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Old 04-04-2012, 06:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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While I'm Here.....I'll post this off-topic item which I wrote this week.-Ron in Tasmania
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BARRY HUMPHRIES and Me

After watching The Man Inside Dame Edna(1) last night, a documentary about Australian comedian, satirist and actor Barry Humphries---which originally went to air in Australia more than four years ago---I could not resist writing a short think-piece. I often call such a piece of writing a prose-poem. In this case it is about this international icon who has been part of my life since moving to Australia in the early 1970s.

“Entertaining people gave me a great feeling of release;” Humphries said, “making people laugh was a very good way of befriending them.”(2) I also found this to be the case in my teaching career in Australia, a career which ended after three decades in the classroom in 2003.

Biographer Anne Pender described Barry Humphries in 2010 as not only the most significant theatrical figure of our time, but the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin.3 -Ron Price with thanks to (1) ABC1, 11:30-12:30 a.m., 1 & 2 April 2012, (2) Wikipedia, and (3) "Absurd moments: in the frocks of the dame,” by Steve Meacham, Brisbane Times, 15 September 2010.

I’ll have to read your award-winning
autobiography, More Please (1992),
when time permits, Barry, published
the year I got going with my poetry
with my eye on an early retirement.

You moved to London from Australia in
1959, the year I joined the Baha’i Faith.
I never heard of you until in ’71 I moved
Downunder. You nearly died in 1962, the
year I started my travelling and pioneering
for the Canadian Baha’i Community.1 When
I arrived in Australia in ’71-2 you teamed-up
with Phillip Adams and writer-director Bruce
Beresford to create a film version of the Barry
McKenzie cartoons. I could go on-&-on drawing
parallels between my life and yours, Barry, but I
am not in your league. I may have become, though,
like you, addicted to applause, due to all those
years in classrooms where I was a big-hit, where I
had that entertaining role, a role which saved my
skin and my psyche, as tutor and teacher which took
off at the same time as yours, Barry, in the ‘70s.

What a role it has been and now I do it in the world
of writing, but I’ll never be famous or rich like you,

Barry. Perhaps, though, I have some of your insouciance.
I like to think so, Barry, yes I like to think so.....

1 Humphries fell off a cliff breaking many bones.

Ron Price
2 April 2012
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And here is another "off-topic piece" I wrote just yesterday.-Ron in Tasmania
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CIVILIZATION and NIALL FERGUSON

After studying history for 20 years in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools; after teaching it at those same levels for another 30; and after reading and writing about it for another dozen when I retired from FT work in 1999, I had an appreciation for Niall Ferguson’s Civilization: Is the West History on SBS tonight.1-Ron Price with thanks to SBSONE TV, 4 April 2012, 9:30-10:30 p.m.

Ferguson has an impressive
set of credentials & did not
really get going until I was in
my last years as a teacher &
lecturer. He admits to being a
workaholic. It’s difficult to keep
marriage & family in one piece
when you do all the things he has
done….I enjoyed this first episode
of a 6 part-series in the evening of
my life with teaching left far-behind.

You argue your case well, with all those
visuals, to a generation who knows little
history. It’s a complex field history, as all
the social sciences are; much more than
the physical sciences, I would argue. And
one can’t predict the future on the basis
of the past, sad to say…..Thanks Niall for
your presentation this evening which took
a year to get to us Downunder from Ch. 4.

I wish you well as you head into your last
years of middle age, late adulthood & old-
age—if you last that long. Slow down, Niall;
enjoy the new marriage you have just entered.
Perhaps you can learn from your own personal
history: perhaps.

Ron Price
4 April 2012
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