Grand Years with Frank Morris

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Christmas Story: Let us deck the halls in a season to be jolly!

GRAND YEARS WOULD LIKE TO THANK TWO OF OUR READERS, CATHY AND HER DAUGHTER, JESSICA, FOR THEIR KIND AND  THOUGHTFUL OFFERINGS OF THEIR BELOVED CHRISTMAS TREES. MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRIER AND BRIGHTER, AND YOUR NEW YEAR THE BEST YOU EVER HAD!

THE CHRISTMAS TREES: CATHY, TOP. JESSICA, BELOW.

Christmas Story: Marilyn Monroe – Besides making films she liked to relax too!

RUNNING DOWN THE SIDEWALK: TAKEN DURING THE FILMING OF BUS STOP IN 1956. THIS IS ONE OF MARILYN’S BEST FILMS.

MARILYN IN A WICKER CHAIR. THIS PLAYFUL IMAGE SHOT IN NEW YORK CITY IN SEPTEMBER 1954. IT DEPICTS MM IN A LIGHTHEARTED AND SOMEWHAT ‘PLAYFUL’ MOOD.

IN A BRITISH MAGAZINE’S FANCY THAT! COLUMN, IT HAS THIS TO SAY: “CALIFORNIAN RESIDENTS FEARED THAT MM’s GHOST HAD RETURNED TO HER OLD HOME IN RUNYON CANYON. THEY HADN’T REALISED THAT THE HOUSE WAS RECENTLY BOUGHT BY SCOTTISH MARILYN IMPERSONATOR JASMINE CHISWELL”. HERE ARE SOME SELECTED MM QUOTATIONS: I READ AND I THINK ABOUT IT. I’M TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, SOMETIMES THAT’S NOT EASY TO DO … PEOPLE RESPECT YOU BECAUSE THEY FEEL YOU’VE SURVIVED HARD TIMES AND ENDURED … I HAVE TOO MANY FANTASIES TO BE A HOUSEWIFE. I GUESS I AM A FANTASY. – FM.

MARILYN MONROE, DONS A RED SWEATER THAT AMY CHOSE FOR HER AT A LOCAL BOUTIQUE IN FEBRUARY, 1955. THE IMAGE WAS TAKEN IN A STUDIO ATTACHED TO MILTON GREENS’ CONVERTED BARN IN CONNECTICUT.

SOME LIKE IT HOT: MARILYN JUST LIKED RELAXING.

Our last appearance for Grand Years 2021. Whereas 2022 is going to be a stupendous 12 months. Grand Years will have been going for 15 years. How time flies! There are features promised by Grand Years, which did not get a look in 2021 – but they will in 2022. PLUS, new features … and PLUS, all the regular features.

Billycart of the Century: Make way for the ‘Le Mans’ Derby!

BILLYCARTS, CIRA 1940s and 1950s. ARE THEY GETTING READY FOR A DERBY?

In the 1950s and early ‘60s Claude Alcuin was a bonafide billycart junkie. Claude was a baby boomer who moved to a rather hilly outpost called Fairfield, NSW.

For the billycart in those days, the traffic was light on. He was involved in a church movement and continued his involvement with his work.

Here is part of interview Claude gave recently about the billycart derby and the gang’s memory of the famous or infamous carnival race.

Tell me, what were you planning?

“Oh, yes, we had carnivals. Just take the billycart derby, for example. Yes. They were the big thing. That was it, they were big, BIG. We used to run them about twelve months apart.


GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS …
IN 1933, DOROTHY JORDON BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN RADIO ANNOUNCER IN AUSTRALIA. JORDON TOLD HOUSEWIFE MAGAZINE: “I DIDN’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD TURN-OUT FOR ME. BUT IT TURNED OUT TRUMPS”. – FM.

Mates brought their own billycarts.

We had strict rules. They could be so wide and no sharp pieces hanging from the sides.”

The certificates were for quite a few a different divisions, types and various heights of billycarts?

“Yes, there were all different types of carts and different divisions as well. And we had different type of starts, too. Yes, we called it a Le Mans start. They used to have to race from a point and turn the cart around …

At any rate, you had to jump at the cart and a bloke would push you off.

“I gave him a bit of my mind” – FM.

Christmas Cheers from The Cat …

RIVERSIDE: “SHE JUMPS ON THE TABLE ON THE BALCONY, AND GAZES OVER THE MAGNIFICENT LAKE AT THE PICTURESQUE VIEW OF THE GOLD COAST,” SAID THE OWNER. “THE CAT DOESN’T MOVE AN INCH”. MERRY CHRISTMAS CAT LOVERS.

GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS: The first comic book in Australia!

FRANK MORRIS

THE FATTY FINN WEEKLY, HAS BEEN DEEMED BY THE EXPERTS AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ‘LOCAL’ COMIC AND WAS PRODUCED BY SYD NICHOLLS IN 1934. FATTY FINN WAS SET IN THE 1930s. TIMES WERE TOUGH, CLOTHES WERE HAND-ME-DOWNS, AND, AS A KID, HE MADE SURE HE HAD THE GUTS AND CUNNING TO RIVAL THE ‘THE BIG KIDS’ WITH SIMPLE STRATEGIES. THE SUNDAY NEWS CARRIED THE FIRST COMIC STRIP IN 1923, UNDER THE TITLE FAT AND HIS FRIENDS. IN 1924, IT WAS CHANGED TO FATTY FINN. THE WEEKLY WAS 8 PAGES AND SOLD FOR A PENNY; LATER, IT WENT UP TO 2d. “BECAUSE AMERICAN COMICS WERE NOT PERMITTED IN AUSTRALIA DURING THE WAR YEARS,” ARTIST MONTY WEDD TOLD ME IN AN INTERVIEW 1988, “IT PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY (FOR NICHOLLS) FOR THE RESURGENCE OF A ‘LOCAL’ COMIC INDUSTRY”. FATTY FINN WAS A ‘KING’ COMIC, MONTY WEDD SAID.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JANUARY 14, 2022.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 December 21

The most famous dress in history! 40 years on, we take a closer look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress

PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS: IT WILL BECOME PART OF HISTORY.

THE DESIGNERS, DAVID AND ELIZABETH.

THE DESIGNERS, THE EMANUELS, TELL THE STORY: “WHEN DIANA SAID, ‘WOULD YOU DO ME THE HONOUR OF MAKING MY WEDDING DRESS?’ IT WAS IN THAT SECOND THAT I KNEW THAT OUR LIVES WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN”, SAYS ELIZABETH EMANUEL. “WE JUST PRESENTED HER WITH LOTS OF SKETCHES. SHE TRIED ON A SAMPLE WEDDING GOWN … WE KNEW THAT WAS THE PREFECT SILHOUETTE FOR HER”. DAVID EMANUEL, REALISING THAT LADY DIANA HADN’T HOOKED UP HER NET PETTICOATS TO THE UNDERSIDE OF HER DRESS, SAID, “THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAS TO FIND OUT, SO I WENT UNDERNEATH. AS I WAS RESURFACING FROM UNDER HER WEDDING GOWN, DIANA SAID. “DAVID, HAVE YOU MET THE QUEEN MOTHER?” WITH A RATHER QUIZZICAL LOOK ON HER FACE, STANDING THERE WAS THE QUEEN MOTHER.

>> My Weekly, UK, July 27-Aug 3, 2021.

Christmas Story: What a Life, the memoirs of Keith Weber -- Joe was my best mate!

 

WHEN YOU LOOKED IT WAS HARD TO SEE HIM.

I GRABBED THE BRANCH OF A TREE  … I WAS CRYING AND YELLING.

I WENT FOR A CLOSER LOOK TO TALK TO JOE, I FELT THAT IT WAS TIME I MET HIM.

KEITH WEBER          

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

HE WAS MY ENEMY. JOE WAS MY FEAR.

I never met Joe, but my uncle and aunt, who brought me up, knew him. For he was the wooden spoon in my life; and Joe was always the man that would get after my backside to punish me when I was naughty.

He was available at all times; he was a real threat to me for he to guided me through my early life and kept me on the straight and narrow. I had a real fear of this guy who was a dark man, a giant of a man, who lived in the gully down the back; and wore sandshoes.

As it happened, there was a fern tree grove over a small pond there; and that’s where he lived. You had to look “When you looked it was hard to see him, but he was there; he was real; even if back then, looking from a distance, I did not see him. I knew Joe was there; and he would come and get me if he needed too.

As I got older I became more inquisitive. When I was five or six years old I was in my gumboots and I went for a closer look to talk to Joe; I felt it was time I met him. The fern leaves were ready to die, blacken and hang down; they tend to bulk up; and if you look deep into them, your imagination will run wild.

A WORD ABOUT XMAS …
AS AN ABBREVIATION OF ‘CHRISTMAS’, DOES NOT CONJURE UP IN ANY WAY THE PERIOD WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM. THERE’S NOTHING JOYFUL AT ALL ABOUT THE ABOVE EXPRESSION. ONLY AN INSIPID MIND COULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR DREAMING UP AN IMPLAUSIBLE WORD. PEOPLE WHO FIND THE WORD “XMAS” AS LOATHSOME AS HEMINGWAY FOUND “RETIREMENT” SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CONTINUED BELOW …

The pond bank instantly gave way and I was in the water. Hovering over me was all the black rubbish. My mind took over as I knew I had done wrong. I yelled and screamed, “Help! Help! I knew at any moment Joe would grab me and beat me. I might drown; I might go down a big hole and disappear forever.

I was sinking and splashing. I grabbed the branch of a tree and pulled myself clear. I was crying and yelling for “Help!” and finally it came; my uncle took me in his arms. He then took me up the hill and dried me.

Joe did not appear. He did not try to rescue me. Maybe, he was not there; perhaps Joe did not exist. But Joe did keep me in line for my early years.

It was about ten years later, we cleared the gully to find a picturesque fern grove and a clear water pond flowing into a clear water creek. I realised then, I was Joe. A real Joe at that.

It saved a lot of spanked bottoms.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT …

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST; TOUGH PEOPLE DO. WHAT A LIFE! IS A MEMOIR BY AN AUCKLANDER, NOW A SYDNEYITE, WHO WAS A BORN ENTREPRENEUR. HE’S BEEN A SALESPERSON, ORGANISER AND PROBLEM SOLVER FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE.

AFTER HE LEFT AS THE SALES MANAGER OF A LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, HE STARTED A GROUP TOURING AND EVENT COMPANY.

HE BECAME KNOWN AS ‘THE SCHOOL TOUR OPERATOR’ SPECIALSING IN SPORTS, MUSIC FESTIVALS AND GEOGRAPHY – AND GENERAL GROUP TOURING – CONCENTRATING IN NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA AND THE USA.

<< WHAT A LIFE: A MEMOIR BY KEITH WEBER. BALBOA PRESS, BLOOMINGTON, IN.

THE SLOGAN SHOULD BE: “OUT WITH XMAS, IN WITH CHRISTMAS!” FLOOD THE AIRWAVES IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY; SEND EMAILS TO THE LETTERS’ EDITOR; TO THE PRIME MINISTER; TO EVERY MP; TO THE EVERY DEPARMENT STORE, AND SO ON. LET’S STAMP OUT “XMAS” FOR ALL TIME. ON THAT SPECIAL DAY WE SAY, “HAPPY CHRISTMAS”. THE WORD IS … “CHRISTMAS”

CHRISTMAS STORY: KEEP ALL YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER!

LOOKING AFTER ONE’S AFFAIRS COULD BECAME A NIGHTMARE!

FRANK MORRIS

Think about it! It’s easy now to recall the name of your solicitor, your bank and the different insurance companies or credit unions with which you have dealings.

What happens if you suddenly become ill? Who should look after your affairs then?

If you have not taken the necessary steps to put your affairs in order, it’s on the cards that sorting out your affairs could became a nightmare.

It’s essential that your family or carer have everything at their fingertips; every critical moment could count.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING …
TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KEEP A HEALTH JOURNAL, PLUS INFORMATION ON PERSONAL DETAILS AS WELL – DIAGNOSIS, MEDICATION, APPOINTMENTS, ETC. AVAILABLE FROM PERSONAL HEALTH JOURNAL ON HEALTHEPRIDE.COM.AU

All of us have the responsibility to keep a permanent record, detailing all the essential information: out assets, our liabilities, where the family is located; important names and addresses, and so on.

These documents should be stored in a safe place and be readily accessible in times of emergency.

The most simple and inexpensive way of doing it is to buy a small exercise book or notebook and label it: MY AFFAIRS. Show it to your family and tell them what it is, and where it can be found when it is needed.

Divide the book into sections: General information, relatives, bank accounts, credit unions, credit cards, income, investment, insurance policies, Centrelink, doctors, dentists, optician, church, clubs, income tax returns, and whatever else comes to mind.

In the back of the book affix copies of your Will and any other important papers.

If use a computer well and good, but make sure you leave a copy in a known location.

<< From Retirement Villages: Making the right choice; Frank Morris.

‘UNKNOWN SAILOR’ NAMED …
THE IDENTITY OF THE ‘UNKNOWN SAILOR’ HAS FINALLY BEEN REVEALED: HIS NAME IS ABEL SEAMAN THOMAS WELSBY CLARK, 21 YEAR OLD, FROM NEW FARM IN BRISBANE. CLARK WAS THE ONLY BODY RECOVERED FROM THE HMAS SYDNEY, WHICH SANK IN 1941, CLAIMING 645 LIVES. -- FM.

Inside our newspaper: The bombing of Pearl Harbour 80 years ago has started to fade into history

THE BOMBING OF USS ARIZONA, WHEN HER SHELL MAGAZINES IGNITED, WAS A TOTAL LOSS.

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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.

PEARL HARBOUR’S INFAMY …
IT’S 80 YEARS SINCE PEARL HARBOUR WAS BOMBED TO SMITHEREENS. “I WANT TO TRY ANOTHER RAID”, SAID THE HEAD PILOT. REPLIED JAPANESE WAR ADMIRAL NAGUMO: “NO MORE ATTACK”.

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 reassuring 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.

WHEN SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: MEN ARE CAPTIVATED WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT AND OTHER SURROUNDINGS BILLOW IN SMOKE. “IT’S WAR!” SAID THE NEWSPAPERS.

Exclusive! Photos stored in old Brownie camera

THE AIRCRAFTS THAT WERE DAMAGED IN THE FATEFUL RAID.

FRANK MORRIS

THE PHOTOS WERE FOUND IN AN OLD BROWNIE CAMERA STORED IN A FOOT LOCKER IN THE 1940s. THEY WERE TAKEN BY A SAILOR WHO WAS ON A DESTROYER. WHEN THE PHOTOS HAD TO BE DEVELOPED, THEY WERE CLASSIFED AS “SPECTACULAR”. THE PHOTOS GIVE A WORMS-EYE VIEW OF THE WHOLE SUCCESSFUL BOMB RAID. “IT’S AMAZING HOW FILM COULD LAST SO LONG IN A CAMERA WITHOUT DISINTEGRATING”, SAID A FRIEND. THEY ARE A FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD TAKEN 68 YEARS AGO. SOME OF YOU WILL HAVE GO TO A MUSEUM TO SEE WHAT A BROWNIE CAMERA LOOKS LIKE?.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON DECEMBER 15.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 December 21

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