The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28 -N O V -2 00 6 PA G E : 3 C O L O R : C M Y K 30 22 02 /0 7 Centre tunes in to Jessica TERRITORIANS tuned in to Imparja Television in droves to watch the grand finale of Australian Idol on Sunday night. Irish singer Damien Leith beat Territorian JessicaMauboy inwhat has been called one of the closest contests in the programs short history. While the bookies favourite was the 17-year-old from Darwin, Mauboy didnt take home the car or recording contract. But she did draw a crowd with a huge 2.2million viewers from around Australia glued to the screen for the event. Australian Idol-The Winner was the sixth most watched program for the year, making this Australian Idol the most successful series since 2004. Everyone wants to to know our Fiona By CHELSEA ROGERS STAND-UP comedian Fiona OLoughlin is a wanted woman. Increasingly popular Alice Springs comedian Fiona OLoughlin has everyone laughing. Shell be appearing on all four free-to-air TV networks this week. Rated one of Australias finest female stand-ups, OLoughlin appears to have conquered the global comedy circuit, and is set this week to appear on all four free-to-air television channels. OLoughlin makes an appearance on the final episode of ABCs The Glasshouse, Bert Newtons Family Feud, the three-hour Comic Relief special and the new Australian comedy series The Big Question. OLoughlin said: What can I say? Just call me Mrs Greedy Guts. The new Australian comedy seriesTheBig Question is hosted by Jules Lund and sees the mother of five from Alice Springs team up with celebrities and other comedians. She said: Going on these shows means Ive got to meet so many great people. Every time now I go on to a show I think Hmm I wonder who I will meet tonight?; so its great. I got to meet Leo Sayer, which was a bit dangerous because I was a complete Sayer nut in 1979 I almost lost my mind. But OLoughlin also got to meet her own biggest fan Col the Fruiterer. She said: He wanted tomeet me, because I have five children like his wife does and all by caesarian section just like his wife. So all night we swapped notes on scar tissue and children. Ive had great fun doing it all, but I cantwatch the shows Im scared of looking because then Ill need dermabrasion and botox for sure. I actually havent seen any of those episodes yet, but it will be fun forme towatch themand regret the hairdos I dont know what I was thinking. OLoughlin will be back in Alice Springs to host the Northern TerritoryBrolga Awards for Tourism on Saturday night. She said: The Qantas Club are sick of me. But then Im busy doing my overseas stuff and will really hit the ground running. People still come up to me and say hey youre that chick fromAlice Springs, so Imgreatly remembered for coming from Alice Springs. As for OLoughlins late appearance on the flight from Alice Springs toSydneya fewweeksback, OLoughlin passed the buck. She said: I must have done a show with Mickey Robinson the night before because whenever Im tired I blame it on Mickey because we get together and have too much fun. Extreme weather spells hot summer By DANIEL BURDON THE past nine days has been the longest hot spell in November on record, according to the weather bureau. Cooling off Last Sundaywas the hottest November day so far, with the mercury in Alice Springs peaking at 42C only 0.9C cooler than thehottestNovember dayon record. Manager of Climate Services NT at the BureauSamClelandsaid: Wevehadthe most number of consecutive November days above 38.5 degrees. This is consistent with the El Nino event that has been developing. From November 19 through to yesterday, Alice Springs has not cooled down at all, but there might be some minor relief with some cloud cover some time during the next few days. Mr Cleland said that it was anticipated that the spring and early summer this year was likely to be hotter than usual, and have less rain. Typically in El Nino situations, as we have now, the Alice Springs region sees less rainandwarmer temperatures in this spring to early summer period. ThewayElNinoevents affect the later summer period is erratic. Long Summer This could mean a longer and hotter than-usual summer this year, and for early 2007. Although there have been some rumblings around town about rising humidity, it has actually been slightly lower than normal, but is expected to get more humid. Alice Springs residents have already experienced the coldest June in 30 years and the longest hot spell on record in January this year, with temperatures more than 41C for 11 days straight. The records have helped further reinforce the towns reputation as having some of Australias most extreme weather conditions. Although the rest of the week may get slightly cooler temperatures, the forecast for today, tomorrow and Thursday is for an average maximum of 42C with an average minimum of about 22C. For up-to-date weather forecasts and climate information, check each edition of the Centralian Advocate, or go to the Bureau of Meteorology website at: www.bom.gov.au