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Out of the Cabinet

As usual Shortis and Simpson accompany the annual release of cabinet papers with a show about the relevant years, in this case 1982/83. Go back to the days of 2 litre flagons of wine, a flood of video rental shops, the Women’s Weekly going monthly, and A Country Practice on the tele. Relive highlights like the introduction of the CD, Down Under and the America’s Cup, Hawke becoming PM, No Dams on the Franklin, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Split Enz being banned in the UK because of the Falklands War, Sacred Ground by Goanna, not to mention some memorable quotes from Fred Nile and Bruce Ruxton. All this, plus a rye overview of the cabinet papers by Dr Jim Stokes. It’s very popular, so book early. Details available very soon. Watch this space or see the ad in next week’s Panorama in the Canberra Times. Sat/Sun Feb 4/5 11am/2pm inj the Menzies Room at the National Archives.



 a witty look at the world of wordsmiths

John Shortis’s quirky take on some of the world’s great songs and songwriters, but from the point of view of the lyrics. You’ll hear Shortis waxing lyrical about something he’s
passionate about, Moya singing, and the extra bonus of a couple of spots
created by Peter J. Casey. And their favourite hot band of Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill.

This time the topic is lyrics and lyricists, and includes songs by the
likes of Dylan, Cohen, Guthrie, Shortis, Lennon, Mercer, Berlin, Hammerstein,
Paul Kelly, Joni Mitchell etc. There’ll be fun segments like Mondegreens,
banned lyrics and much much more.

Imaginative, informative, funny and moving. Don’t miss it.


Final show in the season, at the Q Theatre Queanbeyan,
Fri/Sat Dec 2/3, 8pm, Sun Dec 4, 5pm. Adults$47, $42 conc. and groups, under 26
$37. Bookings 6285 6290 or