paid off. The critics loved his interpretation of the leading character.

And the box-office loved him, too. In the first eight weeks, Greystoke, The Legend Of Tarzan, took over $35 million; a record.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1968, MEXICO CITY WAS NAMED FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES. BUT THERE WAS TWO DISTINCT FALL-OUTS WHICH OCCURRED: HIGH ALTITUDE AND BLACK POWER. DESPITE THE ANXIETY ABOUT THE FORMER, IT WAS MAINLY THE POLICITICAL ATMOSPHERE THAT MARRED THE MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS GAMES. AUSTRALIAN SPRINTER PETER NORMAN FINISHED THIRD – BEING OUT SPRINTED BY TOMMIE SMITH AND JOHN CARLOS WHO CAME FIRST AND SECOND. CONTINUED.
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“Greystoke is worth a trip to the cinemas, one critic told his readers. “Forget about all the other Tarzan movies, this is the authentic one”.

Tarzan turns predator. He could stalk his prey with unerring accuracy.

The films opens with the boy Tarzan and an ape friend Droopy Ears up high in a tree, Tarzan cooing and the ape copying the cooing in harmony.

Even as a youngster, Tarzan and Droopy Ears produce a wonderful sound.

Lambert said, “half of me is the Earl of Greystoke and the other half is wild”.

Up until 2016 there have been various mixtures of Tarzan, both in real-life and cartoons.

TARZAN THE APEMAN: Actors who have played the great wild man...

Elmo Lincoln, 1918; Gene Pollar, 1920; James Pierce, 1927; Frank Merrill, 1929; Herman Brix and Bruce Bennett, 1935, 1938; Johnny Weismuller, 1932 to 1948; Buster Crabbe, 12-chapter-movie serial, 1934; Glenn Morris, 1938; Lex Barker, 1949 to 1953; Denny Miller, 1959; Gordon Scott, 1955 to 1960; Jock Mahoney, 1962 to 1963; Mike Henry, 1966 to 1968; Miles O’Keeffe, 1981; Christopher Lambert, 1984; Casper Van Dien, 1998.

<< The Peoples Friend, UK, and Frank Morris.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
MEXICO CITY BOASTED A RECORD 113 NATIONS AND OVER 6000 ATHLETES. ENREQUITA BASILO WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LIGHT THE OLYMPICS FLAME. SWIMMING: WHEN MICHAEL WENDEN SCORED A “DOUBLE” FOR AUSTRALIA BY WINNING HIS SECOND GOLD MEDAL IN THE 200m FREESTYLE AND BREAKING AN ENDURING RECORD IN OLYMPICS HISTORY. THE RECORD HAD BEEN SET IN 1900. THE 200m WAS TAKEN OFF THE PROGRAM IN 1904. IT REAPPEARED IN 1968. THE 800m MEN’S LONG DISTANCE WON GOLD. THE WOMEN’S 80m HURDLES, WAS WON BY M. CAIRD. SWIMMING: BOTH 200m 100m MEN’S FREESTYLE WON GOLD. THE 100m WOMEN’S BUTTERFLY.
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COMING: LILLIAN NEVILLE’S GIRLS HAD A BIG PART TO PLAY IN THE 1956 OLYMPICS GAMES, NOT ONLY AS COMPETITORS BUT BEHIND THE SCENES AS WELL.


YOUR DOG: A dog wants to know everything!

AXLE CATCHES UP ON HIS EXPLOITS IN THE NEWSPAPER. Macedon Ranges Leader, Melbourne.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
DESPITE PROTESTS FROM THE GREEKS, THE SECOND OLYMPIAD WAS HELD AT PARIS IN 1900. SWIMMING APPEARED HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME AS AN OLYMPIC EVENT. THE RUGGED FREDDY LANE WON AUSTRALIA’S GOLD MEDALS BY WINNING THE 200m FREESTYLE AND THE 200m ‘OBSTACLE’ RACE. WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS AN “AMUSING AFFAIR”. FREDDY LANE WAS THE FIRST AUSSIE SWIMMER TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GO

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 February 20

TENNIS CHAMPS: Margaret Court is voted Australia’s greatest women’s tennis player

MARGARET COURT … ONE OF THE BEST ALL-ROUND WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS AUSTRALIA HAS PRODUCED.  Below: BILLY JEAN KING AND MARGARET COURT HAD SEVERAL DOUR STRUGGLES IN THE GAME.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

TALL AND ATHLETIC, COURT PLAYS MORE IN THE STYLE OF MEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS.

In Australia, the administrators of tennis were lucky. Even though the top players kept joining the professionals, equally brilliant players continued to come along to take their place.

Margaret Court won her first Australian singles titles in 1960. At this point, she was described as one the best tennis players Australia had produced.

Court was certainly the greatest Australian woman player of her time. Her record is extraordinary. She was the second woman to win a Grand Slam.

Over 14 years, she won all the major championships a number of times.

Tall and athletic, Court … played an attacking game which owed a lot to men’s style of tennis more than to women’s. She was a serve/volley player who would take more chances; staked more on being able to make that first volley count.

She played more volleys that any woman player up to her time.

In 1970 she emulated the feat of the late Maureen Connolly, of the US, by winning the Grand Slam – the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US singles titles.

On three occasions she won three out four in 1962, 1969 and 1973. Overall – singles, doubles, and mixed – an unprecedented 61 “big four” titles.

She played overseas numerous times (Italy, South Africa and Germany) and the total jumped from 61 to 90. Court won the Australian singles crown a staggering 11 times – seven in a row.

Against the famous Billie Jean King, Court had many dour struggles. She came out victorious in 21 of 34 tournament matches played.

Court had no weakness in any facet of her game, even though she had been on the world circuit since 1960. No woman played the game like Margaret Court – exceptional dedication, determination and domination.

She was born in Albury in 1942. She later settled in Perth. She was awarded an OBE in 1967.

<< Adapted from Tennis: The Greats–1920 to 1960, by Adrian Quist and Jack Egan, 1984, ABC Books, Sydney; Hall of Championship, Sport House, Sydney.  Watch for Tennis Champs later in the year.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
AUSTRALIA WAS THE VENUE, AND MELBOURNE WAS HOST CITY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1956. OUR OWN BETTY CUTHBERT IS THE “GOLDEN GIRL”. WHILE VLADIMIR KUTS, ATHLETE, GIVES THE USSR TWO GOLD WHEN HE TOOK OUT THE 5000m AND 10,000m WITH A MINDBOGGLING PERFORMANCE. CONTINUED.
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COMING: ARTBEAT. MOVED TO MARCH 6.


FLASHBACK: Final. Fantastic Voyage – La Balsa charts a long journey on mountainous-sized seas

THIS UNIQUE 1970 PRESS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AFTER THE CREW LANDED AT MOOLOOLBALH, QUEENSLAND.  Below: THE MUCH-PRAISED LA BALSA RAFT NOW ENSCONCED AT THE BALLINA MUSEUM.

IT WAS A GREAT RELIEF WHEN THE MADNESS AND MAYHEM OF THE SEAS WOULD EVENTFULLY RELENT. BUT THE MEN WEREN’T CERTAIN FOR HOW LONG. SOME OF THE WAVES STILL CAME RUMBLING DOWN WITH A ROARING, EAR-SHATTERING SOUND!

FRANK MORRIS

La Balsa’s adventure began on a dark moonless night at 2am on May 29, 1970. It quietly slipped away from the dock on the unpredictable tidal currents of the “brackish” Rio Guayas River, with the help of a dumpy tugboat whose captain had plenty of local knowledge of the river.

The 120-mile journey alone down the Rio Guayas across the turbulent palm-fringed Gulf of Guayaquil took almost three days before the expedition confronted the open sea.

For the next five months they would battle over 5000 miles of ocean that “would be both friend and foe” -- treacherous, unrelenting and unforgiving.

Its huge coral reefs, often hundreds of miles long, Alsar wrote in his diary, were “blocking our path like jagged petrified monsters half-submerged in a perpetual spray of angry waves.” And tropical squalls blowing at full gale force, creating waves as tall as mountains, “whirling La Balsa around like a matchbox.”

It was a great relief when the madness and mayhem would eventually relent. But they were never certain for how long.

In his diary, Alsar recorded that some of the waves thundered towards La Balsa at such high speed that “they would build to a giant crest of thrashing foam, then come rumbling down with a roaring, ear-shattering noise; there was power enough in each wave to light a small city for an hour.”

When the hundreds of well-wishers at the dock in Mooloolaba Harbour got a closer look at the raft, there were gasps of astonishment: 8564 miles of this!

Alsar said he and the crew were “very proud” of the condition of the raft. “Magnfico La Balsa” he said.

The 30ft raft was constructed from balsa logs, which were bound together by hemp ropes. It was fitted with a main mast, supported by bamboo guys, and a missen mast. No nails, bolts or other metal parts were used in its construction.

At first sight La Balsa looked in remarkable condition for a raft which had such an incredible journey, reported one newspaper.

“The balsa wood logs are virtually free of weed, and the hemp ropes which bound the logs together were covered with some slime”, the newspaper said.

When it docked the raft, commented the lens-man, look strangely pre-historic.”

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1956, BETTY CUTHBERT WON HER FIRST THREE GOLD MEDALS. SHIRLEY STRICKLAND ADDED ANOTHER TWO. MURRAY ROSE WON HIS FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD AND DAWN FRASER MADE HER FIRST “TRIUMPHANT” OLYMPIC APPEARANCE. UNTIMATELY, SHE WON EIGHT GOLD MEDALS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER AUSTRALIAN TO DATE. THE MEDIA DESCRIBED THE GAMES AS “BELOW THE EQUATOR AT LAST’. THE NUMBER OF COMPETITORS WAS, DUE TO “AUSTRALIA’S REMOTENESS”, ONLY 3342 BUT IT ATTRACTED 69 NATIONS TO DO THEIR STUFF. CONTINUES.
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Where is La Balsa today?

Ballina, located on the Richmond River, NSW, is a major port for fishing and recreational vessels in the region.

At one of the town’s main attractions, the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, is the “showpiece La Balsa”, say Chris Whitelaw, of AFOAT magazine.

“Many people of all ages will know of Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary Kon-Tiki expedition in 1949. But few … will be familiar with the La Balsa expedition 20 years later that eclipsed Heyerdahl’s feat by a proverbial country mile.

In AFOAT magazine, Whitelaw said “in 1970, the Spaniard Vital Alsar and three companions sailed a balsa wood raft from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“The trip was an amazing feat of seamanship, spanning six months and the world’s largest ocean”.

Ballina’s museum has as excellent display of numerous vessels to enthral boaties of all ages. It is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.


BUSHFIRE RELIEF: Liquor industry get its reward 

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

NATIONAL LIOUOR NEWS

Adelaide Hills winemakers and producers are working together to assess the damage caused by the devastating Cudlee Creek fire that tore through the region just before Christmas.

Around one-third of the Adelaide Hills’ vineyards stood in the path of the fire, including more than 60 grape growers and producers, many of which are small family businesses that are now dealing with the shock of having lost everything.

Many of the grape growers that have been affected have no public profile, no brand to get behind and no wine to sell. Some of these family businesses are considering their future --destroyed vineyards can take years to regenerate.

The devastation is also great for many apple, pear and cherry growers, equally so for dairy and beef farmers in the Adelaide Hills.

A Viticulturist and Co-Director at Henschke said … new growth is already beginning to peek through the badly burned vines and that the Adelaide Hills community has rallied to rebuild and prepare for the future.

The liquor industry is one of the many to have shown its generous nature with suppliers, producers and individuals who are giving time, money and resources to those need it most.

Below: A GROWER VISITING HER PARTIALLY BURNT OUT VINEYARDS.

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‘BLACK FRIDAY’ BUSHFIRE …
‘BLACK FRIDAY’, JANUARY 13, 1939, THE FULL HAVOC OF BUSHFIRES WERE REVEALED BY NEWSPAPERS AUSTRALIA-WIDE. THE NATION WAS REELING FROM THE HUGE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN VICTORIA AND NSW. IN VICTORIA, 66 SOULS PERISHED AND NSW LOST 5. SOME RAIN WAS A RELIEF FOR SEVERAL AREAS IN BOTH STATES. A HORRENDOUS SIGHT WAS STILL AHEAD. IN VICTORIA, THE WIND INCREASED TO MIGHTY GALE-FORCE STRENGTH WHICH DID LOADS OF DAMAGE. IT WAS A PERIOD OF TERROR. – FRANK MORRIS.
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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1956, ALSO WINNING THE GOLD ON THEIR HOME SOIL. WERE ATHLETES N. CROCKER AND F. ELLOR, WHO, WITH SHIRLEY STRICKLAND AND CUTHBERT, WON THE 100m RELAY. SWIMMERS: JON HENRICKS, D. THIELE. THE MEN’S 200m. RELAY TEAM: J. DEVITT, K, O’HALLORAN, M.ROSE AND J.HENRICKS. THE 100m WON BY L.CRAPP. THE WOMEN’S RELAY: DAWN FRASER, L.CRAPP, F. LEECH AND S. MORGAN WON THE 100m. CYCLISTS: WON THE 2000m TANDEM.


THE SHOW-OFF!

THE END.
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From the 1968 issue of Surfabout Magazine.

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NZ: TREATY OF RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
THE TREATY OF WAITANGI HAS A PERMANENT PLACE IN HISTORY, WAS SIGNED ON FEBRUARY 6, 1840. THE FACT THAT ONLY THREE MAORI WOMEN WERE ALSO ALLOWED TO SIGN THE TREATY AT THE BAY OF ISLANDS, WAS CONSIDERED “A PRIVILEGE OF SIGNIFICANCE.” SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, ONE OF THE WOMEN’S HUSBAND, CHIEF NOPERA PANAKAREAO, UTTERED THE NOW FAMOUS WORDS: “THE SHADOW OF THE LAND GOES TO THE QUEEN; THE SUBSTANCE REMAINS WITH US”. FRANK MORRIS.
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IT’S THE 0LYMPICS …
1960, AND THE OLYMPICS COME TO ROME. IT COST THE ITALIANS $30 MILLION TO STAGE IT THERE. THE OLYMPIC’S BECOME THE MOST WIDELY TELEVISED EVENTS AT THE TIME, AND ALSO THE COSTLIEST OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. THIS IS WHERE THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENT “BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD”. MOST OF THE SWIMMERS WERE CHUFFED AT THEIR RECORD-BREAKING EVENTS. EQUESTRIAN, BILL ROYCROFT, WON GOLD DESPITE HAVING A BROKEN COLLARBONE.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 February 20

Fantastic Voyage Part 1 – raft La Balsa ended a five-month journey from Ecuador

LA BALSA NEARING THE END OF THE TRIP AFTER SIX MONTHS FIGHTING BOISTEROUS SEAS. Below: THE EXHAUSTED CREW BEING WELCOMED BY QUEENSLAND. VITAL ALSAR (LEFT) WAVED BACK.

IN 1970, WHEN THE RAFT HAS DOCKED, IT LOOKS “STANGELY PRE-HISTORIC”. YES, MOST PEOPLE AGREED. LA BALSA HAD 8542 MILES ON ITS CLOCK – THE JOURNEY FROM ECUADOR TO QUEENSLAND.

FRANK MORRIS

Thousands of spectators were ferried to the public jetty. Excitement was building up. Then the noise turned into a mighty roar, the La Balsa’s motley crew had joined the crowd.

They were glad to have reached land.

La Balsa had travelled from Ecuador to Mooloolaba, Brisbane; not bad for a pre-historic raft.

“The oceans of the world provide a chronicle of life and death,” an old seafarer said. Since remote antiquity, seafarers and explorers have defied the dangers and made voyages that were thought to be impossible.

Vital Alsar, one of the heroes of the story, recalled later that his father was probably right when he said that “men who take to the sea are touched with madness.”

In 1970, four men and a cat sailed into Mooloolaba Harbour, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, ten minutes before midnight, on Thursday, November 6. They had just completed the longest raft voyage in history: an 8600-mile journey across the Pacific from Ecuador, South America.

They had drifted for five months “to prove” a 1000-year old theory that South Americans could have migrated to Australia.

When the four men in tattered clothes, the battered raft La Balsa, and a cat named Minet, entered the harbour, there was a huge crowd to greet them. They clasped their hands above their heads, cheered, laughed and waved.

The Spanish skipper, Vital Alsar, and his three crew mates “were fit and well and in a jubilant mood” when they were discovered twenty miles (40kms) from the Queensland Coast, reported the newspaper.

La Balsa “bobbed” the rest of the journey on the blue pacific to Mooloolaba “at the end of a 300ft tow rope” which was tethered to a charted press launch.

Alsar and his crew later described their five-month sea voyage “as incredible”.

They had faced many treacherous storms. Some waves almost engulfed the raft. And the nights “were very bad”.

The great danger, reported Alsar, was being knocked overboard by the tremendous power of the waves. They harnessed themselves to the raft. “We all fell overboard many times but were able to get back,” he said.

He said Minet the cat “fell overboard” many times but “we dived in and saved her.”

In his book three years later, Alsar wrote: “On our ninety-seventh day at sea, a violent storm almost destroyed our wooden raft. (I) watched my three crew members stubbornly holding onto the mast, which was on the verge of collapsing in a howling gale.”

Alsar and the crew had many narrow escapes from death. They saw hundreds of sharks. “Sharks came around La Balsa all the time,” the skipper said.

A BIBLICAL REDITION OF A ‘RAFT’ BEING TOSSED LIKE A TOY IN THE HEAVY SEAS.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS CONTEST …
IT WAS TOKYO IN 1964. TOKYO WAS TO BE THE HOST BUT WITHDREW IN 1940. THE SECOND CHOICE, HELSINKI, IS INVADED BY RUSSIA. WORLD WAR II CANCELED ALL HOPE OF FURTHER GAMES. BUT TOKYO WAS CHOSEN TO HOST THE OLYMPICS GAMES IN 1964, AUSTRALIA WON 18 MEDALS, SIX OF THEM ARE GOLD.
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NEXT: From Ecuador and across the Pacific.


YOUR DOG: We Capricorn’s share a birthday together and have a great time …

FOR ME, TO CELEBRATE TWO BIRTHDAYS AT ONCE, IS SOMETHING I DON’T RECOMMEND. Below: MY PAL, ROUGHIE, HE NEVER FORGETS.

… I SHOULD KNOW. I WAS THERE!

FRANK MORRIS

Every Christmas, I started counting the time left before the Birthday Bash. Whoosh, the month goes quickly. Suddenly, the big day is upon us.

My owner is full of glee. “It’s time to organise a bash you would not believe”, he shouted. “Pick an age? That’s how old I’ll be! And don’t forget, Chrissy, you will one year older”, he whispers in my ear.

My owner is a big-wig journalist on a newspaper. He’s knows all. He’s invited everyone who crossed his path in the last month. He often tells me that he knows all “the people who matter”.

“On with the show,” he jumped for joy, smiling voraciously. He was getting the pool all spruced up. My owner is divorced. He knows what he was up too!

All I can tell you, there was usually were more unattached women than I expected.

I can still recall the day, six years ago. Uncle Ralph was busy talking to this man and they were coming towards the kennel. I was walking all over my mum in a playful way and not taking any notice.

The other gentleman was my potential owner. Personally, I liked him.

He lent on the wooden fence. “How old is she now, Uncle Ralph,” he asked. “She turned nine months today,” Uncle replied.

Uncle Ralph pushed the gate open and strolled towards me. His big hands – Uncle was a coal miner – and picked me up. Hey, that’s me they were chattering about. I hope mum’s coming too.

But mum didn’t come. I never saw her again.

“There you are, Chrissy, meet your new owner,” Uncle said, with tears in his eyes. That was that. We have come a long way since those days.

When my owner showed his wife what a little bundle of fluff he had secured for her, she said, “Don’t bring that mutt anywhere near me. You know I hate them!”

That was six years ago. And the divorce? Well, it followed shortly after that. Things got a bit out of hand. It was painful.

People started to arrive at the party, pushing and shoving, screaming and yelling. Most of the souls who rolled up were either important people or famous people all tarted up in vivid colours of the rainbow.

I’d heard a growl at the side gate. It was my mate Roughie. He had a sign around his neck with “Happy Birthday” – meaning me.

So, now we’ll have a good time too. We drank and ate our way like there was no tomorrow. Roughie was busy eating some leftover dessert. I looked at him. He looked at me.

Wearing my scarlet tiara, I asked, are you happy. You betcha, replied Roughie.

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SOME OLYMPICS CHATTER …
FANNY BLANKERS-KOEN, OF THE NETHERLANDS, WAS THE “STAR” OF THE 1948 OLYMPICS. BLANKERS-KOEN WAS A REMARKABLE ATHLETE. SHE COMPETED IN THE HIGH JUMP AT THE BERLIN OLYMPICS. AT THE AGE OF 30, THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO SAID “SHE WAS TOO OLD TO WIN THE OLYMPIC SPRINTS”. BUT COMPETE SHE DID. SHE WON GOLD MEDALS FOR 100 AND 200 METRES, THE 80 METRES HURDLES AND THE 4 X 100 METRES RELAY. BLANKERS-KOEN FINISHED HER CAREER AS HOLDER OF SIX WORLD RECORDS.
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TENNIS CHAMPS: Norman Brookes – the man and the player

NORMAN BROOKES SHOWED THE CONCENTRATION NECESSARY WHEN YOU PLAY AN OPPONENT WHO IS PRONE TO DASHING AROUND THE COURT. Below: NORMAN BROOKES, OUTSTANDING SPORTMAN.

FRANK MORRIS

HIS CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT WAS THE 1914 WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN HE WAS PITTED AGAINST A PLAYER WHO WAS A 4 TIMES WINNER OF THE TITLE.

Tennis critics summed up the 1914 Wimbledon Championship as the “triumph of the tactician over the athlete”.

Brookes’ Wimbledon tussle was just like an act of war had landed on his doormat. It was his first in seven years.

Anthony Wilding, of New Zealand, has been the Wimbledon champion the last four times. The final time was 1913.

During the match, Wilding relied principally on the strength of his drives and his dashing ability around the court.

Whereas Brookes played with splendid judgement. He used his drop-volley angle shot magnificently and, overall, showed a vast superiority in tactics.

On the scores, the German player, O. Froitzheim, who Brookes defeated with some difficulty in the semi-final (five sets), was a much different proposition to Wilding. Brookes won the final 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

The Sydney Mail cable report said that “the last game was the most thrilling ever seen on the centre court at Wimbledon”.

“Twice Brookes came within a point of winning the set, Wilding saves on each occasion. Brookes won the match with an untakeable drop volley off a fast drive”.

Born in Melbourne in 1877, Brookes received a top-flight education and joined his father’s business, Melbourne Paper Mills.

He played interstate tennis from 1896. At Wimbledon, in 1905, he won the Allcomers’ singles title.

In 1907, Brookes and Wilding won the Davis Cup in great style. Brookes in singles, and with Wilding won the doubles and mixed doubles – a historic first Davis Cup for Australasia.

Brookes captained six winning teams for Australasia in the Davis Cup until 1921.

He was the first president of the Lawn Tennis Association from (1926-1955), and was responsible for raising the tennis standards throughout Australia. Much of the eventual revival of the Davis Cup was influenced by Brookes.
He was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and knighted in 1939. He died in 1968.

<< Sydney Mail newspaper.

Next: Margaret Court was named Australia’s greatest woman tennis player.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1952, FINLAND, DENIED THE GAMES IN 1940, PLAYS HOST TO A RECORD NATIONS ATTENDANCE IN HELSINKI. RUSSIA SHOWS UP AFTER IGNORING THE CONTEST FOR 40 YEARS. AUSTRALIA’S MARJORIE JACKSON POCKETED TWO GOLDS – 100M AND 200M SPRINT. WHILE SHIRLEY STRICKLAND TOOK OUT HER FIRST MEDAL IN THE 80M HURDLES. AUSTRALIA WON GOLD FOR THE 200M BREASTSTROKE; RUSSEL MOCKRIDGE WON TWO GOLDS IN THE 1000M TIME TRIAL, AND THE 2000M TANDEM.
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THE SHOW-OFF!

CONTINUED.

<< From the 1968 Surfabout Magazine.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 07 February 20

Live and kicking: Protect yourself from lightning when caught in a storm!

LIGHTNING JUMPS FROM THE OBJECT TO THE VICTIM. Below: LIGHTNING STRIKES, SO BE CAREFUL. READ BELOW.

FRANK MORRIS

A news flash on ABC radio reported that a man and woman, who were rescued from lightning near their property, are both in a critical condition in hospital.

According to the National Weather Service, there are 5 ways lightning strikes people.

Direct strike is when a person is struck directly by lightning and becomes a part of the main lightning discharge channel. Most often, the people are in open areas.

Side flash occurs when lightning strikes a taller object near the victim and a portion of the current jumps from a taller object to the victim.

Ground current is when lightning strikes a tree or other object, much of the energy travels outward from the strike in and along the ground surface.

Conduction is when lightning travels long distances in wires or other metal surfaces.

Streamers, while not as common as other types of lightning, people caught in ‘streamers’ are at risk of being killed or injured by lightning.

Other points to be aware of:

IF outdoors, you must try and seek shelter in a hard-top vehicle or some solid building; and never shelter underneath trees. What looks safe is not necessarily true.

IF you are driving, slow down or park away from trees and falling powerlines; don’t touch any mental sections or objects.

IF you find yourself far from shelter, crouch, feet together – preferably in a hollow place.

REMOVE all metal objects from your body, for example, watches, rings, bill change, etc.

DON’T fly kites or model aeroplanes with control wires. STAY AWAY from metal poles and fences.

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SOME OLYMPICS CHATTER …
THE 1968 OLYMPICS WAS “BIG TIME” FOR MAUREEN CAIRD, HURDLER. PAM KILBORN HAD BEEN UNDEFEATED SINCE THE 1964 TOKYO OLYMPICS. BUT AFTER A POOR START, SHE COULD NOT CATCH THE 17 YEAR OLD MAUREEN CAIRD, THE YOUNGEST WOMAN TRACK GOLD MEDALLIST IN HISTORY. PAM KILBORN WON A SILVER MEDAL.
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DON’T ride a bicycle, horses, or travel in open vehicles. IF you are swimming, leave the water immediately.

IF you are boating, go ashore to shelter as soon as possible. Make sure the mast and stays of a sailing boat are adequately ‘grounded’ to the water.

IF you are indoors, disconnect all power leads to TV, computers and radios. Draw the curtains and keep clear of windows, electrical appliances, pipes and other metal fixtures.

DON’T use the bath, shower or sink.

AVOID touching the brick or concrete walls. DON’T stand bare-foot on concrete or tiled floors. AVOID using any fixed-line phone.


TENNIS GREATS: Monica Seles knew more of Monica than we do …

DON’T MESS WITH ME, AS MONICA STRETCHS FOR A FOREHAND RETURN. Below: MONICA, ARCHED AND READY.

FRANK MORRIS and Correspondent

SHE WAS THE WORLD’S BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER UNTIL SHE WAS FELLED BY A KNIFE-WIELDING NUTTER WHO SUSPENDED HER CAREER.

When Monica Seles was 19, she was literally sitting on top of the world. She had won $10 million in prize-money, eight grand slam tennis titles, and then, the bubble burst. Her life was shattered.

Gunter Parche, an unemployed German lathe operator, stuck a kitchen knife “half an inch into my back” as she rested during a changeover of a match in Germany.

She was the youngest number one ranked player in tennis history and she was one of the hardest hitters in the sport. Her fans loved her and her opponents showed their respect.

The stabbing no doubt left the merciless teenager’s career hanging.

Seles career could not have been sweeter with rapid progression -- and making lots of money -- until the stabbing.

Seles kept away from player politics. She did not hug the limelight.

Seles says that Parche’s face still makes her a bit jittery.

“I can see the hate in his face,” said Seles. “He pulled (the knife) out of my back and he was going to do it again.

“When I heard I would have to sit in the courtroom with my back to him, I knew (that not testifying at the trial) was the 100 per cent right decision.

“I mean the man stabbed me.”

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SOME OLYMPICS CHATTER …
WHEN MOSCOW HOSTED THE OLYMPICS GAMES IN 1980, CRITICS SAID IT IS “THE SAGA OF THIS OLYMPICS THAT WILL CONTINUE WITH OUTSTANDING OCCASIONS TO THE SPORT”. CAN IT COMPARE WITH THE LAVISH, WESTERN OPULENCE WE SAW IN THE SEVENTIES? WILL IT RETAIN ITS ORIGINAL PHILOSOPHY THAT TAKING PART IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING?
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Seles said that “everything, I thought, would be OK was not.” She lives by the philosophy where “I treat every day of my life like it’s the last”.

What did the stabbing cost you financially? “I had over $10 million US in earnings. My legal bills against Parche alone were unbelievable – hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then there’s the millions I lost in prizemoney, endorsements and exhibitions …”

Seles competed in the Peters International in 1996 and played Lindsay Davenport, also an American, in the final. Seles won. << Sydney Weekly 19-25 December 1995; Frank Morris.

Next: Norman Brookes win is a crowning achievement.

MONICA FEELS THE PAIN. GUNTER PARCHE WHO DID THE DAMAGE.


John Frost, headline hunter: Keep papers away from the sunlight

THE DAILY GUARDIAN WAS STARTED BY JAMES JOYNTON-SMITH, OF SMITH’S WEEKLY FAME, IN THE 1920s. HE  LAUNCHED THE FIRST MISS AUSTRALIA CONTEST. (FM COLLECTION).

FRANK MORRIS

JOHN FROST IS A PERSON WHOSE THIRST FOR NEWS IS NEVER ENDING!

What started as a hobby sixty years ago has become a “proper” business, which is recognised world-wide as “Britain’s only historical newspaper loan service”.  It is managed by John Frost in association with one of his sons, Andrew.

The bulk of the collection is stored in two large sheds at Frost’s semi-detached home in the leafy northern suburb of London; and the remainder is housed in two rented garages.

The oldest and rarer “crown jewels” of the collection are lovingly stored in Frost’s specially fitted ‘conservatory’ in London.

Says John: “We don’t sell or buy newspapers, but exchange.  Most requests for newspapers can be handled in a matter of minutes”.

John Frost’s collection is not stored in any special way.  He says “the basic essential is to keep the newspapers flat and away from strong sunlight and to handle with care at all times”.  A dirty newspaper, he says, can be satisfactorily cleaned by rubbing the surface lightly with a piece of soft white bread.

In 1997, W.C.F. Butler, of London, went to the British Newspaper Library at Colindale, to do some newspaper research. He later reported “on the unfitness of papers in the Library”, especially those of last century.

Mr Butler added, “I was told that damage to those and other newspapers had deteriorated”.

Mr Butler wrote to The Times that “seven out of ten of the south London and other newspapers I wished to consult from 1893 could not be produced”.

Mr Butler went on to say that they were “sitting on the shelf, but in such poor condition that they could not be read without unacceptable risk of damage.”

The staff advised me, said Mr Butler, that the library contains literally thousands of volumes in this condition.

FEB 28: Part 1. John Frost, headline hunter.

THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE WORLD, WHICH CAME IN THE EARLY 1930s, DID NOT HAVE THE CASH TO SURVIVE. (FM COLLECTION).

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SOME OLYMPICS CHATTER …
AT THE 1952 OLYMPICS, AUSTRALIAN SHIRLEY STRICKLAND WON THE 80 METRES HURDLES, BEATING A LEGENDARY FIELD OF HURDLERS, STRICKLAND SET A WORLD RECORD OF 10.9 SECONDS. SHE ALSO WON BRONZE IN THE 100 METRES SPRINTS.
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SOME OLYMPICS CHATTER …
AT THE 1912 STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS, THERE WAS A LEGEND BORN. HER NAME WAS FANNY DURACK. SHE BECAME THE NATION’S FIRST FEMALE GOLD MEDALLIST IN THE 100M FREESTYLE, AND ESTABLISHED HERSELF AT THE HEAD OF AN ARISTOCRATIC PROCESSION WHICH INCLUDES WOMEN LIKE DAWN FRASER, BETTY CUTHBERT, SHIRLEY STRICKLAND, MAJORIE JACKSON, MAUREEN CAIRD AND OTHERS.


PART 1. THIS CARTOON APPEARED IN THE 1968 EDITION OF SURFABOUT MAGAZINE. THE CARTOONIST COMES UP WITH THE PERFECT LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP!

CONTINUED.

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SOME OLYMPICS TALK …
WHICH WAS THE NATION WITH A NOUGHT ON THE END? IT WAS WHEN AUSTRALIA’S TEAM OF 255 WAS THE LARGEST THAT EVER LEFT THIS NATION. NOTHING BIGGER WOULD BE ASSEMBLED FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS. TWO WOMEN WOULD ACHIEVE THE STATUS OF NATIONAL ICONS. NEXT WEEK ANSWER.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 31 January 20

Mister Noosti: On everything of interest. Here goes!

CASPA, JUST LIKE THE ONE HERE, COMES HOME. 

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CASPA, THE RUN-AWAY CAT

“It’s just such an awesome Christmas present,” said the Paraparaumu woman from New Zealand.
Caspa the cat, who had run-away from home two-and half years ago, was reunited with the anxious woman. The 11-year-old Caspa “was brought home” after disappearing in August 2017.

What happened to Caspa?

Well, it’s like this. “He’s been couch-surfing among other families”, said the woman. “We sold our house and moved and he had come to the new house with me”.

But Caspa kept on going back the old house. “He did that a few times” she whispered.

Well, now, he’s back, in the new house, and it appears that Caspa is practicing some sort of bedsurfing in … one of the bedrooms.

HOW TIME FLIES: Sydney airport celebrates its centennial

NIGEL LOVE TAKES A PASSENGER, THEREBY CHRISTENING THIS NEW ERA OF AVIATION

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Nigel Love, the aviation pioneer, took off in a two-seater Avro 540K biplane from a former cow paddock on the northern shore of Botany Bay.

It was November 19, 1919 - Sydney airport, which turned 100 last year, was established for a new aviation business.

Sydney Airport, or Mascot Aerodrome, changed its name to Kingsford Smith, after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. It’s become one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports.

This was new era in aviation.

In 2019, the airport welcomes their billionth passenger. NigeL Love’s solitary flight has led to than 44 million passengers over the past century.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1932 AND THE WORLD WAS IN GRIP OF ECONOMIC DEPRESSION. THE GAMES MOVE OUTSIDE EURPOPE TO LOS ANGELES. A SCHEME, TO HELP THE GAMES, WAS THAT THE ATHLETES IN THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE WERE FED AND HOUSED FOR $2 PER DAY. A TOTAL OF 33 NEW OLYMPIC RECORDS ARE SET. CONTINUED.

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Charles Ulm was one of Australia’s dinky-dye aviation trailblazers, having flown the record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia in 1927.

In 1928, he was of part of a four- man crew on the Southern Cross that flew from the United States on the world’s first trans-Pacific flight.

A newspaper said, “As part of its celebration, Sydney Airport has renamed its two corporate buildings to honour Love and Ulm”. Both men played a part in the history of the airport and the nation. SOURCE: Rewritten and expanded from RAHS’s Sydney Airport turn 100.

Next: In 1920, two young Australians in the outback started a tiny airline with big dreams.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …1932, AND H.R. PEARCE TAKES THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE SINGLE SCULLS FOR THE SECOND OLYMPICS RUNNING.  C. DENNIS WINS THE WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE AND E.L. GRAY SCORED THE GOLD IN THE CYCLING 1000M TIME TRIAL.


TENNIS CHAMPS: Bromwich’s two-handed grip was always considered “unorthodox” and even “bedazzling”

JOHN BROMWICH, READY FOR ACTION. Below: THE BROMWICH UNORTHODOX TWO-HANDED SHOT.

Written and adapted by FRANK MORRIS

John Bromwich was a classic, no nonsense player. He was born in 1918 and represented Australia from 1938.

Adrian Quist called Bromwich his “great doubles partner”; and Jack Kramer deemed him as the “greatest right court” player.

His unorthodox and ambidextrous two-handed forehand grip became his trade mark. It was said that he was deprived of what could have been his finest years in sport by World War II. 

But he still developed an enviable record, particularly in Davis Cup rubbers.

He was a masterly exponent of doubles.

Bromwich won the singles Davis Cup in 1939 and 1946. In 1948, he was close to a Wimbledon Crown after holding 3 match points.

“Secret of his success was his stamina,” said a journalist.

His strokes were unorthodox and could use both hands to play a forehand shot.

The journalist said, based on expert opinion, he is “one of the world’s three best players”. The other pair are Adrian Quist and Bobby Riggs of America.

Bromwich was a good sport – winning or losing.

He went on to win two Wimbledon doubles finals with partner Frank Sedgman. He held the Australian doubles with Adrian Quist from 1938 to 1950.

He won the US doubles in 1939, 1949 and 1950.

Between 1937 and 1950, he played in 52 Davis Cup rubbers for Australia. He was a member of Australia’s first ever winning Davis Cup team in 1939.

He died at Geelong in 1999.

Frank Morris comments: I knew of John Bromwich as a kid and I used to play on the Bromwich tennis court, but never met him in person. The tennis courts were not far from my place. I followed Bromwich’s career and I am completely bedazzled by his two-handed forehand.

>>Tennis Greats from 1920 to 1960; Hall of Champions Sports House, Sydney.

Next: Monica Seles, American: Monica on Monica and the stabbing.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1932, AND H.R. PEARCE TAKES THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE SINGLE SCULLS FOR THE SECOND OLYMPICS RUNNING.  C. DENNIS WINS THE WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE AND E.L. GRAY SCORED THE GOLD IN THE CYCLING 1000M TIME TRIAL.


FESTIVE GREETING: This year, send a Happy New Year to your friends in their own language!

Jamaica Blue Escape, Summer 2007/08.
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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1939-1947 -- TOKYO, WAS TO BE THE HOME OF THE 1940 GAMES, WITHDRAWS. THE SECOND CHOICE, HELSINKI, IS INVADED BY RUSSIA. WORLD WAR II CANCELS ALL HOPE OF FURTHER GAMES.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1948 AND BRITAIN STAGES THE XIV GAMES IN WAR TORN LONDON. A RECORD 59 NATIONAL TEAMS AND ALMOST 5000 ATHLETES WERE IN ATTENDENCE. STAR OF THE OLYMPICS WAS FANNY BLANKERS-KOEN, OF THE NETHERLANDS, WITH 4 GOLD MEDALS. AUSTRALIA WON 2 GOLD.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 24 January 20

About Jack Eden: Legend, Bobby Brown, with the man who knew him

WILL HE OR WON’T HE? BOBBY BROWN AT CRONULLA, DOES A QUASIMODO. BELOW: BOBBY BROWN.

JACK WAS STOKED WITH BOBBY BROWN. HE WAS A SURFER WITH STYLE. HE WOULD A SET A GREAT EXAMPLE TO SURFING -- IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.

JACK EDEN*          Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Words can be written as to why Bobby Brown won’t be surfing at Sandon Point or Cronulla again. The answer, it seems, must come from a higher plane. Bobby lived and surfed life to the fullest. That he did. Bobby died tragically when he was 20.

The day I first met him he was about eleven years old. It was the middle of winter, and he was wrapped in a track suit two sizes too big for him, lugging a seven foot, 40lb surfboard down to the beach.

He was singing the praises of a Wanda lifesaver, Brian Jackson. “Didja see him corner on that wave?”
Bobby’s potential was there at an early age.

He and his brother, John, were the first to nose ride at Cronulla; they were riding at Cronulla Point and Voo Doo at 13 years of age when the waves were over eight feet high.

Grahame Ferris, a local builder, influenced Bob a lot; he took him under his wing and really taught him the fundamentals.

The first time he surfed north side, at Lone Reef, was with Garry Birdsall and Grahame Ferris. When he first saw Midget Farrelly surf, Bob thought that Midget was the greatest.

Bob left quite an impression of himself over there.

He won all the contests at Cronulla. His first major contest was at Bondi in 1962 in the Juvenile event in some very sloppy surf.

He won this event, but the most important thing, he became suddenly recognised by all the top surfers of the time. From that moment on, his surfing prowess was well-known.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1924 AND PARIS IS THE HOST IN THE OLMYPICS GAMES, WHICH BECOME IMMORTALISED IN THE AWARD-WINNING MOVIE CHARIOTS OF FIRE, ERIC LIDDELL SET A NEW 400 METRE RECORD; FELLOW BRITON, HAROLD ABRAHAMS, SCORES A HUGE UPSET BY WINNING THE 100 METRES.
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The greatest contribution to surfing was the example he set in and out of the water. His influence down the south coast helped raise it to the great heights it now enjoys.

Bob had his favourite place – Sandon Point. This is where I took the last photos of him surfing. Here, he showed the way by making unbelievable re-entries and nose rides from way inside.

His attitude was, “I don’t care if I get done; I believe in wet surfing, that is half the fun of surfing”.

He believed that this is why some of the top surfers weren’t as good as they could have been, thinking that you mustn’t fall off under any circumstances.

*Jack Eden died in October, 2019.

Frank Morris comments:
Jack wrote a tribute to Bobby Brown in the Jack Eden Surfabout Collection catalogue in 1997. He went on to describe the lad as “unforgettable and indomitable”.
“Bobby lived and surfed to the max.” said Eden. “That’s why he became a true-blue surfing legend”.
Shortly after this “telling all” feat, Bobby tragically was killed in a dispute over a billiard table at local hotel.
He was aged 20.

SOURCE: Surfabout Magazine, Vol 4, No 5, l965. The first edition by the new publisher.

BOBBY LEAVES A WALL OF WASH BEHIND HIM AS HE DOES A SWEEPING LEFT TURN.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
GONE FOR GOLD, THE OLYMPICS IDEAL
AUSTRALIA’S 200-ODD ATHLETES HAVE GONE TO LOS ANGELES WITH ONE QUEST IN MIND – TO BRING HOME GOLD. WHILE WE SIT BACK TO CHEER, OUR CHAMPIONS, OVER THE NEXT 16 DAYS WILL BE PITTING THEIR SKILLS AGAINST 140 OTHER NATIONS … LIVING UP TO THE OLYMPIC IDEAL.
SOURCE: From the introduction by Frank Morris to the Los Angeles Olympics Games newspaper feature’s back in 1984.


YOUR DOG: Is your dog a Sagittarius? You’re in for some surprises!

I AM A BOXER. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

FRANK MORRIS

Mate, I am a boxer. Fancy calling dogs a boxer! Some experts say that they see some terrier strain in my smooth-haired coat and the way I look. I say no. By and large, mate, I am a boxer. I am recognised as a boxer, it’s that simple.

My name is Beau. I didn’t like at first, but that’s the way things go.

After all that is explained, I feel like a dog who has gone twelve rounds with a bruiser in a rough and tumble fight.
They reckon I’m tough. The answer is … no! I can hold my own, but tough, no.

Mate, I am medium-size dog with basically a fawn shaded undercarriage, white chest and paws and black snout.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1928 AND A RECORD 46 NATIONS AND MORE THAN 3000 ATHLETES MEETS IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND. THE WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS MOVE INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. JOHNNY WEISSMULLER (USA) MAKES IT A RECORD-BREAKING 100 METRE FREESTYLE SWIM. IN LATER YEARS, HE IS TO STAR AGAIN. BUT THIS TIME AS TARZAN, A ROLE HE DID FOR EIGHT YEARS. CONTINUED …
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The fact that I hail from Germany is a tell-tale sign. I am five years of age – that 25 years in human terms – and feeling good for my age.

Do I understand the German language? No.

My owner is well read, though. She is a professor of science and, from what I hear, she is very high up the totem pole.

I was dozing in the shade when I heard her tell a friend all about my forbears that I was a descended from a Bullenbeisser crossed with a mastiff-type dog, bulldog and possibly a Great Dane too boot.

Mate, now I know why people get me confused with Great Danes. “What is he?” yells a fella from a truck. “A Great Dane,” was the reply.

“Geeze.” I felt like crying.

In the past, mate, I was told we used to control cattle in the slaughterhouses and were originally bred to be guard dogs. We were there to chase off the villains, rascals and thieves.

But I’m pleased that’s all behind me. On the whole, I love home and the harmonious family atmosphere that goes with it.

My owner takes me on long walks along the beach front where we stay for hours. I am off the leash and meet with my friends, especially a female boxer. That’s my kind of life!

I eat well. I sleep like a kitten. I’m taken to the vet for a check-up. I’m content – yes, that’s the word. No stress, no foibles.

And do you what, mate? I’m the dog who prefers to make love rather than bark!

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1928 CONTINUED. AUSTRALIA TAKES THE GOLD IN SWIMMING, DIVING AND ATHLETICS. A.W. WINTER CLAIMS THE HOP, STEP AND JUMP WITH A RECORD BREAKING 50 FT. 11.9 INS. THE 1500 METRE FREESTYLE IS WON BY A. CHARLTON; AND R.C. EVE TOOK FIRST PLACE IN THE PLAIN HIGH TOWER DIVE. ROWING IS ZOOMED INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN H.R. PEARCE SNATCHED GOLD FOR THE SINGLE SCULLS.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 17 January 20

It’s Christmas: Marilyn Monroe’s tree was simply a token of love!

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THIS IS THE FINAL GRAND YEARS FOR THE YEAR. IT WILL RESUME PUBLICATION FROM JANUARY 18. 2020.
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A PAINTING OF MARILYN (TOP) AND PART OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS. THE PAINTING IS JUST AS HER FAN-BASE KNEW HER IN MANY OF ‘MM’ PUBLICITY PHOTOS SURROUNDING THE ESCAPADES OF HER LIFE OFF-SCREEN; LIKE MM IN SONG AT THE CELEBRATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S BIG NIGHT.

AS A TOKEN OF HIS LOVE, JOE DiMAGGIO GAVE THIS SPECIAL TREE OF GILDED PINECONES TO MARILYN MONROE SHORTLY BEFORE THE TWO WERE WED. THE TREE WAS PURCHASED AT AUCTION FOR $10,000. IN THE FORGROUND ARE THE SHOES MARILYN WORE IN HER LAST FILM, THE MISFITS.

MARILYN BROUGHT THE ATMOSPHERE OF HOLLYWOOD IN TO ANY PLACE SHE VISITED. SHE POSED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH IN APRIL 8, 1959 EDITION OF THE WOMEN’S WEEKLY, CLAD IN A BLACK SATIN SPARLING FROCK AND LOOKING VERY SAUCY. MARILYN’S MARRIGE BREAK-UP WITH DiMAGGIO HAPPENED LONG BEFORE THIS.


DIGGERS: Louise Mack – She was in the front-line of reporters in World War 1

THE EARLIEST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN WAR CORRESPONDENT SINCE THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Australian women have been involved in journalism since the late nineteenth century.

The first Australian female foreign correspondent also originates from this period, with Jessie Couvreur, “Tasma”, reporting from Brussels for the British newspaper The Times in the 1890s.

The earliest Australian woman war correspondent dates from The First World War. Louise Mack despite the British Government’s prohibition against women leaving for the front line set off for Belgium from London in September 1914 as a journalist for Alfred Harmsworth’s Daily Mail and Evening News.

She stubbornly remained there for several months while all other correspondents fled, and only avoided arrest by the Germans in Antwerp through disguising herself as a maid.

In contrast, the actions of Second World War female correspondents were much more tightly controlled, but by this time there was an increased number of women involved in the occupation.

There has, however, been little written about these Australian women war correspondents – a lack of information which essentially ignores their contribution to reporting.

SOURCE: The MSS, Confined to a Mainland? By Kathie Bird.

 


FLASHBACK: As if by magic, a new Blyton novel discovered

THE CLASSIC MANUSCRIPT WAS IN THE BOTTON DRAWER. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY FULLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT WAS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

A manuscript of a previously unknown Enid Blyton novel has been discovered in a children’s book centre in London.

Mr Tempy’s Caravan is a 180-page fantasy about caravan with a mind of its own.

The story features a princess in a foreign land, a dog-headed dragon and a pet called Bun-Darg. It was included in a collection of manuscripts auction by the Blyton family and bought by the Seven Stories centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Initially, staff believed it to be a version of a comic strip collection entitled Mr Tempy and His Caravan, which was published in 1949. The address on the typescript – “Old Thatch, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire” – dates it to early in Blyton’s writing career, as she left there in 1938.

The Enid Blyton Society said: “The story has been sitting unnoticed in a bottom drawer, and I don’t think anybody fully understood what it was. It was sent to a publisher in the early 1930s and rejected.”

Seven Stories paid $65,000 for the archive, which includes draft copies of the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Noddy and Malory Towers stories. Blyton’s younger daughter, Imogene Smallwood, told the BBC: “There’s always excitement when an unknown typescript is found …”

Blyton died in 1968 at the age of 71.

SOURCE: Telegraph, London.


“My sister’s a writer!” says Bibby Moriarty. That was the start of a fruitful friendship

SHE LOVED TO TALK. SHE TALKED INCESSANTLY.

FRANK MORRIS

“There is a friendship that is like a torch we meet in a dark street; it quickly leaves us a flash of compliment for the time.”

I don’t know who said those words but he/she was spot on. My first encounter with Biddy is a receding memory and all that remains are a few flickering, shadowy images of that day.

Some of the fragments show a diminutive, school-marish, silver-haired woman sporting a neatly plaited pigtail; it is tightly rolled and fixed firmly to the back of her head.

She had attracted my attention from the other side of the room and promptly headed in my direction.

In a matter of seconds I was face-to-face with this primly dressed woman in her early to mid sixties.

She held out her hand: “I’m Biddy Moriarty.” The year was 1963. Biddy and I were employed by the same company, a once venerable retailing organisation.

She was responsible for cataloguing documents and relevant publications for the firm’s ‘historical files’. She loved to talk. She talked incessantly. Biddy was well-read, well- spoken and extremely articulate and she came across as a worldly, well-travelled person.

But as I was later to discover Biddy had not journeyed beyond Mosman, where she lived for decades. The office was per private sanctum, to which Biddy retreated three days a week.

Then Biddy said: “My sister’s a writer. She went to live in England in the thirties. Changed her name and she’s been very successful. Her name is P.L. Travers – Pamela Lyndon Travers.”


They say that Christmas is for children and the child in each one of us!

IT IS LONG PAST BEDTIME, AND LITTLE HEADS DREAM.

NOT HERE THE HOLLY AND THE MISTLETOE. BUT NATIVE FLOWERS AND GUM-TREES GROW. THE SUN AND THE SURF AND THE BUSHLAND, AND THE WELCOMING WARMTH OF SUMMER SMILES. – AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY MORE TREASURES.


THIS IS THE FINAL GRAND YEARS FOR THE YEAR. IT WILL RESUME PUBLICATION ON JANUARY 18, 2020.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 December 19

It’s Christmas! The Ceppo Tree lets us know Christmas has arrived

IN ITALY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON LASTS FOR THREE WEEKS, BEGINNING EIGHT DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. FOR THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION, CELEBRATIONS CENTER ON THE BIRTH OF THE BABY JESUS. A PRESEPIO, OR MANGER, IS PREPARED IN EVERY HOME. MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OFFER PRAYERS AND LIGHT CANDLES EVERY MORNING. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS HEAVY SIGNIFICANCE ON WORD CHRISTMAS.


FOCUS ON CCCCRASHED: Part 2. They’re waiting to happen, but it depends on the driver

A WOMAN AND A GENTLEMAN ASKED THE OBVIOUS QUESTION: WAS IT YOUR FAULT?  Below: ANYBODY NEED AN AMBULANCE?

MY HUSBAND WILL KILL ME, SAID THE WOMAN, WHO WAS CAUGHT IN A DICKY SITUATION!

FRANK MORRIS

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task that requires good coordination and mental alertness. Many prescription and non-prescription medicines affect your ability to drive safely.

Drugs can affect not only your skills, such as hazard perception, but your moods and behaviour as well, all of which are essential to safe driving.

Taking a number of different medicines may have an even greater effect on your ability to drive safely.

Warning labels come with non-prescription medicines that can affect your driving. Is there a warning message on the packaging?

Prescription medicines that can affect driving also carry a warning label. When you receive medication, always look for one of the warning labels.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the symptoms that you can expect, and whether they are likely to be temporary or long-term.

A new medicine may affect you for a few days; so don’t drive until your body adjusts.

When some medicines are combined with alcohol, driver impairment and the risk of having a serious accident, greatly increase.

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TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLES …
DO NOT PARK BETWEEN ‘MOTORCYCLES ONLY’ SIGNS UNLESS YOU ARE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE … MAKE SURE YOUR MOTORCYCLE DOESN’T STICK OUT FURTHER THAN ANY PARALLEL-PARKED CAR.
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Are you affected? Some effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that make it unsafe to drive includes drowsiness, blurred vision, feeling unsteady or dizzy and poor concentration.

There are times when you may suffer from lower alertness and slower reaction times, feeling sick, feeling confused and feeling aggressive. You should refrain from driving.

Some medicines and treatments that may make it unsafe to drive. They include: Antidepressants, antihistamines, anxiety treatment, arthritis treatment, blood pressure treatment and cough and cold relief medication.

The list goes on: Diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, mental disorders, opioid substitution treatment, pain relief medicines, sleeping tablets, stomach upset treatment and travel sickness prevention and some antibiotics.

The penalties are simply too great.

Misuse of medicinal drugs, such as taking an excessive dose, can result in major impairment.

Police have the power to require drivers that they suspect are impaired by drugs to undertake drug testing. There are severe penalties for this offence.

SOURCE: This article was written with assistance of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch).

COMING: Part 3 – If you think about it, there should be no ccccrashes on our roads. Yet, the road toll is up.


FLASHBACK: Hollywood’s Vietnam 1978 – The after-shock of the war is a central theme

THIS CARTOON HIT THE NAIL WITH POWERFUL FORCE.  Below: THE GREEN BERET’S POSTER.

A QUANTITY OF THE 1965-70s FILMS WERE WORTH WATCHING. ONLY DUST WILL SETTLE ON THE ONES THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Hollywood didn’t take much notice that year – in 1968. Its only major film on a Vietnam theme, in which veteran John Wayne plays a gung-ho Green Berets’ Special Forces Colonel.

The movie was, as one critic put the film, “a flag-waving mombo jumbo at its worst”.

Hollywood continued to ignore the war while routinely churning out World War 11 epics – until this year. Five years after the last US combat soldier left Vietnam, Hollywood has finally recognised the war.

A half-dozen American features with a war setting are about to be released soon; the over-budget, overdue Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now is expected to appear next year.

Go Tell the Spartans, featuring Burt Lancaster as an Army major commanding a patrol unit in 1964, is set in the war zone. By contrast, Big Wednesday concerns surfing (as its theme) but refers repeatedly to the impact of the war on the apolitical youth of the 1960s.

The after-shock of the war is central to Dog Soldiers and Rolling Thunder. Dog Soldiers, based on Robert Stone’s award-winning novel, concerns the consequences of a war journalist’s twisted moral sense.

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THE WAR IN VIETNAM …
TEN YEARS AFTER THE KOREAN WAR ENDED, THE US FOUND ITSELF INVOLVED IN A SIMILAR CONFLICT IN ASIA—VIETNAM. JUST AS HAD BEEN THE CASE IN KOREA, THIS WAR WAS BASICALLY A CIVIL WAR. ONCE AGAIN, THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY WAS CONTROLLED BY COMMUNISTS; WHILE THE SOUTHERN HALF WAS A DEMOCRACY THAT THE UNITED STATES HAD SWORN TO PROTECT. – WARPLANES, ALPHA, NEW YORK.
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Rolling Thunder, written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), reportedly deals so violently with the activities of a returned Vietnam veteran that its original backers, Twentieth Century-Fox, withdrew from the project.

The best of the Vietnam-theme films … is Hal Ashby’s Coming Home, which tackles in dramatic form the moral dilemma of the American people.

Set in California in 1968, Coming Home tells about three ordinary people whose direct and indirect experiences of the war prompt intense, painful confrontations with the dominant value systems.

Coming Home evolved from an idea of actress-activist Jane Fonda and writer Nancy Dowd; it is an amazingly compassionate movie.

Vietnam War was never popular, but it is simplistic to say that Hollywood was merely afraid of losing at the box-office. Too many of the industry’s leading figures took early public positions on the issue without damaging their careers.

To give the devil its due, Hollywood did not, in the heyday of the protest movement, retreat into some secure Pollyanna-ism.

Between 1966 and 1976, films like The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Midnight Cowboy, MASH, The Godfather, The Godfather Part 11, Chinatown, and All The President’s Men came out of the studios, made money and, in disparate fashion, scored heavy blows against the American system.

War has always been a natural for movies but there was nothing clearcut about Vietnam.
Every night, television brought the complexities of battle and politics into the living room. Mid-America grew increasingly uneasy with what they saw.

Vietnam had no heroes.

Only now … the dust settles over those upheavals.

SOURCED: An adaption of Hollywood’s Vietnam by Martha DuBose, SMH, November 18, l978.


DID YOU KNOW? Competition tennis relies on a gadget which is never wrong!

THE UNSUNG HERO OF THE TENNIS WORLD IS A GADGET WHICH HAS PROVED ITS WORTH – IT’S NEVER WRONG. WHO CAN FORGET McENROE AND CONNORS AND HOW THE FIREBRANDS WOULD GROWL IN A LANGUAGE MORE SUITED TO A BACKYARD BRAWL THAN THE COURTS AT WIMBLEDON. THE GADGET IS THE HAWK-EYE AND HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. IT WAS DEVELOPED BY BRITISH MATHEMATICAN PAUL HAWKINS AND PLAYERS HAVE ACCEPTED ITS INSTANT VERDICTS “WITHOUT RANCOUR”. HAWK-EYE IS A GREAT INNOVATION.

IT’S CHRISTMAS! TIME TO BE MERRY! HAVE A GOOD ONE!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 19

It’s Christmas: Grandparents are “cool” until events go astray!

“IF I WERE TWENTY YEARS YOUNGER, I WOULD BE INVITED TO THE GRANDKIDS TEA PARTIES”, SAID SHIRLEY. Below: WHEN THE GRANDKIDS VISIT, THEY DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!

KEEPING THE GRANDKIDS’ ATTENTION IS ONE THING. BUT BEING POPULAR MAKES GRANDPARENTS TOP OF THE POPS!

FRANK MORRIS

There’s no doubt that a get-together of “cool” grandparents could fill the district’s local oval – and then some.

Grandmother Shirley is typical of the new generation of grandmas who are able to maintain a semblance of order around the house and “be cool” at the same time.

“I’d never thought about it until now,” says Shirley. “But if you can be a “cool” grandma in your seventies, with glasses, false teeth and a knee replacements, then yes, I qualify hands down”.

Though to be “cool” you have to be able to turn your hand to anything – from digging up worms, catching lizards, playing the spoons, dishing up trays of chocolate biscuits and being “highly” creative with purple play dough.

Yes, Grandmother Shirley has done all those things and thoughtfully enjoyed herself along the way.
But, and there is always a but in the “cool” grandma arena – to be “really, really cool”, says Shirley. “One has to be well versed on a whole range of other issues”.

In Shirley’s case it is the latest movies and videos, music and fashion, the Wiggles and, yes, lip gel.

And it also pays to realise that “sick” means good.

“If I were twenty years younger … I would be invited to many tea parties in the cubby house under the table”, she said.

“My grandchildren must think I’m “cool” because they not only look forward to visiting but they never want to go home”.

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MY GRANDMA ...
EVERY SATURDAY I VISIT MY GRANNY AND WE DISCUSS WHAT WE DID DURING THE WEEK. I TALK TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING; SHE UNDERSTANDS ME. WHEN I AM SAD SHE CHEERS ME UP; WE HAVE A LAUGH TOGETHER. SHE HAS LOOKED AFTER ME SINCE I WAS A BABY. SHE IS MY BEST FRIEND. -- A CHILD, AGE 8.
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In bygone days, kids’ books often characterised the oldies as doddering, mean and, it has to be said, ill-tempered and downright churlish.

Though the ‘old woman’ who lived in the shoe was an exception to the rule.

But the good news is, according to a university study, that children’s literature now “over-whelmingly” depicts grandparents as upbeat, active and wise – very wise.

Researchers claim that elders are “getting added positive attention because more people are living to be active grandparents”.

The burgeoning baby boomers have, it seems, given a whole new dimension to the grand-parenting role.

The fact that they are better educated, healthier and retiring earlier that previous generations has gone a long way to making grandparents “very cool” customers indeed.

Surprisingly, some the old fashioned ideas of keeping the grandkids’ attention have proved to be ‘top of the pops’.

SOURCE: Adapted from Modern Maturity magazine and Frank Morris.


Trimming the Christmas tree – there are many ways to decorate the icon for your family and home

THE TREE THAT IS PART OF THE CHURCH.

THE FRENCH PARADISE TREE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE EARLY AGE OF THE CHURCH. IT BEGAN TO ILLUSTRATE THE GOSPEL NARRATIVES BY USE OF THE LIVING PICTURES ACCOMPANIED BY SONGS. AT CHRISTMASTIME, THE STORY OF BETHLEHEM WOULD BE MADE MORE VIVID BY PLACING A MANGER SCENE IN A CORNER OF THE CHURCH, WITH SHEPHERDS AND MAGI AT HAND. THE PARADISE TREE IS THE ONLY SYMBOLIC OBJECT OF THE MYSTERY PLAYS OF THE CHURCH THAT HAS FOUND ITS WAY INTO THE HOMES OF THE FAITHFUL. IN THE 15TH CENTURY, THE CUSTOM WAS ENACTED TO BEAUTIFY THE PARADISE TREE SO IT FITTED IN WITH THE FESTIVE OCCASION.


First Sydney-Hobart Race: The second smallest yacht, Rani, storms home!

RANI’S SUCCESS IN THE FIRST SYDNEY-HOBART YACHT RACE WAS THE START OF AUSTRALIAN YACHTSMEN CHALLENGING FOR THE MOST SUSPERIOR RACE OF ALL – THE AMERICA’S CUP.
 

“AFTER A ROLLICKING BEGINNING, PLASTERED OVER THE FRONT PAGES OF MOST NEWSPAPERS, THE SYDNEY-HOBART RACE COULD NOT MISS”, SAID SAILING WRITER, LOU D’ALPUGET.

The Sydney yacht, Rani, which had not been sighted for four days, has won the first Sydney-Hobart ocean yacht race. She crossed the finishing line in the Derwent at 1.22am today.

Coming unexpectedly out of the mist from a south-easterly direction near Tasman Island early yesterday, Rani, despite heavy squalls, made good time across Storm Bay, and completed the long voyage from Sydney in 158 hours 22 minutes 35 seconds, a fine performance.

At least 300 persons who lined Castray Esplanade enthusiastically cheered the Rani and her crew as the gun signalled her crossing of the finishing line.

The Hobart yacht, Winston Churchill, which was believed to have had a substantial lead, is reported to be becalmed off the East Coast, and is not expected to arrive until this afternoon.

The news of the sighting of the Rani, which is skippered by Capt. J.H. Illingworth, RN, off Tasman Island at dawn created a minor sensation as she had not been reported for four days and some fears were held for her safety.

After leaving the NSW coast, she took a wide sweep to the south-east to gain full advantage of wind and current.
The Rani, 34ft 8in long, was the second smallest yacht in the race.

Reconnaissance by an RAAF Catalina yesterday failed to show the position of the Winston Churchill. The yacht was not sighted all day. She was last seen by the crew of the aircraft about 2.15pm on Monday off St Helens Pt.

The yawl Kathleen, making good progress, was sighted at 2.30pm yesterday about four miles due east off the coast at St Patricks Head.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING …
EXTRAORDINARY! WHEN MARILYN MONROE SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JFK IN 1962, SHE WORE A SLINKY CHIFFON DRESS COVERED WITH 10,000 SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS. THE BRAND DATED FROM 1895, WHEN DANIEL SWAROVSKI SET OUT TO CREATE “A DIAMOND FOR EVERYONE”. HE INVENTED A MACHINE THAT CUT MORE ACCURATELY THAN EVER BEFORE, MAKING THE START OF A NEW ERA FOR CRYSTAL. – QVB: CELEBRATING AN ICON.
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The Ambermerle was seen at 2.15pm about 12 miles east of St Helens. The Saltair was reported at 1.35pm about three miles east of Cape Barren, in the Flinders group.

There was a big element of surprise in the Rani's arrival, as all reports had indicated that the Winston Churchill had a substantial lead, and when the sight of a yacht off Tasman Island was reported, it was accepted as the Hobart yacht.

Later, however, Tasman Island reported that the yacht had a white hull and carried the number “14” on her sail.
The Winston Churchill has a black hull, and there was much speculation about the yacht, which arrived unheralded out of the mist, until her identity was established shortly before 11am.

Disappointment that the Winston Churchill was not to win the race after hopes had run high was tempered with admiration for the skilful helmsmanship and navigation which had enabled one of the smallest of the contestants to complete the voyage so quickly.

Crowds assembled in Castray Esplanade yesterday were disappointed when the race did no finish in daylight.
There was a line of cars for the whole length of the esplanade, and hundreds of people gathered there during the day, some bringing a picnic lunch and eating it on the lawns nearby and under the trees fringing the water.

Cars also lined vantage points along Browns River Road, and the appearance of large yachts returning to Hobart from the Huon carnival probably gave rise to false reports that the ocean yachts were arriving.

Frank Morris comments: After an historic victory in the first Sydney-Hobart race in 1945, Rani was wrecked at Stockton Beach, near Newcastle, NSW, a few years later. Rani’s win, in what turned out to be a yachting classic, set the pace for future years. The race attracted competitors from all over the world, and inspired Australian yachtsmen to challenge for the greatest of all international match races, the American’s Cup. This was what eventfully happened when Frank Packer entered the scene and challenged with Gretel in 1962.

SOURCE: Adapted from the Mercury, Hobart, Wednesday, January 2, 1946.


It’s Christmas: Foodfrolico – Final. Here are martinis like you’ve never imbibed before!

GO ON, BE JAMES BOND AND HAVE A MARTINI. REMEMBER, IT’S SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED.

TRY A MARTINI -- FROM ‘DIRTY’ DOWN TO ‘BASIC’, OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND, WITH YOUR FAVOURITE GARNISH.

Martinis are possibly the most easily recognised cocktail in the world. They are so easy to make and there are many variations.

For the basic martini, I prefer a gin base as the gin adds some nice aromatics. For the best results, use something like Bombay Sapphire or BeGin.

When I start to flavour it up or tweak it, naturally I choose an Arktika Vodka.

BASIC MARTINI. Pour 50ml of gin or Vodka and 10ml of Vermouth over ice. The more Vermouth you add the less dry to martini will be. Shake it or stir it and then strain into another glass. Garnish with an olive or some citrus peel.

DIRTY MARTINI. To spice it up you could make a dirty martini which is my preference. Similar to the basic martini, using Artika Vodka, you just add ½ teaspoon of the olive brine from the jar. Sounds weird, but it tastes great.

FRENCH MARTINI. My other favourite IS not a true martini. To create, pour 50ml of Arktika Vodka, 20ml of Chambord and 50ml of pineapple juice over ice. Shake, then strain it into a glass. Garnish with a little lemon peel.

MAKE SURE THERE IS PLENTY OF FRUIT IN THE HOUSE – FOR THE DRINKS!

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OUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING
THE TOWN CRIER STATED THAT A FRIEND IN THE CASTING BUSINESS TOLD HIM THAT THE QVB WAS LOOKING FOR A TOWN CRIER. FOR THE AUDITION I TURNED UP IN FULL REGALIA. I GOT THE JOB! I ANNOUNCED THINGS LIKE THE NEWS OF THE DAY, ANNIVERARIES AND SO ON. FOR CRUISE SHIPS IN SYDNEY, I’D WELCOME THE TOURISTS. PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE COSTUME. ON AVERAGE, I’D POSE FOR 100 PHOTOS A DAY. YOUR JOB IS TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY AFTER ALL. – A FORMER QVB TOWN CRIER.
GOOD DAY! HAVE A HAPPY, CHRISTMAS, AND A HANG-OVER FREE NEW YEAR!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 December 19

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