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‘When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple...’ said Jenny Joseph in ‘Warning’. And why not! This photograph was made available for charities and not-for-profit organisations who wanted to use a picture to mark the 90th birthday of QUEEN ELIZABETH II in 2016. PRINCE PHILIP takes all the fuss in his stride, but then, he has never had any illusions about how he is seen: ‘In that splendid language, pidgin English, I’m referred to as fella belong to Mrs Queen,’ he said. (Photo by PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson and published 25 April 2016.)

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 This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane. 

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

THE QUICKLISTS FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE HAVE A PAGE OF THEIR OWN UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT... OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

SOME WEBSITE PHOTOS WERE UPDATED ON MONDAY, 22 AUGUST 2016  

 WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

 

THE QUEEN – GOD BLESS HER! – RULE BRITANNIA!

If you’ve been living under a rock you might have missed the fact that the Queen is celebrating her 90th Birthday this year – and so are her subjects (endlessly). On Thursday, 23 June 2016, the people of Britain gave their Queen a really big present – they gave her back her kingdom.

Taking into account the strange events across the pond, perhaps the Americans are wishing that they had never given up the monarchy. Prince Philip notwithstanding, perhaps it is wise to remember, you avid fans of a republic, that the value of the monarchy is not in the power that it bestows upon the monarch, but in the power she denies to others. Two words – Donald Trump! I rest my case. ‘Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rules the waves! Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.’

A sequence of THREE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS of Her Majesty The Queen, by the RENOWNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, were released to mark Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. The photographs were taken at Windsor Castle just after Easter.

In the first photograph, the Queen is seen on steps at the rear of the East Terrace and East Garden with four of her dogs; the second is a portrait of The Queen with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren (for those who can’t keep track); and the third shows a rare picture of the Queen with her daughter, Anne, The Princess Royal. See them at https://www.royal.uk/official-photographs-released-queens-90th-birthday.

THE ROYAL FAMILY UNBOUND! (MORE COMING SOON)

Who are these people? To bring you up to date, in our PHOTO ESSAY we provide a potted history of the extraordinary life of the queen and the doings of THE ROYAL FAMILY with commentary by PRINCE PHILIP, who once told the General Dental Council in 1960: ‘Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I’ve practised for a good many years.’ And he has! See words, pictures and quotes at the top and bottom of this home page and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords blog pages EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2WHERE IS BRISBANE? and WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (3 pages) -  come back soon for more.

 THEY’RE BACK – AND THEY’RE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Ab Fab star JOANNA LUMLEY, and the show’s creator JENNIFER SAUNDERS, visited Australia in August 2016 to promote Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Fans will be happy to know that all the usual suspects are back: bolly-fuelled international PR guru, Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders); sex-crazed magazine editor, Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley); Edina's serious, straight-laced and increasingly embittered daughter, Saffron ‘Saffy’ Monsoon (Julia Sawalha); Edina’s dotty mother – or is she? (June Whitfield), and Edina’s lunatic personal assistant from hell, Bubble (Jane Horrocks).

Watch carefully as anyone who is anyone pops up in at least one of 60 cameo appearances. These drop-a-chocolate parts include Aussies Rebel Wilson, Dame Edna Everage, Kathy Lette, Kylie Minogue – and about 90 drag queens. Kylie, incidentally, recorded a new version of the old theme Wheels on Fire just for this movie.

What’s the film about? Edina and Patsy are now in their 60s (no! – yes!) and Eddy’s PR agency is running out of money. In an effort to convince SUPERMODEL KATE MOSS to allow her agency to represent her, Edina attends a function and spots Kate on a balcony overlooking the Thames. In Edina’s mad scramble to speak to her, there follows a series of unfortunate events and the Ab Fab pair are now on the run for possibly – well, probably, causing the death of Kate Moss.

This British comedy film, written by JENNIFER SAUNDERS and directed by MANDIE FLETCHER, was based on the hit television show Absolutely Fabulous. Jennifer Saunders said that the reaction from fans to the long-awaited movie had been incredible. ‘It’s a massive relief, to be honest,’ she said. ‘I’m pleased, because I made it for the fans really, and I’m pleased that they have taken to it.’

Jennifer's co-star, JOANNA LUMLEY said of the project: ‘We are all there, the same old gang... It is going to be ravishingly funny! Very gorgeous... and completely fabulous!’ Relive the memories in words, pictures and quotes at the top and bottom of the Watchwords blog pages COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages).

AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 2016 ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island on Queensland’s central coast for AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK, one of Australia’s favourite yachting events. This is Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar.

This year, race week is being held from Saturday, 20 August to Saturday, 27 August 2016. Competitors, family and friends will come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Boats entered in Rating Class, Passage Rating Class, Racer/Cruiser Class and Multihull Racing Class will contest the Australian Yachting Championships 2016.

For those readers who don’t know, Hamilton Island is an island paradise situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and is one of the best known of Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands. It offers glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities too numerous to mention.

See some pics of paradise here WHAT'S ON NOW? (4 pages), and if you’d like to learn more, check out the entry on WHAT'S ON NOW? P.2, or visit the race week website at http://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.

THE 2016 QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL

Now in its 20th year, THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is Australia’s premier festival for spoken word and poetry. This year will feature more than 60 artists across four days, including the 2016 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, and the AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM QUEENSLAND FINAL.

The rhymefest is on at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from Thursday, 25 August to Sunday, 28 August 2016. Most sessions are FREE, but some special events are ticketed. To find out what’s on and how much it costs, go to the website at http://www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com, and for further details click on WHATS ON AUTHORS P4.

GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER – YEEHAH! 

It’s 35 years of mates, music and making a difference – it’s the GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER 2016 and it’s on at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park out of Gympie, Queensland from Thursday, 25 August to Sunday, 28 August 2016. This year’s Muster hosts another crop of terrific talent from both Australia and overseas.

Give it up for KASEY CHAMBERS, RODNEY CARRINGTON, JOHN WILLIAMSON, BECCY COLE, ADAM HARVEY, THE McCLYMONTS and many more. This festival is one of the most diverse in Australia with the range of genres including traditional and modern country music, folk, bluegrass, gospel and blues. Bring your air guitar and be there y’all!

  AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS! 

UPDATES

22. Aug, 2016
In case you hadn't noticed, THE QUEEN celebrates her 90th birthday this year and Prince Philip has managed to live to 95 without anyone strangling him. HIPPO! HIPPO! a big new musical adaptation of Hazel Edward's classic picture book is touring Queensland in August 2016. And 'ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE' has hit town. THE 2016 QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is back and bigger than ever and it's time for country music enthusiasts to head north out of Brisbane for the iconic GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER – YEEHAH! See the EVENT QUICKLISTS to find out what's happening around Brisbane and Queensland in August. As usual, there will be COMPETITIONS to enter and lots of OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as authors to meet and performances and events to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
WHO: (1) Top left – The Right Honourable THERESA MAY MP former Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, appointed UK Prime Minister on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 after the resignation of David Cameron following the BREXIT vote, the second female to hold the office after Margaret Thatcher. WHO: (2) Top right – BORIS JOHNSON, former Mayor of London. Astonishingly, Theresa May appointed him Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 13 July 2016, despite the fact that he’s almost as good as Prince Philip at putting his foot in it. Secret weapon Boris stated that ‘humour is a utensil that you can use to sugar the pill and to get important points across’. Accordingly, in 2007 he described Hillary Clinton in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ thusly: ‘She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.’ What fun diplomacy across the pond will be if Hillary becomes President of the US of A! WHO: (3) Rock bottom – DAVID CAMERON, former UK Prime Minister, who introduced a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the EU (which he supported). Following the shock success of the ‘Leave’ campaign, he chose to resign after six years in office. After announcing to the people of the UK that he couldn’t hack life as PM after BREXIT, he skipped back across Downing Street, and was heard to give a sigh of relief and whistle a happy tune as he bounced through the door of No. 10 for the last time. PRINCE PHILIP has little time for most politicians. He once said of Tony Blair: ‘He promises education, education, education, but never delivers... Bring back Mrs. T, that’s what I say. There’s no one quite like Mrs. T.’ After being informed of Tony Blair’s re-election in 2005, he said: ‘Well bugger me with a ragman’s trumpet!’ (Photos: (1) L.J. May S/S; Photo (2) July 4 at Winfield House by U.S. Embassy photographer – PD; Photo (3) 24 June 2016 by Tom Evans – OGL v.3 UK)