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It’s Christmas! The Ceppo Tree lets us know Christmas has arrived

IN ITALY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON LASTS FOR THREE WEEKS, BEGINNING EIGHT DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. FOR THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION, CELEBRATIONS CENTER ON THE BIRTH OF THE BABY JESUS. A PRESEPIO, OR MANGER, IS PREPARED IN EVERY HOME. MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OFFER PRAYERS AND LIGHT CANDLES EVERY MORNING. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS HEAVY SIGNIFICANCE ON WORD CHRISTMAS.


FOCUS ON CCCCRASHED: Part 2. They’re waiting to happen, but it depends on the driver

A WOMAN AND A GENTLEMAN ASKED THE OBVIOUS QUESTION: WAS IT YOUR FAULT?  Below: ANYBODY NEED AN AMBULANCE?

MY HUSBAND WILL KILL ME, SAID THE WOMAN, WHO WAS CAUGHT IN A DICKY SITUATION!

FRANK MORRIS

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task that requires good coordination and mental alertness. Many prescription and non-prescription medicines affect your ability to drive safely.

Drugs can affect not only your skills, such as hazard perception, but your moods and behaviour as well, all of which are essential to safe driving.

Taking a number of different medicines may have an even greater effect on your ability to drive safely.

Warning labels come with non-prescription medicines that can affect your driving. Is there a warning message on the packaging?

Prescription medicines that can affect driving also carry a warning label. When you receive medication, always look for one of the warning labels.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the symptoms that you can expect, and whether they are likely to be temporary or long-term.

A new medicine may affect you for a few days; so don’t drive until your body adjusts.

When some medicines are combined with alcohol, driver impairment and the risk of having a serious accident, greatly increase.

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TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLES …
DO NOT PARK BETWEEN ‘MOTORCYCLES ONLY’ SIGNS UNLESS YOU ARE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE … MAKE SURE YOUR MOTORCYCLE DOESN’T STICK OUT FURTHER THAN ANY PARALLEL-PARKED CAR.
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Are you affected? Some effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that make it unsafe to drive includes drowsiness, blurred vision, feeling unsteady or dizzy and poor concentration.

There are times when you may suffer from lower alertness and slower reaction times, feeling sick, feeling confused and feeling aggressive. You should refrain from driving.

Some medicines and treatments that may make it unsafe to drive. They include: Antidepressants, antihistamines, anxiety treatment, arthritis treatment, blood pressure treatment and cough and cold relief medication.

The list goes on: Diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, mental disorders, opioid substitution treatment, pain relief medicines, sleeping tablets, stomach upset treatment and travel sickness prevention and some antibiotics.

The penalties are simply too great.

Misuse of medicinal drugs, such as taking an excessive dose, can result in major impairment.

Police have the power to require drivers that they suspect are impaired by drugs to undertake drug testing. There are severe penalties for this offence.

SOURCE: This article was written with assistance of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch).

COMING: Part 3 – If you think about it, there should be no ccccrashes on our roads. Yet, the road toll is up.


FLASHBACK: Hollywood’s Vietnam 1978 – The after-shock of the war is a central theme

THIS CARTOON HIT THE NAIL WITH POWERFUL FORCE.  Below: THE GREEN BERET’S POSTER.

A QUANTITY OF THE 1965-70s FILMS WERE WORTH WATCHING. ONLY DUST WILL SETTLE ON THE ONES THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Hollywood didn’t take much notice that year – in 1968. Its only major film on a Vietnam theme, where veteran John Wayne plays a gung-ho Green Berets’ Special Forces Colonel, (was, as one critic put the film, “a flag-waving mombo jumbo at its worst”).

Hollywood continued to ignore the war while routinely churning out World War 11 epics – until this year. Five years after the last US combat soldier left Vietnam, Hollywood has finally recognised the war.

A half-dozen American features with a war setting are about to be released soon; the over-budget, overdue Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now is expected to appear next year.

Go Tell the Spartans, featuring Burt Lancaster as an Army major commanding a patrol unit in 1964, is set in the war zone. By contrast, Big Wednesday concerns surfing (as its theme) but refers repeatedly to the impact of the war on the apolitical youth of the 1960s.

The after-shock of the war is central to Dog Soldiers and Rolling Thunder. Dog Soldiers, based on Robert Stone’s award-winning novel, concerns the consequences of a war journalist’s twisted moral sense.

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THE WAR IN VIETNAM …
TEN YEARS AFTER THE KOREAN WAR ENDED, THE US FOUND ITSELF INVOLVED IN A SIMILAR CONFLICT IN ASIA—VIETNAM. JUST AS HAD BEEN THE CASE IN KOREA, THIS WAR WAS BASICALLY A CIVIL WAR. ONCE AGAIN, THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY WAS CONTROLLED BY COMMUNISTS; WHILE THE SOUTHERN HALF WAS A DEMOCRACY THAT THE UNITED STATES HAD SWORN TO PROTECT. – WARPLANES, ALPHA, NEW YORK.
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Rolling Thunder, written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), reportedly deals so violently with the activities of a returned Vietnam veteran that its original backers, Twentieth Century-Fox, withdrew from the project.

The best of the Vietnam-theme films … is Hal Ashby’s Coming Home, which tackles in dramatic form the moral dilemma of the American people.

Set in California in 1968, Coming Home tells about three ordinary people whose direct and indirect experiences of the war prompt intense, painful confrontations with the dominant value systems.

Coming Home evolved from an idea of actress-activist Jane Fonda and writer Nancy Dowd; it is an amazingly compassionate movie.

Vietnam War was never popular, but it is simplistic to say that Hollywood was merely afraid of losing at the box-office. Too many of the industry’s leading figures took early public positions on the issue without damaging their careers.

To give the devil its due, Hollywood did not, in the heyday of the protest movement, retreat into some secure Pollyanna-ism.

Between 1966 and 1976, films like The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Midnight Cowboy, MASH, The Godfather, The Godfather Part 11, Chinatown, and All The President’s Men came out of the studios, made money and, in disparate fashion, scored heavy blows against the American system.

War has always been a natural for movies but there was nothing clearcut about Vietnam.
Every night, television brought the complexities of battle and politics into the living room. Mid-America grew increasingly uneasy with what they saw.

Vietnam had no heroes.

Only now … the dust settles over those upheavals.

SOURCED: An adaption of Hollywood’s Vietnam by Martha DuBose, SMH, November 18, l978.


DID YOUR KNOW? Competition tennis relies on a gadget which is never wrong!

THE UNSUNG HERO OF THE TENNIS WORLD IS A GADGET WHICH HAS PROVED ITS WORTH – IT’S NEVER WRONG. WHO CAN FORGET McENROE AND CONNORS AND HOW THE FIREBRANDS WOULD GROWL IN A LANGUAGE MORE SUITED TO A BACKYARD BRAWL THAN THE COURTS AT WIMBLEDON. THE GADGET IS THE HAWK-EYE AND HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. IT WAS DEVELOPED BY BRITISH MATHEMATICAN PAUL HAWKINS AND PLAYERS HAVE ACCEPTED ITS INSTANT VERDICTS “WITHOUT RANCOUR”. HAWK-EYE IS A GREAT INNOVATION.

IT’S CHRISTMAS! TIME TO BE MERRY! HAVE A GOOD ONE!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 19

It’s Christmas: Grandparents are “cool” until events go astray!

“IF I WERE TWENTY YEARS YOUNGER, I WOULD BE INVITED TO THE GRANDKIDS TEA PARTIES”, SAID SHIRLEY. Below: WHEN THE GRANDKIDS VISIT, THEY DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!

KEEPING THE GRANDKIDS’ ATTENTION IS ONE THING. BUT BEING POPULAR MAKES GRANDPARENTS TOP OF THE POPS!

FRANK MORRIS

There’s no doubt that a get-together of “cool” grandparents could fill the district’s local oval – and then some.

Grandmother Shirley is typical of the new generation of grandmas who are able to maintain a semblance of order around the house and “be cool” at the same time.

“I’d never thought about it until now,” says Shirley. “But if you can be a “cool” grandma in your seventies, with glasses, false teeth and a knee replacements, then yes, I qualify hands down”.

Though to be “cool” you have to be able to turn your hand to anything – from digging up worms, catching lizards, playing the spoons, dishing up trays of chocolate biscuits and being “highly” creative with purple play dough.

Yes, Grandmother Shirley has done all those things and thoughtfully enjoyed herself along the way.
But, and there is always a but in the “cool” grandma arena – to be “really, really cool”, says Shirley. “One has to be well versed on a whole range of other issues”.

In Shirley’s case it is the latest movies and videos, music and fashion, the Wiggles and, yes, lip gel.

And it also pays to realise that “sick” means good.

“If I were twenty years younger … I would be invited to many tea parties in the cubby house under the table”, she said.

“My grandchildren must think I’m “cool” because they not only look forward to visiting but they never want to go home”.

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MY GRANDMA ...
EVERY SATURDAY I VISIT MY GRANNY AND WE DISCUSS WHAT WE DID DURING THE WEEK. I TALK TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING; SHE UNDERSTANDS ME. WHEN I AM SAD SHE CHEERS ME UP; WE HAVE A LAUGH TOGETHER. SHE HAS LOOKED AFTER ME SINCE I WAS A BABY. SHE IS MY BEST FRIEND. -- A CHILD, AGE 8.
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In bygone days, kids’ books often characterised the oldies as doddering, mean and, it has to be said, ill-tempered and downright churlish.

Though the ‘old woman’ who lived in the shoe was an exception to the rule.

But the good news is, according to a university study, that children’s literature now “over-whelmingly” depicts grandparents as upbeat, active and wise – very wise.

Researchers claim that elders are “getting added positive attention because more people are living to be active grandparents”.

The burgeoning baby boomers have, it seems, given a whole new dimension to the grand-parenting role.

The fact that they are better educated, healthier and retiring earlier that previous generations has gone a long way to making grandparents “very cool” customers indeed.

Surprisingly, some the old fashioned ideas of keeping the grandkids’ attention have proved to be ‘top of the pops’.

SOURCE: Adapted from Modern Maturity magazine and Frank Morris.


Trimming the Christmas tree – there are many ways to decorate the icon for your family and home

THE TREE THAT IS PART OF THE CHURCH.

THE FRENCH PARADISE TREE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE EARLY AGE OF THE CHURCH. IT BEGAN TO ILLUSTRATE THE GOSPEL NARRATIVES BY USE OF THE LIVING PICTURES ACCOMPANIED BY SONGS. AT CHRISTMASTIME, THE STORY OF BETHLEHEM WOULD BE MADE MORE VIVID BY PLACING A MANGER SCENE IN A CORNER OF THE CHURCH, WITH SHEPHERDS AND MAGI AT HAND. THE PARADISE TREE IS THE ONLY SYMBOLIC OBJECT OF THE MYSTERY PLAYS OF THE CHURCH THAT HAS FOUND ITS WAY INTO THE HOMES OF THE FAITHFUL. IN THE 15TH CENTURY, THE CUSTOM WAS ENACTED TO BEAUTIFY THE PARADISE TREE SO IT FITTED IN WITH THE FESTIVE OCCASION.


First Sydney-Hobart Race: The second smallest yacht, Rani, storms home!

RANI’S SUCCESS IN THE FIRST SYDNEY-HOBART YACHT RACE WAS THE START OF AUSTRALIAN YACHTSMEN CHALLENGING FOR THE MOST SUSPERIOR RACE OF ALL – THE AMERICA’S CUP.
 

“AFTER A ROLLICKING BEGINNING, PLASTERED OVER THE FRONT PAGES OF MOST NEWSPAPERS, THE SYDNEY-HOBART RACE COULD NOT MISS”, SAID SAILING WRITER, LOU D’ALPUGET.

The Sydney yacht, Rani, which had not been sighted for four days, has won the first Sydney-Hobart ocean yacht race. She crossed the finishing line in the Derwent at 1.22am today.

Coming unexpectedly out of the mist from a south-easterly direction near Tasman Island early yesterday, Rani, despite heavy squalls, made good time across Storm Bay, and completed the long voyage from Sydney in 158 hours 22 minutes 35 seconds, a fine performance.

At least 300 persons who lined Castray Esplanade enthusiastically cheered the Rani and her crew as the gun signalled her crossing of the finishing line.

The Hobart yacht, Winston Churchill, which was believed to have had a substantial lead, is reported to be becalmed off the East Coast, and is not expected to arrive until this afternoon.

The news of the sighting of the Rani, which is skippered by Capt. J.H. Illingworth, RN, off Tasman Island at dawn created a minor sensation as she had not been reported for four days and some fears were held for her safety.

After leaving the NSW coast, she took a wide sweep to the south-east to gain full advantage of wind and current.
The Rani, 34ft 8in long, was the second smallest yacht in the race.

Reconnaissance by an RAAF Catalina yesterday failed to show the position of the Winston Churchill. The yacht was not sighted all day. She was last seen by the crew of the aircraft about 2.15pm on Monday off St Helens Pt.

The yawl Kathleen, making good progress, was sighted at 2.30pm yesterday about four miles due east off the coast at St Patricks Head.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING …
EXTRAORDINARY! WHEN MARILYN MONROE SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JFK IN 1962, SHE WORE A SLINKY CHIFFON DRESS COVERED WITH 10,000 SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS. THE BRAND DATED FROM 1895, WHEN DANIEL SWAROVSKI SET OUT TO CREATE “A DIAMOND FOR EVERYONE”. HE INVENTED A MACHINE THAT CUT MORE ACCURATELY THAN EVER BEFORE, MAKING THE START OF A NEW ERA FOR CRYSTAL. – QVB: CELEBRATING AN ICON.
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The Ambermerle was seen at 2.15pm about 12 miles east of St Helens. The Saltair was reported at 1.35pm about three miles east of Cape Barren, in the Flinders group.

There was a big element of surprise in the Rani's arrival, as all reports had indicated that the Winston Churchill had a substantial lead, and when the sight of a yacht off Tasman Island was reported, it was accepted as the Hobart yacht.

Later, however, Tasman Island reported that the yacht had a white hull and carried the number “14” on her sail.
The Winston Churchill has a black hull, and there was much speculation about the yacht, which arrived unheralded out of the mist, until her identity was established shortly before 11am.

Disappointment that the Winston Churchill was not to win the race after hopes had run high was tempered with admiration for the skilful helmsmanship and navigation which had enabled one of the smallest of the contestants to complete the voyage so quickly.

Crowds assembled in Castray Esplanade yesterday were disappointed when the race did no finish in daylight.
There was a line of cars for the whole length of the esplanade, and hundreds of people gathered there during the day, some bringing a picnic lunch and eating it on the lawns nearby and under the trees fringing the water.

Cars also lined vantage points along Browns River Road, and the appearance of large yachts returning to Hobart from the Huon carnival probably gave rise to false reports that the ocean yachts were arriving.

Frank Morris comments: After an historic victory in the first Sydney-Hobart race in 1945, Rani was wrecked at Stockton Beach, near Newcastle, NSW, a few years later. Rani’s win, in what turned out to be a yachting classic, set the pace for future years. The race attracted competitors from all over the world, and inspired Australian yachtsmen to challenge for the greatest of all international match races, the American’s Cup. This was what eventfully happened when Frank Packer entered the scene and challenged with Gretel in 1962.

SOURCE: Adapted from the Mercury, Hobart, Wednesday, January 2, 1946.


It’s Christmas: Foodfrolico – Final. Here are martinis like you’ve never imbibed before!

GO ON, BE JAMES BOND AND HAVE A MARTINI. REMEMBER, IT’S SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED.

TRY A MARTINI -- FROM ‘DIRTY’ DOWN TO ‘BASIC’, OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND, WITH YOUR FAVOURITE GARNISH.

Martinis are possibly the most easily recognised cocktail in the world. They are so easy to make and there are many variations.

For the basic martini, I prefer a gin base as the gin adds some nice aromatics. For the best results, use something like Bombay Sapphire or BeGin.

When I start to flavour it up or tweak it, naturally I choose an Arktika Vodka.

BASIC MARTINI. Pour 50ml of gin or Vodka and 10ml of Vermouth over ice. The more Vermouth you add the less dry to martini will be. Shake it or stir it and then strain into another glass. Garnish with an olive or some citrus peel.

DIRTY MARTINI. To spice it up you could make a dirty martini which is my preference. Similar to the basic martini, using Artika Vodka, you just add ½ teaspoon of the olive brine from the jar. Sounds weird, but it tastes great.

FRENCH MARTINI. My other favourite IS not a true martini. To create, pour 50ml of Arktika Vodka, 20ml of Chambord and 50ml of pineapple juice over ice. Shake, then strain it into a glass. Garnish with a little lemon peel.

MAKE SURE THERE IS PLENTY OF FRUIT IN THE HOUSE – FOR THE DRINKS!

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OUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING
THE TOWN CRIER STATED THAT A FRIEND IN THE CASTING BUSINESS TOLD HIM THAT THE QVB WAS LOOKING FOR A TOWN CRIER. FOR THE AUDITION I TURNED UP IN FULL REGALIA. I GOT THE JOB! I ANNOUNCED THINGS LIKE THE NEWS OF THE DAY, ANNIVERARIES AND SO ON. FOR CRUISE SHIPS IN SYDNEY, I’D WELCOME THE TOURISTS. PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE COSTUME. ON AVERAGE, I’D POSE FOR 100 PHOTOS A DAY. YOUR JOB IS TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY AFTER ALL. – A FORMER QVB TOWN CRIER.
GOOD DAY! HAVE A HAPPY, CHRISTMAS, AND A HANG-OVER FREE NEW YEAR!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 December 19

ALCOHOL: Christmas … Now is the time to get the facts!

IF WANT TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS, WITHOUT A HANG-OVER, BE CAREFULL 0F HOW MUCH ALCOHOL YOU DRINK.

ALCOHOL VARIES ACROSS DIFFERENT DRINKS. IT’S ALL ABOUT REMEMBERING THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL YOU CONSUMNED.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In Australia, a standard drink refers to 10 grams of alcohol. But it is worth remembering that the amount of alcohol varies across the type of drinks you’ve consumed.

The alcohol volume is stated on the label of packaged drinks. It’s hard to judge in non-packaged drinks, but on the DrinkWise website you are able to estimate this.

So, do you want cut down on drinking? Yes or no. If it’s one or the other, keep in mind that alcohol can affect your health. Here are some of the ways:

YOUR BRAIN: Alcohol slows down the central nervous system, which impacts on almost all of the body’s cells and systems. Misused, alcohol may cause alcohol-related brain impairment or brain injury.

YOUR SKIN: Alcohol dehydrates your body including skin – our largest organ. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent effects on your skin.

YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: Alcohol can suppress the immune system, particularly in long-term or excessive drinkers; it makes you susceptible to illness.

YOUR HEART: Long-term and excessive drinking can increase your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and heart failure.

YOUR BREASTS: Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women. Alcohol consumption, studies have shown, that the risk of developing breast cancer will be increased.

YOUR LIVER: Regularly drinking to excess may result in a fatty liver, which can affect this organ’s important function. Continued excessive drinking may result in the liver becoming inflamed, leading to hepatitis, liver cancer or liver scarring.

YOUR STOMACH: Alcohol may irritate the stomach lining which can bring on nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Long-term, excessive drinking has been associated with increased risk of cancer.

YOUR BOWEL: Alcohol may cause bowel irritation and lead to irritable bowel syndrome. Excessive drinking can increase the risk of colon cancer.

YOUR KIDNEYS: Alcohol tends to made you pass more urine. Excessive drinking can lead to excessive losses of body fluid and marked dehydration.

Many Australians enjoy having a drink, but not a lot of people realise three important things: how alcohol may affect their physical, social and mental health.

USE THIS A CHART AS A GUIDE TO YOUR DRINKING.

SOURCE: Adapted from DrinkWise.org.au and Get Health.


THE BIG ASK: Questions pop up at the most lackadaisical time!

WILL YOU DRINK IT, OR LEAVE IT? THAT IS THE QUESTION!


HISTORIC MYSTERY: Was the man from Snowy River a women?

DID “BANJO” PATERSON REALLY HIDE THE TRUTH IN THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER?

FRANK MORRIS

IN A BID TO SOLVE THIS 130 YEARS OLD OBSCURITY IS A MAN WHO HAS RESEARCHED THE LIFE OF SNOWY RIVER AUTHOR “BANJO” PATERSON.

Cliff Crane grew up in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and that’s why, 25 years ago, he started to research the life and ballads of Snowy River author “Banjo” Paterson.

Crane is set to know more about Paterson and the Man from Snowy River and, of course, the “one secret waiting to be revealed”.

Was the person in the Man from Snowy River a man or a woman?

There has been a great deal of work on “Banjo”, but never an analysis of his The Man Snowy River ballad of who did what and when.

Crane, who now resides in Oatley, NSW, said he plans to announce the outcome this mystery, on February 16, 2020, the day before 156th anniversary of Paterson’s birthday.

The museum at Yeoval, which is a speck in the central western part of NSW, is where the “mystery” will be solved.

“For the time being I leave people to ponder: why did he hide the identity of the rider?” Crane said.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING …
1959 -- CALLS FOR DEMOLITION, ESPECIALLY THE ONE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY, WHO WANTS TO DEMOLISH THE QVB TO MAKE WAY FOR A PARK AND CIVIC SQUARE. ARCHITECT HARRY SEIDLER IS AMONG THOSE IN FAVOUR, DESCRIBING THE QVB AS “AN ARCHITECTURAL MONSTROSITY”.
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Crane reels off things like the nationality, skin colour, some infirmity; or was it a person on the run from the law. Or was the rider a woman?

Here is a clue. The rider’s family had been linked to one of Australia’s most famous or infamous bushrangers.

Crane penned a note to the RSVP column in a weekend Spectrum headed “Who did “Banjo” Paterson have in mind when he wrote The Man from Snowy River?

“Are you a Trove search engine user who’d like to help find the answer?

“I believe I know the ride and the rider and the location and date of the ride and know how it ended.

“I am looking to find a newspaper article quoting Paterson about the germ of the idea which led to him writing the work.

“I had it some years ago but didn’t then realise the significance. I am seeking experienced researchers in the search”.

SOURCE: Background from the Leader, Kogarah, NSW.


FOODFROLICO: Celebration, cocktail and a bit of Christmas cheer!

TRY THIS FOR TASTE: CHAMPAGNE AND DASH OF CHAMBORD. DON’T FORGET THE RASPBERRY!

FRANK MORRIS

PART 1 -- FROM TOM’S TASTING TIPS

Frequently, I am asked what I like to drink at Christmas or when I am on holiday. Naturally, of course, I do enjoy wine and a beer; but I often think that my tastebuds would also need a holiday break.

Instead, I started to make a delicious cocktail.

Years ago, I used to think that cocktails were too complicated and expensive to make. Once I started mixing cocktails for myself, I was amazed.

Over the years, I have discovered that my favourite cocktails are vodka and gin based. I enjoy them because they are clean, crisp and refreshing.

Those spirits are essentially neutral in character and I can flavour them to my liking. One liqueur that I love to use is Chambord, a brandy based liqueur. It’s infused with rich flavours of raspberries and blackberries.

CHAMBORD & CHAMPAGNE

Add a small splash of Chambord to the bottom of your glass and top it off with your favourite champagne. Finally, add a raspberry to garnish.

CHAMBORD, VODKA & SODA

Pour 40ml of Vodka and 20ml of Chambord over ice, and top it up with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon. Also, try Vodka, lime and soda – no Chambord – use lime cordial; or replace the soda water with lemonade.

NEXT: Part 2: Martinis – four kinds for you to try.

SOURCE: tomscellars.com.au

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FEATURES FOR NEXT YEAR + MR NOOSTI …
ALL THE FEATURES THAT DID NOT RUN THIS YEAR, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE EARLY PART OF NEXT YEAR. AND HERE’S ANOTHER SURPRISE. MR NOOSTI. AFTER MUCH HAGGLING WITH THE EDITOR, MR NOOSTI GOT A JOB OF COLUMNIST. THAT WAS IN 1981. IN THE COLUMN, MR NOOSTI WRITES ABOUT THE FUNNY THINGS, THE SAD THINGS, IN LIFE. MR NOOSTI MAKES A COMEBACK IN GRAND YEARS – NEXT YEAR.

HOORAY! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 28 November 19

Britain’s Great War: Final. Harry was last survivor of the trenches

HARRY PATCH AT A POPPY APPEAL IN SOMERSET IN 2007. Below: THE GRAVE OF JOHN PARR, THE FIRST BRITISH SOLDIER TO DIE IN THE WAR.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

FOR YEARS, HARRY WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT HIS WAR EXPERIENCES OR ATTEND REUNIONS, AND EVEN AVOIDING WAR FILMS ON TV.

Harry Patch was no ordinary fella. He was a survivor. Patch died in 2009 aged 111.

He was the last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War.

Born in Somerset in 1898, he was the youngest of three brothers. After school he followed his father, a master stonemason, into the building trade.

He was training to be a plumber when the war broke out. He started in the Army in 1917, after conscription was enforced.

Recruited in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, he spent four months as a private in Ypres.
On September 22, a shell exploded near him, killing three pals. Shrapnel pieced Harry’s lower abdomen.

While in a convalescence unit in Sutton Coldfield, 1918, he met his wife Ada Billington – knocking her over while he was running for a bus.

They were married for more than 50 years. They had two sons. Harry returned to plumbing in Somerset, later starting a business in Bath.

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THE ARMISTICE BROUGHT A HALT …
IN JANUARY 1919, THE LEADERS OF 32 COUNTRIES MET IN PARIS FOR A CONFERENCE. IT WAS DOMINATED BY THE ‘BIG THREE’ – DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, GEORGES CLEMENCEAU AND WOODROW WILSON. LLOYD GEORGE CAME UP WITH A COMPROMISE – THE FORMATION OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, A FORERUNNER TO THE UNITED NATIONS. AFTER PROTESTS BY GERMANY WERE IGNORED, THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES WAS SIGNED ON JUNE 28, 1919. LLOYD GEORGE PREDICATED, “WE SHALL HAVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER WAR AGAIN IN 25 YEARS’ TIME”.
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When the Second World War started, Patch was 41. He was considered too old to fight so he worked at a US base and joined Bath’s Auxiliary Fire Service.

He retired from plumbing in 1963; Ada died in 1973; and in 1980, he moved to Wells and married Jean, who died in 1984.

He dedicated his 1999 Legion d’Honneur – France’s highest honour – to his three pals who did not make it.

Who was first Briton to die in this war? 

His name was Private John Parr and he was only 16 years old. In an extraordinary coincidence, Parr’s grave faces that of George Ellison, the last soldier to die in the war. 

Like so many keen and young recruits, he most probably lied about his age when he joined up in 1913.

The young golfing caddy, from Finchley, North London, joined the Middlesex Regiment and was soon sent to the Western Front.

It is believed he and another recruit were sent on their bikes … to locate the enemy on August 21, 1914.

The pair met a German cavalry patrol and Parr was shot as he tried to hold off the enemy; his companion went to report back.

No pictures of him have ever been found … his family … were so devastated by their loss that his name was rarely mentioned again.

SOURCE: From the WW part 1 and WW part 4 100th Anniversary, produced by the Daily Mirror, UK.


Britain’s War Years in vivid, glorious colour!

HOW GOOD IS A MEAL OF SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD FRESHLY COOKED? THESE POOR LONDON CHILDREN ENJOY A PENNY’S WORTH OF PLUM DUFF -- A SPICED SUET PUDDING MADE WITH RAISINS OR CURRANTS. THE YOUNG BRIGANDS GOT THEIR TUCKER FROM A SOUP KITCHEN AT BERMONDSEY IN 1917. SOUP KITCHENS ARE PLACES WHERE ALL PEOPLE -- HOMELESS, LOST -- AND WITHOUT ANYWHERE TO HIDE; WHO HAVE NO MONEY TO GET SOME SUSTENANCE. THIS PHOTO WAS ORGINALLY SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE, NOW IT’S BRILLANT, SPARKING COLOUR AFTER A COLOUR SOFTWARE WAS PUT TO THE TEST.


CHEWING GUM: It still remains a very natural habit

CHEWING GUM WAS A DELICACY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.

THE FIRST COMMERCIAL GUM WAS ENACTED BY THE AMERICAN COLONISTS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Have you ever wondered, as you unwrap your stick of gum, where this habit had its origin? How long ago? And where gum comes from today?

Chewing gum is a habit that’s been passed on to us over the centuries.

There is something about chewing gum that made it seems perfectly right. It is a natural thing to do. Mankind has been doing it for centuries; and the gum they use is exactly a product of nature.

The chewing of gum has its origins in past civilisations when man chewed upon, but did not swallow the small lumps of natural resin. This natural resin exuded from the trees in the forests and from sweet grasses, grains, leaves and waxes.

Early man learned that the act of chewing gently … helped to clean his teeth and thus aided him to concentrate.

The Greeks, for example, chewed the resin from the small trees; or a shrub called the mastic tree. In doing so, they added the word ‘masticate’ to the modern language.

In our complex society, we still choose gum as a method of cleansing the mouth, for relaxation, and to assist concentration.

The beginning of modern chewing gum can be traced to Indian tribes who inhabited the New England area of the North American continent. In the1800s, colonists there noted that the local Indians chewed on lumps of resin which came from spruce trees once the bark had been cut.

This lump was actually sold to the colonists who in turn used it to chew upon.

Sometime later, about 1860, an ingredient known as “chicle”, a milky type of latex, which comes from the Sapodilla tree, was added. This ingredient is still used in modern chewing gum today – it’s the smooth and springy texture it produces.

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THE PRESENCE OF ULURU …
AUSTRALIA’S SACRED SUMMIT WAS NEVER CLIMBED BY SOME PEOPLE AS THEY MIGHT ANSWER, “BECAUSE IT’S THEIR’S.” ON OCTOBER 26, ULURU, THE MOUNTAIN THAT CHANGES COLOUR, IS SLAP BANG IN THE CENTRE OF THE CONTINENT, WAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED TO CLIMBERS. IT WAS RETURNED TO THE ANANGU PEOPLE IN 1985. THE PRESENCE OF ULURU, A 2-PART FEATURE, COMING EARLY NEXT YEAR.
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By the1900s, with improved manufacturing methods and stricter quality control, chewing gum became ultra-popular the world over.

The gum used today is the result of combining several different products from the various countries. The United States, Latin America, the Far East and the Australia food industry, which also provides the necessary ingredients.

When they’re put together, these make that fresh strip – or pellet shape – that people find so tasty when they pop them into their mouth to chew. The recipe is made up of chewing gum base, softeners, glucose syrups and flavours.

Gum base puts the ‘chew’ into chewing gum.

Gathered by groups of the natives who search for forests trees of the right age and size and give a good yield are recognised as the best produced of chicle. These workers are known as “Chicleros’ in Central America.

The chiclero use a rope to climb the trees. Then with a machete, cut a zig-zag pattern in the trunk, enabling the flow of latex into containers tied at the base of the tree. The latex is collected, processed and moulded in 12kg blocks.

These blocks are carried out of the jungle to the nearest seaport by either a mule-pack, elephant-back, boat or plane.

That’s only the beginning. Those blocks of latex carried from the jungle have a long way to go before they end up as little sticks of gum in a person’s pocket.

[Adapted from Chewing Gum – a product of nature; Published by Australasian Studies; 1979.]

SOURCE: Adapted from Grand Years 11, 2009.


HISTORIC HOTELS: Where yesterday meets today – but what happen in the past!

OLD SYDNEY TAVERN AS IT WAS IN ABOUT THE 1830s. Below: THE LIFE-SIZE REPLICA OF BILLY BLUE IN PLAQUE-FORM FROM THE ORIGINAL, AND SUBSEQUENT TAVERN HOTELS. 

IT’S A MEETING PLACE OF SYDNEY AND IT WAS WHEN ONCE OLD SYDNEY TOWN WAS BUZZING IN TIMES PAST!

ROY DRURY    

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Down in Blues Point Road, McMahon Point, Sydney, is the Old Commodore Tavern, the first Free Standing Tavern built.

The name of the road, on which the Old Tavern sits, was obtained per medium of that irascible character Billy Blue, a constant visitor to the tavern.

Blues Point was the home where old square riggers use to stay.

Just to visit and soak up the atmosphere of the Old Commodore Tavern is a memorable experience – just like it was in old days.

Billy Blue, who was one of the original characters of Sydney Town, arrived in Australia, likely before 1805, possibly from Jamaica.

He very soon came under the Patronage of Governor Macquarie, who nicknamed him the “Commodore”.

Besides running the Ferry Boat Service to Dawes Point, Billy Blue was also the Watchman at the Heaving Down Place, where ship were careened in Sydney Cove.

In 1817, the Commodore was given a grant of 80 acres of what was to become known as Blue’s Point at a rental of 2/- per year.

And when Macquarie decided to clamp down on smuggling, it was Billy Blue who was called upon to help cut down the flourishing Rum Smuggling trade.

In October 1818, the Old Commodore himself was caught in the act with two casks of rum lashed to his boat.

The colourful Billy Blue finally died, aged 99, in 1834. He left two daughters and a son.

Is it any wonder the old Commodore still attracts customers? Billy Blue would shake his head if he had the chance!

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING, SYDNEY …
1893 – A NEW DESIGN ON THE FORMER MARKETS SITE IS CONCEIVED. FINAL DESIGNS BY ARCHITECT GEORGE McRAE DETAIL A THREE-STOREY ARCADE, WITH 200 SHOPS UNDER ONE ROOF, OCCUPYING AN ENTIRE CITY BLOCK. IN 1897, A SUITABLE NAME WOULD BE AFTER THE REIGNING MONARCH, QUEEN VICTORIA “IN ORDER TO MARK, IN A FITTING MANNER, THE UNPRECEDENTED AND GLORIOUS REIGN OF HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN”, WRITES THE COUNCIL. IN 1898, THE GRANDIOSE BUILDING IS UNVEILED WITH AN EXTRAVAGANT CEREMONY.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 November 19

Great Britain/Great War: Magic taste of freedom – women stepped into a man’s world!

FRANK MORRIS

COLLECTOR CHECKING THE TICKET OF A BRITISH SOLDIER AT LONDON’S VICTORIA STATION.

THE TWO WOMEN SHOW WHAT DRIVING A TRAM IS ALL ABOUT. THEY’RE LEARNING TO TAKE UP THE POST LEFT BY MEN WHO ARE SERVING WITH THE ALLIED FORCES.

A LOT OF WOMEN JOINED WITH THE NURSE MOVEMENT AS VOLUNTEER NURSES AND CARERS FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS.

ON THE HOME FRONT, MILLIONS OF MEN WENT OFF TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY’S NORMALITY!

The workplace beckoned for the women they had left behind. The dramatic implications for their status in society was awesome.

As millions of men were shipped to the front line, the women they left behind were engaged in important work, sometimes it was very dangerous, to work on the home front.

The terrible death of a young woman showed that it wasn’t only the battlefield where lives were being put on the line.
During the First World War, many women became volunteer nurses and carers for wounded soldiers returning home.

They were directed to stately properties which had been converted into hospitals or convalescent homes.

THERE WERE RUMBLINGS OF THE WAR YEARS, OF COURSE! BUT WITHOUT WARNING, THE FAMOUS LUSITANIA WAS TORPEDOED OFF THE IRISH COAST, KILLING AMONG THE PASSENGERS, 128 AMERICANS. SHE SANK IN MINUTES. IT IS ADVISED THAT MANY OF THE PASSENGERS HAD BEEN SAVED.

After severe rumblings, America finally stepped into the fray in 1917.

America was drawing closer and closer to the war in Europe. German’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare brought about a break in diplomatic relations between that country and America in February, 1917.

It was only a matter of time before the American people would demand a declaration of war against the Central Powers of Europe.

On April 6, l917, the declaration of war was made and America doughboys were soon on their way “over there”.
President Wilson had spent almost three years trying to stay out the conflict.

Germany, in American eyes, was the villain after news of atrocities in Belgium in 1914. In addition was the sinking of the British passenger liner, the Lusitania, in l915. Which killed 128 Americans.

“It’s a war to end all wars that would make the world safe for democracy”.

With America, came the start of a new newspaper, The Stars & Stripes, which would lift the lid on a number of issues about the war.

Great Britain’s/Great War: The Yank’s start a newspaper that worth its weight in gold!

FRANK MORRIS

THE FIRST EDITION OF THE STARS & STRIPES FOR 1918. IT HELP RAISED A LOT OF WAR ISSUES.  AS WAR ROLLS ON, THE STARS & STRIPES WILL BE A FAMILIAR CATCH-CRY.

The most treasured newspaper of any war from 1915 onwards was Stars and Stripes. Experts say it’s hailed as the most popular, most quoted, and most ambitious of the service newspapers around since World War II.

Meanwhile, there was an interesting array of service newspapers and magazines produced all over the world -- Yank, SEAC, Parade, Battle Dress, Victory and so on – S&S origins actually date from the Great War.

Media historian Michael Anglo said these news outlets “provided a safety valve for the vast hordes of civilians in uniform who were enmeshed in the military machine.”

The first of issue of The Stars and Stripes was produced in Neufchateau, France, on February 8, 1918. The idea that the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) published its own newspaper was promoted by an articulate but aggressive young officer, Guy T. Viskniskki.

START THE PROJECT

Viskniskki, a press officer and censor, backed up his proposal with the fact the he had organised and managed the 80th Division Training Camp weekly, The Bayonet. When the General Staff finally acquiesced to his plan, Viskniskki unearthed enough newsprint to start to project.

His next move was to find linotype machines and stereotyping equipment and suitable premises. He did. He organised the printing at the Paris plant of the London newspaper, The Daily News. Viskniskki’s position as editor was curtailed after a few issues.

He was eventually succeeded by an “editorial council”, which was headed by Harold Ross, who later co-founded the New Yorker magazine. Some of the other luminaries included Alexander Woolcott (drama) and Grantland Rice (sport).

BRITISH EDITION

The paper, which was “greatly prized” by the infantry and officers alike, continued to be published in France for the next sixteen months. It was shifted to Washington, lock, stock and caboodle to operate as “an independent weekly”.

Since its beginning, S&S has been part of every theatre of war on every front. The paper made its first appearance in North Africa as a four-page weekly in December, 1942. This edition carried a special message from the US Commander of the European Forces, General Eisenhower.

The General emphasised, once again, the importance of home news to the soldiers.
Special editions, weekly and then daily, covered the Mediterranean and Italy; and a British edition appeared in 1942, hard on the heels of the first US troops arriving in Ireland.

As the wars rolled on, “Stars and Stripes forever” has been a familiar catchcry.

ABOUT THE STARS & STRIPES …

OFFICIAL! THE AMERICAN NEWSPAPER, THE STARS AND STRIPES, FIRST MADE ITS APPEARANCE IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR OF I861-65. IT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED PERIODICALLY EITHER AS A WEEKLY OR A DAILY. IT WAS REVIVED AS A WEEKLY IN 1918 AND DISCONTINUED IN 1919. IT WAS SET UP AGAIN IN 1942; AND A PACIFIC EDITION IN 1945. --FM.


Britain’s War Years in vivid, glorious colour!

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER … BUT ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS GET OUT OF THE MUDDY HELL THEY’RE IN. LADEN WITH MUNITIONS, THESE TWO HORSES STRUGGLE THROUGH THE MUD NEAR YPRES, BELGIUM, DURING THE FIRST WAR WORLD IN 1917. THEY WERE CARRYING ARTILLERY SHELLS FOR ALLIED TROOPS FIGHTING IN THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE. ASSORTED ANIMALS WERE USED IN THE TRENCHES, THOUSANDS DIED. THIS IMAGE WAS ORGINALLY SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE. COMPUTER SOFTWARE WAS PUT TO THE TEST. OUT SPRINGS A FORGOTTEN BRITAIN IN GLORIOUS COLOUR. SOURCE: WEEKEND MAGAZINE, ENGLAND.


YOUR DOG: Scorpio dogs show great strength of character

FRANK MORRIS

I’M A MASTER OF LOT OF THINGS EXCEPT MY NAME.

My owner keeps telling me that I am a master of things so I should behave myself all the time. Then she uttered those painful words … “Come on, Dog-dog!”

I just look at her.

My owner turns her sweet blue eyes and starts to mutter some indecipherable lines to me. She smile. I take it they were decent.

My imagination took over.

I started to roll around like a sick parrot! I felt dreadful just to think of it. My eyes turned red; my paws started to burn; my red-setter head was just about to fall off!

She, my owner, fibbed. All I did was roll around and got up. There’ll nothing wrong with that.

She bent down and patted me. “That’s a nice Dog-dog”. She’s done it again. I looked up at her with a courteous, kindly, merciful gaze and I began to have a deeply felt and sincere liking for her.

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REMEMBER THE 1960s …
1960 WAS THE CENTENARY OF THE MELBOURNE CUP. THE RAZZ-A-MATAZZ PROMOTION OF THE CUP BROUGHT 100,000 PEOPLE TO FLEMINGTON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1949. THE CENTENARY CARNIVAL WAS DUBBED, “THE FESTIVAL OF FASHIONS, FLOWERS & FAVOURITES”. TULLOCH WAS THE FAVOURITE, BUT HE WAS SO COMPLEX IN CHARACTER THAT ON THE FIELD HE WAS HARD TO HANDLE. MEANWHILE, HI JINX AND HOWSIE FINISHED FIRST AND SECOND, WITH ILUMQUH WHO RAN THIRD.
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Scorpios are supposed to forgive and forget about a minor name, Dog-dog. If I’d grown to a full-size red-setter, with paws as long a human hand, I would have trampled her into the ground. No kidding.

But now, as I up to her, looking doe-eyed at the look she gives back to me, I almost whimper in shame.

But no, I went to her like a gallant knight; I treated her like I would any female, I came and sat beside her. She bent and mouthed those words, “Good dog, Dog-dog”.

I cringed.

Scorpio is a water sign symbol representing power, I thought. The dog born under it will have great strength of character and have a sting in his tail. Sounds interesting, I thought.

Power makes you formidable. As I grow older, I spend my time pursuing but one ambition: complete self-mastery.

I would go to great lengths to stretch my powers of endurance. I can be an affectionate creature. But, I still have a prickly exterior. Some red-setters are like that.

I’m glad I am a red-setter with square head, impressive height, and unbounding red hair swaying in the wind.
I am the ‘king’ of the dog fraternity. I just wish my female owner would have named me anything but Dog-dog!


ACTION HORSES: Australia’s most intelligent cutting horses!

JULIE SKERRETT      Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

ACTION HORSES ARE BUILT FOR, SKILL, INTELLIGENCE AND LIGHTNING FAST REFLEXES!

Cutting horses are the fastest growing equines in Australia. Their sport also carries considerable prize-money for doing what they do best – cutting. But beware of the cost, it can be jaw-breaking as well; and it can send you broke.

Deep down, it’s the love of the sport rather the hopes of riches that keep its aspirants faithful.

Developed from work practices, the sport still occupies a large part in Australia and other parts of the world.

In the absence of fences, gates and yards, several horsemen hold the herd while one or two riders separate out chosen individuals.

Skilled horses and riders are needed, but the saving in time and the less cattle stress is considerable. As a sport, cutting was first seen in Australia … in which one beast was cut out from the mob in the holding yard or “camp”.

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REMEMBER THE 1960s …
A USSR PATRIOTIC SONG, HOW SPACIOUS IS MY COUNTRY, WAS FADED-DOWN ON RADIO, AND A SIMPLE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT SHATTERED FOREVER MAN’S ANCIENT ISOLATION ON EARTH: “THE WORLD’S FIRST SPACESHIP VOSTOK (EAST), WITH A MAN ON BOARD, HAS BEEN LAUNCHED ON APRIL 12, 1961 … IS ON A ROUND-THE-WORLD ORBIT”. THE USSR CAME TO A HALT. STREETCARS AND BUSES CAME TO A STOP. PASSENGERS, FACTORY WORKERS AND SCHOOL KIDS WERE LISTENING. MAJOR YURI GARARIN, THE FIRST COSMONAUT, WAS WHIRLING ABOUT THE EARTH AT 18,000 MILES A HOUR. HE WENT INTO HISTORY AS THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE.
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The selected beast is usually held apart from the mob for some minutes to demonstrate the skill of the horse and rider. The points tally allocated for the “cut out” make up is 20 per cent of the total camp draft score.

Generally, Australian stock horses are used for cutting.

The skill of the horse alone, working almost entirely unaided, is judged; and it calls for exceptional intelligence and powers of concentration, and well as swift acceleration and lightning reflexes.

No other breed fits these criteria as does the American Quarter Horse. The horse’s selective breeding has concentrated and emphasized these traits.

The Quarter Horse, with its sturdily muscled hind-quarters and moderate height (14.2 to 15 hands) gives them the fast take-off necessary in sprinting races over a quarter-mile (400 metres), from which the breed takes its name.

Muscling and movement is the thing.

The same heavy muscling in chest and rear make it possible for rapid spinning motions necessary in a good cutting horse. The horse’s intelligent forward-facing eyes, set wide apart in a short broad head, fix their intent gaze on the beast in a fierce concentration not observed in any other breed.

Just as remarkable is the Quarter Horse trained for flexibility and rapidity of movement. A Quarter Horse can achieve a true pivot in the hind feet.

The forelegs, meanwhile, plunge rapidly from side to side following the movements of the unhappy steer. A young untrained Quarter Horse of approved lines can cost many thousands of dollars and take years to train.

However, you can obtain a great deal of pleasure by just becoming a spectator at the cutting events.

SOURCE: If you’re interested in becoming a member contact: Admin@ncha.com.au

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REMEMBER IN THE 1960s …
ALAN JAY LERNER AND FREDERICK LOEWE, NOW THE BEST WRITER-COMPOSER TEAM IN AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE, WITH LERNER THE LIBRETTIST AND LOEWE THE COMPOSER. BOTH MEN ARE INTERSELY AMBITIOUS. LOEWE SAID, “I’M A GENIUS”. THEY ALREADY PROVED THEMSELVES WORTHY OF A KING, HERE LIES KING ARTHUR, APPEARED ON THE STAGE OF BROADWAY’S MAJESTIC THEATER, ON DECEMBER 3, 1960. THEY BELTED OUT: MY FAIR LADY, BRIGADOON, PAINT YOUR WAGON, CAMELOT AND MANY OTHERS.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 November 19

Great Britain/Great War: Heir to the Austrian throne, and wife, shot dead

FRANK MORRIS

ARCHDUKE FERDINAND, HIS WIFE, AND FAMILY.

ARCHDUKE FERDINAND AND HIS WIFE LIE IN STATE AFTER THE ASSASSINATION. THE DEATH OF FERDINAND SHATTERED ANY HOPE OF A UNITED EUROPE.

ARCHDUKE FERDINAND HEIR PRESUMPTIVE TO THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE, ONCE THE MOST DANGEROUS SEAT IN POWER POLITICS. IT WAS THE ROAD TO WAR.

When the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the thrones of Austria and Hungary, and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were motoring in an open car across the bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia, people from all sides of the street came out to meet them.

And to top it off, it turned into a fine and bright sunny day.

Gavrilo Princip, who could have been part of the flock of people who gathered to watch the Archduke and the Duchess, stepped out on the road, facing the automobile – and halted.

The car automatically slowed down. Princip fired his pistol twice at Ferdinand’s chest; the first shot missed, and hit the Duchess; the second, well-aimed shot, hit him. He died minutes later.

In all the excitement, the Duchess cried out to the Archduke, “For God’s sake, what has happened to you?” She sank to knees, placing her head in her husband’s lap.

Said an onlooker, “Both assassination attempts and the deaths had taken place within 90 minutes”.

It was June 28, 1914, and the assassination of Fredinand was one of the main causes of World War 1. After a lot of cross-talk between the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Serbia and Bosnia – the Bosnians refused to agree with the contents -- the Empire’s government declared war on July 28.

“Tragically, other countries were drawn into the conflict,” writes Australian historian, Ronald W. Laidlaw, in Mastering Australian History. “The Tsar of Russia and his advisers … mobilised their forces against Austria-Hungary two days later.”

Germany was an ally of Austria-Hungary and France and Britain were allies of Russia. “To attack France,” wrote Laidlaw, “Germany had to march through Belgium.”

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FIGHTING FAMILY …
OF FIVE NIXON BROTHERS WHO WENT TO WAR, FOUR WERE WOUNDED, ONE WAS KILLED. ONE BROTHER WAS A TERRITORIAL, ONE A GUNNER, ANOTHER WAS AN AIRMEN. ONE OF THEM DESERTED. EVERY BROTHER WAS SCARRED.
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Britain had a treaty with Belgium but Germany, nevertheless, invaded Belgium on August 4 and Britain declared war.

When the telegram was received in Melbourne in the early hours of August 5, Australia was also at war. Other countries like New Zealand, Canada and USA, eventually, decided to assist the Allies. The Great War had been percolating for many months.

During the arrest and retribution, many were arrested and the remainder were hanged.

Gavrilo Princip, for instance, in order to protect other fellow conspirators, claimed that he was acting alone.

Princip, aged 19, told the examining judge that he regretted killing the Duchess.

When all the cross-blame had dissipated, Princip was one of the individuals who wasn’t hanged.

SOURCE: From Grand Years. But this time a same ending but rewritten.


Britain’s War Years in vivid, glorious colour!

A FACE IN THE CROWD! HE WALKED THROUGH THE BUSY STREET OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE. IT’S EDWARD, PRINCE OF WALES, PASSING THROUGH A CROWD OF ONLOOKERS – UNNOTICED – DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN 1914. THE PRINCE IS WEARING AN INFANTRY OFFICER’S UNIFORM OF THE ELITE GRENADIER GUARDS REGIMENT WHO SERVED ON THE WESTERN FRONT. THIS IMAGE WAS SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE. COMPUTER SOFTWARE WAS PUT TO THE TEST. AND OUT SPRINGS FORGOTTEN BRITAIN IN SPARKLY GLORIOUS COLOUR. SOURCE: WEEKEND MAGAZINE, ENGLAND.


FAMILY HISTORY: English Wills – the “last will and testament” …

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

TRACING YOUR FAMILY TREE AND YOU’VE HIT A BUMPY ROAD? IN A GLOBALISED WORLD, THERE IS A DESIRE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OURSELVES, THE INDIVIDUALS AND PLACES WHERE WE COME FROM.

HOW TO TRACE YOUR FAMILY TREE AND FIND RELATIVES IN ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES BY USING THE INTERNET. GO TO THE RIGHT PLACES JUST LIKE THE ONES WE POINT OUT HERE. NOW, SINCE THE PEACE TREATY HAS BEEN SIGNED BY ALL THE NATIONS IN 1919. IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU RESEARCHED THE WORLD WAR 1 FILES TO SEE IF ANY RELATIVES SURVIVED.

Most people are familiar with the phrase “last will and testament”. It shows the distinction made between land, which cannot be moved, and other goods, which can. The will covers the disposal of estates and property, and the testament deals with movable goods, chattels and money.

A history of wills can be a complex business.

Until 1858, when a national system was introduced, probate was mainly administrated by church courts. But “peculiars” and some manors also had the right to prove wills. During the Commonwealth period, 1653 to 1660, a government court handled them.

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REMEMBER …
THE FILM, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, WITH YUL BRYNNER, IS SUPPORTED BY A TRIBE OF LEGENDARY NAMES, AND DIRECTED BY JOHN STURGES. HE IS A MASTER AT OVERSEEING THE WESTERN AND MAKING THEM A HIT OF ALL TIME. REMEMBER GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL AND LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL? BOTH WERE STURGES’ FILMS. WITH THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THERE ARE NOT MANY STORIES THAT COULD BE ADAPTED TO A WESTERN. RELEASED IN 1962.
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Before 1838, when nuncupative wills became illegal, a statement of how a person wanted to dispose of his or her possessions could be accepted. They were usually dictated when the person was dying and there wasn't enough time to call in a lawyer or someone experienced in writing a proper will.

Although it was witnessed, it was not signed.

Such wills usually start with “Memorandum”, rather than stating that this is the last will and testament, are to be found with the other wills of the court in which they were proved.

What happened to wills before 1858?

The proving of wills was done by a church court, which charged for this service. It’s been estimated that in the 19th century only 5 per cent of people’s estates went through probate, so the family historian must be prepared not find a will.

When they do exist, however, they can supply a great deal of information.

What happened after 1858?

The authenticity and validity of wills were proved by the state system on a national basis. The will was taken to the local probate office, which made its own copy, and then sent another to the Principal Probate Registry in London, now called the Probate Service.

In addition to being the probate office for the south-east of Britain, it also deals with wills that present problems from everywhere in the country and the national scene as well.

The original will was given back to the executor(s) after a note that probate had been granted and was added to it. This conferred on the executor(s) the power to administer the estate.

SOURCE: Family History Made Easy; Kathy Charter; Southwater, an imprint of Anness Publishing Ltd 2004.


MELBOURNE CUP: 1919 – packed crowds returned to the Cup after years of shallow memories!

MAURICE CAVANOUGH       Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

ARTILLERYMAN, STANDS MEAN AND LEAN, KNOWS WHAT TO DO AND WHEN TO DO IT, PARTICULARLY ON THE TRACK. CANCER DIDN’T STOP HIM WINNING THE MELBOURNE CUP.

MANY COMPETENT JUDGES SAID ARTILLERYMAN WAS THE BEST-LOOKING HORSE EVER SEEN ON AN AUSTRALIAN RACE-TRACK!

Racing, in common with most forms of amusement, entered into a boom period in 1919. In a reaction from the austere years of the war, the people spent freely on all forms of diversions.

And the Melbourne Argus put it rather primly, “The desire for pleasure is more noticeable than the will to work”.
On Melbourne Cup day, there was a good deal of argument as to whether Artilleryman or Richmond Main was the colt of the year.

There was a tremendous crowd at Flemington on Cup Day. Officials estimated the figure at more than 105,000 spectators.

The Cup running settled any doubt – Artilleryman scored the easiest victory -- as to which was the better colt.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS ...
THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM IS A NEVER-ENDING STREAM OF FACES AND MOMENTS THAT STRETCH … FORWARD INTO HISTORY, SHAPING US AS WE HAVE SHAPED THEM. THEY ARE THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM … THEY ARE THE STARS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS. TEXT: PART OF A HOMILY PRODUCED BY THE DAILY & SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.
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With Bobby Lewis, the great rider in the saddle, Artilleryman did as was told in the Cup. Lewis has him going kindly about sixth or seventh all the way to the straight entrance; then he gave him his head.

The colt bounded away and scored with ridiculous ease.

Artilleryman was first, an official six lengths, to Richmond Main second and Two Blues, who cut Lucknow out for a place, finished third.

Bobby Lewis scored his third Cup by his win on Artilleryman; and a fourth Cup on Trivalve in 1927.

Lewis learned to ride horses on the common at the Clunes, a small town Ballarat. He was born there in 1878.

He was 10 year old when he rode his firse winner at Clunes. It was 50 years later, in July 1938, that Lewis handed his jockey’s licence.

SOURCE: Melbourne Cup, 1861-1982; the end-piece came from 200 Years of Australian Sport, by Heads and Lester.


RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
WOMEN PLAYED A BIG PART IN THE 1956 OLYMPIC GAMES. NOT ONLY AS COMPETITORS BEHIND THE SCENES AS WELL. ONE OF THESE WOMEN WAS LILLIAN NEVILLE. LILLIAN HAD BEEN CONNECTED WITH WOMEN’S ATHLETICS FOR OVER 25 YEARS. SHE WAS A SELECTOR SINCE 1948. SHE FEELS THAT HAVING THE GAMES IN OUR COUNTRY IS A WONDERFUL INCENTIVE. TWO-PART FEATURE COMING IN 2020.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 08 November 19

Great Britain/Great War: Great Britain declares war on Germany!

THE DAILY MIRROR       Adapted BY FRANK MORRIS

HUGE CROWDS, MEN OF ALL AGES, LINE UP AT ONE OF THE RECRUITING CENTRES FOLLOWING THE OUTBREAK OF WAR.

HUGE CROWDS CHEER THEIR MAJESTIES AT THE PALACE. REPLY TO THE BRITISH ULTIMATUM “UNSATISFACTORY”.

Great Britain is in a state of war with Germany.

It was officially stated at the Foreign Office last night (August 4) that Great Britain declared war against Germany at seven o’ clock. The British Ambassador in Berlin has been handed his passport.

War was Germany’s reply to our request that she should respect the neutrality of Belgium, whose territories we were bound in honour and by treaty obligations to maintain inviolate.

Speaking in a crowded and hushed House, the Premier yesterday afternoon made the following statement:
“We have made a request to the German Government that we shall have a satisfactory assurance as to Belgian neutrality before midnight tonight (Tuesday).”

The German reply to our request, it was officially stated last night, was unsatisfactory.

It was reported yesterday evening that Germany had taken the first hostile step by destroying a British mine-layer.

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KING GEORGE V …
AT THIS GRAVE MOMENT … I SEND TO YOU AND THROUGH YOU, TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FLEETS, OF WHICH YOU HAVE ASSUMED COMMAND THE ASSURANCE OF MY CONFIDENCE, THAT UNDER YOUR DIRECTION, THEY WILL REVIVE AND RENEW THE OLD GLORIES OF THE ROYAL NAVY …THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN AND OF HER EMPIRE IN THE HOUR OF TRIAL.
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At the present time Germany is in a state of war with Great Britain, France, Russia and Belgium.

It would seem as if Germany, in her ambition to control the destiny of the whole of Europe, was ready to embark on any grandiose scheme of adventure, however precarious her chances.

So far as Great Britain is concerned, her attitude has always been plain, straight-forward and perfectly intelligible.

She was prepared to stand aside from the conflict which has now involved practically the whole of Europe.

But she insisted and had to insist on two things.

These were that Belgium’s neutrality should be respected; and that the German fleet should not bombard defenceless French towns.

Germany tried to bribe us with peace to desert our friend and duty.

But Great Britain has preferred to path of honour.

SOURCE: The Daily Mirror, August 5, 1914.

NEXT WEEK: The assassination of the heir to the throne, Archduke Ferdinand.

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A WORD FROM DOWN UNDER …
WHEN PRIME MINSTER ANDREW FISHER JUMPED ON THE BANDWAGON HE SAID: “AUSTRALIANS WILL STAND BESIDE OUR OWN TO HELP AND DEFEND HER (BRITAIN) TO OUR MAN AND OUR LAST SHILLING”.
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BRITAIN’S WAR YEARS IN GLORIOUS COLOUR …

FOOTBALL FANATICS WERE APLENTY. THEY CAME FROM THE NEAR AND FAR OF THE UNITED ENGLAND. SPECTATORS MAKE USE OF ANY VANTAGE TO WATCH BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL FA CUP FINAL AY CRYSTAL PALACE, LONDON, WON BY BURNLY BY I GOAL, ON APRIL 25, 1914. WAR WAS ONLY FOUR MONTH AWAY. COMPUTER SOFTWARE TEASES OUT THE COLOUR TO MAKE THIS FASCINATING SERIES SPRING VIVIDLY INTO LIFE. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE AND SIMPLICITY – HERE IT IS, FORGOTTEN BRITAIN, IN SPARKLY, GLORIOUS COLOUR. SOURCE: WEEKEND MAGAZINE, ENGLAND.


RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS: The Games in 1904 were not a success. Was it because they were held in conjunction with the World Fair!

FRANK MORRIS

LATE NEWS. THE WINNER OF THE MARATHON WAS LATER DENOUNCED BY OLYMPIC OFFICIALS AS A NON-WINNER.

THE GAMES WERE ORIGINALLY FOR CHICAGO. A MEETING WITH THE MAYORS RULED THAT ST LOUIS WAS HOST CITY OF THE WORLD FAIR AND SO THE QLYMPIC GAMES WERE HELD THERE.

The 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis were described as “the flattest and most drawn out” in the modern Olympic Games era.

That’s why more than half the countries rejected the move in competing for world honours.

Staged between May 14 and October 29, only 496 men – no women – from 10 nations competed.

Neither Britain nor France felt able to send a single competitor. Apart from the US and Canada, the only other countries to take part were Australia, Cuba, South Africa, Germany, Ireland and Greece.

The long programme caused interest to wane in the Games, and there were never more than 5000 spectators at any one session.

According to a recently published history of the Olympics, the Games were originally scheduled to take place in Chicago.

But the IOC, in its wisdom, transferred the Games to St.Louis to be held in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
WHO WAS THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD IN 1936? HE WAS AN AMERICAN. HIS NAME WAS JESSE OWENS, AND HE REPRESENTED AMERICA IN THE 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES HELD IN BERLIN. HE WON 4 GOLD MEDALS – 100m, 200m, THE BROAD JUMP THE 400m RELAY. THE FIRST TWO MEDALS HE WON, THE SPRINTS, HE SET NEW RECORDS IN BOTH. HE DASHED HOME WITH ASTONISHING PERFORMANCES.
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As a result the Games were in reality of very little importance compared with the exhibition itself.

There was no official accommodation for competitors, except for a “tent camp” in the exhibition park.

The stadium included a grandstand and some scattered buildings used for dressing rooms and administrative offices.

The Games had no international flavour, and there was unbridled rivalry between the American clubs.

Etienne Desmarteau, a Montreal policeman, was the only “foreigner” to win a gold medal. The US scooped the pool by winning 21 of the 22 track events.

But the Games did produce four triple champions.

Archie Hahn, the Milwaukee Meteor, lowered the record for the 200 metres sprint to 21.6 seconds, which was not bettered until 1932.

Fred Lorz of Mohawk, was banned for life after hoaxing his victory in the marathon.

As he entered the stadium to a hero's welcome, it was revealed that Lorz had been disabled by cramps at the 9 mile mark.

He got a lift in a car which broke down so decided to run the last five miles to the finish.

The only Australian to compete was the national schoolboy hurdling and jumping champion Corrie Gardner, from Melbourne Grammar.

Corrie wrote an article for an Australian newspaper from St Louis criticising the direction of the Games organisation and labelling it a as “gigantic fake”.

If Edwin Flack and Corrie Gardner has not competed in the 1896 and 1904 Games, Australia would not “possess its unflawed attendance record”.

SOURCE: Grand Years, 2005.


FOCUS ON CCCCRASHED: Part 1. Road rage from village people who don’t heed the warning

FRANK MORRIS

EARLY CCCCRASH – THE EXAMPLE OF CAR CRASH WHICH TOOK PLACE IN BOWRAL, NSW, 1908. NOTHING EVER CHANGES. CARS HAD BEEN ON THE ROAD ONLY FOR FEW YEARS. PHOTO: SYDNEY MAIL.

WHAT CAUSES A ROAD SMASH? TRY THIS: COMPLACENCY, DRIVER DISTRACTION, CAR SAFETY, ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE, P-PLATERS, RISK-TAKING BEHAVIOURS OR SOME PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA?

It would pay retirement village managers to heed the warning from road accident experts that there are drivers who believe they are still safe and competent behind the wheel but, in reality, they are accidents waiting to happen.

A leading defence driving specialist said the fact that seniors had decades of driving experience behind then, and had never had an accident was a case of “good luck” rather than safe driving skills.

He said, “Some seniors feel insulted that after forty or so years of driving they have to correct their safe driving habits.

“Even though they are quite surprised at how traffic rules have changed. Which only goes to highlight their lack of road safety”.

He said with changing road rules “and the increase in speed and performance of cars” the senior driver is finding it difficult to handle the problem of “road rage” from other motorists.

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POINTS TO REMEMBER …
BEFORE YOU ENTER OR EXIT A PARKING SPOT, TURN YOUR HEAD AND LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER – DON’T RELY ON YOUR MIRRORS – TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.
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”There are many seniors who should not be driving,” he said. “And many more who will be involved in a major accident long before they have to do the Aged Driving Test”.

A study by a prominent care group, revealed that there are people with dementia who were “judged unsafe to drive but continued to do so”.

A rehabilitation specialist at a leading regional hospital described the situation as, “It’s going to be an increasing problem”.

Other studies have shown that less than half of people with dementia give up driving before they are involved in a crash.

According to the driving specialist, a majority of carers fail to act on warning signs until an accident actually happens.

The specialist’s warning: “If you see signs that a person is losing the ability to drive safely, tell the person’s family.

NEXT: CCCCRASHES – They’re waiting to happen. Coming soon.

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POINTS TO REMEMBER …
IF YOU’RE GETTING INTO CAR … CHECK AROUND IT FOR ANY HAZARDS. MAKE SURE, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE NO SMALL CHILDREN OR DOGS NEARBY THAT YOU COULD RUN INTO.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 November 19

DRUG RAID: Raid that led her on the journey to faith

CASSIE COOPER as told to Lauren Martin

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CASSIE COOPER WITH HER ‘REALLY GREAT’ FACILITATOR, SALVATION ARMY CHAPLIN BRIAN RENNIE.

LAST EASTER MARKS A YEAR SINCE CASSIE COOPER FIRST WALKED INTO CHURCH WITH HER DAUGHTER. IT WAS A TURNING POINT IN HER JOURNEY TO FAITH.

My house was raided by police on February 10, 2018. It was a rude awakening from a sixteen year stint in and out of drug abuse.

I was addicted to smoking ice, an addiction unknown to anyone in my family until the police raid. They actually raided my mother’s house because I was living in the shed.

My life had become that bad.

When I woke up the next morning in a prison cell, I was gobsmacked; heartbroken. I just thought about my mum’s heart as to whether it was still beating.

I know what it would have done to her. I would not be here without my mother.

She’s still kept that door open for me, even after her home was raided and the embarrassment that brought her.

That feeling I had that morning in the cell was gut-wrenching. I realised that I’d been caught, and the time had come to learn the really hard part of living; so that I wouldn’t do this ever again.

It was time to change.

Brian Rennie, a Salvation Army court chaplain, was my godsend. I came into contact with him at the courthouse on one of my court dates. Eventually, I received a suspended sentence.

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DREAMS …
“THERE SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING IN DREAM IMAGES THAT REMINDS US OF LANGUAGE … WE HAVE THE FEELING THAT THEY MIGHT MEAN SOMETHING”, SAID THE ENGLISH POET, SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE.
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My solicitor suggested that I see Brian and do the Positive Lifestyle Program (PLP) run by The Salvation Army.

Brian opened doors that I didn’t think could open; he showed me things about myself I didn’t know existed.

Brian is a really great facilitator; he’s really understanding. He’s put up with me, from being a rude drug addict … to what I am now. He has seen quite a transformation.

Last Easter, my daughter asked me where the Easter Bunny came from. I said, “I don’t know.” So I asked my mum if we could go to church at Easter. My daughter just loved it.

It was all for my daughter initially, but in the end I started going to church for myself.

Northlakes Salvation Army is my ‘home away from home’. I feel really welcome. God is working miracles. Brian gave me a Bible; I really love that Bible. I read it every day.

I take it everywhere I go.

SOURCE: This article was adapted from The drug raid that led to faith; Warcry, April 13, 2019.

Below: Easter time Cassie walked into a church -- for the first time; it was the turning point.

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DREAMS …
THE PAST IS ALL ONE TEXTURE, WHETHER FEIGNED OR SUFFERED; WHETHER ACTED OUT IN THREE DIMENSIONS; OR ONLY WITNESSED IN THAT SMALL THEATRE OF THE BRAIN WHICH STAYS BRIGHTLY LIT ALL NIGHT LONG. -- ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, SCOTTISH WRITER.


GOODBYE JACK: Son John says au revoir to Jack on behalf of the family … “Dad was a man’s man.”

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, JOHN EDEN

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

SURFING LEGEND, BOBBY BROWN, PLOWS DOWN A WAVE WITH A BALANCD, SWEEPING RIGHT HAND TURN. HE WAS A SURFING EXTROVERT. THE YEAR WAS 1964. HE WAS ONE OF JACK’S DISCOVERIES.

“LIFE, GROWING UP WITH DAD, WAS FUN” SAID JOHN.

Welcome to this celebration of Dad’s life. I would like to say a few words on behalf of Mum, Adam, Michelle, Danielle and myself.

Life, growing up with Dad, was fun. Surfing, fishing and his crazy friends.

Dad used to have a motorbike and a MG. The motorbike, a white Triumph I believe, had a sidecar with roof racks.

Dad was a man’s man.

In an era of “toxic masculinity” … he taught me respect for women, but not to be afraid to be a man.

He surrounded himself with colourful strong men: my uncles and his surfing mates: Scott Dillon, Midget Farrelly and The four amigos/musketeers – Dad, Reg Millar, Norm Robins and Frank Morris.

I am a third generational fisherman and I have fond memories of bogging black nippers with dad and uncle Bill; and to go fishing the next day -- crabbing and prawning at night.

We used to do surfing safaris to find new surfing spots.  I remember one trip to Spot X where we surfed all day and then slept on the beach on tarpaulins.

Another time Uncle Tony came on a surfing safari, and collected a mountain of lobsters, which we boiled on the beach and ate with bread and butter.

Dad was smart, practical and a trailblazer.

Dad self-taught himself photography.

There used to be these amazing conversations about aspects of his craft. I remember that he would go on and on about “the mysteries of light.”

He used to tell us to “take lots of pictures, and photograph everything: not just the surfers, but the beaches, the people, shops and even signs.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
PART OF JACK’S TRIBUTE TO THE UNFORGETTABLE AND INDOMITABLE BOBBY BROWN: “BOBBY LIVED AND SURFED TO THE MAX. I FIRST MET HIM WHEN HE ABOUT ELEVEN. AT AGE 13, HE WAS THE FIRST TO NOSE RIDE AT CRONULLA. RIDING THE POINT, HIS SURFING PROWESS BECAME LEGENDARY.”
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In a time when no-one wants to go to a museum; when Dad’s Surfing exhibition was on there would be lines out the doors. I’m told that many a time, old surfers would find themselves in a picture and marvel.

When mum got onto the National Gallery, a historian came out and had a look at Dad’s stuff. They took the collection because it was social commentary, a photographic record of the sixties onwards; it was all there.

Some of Dad’s collection is in the Maritime Museum, too.

I remember a time when he had to photograph mirrors. He had to invent a way of using flashes to do it.

He put together the first surfing magazine, Surfabout, with Frank Morris.

Dad had an earthy practical wisdom: Know what you like son; don’t confuse lust for love; be high on life son, not drugs.

He was also good with his hands and made many things. He was an upholsterer.

Dad loved to talk. Tracks magazine described Dad in the following way:  “Jack can talk under six foot of wet cement ...he’s a human time machine...”

The one time he was silent was the time Jack met John Denver. Eddie, his son-in-law, had obtained tickets to the John Denver concert.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
SURFABOUT REVISITED FITTED THE PERTH MUSEUM’S GOAL – PROMOTING ITS HISTORY COLLECTION … ON THIS OCCASION, WE HAVE CAUGHT “THE WAVE OF SUCCESS”, WRITES THE MUSEUM. THE EXHIBITION WAS A CHANCE TOO GOOD TO MISS. “THE STUNNING BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY SURF GURU, JACK EDEN, HAD NOSTALGIA, STYLE AND WIDE APPEAL”.
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Dad had a great time and then Eddie took him to the VIP area to meet the great singer. All dad could say was, “Hello John,” and then his lower jaw just hung open.

No surfing stories, not another word came out apparently. A first for Dad.

Dad the ballet partner.

Michelle told me an interesting story recently. She learned ballet from a young age. She reminded me that Dad used to be her dance partner in the pas de deux.

Dad received many honours from the surfing community including being inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame. My kids, after that, called him “Poppy the Legend”.

Dad was a strong family man.

We Eden’s love family. Even if we don’t see each other regularly, we will do anything for family.

Barbara, my wife, and I encouraged favourite aunties and uncles for our kids as a safety net.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
VALE. BOBBY BROWN, ONE OF NATURE’S GENTLEMEN, A MR NICE GUY OF SURFING IN AUSTRALIA. TRAGICALLY, BOBBY WAS KILLED IN A DISPUTE OVER A BILLIARD TABLE AT HIS LOCAL HOTEL. HE WAS AGED 20.
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Dad was one of 16 kids and used to tell this story over and over: apparently one day the local Catholic priest knocked on the door, saw all the kids and said, “Ah, you must be good Catholics!”

Grandfather Eden replied, “No, we are Passionate Protestants.”

Dad was a family man.

Dad was an honourable man.

Dad was wise, clever and full of fun.

Dad was an example to us kids and his many friends of how to be a real man, father and true friend.

We would also like to thank the wonderful nurses from the Parkinson’s association who were always just a phone call away and were so helpful and comforting to mum.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
THE LAST WORD! AS A SURF-STARVED SIXTIES “GREMMIE”, WROTE LEGENDARY SURFER ANDREW MACKINNON, I COULDN’T WAIT FOR SURFABOUT TO HIT THE NEWSAGENT STANDS. I WROTE TO JACK EDEN JUST TO SEE IF HE WOULD PUBLISH MY LETTER OF THANKS. TO MY SURPRISE – HE DID!
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Lastly, we kids want to honour Mum.

Mum and Dad were married for over 60 years. We all remember that part of the wedding vows that reminds us to remain in “sickness and in health.”

Well, Mum modelled how to keep your wedding vows. For twenty years Dad had Parkinson’s disease and Mum met every challenge resolutely and bravely. Thank you Mum.

Finally …

THE SURFER

Waves churn,
the lone surfer stares,
searching for that one.
Perfection.
Of wind and water
that will carry him
as his board,
glides along
the watery plain
towards his destiny …
Thank you.

SOURCE: Jack Eden was buried on Friday, October 4, 2019. Jack’s coffin was at St Andrews Church, Sans Souci, draped in the Union Jack flag, with a mini-mini surfboard, white flowers and navy blue cap.

Below: Jack and part of beloved Surfabout Revisited Collection in 1997.


RIVETS THE DOG …

THE END


WALT DISNEY: Final! The secret life of Walter

JIM HOKERMAN       Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

REMEMBER WHAT I SAID …

“I DON’T WANT A FUNERAL,” SAID WALT. “I WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER ME ALIVE”.

One of the things about life that used to bug Walt Disney was death. Walt hated the idea of dying. “Dad never goes to a funeral if he can help it”, daughter Diane once revealed.

“If he has to go to one, it plunges him into a reverie which lasts for hours after he’s home”. Obviously, Walt was figuring something out.

“I don’t want a funeral”, said Walt. “I want people to remember me alive”.

Accordingly, when Disney died in December, 1966, his funeral service wasn’t announced until it was all over. No details, including disposition of the body, were ever released.

All that the Los Angeles Times was able to discover was that the ‘secret rites’ had been conducted at Forest Lawn Cemetery – a theme park with a “Mausoleum of Freedom” for dead soldiers …

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ABOUT WALT DISNEY …
ALL EMPLOYEES ARE GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WALT DISNEY WHERE THEY HAVE STUDIED WALT DISNEY TRADITIONS ONE AND TWO. THEY LEARNED, IN THE WORD OF ONE CAMPUS DIRECTIVE, “TO ENJOY THINKING OUR WAY”.
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It’s not nice to “kill off Santa Claus”, so most cynics figured that the decision to downplay Disney’s funeral was simply good business.

Romantics believed that Disney, with a late interest in cryogenics, had had himself frozen like a TV dinner. He was destined to sleep on a cushion of liquid nitrogen until some Prince Charming appeared with a cure for the big C.

Meanwhile, Disney’s corporate heirs continued to act as though their master were still alive.

When Walt died, he was drawing up plans for a city – cash free, climate controlled, and vacuum cleaned.

It was a space-age pyramid of dwellings where 20,000 or so lucky Alices could live inside his Magic Kingdom for the rest of their lives.

SOURCE: Adapted from Jim Hokeman’s The secret life of Walter Disney, published in Nation Review, May 31, 1979.

Below: TIME Magazine and Walt Disney. Most of the American and international press, radio and television—magazines – got caught up in the Disney frenzy. 

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ABOUT WALT DISNEY …
“I BELIEVED THAT EVERY CONCEPTION IS IMMACULATE”, HE TOLD A STAFF MEMBER, AND HE OPENED DUMBO (1941) WITH A SQUARON OF STORKS FLYING OVER FLORIDA TO “DELIVER BABIES” OF EXPECTANT CIRCUS ANIMALS.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 October 19

WALT DISNEY: Part 4. The secret life of Walter

JIM HOKERMAN        Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, GERMAN-STYLE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE’RE IN FOR …

DER FUHRER’S FACE CARTOON WON AN OSCAR AND, IN ADDITION, SPIKE JONES’S RECORDING OF THE SOUNDTRACK SOLD A MILLION AND A HALF COPIES.

In a ghost-written magazine article of the mid 1930s, he complained that “Mr A Hitler, the Nazi old thing, says Mickey’s silly. Imagine that! Well, Mickey is going to save Mr A Hitler from drowning one day. Just wait and see if he doesn’t. Then won’t Mr A. Hitler be ashamed!”

However, by the time he made The New Spirit (1942), the first of the government-sponsored propaganda and training films that virtually subsidised the Disney studio during World War 2; Walt did decide to let the “Nazi old thing” drown.

He demonstrated his distaste by showing the swastika “flushed away in a vortex of dark, swirling water”.
The next year saw Education for Death (with Hitler playing Prince Charming to Hermann Goering’s mountainous Sleeping Beauty) and Disney’s greatest piece of agitrop, Donald in Nutzi Land.

Also known as Der Fuhrer’s Face, the cartoon won an Oscar; while Spike Jones’s recording of the soundtrack sold a million and half copies.

In a dour comment on the mock flatulence of the song’s chorus, Richard Schickel remarked, “Even in wartime (the Disney studio) found a way to state its belief in the location – the seat as it were – of human emotions”.

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DEAD TIRED …
MORE AMERICANS ARE LOSING SLEEP OVER THE STATE OF THE UNITED STATES NATION UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND OTHER PERSONAL FINANCIAL CONCERNS. INADEQUATE SLEEP IS ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTY LIFESTYLES AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTS HEALTH AND SAFETY. COMING: DEAD TIRED -- STARTS IN THE NEW YEAR.
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What is particularly interesting about Der Fuhrer’s Face is Disney’s visualisation of “Nutzi Land”. Donald’s room is plastered with swastika wallpaper, he sleeps in swastika pyjamas between swastika sheets.

His alarm clock keeps time with swastika numerals.

It’s as though the Disney artists were rehashing the 2000 Snow White products that helped pull the toy industry through the recession of 1937.

Even nature is not immune to the totality of “Nutzi Land”. Outside Donald’s widow we see that trees and hedges have been shaped into swastikas.

Such an improvement may never have occurred to Hitler. But a decade or so later the bushes of Disneyland would be carefully trimmed to resemble Mickey, Donald and Dumbo.

SOURCE: Adapted from The Secret life of Walt Disney by Jim Hokerman, Nation Review. May 31, 1979.

NEXT: Final. “I don’t want a funeral,” said Walt. “I want people to remember me alive”.

Below: One of the posters for Education for Death, in which Hitler play Prince Charming.

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DEAD TIRED …
THE CYCLE OF WORRY AND INSOMNIA: THE MORE YOU WORRY ABOUT NOT SLEEPING THE MORE YOU WORRY ABOUT GOING TO BED AND, MORE LIKELY, CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE INSOMNIA. EXPECTATIONS ARE, WHAT CONSTITUTE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP, AND THIS MAY ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS VICIOUS CYCLE. DEAD TIRED – STARTS IN THE NEW YEAR.
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RIVETS THE DOG …

RIVETS WAS A POPULAR STRIP BACK IN THE 50s. RIVETS WAS SYNDICATED TO CHUCKLER’S WEEKLY, A MAGAZINE PRODUCED BY THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH FOR THE YOUNGER SET. CHUCKLER’S WEEKLY STARTED IN 1954 AND ENDED IN 1960.

CONTINUED.


THE JACK EDEN STORY: Final. Jack’s photographs “catch the mood” of a nation in the sixties

FRANK MORRIS

A SERIES OF PHOTOS, WHICH WERE TAKEN BY JACK, WAS A LESSON IN LENSMANSHIP. ONE IN PARTICULAR, WITH GARY BIRDSALL, LEANING AGAINST THE DOOR OF HIS SMALL CAR, WITH A BOARD DANGLING FROM THE BOOT.

WHEN THE FIRST MAGAZINE WAS PUBLISHED “THE RESPONSE KNOCKED EVERYBODY FOR SIX,” SAYS JACK. “EVEN THE DISTRIBUTORS”.

A perfect combination, from which have come photographs that have transcended the realms of living history and become prized works of art.  Eden has been lauded worldwide for his superb back-lit photography.  It gave Surfabout “a California feel,” according to a leading surfer/writer.

The inaugural issue of Surfabout hit the streets in August 1962.  It was produced in response to the growing popularity of longboards, which both preceded and then followed Midget Farrell’s world title victory in 1964.
There was no publication “uniquely Australian” for the grommets.

Surfabout’s first print run was 10,000, which evaporated in a week.  A newsagent in Surfer’s Paradise reported selling 150 copies in a day.   “They went like hot cakes,” the vendor said.  Surfing was hot and the magazine-starved masses, both hardcore surfers and weekend warriors, literally devoured the ink from the pages!

Says Eden: “The response knocked everybody for six – even the distributors.  They had never seen anything like it. The first issue broke all records so we increased the next issue to 18,000 copies.”

Where did the name Surfabout spring from?

Eden ponders the question for a moment.  “It took many hours of deliberation before we came up with the idea of adapting the aboriginal term ‘walkabout’ for the magazine title.  So Surfabout it became.”

(The name was later hijacked by a top American company as the title for the first major Australian pro surfing event.)
The debut issue of Surfabout, in keeping with the origins of the title, was emblazoned with aboriginal motifs which certainly made it look different to other magazines on the newsstands.

This was long before indigenous cultures became the vogue. The cover design is simple, uncluttered and unpretentious; the content is an unaffected, uncomplicated presentation of the new sport of surfboard riding.
Surfabout is a historic magazine in other ways too.

True, it was beaten to the post as Australia’s first surfing magazine by a few months, but Surfabout made up for it in myriad other ways.

Predicted, as early as 1965, that the Australian surfing scene would spawn a multi-billion dollar industry-boards, male and female fashion, accessories and so on.

A Surfabout editorial said: “The growth … has been one of notable achievement … there is now a competitive drive (and) the tempo has trebled its pace and shows no sign of diminishing.”

Reflects Eden: “We gave our readers their money’s worth and more.  I believe that is the reason the magazine is so well remembered after all this time.”

The debut issue of Surfabout sold for five shillings and sixpence – 55 cents in today’s currency.  (Later issues were four shillings and sixpence.)

The same issue, as a collectible two years ago, fetched $400!

*At that time there was a popular magazine called Walkabout, which will be fondly remembered. It’s safe to say that it also had a great influence on the outcome.

The Jack Eden Surfabout Revisited Collection began its national tour at the Perth Museum in August 1964.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
EDEN CAPTURED COUNTLESS IMAGES ON AN ARRAY OF DIFFERENT CAMERAS. HE LOOKED LIFE IN THE EYE. THIS NEW LIFE WAS BOUND IN THE CLASSICAL SHAPE OF YOUNG SURFERS, SOME TO BECOME SPORTING LEGENDS, IN WHICH CAN BE DESCRIBED AS AN IRRESPRESSIBLE PERIOD IN OUR HISTORY.
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SOURCE: Adaption from Jack Eden’s Surfabout Revisited Collection edited by Frank Morris, published in 1997.

Below: The Surf, the first in the world, published in 1917. Then came “Surfing Sixties” brigands. Coming soon. 


THOMAS COOK: Final. Thomas’s son took over the reins and  began to visit new places afar!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THERE WAS A THOMAS COOK OUTLET IN PRACTICALLY EVERY CITY.

FOUNDER THOMAS COOK SAW TRAVEL AS AN ANTIDOTE TO DRUDGERY.

Founder Thomas Cook died in 1892.

John Mason Cook, the son of Thomas Cook, who became manager of Thomas Cook’s first company in Fleet Street, was perhaps the world’s first business traveller -- notwithstanding Marco Polo. Throughout his life he was constantly on the move: appointing agents and negotiating contracts.

And, like today’s businessman, he was more than likely nagged by his family for never being at home. John Cook’s apprenticeship in travel began in 1851.

At 17, he was appointed chief assistant to his father and given the responsibility of taking 165,000 people to the Great Exhibition in London. During his apprentice years he would work for five consecutive night and days at a time, accompanying trains filled with passengers.

This was just a taste of what was to come.

At the beginning of 1865, his father had returned from a trip to North America during which he had agreed with the principal railways for a system of booking to the Paris Exhibition to be held the following year.

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DEAD TIRED …
AN AUSTRALIAN STUDY A FEW YEARS BACK SHOWED THAT ALMOST I IN 5 WORKING ADULTS ARE RUNNING A BIGGER RISK OF DEVELOPING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND DIABETES. UP TO 1.2MILLION AUSTRALIANS SUFFER A RANGE OF SLEEP DISORDERS, FROM INSOMNIA TO SLEEP APNOEA. ARE YOU ONE OF THEM? COMING IN THE NEW YEAR.
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This innovation assisted him in his responsibility of promoting trips to the Exhibition, and indeed to Paris as an attraction in itself. To date his main market had been in the United Kingdom where the return fare Cook’s offered from London to Paris was one pound and a four-day package could be secured for one pound eighty.

In 1868, Cook’s posters advertised North America-to-Paris return fares from twenty-one pound to thirty-one pound fifty. During the four years it took for that side of the business to develop, Cook recorded in his diary that, on average, he was annually away from home for 100 days.

He was travelling between 67,000km and 85,000km a year.

With the company well established Cook began to organise tours further afield and began to take travellers through Europe and into the Holy Land. In 1870, Cook’s was successful in setting up a network that organised tours of Egypt.

In 1871 Thomas formed a partnership with his son and the business was, fittingly, renamed Thomas Cook and Son. This move created even more drive in John Mason; and between 1873 and 1889 he travelled relentlessly, opening up new destinations and establishing new lines of communication.

During these years John Cook spent much of his time interviewing the managers of railways and steamboat companies, particularly in North America, where a big expansion was planned. He was always concerned about getting the best for his clients.

When John died in 1899 and the business was then worth about two millions pound.

Source: Adapted from The Australian 1981.

Below: The gravestone of John Thomas.

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ROAD CCCCRASHED ...
“ROAD RAGE” – IT’S WATING TO HAPPEN. IT WOULD PAY RETIREMENT VILLAGE MANAGERS TO HEED THE WARNING FROM ROAD ACCIDENT EXPERTS THAT THERE ARE SENIOR DRIVERS WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE STILL SAFE AND COMPETENT BEHIND THE WHEEL. BUT, IN REALITY, THEY ARE ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN. – FM. ROAD CCCCRASH! STARTS SOON.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 18 October 19

THE JACK EDEN STORY: Part 1. Surfabout magazine photography “caught the mood” of a surfing nation in the sixties!

FRANK MORRIS

THE MIGHTY JACK TAKES TIME OUT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH HIS FAVORITE SURFBOARD.

JACK EDEN BEGAN CAPTURING SURF IMAGES ON FILM IN 1956. SUDDENLY, THE SIXTIES HAD ARRIVED. JACK, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, WANTED TO KNOW WHAT MADE THE SIXTIES TICK.

Regarded as the pioneer of surfing photography, Eden clicked his way “through truckloads of film” for his magazine, Surfabout, of which 24 issues were published between 1962 and 1968.

There’s no way he could have realised at the time that these images, which record the innocence, lifestyle and revolutionary surfing styles of this period, would be the focal point of a major national point of a major national Jack Eden’s Photographic exhibition more than 30 years on.

The original negatives had been squirreled away since those halcyon days in the back-room of his studio in Sydney’s south.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
FROM THE MID 1990s, THE JACK EDEN SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR EXHIBITIONS TO RECOGNISE THE INPUT OF JACK’S WORK DURING THE SURFING SIXTIES. IT STARTED IN PERTH AND WENDED ITS WAY ACROSS AUSTRALIA. OVERSEAS, IT WAS SHOWN AT THE TRITAN’S GALLERY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND. – FM.
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Eden has captured the quintessence of Australia and Australians in much the same way as the celebrated Max Dupain “defined Australia” in the 1930s.  Writing in The Australian Magazine, Mike Safe said: “His (Dupain’s) style – from the beach and bush scenes of the thirties…was direct, unadorned and strong.”

Says Eden: “The explosion of interest in the exhibition has been phenomenal.  Suddenly, everybody wants to know more about the sixties.”

Eden has been described as “the photographic biographer” of Australian surfing history.  He regards the sixties as surfing’s golden era.  He captured all the greats from the time and one of them, Midget Farrelly, was the seed from which this critically acclaimed exhibition grew.

Jack explains: “He (Midget) rang me up and said “Jack, don’t you realise that you are the recorder of our (surfing) history?”  At the time I thought Midget was having a go at me.  But that’s how the exhibition got started.”

It’s been said that when you talk to Jack about the sixties you’d better be prepared for a good ear bashing.
Says Tracks magazine: “Jack can talk under six foot of wet cement … he’s a human time machine ready to transport you back to the days when surfers could swim and boards were bloody heavy. (He) suspends your disbelief and you find yourself trimming along the lip of his surf stories.”

Retorts Eden: “Guilty as charged.  I found that it was a happy period.  There was an innocence in those days that is hard to explain.

But, obviously, my photographs have caught the mood, the feeling that people relate to.  We’ve noticed people of all ages, surfers and non-surfers alike, take great pleasure in viewing this record of an era that will never return.

“At the time we were regarded as bums – even though a lot of those bums were the top surfers of their day.  Now many of them are important people such as judges, lawyers and barristers … name it and you’ll find former surfers in the ranks.”

Below: Jack, kneeling in front of a portion of his photographic exhibition, with a protective arm around one of his most talk-about print.

SOURCE: The Jack Eden Story appeared in the Jack Eden’s Surfabout Revisited Collection: A time capsule in print, published in 1997.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
OF THE SURFING SIXTIES, JACK WAS QUITE LITERAL ABOUT THOSE TIMES. “IN THE ERA WE WERE REGARDED AS BUMS. BUT FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF THOSE BUMS WERE TOP SURFERS. IN THEIR DAY THEY WERE PRETTY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. THERE WERE JUDGES, BARRISTERS, LAWYERS, AND BIG BUILDERS’. YOU NAME IT”.


YOUR DOG: Libra in dogs makes them very snappish towards other people yet very understanding

FRANK MORRIS

I DON’T HAVE A NAME. I’M REFERRED TO AS ‘THE DOG’ WHEN IN THE POUND. BUT I SENSED THAT I LIKED IT VERY MUCH.

Let’s cut to the chase. Compared to other carnivorous domesticated hounds of all sizes, many well-bred; I have lived with a few of them! See, I’m a bit of wag tag sort of breed. I’ve got at least three strains in me, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not strange.

Eleven months ago, I was picked at a dog pound by a carer who had just lost his wife. One of his daughter’s was by his side.

“Let’s just name him my little Comfort,” said the carer. He was in his mid-sixties. The daughter agreed. She carried me to the car. After she got in she said, “Maybe I should get a small dog. What do you think? This one is so nice”.
Hmm, said the carer with a smile.

A whole bunch of ladies at the dog shelter treated us extra-well. And I spent my time frolicking around with a bright terrier a bit older than me. He taught me things – lots of things, in fact.

Libras, in the main, are very affectionate, and the carer spotted it. The carer wiggled his fingers and I ran towards him. I looked around at the terrier.

He was dumbfounded. His eyes were glazed over, not because I was going but he was going to lose a friend. I barked my cheery good-byes to him; and was gone.

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YOUR DOG …
WHEN A DOG WANTS TO HANG OUT THE ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ SIGN AS ALL OF US DO NOW AND THEN, HE IS REGARDED AS A TRAITOR TO ALL HIS SPECIES. – ROMONA C. ALBERT.
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As I grew older, the carer always spoke kind words to me. He looked at me and said, “You’re a most elegant little animal”. I followed him around or kept an eye on him, even at play!

Then I fell asleep …

All I recall is the wide spaces. In my dreams, which were humungous, I was down at the park. It was here that I brought out another of my worldly traits; being artistic.

I don’t draw, I don’t paint, I don’t do, aah … but I can do artistic body-shapes on the field.

It was just natural. That’s not say that I also elected to do some damn painstaking practice to boot.

But I dreamed on …

First, the field comes alive with my antics playing catch-the-ball. They never witnessed anything like it.

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YOUR DOG …
WE ARE ALONE, ABSOLUTELY ALONE ON THIS PLANET, AND, AMID ALL THE FORMS OF LIFE THAT SURROUND US, NOT ONE, EXCEPTING THE DOG, HAS MADE AN ALLIANCE WITH US. – MAURICE MATERLINCK.
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The carer tosses the ball into the air, then I jump and let my body perform all the tricks.

On trick is (I call them tricks) that I’m in the air ready to catch the ball in my mouth; next is my front feet, protecting all my body, and showing amazing skill, grabbing the ball, with my shape-wise falling to the ground.

The crowd clapped.

I must have done at least a dozen tricks like this. The best one, I feel, was when I used my tummy to bounce the ball and me catching it with back paws.

It’s hard to believe but I travelled kilometres off the ground and I had a hypnotic view. The crowd loved it. Every artistic trick got the people gaping. Some with horror.

My performances draw people from all walks of life to the field. They expected to see a magnificent show. When it was over, so was the dream. You could see the relief in my face.

On this day, a district inspector came to see if my carer would be interested in a badge for the dog’s home.
“Yes, yes, yes!” said my carer.

As usual, I was sitting by his side. “Come on Comfort, let us get something to drink and eat.

You bet, I thought.

Below: Comfort: true and discreet Libra.


WALT DISNEY: Part 3. The secret life of Walter

JIM HOKERMAN     Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

FUHRER HITLER AND LENI RIEFENSTAHL. TOGETHER THEY PLOT A WAY THROUGH DISNEY’S FOIBLE.

WHEN LENI RIEFENSTAHL HIT HOLLYWOOD SHE ADROITLY PRESENTED HER PSEUDO-DOCO TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, THE FILM FOR WHICH SHE IS KNOWN.

When the Nazi film maker Leni Riefenstahl visited Hollywood in 1938, Disney was the only industry notable to greet her publicly.

Had he been smitten by the vision of totality, that she had so adroitly presented in her pseudo-doco Triumph of the Will (1934), was as controlled an artifice as any of Disney’s cartoons.

Although not everyone is as blunt as Kenneth Anger. (He told an interviewer that ‘Walt Disney was the Hitler of children. ‘He killed their imaginations by programming them with his saccharine prefab fantasies!’).

Anger said “it has more than once been observed that the mania for cleanliness, control and order was a trait that Uncle Walt happened to share with the Nazi dictator”.

Of course, Disney only indulged in the fantasy of mass murder, and it happened just once. Under the pressure of World War 2, but acting as a private citizen, he dreamed up Victory Through Air Power (1943).

It was a long-since suppressed feature-length cartoon that ended with the triumphant obliteration of Tokyo.

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GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS …
IT’S 1952, AND THE CHURCH IS OVERFLOWING WITH MOURNERS. MORE THAN 200 WAITED OUTSIDE AT THE TOORAK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FOR THE FUNERAL OF SIR KEITH MURDOCH. PRESENT WERE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES FROM AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS, EVERY METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER IN AUSTRALIA INCLUDING THE NEWSPAPER UNIONS -- AND FIVE HUNDRED WREATHS WHICH CARPETED THE LAWN. – FM.
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Apparently, the film displayed an alienation worthy of Riefenstahl’s.

A contemporary film reviewer cited the absence of “suffering and dying enemy civilians” underneath its animated explosions and called it “a gay dream of holocaust” that reduced war: it became a “morally simple (matter) of machine-eat-machine”.

But whatever else Walt and Hitler had in common, the Fuhrer (unlike his buddy Benito Mussolini) was not a fan of “Michael Maus”.

Evidently, no mouse could be clean enough for Hitler. He termed Mickey “the most miserable ideal ever revealed” and unsuccessfully attempted to have banned from his Reich.

Hitler’s failure to get rid of Mickey may explain the megalomaniac undercurrent in Disney’s response to this attack on his alter ego.

NEXT: More about the Fuhrer’s Empire and the back-biting over a bevy of anti-Hitler cartoons.

SOURCE: Adapted from The secret life of Walter Disney by Jim Hokerman, in the Nation Review, May 31, May 1979.

Below: A nightmare for the face of Hitler.

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YOUR DREAM …
O GOD, I COULD BE BOUNDED IN A NUTSHELL AND COUNT MYSELF KING OF INFINITE SPACE WERE IT NOT THAT I HAVE HAD BAD DREAMS. – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, HAMLET.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 October 19

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