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FATS DOMINO, died on 24 October 2017 (aged 89) in Harvey Louisiana. ‘Ain’t that a shame!’ The American singer-songwriter provided the soundtrack to many people’s lives during the 50s and 60s with eleven Top 10 hits between 1955 and 1960. During his career, the fat man sold more than 65 million records. His 1956 recording of ‘Blueberry Hill’ reached number 2 in the Top 40 and was number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks. It was his biggest hit, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide in 1956 and 1957. Happy days! See the pic below for more about the legend. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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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?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, MAY BE FOUND 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.

THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2017!

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

WATCH THE CHANNEL NINE TELETHON TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

Channel 9’s husband and wife team, Sylvia Jeffreys and Peter Stefanovic will return to Queensland to co-host the CHANNEL NINE TELETHON to help THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION raise money for the sick kids of Queensland on Saturday, 18 November 2017. Sylvia and Peter will be joined on stage by Today’s Richard Wilkins and Natalia Cooper and Today Extra hosts Sonia Kruger and David Campbell. 

Channel 9 will be flying in some of its best talent to man the phones, with people from The BlockFamily Food FightMarried at First SightThe Voice and the upcoming drama Bite Club all represented. The Channel Nine Telethon has raised more than $34 million over the past three years and you can help sick kids smile, laugh, get better and go home sooner by CALLING 1800 909 900. Or you can donate online at http://9telethon.com.au.

By making a donation, you will help the Children’s Hospital Foundation support, care for and entertain sick children and their families while the kids are in hospital. Donations will also go toward funding world-class research to find better treatments and, hopefully, eventually some cures for our most devastating childhood diseases. Be in it! See a video at http://9telethon.com.au.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Alas, that icon of New Orleans rock and roll and rhythm and blues, FATS DOMINO died in October this year. See pictures and information on the top and bottom of this home page for more about the fat man. Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS!EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE? 

Some WELL-KNOWN CELEBRITIES and SERIOUSLY GOOD WRITERS are descending on Brisbane this November to tell us about their books – and they’ve filmed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express yet again, but with Kenneth Branagh as Poirot – this taxes the little grey cells. Check out some of the people who are coming with pics and info at the top and bottom of the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (5 pages).

The madness of THE MELBOURNE CUP was upon us and most of us lost our shirts on sweeps and bets in the Race That Stops a Nation, on Tuesday, 7 November 2017. Fashion gurus and milliners came up with some fine creations (and some weird ones) for Fashions on the Field throughout the country. We present scenes from cups past and present at the top and bottom of the blog pages at  COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). Recognise anyone?

WANT TO HELP BRISBANE’S HOMELESS?

HOMELESS CONNECT brings together businesses and community groups at a FREE one-day event to give free services to people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. The project has helped more than 15,370 people as part of Brisbane City Council's commitment to improve quality of life for all residents.

THE NEXT HOMELESS CONNECT EVENT in Brisbane will be held from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Brisbane Racing Club, Doomben Racecourse (Hampden Street, Ascot). Want to help? You can register your interest to volunteer for this event by visiting the Volunteering Queensland website.

If you aren’t able to volunteer, you can still help. A DONATION DRIVE began in mid-October 2017 and will close on Friday, 17 November 2017. Your donation can make a real difference. Donate at the following locations: at Council libraries for toiletries and Local ward offices for non-perishable food goods. NOTE: Council can’t accept clothing donations for this event. If you have clothing you want to donate, please take it to your local charity shop and it will find its way to a person in need.  Watch interviews and testimonials from previous Homeless Connect events.

Homeless Connect events provide the following:

  • volunteer medical and allied health care professionals including doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and massage therapists
  • housing support
  • haircuts by volunteer barbers and hairdressers
  • immunisation delivered by Council's immunisation team
  • personal grooming items such as towels and face washers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant
  • clothing for adults, children and babies, including shoes
  • bedding.

The Brisbane City Council held Australia's first Homeless Connect event in November 2006 and similar events are now held in Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, and on the Gold Coast. At the last event Brisbane citizens really came to the party. There were more than 670 guests and over 600 volunteers.

More than 1,700 meals were served and over 350 free health checks were provided by medical and allied health care professionals. 55 service providers received over 4,000 visits and donations included 17 pallets of food and toiletries, 29 pallets of clothes and 5 pallets of shoes. Well done the Salvation Army, Volunteer Queensland, BCC and the people of Brisbane. Christmas is coming. Spare a thought for those who have very little. If you have any questions, phone the Brisbane City Council on (07) 3403 8888.

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

17. Nov, 2017
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during November, 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.
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., also known as FATS or THE FAT MAN, was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 26 February 1928, the youngest of eight children. The Fat Man’s musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums, and encompassed rock and roll, boogie-woogie, New Orleans and Rhythm and Blues. Fats Domino learned to play the piano from his brother-in-law, the jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett, and by the age of 14 was performing in New Orleans bars. In 1947 Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, heard him play at a backyard barbecue and was so impressed he asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans, where he got to earn $3 a week playing the piano. Diamond nicknamed him ‘Fats’, because Domino reminded him of the pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon, but also because of his large appetite. Domino crossed into the pop mainstream with ‘Ain't That a Shame’ (1955), which reached the Top Ten. He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies. Reportedly, the sales of his records were surpassed only by those of Elvis Presley. Fats toured Europe in 1962 and met the Beatles, who later called him an inspiration. In 1986, he was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in that same year he also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Fats was married to Rosemary Domino from 1947 until her death in 2008 and was the father of eight children. Even after his phenomenal success in an era of racial segregation, Fats continued to live in his old neighbourhood, the lower Ninth Ward, where his bright pink Cadillac was a familiar sight. But after Hurricane Katrina hit, his house was in an area that was heavily flooded and reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Fats finally gave in and moved to a suburb of New Orleans, which was only fitting for a man who single-handedly invented New Orleans rock and roll. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)