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Australians glued themselves to the Goggle Box to watch Channel 9’s TV coverage of the LOGIE AWARDS on Sunday, 30 June 2019, which came to us live from The Star on Queensland’s Gold Coast. After Tom Gleeson’s shock Gold Logie win, some folk in the industry claimed that people were not taking the awards seriously enough. Pictured here are presenter Amanda Keller and comedian Peter Helliar taking the awards seriously enough. See more in the NEWS below. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE 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.

 THIS WEBSITE WAS PARTIALLY UPDATED ON SATURDAY, 6 JULY 2019!

   

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

MOONWALKING AND STARGAZING

‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ Neil Armstrong.

Queenslanders were among the first of the estimated 600 million people watching the APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING broadcast across the world. The northern hemisphere witnessed Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon on Sunday, 20 July 1969, while here in Queensland it was Monday, 21 July 1969 at 12.56 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

The ABC commissioned the BBC to produce a special edition of the popular Stargazing program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. It was filmed in front of a live studio audience and hosted by PROFESSOR BRIAN COX and JULIA ZEMIRO. Tune in to see STARGAZING: MOON AND BEYOND on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at 8.00 p.m.

Then stay tuned for FLY ME TO THE MOON at 9.00 p.m. Narrated by John Barron, this program will feature interviews with prominent Australians as they reflect on this triumph of human achievement.

If you missed Episode 1 of THE PLANETS, which aired on the ABC on Sunday, 7 July 2019, you can follow it on ABC iView. This stunning 5-part series from the BBC studios and presented by PROFESSOR BRIAN COX, brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, using ground breaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets. Glue yourself to the TV screen to follow the remaining programs.

The QUEENSLAND MUSEUM is celebrating the momentous occasion of the first humans landing, stepping and kangaroo hopping on the Moon, with a variety of opportunities from Monday, 15 July to Sunday, 21 July 2019.

Get more space on Saturday, 20 July as NASA – A HUMAN ADVENTURE will be open from 9.40 a.m. until the last ticket session at 7.00 p.m. (please note that the exhibition closes at 8.00 p.m.) Other Museum exhibitions will be unavailable from 5.00 p.m. Buy tickets here https://space.qm.qld.gov.au.

Imagine the anticipation of watching that mighty first step in their 1960s Queensland Lounge Room, complete with footage from this historic Apollo 11 mission, retro lounge lamps, and drinks trolley. Enjoy some food and drink in Café Muse on Level 2 until 8.00 p.m. from 15 July 2019.

On Friday, 19 July from 5.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. enjoy this adults only AFTER DARK EVENT – PARTY LIKE 1969. Glam up in your favourite 60s outfit and dance into the night. Learn more about the full program for the evening at https://space.qm.qld.gov.au/Events/After%20Dark%2019%20July.

Original Moon Landing Broadcast Rare Footage Donated by CSIRO to the NFSA

A rare copy of restored footage of the July 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing, previously given by NASA to the national science agency CSIRO to acknowledge Australia’s part in the historic global broadcast, will now be held by the National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia (NFSA). See https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/csiro-donates-rare-nasa-moon-landing-broadcast-nfsa.

See an excerpt from NASA’s restored footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk on 20 July 1969. This is from the original EVA (Extravehicular Activity) mission video of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. (Courtesy NASA).

50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon you can check out the documentary and feature films in the NFSA’s MOON LANDING: 50 YEARS program:

  • Dark Side of the Moon – 19 July at 6.00 p.m.
  • The Dish – 20 July at 12.00 noon.
  • In Case You Missed It: The Moon Landing – 20 July at 6.00 p.m.
  • First Man on The Moon – 20 July at 7.30 p.m.

To celebrate the momentous events of 20 July 1969, go to the NFSA website for MOON LANDING: 50 YEARS at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/events/moon-landing-50-years. 

THE LOGIES CAME TO THE GOLD COAST (AGAIN) IN 2019

For those of you who don’t know, the LOGIE AWARDS are awarded each year for excellence in Australian Television. The organisers very sensibly brought the LOGIE AWARDS to the GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND again in 2019.

The awards have been sponsored since 1959 by TV Week, a weekly Australian magazine that provides a television program guide with highlights and listings for streaming services, as well as television and film news, and celebrity interviews.

To be eligible to receive a Logie, a program must be Australian-produced, set in Australia and have a predominantly Australian cast. For people to be eligible they must have appeared on an Australian-produced show that was broadcast on Australian television in the previous year.

Awards are presented in public and industry voted categories, with the highest and most widely publicised honour being the GOLD LOGIE STATUETTE, which is won by the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television for the previous year, as voted for by the Australian viewing public.

This year’s GOLD LOGIE NOMINEES were AMANDA KELLER (The Living Room/Dancing With The Stars), COSTA GEORGIADIS (Gardening Australia), EVE MOREY (Neighbours), RODGER CORSER (Doctor Doctor), SAM MAC (Sunrise), TOM GLEESON (Hard Quiz), and WALEED ALY (The Project).

And the Winner was – TOM GLEESON (Hard Quiz).

In case you didn’t know, comedian TOM GLEESON (Hard Chat segment on the ABC’s The Weekly and his own show Hard Quiz), campaigned furiously for GRANT DENYER to win the Gold Logie in 2018, just to highlight the irony of Grant’s popular show Family Feud being axed from Channel 10 (due to poor ratings they said), even though its host went on to win the greatest popularity vote. People around the nation voted HARD and Grant did, indeed, take out the gold.

Tom figured that seeing that strategy worked, he’d give up his Hard Quiz show and thus make himself eligible to win the Gold this year. He then embarked on a (self-confessed) ludicrous campaign of slanderous and totally fictional attacks on his fellow nominees – most of whom took it in good part.

The campaign caused some people in the industry to claim that Mr Gleeson was bringing the Logies into disrepute and wasn’t taking it all seriously enough. Tom, having wined and dined rather too well at the Logies dinner (never thinking that his shenanigans would actually work and he would have to give a speech), pointed out that he was a comedian and that he liked a joke.

So did the viewers of Australia, who promptly voted for Tom to win the Gold Logie. Tom’s advice to the moaners on the night: ‘I think we all need to lighten the f..k up!’ That got him into strife with some – but he’s still got his Gold Logie and his hit TV show Hard Quiz will be back. Check out the show at https://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/hard-quiz and watch episodes on ABC iView at https://iview.abc.net.au.

Australians glued themselves to the set to watch the TV coverage on Sunday, 30 June 2019, live from The Star Gold Coast on Channel 9. This year there was no overall host, but a long series of presenters. Check out the winners at the OFFICIAL LOGIE WEBSITE at https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/logies-2019-winners-56675.

TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR PICTURE PERFECT PET FOR THE RACQ’S PET SEARCH COMPETITION

Want to make your furry friend famous? Your pet could win you a share of $12K. Show us all what makes your pet unique, whether it’s snoozing all day, performing tricks or taking off on an adventure. Returning for the third year, the RACQ’s PET SEARCH COMPETITION is looking for Queensland’s cat or dog with the purrfect pawsonality (groan).

Dog and cat owners have never been backward in sharing pictures of their fur babies, but this year’s winner will settle the age-old debate of cat versus dog – or ensure that people continue to fight like cats and dogs over it. Queenslanders have until Monday, 15 July 2019 to enter their pet, and the top 50 entries, chosen by a panel, will go into the final round of voting. Enter now at https://www.racq.com.au/promotions/pet-search and check out https://www.racq.com.au/living for the latest pet news and views.

From 17 July to 31 July 2019, the general public will be able to vote for their favourite cat or dog to determine the top 12 finalists and the overall winner of the RACQ PET SEARCH. Each of the 12 finalists – the six cats and dogs with the most votes (and their owners) – will receive a $1,000 EFTPOS gift card, a professional photo shoot, and a place in the 2020 RACQ PET CALENDAR. The finalist with the greatest number of votes will also win a starring role in the calendar and on the front cover of The Road Ahead.

Returning this year is THE WEEKLY PRIZE DRAW – share your entry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to go into the draw to win one of six $100 Vet Product Direct eVouchers. The 2020 calendar will be available for purchase in late 2019 at all RACQ stores and at Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) locations for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds raised donated to AWLQ. $40,000 was raised for the AWLQ in 2018 from the RACQ Pet Calendar. Snap to it!

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND on EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. See NEWS PAGE 2 for ‘SPOTLIGHT ON TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE’ (coming soon). At the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) see SCENES FROM THE LOGIES 2019 (coming soon), and go to WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) for a look at the history of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and some of the best events happening during NAIDOC WEEK.

RACQ MOTORFEST 2019

It’s a great, inexpensive day out for car enthusiasts and the whole family during the fun, atmosphere and excitement of RACQ MOTORFEST. Head for the Eagle Farm Racecourse, Ascot, Brisbane, on Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Last year thousands of car buffs and families turned out to see 400+ prestige, vintage, unique and collector vehicles, showcased in a colourful carnival environment.

This year Motorfest celebrates 100 years of CITROËN! Daring, unique and unconventional have been just a few of the words used to describe Citroën, one of the world’s most revolutionary car manufacturers. Headlining the day will be a 1962 Citroën ID19, which is featured on the Motorfest badge and owned by Citroën enthusiast, William Hastie. See the Citroën alongside hundreds of other vintage, veteran, classic and special interest cars, along with the winners of Top Model 2019.

Entry is only $2 and children under three years FREE. All gate takings will be donated to the RACQ Foundation’s 2019 Flood Assistance Project to help farmers in north-west Queensland. Go to https://www.racq.com.au/motorfest for more information and FAQs.

AFP MEDIA RAIDS RAISE CONCERNS FOR ALL AUSTRALIAN WRITERS – A MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (ASA)

‘The Australian Federal Police recently conducted high-profile raids on the media, including individual journalists and the ABC’s Sydney headquarters. This has led to a storm of protest in defence of freedom of the press. The media is united in their condemnation and, alongside other industry bodies, the ASA is deeply concerned about these raids and their implications for all Australian writers.

‘As the peak national body for writers and illustrators in Australia, we believe our members must be able to protect their sources and continue to report without fear of sanction of imprisonment, where there is clear public interest and a right to know.

‘John Lyons, the ABC’s executive news editor, wrote on Twitter: “I have to say, sitting here watching police using a media organisation’s computers to track everything to do with a legitimate story, I can’t help but think: this is a bad, sad, and dangerous day for a country where we have for so long valued – and taken for granted – a free press.”

‘Author and journalist Peter Greste wrote in The Guardian: “To be clear, this is not simply about protecting the rights of journalists to stick their noses into the inner workings of government. This is about ensuring the kind of transparency and accountability that has helped make Australia one of the most stable, prosperous and peaceful places on the planet.”

‘We [the ASA] will be following any updates concerning these developments and will continue, on behalf of our members, to advocate for your rights and where possible, take action.’

Thanks to the ASA for this update.

We at Watchwords thoroughly agree with this assessment. Our public broadcaster, the ABC, is the most trusted news organisation in the country and we say to the Morrison government, the appalling Peter Dutton (now overseeing the Australian Federal Police under his expanded ministerial portfolio), and the AFP itself – ‘Hands off the ABC’. It’s ours – not yours! Leave it alone.

The first thing a would-be authoritarian government (or dictatorship) tries to do is muzzle the media in order to protect its own secrets and misbehaviour. We know what you’re doing – cut it out!

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for ‘SPOTLIGHT ON TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE’ (coming soon).

 

UPDATES

6. Jul, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during June 2019, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
NAIDOC WEEK may be over, but Black History Month and the Quandamooka Festival continue. THE QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL celebrates Indigenous culture, country and people. It’s ON NOW and runs until 31 August 2019 across Brisbane’s Redlands, the Southern Moreton Bay islands region, and includes key events on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Get into the spirit of the festival and enjoy whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, eco boat tours, art, weaving, bush tucker dining experiences, and speakers’ forums. Go the website at http://quandamookafestival.com.au for information on major events and to download the program. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)