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Posted on 1 Jul 2013 4:26 AM

 The Australian TV Week programme guide from 1961. This was just a few years after Television had been introduced to Australia in 1956. Technology has certainly changed since then, particularly with coverage of live events but many still refer to this era as the Golden Years of Televison.
I have a great selection of vintage TV Week magazines from the 60s and 70s. The make fascinating reading.

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Posted on 22 Jul 2011 8:31 AM

 "These people should be stoned in a public place"
Yes, I know its hard to believe but Radio Shock Jock Alan Jones made the comment this morning in reference to the introduction of a notation on NSW motor vehicle registration labels carrying a warning about carbon emissions. The RTA website states: "Motor vehicle emissions are the main source of air pollution in urban centres and the fuel they burn is a major contributor to climate change". Alan Jones obviously takes issue with that but Stoning!!?? the people who are associated with adding this reference to the rego label. That seems just a trifle harsh!!!

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Posted on 2 Jun 2011 8:29 AM

John Reid Comments .....
 In Australia, Alan Jones, probably has the most listeners of all Radio personalities. He presents the breakfast programme on 2GB Monday - Friday and there is no doubt that he is very entertaining and at times extremely eloquent. However, his entire programme is fast becoming an exercise in Propoganda against the current Labor Government.
Whilst some of the vitriolic attacks on the Government may certainly be jusitified, his venom against the Labor Party in general seems to be totally one eyed with rarely a realistic opportunity for any opposing views to be expressed. 
Barely a moment passes without Alan Jones ripping into the Labor Party and their independent supporters and what he sees as the shortcomings of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who he refers to as "this woman" or "Gillard" and the proposed Carbon Tax which he vehemently opposes.
I'm not sure exactly how much influence he actually has on the electorate but the constant and unwavering barrage against the Labor Party must be doing them considerable harm.  
The problem I have with all of this is that he does not allow meaningful debate on his programme. Sure, he occasionally interviews people with opposing views but he does all the talking. In a recent interview with a Professor who supported the Carbon Tax, Jones commenced the interview with a long editorial and then proceeded to contantly interrupt throughout the interview at times restricting the Professor to "yes" or "no" answers. 
OK, I know that there are time constraints but if you dont allow the other person to reasonably express their views then there is no point in conducting the interview.
Alan Jones employs the technique of interrupting routinely when doing phone interviews and quite obviously uses the fader to lower the volume on the caller so that he can constantly talk over the top of them. You can hear and sense the frustration in many of the people he interviews as they struggle to complete a sentence. If you dont agree with Alan Jones you are wasting your time attempting to talk to him.
The techniques that he uses are designed to be a vehicle for him to promote his views and opinions at the exclusion of any other point of view.
Alan Jones is a accomplished Broadcaster and very entertaining but he cannot be taken seriously as a credible Political Commentator whilst he continues to stifle real debate on his programme.
I'm John Reid

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Posted on 17 Jun 2010 7:22 AM

 I recently interviewed Catherine Lambert, the Australian Jazz singer and songwriter. Catherine had an important role in the movie Lost in Translation (2003) Directed by Sofia Coppola. With Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Akiko Takeshita. She also appeared in the Australian movie Peaches with Hugo Weaving.
She spoke about how she picked up the role in Lost in Translation

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Posted on 15 Jun 2010 1:42 PM

 Brisbane's historic Regent Cinema will be closing today for redevelopment. Yet another of Australia's magnificent cinemas lost forever. This is a real tragedy and another example of greed from developers and stupidty of policticians.

The Regent Theatre

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Posted on 8 Feb 2010 9:14 PM

 How many times have you had a conversation with someone who talks at you rather than actually engaging in a meaningful two, or three way dialogue? These people usually spend their time talking about themselves and their likes and dislikes but rarely allow any other contributions other than the cursory "yes, I know" or a nod of the head in agreement. When the time comes for the other party to attempt to contribute to the one way dialogue that is normally the cue for the monopoliser of the conversation to depart.
There are many who cannot hold an intelligent conversation that allows all opinions and arguments to be contirbuted. It is surprising that medical science has never been able to identify or diagnose this "condition" bearing in mind that it would be fairly easy to establish.
You would simply need to randomly record various conversations to verify the "condition".
If you conducted a simple word count of how many words were utterred by all parties in the conversation I would have no doubt that the people who suffer from "onversationitis" would score overwhelmingly high - possibly as much as a four or five to one ratio. Of course, some people are able to express themselves more succinctly than others but those who have the "onversationitis" affliction always seem to need more words to express a simple concept than others.
This blog may sound a little flippant or sarcastic but the fact is that the perfect conversationalist is one who allows all parties to the conversation equal time. If the conversation is one sided it becomes a "oneversation" and that is of little or no value to anyone.

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Posted on 4 Dec 2009 9:50 AM

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.

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Posted on 17 Jun 2009 7:07 PM

 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

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Posted on 6 Feb 2009 8:04 PM

 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."

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