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The Razzle Dazzle Olympics: New sports will present gold-medal performances

SKATEBOARDING, KARATE, CLIMBING, SURFBOARDING AND BMX FREESTYLE ARE SOME OF THE EVENTS TO BE LAUNCHED AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO IN 2021.

FRANK MORRIS

THE OLYMPIC GAMES ARE ONE OF THE OLDEST SPORTING CAVALCADES IN THE WORLD. BUT THERE ARE SOME NEW AND CONTEMPORARY SPORTS STILL MISSING. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SORT OF UNRELATED SPORTS THAT WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY.

SKATEBOARDING

THIS SPORT MADE ITS AMERICAN DEBUT TO THE PUBLIC IN THE 1960s; NOW ITS AN OLYMPIC SPORT.

THERE ARE TWO EVENTS: THE ‘PARK’ COMPETITION TAKES PLACE IN A SKATE-PARK-STYLE ARENA.

THE OTHER ONE, THE ‘STREET-TYPE” OF EVENT, WILL TEST COMPETITORS’ TRICKS, FLIPS AND SLIDES USING DIFFERENT RAILS AND BOXES.

KARATE

KARATE, IN JAPANESE MEANS ‘EMPTY HAND, WAS DEVELOPED IN THE RYUKYU KINGDOM UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF KUNG FU.

KARATE IS SIMPLY USING CONTACT, SEMI-CONTACT AND LIGHT-CONTACT WITH DELIBERATIVE FORCE. KARATE IS SPLIT INTO TWO DIFFERENT EVENTS.

IN ‘KATA’, TWO ATHLETES WILL PERFORM MOVEMENTS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TECHNICAL SKILLS. IN ‘KUMITE’, TWO COMPETITORS WILL COME FACE-TO-FACE ON THE MAT.

NEXT: FINAL -- TWO NEW SPORTING FIXTURES FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS.

<< SOME BACKGROUND IS FROM COLES HEALTH & BEAUTY MAGAZINE, MAY 2021.

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190 YEARS AGO: Australia’s oldest newspaper enjoys being part of grand history

IN 1831, THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE SYDNEY HERALD.

MR JOHN FAIRFAX, ONE OF THE OWNERS, ADDED ‘MORNING’ TO ITS TITLE.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS STARTED WHEN AUSTRALIA’S WHITE POPULATION HAD JUST SWELLED TO OVER 70,000.

FRANK MORRIS

SYDNEYTOWN. IN THE 1830s, WAS OPENING UP TO THE WORLD. THE FIRST FERRY SERVICE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR, LINKING THE NORTH SHORE WITH SYDNEY, WAS GOING TO BE, ACCORDING TO THE SYDNEY GAZETTE, A “GARGANTUAN” SUCCESS.

STARTED IN 1803, THE GAZETTE WAS TO TAKE AUSTRALIA FROM A NEWSPAPERLESS SOCIETY INTO A THRIVING PHENOMONON. BY 1842, THE PAPER WAS GONE.

IN 1824, THE AUSTRALIAN BURST UPON THE SCENE. THE CONVATATIVE NEWWSPAPER, AND ITS OWNERS, W.C WENTWORTH AND ROBERT WARDELL, HAD SPREAD VIOLENT DISMAY AGAINST “COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION AND ITS CRITICISM” FOR ITS READERSHIP. THE NEWSPAPER LASTED UNTIL 1828.

TWO YEARS LATER, 1830, A SMALL, HAND-OPERATED COLUMBIAN PRESS WAS ORDERED. BY THE TIME 1831 HAD DAWNED, A FOUR-PAGE WEEKLY, WAS JUST ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED TO THE PUBLIC:  WARD STEPHENS, FREDERICK STOKES AND WILLIAM McGARVIE BEGAN THE SYDNEY HERALD.

“THE FIRST ITEM WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR … THAT THREE MEN … HAD BEEN GRANTED TICKETS OF LEAVE”, THE HERALD REPORTED.

THE PAPER CHANGED ITS NAME IN THE 184Os AND IT WAS TO BREAK NEW RECORDS. THE ROAD WAS SET TO SPAWN A WORLD RECORD FOR CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING.

IN ITS FIRST EDITORIAL, THE SYDNEY HERALD SAID, “PUBLIC OPINION IS SO MUCH GUIDED … BY THE PRESS THAT EVERY ATTEMPT TO INCREASE ITS RANGE MUST BE INTERESTING TO THE COMMUNITY”.

THE BEGINNING “WAS TENTATIVE” UNTIL THE “FINANCIAL DEPRESSION” HIT AUSTRALIA IN 1842. IT CHANGED ITS NAME IN 1841 BY ADDING ‘MORNING’ TO ITS TITLE, THANKS TO THE NEW OWNERS JOHN FAIRFAX AND CHARLES KEMP.

THEN, AS A SURVIVOR, IT DECIDED DUE TO ITS “STRONG COMMERCIAL POSITION” THAT “THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR TWO CONSERVATIVE NEWSPAPERS IN THE COLONY”. THE SYDNEY GAZETTE, BECAUSE OF SQUABBLING AND DISCONTENT AMONG THE EXECUTIVE, FOLDED IN OCTOBER, 1842. THE GAZETTE HAD HELD A MONOPOLY UNTIL THE 1820s.

ASIDE FROM PRESENT-DAY PROBLEMS, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD CONTINUES AS AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST RUNNING NEWSPAPER; AND CAN ALSO LAY CLAIM TO HAVING SPAWNED ONE OF THE LARGEST CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTIONS IN THE WORLD.

THE CLASSIFIED SECTIONS, WHEN THEY WERE ALIVE AND KICKING, WERE CALLED “THE RIVERS OF GOLD.”

BEING MADE A TABLOID IN 2013, THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS TODAY.

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COMING …
IT’S A BOOK THAT YOU WON’T PUT DOWN! WHAT A LIFE: MEMOIRS OF KEITH WEBER, IS A TOME THAT PACKS A PUNCH. “WRITE EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID INTO A BOOK,” I REMARKED TWO AGO. AND HE DID. YOUR COPY MAY BE ORDERED THROUGH A BOOKSELLER. “I FOUND THE MEMOIRS INTERESTING. KEITH ALWAYS EXPLAINS THE BACKGROUND TO THE PROBLEMS. – FM.
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Read all about it: Menzies was a good heckler!

PRIME MINSTER ROBERT MENZIES KNEW NO BOUNDS!

Robert Gordon Menzies was often a skilful parliamentary debater; he could hold his audience with devastating wit. Menzies was given the nickname “Ming the Merciless.”

His wit knew no bounds. A woman said: “I wouldn’t vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel.” Menzies replied: “If I were the Archangel Gabriel Madam, I afraid you would not be in my constituency.”

Menzies was master of the quick-quip; he had few peers.

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FOODFROLICO: Good manners are everyone’s best friend!

FRANK MORRIS

OUR EXPERT SAID, “ONE AFTERNOON, I GOT THIS IDEA … WHY DON’T I DO A BOOK”. SO, HE DID. THE BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY ADULTS AND GIVEN TO THEIR CHILDREN. THAT WAS IN 1960. BUT THESE DAYS, IT IS NOW, TRAGICALLY, A DIFFERENT SCENE.

I SAT NEAR A GROUP PEOPLE RECENTLY IN A CAFÉ WHOSE TWO CHILDREN PLAYED WITH THE MOBILE PHONES. OOOPS! THEY ARE TODAY’S UP AND COMING MARKET.

THE EXPERT CONTINUES: “GOOD MANNERS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS GOOD GROOMING AND GOOD BEHAVIOR. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THIS DAY OF CONFUSED STANDARDS MANNERS ARE SOMETIMES NEGLECTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF TABLE MANNERS.

“BUT MANNERS MUST NOT BE STILTED, SELF-CONSCIOUS AND ARTIFICIAL. THEREFORE, IT IS DANGEROUS TO HAVE ONE SYSTEM, OR NO SYSTEM – FOR HOME CONSUMPRION AND ANOTHER FOR DINING OUT.

ANNEBELLE, A HIGH-RANKING CHEF, SAID “WITH THE MODERN GENERATION THERE ARE NO MANNERS AND THAT WILL SET A BAD EXAMPLE”. SHE SAID “SHE MOURNS THE DEMISE OF FAMILY DINING.

SOME MORE GOOD MANNERS …

IF YOU TAKE YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO A CAFE, TURN IT OFF.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences, Part 3: World War 1 - “I remember how my parents had aged”

ARMISTICE DAY AND THE CARRIAGE IN WHICH THE ARMISTICE WAS SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED.

HOT NEWS: THE WAR IS OVER. THE MOBS STARTED TO STORM THE CITY.

ONE MORNING I WAS AWAKENED BY THE SOUND OF MARCHING.

FRANK MORRIS

RUTH’S ‘FIRST RECOLLECTION’ OF WAR WHEN SHE WAS ONLY A SMALL CHILD. A NEIGHBOUR WHO HAD SERVED IN THE BOER WAR TOLD HER HE HAD SHOT A MAN.THE FACT THAT HE WANTED THE PIPE AND TOBACCO THE AFRICAN CIVILIAN WAS SMOKING, DID NOT COUNT.

As a little girl Ruth “did not think he was bragging; I believed he was ashamed.”

Ruth continued:

My eldest brother was called up and served on Home Service ground staff in the Air Force. He told us of a horrific accident he witnessed in which mates were killed. My second brother turned eighteen and he was called up. He left for training in Yorkshire where he (and many of his mates) died in the ‘flu epidemic.

I remember how much my parents had aged when they returned home from the hospital camp three days later. If William had not died my mother would have stayed there to help the overworked doctors and nurses. It was a bad epidemic. Mum, dad and I were all sick at the same time.

Early one morning, I was awakened by the sound of marching.

It was a batch of young men moving from the military camp nearby, probably heading for the railway and thence, I thought, to the battlefields of France. I cried bitterly.

All these memories, no doubt, helped to strengthen my beliefs and my determination to do all (that) I could have rid the world of war, poverty and greed.

Early in the war, while our family was still complete, we moved to another home. We got the opportunity of becoming caretakers in a large two-storey house complete with basement and stairs. The owner was a dental surgeon who practised there.

Later he married and came to live at the house.

Of course, there were advantages: no rent, for one thing, and more room. But there were conditions: cleaning the waiting room and surgery, and the two big brass plates on the doors and front gate.

Ever since then I have loathed cleaning brass! My future husband bought some highly attractive Indian brass ornaments. He cleaned as promised – first, conclude Ruth.

OMNIBUSES WERE SEIZED AND PEOPLE COPULATED IN THE DOORWAYS.THEY WERE ASSERTING THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE OVER DEATH.

The Armistice ending World War 1 between Germany and the Allied powers was signed on November 11, 1918. Throughout Great Britain office workers and shopkeepers rushed into the streets weeping, crying and screaming as the news of the armistice spread.

Writes historian A.J.P. Taylor: “Omnibuses were seized, people caroused in strange garments, and total strangers copulated in the doorways and on the pavements. They were asserting the triumph of life over death.

“The celebrations ran on with increasing wildness for three days, when the police finally intervened and restored order.”

On June 28, 1919, the front page of the Pall Mall Gazette trumpeted ‘PEACE SIGNED’.

The paper reported that a peace treaty between the Allied and Associated Governments and Germany was signed at Versailles at 3.12pm on that day, “bringing to a formal end the hostilities which commenced by the declaration by Germany of war on Russia, France, Britain and America.”

NEXT: Ruth writes about her family’s battle during the ongoing economic depression, the General Strike in 1926 and immigrating to Australia.

<< Ruth’s Reminiscences. The Australian Book Collector, 2000.

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GINGER MEGGS: He’s been around for 100 years!

CONTINUED.

GINGER’S SKIRMISHES WITH TIGER KELLY HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN THIS HARMONIOUS.

“US FELLERS”, THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE GINGER MEGGS STRIP, APPEARING IN THE SUNDAY SUN, NOVEMBER 13, 1921. THE STRIP BY “PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST”, J.C. BANCKS, BROUGHT INSTANT FAME. THE TEAR-AWAY KID, “GINGER MEGGS”, WAS PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER, 1939. THE STRIP IS SYNDICATED IN AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS TO MORE THE 34 COUNTRIES. – FM.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON JULY 2.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 17 June 21

Vale Alan Garside: His wish did come true!

ALAN GARSIDE: A PROMINEMENT CAREER. Below: IT WAS AN HONOUR TO MEET MARK BOSNICH. Photos by Geoff Jones.

FRANK MORRIS

A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION.

THE SECOND OLDEST LIVING SOCCERO PLAYER ALAN GARSIDE DIED AT THE FERNDALE NURSING HOME LAST WEEK. FAMILY WERE BY HIS SIDE. ALAN WAS 94. HE WAS BURIED AT ROOKWOOD CEMETERY ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

ALAN WAS IN HIS EIGHTIES WHEN HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF. “ALAN GARSIDE” AND HELD OUT HIS HAND. HE SAID THIS WITH A BROAD SMILE. I DID LIKEWISE; I THEN SMILED BACK.

THAT’S HOW I MET ALAN GARSIDE. IT WAS SIMPLE AND NEAT. I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FACT THAT ALAN WAS AN EX-SOCCEROO PLAYER. ALL I KNEW WAS THAT HE WAS BLUE-RIBBON FOR A PROMINENT LEAGUE CLUB. I FOUND THIS OUT LATER ON.

HE LIVED IN A VILLA OPPOSITE ME. HIS REGULAR VISITS, AND ONE-LINERS AND OTHER DISCOURSES, WERE SOMETHING TO BEHOLD.

AT ALAN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY I DID A REPRODUCTION OF A NEWSPAPER POSTER, WHICH SAYS: ‘ALAN GARSIDE – 90 AND NOT OUT!’. ALAN SAID TO ME, “I’LL HAVE TO REACH 100 NEXT TIME”. WE BOTH SMILED.

ALAN, 94, WAS AUSTRALIA’S SECOND-OLDEST LIVING SOCCEROO TO “WEAR AN AUSTRALIAN JERSEY”. HE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE ‘PRIZED’ GIFT AT THE FERNDALE NURSING HOME.

FOR THE LEGENDARY SOCCEROO, IT WAS A WISH THAT HAD COME TRUE. BACK IN THOSE DAYS, ALAN WAS A MILKMAN SERVING THE AREA ON A CART AND HORSE. BUT, AS A 11-YEAR-OLD BOY IN 1937, HE HAD BEEN PLAYING SOCCER AT SCHOOL, WHICH ASSISTED HIM DURING HIS FOOTBALL LIFE.

HE WAS SELECTED IN 1953 AS THE 148TH ‘SOCCEROO’ AGAINST CHINA. HE ALSO REPRESENTED AUSTRALIA AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IN 1955 BEFORE A LEG INJURY CUT SHORT HIS CAREER.

ALAN SAID IT WAS AN HONOUR TO MEET MARK BOSNICH. BOSNICH PLAYED FOR THE SOCCEROOS AND ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE.

HOWEVER, ALAN ALWAYS “FEARED THAT HE WOULD NEVER WEAR AN AUSTRALIAN JERSEY AGAIN” AFTER SWAPPING THE ORIGINAL JERSEY WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM AS “TOKEN OF APPRECIATION”.

IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!

<< A MORE DETAILED REPORT AND BACKGROUND FROM THE LEADER, MARCH 22, 2021; FRANK MORRIS.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympic Games: Landy shows he was built for speed!

JOHN LANDY CLIPPED ON THE POST.

John Landy was known for his speed as a mid-distance runner. But he was always the bridesmaid, especially in the 1500m at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Bannister won the race in 3m58.8 and Landy was beaten by 0.8, secs. Landy said:

“I must have more speed. I know it’s me, but I have to get it out.”

Landy was holder of two world mile records set in Australia of 3m58. He set a record for 880 yards, 50m.4. –FM. 

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Read all about it: Notorious criminal was brought to task

SQUIZZY TAYLOR (CENTRE) IS ALL EARS WHEN HE RECEIVED A DRESSING DOWN BY A DETECTIVE.

Squizzy Taylor, age 37, a notorious criminal of the Melbourne underworld in the 1920s, was a man with a nasty trait.

Taylor was described as a larrikin, blackmailer, incendiary genius, bootlegger, stool pigeon, standover man and dozens of other villainous nomenclatures.

It hard to imagine another superlative, but a detective came up with one – “a dirty little rat”.

In 1982, the Australian movie drama of Squizzy Taylor and his downfall was based on the life of the Melbourne gangster.

David Atkins, who played Squizzy Taylor, caught every sinew of his character.

Atkins height was apt playing the gangster. He was a not tall chap. He portrait of Squizzy Taylor as a larrikin gangster was brilliant.

Squizzy Taylor was born in 1888. Being caught in a gun duel with a policeman, after an attempt to rob a bank, Taylor was seriously wounded.

He died that same day. It was in 1927.

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Coming: Ace Reporter, Mason Knight, is back!

YES, HE’S BACK. THE MAN WHO’S THIN AS A RAKE AND KNOWS HOW TO CUT CORNERS. HE IS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF THE “GORGEOUS” ANGEL LOOVE CASE -- AND THERE’S NO WAY OF STOPPING HIM.

THIS BLOKE HAS MORE TRICKS UP HIS SLEEVE THAN A WILY MAGICIAN. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE “IMAGINARY” MASON KNIGHT WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GET THE STORY STRAIGHT.

ONLY MASON KNIGHT CAN DO THAT. THE WAY HE GOES ABOUT IT MAKES A GRIPPING READ. KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences, Part 2: Rents fail, and the dawn of the First World War draws near

BOER WAR: RUTH’S FIRST RECOLLECTION OF A CONFLICT.

FIRST WORLD WAR: THE BRITISH AND GERMANS JUST WANTED TO BE FRIENDS, WRITES RUTH.

TWO NATIONS WANTED TO DESTROY EUROPEAN LIFE FOR EVER.

FRANK MORRIS

RUTH PHILPOT EXPRESSES WITH PASSION, VIGOUR, GRACE AND OPTIMISM -- EVERYTHING THAT WAS INCANDESCENT.

I was immediately mindful of those words and images in Australia that were captured so poignantly in a book Weevils in the Flour published a few years ago.

Ruth continued:

Newcastle, where I was born, was truly an industrial town – mainly shipbuilding and coal mines. The river was given the name “Coaly Tyne’ because it had shipyards on both banks.

As far back as I can recall the miners seemed to be striving for better conditions and wages. In the early 1900s -- circa 1909 -- there was big miners’ strike and families were living in poverty.

At the same time dinner tickets were handed out at school to the needy children so they were assured of one good hot meal each school day.

I was fortunate in having parents who were aware of the struggle between the “have” and the “have nots”, [and they] were supporting the miners in their rightful demands; seeing the children stay behind for their free dinner left an indelible impression on the other families, which remains today.

Why should many be destitute while the mine owners and other bosses are so wealthy?                                   

We lived in a house which was one of several in the street owned by the same man. Apparently, landlords were proposing to increase the rents. Dad came home from his Union meeting and reported [that] the decision was not to pay the increase.

So, mum called the six houses in the row and told them [that] she was not paying and advised them not to do so. All but one refused. The others were surprisingly happy, as no pressure was brought to bear upon them.

They thought mother was wonderful!

One of the neighbour’s daughters was so gratefully surprised at mother’s successful action, she said, “if that’s being a socialist than I’m one too.”

Ruth’s “first recollection” of war was when a neighbour, who had served in the Boer War, told her he had shot a man because he wanted the pipe and tobacco the African civilian was smoking.

As a little girl, Ruth “did not think [the neighbour] was bragging; I believed he was ashamed.” However, the war that was to impact with tragic circumstances on Ruth, her family and her friends, waiting in the wings.

In July, 1914, the Daily Mail reported that the British fleet had put to sea “as a precautionary measure.” Prime Minister Asquith told the House of Commons that the situation “at this moment is one of extreme gravity.” On August 1, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia.

IT WAS OFFICIALLY REPORTED BY THE NEWSPAPERS THAT GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY HAD DECLARED WAR. THE GRAVE ANNOUCEMENT RECEIVED A LOUD CHEER.

A few days later, on August 5, the Daily News & Leader reported: “It was officially announced … that war was declared between Great Britain and Germany last night.” The paper went on to state that “the grave announcement was received with loud cheers.”

The First World War, or The Great War, as it was called, was under way. The rivalry between the two nations was to destroy European life had as it had been.

Ruth continued:

We lived between two families, of which the matriarchs were sisters. One had nine sons and the other had nine sons and a daughter. The boys from the first family were older, of working age, mostly miners.

Some went to the war. One was a POW in Turkey. As with some of his brothers he did not return.

During the war … my teacher asked us to write a composition. I wrote about a conversation between a British and a German soldier. The gist of it was that neither wanted to kill the other -- they just wanted to be friends.

My teacher’s comment stunned me.

“Most improbable,” she snapped.

The war raged on.

NEXT: RUTH PHILPOT MAKES THE JOURNEY AFTER THE WAR.

<< FRANK MORRIS, THE BOOK COLLECTOR, 2000; GRAND YEARS.

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SKIPPY the bush kangaroo! …

THE VET WAS RIGHT.  BUT SOME TENDER-LOVING BY THE VET HAD MICAH LOOKING AS GOOD AS NEW.

THE END.

GRAND YEARS NEXT APPEARANCE WILL BE ON JUNE 18.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 03 June 21

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