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Dame Helen Mirren, RADA perform for The Queen Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to performances by Dame Helen Mirren, students from the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, and a brief speech from Sir David Attenborough. Kate and the Queen then met House actor Hugh Laurie as well as a host of famous faces in a Buckingham Palace reception.

Broadcast by ITN on 18 Feb 201.

 

 
Queen Victoria's Children First Episode Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
''Queen Victoria's Children,'' the first of three episodes - ''The Best Laid Plans,'' was shown on SBS 1 on 4 March 2014.    You can watch click on the link below, but access to this will expire on 18 March 2014, 8:30pm.
 
 Photo: Queen Victoria's Children - this fascinating BBC series starts on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage and historians claim behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield.  Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.  The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.  This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert and their attempts to engineer the upbringing of their children, and to save the monarchy by projecting a modern image of the royal family.
 
 
 
 Gain a new understanding of Britain’s longest reigning Queen with this fascinating series which explores Queen Victoria’s life through stories of the personal relationships between her, her husband Albert the Prince Consort and their nine children.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage but historians claim that behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield. Spanning 60 years, this family saga tells a tale of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by Victoria’s children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.

The series draws on the written material and photographs the family left behind to bring the characters and complex relationships to life.
 
 
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Intelligence from the republican camp, via the Sun-Herald Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 March 2014

Dear Professor Flint,

As your double agent in the Republican movement - pretending to be one of them while secretly hoping to have my tummy tickled by a royal - I beg to report that on Friday I attended a fund-raising lunch for the Australian Republican Movement in Chinatown, where our erstwhile prime minister Bob Hawke spoke passionately and eloquently.

You'll be pleased to hear his opening remarks were of his great regard for the Queen herself, and that it was in fact the widespread and deserved public affection she enjoys that is the chief barrier to Australia cutting the apron strings.

His view is the way forward is to hold a referendum on: ''Are you in favour of Australia becoming a republic when the Queen's reign is over?''

In which case he believes it would be a landslide.

The 84-year-old is in fine fettle, and received a standing ovation.

Hope you're well, Professor.

Deep Throat.

 

Dear Mr. FitzSimons,

Thank you for your valuable intelligence. Your reference to Chinatown reminds me  when I was last actually in the nearby Trades Hall where I was once a delegate. Jai Martinkovits ( he holds the position at ACM first held by Tony Abbott)  and I had just debated Senator Thistlethwaite and David Morris about a republic.

At the end, a Chinese lady in the audience came up and whispered to me: '' I escaped from a republic – China – and I never want to live under one again.

Incidentally, our last function in Chinatown was also a great success and featured in your newspaper.  It was addressed by Senator  Cory Bernardi who was certainly also eloquent.

Good that the Republicans are getting former Prime Ministers to work for them.

Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser did us a great service during the referendum when they appeared in a joint television advertisement, It's Time. We worked out that it brought a considerable number of votes our way.

Bob is right of course about the respect Australians have for The Queen, although he didn't think so in 1999.

 I remember years ago when HM had just finished speaking at  Parliament House. As she came down from the platform she was rushed by former prime ministers Gough Whitlam, Malcolm  Fraser and Bob Hawke as well as then Oppositon Leader Kim Beazley who all fawned on her.

 I wondered whether she reflected on the fact that they had all campaigned against her in the referendum.

Bob knows full well that his proposal for his so-called ''referendum'' would be completely useless.

The idea of a referendum to take effect on the passing of the Queen is not only macabre and grotesque but legally full of holes.

 It is unachievable not only for uncertainty but particularly because it does not spell out  what sort of politicians' republic he has up his sleeve and precisely what sections of the Constitution are to be amended and how.

Do keep passing on our intelligence.

Regards,
David

 

   
[ An exchange of letters in part in The Sun-Herald,  begun on St David's Day 2014]

 

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Queen Victoria's Children on SBS1 TV Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Photo: Queen Victoria's Children - this fascinating BBC series starts on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage and historians claim behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield.  Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.  The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.  This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert and their attempts to engineer the upbringing of their children, and to save the monarchy by projecting a modern image of the royal family.

 

Queen Victoria's Children is a fascinating BBC series to be broadcast  on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage. Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children.

The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert, and their decisions on the   upbringing of their children.

 

 
Church Service to Mark the Commencement of the 2014 Sittings of the NSW Parliament Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

  

Invitation

The Minister and Elders of
St Stephen’s Uniting Church
Macquarie Street Sydney, together with
Members of the NSW Parliamentary Prayer Fellowship
 
Invite you to attend an interdenominational Church Service
to mark the commencement of the 2014 sittings of the NSW Parliament
to be held at
 
St Stephen’s Uniting Church
Macquarie Street Sydney
 
On Tuesday 4th March 2014
Commencing at 1.00 pm until 1.45 pm
 
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, will be the Preacher
and other senior Sydney Clergy will be taking part.
The President and the Speaker are participants in the Service.
 
All Members of Parliament, their families, their Parliamentary and Electorate Staff,
and all employees in the Parliamentary building are invited,
together with members of the public.

 
The terrorists who campaigned for the Yes case Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The news that an IRA suspect on trial for the Hyde Park bombing has been released by a judge on what seems like flimsy grounds, recalls how that that terrorist group campaigned for a Yes vote in the 1999 referendum for a republic  ('' Hyde Park IRA bombing: suspect will not be prosecuted after police blunder,''  Tom Whitehead in the Daily Telegraph  25 February,2014).

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But when a few years ago I recalled here that Gerry Adams had come to Australia and had vigorously  campaigned in the 1999 referendum for Australians to cast a Yes vote, an ARM leader sent me an email saying:  '' Are you quite mad, a habitual liar or just an idiot?”

 The Australian carefully explained to the ARM on 14 September 2010 that Adams did precisely that.

This was despite the fact that the Irish Republican Army was already  responsible for at least one  terrorist attack on Australians. Just nine years before the referendum, in a vicious attack in a town in the Netherlands the IRA murdered two fine young Australian men, Stephen Melrose and Nick Spanos, in the presence of Stephen's young wife and Nick's girl friends  

None of the perpetrators of that foul act were ever brought to trial. ( ''Why republicans should have said No to Gerry Adams.'')
 

  

 

 

 

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       [Spephen Melrose & Nick Spanos]

That the ARM allowed Adams to campaign in the referendum without distancing themselves from him, as we called on them to do, is appalling.



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