Grand Years with Frank Morris

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ARTBEAT: Adolf Hitler loved Walt Disney cartoon art … that’s why he copied them!

TWO OF A KIND: PINOCCHIO BY WALT DISNEY. PINOCCHIO BY THE ARTIST, ADOLF HITLER.

POINT OF VIEW: HITLER SAID THAT SNOW WHITE WAS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER MADE. Below: BASHFUL … HE WAS ALWAYS SHY.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Doc, a Walt Disney character from the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was sketched by Adolf Hitler during part of World War Two.

William Hakvaag, director of a war museum in northern Norway, said there was no independent confirmation that the drawing was the work of the Nazi leader, who tried to make a living as an artist before going into politics.

Hakvaag is on record as saying that there had been a series of drawings hidden in a painting signed “A.Hitler” that he brought at German auction for about $300.

He found three coloured cartoons of dwarfs from the 1937 Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, signed A.H. There was an unsigned sketch of Pinocchio, another Disney character, he said.

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He said he had done tests on the paintings and suggested they date from 1940. Hakvaag told Reuters that he was “100 percent sure that these are drawings by Hitler. If one wanted to make a forgery, one would never hide it in the back of a picture where it might never be discovered”.

The initials on the sketches, and the signature on the painting, matched other copies of Hitler’s handwriting, he said.
“Hitler had a copy of Snow White,” Hakvaag said. “He thought this was one of the best movies ever made,” Hakvaag said about the animated classic, which was an adaptation of a German fairy tale.

Said to be by Hitler, nineteen watercolours and two sketches were sold in Britain a few years ago for a total of $59,000.

Yes, Hitler allegedly loved Disney animated movies. In particular, Snow White and the seven Dwarfs and often Nazis reportedly sourced Disney animated movies for the dictator to watch.

<< Put together by various Google lead-stories.

COMING: More on ARTBEAT. Ike Eisenhower – the paintings he loved the most.


FRANK MORRIS COMING ATTRACTION

Australia gets its first newspaper! In 1803, George Howe started The Gazette and New Wales Advertiser. It’s 16 years since l commented on this new arrival, now 216 years young. At the Museum of Sydney, it began with a Breakfast Briefing and a panel of well-known speakers who spoke many of things related to Howe, including the monopoly on Australian journalism … Pearl Turton: she was Queen of the waves … Dog horoscopes: Here is part of dog’s “star” that lets you know how to treat it … Pearl S. Buck, winner of a Noble Prize for literature, lived 40 years in China and 40 years in America. “I came as a stranger to my country, having lived in China. Coming in March.


FLYING PASSENGER: Drones are ready to take off!

THE STUFF OF SCIENCE FICTION IS CLOSE TO BECOMING REALITY. KARL WILSON REPORTS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

TAKE OFF: THE EHANG 184, ELECTRICALLY POWERED PASSENGER DRONE, IN DUBAI. Below: THE ‘TAXI’ -- READY, SET, GO!

In February, the drone manufacturer Ehang, put out a video of the world’s first passenger drone, the Ehang 184. It showed the drone being put through its paces with and without a passenger. Many analysts watched the demonstration in amazement. The future was suddenly upon us.

The electric drone can carry one passenger, weighing up to 100kg, and travels at up to 100 km an hour. The Ehang 184, has been described as the “world’s first all-electric, consumer-facing autonomous passenger drone. In short, it is a “flying car”.

Two and half years ago, Ehang was virtually unknown in the technology world.

It strutted its stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2016. And it made a bold claim: that it would build a completely autonomous, passenger-carrying quadcopter, a multirotor helicopter that is lifted by four rotors that it said would revolutionise mobility.

Now, no-one is laughing. Quadcopters, flying cars or taxis are a reality.

Ehang is not the only Chinese company involved in the research and development of flying cars.

THE SYSTEMS TAKE OVER

Flying cars are set to disrupt the personal mobility space of the future. There’re at least 10 early entrants expected to launch various versions by 2022.

With the newly developed Ehang 184, it seems that all passengers need to do is climb into the small cabin, fasten their seat belts, and the automated flight system does takes over. The drone has been tested more than 1000 times and is designed to withstand gales with wind speeds of up 50 km/h, the company said.

Analysts believe that flying cars and air taxis that ferry people … will be commonplace within in the next decades.

<< The China Post, 2018.

Frank Morris comments: The next frontier in technology is to take human workers out of dangerous subterranean situations, says The Australian’s The Art of The Deal magazine. Hovermap, is an Australian invention, developed inside Data61 … flying autonomous missions inside underground environments, such as mine shafts, collecting high-quality data for 3D mapping. Another being tested in the UK since 2016 is an autonomous drone delivery. Some envision a future where this kind of food delivery will make fridges obsolete.                                                                                      


Time magazine: How did plastic straws become so popular

CHEAPER: PLASTIC BECOMES MORE POPULAR.

The plastic straw version, says Time magazine, jumped in popularity during the post-World War 2 years, as plastics became cheaper. Today, while it’s difficult to count, some say the US alone uses 500 million of disposable straws daily.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 February 19

MARILYN MONROE: Milton H. Greene’s superb portraits of an era!

THE ARRIVAL: TAKEN ON THE SET OF BUS STOP IN 1956 IS BASED ON WILLIAM INGE’S PLAY AND OFFERS A MIXTURE OF SENSITIVE DRAMA AND COMIC MOMENTS. IT WAS ONE OF MARILYN’S BEST FILMS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

PEASANT: MARILYN TAKEN IN THE FRENCH VILLAGE ON THE SET THAT WAS USED FOR WHAT PRICE IS GLORY? IN SEVERAL SCENES MAYILYN COMFIRMED HER DRAMATIC SIDE. Below: MARILYN SITTING PLACIDLY IN THE FILM, BUS STOP.

Milton H. Greene had become an award winning photographer for Life and Look magazines in the 1950s.

Greene had created a collection exceeding 250,000 images, including those of movie star favourites: Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Sammy Davis Jr and many more.

Milton Greene Archives was created by Milton’s son Joshua in 1993 to preserve, restore and present these timeless works of photography.

Milton died in 1985. Joshua believed much of his father’s work to have been lost in time. He spent the proceeding nine years digitally restoring the photographs to full glory.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM

A worldwide 61-image exhibition titled Portraits of an Era, which featured roughly 33 of Greene’s images of Marilyn Monroe and 28 images of other celebrities. The exhibition toured throughout Australia in 2002.

Milton was born 1922. His work is known throughout the world. Apart from Life and Look magazines, he photographed for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country and other high-fashion magazines, earning him international acclaim, along with Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn.

They brought fashion photography into the realm of fine art.

<< Design Graphics Number 89 2002.

 


SHORT STORY (For Adults): Final. Blackie Rabbit was strung up by a vengeful pirate!

‘HOW DID HE ESCAPE FROM MY CHAINS,” SAID CAPTAIN FLAPNODDLE.

EFFECTIVE: “WELL, WELL, MY LITTLE HEARRRTIES” SAID ONE OF THE DEADLIEST PIRATES FOR SEVERAL CENTURIES. Below: OOMPH! BLACKIE LANDED ON HIS BACK AND TUMBLED OVER. Below: I FOUGHT THIS LAGGARD TO THE DEATH. HE WAS A GONNA, MY HEARRRTIES, SAID FLAPDODDLE.

Blackie hopped on The Bird’s back and hung on for grim mercy. Suddenly, the hundreds of kilometres became a flash in pan, and there was it the gates of Never-Never Land spiring up to the open sky. 

The Bird touched down in the speck of green just inside. Bumph! Whack! Bummmp! Blackie tumbled over the side and landed on his back.

The Bird and Blackie gazed at the mammoth looking figure standing over them.

“This is ex-tra-ordinarrrrary,” sang out Blackie. The Bird was screeching loudly.

“Well, well, my little hearrrty,” said Captain Flapnoddle, one of the deadliest pirates of several centuries ago. “I’ve seen you before,” he said, pointing at The Bird. “But this little hearrrty,” pointing at Blackie. “How did you escape from my chains – all four of them.”

But before Blackie could reply, The Bird jumped in: “I did it. And all it took was five seconds. No fuss or bother, either.”

LOOKED SURPRISE

Captain Flapnoddle nearly fainted. “Only five seconds. It me took half a day and the little hearrrty was still asleep. If only you came by when I was stealing from the rich and pocketing all the dough.”

Both the Bird and Blackie looked, mesmerised.

Every sailor used to shake in his boots when they saw my ship – the Flying Flap. They used to call it the “flying hangover”. It be driven high in the sky or sail in the mighty sea. Take your pick.

He thought for a moment. The two looked surprised.

“I’m impressed with you two hearrrties, I’m going to give you the gift of a lifetime. And that is … THE TREASURE of all time is something I’ve been chasing for almost 300 odd years …”

HE WAS A GONNA

Blackie blinked three times and thought yes. The Bird was laughing -- yes, yes, yes!

“… THE TREASURE that my first mate stole from the ship with all those laggards who turned against me! I fought him to the last. When the slimy beast was on top of the ship’s steps, I legged him, so he fell to the bottom on the hard, crinkle boards. He was a gonna, my little hearrrties!

“When I built Never Never Land he was a skeleton by then. So I used him to become the ‘nasty pirate’. “Are you in my hearrrties?”

“This is ex-tra-ordinarrrrary!” shouted Blackie and The Bird.

They were in. The three shook hands. The three were partners. But two of them had worried looks on their faces.  And they had to fly -- in a ship. Or … whatever!

COMING: Adventurer Blackie is back with The Bird, Captain Flagnoddle and a stranger.

IIustration: The Captain. Flagnoddle’s the name and I’ve been around for about 400 years. Could you believe it? Blackie thought the news was all gobble talk.


VIETNAM WAR. Death of a young warrior who was the first victim killed in action

COMING: THE DILEMMA OF THE WAR WAS BEGINNING TO BITE.

FRANK MORRIS

TASTE OF WAR: VIETNAM .. THE WAR WAS BEGINNING TO BITE. Below: PRIVATE ERROL NOVACK --- FIRST VICTIM KILLED.

The war in Vietnam has claimed its first Australian victim in June 1965. And Private Bill Carroll was the first combat battalion soldier to die in battle.

Private Errol Noack, 21, of South Australia, was the first National Serviceman killed in action in 1966.

His uncle Mr J.G. Noack, said Errol was “a good Christian”.

Reporting his death, one newspaper said: “Besides the immediate pangs of loss, Errol Wayne Noack’s family also suffer the fear that people may make political capital out of his death”.

The dilemma of Vietnam was beginning to bite hard.

There was no subject “more pervasive” among US college students as they began packing up at the end of the academic year, reported Time magazine.

ENLARGED TASK FORCE

In April 1965, the Fiftieth Anniversary of Gallipoli, the Federal Government decided to send an Australian infantry battalion to Vietnam.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies told the House that the Government “has no desire to have Australian forces in Vietnam any longer than necessary”.

As the US escalated its involvement in Vietnam so did Australia’s commitment increase.

Australia decided to “treble its commitment to include military conscripts in the enlarged task force”.

Prophetically, the Sydney Morning Herald warned Prime Minister Harold Holt “to inform himself as closely as possible about the tangled political situation in South Vietnam which necessarily affects the whole Allied policy”.

When he became Labor’s first Prime Minister in 23 years, Gough Whitlam abolished the military draft, established diplomatic relations with China and North Vietnam and ordered the remaining Australian servicemen home from Vietnam. From 1965 to 1972, 40,200 Australians fought in Vietnam, with 424 being killed and 2369 wounded.

COMING: The Vietnam War – a short series on the war we did not want.


HISTORIC HOTEL: Go west, where there’s a king-size thirst!

FRANK MORRIS

IT’S HOT: THE CROWD ENJOYS A COLD, HARD BEER – OUTSIDE. Below: THE CLUB HOUSE HOTEL … THE BEAUTY OF AN HISTORIC PUB IN 1824.

Ironclad Hotel, in 1976, one of the hottest properties in Australia. And as the only hotel in the region, went on the market for $100,000. It is in Marble Bar, Western Australia, established 1893. 

Situated at Marble Bar, a town that boasts the highest temperatures in Australia, the hotel’s beer consumption is staggering.

More than 1350 litres and 140 dozen bottes were consumed every week.

HISTORY GETS A FACFLIFT

In 1976, while still retaining the charm and beauty of an historical building, the Club House Hotel in Singleton modernised to give added comfort to its guests.

Installation of the bar, with wood panelled walls and new carpeting, with a drive-in bottle department were completed at a cost $250,000.

The original owner of the hotel was Benjamin Singleton, after whom the town was named. The hotel remained in the family for many years. The town of Singleton was established in the 1820s. In the early years, it was called Patrick Plains.

Frank Morris comments: Marble Bar was given the royal treatment recently on Back Roads, ABC TV, featuring a leafier region than what it was like 100 years ago. All the trees and shrubs that shade some of the important parts of the town was the work of one fellow who started planting 36 years ago. He told Back Roads that he hasn’t finished yet. When the show comes up again as a repeat you’ll see all the characters who have decided to stay there.


Prawn raises war: The epic battle continues!

SIZE: PRAWN MAY BE BIGGER, BUT …

The final sentence regarding Ballina’s, NSW, Big Prawn is very unnecessary, write Bob Paskins, via email. He adds: “Although this prawn may be bigger that the Big Prawn in Exmouth, Western Australia, it’s certainly not as realistic. The Exmouth Prawn has my vote and is by the same artist who made the Big Whale Shark in Exmouth, Western Australia.

<< Open Road magazine, NSW.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 08 February 19

SHORT STORY: For adults. Adventures of Black Rabbit -- strung up by a vengeful pirate!

“HERE I COME – NEARER AND NEARER,” SAID THE MYSTERY VOICE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE GRAVELY VOICE WAS MORE DAUNTING THAN EVER:  “I’M COMING TO GET YOU! I’M COMING TO GET YOU!” THE INHUMAN VOICE SAID. Below: BLACKIE WAS SCARED. “I WISH, I WISH …”

The voice came from Never-Never Land far, far away. And this time it was louder and more croaky than ever. 

It sounded crankier and crankier. The steel door began to shake and rattle.  The door opened with an loud bang.

“I’m coming to get you, I’m coming to get you!” said the mysterious voice. “And when I do I will torture you like the poor downtrodden creature that you are.”

This scared Blackie. He didn’t know what to do.

He was all tied up – literally. His two paws were shackled. He couldn’t move. He was starting to get nervous … damned, DAMNED nervous. He wanted to cry.

“This was ex-tra-ordinaaaary … DAMNED WELL EX-TRA-ORDINAAAARY!”

A BIT CLOSER

Blackie quickly tumbled from side to side. Then he looked up. He heard a rustle in the trees. It was a bird-like shape that was long as a pelican whose beak was almost touching the ground. And the soldier’s helmet, at an angle on its pointed head, appeared to fall off. But it didn’t move.

“This is ex-tra-ordinaaaary,” said Blackie, who seem to be grappling for words.

Blackie was goggle-eyed as he watched The Bird with the beady eyes, come swooping from the branch and edge up alongside him.

“Hear I come. Nearer, nearer.”

The bird edged a bit closer. The Bird said. “I know, it’s that Voice – it’s from Never-Never Land. It was around when I was last there. Ah, that would have been 1780. Come on, I’ll help you off with these chains then we’ll find that mystery critter.”

“HOLEY MOLEY,” CRIED BLACKIE

“We’re almost the same age! This is ex-tra-ordinaaaary!”

“Ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” bellowed The bird. The he dislodged his soldier’s military bag with his capacious beak and proceeded to look for his screwdriver and the mystery looking manipulator that could wreak havoc on anyone’s poor body.

The Bird moved towards Blackie, who tried to back away. He remembered he could not move – hook, line and sinker. Suddenly, The Bird grabbed one paw, there was a whirring sound; then he grabbed the other paw, more whirring sound; then he was free!

”Holey moley,” cried Blackie, “this is ridiculous. Is it ovvvvvvver yet?”

“There you are,” said The Bird, smiling. “I had you done in five seconds. There’s not a mark on you. Now, let’s tackle that mystery voice.

The Bird packed up his gear and was about to fly off to far-away Never-Never Land when suddenly he looked around. He saw Blackie’s ears sticking up behind the tree. And the mystery voice was nearly on top of him.

“I’ve got you, I’ve got you,” garbled the voice, “I’ve going to deal with you like the downtrodden creature you are!”
“Help, help,” cried Blackie. “Help me, or I’m a gonna.”

“Out you come Blackie,” begged The Bird. “It’s only the mechanical voice by the man I told you about. lt gets louder when it gets nearer – supposedly. Come on, I’ll show you the mechanism and the bloke behind it.”

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.


FILM FESTIVAL: Silence is golden and people sat spellbound!

FRANK MORRIS

TRIBUTE: YOU’LL SEE THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN ANNIVERSARY FILM.  Below: RIN TIN TIN KEEPING GUARD ON A POPULAR SILENT FILM STAR.

For the “Silver Screen” they had a bevy of super people who made over a thousand silent movies. The silent movies started with the making of Soldier of the Cross in 1900.

Then it began to gather moment after The Story of the Kelly gang was shown. And, in 1913, the Australia industry has flourished.00

From 1920, Raymond Longford’s famous Sentimental was released 1919. Here a few them: Mutiny of the Bounty, The Far Paradise, The Romantic story of Margaret Catchpole, Peter Vernon’s Silence, The Kid Stakes, For the Term of His Natural Life, The Christian, The Fatal Wedding, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Sweet Nell of Old Drury, Dawn, the story of Edith Cavell … and a thousand more.

Then the ‘talkies’ came.

ADVERSITY

Chaplin, a Charlie Chaplin anniversary tribute, made in 1992, captures all of Chaplin’s impoverished London upbringing with extraordinary success.

At the start of his career, Chaplin unveiled the persona of the Littler Tramp in 1914. “In reaction to the chase comedies,’’ said a newspaper, “made popular by Mack Sennet’s Keystone Studios.” Most of them starred the Little Tramp alongside his struggles and pathos and adversity.

<< Australia’s Silent Film Festival, at the State Library of NSW, will host at various nights between January and March a film festival which will show the following line-up: A restored silent Sherlock Holmes, the first features made, Australians on the Silent Screen, a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, Rin-Tin-Tin, Peter Pan and more.
Ozsilentfilmfeatival.com.au


FRANK MORRIS COMING ATTACTIONS

ARTBEAT – A NUMBER OF ARTISTS HAD THE TALENT TO EARN GREAT MONEY AND A CERTAIN FAME FROM THEIR EFFORTS. OUR FIRST CONTENDER IS ADOLF HITLER, WHO WAS A MILDLY REASONABLE ARTIST IN GERMANY. AFTER HE DIED, A PILE OF CARTOONS WITH “A.H” SIGNATURE ON THEM, WAS DISCOVERED. A HUGE INVESTIGATION WAS PURSUED. COMING IN FEBRUARY.


THE CHAMPS: The legend who could not be beaten at billiards

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE EXPERT: LINDRUM A GIFTED PLAYER. Below: THE BOOK DR JANNE LINDRUM WROTE ABOUT HER FATHER’S LIFE.

Legendary Horace Lindrum has been dubbed the ‘greatest” billiard player in the world. With this view in mind the author Dr Janne Lindrum has written an account of her father’s life. The book, The Uncrowned King, tells widely of her father and his career.

“If there’s one thing you do in your life, you must write your father’s story,” a creative writing Professor said to Dr Lindrum.

Lindrum was an incredibly “gifted” player, who during his career scored a number of world record breaks and is the only player in history to have notched up and recorded 1000 snooker centuries in public performance.

Lindrum also held the Australian professional snooker and billiards titles for 33 years. The Second World War interrupted Lindrum’s career. “But when he returned to Britain after the war, he was at height of his powers,” Dr Lindrum.

WON TITLE, BUT BLIND

He went on to beat then world professional billiard champion Clark McConachy to win the world championship in 1952. In 1949, he was declared technically blind.

This wasn’t bad for a player who debuted in the Professional Billiards League in 1928. Lindrum remained undefeated until his retirement from competitive tournaments in 1957.

He was born in Kalgoorlie, WA, in 1898, and educated briefly at St Francis Boys’ School, Darlinghurst, NSW. He was a talented billiard player and he used to practice in his father’s billiard halls as a boy.

He was hailed as the “Bradman of billiards” – Lindrum coached Bradman in the 1930s -- and was buried at Surfers Paradise, Queensland, in 1960. He was later buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery “beneath a marble billiard table.”

<< Background for this story was garnered from Senior News; Frank Morris; The Uncrowned King by Dr Janne Lindrum.


MURRUMBEENA MYSTERY: What do the people think about their new station?

FRANK MORRIS

It’s been a mystery since the day it started. After it began to take shape, it was still a mystery. A few weeks ago, the wrappers were taken off the mystery monster. The full site was revealed. It’s Murrumbeena’s round-shaped railway station. There it is, it’s sitting there, rounded and glittering in the afternoon sunshine. I was under the impression that the final result was to mark the coming of a project from another century. Hmmm!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 February 19

REMEMBER WHEN: Aged Care -- Using nostalgia for good means a lot

NOSTALGIA, JUST LIKE SONGS OF LONG AGO, ARE HELPING TO REJIG THE PAST AND GIVE IT A SENSE OF MEANING.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

MEANS TO AN END: NOSTALGIA HAS BEEN FOUND TO CONNECT WITH THE PAST. Below: GET INVOLVED WITH A TASK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. YOU WILL LOOK BACK ON IT WITH RICH MEMORIES LATER.

The word is ‘nostalgia’. People know what it is. They know what a disturbance it can cause the mind. Nearly everybody’s got a touch of it.

To explain ‘anticipatory nostalgia’ means later you will be able to look on it with rich memories.

The writer of this interesting article has many fine things to say about this flashback. He points out that nostalgia therapy has done a lot of “good” for aged care.

According to the writer, “nostalgia has been found to connect us to our past. It helps give each of our lives a sense of meaning.”

HANG OUT

Here what the writer says about …
On academics:

“There are things which academics have discovered when studying the concept of nostalgia and its effect on our emotional responses to different forms of memory-triggering stimuli. The feelings that nostalgia creates will also be familiar to you.

“They can be as unique to us personally as people we used to know and places we would hang out; or as universal as the songs and other popular culture … that we lived through.”

On songs:

“In fact, music is one of the powerful memory triggers that we know of. Musical nostalgia is also the reason some radio stations exist.”

“Deliberately thinking of a happy memory, or listening to some songs from your past, is something you can consciously do to give yourself an occasional pick-me-up.

COME TO TERM

On the symptoms.

“Nostalgia has also been found to have a different level of effect on different people. Also, for some – especially through middle age – it can make them more acutely aware of their real age if they haven’t already come to terms with that thought.

“You also need to avoid wallowing in nostalgia … is has a measurable effect on the reward centre of your brain. There is a reward in cutting back when overused.”

On politicians.

That politicians can trigger certain memories to provoke social and cultural anxieties, and thereby use it a tool of persuasion to get your vote. Therefore, be smart enough to realise they are rarely appealing to the intelligence of the public.

They are instead appealing only to your emotional responses. And you shouldn’t let them con you that way.

<< Background for the article can be found in Fairfax Community Newspapers.


MUSICAL: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s inside Roald Dahl’s magical world!

CHARLIE BUCKET IS NOW IN HIS ELEMENT. WHEN HE STEPS INTO THIS CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE SONGS AND THE MAGIC ARE STILL THE SAME. THOSE WHO SEE CHARLIE IN ACTION, WILL DELIGHT. LET’S TAKE A PEEK.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Like children everywhere, Charlie Bucket adores chocolate but, sadly, his family is so poor that they can only afford to buy him one bar a year; on his birthday. What make poor Charlie’s longing even worse? He has to walk near the best chocolate factory in the world -- the secretive Willy Wonka’s, every day.

When Charlie’s father loses his job, things go from bad and worse.

One day, Willy Wonka announces that he has hidden golden tickets in five Wonka Bars, with the prize of a tour of the factory for the five lucky winners. The sales of Wonka Bars rockets, Wonka-mania encircles the globe.

WILDEST DREAMS

And one by one the tickets are found: But there is still one golden ticket to find. Charlie’s desperation to be able to buy Wonka Bar and hopefully find the final golden ticket is a feeling that all children (and their parents) know.

The interior of the chocolate factory is magical. It’s themed rooms, amazing chocolates and sweets, the Oompa-Loompas and, of course, Willy Works himself. Oompa-Loompas are like some surreal Greek chorus as they regularly break into verse to comment on the children’s misbehaviour.

Roald Dahl shows a deep understanding of how children feel and think. The moral message is strong; it is beyond any child’s wildest dreams.

<< Adapted from 501 Must-read Books; 2006; Octopus Publication Limited, London.

Frank Morris comments: Don’t miss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and step inside Roald Dahl’s magical world. Hear songs from the original film, including: Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve got a Golden Ticket. See Willy Wonka as you never experienced him before! Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas and incredible inventions. From January 8, Capitol Theatre, Campbell Street, Haymarket. Contact: ticketmaster.com.au


FRANK MORRIS’S COMING ATTRACTION

FEBRUARY: It’s our start of the year. There are many features in store for you! The brand new Blackie’s Adventures. Blackie falls into of a lair of 16th century pirates, headed by Captain Flapdoddle of the good ship The Flying Trap. The ‘good ship’ is a bit of a mystery. Next to Flapdoddle, the scariest pirate in the Kingdom, comes a lot new friends we encounter along the way.


FILM GREATS: Jedda was classified as one of the greatest Australian movies ever made!

JUDITH ADAMSON    Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

ONLY THE FEET TELL THE STORY: THE CRINKLING OF SAND AND GRAVEL UNDER HIS FEET TOLD THE OUTCOME OF THIS  LEGENDARY MYTH. THE GIRL REMAINED CALM. Below: GOOD JOB, SAYS ELSA CHAUVEL.

Jedda was Charles Chauval’s last film. After Jedda, Chauvel made thirteen episodes of an outback series called Australian Walkabout for the BBC. He died in Sydney in 1959. He was 88. There are other film-makers which operate in his territory but none can take his place.

When it was released, Jedda was the first feature to be made in colour; and it was a highly interesting film indeed.

Jedda, an Aboriginal girl, is played by Ngarla Kunoth. She is brought up as the daughter of a highly-strung, strictly conventional wife of a Northern Territory station owner. Jedda leaves her cosy place of safe existence and heads for the comfortable arms of her stockman boyfriend.

Unfortunately, Jedda never arrives. She is kidnapped by an older stranger passing through the station, Robert Tudawali. The story on one level is a simple adventure where the main characters are Aborigines.

On another level, from the moment the screen explodes in fire and shouting and galloping horses, that the girl is hurried away. It becomes ominous that the patternb is shifting.

SENSATIONAL

The circumscribed “respectable” life she was leading was indeed being presented critically; that all the magnificent settings and colour and action, and Tudawali’s stunning personality, are adding up to a film about living fully and taking the consequences.

Probably, there is none of his other films that shows quite clearly Chauvel’s sheer film-making ability; the quality which informed the bare outlines of a plot with a meaning that the audience instinctively responds to.

Jedda was released in 1955.

<< Adapted from Judith Adamson’s Australian Film Poster 1906-1960.

Frank Morris comments: Film historian, Judy Adamson, passed away on August 2. 2013. Ms Adamson was 80 years old. Ms Adamson won several distinctive awards, including the Ken G. Hall Preservation Awards in 2002. Ms Adamson was a unique, uncompromising woman whose dry humour and passionate commitment made people instantly warm to her.


Street photography: Walking or standing still you’ll probably come to a street snapper!

A FLASHBACK TO 1930-1950 – PHOTO SNAPPERS WERE ON EVERY STREET CORNER. THEY CREATED A VAST ARCHIVE OF BLACK-AND-WHITE CANDID, POSTCARD-SIZE IMAGES. THE MUSEUM OF SYDNEY PRESENTS “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY” AS AN EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE HEYDAY OF THIS ONCE POPULAR GENRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

FRANK MORRIS

STREET SNAPPERS: THE POPULARITY OF STREET PHOTOGRAPERS AT THEIR HEIGHT PRODUCED OVER 10,000  PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT THEIR SNAPS. 

This day, as I remember, I am perched up in bed reading a Biggles book. The door suddenly burst open and Aunty Leah rolled in. I jump to attention by surprise, not by fear.

“Right oh, Frankie! (Gee, I can’t stand that name!) Out of bed and into the shower. Nana, you and I are tripping off to city and we’ll have lunch at David Jones.”

“Can I have my photo taken by one of the blokes,” I butted in. “Of course. We’ll all have a picture taken,” said Aunty Leah. At 10.30 that day, we found a bloke who had new camera around his neck. He said OK, “pick your position.”

GLIMPSE OF A CITY

“There are you, happy!” said Aunty Leah. “I’ll pick up the picture next week.” She did just that. The pictures were beautiful to look at.” I did, just looked.

That was the third time I had a ‘picture’ taken by ‘a street photographer’; the other occasion was when I saw a show at Mark Foys department store.

There were people from all walks of life -- the Depression, WW11 and the postwar years. More the 1500 images have been contributed.

“A total of 250 images from people’s family albums form the basis of the exhibition,” said the curator. “Armed with small portable cameras and positioned in key places around the city, the photographers caught pedestrians unaware.

“They were going mid-stride, talking or deep in thought as they went about their day. The public loved it.”

The street photographers gave a fleeting moment of what it was like to spend a day in the city.

<< Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge Street. Open daily 10am-5pm.


SHIP AHOY: HMS ENDEAVOUR TO TAKE PART IN AN A EPIC VOYGE OF THE PACIFIC.

BITS & PIECES … EPIC VOYAGE: HM Bark Endeavour, a replica of James Cook’s ship in which he found New Holland (Australia), will circumnavigate Australia to mark 250 years since that famous voyage of the Pacific will be under way in 2020. The Bark Endeavour was started in 1988 and launched in 1993. She has been 25 years at sea. MATESHIP: A US Embassy-type letterhead, one of the many it has, is called MATESHIP, has been sent by a friend. It constitutes friendship, loyalty, solidarity -- Mateship


TIMES PAST: Darcy Dugan in hospital “morose and silent”

 

This year is 1952. Darcy Dugan was brought from Grafton Gaol to Long Bay and lodged in that gaol hospital. Dugan has made more escapes from gaol and lock-ups than any NSW prisoner.

He has been on a hunger strike since last November. He is serving a life sentence for an armed hold-up. Should officials find that his life is endangered then a doctor would have him fed forcibly?

<< Background from the SMH.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL. KEEP SMILING. KEEP HOPING. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 24 January 19

P.L. TRAVERS: She created the book called Mary Poppins and myriads of other bestsellers

APART FROM SELLING HER BOOKS IN THE MILLIONS, PUBLISHERS WERE ASKING FOR THEM TO BE TRANSLATED INTO DOZENS OF LANGUAGES.

FRANK MORRIS

TAKE 2: EMILY BLUNT, IN MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Below: P.L. TRAVERS AND WALT DISNEY HAD A ‘FALLING OUT’ OVER THE DATE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE. WHO WAS RIGHT? Below: P.L. TRAVERS RELAXES.

I wrote a short piece on “Biddy” Moriarty, the sister of P. L. Travers, called My Sister a Writer*. In it, “Biddy” said, she went to live in England in the thirties. She changed her name. And she had been very successful.

Not thinking on my feet, I was lured away from asking who it was. On reflection, she would have told me. Yet again, she probably wouldn’t have. I realise, I had missed the scoop of the ages.

When we first met it was 1963. I kept all my notes of the ‘Biddy’ interview. I will publish it again someday.

That was the only comment she made about her estranged sister, the internationally famous author Pamela Lyndon Travers, in my presence. The world knew her as P.L.Travers, author of the Mary Poppins adventure stories, but hardly anyone realised that she was an Australian.

In his history of Australian children’s literature, Maurice Saxby writes that her books “were so thoroughly English in tone” they cannot be considered Australian.

But it is the opinion of Queensland writer John Moran, who was researching the early life of P.L.Travers, that the author’s “memories and experiences in Australia contributed to the characters.”  Which is, really, a much more balanced perspective.

The fact that the ambitious and talented 24-year-old Travers decided to make her home in England, where she eventually was to gain fame and fortune, did not sit well with Barbara “Biddy” Moriarty (nee Goff).

EMBARRASSING EPISODES

I got the impression that “Biddy” felt her sister had turned her back on the family.  In a sense she had.

In 1964 Travers and Mary Poppins were in the news. The Walt Disney film, which was about to be premiered in Hollywood, had culminated in a falling out between the “irascible” Travers and Disney himself.

Disney did not want her rubbing shoulders with the movie kingdom glitterati. It was to prove an embarrassing episode for the author and her publishers, Harcourt Brace, but that is a story for another time.

In 1963 Travers spent two weeks in Australia.  It was her first visit home in forty years.  And her last.

In her biography of P.L.Travers, Valerie Lawson writes that Travers (was) to “find “Biddy” and (her sister) Moya living like a couple of maiden aunts…Pamela refused to give their names to a reporter…as “they wouldn’t care for publicity.”

“I DECLARE THE BRIDGE OPENED…”

In the early 1920s, “Biddy” had married Boyd Moriarty.  Intentionally or otherwise, “Biddy” let it drop in one of our conversations that Moriarty had been a member of the New Guard, a paramilitary organisation set up by Eric Campbell, and was present on that fateful day when Captain Francis de Groot ‘opened’ the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported at the time that “de Groot caused a sensation when he rode his horse up to the ribbon…and slashed it through with his sword, shouting “on behalf of decent and loyal citizens of New South Wales I declare this bridge open.”

Moriarty was killed in World War II.  “Biddy” then went to live with her other sister, Moya.  She died in 1979.  Writes Lawson: “Pamela left no record – in a poem, letter or note of any kind – of her feelings about the death.”

There is a particular family snapshot in Lawson’s book of “Biddy”, Moya and Lyndon (Pamela) taken at their home in Bowral in 1915.  What is most noticeable in the photography was Biddy’s plaited pigtail, which hung almost half-way down her back.

SHE WAS DEDICATED

When she died, aged 96, in April 1996, Pamela Lyndon Travers, born Helen Lyndon Goff, was recognised as one of the most successful writers of the twentieth century.  Apart from selling in the millions, her books were translated into dozens of languages.

When she arrived in England Travers wrote for a variety of magazines.  She began to write Mary Poppins a few years later when she was recovering from an illness.

At the time she was living in an old thatched manor house in Sussex and, as she recalled in Hugh Anderson’s The Singing Roads, “the countryside spread out all around, it was full of history and legend.”

But according to Travers, she always thought Mary Poppins “came solely to amuse me.” Later she was encouraged by a friend to put some of the adventures of the nursemaid extraordinaire and the Banks children “into a book.”

The first book, Mary Poppins, eventually appeared in 1934; hard on it heels was Mary Poppins Came Back in 1935.

For people searching for autobiographical facts, Travers explains that “Mary Poppins is the story of my life.”

In The Singing Roads, she writes: “I never for one moment believed that I had invented her.  Perhaps she invented me and that is why I find it so difficult to write autobiographic notes.

It is not the facts of anyone’s life that tell you about (that person).  It is the feelings, the inner events; and if you want to find the truth about any author you look for him in his books.  They alone are the (author’s) true autobiography.

Over the years I lost touch with Biddy.  While I valued the quality of her friendship I sensed somehow that it was not one to be imposed on.

<< Grand Years; Australian Book Collector.

Frank Morris comments:

“Mary Poppins is the story of my life,” P.L. Travers explains. This line was probably a shock for the ardent “autobiographical” fact hunters. The delightful fantasy, said the reviewer, takes the two English children, minded but a strict by wonderful nanny, on a magical and powerful series of adventures.

Julie Andrews, in her film debut, is splendid in the title role. It is packed with charm and energy. Dick Van Dyke, who starred with Andrews, does not falter in the movie. The film won the Academy Award for Andrews.
The reviewer said of this film, that the children from wealthy backgrounds also need love and attention to make them truly happy.

Mary Poppins Returns has got a lot to live up to. There is more I want to say about the film. I’ll watch it first.

*I’ll look through my dungeon of files and see if I can locate it.


INSIDE OUR PAPERS: The bombing of Pearl Harbour. It’s fading into history, said editorial

THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE LOOKS AT HISTORY, PEARL HARBOUR AND THE KIDS AT SCHOOL, AND DISCOVERED THAT IT’S FADING INTO THE DISTANT PAST. IT SOUNDS LIKE ANCIENT DISORDER.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

WHEN SMOKE DIDN’T GET IN YOUR EYES: MEN ARE CAPTIVATED WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT AND OTHER SURROUNDINGS BILLOW IN SMOKE.  “WAR”, SAID, THE HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN. Below: “JAPAN DECLARED WAR; BATTLESHIP OKLAHOMA LEFT ABLAZE”, REPORTED THE DAILY MAIL, UK.

December 7, 1941. A date that was going to live in infamy is now fading into history. Those who can remember where they were when they heard the news on the family radio becomes fewer each year. The generation that survived the Great Depression, and won the Second World War, is fast receding into the past.

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbour must sound like ancient history to the kids in school nowadays. After all, the Japanese are our friends now. What’s all this talk about a war with Japan?

Well, kids, read your history books. There was time when the term “Japanese” struck fear in an American; so much so that “we the people” gathered up Americans with Japanese backgrounds and put them put them in camps – right here in Arkansas.

As if our fellow Americans were sworn enemies; and just because they had exotic last names and dark hair. Those were different times, but oddly familiar.

WORLD TROUBLES

By 1941, Europe and Asia has been embroiled in conflict for some time. But we were assured that the world’s troubles need not be ours. (Sound familiar?) After all, there were oceans to protect us from the bad guys. (Sound familiar?)

It all sounded assuring enough. But, what were we to do when the world’s problems came to America?

The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning December 7. In a few hours, more than 2300 Americans were lost and a good part of the American fleet wiped out at Pearl Harbour. We shouldn’t have been surprised. But, of course, we were!

What happens when the monster comes in search of us? As a wise man once commented, to every complex question there is always a simple answer – and the wrong one.

Remember Pearl Harbour. And learn from it.

<< Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, December, 2018.


REMEMBER WHEN: A flight from Brisbane to Sydney cost seven pounds           

ERNEST HEMINGWAY ONCE SAID “WE ALL HAVE A NEW GIRL AND HER NAME IS NOSTALGIA.”

PAUL SCOTT

WEEKEND AT THE MOVIES: WATCHING THE 3D VERSION OF HOUSE OF WAX “WAS LIKE SPENDING AN HOUR ON THE RACK”, SAID ONE CRITIC. Below: THE FAMOUS MICKEY MOUSE WATCH. NOSTALGIA IS ALIVE AND TICKING

Many years ago, Newsweek magazine came to the realisation that nostalgia was here to stay.

“Nostalgia is more than seasonal,” declared the magazine. “The vogue for the old is a full-blown phenomenon that is sweeping the world.”

In the 1990s, I am happy to report, nostalgia is alive and ticking like a Micky Mouse watch. Best-selling Alvin Toffler(Future Shock, etc) believes “the tremendous wave of nostalgia mirrors a psychological lust for a simpler, less turbulent past.”

Maybe. In rosy retrospect, they were years of cockeyed optimism. Maybe, as Webster says, it is “an abnormal yearning” to want to return to those irrecoverable days of yesteryear.

Or is it?

In any case, it does no harm to remember when …

WRIGLEY’S chewing gum promised to “aid indigestion.”

A FLIGHT from Brisbane to Sydney cost seven pounds ($14) and took 5 hours.

HEARNE’S Bronchitis Cure was “the best for the chest.”

ON THE RACK

SHELL oil boasted that it was “as modern as the moment.”

WILL ROGERS and Janet Gaynor strutted their stuff in the film, State Fair.

A GENTLEMAN’S home” with tennis court and spacious rooms cost 850 pounds ($1700).

STATE EXPRESS cigarettes promised they could change a man’s personality. “Watch those lips relax when he draws the first puff,” an advertisement said.

HUMPHREY Bogart, as Rick in Casablanca (1943), said: “You played it for her. You can play it for me! If she can stand it, I can. Play it.” Usually, but wrongly, remembered as “Play it again, Sam!”

WE donned those funny cardboard-framed Polaroid glasses to watch Hollywood’s new 3-D movies, House of Wax and Bwana Devil. “Watching the House of Wax was rather like spending an hour and a half on the rack,” said one critic.”

<< The author used to write for Airlines Magazines and umpteenth newspapers and magazines. There’ll be some more Scott along the way.


VIEW FROM THE TOP: ONLY BIG WIGS GO THE ROYAL BOX OF MILAN’S LA SCALA.  UNDER: MARILYN MONROE EYEING THE PUBLIC DOING THEIR THING.

SCENES FROM ABOVE: Famous backdrops for those more notable than us!

FRANK MORRIS

A SCENE TO BE ADMIRED. If you’re looking for some of the bigwigs that come from the world of politics or foreign dignitaries then your port of call will be the royal box of Milan’s La Scala. Otherwise, your next step, according to Cornelia Kumfert of Reader’s Digest, will be “you either need to book a guided tour of the famous opera house. Or an invitation from the Italian president”. The opulent royal box “is reserved” for those type of guests.

FROM WHERE TO BE ADMIRED FROM. The balcony of this hotel in New York certainly leaped into a distinguished mode when a movie star made her presence known.  The place was the Ambassador Hotel. The star? Marilyn Monroe. The story is that the “future icon” wanted to shake the “dumb blonde” type of movies and the world like to see her as a serious actor.

<< Based on Balcony Scenes, Reader’s Digest.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 18 January 19

FOODFROLICO: ‘Bootleg’ liquor makes a good drink for the New Year!

TWO MEN HAD A DREAM!

FRANK MORRIS

GIN MAKERS: WES HEDDLES (LEFT) AND ADAM CARPENTER DUG DEEP INTO THE AMERICAN PAST AND STRUCK THE ‘BOOTLEG’ PERIOD FROM THE 1920s. THE IMAGES OF THE PROHIBITION-ERA ROCKED THEM SO MUCH, THEY MADE PROHIBITION GIN. Below: PROHIBITION GIN AND BEHIND IT A BOOTLEGGER OF THE 1920s.

Having a dream can often bring wonderful thoughts.

A dream that harnesses the spirit of the Prohibition era is a case in point. Two Adelaide men had the world thrust upon them to enter onto the liquor stage. The call was: make a soft, smooth gin as soon as you can.

And the story goes, within three years, Adam Carpenter and Wes Heddles have won 26 international awards for a gin they started to make. Mind you, not unlike bootleggers of the past, in a suburban backyard.

Carpenter and Heddles began producing gin as a passion project. Their pride and joy, Prohibition Liquor, was born.

THE MYSTIQUE OF GIN

Both men loved the mystique of the Prohibition era in the United States. A constitutional ban, which saw bootleggers “do their thing”, prohibited the making and selling alcohol ran from 1920 to 1933.

When people went into speakeasies, barriers broke down. It didn’t matter whether you were black, white, male, female – everyone united by one cause: as simple as drinking. Adelaide Hills spirit maker, Brendan Carter, was briefed, in part, to “create the best martini gin going around”.

With shades of bootlegging past, the bottling and distribution operation began in March 2015, in Carpenter’s garage.

Bottles are shaped like an oversize glass hip flask, with a label that has shadowy images of the Prohibition era. It’s a combo that really works.

INVISIBLE GIN PUNCH

700 ml gin, 450 ml fresh pineapple juice. 240 ml lemon juice. 500-700 ml ginger beer. Pineapple and lemon slices to garnish.

METHOD

Add gin, pineapple and lemon juices to a punchbowl with large blocks of ice. Top up with ginger beer to taste. Garnish with pineapple and lemon slices. Serve in a rocks glass with ice.

<< Frank Morris use the background of the story published in SMH.


AUSSIE POEMS: Always let a birdie say, “See you at the wishing well”!

NEW YEAR GREETINGS

A birdie chirping at my ear,

Said, “I’ll let you see the wishing well,

Then to the well your wishes tell”

I’ve had three wishes, one for you,

So you’ll find joy and gladness too;

And Lady Hope with you shall stay

To bring you sunshine every day.

I hope my friend that you shall find

That elusive peace of mind;

And so I’ve done my best you see,

To bring a year of joys to you.

BERYL THOMPSON

<< A former buyer of Myers. Poetry writing has been with her since she was a small girl.  Picture: Always let a birdie sing.


Great Kiwi First: Mark Twain called New Zealand “Paradise found”!

FRANK MORRIS

PARADISE: NEW ZEALAND IS A LENSMEN’S TREASURE TROVE: WONDEROUS RIVERS, SNOWY GRANDEURS AND MIGHTY GLACIERS. Below: MARK TWAIN’S BOOK, FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR.

In the late 1800s, US author Mark Twain was perhaps the first international literary luminary to visit and publicise New Zealand. Twain found the “land of superb scenery” irresistible.

He wrote about the snowy grandeurs, the mighty glaciers and “beautiful lakes”.

The fiords were, he wrote, “wonderous rivals” to those found in Norway and Alaska. After his historic sojourn, Twain expostulated that “our stay has been too brief; still, we are not unthankful for the glimpse which we have had of it.”

First travel agent to cash in on New Zealand as an “exotic” travel destination was believed to be Thomas Cook and Son. The first government-backed tourism promotion organisation, the Tourist and Publicity Department, was established in 1901.

Through its NZ and international network, the department’s role was to promote New Zealand to the world. Now called Tourism New Zealand, it is reputed to be the oldest bureau of its kind in the world.

As in the case of Mark Twain, the editors of Time magazine were overwhelmed by the visually stunning beauty of New Zealand. In its first cover story on NZ in 1977, Time rhapsodised about the country being “a photographer’s paradise … one of the world’s most beautiful nations.”

VELEVET HILLS, VALLEYS

Expounds Time: “Until 1973, New Zealand seemed to be a sanctuary … unpolluted, almost undiscovered.” The magazine informed its global readership of the “extravagant” beauty of the country.

“The velvet green hills and valleys; white snow draped peaks; and streams with trout as big as a man’s arm.”

While Twain was scouting around New Zealand, he decided to make Australia his next stop. Twain, then aged 60, visited the Great Southland , in 1895. For three months, he summed up our history wryly.

“It’s almost always picturesque,” he wrote. “Indeed, it is so curious and strange, that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer; and so it pushes the other novelties into second and third place.

It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies. And all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones; it is full of surprises and adventures and incongruities, and incredibility’s; but they are all true, they all happened.”

This South Pacific paradise attracts tens of thousands of international visitors each years. Mark Twain happened to be on of first!             

FRANK MORRIS COMMENTS: TO COME ACROSS MARK TWAIN, IT’S HARD TO REALISE THAT HE WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF FRONTIER WESTERN JOURNALISM -- THE CALIFORNIA TERRITORIAL ENTERPRISE IN 1863. WHEN YOU PUT THAT UP AGAINST THE MARK TWAIN WHO’S ROUGHING IT IN THE THICK OF GOD’S COUNTRY, NEW ZEALAND, IT IS LIKE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A DIFFERENT FELLOW. BUT, NO, THEY’RE THE SAME: BUSHY AUBURN MOUSTACHE AND THE EYES OF A WOLF. HE WROTE ABOUT IT, WITH SAME INKLING THAT HE WAS A REPORTER COVERING MURDERER’S ROW AND ALL THE EXCITEMENT THAT WENT WITH IT. TWAIN WROTE OVER 25 BOOKS, AND THE ONE ON THE ENTERPRISE WAS ONE OF THEM.

  << Grand Years, 11 years ago.


CARRIGEWORKS: Nick Cave’s special art is immersive in spaces and experiences!

BAUBLES, BAUBLES!: A STUNNING SCENE OF CRYSTAL CLOUDSCAPE.

MUSEUM magazine said Nick Cave’s “gargantuan” solo show, “UNTIL” at the Carrigeworks, Sydney, took four years in the making, and its originates with a question: “is there racism in heaven?” A litany of works explore this and similar ideas. A show stealer of the exhibition will be Crystal Cloudscape. It is a “scintillating” five tonne sculpture suspended from the ceiling, said the magazine.

As far as WHERE NOW magazine is concerned, Cave’s exhibition addresses “race relations, gender politics and

America’s gun violence through a series of immersive spaces and experiences.”

<< From November 23, 2018 until March 3, 2019.


GET TOGETHER: MR TOAD AND THE REST OF HIS GANG. SEE THE KIDS, AS THE ANIMALS, DO THE SAME THING!

WIND IN THE WILLOWS: When Mole decides to go to the river bank one morning rather than do his spring cleaning, it is the beginning of a magical adventure. The Australian Shakespeare Company brings this immortal story to life. You meet Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and the famous Mr Toad. Music, songs and laughs for all the family. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Last day is January 27. Tel: 9011 7704.


TASSIES WINES: Try some fancy drinking for the New Year!

FRANK MORRIS

Josef Chromy OAM is instrumental in the Tasmanian food and wine industry. He’s was the owner /developer of some of Tasmania’s leading wineries.

In 1950, Joe fled his worn-torn Czech village as a penniless 19-year-boy after eleven years of Nazi and Soviet occupation. He escaped across borders, guarded by minefields dogs and soldiers, suffering five months of privation before immigrating to Australia.

Josef Chromy Wines is the culmination of Joe’s experience in the Tamar Valley. His 60Ha vineyard property and its unique location offers one of the memorable food and wine experiences in Tassie.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 January 19

JAMES EARL JONES: The Great White Hope makes Jones a “great actor”

YES, 1967 WAS A BIG YEAR FOR JAMES EARL JONES. HE STARRED AS JACK JEFFERSON, THE PRIZE-FIGHTER WHO IS PREPARING FOR A CRACK AT THE TITLE. IT WAS 1908. WHEN THE FIGHT CONCLUDES, JEFFERSON BECOMES THE FIRST NEGRO HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN BY MARTIN GOTTFRIED.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE FIRST: JAMES EARL JONES, AS JACK JEFFERSON, WHO BECAME THE “FIRST NEGRO” HEAVYWEIGHT OF THE WORLD. IT WAS A STAGE PART THAT WENT ON TO MAKE HIM THE GREAT MOVIE ACTOR HE TURNED  OUT TO BE. Below: A MATURE ACTOR, JAMES EARL JONES. Below: JEFFERSON WAS BASED ON JACK JOHNSON WHO WAS THE FIRST CHAMPION BACK IN 1908.

WASHINGTON, DC – Howard Sackler had written an extraordinary play. The tremendous production (is) both spectacular and sensitive.

The Great White Hope is probably the most important new American play ever to come out of any resident theatre; and is certainly the most impressive one that I have seen anywhere in a very long time.

It is based … on the career of Jack Johnson, who became the first Negro heavyweight champion of the world on 1908.

Mr Sackler begins the play with Jack Jefferson due to have a crack at the title. The boxing world, the press and the United States are outraged at the likelihood … the retired champion will re-enter the ring to prevent it.

Jefferson is easy-going about the prospective fight. “Been a whole lot of mean talk around here but I’m glad it came down to a plain old scuffle,” Jefferson said.

EPIC WORK

He resents the Negro community’s insistence that a victory will give the race self-respect. “If you ain’t there already, all the boxing in the world ain’t gonna do it for you.” he said.

The play’s episodic structure is as unfortunate as it is necessary. It causes unavoidable moments of blackness, during which momentum is lost. Yet, there are so many scenes – all necessary -- in a long three and a half hour epic work that a director could hardly avoid them.

As for Sackler’s writing, it is regularly magnificent. It ranges from perfect dialects of all kinds of heroism or romance, and is practically always poetry.

A GREAT ACTOR

The humour is high, sometimes giddy, sometimes mocking; and the use of vaudeville techniques … tied the whole thing together with a special sense of high-stepping tragedy.

Sherin handles the enormous cast … with astonishing control and gave James Earl Jones whatever assistance he needed to make Jefferson a figure both heroic and personal -- an awesome task.

In this performance, Jones passed over the line from being a very good actor to being a great one. Though there are no actual boxing scenes, his training ones were powerful.

Shaving his mannerisms as he did his head … he worked with every acting tool under inspired control – vocal technique, physical sense and intellectual understanding.

So the result was great theatre despite whatever weaknesses there are in it.

<< Based on the real-life bout between Jack Johnson and Canadian Tommy Burns that took place in Sydney in 1908. James Earl Jones’ opening night in The Great Hope, Washington DC, in December, 1967. It was soon to appear on Broadway, New York. Women’s Wear Daily, December, 1967.


TIMES PAST: Christmas luxuries: The Emperor Antonius speaks out

I ASK YOU?: WHY WAS HE READY TO SPREAD SUCH CULTURE OUT OF OUR KITCHENS?

This is 1908. The Emperor Antonius reckoned a cucumber is no good if it is bitter, a morning newspaper said. He also asserts to avoid that Christmas turkey if it’s too dear.

Many a frugal housewife would be wondering why some stoic philosopher “would spread this culture” to the kitchen? “For it seems the holiday commodities are to be even more expensive than usual, “opined the morning newspaper.

Poultry, we learn, has risen with too great alacrity to the occasion. The trouble is, we’re told, a shortness of supply. – Frank Morris, using subject matters from SMH.


THE PINBALL GAME: Earliest reference made was to Charles Dickens!

COLOUR-SPLASH PINBALLS, INTRODUCED IN 1931, HAVE BEEN A NATIONAL SENSATION.

HERBERT B. JONES          Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

FURORE: THE NEW PINBALL MACHINES CAUSED MODERN DAY PANIC IN SIDE ONE OF THE ARCADE. Below: TWO BEAUTIES TOGETHER. BUT -- YOU CAN PLAY BALLY’S WIZARD ON THE RIGHT.

The origin in of pinball is lost in antiquity. The earliest known reference to a similar amusement device is in Chapter 14 of Pickwick Papers, published by Charles Dickens in 1836. The narrator describes the Peacock Tavern, where members of the Pickwick Club stopped.

“(They) beguiled their time chiefly with such amusement as the Peacock afforded, which were limited to a bagatelle-board on the first floor.”

The game probably resembled the board, illustrated, which is generally regarded as the ancestor of pinball.
In early 1929, John J. Sloan, an advertising solicitor for Billboard – a magazine which caters for vendors, circuses, carnival and coin-operated machines – observed an adaptation of bagatelle in the basement of his apartment.
The device had been built by the janitor for the amusement of his friends.

The unknown, the unsung inventor of modern pinball utilised the traditional scoring objective of bagatelle – holes or cups in a plain surface with the score-value of each hole prominently displayed.

The basement bagatelle was not coin-operated.

Intent on developing a new source of advertising revenue he put his new discovery into a company to market several coin-operated bagatelle or pinball games.

INTO DEPRESSION

Probably it was because the games were too large for the average location, and too expensive, he was part of an economy already drifting into the depression.

His companies were not successful and soon vanished from the amusement scene. But not before other entrepreneurs shrewdly appraised the enormous potential of coin-operated bagatelle.

“On a gloomy day in October of depression-clouded 1931,” writes a veteran coin-machine historian, “a young businessman, Raymond T. Maloney, persuaded his senior partners to join him in a bold venture. This was, admittedly, after hours of stubborn argument.

A nickel’s worth of cheer

“As result of their decision, a simple but fascinating, colour-splashed pinball game was introduced in America in 193l. By the time 1932 had dawned, under clouds of creaking, dark depression, the rain-bow bright game Ballyhoo was a national sensation.

“Just on 50,000 Ballyhoo were sold in seven months.”

GAVES BRIGHTNESS

The historian continues: “In 1932, the lexicon of locations did not include taverns, but barber shops, restaurants, gasoline stations and other miscellaneous stores and – ‘wherever people congregate’, said the Ballyhoo advertisements – it gave brightness to the otherwise sombre scenes.

“It gave Americans a penny’s worth of escape from worry, a nickel’s worth of cheer in a grim world.”

The slot-machine operators constituted the first market for Ballyhoo. But they were joined by throngs of other citizens on the unemployed list who risked their small savings to invest in Ballyhoo. They decided to embark on a new career of self-employment.

Anyone who could scrape together US$16 or US$160 for a10-game Ballyhoo could be in the market.

Indeed, the slot-machine boom was a mild event compared to the pinball boom a quarter of a century later.

<< Coin-Operated Amusement by Herbert B. Jones. Published by Bally Manufacturing Corp Chicago, USA.


VALE: A period of adventures, devotion and a series that stood out from them all!

FINAL: PENNY COOK – FROM A COUNTRY PRACTICE TILL NOW.

BILL THE BASTARD, the horse that is widely considered one of the finest of Australia’s bred equines to be exported to World War 1. This year, he will be enshrined as an Anzac legend with a life-size bronze statue. We dips our lid.

PENNY COOK, who starred as “Vicky the vet” from the series A Country Practice, died at 61 of cancer. She became the sweetheart of the nation. A Country Practice was said to command a weekly audience close to 8 million people. Of the series she has done, ACP “stood out from the pack.”

THE ONLY ONE: REMEMBERING BILL THE BASTARD. COMMENTATORS HAVE TOLD US HE WAS AUSTRALIA’S ”GREATEST WAR” HORSE.


HAPPY NEW YEAR! COME ON EVERYBODY LET’S DANCE!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 03 January 19

THE OUTBACK AND ALL THAT: Why I loved the inland part of Queensland

FRANK MORRIS

REWARDING: “My association with the Bushies” has always given happiness.” Below: “Without the “Bushies” some of the situations could never have eventuated.”

“After 34 years, I called it a day,” said Sir Sydney Williams. As Chief Executive, of the Queensland-based airline, he’s had the chance to “seek out” some new and exciting destinations. The one that struck him the most was the outback region of the state.

“My association with the ‘Bushies’, the Bush Pilot Airways, has given me happiness of a very rewarding nature! I’ve seen the joys of Outback mums and dads being serviced by a single engine Ausler and Tiger Moth to service 15 cattle stations and Aboriginal Communities in one day.

Homemade airstrips were almost at the front gates, and there was Mrs Hayles of Musgrave Station waiting with tea and scones.

OUTBACK PRIVILEGE

In return, all Mrs Hayles wanted was some link with “the outside world” and “an urgent supply of mail” for the kids who were doing correspondence courses on the popular and easy-to-listen to School of the Air.

“To be associated so closely with people of the Outback is in itself a great privilege. And my love for those people of those vast and open spaces has guided my footsteps for most of my life.”

Sir Sydney William believes that “without the Bushies and its people some situations could never have eventuated.
“Things like these could not be done alone.”

<< Queenslander Magazine of Air Queensland, January 1987.


FILM GREAT: Fatty Finn, comic ‘king’, zooms into film world!

FRANK MORRIS

PIN-UP: POP ORDELL STARRING AS FATTY FINN IN THE KID STAKES. Below: ONE OF THE MANY THEATRES SHOWING THE KID STAKES. Below: FATTY BEING TOLD OFF BY A CRANKY STORE-KEEPER.

“2FC speaking … listen folk! The greatest race of the year is about to start.” It was a billycart derby. An excitable radio announcer was cheering on the goats and riders. This coveted race, critic Judith Adamson says,” earned the film’s racegoers title”.

The first Australian comic strip character to be elevated to film stardom was Fatty Finn. Chief kid-staker Fatty, and his gang of weedy lads, made their debut in Kid Stakes in 1927. “Kid Stakes brings back the Sydney of the 1920s,” said the defunct weekly-pictorial, Pix. “They were all on parade; the ragged urchins, the brawling and the free-fisted characters of the waterfront.” Aside from Fatty, there were Headlight Hogan, Bruiser Murphy, Algie Snoops, and many others, and Hector the goat.

Kid Stakes has been described as “a happy, irreverent piece of suburban Australiana with series of lunatic subplots”.
The film was shot entirely on location at Wooloomooloo, Potts Point and Rockhampton, Queensland, which was a region, at the time, teeming with goats.

Created by Sydney Wentworth Nicholls, Fatty first appeared in the Sunday News in 1923 as Fat and his friends.
Nicholls changed the title to Fatty Finn in 1924.

Kid Stakes, still hailed as “the film that everybody loves”, is today considered somewhat of a classic.
“The director, Tal Ordell, showed unusual skill in translating the new medium of comics into live action film, “writes comic buff and collector John Ryan in his book, Panel by Panel.

NEVER CHANGE STYLE

Nicholls never changed his style of drawing. For fifty years he went on drawing the strip in exactly the same 1920s style, till his untimely death in 1977.

Writes Ryan: “By the late 1920s Fatty Finn had become, perhaps, the most visually pleasing strip in (Australia).
“Nicholls” fine draftsmanship and experimentation with long sweeping panels and tall, column-like frames were complemented by vibrant colouring.”

In the late 1920s, Nicholls published the Fatty Finn Weekly. Containing eight pages and selling for a penny, it is today recognised as the first comic book published in Australia.

Fatty Finn was later published in the Sunday Guardian from 1934. When the Guardian folded the strip re-emerged in 1951 in the Sun-Herald. And there it stayed until May, 1977, when Nicholls died.

The comic was set in the 1930s when times were tough and kids wore hand-me-down clothes.

Monty Wedd, one of Australia’s leading black and white comic artists (Bold Ben Hall, The Making of Australia, Captain Justice), worked with Nicholls in the halcyon days of comic book publishing.

In an interview in 1980, Wedd told me that Nicholls “was a dinky di Australian”.

“He was a real Australian in every way. He just loved his country and everything about it.

“To my mind Nicholls was a legend. And Fatty Finn was the King comic of its day.”

(Fatty Finn was remade in the early 1980s starring Ben Oxenbould as Fatty, Bert Newton, Noni Hazlehurst, Gerard Kennedy and Lorraine Bayly.)

<< Grand Years.


BERNARD LESER: He was the creator of Vogue Australia

FRANK MORRIS

THREESOME: CONDE NAST, CENTRE, WITH DOROTHY PARKER AS HE DISCUSSES SOME OF THE FINER POINTS OF A MAGAZINE FEATURE. Below: THE PERSON WHOSE NAME IS ENGRAVED ON VOGUE AUSTRALIA, BERNARD LESER. Below: FIRST ISSUE OF VOGUE AUSTRALIA PUBLISHED IN 1964.

The CBD column in the Sydney Morning Herald implied that one of the shareholders of a certain media company was the “founder of Vogue, Bernard Leser.”

Really. No -- He was the FOUNDER of Vogue Australia, the magazine that would eventually become the blue-horse of the fashion world.

In 1959, to put the record straight, Leser established Vogue Australia for the US-based Conde Nast organisation.
The title made its inaugural appearance as a supplement inside the British edition of Vogue.

But as a glitzy title of the 1960s, Leser, it is reported, had a battle with the magazine.

UPMARKET BOY

Leser said readers were primed for a high-quality fashion magazine, but advertisers, propagandised by the influential mass-circulation Women's Weekly and New Idea, didn't realise they were paying for people who weren't interested in up-market merchandise.

The Conde Nast organisation in 1971 threatened to close the magazine. Leser formed a consortium and bought the business from Conde Nast.

By 1989, Leser sold the company back to Nast. The consortium “did well,” Leser said.

Arthur Baldwin Turnure, a New York socialite, founded Vogue in December 1892, as a fashion weekly for “the cultivated and money class.” In other words, the social elite.

The magazine's first editor, Josephine Redding, is credited with choosing Vogue as the title, with the assistance of the Century Dictionary (“the word “vogue” fitted her fledging to a T.”)

CONDE NAST

The entrepreneurial whiz kid Cone Nast (who in 1907, was business manager of Collier's at a salary of $40,000!) became a publisher in 1909 when he bought Vogue, three years after Turnure's untimely death, and turned it into “a synonym for elegance and style.”

When Nast took control Vogue had been published consecutively for 14 years, had a circulation of 14,000 copies and advertising revenue of $100,000 a year.

According to magazine historian, Theodore Peterson, Nast saw in Vogue “a chance to test his theory…that money could be made from a medium which efficiently brought together the buyers and sellers of luxury goods.

When the high-flying New York newspaper publisher Samuel Nowhouse bought 66 percent of Conde Nast publications in 1959 (as a thirty-fifth wedding anniversary present for his wife Mitzi) Vogue's circulation had grown to about 500,000 and its advertising revenues were $8.4 million.

British Vogue started in 1916 when the submarine menace prevented the import of the US edition; and French Vogue started in 1922.

<< Grand Years.


VALE OF TIMES PAST: The King is dead, long live the Queen

SPLASH: KING GEORGE DIED.

The year is 1952. “The King died peacefully in his sleep early this morning.” Before he retired last night, he appeared to be in his usual health. Princes Elizabeth, his eldest daughter, now becomes Queen Elizabeth 11. The Queen is in Kenya and will leave by air for London and is expected to cancel her planned tour. Before the King died, she was expected to sail from Mombasa to Australia and New Zealand. Adapted by Frank Morris.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I HAD ANOTHER AMAZING TWELVE MONTHS. I HOPE YOU DO, TOO?

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 27 December 18

Aged Care: Woman will make our systems a “one-stop shop”

FRANK MORRIS

ALL-SEEING: JANET ANDERSON WILL MAKE SURE AGED CARE WILL BECOME A “ONE-STOP-SHOP”. Below: A ROLE THAT TAKES IN  ALL THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF THE SYSTEM.

An experienced health sector commissioner has been consigned to Australia’s aged care industry to oversee quality and safety. Ms Janet Anderson will manage the commission as it prepares to start the “intensified compliance monitoring” from January 1.

The report says, “The nation’s first commissioner will lead the new and independent aged care quality safety commission.”

OPERATE ON $300M A YEAR

Ms Anderson’s appointment will usher in a new era for aged care.

The report says, “She will oversee the approval, accreditation, assessment, complaints resolution, monitoring and compliance of Commonwealth-funded aged care providers.” The aged care providers will report directly to the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care.

The commission will operate a budget of almost $300 million across four years, employing dozens of additional senior compliance offecers. The report says, “Unannounced re-accreditation audits, which have been law since July 1, are set to jump from 263 this year to almost 900 in 2019.”


VALE: Scott Dillon – His amazing ride made surf history!

FRANK MORRIS

THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME: DILLON PADDLED OUT GINGERLY TO MEET THE BOMBORA’S “HEAVY”, AS HE PREPARED TO TAKE OFF ON THE MISSION OF TRIUMPH. Below: THE NEWSPAPER WENT AND SPLASHED THE BOMBORA STORY OVER TWO PAGES. Below: SCOTT DILLON.  Below: AN EARLY ‘KILL’ FOR SCOTT DILLON WAS THIS ‘HEAVY’ FROM PANAMA.

He was a larger-than-life character. He was good at driving stock cars, boxer, traveller, adventurer and inventions.  But he would always be a your mate and best buddy. He was a down-to-earth family man.

Scott Dillon, the man who came across as somebody who cannot be destroyed, died peacefully at 9.15 on Tuesday night (December 11.)

He was one of the pioneers of the Australian surfboard industry in 1960.

One of his closest friends was well-known surf photographer Jack Eden. Eden, together with Scott Dillon and Norm Casey, became partners in the surfing magazine Surfabout.

Eden knew what sort of a big-wave rider he really was. At Bare Island, he captured Dillon on a breaking 18-foot wave in 1963. The wave grew in size at an alarming rate, but it was his moment of triumph.

Dillon was the first surfer to crack a huge “death wave” at the Bombora at Botany Bay.*

THE MECCA

But being an expert photo-leman’s, Eden had positioned himself just above Dillon and followed him all the way. That was one, as it turned out, of the “most amazing” rides in surf history.

In a matter of years, he had established a reputation as a top-ranking custom builder.

His factory was located at Brookvale in 1959, but his reputation spread all over Sydney. With legends like Barry Bennett, Gordon Woods and Bill Wallace, Dillon co-founded the Australia surfboard building fraternity during that time.

Brookvale soon became the mecca of the surfboard industry. Dillon could shape any type of board specified by the customers.

In 2004, Dillon was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame.

Dillon was born in 1928. He was 90 when he died.

As Dillon would say, “Surf’s up, have a go,”.

Frank Morris comments: The bombora episode happened when I was editor of Surfabaut magazine in 1963. Surfabout was the only magazine to have the story. It was my first sighting of Scott Dillon. He was definably a brilliant, self-controlled surfer. We did a spread called Bare Island Bares its Teeth, which turned out to be a runaway success. I can still recall what it said: “At last, the spell is broken, as Scott Dillon moves off on the first “heavy” ever ridden at Bare Island.” The Sun newspaper, Sydney, ran the story. I finished working at Surfabout late in 1964. The new publisher had me write the editorial and a brief history of the major surfboard manufacturers in Australia.


REV JOHN FLYNN: Mrs Flynn of the inland prepares for an outback holiday!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

HAVING LUNCH ‘OUTSIDE’: WHAT A DAY? MEMBERS OF THE FLYNN BRIGADE HAVE LUNCH BENEATH A TREE NEAR THE ABODE. AT RIGHT: LOUNGING IN COMFORT, ARE MRS FLYNN AND HER HUSBAND THE REV JOHN FLYNN.  Below: TRYING TO CRANK OUT SOME MESSAGES.

Mrs John Flynn, wife of the Rev John Flynn, said “the Inlanders are cheerful souls … they never complain.” Mrs Flynn prepared to join her husband and umpteen kids back from a city holiday. On her way, she shared the hazards of the natural outback.

“My husband brought a party of children from Trekelano, 40 miles out of Cloncurry, and 1300 miles to Brisbane for a holiday.

“While he was there he suggested to the Education Department that if they would send out a teacher and equipment the people at Trekelano would build a school. I helped him to take the children home. They travelled in the back of the truck.

“We took two weeks over the trip. Rain held us up for three days at Blackall, and two days at Longreach. When we got back the school was built. A surprise for the padre. The children outback are fine specimens, though they never have milk or butter in the summer; and vegetables can only be grown in the winter.

FENCES ARE FEW

“They take so kindly to corned meat that when every few weeks a bullock is killed and they have fresh meat for one day they don’t like it at all. I know the country where our only woman Flying Doctor, Jean White, was lost for some days last year.

“Everything is so flat that the country looks like a faint mist haze from the air. There are no land marks. The Inland is so vast and surprising. I hearda woman outback talk about a ”bit of a holding” that was for sale. I asked how big it was. She said, ‘Three hundred square miles.’

“Fences are few. The cattle are kept together by water bores, but the sheep country does have fences.
“One time up on Cape York Peninsula I saw a man digging post-holes. He said he was helping to fence a paddock. The paddock was 250 square miles.

<< Australian Women’s Weekly, October 21, 1939.

NEXT: After 34 years I’m calling it a day. Sir Sydney Williams talks about what it’s like to live in the outback.


CANBERRA: Australians – look at these facts! Even the national capital will blush!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

HOLY GHOST!: COULD THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE IN CANBERRA BE THE GHOSTLIEST PLACE IN AUSTRALIA? IT’S SPINE-TINGLING, DON’T YOU AGREE.

Haunted Halls: The National Film and Sound Archive, according to a local legend, Tim the Yowie Man, is one of the most haunted buildings in Australia. For spine-tingling explorations, walk the halls and look for the intriguing Picnic at Hanging Rock exhibition or be mesmerised by the case of missing Prime Minister Harold Holt, who vanished without a trace in 1967. Oh, Canada, you shouldn’t have: The famous 39-metre, 7 tonne flagpole … at Regatta Point was a gift from Canada to Australia in 1957. The Australian flag flies year-round, except on Canada Day, July 1, when the Maple Leaf is flown. Meeting Place: Canberra means ‘meeting place’. This is derived from ‘Kamberra’ in the language of the Ngunnawal people. Sister Act: One of Canberra’s sister cities is Nara, Japan, which is famous for its ancient shrines, and also for its brief tenure as that nation’s 8th century capital.

<< Time-Out publication.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME! THERE’S A LOT DO … YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE TO HUG AND GREET, HANDS TO SHAKE AND TO WISH EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 December 18

GAMBLERS: Are you a risk taker? I can’t lose, trust me!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

WATCH OUT!: REMEMBER, IT TAKES ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD TO BECOME A TRUE GAMBLER. SO, HOW DO YOU RATE YOURSELF. Below: IF GAMBLING IS A PROBLEM, SEE YOUR GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS CONSULANT. Below: A BANK OF POKIES CAN BE A PERSON’S WORST ENEMY.

Why do you gamble? If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand. Nothing can compare with the thrill of the big score, or the excitement as you set your mind against your opponent’s.

Both of you trying to bluff, or double bluff; while searching for a clue to what other person is thinking. It’s better than any sport or game because you’re in control – maybe. That sense of chaotic control is really what makes you a gambler!

Just like the games you play, your interest revolves around two concepts: fun and profit. Depending on personal preference – one may dominate your particular style. But there is a daredevil in every gambler.

Gamblers, as a group, lack structure. In fact, most of you are skilful and individualistic. You win respect through skill and style. That means, if you lose it, lose with flash. Unfortunately, if a style is copied, it loses its flair, hence the streak of individuality.

PROBLEM GAMBLERS

Getting into gambling is incredibly easy. At least, that’s what most people would think. In reality, they’re nowhere close to being a true gambler. The second problem is, which few realise, is that you have to win to be a true gambler. This takes SKILL and LUCK.

If you prove that you are of a certain quality, this will allow you entrance into the special room. This is where the true gaming gets under way. It was when your standard bluff and strategies were inadequate that you knew you were finally dealing with opponents of fine calibre. That’s when you knew they had accepted you.

To leave gambling is not easy to do. Gamblers exist on a continuum and most us will fall somewhere on the pathway to: non-gamblers, social gamblers, heavy gamblers, problem gamblers and pathological gamblers.

So – how do you rate yourself?

If you’re a problem gambler, for instance, then this is usually when an individual’s gambling is out of control and it begins to cause personal, social and occupational reasons to become a problem. Deal with the problem and then comes the solution. This will, of course, take time.

ADDICTED TO GAMBLING

If the answer is “yes” to any of these question, you may have a serious problem:

Have you ever tried to cut back or even stop gambling? Have you ever borrowed (or stolen) money; or had a financial predicament as a result of your gambling? Do you feel high when gambling; depressed after losing; anxious or irritable when not able to gamble? Have you felt guilty about your gambling? Has anyone ever told you that you that are addicted to gambling?

The advice you should have been given is: go to your doctor; or go and see a Gamblers Anonymous consultant in your area.

<< Problem Gambling, Griffith University, NSW.


SPECIAL HOME-CARE: Christmas, not Xmas, should be the joyful celebration of the day!

FRANK MORRIS

STOP IT! LET US ABOLISH ‘XMAS’.

Xmas, as a would-be abbreviation for Christmas, does not conjure up in any way the period when Christ was born in Bethlehem. There’s nothing joyful at all about the word. It doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, reflect the spirit, the custom, the celebration, the tradition, or, sadly, the Gospels at Christmas.

Only an insipid (but creative) mind could have been responsible for dreaming up an implausible word. Everything in our power must be done to have it expunged from the English language.

STAMP IT OUT

Let us have a word that symbolises the ‘great light’ that people witness as they walked toward it in darkness on that special day.

And the word is … “Christmas”.

<< Abbreviated version from the A-Z Health Guide for adoutsenior.com.au


AUTHORS: 100 years ago -- The Magic Pudding book first went on sale

FRANK MORRIS

CHARACTERS ALL: THEY’RE CENTENARIANS GOING FOR A WALK IN THE PARK. ALBERT, THE MAGIC PUDDING, IS HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING UP. Below: THE FIRST MAGIC PUDDING BOOK – OLD BUT YOUNG. Below: THE MAGIC PUDDING – RELEASED WITH THE ANIMATED FILM IN 2000.

Norman Lindsay’s offbeat children’s story about the picaresque adventures of Albert the cantankerous Puddin’, and his friends, has been in print since it was first published by A & R in 1918.

The book took Lindsay nine months to write.

As the author moved towards its completion, he wrote to George Robertson in mid 1917: “I have finished the last slab of “Pudding” and thank God for it, for I’ve had a bellyful.

There is quite as much effort and invention needed to write nonsense as to create more pretentious works, and the stimulus is apt to flag.”

The Magic Pudding is highly valued and much sought after world wide by collectors’ et al.

In the 1990s, a first edition belonging to noted war historian C.E.W. Bean fetched $2100 at auction.

CANTANKEROUS PUDDIN'

Norman Lindsay is the most collected person in Australia, according to the late bibliophile, Walter Stone.  Stone once remarked that one “acquires” rather than “collects” Lindsayana.

A Commemorative Edition was issued in 1987; the Australian Children’s Classic edition in 1990; and a miniature edition, containing one section of the original text, in 1982. This 1924 edition varied slightly from the first edition.

In 2008, another version was published, more like The Magic Pudding of old.  This time the illustrations were rescanned and the page size was much like the original, in 1918.

An animated version of Norman Lindsay’s 1918 children’s classic The Magic Pudding, with an all-star cast, came to life on the big screen in December 2000, with the English actor John Cleese voicing the part of the cantankerous puddin’, Albert.

The film was produced by Energee Entertainment, a local film and television production house.  The animated characters were largely based on the Norman Lindsay drawings from the book.  The book of the film is signed by the actor who voiced ‘Bill Barnacle’, Hugo Weaving.

The story was described by the filmmakers as much “like the Magic Pudding – a resource that never runs out.”


CANBERRA: Visit one the youngest capital cities in the world

FRANK MORRIS

UP, UP AND AWAY: CANBERRA SUMMERS ARE FILLED WITH CRISP MORNINGS AND ARE JUST PERFECT FOR HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES. THE BALLOON SPECTACULAR FILLS THE CITY SKIES AS MORE THAN 30 HOT-AIR BALLOONS, FEATURING SOME STUNNING PATTERNS AND BIZZARE SHAPES, COME FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE CITY. Below: FOUR STIMULATED FOLKS REACH THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN. Below: THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF CANBERRA, THE NEW CAPITAL, IN 1913.

Lonely Planet has rated Canberra third on its Best in Travel 2018 list of cities.

“This is the highest ranking an Australian city has ever achieved on the Lonely Planet list since its inception,” the team said. “It reveals just how unfairly overlooked the city has been. Canberra now boasts exciting boutique precincts with gastronomic highlights and cultural most-does.

“As one of the world’s young capital cites you might think Canberra has some catching up to do. It now a repository for national treasures, and a place where nature intrudes elegantly into urban spaces,” the Lonely Planet said.

Much of the charm and appeal of Canberra lies in its natural beauty. There’s dozens of picnic spots set in verdant, open spaces; while trees litter parks and line streets. Canberra is no longer a place for imposing buildings full of politicians and bureaucrats. Far from it. The Canberra of today has a vibrancy all of its own.

When you came to Canberra, do yourself a favour: leave time to explore some of a city’s many attractions. Canberra is a place for seasons, and reasons.

Here are some things you didn’t know about Canberra. Others will be published next week.

Marion Mahony Griffin: While her husband Walter Burley Griffin takes all of the credit for creating the designs for Canberra, it was Marion Mahony Griffin, artist and architect, who drew and presented the winning plans to the panel of assessors.

Phar Lap’s BIG heart: Phar Lap’s unusually large heart is on display at the National Museum of Australia. It weighs a whopping 6.35kg – that’s 1.5 times the weight of an average thoroughbred racehorse heart.

Gone-broke: When the government invited the people of Australia to nominate suitable names for their new capital in 1913, the public responded in good humour. And names like Kangaremu, Sydmelperadbrisho, Swindleville, Gone-broke and Caucus City getting a run for their money.

Einstein angles: At Questacon, there’s an impressive 3D sculpture of Albert Einstein on view. But look at it from a different angle and you’ll discover a completely different image.

Run it up the flagpole: The Australian flag that flies over Parliament House 24 hours a day is a big one. It’s roughly the same size as a double-decker bus and it weighs 22kg. It takes three people to change over, and this happens once a month.

Next: Five more things you must know about Canberra.

<< The Lonely Plant; Time Out; Frank Morris.


NOW OPEN: It’s on at David Jones, for kids only!

DIFFERENT SHAPES: SOME OF THESE MARVEL-ITES ARE KIDS BEST FRIENDS!

Disney, Star Wars and the Marvel characters are right in the heart of Sydney. That’s right!  All kids have the awe-inspiring chance to explore, learn and create. It’s also a world of storytelling for the young and the young at heart. All you have to do is this: Go to a magical one-of-a-kind destination. You’ll be taken to Level 9 Elizabeth Street – David Jones. For kids only.

 

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 18

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