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FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 OPINION 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 70 FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V2 1291Crusader rule in theHoly Land ends as Egyptians storm the city of Acre, the last stronghold of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. 1813Gregory Blaxland,William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth reach the top of Mount York in the Blue Mountains. They look down on good forest and grassland. They will continue across the Cox River to Mount Blaxland. 1818Surveyor-generalJohn Oxley leads an expedition from Bathurst which will follow the Macquarie River, until it disappears into an ocean of reeds, later called the Macquarie Marshes. 1871The last resistanceof Paris Communards to the national government ends in a shootout in the cemetery of Pere Lachaise. 1927Australias firstgreyhound race with the dogs chasing a mechanical hare is held at Harold Park, Sydney, then called Epping Racecourse. 1961Amnesty International is founded as The Observer newspaper in London publishes an article by lawyer Peter Benenson about Portuguese prisoners. 1972The Duke ofWindsor, who gave up the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, dies in Paris. 2000More than150,000 people walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of reconciliation between Aborigines and other Australians. 2020A state ofemergency is declared in Minneapolis, Minnesota, due to riots by people protesting at the death in custody of AfricanAmerican man George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after an officer pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck. 2000 regularly performed. Through radio and stage work, Milligan and Secombe met Sellers and Bentine, who had also both served in World War II, and who were both, in the words of Secombe, idiots like them, with a similar sense of humour. They dubbed themselves The Goons, inspired by a race of strong, but dopey characters from the cartoon Popeye. At their regular sessions at Graftons pub, they improvised gags and comedy skits, which they sometimes recorded. Jimmy Grafton saw their enormous potential for radio and sent one of Milligans taped sessions to BBC producer Pat Dixon. It took some time for Dixon to get the BBC interested, but in 1951 they decided to give the young comedians a chance. Seeing the difficulties he might face with BBC executives, Dixon handed over producing duties to Dennis Main Wilson. Most BBC executives thought Milligans scripts were too way out for radio and so in the first series the gags and skits were interspersed with musical interludes from the Ray Ellington Quartet, The Stargazers and Max Geldray, and sewn together by deadpan announcements from the very straitlaced Andrew Timothy, who was better known as a newsreader. Although Milligan and the other Goons wanted to call it The Goon Show from the start, they had to settle for the BBCs suggestion Crazy People. The BBC executives must have held their breath as the show premiered. Some listeners were utterly bewildered but it very quickly proved a huge success. It was renewed for a second season, but the stars insisted that the title be changed to The Goon Show. Milligan wrote most of the shows, but after suffering a breakdown in 1952 he was assisted by several other writers, including Eric Sykes. Bentine left after the third season and the show ended in 1960 when the remaining Goons all decided to pursue solo careers. They reunited for a final show in 1972. Sellers died in 1980, Bentine in 1996, Secombe in 2001 and Milligan was the last Goon standing, dying in 2002. Monte Cassino. He met Secombe while they were both recovering from shell shock (now known as post traumatic stress disorder) in a hospital in North Africa. They soon realised that they shared the same irreverent sense of humour and became friends. They also shared a love of music and ended up serving in the Combined Services Entertainment unit, amusing the troops with music and comedy. After the war, they shared a flat in Notting Hill and auditioned for jobs in the entertainment industry. Milligan worked on and off as a musician, but did some stand-up and some comedy writing, while Secombe did some singing and voice work on radio. In between gigs, Secombe and Milligan would go to Graftons pub, run by Jimmy Grafton (the pub had been in the family since 1848), also an ex-serviceman, who worked part-time writing radio scripts for the BBC show Variety Bandbox, on which Secombe When BBC listenerstuned into CrazyPeople, a new comedyshow, 70 years ago,they did not knowwhat to expect. Thepublicity describedthem as Radios own Crazy Gang a group of music hall comedians formed in 1931, known for rapid fire skits, slapstick and double entendre. But while the Crazy Gang relied on visual humour, puns, topical references, making their name on stage and in films, this new wave of comedians was something else. Calling themselves The Goons, they made full use of radios potential for absurdist, often surreal, humour, using silly voices and sound effects to subvert the listeners sense of reality, for laughs. Their first series premiered on May 28, 1951, and ran until 1960, making household names of its stars, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine. It later became known as The Goon Show and it changed the face of British comedy. Their anything goes kind of humour inspired many other comedians who grew up listening to them, including the cast of Beyond the Fringe, Monty Python and the Goodies. The Beatles were big fans, as were Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. While the humour of the Goons owed something to the absurdism of a long line of performers, a significant part of what made them the Goons was that they all served in World War II. Milligan would later say: I needed the war to find myself. Born in India in 1918, to an Irish father and an English mother, Milligan had been trying to forge a career as a jazz musician he took the name Spike from jazz great Spike Jones before he was called up for service in the army in World War II. He served in North Africa and was wounded in Italy at the Battle of War made Goons crazy enough to be a success TROY LENNON Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe from The Goons in 1958, and inset, Jimmy Grafton. 1951 ON THE SCREEN Heliopolis, City of the Sun SBS, May 28 7.30pm When Mexican police illegally raided a men-only dance at a private home in Mexico City in 1901, they found half of the guests were dressed in womens clothing. They arrested 41 men for indecency. Mexican society was deeply shocked since most of those arrested came from the Mexican upper classes and also homosexuality was never spoken about openly in that country. Despite official attempts to clamp down on news of the raid, it was widely reported, the first time there had been such public discussion of Dance of the Forty One Netflix TV Aiman Ashmawy were part of a team allowed to excavate the site, although they were given limited time to do so. But they made some amazing discoveries. In 2017, they uncovered a massive stone torso, later identified as an image of the Pharaoh Psamtik I, who reunited all of Egypt, divided by the Syrians who ruled the north, and expelled foreigners. This documentary, with great wow moments, looks at some of the findings of the Heliopolis excavation team. TROY LENNON the subject of homosexuality. It was also rumoured one of the participants in the dance was Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, the son-in-law of Mexican president Porfirio Diaz, but he had been allowed to escape arrest, causing a political scandal. Starring Alfonso Herrera as Ignacio and Emiliano Zurita as his lover, this fictionalised account has lush recreations of the period and great performances, and is a heartbreaking look at a turning point in the history of gays in Mexico. TROY LENNON STREAM In 2011, German archaeologist Dietrich Raue was given the opportunity of a lifetime. The revolution was putting pressure on the Ministry of Antiquities to release a vacant block of land in the heart of Cairo for building a new apartment block. That block was once the site of the great City of the Sun, an important religious site for the Ancient Egyptians. Known as Heliopolis, a named given to it by the Ancient Greeks, the site of the city had long been known but never properly excavated. Raue and Egyptian colleague Traffic on Lee Point Road from Fitzmaurice Drive out through the Lyons and Muirhead suburbs is fast becoming clogged and chaotic. The new land division opening up will add to the chaos. In their wisdom, developers have left no room for the road to be widened so it will always be single lane in each direction. Driving conditions already untenable will become almost impossible. Bill Smith Rents are now so high that landlords are set to rent by the hour rather than by the week. Calculator Can Palmerston City town planner??? Roystonea Uni Ave change ... WHY??? Carly, Driver A good nights restful sleep in this older suburb used to be possible, but no longer. The Department of Housing and Community Developments policy of housing now ensures disturbed sleep because of tenants night time activities. Most then catch up on sleep during the day while others are at zipcode of the universe with space junk while everyone alien else takes theirs home with them. Dear anonymous who believes Gunner going to Alice is wonderful and reassuring. Have you been living on moon or eating to many happy cookies, open your eyes were broke, robbed, battered swarmed by drunks, should I go on! Mark hdoo Of course UFOs exist. Of course there are Aliens. Of course theyre watching us (no doubt, amazed) Its just that none of them have ever been daft enough to take part in the crazy horror movie called the Human Race. How many millions of dollars would the taxpayers have to shell out to prop up an Darwin based AFL team? Loving this weather! So cool in the mornings. Hope Darwin gets another chance to host the Suns this season, would also be a shame if the Demons dont get to Alice in 2021. Damn this global pandemic!! FOOTBALL FANATIC Its disappointing that the Gold Coast Suns/Hawthorn game has been postponed. Heres hoping a game can be staged in Darwin later in the season for the thousands of us who have a real thirst for topline football to be staged in our city. work. Relaxed, secure living is now history. Ratepayer DHA has always owned the parcel of land at Lee Point and it has always been earmarked for future development which is there right as the ownership of this land they are not bulldozing reserve land only developing what is theres which by law they are entitled to do every new development seems to have whinging negative feedback instead of the positive it has let this lawful project run its course. Darren, Karama We so-called tech-sophisticated earthlings will probably eventually get done for persistently littering our 0 \1, :t WAS6o1NG TO '>ut'Ef< WlCON THE"w\&JTTI-iAT WOUl1>JUST 8E C~UEL ... TEXT THE EDITOR ~~ MESSAGE OF THE DAY Have your say: SMS 0428 NTNEWS '' . ON THIS DAY
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