VALE: Unflappable Bert Newton has died -- he was eccentric, but brilliant!

FRANK MORRIS

ENTERTAINER, BERT NEWTON, STAR OF TV, RADIO AND STAGE, HAS DIED AT 83. HE WAS RAISED IN FITZROY, MELBOURNE.

AS A YOUNG TEENAGER, HE STARTED WORK AT 3XY AS A RADIO ANNOUNCER; HSV 7, WHEN TELEVISION WAS INTRODUCED IN AUSTRALIA; AND GTV 9, WHERE HE SPENT 8 YEARS, PARTNERING GRAHAM KENNEDY AND DON LANE IN THEIR VARIETY SHOWS.

NEWTON MONOPOLISED HOSTING THE LOGIE AWARDS NIGHT ON 17 OCCASIONS, AND HIMSELF WINNING 15 LOGIES.

FROM THE 1990s HE APPEARED IN SEVERAL STAGE SHOWS WITH METEORIC SUCCESS.

I MET HIM FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME IN THE 1970s AT A RITZY KING CROSS HOTEL. I WAS WITH A PR PERSON FROM THE BERNARD KING COOKING SHOW, WHO INTRODUCED ME TO NEWTON. HE AND I EXCHANGED HANDSHAKES.

WE HAD A DRINK TOGETHER (HE HAD LEMON AND SODA) AND IT WAS VERY ENTERTAINING. HE LEFT, BUT NOT BEFORE SAYING “WE MUST DO THIS AGAIN”. WE NEVER DID.

HE WILL BE HONOURED WITH A STATE FUNERAL.

Battle Flags: Unique flag from World War 1 found!

A GROUP OF TOWN HALLITES PROUDLY SHOW OFF THE UNIQUE FLAG BEFORE IT IS FRAMED.

THE HISTORIC FLAG NOW HANGS IN THE ROCKDALE TOWN HALL.

THIS UNIQUE PATRIOTIC FLAG FROM WORLD WAR 1, WHICH WAS MISSING FOR MANY YEARS, HAS BEEN HUNG IN ROCKDALE TOWN HALL, SYDNEY. THE FLAG HAS BEEN RESTORED AND FRAMED UNDER GLASS AND ERECTED IN A PROMINENT POSITION IN THE TOWN HALL ENTRANCE. THE FLAG WAS “REDISCOVERED” 12 MONTHS AGO IN HISTORIC  LYDHAM HALL, WHICH IS UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS. “THIS FIND IS A TREASURE”, A COUNCILLOR SAID. MEMBERS OF THE BEXLEY COMMUNITY DONATED ONE POUND EACH TO, “HAVE THEIR NAMES PERMANENTLY EMBROIDERED ON THE FLAG”. A TOTAL OF 59 NAMES, ALL LOCAL INDENTITIES WERE SOUGHT; SO, IN 1915,THE RED ENSIGN FLAG (USED BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC) OVER THE BLUE ENSIGN, WAS CHOSEN BY MEMBERS OF THE BEXLEY COMMUNITY. – FM.

ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS: Estimates put the number at 1000 men who served in The Great War

PART OF THE INDIGENOUS TEAM WHICH SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

For Indigenous Australians, enlistment in WW1 was heavily restricted. An amendment to the Defence Act 1903 in 1909 ensured those who were not ‘substantially of European origin or descent’ were unable to fight for Australia.
However, the final say came down to the medical officers. It was up to the medical team  to determine if enlistees fit the criteria in the Act.

In 1915, an article syndicated across several Australian newspapers stated the Commonwealth Minister of Defence was ‘not prepared at present to recruit aboriginals [sic]'

However, by 1917, this attitude had changed. A catastrophic loss of life took its toll on Australian numbers at the front to lead "half-castes" and "full-bloods" being accepted for service.

Many have questioned the motives behind Indigenous Australians' desire to enlist to fight for a nation who had been responsible for so much oppression of their kin and culture.

In the Great War issue of Best Years publication, 2013, I wrote this sidebar on Indigenous participation:

Several historians have suggested they were trying to prove equal capabilities, diminish racist views, and push for equal rights – a motive represented in many newspaper articles.

It is not incomprehensible that Indigenous Australians would want to fight to protect their home and country.

Furthermore, a romanticised notion of wartime and mateship was another influence among many young men during the early 1900s.

Whatever their motives, exact numbers of Indigenous peoples who bravely served in WW1 are unknown, however, some estimates put this number as approximately 1000 individuals.

<< November 13. 1915, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW, 1883 – 1923.

Christmas Foodfrolico: Giving chicken burgers a must-try for next barbie!

CHICKEN CAESAR BURGERS. HMMM!

START HERE: COMBINE THE LETTUCE, PARMESAN AND SALAD DRESSING  IN A BOWL FROM THE SALAD KIT.

CUT 2 TURKISH ROLLS IN HALF CROSSWAYS, THEN SPLIT EACH  HALF. PLACE ROLL PIECES ON A BAKING TRAY. PREHEAT GRILL ON MEDIUM. COOK UNDER GRILL

FOR 1 MINUTE EACH SIDE, OR UNTIL LIGHLY TOASTED.

GET COOKING: HEAT A LARGE NON-STICK FRYING PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT.COOK  CHICKENBURGERS FOR 5 MINS EACH SIDE OR UNTIL COOKED THROUGH.

TRANSFER TO A PLATE. SPRAY THE PAN WITH OLIVE OIL SPRAY. CRACK 4 FREE RANGE EGGS  INTO THE PAN AND COOK FOR 2-3 MINS FOR SOFT YOLKS, OR UNTIL COOKED TO YOUR LIKING.

BUILD THE BURGERS: DIVIDE ROLL BASES AMONG SERVING PLATES, TOP WITH SALAD MIXTURE: 1 LARGE TOMATO SLICED, THE CHICKEN BURGERS, EGG AND BACON PIECES FROM THE SALAD KIT. TOP WITH ROLLTOPS. MAKES 4. PREP 15 MINS COOKING 10 MINS. (IF YOU HAVE A BBQ, USE IT.)

ALL COLES PRODUCTS WERE USED IN THIS BURGER. NEXT: THE MOUTH-WATERING LAMB BURGER.

CARS WE LOVED: The first Ford was hailed as “boss of the road”

THE DAZZLING FORD MOTORCAR WAS TYPIFIED AS “THE LATEST AND BEST”.

FRANK MORRIS

HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE! THERE’S BEEN A FORD IN AMERICA SINCE 1903, THE YEAR OF THE FIRST MODEL’S BIRTH. THAT ADDS UP TO 118 YEARS. WHEN THE STATELY 1903 WAS RELEASED FOR $850, THE ADVERTISEMENT IN THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, HAD THIS TO SAY: “THE LASTEST AND THE BEST – THE BOSS OF THE ROAD”. AS THE AD PROMISED, “FOR BEAUTY OF FINISH” IT IS ENEQUALED. BUT, “IF INTERESTED IN THE NEWEST AND MOST ADVANCED FORD AUTO, WRITE TO US TODAY”. THE AD WENT ON TO SUGGEST “IT SO SIMPLE THAT A BOY OF 15 CAN RUN IT”. THIS NEW LIGHT TOURING CAR  POSITIVELY THE MOST PERFECT MACHINE ON THE ROAD. THERE ARE NO SMELLS, NOISE OR JOLTS WHICH ARE COMMON TO OTHER MAKES.

<< Background to article from SEP, 1903

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 19.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 03 November 21

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