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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

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