Sail Turkey, explore Greece or road trip across several countries – the world’s your oyster and supply teaching in London may offer the flexibility you need to squeeze it all in.
Living abroad has made me realise just how easy it is to jet away for a weekend without breaking the bank.
With five airports across London, it is easy enough to find the one most convenient for you with a cheap flight to your next destination. Our Australian supply teachers love the flexibility of being able to go away for long weekends during term time. Flights are cheap, tourists are at a minimum and you’ll have supply work lined up for your return.
Even if you don’t make it overseas there are still endless places to visit within the UK. A few of my favourites include Torquay, Bath and Brighton. England is the heart of Europe and the pit stop for the rest.
“I feel very privileged teaching in London. At first I thought I was out of my comfort zone from teaching in Australia but once I was settled into the environment around me I haven’t looked back. Not only am I enjoying my teaching but I also have the chance to travel Europe on the long weekends and in school breaks. I often have to pinch myself about how incredibly lucky I am to be undergoing this stage in my career and life.” Jonny – Supply teacher
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In just a few weeks, on Thursday 23 June, the UK will vote in a historic referendum to decide whether it should remain in or leave the European Union.
I firmly believe that the UK will be stronger, safer, and better off staying in a reformed EU, benefiting everyone in the UK, including other Commonwealth citizens living here.
The Commonwealth is of immense importance to the United Kingdom. No matter how you look at the relationship – historic, cultural, or our personal ties – our connection with the Commonwealth is stronger now than ever.
Also see: Brexit may force Aussie author to leave UK
The UK, along with Malta and Cyprus, has long been the Commonwealth’s voice inside the EU: pushing for trade deals; leveraging development spending; and creating jobs and driving growth.
Pakistan’s exports to the EU have soared as a result of our efforts to cut duty, linked to progress on human rights. Bangladesh’s economy has been boosted thanks to duty-free access to the EU market, championed by the UK. We help secure huge amounts of EU development funding for both these countries and many others like South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. And we continue to push the EU for free trade deal with many Commonwealth countries like Australia and India.
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The fact that Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK have the right to vote shows just how close our connection is. But many still haven’t registered to do so, despite this being the biggest decision the UK will make for a generation.
So what is stopping you? Maybe you think you are not eligible? You are, as long as you are a Commonwealth national with leave to remain in the UK – even if you haven’t taken out British citizenship.
Or maybe you think the process is too complicated? It’s not, it takes just five minutes online. You need your passport and National Insurance number, then go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (or search for ‘UK register to vote’).
Or perhaps you think this referendum doesn’t matter to you? If you live in the UK, you have as much of a role in this referendum as I do. Many of you have spent years living, working and contributing to the UK. And most of you still have deep ties with home; whether through family, property, or returning to live there again one day.
So the outcome of this referendum will affect not only your life, but your loved ones back home for decades to come.
Whatever side you come down on, the most important thing is that you have your say. Don’t miss the opportunity to vote in this historic moment.
We all have much at stake.
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Reg created a vast array of series and game shows including `The Young Doctors` `Prisoner` (called `Prisoner Cell Block H` in Britain), `Neighbours`, `Sons and Daughters` and so many more.
The combined number of episodes of those four series alone runs to more than 10,000 which have given a lot of employment to a lot of Aussie actors. To that, add the nearly 6,000 episodes of `Shortland Street` and all his other shows.
The striking thing about Reg Grundy’s life and his achievements was their longevity – 20,000 episodes, a fortune of AUD$809 million and a life span of 92 years.
The early years
Reg Grundy was born in Sydney in 1923, the only child of Roy, manager of Ernest Hillier’s chocolate shops in the city, and his wife, Lillian (nee Lees), a cashier for the company. When the Depression caused the business to relocate to Melbourne, Grundy’s father left and moved the family to Adelaide.
At 16, after attending Adelaide High School and St Peter’s college, Grundy took a job in Sydney at the David Jones department store and soon became a junior clothes designer; his employers enrolled him part-time at the Julian Ashton art school.
He joined the Australian army for wartime service in 1941 in the 1st Cavalry Division and rose to the rank of sergeant. Stationed in his homeland, he acted, sang and did comedy monologues in lunchtime concerts, before being demobbed in 1946.
Game show beginnings
He moved to Sydney in 1952 to work as a sports presenter and commentator – taking the microphone for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics four years later – and sold advertising time to supplement his income. This led him to create new shows, including the one that changed his career, ‘Wheel of Fortune’. He took it to the Sydney television channel TCN 9 in 1959, when he founded Reg Grundy Enterprises.
In his early years he was well-known for his game shows. He established a relationship with the American game show producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and bought licences for Australian versions of their programmes including ‘Say When’ (1962-64, revived as ‘Spending Spree’, 1971-76) and ‘The Price Is Right’ (1973-74, 1981-2005).
His switch to drama began with the school soap `Class of ’74` (1974-75); this featured Jeanie Drynan who was in the film `Don’s Party` in 1976 and the late Leonard Teale who appeared in the series `Homicide` and the film `The Sundowners` (1960).
Reg Grundy’s first really big hit was `The Young Doctors` (1976-83), about romances among the staff of the fictional Albert Memorial Hospital. It became the first Australian serial to be sold internationally.
Reg Grundy Productions made the films ‘Barry McKenzie Holds His Own’ (1974) and ‘ABBA: The Movie’ (1977).
Grundy set up offices around the world and his empire stretched to Europe and Asia, as well as North and South America. In Britain, his company produced the game shows `Going for Gold` (1987-96) and, from 1999 to 2001, `Blankety Blank`. The BBC had run the latter, based on Grundy’s Australian show `Blankety Blanks`, from 1979 until 1999.
Grundy had homes in Sydney, Bermuda and Los Angeles by the time he sold his business in 1995 to Pearson Television for AUD$320 million, which has since been rebranded as Fremantle Media.
After the shows
In retirement, Reg enjoyed taking photographs of animals in the wild. He mounted various exhibitions and published a book of images, Mother and Child: Wildlife Photography (2015). His autobiography ‘Reg Grundy’ appeared in 2011.
Before his death his wealth was estimated at AUD$809 million.
Joy Chambers Grundy, his wife of 45 years, acted in several of his soaps including `Neighbours` but for the last 30 years they resided mostly on Bermuda.
In 1983 Grundy was awarded an OBE and in 2008 was made a companion of the Order of Australia.
Everybody’s got good Neighbours
`Neighbours` is by far Grundy’s most successful soap. As at May 25th 2016 the Melbourne based drama has clocked up an amazing 7,373 episodes. It has been sold to more than 60 countries and if anything is more popular in Britain than it is in Australia.
‘Neighbours’ commanded British audiences of over 20 million in the early 1990’s. Since it was moved to Channel 5 after the BBC refused to stump up the £300 million over 8 years for the show, its audience share has fallen somewhat, though it is still a popular tea time programme. This year Channel 5 was allowed to broadcast episodes on the same day as Australia in order to reduce the number of viewers watching illegally online.
Still running after 31 years, the original idea of `Neighbours` was to show young people communicating with older people, which means that the cast is a mix of young actors in their teens or early 20s and older, more experienced hands.
The programme has seen a huge turnover of actors from the early days of Alan Dale who has now gone to Hollywood. Elaine Smith (Daphne) is now a drama teacher and Kylie Minogue who after two years in the show went on to be the successful singer, songwriter, author and entrepreneur we all know and love.
Tributes to Reg
`Neighbours` has outlived Reg Grundy who died in Bermuda on May 6th 2016 in the arms of his wife of 45 years, Joy, and tributes came flooding in almost at once.
Ian Hogg, CEO of Freemantle Media Australia, said: “Reg Grundy is a national treasure. His legacy to Australian entertainment is insurmountable.
“His visionary ability to know how to connect Australian families through some of this country’s most loved programming has stood the test of time.
“Generations of Australians have grown up with and been touched by a Grundy Production, be it `Sons and Daughters`, `Sale of the Century`, `Prisoner`, `The Price Is Right` and hundreds of other programs.
“His innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today through programs such as `Family Feud`, `Wentworth` and `Neighbours`.
“Reg is an icon and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joy and family at this difficult time.”
Australian TV producer and comedian Andrew Denton said Grundy “not only spun the wheel and played on for the car – he won all the cars.”
Actress Jackie Woodburne, still working on Grundy productions `Neighbours`, and previously `Prisoner`, stated that: “Reg was a true groundbreaker in Australian television in the 70s and 80s, and beyond in light entertainment and drama.”
The Grundy secret
What was the secret of Reg Grundy’s success? One indication is the staying power of the series he was involved with.
I well remember Australian TV series of the 1970’s such as `Boney` starring James Laurenson as the titular character only ran to 26 episodes while `The Outsiders` which was a joint Australian/German production starring Andrew Keir and Sascha Hehn merely lasted for 13 episodes. The Outsiders was not well received in either Australia or Britain but proved popular in Germany (then West Germany) where it got many people interested in Oz.
Police Drama `Bluey` made by Crawford Productions ran for 39 episodes in 1976-1977 featuring Gerda Nicolson and Terry Gill both of whom would go on to have long runs in `Prisoner`.
Now contrast this with Reg Grundy’s `The Young Doctors` which ran for a staggering 1,396 episodes. Then there was `Prisoner` (called `Prisoner Cell Block H` in Britain to distinguish it from the Patrick McGoohan classic `The Prisoner`) running for 692 episodes between February 1979 and December 1986. `Sons and Daughters` with Pat ‘the Rat` played by award winning Rowena Lawrence clocked up 972 episodes from 1982-1987.
These series were made at a virtually impossible pace. In `The Young Doctors` there was no time for retakes, you had to get it right first time or if not then improvise. Actress Fiona Spence who played dour and by the book Officer Vera `Vinegar Tits` Bennett in `Prisoner` told how she frequently arrived in the studios in the dark and went home in the dark on the 14 or 15 hour working days.
Influence beyond the screen
Politically, Reg Grundy may have been on the right of the spectrum – a company he controlled declared it gave AUD$200,000 directly to the federal Australian Liberal Party six months before the 2013 election that swept former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to power.
His name has given a new colloquial speech term to the Australian Lexicon – `Reg Grundies` is Oz slang for undies/underpants.
An Aussie ground-breaker
Some may deride many of his productions as banal but they were undoubtedly entertaining and in a lot of cases ground-breaking.
I haven’t even touched on the dozens of other shows his company produced like ‘Chopper Squad’, ‘Embassy’, ‘Glenview High’, ‘The Other Side of Paradise’, ‘The Restless Years’, ‘Richmond Hill’, ‘Secret Valley’ and innumerable others.
I’m sure Reg is being well cared for by those young doctors (and nurses) in the other side of paradise in the sky.
Reg Grundy: 1923-2016]]>
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Like messy scrambled eggs or a take on shakshuka, menemen is a breakfast dish of spicy eggs cooked with oil, tomato and capsicum. It’s usually served in the metal dish it’s cooked in and eaten with chunks of bread (of course).
Fried, braised, vego or meaty – an array of eggplant dishes exist in Turkey. All are so flavoursome that there’s no excuse why you aren’t eating your 5 servings of veggies a day!
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Jones is taking no prisoners at the moment within the England set up. In-form fullback Alex Goode, fresh from a convincing Saracens win over Racing Metro in the European Cup final and the recently anointed 2016 player of the year, was brought to down to earth with Jones stating that he had done nothing special. Perhaps this is a bit of kidology on Jones`s part to make sure that his players are not getting ahead of themselves. It was even worse for the try-scoring machine Chris Ashton who was heavily tipped to make the plane having scored a bucket load of tries this season.
England announced their squad this week with few surprises. Jones has gone for the tried and tested, rather than a youthful overhaul, in some positions.
England`s new coach has clearly not been impressed by the last few weeks of the English premiership and has shoved a rocket up some of his first teamers for not performing at the required level at their respective clubs following a victorious Six Nations campaign. Again, this is the schemer and strategist in Eddie Jones, which we England fans are rather enjoying.
The Six Nations was a poor tournament in terms of quality and the Wallabies would not have been cowering in fear of the English from what they saw. Jones knows this and he wants his squad fit and firing mentally and physically if they are a chance to make history in June.
There are a number of exciting English players for Cheika to watch out for when England arrive in Australia in a couple of weeks time. Not least is the controversial selection of former NRL Souths enforcer Ben Te`o. Jones has been a long time admirer of Te`o and has seen enough of his performances for Leinster to feel that he could fill the problematic number 12 jersey. With Manu Tuilagi out with a hamstring strain and the Ford/Farrell axis not convincing during the Six Nations, Te`o might well get a chance. Te`o is no one-trick pony either; he can hit hard in defence and like all gifted NRL back rowers, his offloading abilities will be very useful if England are wanting to play a faster attacking game.
George Kruis and Maro Itoje have established themselves as the best second row pairing in the northern hemisphere. Itoje especially will be very dangerous on the Aussie grounds if he can get a gallop on.
Jones has also gone for raw power in the shape of young props Kyle Sinckler and Ellis Genge. These two make up for what they lack in experience with explosive power in the loose. Genge rearranged Owen Farrell`s rib cage in the English premiership semi final and is no respecter of reputations.
Out wide is perhaps where England are much improved since the calamitous backline selections from Stuart Lancaster`s era. Wings, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell are a season older, extremely quick and both are in terrific form. Alex Goode, despite Jones` lack of appreciation for his seasonal efforts, has been outstanding at full back for Saracens and should start in front of ‘Mr. Angry’, Mike Brown. Owen Farrell must start at standoff and has added much subtlety to his running game to go with his near perfect goal kicking.
The Wallabies should face an England team which is fit, motivated and powerful. Eddie Jones will relish the mind games with the Australian press and he won`t change his stance on putting pressure on his squad if there is any hint of an end of season holiday.
The concern for Jones and his coaching team will be the x-factor talent pool that Cheika has at his disposal. Israel Folau is poised to deliver having suffered a frustrating World Cup through injury. It could be a masterstroke to put him in the centers particularly if England continue to select the out-of-form George Ford alongside Farell.
I would add in Kudriani and Tomane as world-class backs, which England will struggle to contain if they are given a yard or two of space. The usual suspects up front will also have a significant say for Australia with England`s discipline still a problem. They had a high penalty count throughout the Six Nations, which could spell disaster at the breakdown.
Michael Hooper seems to have regained some of his mojo and David Pocock shows no sign of dropping off his immense turnover talents. England have not gone for a specialist openside and will more than likely persist with the physical presence of James Haskell to try and outmuscle Pocock and friends.
It may well be that England`s tried and tested will be refreshed by the exciting abilities of Henry Slade and Elliott Daley. Both are pacey mavericks with excellent hands and an eye for a gap. It may be that the x-factor off the bench rather than in the starting XV could tip the balance in England`s favour given that Messrs.’ Giteau, Mitchell, O`Connor, Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale are unlikely to be involved.
This will be a fascinating series to watch with the added sideshow of Eddie Jones coming back to his native Australian shores. He is bullish and rightly so; this is a very different England team facing the Wallabies.
England have been pushed to their limits since Jones took over the reins, which was no bad thing after the World Cup debacle. Every individual in the England squad knows that a poor performance could mean curtains on their individual careers. Some of England`s best talent has been left behind in the shape of Danny Cipriani and Chris Ashton. Jones wants an all round game, not the occasional flash of brilliance.
I am going for a 2-1 series win to England but I think it will be immensely tight. Much will hinge on Pocock and Folau being fit and on form for the Wallabies. Australia have not played since November and will have new combinations that need to get up to speed with Test match intensity straight away. Contrast that to an improving England team who have five successive wins under their belt and that might be the one percent that decides it.
Bring it on.
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Gaping holes in the dairy shelves at supermarkets across the country are appearing where customers have taken to buying only the more expensive brands of milk rather than the discounted variety. The cheaper options, such as the Coles branded bottles, have been left sitting in the dairy section fridges.
So heart warming seeing people standing together. Brands to buy to keep supporting our dairy farmers #MilkedDry pic.twitter.com/aushog1PJK
— Lincoln Lewis (@linc_lewis) May 21, 2016
The consumer boycott of the cheaper milk is in response to recent actions taken by dairy buyers and processors, like Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra, to cut the price paid to suppliers by 10%. In many cases the price reduction has even been applied retrospectively.
The buyers say the price cut is in response to reduced demand and a higher Australian dollar. Desperate dairy farmers say it will send them broke.
The plight of the farmers was highlighted last week by Waleed Aly on Channel 10’s The Project in what the recent Gold Logie winner called “the greatest call to arms I have ever made”.
Since the segment aired, the consumer boycott of cheap milk has gathered pace. Shoppers have been posting images with the hashtag #MilkedDry on social media of their local supermarket dairy shelves left void of the more expensive brand milk while the cheaper so-called ‘home-brand’ bottles are ignored and left to meet their used by date without making it to the check-out.
#Aussies supporting #dairyfarmers leaving @Coles #milk on shelf in #Wodonga – #MilkedDry #milkcrisis #supportlocal pic.twitter.com/fbxlQu9ygH
— aubergine jellybean (@aubergine_jelly) May 19, 2016
Look at Aussies avoiding home brand milk to support Aussie dairy farmers #MilkedDry # auspol #dairycrisis pic.twitter.com/3dSk1Winbj
— HRH Terry Australis (@AustralisTerry) May 21, 2016
On Wednesday the federal government weighed in to the dairy crisis announcing a $555million loan facility for the struggling farmers, with $55million made available immediately to the suppliers.
“We’ve listened clearly to what the dairy farmers want, and what they want is access to concessional loans at the cheapest rates we can possibly get,” Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said.]]>
Appearing on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Pirtates of the Carribean and Alice in Wonderland star was asked if he’d watched the video back after filming it.
“No, because I didn’t want to kill myself,” Depp replied.
When Kimmel wondered if there would be trouble waiting for Depp if he were to return to Australia, the actor said drily: “Y’know, I think the choice they made to utilise the tax-payer’s dollars to globally chase down a couple of tea-cup Yorkies and give ‘em 50 hours to live, um, I realised the badness of my ways. So I was kind of repenting.”
“Isn’t it heartening in a way to find out we’re not the only dumb country, though? To find out that it’s not just us doin’ stupid stuff?” Kimmel suggested.
Kimmel went on to ask Depp what he thought about the politician who most publically excoriated the actor and his wife, Amber Heard, for bringing the dogs in to the country without dclaring them to quarantine and who suggested the pooches may be euthanised, Barnaby Joyce.
Barnaby Jones,” Depp said mockingly. “He looks somehow like (he’s) inbred with a tomato.”
“He sounds delicious,” Kimmel declared.
View the full clip, above.
Joyce was himself quizzed during a Wednesday morning press conference about Depp’s remarks.
“I think I’m turning into Johnny Depp’s Hannibal Lecter, aren’t I?” he mused.
“I’m inside his head, I’m pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I’ve forgotten about Mr Depp, he’s remembering me.”
The Wildcats weren’t mucking around. Kicking on the slight uphill that Bounds Green presents, Risol, Horan and Williams all made their mark early on, kicking four goals to the Lions’ single point despite the disadvantage.
West London were in form. Even with loosing a couple of key players in the offseason, it seemed that the Lions had a higher player turnover and was lacking some of the depth that was present in 2015.
A couple of detrimental mistakes by the Lions had Wildcat Andy Challis carving up the midfield, showing up at every contest and presenting nothing but effective disposals. Whilst the defensive structure seemed impenetrable, the likes of strong defender Max Renfrey swept off the backline superbly and the extra man in defense gave the Lions little to no chance to score.
Challis and Risol both showed dominance around the pack and kicked an impressive nine goals between them. Whilst goals seemed to keep flowing, coming directly from centre clearances Todd Pfieffer also put his name on the board.
By the third quarter the Lions were down by eight goals, despite a lot of hard work in the midfield from Bryce James. Ben ‘The Difference’ Quick took matters into his own hands as he came off the back line, intercepting the Wildcats advance and ran towards the forward forty. Emulating that of Buddy Franklin’s long bomb from the Swans vs Hawks match the day before, Quick casually slotted a major from 50 odd meters out with what looked like little effort, making it the Lions’ third for the game and quarter.
Unfortunately, the flash of brilliance from Captain Quick and the four goal premiership quarter from the Lions couldn’t stem the flow from the Wildcats. The ‘Cats piled on another six goals in the fourth, well and truly putting the game to rest.
Not stopping at an 87 Premiership point win, the Wildcats also came away with their first boat race win in two years, making it clean sweep across the board in all divisions.
NORTH LONDON LIONS: 0.1 0.1 4.3 4.3 (27)
WEST LONDON WILDCATS: 4.5 8.7 10.8 16.18 (114)
WEST LONDON WILDCATS: Risol 5, Challis 4, Pfeiffer 2, Abraham, Hendrie, Horan, Stevenson, Williams
NORTH LONDON LIONS: Fitzgerald, Hammond, Marr, Quick
NORTH LONDON LIONS 4.3 (27) def by WEST LONDON WILDCATS 16.18 (114)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS 21.13(139) def PUTNEY MAGPIES 2.5(17)
WIMBLEDON HAWKS 4.13(37) draw LONDON SWANS 4.13(37)
SOUTH EAST LONDON GIANTS 4.0(24) def by WANDSWORTH DEMONS 5.6(36)
SOUTH EAST LONDON GIANTS 9.12(66) def CLAPHAM DEMONS 10.4(64)
REGENTS PARK LIONS 1.3(9) def by SHEPHERDS BUSH RAIDERS 18.13(121)
SOUTH EAST LONDON GIANTS 0.1(1) def by SOUTH LONDON DEMONS 21.13(139)
BOUNDS GREEN LIONS 4.5(29) def by EALING EMUS 11.9(75)
READING KANGAROOS 0.5(5) def PUTNEY MAGPIES 0.0(0)