Wesley CBC secures first win

Nestles captain-coach David Wright (above) shows good technique during his impressive innings of 82 against Allansford at the Reid Oval on Saturday. Nestles scored a 50-run win to move into third spot on the ladder. Allansford bowler Brad Sheen (right) spins a delivery down the pitch. 090117SB07, 08 Pictures: STEVEN BROADLEY Nestles captain-coach David Wright (above) shows good technique during his impressive innings of 82 against Allansford at the Reid Oval on Saturday. Nestles scored a 50-run win to move into third spot on the ladder. Allansford bowler Brad Sheen (right) spins a delivery down the pitch. 090117SB07, 08 Pictures: STEVEN BROADLEY
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Nestles captain-coach David Wright (above) shows good technique during his impressive innings of 82 against Allansford at the Reid Oval on Saturday. Nestles scored a 50-run win to move into third spot on the ladder. Allansford bowler Brad Sheen (right) spins a delivery down the pitch. 090117SB07, 08 Pictures: STEVEN BROADLEY

THREE of the top four sides were beaten and the winless Wesley CBC finally broke its luck in a topsy-turvy round of Warrnambool and District Cricket Association.Nestles rocketed to third place with a 50-run win over ladder-leader Allansford while Russells Creek defended 4-230 against fellow finals contender Dennington, with the result earning Creek second spot.Portland Colts kept its dream of back-to-back titles alive with a nail-biting win against West Warrnambool.The reigning champion ended the Panthers’ three-game winning streak, surpassing their total of 150 in the last over.Nirranda Knights finds itself edging closer to being the competition’s cellar dweller after Wesley CBC gave it a 109-run thrashing.In arguably the biggest upset of the round, Merrivale sent Brierly crashing out of the four.Tigers captain-coach Justin Lynch approached the match as if his side had nothing to lose.”They’re fighting for a finals spot while we haven’t had much luck this year so I just said to go out there, have a go, take a few risks and see what happens,” he said.What happened was bad news for Brierly, which has dropped its last three matches.Lynch believed Merrivale was always in control of the game, especially when the Bulls only managed 174.”It was such a good batting wicket,” the skipper said. “It was an absolute belter.”It was probably the best wicket I’ve played on out of the whole association.”They (Brierly) got off to a good start and at one stage I thought we would be chasing 200 plus but we ended up restricting them.”After Brierly captain-coach Nathan Murphy (46) was sent back to the shed, the Bulls lost momentum.Their last three dismissals scraped together just 10 runs.Lynch attributed that to Simon Fleming and Jeremy Burgess, who finished the bowling for Merrivale.”The young kids that opened the bowling were good too,” he said. “Sam Gleeson and Steven Mirtschin have just come into division one in the last few weeks.”We’re playing a lot of kids to try and fast track them for the next few years.”They’re doing a great job.”Burgess grabbed 3-33 while Fleming took 2-48.Lynch was equally impressed with the Tigers’ batting.”We started off excellently,” he said, referring to opening batsman Richard McKellar’s 48.”He really set up the game for us.”Middleorder batsmen Simon Fleming (71) and Josh Stapleton (50) ensured McKellar’s efforts weren’t wasted.”We have plenty of batting depth but it just hasn’t clicked this season until now,” Lynch said. The Tigers batted out their overs to finish 4-208.Brierly’s Andrew Giblin stayed at the top of the association’s bowling table by taking 2-35.The best bowling figures of the round came from Nestles’ Brayden Harkness, who grabbed 4-30 to help The Factory get back on track at Reid Oval.It had a decisive win against ladder-leader Allansford, which fell 50 runs short of the home side’s total of 214.Captain-coach David Wright was the shining light with the bat for Nestles, smashing 82 while the visitor’s best was Scott Henry (51).Allansford’s Tim Abraham backed up last week’s five-wicket haul by taking 3-18.The previously second-placed Dennington was another top four side to go down courtesy of equal batting contributions from Russells Creek’s top order.The Creek’s five opening batsmen made more than 30, with Jayaweera Bandara leading the way with an unbeaten 49.Despite Dustin Drew’s (49) and Xavier Moloney’s (48) efforts, Creek’s total of 4-230 always seemed out of the Dog’s reach.Creek’s John Anderton, a 49-year-old who made his division one debut, was best with the ball for both sides. He took 3-32, with one of those dismissals in his first over.Portland Colts’ top-order also shared its runs around but it was the tailend which sealed the deal at Henty Park. It eclipsed West Warrnambool’s total of 7-150 in the 50th over.Panther Luke Gannon (3-28) was best with the ball for both sides.Nirranda Knight’s posted a dismal 75 in its chase for Wesley’s 184 at Walter Oval to hand the home side its first win of the season.Ben Dobson smashed 90 runs for the winners.

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Graphic account of change: Altered landscape through your lens

Aleisha Mahony, from Noorat, took this shot of a girl kneeling over a drying puddle for the Lessons from the Landscape project. Picture: JANE LEE Picture: BERNICE ROOK Picture: ANNE MIRTSCHIN Succulents. Picture: ROBIN B Dead fish at a dry Lake Colac. Picture: JOY McLEAN Lake Colac. Picture: JOY McLEAN Drying land has caused grave stones to fall. Picture: GLENDA HAMPSON Picture: DENISE RLONG, hot summer days spent swimming at Deep Lake are a childhood memory Noorat resident Ian McKenzie cherishes as he looks out over the now dry lake bed.Remembering Deep Lake, near Derrinallum, as a vibrant place for water-skiing, boating and other activities, Mr Mckenzie said the signs of climate change were starting to show as he looked at the lake today.Mr McKenzie photographed the lake as part of the Lessons from the Landscape project co-ordinated by the South West Climate Change Forum.He was among 72 Noorat and Hawkesdale residents who took part in the community art project using disposable cameras to capture images representing climate change.The photographs will be displayed as part of an exhibition later this month.The South West Climate Change Forum was established in 2007 to distribute locally-relevant climate change information and help primary producers adjust their businesses to respond to the issue.Forum manager Karen Wales said the project was the first of its type to focus on climate change.”I think it has raised awareness about climate change in the area by asking people to think about how it affects them in their own lives,” Ms Wales said.”We all hear about how climate change affects other places around the world but by taking the photographs people had to think about how climate change will affect their lifestyle or business.”The project was supported by the Glenelg and Corangamite Catchment Management Authorities and the South West Primary Care Partnership.Ms Wales said the photographs represented a range of very personal accounts to more general community issues.From dried sporting ovals, eroding sand dunes, crumbling cemeteries and dead fish in dried lake beds, Ms Wales said many of the photos represented the concern residents had for fading resources.Other photos, including succulent gardens and new environmental projects, focus on how climate change has forced many to alter their lifestyle, while some photographers showed the current dry spell as part of an environmental cycle.The Hawkesdale exhibit will open at the Hawkesdale Hall on Monday, January 26, as a part of the community Australia Day breakfast from 9am to 10.30am. The photographs from Noorat are set to be displayed in Terang on Friday, February 27, at the end of the Noorat to Terang Fun Run.Ms Wales said she hoped the exhibition would eventually tour the region and Melbourne to raise further awareness of climate change.
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It’s a dog-eat-penguin world

WHEN The Doctor and The Colonel aren’t getting ripped off by Paul Hogan, they’re doing their bit for Warrnambool.This week, The Doctor has just returned to their secret headquarters in the Fletcher Jones Silver Ball after spending the day at the Warrnambool Art Gallery to find The Colonel wearing a novelty penguin costume and playing guitar.”Doctor, you’re just in time,” The Colonel said.”Why are you dressed like a penguin and playing my guitar?””I’ve been working on my side-career as a children’s entertainer,” The Colonel replied. “The costume’s to try and help me get in character for this children’s song I’ve been writing about the penguins and the Maremmas.””You’re too late, Colonel,” The Doctor said. “Barry Peters has already released a song about the very same subject. It’s called They Call Me Maremma.””My title is much better,” The Colonel said. “My song’s called How Can I Swim Now I’ve Only Got One Flipper?.”The Doctor winced. “I don’t think I like where this is going….””You haven’t even heard the song yet.” The Colonel cleared his throat, tentatively struck a chord, cleared his throat again and began to sing.”There was trouble on the island and the penguins needed savin’,From the killer dogs and foxes that were eatin’ all their babies,They sent Maremmas over and they’re supposed to protect ’em,But every now and then they get a hankering for penguin.””Colonel!” The Doctor said. “You can’t say that! I thought it was supposed to be a kids’ song.””No, wait,” The Colonel replied, “you haven’t heard the next verse yet…”Maremmas look real cuddly, like they wouldn’t hurt a flea,And at first it seemed as though they were guarding safely,But the corpses of the penguins were still found around the place,And the Maremmas all had suspect stains like blood around the face.”The Doctor was shocked. “Whoa!” he exclaimed. “Aside from your rhyme and metre being terrible, and your singing being in the wrong key, there’s no way you can sing that kind of stuff to kids.””Wait, you haven’t heard the chorus…”Please don’t kill me Mr Maremma,With your teeth sharp and pointy like a piranha.””Colonel, that’s horrible,” The Doctor said.”No, it’s not. It’s educational.””It’s not educational at all. Firstly, the Maremmas didn’t eat the penguins, they accidentally killed a couple. And they’ve done a great job at reviving the penguin population. And secondly, it’s far too graphic for a kids song.””You can’t keep the kids in cotton wool,” The Colonel said. “You have to open their eyes to the harsh realities of modern life. It’s a dog-eat-penguin world out there, Doctor.”
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Fishy stories abound along coast

AT: I had a call from Friar Fisher this week about a few of his mates heading over to Nelson fishing.TA: Fishermen having a few beers and getting into bother sounds promising. What happened?AT: Apparently there was a group of mates known as the Nelson Nongs who went over. They took about five boats and the boys were all fishing down near the mouth of the Glenelg River in an area known as the Bull Ring. About 1am a vicious storm blew up. It was pouring rain and blowing a gale and Billy Johnson decided to seek a more sheltered spot. Unfortunately there was no moon and Billy headed off at a decent clip in the pitch black. One of his mates yelled out that Mr Johnson seemed to be heading for the mudflats but by that time Billy was already bogged. He rang for help but inadvertently rang a mate’s wife which caused a bit of drama. Anyway due to some mobility problems Billy couldn’t get out of his boat without assistance. He had to wait six hours until daylight. I’m told that at one stage he looked around with his torch and saw two kangaroos nearby and about 5000 ducks. That did not help his disposition any good as Billy’s an avid duck shooter. In true fisherman fashion Billy made the best of a very poor situation and kept on fishing until help arrived. TA: Our yarn about Bamstone’s Michael Steel amused a few people last week after he was about seven hours late to present a trophy at the greyhounds. But it doesn’t end there. I hear Steely’s been busy again this week.AT: Why do you continually want to burn people?TA: It’s not about burning people it’s about providing people with a chuckle. The barflies tell me that last Saturday’s column piece prompted a phone call from a frantic Emma Kavanagh early Saturday morning.AT: How does Emma fit in?TA: Well, Emma was marrying Tim Searle last Saturday. Michael Steel and his father-in-law Don Bartlett were using their Cadillacs as the bridal cars for the wedding. Apparently Emma had a panic attack that Steely and Don would not get her to the church on time. Steely assured the bride that he would have her at Peterborough by 4pm for the exchanging of wedding vows. I’m told just to make sure everything was all right, Steely turned up at 2.30pm. But like Danoz Direct – there’s more. The wedding reception was at Emma’s parents Mick and Carmel Kavanagh’s Peterborough property. After a long night of celebrating it was discovered on Sunday morning that the wedding cake was missing.AT: The wedding cake – stolen. I’m sure the Warrnambool detectives would be pleased to take on a big cake case. Matty Laxton and a couple of Warrnambool boys are very keen on cake.TA: The cake was made by one of Emma’s aunties and weighed in at just over 17lb. The tray and the knife were recovered but there’s no sign of the wedding cake. Questions are still being asked.AT: Anything else going on?TA: I caught up with Sam Stevens from Rodger Constructions during the week. We had a chat about the purchase of Port Fairy’s Victoria Hotel. The former South Warrnambool footballer said the company takes over on February 11. There will not be any major changes until after Easter. There will be a focus on family meals and I’m sure there will be a few major changes to the menu.AT: I’ve been interested to see the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery bus getting around town during the summer holidays transporting patrons. One drawback about the brewery being on the eastern outskirts of town is the distance from the holidaymakers at the beach and that looks to have been overcome. Mrs Manoel would be very happy to see Moose driving the bus and out from under her feet at home.TA: Talking about watering holes, it was great to see that Warrnambool’s Vic Hotel donated $5000 to Warrnambool’s SES to get some new equipment including the Jaws Of Life. The Vic’s Pixie Gleeson said a lot of the equipment at the SES was out of date. Gerry Billings and the SES boys are very keen to get some new gear. It also looks like it’s going to be a big night down at the Timboon Hotel tonight. I’m told a certain redheaded gentleman who has taken over the running of the establishment is one year closer to receiving Centrelink pensioner payments. He’s going to provide a few free drinks for the patrons to help celebrate his birthday. Anyone who wants a free drink just mention this column to Grandpa and I’m sure he will fill up your glass.AT: Sad to see Nut McMahon’s dog Nuts Fawn Suit not win the final at the dogs the other night. He was due for a change of luck.TA: I promise this is the last dig at Nut McMahon for a few weeks. Appears the former publican went to the supermarket last week and went to use his American Express card. He delved into his pocket and discovered he had lost his card. He rushed home and phoned up to cancel the card. A few hours later he got a call from the supermarket to say they had found his card. Now he has to wait two weeks to get a new card.AT: Talking of sad stories from the dogs, both Noel Mugavin and Dustin Drew told me to back Express Reward in the big maiden final the other night. I was too clever and decided not to have a bet. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the favourite’s litter brother getting up and paying $24.80 a win. Until next week, hooroo.
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Five great music films

IF you love movies and you love music, then there’s nothing better than movies about music. The world of rock ‘n’ roll is an ideal breeding ground for film. Where there’s rock, there’s often passion, drama and tension – all key ingredients in great cinema. Here are five excellent narrative films about rock and pop. The list doesn’t include any documentaries and concert films. We’ve saved them for another list at a later date.A Hard Day’s Night (1964)IN 1964, The Beatles were everwhere – on the radio, on TV, on your lunchbox and, with the release of A Hard Day’s Night, in cinemas. Richard Lester’s film captures the manic spirit of Beatlemania wonderfully, especially in the opening scenes where the band find themselves chased through the streets. It also captured the Fab Four as four likeable Liverpudlian’s perplexed by the mayhem around them. Heavy with humour, particular courtesy of Paul’s “grandfather” (Wilfrid Brambell), the movie not only summed up their hectic lifestyle, but it was also hugely influential on rock movies. And then there are the songs – the title track, Can’t Buy Me Love, I Wanna Be Your Man, All My Loving, She Loves You and many more. Here’s the first seven minutes of the film:
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Almost Famous (2000)CAMERON Crowe recalled his days as a 15-year-old writing for Rolling Stone magazine in this charming coming-of-age tale. Through the eyes of writer and rock fan William (Patrick Fugit), we get an outsider’s insight into the world of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll. He tags along on the tour bus of fictional band Stillwater (a mish-mash of Crowe’s time on the road with The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd). All the cliches are here – the groupies, the drugs, the creative differences – and they’re shown with humour and heart. But it’s William’s passion for the music and “Band-Aide” Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) that drives this quintessential snapshot of a long-gone era of rock.Here’s one of the sweetest moments in the film – a tribute to how music can lift you when you’re down, as the whole tour bus joins in on Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)THERE has never been a funnier movie about music than this mockumentary which skewered the pomposity, ridiculousness and inflated self-worth of musicians and their rock ‘n’ roll excess. Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest not only improvised much of the hilarious dialogue, but also wrote and performed the many humourous faux-metal tunes, including Big Bottom, Stonehenge, Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight and Sex Farm. Many of the moments were inspired by real happenings – including the band getting lost backstage and their stage props being the wrong size – but the movie is best known for its exploding drummers, the amps going to 11 and the age-old question of “how much more black could this album cover be?”. The answer is none. None more black.

“These Go To Eleven” – one of the film’s funniest scenes.

Get Ready To Be Boyzvoiced (2000)WHAT Spinal Tap did to hard rock, Boyzvoice did to boy bands. This hilarious Norwegian mockumentary has developed a cult following in Australia courtesy of annual screenings on SBS around Eurovision time. As the film-makers trail three-piece Boyzvoice on their rise to fame, they capture the band and their insane manager in a series of blunders and scandals, including bashing a Salvation Army member, getting busted lip-syncing and finding out the frontman’s 16-year-old girlfriend is actually 12. This hard-to-find film is a gem that’s worth digging up.

Boyzvoice perform 12-Year-Old Girl

High Fidelity (2000)THE beauty of this rock film is that it’s not about the musicians- it’s about the fans. It’s about those music obsessives, who live and breathe music and love making lists of their top five Stones albums or five favourite records for a Monday morning or top five rock movies…. Anyway, not only is this a great rock movie, it’s also one of the few romantic-comedies geared towards men, as record store owner Rob Gordon (John Cusack) details his top five break-ups. Nick Hornby’s novel is treated with great reverence, the soundtrack rocks and Cusack is hilarious.

Did I mention it’s got Jack Black in it? Here’s one scene (warning: this contains a bad word in it!)

Control (2008)*The mythic Bob Dylan vignettes of I’m Not There (2008)*The downfall of punk in Sid & Nancy (1986)*Pink Floyd’s absurd The Wall (1982)*The Who’s equally absurd rock-opera Tommy (1974)*Oliver Stone’s The Doors (1991)*Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line (2005)*The hiliarous music bio-pic send-up Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2008)*The summary of Manchester’s mad music contributions in 24 Hour Party People (2002)*Eminem playing Eminem in the excellent 8 Mile (2002).

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