Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sunday Quiz #1

Another post of which there may never be a #2.

Melbourne's Chinese Consulate has moved from Irving Road, Toorak, to a new purpose built building at 534 Toorak Road. The stupid Falun Gong followers have a new much more visible place to protest. The site previously contained a large but unremarkable two storey house. The question is, who lived there?

Clues:

The person who lived at 534 was famous around Melbourne and Australia, and the house was originally owned by his father, who was also moderately well known.

Fire lighters, those little blocks of an absorbent material soaked in kerosene and used to light fires.

Theatre and 'theatrical'.

Later edit: C'mon Jayne, Ann, Coppertop, Sedgers......even Pants. You are all of a certain age.

31 comments:

  1. "The question is, who lived there?"

    It wasn't me, honest.

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  2. You sure Brian? There is a bit of the 'theatrical' about you.

    Spam alert. Do not search for Mr Vumption.

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  3. All I have learnt so far in trying to find the answer is that Mr. Vumption is a fictional character in an upcoming novel by Mr. van Bemmel, that the ticket machine at Thornbury train station is quite a fine piece of machinary, and that my usual source refuses to provide me with the answer due to privacy reasons, and recommends that I speak to the consulate directly.

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  4. Oh sod it! You're confounded me...again. But Mr. Vumption is more than just a vending machine; there's a bit of Vumption in all of us.

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  5. Anyone interested in what is going on with the persecution of Falun Gong might want to check these out: http://organharvestinvestigation.net/
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/986himak.asp
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Falun_Gong

    Practitioners aren't stupid; protesting against the Chinese Communist Party, which is persecuting them in horrendous ways, is the sanest thing anyone could do.

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  6. I'm just gonna have a stab and say Peter Lew.

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  7. C'mon TDW, Reuben is quite good enough at his own self promotion, without you fleshing out the details, and no, it was not Peter Lew. I don't know who is is or was.

    Golf, thanks for the comment, your search engine or web reporting device works well. Surely you don't pay for a media monitor. I am all for protesting against the Chinese Commo Party, but the 'practitioners' are of a cult religion. There are enough orthodox religions to be bothered about without adding more. Besides, they dress like mainlanders.

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  8. Thanks for dropping by, Andrew: by chance I am just up the road from you, by an even greater chance just across St George's Road from....Thornbury Station.....
    love Betty
    p.s. if you like Melbourne photobilia check out the Northcote Hysterical Society.....

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  9. Taking a stab in the dark. Frank Thring? His father was apparently well-known as a film-maker and also was the first owner of radio 3XY when that opened in the '30s.

    Don't know about the fire lighters reference though, that's thrown me off.

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  10. Well done TVAU. You really went out on a limb. And you a tv historian? Does Little Lucifer help?

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  11. hmmm, no what's that to do with FT? :)

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  12. He was dressed in black....well, he always dressed in black, but with red horns and as the Devil (note the cap letter for Devil, Robert) and advertised Little Lucifer fire lighters on tv.

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  13. thanks for that.. i don't think i remember seeing those ads.. maybe before my time :-O

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  14. You young people always have to brag about your youthfulness. It was a great ad and I will do a FT post in the near future.

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  15. Fortunately Reuben, I have a smart friend such as Ann O'dyne to educate me about new stuff on blogger.

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  16. Have just logged on to see I was guzumped by TV Andrew :P Well done!
    I could give you some wild and wicked stories about dear old Frank Thring and his wild and wicked "parties", Andrew, but I'm sure you'd have plenty, from word of mouth, yourself ;)

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  17. I thought you were too young to know about him Jayne. I don't know about his parties. I am sure you will add colour when I post about him.

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  18. Jiffy firelighters is all I have....I am not sure who it is Andrew. You must spill it.

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  19. Ohh Frank Thring, I did love seeing him on telly, and I think I did see him on stage too.... my young yet demented early morning mind cannot remmber the name of the theatre I watched him in... I was at Uni I think... I'll bbl when I figure it out.

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  20. LOL, it was, indeed, a Moomba parade he was King of!!

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  21. yep the Fabulous Frank.
    I remember seeing him on The Ray Taylor Show (a hip early 70's late-night talk-thing) debating with the host and with Vicki Hammond, whether black or white underwear was the classier.
    It was a protracted debate.
    Vicki Hammond was a St.Trinian's Girl in the original films and her daughters were a singing-duo calling themselves Cheetah in about 1980 in Melbourne.
    Sir Frank's biggest movie moment was when he dropped the hankie to start the race in Ben Hur.
    He would definitely have something Very Pithy to say about The Melamine Mandarins occupying the Thring mansion.

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  22. I suppose you can still get fire lighters Cazzie, not sure really. Yes, he was King of Moomba one year.

    Wow Ann, some names I had really forgotten about. Ben Hur slipped my mind too. Melamine Mandarins....love it.

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  23. Ooooo Cheetah rings a bell with me!

    Not first hand stories of his wild "parties", Andrew (I am a female after all!) but from one who was on the guest list ;)

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  24. I robbed about fourteen houses in Irving road, and the big one on the corner of Toorak and Orrong Roads, hopping on a tram outside with two suitcases.

    I loved Frank Thring.

    My comments vanish.

    'Naturally On High' Thornbury has Loyd's grape juice at $4.50 a bottle. My biographical subject who murdered a woman bought a dozen on Saturday.

    -Robert.

    I am real.

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  25. not a bit - dear R.H. , you are, on the contrary, UNreal.
    Far Out and Unreal, man.

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  26. Babe, ya gotta hassle.

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  27. Oh? And what new tricks have you got at your disposal?

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  28. Involving young men no doubt Jayne.

    Nowt wrong with robbing the rich Robert. Occasionally when you are viciously vindictive towards someone, your comments may well vanish.

    Whatever he has Reuben, neither he nor you will be playing games on my blog. Well, unless they are amusing to me.

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  29. I find the truth very simple and easy to tell, it's the best thing for stunning people. They say why would he lie about that?

    I wouldn't.

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  30. I was referring to the new stuff you've got from Blogger.

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