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A Christmas Carol
Film Festivals
Melbourne Myths & Legends
Family stuff
Melbourne’s hidden gems
A new market
Calling women writers


A Christmas Carol

Phil Zachariah repeats his remarkable performance of Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol. Be warned that it is the complete work so you may observe nasty ‘drying out’ symptoms amongst some teenage girls who have never gone that long before with their mobile phone switched off. Details at Theatre in Melbourne.


Film Festivals

This week there is an international digital film festival called ResFest at ACMI. There is also a festival of films made by or about people with disabilities called The Other Film Festival. With these two film festivals in town it could create some confusion at the information booths. “Good afternoon sir, can we help you?” “Yes I want some information about the film festival.” “Is that the disabilities film festival sir?” “No I want information about the other film festival.” “That is the disabilities film festival sir.” “NO, I want information THE OTHER film festival.” “Do you mean the other film festival or The Other Film Festival?” . . . expect long queues at the information booths. Details at Film Festivals in Melbourne.


Melbourne Myths & Legends

Additive Myths

What we have chosen to call an Additive Myth is formed by taking a historical person or event and adding fictional attachments. For instance, the Ned Kelly story has gained many fictional additions in some circles. However the largest subject for additive myth in Melbourne has been the gangster Squizzy Taylor. If you believed every person that told you that ‘Squizzy once lived in this house’ or ‘kept one of his mistresses there’ then he would need to have moved house every single day of his short life. In the 1920s just before the Grand Final, Bob Pratt (the champion full forward for South Melbourne) was getting off a tram when he was hit by a truck. He missed the Grand Final and blamed "the Collingwood Gangster" (i.e. Squizzy Taylor) for arranging the accident. If this accusation is true, it makes it one of the most remarkable crimes in Australian history – Squizzy had been dead for several years at the time.

When such deeds are related with tongue-in-cheek good humour they are legends or ripping yarns, but when truly believed they are Additive Myths. There have been a number of fictional additions to the Eureka story circulated by the media recently. Expect to hear more in the next few days. You may even know people who have created additive myths about themselves. If you haven’t met such people as yet, never mind – you’re sure to meet a few at the office Christmas party.


Family stuff

Phil Kettle reads from his books to launch a summer reading club this weekend. Kids can ride on all sorts of vehicles at a twilight transport fair or there is a free fabulous fairies and wizards party at Fed Square. On a Friday night you can go and sit amongst the animals to watch the outdoor movies at Collingwood Children’s Farm. Then at the weekend you can go and sit amongst the animals to watch the one day cricket at the Docklands Stadium. (Alright, I know that an organisation has paid a large amount of money for naming rights on that stadium, but they haven’t paid any of it to White Hat. Similarly you’ve possibly noticed that we ignore sponsored naming of events and festivals. On the other hand we are happy to mention sponsors names in paid advertising.) Details of family events at Family Activities in Melbourne.


Melbourne's Hiddes Gems

Docks & Harbours

Please note: This section of the newsletter has been removed as it forms part of a forthcoming publication.

A new market

A new evening market has started at St Kilda beach. Just follow the smell of the incense – I think it’s incense. Details at St Kilda.


Calling women writers

One of our subscribers is coordinating a project of women’s writing based on females who have gay male friends. If you like more information send us an email and we will forward the details.

 
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