The Time of Our Lives (TV series)
The Time of Our Lives is an Australian television drama series which premiered on ABC TV on 10 June 2013, at 8.30pm. It is a JAHM Pictures production in association with Film Victoria; the producer Amanda Higgs and principal writer Judi McCrossin were co-creators. The show follows the lives of the Tivolli clan, an Australian extended family in inner-city Melbourne. Aged in their thirties and forties, the characters are occupied with career advancement, home ownership, child-rearing and the vagaries of relationships. Aired in a time-slot that meant it competed with other Australian drama shows on commercial free-to-air channels, the series debuted with a "respectable" audience size; the show was renewed for a second season on 18 October 2013. The second season premiered on 26 June 2014. On 5 September 2014, it was announced. Claudia Karvan as Caroline Tivolli Justine Clarke as Bernadette Flynn Shane Jacobson as Luce Tivolli Stephen Curry as Herb William McInnes as Matt Tivolli Michelle Vergara Moore as Chai Li TivolliWith Tony Barry as Ray Tivolli Sue Jones as Rosa Tivolli Anita Hegh as Maryanne Elise MacDougall as Georgina'Georgie' Tivolli Tully McGahey as Tully Tivolli Frances McGahey as Frances Tivolli Thomas Fisher as Carmody Tivolli Pia Miranda as Kristin Glaros Catherine McClements as Diana Southey Jessica McNamee as Lisa Montago Luke McGregor as Luke Dave Lawson as Julian Mike McLeish as Mickey Mac Dion Williams as Lachie Calen Mackenzie as Jesse Reid Cheree Cassidy as Alice McQueen Tina Bursill as Lenore Michael Dorman as Joel Kate Jenkinson as Eloise Damian Walshe-Howling as Ewan Mick Molloy as Garrick Graham Georgina Naidu as Marla Anderson, Doug Time of Our Lives, the Years That Made Us - TV review at Australia Cultureblog, the Guardian, 24 June 2013 Official ABC website
Australian rules football
Australian rules football known as Australian football, or called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between behind posts. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball; the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch the ball from a kick are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when mark is paid. Players can use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension for a certain number of matches, depending on the seriousness of the infringement.
The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring. The sport's origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes. Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League, the sport's only professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body; the AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations, its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.
Australian rules football is known by several nicknames, including Aussie rules and footy. In some regions, it is marketed as AFL after the Australian Football League. There is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Compared to cricket and horse racing, football was viewed as a minor "amusement" at the time, while little is known about these early one-off games, it is clear they share no causal link with Australian football. In 1858, in a move that would help to shape Australian football in its formative years, "public" schools in Melbourne, Victoria began organising football games inspired by precedents at English public schools; the earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. On 10 July 1858, the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle published a letter by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calling for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter.
Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England, returned to his homeland a star athlete and cricketer. His letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks Wills' friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a scratch match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this was the first of several "kickabouts" held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley and J. B. Thompson. Trees were used as goalposts and play lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed upon code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles, "others by no rules at all". Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock; this 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and continued over two subsequent Saturdays, ending in a draw with each side kicking one goal.
It is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, the two schools have competed annually since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the world's oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has been suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football, not codified until 1885. There is no archival evidence in favour of a Gaelic influence, the style of play shared between the two modern codes was evident in Australia long before the Irish game evolved in a similar direction. Another theory, first proposed in 1983, posits that Wills, having grown up amongst Aborigines in Victoria, may have seen or played the Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, incorporated some of its features into early Australian football; the evidence for this is only circumstantial, according to biographer Greg de Moore's research, Wills was "almost influenced by his experience at Rugby School". A loosely organised Melbourne side, captained by Wills, played against other football enthusiasts in the winter and spring of 1858.
The following year, on 14 May, the Melbourne Football Club came into being, making it one of the
The Librarians (2007 TV series)
The Librarians is an Australian television comedy series which premiered on 31 October 2007 on ABC TV. In Ireland, the show airs on RTÉ Two; the series is produced and written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope who are the principal cast members. Hope is the series' director; the first series comprised six half-hour episodes. The second series with another six episodes began airing on 5 August 2009 and was filmed at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds; the series centres on the trials and tribulations of Frances O'Brien, a devoutly Catholic and blithely racist Head Librarian. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood – now a drug dealer – as the Children's Librarian. Frances must do all she can to contain her menacing past and concentrate on the biggest event of the library calendar – Book Week. Filming on a third and final series took place in early 2010 and aired on ABC1 that year; the Librarians theme music is an upbeat variation on the popular jazz tune "A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie.
Robyn Butler as Frances O'Brien Roz Hammond as Christine Grimwood Heidi Arena as Dawn McConnichie Stephen Ballantyne as Matthew Bytnskov Keith Brockett as Ky Lee Bob Franklin as Neil Slider Wayne Hope as Terry O'Brien Nicole Nabout as Nada al Farouk Kim Gyngell as Father Harris Josh Lawson as Lachie Davis Fiona Harris as Jane Victoria Eagger as Pearl O'Leary Grant Piro as Piero Stephen Curry as Life Coach Kate Kendall as Jacinta McSweeney Greg Stone as Premier Carter Molly Daniels as Bridget / Berndette Noni Hazelhurst as Midwife Marty Sheargold as Paolo Hamish Blake as HD News Journalist, Jake Jackson Vince Colosimo as Adrian Green, Head of the Australian Library Association Tony Martin as Gene, Adrian Green's boyfriend Angus Sampson as Xavier Fisher Tony Moclair as Bingo Justin Hamilton as Biscuit Lachy Hulme as Hasan, Nada's ex-husband. Peter Garret as himself List of Australian television series List of Australian Broadcasting Corporation programs ABC TV – The Librarians The Librarians on IMDb The Librarians at TV.com Lallo, Michael: Fun between the covers, The Age Media Release TV Week The Librarians - Episode 1 at Australian Screen Online
Graham Cyril Kennedy AO was an Australian entertainer and variety performer, as well as a personality and star of radio, theatre and film. He was called "Gra Gra". Honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia, he was a six-time recipient of the Gold Logie, including the Logie Hall of Fame award, won the Star of the Year Award in 1959, he is the most awarded star of Australian television. He was referred to as "The King" or the "King of Australian television", he was best known for his collaborations with Australian entertainer Bert Newton and American-born television personality Don Lane. Kennedy was born in Balaclava to Cyril William Kennedy and Mary Austen Kennedy. Kennedy's mother, 18 years old at the time of his birth, was employed at a local picture theatre, his father worked variously as mowed lawns and washed cars. In 1939 he joined the RAAF as an air gunner. Kennedy's first home was a "crowded duplex" at 32 Nelson Street, Balaclava. A 20 cm diameter plaque was placed on the property by the City of Port Phillip, coincidentally in the week of Kennedy's death.
When Kennedy was two years old, his parents moved to St Kilda, for two years. His parents divorced shortly before World War II and Kennedy was raised by his grandparents, "Pop" Kennedy and "Grandma Scott", to whom he remained close until her death. Kennedy said that he had: wished his mother and father had never married.'I wasn't enamoured of either of them they betrayed me divorce is not too much fun for a little nine-year-old After Kennedy's death, an article in The Bulletin by his friend and colleague John Mangos recorded that:... he would sometimes talk about the violent arguments between his parents, how he gravitated to his grandmother's bosom, his two uncles and how one of them took liberties with the boy. Graham never resented him. Kennedy was educated firstly at Euston College on the corner of Chapel and Carlisle streets, secondly at Caulfield North Central School and at Melbourne High School, South Yarra. In 1977, Kennedy chaired a project to raise funds for improvements at Melbourne High which raised more than $100,000 in its first year.
During a school break in 1949, Kennedy worked in his uncle's hairdressing shop at 475 Collins Street, where he met clients who worked in the same building for the Radio Australia shortwave service of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He was offered, accepted, a job as a news runner from Collins Street to the ABC studios in Lonsdale Street. Shortly thereafter he joined radio station 3UZ. Melbourne's most popular commercial radio personality was arguably Clifford "Nicky" Nicholls Whitta. A radio performer since 1932, he presented a popular housewives' programme, as well as "Chatterbox Corner" with his wife Nancy Lee. In an era when Australian radio announcers adopted false British accents and a "hard sell" approach to advertisements, Whitta's authentic Australian voice and irreverent attitude towards his sponsors made him the idol of his audience. By the early 1950s a newspaper survey found that more than 70 per cent of Melbourne housewives tuned into his show. In his foreword to Nancy Lee's book Being a Chum Was Fun Kennedy wrote: About 40 years ago, when I was a snow haired six year old, I can remember being captivated by a grown man pretending to be a naughty little boy on 3AW's children session called "Chatterbox Corner".
His name was Clifford Whitta, he was to become the most important man in my life. Years I was more fascinated with this man when he conducted a breakfast program and let the boy who played his records talk on the air with him. Nicholls moved from 3KZ to 3UZ, bringing with him his teenage panel operators Alf "Alfie Boy" Thesinger and Russell Archer. However, eighteen-year-olds and Archer were "called up" for National Service. Nancy Lee's book records: I asked Nicky, "Have you decided on anyone to help you in the session yet?" When I heard the chosen one was to be young Graham, I was surprised. "Oh, no, not Graham! he's a nice boy, but he can't talk." Nick said, "Mum, leave him to me." Nicky became father-figure, personal friend and mentor to Kennedy, the two built an extraordinary on-air rapport. Kennedy wrote: Being straight man to one of the greatest entertainers of our time was not all that easy. We were not always chums, he would spend weeks not talking to me for something I had unknowingly done.
Once he suspended me from the programme for some trivial matter. I worked with him until his sudden death in 1956. I never stopped being a fan. I did not realise that I had been prepared for another career on another electrical medium: the most potent communication device of the century. Nicky died on 8 September 1956. By May 1957, Kennedy was appearing on television, but presented a 3AK morning radio programme with Bert Newton in 1961–1962, which originated from a studio built at Kennedy's home in Olivers Hill, Frankston. In 1970 he worked at 3XY. Kennedy recorded eight thirty-minute radio comedies for the ABC under the title Graham Kennedy's
Cliff Young (athlete)
Albert Ernest Clifford Young, OAM was an Australian potato farmer and athlete from Beech Forest, best known for his unexpected win of the inaugural Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1983 at 61 years of age. Born the eldest son and the third of seven children of Mary and Albert Ernest Young on 8 February 1922, Albert Ernest Clifford Young grew up on a farm in Beech Forest in southwestern Victoria; the family farm was 2,000 acres in size with 2,000 sheep. Young was forced to round up the stock on foot when he was young, as the family was poor during the depression and could not afford horses. In late 1982, after training for months around the Otway Ranges, Young attempted to break Siegfried "Ziggy" Bauer's world record for 1,000 miles of 11 days and 23 hours; the attempt took place in Colac's Memorial Square. Young had to abandon the world-record attempt just after halfway at 805 kilometres. Reflecting on the failed attempt, Young wrote that he and his support team were inexperienced and ill-prepared.
In 1983, the 61-year-old potato farmer won the inaugural Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon, a distance of 875 kilometres. The race was run between what were Australia's two largest Westfield shopping centres: Westfield Parramatta, in Sydney, Westfield Doncaster, in Melbourne. Young showed up to compete in overalls and work boots, without his dentures, he ran at a slow, loping pace, trailed the pack by a large margin at the end of the first day. While the other competitors stopped to sleep for six hours, Young kept running, he ran continuously for five days, taking the lead during the first night and winning by ten hours. Before running the race, he had told the press that he had run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep in gumboots, he claimed afterwards that during the race, he imagined that he was running after sheep, trying to outrun a storm. The Westfield run took him five days, 15 hours and four minutes two days faster than the previous record for any run between Sydney and Melbourne, at an average speed of 6.5 kilometres per hour.
All six competitors who finished the race broke the old record. Upon being awarded the prize of A$10,000, Young said he did not know that there was a prize, that he felt bad accepting it as each of the other five runners who finished had worked as hard as he did—so he split the money between them, keeping none, he became popular after this "tortoise-and-hare" feat, so much so that in Colac, the Cliff Young Australian Six-Day Race was established that same year. In 1984 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "for long distance running". Despite attempting the event again in years, Young was unable to repeat this performance or claim victory again. In 1997, at age 76, he made an attempt to beat Ron Grant's around-Australia record, he completed 6,520 kilometres of the 16,000-kilometre run, but he had to pull out because his only crew member became ill. In 2000, he achieved a world age record in a six-day race in Victoria. Young was a vegetarian from 1973 until his death, he lived in the family home with his brother Sid.
Young had remained single throughout his life, but after the 1983 race, at 62 years of age, he married 23-year-old Mary Howell, 39 years his junior. The race sponsor, hosted the wedding for the entertainment of shoppers. Young and Howell divorced five years later. Renowned for his ungainly running style, Young ran more than 20,000 kilometres during his competitive career. After five years of illness, several strokes, he died of cancer at the age of 81 on 2 November 2003 at his home in Queensland. A memorial in the shape of a gumboot in Beech Forest is dedicated to Young, the Cliff Young Drive and Cliff Young Park there are named after him; the "Young Shuffle" has been adopted by some ultramarathon runners. At least three winners of the Sydney-to-Melbourne race were known to use the "Young Shuffle" to win the race. In 2010, comedian Hannah Gadsby named her Sydney Comedy Festival show "The Cliff Young Shuffle" in tribute. In May 2013, ABC1 broadcast Cliffy, a telemovie about Young's victorious 1983 run.
The telemovie starred Kevin Harrington as Young, with his race support team played by Roy Billing as his coach Wally, Anne Tenney as his sister Eunice, Joshua Hine as Paul. Krew Boylan featured as Mary Howell, Young's mother was played by Joan Sydney. Elsewhere in television, Young appeared in an episode of Prisoner: Cell Block H as himself. Cliff Young Rest in Peace
Kevin Bartlett (Australian rules footballer)
Kevin Charles Bartlett AM is a former Australian rules footballer and coach who played in the Victorian Football League between 1965 and 1983 for the Richmond Football Club. He has played the third highest number of games in VFL/AFL history, he won five premierships with Richmond, won their best and fairest medal five times. In 2008, he was listed by journalist Mike Sheahan as the ninth greatest player of all time in the AFL-commissioned book, The Australian Game of Football. Following his retirement as a player, Bartlett developed a successful career as a sports commentator and broadcaster on both television and radio, he was a member of the AFL's rules committee for many years until he retired on 4 March 2014. as well as the selection panel for the All-Australian Team and AFL Rising Star awards. On 1 September 1987 he was appointed coach of Richmond, but his sacking after four unsuccessful seasons led to Bartlett not returning to the club for the following 16 years. Bartlett was a rover and goalkicker, known as'Hungry' due to his unwillingness to handball.
He is known for great evasiveness and stamina, he could win a game off his own boot. A winner of five premierships with Richmond, he won the Norm Smith Medal in 1980 after kicking seven goals in the Grand Final. With 403 games, only Michael Tuck of Hawthorn & Brent Harvey of North Melbourne have played more VFL/AFL games. Bartlett was renowned for his skill and concentration on the game and was instrumental in many Tiger wins; the "Kevin Bartlett Medal" is awarded each season to the player who finishes fifth in the Richmond Football Club's best and fairest count, with places one to four being the Jack Dyer, Jack Titus, Maurie Fleming, Fred Swift Medals respectively. Bartlett grew up barracking for the Footscray Football Club, watched their first premiership in 1954; as a teenager, he walked from his home in Lennox St, Richmond to the Punt Road Oval, where he was greeted by Richmond's Fourth coach Bill Boromeo. It was this chance meeting that set in the motion for Bartlett to play at Richmond.
He began his career with the under 17's side where he won the goalkicking and the best and fairest in 1962. In 1963, he won the best and fairest in the under 19's and Richmond made the under 19's final series. Bartlett however was injured seconds into the first final against Geelong, which resulted him being taken to the Prince Henry Hospital where it was revealed that a cyst was embedded in his hip, it was while waiting for the ambulance to collect him in the MCG change rooms, that he first met Jack Dyer. Dyer had appeared at the match on advice of Richmond under 19's coach Ray Jordon – and visited Bartlett in the rooms to tell him he will be okay; the following year for Bartlett involved rehabilitation, as he still experienced pain around his hip area. Team AFL Premiership: 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980 McClelland Trophy: 1967, 1974, 1982 Individual Norm Smith Medal: 1980 Jack Dyer Medal: 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1977 Michael Roach Medal: 1974, 1975, 1977, 1983 Australian Football Media Association Player of the Year Award: 1979 Victorian Representative Honours as Captain: 1980 Victorian Representative Honours Represented "The Galahs" on the Australian Football World Tour: 1968 Richmond F.
C. Captain: 1979 Richmond F. C. Team of the Century – Rover Richmond F. C. Hall of Fame Inductee: 2002 Richmond F. C. – Best Individual Performance of the Century Richmond F. C. Immortal: 2004 Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend: 2000 Inductee Bartlett was the Tigers' coach from 1988 to 1991. Controversy surrounding his dismissal as coach left him estranged from the football club for many years. However, on 30 March 2007 he attended his first official club function since 1991. Kevin Bartlett was a key member and public face of the AFL "Laws of the Game" or Rules Committee until 4 March 2014, he was a selector of the Australian Football Hall of Fame from its inauguration in 1996 until his resignation in 2009, is a selector of the yearly All-Australian team. Bartlett joined Channel 7 in Melbourne after his playing retirement, appearing on World of Sport and hosting the Junior Supporters Club. In 1984, Bartlett was crowned King of Moomba, he wrote for the Sun News Pictorial. His media commitments were put on hold during his four-year stint as Richmond coach.
He has great all-round interest in most sports, is one of the few ex-Australian football players who has carved out a career commentating on all manner of sports. Since 2004, he has been a radio host on Melbourne's dedicated sports radio station, SEN – first with Hungry for Sport, a morning show playing on his nickname of "Hungry", with KB and the Doc in the afternoon with John "Dr Turf" Rothfield beginning in 2018, he commentates Saturday and Sunday matches for SEN. He had hosted the breakfast program on Sport 927 until 2003, he commentated on cable-TV for Fox Footy and was the host of the popular nostalgia show Grumpy Old Men on Fox Footy until the channel's closure at the end of the 2006 season. He did a Richmond-centric official alternate commentary for FOX's broadcast of Richmond vs. North Melbourne in June 2014 called "Press Red for Kev" in response to the "Press Red for Ed" Collingwood-centric alternate commentaries led by Eddie McGuire. On 13 September 2008, he appeared in a Toyota Memorable Moments advertisement.
The advertisement includes Bartlett recreating his seven goals from the 1980 VFL Grand Final, as well as his famous'comb-over' hair style, which comedian Dave Lawson recreates by shaving his own hair on camera. Geelong's Matthew Scarlett impersonated the haircut, at his'Mad Monday' celebrations after the 2008 Grand Final. Bartlett