DOGS: Aries -- will you know how to react! But you'd better be quick!

YOUR ARIES WILL RUSH AHEAD AND WILL DRIVE YOU MAD! 

THE IDEAL ACCOMMADATION FOR THE ARIAN WOULD BE A HOUSE THE SIZE OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

A dog born under this sign will be full of vitality, well able to run several packs of hounds right off their feet. But they will have only one aim in life, into which they will channel every drop of excess energy, to get to the front, and stay there.

As the Aries is born under the first sign they must be first dog.

The way the dog rushes ahead will drive you mad. The dog will push between your legs when you get up to put the cat out. The animal will be out of the house and sight, before you have taken the lead off its peg.

NOT IMPRESSED

And it will never enter the dog’s head to check which way you were going to go. When you get out of the car, your Aries will be sitting there waiting for you; they will not take kindly to travelling in the back either.

The ideal accommodation for the Aries would be a house the size of Buckingham Palace. If like the majority of us you do not own a palatial residence, a country seat would do in a pinch.

The Aries erratic and demanding manner will soon exhaust you. You must live somewhere where you can escape from the dog occasionally.


 

Grand Years editor is off on holidays. In the meantime, GRAND YEARS, will be packed with features as far as the eye can see. There will be: One of the first accounts of early surfboard riding in the Sandwich Islands in the 1870s written by a woman …  The Big Fight, featuring Albert Griffiths, or “Griffo”, and Torpedo Bill Murphy in a featherweight championship of the world. The fight was fought at the White Horse Hotel in Sydney. Plus, there are many others, of course!

 

Rooftop Gardens: The system that can provide for our nourishing plants!

WHEN YOU PLANT YOUR HYDROPONIC GARDEN, IT COULD LOOK LIKE THIS.

PERCHED ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SKYSCAPER IS ONE THE MOST UNLIKELY SETTINGS YOU’LL EVER SEE. ROOFTOP GARDENS ARE HERE TO STAY.

FRANK MORRIS

Rooftop or market gardens have been around for centuries in one form or another. But in the early 1970s they made a come-back, growing on the roofs of skyscrapers and buildings, home units and clubs.

In fact this system is not as silly as it sounds, I wrote in the 70s. Some of them are perched on the top of buildings – hotel complexes – up to 20 storeys high.

“In the 1970s, I discovered a one acre farm growing a new system called hydroponic vegetables,” said American David Devor, a writer who had studied this type thing of for 40 years.

“Many of the pilot schemes have yielded over l00,000 lbs of vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants and string beans in a six months period.  It was the most unusual setting you’ll ever see -- and it was in 1975.”

HARD TO SEE

The garden “many rows of lush green growth set in perfect symmetry”, Devor said, “was a sight to behold. The system was in parallel lines and is composed of sections of PVC pipe with an opening cut into the top from which the plants grow.”

Today, it has developed into a big business industry.

The other day, when I was at a club, I got the shock of my life. Rooftop gardens are hard to see. They’re near you but camouflaged so you can’t see them. However, this is not exactly on the roof but a fairly sizeable mound, and panelled off into section.

“A market roof-style garden creates enough produce for a restaurant or family,” said the executive chef. “Our market garden, while still in its infancy, will produce the freshest of herbs and heirloom vegetables.

“We really enhance the natural flavours of our dishes. We are very excited to be able to offer our guests the freshest ingredients directly from our market garden.”

Rooftop gardens are here to stay.

Below: A garden will grow in any place – even from the ceiling.

NEXT: Final! The ‘father’ of hydroponic gardens dates back as far as the 1860s and a German chemist.


Trio of disarming bandits: Overseas officials caught snoozing while guarding the coffers

LOOK AT THE THREE DIAGRAMS, ABOVE. YOU COULD HAVE WON THE CASH – NOT IN ONE CLUB OR CASINO, BUT IN ALL!

THE YEAR 1965 PROVIDED A MAJOR EVENT OF THE DAY – BEFUDDLED CLUB AND CASINO OPERATORS WERE BLATANTLY ROBBED ON THE SPOT. BUT HOW?

FRANK MORRIS

Remember the three Australians who in the mid 1960s took on the poker machines in Australia, Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and London and cleaned up? If you can’t recall their names it was Keith Jennings, George Clamped and C. J. Mackenzie.

Their amazing feat was going to be made into a movie 15 years after the event took place, but it never was made.

The system they used, which was all legal and above board, earned the trio almost 100,000 pounds in the first year. In 1965, Time wrote that the “Sydney System, as they call it, only sounds simple.”

ASK TO LEAVE

“It was like having duplicate keys to Fort Knox,” said one of the syndicate in a book written their profitable venture, How to Beat the Bandits. “For one thing it was legal; no risk of being jailed. The worst that could happen was that we would have been asked to leave.”

Like Fort Knox, the syndicate wrote, “there was seemingly no end to the money involved. And it was easier to get at.”

The syndicate’s exploits made headlines all over the world.

“All we had to do was to walk into club, work the bandits over, and walk out with the money. Left alone we could have eventually busted every club in Australia,” the syndicate member wrote.

In a remarkable series of demonstrations, the syndicate showed how a poker machine could be drained in minutes.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT: The diagrams show three of the six essential moves in the syndicate’s “amazing but simple” system that “broke the bank” in casinos around the world

Below: A 1960s poker machine. These and others like them were in clubs and casinos around the world.


THE QUEEN: Meeting the 11 Presidents of the United States!

The Queen, accompanied by Prince Phillip, met up with President Kennedy and the First Lady, Jackie, at a special function at Buckingham Palace in 1961.                                         

SOURCES: Adapted from Dog Horoscopes by Liz Tresillan, SEP, Spring 1975; Rooftop Gardens by Frank Morris; Cracking the club/casino case by Frank Morris; The Queen, Google.

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

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