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

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


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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEWART DIED IN JAPAN IN 1995.

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

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

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

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

THAT WAS 100 YEARS AGO.

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

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


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

HMMMM!

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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


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

NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE!

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

Nothing has altered. It happens in all countries.

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

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

Bone up on your trip to New Zealand.

Starts next year.

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

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

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