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Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, died at 99

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, PRINCE PHILIP, HAS DIED AGED 99, SAYS BUCKINGHAM PALACE. PRINCE PHILIP PASSED AWAY IN HIS SLEEP "PEACEFULLY" AT WINDSOR CASTLE AT 12.01 PM ON FRIDAY. OUTSIDEWINDSOR CASTLE THE MOOD IN LOCKDOWN-HIT LONDON IS SUBDUED. -FM.


Forgotten Australia: Old B&W movies transfer into glorious colour!

THE DANCING MAN, FRANK McALARY.

FRANK MORRIS

WHO WAS THAT DANCING MAN WHO WAS AS SMOOTH AS SILK? HE WAS A BUDDING LAWYER WHO ENDED UP HAVING A DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A SYDNEY BARRISTER.

HIS NAME? FRANK McALARY.

McALARY ‘DANCED’ ON FILM, WAS LEAPING, HIS HAT ALOFT AND FROLICKING DOWN A SYDNEY STREET AT THE END OF WORLD WAR 11 ON VP DAY 1945.

HE RECALLED LATER ON THAT THE AFFAIR BECAME ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST CELEBRATED CASES OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT DECIDED TO ISSUE A COIN ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO MARK THE END OF THE WAR. THE MINT ELECTED TO PUT THE IMAGE OF THE DANCING MAN ON ONE SIDE OF THE DOLLAR COIN WITHOUT IDENTIFYING HIM.

CHESTER PORTER, ONE HIS ASSOCIATES, REMARKED, THAT “BLIND FREDDY COULD SEE IT’S FRANK McALARY”.

“IT WAS VERY SPONTANEOUS”, HE SAID. “CHESTER PORTER, MYSELF AND TWO OTHERS … WERE STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE CROWD AND A CINESOUND TRUCK WAS GOING ALONG FILMING.

PORTER SAID ‘GIVE ‘EM A SHOW, FRANK’”.

<< PART OF FRANK McALARY TIMELINES OF 2010 WAS USED IN THE COMPILATION OF THIS ARTICLE.


RAAF: 100TH ANNIVERSARY AND STILL GOING STRONG

THE FIRST WIRRAWAY WAS THE FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA’S AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

THE SPITFIRE MADE THE LUFTWAFFE WARY OF ITS DOMINANCE IN THE SKY. Below: BRITISH-MADE DE HAVILLAND’S MOSQUITO, WHICH SERVED AUSTRALIA VALIANTLY IN ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS.  THE MOSQUITO WAS ALSO MANUFACTURED BY DE HAVILLAND, AUSTRALIA.

THE ONLY DOMINION TO CREATE ITS OWN AIR FORCE IN WORLD WAR 1.

FRANK MORRIS

THE CENTRAL FLYING SCHOOL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1914 AT POINT COOK, VICTORIA. BUT BUSINESS AT THE SCHOOL WAS TO BE INEVITABLY SMALL.

IN THOSE DAYS, FEW PEOPLE HAS MORE THAN A PASSING INTEREST IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A MERCHANICAL ABERRATION OF MINOR SIGNIFICANCE.

THE SCHOOL BEGAN WITH A SIX-MAN STAFF, WHICH CONSISTED OF TWO PILOT INSTRUCTORS, TWO MECHANICS, A COOK AND A CARETAKER: AS WELL AS THREE PLANES – TWO DEPERDUSSINS AND A BRISTOL BOXKITE.

IN WORLD WAR 1, WE WERE TO SEE A REMARKABLE GROWTH IN AERIAL POWER. BUT THE SCHOOL WAS THE ONLY PERMANENTLY ESTABLISHED AIR BASE IN THE COMMONWEALTH UNTIL 1921.

THIS WAS LATER TRANSFERRED IN 1948 TO EAST SALE, VICTORIA WHERE IT WAS MAINTAINED AS THE ORIGINAL UNIT OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.

“LAGGED BEHIND …”

AUSTRALIA BECAME THE FIRST DOMINION TO CREATE ITS OWN AIR FORCE IN WORLD WAR 1. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RAAF BETWEEN THE WARS WAS SLOW.

“WAR CLOUDS WERE GATHERING”, WRITES A.K MACDOUGALL IN AUSTRALIA’S AIR FORCE: THE STORY OF THE RAAF. “IN 1935 NAZI GERMANY RENOUNCED THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES, WHICH HAD DISARMED HER; THEN CREATED AN AIR FORCE, THE LUFTWAFFE.

” THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH BEGAN TO REARM. BRITISH AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT HAD LAGGED BEHIND THAT OF THE AMERCIANS. AS EARLY AS 1933, THE US ARMY CORPS WAS FLYING ALL-METAL BOEING BOMBERS AND SINGLE-WING FIGHTERS”.

THE BRITISH HAWKER DEMONS WERE FLOWN BY THE RAAF IN 1930s. THEN CAME THE BREAKTHROUGH.
IN 1936, THE RAF ORDERED THEIR FIRST STEAMLINED “ALL-METAL MONOPLANES FIGHTERS – THE HAWKER HURRICANES AND SUPERMARINE SPITFIRES – WHICH WERE CAPABLE OF SPEEDS EXCEEDING 500 KM/H.

THE ROLL-OUT OF THE SPITFIRE AND HURRICANES BY THE RAF WAS INDICATIVE OF HOW BRITAIN WAS READY. IN 1940, DURING THE PROACTIVE BATTLE FOR BRITAIN, THE SPITFIRE ITSELF WITHSTOOD THE CONSTANT BARRAGE OF THE LUFFWAFFE, GERMANY'S PRIDE AND JOY.

BACK HOME, IN 1939, THE RAAF UNVEILS THE FIRST OF ITS AIRCRAFT FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY-- THE WIRRAWAY.

THE WIRRAWAY FIGHTER/TRAINER, AN ABORIGINAL WORD MEANING ‘CHALLENGE’, WAS DEPLOYED IN A NUMBER OF COMBAT ROLES. THE PLANE WAS RETIRED IN 1959. THE WIRRAWAY HAS BEEN CREDITED AS BEING “THE FOUNDATION” OF AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

THE BRITISH DE HAVILLAND FACTORY PRODUCED THE FIGHTER BOMBER THE MOSQUITO IN 1940s. IT WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST OPERATION AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD. THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN MOSQUITO WAS DEVILERED TO RAAF MARCH 5, 1944. ONLY 212 WERE BUILD.

AT THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR 11, THE FORCE HAD 310 OFFICERS AND 3179 FROM OTHER RANKS. THERE WAS RAPID GROWTH AND DURING THE WAR, IN NOVEMBER 1944, THE RAAF COULD BOAST 20,691 OFFICERS AND 144,674 FROM OTHER DIVISIONS.

LARGEST IN AUSTRALIA!

AFTER THE WAR, THE RAAF SUPPLIED THREE SQUADRONS OF MUSTANGS TO THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION FORCE IN JAPAN. THE SQUADRONS PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN THE BRITISH CAMPAIGNS AGAINST MALAYAN TERRORISTS AND WAS DEPLOYED WITH UNITED NATIONS FORCES IN KOREA.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACQUIRED THE FLYING BASE AT HAMM COMMON – NOW RICHMOND – IN THE 1920S. IT WAS FIRST USED IN JULY, 1925. NEEDLESS TO SAY, RICHMOND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST HEADQUARTERS IN AUSTRALIA, WHICH HOUSES THOUSANDS OF RAAF OFFICERS, AIRMEN AND AIRWOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE NATION.

ALTHOUGH THE RAAF IS THE YOUNGEST OF OUR SERVICES, ITS DAZZLING RECORD OF INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS RELECTS THE VITAL PART OF THE AIR POWER AND SPACE EXPLORATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!

<< TUCKER & COMPANY HISTORICAL FIRSTS PROVIDED BACKGROUD TO THIS ARTICLE.


Clipper Days: Cutty Sark --The lone survivor of the tea clipper era

LOOKING MAJESTIC: THE CLIPPER SHIP CUTTY SARK.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

CLIPPER SHIPS SPREAD THEIR SAILS AND SET FORTH FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. THE NAME, CUTTY SARK, WILL EVER RING A BELL WHEN THE LAST WINDJAMMERS HAVE GONE TO THEIR LONG REST. WHEN OIL HAS DISPLACED COAL, HER RECORDS AND CUTTY SARK FAME WILL LIVE FOR EVER. WHEN CUTTY SARK TURNED SEVEN, SHE FINISHED A SEVEN DAYS’ SPRINT WITH A TALLY OF 2163 MILES, A DAILY AVERAGE OF 362 MILES. SEVERAL TIMES, SHE OUTDISTANCED STEAMERS. IN 1873, CUTTY SARK WAS BEATEN BY THERMOPYLAE, WHICH WAS FASTER IN HEAVY WEATHER, THAN IN LIGHT”. IN 1889, THOUGH, SHE BROUGHT SHAME ON AN ORIENT LINER WHEN SHE BEAT THE RMS BRITANNIA UP THE COAST. “WHAT A SHIP?” SIGNALS THE BRITANNIA. “WELL, DONE CUTTY SARK”.  YES, INDEED! IN THOSE DAYS, THE CLIPPERS WERE THE RACEHORSES OF THE DEEP. LAUNCHED IN 1869, AND 963 GROSS TONS, SHE WAS HAILED AS THE “MOST FAMOUS CLIPPER OF ALL TIME”. SHE LIES IN FALMOUTH HARBOUR.

<< From Clipper Days, The Sydney Mail, May 1936.

COMING: The Flying Cloud had a female as navigator.


Razzle Dazzle Olympics: Durack and Wylie, first women to compete for Australia

FANNY DURACK, AUSTRALIA’S FIRST EVER OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION.

SHE BEAT MINA IN THE STOCKHOLM DASH BY SECONDS BUT MINA WENT ON TO FAME!

AUSTRALIAN MINA WYLIE, DURACK’S CLOSET RIVAL, WAS STRICTLY OUTCLASSED.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

MINA WYLIE AND FANNY DURACK WERE THE ONLY WOMEN TO COMPETE FOR AUSTRALIA AT THE STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS IN 1912. BUT FANNY NOTCHED A MARK IN SPORTING HISTORY. SHE BECAME THE FIRST EVER WOMAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION.

Fanny won the Gold medal in the 100 metres freestyle, the only women’s event held. In the 100 metres pool, built specifically for the Games in Stockholm Harbour, she clocked 1min. 22.2 sec when defeating Australian Mina Wylie, her greatest rival, by 3.2 sec.

Previously she won a heat, breaking the World record held by Daisy Curwen, from England, by 0.8sec. Swimming 1min 16.2secs in 1915, Fanny retained that record for eight years.

Fanny, who hailed from Sydney’s Haymarket, broke twelve World record between 1912 and 1918 in distances ranging from 100 metres to one mile. She dominated women’s swimming for a longer period than anyone else.

Her best times were: 100 yards 1 min 06 sec, 100 metres 1min 16.2 sec; 220 yards 2 min 56 sec; 300 metres 4 min 43.6 sec; and one mile 26min 08.sec.

Fanny extensively promoted women’s swimming with world tours, demonstration the trudge and the Australian crawl stroke. She took on and beat all comers the world over for eight years in the formative stages of women’s swimming.

She was honoured in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967. She was born in 1894 and died in 1956.

THE DAY SHE MET FANNY

Mina, coached by her father at his Coogee Baths, first gained recognition at Australia’s inaugural Ladies Championship, Brisbane. In 1903, she won the Championship for the 60 yards dash for aged 13 years.

Two years later she held the Australian record for 100 yards in the then amazing time of 1min 5 secs. Mina maintained her top status in Australian swimming over many years, becoming adept at the various strokes.

In 1920, she met Fanny Durack in a 100 yards event at Sydney Domain Baths and came out a clear winner. She had learnt a few things since going down to Durack at the Stockholm Games.

Mina, in 1922, held the Australian Championship in all styles of swimming. But Fanny became the first Aussie to receive the highest monument – the Royal Life Saving Society Award.

In 1974, Mina was honoured by gaining a place in the International Hall of Fame. It’s been 100 years since Mina Wylie, from Coogee, NSW, and Fanny Durack won right to swim.

The two women had an exhibition, including photos, memorabilia, Mina’s silver medal and one of her swimming costumes which was held at Maroubra, NSW.

Mina was born in 1891 and died in 1984.

<< ADAPTED FROM THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS, SPORT HOUSE, SYDNEY.


The Great war: Popular song says Australia will be there!

SITTING ROUND THE TABLE SINGING A PATRIOTIC SONG!

FRANK MORRIS

AUSTRALIANS, AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE 1914-18 WAR, SANG A POPULAR AND PATRIOTIC SONG THAT CAPTURED ALL THEIR ENTHUSIASM.

“AUSTRALIANS WILL BE THERE!” -- THE SONG WAS SUNG BY EVERYBODY.

RALLY ROUND THE BANNER OF YOUR COUNTRY, TAKE THE FIELD WITH BROTHERS O’ER THE FOAM, ON LAND OR SEA, WHEREVER YOU MIGHT BE, KEEP YOUR EYE ON GER-MAN-Y’.

AUSTRALIAN’S FLOCKED IN THEIR THOUSANDS TO JOIN THE ARMY TO ASSIST GREAT BRITAIN, SAID AN AUTHOR.

THE COST WAS HORRIFYING: 300,00 AUSSIES WENT, 60,000 DIED; 155,000 WOUNDED.


SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO …

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON APRIL16.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 07 April 21

The Big Fight: Vic Patrick v Freddy Dawson – Australia’s greatest sporting moments!

FREDDY DAWSON DODGES THE LETHAL RIGHT HAND FROM PATRICK, SIMILAR TO THE ONE WHICH “KNOCKED ME THROUGH THE ROPES”. Below: FREDDY DAWSON – RANKS WITH THE BEST.

THIS TIME, VIC PATRICK ON HIS KNEES TAKING THE FINAL COUNT.

“PATRICK HAD ME DAZED, SAID DAWSON. “THE PUNCH THAT KNOCKED ME THROUGH THE ROPES WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST I’VE EVER TAKEN”. DAILY MIRROR, SEPT 2, 1947.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

AUSTRALIAN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION VIC PATRICK’S BOXING CAREER HAS ENDED.

This is the dramatic sequel to Patrick’s sensational knockout in the 12th round by American negro Freddy Dawson at the Sydney Stadium last night.

News of Patrick’s retirement was relayed to the Daily Mirror by Mrs Patrick from the champion’s screened bed at St Vincent’s Hospital today.

“We have decided the Vic will never fight again and he is going away for a long holiday,” Mrs Patrick said.

Patrick was admitted to hospital suffering from concussion and face lacerations after the knockout. The result of an X-ray proved that the skull had not been fractured.

Vic was too ill to be interviewed. But he later spoke to pressmen in the presence of his wife and two daughters, Vicki and Anne.

His face was badly swollen. Both eyes were cut, the left being completely closed.

He denied the story in a morning paper that he was shrieking during the night and that a priest had visited him. A priest also said that the story was not true.

After Dawson had KO’d him in the 12th round, Patrick was “out” for a full minute after referee Joe Wallis completed the count.

PATRICK WAS DAZED

Vic was carried to his dressing room and later ordered to hospital for observation by the Stadium Medical officer.

After the fight, Dawson said he had never lost to a “white boy” … but was close to being out on two occasions last night.

“Patrick had me dazed and I could not see him at all after one of his lefts hit me on the jaw”, said the American.

“The punch which crashed me through the ropes and down for six in the 11th round was one the hardest I have ever taken”.

Dawson said that his grimaces at Patrick late in the contest were not “showing off”, but part of the strategy.

PATRICK WAS HIS KNEES

“I was not taking him cheaply as the crowd thought “, he said. “I wanted him to lead, so that I could slip the punch and counter”.

After a flurry of well-directed counter-punching Patrick fell to his knees.

The epic fight, on September 1, 1947, had Patrick winning on points, when Freddy Dawson fell through the ropes in the round 11. But the tide was beginning to turn for Patrick.

Then it was Patrick’s turn, on his knees, taking the final count against Dawson. Battered, bloodstained but not disgraced, Patrick was assisted from the ring after the sensational fight and removed him to St Vincent’s Hospital for observation.

One of Patrick’s seconds, Billy Smith, stood by to help the beaten champion.

Dawson saw Patrick laying on the stretcher and anxiously inquired how he was. Patrick replied: “I’m OK. I think the people saw a good fight”. Dawson said, “Don’t let it get you down”.

The result of this bout hit the sporting public of Australia like a bombshell. It was just beyond belief that Patrick had been knocked out.

It was more than just the defeat of the Australian Champion. It was Vic Patrick.

Frank Morris comment: I heard the bruising fight in Sydney in 1947. I was eleven. I heard the crowd whistle and cheer as Patrick sent Dawson crashing through the ropes – he was half in, half out. With rapid succession Dawson came back and hit Patrick, and he went down and then got up; but Dawson retaliated, and Patrick went down for the final count. “Dawson counter-punching was purely a gem” said a newspaper at the time. Michael Clarke, a virtual dictionary of boxing facts, who witnessed the fight, said, “Australia was in mourning”.

<< Adapted from Daily Mirror, September 2, 1947.

VIC PATRICK WAS BATTERED BUT NOT DISGRACED. PHOTO: DAILY MIRROR.
COMING:
I received a letter from the parents of a 12-year-old would-be fighter.


THE BIG FIGHT: Razzle Dazzle Olympics -- Carruthers and Madigan – ‘no’ to defeat

CURRUTHERS LACES VIC TOWEEL WITH A LEFT HAND JAB. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. Below: THE PROGRAM OF THE BOUT. FROM VIC TOWEEL’S ARCHIVES.

BOTH FIGHTERS CAME UP WITH A ‘SURPRISE’ IN THEIR TIMELY BOUTS!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

BOXER JIMMY CARRUTHERS WAS UNBEATEN AT THE 1948 LONDON OLYMPICS. BUT ONE THING STOPPED HIM GAINING A MEDAL: HE HAD SUFFERED A SERIOUS AND PAINFUL CUT ABOVE THE RIGHT EYE.

But Carruthers was a dyed in the wool boxing champion.

He became Australia’s first official world boxing champion with a shock one-round knock-out of South Africa’s Vic Towel in Johannesburg on November 15, 1952.

In only his 19th professional fight he took the world bantamweight crown, giving Toweel no chance to recover from a pre-determined onslaught in the opening round.

The 23-year-old Sydney southpaw defended his title successfully four times before announcing his retirement in 1954. He was the first world champion in any division to quit the ring without a defeat, or even a draw – a perfect record in 19 fights.

DECISION HOTLY DISPUTED

He made a brief and unsuccessful comeback seven years later, winning two of his four fights. Carruthers (centre) in his successful Australian Bantamweight Title fight with Ellery Bennett in 1951.

He was born 1929 and died in 1990.

On the other hand, Tony Madigan had been flying the boxing kite higher and higher.

Madigan won two Empire Games gold medals as a light heavyweight in Cardiff in 1958 and Perth in 1962. He scored an Olympic Bronze medal in the same division in Rome in 1960.

In his semi-final in Rome, he dropped a hotly-disputed points decisions to the young American called Cassius Clay, the eventual gold medal winner.

TOUGH ENCOUNTER

Clay was to become better known as Muhammad Ali.

The year before, in 1959, Madigan, after winning the New York V Eastern States Golden Gloves Championship, had also lost on points to Clay in the final of the International Golden Gloves in America.

Madigan’s efforts against Clay were all the more impressive when you consider he was already turned 30 and was the elder of his opponent by 12 years when they fought in Rome. He won the light-heavyweight International Diamond Belt, virtually the world amateur championship in 1958 and 1959.

In 1954 he was the Amateur Boxing Association Light-Heavyweight Champion of Britain.

He represented in three Olympics in 1952, 1956 and 1960 the three Empire Games in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 
Madigan also played first grade Rugby with Randwick Club in 1950 and 1951. He was born in 1930.

<< Hall of Champions Publication; Frank Morris.

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COMING:  FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIA AND BRITAIN … THEY WILL CONTINUE ON APRIL 9.
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SURF’S UP: The 1960s board-builders and their fancy nameplates!

Below: JOE LARKIN. HE MADE EVERYBODY LAUGH.

FRANK MORRIS

JOE LARKIN HAD THE DISTINCTION IN 1964 OF BEING THE ONLY RECOGNISED CUSTOM BOARD-BUILDER IN QUEENSLAND.

IN A 1964 ISSUE OF SURFABOUT, WELL-KNOWN AND RESPECTED AT HIS JOB, JOE LARKIN, RAN AN ADVERTISEMENT IN WHICH HE SAID, “THE DISCRIMINATING SURFER LIKES A BOARD THAT IS TRULY CUSTOM BUILT AND PERFORMS WELL”.

BEFORE MOVING TO QUEENSLAND 2 ½ YEARS AGO IN THE 1960s, JOE LEARNT HIS TRADE MAKING HOLLOW – PLYWOOD TYPE – PADDLE BOARDS AND THEN GRADUATED TO SHAPING MALIBU BOARDS.

IN FACT, JOE INFORMS US THAT HE ACQUIRED HIS FIRST BOARD AT NINE AND SHAPED HIS OWN BOARD AT 15. “AND I’VE BEEN BUILDING SURFBOARDS EVER SINCE.

LARKIN WAS ONE THE LEADING SURFING IDENTITIES IN AUSTRALIA. HE WAS A THINKER. HE KNEW HIS STUFF. HE HAD A POLISHED SENSE OF HUMOUR.

HERE’S SURFER ANDREW McKINNON ON THE LARRIKIN LEGEND: “JOE HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE AUSTRALIAN SURFING INDUSTRY.

“HE PUT QUEENSLAND ON THE SURFING MAP. AS IT TURNED OUT, HE HELPED TO BREED WORLD SURFING CHAMPIONS. HE’S A CLASSIC JOKER WITH A HEART OF GOLD. HE STILL MAKES ME LAUGH”.

JOE WAS INFLUENTIAL AND MODEST. HE PASSED AWAY IN 2017.


Skippy The Bush Kangaroo …

CONTINUED......

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON APRIL 9.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 March 21

VALE: ENTERTAINER EDDIE YOUNGBLOOD HAD ‘ELVIS’ DOWN TO A TEE!

EDDIE AT FULL THROTTLE PERFORMED HIS GOLDEN YEARS OF ELVIS IN THE 198O’S. BELOW: EDDIE HOLDS HIS 1984 MO AWARD ALOFT.

EDDIE, CAST AS JOSEPH IN THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, WAS SEEN AS A “STROKE OF GENIUS”.

I’M NOT AN ELVIS IMPERSONATOR. I’M NOT. AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT.

FRANK MORRIS

ENTERTAINER EDDIE YOUNGBLOOD, WHO WAS THE MASTERMIND AND MEGA PERFORMER OF GOLDEN YEARS OF ELVIS SHOW, HAS DIED IN HOSPITAL.

EDDIE WAS 65. HIS WIFE MICHELLE WAS AT HIS BEDSIDE.

EDDIE VIGOROURLY DENIED HE WAS AN “IMPERSONATOR”, HE TOLD ME. “I’M AN INTERPRETER OF ELVIS PRESLEY. I SET OUT IN THE SHOW TO

RECAPTURE ELVIS’ GREAT STYLE AND MOVEMENT ON THE GLOBAL STAGE”.
“AT TIMES”, I BELIEVE, “HIS ACTIONS ON STAGE WOULD HAVE APPEALED TO ELVIS PRESLEY”.

THIS IS WHY, WHEN EDDIE WALKED ON STAGE IN AN ELVIS SPARLKLING LOOK-ALIKE OUTFIT, THE CROWD WENT WILD.

SINCE 1974 UNTIL MID 1990, YOUNGBLOOD HAD BEEN SWIVELLING HIS HIPS, TWANGING HIS GUITAR AND FLASHING HIS SMOULDERING GOOD LOOKS IN A POLISHED AND PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETATION OF ‘KING’ ELVIS AS THE WORLD KNEW HIM.

THERE WERE SEVERAL ‘ELVIS’ LOOK-ALIKES CURRENTLY GYRATING ON THE CLUB SCENE, BUT ONLY A HANDFUL ARE WORTH THEIR SALT. NOBODY COULD MATCH YOUNGBLOOD’S GRACE AND STYLE WHEN HE WAS PERFORMING.

YOUNGBLOOD’S GOLDEN YEARS OF ELVIS SHOW WAS HAILED BY THE CRITICS FROM TO COAST TO COAST.

IN A BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW, THE 27-YEAR-OLD PERFORMER MADE A POINT OF REFUTING THE POPULAR CLAIM THAT HE WAS A PRESLEY IMPERSONATOR. EDDIE JUST LAUGHED.

“I’M NOT AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT”, SAID EDDIE.

EDDIE WAS ONLY EIGHT YEARS OLD WHEN HE “GOT CAUGHT UP” IN THE

PRESLEY CULTURE. HE SAID: “WHEN I LIVED IN AMERICA I WAS EXPOSED TO THE FULL FORCE OF THE PRESLEY PHENOMENON”.

THERE WERE ABOUT 700 “ELVIS” ACTS TRYING TO CRACK THE BIG TIME ON THE US CABARET CIRCUIT, ACCORDING TO EDDIE.

WHEN HE ARRIVED BACK IN AUSTRALIA TO PUT HIS SHOW ON THE ROAD, EDDIE SAID CLUBS WERE ONLY “LUKEWARM” TOWARD THE ELVIS CONCEPT AT THE TIME.

“BUT WE KEPT AT IT, AND IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THEY BEGAN TO REALISE THAT THE SHOW HAD HUGE POTENTIAL AND APPEAL.”

DECKED OUT IN A TIGHT-FITTING SEQUINNED OUTFIT, EDDIE PAID TRIBUTE IN GRAND STYE TO ELVIS’ LAS VEGAS YEARS, WHICH IS A HIGHSPOT OF THE SHOW.

IN THE PRESLEY FASHION, HE HANDED OUT SILK SCARVES TO THE ENRAPTURED PRESLEY FANS IN THE AUDIENCE.

AFTER WATCHING ONE OF EDDIE’S PERFORMANCES, A CRITIC LATER REPORTED THE “AUDIENCE WERE ACTUALLY JUMPING OUT OF THEIR SEATS TO TOUCH HIS LEGS”.

IN MARCH 1984, EDDIE WAS LAVISHED WITH CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR HIS ROLE IN THE STAGE MUSICAL, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

CASTING EDDIE IN THE MUSICAL WAS “A STROKE OF GENIUS” SAID A LEADING SYDNEY CRITIC. “HE WAS A REAL SHOW STOPPER”.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SCORED A COVETED STATUETTE, THE MO AWARD, FOR HIS GOLDEN YEARS OF ELVIS. HOLDING HIS MO AWARD, EDDIE SAID “WHEN I WAS TOLD I’D WON I COULDN’T BELIEVE”.

NEXT DAY, I HEADLINED MY ARTICLE FOR A SYDNEY NEWSPAPER ON THE MO AWARDS: “EDDIE ROCKS BACK AS THE “KING”.

IN 1990S, WHEN HE HAD FINISHED PERFORMING, EDDIE TOOK OVER THE ROLE OF MARKETING MANAGER OF CLUB FORSTER & SPORTIES TUNCURRY, FORSTER.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENTS: MY WIFE AND I WATCHED THE FINAL SEND OFF FOR ENTERTAINER EDDIE YOUNGBLOOD ON STREAMED TV ON TUESDAY, MARCH 9. IT TOOK PLACE FROM CLUB FORSTER, FORSTER, NSW. THE VETERAN ENTERTAINER DOUG PARKINSON, WHO SENT AN EMAIL, DECRIBES EDDIE’S GOLDEN YEARS OF ELVIS AS “A TRIBUTE” TO THE GREAT ELVIS PRESLEY.


EASTER PARADE: COOK UP SOME EASTER BUNNY BISCUITS FOR THE GRANDKIDS!

MAKE THEM … AND THEN SERVE THEM OUT.

WILL SERVE 16 – WHAT A TREAT THEY WILL BE.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE GRANDKIDS WILL THINK IT IS CHRISTMAS TIME AGAIN! “NO, THESE ARE BUNNY BISCUITS, THEY ARE AN EASTER DELIGHT. AND YOU EAT THEM AT EASTER TIME.” THEY’RE TANTALISINGLY TEMPTING AND BEAUTIFUL TO MUNCH ON. THEY’RE TRADITIONAL EASTER FARE.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup caster sugar.
1 egg yolk.
2 ½ tablespoon golden syrup.
2 cups plain flour.
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.
3 teaspoons ground ginger.
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon.
1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted.
½ small lemon juiced.
Ribbon for decoration.

METHOD
Preheat oven to 180 c. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add egg yolk and golden syrup. Beat to combine. Sift flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger and cinnamon together over butter mixture. Stir with wooden spoon to form a stiff dough.

Press dough into a 10cm round. Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Place between baking paper on a tray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.

Using an 8cm rabbit shaped biscuit cutter, cut 16 biscuits from dough. Place on prepared trays. Using a skewer, punch 1 hole at the top of each biscuit and make small indentations on biscuits to decorate.

Bake for 15 minutes or until firm to touch. Allow to cool on trays (biscuits will firm further after cooling).

Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Gradually add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir until icing is smooth. Spoon into small snap-lock bag. Squeeze out air and seal. Using scissors, snip 1 corner from bag and pipe icing onto biscuits. Allow icing to set. Thread ribbon through holes. Serve.

You can bake biscuits up to 3 days ahead and store in airtight container. – Recipe by Michelle Noerianto.


Forgotten Britain: More in glorious colours – the first time – Laurel and Hardy!

ANOTHER FINE MESS YOU’VE GOT ME INTO, CRIES STAN LAUREL.

AMERICAN COMEDY ACTOR OLIVER HARDYAND HIS BRITISH-PARTNER, STAN LAUREL, WERE “ARRESTED” FOR LOITERING IN A RAILWAY STATION.

THE REASON BEING, THAT THEY WANTED TO DO A PUBLICITY SHOT FOR THEIR STAGE SHOW, A SPOT OF TROUBLE, WHICH TOURED THE UK IN 1952.
IN 1953, THEY TOURED IRELAND AND BOTH STAN AND LAUREL KNEW THAT THEIR FILM CAREER WAS OVER. THEIR BEST MOVIES WERE MORE THAN A DECADE GONE.

MEANWHILE, STAN AND OLLIE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT ALL THE HOOPLA – THE TOOTING OF BOAT WHISTLES -- A HUGE CROWD ON THE DOCK WHICH WERE CHEERING MADLY.

“YOU’D THINK PEOPLE WOULD FORGET”, SAID STAN, “BUT THEY DON’T.”
“ALL THE CHURCH BELLS IN COBH STARTED TO RING OUT OUR THEME SONG …”


Razzle Dazzle Olympics: Snowy Baker – boxing champ who became a film star!.

SNOWY BAKER WAS REGARDED AS A “SPORTS LEGEND”. Below: AFTER THE OLYMPICS, BAKER BECAME A SUCCESSFUL FILM STAR.

AFTER THE 1908 GAMES, HE BECAME AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

IIIS NAME IS REGINALS LESLIE “SNOWY” BAKER AND HE IS THE GREATEST SPORTSMAN IN THE WORLD. AND THAT THAT’S, ACCORDING TO HIS FANS UNDISPUTED.

Baker proved his class in world competition as a champion boxer, footballer, swimmer, sculler, diver, gymnast and horseman.

He won Australian amateur boxing championships in several divisions.

At the 1908 London Games he won the silver medal in the middleweight boxing division, losing a disputed division to the Englishman, J.W.H.T Douglas. Douglas later went on to become captain of the cricket team.

In Rugby Union he was only 16 when he played half-back for NSW in 1900. The following year he gained his Australian cap against England.

Between 1901 and 1906 he excelled in swimming, water polo, diving and rowing and winning many championships in individual and team events.

KNOWN IN EUROPE

With the NSW Lancers he was outstanding in military competitions, such as horseback wrestling and tent pegging.

Baker attended Crown Street Public School in Surry Hills. He was a quadruple blue at Sydney University – cricket, rowing, athletics and football.

After the 1908 Olympics Games, he became an international celebrity. He toured extensively throughout Europe, successfully competing and demonstrating in many sports – and horseback riding.

Later, he became a successful entrepreneur and film star in Australia and America.
Snowy Baker will always be one of this country’s most legendary sporting figures. Baker was born in 1884 and died in 1953.

<< Hall of Champions. Sport House, Sydney.


VALE: Pearl Turton – much-loved Australian surfing great

PEARL TURTON (CENTRE) MAKES HER WAY OUT TO FOR THE FINAL AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TITLES AT AVALON, NSW, IN 1963.

AUSTRALIA HAS LOST THE WONDERFUL AND TRAIL-BLAZING PEAR TURTON WHO WAS ADMIRED BY “ALL WHO GOT TO MEET HER”, REPORTS PLB NEWSWIRE.

TURTON WAS THE ‘ORIGINAL’ AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S SURFING CHAMPION. THE TITLES WERE HELD AT NORTH AVALON ON APRIL 27 AND 28, 1963.

CHARISMATIC, CHARMING, THE COMPLETELY DOWN-TO-EARTH, PALM BEACH LOCAL WHO PIONEERED SURFING ON LONGBOARDS ON SYDNEY’S BEACHES IN THE EARLY 1960s.

COMING: PEARL TURTON SPEAKS. ADAPTED FROM SURFABOUT MAGAZINE, NO 3, VOLUME 1.


CHUCK YEAGER: The first pilot to fly faster the sound!

CHUCK YEAGER CLOCKS UP 900 MPH TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER. Below: YEAGER REINACTS THE NEAR-FATAL FLIGHT IN THE NF-104 WHICH MALFUNCTIONS AT 7000 FEET.

IN 1984, THE RIGHT STUFF IS A FILM ABOUT THE MEN WHO WERE ON THRESHOLD OF THE SPACE AGE.

REVIEW BY FRANK MORRIS

THE RIGHT STUFF WAS WHAT PILOTS HAD TO HAVE IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE SPACE AGE! WHEN WORLD WAR 11 ENDED, MANY OF THE PILOTS REMAINED ATTACHED THE MILITARY.

THE MOST ADVENTUROUS ONES, A SELECT FEW, INCLUDING CHUCK YEAGER, HEADED FOR MUROC IN THE LONELY, WINDSWEPT REGIONS OF THE MOJAVE DESERT, TOGETHER WITH THEIR DEVOTED, IF ANXIOUS, WIVES.

THEIR HOME FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS WAS A BARREN BED LAKE.THEIR JOB WAS TESTING THE FLEDGLING X-1 ROCKET PLANES. THEY WERE ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE SPACE AGE.

AMONG THIS BAND OF ADVENTURERS WERE THOSE WHO HAD THE RIGHT STUFF, A QUALITY THAT WAS NEVER NAMED, NEVER TALKED ABOUT.

CHUCK YEAGER TOO HAD THE RIGHT STUFF.

THE MOVIE, THE RIGHT STUFF, OPENED IN AUSTRALIA MARCH, 1984, IS A GUT-STIRRING ADVENTURE STORY … AND REAL PEOPLE.

IT OPENS WITH YEAGER BECOMING THE FIRST PERSON TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER – OCTOBER 14, 1947 – AND TRACES THE DARING EXPLOITS OF THE TRAIL-BLAZING MERCURY ASTRONAUTS TWELVE YEARS LATER.

WITH AMERICA AND THE SOVIET UNION RACING NECK AND NECK TOWARDS THE OUTER LIMITS OF SPACE, THE ASTRONAUTS WERE ELEVATED AS NATIONAL HEROES LONG BEFORE THEIR FIRST FLIGHT.

ALTHOUGH THE NEWS MEDIA DEPICTED THEM AS FLYING SAINTS, OR AS NASA-CONTROLLED ROBOT’S; THEY WERE NEITHER.

THE RIGHT STUFF CAPTURED THE DRAMA AND DANGERS OF EARLY ROCKET FLIGHT AND THE TRAUMATIC PROBLEMS THAT CAME WITH FAME AND CELEBRITY, FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO TRAINING.

THE FILM SHIFTS FROM THE LONELY OUTPOST AT MOROC, NOW EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, TO FLORIDA AND TEXAS. IT FOLLOWS YEAGER AND THE CHOSEN SEVEN INTO SPACE.

CAST:

SAM SHEPARD AS CHUCK YEAGER, BARBARA HERSHEY (HIS WIFE), KIM STANLEY, DONALD MOFFAT AND ED HARRIS AS JOHN GLENN.


SKIPPY THE BUSH KANGAROO …

CONTINUED …

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON MARCH 26

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 March 21

GRAND YEARS IN NZ! Get Aboard – Come on a holiday you can’t afford to miss!

A COUPLE CAP OFF THE DAY OF AMAZING TRIPS AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SCENERY.

GRAND PACIFIC TOURS HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS, ONE-QUARTER OF A CENTURY. THAT ALONE SHOWS YOU GPT KNOW THEIR BUSINESS.

THE COMPANY SPECIALISES ONLY IN NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL – THAT’S THE WAY PEOPLE WANT TO BOOK THEIR TRAVEL THESE DAYS. ALSO, IT SAFE TO VISIT NZ ONLY WHEN AUSTRALIA AND NZ SAY SO.

THAT’S WHY THE COMPANY, GRAND PACIFIC TOURS, IS CELEBRATING LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE AFTER COVID -19.

WHILE MOST ARE DRAWN TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE NATURAL SPLENDOURS, THE COUNTRY OFFERS A DIVERSE SPECTRUM OF BOTH LAND AND CITY-SCAPES.

THIS HOUSES EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO THE IMAGINATION – BEACHES, DEEPWATER SOUNDS, HIGH MOUNTAINS, GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS AND FORESTS, SUN-DRENCHED VINEYARDS, MAORI CULTURE, SUN-FLOWERS AND …

WE COULD GO ON.

WHEN YOU NEED A RESPITE FROM THESE SPENDOURS, NEW ZEALAND REVELS IN THE CULTURAL CONFIDENCE OF NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS.

WE’LL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO BONE UP ON NEW ZEALAND BEFORE YOU START YOUR ADVENTURE. FM.

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Get aboard, it’s a holiday experience in this magic place!

LET THE MAORI STIR YOUR BLOOD.

NZ, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD.

FRANK MORRIS

EVERY PERSON I FOUND VISITING NEW ZEALAND, AOTEAROA, FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS WEARING “I LOVE NZ” MERCHADISE.

THOUGH, THERE ARE SOME SURPRISES IN STORE! SOME WILL ASK PROBING, RELEVANT AND STRIKING QUESTIONS ABOUT SYMBOLIC NEW ZEALAND.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HASN’T TROD NZ SOIL BEFORE YOU’LL DISCOVER WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE IT IS; THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO AND TO SATISFY THAT TREASURE TROVE OF MEMORIES.

FRANKLY, WHY DOES THE SUN SHINE IN NEW ZEALAND BEFORE ANY OTHER PLACE ON EARTH? WELL, A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED AND IT OFFERS SOMETHING SPECIAL. HENCE, IT’S OFTEN REFERRED TO AS AOTEAROA, WHICH IS A MAORI NAME FOR NEW ZEALAND.

THE EXPRESSION, “THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD”, WAS COINED BY THE WIFE OF KUPE THE EXPLORER; IT A MAORI WORD FOR ‘CLOUD’.

EVERYWHERE YOU GO THE CULTURE IS RICH AND DYNAMIC. IT IS SIMPLY NOT LOCKED AWAY IN MUSEUMS. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, IT’S THERE. FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, YOU WON’T FIND ANYTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD.

YOU’LL START AS TOURIST
AND END UP AS
ONE BIG FAMILY – AND
RAISE A LAUGH OR TWO!

SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM, DOESN’T IT! YOU CAN LET YOUR IMAGINATION GO WILD.

SIT AND RELAX ON A COACH HOLIDAY ENJOY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INFORMATIVE, HASSLE-FREE BREAK THAT WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY.

LET GRAND PACIFIC TOURS WHISK YOU OFF TO NEW ZEALAND AND PROVIDE YOU WITH A VALUE-FOR-MONEY TOUR TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET; AND YOUR INTERESTS IN THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF THAT “LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD”.

IT’S UP TO YOU. SHARE EVERYTHING WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED TRAVELLERS. YOU’LL START AS STRANGERS AND END UP AS ONE BIG FAMILY!

LET YOUR HOLIDAY START AS SOON AS YOU STEP ON BOARD. ENJOY THE GRIPPING, FUNNY AND CAPTIVATING COMMENTARY FROM YOUR COACH CAPTAIN; THE NUMEROUS FACTS, FIGURES, MYTHS AND LEGENDS THAT WILL RAISE A LAUGH.

YES, IT’S ALL THE ATTRACTIONS YOU ALWAY DREAM ABOUT!

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FOODFROLICO: Anyone for Pavlova? One of Margaret Fulton’s essential recipes!

THE ALMIGHTY PAVLOVA. Below: HAVE ANY TYPE OF COFFEE THAT SUITS THE OCCASION!

“MARGARET FULTON MAY HAVE GONE, WRITES JILL DUPLEIX OF GOOD FOOD, BUT HER RECIPES LIVE ON”. MARGARET BECAME A HOUSE-HOLD NAME IN KITCHENS THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA.

MARGARET SETTLED IN NORTHERN NSW ON ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA. IN THE LATE 40S, SHE WAS A COOKING TEACHER AT AUSTRALIAN GAS LIGHT COMPANY. THEN CAME: WOMAN IN 1954, NOW DEFUNCT, WHERE SHE WROTE UNDER THE NAME OF “ANN MAXWELL”; SHE WENT TO JWT ADVERTISING IN 1955; SHE JOINED WOMAN DAY’S 1960; AFTER 17 YEARS, SHE JOINED RUPERT MURDOCH’S NEW IDEA MAGAZINE.

Pavlova is a rich sweet dish of meringue and marshmallow topped with whipped cream and fruit, which, we’re told, originated in NZ. It was name after the celebrated Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who twice toured NZ in the 1920s.

INGREDIENTS

4 EGG WHITES. A PINCH OF SALT. 1 ½ CUPS OF

CASTOR SUGAR. 1 ½ TSP VINEGAR. 1 TSP VANILLA.

300 ML CREAM WHIPPED. PULP OF 3 PASSIONFRUIT.

OR 1 CUP SLICED STRAWBERRIES.

METHOD

STEP 1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 200-210C. PLACE A PIECE OF BAKING PAPER ON A BAKING TRAY AND MARK A 20-CENTIMETRE CIRCLE (THE PAVLOVA WILL SPREAD A LITTLE).

STEP 2. BEAT THE EGG WHITES AND SALT IN AN ELECTRIC MIXER UNTIL THEY STAND IN STIFF PEAKS. SIFT THE SUGAR AND GRADUALLY SPRINKLE IN ONE TABLESPOON AT A TIME, BEATING AT FULL SPEED ONLY UNTIL ALL SUGAR HAS BEEN ADDED.

STEP 3. LASTLY, FOLD IN THE VINEGAR AND VANILLA. SPOON LARGE DOLLOPS INSIDE THE CIRCLE ON THE ON BAKING SHEET AND SMOOTH OVER THE TOP LIGHTLY. PLACE IN THE OVEN (REDUCING THE TEMPERATURE TO 150C) FOR ONE HOUR. TURN OFF THE HEAT AND LEAVE THE PAVLOVA IN THE OVEN UNTIL COLD. IF USING A GAS OVEN, BAKE AT 150C FOR ONE HOUR, REDUCE HEAT TO 120C FOR A FUTHER 30 MINUTES AND THEN TURN OVEN OFF. LEAVE THE PAVLOVA IN OVEN UNTIL COMPLETELY COOLED. 

STEP 4. WHEN PAVLOVA IS COOLED, SLIDE ONTO LARGE FLAT CAKE PLATE. REMOVE BAKING PAPER. DON’T WORRY IF THE PAVLOVA COLLAPSES SLIGHTLY; ALSO EXPECT CRACKS ON THE SURFACE. WHIP THE CREAM UNTIL STIFF AND SPOON OVER THE TOP OF PAVLOVA … WITH PASSIONFRUIT PULP OR STRAWBERRIES.

SERVES 8-10.

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NZ: PEOPLE AND PLACES …

1914 -- AMY: “LET’S GO INTO THE SEA, MAUD?” MAUD: “BUT IT WOULD RUIN MY DRESS”.

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GET ABOARD! After the earthquake Christchurch becomes impressive and stately!

THE AVON RIVER – IT’S COOL, CALM AND AMONG SOME STATELY AND STUNNING TREE-SCAPES. Below: THE TRIANGLE-SHAPED CHURCH IS A SIGHT TO SEE IN OWN RIGHT.

THE AVON RIVER WITH ITS IMPRESSIVE AND STATELY WEEPING WILLOWS STILL LEADS THE WAY.

FRANK MORRIS

Out of the blue, with no warning at all, Christchurch was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at lunchtime on Wednesday, February 22, 2011, that virtually left it a broken city.

Seventy-five people died, and many injured. Officials believe that up to 300 people were feared trapped in buildings when the earthquake hit.

One NZ newspaper said, “the city is a war zone.”

But deep down, we know that Christchurch will rise from the ashes. People who visited this city described it as “England all over.”

What was Christchurch really like? Over the 100 years travel writers have attempted to crystallise the impression Christchurch had upon them in a few words: none did it more poignantly than Mark Twain.

His description has a soothing resonance about it. He unerringly honed-in on the Englishness of the city: the fact, that there is a ‘winding’ river named the Avon and has its punts and canoes flowing in this excellent city -- “as it always has”.

There the impressive and stately weeping willows along its banks continued “the line of a great ancestor.”
He added: “These trees were grown from sprouts of the willow that sheltered Napoleon’s grave in St Helena.” That’s the stuff that makes visitors want to walk over hot coals to experience.

THE MASSIVE APPEAL OF

CHRISTCHURCH WILL GET

YOU TO EMBRACE ITS

GO, GO, GO!

Christchurch, named after Christ Church College at the University of Oxford, England, was a planned settlement founded by the English upper class circa 1850.

And this is marked by the city’s style and imposing architecture, punts on the river and a “very English” boarding school, Christ College.

The impressive neo-gothic Anglican Cathedral, although boarded up, is located at the heart of Cathedral Square, which is the hub of tourism, shopping and public transport.

Now, after a long journey on this road to recovery, Christchurch is go, go, go!

IN THE AUCKLAND-BORN KEITH WEBER’S RECENTLY-PUBLISHED MEMOIRS, WHAT A LIFE, HE CLASSIFIED CHRISTCHURCH AS “NEW ZEALAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY”. WEBER IS NOW A LOCAL APOSTLE, HAVING BEEN DOMICLED IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.

THE LARGEST CITY IN THE SOUTH ISLAND AND ITS BEAUTY “IS STILL ENTRENCHED”, WRITES WEBER. HE RIGHLY INFERRED THAT THE PIVOT TO ITS IMPRESSIVE AND STATELY WONDERMENT HASN’T BEEN TOUCHED.  HE AND HIS WIFE NOLENE, DROVE ALONG MEMORIAL AVENUE AND NOTICED NEW AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE HAS ARISEN “IN VAST NUMBERS”.

“THE EXCITEMENT OF THE PLACE, THE BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS THAT FLOW THROUGH THE CITY, AND RETAIL BOUTIQUES HAVE BEEN REBUILT AND REFURBISHED. THERE’S A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR EVERYWHERE AND ITS OLD-STYLE TRAMS, WHICH ARE AS BUSY AS EVER.

“HEY, CHRISTCHURCH HAS LONG PASSED THE SADNESS OF THE EARTHQUAKE. EVERYTHING IN CHRISTCHURCH LOOKS MAGNIFICENT”.

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The work to recover this Garden City has been a restorative dream. It’s been guts and rejuvenation joining hands.

It’s a place where travellers want to visit.

It’s a place with massive appeal, just like the old days. The initiatives are for you to choose! The malls are still buzzing excitement. Enjoy a glass of local wine in a rehoused bar, or a bus containing a relocated restaurant.

From Christchurch, you’ll have an experiencing journey that stretches over the vineyards and lush pastures of Canterbury. You’ll also overlook, in the far distance, the omnipresent Aoraki/Mt Cook, which is known as a “cloud piercer”.

One of New Zealand’s oldest cities, Christchurch, as one visitor noted, has “enormous appeal” as well as being a starting point for the TranzAlpine adventurous train trip over the Southern Alps.

“It one of the world’s greatest train rides”, said a visitor.

They’re not wrong!

Frank Morris comment: Grand Years will be publishing some extracts from Keith Weber’s memoir. Coming.

 

THE NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MARCH 12.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 February 21

FORGOTTEN BRITAIN: Seen in glorious colour for the first time, and …

… JOAN COLLINS POSES FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN FABULOUS TECHNICOLOR!

THE INVENTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALONGSIDE THE EXPLOSION OF NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES IN THE 19TH CENTURY GAVE US THE MODERN CELEBRITY.

SOME STARS ARE INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE.

A TEENAGE JOAN COLLINS SEEMS CONFIDENT AS SHE POSES FOR THE CAMERA IN A REVEALING SWIMSUIT FOR A 1951 GLAMOUR SHOT IN FABULOUS TECHNICOLOR.

AT 17, SHE HAD A CONTRACT WITH J. ARTHUR RANK FILM COMPANY, MAKING HER BIG-SCREEN DEBUT AS A BEAUTY CONTEST ENTRANT IN LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN IN 1951. UK PUBLICATION. NEXT: LAUREL AND HARDY LOOK DIFFERENT.


Up, up and away! Start planning balloon adventures overseas … NOW!

DREAMTIME DESTINATION. BALLOONING OVER THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA, CAN BE AWESOME. “IT REQUIRED AN INDECENTLY EARLY START. PLUS, THE IDEA, THAT WE’D ALL BE CRAMPED TOGETHER”, SAID A BALLOONER SAID.

“THEN THERE’S THAT FEELING OF DANGLING BENEATH THE BELLY OF AN ENORMOUSLY FAT MAN. ALL IS FORGIVEN, HOWEVER, ONCE THE COOL MORNING BREEZE SETS YOU ADRIFT TO A GENTLE TINGLE OF EVERY SINGLE NERVE ENDING.

“I’VE BEEN ON MANY BALLOON TRIPS, TO MANY DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, BUT THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SERENGETI”.


Mother and daughter, Jeanne Little and Katie

JEANNE IS “DELIGHTFULLY ECCENTRIC”, SAID KATIE. Below: THEY ARE BOTH CLOSE TOGETHER.

JEANNE LITTLE WAS BORN IN 1941, SHE WAS THE LAST OF EIGHT CHILDREN. IN 1974, SHE OPENED A FASHION BOUTIQUE. SIX MONTHS LATER SHE APPEARED ON THE MIKE WALSH SHOW!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE SMILES AS SHE QUOTES HER HUSBAND BARRY: HE ONCE SAID THAT KATIE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING FOR 18 YEARS; AND THEN SHE LEFT HOME. IT WASN’T ‘TIL LATER WE FOUND OUT THAT SHE HAD TAKEN IN EVERYTHING”.

KATIE, AT 22, IS THE LEAST TALKATIVE OF THE LITTLES AND IS AMUSED ON HEARING THATCOMMENT. “YES, I DID TAKE IT ALL IN SO I’D SAY TO MUM: ‘I’M GOING TO WRITE A BIG BOOK ONE DAY, SO BE WARNED!’

GROWING UP WITH SUCH A FAMOUS AND COLOURFUL MUM WAS “INTERESTING”. SHE PLAYS DOWN JEANNE’S RECOLLECTION OF PICKING HER UP AT THE STATION EACH AFTERNOON, WITH SCHOOLMATES SCREAMING OUT ‘HELLO DAAHLING’.

SHE TOOK HERSELF OVERSEAS AS SOON AS SCHOOL WAS FINISHED AND CAME HOME AN ADULT. TODAY SHE LIVES WITH TIM, A GRAPHIC ARTIST, WHO IS HER PARTNER IN LIFE AND BUSINESS. JEANNE MAKES SURE THERE IS AT LEAST ONE FAMILY GET-TOGETHER EVERY WEEK.

“IF YOU EAT WITH
SOMEONE, THAT’S THE
SECRET. IT ALLOWS
YOU TO CONNECT”.

“I’LL RING AND SUGGEST LUNCH OR DINNER. THAT’S THE SECRET. IF YOU EAT WITH SOMEONE … IN ALLOWS ‘YOU TO CONNECT. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. IT WAS INSTANT … FROM THE SECOND THEY FIRST HANDED ME THAT TINY BUNDLE” SAID JEANNE.

HAVING LIVED IN JEANNE’S SHADOW FOR SO LONG, THE TWO REJOICE IN KATIE’S EVOLUTION.

“SHE’S A FABULOUS COOK TOO, WHEREAS I’M A BIT ROUGH”, JEANNE SAID.

SAYS KATIE: “PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT SHE’S REALLY LIKE. AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT SHE’S EXACTLY HOW SHE IS ON TELEVISION”.

JEANNE AND KATIE SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN A WHOLE RANGE OF WAYS. SUCH AS, WHEN THE PAIR OF THEM HAS AN OPENING NIGHT. JEANNE WITH HER WELL-ESTABLISHED CAREER IN THEATRE, AND KATIE, WHO FOR EIGHT YEARS HAS STUDIED MUSIC.

JEANNE SAID, “WHEN EITHER WERE ON STAGE ON OPENING NIGHT, WE WOULD SIT THERE TERRIFIED”.
WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT, JEANNE LITTLE WILL GO DOWN IN ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY FOR HER ZANINESS AND HER OUTRAGEOUS OUTFITS.

KATIE, ON THE OTHER HAND, RECALLS A CHILDHOOD SPENT PLAYING DRESS-UPS WITH HER MOTHER’S GLAMOROUS CAST-OFFS. “MY FRIENDS AND I WOULD BE UPSTAIRS FOR HOURS ON END”, SHE SAID.
KATIE DESCRIBES HER MOTHER “DELIGHTFULLY ECCENTRIC”.

“PEOPLE ASK ME
WHAT SHE’S REALLY
LIKE – AND ALL I CAN
SAY IS THAT SHE’S
EXACTLY HOW SHE IS
ON TELEVISION”.

SOURCE: COMMUNICATOR PUBLISHED BY TEXT MAGAZINE COMPANY, 199?).

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UPCOMING FEATURES …
ARTBEAT: CHURCHILL AND HITLER DABBLE THEIR PAINT BRUSHES ON SOME AMAZING, CATHEDRAL-LIKE BUILDINGS; AND BUSH DECIDES TO PAINT CHALLENGING PORTRAITS.
BELLY-BOARD: A BELLY BOARD IS SHAPED LIKE AN AVERAGE SURFBOARD – BUT SHORTER. THEY WERE BORN IN THE EARLY 1960s.
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TENNIS CHAMPS: You could argue all day as to who was the greatest tennis player?

FROM QUIST’S VIEWPOINT, JACK KRAMER HAD IT ALL. Below: ALICE MARBLE COULD MATCH THE POWER OF BILLIE JEAN KING AND OTHER PLAYERS.

FROM THE 1920s UNTIL THE 1960s, WAS JACK KRAMER THE BEST!

ADRIAN QUIST AND ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

YOU CAN’T JUST GET ANY PLAYER AND SIMPLY COACH THEM BE BECOME A GREAT PLAYER. IF THEY HAVEN’T GOT THAT NATURAL GIFT, THEN NOTHING WILL MATERALISE TO MAKE THEM A GREAT TENNIS PLAYER.

ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE PAST HAD THAT GIFT. YOU COULD ARGUE FOR EVER ABOUT WHO WAS THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL. ABOUT WHETHER THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE PAST ARE AS GOOD AS THE MODERN PLAYERS. THE QUESTIONS ARE ENDLESS!

SUZANNE LENGLEN AND HELEN WILLS WON FOURTEEN OF THE TWENTY WOMEN’S SINGLES TITLES AT WIMBLEDON BETWEEN 1919 AND 1938. COULD THEY HAVE COPED WITH THE POWER AND ATHLETICISM OF, SAY, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA.

ROD LAVER WON THE FOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE GRAND SLAM IN 1962 AND 1969. COULD BILL TILDEN, WHO DOMINATED MEN’S TENNIS IN THE 1920s, HAVE COMPETED AGAINST HIM.

FRANK SEDGMAN WAS AUSTRALIA’S GOLDEN BOY IN THE 1950s. BUT HOW WOULD HE HAVE HANDLED PLAYERS LIKES BJORN BORG, JIMMY CONNORS OR JOHN McENROE?

KRAMER CRACKED IT

WAS JACK KRAMER THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL?

ALICE MARBLE, IN THE 1930s, WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO PLAY AN ATTACKING GAME, A MAN’S TYPE OF GAME. COULD SHE HAVE MATCHED THE BASELINE POWER OF MAUREEN CONNOLLY IN THE 195Os? OR THE ALL-ROUND BRILLIANCE OF MARGARET COURT IN THE 1960s?

WHEN ALICE MARBLE PLAYED, SHE COULD HAVE MATCHED THE POWER AND SPEED AND CONSISTENCY OF THE MODERN PLAYERS – MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, BILLIE JEAN KING OR MARGARET COURT. UP UNTIL HER TIME TENNIS WAS MUCH MORE FEMININE.

MARBLE’S GAME WAS PRACTICALLY THE SAME AS YOU SEE TODAY.PL

NOW, BACK TO JACK KRAMER.

I BELIEVE THAT JACK KRAMER (DONALD BUDGE WAS THE BEST PLAYER I FACED) WAS THE SECOND BEST PLAYER I HAVE SEEN. HE HAD A WONDERFUL FOREHAND WHICH HE HIT FLAT, OR SLIGHTLY UNDERCUT AS HE CAME TO THE NET.

HE REALLY CRACKED IT, AND HE COULD HIT IT ANYWHERE. HIS WHOLE APPROCH TO THE GAME WAS ONE OF HIGHLY CONTROLLED AGGRESSION.

WHEN YOU WERE ON THE COURT WITH KRAMER YOU ALWAYS HAD THE FEELING THAT YOU WERE PLAYING SOMEONE WHO WAS VERY, VERY HARD TO BEAT.

<< ADAPTED FROM TENNIS THE GREATS, 1920-1960. BY ADRIAN QUIST AND JACK EGAN, PUBLISHED BY ABC BOOKS, 1984.

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UPCOMING FEATURES:
“SLEEP DISTURBANCE CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA AND BE A FORERUNNER OF DEPRESSION”, A SLEEP RESEARCHER SAID.
ESPRESSO: SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE ESPRESSO. BUT PEOPLE LIKE THE INTENSITY OF THE HOT-STEAMED MILK. WHICH ONE ARE YOU? THE INSIDE STORY OF ESPRESSO.
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Famous Women: Louisa Lawson – It is one step at a time!

SHE WAS PUBLISHER AND EDITOR OF THE FIRST WOMEN’S MAGAZINE IN AUSTRALIA!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

When son Henry Lawson put pen to paper, Louisa was a well-known figure in the social platform before that event took place.

In 1848, near Mudgee, Louisa Albury was born. And, as she got older, during her schooldays, she gave evidence of literary interest and ambition that would take her far in the social platform. A first generation Australian of English parents, she spent her life in a small back water country town.

At 18, she became the wife of Peter Lawson at Eurunderee in 1865.

Unfortunately, there was no provision to any outlets, and this led to the frustrations with which her life was beset. She longed for escape into the world of action the cities seemed to promise, but this did not eventuate; in the main, it was the cause of the bitter quarrels between herself and her husband.

The young Henry, torn between loyalties to his mother and father, was never able to forget this as a horrendous period of torment and worry.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

In 1883, Louisa’s marriage came to an end. She settled in Sydney with her children and opened a boarding house before entering journalism. She quickly threw herself into the political maelstrom of the next ten years.

In 1887, she bought a newspaper called the Republican. In was here that she coached Henry in his earliest writing. She edited and published Dawn, under the pseudonym “Dora Falconer’, and she devoted the first journal to the cause of Women’s Rights in Australia.’

She got behind women’s suffrage and saw women get the vote in all States between 1984 and 1908.
Until the early 1900s, she was the driving force behind her son’s various literary activities; and in his success she seemed to have vicariously realised some of her own ambitions. In 1905, she published The Lonely Crossing, a book of her verses.

She died in 1920.

<< The World of Henry Lawson; published by Paul Hamlyn; 1974; Paul Mann, Frank Morris.


COMIC: SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO …

PARENTS OF THE 60s AND 70s COULD NOT GO NEAR THEIR TELVISION SET BECAUSE AUSSIE KIDS WERE GLUED TO THE SCREEN WATCHING THE UNDISPUTED TEATIME FAVOURITE AND GLOBAL HIT SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO.

THE STARS, OF COURSE, WERE GARRY PANKHURST, WHO PLAYED SONNY AND ED DEVEREAUX, THE PARK’S HEAD RANGER.

THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF MEGA NAMES WHO WERE PREPARED TO APPEAR WITH MARSUPIAL STAR, SKIPPY. OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE SHOW ATTRACTED SOME IMPORTANT STARS AMONG WHOM WERE JACK THOMPSON, BILL HUNTER, JOHN LAWS AND SCREEN LEGEND CHIPS RAFFERTY.

<< THE ILLUSTRATED COMIC WILL APPEAR ON MARCH 12.

GRAND YEARS IN NZ WILL APPEAR ON FEBRUARY 26.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 February 21

Forgotten Britain: Seen in colour for the first time!

THIS TIES IN WITH NITV AND SBS ‘BACK TO COLOUR’ PROGRAMS ON AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA.

AN ASTONISHING IMAGE OF A FORGOTTEN PAST. NOSTALGIA NEVER LOOKED THIS GOOD!

IT’S SWEET DREAMS FOR SOME. THIS IMAGE WOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH MOST PARENTS RETURNING FROM A LONG DAY TRIP.

A YOUNG GIRL SLEEPS OFF A DAY AT THE SUSSEX SEASIDE IN A SOUTHERN RAILWAY TRAIN CARRIAGE IN 1946 – THE FIRST SUMMER OF PEACE AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

NEXT WEEK: MAY-HEM. A UK PUBLICATION.


Up, up and away: When you visit national capital don’t forget your balloon trip!

LONELY PLANET MAGAZINE RANKED CANBERRA AS THE WORLD’S THIRD BEST CITY OF THE YEAR IN 2018. TAKE A BALLOON TRIP NEXT TIME YOU’RE THERE.

IT IS ONE OF THE 10 THINGS EVERYONE MUST DO IN CANBERRA. THIS WAY YOU’LL HAVE A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE CAPTIVATING MOUNTAINS, THE TREE-STUDDED HILLS, THE LAKE—AND WHATEVER ELSE THERE IS THAT HAPPENS TO INSTANTLY GRAB YOUR ATTENTION.

WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED YOUR EXCITING BALLOON TRIP, WHY DON’T YOU EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE AWARD-WINNING WINES, TUCKED AWAY IN ROLLING PLAINS ONLY A FEW MILES AWAY.

THERE’RE MORE THAN 30 WINERIES AND THE JOURNEY, IN THE COOL CLIMATE, IS LIKE NOWHERE IN AUSTRALIA.

AND, REALLY, IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING.


Mother and Daughter, Jeanne Little and Katie

LADY GODIVA? NO, IT’S JEANNE LITTLE ON THE MIKE WALSH SHOW.

OUTRAGEOUS OUTFITS FROM JEANNE LITTLE’S WARDROBE.

FRANK MORRIS

OF ALL THE THINGS KATIE LITTLE INHERITED FROM HER LATE MOTHER, WHAT SHE CHERISHES MOST, IS THE VAST COLLECTION OF COSTUMES JEANNE CREATED IN HER TINY PADDINGTON SEWING ROOM, SAID THE PRIVATE SYDNEY COLUMN IN THE SUN-HERALD.

AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION ICON JEANNE LITTLE DIED LAST NOVEMBER AFTER A BATTLE WITH DEMENTIA. SHE WAS 82.

“THERE’S BITS OF BOTH MUM AND DAD (INTERIOR DECORATOR BARRY LITTLE) IN THEM, LIKE A SAMPLE OF CARPET FROM DAD’S BUSINESS THAT WAS USED IN THE BODICE OF ONE GOWN SHE WHIPPED UP”, KATIE TOLD PS.

“I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY FEATHERS, SEQUINS, CRYSTALS, PLASTIC BANANAS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT’S IN THERE”.

THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM WAS GIVEN THEIR CHANCE OF HAVING THE COSTUMES ON SHOW, BUT THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE HAD NO IDEA “WHO MUM WAS” KATIE SAID.

“I DON’T THINK THEY WERE THAT INTERESTED IN IT”. KATIE SAID SHE OFFERED THE CREATIONS WHEN “HER MOTHER MOVED INTO A NURSING HOME”.

EVEN JEANNE LITTLE’S FAN-BASE ALONE WOULD INFORM ME THAT THE POWERHOUSE MISSED OUT ON WORTHY OBJECTS.

THE ARTICLE CONTINUED: “JEANNE WAS FAMOUS FOR HER OUTRAGEOUS WARDROBE WHICH CONSISTED OF FROCKS MADE OUT OF TOAST, STEEL WOOL, TOILET CHAINS, MILK BOTTLE TOPS, AS WELL AS SAUGAGES, ICE-CREAM CONES AND HOT CHIPS FASHIONED INTO HATS”.

“I DONATED HER COSTUMES FROM THE MARLENE DIETRICH SHOW TO THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE IN MELBOURNE, BUT I’VE KEPT EVERYTHING ELSE”, KATIE TOLD PS.

JEANNE LITTLE’S MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE OWNED BY FORMER CHAT-SHOW HOST MIKE WALSH.

NEXT: FINAL. MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. SAID JEANNE, “IF YOU EAT WITH SOMEONE, THAT’S THE SECRET. IT ALLOW YOU TO CONNECT”.

<< PS COLUMN IN THE SUN-HERALD WAS THE BASIS FOR THIS STORY.

BELOW: ONE OF JEANNE’S DRESSES MADE OUT OF TOAST.

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GOINGS ON …
MY WIFE AND I WERE ON OUR WAY TO THE COFFEE SHOP THE OTHER DAY AND A YOUNG BOY WALKED PAST TALKING INTO … WAIT FOR IT … A WRISTWATCH. WE BOTH LOOKED AT EACH OTHER. “I KNOW OF ONE PERSON TALKING INTO HIS WATCH AND THAT WAS IN THE COMIC FEATURING DICK TRACY, PRIVATE DETECTIVE. THAT’S SIXTY YEARS AGO”.
AUTHOR FRED SHOENBERG WROTE: “YOU DIAL A TELEPHONE AND BY THE TIME SOMEONE ANSWERS, YOU HAVE FORGOTTON WHO YOU’RE CALLING.
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Famous Women: She was the talk of the town for generations of readers!

RUTH PARK IN 1981. INSET: RUTH PARK, IN 1946, RECEIVING THE CHEQUE FROM THE HERALD.

THE NOVEL TOLD THE ENGROSSING STORY OF AN IRISH FAMILY WHO BROUGHT LIFE TO THE SLUMS WHERE THEY LIVED.

FRANK MORRIS

IN 1946, PARK WON THE INAUGURAL SYDNEY MORNING HERALD LITERARY AWARD COMPETITION FOR HARP IN THE SOUTH.

AFTER WINNING THE AWARD, PARK WAS SET TO BECOME ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST MAGICAL WRITERS.

HER BOOK SERIES, THE MUDDLE-HEADED WOMBAT, WHICH HAD ITS DEBUT ON THE ABC IN 1957, IS ONE OF THE LITERARY ‘TREASURE’ KIDS YARNS THAT NEED SAVING.

RUTH PARK, A NEW ZEALANDER, WAS BORN IN AUGUST 1917. PARK’S FATHER WAS A ROAD BUILDERS’ LABOURER, AND A PITCH TENT WAS ALL SHE HAD FOR A HOME.

PARK SAID: “PROBABLY I AM A WRITER BECAUSE I HAD A SINGULAR CHILDHOOD. MY FIRST YEARS … I WAS LIKE A POSSUM OR A BEAR CUB ALL ALONE”.

THOUGH SHE HAD NO BOOKS IN THE HOUSE, PARK RECALLED THAT HER FATHER WAS “A STORYTELLER”, AND ENTERTAINING TO BOOT, WHO USED TO MANUFACTURE WILD TALES FROM SCOTTISH HISTORY LIKE A MAGICAN PULLING A RABBIT OUT OF A HAT.

SHE WAS BROUGHT UP IN THE SMALL NZ TOWN OF TE KUITI. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE SHE STRUGGLED WITH POVERTY. THE NEXT HURDLE WAS WHEN SHE BEGAN TO FELL THE BITE OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

HER FATHER FELL ILL AND COULD LONGER SUPPORT HIS FAMILY, SO THEY MOVED TO AUCKLAND TO LIVE AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHARITY FROM RELATIVES THAT WAS OFFERED.

“WAS IT A WISE TO MOVE TO THE CITY”, SHE MUSES IN HER FIRST AUTOBIOGRAPHY, FENCE AROUND THE CUCKOO. “AS AN ADULT I’D SAY NO, 

PARK IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST DISTINGUISHED AND WIDELY READ WRITERS OF ALL TIME.

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MORE ABOUT RUTH PARK …
RUTH PARK AND D’ARCY NILAND, IN THEIR BIOGRAPHY DRUMS GO BANG, RELATE AN INTERESTING EPISODE IN THEIR MEETING WITH FRANK S. GREENOP, EDITOR OF MAN MAGAZINE, WHO LATER BECAME A MENTOR OF THE TWO WRITERS.
IT WAS NILAND’S INTRIGUING AND DISTURBING SHORT STORY, THE CRUCIFIXION; IT WAS ABOUT TWO MEN, ONE WHO HAS LEPROSY AND THE OTHER TB.
EDITORS OF MAGAZINES ALL OVER AUSTRALIA WERE CHURNED UP.
IT DID ONE GOOD THING: GREENOP WAS ELATED WITH THE STORY BECAUSE IT WAS EXCELLENT WRITING.
BUT IT AGITATED HIS INNER CALMNESS; THAT’S WAS GOOD. IT ALSO CHURNED HIM UP TOO. FM.
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SHE WAS DETERMINED TO BECOME A WRITER. HER EARLY WORK WAS PUBLISHED IN THE CHILDREN’S SECTION OF THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD AT AGE 11.

AFTER MUCH SEARCHING, SHE SECURED A JOB ON THE AUCKLAND STAR AS A PROOFREADER, THEN, AFTER A WHILE SHE WAS TRANSFERED TO THE CHILDREN’S SECTION AS EDITOR.

DETERMINDED TO ADVANCE HER JOUNALIST CAREER SHE ACCEPTED A POSITION ON THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER IN 1941. BUT HER TRAVEL PLAN WAS CANCELLED. JAPAN HAD BOMDED PEARL HARBOUR.

INSTEAD, SHE WAS OFFERED A POSITION ON ESRA NORTON’S DAILY MIRROR AND SHE SEIZED IT.

ON AN EARLIER VISIT TO AUSTRALIA IN 1940, D’ARCY NILAND, A FELLOW JOUNALIST AND WRITER, MET RUTH PARK. THEY HAD BEEN CORRESPONDING EVER SINCE.

IN 1942, D’ARCY AND RUTH WERE MARRIED FORMING A MARITAL AND LITERARY PARTNERSHIP STRIVING TO SURVIVE AS PROFESSIONAL FREELANCE WRITERS; WIDELY REGARDED AS AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM AT THE TIME.

“THE MAJORITY OF RUTH PARK’S WRITING REMAINS IN PRINT”, SAID A PORFILE. “HER NOVELS ARE MONUMENTS TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT. HER BRILLIANCE AS A STORYTELLER … AND AN UNFORGETTABLE SENSE OF PLACE AND TIME HAVE CREATED AN ENDURING LEGACY”.

RUTH PARK DIED IN 2010. SHE WAS 83.

SOUCE: A PROFILE FROM HARP IN THE SOUTH PROGRAM WAS USED IN THE COMPILATION OF BACKGROUND AND DATES.


REMEMBER WHEN …

KING DAY. JANUARY 18 IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN AMERICA. FOR MANY REASONS. IT COMMEMORATES THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE CIVIL-RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF FOUNDING FATHER, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, AND TAKES PLACE NEAR HIS BIRTHDAY, JANUARY 15.
TIME MAGAZINE, OF 2014, THEN RECITES WHAT KING SAID AS HE STOOD AT THE LINCOLN MEMORORIAL.
“WITH ONE SINGLE PHASE HE JOINED JEFFERSON AND LINCOLN IN THE RANKS OF MEN WHO’VE SHAPED MODERN AMERICA”.
KING JR CAST ASIDE HIS SPEECH AND THEN UTTERED, “I HAVE A DREAM …”

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON FEBUARY 15.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 28 January 21

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

GOING SEAWARD! BALLOONING OR EVEN A PARACHUTING RIDE WILL TAKE YOU SKYWARD. YOU’LL AMBLE OVER THE SEA, LAKES OR RIVER COMPLEXES IN AUSTRALIA – IT CAN BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. IT’S A MIXTURE OF MONUMENTAL, COLOSSAL AND STUPENDOUS, ROLLED INTO ONE. YOU’LL HAVE TAKEN ONE THE GREATEST TRIPS IN THE WORLD. YOU’LL TALK ABOUT IT FOR YEARS. IT WILL BE WORTH IT. FM.


A Short Story: Bruno and Alice – One Woman’s Poison

THIS MAN WAS NO STRANGER, THOUGHT ALICE. WE OFTEN SHARED A GARDEN SEAT BUT HAD NEVER SPOKEN!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

As a rule of thumb, if you’re attracted to a man and want him to take an interest in you, then I suggest you should try not to poison his descendants.

I learned that lesson last summer. A gentleman who lived in the neighbourhood strolled by my apartment building with his two great grandchildren in tow. This man was no stranger. We had often shared a bench down at the statue-garden but had never spoken.

In fact, the last time I had seen him I asked after his health and was brushed off like I had asked for spare change.

But here he was in front of my ground-floor apartment with two beautiful little grandkids, and I thought I’d take another shot at showing him that I was interested. I waved hello and asked him if the toddlers might like a cool drink.

He accepted and ambled across, introducing himself at last. “My name is Bruno.”

I sat the little ones at the kitchen table with some juice. And, as they were drinking, Bruno wandered into the living room. He was impressed by my wall of bookcases -- nobody reads anymore – and, before long, we were pulling out one volume after another.

We spoke about various things like literature, art and music. We had many similar interests.

Suddenly, Bruno was struck by the silence in the kitchen. He got up from his lounge chair and ducked out around the corner to make sure the kiddies were okay.

I pursued him. The youngest child was standing before the open cupboard under the sink with a bottle of squirt liquid close to her lips.

It was awful. The child was unharmed but could easily have been in real danger. I felt terrible and sputtered something about being older and having to keep all the cleaning supplies within easy reach.

It had never occurred to me, at 70 years of age, to childproof my own home!

Nothing terrible had happened, but the incident was awkward and embarrassing. When he left with the children, I was sure I would never see him again …

<< Canada Public Health.

COMING SOON: HOW DID WE MEET, BRUNO WAS ASKED. WELL, I’II TELL YOU.


Laugh at the Cat …

“HMMM! THAT’S CHRISTMAS”.


REMEMBER WHEN …

IN FIFTY YEARS, THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR MEN IN AUSTRALIA HAD ROCKETED FROM 50 TO 70 YEARS, IN 1953. AND, FOR THAT YEAR, WOMEN JUMPED FROM 52 TO 72.

THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, SIR EARLE PAGE, SAID THAT “IT WAS DUE TO BETTER HEALTH CONDITIONS”.

HE SAID THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF DEATH IN 1903, WERE DIGESTIVE ORGANS, TUBERCULOSIS AND HEART DISEASE.

IN 1923, SUPPLIES OF INSULIN WOULD BECOME PLENTIFUL AND CHEAPER, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR DIABETES SUFFERERS.


CCCCRASH: What do you do if you are in a car crash? 

DON’T PANIC. THE COLLISION MAY BE SERIOUS OR JUST A BINGLE.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Whether it’s just a scratch or a write-off, a collision is not the time to panic especially if you don’t know your rights and obligations.

Here is an easily-to-understand post-crash guide that will assist you in the long run:

Turn on your hazard lights and make sure you are safe. You don’t want to end up in a second collision because another motorist can’t see you.

Ladies – don’t panic. For both genders, if you get of your car without stopping to check for traffic, you risk the trauma of being injured or killed.

Determine where your car is. If it’s on the roadside, stay in your car and keep your seatbelt on. People are sometimes injured and killed while awaiting for assistance.

If anyone is injured, call 000. Call emergency services. Don’t rely on people at the crash site as they may be too distressed and forget to do it.

​Your location details must be noted. If you don’t know the address, provide landmarks. You must record important information, including:

Names and phone number of all people involved in the crash … plus witnesses and the other driver’s licence details.

A quick diagram showing where vehicle occupants were seated. Direction of the vehicles. Which lanes?

The date, time, and weather condition; exchange insurance company information; do not discuss who was at fault to anybody other than police.

You must then report the incident to police. These conditions would apply:

A driver refuses to provide his or her details; a person is injured; any vehicles require towing.

Any damage to property other than the vehicles involved?

Anyone suspects intoxicating drugs or alcohol was a factor.

Major crashes must be reported to police as soon as possible; at least within 24 hours. Failing to do so can impose a penalty notice.

A driver can report any crash to police if he and she feels it is necessary.

<< Other articles on road incidents will follow later. The background  for these articles are taken from Open Road; and Frank Morris.

COMING: Lack of sleep. Four-part series on sleep disturbance among our population!


SPIDERS GALORE! Australia’s most dangerous – and they’re out to get you

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

WITH HIGHLY TOXIC VENOM PRODUCED IN LARGE AMOUNTS, AND LARGE FANGS, FUNNEL-WEBS ARE READY TO INJECT IT. 

THE FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE DEADLIEST IN AUSTRALIA, PERHAPS THE WORLD.

FOUND IN NSW, IN FORESTS AS WELL AS POPULATED URBAN AREAS, THE SYDNEY FUNNEL-WEB BURROWS IN HUMID SHELTERED PLACES.

THEY CAN BE QUITE AGGRESSIVE WHEN THREATENED.

THOUGH JUST 1.5 TO 3.5CM BIG, THE FUNNEL-WEB MALE HAS FANGS THAT CAN PUT A BROWN SNAKE TO SHAME.

THE MALE SPIDER CAN KILL. IT’S BITE IS SIX TIMES MORE VENOMOUS THAN A FEMALE.

ONE IN SIX BITES CAN CAUSE A SEVERE REACTION. THE ANTIVENOM WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN 1981. SINCE THEN, NO FATALITIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

THERE ARE ABOUT 40 SPECIES IN AUSTRALIA, BUT ONLY SIX HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO HAVE CAUSED ANY SEVERE PROBLEMS. << Adapted from Australian Geographic, 2014.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEARED AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 1.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 January 21

UP, UP AND AWAY: The next port of call … wherever you decide it is!

HOLIDAYS AS A KEEPSAKE. HANG-GLIDING OR BALLOONING OVER THIS HISTORIC AND SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY COAST IN NSW. IT’S JUST ONE OF THE THRILLING PASTIMES ON OFFER TO VISITORS ON THE COASTLINE IN MANY PARTS OF AUSTRALIA. YOU’LL COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE BLUE SKIES, THE SPARKLING OCEAN VISTAS, WHITE SANDY BEACHES, ROLLING MOUNTAINS AND GREEN RAIN-FORESTS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. IT PROVIDES HOLIDAYMAKERS WITH A FAVOURITE GET-AWAY-FROM-IT-FANTASY. YOU’LL REMEMBER THIS FOR YEARS.


ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR: Stewart was “utterly sick” of the whole con job

THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ HOAX: DAVID LEHMAN, HAROLD STEWART AND JAMES McAULEY. 

FRANK MORRIS

REMEMBER THE DASTARDLY DEMEDENKO/DARVILLE AFFAIR IN 1995? FOR MONTHS, THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS ENRAPTURED BY ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOAXES TO SURFACE IN FIFTY YEARS!

THE POET HAROLD STEWART, WAS ONE OF THE CENTRAL FIGURES IN AUSTRALIA’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL LITERARY SCANDAL OF THE 194OS. HE WAS BORN IN 1916.

IN THE MID 1940s, HE AND TWO OTHER LITERARY COLLEAGUES, INVENTED A POET CALLED “ERN MALLEY” AND HIS “BEWILDERED” SISTER, ETHEL. THE TRIO SET ABOUT WRITING A STRING OF SATIRICAL POEMS, WHICH LAMPOONED THE IDEA OF “DECAY OF MEANING AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IN POETRY”.

WHEN THEY WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR EFFORTS, THE THREE HOAXERS PARCELLED UP THE BATCH OF POEMS AND SENT THEM OFF TO A LEADING LITERARY MAGAZINE WITH A COVERING LETTER FROM MALLEY’S “SISTER”, ETHEL.

THE MAGAZINE’S EDITOR INSTANTLY “FELL IN LOVE” WITH MALLEY AND “TRIUMPHANTY” PUBLISHED THE POEMS IN A SPECIAL ISSUE CALLED “COMMEMORATING THE AUSTRALIAN POET ERN MALLEY”.

THUS, WAS BORN WHAT WAS TO BECOME KNOWN AS “THE ERN MALLEY AFFAIR”. IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING LITERARY CON JOBS IN AUSTRALIA.

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TIMELINES: GET RID OF THE FIRE HAZARDS!
A LITTLE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION NOW COULD AVERT A TRAGEDY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
YOU CAN: CLEAR UP AROUND YOUR HOME AND OTHER MAJOR ASSETS … COLLECT ALL DRY TIMBER, DEAD BRANCHES, DRY LEAVES, ETC … MOW AND WATER YOUR LAWN … MAKE A FUEL BREAK AROUND YOUR HOME; CLEAR AWAY BUSHES AND UNDERGROWTH … REMOVE OVERHANGING BRANCHES … CLEAN OUT YOUR ROOF GUTTERING. MORE LATER.
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UNFORTUNATELY, THE WHOLE CRAZY BUSINESS GOT OUT OF CONTROL. WHAT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME QUICKLY SOURED WHEN THE FULL IMPORT OF THE SCANDAL HIT HOME.

IN HIS OBITUARYOF STEWART, MICHAEL HEYWARD WROTE THAT WHEN THE HOAXERS OWNED UP THE EDITOR “WAS PILLORIED BY EVERY NEWSPAPER IN THE COUNTRY”.

HEYWARD SAYS THAT STEWART AND THE OTHER PERPETRATOR, JAMES McAULEY, “HAD TO WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES AS (THE EDITOR) WAS PROSECUTED BY THE POLICE FOR PUBLISHING THEIR HANDIWORK”.

THE EDITOR AND HIS MAGAZINE WERE NEVER ABLE TO LEAVE THE INCIDENT BEHIND.

MANY YEARS LATER STEWART, WHO WAS “UTTERLY SICK” OF THE WHOLE MALLEY AFFAIR, STILL MANAGED TO HAVE A FEW CHUCKLES OVER IT.

STEWART DIED IN JAPAN IN 1995.

<< The Power of the Book, 2001, MMS.

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VALE: AMERICAN ACE PILOT, CHUCK YEAGER, BECAME FAMOUS WHEN HE WAS FIRST TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER, HAS DIED. HE WAS 97. IN WORLD WAR 2, HE SHOT DOWN 5 GERMAN PLANES IN A DAY, AND 13 OVERALL.
VALE: FILM DIRECTOR CLIFF GREEN, HAS DIED. HE WAS ONE OF THE MAIN FORCES BEHIND THE MOVIE, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK.
VALE: JOURNALIST MUNGO MacCALLUM, ONE OF THE SHARPEST POLITICAL WRITERS OF HIS TIME, DIES AGED 78.
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The history of Australian aviation … The journey begins!

FOUR GENTLEMEN STANDING PROUDLY NEXT TO A MACHINE WHICH ONE DAY WOULD BECOME A QANTAS AIRLINER.

A TINY TWO-WING AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF AND CLIMBED THROUGH A CLOUDLESS SKY. IT RETURNED AS AN QANTAS AIRLINER.

THAT WAS 100 YEARS AGO.

QANTAS QUICKLY SPREAD ACROSS THE EMPIRE AND EVOLVED INTO THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE AIRLINE.  PEOPLE WERE OBSESSED WITH NOTING THAT TRAVEL WAS FOR THEM.

BUT OUR AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY IS EVEN OLDER THAN THAT.
THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN AVIATION … EARLY NEXT YEAR.


FOODFROLICO: Let’s have a healthy ‘roo burger for dinner!

HMMMM!

FRANK MORRIS

Imagine, if this scene was real? What do you want for dinner, a leading international magazine asked Jeff Israel?

Israel thought about the question deeply. “It is in the air”, Jeff said with his nose pointed upwards. “It smells like, like a hamburger … a hamburger made of kangaroo mince streak”. Israel woke up. He had been in a deep dream. He noticed that each person at the table was happily gulping down a ‘roo burger – to their delight!

Ingredients
1 KG KANGAROO MINCEMEAT
2 LARGE EGGS
1 CUP BREADCRUMBS
1 TABLESPOON GARLIC, CRUSHED          `
1 TABLESPOON FINELY CHOPPED PARSLEY
1 LARGE BROWN ONION, FINELY DICED
¼ CUP WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
¼ CUP TOMATO SAUCE OR PASTE
2 TEASPOONS DRIED THYME, 1 TEASPOON
TABASCO SAUCE, 1 TEASPOON DRIED OREGANO,
½ TEASPOON GROUND BLACK PEPPER. SMALL
SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE.
Burger
WHOLEMEAL BURGER BUNS, ROCKET, TOMATO (SLICED), LOW FAT TASTY CHEESE (SLICED), BEETROOT (SLICED), TOMATO SAUCE OR RELISH TO SERVE.
Method
1- Thoroughly mix all burger mince ingredients together in large bowl.
2- Form mince mixture into 8-12 burgers (using clean hands is best) and cook on a medium heat BBQ plate or pan until cooked through, turning several times. Use a little olive oil to help minimise sticking.
3- Assemble the burger using the wholemeal bun with sliced cheese, beetroot, tomato and rocket.
4- Add tomato sauce or relish to taste.

FUN WITH FOOD. Kangaroo meat is taken from Australian Kangaroos. It was exported to 55 countries and all sections of the globe.


GRAND YEARS IN NZ … It’s coming next year!

NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE!

FRANK MORRIS

Many years ago, NZ historian Allan Sutherland wrote a fine piece on what makes a country tick.

Sutherland said that by measuring the milestones we are “marking the achievement and progress of a country and its people … signifies that we live in a world of changes.

Nothing has altered. It happens in all countries.

There’s one country that is proud of its heritage and that is New Zealand. It’s important for all New Zealanders to realise that they come from a stock that has continued to forge new frontiers.

In war and peace achievers such as Ernest Rutherford, Katherine Mansfield, Charles Upham, Jenny Shipley, NZ’s first woman Prime Minister, Cardigan Bay, the racehorse, Martini-Henri, aviator Jean Batten and many others have earned a permanent place in the books.

Bone up on your trip to New Zealand.

Starts next year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAAAAAAPY NEW YEAR!
GRAND YEARS WILL START 2021 ON JANUARY 14.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 20

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

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