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Singer Jordan Millar… drove hours to be at Campbell High.
Singer Jordan Millar… drove hours to be at Campbell High.
IN his role of year co-ordinator to a group of 186 graduating students at Campbell High School, teacher Jimmy Mackenzie did something wonderful last year.

For three years the students’ favourite song was “Walking On Me” by Aussie singer Jordan Millar.

“We used it for each video in assembly, started our dance floor at our Year 10 formal with it and played it on every bus trip,” says Jimmy.

For the graduation assembly, Jimmy had the idea of writing to Millar and asking for a video message for the occasion. But the singer had other ideas. No stranger to Channel 7’s “Sunrise” show, he rose at 3am and drove from Surry Hills in Sydney to be at the school’s 9.30am farewell assembly.

“Three girls cried so much they claim they missed the performance. We have a staff boyband called No Direction that performed, but he stole the show!” says Jimmy.

“Anyway, call it karma, but I feel it’s my job to pay him back.”

Jimmy wants us to let you know that Millar is performing with Jack Carty  at The Street Theatre in a show called “Intimate by Request” on August 7.

“If you feel like returning the love, or just want to see a couple of Aussie independent musicians absolutely killing it, maybe head along,” Jimmy says.

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Antoinette Karsten’s character Lulu… living her dreams fearlessly.
Antoinette Karsten’s character Lulu… living her dreams fearlessly.
Lulu’s out there 

WHAT a woman! Lulu, the star of an impending exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre foyer, can be lighthearted and soulful, contemplative and mysterious. Apparently, she’s always able to find the magic in everyday things and, dedicated to making the world a happier place, she lives her dreams fearlessly.

Lulu is the creation of Antoinette Karsten, an autobiographical response to the artist’s “love of travel, nature and adventure, of silence and music, and of living authentically”.

Lulu’s world will be on display in “Free Spirit”, a series of mixed-media paintings layered with old dressmaking patterns, sheet music and hand-carved block stamps from India.

“Lulu is where the spiritual and the ordinary meet, where life is treasured and celebrated, and where we are all free to sing our heart song.”

Heart songs can be sung from July 18 until August 8.

Be careful what you anticipate

OUR Griffith snout writes: “As the minor works at the Griffith Shops meander on, flapping on the cyclone fencing surrounding the high-cost, minor adjustment to a disability parking-bay gradient that began recently is an original notice outlining the planned work, and finishing with the flourish: ‘These works are anticipated to be completed by end April, 2015.’

“This should give great heart to those desperately wishing to believe that similar ineptitude might limit the fiscal damage to be inflicted on the territory by activity surrounding the light rail nightmare.”

The art of jargon

“HONESTLY, have you ever read such jargonistic tripe?” writes one of our arts snouts lamenting the all-singing-all-dancing, new ACT Arts Policy launched by Arts Minister Joy Burch last week, citing this for example: “The vision for the new policy is to make the arts in Canberra a diverse and dynamic ecology which is valued locally, nationally and globally. It encourages participation and access to the arts and strives to build Canberra’s reputation as a city with great art and great artists.”

And this: “In addition, the new policy prioritises the vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology, and seeks to develop our city’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture so that it is celebrated, represented and embedded in our arts sector.”

Where the hell are you?

CHAPMAN’s John Milne wonders what Dunlop letter-writer Michael Attwell (CN, June 25) meant when he wrote saying he resides in “a country, an island of only 20 million people”. Ex-Tasmanian Milne sniffs: “I’d be interested to know where he lives.”

Down but not out

NATIONAL Capital Private Hospital sent out a press release announcing that it had performed an Asia Pacific first, a minimally invasive prostate surgery with new UroLift Instrumentation that happily relieves symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate while preserving sexual function.

Urological surgeon Dr Hodo Haxhimolla is reassuringly quoted as saying: “Patients recover from the procedure quickly and return to their normal routines with minimal downtime”.

Glad all over

IN one of the biggest marketing boo-boos since Coke tried to reinvent its taste, cling-film behemoth Glad Wrap inexplicably moved the critical cutter bar of its boxes from the base to the side and in one fell swoop irritated an entire nation of happy customers (one of whom CC knows has discovered the Aldi alternative and ain’t coming back).

Conceding national consumer outrage (which is probably code for falling profit), you’ll be unsurprised to know that the cutter bar has returned to the bottom of the box and, says marketing manager Megan Francis, they “have received an outpouring of positivity from consumers when we shared this great news and we can’t wait for people to reunite with the Glad Wrap and cutter bar they know and love”. Get a grip Megan, it’s only cling wrap.

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