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Friday, December 3, 2021


‘Social distancing’ is nothing new

The 1918 influenza pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the world, or about 27 per cent of the world population of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as

Being happiness and communicating that happiness to others

Local donors to the bushfire fundraiser included Ed Davies of Yea (artwork), Dino Giammarino of St Andrews (wine), Winston Hawke of Eltham (artwork), Courtney Hill of Rob Dolan Wines of South Warrandyte (wine), Simon Lee of Greenstone Wines of Yarra Glen (wine), Geoff Boulter of Taylor Bay Country Club (accommodation), Doug Golden of Flowerdale (pizza

Dahlin’ It’s The Jeannie Little Show

During her working day, Caroline Ferguson can be heard on major Victorian radio stations, giving reports for the Australian Traffic Network. Out of hours, ‘Ferg’ is stepping the boards, and her latest one-woman show is Dahlin’ It’s the Jeanne Little Show. Caroline’s family is well known throughout the Upper Goulburn, as successful farmers in the

Melbourne Theatre Guild award winners

The 33rd Annual Bruce Awards were presented by the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria at the historic and beautifully restored Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat. The sparkling, entertaining event was compered by MTV President Ang Cuy, and included first-class selected performances from musical theatre shows presented during the year. Awards for Excellence included: Production of the

Rob Dolan Wines joins Bushfire event donors

Rob Dolan Wines, of South Warrandyte, is the latest local company to donate goods for a Bushfire Fundraiser being held on Thursday, February 6. Lucie Aperloo and Tayla McKay were on hand to handover the mixed dozen, to be auctioned at the Fundraiser. To attend the free barbecue, use the Trybooking link at this address:

Showbiz people named in Australia Day Honours

Deborah Anne Conway was recognised in the Australia Daty Honours “for significant service to the performing arts, as a singer, songwriter and producer”. She receives the AM recognition. Also given the AM honour was Paul Joseph Mercrurio, of Tyabb, for significant service to the performing arts, particularly to dance. ABC evebning listeners will be familiar

Countdown to Yea Rotary Art Show

An open invitation is extended to all attend the Opening Night of the 35th Yea Rotary Art Show on Friday January 24 in the Yea Shire Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm and those attending will be given the opportunity to be the first to view and purchase from the magnificent artworks on show. There will

Brendan Scott to perform at free fundraiser

Entertainer Brendan Scott (as featured on 3AW) will perform at the Bushfires Fundraiser BBQ being held by Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge (Freemasons Victoria) at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday, February 6, at Ivalda Masonic Centre, 40 Salisbury Ave, Darebin. In just 48 hours, we have received 36 bookings. It’s free admission, but you need to book

SNEAK LOOK: Channel 9 reunion photo feature

Each week, the Melbourne Observer includes a Magazine section, with an emphasis on showbiz and theatre. In Wednesday’s edition there will be a photo spread of the Channel 9 staff reunion. Here is a sneak peek at our photo souvenir.

TV: Australia day in the bush

The Melbourne Observer presents a four-minute TV report on Australia Day in the Victorian bush. Australia Day celebrations were held by community volunteers across the region at locations including Yea, Alexandra, Eildon, Marysville, Kinglake, Flowerdale, Strath Creek and Flowerdale. Matthew Noonan was named as Murrindindi Shire’s Citizen of the Year at Yea. Norma Hodson of

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