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The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009



The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 22

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited



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12 Centralian Advocate, Friday, August 7, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K by the end of August for your chance to win an Purchase any two cartons of CONCERT PACKAGE FOR FOUR PEOPLE Prize includes airfares, accommodation & concert tickets. See instore for terms & conditions The Bottle-O supports the responsible service of alcohol. Some products may not be available at all outlets. Tobacco and alcohol not sold to under 18s. Competition is not available at Bottle-O Neighbourhood stores. KEEP US ALIVE. DONT DRINK & DRIVE. ALICE SPRINGS TODD TAVERN Todd Mall Ph: 8952 1255 NEWS My love Murray Neck meets the Ghan in Alice. He came here as a baby on the first train in 1929. THE Ghan has played an integral part in the development of Central Australia. Staff, train lovers and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service celebrated a joint 80th birthday at the weekend the passenger train and the blood service started within two months of each other in 1929. Great Southern Railway invited 20 journalists, including the Centralian Advocates Daniel Burdon, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Ghans first trip from Adelaide to Alice Springs. HAVING completed several trips in the Red Kangaroo day-night seater carriage on The Ghan between Alice Springs and Adelaide in my younger years, I was delighted to be escorted to a charming Gold Service compartment. The journey had started at the Hilton in Adelaide with a delicious breakfast hosted by Simon Bryant of ABCs The Cook and the Chef. That kicked off what would become a lavish affair. We arrived at the Adelaide Parklands terminal to celebrate with several South Australian ministers, GSR chief executive officer Tony Braxton-Smith and the naturally charming GovernorG e n e r a l Q u e n t i n Bryce. The first festivities included singing by a choir from an Adelaide primary school performing heartwarming renditions of Waltzing Matilda and I Am Australian. Then Australian Idol Wes Carr made his first appearance of the trip, singing some tracks that are now embedded in the memory, includ ing The Beatles Ticket to Ride. Stepping inside the Gold Service dining cabin and bar lounge was like entering a parallel universe. It was a place one could go to escape the hassles of everyday life. And for me, it was not just a fine dining cabin or a bar. Instead, it was a place to put my feet up, be pampered by the everaccommodating staff and watch the scenery roll past, maybe read a book or talk to the many standout characters present. l More Page 13

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