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A TRUE GENTLEMAN

A TRUE GENTLEMAN

I was very saddened to hear this week of the passing of Rick Carter, the great Australian actor and comedian, with whom I worked on Gettin’ Square, a film I wrote and co-produced in 2003. A veteran of scores of classic Aussie films, including Muriel’s Wedding,...
THE PHANTOM OF YOUTH

THE PHANTOM OF YOUTH

They say youth is wasted on the young. But it may not always be so. Around one hundred years ago, a young, little-known American writer by the name of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, who later would be posthumously celebrated under the name F. Scott Fitzgerald as one of...
WHO’S PAYING FOR MY BUS FARE?

WHO’S PAYING FOR MY BUS FARE?

Society’s more forgettable characters sometimes prove to be life’s most memorable ones. About twenty years ago I appeared for a hapless heroin addict called to give evidence at an investigative hearing which required him to be cross-examined by a very...
THE FAME GAME

THE FAME GAME

Way back in 1968, Andrew Warhola, better known as the iconic American artist, director and film producer Andy Warhol, the celebrated pinup boy of the uber-cool 1960s visual art movement known as Pop Art, made what was to prove a profoundly prophetic statement....
THE BIRDS IS COMING

THE BIRDS IS COMING

I read a news story just the other day about a self-declared “grammar vigilante” who reportedly prowls the streets of Bristol, in south-west England, correcting errant punctuation on business signs. Apparently for the past decade or so he has been venturing out late...

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