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The Independent Weekly hear'say
The Algonquin Hotel where
Mike Rann stayed while in
New York is not your average
world-class hotel. Situated just
a stroll from Times Square and
Broadway, it s one of the Big Apple s
Its website declares: "Step outside
this legendary boutique hotel and
discover the world s most fashion-
able shops. Explore renowned
museums. Dine with celebrities.
Rub shoulders with Broadway s
most celebrated stars. Your room
at The Algonquin will be within
walking distance from the best
New York has to offer, perfect for a
night on the town or entertaining
The exquisitely furnished,
174-room hotel was opened in 1902.
In 2006 the Michelin guide called it
one of New York s top hotels. The
Historic Traveller magazine named
it one of the top 10 great historic
No wonder our peripatetic Arts
Minister chose to stay there. If
he d been there in May he d have
bumped into Oscar-winning actor
Other guests over the years have
included Dorothy Parker, John
Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks
Snr, Gertrude Stein and Simone
de Beauvoir. Orson Wells enjoyed
his honeymoon there.
Writer William Faulkner is said
to have composed his Nobel Prize
acceptance speech there in 1950.
Other regulars have included
Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier,
Jeremy Irons, Graham Greene,
Diana Rigg and Anthony
A waiter in its famous Round
Table Room since 1981, Chuck
Shah recounts on its website how
Muhammad Ali often used to sit
to one side for a quiet drink. Other
guest he s served include Jackie
Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
And the careers of Harry Connick
Jnr, Diana Krall and Michael
Feinstein are said to have been
launched in the famous Oak Room.
The famous lobby: you paid the Member for Ramsay s bill.
Political reporters are in
Parliament usually only during
Question Time, so they can often
miss highlights of legislative
debate. Like this one.
Iain Evans (Liberal, Davenport):
"This Bill again puts before the
house amendments to the Civil
Liability Act about charitable
donations. It gives the Government
time to work through this issue.
The Opposition consulted with the
Law Society about this matter and
the Law Society agrees with the
Opposition on this matter."
Michael Atkinson (Labor,
Croydon) interjecting: "As about so
Evans: "Madam Speaker, the
ghost of defamation past is here. I
have been walking around Adelaide
noticing all the defamation
lawyers looking so glum these
days that there has been a change
in Attorney-General because they
have all had to cut their budgets."
Norwood High School
opened in 1910, so by our
maths that makes it 100 years
old. Luckily, the school s
maths teachers agree with
us, so they ve put together
a centenary exhibition -- a
kaleidoscope of works
from several generations
of graduates and teachers
from Norwood, Morialta
and Norwood Morialta high
Kay Lawrence, the
professor of visual art at
the University of SA, did
the opening honours, and
her works as well as those
by Chris Orchard and The
Independent Weekly s own
resident cartoonist and
illustrator George Aldridge
are just three reasons to
go along. It s on until next
George Grainger Aldridge s art
adorns the Hawker general store.
Mice breed like rabbits, and on
the Eyre Peninsula farmers have
been calling the authorities, saying
they can t remember a worse mice
In this case, the authorities are but
one: the Minister for Agriculture,
Primary Industries and Plagues,
Now some things are difficult to
comprehend without them being
experienced ... no one else s account
of an earthquake can compare
to feeling the ground shake for
Mice are in such numbers they re
climbing into car and tractor engine
bays, and nibbling through the
electrical wiring. They gnaw at
skirting boards and scurry across
the kitchen floor while people
cook and eat. They eat books and
magazines, and wee in underwear
drawers. They stink out the shed
and they ll clear the heads off wheat
and barley and leave the farmer with
stubble -- no harvest, and millions of
dollars worth of crops stripped bare.
But Minister Caica says mice
are out of his hands, and he won t
contribute state funds to fight the
During the 1969 mouse plague, the
Member for Eyre, Ernest Edwards
(LCL), while directing a question
to the Minister for Agriculture,
pronounced that "because of the
increasing mouse population the
Government should take steps to
appoint a mousetologist to control
Poor old Ern. Apparently some
ALP scallywags put him up to it.
Rory McEwen was better known
as the conservative who crossed the
floor to support a minority Labor
Government (receiving a ministry
as reward) than for his performance
in his allocated portfolio, which was
He retired at the last election,
having propped up the Labor Party
for two terms.
Now we hear he s been appointed
as the chair of the Grape and
Wine Research and Development
Corporation, which naturally deals
with government and industry.
There is, of course, a government
rule that within a fortnight of being
appointed agriculture minister,
McEwen would have had to give
Premier Mike Rann a written
guarantee that McEwen would not
"for a two-year period after ceasing
to be a Minister, take employment
with, accept a directorship of or
act as a consultant to any company,
business or organisation with
which (he) had official dealings as
Minister in his last 12 months in
"If the Commissioner for Public
Employment decides that an
appointment could lead to public
concern that the statements and
decisions of the Minister, when in
Government, have been influenced
by the hope or expectation of future
employment with the company or
organisation concerned, or that an
employer could make improper use
of official information to which a
former Minister has had access, the
Commissioner may withhold his or
her consent or recommend that the
former Minister stand aside from
participating in certain activities of
the employer for a two year period."
Clearly, there s no worries in this
(An occasional cross-party coffee
break with MP3 and MP4.)*
MP4: Hi there, coffee?
MP3: Thanks. What s new?
MP4: I was going to ask you. We ve
been waiting for a couple of weeks.
MP3: Well, the Boss is back now.
And he s telling everyone he has a
MP4: Which mission are we talking
about now? Is he going to reinvent
MP3: No he s going to revitalise the
city centre. He wants to transform it.
MP4: Well, he wouldn t be the first.
MP3: He said he wants Adelaide to
MP4: Seeing big cities overseas can
do that to you. He s just got back
from the Big Apple.
MP3: He says Southbank has
rejuvenated Melbourne and we can
do the same here.
MP4: That would cost some.
MP3: He says we have a once-in-a-
lifetime opportunity to change the
face of the city for the next 100 years.
MP4: We ve been trying to do that for
the last 100 years. Does he have any
new ideas in particular?
MP3: Riverbank, Convention Centre,
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide
Oval, Victoria Square.
MP4: That s pretty novel. Is that
what he came up with after visiting
London and New York?
MP3: Don t be churlish. He says he
knows how to do it.
MP4: How s that then?
MP3: He wants to appoint a
Government architect to plan it all
in an integrated way.
MP4: Isn t that what his Thinker-
in-Residence Professor Laura Lee
MP3: You re right. She did. He s very
impressed by her.
MP4: Might not be a bad idea, but it
all costs money.
MP3: Of course it costs money. The
Treasurer keeps reminding us.
MP4: I thought it was us reminding
MP3: The Treasurer has a lot on his
MP4: We don t have as much money
MP3: Or New York. Or Melbourne.
MP4: How does he plan to pay for it
MP3: Dunno, but it doesn t hurt to
have a mission.
MP4: Where you off to on your next
MP3: New York, London. I want to
see a couple of world-class cities.
MP4: They re supposed to be study
MP3: Well I need to study what the
Premier studied so I can help you
study his mission.
*(Though fictional MP3 and MP4
do like to broaden their horizons.)
Be nice to mice
Norwood's rich and famous
Meanwhile, if you re after an
ex-State Government car,
wander down to the next
auctions at Transport Avenue on
Wednesday. Government Auctions
SA is the trading name of the
auction division of the South
Australian Government Financing
If you call the minister with
responsibility for the Government
Financing Authority, you ll be put
through to the Treasurer, Kevin
If you call the auctioneers who
are conducting Wednesday s
sale, you ll reach Evans Clarke
National. You can even ask to be
put through to one of the firm s
principals, Mr Foley. But he s not
the Treasurer. He s the Treasurer s
Quiet little earner Calling all
Build a better mousetrap and the world
will beat a path to your door.
Michael Atkinson as the Ghost of
Photo: Kate Elmes
JB Hi-Fi, Correction
On page 13 of our "PRICE BLITZ"
catalogue, there s a Panasonic TV at
$1681 incorrectly shown with a Bonus
Blu-Ray Home Theatre. The correct
bonus is a Blu-Ray Disc Player (DMP-
BD65) & Avatar Blu-ray Disc Movie, by
redemption. A $30 Postage & handling
fee applies. We apologise for any
inconvenience caused by this error.
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