It In The Alice, By Greg Tingle - 22nd May 2015
totally wrapt to officially launch our regular feature
'Heard It In The Alice'.
Alice Springs - we heard you.
local spy's in the region tell us that there's lots
of happenings and news fodder coming up out of region
on a regular basis, and we've got the green light
to bring it to you.
got and will be offering a mix of hard news bytes,
and news of the more - how do you say, gossipy nature,
entertainment news, community news and events and
lots more. It's all about what's news, what just happened,
what's coming up and what's been talked about at cafes
to cattle stations. A snapshot if you will.
the heart of town in Todd Mall, to the other side
of The Gap, towards the MacDonald Ranges, here goes
with our inaugural feature.
cattle breeders and farmers friendly than those aboard?
Word on the street (and in the Northern Territory
cattle stations) is that Australian farmers generally
have more compassion for their animals than that of
some overseas counterparts! We're talking about matters
of transportation of cattle from stations to the abitorior,
chickens having a more enjoyable life in free range
(cage free or bigger cage) environments and so on.
Do you agree? Sound off with your thoughts.
Lighting Festival to return?
That's the million dollars sports question on the
towns mind. It's no secret that along with the Lighting
Festival (AFL championships in the region) came a
dose of unruly youth, whose second favourite "sport"
seemed to be rock throwing (at cars and trucks). Many
in the township got so irate with the rock throwing
and other unruly behavior at the time of the festival
that a group of locals initiated a petition that called
for a boycott or all out banning of next years scheduled
Lighting Festival. The petition has attracted hundreds
of signatures. It is a forgiving town, and we hear
that some AFL big wigs might be looking for a bit
of a make-over and enhanced imagine when it comes
to their code of football in The Alice. Footy fans
(and concerned residents and business owners) - Watch
Kat meows Afro Desert Party on 6 June at Montes Lounge
Monte's boss 'Kitty Kat' (not her real birth name
as far as we can ascertain) meowed to be on the lookout
for the Afro Desert Party (Teranga and King Marong).
Only $10 and the super groovy event kicks off at 8pm.
Look out for the big Unicorn Head on the gate on the
corner of Todd St and Stott Terrace.
Springs Autumn Fair on May 23
It's one of the Alice Springs highlights of the year.
The Autumn Fair is already being planned. Fun, culture,
excitement. Trouble makers, rock throwers and the
like are not welcome and are advised to stay away.
There will be a healthy police presence. On that note,
a public thank you to the boys and girls in blue.
Thanks for your enormous efforts in helping keeping
our community safe. All respect.
Alice Springs Show
It's never too early to start spreading the news of
a ripper event coming up in The Alice. It's the annual
Alice Springs Show, and this year's event promises
to be one of the greatest ever. It's the 56th show
in fact and show dates are Friday 3rd July and Saturday
4th July. Every man and his dog, cow, pig and camel
will be there, and you should be there. A little birdie
told us that Rural Weekly folks will be there with
bells on too. See you at Blatherskite Park punters.
at Red Dog Café, Todd Mall; Profit or pest?
Feisty local birds have been a bit of a fixture at
Red Dog Café for many years, and this season
they are out in full force. Some locals and tourists
are now referring to these uninvited dinners as "Sugar
Birds (due to their unique ability to swoop on bags
of sugar and drill a hole in them with their beak,
which seems to be customer built to sugar-bagging.
One may pose the question: Profit of pest, as per
recent Rural Weekly headline. Yes, they eat and get
high on the sugar, but they have also turned into
quite the tourist attraction. We love them and they
make for great photos. What's your take?
Max: Fury Road in running to blow up Avengers: Age
Todd at Alice Springs Cinema tells us that George
Miller's Max Mad: Fury Road might just have a chance
of knocking off Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Audiences
have been very strong from Miller's latest cinematic
effort. The last Aussie film that drew very strong
audiences in The Alice was Red Dog (despite being
set in Karratha, Western Australia). By the way, a
sequel in currently in production for Red Dog, and
its entitled Blue Dog
of course). Art house
films haven't been near as popular with Alice film
audiences as far as tickets sold, but as always, its
horses for courses. As Max Max would say, 'It's a
lovely day" to go to the movies at Alice Springs
Cinema. Tempted to watch movies on your computer?
take our advice - be very careful with your
data usage. Online movie watching has been known to
blow many an internet data allowance thru the roof
- think Bill Shock! See you at the movies then.
Springs Cinema VS Araluen Arthouse Cinema
VS may be a touch too much exaggeration. The great
news is that the consumer wins. It's like
the Rural Weekly is now available in Alice Springs,
however our paper is not pretending to be the only
news source covering Alice Springs (or the Northern
Territory for that matter). Word on the street and
in the film biz that there's been some duplication
of art house genre movies screening at both Alice
Springs Cinema (Todd Mall) and at Araluen Arthouse
Cinema (Araluen Arts Centre, Larapinta Drive). Some
movies may be so enjoyable that movie lovers may like
to experience the same movie at both premises. You
can bet that the bean counters at all associated entities
won't be complaining if in fact that turns out to
be the case. Raise your glass, or your stubby, to
Australian and international art house movies. Still
not sure what cinema to visit? Compare online at www.alicespringscinema.com.au
Gap in safe hands - Brock Lesnar wrestler connection!
Who would have thought that Alice Springs would have
its very own Brock Lesnar (former UFC champion and
former WWE Heavyweight champion) connection. Recently
spotted in Subway, Alice Springs was human tank "Jake".
Jake who was sporting a red, white and blue singlet
was coached by Lesnar roughly a decade ago, just before
Lesnar went pro. Our guess is that our boy Jake is
engaged in a security related capacity, but that's
just speculation, based on his look, skills and training.
By the way, real nice bloke, and whatever you're doing
Jake, keep doing it well.
circus is coming to town (for real) - Great Loritz
Line up, line up - the greatest show on earth (or
at least one of the greatest shows in the entire Northern
Territory). The famed Great Loritz Circus will be
showing at Blatherskite Park (off Len Kittle Drive)
from 29 May to 14 June. Offerings include Russian
Swing, Trampoline, Dare Devil Cage Riders and more.
Tickets from just $18 to $90 (for a Family Pass).
Telephone 0439 247 287 w: www.loritzcircus.com
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Springs Cinema: art house films