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Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane is everything you want from a music documentary and should appeal to newcomers as well as to jazz aficionados.  The legacy and influence of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Franklin and Thelonius Monk enables us to see Coltrane’s continual evolution towards the boundaries of the jazz canon as he turns from playing to composing.  The southern Baptist childhood, the struggle with heroin, his involvement in Civil Rights and the peace movement, his early death: it’s all here, with plenty of photos, footage and generous excerpts from more than fifty recordings.  The film’s rather odd coda looks at the obsession of certain Japanese people with Coltrane’s music and tries to extend this into a claim for spiritual universality, but I can’t see this idea making much of an impression in Pyongyang or anywhere else. Interviews with Santana, the drummer from The Doors, a histrionic philosopher and Bill Clinton (saxophonist of lesser note, but an insightful fan), fill out the movie without distracting us from the music.  What’s not to like?

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless comes highly recommended, having been awarded the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Festival, but it only elicited lukewarm applause in Melbourne. Perhaps Australians are less welcoming to the wintry bleakness of the film’s settings, not to mention the searing, hateful exchanges between Boris and Zhenya as they approach divorce and argue about which of them is best suited to look after their twelve year son, Alyosha.  Boris’s job is at stake if his employer finds out about the divorce; Zhenya hopes he will be fired as she indulges in her Brazilian wax treatment. Aloysha bursts into silent tears as he overhears his parents’ vituperations and he decides to run away. All this domestic drama takes place in a social context of lives led in quiet desperation (thank you, Thoreau) of I-phone Dreaming, selfies, bland indifference to others and public drunkenness. The police are unhelpful, too busy with murders and robberies and worried about paperwork; and social workers are a force to be feared and avoided if possible.  Boris’s new love is pregnant and fearful of abandonment, whereas Zhenya gives herself to body worship and unbridled lust, kidding herself that she has finally found true love, after acknowledging her failure to choose wisely between abortion and marriage. Meanwhile, a child is missing.

The search for Aloysha takes up more than half the movie and creates the tension one would expect in a thriller, but without the conventional dénouement.  We walk through icy forests, abandoned buildings, hospital corridors and witness a terrible scene where Boris and Zhenya scream and scratch at each other inside a filthy morgue… There is no respite, no redeeming feature, unless it is the remarkably well-equipped team of volunteers who scour the area in search of Aloysha.  Meanwhile, the television shows us the carnage in eastern Ukraine, voice-overed with the bland reassurances of the authorities. The only enlivening scene involves a splendid diatribe from Zhenya’s paranoid mother (‘Stalin in a skirt’) who rails against everything and begs God for help. The closing scenes, a few years on, show that nothing is likely to change for anyone.

DELTA FLIGHT 191 – (Richard Laver – Survivor)

It’s August 2, 1985

Delta Airlines domestic flight 191 had originally taken off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is scheduled to complete it’s trip in Los Angeles after a brief stop over at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The plane is a Lockheed L-1011-385-1 Tristar.

The Captain is Edward N. Connors, (57 years) and he had been flying with the airline since 1954. His First Officer is Rudolph P. Price Jnr, (42 years).

Other Delta Captains who had the pleasure of flying with Price, described him as a competent, above average first officer, possessing excellent knowledge of the Tristar.

The Flight Engineer is Nick N. Nassick (43 years). Again, his co-workers found him also very observant, alert and professional.

It was First Officer Price who was in control of the plane.

Onboard are 152 passengers and 11 crew.

Also on this particular flight is Mary Ann Estridge and her husband Don Estridge. Don was the driving force/developer behind the Original IBM Personal Computer. Jean Hancock, sister of Musician Herbie Hancock also had a seat, along with youngster Richard Laver and his father Ian, brother of Australian tennis legend Rod (Rocket) Laver.

The control tower gives the order for the flight to decend to 10,000 feet.

The controller suggests they fly a heading of 250 degrees toward the Blue Ridge approach, but Captain Connors replies that the route would take them through a storm cell.

Captain Conners: Well, I’m looking at a cell at about a heading of 255. It’s a pretty good sized cell and I’d rather not go through it, I’d rather go around it one way or the other.

After a brief conversation, they are assigned a new heading. The flight is given permission to go around the storm, rather than directly through it. Once clear of it, the plane will line up for a landing on runway 17L.

Three miles ahead of Flight 191 is a corporate Learjet flown by Captain Rufus Lewis. His plane is also on approach to Runway 17L.

Flight 191 is getting too close to the Learjet and is ordered to slow down to 180 knots.


Flight 191 is now only 50 km from the runway, so the cabin crew begin preparations for landing.

RICHARD LAVER – His own account of that day

It was the night before the accident, Richard sat down to dinner with his mother, and he recalls telling her that the plane was going to crash.

Richard had experienced many dreams leading up to the flight, and to comfort him, his mother told him that it was a one in a million chance that would happen.

Richard was a frequent flyer, having travelled all over the world, but this day was very different. He reluctantly headed off to the airport with his father. They were on there way to a tennis tournament. This time he was very nervous. Richard had never been scared to fly in his life.

He together with his father got onto the flight and he remembers the skies were blue and crystal clear. Conditions were favourable.

Richards father sat back in his chair and was soon transfixed on a John Wayne movie. Richard on the other hand was looking out to the right of him and through the window saw what appeared to be a storm cell. When he saw that storm cell, he immediately got worried and needed a trip to the bathroom. Whilst in there, he splashed water on his face and looked into the mirror and something came over him. He just knew that the plane was going to crash.

Richard then returned to his seat, sat down and left his seatbelt unhitched.

An announcement came over the PA from the pilot that they may have to circle around and possibly land at another airport. So the stewards began preparing the passengers for landing. A female flight attendant was approaching Richard to check that all people had their seatbelts fastened, and Richard purposely didn’t fasten his, rather grabbed a blanket and pulled it up and over the buckle so she couldn’t see it.

The next recollection Richard has is lying a field, having been thrown 50 yards clear of the plane. Both he and his father were seated right where the plane split. Later it would be determined that having his seatbelt un-buckled actually saved his life. Sadly everyone including his father in that row perished in the crash.

Richard found himself in shock, he couldn’t speak or move. People from the hwy nearby who ran over to assist were looking for survivors at the tail end of the plane near the water towers.

One passer by watched the plane hit a car and crash. He decided to go through the fence, got all cut up doing so and then saw Richards hand the only part of him visible as he was submerged under water. He grabbed his hand and pulled him out. That’s when his rescuer said, “Your going to be ok”.

Richard recalls, his physical injuries healed faster than his psychological ones.

Over the years, Richard has asked himself, Why did I survive? Why am I still here? In fact everyone asks themselves that question after a while, it’s part of the maturation process,” Laver said.

The plane touched down 6,000 feet short of the runway and 360 feet to the left of the runway centerline, became airborne again, struck a car killing the driver, crossed the highway and crashed into two water tank reservoirs.

The severed rear section of the plane is where most survivors are found although flight attendants at the front also survive.

Of the 163 passengers and crew 132 died upon impact, with 31 injured. Two passengers later died in hospital whilst receiving care.


This article is dedicated to them.


ALFORD, Fran, Miami.

ARTZ, Freida, Miami.

CONNORS, Edward M., Atlanta, The Captain.

JOHNSON, Diane, Miami.

LEE, Alyson, Miami.


NASSICK, Nick N., 44 Decatur, Ga Second Officer.

PRICE, Rudy P., 43 Atlanta, First Officer.


AGELOFF, Scott, Miami.

ANDERSON, Carrie, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ANDERSON, Curtis, Fort Lauderdale.

BAILIE, Ronald, San Fernando Valley, Calif.

BANNER, T., San Francisco.

BANNER (infant), San Francisco.

BARNES, Joanne, Del Ray Beach, Fla.

BARNES, Kara, Del Ray Beach.

BARNES, Moses, Del Ray Beach.

BATTISTI, Christine, Boca Raton, Fla..

BERNSTEIN, Sidney, Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, D., Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, R., Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, B., Fort Lauderdale.

BLOUCH, Mark, Fort Lauderdale.

BOEKELOO, Jack, Fort Lauderdale.

BOEKELOO, Pat, Fort Lauderdale.

BROWN, Cindy, Belleflower, Calif.

BROWN, Darlene, Chicago.

BROWN, G., Hollywood, Fla..

BROWN, J., Fort Lauderdale area.

BROWNSTEIN, Mrs. M., Margate, Fla..

CAPRIELIAN, Arthur, Oakland Park, Fla.

CAPRIELIAN, Mrs. Pransy, Oakland Park.

CASSEDY, Kevina, Los Angeles.

CHAPFIELD, V., Boynton Beach, Fla.

CHERKAS, M., address unknown.

CHERKAS, Anne, 74, West Palm Beach, Fla.

CLARK, James Paul, Atlanta.

COLLEY, Mary K., Dallas.

DAHL, Steve, Sandy, Utah.

DOUGLAS, Michael, Tulsa, Okla.

DOYLE, Deanna, 25, Amarillo, Tex.

EDELMAN, M., Fort Lauderdale.

EPSTEIN, Mike, Boston.

ESTRIDGE, Philip D., Boca Raton.

ESTRIDGE, Mrs. P., Boca Raton.

FABRIELLO, Joe, Atlanta.

FIELDS, Christopher, Los Angeles.

FIELDS, Rachel, Los Angeles.

FLANIGAN, Charles, Hollywood, Fla..

FLANIGAN, Roslind, Hollywood, Fla..

FRAZIER, B., address unknown.

GILLIARD, Zohniffer, Atlanta.

GOLDBERG, A., Fort Lauderdale.

GOLDMAN, Max, Fort Lauderdale.

GUFFEY, Glenda, Coconut Creek, Fla.

GUTERMA, Marc, Mesa, Colo..

HANCOCK, Jean C., Half Moon Bay, Calif.

HASSELHORST, Charles J., Hermosa Beach, Calif.. HIRONAKA, Aimee, California.

HIRONAKA, Anne, Monterey Park, Calif.

HOOKE, Ramone Robert, Tustin, Calif.

HUNTER, Kyle, Salt Lake City.

IBARGUENGCITIA, Fernando, San Antonio, Tex.

JONES, Larry, Los Angeles.

JOSHUA, Yamisse, Los Angeles.

JURKOWSKI, Pnuong, Fort Lauderdale.

KAISER, K., Fort Lauderdale area.

KATZ, Seth, Los Angeles.

KLEIN, Alex, Fort Lauderdale.

KLEIN, Mrs. A., Fort Lauderdale.

KNICHER, Jane, Deerfield Beach, Fla..

KOLE, Thomas S., Phoenix.

KRUGER, Earl, Los Angeles.

KRIEGER, Dennis, Los Angeles.

KUJAWA, John, Plantation, Fla..

LACKEY, William, Little Rock, Ark.

LAMBSON, Sylvia, Fort Lauderdale.

LARSEN, William Gale, Plano, Tex.

LAVER, Ian, Delray Beach.

LAWRENCE, Scot, Fort Lauderdale area.

LEVER, Evelyn, Fort Lauderdale.

MAHSEREJIAN, Mark, Fort Lauderdale.

MAHSEREJIAN, Susan, Fort Lauderdale.

MILLER, David, Miami.

MILLER, Nancy, Miamai.

McLAUGHLIN, D., Sandy, Utah.

MONBERG, Lawrence, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla.

MOORE, Donald, Valencia, Calif.

MOORE, F., Sunrise, Fla.

MOORE, S., Sunrise.

NEEL, Kim, Los Angeles.

NIDA, Randall Lee, Davie, Fla.

O’RIELLY, K., Brisbane, Australia.

PACE, Thomas, Boca Raton.

PERDARIS, Peter, Olathe, Kansas.

PHILLIPS, Nikki, Fort Lauderdale.

PERRY, Jan, Fort Lauderdale.

POLK, Sabrina, Los Angeles.

PUGH, W.D., San Francisco.

REYNOLDS, Paul, Fort Lauderdale.

REYNOLDS, Brian, Fort Lauderdale.

SALMON, Paul B., 66, Pasadena, Calif.

SANDERS, Steven, Los Angeles.

SCHMIDT, Mary H., Boca Raton.

SCHWARTZ, Kurt, Oklahoma City.

SEGAL, F., West Palm Beach.

SHAVER, Lori, Fort Lauderdale.

SHAW, Edith, Boynton Beachh.

SHAWL, C., Boca Raton.

SHEARER, Vickie C., Bountiful, Utah.

SHEEHAN, Mrs. Robin, Danville, Calif.

SHEEHAN, Ryan, Danville.

SHEEHAN (infant), Danville.

SHOECRAFT, Milt, Los Angeles.

SILVERMAN, F., Palm Beach.

STANSBURG, Robert, Long Beach, Calif.

STRUSSER, Fran, Santa Monica, Calif.

SULKIN, Jameson, Colorado Springs, Colo.

SULMONETTI, Jayne, Houston.

THOMPSON, Jane, Boca Raton.

THOMPSON, Evan, Boca Raton.

VERDICCHIO, Bob, Dallas.

WARNER, Jeff, Fort Lauderdale.

WENER, Mrs. Leonard, Pompano Beach, Fla..

WHITE, Ron, Mesquite, Tex.

WILLIS, Angela G., Hollywood, Fla.

WILSON, A.W., Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

WILSON, Cathy, Coral Springs, Fla.

WRIGHT, Deborah, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

ZARNT, Julie, Fort Lauderdale.





AMATULLI, Jenny, 35, Miami.

CHAVIS, Vickie, 29, Miami.

ROBINSON, Wendy, 23, West Palm Beach, Fla.



COKE, Paul, 62, Phoenix.

DEWITT, Mark, Dallas.

EDWARDS, Annie, Pompano Beach.

FORD, Kathy, 35, Fort Worth.

FREEMAN, Gregory, 46, Boca Raton.

GARCIA, Anita, 23, Miami.

GOLDBERG, Jean, 75, Pompano Beach.

GOODKID or GOODKIN, Andrea, 16, Fort Lauderdale.

GREEN, Gilbert, Fort Lauderdale.

HARRIS, Ron, Oklahoma City.

KATZ, Debbie, 40, Fort Lauderdale.

KATZ, Robert, 42, Fort Lauderdale.

KELLER, Alvin, 36, Henderson, Nev.

LAPETTUS, Greg, 23, Miami Beach.

LEDFORD, Esther, Fort Lauderdale.

LAVER, Richard, 12, Delray Beach.

MALOY, John, 29, Redondo Beach, Calif.

MARSH, Elizabeth, Deerfield Beach.

MEIER, Christopher John, Temple, Tex.

MOORE, John K., Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

SEGAL, Sidney, 76, West Palm Beach.

SLUSHER, Jay, 33, Phoenix.

STEINBERG, Marilyn, Miami.

STEINBERG, Mike, Miami.

VISICH, Mark, 60.

WARNER, Leonard, 64, Pompano Beach.

WILLIAMS, Juanita, 55, Pompano Beach.

WRIGHT, Kathleen, 49, Fort Lauderdale.




Lady Fox and Friends for One Girl

I am calling on all my Cabaret and Vaudeville friends to help me put on a spectacular variety Event at “360Q” 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff. On Saturday the 21st of October from 7:30pm. 
All proceeds from Auction Items, Raffles and Tickets will be donated to One Girl.
One Girl campaign every October to give scholarships to girls, born in some of the poorest communities in the world. Places where girls are more likely to be sold into marriage before the age of 13 or traded in to slavery.  
A girl who is educated increases her chance of becoming independent, is more likely to choose when and who she marry’s, when she starts a family, even start her own business. When you educate a girl you also educate her village, and so many things improve from there. You begin to change the world.

JAZZ: JMQ Jazz Thursdays at Phamish : AUG 10, CRAIG SCHNEIDER , AUG 17, ALINTA CHIDZEY and many more


Dear Jazz Lovers,

At times the JMQ Jazz Ensemble showcases front man talents of fine musicians, who are often better known as instrumentalists,

And on August 10, highly lauded singer-arranger-pianist-composer CRAIG SCHNEIDER will again step away from the piano and
sing your favourite standards with a smattering of blues too.

A multi talented entertainer, you are in for a treat with a terrific band line up too, including Michael Harding (piano), Sam Anning (double bass)
Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums) & John Montesante (trumpet /flugelhorn).

Doors 6.30pm and Live Jazz 7pm. Trams # 96 & 16 at the door.
Table bookings 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au


Next week,  Aug 17, love;y talented  ALINTA CHIDZEY will feature again with JMQ before she heads to Europe.

Listen To Older Voices – Joy Pagalos: Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves
for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.


Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is the second of three programs featuring the Life & Times of 75 year old Joy Pagalos and in the program Joy reflects on her life in Adelaide and how she and her family travelled by the Arcadia to Australia and how this led to meeting her husband to be Anthony Pagalos. After Anthony’s job in Adelaide ended, he and Joy came to Melbourne in search of a job and a better life.
Image of the Arcadia
The P&O Arcadia
Joy shares many great stories including how she came to gain a job with the Cystic Fibrosis Association, from its very early beginnings, and how she helped build it up into a well functioning organisation.  This is just part of her wonderful story and I should mention, any strange noises you hear during the program are courtesy of Joy’s dog Hugo, who fell asleep during our talk and snored his way through our time together.


Click on the radio to hear Joy Pagalos – Part 2

Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 


[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Loktak Lairembee

Loktak is a lake that supports a fishing community that builds houses on floating biomass and fish from long canoes. A fully self-sustainable community that the Indian Government decided was polluting the lake their houses were destroyed. The Floating demolition rig is a monstrous looking machine boat loaded with armed military and the locals are scared and angry.

The story is told to us with an intimate look into lives of a terrified Tomba and his overworked wife Thombalsang after their home had been torched and living in a new hut on the lake. Tomba is so fearful he is frozen and his poor wife is so overworked and frustrated with his inability to function she warns of leaving him.

His mindset becomes more aggressive after he finds a hand gun in the bio mass, but his paranoia and fearful response to a late night visitor leads to tragedy. The film has no soundtrack and comes across as a reality protest documentary with a script.

LOKTAK LAIREMBEE may be slow going but is also mindful story and I am glad I am now aware of the indecency that is enforced on these people. 

Director: Haobam Paban Kumar Cast: Ningthoujam Sanatomba India, 2017
Manipuri with English subtitles

Run time: 91 minutes

LOKTAK LAIREMBEE is showing on Sunday the 20th of August at Hoyts. Forrest Hill for more info or to book your tickets click  here 

PRINCE PHILIP (retirement comes at 96)

It’s official, as of today, Prince Philip, is stepping down from Royal duties. The Duke of Edinburgh announced that he will no longer accompany his wife on regular engagements, after seven decades of working together in public life.

The retirement of the Duke of Edinburgh will mark a new era for the Royal family, as now it will be expected that the younger royals will have to “step up” to support the Queen.

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge (his son and grandson) will continue to take on extra duties, as other Royals accompany the Queen on regular engagements. Kensington Palace announced plans for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to move back to London later his year, taking up residence with their family at Kensington Palace, as Prince William over a week or so ago retired from his job as a search and rescue pilot in Norfolk to become a full-time working Royal.

Last year, Her Majesty stepped down as patron of 25 national organisations, with the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry taking over.

For seventy years the Queen and Prince Philip’s support for each other, has been unwavering. Their team effort began before their marriage in 1947, when Prince Philip denounced his Greek and Danish heritage, to become British, with a life dedicated to Royal Duties.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born in Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son and fifth and final child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He had four elder sisters, Margarita, Theodora, Cecilie and Sophie.

In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. It was during this tour, that Earl Mountbatten asked a young, strapping Philip to escort the King’s two daughters Princess Elizabeth and younger sister Princess Margaret, Philip’s third cousins through Queen Victoria and second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark.

Thirteen year old Princess Elizabeth was smitten, and both her and Philip began to exchange letters. In the Summer of 1946, Philip asked the King for his daughters hand in marriage. The pending marriage was granted with stipulations. A formal announcement would have to wait until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday, the following April.  Philip then abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, and became a naturalised British citizen. He adopted the surname Mountbatten from his mothers family.

The day preceding his wedding, King George VI bestowed him the Title of His Royal Highness and on the morning of the wedding at Westminister Abbey recorded and broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people around the globe, he was made the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich.

The wedding didn’t go off without controversy. In post-war Britain, it was not acceptable for any of the Duke of Edinburgh’s German relations to be invited to the wedding, including Philip’s three surviving sisters, all of whom had married German Princes, some with Nazi connections.

Straight after the honeymoon, Philip returned to the navy.

After the marriage they took up residence at Clarence House, where their first two children were born, Prince Charles (1948) and Princess Anne (1950).

As consort to the Queen, Philip always walking a few paces behind her, supported his wife with her duties as sovereign. Philip knelt before Elizabeth, with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her “liege man of life and limb”.

It was whilst on tour in Kenya in 1952, Elizabeth’s ailing father passed away and she instantly became Queen. It was Philip her husband who was given the task of breaking the news to her, at Sagana Lodge, and the royal party immediately returned to the UK.

Philip served in WW2 and by age 21, became one of the world’s first Lieutenants in the Royal Navy. He was also involved in the Battle of Crete, and during the invasion of Sicily in 1943, as second in command of HMS Wallace, he saved his ship from a night bomber attack.

Over the years he has donned many hats, whether he is a patron, president or member, he has represented over 800 organizations, particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport and education, and travelled the world extensively with over 600 solo tours.

The Prince is also known for his cheekiness and fun. He was also known to be a ladies man and over the years has been accused of being unfaithful to Her Majesty regularly. Their have even been reports of him fathering children outside of the marriage, though to date, their has been not one shred of viable evidence to support such claims.

In 1981, Prince Philip wrote to his eldest son Prince Charles, counselling him to either propose to Lady Diana Spencer or break off their courtship and find another suitable future Queen. Feeling pressured, he proposed and the two were married six months later and given the titles, Prince and Princess of Wales, even though he loved another already married woman, Camila Parker Bowles.

From the marriage came two beautiful boys, Prince William and Prince Harry. Also from the marriage came infidelity on both sides and by 1992, the marriage to the Prince and Princess of Wales had broken down. The Queen and the Duke held a meeting with both trying to encourage a reconciliation, but without success. The two separated and later divorced.

In the divorce, the Princess was stripped of all titles and this meant she had to go it alone, without the aid of bodyguards for protection. She had many suitors during the next year, and it was whilst with one of those, she was fatally killed in a car crash in Paris in August of 1997.

For five days after the crash, the Queen and Duke shielded their grandsons from the press, keeping them behind closed doors at Balmoral so they could grieve in private. To the publics dismay, they saw both the Queen and the Duke as completely heartless. Why wasnt their head of state saying anything? Why wasn’t she grieving with her loyal subjects? It was an outpouring of hostility directed at the Royals that forced the Queen to address the situation in a live broadcast on 5th September.

After the funeral, Mohamed Fayed, who also lost his son Dodi who it is believed was having a romantic relationship with Diana at the time, made claims that Prince Philip ordered the death of Diana after finding out she was pregnant and that the accident was staged. This claim was later investigated and there was no evidence to support any type of conspiracy. The coroner said the only evidence that Diana was pregnant, had come from Mr Al Fayed himself.

The Harrods tycoon has claimed that the fatal crash in a Paris tunnel was orchestrated by MI6 agents acting on orders from Prince Philip to prevent the couple marrying and having a Muslim baby.

In summing up the six month hearing into Diana’s death, Lord Justice Scott Baker, told the jury, there is no evidence that the Duke of Edinburgh order Diana’s execution, and there is no evidence that the secret intelligence service or any other government agency organised it.

There are not many men who can still fit into the suit they wore on their wedding day, but it is a measure of the Duke of Edinburgh’s astonishing good health and vitality that he can make such a bold claim.

Like any person his age the Duke has of course had the occasional health scare, but their rarity has only served to highlight his general fitness and longevity. Prince Philip appears to be in remarkably good shape for a man of 96, and his secret appears to be deceptively simple, regular exercise, a moderate diet, and good dose of sheer will power to carry on.

Those who know Prince Philip say he works at keeping fit and, in a reflection of his days serving in the Royal Navy, has remained determined never to let himself go.

The Duke prefers to walk and take the stairs wherever he can, and can still be seen behind the rains of a horse carriage in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.

In May 2014, the Duke had a “minor procedure” carried out on his right hand at Buckingham Palace and in June the previous year he spent two months convalescing after an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

In December 2011 he was fitted with a heart stent and has twice been treated for bladder infections, including during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend in June 2012, when he fell ill after having to stand in the cold on a barge during the Thames pageant.

On leaving hospital, the day before his 91st birthday, the Prince Philip was asked if he was feeling better. He replied, in characteristic style: “Well, I wouldn’t be coming out if I wasn’t.”

Like all families, both Her Majesty and the Duke have gone through the full range of pleasures, and tribulations in bringing up their children. And being somewhat bias, I have to say I think they have done a splendid job, considering their sometimes difficult and demanding circumstances.

I’m sure we all wish The Duke well in his retirement, though I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the dashing Prince.


AUGUST : Star Studded Thursday Jazz at Phamish, St Kilda Every Week – Flyer

Please tell your friends…

Top quality Jazz in St Kilda every Thursday at Phamish – 30 The Esplanade, St Kilda 7PM

Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

Those of you who know my colleague Paula, (who usually takes care of gig promotions), will

be sad to know of her partner Shane's brain cancer relapse  this week – so she is under considerable stress.
If you
can help spread the word and/or attend these stellar Jazz Thursdays, she would really appreciate

you participation at this challenging time….Thank You



Dear Jazz Lovers,

Warm Winter Jazz at Phamish keeps delivering…

JMQ Jazz Ensemble is delighted to feature LOUISA RANKIN , making her Phamish debut on  AUG 3rd at 7pm.(Doors 6.30pm)

A dynamic and compelling vocalist, Louisa Rankin moves seamlessly from bandleader to ensemble member whilst maintaining a
sound and style all her own, formed over years of musical exploration.She has established herself as one of Australia's leading
jazz improvisers, working with artists as diverse as Luke Howard, Lior, Barney McAll, Hailey Cramer and The Monash Art Ensemble.
As band-leader, Louisa has presented her music at all of Melbourne’s premier jazz clubs and is highly regarded as one of Melbourne’s leading jazz vocalists.

She  has attended an International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada, where she studied with artists like Theo Bleckmann,
Esperanza Spalding
and Vijay Iyer. She also spent time in New York City, where she took further vocal studies with Theo Bleckmann.

Joining Louisa onstage at Phamish are some of Melbourne's finest names in the jazz world: Sam Anning, Michael Harding,
Carlo Alberto Canevali, Mirko Guerrini, John Montesante
. ALL ARE WELCOME! Table Bookings : 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

And Next Week, AUG 10th, we shall feature one of Melbourne's most in demand male jazz singers, CRAIG SCHNEIDER, just for you.

Then…Aug 17 Alinta Chidzey, Aug 24 Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Aug 31 Chris McNulty,  Sept 7 Wilbur Wilde and more….
We look forward to your company,