Graeme Talks About His Musicals

Sep 20 2013
Graeme Talks About His Musicals

The first musical I wrote, is still sitting in a drawer at home.
I wrote it in collaboration with a music teacher, Henry Silver, who just happened to be working at the school over the road from the writing business my wife Elsie and I had established – the Wordsmith’s Shop, on the corner of Charman and Balcombe Roads, Mentone. Many of you may have seen it.
The show is called “Paradise Flats” and it’s about a country town battling against big city government when the local school is threatened with closure. And I still think it has a bit of merit.

Indian Road Rules

Jun 7 2013
 Indian Road Rules

1. Drive wherever you want. The white lines are purely there for ceremonial reasons.
2. The man riding the motor cycle must wear a helmet. Anybody else on pillion, girlfriend, mate or wife carrying a small baby is exempt.
3. A child must learn to drive at the earliest possible age. Get him used to the conditions. By all means sit him on your knee and allow him to steer in heavy traffic.
4. A good horn is as important as good breaks – and good nerves!
5. Road rules are guidelines. Do what you want if it helps you move forward.

Tips for Travelling India

Jun 5 2013
Tips for Travelling  India

Tips for travelling to India

1. The best way to stay connected in India is to wait until you get there and purchase a mobile phone for about A$10. Buy a prepaid card and you can phone home for as little as R20 per minute. That is less than 50c. International roaming costs a fortune.

2. To keep the sun off your head and face buy a cheap umbrella. So much more comfortable and cooler than wearing a hat.

3. Eat the local curries wherever you go. They are cooked and delicious. We figure there is less likelihood of getting Delhi Belly that way than if you eat western food.

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Things I learnt on our Indian Odyssey

May 30 2013
Things I learnt on our Indian Odyssey

India is the cradle of civilization. Hinduism is the oldest belief system going back to thousands of years before Christ. It is not a religion as such, but a way of life. 80% of Indians are Hindu.

India is still primarily a rural economy. 70% of Indians live in the country. It is the second largest sugar producer in the world.

There are 1.2 Billion people in India and the average age is under 30 years, so the future looks very good if the wealth is shared.

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Tips for Travelling in India

May 29 2013
Tips for Travelling in India

Tips for travelling to India

1. 'International Roaming' for your mobile costs a fortune.The best way to stay connected in India is to wait until you get here and purchase a mobile phone for about A$10. Buy a prepaid card and you can phone home for as little as R20 per minute. That is less than A50c.

2. To keep the sun off your head and face buy a cheap umbrella. So much more comfortable and much cooler than wearing a hat as it allows the air to circulate.

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Inspired by India - New Novel in the Making!

May 21 2013
Inspired by India - New Novel in the Making!

They say that a person cannot visit India and remain unchanged by the experience. Being there is an amazing assault on all of your senses - colour , movement, smell, sound. Then there are the people, millions of them, always moving in groups, never alone, people who work hard but are content with their lot. Patient people who take their turn, always moving, never still until siesta when they can sleep anywhere and everywhere. Spiritual people living their lives to the best of their ability, embracing and celebrating their culture.

Writing History (A presentation for U3A Mordialloc)

Feb 27 2013

What is History?
Where to go but to the accessible but not so reliable Wikipedia? It says
“History is an academic study and a discipline that relates to past events as well as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about these events. This is not what exactly I do because my histories would probably not pass the academic test.
I refer to what I do as ‘folk history’ that is stories from my time and place that belong in a particular culture. Other people might classify it as Cultural heritage.

New Work for Elsie 'Around the Kitchen Table'

Dec 11 2012
New Work for Elsie 'Around the Kitchen Table'

Elsie has just released a collection of short stories accompanied by verse on a variety of topics but mostly to do with human frailty and mortality. It is called 'Around the Kitchen Table and is available on Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/Around-the-Kitchen-Table-ebook/dp/B00AEIZPAI
Here is one example about an Irish football player who relocated to Australia to play the national game but who died tragically young.

Jim

Reviews are Excellent

Nov 27 2012

Australian iconic singer & songwriter Normie Rowe will be Mark Copolov’s special guest, ‘live in the studio’ on Purple Haze, 8-10pm Wednesday 14th November. Normie will be talking about his upcoming stage show ’Normie The Musical’, which charts the highly successful 1960’s experience of Australia’s first ‘King Of Pop’, Normie Rowe!

Normie will also be talking about some of his classic hits, which include : It Ain’t Necessarily So, Que Sera Sera, Shakin’ All Over, Ooh La La & It’s Not Easy, amongst others.

Congratulations Graeme on Premier of 'Normie'

Nov 25 2012
Congratulations Graeme on Premier of 'Normie'

A very nervous Graeme and family attended the World Premier of Normie The Musical at The McComas Theatre, Scotch College on Friday night.
Fortunately it was fantastic and his worries were unfounded, a Triumph for all involved. A great show . Congratulations!

Simon Parris review
http://simonparrismaninchair.com/2012/11/24/normie-the-musical-review/