GAMBLERS: Are you a risk taker? I can’t lose, trust me!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

WATCH OUT!: REMEMBER, IT TAKES ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD TO BECOME A TRUE GAMBLER. SO, HOW DO YOU RATE YOURSELF. Below: IF GAMBLING IS A PROBLEM, SEE YOUR GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS CONSULANT. Below: A BANK OF POKIES CAN BE A PERSON’S WORST ENEMY.

Why do you gamble? If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand. Nothing can compare with the thrill of the big score, or the excitement as you set your mind against your opponent’s.

Both of you trying to bluff, or double bluff; while searching for a clue to what other person is thinking. It’s better than any sport or game because you’re in control – maybe. That sense of chaotic control is really what makes you a gambler!

Just like the games you play, your interest revolves around two concepts: fun and profit. Depending on personal preference – one may dominate your particular style. But there is a daredevil in every gambler.

Gamblers, as a group, lack structure. In fact, most of you are skilful and individualistic. You win respect through skill and style. That means, if you lose it, lose with flash. Unfortunately, if a style is copied, it loses its flair, hence the streak of individuality.

PROBLEM GAMBLERS

Getting into gambling is incredibly easy. At least, that’s what most people would think. In reality, they’re nowhere close to being a true gambler. The second problem is, which few realise, is that you have to win to be a true gambler. This takes SKILL and LUCK.

If you prove that you are of a certain quality, this will allow you entrance into the special room. This is where the true gaming gets under way. It was when your standard bluff and strategies were inadequate that you knew you were finally dealing with opponents of fine calibre. That’s when you knew they had accepted you.

To leave gambling is not easy to do. Gamblers exist on a continuum and most us will fall somewhere on the pathway to: non-gamblers, social gamblers, heavy gamblers, problem gamblers and pathological gamblers.

So – how do you rate yourself?

If you’re a problem gambler, for instance, then this is usually when an individual’s gambling is out of control and it begins to cause personal, social and occupational reasons to become a problem. Deal with the problem and then comes the solution. This will, of course, take time.

ADDICTED TO GAMBLING

If the answer is “yes” to any of these question, you may have a serious problem:

Have you ever tried to cut back or even stop gambling? Have you ever borrowed (or stolen) money; or had a financial predicament as a result of your gambling? Do you feel high when gambling; depressed after losing; anxious or irritable when not able to gamble? Have you felt guilty about your gambling? Has anyone ever told you that you that are addicted to gambling?

The advice you should have been given is: go to your doctor; or go and see a Gamblers Anonymous consultant in your area.

<< Problem Gambling, Griffith University, NSW.


SPECIAL HOME-CARE: Christmas, not Xmas, should be the joyful celebration of the day!

FRANK MORRIS

STOP IT! LET US ABOLISH ‘XMAS’.

Xmas, as a would-be abbreviation for Christmas, does not conjure up in any way the period when Christ was born in Bethlehem. There’s nothing joyful at all about the word. It doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, reflect the spirit, the custom, the celebration, the tradition, or, sadly, the Gospels at Christmas.

Only an insipid (but creative) mind could have been responsible for dreaming up an implausible word. Everything in our power must be done to have it expunged from the English language.

STAMP IT OUT

Let us have a word that symbolises the ‘great light’ that people witness as they walked toward it in darkness on that special day.

And the word is … “Christmas”.

<< Abbreviated version from the A-Z Health Guide for adoutsenior.com.au


AUTHORS: 100 years ago -- The Magic Pudding book first went on sale

FRANK MORRIS

CHARACTERS ALL: THEY’RE CENTENARIANS GOING FOR A WALK IN THE PARK. ALBERT, THE MAGIC PUDDING, IS HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING UP. Below: THE FIRST MAGIC PUDDING BOOK – OLD BUT YOUNG. Below: THE MAGIC PUDDING – RELEASED WITH THE ANIMATED FILM IN 2000.

Norman Lindsay’s offbeat children’s story about the picaresque adventures of Albert the cantankerous Puddin’, and his friends, has been in print since it was first published by A & R in 1918.

The book took Lindsay nine months to write.

As the author moved towards its completion, he wrote to George Robertson in mid 1917: “I have finished the last slab of “Pudding” and thank God for it, for I’ve had a bellyful.

There is quite as much effort and invention needed to write nonsense as to create more pretentious works, and the stimulus is apt to flag.”

The Magic Pudding is highly valued and much sought after world wide by collectors’ et al.

In the 1990s, a first edition belonging to noted war historian C.E.W. Bean fetched $2100 at auction.

CANTANKEROUS PUDDIN'

Norman Lindsay is the most collected person in Australia, according to the late bibliophile, Walter Stone.  Stone once remarked that one “acquires” rather than “collects” Lindsayana.

A Commemorative Edition was issued in 1987; the Australian Children’s Classic edition in 1990; and a miniature edition, containing one section of the original text, in 1982. This 1924 edition varied slightly from the first edition.

In 2008, another version was published, more like The Magic Pudding of old.  This time the illustrations were rescanned and the page size was much like the original, in 1918.

An animated version of Norman Lindsay’s 1918 children’s classic The Magic Pudding, with an all-star cast, came to life on the big screen in December 2000, with the English actor John Cleese voicing the part of the cantankerous puddin’, Albert.

The film was produced by Energee Entertainment, a local film and television production house.  The animated characters were largely based on the Norman Lindsay drawings from the book.  The book of the film is signed by the actor who voiced ‘Bill Barnacle’, Hugo Weaving.

The story was described by the filmmakers as much “like the Magic Pudding – a resource that never runs out.”


CANBERRA: Visit one the youngest capital cities in the world

FRANK MORRIS

UP, UP AND AWAY: CANBERRA SUMMERS ARE FILLED WITH CRISP MORNINGS AND ARE JUST PERFECT FOR HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES. THE BALLOON SPECTACULAR FILLS THE CITY SKIES AS MORE THAN 30 HOT-AIR BALLOONS, FEATURING SOME STUNNING PATTERNS AND BIZZARE SHAPES, COME FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE CITY. Below: FOUR STIMULATED FOLKS REACH THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN. Below: THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF CANBERRA, THE NEW CAPITAL, IN 1913.

Lonely Planet has rated Canberra third on its Best in Travel 2018 list of cities.

“This is the highest ranking an Australian city has ever achieved on the Lonely Planet list since its inception,” the team said. “It reveals just how unfairly overlooked the city has been. Canberra now boasts exciting boutique precincts with gastronomic highlights and cultural most-does.

“As one of the world’s young capital cites you might think Canberra has some catching up to do. It now a repository for national treasures, and a place where nature intrudes elegantly into urban spaces,” the Lonely Planet said.

Much of the charm and appeal of Canberra lies in its natural beauty. There’s dozens of picnic spots set in verdant, open spaces; while trees litter parks and line streets. Canberra is no longer a place for imposing buildings full of politicians and bureaucrats. Far from it. The Canberra of today has a vibrancy all of its own.

When you came to Canberra, do yourself a favour: leave time to explore some of a city’s many attractions. Canberra is a place for seasons, and reasons.

Here are some things you didn’t know about Canberra. Others will be published next week.

Marion Mahony Griffin: While her husband Walter Burley Griffin takes all of the credit for creating the designs for Canberra, it was Marion Mahony Griffin, artist and architect, who drew and presented the winning plans to the panel of assessors.

Phar Lap’s BIG heart: Phar Lap’s unusually large heart is on display at the National Museum of Australia. It weighs a whopping 6.35kg – that’s 1.5 times the weight of an average thoroughbred racehorse heart.

Gone-broke: When the government invited the people of Australia to nominate suitable names for their new capital in 1913, the public responded in good humour. And names like Kangaremu, Sydmelperadbrisho, Swindleville, Gone-broke and Caucus City getting a run for their money.

Einstein angles: At Questacon, there’s an impressive 3D sculpture of Albert Einstein on view. But look at it from a different angle and you’ll discover a completely different image.

Run it up the flagpole: The Australian flag that flies over Parliament House 24 hours a day is a big one. It’s roughly the same size as a double-decker bus and it weighs 22kg. It takes three people to change over, and this happens once a month.

Next: Five more things you must know about Canberra.

<< The Lonely Plant; Time Out; Frank Morris.


NOW OPEN: It’s on at David Jones, for kids only!

DIFFERENT SHAPES: SOME OF THESE MARVEL-ITES ARE KIDS BEST FRIENDS!

Disney, Star Wars and the Marvel characters are right in the heart of Sydney. That’s right!  All kids have the awe-inspiring chance to explore, learn and create. It’s also a world of storytelling for the young and the young at heart. All you have to do is this: Go to a magical one-of-a-kind destination. You’ll be taken to Level 9 Elizabeth Street – David Jones. For kids only.

 

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 18

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