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Up, up and away! Take a balloon ride anywhere in Australia!

BALLOONING FANTASY! IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, YOU’LL DRIFT EFFORTLESSLY OVER THE WHEAT FIELDS OF THE AVON RIVER IN A BRILLIANTLY COLOURED HOT-AIR BALLOON. THE SPORT OF BALLOONING IS BLOSSOMING WORLD- WIDE. RIGHT ACROSS AUSTRALIA, ENTHUSIASTS WAIT FOR THAT COOL, GENTLE MORNING BREEZE TO INDULGE THEIR FLIGHTS OF FANCY. TO CAP IT IN ONE WORD – MAGIC!


Aboriginal Painting: Our environment through the eyes of the first Australians

ANCIENT MURAL SHOWS FOUR-LEGGED BEASTS RUNNING EVERY WHICH WAY. Below: BULUN BULUN EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF HIS WALL MURAL TO A GROUP OF ONLOOKERS.

How do Aboriginal people ‘see’ and experience the nature of their surroundings?

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Many traditional paintings are really ‘maps’ which show particular places, ‘tracks’ of ancestral beings, and the important features of an individual’s ‘country’. Any map or painting reflects a way of thinking about places and locations.

Conventional maps, in particular, are a way of organising and making sense out of spatial area; they help one to find particular places or one’s present location. Aboriginal paintings, on the other hand, depict those features of the physical and mythological environment which are of most significance to an Aboriginal.

Such paintings meaningfully organise a particular environment and, at the same time, re-create its coming into being. To understand a traditional Aboriginal painting is, in a very real way, to experience the environment as an Aboriginal does.

Johnny Bulun, an Aboriginal man from Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, painted this mural on a wall of the Communications Centre in the Foreign Affairs Building in Canberra.

The painting is of Djakaldjirrparr, the ‘country’ to which he belongs, through his father; and his membership in the Ganaldbingu clan. The painting allows us to understand, in a limited way, how Bulun Bulun ‘sees’ and feels about his country.

Actual places depicted in the painting are those that relate to important mythological events, during which the landscape and environmental features were created.

In the upper centre of the painting, for example, is a mountain which rises from the Arafura swamp which is said to have been made by two dog wongarr or creation beings while digging for yellow clay.

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1979
IN MARCH, SWEENEY READ TAKES HIS OWN LIFE.
1980
THE REEDS SELL HEIDE II, MOST OF THE ADJOINING PROPERTY AND PART OF THEIR ART COLLECTION TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT.
1981
HEIDE PARK AND THE ART GALLERY OPEN WITH AN EXHIBITION OF NOLAN’S KELLY SERIES ON NOVEMBER 12. MAUDIE PALMER IS THE INAUGURAL DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM.
JOHN REED DIES ON DECEMBER 5. SUNDAY REED DIES ON DECEMBER 15.
THROUGH THEIR BEQUEST THE REMAINDER OF THEIR ART COLLECTION PASSES TO THE NEW MUSEUM.
THE END.
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In the centre of the painting a funeral ceremony is taking place; bones are washed and inserted into the hollow log coffin; while the spirit of the man who had died is ‘sung’ back to his clan well.

In the lower left corner of the painting, is a two headed snake which lies beneath the surface of the clan well. It is variously called the rainbow serpent or lightning snake. In the painting, the snake has swallowed men who threw spears into the water, thinking it was a fish.

Water species, land species and human ancestral beings are shown together in the painting, with fish and kangaroos swimming side by side.

This reflects the Aboriginal belief that all life is really one; that there is no real difference between the creative past and the present; and that all life comes from the waters of the clan well – the spiritual ‘well of life.’

This painting is not simply a ‘picture’ of a place -- Aboriginal people do not ‘own’ land in a European sense. Rather, they are ‘owned by’ and are part of the land itself. An Aboriginal ‘sees’ the land as part of his very being.

His spirit comes from the land, is nourished by the land, and returns to the land at death.

For Bulun Bulun, a painting of his country is a self-portrait; his clan’s identity; it is literally who he is. The very painting of one’s country is a magical and religious act. Perhaps when we see the earth as that which has given us life, sustains us, and provides a meaning for our life, we shall begin to understand what ecology is all about.

Bulun Bulun was born in 1946 and died in 2010.

<< Adapted from Aboriginal Painting; from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

MARY HAGINIKITAS, AS PART OF HER WORK AS A SUCCESSFUL PAINTER, IS SEEN RECORDING SOME ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ROCK ART.


VALE: JEANNE LITTLE -- Talented entertainer shines through a book about her life story!

JEANNE ALWAYS CAME UP WITH THE GOODS. AUTHOR KATIE LITTLE WITH HER MUM. Below: KATIE’S BOOK ON HER MUM.

THAT HAIR, THOSE HUGE EYES AND THAT BOUNCING PERSONALITY.

FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE LITTLE WAS DESTINED TO BE A SENSATION. HER RAUCOUS VOICE WAS HER CATCHCRY.

“HELLO, DAAAHLING” IN UNDISPUTED AUSTRALIAN VERNACULAR.

KATIE M. LITTLE, HER ONLY CHILD, DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK EXPLAINING HER UNCONVENTIONAL MOTHER. SHE CALLED IT, CATCH A FALLING STAR. READING IT NOW, IT’S A REAL TEAR-JERKER!

THE AUTHOR SAID SHE WANTED TO GIVE HER MOTHER’S FANS A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE JEANNE LITTLE.

“I GREW UP BACKSTAGE, TAKEN EVERYWHERE WITH HER”, WRITES KATIE. “IN MY MIND, I CAN RETRACE OUR STEPS AS I HELD HER HAND AND FOLLOWED HER INTO THE LABYRINTH OF THE CHANNEL 9 STUDIOS.

“WHILE WE CONTINUED TO LAUGH ALONG”, WRITES KATIE. THE STICK-THIN EMPRESS OF FUN-FASHION”, JEANNE, ALWAYS CAME WITH THE GOODS.

“IT SEEMS UNTHINKABLE TO MANY THAT SHE WON THE ROLE IN THE JERRY’S GIRLS HIT MUSICAL IN WHICH SHE TO HAD SHOW HER SINGING AND DANCING CAPABILITY.

EVERYONE LEAPT FOR JOY – THE SHOW WAS A HIT.

HER ONE-WOMAN PLAY, MARLENE, WAS PLAYED TO SELL-OUT AUDIENCES IN THE UNITED STATES.

SHE THEN SCORED AS A REGULAR PANEL MEMBER ON FOXTEL’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

JEANNE, ON ALL ACCOUNTS, WAS A TALENTED SEAMSTRESS.

“DAD AND I SQUASHED MILK BOTTLE CAPS IN FRONTOF THE TELLY … WHILE MUM SEWED THEM ON”, KATIE WRITES SO AFFECTIONATELY.

“IT WAS HEADLINES AGAIN FOR JEANNE WHEN SHE REVEALED SHE HAD ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.

“IN 2018, 10 YEARS AFTER DIAGNOSIS, MY MOTHER … IS STILL ALIVE AND PATRON OF THE JEANNE LITTLE ALZHEIMER’S FUND”, KATIE WRITES.

<< CATCH A FALLING STAR, WRITTEN IN 2018, IS STILL AVAILABLE.


VALE: FLASHBACK – To 1985, when Jeanne’s just one of the girls!

GETTING A LEAD ROLE IN JERRY’S GIRLS AS THE “CRAZIEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE”. BELOW: ALL DRESSED UP FOR JERRY’S GIRLS.

FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE LITTLE, THE FORMER MADCAP STAR OF THE MIKE WALSH SHOW, IN A SPECTACULAR NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL?

RIGHT!

JEANNE LITTLE, WHO ONCE DESCRIBED HER WHINING VOICE AS “THE WORST IN AUSTRALIAN” SINGING IS DANCING AND SHARING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THREE OF THE NATION’S LEADING LADIES.

RIGHT AGAIN.

JEANNE STRUTS HER STUFF WITH JUDI CONNELLI, DEBBIE BYRNE AND
MARCIA HINES IN THE HIGH KICKING JERRY HERMAN MUSICAL, JERRY’S GIRLS.

FOR JEANNE, IT’S “THE CRAZIEST DREAM OF A LIFETIME COME TRUE”.

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW SHE SAID: “MY FIRST REACTION WHEN I HEARD I HAD THE PART WAS ECSTASY MIXED WITH TERROR”.

BUT SHE LOST NO TIME IN “TAKING DOUBLE DOSES” OF SINGING AND DANCING LESSONS.

A GOLD LOGIE WINNER IN 1976, LITTLE’S WHINING VOICE BECAME HER TRADEMARK ON TELEVISION.

“IF YOU THINK MY VOICE IS AFFECTED YOU ARE WRONG”, SHE SAID ONCE. “MY EIGHT SISTERS ALL SOUND LIKE ME”.

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TIMELINES: DON’T LEAVE FIRE HAZARDS NEAR THE HOUSE …
IN AUSTRALIA LAST YEAR WE HAD ONE OF THE WORST BUSHFIRE SEASONS, WHICH WILL BE FOREVER WITH US.
MANY FAMILIES LOST THEIR HOMES TO RAGING BUSH FIRES, 34 PEOPLE DIED.
THE WHOLE OCCASSION WAS DESCRIBED AS ‘CATASTROPHIC’.
BUSHFIRE IS A CONSTANT HAZARD OF THE AUSTRALIAN SUMMER.
DON’T LET YOUR HOME BECOME A VICTIM FACING BUSH FIRE.
A FIRE NEEDS THREE THINGS TO BURN: HEAT, AIR AND FUEL. A LITTLE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION COULD PREVENT A TRAGEDY.
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WHEN THE MIKE WALSH SHOW WAS CHOPPED BY CHANNEL NINE 18 MONTHS AGO, SHE VOWED SHE “WOULD STARVE” THAN GO BACK TO PLAYING THE IDIOT ON TELEVISION.

“ALL THOSE YEARS I PLAYED ON THE MIKE WALSH SHOW, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE TAKEN THE MONEY BUT NOT GO ON”, SHE SAID.

SINCE THE LATE 1970S SHE HAS BEEN MUCH IN DEMAND FOR PUBLIC APPEARNCES, FASHION PARADES AND OTHER SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, APART FROM HER TELEVISION ENGAGEMENTS.

“I’M WHAT THEY CALL A TV PERSONALITY”, SHE SAID. “WHICH MEANS I CAN’T SING, I CAN’T DANCE AND I CAN’T SPEAK PROPERLY.

NONE OF THESE DISABILITIES PROVED A HINDERANCE TO LITTLE’S CAREER.

SHE WAS VOTED THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY IN NSW AT THE 1975 LOGIE AWARDS. THE FOLLOWING YEAR SHE COLLECTED THE NSW AWARD AS WELL AS THE GOLD LOGIE FOR THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY IN AUSTRALIA.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENTS …

THIS ARTICLE COMES FROM MY SYNDICATED SHOWLINE COLUMN IN 1984.

NEXT JANUARY: WHAT JEANNE LITTLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT SHOWBIZ AND HOMELIFE.


LET’S LAUGH WITH THE CAT …

BLIMEY, YOU BEAUTY! SANTA CLAUS IS ABOUT TO TOUCH DOWN


HUMOUR! One-minute mystery … something strange is happening to Mrs Ellison Clarke!

WHO’S THE THIEF? IS IT THE STRANGER … OR HER?

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

“Did you call for help?” Professor Fordney said with a smile. “No – I was too frightened”, replied Mrs Ellison Clark.

“It was terrifying experience,” said Mrs Ellison Clark to Professor Fordney. “The most horrible I’ve ever had. I’ve been completely unnerved ever since.”

Fordney interjected. “Naturally, you have been greatly upset. It’s not to be wondered at. A hold-up is an alarming matter, especially for a woman. I’ll ask as few questions as possible. Will you bear with me?”

While he smiled at her nod of assent, he did not fail to notice the broken nail of the first finger of otherwise beautifully manicured hands. She drew a handkerchief from her elaborate negligee and covered them.

“Well?” she inquired.

“I understand you were standing outside your dressmaker’s at 3pm, waiting for your chauffeur, when a man slipped up to you, inquired the time, and demanded your money and the jewellery you were wearing. Correct?”

“Yes. That’s what happened.”

“Did you call for help?”

“No. I was too frightened.”

“Did you hand over the valuables or did the robber take them?”

“Why, I gave them to him, I was …”

Fordney interjected. “… Is this list correct?” He pulled from his pocket a piece of paper. “Two diamond bracelets, one emerald pendant, a diamond tiara, two emerald earring, $45 cash, and three diamond rings?”

“That is correct.”

"Did they take them?"

“Were you wearing a wrap?”

“No. It was extremely warm.”

“And your wristwatch?” the Professor asked, looking closely at the woman.

“I’m sorry, Mrs Clark, to take action in the case. But, of course, I know the alleged robbery was a frame-up.”

How did he know?

That the “robbery” was a frame-up was obvious to Professor Fordney. No woman wears that type of jewellery at three o’ clock in the afternoon. After confessing that the hold-up was a fake, Mrs Clark, and the man who conspired with her to obtain money from the insurance company for the alleged theft of her jewels, served a prison sentence.

<< Adapted from the Australian Printer, 1904.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DEAR READERS.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 14.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 November 20

FROG WEEK: Great leap forward as to why frogs behave the way they do!

THERE ARE MORE THAN 6000 SPECIES OF FROGS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.  GREEN TREE FROG,

BLUE MOUNTAINS TREE FROG, POUCHED FROG, CORROBOREE FROG – THEY’RE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY HUNDREDS OF FROGS IN AUSTRALIA

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSUEM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1977
SUNDAY DONATES TWENTY-FIVE OF THE TWENTY-SIX PAINTINGS FROM NOLAN’S NED KELLY SERIES TO THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GALLERY IN CANBERRA.
1978
SWEENEY AND PAMELA MOVED TO FITZROY, THEN SEPARATE.
IN JANUARY, SIDNEY NOLAN MARRIES MARY PERCEVAL (NEE BOYD).
JOHN REED IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, HIS HEALTH DETERIORATES.
1979
IN MARCH, SWEENEY REED TAKES HIS OWN LIFE.
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FLASHBACK: Parry’s milk bars rekindle some fond memories!

THE 1950s REMEMBERED!

FRANK MORRIS

WHAT I REMEMBER OF THE 50s IS THE SIMPLICITY OF LIFE. I HAD EVERYTHING. I HAD HUNDREDS OF FRIENDS. I HAD MY BILLYCART, WHICH I USED TO RACE. I WAS A KEEN MARBLE PLAYER.

AND I WAS SENT TO A HIGH SCHOOL WHICH WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF TRAIN STATIONS AWAY.

FOR TWO YEARS, I LED THE LIFE OF RILEY. THEN OUT OF THE BLUE SOMEBODY MENTIONED “PARRY’S MILK BAR”. SO, WE WOULD HEAD OVER THE RAIL-LINE AND MAKE A QUICK DASH TO PARRY’S AND TOSS DOWN A BANANA SPLIT.

I USED TO GO TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK UNTIL I LEFT SCHOOL. IF I HAD RAN OUT OF MOOLAH, MY WELL-HEELED FRIENDS USED TO BACK ME UP.

APART FROM RUFFLING UP A FEW KIDS THAT USED TO IRK ME SOMEWHAT (AT LUNCH HOUR), I USED TO DREAM ABOUT PARRY’S.

WELL, PARRY’S IS BACK – JUST LIKE IT WAS IN THE 1950S. BUT MORE ABOUT THAT LATER ON.
IN THE 1940S, ZACHARIAS PANARETOS AND HIS WIFE, USING THE NAME OF JIM PARRY, OPENED UP THE FIRST PARRY’S MILK BAR.

NOEL KELLY, OF THE DEFUNCT ST GEORGE CALL NEWSPAPER, REMEMBERS PARRY’S AS IF IT WAS YESTERDAY.

‘IT WAS STONE’S THROW AWAY”, SAID KELLY. “IT WAS GEM. IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE OPEN ON THE WEEKEND AND LATE AT NIGHT. IT WAS A MEETING PLACE WHERE YOU WOULD GO FOR A HOT STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE ON A WINTER’S NIGHT”.

BUT KELLY HAS THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDSON OF THE FIRST FREE GREEK TO ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA. THE GREEK HAD JUMPED SHIP IN 1832. THE PARRY FAMILY WENT ON TO OPEN MILK BARS ALL OVER SYDNEY.

A KYEEMAGH CONTRIBUTOR TO COLUMN EIGHT (THE HERALD) REINFORCED MY MEMORIES ABOUT PARRY’S MILK BARS WHEN SHE WROTE: “IN THE 1960s, MUM WOULD TAKE MY YOUNGER BROTHER AND I TO PARRY’S IN ROCKDALE.

“MY STANDARD ORDER WAS A CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKE POURED INTO A FANCY GLASS FROM THE ALUMINIUM CONTAINER.

“MY BROTHER’S STANDARD ORDER WAS A LIME SPINDER WITHOUT ICE-CREAM … AND NOTHING WOULD PERSUADE HIM OTHERWISE”.

GOOD ON YOU, PARRY’S.

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VALE: Jeanne Little, who was Australia’s own superstar, has died

FRANK MORRIS
THE FLAMBOYANT JEANNE LITTLE, “HELLO DAAAAHLING!”, WHO BURST ON TO OUR TELEVISON SCREENS IN THE MIKE WALSH SHOW IN 1974, HAS DIED IN A SYDNEY NURSING HOME.
SHE WAS 82.

WHILE WE CONTINUED TO LAUGH ALONG WITH HER, JEANNE LITTLE WAS LATER TO PROVE SHE HAD SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE TO AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT.

IN 1987, SHE SCORED A LEADING ROLE IN THE MUSICAL JERRY’S GIRLS.

AT EACH GIG, SHE BECAME THE EMPRESS OF FUN FASHION. SHE USED SAY THE OUTFITS WERE “PERSONALITY PERSONIFIED”.

FRANK MORRIS WILL REPUBLISH SEVERAL COLUMNS ON JEANNE LITTLE’S PAST SHOWBIZ PERFORMANCES. NEXT.

VALE: “UNKNOWN” ACTOR SEAN CONNERY HAS BECOME THE PERFECT SPY. “DR. NO, THE FIRST FILM, IS THE HEADIEST BOX-OFFICE CONCOCTION OF SEX AND SADISM EVER BREWED IN A BRITISH STUDIO … BRUTALLY POTENT INTOXICANT INTO THE BARGAIN”, SAID RICHARD WHITEHALL IN A 1962 REVIEW.

THE MAN WITH ALL THE CREDENTIALS, SIR SEAN CONNERY, THE FILM ACTOR, HAS DIED AGED 90, PLAYED JAMES BOND, THE BRITISH SECRET AGENT.

HE MANAGED TO TURN THE CHARMLESS PROTAGONIST OF IAN FLEMING INTO A “SCREEN SUPERMAN AND HIMSELF INTO A SUPERSTAR” SAID A LONDON NEWSPAPER.

CONNERY STARRED IN THE FIRST SIX OF FLEMING’S COLD WAR SPY FILMS.

VALE: GERALD STONE, A 60 MINUTES’ TRAILBLAZER, HAS DIED AGED 87. HIS EXPERIENCE IN TELEVISION NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS “UNEQUALLED”.

VALE: GOFFREY PALMER, BEST RECOGNISED FOR HIS ROLE IN AS TIME GOES BY, DIES AT 95. THE SHOW, WHICH FINISHED MANY YEARS AGO, STILL GETS A RUN IN AUSTRALIA.
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FOODFROLICO: Brush up on your table manners: expert speaks out!

DON’T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT WHEN EATING OR DRINKING. Below: THE PLACE FOR THE NAPKIN IS ON THE LAP. DON’T TIE IT AROUND YOUR NECK.

PLACE YOUR KNIFE AND FORK TOGETHER WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR MEAL.

FRANK MORRIS

Here are the facts. “Good manners are as important as good grooming behaviour”, said the expert. “This is especially true of good table manners”.

Myself, I loathe bad table manners at any age, but especially in adults. As a journalist, I attended a host of functions, dinners and breakfasts during my tenure.

I am appalled to see this type of ‘tableau’ which sadly mystified me.

I also admit that my table-matters sometimes are not that perfect either. But, you see, I correct them. I remember what I was told as a lad growing up.

Some adults simply don’t know how eat properly; they haven’t been trained.

“Unfortunately, in this day of confused standards, manners are sometimes neglected”, says the expert. Maybe this series of illustrations, done by a person with skill and knowledge, will fill the bill.

MORE FOODFROLICO TABLE MANNERS NEXT YEAR.

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Famous Aussie Women: Mary Gilmore earned her share of glory!

FRANK MORRIS

DAME MARY GILMORE’S MARRI’D AND OTHER VERSES, PUBLISHED BY GEORGE ROBERTSON, MELBOURNE, IN 1910, WAS NOT A COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

THE AUTHOR’S LATER WORKS, THE PASSIONATE HEART (1918) AND OLD DAYS: OLD WAYS (1934) PUT HER REPUTATION AS A WRITER TO THE FORE. BORN IN GOULBURN IN 1865, SHE SEEMED TO ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AROUND.

SHE DIED IN 1962 AGED 97. IN THE EARLY DAYS AS A SCHOOL TEACHER, SHE TAUGHT IN COUNTRY SCHOOLS AND SYDNEY; IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET WILLIAM LANE AND WAS “CONVERTED” TO HIS NEW AUSTRALIA MOVEMENT – ONE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMUNES.

SHE SAILED WITH LANE AND OTHERS TO PARAQUAY IN 1895 AND MARRIED A FELLOW-COLONIST.

IN 1902, WHEN THE ‘COMMUNITY’ COLLAPSED, SHE RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA WITH HER HUSBAND AND CONTINUED WRITING. SHE BEGAN EDITING THE WOMEN’S PAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN WORKER AND WRITING POERY.

<< The Authors (MSS), Frank Morris, 200I.
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BILLYCARTS OF THE CENTURY … I had to make a few changes!

FRANK MORRIS

In the Sunday comic, Ginger said: “I just love summer, Benny, don’t you?” Replied Benny: “It’s okay I guess.” “Okay!? … It’s the best!” said Ginger Meggs. Suddenly, Ginger become idyllic.

“There’s back yard cricket … the beach … watching tennis … and running the billycart down Deadman’s Hill”.
I used to ride it uphill and down dale to where the races were on. My billycart was named Racing Beauty, a ballbearing racer.

The lads were all there. All the billycarts are outfitted with ball-bearings or fancy pram wheels. I raced against a kid who had a speedster called Speedo.

At the start, he left me for dead. Halfway down the hill he hit a bump and he and Speedo parted company. I won the race; I called it ‘Deadman’s Hill’. I soon realised I had to make some changes, ballbearing-wise!

REMEMBER NEXT YEAR, IT’S GINGER MEGGS 100TH BIRTHDAY.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR AGAIN ON NOVEMBER 30.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 November 20

Melbourne Cup: Why he was Australia’s first master trainer

CROWD CHEERS ON THE MELBOURNE CUP IN 1861.

ARCHER THE MIGHTY.

FRANK MORRIS

ETIENNE DE MESTRE WILL GO DOWN AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST MASTER HORSE TRAINER IN RACING.

BEHIND ARCHER’S MELBOURNE CUP WIN IN 1861 THERE WAS THE SAGA OF A WONDERFUL HORSE CULTURE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.

HIS VICTORIES WITH ARCHER WERE AS SOLID AS THE DAY WAS LONG.

TO PREPARE FOR HIS FIRST CUP VICTORY DE MESTRE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR WALKING ARCHER FROM NOWRA, IN NSW, TO MELBOURNE, A JOURNEY OF 550 MILES.

IT WAS SAID THAT HE COVERED APPROXIMATELY 27 MILES A DAY.  ANYWAY, THAT’S HOW THE STORY GOES.

ACCORDING TO MAURICE CAVANOUGH, IN HIS BOOK THE MELBOURNE CUP 1861 TO 1982, “ARCHER HAD RACED TO THE FRONT AT THE RIVER TURN…AND IN THE RUN HOME ARCHER CLEARED RIGHT AWAY TO WIN THE CUP AS HE LIKED.”

DE MESTRE’S ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN TRAINING METHODS BROUGHT ARCHER HOME AGAIN WITH A SCINTILATING VICTORY IN HIS SECOND MELBOURNE CUP IN 1862.

HE SCORED THREE OTHER SUCCESSES IN THE MELBOURNE CUP ALONG THE WAY.  THE MIGHTY STAYER, TIM WHIFFLER (1867) CHESTER (1877) AND CALAMIA IN 1878.

“IN HIS OWN WAY, CALAMIA’S WIN IN THE CUP TOLD THE STORY OF DE MESTRE’S RACING CAREER”, SAID MAURICE CAVANOUGH.

“MR DE MESTRE TRAINED COUNTLESS WINNERS, QUITE PROBABLY ARCHER WOULD HAVE WON THE THIRD CUP TOO, DESPITE THE 11.4 ALLOTED TO HIM.  UNFORTUNATELY, A POSTAL MIX-UP OCCURRED WHICH DELAYED ARCHER’S ACCEPTANCE FOR THE RACE.

“MR DE MESTRE, WHO WAS BORN IN NSW IN 1832, LIVED UNTIL 1916. BUT IN THE LATTER YEARS OF THIS LIFE TOOK NO INTEREST IN RACING.”

DE MESTRE’S WINS IN THE CUP MAKE HIM SECOND TO THE LEGENDARY BART CUMMINGS WHO WON 12 TIMES.

THAT’S WHY IT BECOMES THE RACE TO STOP A NATION”.

ARCHER WON THE TWO MELBOURNE CUPS WITH “SCINTILATING RUNS”.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
THIS IRREVENENT AND LIGHT-HEARTED HOAX WAS IN 1944. 
TWO POETS, JAMES MCAULEY AND HAROLD STEWART, DREAMED UP A MEANINGLESS CONCOCTION OF WORDS AND PRESENTED IT AS POETRY.
THEIR AIM WAS TO DEBUNK THE THEN CURRENT VOGUE OF SURREALISM AND OBSCURANTISIM IN VERSE.
THEY PRESENTED THEIR WORK AS HAVING BEEN WRITTEN BY ONE ‘ERN MALLEY’, A FORMER MECHANIC AND INSURANCE SALESMAN.
THE 16 POEMS WERE SENT TO THE AVANT GARDE MAGAZINE, ANGRY PENGUINS, WHERE MALLEY WAS DESCRIBED AS A “GIANT OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE”.
AN ENTIRE EDITION OF THE MAGAZINE WAS DEVOTED TO HIS WORK. CONTINUED BELOW.


PADDINGTON BEAR: He always looked forward to a morning chat!

THESE WERE SOME OF THE CHRONICLES IN PADDINGTON’S HECTIC LIFE.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MADE VISITING HIS FRIEND’S ANTIQUE SHOP IN THE PORTOBELLO ROAD SO SPECIAL WAS THE FACT THAT IT WAS NEVER THE SAME TWO DAYS RUNNING. PEOPLE CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO SEEK MR GRUBER’S ADVICE.

IT WAS SOMETHING TO BROWSE THROUGH HIS VAST COLLECTION OF BOOKS, WHICH COVERED PRACTICALLY EVERY SUBJECT UNDER THE SUN. PADDINGTON BECAME QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ANTIQUES HIMSELF.

HE COULD IMMEDIATELY TELL A PIECE OF THE GENUINE SPODE CHINA FROM ORDINARY RUN-OF-THE-MILL CROCKERY.

HE WOULD NEVER PICK ANYTHING UP JUST IN CASE HE DROPPED IT BY MISTAKE. “BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY,” WAS MR GRUBER’S MOTTO.

THEY WERE NEVER SHORT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THEY OFTEN HAD THEIR MORNING TEA SITTING IN DECK CHAIRS ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE THE SHOP. HERE THEY DISCUSSED PROBLEMS OF THE DAY IN PEACE AND QUIET BEFORE THE CROWD ARRIVED.

PADDINGTON COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE HIS FRIEND USUALLY HAD A FARAWAY LOOK IN HIS EYES WHENEVER HIS SPOKE OF HIS NATIVE HUNGARY. “WHEN I WAS A BOY”, MR GRUBER WOULD SAY, “PEOPLE USED TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY. THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO HAPPEN ANYMORE.”

PADDINGTON…DID LEARN WITH MR GRUBER’S HELP… TO PLAY A TUNE CALLED “CHOPSTICKS” ON AN ANCIENT PIANO AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. IT WASN’T EASY. HAVING PAWS MEANT HE OFTEN PLAYED SEVERAL NOTES AT THE SAME TIME.

BUT MR GRUBER SAID ANYONE WITH HALF AN EAR FOR MUSIC WOULD HAVE RECOGNISED IT AT ONCE.

ON CLOUDY DAYS, WHEN THERE WAS A CHILL IN THE AIR, THEY MADE A HABIT OF RETIRING TO AN OLD HORSEHAIR SOFA AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. AND IT WAS ON JUST A MORNING.

PADDINGTON ARRIVED RATHER EARLIER THAN USUAL AND FOUND TO HIS SURPRISE THAT MR GRUBER HAD ACQUIRED A NEW PIANO.

IT WAS STANDING IN ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT AS THE OLD ONE HAD BEEN NEAR THE STOVE.

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE.
THE PEOPLE.

1958
DANILA VASSILIEFF DIES OF HEART FAILURE IN THE HEIDE LIBRARY IN JOHN AND SUNDAY REED’S ARMS ON MARCH 22.
THE GCA IS RENAMED THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF AUSTRALIA AND AFTER A SPATE OF VARIOUS NAME CHANGES TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND DESIGN OF AUSTRALIA, THE PRECURSOR TO HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART. JOHN REED IS DIRECTOR.
1960
JOY HESTER DIES ON DECEMBER 4.
1962
SWEENEY’S FIRST COLLECTION OF POETRY, THE SAVAGE URGE IS PUBLISHED.


THERE WAS NO SIGN OF MR GRUBER, WHICH WAS MOST UNUSUAL. SO TO PASS THE TIME PADDINGTON DECIDED TO HAVE A GO AT PLAYING WHAT HAD BECOME KNOW AS “HIS TUNE”, WHEN SOMETHING VERY STRANGE HAPPENED.

AS HE RAISED HIS PAWS TO PLAY THE OPENING NOTES, THE KEYS BEGAN GOING UP AND DOWN ALL BY THEMSELVES!

HE HAD HARDLY FINISHED RUBBING HIS EYES IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE HE WASN’T DREAMING, WHEN HE HAD YET ANOTHER SURPRISE. OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE HE SAW MR GRUBER CRAWL OUT FROM UNDERNEATH A NEARBY TABLE.

“OH DEAR,” SAID PADDINGTON, “I HOPE I HAVEN’T BROKEN YOUR NEWEST PIANO.”

MR GRUBER LAUGHED. “HAVE NO FEAR OF THAT,” HE SAID. “IT IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A ‘PLAYER PIANO’ AND IT WORKS BY ELECTRICITY. YOU DON’T SEE MANY AROUND THESE DAYS. I’VE JUST BEEN  PLUGGING IT IN TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS PROPERLY.”

“I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN A PIANO THAT PLAYED A TUNE ALL BY ITSELF BEFORE,” SAID PADDINGTON. “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHERE I COME FROM. BUT THEN WE DIDN’T HAVE ELECTRICITY EITHER.” THIS WAS A SAD ENDING.

<<THIS IS AN ADAPTION OF THE BOOK, PADDINGTON, BY MICHAEL BOND

SEE THE PADDINGTON BEAR ON VIDEO.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
WHEN THE HOAX WAS SOON UNCOVERED, THE TWO YOUNG POETS RESPONSIBLE ADMITTED THEY HAD PRODUCED THE ENTIRE LIFE WORK OF ERN MALLEY IN ONE AFTERNOON.
A DICTIONARY, WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE AND A BOOK OF QUOTATIONS WERE USED.
THEIR OBJECT WAS TO FIND OUT IF THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE OR PRAISED SO LAVISHLY SOME OF THE CURRENT POEMS, PARTICULARLY IN ANGRY PENGUINS, COULD TELL THE REAL PRODUCT FROM THE CONSCIOUSLY AND DELIBERATELY CONCOCTED NONSENSE.
THE HOAX BECAME WORLD NEWS.  THE FICTITIOUS ‘ERN MALLEY’ ENJOYED BRIEF FAME AT A TIME WHEN LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS WAS SCARCE.

<<BACKGROUND TO THE STORY CAME FROM NORMAN MACSWAIN BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD HUGHES.

COMING: THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR! FRANK MORRIS TAKES A LOOK AT THE THREE HOAXES.


CHRISTMAS FOODFROLICO: The drink list. Bombay Bramble…it’s new and waiting to be discovered!

THIS IS A SPIRIT THAT BOASTS A FLAVOUR ALL ITS OWN. BOMBAY BRAMBLE…IT’S A NEW FLAVOUR IN COLOURED GINS. IT HAS THE TASTE OF ITS NATURAL INGREDIENTS. BOMBAY BRAMBLE USES FLASH FROZEN BLACKBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE FRUIT AT THE TIME OF HARVEST. AND GUESS WHAT? THERE IS NO ADDED SUGAR! FM.

TRY MAKING YOUR OWN BOMBAY BRAMBLE AT HOME TODAY. AND DON’T FORGET YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

BRAMBLE & TONIC

45 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
100 ML FEVER TREE MEDITERRANEAN TONIC WATER
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

BRAMBLE

60 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
30 ML FRESH LEMON JUICE
20 ML SUGAR SYRUP
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

WHY GIN? PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH GIN.

FOR ITS VERSATILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY, WHICH CAN ACCOUNT FOR THE RECENT BOOM IN GIN DRINKING ON A WORLDWIDE SCALE.

GIN IS DISTILLED WITH A BEVY OF STRENGTHS, TONES AND TASTES TO ENJOY.

THINK OF DRINKING A GIN THAT GOES WITH THE SEASON?

GIN OVER ICE OR IN A COCKTAIL FOR SUMMER. OR ITS SPICY, EARTHY FLAVOURS IN WINTER. FM

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 16.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 November 20

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