Thrilling News: Friday, 25th November, 1977

Tiki dried my hair and we left for work at a quarter to eight, just as it began to rain. Although the rain didn’t last for long, the sky remained overcast for the remainder of the day. During our return journey, Tiki told me that she will buy me a new golf bag, buggy and a brand-new set of clubs for my birthday next year. I’m thrilled!

I suggested that we go out for dinner and, therefore, Tiki looked through the yellow pages of the telephone directory and selected the restaurant, Cassidy’s Stagecoach, which is located upstairs and opposite Bob Pollard Discounts on the Kingsway, in Caringbah.

We sat in a corner beneath an old still that depicted the American Civil War and featured the actor, John Wayne. We were served by a woman dressed in tight blue jeans and a red top. The service was particularly slow, perhaps because we were drinking lemon squash, as opposed to wine.

Tiki ordered steak chasseur at a cost of four dollars and ninety-five cents and the woman recommended the Texan’s rib for me. It was twenty-five cents more than Tiki’s course and while it was tender, it was almost unbearably oily and all too obviously the source of too much cholesterol for me to enjoy.

A circular apple pie, that looked suspiciously as though it had been bought from a pie shop, was served with two scoops of ice-cream for dessert. A cup each of percolated coffee, accompanied by an after-dinner mint, resulted in a bill of fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents.

It was twenty past eight before we emerged. Tiki had set her mind on us walking to Cronulla from there and so she took a moment to change into what I term her “duck feet” flat-soled shoes. It was twenty minutes to ten when we returned to the car.

Tiki opted to retire to bed shortly after we arrived home, however, in order to write my diary, I remained up until five past eleven.

 

No Love Lost: Saturday, 26th November, 1977

I woke Tiki at 2.55 a.m. because I felt unwell. After I had consumed a glass of water, which contained an effervescent, we partially watched Channel Nine’s ‘Late Late Movie’: “In Search Of Gregory”. Made in 1970, it stars the English actress, Julie Christie. We returned to bed by four o’clock, but still suffered from a restless sleep in what were humid conditions.

At half past eight I departed for Rockdale. Turning to the right at the town hall, I parked the car on the hill near to where I had done so in September on the day that I collected Tiki’s birthday present. As then, I boarded a train to take me into the city only this time I alighted at St. James Station.

I entered Diamond Traders’ showroom on the lower floor where I looked for a locket or pendant, preferably in the shape of a heart and in possession of a small diamond. Not wanting to spend in excess of a hundred dollars, I failed to see what I had hoped and headed off down Pitt Street to Manzo Park Lane, thence still farther on, to Prouds. I had seen an eighteen carat pendant with a nine carat chain in Manzo’s, which was priced at one hundred and two dollars. Nevertheless, I decided to return to Diamond Traders and this time visit its showroom upstairs before making a final decision.

However, nothing that the middle-aged lady showed me really appealed. It was for this reason that she directed me to the cabinets that were placed along a wall. There, I saw two pendants which matched the description of what I had sought. The only problem being neither was priced to fit within the limit of my budget.

The one of eighteen-carat gold, which came with a chain made from that of nine, was priced at one hundred and fourteen dollars. While the combination that consisted entirely of gold of eighteen carats, bore a price tag of one hundred and eighty-five dollars. Wanting what I considered to be the better of what I really couldn’t afford for Tiki, I wrote out a cheque for the latter amount.

Upon my entrance in to George Street, I was eager to remain in advance of an anti-uranium demonstration, in which people displayed yellow balloons while others blew on recorders. I entered the sport store, Mick Simmons, to price a set of thirteen superseded Jack Nicklaus golf clubs only to learn that it would have cost me three hundred and ninety-six dollars for the clubs alone!

I didn’t have to wait to board a train at Central and shared a compartment with a middle-aged woman who was obviously prepared to ignore the perceived possibility of being fined ten dollars for smoking. I stopped at the T.A.B. in Miranda and outlaid one dollar in the hope of securing the trifecta on this afternoon’s meeting in Sydney; opting for “Gold Planet”, “Little Ben” and “Star Dragon” to finish in that order.

As I pulled into our drive, at a quarter to one, I could not help but notice that our new awning had been installed above the window to our bedroom. Tiki said that the man had called at half past eleven.

We watched Will Rogers Jr. play his father in the film, “The Will Rogers’ Story”. Produced in 1952, it also stars Jane Wyman. I turned to Channel Two, at two, to watch its live telecast from the Victoria Golf Club, in Melbourne, of the Colgate Champion of Champions tournament.

At the end of today’s third round Bob Shearer and Jack Newton are tied in the lead at seven under par, two strokes in advance of the Americans Ray Floyd and John Benda. The round was played in the hot conditions as the mercury reached thirty-five degrees Celsius in Melbourne.

Whilst Tiki was asleep on the floor in front of the television, I sneaked her present in from beneath the seat of the ‘Galant’ and placed it in a pocket of my sports coat, which I have owned since 1969.

I called Tiki inside at half past four and we watched two of our three runners, in the race on which the trifecta was held, finish second and third. The favourite, “Little Ben”, was unplaced and the winner, “Lucky Launching”, started at the odds of sixty-six to one. The trifecta paid two thousand eight hundred and seventeen dollars.

We left on foot for the shop near the railway station to return four lemonade bottles and receive the deposit of twenty cents that had been paid on each. We had asked the plump girl who was serving us for two full bottles and noted that she had to subtract eighty cents from one dollar and twenty cents on a piece of paper to determine how much we owed.

At half past six the programme in Bob Raymond’s series, “Australian National Parks”, concentrated upon those in Western Australia. These included the amazing Geikie Gorge, which I visited in 1972 and Tiki, a year later.

“Brutus” rang at half past seven, to say that he will be departing for Melbourne on Wednesday. He plans to visit Susan and Roger while he is there. The conversation just dragged on and on and he informed me that if we wanted to know what he was doing, we should ring the only one of his siblings to whom he will be writing during his absence.

By this time I was becoming pretty bored with the whole thing, so I lowered the receiver and farted into it. Tiki, who was seated next to me, couldn’t believe her eyes. Nor her ears, when I proceeded to hold her responsible!

At five past eight we left to walk and jog through Gymea and Miranda. We returned by nine o’clock and Tiki  talked me into watching the picture, “Any Second Now”, on Channel Two. The English actor, Stewart Granger, plays the part of a baddie who is intent upon murdering his rich, amnestic wife. Lois Nettleton, Dana Wynter, who was born in Germany, Marion “Happy Days” Ross and Joseph Campanella are its other principal protagonists. We didn’t get to bed until half past eleven by which time I felt exhausted.

Unreturnable Bottles: Sunday, 27th November, 1977

Although we awoke firstly at half past six, we returned to slumber until a quarter to eight. I tickled Tiki’s back until half past the hour. That was when I heard the paperboy’s whistle.

As I read our copy of “The Sun-Herald”, which cost twenty cents, I listened to Sydney’s 2GB. It plays a selection of music from the 1940s to the present, however, this range can’t be of appeal to the general public, as in the latest survey of ratings it is listed as the radio station with the least number of listeners.

We left at a quarter to eleven and Tiki drove to a shop on Willarong Road, in Caringbah, to return six empty bottles that had contained lemonade. As I had attempted to tell her earlier, three of the bottles weren’t acceptable because they were non-returnable.

Tiki purchased a copy of the “Woman’s Day” and drove out to Kurnell in what was then warm sunshine. At the fruit market on the corner near the entrance to Captain Cook’s Landing Place, we bought oranges, apples, cherries, celery, pumpkin, grapefruit etcetera to the sum of eight dollars and sixty-eight cents.

It was a quarter to twelve by the time we returned and five to one when I turned on Channel Two’s live coverage of the final round of the tournament, Colgate Champion of Champions, from the Victoria Club, in Melbourne. The prize money totalled one hundred and fifty thousand dollars of which the winner, Bob Shearer, received thirty thousand.

Bob’s total of seven under par, placed him a stroke in advance of the quartet comprised of Britain’s Maurice Bembridge, Jack Newton, and the Americans Curtis Strange and John Benda. John had chipped in from a bunker at the last to card an eagle. Jack Newton had enjoyed a lead of two strokes until the fourteenth, and at one stage on the inward nine Bob Shearer had been three strokes from the lead.

“Ask The Leyland Brothers”, at half past five, transports the viewer to the historic Richmond Bridge and the former penal colony at Port Arthur, both of which are located in southern Tasmania, as well as the lakes at Mount Gambier, in South Australia. An hour later, ‘Feather Farm’ on “The Wonderful World of Disney” is about the ostrich farming in the early 1900s, in Arizona, and stars a young, clean-cut Nick Nolte.

Still on Channel Nine, “Hawaii Five-O” is followed, at half past eight, by “The Mind Of Mr. Soames”. A product of 1969, the movie features Robert “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Vaughn who plays the part of a medical wizard. The English actor, Terence Stamp, is cast as the man of thirty who has been in a coma since birth.

 

Saturday, 15th February, 1997

After breakfast, Tiki left for her parents’ house in order to spend the weekend with her “Mum” who has a broken ankle. Upon her departure I walked ‘Happy’ to the shop on the corner to buy a copy of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ at the cost of a dollar. The edition of a Saturday costs more than during the week. I continued to walk via the same route as yesterday and upon my return, watched the remainder of the Top 50 countdown on the A.B.C’s ‘rage’. The programme’s No.1 being No Doubt’s hit, ‘Don’t Speak’, on which Gwen Stefani provides the vocals.

This programme was followed by another, ‘Recovery’, hosted by Dylan Lewis, which is also on the A.B.C.  Dylan possesses pierced ears, as well as an earing through his left eyebrow. The show includes a someone who is referred to as “The Enforcer”. He is donned in a black outfit and possesses the job, it would seem, of keeping the peace on the programme by not only controlling guests but also Dylan. ‘Recovery’, must have proven to  be popular last year, as it has returned for another. It runs in opposition to Channel Ten’s ‘Video Hits’.

There are four races this afternoon with a hundred thousand dollars or more in stakes. The radio station, 2KY, has Ian Craig broadcasting the card from Sydney’s Warwick Farm Racecourse which is being held on a surface that has been affected by rain. Bryan Martin does likewise at Flemington, in Melbourne, where the card is being held on a course where the surface is rated as being a ‘good’ one.

Channel Nine is also covering the races in both states, with Ken Callander updating the odds prior to each event. The coverage via television has John Russell broadcasting those races from Flemington while Johnny Tapp does likewise at Warwick Farm.

‘Ten Eyewitness News’ screens on Channel Ten from five o’clock. This is read by Tracey Spicer, with Leith Mulligan delivering the segment on sport. ‘Bright Ideas-The Home Improvement Show’ follows at half past the hour, with its presenters being Renee Brack, Jane Blatchford and Mark Tonelli.

Gina Boon reads the ‘National Nine News’ from six o’clock. The coverage of sport is  provided by Peter Overton and includes Johnny Tapp’s cursory report on the racing at Warwick Farm. It is followed, at six thirty, by the return of the perennial ‘Hey Hey, It’s Saturday!’. This entertaining offering is presented by Daryl Somers and Jobeth Taylor. Its guests include the Canadian singer, songwriter and musician Bryan Adams who performed his hit, ‘Eighteen Till I Die’; a sumo wrestler, who was seated next to Red Symonds during the segment, ‘Red Faces’; a new group which Daryl said includes the son of the former Monkee, Mike Nesmith, as well as that of Donovan (Leitch ). The group, Nancy Boy, closed the show by performing ‘Deep Sleep Motel’. Midway through the  programme the British group, Boyzone, also performed. I followed it by watching ABC-TV’s Channel Two and an episode of the British series, ‘Heartbeat’. This particular offering bore the copyright of 1996. The series began in 1992 and remains popular. It is set in and around a fictional police station in rural Yorkshire, in  the 1960s, and centres upon its central character, P.C. Nick Rowan, played by Nick Berry. Berry also sings the series’ theme, ‘Heartbeat’, which was originally recorded by Buddy Holly, in 1958.

Yesterday, the Australian icon Arnott’s — known predominately for its production of biscuits — bowed to the pressure exerted by an extortionist and removed all of its products from the shelves of stores in New South Wales and Queensland. The move was in response to several prominent people, that included politicians, each being sent a package of the biscuit, Monte Carlo, that had been laced with a lethal pesticide. Yesterday, investors devalued  the company of one hundred and thirty years, by thirty-five million dollars as the price of a share dived by twenty-five cents.

The National Australia Bank has matched the unanticipated move by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia by reducing its standard variable lone for a home from 8.25% to 7.55%. Such rates have not been seen at this level since the late nineteen sixties.

Superstar, Michael Jackson wants to settle in Britain or Australia, according to his biographer of twenty-five years, J.Randy Taraborelli. Jackson became a father yesterday when his wife, Debbie Rowe, thirty-seven, gave birth to a son who weighed three kilograms at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. Speaking after the birth, Jackson reportedly said that he doesn’t want his son to grow up to feel that he is in a “fish bowl”, as he did.

On Monday, Oasis’s Liam Gallagher cancelled his plans to wed Patsy Kensit, his girlfriend, reportedly citing that there had been too much intense scrutiny from the media. Four days later, his brother, Noel, also called off his wedding, to Meg Mathews — that had been scheduled to occur on Valentine’s Day — allegedly for this same reason.

Arnott’s Managing Director, Chris Roberts, has seen it fit to take out full-page advertisements in newspapers stating that the company is the” innocent victim ” in an attempt to have a prisoner freed from gaol. Governments in Queensland and New South Wales, are being targetted for allegedly having collaborated to imprison an innocent man. The threat was first made on the third on this month and states that contaminated biscuits will be placed on the shelves of stores after the seventeenth of this month. Mr Roberts states that “our aim is to complete the clearance of shelves by Monday, February 17″.

The Cadbury Guineas, for horses of the age of three, was held at Flemmington Racecourse this afternoon. It was won by the 10/9 favourite, Mouawad , trained by the Sydneysider, Clarry Connors and ridden by the New Zealand jockey, Grant Cooksley. It is the colt’s fifth win in its only six starts and adds $227,500 (and trophies to the value of $2000) to its earnings. It comfortably warded off the hitherto unbeaten O’Reilly, 13/4, — a ‘raider, from New Zealand, trained by D.J. O’Sullivan and ridden by Lance O”Sullivan — by two lengths. Tarnpir Lane (11/1), finished a neck away in third position. It is trained by C.I. Brown and was ridden by yet another New Zealander, in Greg Childs.

Arnott’s Limited revealed other woes yesterday as it revealed its interim net profit fell by seventy-five per cent since its last report. Its earnings after tax amounted to 8.5 million dollars down from 38.7 million, in the first half of 1995-1996 financial year. Yesterday shares in Arnott’s fell by 25 cents to $8.50. The American giant, Campbell Soup Company, owns seventy per cent of Arnott’s.

Meanwhile, shares involved in blue-chip companies on the New York Stock Exchange broke through the hitherto barrier of 7,000 points for the first time yesterday. This has reportedly raised fears in some quarters that the market might be advancing too rapidly. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed higher by 60.8 points to 7,022.44. The Federal Reserve, in the United States has expressed its concerns that equities there could become overvalued.

Meanwhile, here, the All Ordinaries closed the week lower by 13.8 points on 2,482.6, having earlier reached another record of 2,506.5. CRA fell by  31 cents to $18.78; BHP, 6.6 cents to $17.95; News Corp closed the week lower on $6.66, with a loss of 5 cents; CBA, 3 cents to $13.90; Westpac, 18 cents to $7.65 and ANZ by 7 cents to $.8.31. One Australian dollar is equal to approximately seventy-seven American cents.

The much lauded New Zealand pacer, Iraklis, is an easing favourite for tomorrow night’s A.G. Hunter Cup at the level of Group One. The race is to be run at the circuit, Mooney Valley, in Melbourne where it will start from a handicap of twenty metres, with the lone back-marker, Desperate Comment, off thirty metres. The trainer of the other fancied runner, The Suleiman, John Green, has been quoted as saying that the favourite will struggle to “run a place”. Iraklis started as the 1/4 favourite when it was defeated in the recent Victoria Cup.

Keith Williams, a developer of resorts, claimed a victory yesterday when the Federal Court gave him permission to commence dredging near the environmentally sensitive Hinchinbrook Island, which is situated near The Great Barrier Reef.

Mr  Williams’s company, Cardwell Properties, had fought legal battles over a period of four years against the Friends of Hinchinbrook Society, a group he has described as conservational “fanatics”. The approval is for the construction of a resort on forty-four hectares at Oyster Point on the mainland, opposite the island. It will be home to one thousand five hundred beds and a marina that is to have berths for two hundred and thirty-four craft. Hinchinbrook Island is one of the country’s best habitats for marine life. This includes the dugong and the sea turtle. Therefore, Mr Williams expects there to be another challenge vented against yesterday’s decision.

Antonio Castro Trujillo has been sentenced to forty thousand years in gaol after he was found to be guilty of having raped his three daughters 2,496 times, by a court in the Canary Islands. The court heard that he had begun to sexually abuse his daughters in 1979 when the eldest was twelve and the youngest, nine. In addition, he was ordered to pay each of his victims the equivalent of fifty thousand dollars.

Astronauts, Mark Lee and Steve Smith, have completed the first of four spacewalks in order to improve the quality of pictures sent back to Earth from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The pair left the shuttle, Discovery, as the spacecraft was above Australia, at a distance of five hundred and eighty kilometres. It is anticipated that the instalment of the latest infra-red camera will allow astronomers to peer deeper into the universe.

One of the world’s most renowned acrobats is expected to suffer from paralysis after he fell some eight metres during a performance in Richmond, Virginia. Wolfer Guerrero, who is twenty-eight years of age, injured his spine when he was performing with the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus and is reportedly in a critical condition.

The daughter of President, Bill Clinton, Chelsea, at the age of seventeen, has been offered a place at America’s oldest and most famous university, Harvard. Should Chelsea accept the offer she would become the first child of the White House, in more than seventy years, to advance from high school to university during a president’s term.

Actress, Elizabeth Taylor, at the age of sixty-five, has told the interviewer, Barbara Walters, on television’s ABC, that, after having been married on eight occasions, she wants to concentrate on being the godmother to the newborn son of her friend, Michael Jackson. She said that Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice, and Mike Todd, who died in the crash of an aeroplane during their betrothal, were the two notable loves of her life.

A woman, who claims to be the illegitimate daughter of the actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, has been indicted to stand trial by a federal grand jury after she and an alleged accomplice allegedly conspired in an attempt to extort more than fifty million dollars from the entertainer.

The pair allegedly attempted to obtain the money from Cosby by threatening to reveal the claim to a newspaper. Cosby has allegedly admitted to having had an affair with the woman’s mother, but denies that he is the father. No evidence has been found that might link the scheme to the murder of Cosby’s son, Ennis, on the sixteenth of January.

 

 

 

 

 

“Cherry Lemonade”: Monday, 28th November, 1977

I purchased a packet of ‘Trend’ biscuits, which are produced by the company, Sunshine, at Ballarat. Returning home, I sat through a repetition of the series, “The Mod Squad”, from three o’clock on Channel Ten. It had Sammy Davis Jr., who portrayed a man stricken by a terminal disease, as its guest star. It was followed at four, and also on Channel Ten, by today’s edition of the pop music show, “Right On”, presented, as per usual, by Kobe Steele. It featured footage of David “Starsky And Hutch” Soul singing his latest release, “Silver Lady”.

I’ve been watering the back lawn this afternoon by placing the hose in the forks of trees and shrubs; this includes those of the waratah. I even placed the hose’s nozzle on the circular lid of the metal peg container, which looks as though it came with our old Hills Hoist as it is affixed to its stem. To prevent the nozzle from sliding off, I placed a brick on top of it.

At six, we watched the well-written, humorous programme of the series, “Doc”. It stars the elderly, bespectacled Barnard Hughes in the title role. On “Willesee”, at seven o’clock, Paul Makin clowned around with Sue Vanner and Dawn Rodrigues at Balmoral Beach. The actresses appear in the latest James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Ken Warby, the holder of the world water speed record, was also interviewed, at his home in Sydney. Despite his achievement he continues to struggle financially. Sir Henry Bolte, who was the Premier of Victoria for seventeen years, expressed the belief that Labor, under the prime ministry of Gough Whitlam “tore the guts out of Australia” during its three years in office. Sir Henry admitted that he is involved in the financing of advertisements that promote the Liberal Party in this period before the federal election.

We left at half past seven to jog and walk for forty minutes through Miranda and Gymea. Today was gloriously sunny with a maximum temperature of twenty-four degrees Celsius.

I knocked over the bottle of lemonade that I had been about to remove from the fridge. Consequently, when I opened it, the foamy liquid overflowed on to the table and even the floor!

Having cleaned up the mess and switched off the light, it suddenly dawned on me that I still hadn’t had my drink. Therefore, I ducked back into the kitchen and, without bothering to turn on the light, poured lemonade into a glass that was already on the table.

When I re-emerged and placed it on the coffee table in the loungeroom, Tiki burst into raucous laughter, for there, beneath the sparkling liquid were stones from the stewed cherries that we had eaten with ice-cream for dessert.

Australia’s first police serial, “Cop Shop”, premiered at half past eight on Channel Seven. Amongst its cast are George “Homicide” Mallaby, Rowena “The Rovers”/”Dynasty”/”Barrier Reef”/”Matlock Police”/”Homicide”/”Ryan”/”Number 96″/”Division 4″/”Glenview High” Wallace — both of whom were born in England — and Joanna Lockwood, who plays the stripper, Valerie Close.

 

Controversial Film: Tuesday, 29th November, 1977

After I had finished work for the day, I drove to Caringbah and, on the third and top floor of the store, Waltons, wrote out a cheque to the amount of eighty-one dollars and twelve cents, which was the amount required to cover contributions to the Medical Benefits’ Fund for the next two months. Upon my return to the Venture store’s undercover car park, I set out for neighbouring Miranda and allowed the ‘Galant’ to occupy a space in the open rectangular car park that lies between Miranda Fair and the store, Barters. In the arcade that links the car park with Kiora Road, I purchased groceries to the sum of fourteen dollars from the supermarket, Jewel.

At six o’clock, in this evening’s edition of the series, “Doc”, the elderly Dr. Joe Bogert, played by Barnard Hughes, is bequeathed two hundred and forty thousand dollars in the will of an elderly female patient.

We departed at eight, having watched “And Mother Makes Five”, to jog and walk through Gymea and Miranda. I retired at eleven after I had watched the opening half an hour of the film, “The Night Of The Iguana”, from 1964. Its cast includes the acclaimed British pairing of Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner and Sue Lyon, whose provocative teenage role in the film, “Lolita”, was the source of considerable controversy two years prior to this.

 

‘Black Caviar’ Remains Undefeated, Yet Again!: Saturday, 28th April, 2012

I awoke for the last time at half past six to the sounds of ‘Jasper’ (twelve and a half years) and “Zed” (not her name by pedigree) each demanding to receive their respective biscuit. I left the pair downstairs, as I wanted to see what musical content I had managed to record overnight from the ABC’s programme, “rage”. The show had celebrated its ‘Silver Jubilee’ some weeks ago. “Catch Us If You Can”, a British film from 1965, in glorious black and white, screened from 9.30 a.m. on the channel, 9GEM. It features the rock group, The Dave Clark Five, a seller of more than fifty million records in its time.

“Weekend Sunrise”, which screens from seven o’ clock on Channel Seven’s Studio 52 in Martin Place, Sydney, has Samantha Armytage, who is thirty-five years of age, and Andrew “Deal Or No Deal” O’Keefe (forty years) as its presenters. The ultra-slim Jessica Rowe read its news bulletins, and the weather reports today came via James Tobin (thirty-two) from the Farmers’ Markets in the suburb of New Farm, in Brisbane, where, unfortunately for the farmers, it was raining. Simon “It’s Academic” Reeve (fifty) presented the reports on sport from the Olympic equestrian trials, in Sydney.

KFC says that it will appeal against the decision that was handed down yesterday in which a young girl was awarded eight million dollars in damages plus the cost of her family’s legal fees. The family had claimed that she had received severe cerebral damage after she had consumed contaminated chicken, which had allegedly been served in a ‘Twister’. Her family has fought the legal battle for three years, especially as she requires continual medical care for the remainder of her life.

Australia has won the series of three Tests, that concluded overnight in the Caribbean. The Third Test, played in Dominica, was won by seventy-five runs and the series by two Tests to nil. Wicketkeeper, Matthew Wade, received the award for ‘Man Of The Match’. The West Indies was dismissed for 294 runs. Its captain, Darren Sammy, scored 61 runs; Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 69 and Dwayne Bravo, 45. Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke’s left-arm spin claimed 5-86 while the off spin of Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets for 87. This means that the latter is the leading taker of wickets in this series with thirteen to his name. It is only the second occasion in his career that Clarke has claimed five wickets in an innings.

At least nine people have been killed in suicidal attacks in Syria.

Last night, Manly narrowly defeated Canterbury by twelve points to ten. The game of rugby league had been described on Channel Nine by Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren, who is sixty-eight years of age. Manly was coached by Des Hasler last season, when the club won the premiership. However, this season he is the coach of Canterbury, with Geoff Toovey occupying his former position at Manly.

The Brisbane ‘Broncos’ — or as I prefer to call them “Drongos” (tongue in cheek, of course) — defeated the Gold Coast ‘Titans’ by twenty-six points to six at Suncorp Stadium, which was formerly known as Lang Park, in Brisbane.

Thousands of people have been found to have been exposed to asbestos during and after the floods in Queensland, last year.

A man has been arrested after he held four people hostage in central London, just three months prior to the scheduled commencement of the Olympic Games in the English capital. The perpetrator, who is fifty years of age, walked into a building in Tottenham Court Road with cylinders, that contained gas, strapped to his body. Objects were thrown from windows during the siege, which had a duration of three hours.

The retired American space shuttle, ‘Enterprise’, has ridden on a so-called ‘Jumbo Jet’ airliner as it flew across New York City. The United States is in the process of ceasing its programme in regards to the use of space shuttles. The craft is to spend a few days at JFK Airport prior to its settlement at a museum in New York.

The Dow Jones has closed the week at 13,228 +24 points; the NASDAQ at 3,069 +19; London’s FTSE 100 at 5,777 +28; while Frankfurt’s DAX finished at 6,801 +61. Gold is trading higher at $US1,663/oz and oil(W.T.I.) at $US104.50/brl. The $AUD is the equivalent of $US1.o4, 84 Japanese yen, 79 euro cents, 64 British pence and $NZ1.27.

An English primary school has released a photograph from 1951 which shows Mick Jagger and Keith Richards when they were in the same class. Although they attended separate high schools, it is, of course, musical history that they were reunited in the formation of The Rolling Stones. The photograph of the pair, at the age of seven, has been released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the group.

Morphettville Racecourse, in Adelaide, is officially sold out, for this afternoon, at twenty past four, the champion of sprinters, Black Caviar, is to attempt to win her twentieth race. The mare is yet to taste defeat. She is trained by Peter Moody and is to be ridden by Luke Nolen. Should the mare of five years be successful this afternoon she will become, globally, the first horse since the 1870s to have achieved such a feat.

There are fears that India and Pakistan are on the verge of conflict. Both have tested their latest ballistic missiles. The two countries have fought three wars since 1947. India and China fought a war fifty years ago and the former’s latest missile possesses the range to reach Beijing. Globally, India is reportedly the largest importer of arms.

Channel Nine’s “Weekend Today” coincides with Channel Seven’s “Weekend Sunrise” between seven and nine o’clock. Its co-presenters, this morning, are Cameron Williams (forty-nine) and Leila McKinnon (thirty-nine) who is pregnant with her first child to Bruce Gyngell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nine Network.

Deborah Knight (thirty-nine), who was allegedly shown the door at Channel Ten to reportedly make way for Sandra Sully to read the “TEN Eyewitness News” between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m., reads this morning’s bulletins. The sport is covered by the ursine Tim Gilbert (forty-four) and the weather by Emma Freedman (twenty-two), who is at the Sydney Observatory atop Observatory Hill that is located in close proximity to the Harbour Bridge. The observatory is hosting a display of some historic telescopes.

The rumours, that were muted yesterday, pertaining to Prime Minister, Julia Gillard’s position becoming evermore tenuous, continue to exist. Only now, it would appear, that she has but a month to reverse the growing disquiet that pervades her leadership.

The crowd of 30,000, in Adelaide, watches in awe as ‘Black Caviar’ wins easily, and pays $1.04 for a unit of $1.00 placed on the tote to win and $1.04 to place, on the N.S.W. T.A.B. These dividends mirror those of Super-T.A.B., whilst on Tatt’s tote the respective dividends are $1.10 and $1.00 (which, of course, is tantamount to no profit). Her twentieth win has come in the Robert Sangster Stakes, at the level of Group One. Even against opposition of quality she still had a margin of four and a half lengths to spare. Broadcaster, Hilton Donaldson, who called the race, became quite emotional in describing what he had just witnessed.

The races at Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, as well as the meeting at Southport on the Gold Coast were cancelled due to heavy rain.

As many as 50,000 people have demonstrated in Malaysia against what they believe is a flawed electoral system. The crowd gathered in Kuala Lumpur, only to be dispersed by the use of water cannon.

On Monday, Australia will finally be declared to be free from drought. Such conditions have persisted for the past decade.

Ms Georgie Gardner (forty-one) read “National Nine News” from five o’clock this evening. The report on sport was presented by Erin Molan.  At seven o’clock Felicity Davey reads the “ABC News” in its entirety, to viewers in New South Wales.

The Western ‘Bulldogs’ 15.12 (104) defeated the fledgling Greater Western Sydney ‘Giants’ 9.8 (62), in Canberra, this afternoon. The latter is still seeking its first win of the season after, this, the fifth round of competition, in the A.F.L.

Telephone boxes in London have become redundant due to the advent of the mobile. The company, BT, is selling off its boxes for approximately three thousand dollars each.

“Getaway”, screened on Channel Nine between 5.30 and 6.00p.m. Its reporters are Natalie Gruzlewski, who helps to sail a yacht in New Caledonia; Jason Dundas, who visits Jakarta; Jules Lund, who experiences sheep shearing near Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges on the sheep station, Rawnsley Park. Catriona Rowntree visits a French villa at Howden near Hobart, Tasmania, and Giaan Rooney visits Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.

“The Sydney Weekender” on Channel Seven and screened simultaneously to “Getaway”, features its host, Mike Whitney and his appearance at the Hawkesbury Vegetable Farm. The programmes other reporters are Erica Davis, Rose Kelly (the wife of Channel Nine’s presenter of the weather, Steve Jacobs), Darren Coggan and Karen Ledbury. It is followed for an hour by “Seven News”, read by Mark Ferguson, who left Channel Nine towards the end of 2009. Matt Carmichael presents its sport before Mark Ferguson returns to present the report on the weather.

Between five and six o’clock, the “TEN Eyewitness News” is read jointly by Matt Doran and Natarsha Belling. The segment on sport, ‘Sports Tonight’, is presented by Mr Rob Canning and the weather, by Ellie Southwood.

The enquiry on Thursday, into whether the suspended Speaker of the House, Peter Slipper, misused government funds to travel by limousine, has reportedly raised more questions than answers. The Australian Federal Police is now investigating. Mr Slipper’s driver of twelve years has allegedly faced charges of having forged dockets in the past. Mr Slipper denies his fares are excessive, claiming that travel by limousine is cheaper than the hiring of one of the Government’s  cars. The Opposition has stated that Mr Slipper cannot return to the position of Speaker until the claims of sexual harassment, that have been levelled against him, are also resolved. A male member of his staff has levelled these accusations against him.

Global air traffic is predicted to double by 2030. To cope with this problem Airbus is already planning an even larger version of its already massive airliner, the A380. When it takes to the air in 2020 is will be capable of carrying an extra one hundred passengers. That could mean that there will be six hundred people on a single flight. The newest aircraft are lighter than ever, with carbon fibre plastic reinforced fuselages and frames made from advanced aluminium alloys and titanium. Composite materials provide for safer aeroplanes, for such combinations do not corrode and, secondly, there is no fatigue.

China and the United States are said to be in secretive talks over the escape of a Chinese activist who is said to be hiding in the American Embassy in Beijing. He reportedly angered the Chinese government when he allegedly exposed a policy of forced sterilisation and abortion.

The presence of cane toads in parts of Sydney’s Sutherland Shire has become such a problem that the local council has hired the use of dogs that can detect their whereabouts. The toad is highly toxic and its inexorable migration across a large swathe of the Australian mainland has decimated much of the country’s predatory wildlife. The toad was introduced to Australia from Hawaii, in 1935, to consume the destructive beetle that was such a pest to farmers of sugar cane in Queensland. However, this proved to be unsuccessful when it preferred another menu. South America was the toad’s continent of origin.

 

 

One Card Becomes Two: Wednesday, 30th November, 1977

We awoke at half past six to another sunny, warm morning and by eleven o’clock — really ten, as we are under daylight saving — it was already twenty-seven degrees Celsius. Tiki had had a further sleepless night due to the severe pain she has been experiencing in her left shoulder and arm since last Monday. It really must be sore, for she woke me several times during the night!

Tiki washed last night’s dishes and at a quarter to eight she received a telephone call from “Brutus”, as he was about to depart from Central Railway Station bound for Melbourne. He told her that he had left some garbage that included eggshells, in his unit and asked that if we happen to be over that way would we dispose of it for him.

We endured a long wait for Tiki to see her general practitioner and, as she suspected she has to have her left shoulder X-rayed. We arrived home at five minutes to twelve, just one minute before Bill Collins introduced the film, “Three’s A Crowd”. In this offering, from 1969, Larry “I Dream Of Jeannie” Hagman plays a chap who is married to two women. Norman Fell is cast as the liftman who assists him in his endeavours to keep the two women (played by Jessica Walter and E.J. Peaker) apart.

Tiki tore an old Christmas card in half in order to make another one. I hadn’t seen such a thing done before! The ‘new’ card is intended for an elderly friend of the family.

Having done this, it was time for her to ring the radiologists’. She was surprised to receive an appointment for a quarter past two. I drove her to the building that bears the name of ‘Wyoming’, which is located near Caringbah’s railway station. I sat in the waiting room while a gentleman, who appeared to be about six feet five inches tall, with fair hair and glasses, took X-rays of her left arm and shoulder.

In the meantime a young surfer, sporting a moustache of bum-fluff, wandered out attired in a smock of light blue. It displayed his bare back as well as his swimming costume, which was adorned in stars and stripes. No sooner had he appeared, than he was verbally dispatched back to his cubicle.

It transpired that the radiologist had overestimated the size of Tiki’s small shoulder and this had resulted in the initial X-rays being out of focus and, therefore, having to be retaken. I wrote out a cheque to the amount of forty-three dollars and ten cents and then accompanied Tiki to the third floor of Waltons to claim on it, in addition to this morning’s bill of eight dollars and seventy cents which had paid for her consultation to see her doctor.

We each enjoyed a glass of icy pineapple juice at the far table of the milk bar at the top of the stairs that lead from the Kingsway to the railway station. Sixty cents the poorer, I drove home by ten past three having not failed to notice the queer mushroom-shaped cloud during our short journey.

I watched the remainder of “The Mod Squad”, which concluded at four o’clock. Today’s edition centred upon a revolt at an educational institution and how the siege that ensued became right out of hand. Fortunately, Pete and Link, the male members of the Squad — played respectively by Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III — were on hand to bring the situation under control.

The ominous thunderclouds had made it so dark that, shortly after four, I was writing my diary — which has come to consume more and more of my time — with the light on.

We left for Tiki’s parents’ to give “Nan”, who is ninety years of age, her Christmas present. It consisted of stockings, ‘4711’ perfume and ‘4711’ refresher towels. In return she presented us with a cover for toilet rolls. It is in the form of a doll dressed in a flowing yellow dress, and was crocheted by her.

“Mum” insisted that we stay to dinner. “Dad” had elastoplast and six individual sticking plasters on cuts which were inflicted to his left shin when he rolled his rideable mower on the hilly front lawn, at the weekend. His mother experienced her second fall within a week, at 3.00 a.m. today, this time in the toilet of her home.

According to Channel Seven’s ‘News’ this evening, read by Roger Climpson, Terry Page, a bookmaker who is based here in Sydney, has been losing heavily over the past eighteen months and was allegedly near collapse after the first four races last Saturday were won by favourites or near favourites. He, also allegedly, had to stand himself down from fielding at today’s races as a consequence.

Tiki’s sister, Wendy, washed the dishes and after “Willesee” we departed, in the rain, to drive home. This evening’s edition of the programme, which is based upon current matters, featured the Adelaidian boy, Anthony Nolan, who at the age of six, appears to be losing his will to live in his fight against a disease of his bone marrow. Debby Boone — Pat’s daughter of twenty-one years — who is in Sydney to appear in John Denver’s TV Special, after her first single, “You Light Up My Life”, spent eight weeks atop the American chart, was also interviewed.

The last half of “Cousteau’s: The Sleeping Sharks Of Yucatan” was viewed from eight o’clock, followed, at half past the hour on Channel Seven, by a programme of the series, “Hunter”, which features James Franciscus, Linda Evans and the veteran actor, Ralph Bellamy. Tiki fell asleep on the floor with a pillow beneath her sore left shoulder.

New Hebridean Loss Becomes Our Loss,Too!: Friday, 17th August, 1979

Alas! Our first international holiday together, concludes today.

Having donned the clothes that I had worn on our flights from Australia, I began to carry our suitcases upstairs to the first floor. Once there, there was the walk along the corridor that led to the hotel’s foyer. Leaving the suitcase there my job was to descend and repeat the process, this time with our second case. My third transferal of our remaining belongings also involved that of Tiki as her limp remained noticeably quite severe.

I sat her down on the lounge and placed her leg on an attractive, polished table, in the hope that this might ease the pain that emanated from her left knee. However, when the pair of chain-smokers arrived, I moved away. The couple had been on our cruise of the lagoon, a week ago.

When the time came for us to depart for the airport, I made sure that our suitcases were loaded on to the utility by personally handing them up to the native gentleman who stood in the rear of the vehicle.

Upon boarding the minibus, along with the smokers and others, it soon became evident that space was at a premium. So much so, that one woman complained about the lack of it and moved to sit in the aisle.

It was then that the large native driver offered her a seat near to him, only to have her nastily reply that she couldn’t be bothered. “I’m sorry I asked!”, he retorted.

Our vehicle ascended the rocky hill of dirt, for the last time, as far as we were concerned, and deposited us all at Port Vila’s airport at approximately twenty-five past five. I led Tiki to a seat, prior to taking care of the usual formalities. The official, behind the desk, neglected to charge me the two hundred New Hebridean francs in tax upon our departure, and I was certainly in no mood to draw his attention to the oversight.

As dawn was breaking, at six o’clock, a Fokker Friendship departed, also bound for Noumea. Half an hour later our 737 twin-engined aeroplane, that bore the livery of ‘Air Nauru’, did likewise, with us seated about half of the way along, on its port side.

Our bags had not been searched to any degree, but a native man who appeared to possess a square hand, did move a metal detector about my body, as a woman did the same to Tiki.

Once aboard, Tiki occupied the seat by the window to my left while a native chap occupied the seat to my immediate right and next to the aisle. The pilot’s accent sounded as if he were an Australian. The hostesses, in their uniforms of yellow, served each of us with a plastic cup of weak orange cordial in addition to a sweet, wrapped in cellophane, that came to my aid as I sucked on it during our descent in to La Tontouta Airport, which is located some thirty-five miles to the north of New Caledonia’s capital and largest town, Noumea.

We obtained quite a clear view of that part of the island, which appeared to be mountainous while possessing a swampy coastal plain. The mountains could be described as generally being relatively barren in appearance with their coverage, at best, being scrubby and stunted.

Our flight had only just managed to arrive before that which had departed from Port Vila half an hour beforehand. The pilot, obviously aware that there was a couple of Aussies on board, had performed a sweeping turn of one hundred and eighty degrees, which provided us with an ample view of the small barren islands that lie just off the coast.

During our check-in we were allocated our seats for the considerably lengthier flight to Sydney. Owing to the fact that Tiki was finding it more difficult to bend her injured knee, we were afforded about a metre of space in which to stretch our legs aboard the considerably larger DC-10 of the French carrier, U.T.A.

We hadn’t been in the New Hebrides for long when we were informed, hopefully in jest, that the airlines initials were an acronym for ‘Unlikely To Arrive’. As if that hadn’t unnerved Tiki sufficiently, all DC-10s had been grounded globally, just a few months ago due to concerns in connection with their reliability.

Prior to inplaning, we had decided to wait until the queues had disappeared and only then walked through the gate and slowly made our way across the tarmac, a distance of perhaps two hundred metres. I supported Tiki as she struggled to climb up the front stairs of the aircraft only to then find that we virtually had to locate our seats without assistance.

The aeroplane ascended above the clouds and into the dazzling sunshine. The flight was to be a smooth experience and possessed a longevity of two hours and forty minutes.

A diminutive French steward. with dark hair, had somehow extracted my table from the right-hand side of my seat, whereas he poked a tray into the holes of Tiki’s to my left.

Breakfast consisted of a bowl of mixed fruit, followed by a serving of corn flakes, another of bacon and fairly watery scrambled egg, and a bread roll that would have given a rock a run for its money, a bun and a French fruit roll that was served in the shape of a discus. I literally ate the jams, namely orange marmalade and cherry, from the two, flat, small containers, with a spoon.

Despite what might appear to be a fairly scathing critique on my breakfast, I must say that I found it to be a satisfying one!

Afterwards, I helped to pass the time by looking through a copy of Britain’s broadsheet newspaper, ‘The Guardian’, which, in this instance, was dated as Wednesday, the fifteenth. Its headlines were dominated by the wild storm off the English county of Cornwall, that had claimed seventeen lives during the prestigious Fastnet Race. Yachts have to reach the rock of that name before returning to from whence they had come. Australia happened to win the race this year and in doing so, the Admiral’s Cup of yachting. In stating this, I in no way wish to detract from the gravity of the disaster.

A man, not far from us and shortly prior to the plane beginning its descent, took it upon himself to light a cigarette, in spite of the area in which we sat having been designated as being for non-smokers.

Sydney’s smog, despite us not being in the best position to observe it, appeared to be ashamedly dense.

As we had moved through the cabin en route to the exit we passed through an area where the stench of body odour was so intense that, should we have been seated in that vicinage, we would most assuredly have been induced to vomit!

I was the last person to remove suitcases from our allotted roundabout. “Mum” awaited our exit from customs, at approximately 11.30 a.m., and, as she drove us home, complained of how she had not been able to park her yellow ‘Rover’ in our driveway because birds had eaten purple berries from three of our trees and then proceeded to deposit their similarly coloured droppings on her car.

This afternoon, I walked to the bank where I attempted to exchange our remaining four hundred New Hebridean francs for some usable notes, only to be informed that because the French-British condominium is due to receive its independence next year, here, they are tantamount to being worthless.

It would appear that the New Hebridean official’s loss at the airport, this morning, has become our loss, too!

 

‘Some People’: Tuesday, 12th January, 1988

Although I didn’t awake until eight minutes to eight, I remained in bed, as Tiki had wanted to serve me with breakfast there. She placed the following on my four halves of toast: Vegemite, Sunny Cane’s golden syrup, IXL’s melon and lime conserve, and Home Brand’s pure Australian honey.

Steve Blanda read the ‘2WS News’ at eight o’clock, prior to Bill Woods’ presentation the news in sport. A man of twenty-three was to appear in court, in Kogarah, this morning charged with his alleged murder of a woman of nineteen years. She was allegedly stabbed twenty-two times by her attacker, in the early hours of yesterday morning, at the rear of her home in Penshurst.

A baby girl drowned yesterday, in the suburb of Summer Hill, whilst allegedly in the care of her babysitter, who is now being treated for shock. The woman has claimed that she left three children in a bathtub for just a few minutes, however, when she returned the baby was floating face down.

Australia’s Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, has surpassed the tenure of Andrew Fisher to become the Labor Party’s representative who had held the position for the longest time. Only the Conservatives’ (Sir) Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser have held the title for lengthier periods.

Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova are full of praise for the new stadium of tennis, in Melbourne. They are in agreement that it is the world’s finest such venue.

Russia is to compete at this year’s Olympic Games, in Seoul.

Between 8.09 and 8.13, I heard Cliff Richard’s latest single, Some People, on “Steve Matters’ Breakfast Show” that is also on 2WS.

Tiki asked me to accompany her to the shops, in our hunt for groceries. Upon our return, she began to express the feeling that she was not appreciated when it is considered just how hard she works. Then it was time for her to remind me, yet again, of how much she despises her job; for which she departed at twenty-five minutes to one.

Later, I began to type more of my ‘book’. Continuing on from where I had ceased yesterday. This I did for much of the afternoon, covering that period from the first to the eighth of October, 1977.

I did take a break, in order to purchase a copy of ‘The Sun’ newspaper at a cost of forty cents. Four lamb loin chops ($2.73) and five hundred and sixty grams of topside mince cost two dollars and seventy-nine cents. The chops, disappointingly, were not tender when we did our best to consume them at dinner.

A gusty nor-easterly breeze kept the air quite fresh and the temperature bearable. Sydney’s Observatory Hill recorded a range of twenty-two to twenty-eight degrees Celsius, with the maximum being two above the seasonal average. Liverpool, a south-western suburb, experienced a range of 19-31, while in Richmond, in the north-west, it varied between 19 and 32. Katoomba (20-28), a popular town with tourists, in the picturesque Blue Mountains and only about eighty kilometres from the centre of Sydney, was almost as mild as Observatory Hill.

Sydney’s pollution was classified as being in the medium range at twenty-eight;  but, please, don’t ask me to explain this!

Mark Warren, at 6.26 p.m. on Channel Nine, noted that the highest maxima in the state had been forty-four degrees at Wilcannia, and the lowest minima had been recorded at Bathurst where the mercury had dipped to eleven. However, this latter claim was to be disputed an hour later by the ABC’s presenter of the weather, Mike Bailey, on Channel Two, when he stated that the lowest temperature recorded had been that of twelve degrees, at Taralga. He added that in the twenty-four hours to 9.00 a.m., Bega had recorded twelve millimetres of rain and in the six hours after that, Murwillumbah received one.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, has reportedly stated that disaster will follow should his programme of reforms be halted. He claims that should his drive to restructure the Soviet Union succeed, the Union would become the world’s primary democracy.

The International Olympic Committee has declined to comment on North Korea’s announcement that it will not compete in the Summer Olympics, in Seoul, unless it is given the status of co-host.

Two weeks after having been officially recognised as being the world’s oldest person, Florence Knapp, an American, died yesterday at the age of one hundred and fourteen. Born on the tenth of October, 1873, Florence had lived for one hundred and ten years in her parents’ farmhouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her successor to the title is Maren Torp, a Norwegian, who is one hundred and eleven.

A survey, conducted by the Australian National University, has reportedly shown that Australians’ religious beliefs have not changed significantly since 1966. Eighty-two per cent believe in God, while sixty per cent believe that there is a heaven, thirty-seven per cent, a devil, and thirty-seven per cent, a hell. However, the number of believers conflicts with that of those who are actually attending church.

More than two hundred police, in eastern Sicily, have reportedly staged a number of raids at dawn after magistrates ordered that sixty-six alleged gangsters be arrested in connection to the scores of killings since 1979, reportedly at the hands of the Mafia.

A new breed of actors and actresses, it is said, are soon to replace the so-called Brat Pack of 1987. Those of whom it is believed will be toppled are Judd Nelson, Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe and, Bruce Willis’s new wife, Demi Moore. Their touted replacements are said to be Kiefer Sutherland, River Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Downey, Esai Morales, Holly Hunter, James Spader, Elizabeth Pena, Jami Gertz, Ione Sky, Martha Plimpton and Jennifer Grey, who is the daughter of the famed star of ‘Cabaret’, Joel Grey.

Channel Seven is televising competition in the Australian Open of tennis from Flinders Park, in Melbourne. Players who are listed to compete include Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash — who has drawn the ire of anti-Apartheid demonstrators and has consequently had black balls thrown on to the court during matches in which he is involved — Joakim Nystrom, David Pate, Martina Navratilova, Henri Laconte, Steffi Graf, Wendy Turnbull and Hana Mandlikova.

The list of commentators includes John Alexander, Sue Barker, Evonne Cawley, John Barrett, Peter Landy, Allan Stone, Dixie Marshall and Garry Wilkinson.

Channel Seven’s “News And Weather” screens between 6.00 and 6.45 and is delivered by the tall Ross Symonds, with Susie Stenmark then presenting the report on the weather. “Sports Today”, occupies the remaining fifteen minutes of that hour and is presented by Garry Wilkinson.

The following half an hour, also on Channel Seven, is occupied by the investigative programme, “Terry Willessee Tonight”, in which the host is assisted by the reporters: Maurice Parker, Emily Booker, Jim Maher and Alex Smith.

The index of the Dow Jones on Wall Street closed this morning (in Sydney) on 1,928.55 points, which is a fall of 16.58, on a relatively light volume of one hundred and sixty-four million shares.

Freddie Mercury, the leading singer in the band, Queen, has reportedly followed the lead of the fellow rocker, David Bowie and sought to be tested for A.I.D.S. Freddie, 41, who was born as Farrokh Bulsara on the African island of Zanzibar, it is claimed, was compelled to seek to be tested after a friend died from the disease.

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