Tony Abbott was elected new leader of the Liberal Party in Australia a few days ago largely based on his stand against passing the Emissions Trading Bill.
He has had a long career in politics and has served as a minister in the previous government but his public speaking style could certainly be improved.
Tony Abbott prefaces nearly every phrase with "um" or "ah". There are many examples of this including Tony Abbott interview I stopped counting at 100 "ums" and "ahs".
If he is going to become a leader of any significance, he will obviously need to improve his skills as a speaker when enunciating the policies of his party.
My challenge to Tony Abbott is to complete one sentence without using an "um" or an "ah".
It wont be easy.
New Zealand has a proud history both in film making and in their wonderful and historic cinemas. Over the years there has been a select group of dedicated, and sometimes eccentric, theatre managers whose passion has been devoted to preserving historic cinemas that have often only been marginally profitable. It is disappointing that some of these wonderful cinemas have sadly gone by the wayside over the years to make way for modern redevelopment.
I have spent a great deal of time in New Zealand and have met some of the unique characters who have contributed so much to the history. Many have talked about compiling a history of New Zealand cinema.
Wayne Brittenden has now done that and his new book "The Celluloid Circus" is an absolutely fascinating chronicle of the history of many of the great cinemas in New Zealand and the people who manage them.
The book is packed with some superb photos that truly demonstrate how big a part cinema played in the life of New Zealanders. It also includes stories and anecdotes from some of the participants.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has even just a passing interest in film or the cinema. If you are interested in purchasing a copy send me an email
Film review broadcast on Jazz Radio 94.1fm by John Reid for All About Eve (1950) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders.
I have added a new video to YouTube with rare behind the scenes images and movie posters from the Science Fiction classic Creature From the Black Lagoon.
I would like to hear from anyone who purchased a D'Arcy Doyle or Ramon Ward-Thompson painting at an Exhibition and Sale of Australian art at Jupiters Casino at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in January 2008.
If you purchased any work of art at this sale please email me
I would also like to hear from Jennifer or Jennefer Doyle who purportedly provided the paintings for this sale.
d'Arcy W. Doyle was born in Ipswich in 1932 and was a self-taught painter of Australian landscapes and historical scenes.
From an early age he had a keen interest in drawing and wished to be a designer or to be involved in the graphic industry.
He joined the Royal Australian Navy and served seven years, after which he took up full-time painting in 1961.
Doyle has a deep affinity with the Australian bush and his work focuses on horses, sheep, drovers and other farm activities as well as children's games.
Influenced by Norman Rockwell, the well-known American illustrator, Doyle gives us a nostalgic impression of post-war Brisbane and Ipswich as he recalls it.
Ronald Coles Investment Galleries
Ronald Coles Investment Gallery 1 Porters Road, Kenthurst.
Ron Coles' website stated:
"Art available We feature many of Australia's greatest artists. Sir Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Eugene von Guerard, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Hans Heysen, Albert Namatjira. We also specialise in Norman Lindsay and D'Arcy W. Doyle. With a price range from $2000 to $1,800,000 we can cater for all needs."
I recently interviewed Ray Barrett who starred in the classic Australian film Don's Party. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford and written by David Williamson. It also featured Clare Binney, Pat Bishop, Graeme Blundell, Jeanie Drynan, John Hargreaves, Harold Hopkins, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang, Candy Raymond, Kit Taylor and John Grey Gorton the former Prime Minister. Ray Barrett provided an interesting insight into what it was like to work on the film.
I recently recorded an extended interview with Ray Barrett, star of many Australian films including Don's Party and Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. He also starred in the very popular TV series Emergency Ward 10 which was a huge hit in England in the 60s. He is currently appearing in the Baz Luhrmann epic Australia.
Ray also provided many of the voices for the TV series Thunderbirds which is still screened throughout the world today. I asked Ray about his experiences on Thunderbirds and have loaded the first in a series of interviews with him on to You Tube.
Sabotage (1936) aka The Woman Alone aka The Hidden Power Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester.
I interviewed Desmond Tester, the actor who starred as the young boy in Sabotage, about 15 years ago at his home in Sydney. We spoke about his career in the movies and, in particular, his experiences with Alfred Hitchcock. I have loaded an excerpt to YouTube from what is probably the only recorded interview with Desmond Tester.