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VAMPIRE FUNERAL FUN: Walk around telling people you’ve seen the will and they’re not in it.

‘ST. TRINIAN’S: THE ENTIRE APPALLING BUSINESS’. RONALD SEARLE was arguably the greatest and most influential English satirist since WW2. Although his output was prolific, no set of illustrations engaged the public’s imagination more than the St. Trinian’s drawings, which first appeared in Britain’s Lilliput magazine in the 1940s. Searle’s gag cartoon comic strip follows the adventures of a gloriously anarchic boarding school for young ladies, where all the teachers are sadists and the girls juvenile delinquents – see photo below (Book cover photo: For the first time, with the complete drawings, black humour and black stockings intact, the gels are immortalised forever in this hard-cover presentation ‘St. Trinian’s: The Entire Appalling Business’ – and it was published in the USA (oh the shame!). Courtesy of Overlook Press)

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  • Local historian and author, JIM LERGESSNER, will talk about his latest book, My Brisbane Rediscoveredwhich covers iconic local events and characters from the 1950s to the present. Morning tea will follow the presentation and all visitors are welcome. Meet up at the Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarna Avenue, Ashgrove on Saturday, 1 December 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Meet TONI JORDAN, the award-winning, bestselling author of Addition and Nine Days, to discuss her latest book, The Fragments, at the Carindale Library on Saturday, 1 December 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a great evening sorting out your reading list for the summer with SUZY WILSON and the Riverbend crew, who will discuss their favourite books from 2018. It’s happening at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Tuesday, 4 December 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Riverbend Books is delighted to present internationally bestselling author MATTHEW REILLY, who will speak about his new book The Three Secret Cities at the Michael Zeuschner Hall, Bulimba State School, Oxford Street, Bulimba, on Wednesday 5 December 2018. at 6.30 p.m. 

 

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THE ST. TRINIAN’S GYMNASIUM. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here! At St. Trinian’s, we witness a range of outrageous behaviour that would make the Marquis de Sade blench, including shootings, knifings, torture and witchcraft, as well as many of the maidenly arts of persuasion and seduction practised by the Sixth Form Girls. In the first two of the 1950s British comedy film series, St. Trinian's is presided over by the genial Miss Millicent Fritton (Alastair Sim in drag), who sums up her philosophy thusly: ‘In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared.’ Thus are pupils encouraged to ‘gird your armour on’ and ‘get your blow in first!’ Poisonous mushrooms, medieval racks, and field hockey sticks as weapons of choice figure prominently, particularly at sports days against opposing school teams, and gin-swigging and cigar-smoking are popular pastimes. Joining the much-loved British actor Alastair Sim (in drag as the headmistress but also playing her brother), is a very young George Cole (TV show ‘Minder’) as spiv ‘Flash Harry’ who (often unwittingly) finds himself involved in the girls’ shady and money-making enterprises, the incomparable Joyce Grenfell as Sgt Ruby Gates (a beleaguered and lovelorn policewoman), and Richard Wattis and Eric Barker as the civil servants at the Ministry of Education, for whom closing down the school before they end up with nervous breakdowns is a number one priority. (Photo courtesy of the Tower of London and modified by L.J. May)