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05 Mu­sic Lang Lang’s long jour­ney to star­dom 08 Cover story Dou­glas Maw­son knocked off his pedestal 11 Vis­ual arts In­done­sian show­case at GoMA’s APT7

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12 Vis­ual arts Christo­pher Allen med­i­tates on Vermeer 16 Film David Stratton en­dures Feng Xiao­gang’s Back to 1942

21 Books Bryce Courte­nay signs off 28 Tele­vi­sion Quick bites is your short­cut to the week’s best view­ing LIKE life it­self, art is full of co­in­ci­dences. Hav­ing rel­ished Peter Craven’s re­view of The Richard

Bur­ton Di­aries (‘‘Un­speak­able Pri­vacy’’, Novem­ber 24-25) with its com­pre­hen­sive reap­praisal of the ac­tor’s ca­reer, es­pe­cially his filmic part­ner­ship with Elizabeth Tay­lor, many read­ers would have been de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to view the pair in Franco Zef­firelli’s

Tam­ing of the Shrew on ABC TV the same week­end. The live­li­ness and bawdy good hu­mour of the film, with its gor­geous colours, brought one of Shake­speare’s most joy­ful plays to a world­wide au­di­ence of be­sot­ted fans. The Bri­tish the­atri­cal es­tab­lish­ment may have turned up its nose, but the movie sur­vives and con­tin­ues to give plea­sure. Pamela Chip­pin­dall Wool­lahra, NSW IAN Cuth­bert­son ‘‘is not sure an­cient his­to­ri­ans will agree that a Brit called Flin­ders Petrie . . . could ac­cu­rately be de­scribed as the man who dis­cov­ered Egypt’’ (Quick bites, Novem­ber 24-25). Flin­ders Petrie is the grand­son of the great Matthew Flin­ders who cir­cum­nav­i­gated and named New Hol­land ‘‘Aus­tralia’’. His su­perb charts were still be­ing used when the Ja­panese at­tacked in 1942. He sailed for Eng­land in 1803, but was wrong­fully de­tained by the French when putting into Mau­ri­tius for water. He reached Eng­land in 1810, bro­ken in health. His bride of four months, mar­ried in 1801, saw him again only to nurse him through his last three years of life. Their daugh­ter Anne was 40 years old in 1852 when the colonies of NSW and Vic­to­ria be­lat­edly granted a pen­sion of £100 each. By then Flin­ders’s widow had died but Anne ac­cepted it grate­fully, say­ing it would ed­u­cate her son in a ‘‘man­ner wor­thy of the name he bears, Matthew Flin­ders Petrie’’. In

My Love Must Wait, the great Ernes­tine Hill de­scribes Wil­liam Matthew Flin­ders Petrie, for whom the chair of Egyp­tol­ogy at Lon­don Univer­sity was named, as the great­est arche­ol­o­gist of the ages. Va­lerie Ap­ple­garth Coor­pa­roo, Queens­land I WAS sur­prised Graeme Blun­dell didn’t men­tion this irony in his ex­cel­lent re­view of Hunted (‘‘Byzan­tine thrills’’, Novem­ber 2425): Melissa Ge­orge played Sid­ney Bris­tow’s neme­sis in Alias some years back, earn­ing the wrath of view­ers when she stole Jen­nifer Gar­ner’s lover by a trick. Now that she is play­ing a tougher, edgier ver­sion of Sid­ney Bris­tow in her role as the pri­vate spy Sam Hunter in

Hunted, I won­der if she is hop­ing to re­deem her­self with view­ers. The pro­gram looks ter­rific and I for one am pre­pared to for­give her. Lyla Wil­liams Vir­ginia, Queens­land PLEASE keep the po­etry of Cate Kennedy, Sue Clennell, Jane Wil­liams and John Tran­ter coming. Their clever, ac­ces­si­ble and imag­i­na­tive po­ems are won­der­ful com­ments on the hu­man con­di­tion. I cut them out and file them in a lit­tle plas­tic sleeve that lives in my hand­bag. I can take one out any time I feel in need of a sane voice.

Af­ter Hours by Wil­liams (July 10-11, 2010) is a favourite, re­mind­ing me that CWA ladies and the tat­tooed-pierced gen­er­a­tion each have some­thing to give the other. Ali­son Charlton Bun­gen­dore, NSW To be con­sid­ered for publi­ca­tion, let­ters must con­tain an ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Let­ters may be edited for length and clar­ity.

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