; Sydney's Talking About-1
THE VISIT OF RANDOLPH CHURCHILL next month on a lecture tour of Australia. He is due to arrive on September 4, and will give two lec- tures in Sydney with the British Empire as the central theme. Six foot odd, with a mane nf blond hair and. decidedly handsome, Randolph Churchill soldier, politician, journalist, lecturer, and man-about town-has already crowded into his 36 years some- thing of the variety which has marked his famous
father's career. He also has his share of Churchil- lian forthrightness (which enemies have a harder name for), and this, along with a habit of appear- ing at formal parties in very informal dress and occa- sionally in sad need of a haircut, has won friends and offended hostesses from- Cairo to Connecticut.
WITH HIS OWN MARKEDLY ORIGINAL IDEAS, and no great kindness for ' discipline, plus the looming shadow of "the old man" behind him, Randolph was a thorn in the sides of some of his superior officers during the ivar. His unorthodoxy sometimes got him into trouble. On one occa- sion in the Middle East, where he was for a time in charge of Press and Propaganda, a journal he had produced was solemnly and publicly burnt by an irate colonel of more conservative views. ...
THAT. "CUTE" LITTLE ISLAND somewhere,. in. the Pacific; pf j which Sybil Bowan
comedienne 'V of "Stardu'sters" says she cannot find the name. All she knows is that she flewv to it during the war to entertain U.S. troops, and all there was of it was practically an airstrip. The strip was marked, "One-third," "Two thirds," and "That's all there i.s." And Sybil says, "Believe you me, no airplane went past 'two-thirds.' "
This American comedienne does not think she will include her impersonation of Mrs. Roosevelt in her Australian programme at the Tivoli, principally be- cause, she did not bring her. special set of teeth
with her. . . .
THE DEPARTURE OF DR. J. B. THJERSÇH for America this week to join an im-
portant cancer research team in New York for a year. > Dr. Thicrsch, who is Neale Research patholo- gist of the University of Adelaide, will be patholo- gist of the team, working at the Memorial Hospital under the direction of Dr. C. P. Rhoades. Dr. Thiersch has been associated with research work on leukaemia-a cancer of the blood-being conducted in Adelaide. Mrs. Thicrsch will remain in Australia.
THOSE VENDORS OF "SONO, STORY, fable and nonsense," Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Howell, who have come to live in Australia to continue their work of dramatic production. Though they do not collect walking sticks as.a hobby, included in their luggage were at least 20 sticks: They use them as props in their -stage performances.
SIMON BARERE'S DISAPPOINTMENT that he will not be able to hear Ignaz Friedman play while in Sydney. Friedman, whose Chopin recitals are well-remembered, and who made his home here, has not played in public for some time because of arthritis in the hands. Barere, who says his two best
friends are his cat and his dog-thc cat jumps onto the piano when he is practising and is fascinated by the hammers-will give his first re- cital in Sydney on Saturday night.
THE BAD LUCK of Australian Joy How- arths or Constance Worth as she was re-named in Hollywood. Three days before she was to begin work- ing in the first of three Hollywood films she met with a severe car accident, was in hospital for several months, and has to undergo plastic surgery for scars which she received on her face. When Completely recovered she plans to return to Sydney, probably carly next year. ...
THOSE MASSES OF FALSE HAIR in plaits, "buns" and curls, which helped the coiffures of so many of the women who attended the fashion ball this week. Many heads of short hair were dressed to look as if the tresses were waist length, at least, and hairdressers must have worked hard all day to produce such a general result for thc
ball. . . .
MISS RUTH STEPHENS, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F. G. N.
Stephens, of Vaucluse, whose engagement is announced to MR. PETER McRAE, only son of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. McRae,
HAVING HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF is all in the day's work for Mrs. Murray Walters, wife of "Murray the Escapologist." Formerly a pro- fessional dancer, Mrs. Walters who arrived with her husband and son, Bevis, in the Stratheden, says that everywhere you go there is a "magic circle of magi- cians and illusionists" ... in fact, "the more you get into magic; the more interesting it becomes." Bevis is learning about magic, frequently makes things disappear, and has already, during his four years, learned the denominations of a pack of
HOW THE USUAL LAST-minute excitement at- tended the premiere of S.U.D.S.'s presentation of "Hassan" ... The "double bass," Bob Wadding- ton did not turn up at the matinee on Saturday afternoon because he did not realise there was a matinee, : and John, Antill, who composed the music, had to take' his place . . . and Elisabeth King'dashing in and out to the showground in a truck to help, bring in the scenery-painted on 8,000 square feet of canvas-found they could not. start erecting it at the Conservatorium until 9.30 p.m. on Friday becatise drama is the lowest on the Con. priority list for use of the hall. Noiu with everything going more or less smoothly, Elizabeth is concentrating on completing her packing for her trip to London, which she will begin in the Stratheden to-morrow. . . .
CAPTAIN H J BUCHANAN, of H.M.A.S. Australia, with MRS. ^ BUCHANAN and LIEUT. WILLIS and LI EUT.-CO MM AN- DER HUDSON at Embassy Studios this week, being shoion a sequence of the script of "Always Another Dawn" by the pro- ducer Mr T O. McCREADIE. The Captain's voice was dubbed into a scene for the film in which his ship ^rZ^^f Buchanan, who has been the guest of Mrs. E. W-ComeVjOf ? Double Bay, during the visit of the Royal Navy, returned home
to Melbourne by air on Tuesday.
fHE HON. ROBIN WARREN-
DER, 18-year-old son of Lord Bruntisfield, and MISS JUNE SPOONER, who, with Miss Alison Spooner and Mid- shipman J. Williams, dined at Prince's before the Royal Navy Carrier Force left Sydney.
Mr. Warrender is touring the, world in H.M.S. Theseus as guest of the captain; his father ivas Parliamentary and Finan- cial Secretary to the Admiralty
during the ivar.
T H E DOCUMENTARY BROADCAST recorded on lo- cation with Chauvcl's "Sons of Matthew" film unit on the Laming- ton Plateau in Queensland. It was the first time such a broadcast re- cording had been made, and the atmosphere of .film-making ' was captured when the players re-en- acted the happenings of'the day in the little dining-room off the kitchen of O'Reilly's-the home made famous by Bernard O'Reilly. Dion Wheeler was narrator and producer and Allyn Barnes was sound-engineer. . . .
THE ONLY MALE MANNEQUIN at the parade of beach and sportswear by California Produc- tions on August 15 at the Tr.oca dero. He is four-year-old Geof- frey Spinner, and in his own agè-group he will ' have three little girls to keep him com-
pany. . . .
CONGRATULATIONS TO CARL GOTSCH, who with
Edward Marriott and Lucas Stae .heliri founded the Collegium Musi cum of Sydney ten years ago, and the delightful intimate quality of last Sunday night's chamber musi- cal recital-the first of the evening scries. Only true music-lovers are lured to the studio in Hamilton Street, where coffee and conversa- tion nicely round off the pro- gramme of selected music. . . .
CLIVE EVATT'S COMMUNITY SINGING when, urged by Dudley Glass at the party given to fare- well this Australian composer. The Minister for Housing loas moved to sing "Why Must We Say Good-Bye?" and other songs while Mr. Glass alternated music and words at the piano. The party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Glass for Dudley, who left this week for America, where he will give a lecture tour. . . .