Rally shows city no hot­bed of in­tol­er­ance Au­thors play­ing cuckoo

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION - WIL­LIAM ROSS, Cran­brook.

ON SATUR­DAY, about 50 peo­ple at­tended the Re­claim Aus­tralia Rally in Townsville.

The rally went off with­out an in­ci­dent, un­like sim­i­lar events held in the cap­i­tal cities where there was vi­o­lence be­tween the Re­claim Aus­tralia and No Room for Racism protesters.

By any mea­sure, the Townsville event at­tracted a poor turnout and was a lot less than the nearly 1000 protesters who turned up to the same rally in April.

The num­bers were also sig­nif­i­cantly less than ral­lies in Mackay and Rock­hamp­ton.

The Re­claim Aus­tralia protests are cen­tred around op­po­si­tion to the spread of Is­lam in so­ci­ety, with pro­po­nents want­ing to ban halal food and the burka.

City lead­ers say the low turnout is a sign that Townsville is a mul­ti­cul­tural and tol­er­ant city, with the vast ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents re­ject­ing such sen­ti­ments.

It’s hard to dis­agree with this point of view.

Yet there are still some peo­ple in Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal cities who like to paint a dif­fer­ent pic­ture of Townsville.

Who can for­get Mel­bourne shock jock Neil Mitchell last year ques­tion­ing whether North Queens­lan­ders were red­necks dur­ing his ra­dio show?

Some of the most vi­o­lent clashes be­tween protesters oc­curred in Mitchell’s home­town Mel­bourne dur­ing the week­end.

Mean­while, Townsville was a pic­ture of peace and tol­er­ance. As­saults on po­lice must stop MORE than three po­lice of­fi­cers a week are be­ing as­saulted across the re­gion.

In just the past month, more than a dozen of our city’s finest have been se­ri­ously as­saulted across the Townsville po­lice dis­trict.

The men and women who sign up to pro­tect us should be able to go to work each day with­out the fear of be­ing as­saulted hang­ing over them. Sadly, this is not the case. The per­pe­tra­tors of this vi­o­lence should feel the full force of the law. LAST year pro­duced global cel­e­bra­tions to com­mem­o­rate 450 years since the birth of the son of a glove- maker. The ac­tor, who got bit parts in the Globe Theatre, was with­out a pa­tron and classed as a vagabond.

He had to sup­ple­ment his in­come with odd jobs de­spite the fact that sev­eral history plays later at­trib­uted to him had been pub­lished. It was only af­ter he re­ceived a mys­te­ri­ous source of in­come he could buy shares in Black Fri­ars Play­house.

Af­ter he re­turned to Stratford he be­came a money­len­der, grain mer­chant and prop­erty devel­oper. His orig­i­nal mon­u­ment was the en­shrined bust of a man lean­ing on a sack of grain. At some point this was trans­formed into a writ­ing desk with parch­ment and quill.

It is lu­di­crous to be­lieve that re­cent dis­cov­er­ies like an an­no­tated Bi­ble or an en­grav­ing on a book on botany have any­thing to do with the man, whose name has been found only on com­mer­cial and le­gal doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing an ar­rest war­rant.

I have waited in vain for ac­knowl­edg­ment of the man, who died 400 years ago on July 10, and was per­haps the world’s great­est play­wright and poet. The cos­tume drama Anony­mous with its Amer­i­can bias of the Earl of Ox­ford as the Shake­speare can­di­date got it to­tally wrong.

The ti­tle is ironic be­cause al­most a dozen anony­mous plays have now been shown to be not only part of the Shake­speare canon, but the work of the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and for­eign diplo­mat, Sir Henry Neville.

These apoc­ryphal plays match the po­lit­i­cal themes, the vo­cab­u­lary and im­age clus­ters of many of the tra­di­tional ones, as well as tie in with the an­no­tated sources and bi­o­graph­i­cal de­tails of the man whose name was en­coded in the Ded­i­ca­tion to the Son­nets.

It would ap­pear that the most fa­mous play­wright to­day who de­cided to write un­der a nom de plume is J. K. Rowl­ing. Af­ter her fail­ure to gain com­mer­cial suc­cess for The Cuckoo’s Call­ing as Robert Gal­braith, she has gone on to write a play Harry Pot­ter and the Cursed Child: thus keep­ing her prom­ise never to write another Harry Pot­ter novel!

J. K. Rowl­ing, a fa­mous mod­ern au­thor who wrote un­der a nom de plume.

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