CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Glossary of Australian Terms for 'Life Song'

arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

Esky is a popular brand name cooler in Australia and is a trademark owned by Coleman Brands Pty Ltd and which specifically identifies an Esky brand name icebox cooler. Loose ice is added to the esky to enable people to keep food cold while it is being transported.  Esky has become the generic name for any cooler.

Fella is an informal word for a male that is not age specific. Nowadays, it can also be used as universal term for either gender. Its use shows familiarity between speakers just as the use of mate does.

Flex time is a workplace time management system that allows workers to vary their hours in the workplace. It also enables workers to take time-off in lieu of being paid for working more hours than the workplace agreement requires.

Floaties are a floatation device used mostly for children who don’t know how to swim.

Happy chappy is a word from rhyming slang. It means a happy person, usually male.

Icey pole is an inexpensive flavoured ice block on stick.


IRB is an inflatable rigid-hull boat with an outboard motor popular in the  life saving movement. Also known as a rubber duckie by lifesavers.


A jock is a putdown term for men preoccupied with brutish behaviour and fixated on sex. Jocks is also slang for underpants.

John Howard was an Australian Liberal party politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister. He represented the Division of Bennelong in New South Wales from 1974-2007. John Howard led the Liberal-National coalition to victory at the 1996 Federal election, defeating Paul Keating's Labor government.

Paul Keating was an Australian Labor party politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia. He replaced his colleague, Bob Hawke as Prime Minister and governed from 1991 until his party lost the 1996 Federal election. As an aside, I taught Paul Keating’s daughters when they were in high school – truly beautiful young women, inside and out.

KENO is a gambling game popular in pubs and casinos. It is like bingo.

Kogal fashion was popular in the 1990s and originated in Japan. It originally involved wearing an outfit based on a Japanese school uniform, but with a shortened skirt, loose socks, and dyed hair and a scarf as well. This style widened to involve other youth street fashion looks as well.

A knob head is Australian slang for fool or idiot. It is the Aussie equivalent for jerk or arsehole.

Maxed out means to reach the maximum in something. For instance, if someone maxed out a credit card that means the person has borrowed to the maximum limit of the credit card.

Mate is used to mean a good friend but has become more generic in meaning and now means friend.

Matey refers to a very young friend. Australians have a preference for adding y to words that represent familiar things and people.

Minties are a brand of candy produced in Australia. They are a hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly. Australians call candy a lolly or lollies.


nong is Australian slang and is used as a mild and/or endearing insult. It means a bit of a twit, or idiot. Nothing too mean or horrid is meant by calling someone a nong.

Norfolk Pines are a type of conifer originally found on Norfolk Island that is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Norfolk Pines have been transplanted in many east coast regions in Australia.


A portaloo is a type of portable toilet that event organisers hire.


Royal Easter Show is the major New South Wales agricultural, horticultural and industrial event held annually in Sydney at Easter to promote and display livestock, produce, rural and industry merchandise. Prior to the Royal Easter Show, regional shows are held across New South Wales.

Rubber duckie is slang for an inflatable rigid hull boat with an outboard motor. It is also known as an IRB. See IRB in this glossary.

The Surf Life Saving Movement ‘has a proud tradition of saving lives for over 100 years. Since 1907, surf lifesavers have volunteered their time and effort to provide a dedicated lifesaving service around the country.’ http://www.slsfoundation.com.au/default.aspx

Wah-wah pedal alters the sound of the guitar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah-wah_pedal


Note to Readers: If there is a term in ‘Life Song’ that I’ve overlooked and that you think needs explanation, please let me know through this website so that I can update this glossary.

MUSIC – YOUTUBE LINKS

TlC  Waterfall                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It306odRXoQ

Garbage  Only When It Rains      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEdC0c3YI4

John Mellencamp Wild Night     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJC7Vujagc

Shania Twain I’m Outta Here      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tiVr-q3wnk

Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wG6Cgmgn5U

Elvis Presley

Baby Let’s Play House                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Arm16wyUdI

Love Me Tender                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-bd3aDMGA

It Feels So Right                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxwODr0d4Q

Such A Night                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc88evqEbjI

Hound Dog                                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HWhrPaDTj4

Always on my Mind                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9sRJ-eOHnc

 

Oasis Wonderwall                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc

Alanis Morisette Ironic                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnec6SmjHP0

Cold Chisel Khe Sanh                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHNfWEkrL9I

Hootie and the Blowfish Only Wanna Be with You                                                                          

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoAtzzjYf1E

Rosemary Clooney Sway              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvD0iVr-0JQ

Peggy Lee You Give Me Fever     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_k_0dKknA

Bachman Turner Overdrive Taking Care of Business 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmwic9kFx2c

Van Morrison Moondance                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqGDMNEo5E8

Willie Nelson On the Road Again            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSICoacOT60

Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDhxKVuVYaY

Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand I Finally Found Someone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK4peuAODtc



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GLOSSARY SNIPPET

arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

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    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    An era, a show and a legendary album

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    John Shortis and Moya Simpson’s playful sense of humour was evident from the moment I entered their Bungendore property. Their next-door neighbour’s gates featured a sign that read 'Ironing done here'. The wall plaque near Shortis and Simpson’s front door read 'Irony done here'.

    Over a steaming mug of coffee, we discussed the inspiration behind their current cabaret show Fifty Years Ago Today.

    Cobargo Folk Festival commissioned the cabaret after Shortis and Simpson’s acclaimed festival performance about Eurovision and the context out of which it evolved.

    John said, ‘That show was really an entertaining look at the history of Europe post World War 2 linked by bad songs.’

    Fifty Years Ago Today
    marks the anniversary of the launch of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in June 1967 in the northern hemisphere.

    Apparently, the album’s release date in Australia was delayed until July 1967 because the British producers did not trust Australian printers to faithfully reproduce the elaborate artwork of the Sgt Peppers album cover. The covers were produced and printed in England and shipped here via the Suez Canal. Regrettably, the six-day Arab Israeli war broke out and so the shipment was detoured around the South African cape. The album was launched in Australia at the end of July.

    The cabaret’s story line positions the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in the context of what was happening globally at the time. It also provides fascinating insights into the backstory of the album’s creation, dating back to the early 1960s when the Beatles were mop tops, in the heyday of swinging London.

    John said, ‘You can’t tell the story of the Sgt Peppers album without showing the Beatles’ evolution from catchy pop rock songs to complex artful experiments in music.’

    Sgt Peppers
    is the first Beatles’ album after they gave up touring.  The album marks The Beatles’ arrival as recording artists instead or touring musicians. For instance, ‘Ringo’s drumming is more orchestral in its approach. McCartney’s bass work transitioned from simple bass lines that filled out the pop rock sound to complex, intricate bass countermelodies that actually featured on the Sgt Peppers album rather than being fill.’

    Shortis and Simpson’s Fifty Years Ago Today incorporates humour and poignant stories as well as songs of different tempos and styles from that Beatles’ milestone album as well as songs by other famous musicians from that era.

    I was fascinated to learn that the Beatles’ celebrated producer, George Martin, used his background in producing Peter Sellers’ Indian characters on comedy records to bring together Indian and orchestral musicians to produce George Harrison’s Within You Without You.

    John said, ‘While the lyrics are hippy trippy, the music is quite extraordinary because it follows the traditional rhythms and scales of Indian music.’ 

    Moya said, ‘It was a nightmare to learn!’

    John admits to scoring the music into a computer software program and practicing to it every day for ages so that he could synchronize his keyboard part with the rhythms.

    Another interesting aside is that, in celebration of the link between the Beatles and Peter Sellers, Moya sings the Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers’ hit Goodness Gracious Me in the cabaret as part of the side story to the Sgt Peppers album.

    Fifty Years Ago Today was not designed as a nostalgic trip down memory lane, although people who lived through that era may relish the show as such. It provides insight into a seminal moment in music and world history when world music influenced the Beatles music not only in composition but also in performance.

    As we talked, it struck me that the show was very much like a great meal: lavish, prepared with great care, nutritious and good for the soul, and an experience not easily forgotten. The cabaret utilises the rich harmonies of a large choir, the vocal skills of its musicians, and the rocking talent of a hot backing band. It has appeal for all ages.  I also realised that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album prepared audiences for the emergence of another musical phenomenon, Queen, masters of pomp-rock with its diverse rock styles and intricate vocal harmonies.

    This cabaret should not be missed when the show comes to  your part of the country.

    © Christine M Knight

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    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Acknowledging Indigenous Heritage in the Palerang region

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Recently, I wrote a blog about the restoration of The Carrington Inn. My article about the inn also appears in the District Bulletin's December issue. The District Bulletin reports on country living in the Palerang region. I feel it would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the importance of Indigenous heritage as a side bar to the Carrington article.

    Heritage places are a visible reminder of Australia’s history and identity. If they are neglected or demolished, then part of our history and identity is lost. When they are protected and restored, they add value and dimension to our community. This applies equally to the heritage represented by the traditional owners of the land. It is important to acknowledge that Indigenous heritage when promoting awareness of colonial heritage as it shows respect for Indigenous culture.

    Before European settlement, Indigenous people represented an unbroken culture that was inextricably linked to the land and history of the continent. That relationship and life as Indigenous people knew it changed drastically as a consequence of Dr Charles Throsby and Hamilton Hume's exploration of the region in 1820.

    By the end of 1821, Europeans had settled the region. The provision of a mail service in 1837 formally made the settlement a town while the arrival of train services in 1885 resulted in the town becoming the hub of the region. Cobb and Co coaches transported travellers to far flung settlements. 

    During this period and into the twentieth century, Indigenous people experienced a history of exclusion, denial, and were silenced. Many Indigenous people many died as a result of white settlement (disease and conflict). Indigenous heritage is in the land, in sacred places, lore and values. By contrast, colonial heritage is in buildings and property and its laws.

    To better appreciate the impact of the European arrival in Australia and related issues, click on  The Dispossessed.

     

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    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    The Restoration of the Carrington Inn, Bungendore

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Late October, I met Innkeeper, Richard Graham in the motel carpark of The Carrington Inn a few weeks after it had reopened.

    Originally known as The Lord Carrington Hotel, the property was built between 1884-85. It was named after the newly appointed governor of NSW. When the governor retired, the inn became The Carrington Hotel.

    In the 20th century, descendants of the Winters sold the property to Toni Dale who reverted the property to its original function from a domestic residence. It later changed hands until Richard bought it eight years ago.

    As we walked through the half acre of man-made gardens' entrance to the Wintergarden complex, I was struck by their intrinsic naturalness and the patterns of dappled light. Richard said they are ‘one of the largest publicly accessible private gardens in the region.’ He credits the illusion of a much larger space to the use of meandering sinuous paths.

    There are three distinct themed locations within the Wintergarden complex: The Tom Wills Tavern, The Empire Hall and Salons – fine dining, and Myee’s Tearoom. Myee is pronounced my. The tavern’s namesake and a local, Tom Wills was a leading Australian cricketer from 1856 and is said to be the founder of Australian Rules football. Heavy drinking was apparently part of the sport's culture at that time and purportedly played a role in his tragic death in 1880.


     

    Maria Myee Gallagher, 1889-1967, was the granddaughter of the original owner, William Daniel Winter. ‘An educated woman of many talents, Maria Myee never married and lived in the hotel throughout her life.’ She was a skilled pianist and taught the piano as well as the sewing arts and painting to locals. She was also well-known for her charitable work in the town.

    The interview and tour began in Myee’s tearoom. Its décor, like the rest of the complex, ‘pays deference to the 19th century colonial Victorian nature of the Carrington Inn.’ An airy and serene space, the tearoom’s authentic hand-painted stencilled wallpaper, pale green wainscoting, slate floor, furnishings, and hanging baskets suggest a Victorian garden conservatory.

    When I asked about the ideas underpinning the renovation process, Richard explained the choice before him. Restore the inn to look like the property as it had been in 1885 or restore it to reflect the Victorian era from 1885 but have modern restaurant equipment. For commercial reasons, he opted for the latter.

    After much research, Richard and his team distilled the Victorian period to a single restoration intention: ‘allow modern-day patrons to appreciate the aspirational nature of the Victorian era’ and witness a different lifestyle.

    The aspirational mood of the period is clearly visible in the style of ceilings in the tavern and the Empire Hall and Salons. The tavern’s patterned copper ceiling is reminiscent of Tudor ceilings and represents the revival of British styles during the Victorian era. The decorative tin ceiling in one of the salons is another popular architectural element from that period as are the subtly lit, rounded vaulted plaster ceilings in the Empire Hall.


     

    The Victorian theme is evident in the use of decoratively etched glass mirrors, beautiful period-styled drapery, luxurious furnishings, dining settings, and décor accents. Thirty-three hand-painted artwork reproductions tell the colonial story, including artwork by Tom Roberts. In the tradition of the time, a picture of Queen Victoria dominates the Empire Hall.

    The attention to authentic detail is also seen in the use of deeply embossed wall covering (Lincrusta) in  the Empire Hall. Lincrusta was invented in Britain in 1877 by the same man who invented linoleum floor covering some years before.

     

     Having visited many famous historic sites, I found The Carrington Inn as striking as places like Chatsworth House and Hampton Court in UK. Of course, The Carrington's pristine interior décor  and the inn are much smaller in scale than those other historic UK properties.

    As Richard told the stories behind each room’s décor, I realised that he is more than the owner and operator of an enterprise that happens to exist in a heritage property. He is keenly aware of his custodial role in restoring, documenting, and protecting heritage.

    As I left that afternoon, I realised that heritage places not only add dimension to the character of a community and its diversity but to its unique features of streetscapes as well.

     

    Left to right: Mark Summers, General Manager; Edwina Fitzgerald, Accommodation Manager; Me, Innkeeper; Merili Pihlamäe, Venues Manager; and Andrew Stansbie, Executive Chef.

     

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