From the Daily Mirror advert for TV Week, January 20, 1965...
Peter Allen was born Peter Richard Woolnough in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. He was the grandson of George Woolnough, whom Allen immortalised in his song "Tenterfield Saddler". Allen began his performing career with Chris Bell as one of the "Allen Brothers", who were a popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in Australia [Bandstand with Brian Henderson ("Hendo")]. Mark Herron, the husband of Judy Garland, discovered Allen while he was performing in Hong Kong. He was invited to return with them to London and the United States, where he performed with Garland.
One of his songs, I Still Call Australia Home, became popular through its use in television commercials, initially for National Panasonic, and since 1998 for Qantas Airways. . This has since become an unofficial anthem for Australians abroad.
Picture from Pix, June 14-30 1962
Some Americans are equally interested in royal events and sit glued to the screen watching the pomp and ceremony of births, deaths and marriages. We are a free country and people can obsess about whatever they like.
All I’ve ever wanted is my nation to have the honour and dignity it deserves with a Constitution that enshrines equality and allows any of our children to rise to the top — rather than the colonial document we currently have, that actively discriminates against our own citizens.
British royals are always welcome in Australia but – like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who visited in January – they should pay their own way, not take from our taxpayers. Visiting royals should be welcomed as guests, not as our superiors and, in this case, future sovereigns.
The whole point of putting together Project Republic was to remind Australians that the job is not yet done. It is easy to wave a flag and claim to love your country, but real patriotism involves hard work. Sometimes it requires sacrifice.
If you truly love Australia and believe this is an exceptional country, every bit the equal of countries around the world, then you must raise your voice and demand a Constitution worthy of a free people. A Constitution that does not rely on a foreign country for leadership – even symbolic leadership – but that has faith and confidence in itself.
read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/and-now-for-yet-another-royal-tour,6402
see also: the importance of the royal coitus...
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