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The Independent Weekly
There was once
a time when
the inside page of
and while Hear say
never has and never
will again, allow
us to introduce to
you that borderline
courtesy of the
Story of Swimwear
opened last night
by Miss Australia
Beach Girl 1974,
designers all played
their part in the
evolution of the
says the museum s
The exhibition is
on until March 9.
Don t expect any
Maslin s to feature.
by Ger vaise Purcell,
1950s. Public art of privates
For Botters and Lachy (Whose
resemblance to the Premier's media
minders Jill Bottrall and Lachlan
Parker is entirely fictitious).*
B: What have you got there Lachy?
L: Letters to be typed.
B: What's this? Dear Scott, you will
always be my favourite film director.
Don't be upset when I say I also
like Scorsese, Antonioni, Fellini and
L: Listen to this: Dear Sophia, you still
look great. I have always liked your
films. To me you are like a work by
Botticelli, Giotto, or Michelangelo. I
would like to be photographed with you
for my Famous Friends collection.
B: God, this one's to the Pope:
Dear Holiness, thanks for the Mary
MacKillop thingy. We are all trying to
be more like her. I am massively into
good works. When in Rome I would
really like an audience. Your place, any
L: Here's some to Italian soccer stars.
Wants to meet them.
B: And Berlusconi: Dear Silvio, I, like
you, am a massively successful politi-
cian and family man. How is your face?
I would like to chew the fat, as we say,
and you could give me a few tips about
loving -- I mean living! -- in Italy.
L: What's it all about?
B: Here's a clue: Dear Tim, please
reply soon. Do you have to be a
Catholic to do your job?
L: Mama mia!
B: And this: Dear Amanda, it would
be good if you could reply just once. I
have to tell you I want a job like yours.
L: But when Botters?
B: Sometime after the election,
L: Quando? quando?
* (Questo non basato su una storia
vera. Previous columns can be found at
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It didn t take long for the MacKillop
franchise to turn its eyes to a profit.
"Following the announcement
by Pope Benedict XVI that
Blessed Mary MacKillop is to
be canonised in Rome on October
17, Harvest Pilgrimages has been
appointed the Official Canonisation
Tour Operator by the Sisters of St
Joseph, the Catholic Archdiocese of
Sydney and the Australian Catholic
Bishops Conference," announced
Harvest Pilgrimages MD Philip
Ryall. He expects thousands of
MacKillop pilgrims to make the
journey to Rome. "This event
will be huge, as Mary will really
become a saint for all Australians,"
says Ryall. Harvest will manage
pilgrims official entry passes
for the canonisation and other
ceremonies. Things have certainly
changed since A Pilgrim s Progress,
when all one needed was a pair of
Pilgrimages are big business in
Islam, too. Two million Muslims
made the pilgrimage to Mecca last
year. It s Saudi Arabia s largest
foreign exchange earner after oil.
A Hazelwood Park voter wrote
to the Attorney-General about
David Hicks incarceration in
Guantanamo Bay. "I am con-
cerned by your support of the
use of torture," wrote the voter.
Mick Atkinson soon put the
poor mug straight, saying Hicks
treatment and years in jail
without trial were "regrettable",
but refuting the suggestion Atko
"You write from Hazelwood
Park, a neighbourhood that has
voted for the Liberal Party since
it was subdivided," the Attorney
replied. "Rather than hector
me, an innocent Labor Party
bystander, I suggest you get out
from behind the fastness of your
word processor and talk to your
"Am I my brother s keeper?"
Cain asks in Genesis. The Lord s
answer, Mick, is yes.
There s not much that s free these
days, but on March 7 more than 200
veteran and vintage cars, trucks
and motorcycles will converge on
the Adelaide parklands on free
It s the Vintage Sports Car Club s
third annual display of vehicles
built before 1931. "Everything
from spindly, single-cylinder cars
and bikes well over 100 years old
capable of just 40kmh, to large
eight-cylinder, luxury vehicles from
the height of the Roaring Twenties
more than capable of mixing it with
modern traffic," says the club s
David Read. The vehicles will be on
the western side of Anzac Highway
between the Keswick Bridge and
West Terrace from 12.30 to 3.30pm.
Speaking of iron horse, the
Indian Pacific this week
celebrated its 40th birthday.
The Sydney to Perth trip
is "acclaimed not only as
an Australian icon but as
one of the world s great
train journeys", says Great
Southern Rail s Russell
Great Southern Rail is
owned by Serco, which is
owned in neither Sydney
nor Perth, but in London,
England. So much for being
an "Australian" icon.
Never marry a railroadin' man
Trainspotting: Tens of thousands lined the tracks
to witness what was said to be a symbol of
Saints be praised!
The Hajj in Mecca: two million pilgrims
are big business.
We can t show you a photograph
because you might leave this
newspaper where the kiddies could
find it, but folk have once again
carved a little "art" on the hillside
up top of Brownhill Creek.
There was a time when
graduating high school students
created such art on the hill -- often
Roman numerals of the year.
But this time the image is a basic
phallus, visible to all who drive up
Old Belair Road. Don t say we didn t
warn you ...
Meanwhile, there s the Festival
and the Fringe and a V8 car race
and a world music concert over four
But go and see Wata Wind at the
Festival Centre s artspace gallery.
There are stories behind the
paintings, of course, but you don t
really need them. The art speaks for
No innocent bystander.
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