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THE CHANNEL NINE TELETHON is one of Queensland’s most exciting nights of the year, as music greats, Nine Network talent, TV personalities, actors, and stars gather in the Sunshine State to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Foundation works wonders for sick and injured kids by funding vital research, new equipment, and providing entertainment and support for children and their families in hospital. ARIA Award Winner SAMANTHA JADE is getting ready to sing her heart out to encourage Queenslanders watching at home dig deep for the kids. It’s on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 7.00 p.m. on Channel Nine and on demand on 9NOW. Call 1800 909 900 to donate, or visit www.9telethon.com.au. See more in the News below. (Photo of Telethon banner courtesy of Channel 9 and modified by L.J. May)

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 GIVE IT UP FOR THE CHANNEL 9 TELETHON – BACK TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

THE 2018 NINE TELETHON will be hosted by Nine newsreaders MELISSA DOWNES and ANDREW LOFTHOUSE, on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 7.00 p.m., along with other key Nine Network personalities. TheTodayshow’s KARL STEFANOVIC and SYLVIA JEFFREYS, andThe Block’sSHELLEY CRAFT, will return home to Queensland to co-host the Telethon alongsideToday Extra’sDAVID CAMPBELL.

Now in its fifth year, the Nine Telethon has raised over $46 million for THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, to help fund research that achieves faster diagnoses, better treatments and, ultimately, cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses and injuries. Everything they do is for the kids – to make them laugh, help them get better and go home sooner.

ARIA Award Winner SMANTHA JADE is set to add a touch of magic to the 2018 Telethon. Joining Samantha to raise funds will be GLENN SHORROCK performing the 70s classicA Little Ray of Sunshineand a rock-pop favourite,Help Is On it’s way.

LUKE KENNEDY, a runner-up in theThe Voice, will performThis is Mefrom the 2018 Golden Globe-winning movie,The Greatest Showman. Luke will be backed by a 30-strong children’s choir from the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, featuring ALEXA CURTIS, the winner of The Voice Kids. Many more people have volunteered to perform and help out, and it should be a great night.

Don’t forget why they’re there though! The research saves children’s lives (it could be your child) by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing support and entertainment for children and their families.

The Foundation’s dedicated volunteers are always there to offer a helping hand to families, provide a welcome distraction with fun and games, and bring a smile to the face of a sick child. Find out more about the work of the CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION on their website at https://childrens.org.au and make your donation count by calling 1800 909 900, or visiting the telethon website at https://9telethon.com.au/about.

 

THE STORY OF SCOMO AND THE BIG BLUE BUS!

The following piece (author unknown) deserves a Walkley, or at least warrants a JOHN CLARKE MEMORIAL AWARD. It’s straight out ofYes Prime Minister – except that it takes place in Queensland not Britain. It was posted on 9 November 2018 at  http://www.johnmendadue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11.unnamed.jpg for your edification and delight – and onforwarding to more dazed observers of current Australian politics. 

ScoMo – The Hop On Hop Off Marketing Man

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, you’re on the bus tour. Why are you flying?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, the bus is going all the way up to Rockie and that’s where it was always planning to go. I mean, it’s a big state and I need to cover as much of it in four days as I can. So we were never planning to take the bus to Townsville, we’d always planned to take that last leg up to Townsville by plane because that was the most effective way to get there and to spend the most time there with people on the ground.

I mean, these visits aren’t about sitting on a bus. They’re about actually engaging with small businesses and our supporters and the people of Queensland, listening to them.

JOURNALIST: Then why have the bus?

PRIME MINISTER: Because it gets me from A to B.

JOURNALIST: Will you be taking the bus to Rockhampton from here?

PRIME MINISTER: Yes. The bus will be going to Rockhampton from here. That’s right.

JOURNALIST: With you on it?

PRIME MINISTER: I’ve got to get there earlier than the bus tonight.

JOURNALIST: So you will be flying to Rockhampton?

PRIME MINISTER: I’ll get into Rockhampton tonight and I’ve got a programme tonight in Rockhampton and the bus can’t get me there quick enough so I’ve got to fly.

JOURNALIST: So you’ll be flying to Rockhampton and the bus will catch up with you and then you’ll fly onto Townsville.

PRIME MINISTER: I’ll be flying onto Townsville. And your point is what?

JOURNALIST: I’m just interested in the point of the bus if you’re not on it.

PRIME MINISTER: I am on it, I just got off it.

JOURNALIST: But not onto Rockhampton or Townsville?

PRIME MINISTER: Yeah, well it’s a practical thing. I want to spend as much time on the ground with Queenslanders, and when I can be on the bus and go from place to place on the bus, that’s great. But I’m not going to sacrifice time with Queenslanders, listening to them and hearing them and talking to them about what’s important to them just to satisfy the media’s interest in the timetable for the bus.

(Are we SURE that John Clarke has gone? Sounds like something he and Brian Dawe would have cooked up for posterity with a time zinger in it!)

Morrison Drives Bus Over Sincerity

By the inimitable MUNGO MACCALLUM. Posted 12 November 2018. ‘SCOMO’S BLUE BUS is the perfect symbol of the man and his government – a brash, ostentatious cliché, non-functional and completely phony.’ See the photos below for more and read the full article on http://www.johnmendadue.com/mungo-maccallum-morrison-drives-bus-over-sincerity.

IT’S AUSMUSIC MONTH IN NOVEMBER – WE HAVE THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS!

During November 2018, our intrepid public broadcaster, the ABC, celebrates Australian music. AUSMUSIC MONTH highlights Australian music throughout November across ABC TV, ABC Radio, triple J, Double J and more. Check it out on https://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/ausmusicmonth.

Also, AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network) has put together a handy nation-wide calendar of events happening across the whole country. Find it at http://www.amin.org.au/ausmusicmonth. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that we lost ever-popular RICHARD GILL, Australian conductor, teacher and tireless advocate for music education (particularly for children), who died on Sunday, 28 October 2018 at the age of 76, just a week before his 77th birthday – and we are sad.

The good news is that longtime colleague and friend Paul Goodchild put out a call for a musical flash mob to play Gill out with his favourite piece of music. About 70 musos turned up (including a police band) – if there had been more time for the call to get around, it would have been standing room only.

In the last hours of his life Richard surely would have understood the esteem in which he was held as the mob played ‘The Dambuster’s March’ (from the film of the same name), which, as Sousa once said, would have been enough to make a man with a wooden leg step out. You can see a video of that performance on YouTube and we have more at NEWS PAGE 2. (Coming soon)

The best news is that Richard's insistence that music education for young children is essential for their understanding of rhythm and abstract thought has percolated through the community.

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC, a landmark new ABC documentary from Artemis Media, highlights the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools. Featuring musical mentor GUY SEBASTIAN and other enthusiasts,Don’t Stop the Musicfollows one underprivileged Australian school’s journey to musical literacy.

From November 2017 to May this year, cameras followed the journey of a group of Year 4 students at Challis Community Primary School in Perth, as they commenced their new music education program with instruments donated by the community. The first of three x one-hour episodes aired on ABC-TV on Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 7.40 p.m. You can find out more at NEWS PAGE 2 (coming soon), and check out what’s happening on https://www.abc.net.au/events/dstm.

The excellent news is that to kick off AUSMUSIC MONTH, the ABC, very sensibly and to the delight of fans of the original SPICKS AND SPECKS musical quiz show, brought ADAM HILLS back from England to join the encyclopaedic and hilarious ALAN BROUGH, and the equally knowledgeable and unbearably cute MYF WARHURST in a snortingly good one-hour edition of the program.

Everyone who was everyone in the music and comedy biz was there for this huge, one-off reunion special. Myf’s team included A.B. Original rapper Adam Briggs and comedian Denise Scott, and Alan tried to wrangle comedian Frank Woodley and singer/songwriter Ricki-lee Coulter. You need to watch this Spicks and Specks Reunion Special – catch it on iView at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/spicks-and-specks-reunion-special, and we’ll have some pics for you to look at shortly.

NOTE TO AUNTY: We, the fans, appreciate the fact that on most nights, reruns of the original Spicks and Specks program are still playing on ABC-Comedy at 7.30 p.m. but we want more of this. The magic was still there, as if the show had never finished (which it did far too soon, some seven years ago). Can we not drag Adam off The Last Leg and bring him back to Australia to team up with Myf and Alan at least four times a year? We can? Thank you.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. See NEWS PAGE 2 where we remember beloved conductor, composer, music education teacher, presenter and author RICHARD GILL. VAMPIRES LURK on the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. Check out the new Sciencentre SPARKLAB at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages), and find out what buildings you could have explored during BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE, at the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

THE 2018 JOHN HINDE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED IN BRISBANE!

It’s SCI-FI AT ITS THRILLING BEST! From post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures to thrilling dissections of the future of medical science and ethics, the 2018 John Hinde Award for unproduced scripts has uncovered an impressive line-up of Australian science-fiction writing, with Georgina Love's haunting screeenplay Pig taking out the Award’s top prize at a function in Brisbane last month.  

Pushing the boundaries of science, ethics and imagination while asking the age-old sci-fi question of what it means to be human, Pig follows an experimental scientist who raises a sentient pig as a mirror image of his dying son. But when Pig learns that his ‘father’s’ plans have a sinister bent, he fights to resist them.

Happy winner Georgina Love said: ‘It has been wonderful to receive recognition from the Australian Writers' Guild for my screenwriting and to be accepted into the Pathways program. I am hopeful for the opportunities this will afford me in my screenwriting career.’ Read more.  (Thanks to the AWG for this information).

IT’S QUITE EASY BEING GREEN!

More than 90,000 Brisbane households use a green waste recycling bin. In 2017–18 the Brisbane City Council collected and processed 23,000 tonnes of green waste from these bins – enough to fill 61 Olympic swimming pools (if you’re interested in that kind of thing).  

The theme for this year’s GREEN HEART PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION was ‘colours of Brisbane’, which asked for a nature focus to inspire the community to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourite photo and go into the draw to win a Story Bridge Adventure Climb for two (if you’re interested in that kind of thing – personally, we get vertigo stepping off the kerb).

From the 30 shortlisted entries, one major prize winner, three category prize winners and three category runners up will be determined through a public vote between 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 November and 5.00 p.m. on 26 November 2018 via council’s website at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/lord-mayor-green-heart-photography-competition.

Email the team at greenheart@brisbane.qld.gov.au if you have any questions. Winners will be announced on Friday, 7 December at QPAC’s Green Jam on the Melbourne Street Green.

CREATIVE? APPLY FOR A GRANT FROM THE BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

Are you a history buff or do you have a creative project that could use a financial boost? Does your Men’s Shed need funds to upgrade facilities? APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for Council’s 2018–2019 Creative, History and Men’s Shed grants. All grant opening and closing dates are listed on the website and applications must be submitted online.

Visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘grants’ for more information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply. If you have further questions, you can obtain more information by contacting Council on (07) 3403 8888.

THE ROYAL TOUR AND THE INVICTUS GAMES

The Royal Tour

If you’ve been living under a rock, you may have missed the fact that PRINCE HARRY and MEGHAN MARKLE (AKA the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) were in Australia for the INVICTUS GAMES in October, not to mention carrying out an astonishing array of back-to-back engagements that would fell an elephant, far less a Duchess pregnant with their first child. You have to hand it to this couple – they didn’t miss a beat.

This month, we’ll catch up with what they did, complete with pics – (coming soon) I bet you can’t wait for that one. Monday, 22 October was D-Day for Queensland, when the royals stopped off at heritage-listed Fraser Island – K’GARI in the language of the Butchulla people (traditional owners of the island). The word means Paradise and FRASER ISLAND, the largest sand island in the world, is certainly that.

Meghan and Harry got a night off to relax in the ambience of the luxurious Kingfisher Bay Resort, before returning to Hervey Bay on the mainland and flying out for visits to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Then it was back to Sydney for more fun and games and the Invictus Games closing ceremony. The tour was pretty informal and laid back, and Meghan did everything asked of her with warmth and grace – Harry certainly lucked in there.

The Invictus Games

THE INVICTUS GAMES in Sydney was the fourth to be held, and ran from Saturday, 20 October to Saturday, 27 October 2018. There were 500 competitors, 18 nations, 11 adaptive sports and 1,000 family and friends participating.

Prince Harry founded the games to encourage wounded and psychologically stressed armed service personnel to find renewed purpose through sport and competition, and has made no secret of the fact that he struggled to come to terms with his experiences after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Find out more about the games went at http://www.invictusgames2018.org. ABC TV did most of the heavy lifting for this event and you can catch up on iView if you missed anything. Missed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies? Catch up on iView at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/invictus-games-sydney-2018-opening-ceremony/video/FA1703H007500. We'll feature some pics and stories on this website shortly. 


Go to NEWS PAGE 2 where we remember the inimitable RICHARD GILL, and also check out the progress of early music education so beloved by Richard, as GUY SEBASTIAN and a group of Year 4 students at Challis Community Primary School in Perth, commence their new music education program with instruments donated by the community. (Coming soon)

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 

UPDATES

13. Nov, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during November 2018, 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.
MORRISON DRIVES BUS OVER SINCERITY – excerpt from an article by the inimitable MUNGO MACCALLUM posted on 12 November 2018. ‘SCOMO’S BLUE BUS is the perfect symbol of the man and his government – a brash, ostentatious cliché, non-functional and completely phony. Presented as our Prime Minister’s answer to the falling polls throughout Queensland, it was supposed to be a visible and even economical method of getting him and his entourage around the sunshine state for his early campaign blitz among the all too prolific marginal seats. But while the marketing ploy was considered sound, the execution was all too awkward, so Morrison used his VIP aircraft instead, while the hapless bus driver trundled around after him so he could be photographed in front of the vacant vehicle.’ (Photo montage by L.J. May)