SHORT STORY: For adults. Adventures of Black Rabbit -- strung up by a vengeful pirate!

“HERE I COME – NEARER AND NEARER,” SAID THE MYSTERY VOICE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE GRAVELY VOICE WAS MORE DAUNTING THAN EVER:  “I’M COMING TO GET YOU! I’M COMING TO GET YOU!” THE INHUMAN VOICE SAID. Below: BLACKIE WAS SCARED. “I WISH, I WISH …”

The voice came from Never-Never Land far, far away. And this time it was louder and more croaky than ever. 

It sounded crankier and crankier. The steel door began to shake and rattle.  The door opened with an loud bang.

“I’m coming to get you, I’m coming to get you!” said the mysterious voice. “And when I do I will torture you like the poor downtrodden creature that you are.”

This scared Blackie. He didn’t know what to do.

He was all tied up – literally. His two paws were shackled. He couldn’t move. He was starting to get nervous … damned, DAMNED nervous. He wanted to cry.

“This was ex-tra-ordinaaaary … DAMNED WELL EX-TRA-ORDINAAAARY!”

A BIT CLOSER

Blackie quickly tumbled from side to side. Then he looked up. He heard a rustle in the trees. It was a bird-like shape that was long as a pelican whose beak was almost touching the ground. And the soldier’s helmet, at an angle on its pointed head, appeared to fall off. But it didn’t move.

“This is ex-tra-ordinaaaary,” said Blackie, who seem to be grappling for words.

Blackie was goggle-eyed as he watched The Bird with the beady eyes, come swooping from the branch and edge up alongside him.

“Hear I come. Nearer, nearer.”

The bird edged a bit closer. The Bird said. “I know, it’s that Voice – it’s from Never-Never Land. It was around when I was last there. Ah, that would have been 1780. Come on, I’ll help you off with these chains then we’ll find that mystery critter.”

“HOLEY MOLEY,” CRIED BLACKIE

“We’re almost the same age! This is ex-tra-ordinaaaary!”

“Ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” bellowed The bird. The he dislodged his soldier’s military bag with his capacious beak and proceeded to look for his screwdriver and the mystery looking manipulator that could wreak havoc on anyone’s poor body.

The Bird moved towards Blackie, who tried to back away. He remembered he could not move – hook, line and sinker. Suddenly, The Bird grabbed one paw, there was a whirring sound; then he grabbed the other paw, more whirring sound; then he was free!

”Holey moley,” cried Blackie, “this is ridiculous. Is it ovvvvvvver yet?”

“There you are,” said The Bird, smiling. “I had you done in five seconds. There’s not a mark on you. Now, let’s tackle that mystery voice.

The Bird packed up his gear and was about to fly off to far-away Never-Never Land when suddenly he looked around. He saw Blackie’s ears sticking up behind the tree. And the mystery voice was nearly on top of him.

“I’ve got you, I’ve got you,” garbled the voice, “I’ve going to deal with you like the downtrodden creature you are!”
“Help, help,” cried Blackie. “Help me, or I’m a gonna.”

“Out you come Blackie,” begged The Bird. “It’s only the mechanical voice by the man I told you about. lt gets louder when it gets nearer – supposedly. Come on, I’ll show you the mechanism and the bloke behind it.”

CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.


FILM FESTIVAL: Silence is golden and people sat spellbound!

FRANK MORRIS

TRIBUTE: YOU’LL SEE THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN ANNIVERSARY FILM.  Below: RIN TIN TIN KEEPING GUARD ON A POPULAR SILENT FILM STAR.

For the “Silver Screen” they had a bevy of super people who made over a thousand silent movies. The silent movies started with the making of Soldier of the Cross in 1900.

Then it began to gather moment after The Story of the Kelly gang was shown. And, in 1913, the Australia industry has flourished.00

From 1920, Raymond Longford’s famous Sentimental was released 1919. Here a few them: Mutiny of the Bounty, The Far Paradise, The Romantic story of Margaret Catchpole, Peter Vernon’s Silence, The Kid Stakes, For the Term of His Natural Life, The Christian, The Fatal Wedding, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Sweet Nell of Old Drury, Dawn, the story of Edith Cavell … and a thousand more.

Then the ‘talkies’ came.

ADVERSITY

Chaplin, a Charlie Chaplin anniversary tribute, made in 1992, captures all of Chaplin’s impoverished London upbringing with extraordinary success.

At the start of his career, Chaplin unveiled the persona of the Littler Tramp in 1914. “In reaction to the chase comedies,’’ said a newspaper, “made popular by Mack Sennet’s Keystone Studios.” Most of them starred the Little Tramp alongside his struggles and pathos and adversity.

<< Australia’s Silent Film Festival, at the State Library of NSW, will host at various nights between January and March a film festival which will show the following line-up: A restored silent Sherlock Holmes, the first features made, Australians on the Silent Screen, a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, Rin-Tin-Tin, Peter Pan and more.
Ozsilentfilmfeatival.com.au


FRANK MORRIS COMING ATTACTIONS

ARTBEAT – A NUMBER OF ARTISTS HAD THE TALENT TO EARN GREAT MONEY AND A CERTAIN FAME FROM THEIR EFFORTS. OUR FIRST CONTENDER IS ADOLF HITLER, WHO WAS A MILDLY REASONABLE ARTIST IN GERMANY. AFTER HE DIED, A PILE OF CARTOONS WITH “A.H” SIGNATURE ON THEM, WAS DISCOVERED. A HUGE INVESTIGATION WAS PURSUED. COMING IN FEBRUARY.


THE CHAMPS: The legend who could not be beaten at billiards

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE EXPERT: LINDRUM A GIFTED PLAYER. Below: THE BOOK DR JANNE LINDRUM WROTE ABOUT HER FATHER’S LIFE.

Legendary Horace Lindrum has been dubbed the ‘greatest” billiard player in the world. With this view in mind the author Dr Janne Lindrum has written an account of her father’s life. The book, The Uncrowned King, tells widely of her father and his career.

“If there’s one thing you do in your life, you must write your father’s story,” a creative writing Professor said to Dr Lindrum.

Lindrum was an incredibly “gifted” player, who during his career scored a number of world record breaks and is the only player in history to have notched up and recorded 1000 snooker centuries in public performance.

Lindrum also held the Australian professional snooker and billiards titles for 33 years. The Second World War interrupted Lindrum’s career. “But when he returned to Britain after the war, he was at height of his powers,” Dr Lindrum.

WON TITLE, BUT BLIND

He went on to beat then world professional billiard champion Clark McConachy to win the world championship in 1952. In 1949, he was declared technically blind.

This wasn’t bad for a player who debuted in the Professional Billiards League in 1928. Lindrum remained undefeated until his retirement from competitive tournaments in 1957.

He was born in Kalgoorlie, WA, in 1898, and educated briefly at St Francis Boys’ School, Darlinghurst, NSW. He was a talented billiard player and he used to practice in his father’s billiard halls as a boy.

He was hailed as the “Bradman of billiards” – Lindrum coached Bradman in the 1930s -- and was buried at Surfers Paradise, Queensland, in 1960. He was later buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery “beneath a marble billiard table.”

<< Background for this story was garnered from Senior News; Frank Morris; The Uncrowned King by Dr Janne Lindrum.


MURRUMBEENA MYSTERY: What do the people think about their new station?

FRANK MORRIS

It’s been a mystery since the day it started. After it began to take shape, it was still a mystery. A few weeks ago, the wrappers were taken off the mystery monster. The full site was revealed. It’s Murrumbeena’s round-shaped railway station. There it is, it’s sitting there, rounded and glittering in the afternoon sunshine. I was under the impression that the final result was to mark the coming of a project from another century. Hmmm!

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

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