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A GOLD COIN DONATION WILL BUY A COPY OF THE TRIANGLE, A NEWSPAPER PRODUCED BY THE COMMUNITY.

AN ESTIMATED 200 COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS IN AUSTRALIA HAVE BITTEN THE DUST. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY’VE CALLED IT A DAY. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO START A NEWSPAPER IN YOUR COMMUNITY? AUSTRALIA IS A BIG COUNTRY AND THERE’RE PLENTY OF STORIES TO CHOOSE FROM.

THE TRIANGLE, AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK, IS READY FOR THE PURCHASER. Below: A BOX AT A DROP-OFF POINT.

IT’S NO SURPRISE, THEN, WHEN A BEVY OF VOLUNTEERS PRODUCE THE TRIANGLE, WHICH IS PACKED FULL OF NEWS, NEWS THAT WOULD NEVER MAKE IT IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS.

FRANK MORRIS

The Triangle has become an anticipated monthly fixture for the townspeople of Brogo, Quaama, Cobargo and Tilba, and other localities along the way.

Established in 2002, it was quickly decided The Triangle, “would have no politics” (in its strictest sense.) It would be a local, positive and a conveyance for public discussion.

And there was an editorial committee responsivity and no central editor to spread and hopefully bring different snippets, attitudes, pictures and news to the forum.

The committee will publish anything as long as it doesn’t cover “politics, sex or religion”, which, naturally, would reduce complaints.

But the paper has occasionally “raised the ire” of some of the townspeople, says a spokesperson, and mistakes are quickly corrected and disputes are resolved pretty fast.

The spokesperson admits that some of the best stories come from the pub. Letters to the editorial committee also give the locals room to share their views.

The profits from The Triangle go back to the community.

Now, do you want to your start your own community newspaper?

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ABOUT THE TRIANGLE: WITH A LONG HISTORY OF FARMING AND FISHING, AND A PROUD LOCAL KOORI COMMUNITY, THIS IS A PART OF THE COUNTRY WITH PLENTY OF STORIES TO TELL. THANKS TO THE TEAM BEHIND TILBA’S THE TRIANGLE, LOCALS CAN CATCH UP WITH THE COMMUNITY NEWS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.
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What your need is a lot of motivation, organisational skills and little know-how. These are of some of the tips from the crew at The Triangle.

Keep your costs low. In 2010, The Triangle charged from 60 cents to $20 for advertisement. Revenue also comes from the donation boxes at drop-off points.

Printing costs, in 2010, are around $1500 and distribution, based on the weight, about $200. After the extraction of costs, The Triangle clear about $400 a month.

A spokeswoman, in 2010, says they keep at least $2000 in the bank to the cover the next issue. Any profit goes back to the community.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1964, TOKYO PLAYS HOST AND JAPAN SPENDS $2 BILLION ON THE “HAPPY GAMES” – THE FIRST GAMES IN AN ASIAN COUNTRY. DAWN FRASER WINS THE 100m FREESTYLE FOR THIRD TIME STRAIGHT IN THE OLYMPICS. AND DAWN WON HER FOURTH GOLD. IN ATHLETICS, BETTY CUTHBERT MADE A SCINTILLATING COMEBACK AND TOOK OUT THE WOMEN’S 400m. ALSO GOLD FOR MEN’S SWIMMING: 1500m FREESTYLE. 200m BUTTERFLY. 200m BREASTROKE. YACHTSMEN ALSO WIN GOLD IN THE 5.5m.
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When you work on a country newspaper like The Triangle you must be prepared to share the load. A spokeswoman said we have a 10-member editorial committee, comprising a secretary, treasurer, designer, proof reader and copy editor.

The work-loads vary, but the secretary must commit about 25 to 30 hours a month compiling material for the editorial meeting, but the designer spends about 40 hours laying out each issue.

Frank Morris comments: Now, as a professional journalist, the raised advertising revenue is important to extrapolate your circulation to a readership figure. With the circulation of 2000 copies, 3 persons as readers, it’s better to work on 6000 readership.

The next vital step is to turn your readership figures into strong and powerful sales letter for your potential advertiser. After two or three attempts, you’ll find the advertising starts to creep up. 

My suggestion would be is to lift the circulation for the holiday maker. There are a number of rewards that you could be striving for. Some of those ‘holiday’ people have been coming to these havens for years. Local or non-local? That is the question.

In 2020, printing and advertising costs have risen a fair bit.

Remember, the more creative you become the better your project will be in the market place. << Adapted from Australia Today. Australia Post, 2010.


NEXT: THE PEARL TURTON STORY: SHE WAS THE QUEEN OF THE SURFING FRATERNITY. SHE WAS ASKED TO APPEAR IN AN ENDLESS SUMMER MOVIE? THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.


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ABOUT THE TRIANGLE: “A BOMB COULD HAVE GONE OFF HERE AND THEY WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT IN BEGA”, A WOMAN READER SAID. THOSE ON THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE MEETING ENJOY THE TASK OF DELIVERING THE NEWSPAPER BECAUSE OF THE FEEDBACK THE FROM THE LOCAL READERSHIP. THE PRINT RUN IS STABLE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON WHEN THE TOURISTS COME TO TOWN. “BECAUSE IT ISN’T FOR THEM, IT FOR LOCALS,” ACCORDING TO A COMMITTEE MEMBER.


FLASHBACK: To keep Tarzan of the Jungle hunting criminals will keep the enduring franchise going!

TARZAN (CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT) MINGLES WITH A BUNCH OF APES, TALKING THEIR LANGUAGE. Below: JOHNNY WEISSMULLER AS TARZAN WITH THE FAMILY.

MANY ACTORS HAVE ENJOYED PLAYING THE KING OF THE JUNGLE OVER THE YEARS. TWO OF THE FINEST ACTORS TO PLAY TARZAN, IN MY OPINION, JOHNNY WEISSMULLER AND CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT WERE OUTSTANDING.

FRANK MORRIS

It’s over 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan sagas of the enduring ape man became so popular that the author went on to write two dozen sequels.

Hollywood was quick to jump on the successful Tarzan bandwagon and produced the first film, Tarzan Of The Apes, in 1918. A silent film, it starred Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey.

In fact, Lincoln went on to star as Tarzan a second time that year in The Romance Of Tarzan.

The best known and most easily recognised actor to play the role was Johnny Weissmuller. Weissmuller had been one of the world’s fastest swimmers in the 1920s. He won five Olympic gold medals, but it was playing Tarzan that propelled him to international stardom.

He played the character twelve times and earned an estimated $4 million.
Weissmuller was the first actor to use the famous Tarzan yell. He explained in an interview that it was actually a recording of three diffentent vocalists – a soprano, an alto and a hog caller. The three vocalists were spliced together to get the effect.

Joining Weissmuller was the talented actress Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane. Then there was the famous Cheeta, the chimpanzee, although no chimpanzee actually appeared in the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels.

Perhaps the long-running Tarzan saga needed something new to appeal to filmgoers in 1984.

A French actor who spoke no English, Christopher Lambert, had to train for six months to play the part – learning to behave like a chimp in the afternoon, having English lessons in the evening. All his hard work paid off. The critics loved his interpretation of the leading character.

And the box-office loved him, too. In the first eight weeks, Greystoke, The Legend Of Tarzan, took over $35 million; a record.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1968, MEXICO CITY WAS NAMED FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES. BUT THERE WAS TWO DISTINCT FALL-OUTS WHICH OCCURRED: HIGH ALTITUDE AND BLACK POWER. DESPITE THE ANXIETY ABOUT THE FORMER, IT WAS MAINLY THE POLICITICAL ATMOSPHERE THAT MARRED THE MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS GAMES. AUSTRALIAN SPRINTER PETER NORMAN FINISHED THIRD – BEING OUT SPRINTED BY TOMMIE SMITH AND JOHN CARLOS WHO CAME FIRST AND SECOND. CONTINUED.
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“Greystoke is worth a trip to the cinemas, one critic told his readers. “Forget about all the other Tarzan movies, this is the authentic one”.

Tarzan turns predator. He could stalk his prey with unerring accuracy.

The films opens with the boy Tarzan and an ape friend Droopy Ears up high in a tree, Tarzan cooing and the ape copying the cooing in harmony.

Even as a youngster, Tarzan and Droopy Ears produce a wonderful sound.

Lambert said, “half of me is the Earl of Greystoke and the other half is wild”.

Up until 2016 there have been various mixtures of Tarzan, both in real-life and cartoons.

TARZAN THE APEMAN: Actors who have played the great wild man...

Elmo Lincoln, 1918; Gene Pollar, 1920; James Pierce, 1927; Frank Merrill, 1929; Herman Brix and Bruce Bennett, 1935, 1938; Johnny Weismuller, 1932 to 1948; Buster Crabbe, 12-chapter-movie serial, 1934; Glenn Morris, 1938; Lex Barker, 1949 to 1953; Denny Miller, 1959; Gordon Scott, 1955 to 1960; Jock Mahoney, 1962 to 1963; Mike Henry, 1966 to 1968; Miles O’Keeffe, 1981; Christopher Lambert, 1984; Casper Van Dien, 1998.

<< The Peoples Friend, UK, and Frank Morris.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
MEXICO CITY BOASTED A RECORD 113 NATIONS AND OVER 6000 ATHLETES. ENREQUITA BASILO WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LIGHT THE OLYMPICS FLAME. SWIMMING: WHEN MICHAEL WENDEN SCORED A “DOUBLE” FOR AUSTRALIA BY WINNING HIS SECOND GOLD MEDAL IN THE 200m FREESTYLE AND BREAKING AN ENDURING RECORD IN OLYMPICS HISTORY. THE RECORD HAD BEEN SET IN 1900. THE 200m WAS TAKEN OFF THE PROGRAM IN 1904. IT REAPPEARED IN 1968. THE 800m MEN’S LONG DISTANCE WON GOLD. THE WOMEN’S 80m HURDLES, WAS WON BY M. CAIRD. SWIMMING: BOTH 200m 100m MEN’S FREESTYLE WON GOLD. THE 100m WOMEN’S BUTTERFLY.
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COMING: LILLIAN NEVILLE’S GIRLS HAD A BIG PART TO PLAY IN THE 1956 OLYMPICS GAMES, NOT ONLY AS COMPETITORS BUT BEHIND THE SCENES AS WELL.


YOUR DOG: A dog wants to know everything!

AXLE CATCHES UP ON HIS EXPLOITS IN THE NEWSPAPER. Macedon Ranges Leader, Melbourne.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
DESPITE PROTESTS FROM THE GREEKS, THE SECOND OLYMPIAD WAS HELD AT PARIS IN 1900. SWIMMING APPEARED HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME AS AN OLYMPIC EVENT. THE RUGGED FREDDY LANE WON AUSTRALIA’S GOLD MEDALS BY WINNING THE 200m FREESTYLE AND THE 200m ‘OBSTACLE’ RACE. WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS AN “AMUSING AFFAIR”. FREDDY LANE WAS THE FIRST AUSSIE SWIMMER TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GO

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 February 20

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