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I Sydney's Talking About-I

THE PROMPTNESS WITH WHICH PRIN- CESS ELIZABETH'S BIRTHDAY cables were acknowledged by her Lady-in-Waiting. Sydney people who sent cables last Saturday were surprised to receive cabled replies, which had been despatched on Princess Elizabeth's birthday. Considering the thousands of congratulatory messages which were received, Royalty again sets the example in eti-

quette. . . .

EX-SERVICEWOMEN WHO WILL MARCH TO- MORROW in the Anzac Day parade. They in- clude Lilian Irwin, ioho was commandant of the V.A.D.S in the Middle East; Sue Other Gee and Dawn Jackson, who served in the Middle East and in New Guinea, and Barbara Donkin, who was in the Middle East. They will attend the Anzac eve dinner to-night of the V.A.D. Associa- tion, members of which served in Colombo, the Middle East, and in hospital ships as V.A.D.S before their identity was merged in the

A.A.M.W.S. . . .

PRE-WEDDING PARTIES FOR PHYL MASLIN in Bowral. 'She will marry Jim Mac- donald, who arrives to-day from Queensland on May 3. Mrs. Gordon Champion plans a party for Saturday night; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Battye will enter- tain late alternoon on Sunday, and on Monday, Miss Marion Maclean will give a large luncheon party. Three hundred guests are invited for the wedding at Bowral, and the reception at Bendooley, Berrima, the lovely old home of Phyl's parents, Mr.

and Mrs. Charles Maslin. . . .

SILVER-WEDDING CELEBRATIONS TO- MORROW for John and Dell Gunning, whose anniversary is celebrated every year when friends drop in after the Anzac Day march to drink their health. This year is a special occasion, not only because it is the 25th anniversary, but because John will march with his son, David-they both served

in the A.I.F. . . .

THOSE LISTENERS-I.N AT PICTURE SHOWS who are employed spßcially to overhear your comments. If you do (or you don't) like a parti- cular film, talk about it right out loud, and yell what you really want for the spies will prob- ably be listening. Perhaps it's*just another way of getting a Gallup poll reaction, so here's one hate-Hollywood bedrooms the size of

town halls. . . .

JUA. MERVYN SCALES protects his bride, 1 formerly Miss Joan Ireland, from the rain when leavi7ig St. Paul's College Chapel after their wedding on Tuesday night. MRS. SCALES is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Ireland, of Austinmer; Mr Scales is film pro- duction manager for the Australian Wool Board. After the wedding, tohich was cele- brated by the Warden of the College, Rev. F. R. Arnott, a reception was held at Macquarie


PRINCE CHULA OF SIAM and his English wife, who have been entertaining Sydney's Robin Spencer at their home in Kent. If guests at this home need transport they can take their choice from ten cars, an aeroplane or a glider. Prince Chula is a direct descendant of the King of Siam, who was portrayed by Rex Harrison in "Anna and the King of Siam," but abdicated in favour of his cousin. Mrs. Spencer has also been staying with Leo and Mary Franklyn, who are living at the home of Cyril and Madge Ritchard while they are abroad. The Rit chards' home has the quaint address of Apple Trees, Egg-Pie Lane, Weald, Kent. . .

THAT CHINESE DINNER which three mem hers of the Closet Club will take to Svcrre Kaatcn to-morrow night to help cheer his home-coming after his bout with pneumonia. And the variety of ski sweaters which this ski champion wore in hospital while he was ill. The Closet Club, which was formed at The Chalet last year, now numbers 16 members, and if they are present at The Chalet again this year they will be able to take on all covers; membership includes three Australian cham- pions. ... '

BILL CONSTABLE switching from theatrical decor to film decor; he is art director of "The Intimate Stranger," which began shooting at North Sydney this week. Often one of Bill's stage sets was tised during three acts, but the first set he designed for the film will provide background for 80 scenes. Bill Lynch wrote the film script, Roy Darling is directing, and the cast includes John Nugent Hayward, Lloyd' Lambie, Sydney Wheeler, and Margot Lee

MISS CATHERINE BUTLER, daughter of the

United States Ambassador, Mr. Robert L. Butler, and Mrs. Butler, photographed at the American Embassy at Canberra with her sing- ing teacher, MR. ROLAND FOSTER. Miss Butler is making a serious study of singing, and comes to Sydney regularly for instruction from Mr. Foster, at the Conservatorium. Recently Mr. and Mrs. Foster spent some time in Canberra, tohere he continued the lessons at the Em- bassy. Mrs. Butler, who is an accomplished pianist, plays her daughter's accompaniments.

CAR LETTERS AND NUMBERS and the people who have their own initials: Dr. Hugh Poate, HP112; Dr. Dick Pockley, DP777; Mrs. Leon Lyons, EL333 (her name is Eileen); Rosemary Parker, RP380; J. L. Ruthven (managing director for "Johnny Walker" in Australia), 1820 (his city phone is the same number), and all Toohey's brew- ery cars, EE. Several years ago the late Boyd Edkins's famous racing Vauxhall was noted for its number, 210-called "fifty bob." . . .

GAIETIES BEING OVER IN THE CITY but not in the country. Moree picnics will be on May 28. and 29; Burren Junction will have a tennis week in June, when star players from city and coun- try will foregather for the fun; and the Talwood picnics will be in May. Invitations to Talwood are coveted; the races will be held near Goondiwindi, in Queensland, and as there is no hotel accommoda- tion, all homes will be crammed with guests. Mrs. Harold Warren, of Talwood Station, the Jack Web- sters of Nevinga, the Alfred Warrens of Warandcne are some of the hosts and hostesses. . . .

.TED. SHAWN, the noted

American dancer, "obliging" for press photographers in the Wentworth Hotel ballroom yesterday, on arrival from Vancouver by A.N.A. Skymaster

TED SHAWN'S ARRIVAL yesterday, and how this American dancer did not mind shedding his coat and shoes to oblige Press photographers. Nearly six feet high and weighing 12st 41b, this 55-year-old dancer whose name is linked with those of Isadora Dun- can and Ruth St. Denis as pioneers of what he prefers to call "The American Dance" instead of "mod- ern dancing" will be here until October, tie says that three major hallet companies can now command full houses at the same time in New York, thus proving that ballet has reached the public and is no longer just for selected balletomanes. His accompanist throughout his Aus- tralian visit when he will teach, lec- ture, and perform will be Mrs. Ida Beeby, of Perth, formerly a New Zealand singer, Ida Brookfield.

MEGS ("I AM NOT WELSH") JENKINS combin- ing birthday parties with rehearsals and a current show at the Min- erva. She and her husband. George Routledge, who is her personal manager, had a small party in Kathleen Robinson's dressing room before the performance of "The Late Christopher Bean" on Mon- day, followed the show with a party at Romanos, and is now spending all day every day rehears- ing "The Wind of Heaven." The new show will open next Monday, when Megs will play the role she created in the London production of Emlyn Williams's play. Inci- dentally, the person who collected the pair of nylons she donated dur- ing the radio Food for Britain appeal, might be interested to know that they formerly belonged to the English film star, Patricia Roc, who gave them to Megs be- fore she left for Australia . . .

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