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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006


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

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 60 no. 54

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 15 PU B :C A D V D A TE :2 8N O V -2 00 6 PA G E: 15 C O LO R : C M YK Duprada Dance Company presents The Nutcracker Gala 30th November & 1st December Araluen Theatre, 6.30pm 33 22 02 /0 7 Tickets at Araluen Box Offi ce Adults $20 Concessions $18 Student $15 Children $12 Bookings 8951 1122 Tickets at Araluen Box Offi ce Adults $20 Concessions $18 Student $15 Children $12 Bookings 8951 1122 Snapshot of o ur 2007 Season 47 22 02 /0 7 APPEARING AT: Heavitree Gap Tavern 2 SHOWS: Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd Dec Enquiries Ph: 8950 4444 8 p m S T A R T (S h o w m ay o ff en d ) 18R Dir ect Fr om Sy dn ey Fighting the tyranny of corporations FORMER journalists Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes explore the struggle between independent operators and multinationals in the documentary series Independent America. TheUS is known as the land of the free and the home of mass consumption. But between the nations breathtaking coastlines, drivers on any interstate highway would be hard pressed to pinpoint exactly where they are. That is because everything looks the same the same malls, the same big stores like Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Target, the same chain restaurants and hotels offering the same services just about everywhere. And across the country a backlash is underway against what some call the tyranny of corporate America. There are boycotts and anti-chain legislation in communities across the nation and demands for diversity, economic freedom and in some cases, the right to survive. In this polarised country, even shopping has become a political act. Independent America follows Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes as they make a 55-day road trip around America without setting a foot inside a corporate chain restaurant, motel or store. Together with their black labrador Miles, they travel 13,000 miles, through 32 states looking for anAmerica unchained by corporate retail and for the hardy souls fighting for the right to remain independent. Independent America screens tomorrow night on SBS Television at 8.30. Album votes in Myf Warhurst will present My Favourite Album on ABC on Sunday. ITS an issue thats sparked debate across the nation, turning neighbour against neighbour and husband against wife. Now the votes are in, Australia has spokenandABCTV will reveal the identity of Australias favourite album on Sunday night. Following the success ofMy Favourite Book in 2004, and MyFavouriteFilm in 2005,My Favourite Album will be hosted by Spicks and Specks panellist and Triple J presenter Myf Warhurst. Find out if it will be a fight between the classics such as TheBeatlesAbbeyRoad and The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street? Or a battle royal between Neil Diamonds Hot August Night and ABBAs Arrival? What do Australians love best of all? Rock, pop, classical, blues or jazz? Will it be aBritish pophit, a Billboard classic or a homegrown favourite? Myf Warhurst will be joined by a panel of five special guests to count down the top 10, but dont expect a polite discussion. With the likes of Renee Geyer, outspoken comedian JudithLucy andTheChasers resident music geek Chas Licciardello, Dicko and Spiderbaits Kram, viewers can expect a lively debate. Myf said: Weve been tallying up the votes, and Im sure the Top 10 will cause surprise. I cant wait to find out what Australia has voted their number one favourite album. I wonder if its something I can dance to? My Favourite Album will have cameos from famous Australians who will bravely reveal dark secrets about listening habits. What album do comedian Rove McManus and actress Claudia Karvan want played at their funeral? What album do actor BryanBrownandOpposition Leader Kim Beazley play to get in themood for romance? And just what does our PrimeMinister JohnHoward have playing onhigh rotation at The Lodge? My Favourite album screensonABCTelevisionon Sunday night at 7.30. Fantasy spy robs his victims ROBERT Freegard harboured the fantasy of a life of international espionage. John, Sarah and Maria with Robert Freegard, who lived a fantasy as a spy and stole money from his victims. Tonight on SBS Television The Spy Who Stole My Life traces how a semiliterate carpenter turned into an evil conman. The documentary explores how Robert Freegard created a false identity, brainwashed innocent victims and convinced them that he worked for the British Intelligence services to root out an IRA cell. In 1992, Robert Freegard arrived in Newport, Shropshire in England where he befriended some students from the local agricultural college who were both bright and wealthy. Claiming he was part of an undercover surveillance operation against the IRA, he recruited themtobepart of it. Eventually he claimed their cover had been blown, persuading them to sever all ties with friends and family and cheating them out of one million pounds. His 10-year spree of consistent kidnappings, robbery and deception netted Freegard hundreds of thousands of pounds. Over the years Freedgards expanding pool of carefully selected victims included an American psychologist, a lawyer and a Polish businesswoman, all of whom became his sexual playthings while he bled their bank accounts dry. His main victim was student Sarah Smith, on whom Freegard used classic brainwashing techniques, and stripped her of the ability to think for herself. Smith was told that her life was in mortal danger and that her family would be killed if she disobeyed him. She spent the next 10 years living in abject poverty, using a series of assumed names and moving from one squalid safe house to the next. He also forced her to coerce her friends and family into handing over huge sums of money. The Spy Who Stole My Life covers Freegards career through exclusive interviews with his victims and screens tonight on SBS at 7.30.