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Houses of Mystery: Part 1. They are still haunting and enjoying themselves!

THEATERGOERS: ACTOR WHO WAS LADY LAVENDER FROM THE PLAY THE MERRY WIDOW BUT SOMETHING REALLY AWFUL HAPPENED. Below: UNDERTAKER C.T. FINNEY – WHAT DID HE GET UP TOO. 

Nearly every place in Launceston is haunted, it seems. What is scary, and what many, many people believe is crazy after they found themselves gazing at a black wooden slat on the wall swaying back and forth. But, believe it or not, these people were indoors; and there was no breeze.  Now, that’s SCARY!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Literally, Tasmanian history wreaks of mind-bending horror tales!

When you came to think about it, it’s out of the ordinary. Take, for instance, the Cape Grim massacre in 1828. Four shepherds ambushed and murdered 30 Aboriginal people, hurling their corpses over a 60 metre cliff into the ocean.

Or the positively merry tale of the eight male convicts who escaped from Sarah Island’s prison in 1822. The convicts got lost in the woods – all of them – and turned on each other, with the strongest convicts slaughtering the rest for food.

The locals believe that their island is full of ghosts. Rather than shy away from the past, though, the ghoulish Tasmanians have developed a knack of making money out of it. Across Tasmania, there are many paranormal investigation societies. There are those that investigate whether a home or business is haunted; the competition for clients is fierce.

In Launceston, which is a City of Ghosts, a mainstream tourist attraction is all about ghosts. This event is even listed in the “must dos” page of the official guide.

FEELS THE TREMORS

Rosemary, a brassy woman dressed in white and adorned with hooped earrings, looks down upon us, “Are you believers?” she asks, looking us in the eye. Some people says yes. Other people shrug. “Sitting on the fence, eh?” Rosemary laughs.

As the sun goes down, Rosemary leads us into the basement of the Royal Oak Hotel. For effect, she has lit only a single camping lamp. People’s eyes customise to the darkness. Rosemary warns each person they may feel a creature’s presence: they might manifest by playing with your hair, blasting cold air on your neck or making your hands be suddenly freezing cold.

Rosemary tells the people that a girl on a tour was smashed in the back of the head with an empty wine bottle.
Meanwhile, doors have slammed open and shut. Another ghost-like figure is notorious for pinching people’s bottoms, but only men’s. It’s must have been a male spirit.

The dead can be so scandalous.


INSIDE NEWSPAPER: International Express, UK – See, I told you Gran will look at us!

It might seem a little quackers but when an amateur photographer captured a picture of geese and ducks at a lake, clouds in the background looked like …a goose. Margaret McEwan, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, was snapping birds at a local lake when she noticed the bird shape in the sunset sky. “I live close to the lake and was taking photos when they came over to feed.”


Houses of Mystery: Final! They are still haunting and enjoying themselves!

DARK AND SCARY: OUTSIDE THE PRINCESS THEATRE SOMETHING BIZARRE TOOK PLACE. Below: THE MERRY WIDOW WAS A PLAY FOR LAUGHS BUT THE LEADING ACTRESS SLIPPED AND FELL TO HER DEATH.

More favourites from Launceston’s litany of horror.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Launceston undertaker’s C.T. Finney’s, at a former site, had a prop coffin on display in the embalming room. Back in the 1800s, bodies would be pushed through the window like, say, a delivery of fresh meat. The bodies would be laid out on ice and hessian bags.(Our tour adventurer) Rosemary points out the grilles through which the corpses’ fluids would drain on the mainstreets of Launceston caking the road with blood … God knows, what else!

While we’re imagining the stench of the streets in summer … the coffin lid slams down loudly and everybody who was passing by would hear the screams. And none of tourist was standing anywhere near the coffin.

The groups venture outside.

A TRAGEDY

From there, a place called Peppers was next on the list. Rosemary looks mildly disappointed. Peppers is where I was staying, I told her. Peppers is a newer establishment but not famous for being haunted. Peppers, said Rosemary, is close to a site where parents and children would once gather to watch the weekly public executions … overseen by the local government.

Nearly every place in Launceston is haunted; or where a dead person appeared to the living, it seems.

There is a bizarre and odd turnout at the Princess Theatre that ends up in tragedy. The theatre is haunted by the Lavender Lady, an actress who starred in The Merry Widow. She slipped off the stage into the orchestra pit one evening, fatally breaking her neck.

HIS DAIRIES

Further on, the touring party was outside a grand-looking white building, the former residence of a doctor, who is said to have conducted a number of gruesome “experiments” on the homeless and mentally disabled people.

Rosemary said, “He never got caught – ever. No-one found out what he’d done until he died. Someone read his diaries. His diaries also said he used to put a little instruments up people’s noses and wiggle them around.”

What happens then is too graphic to print. “They died in an awful way”’ Rosemary said.

Afterwards back at my hotel, I stare at the ceiling for a while. It found it hard to sleep when my hands are so cold.

<< Background from this original story from Tasmania – Go behind the scenery.


ACTIVE DETECTIVE: Edward, Prince of Wales, goes to Hawaii in 1920!

IAN LORDING

ALWAYS SMILING: WHEN THE PRINCE RIDES ON HIS SURF BOARD HE INVARIABLY FALLS OFF – SMILING.

LUCKY LAST: PRINCE OF WALES AT THE END OF THE CANOE.

“Keeping things current, this video is to coincide with the royal tour,” says Ian Lording, who’s been foraging through the decaying films of Pathe.

“Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, where the Prince of Wales enjoys the exhilarating sport of surfing in a strange banana shaped canoe. There are six paddling and Edward, the Prince of Wales. He settles in at the end of the canoe.

“He, like all the other men, is dressed in a bathing suit while he laughs at the camera. Following the canoe … are several men on surf boards. A large wave comes up behind the canoe and the surfers, with the canoe, are coming into shore.”

British Pathe cuts “to the Prince lying on his stomach on a surf board as a Hawaii’s man pushes his board along. Various

<< Longboarder Magazine, Australia.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 22 February 19

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.

BEST MOVIE

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

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