The Top 40 Fantasies No.5

1. Swanee (1920)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Al Jolson

2. Born To Be Wild (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Steppenwolf

3.  You I Know (1987)                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jenny Morris

4.  The Boys (1962)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Shadows

5. Summer In The City (1966)                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Lovin’ Spoonful

6. Bits And Pieces (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Dave Clark Five

7. I Only Want To Be With You (1963)                                                                                                                                                                                              Dusty Springfield

8. If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time (1950)                                                                                                                                                                   Lefty Frizzell

9. Halfway To Paradise (1961)                                                                                                                                                                                                             Billy Fury

10. Haji Baba (1954)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nat ‘King’ Cole

11. Race With The Devil (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Gun

12. Golden Earrings (1947)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peggy Lee

13. Fox On The Run (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Manfred Mann

14. Tom Dooley (1958)                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Kingston Trio

15. Mountain Of Love (1960)                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harold Dorman

16. At The Hop (1957)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Danny And The Juniors

17. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down (1969)                                                                                                                                                                                          Ray Stevens

18. Mountain Of Love (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                Johnny Rivers

19. Free Me (1978)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Uriah Heep

20.  So Tired (1949)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kay Starr

21. Wild Weekend (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bill Anderson

22. Bongo Rock (1959)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Preston Epps

23. Grenade (2010)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bruno Mars

24. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (1956)                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Five Keys

25. Shakin’ All Over (1960)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Johnny Kidd and The Pirates

26. Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone) (1969)                                                                                                                                                              Loretta Lynn

27. I Need You (1977)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Joe Dolan

28. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean (1953)                                                                                                                                                                            Ruth Brown

29. Motor Biking (1975)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chris Spedding

30. Here In My Heart (1952)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Al Martino

31. Party Girl (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tommy Roe

32. Shakin’ All Over (1965)                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Normie Rowe and The Playboys

33. So Much In Love (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Mighty Avengers

34. On A Slow Boat To China (1948)                                                                                                                                                                                  Benny Goodman and his Orchestra: vocalist, Al Hendrickson

35. Woody Woodpecker (1948)                                                                                                                                                                   Kay Kyser and his Orchestra: vocals, Gloria Wood and The Campus Kids

36. Bigelow 6-200 (1956)                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brenda Lee

37. Going – Going – Gone! (1954)                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Johnnie Ray

38. Too Many Do-Goods (1973)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom T. Hall

39. On Top Of Old Smoky (1951)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Weavers

40. On Top Of Spaghetti (1963)                                                                                                                                                                               Tom Glazer and The Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus



Answers to ‘How Dinky-di Are You? No.3’

1. Sidelevers

2. Draughts

3. Brumby

4. Garbage/Rubbish bin

5. Racecourse

6. Car park

7. Cobber

8. Lawyer

9. Station

10. Full stop

11. Holiday-maker

12. Shanghai



12 correct answers means that you are ‘Ridgy Didge Dinky-di’

10 or 11: almost ‘Ridgy Didge’

6-9: a ‘Ridgy Didge’ impersonator

Five or less: Censored (sit for the test, again, next week)



How Dinky-di Are You? No. 3

How Australian are you?

Can you provide the ‘dinky-di’ equivalents to the following?


1. Sideboards, Sideburns

2. Checkers

3. Bronco

4. Dustbin, Ash can, Trash can

5. Racetrack

6. Parking lot

7. Mate, Buddy, Chum, Pal

8. Attorney

9. Ranch

10. Period (punctuation)

11. Vacationer

12. Slingshot


The answers, together with your rating, can be found at the end of ‘The Top 40 Fantasies No.5’.

The Writing’s On The Sail!: Sunday, 18th September, 1977

We awoke at a quarter past seven, having enjoyed a good night’s sleep. The American yacht,”Courageous”, defeated its Australian counterpart, “Australia”, by two minutes and seven seconds to take a commanding grip on its defence of the America’s Cup. “Courageous” leads the final by three races to nil and only requires one more victory to secure the trophy as there is a maximum of seven races in the series.

At half past six Channel Nine replays ‘The Ugliest Dachshund’. It is the first of two episodes that comes under the banner of “The Wonderful World Of Disney”. The programme stars Suzanne “The Bob Newhart Show” Pleshette and Dean “Ensign O’Toole” Jones.

‘Some Women Of Marrakesh’ screens from twenty to eight as a part of Channel Two’s series of documentaries: “The Disappearing World”. “Steptoe And Son”, a film that bears a copyright of 1972, which is based upon the classic British television series of the same name, appears on Channel Nine at half past eight. Carolyn Seymour is cast as a stripper, to whom Harold, played by Harry H. Corbett, is romantically attracted. The series ran from 1962 until 1974. Wilfrid Brambell portrays Harold’s possessive father. The American series of this decade, “Sanford And Son”, is based upon the series, “Steptoe And Son”.


Amount Discovered: Monday, 19th September, 1977

We awoke at half past six to the sound of the alarm. It had been raining and was windy and cold. “Courageous” successfully defended the America’s Cup overnight by taking an unassailable — no pun intended! — lead in the series of seven races. In this final race she finished comfortably ahead of “Australia” by two minutes and twenty-five seconds.

In tennis, Australia defeated Argentina by three rubbers to two. Played in Buenos Aires, Australia’s representatives in the reverse singles were Phil Dent and John Alexander. Dent defeated Ricardo Cano in straight sets: 6-4 6-4 6-3. Guillermo Vilas accounted for Alexander in the ‘dead’ rubber: 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-2. Australia’s victory means that it will meet Italy in the final of, this, the Davis Cup.

It teemed prior to eleven o’clock, but then began to fine somewhat and this provided me with the opportunity to go for a walk. “A Man Called Dagger”, a film from 1967, screened from noon. It parodies spies and includes Sue Ann Langdon and Terry Moore in its cast.

In “Department S”, at three o’clock, a jet airliner, that is six days overdue, arrives in London. I thought I would walk to the railway station and escort Tiki home, however, in chilly, rainy conditions I had to wait around for an hour from half past four. Although she had received a lift to as far as Rockdale, she had had to wait at both Hurstville and Sutherland stations. With light rain falling, we purchased a dozen eggs of a medium size for a dollar and four cents.

Susan Strasberg guest stars on “The Rockford Files” at half past seven. Tiki slept on the floor from half past eight as I watched a repetition of “The Benny Hill Show”. She has looked in my cheque book and made note of the fact that I have spent four hundred dollars on a present for her birthday, which falls due next month.

She took three guesses as to what I might have bought for her; one of which was correct. The other two were also items of jewellery. Fully expectant of the fact that she would be peeping, I had deliberately refrained from writing Diamond Traders’ name on the butt of the cheque.

‘Crazy Guggenheim’: Tuesday, 20th September, 1977

I met Tiki at the railway station with a carnation in hand. As I had paid the florist the thirty-five cents, I had questioned her over the legality of her selling the blooms from the waratah; a plant I believe to be protected. Noticeably withered blooms were on sale for a dollar each.

Jim ‘Silver Eagle’ Cooper is the host of “Country Road”, this evening. Frankie Fontaine, who portrayed the loveable Crazy Guggenheim on “The Jackie Gleason Show” between 1966 and 1970, has suffered from a heart attack and is in a serious condition.

Pensioners, in Brisbane, have been discovered in what has been described as a ‘slave-labour camp’. Incredibly, such a practice has been in existence for the past twenty years.

Willesee’s humorous reporter, Paul Makin, loses his trousers during a day at the races. I washed the dishes while Tiki dried her hair in front of “The Dick Emery Show”. At eight o’clock, the dial was turned to allow us to watch the somewhat controversial, yet entertaining, “Love Thy Neighbour”, in which Jack Smethurst is cast as the bigoted Eddie Booth and Rudolph Walker as his coloured neighbour, Bill Reynolds. Kate Williams and Nina Baden-Semper play their respective, long-suffering spouses.


Vale ‘Victor’: Wednesday, 21st September, 1977

At 3.00 p.m., I watched another programme of the British production, “Department S”, which stars Peter “Jason King” Wyngarde, the American actor, Joel Fabiani and Rosemary Nicols. Produced in 1969 and 1970 the series centres upon the world of espionage.

The Swedish group, Abba, was seen to perform “Knowing Me, Knowing You” on the series, ‘Right On’. The tall, blonde Christine Conway presented this evening’s edition of “Country Road” from six o’clock.

Channel Seven’s news, which is read daily during the week, from half past six, by Roger Climpson, showed film from England of ‘Victor’s’ last moments. The giraffe, of fifteen years, died as he was being winched to his feet. It is believed that he had been performing his duty for the good of his species, with one of the females in his enclosure, when he did the splits.

By the time I had washed the greasy dishes and put out the garbage it was half past eight. A tired Tiki accompanied me to bed. She had fallen asleep on the floor, in front of “Columbo”.

Royal Show Day: Thursday, 22nd September, 1977

Today is Royal Show Day in Melbourne. I walked for seven miles, thereby, taking my total to four hundred and eighty-three.

Johnny Chester hosts another edition of “Country Road” on ABC-TV’s Channel Two, from 6.00 p.m. Johnny was born in Melbourne, in December of 1941. He has remained popular with Australian audiences as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

A mild evening follows a reasonably hot day on which the maximum temperature was twenty-seven degrees Celsius. “Peach’s Australia”, at eight o’clock, conveys the viewer to the northern Nullarbor Plain. Tonight’s ‘Block Of Shock’ movie is “Dark Places”, from 1973. It screens on Channel Ten, from half past eight and the English trio of Christopher Lee, Joan Collins and Robert “The Troubleshooters”/”Edward The Seventh” Hardy is principal to its cast.


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