The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on October 27, 1976

1 7 Tho Sydney Morning Herald, Wed, Oct 27, 1976 1 1 A question of priorities DID YOU KNOW THAT a new wharf costing $100,000 is to be built by the Maritime Services Board on Shark Island in Sydney Harbour? We received a press release from the National Parks and Wildlife Service which contained this great news. There have been many complaints of late about the difficulty of gaining access to this pleasant pic nic spot ana also nearby Clark Island. AerorHinp tr the NIPWS tha 1 existing wharf on Shark Island was recently damaged irreparably bv a I docking ferry. “It sways alarmingly . when a vessel is tied to the super-‘ structure and I cannot allow the : public to risk injury because of this : situation, said Mr Don Johnstone, !, the service’s director. . He also said that Clark Island had been closed to permit upgrading of the island’s toilet block and the island would re-open in November, presumably with super-loos. Work on the new and expensive Shark Island wharf will begin early next year and should be completed by the middle of 1977. Now. this column is very interested in precisely who is paying for this wharf. The NPWS says the MSB is paying for it. But the MSB . denies it. The MSB says it will indeed pay for the wharf from its renewal fund, but will recoup the money from the NPWS who, in turn, will get it from the Government. So, in desperation, we approached the State Treasury. There we were told that the MSB will recoup the cost from the NPWS over a period of years. As our readers will know, we 1 have been campaigning for some time tor a shelter on McMahons Point wharf which will cost about $40,000. Every time it rains, the miserable commuters stand at this exposed wharf and receive a thorough drenching. But, says the NSW Transport Minister, Mr Cox, there is no money for a shelter on McMahons Point. But, Mr Cox, don’t you see what can be achieved with a little imaginative book-keeping? Beaten track THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS week that Vietnam is opening up its ravaged landscape to the tourist hordes next month has created some interest in the travel industry. The monthly tours will cost $648 for two weeks, and will take in Hanoi (via Vientiane), Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Airline officials indicated this week that a package deal to Bangkok, incorporating the Vietnam tour, would probably cost about $1,400. “We haven’t considered tours -there yet,” said Mr Bill Palmer, of World Travel. But he expects a market to develop among former soldiers who served in Vietnam. Thomas Cook’s are also cagey, and will wait for things such as hotels of an adequate standard to become available before they consider tours, Caroline Wooding, of David (ones Traveland, was sceptical. “I know if I had I nn n n r Kr1 ; . 1 , COtUM N edited by PETEB OURI$CH & ” I A typical, shady Saigon street. just returned from a war I’d rather go and live it up in Monte Carlo or America,” she said. So we asked Mr Bill Keys, national secretary of the RSL, about the likely attitude of Vietnam veterans. He said that, when Vietnam returned to some form of normality, the RSL would be interested in organising trips there. “Servicemen have a habit of making friends,” said Mr Keys. “Many of them would want to contact friends they made there.” We are prepared to give long odds that servicemen will not be able to find most of the friends they made there. Going up AS INFLATION continues its weary pro- fjress in Australia, most of us find it just a ittle harder to pay those bills. And the hydra-like symptoms of inflation here are well reflected in a recent survey which shows that Sydney and Melbourne are now the fourth and fifth most expensive cities in the Asia-Pacific region. Taking Hong Kong as a base of 100, Sydney now rates 98.8 in the 1976 Worldwide Survey of Executive Living Costs conducted by Business International. Melbourne rates 96 points. These figures are used by many business organisations to adjust not only cost-of-living allowances for employees stationed overseas, but also to give comparative allowances for housing, entertainment and education. By far the most expensive city is Tokyo, which scored a massive 136.8 points, followed by Jakarta on 106.1, Hong Kong on 100 and then Australia’s two leading cities. Bottom of the list are Bombay on 49.9, Manila on 68.4 and Bangkok on 72.4. These figures cover the whole cost-of-living spectrum, but a breakdown shows that Australia’s forte in the inflation stakes is, not surprisingly, in the service industries. Our high wage rates have now led to the situation where Melbourne’s “utili ties” are 96.8 per cent of the comparable figure for New York. And Sydney rates 108.4 per cent of the cost of similar services in New York. Which brings us back to a familiar question. Do we support ACTU demands for full wage indexation to maintain our standard of living? Or do we oppose it so as io DreaK tnis vicious mtiationary spiral .’ As the world’s best-seller put it: “Thy money pensn wun tnee. Hard times KAAr KtuKuiiMbNi ollicers are smiling at the moment. But some anoli cants to join the ranks of the RAAF are not. The economic downturn has meant that applications for RAAF apprenticeships are 50 per cent higher this year than in 1975. Only 200 of the 2,000 applicants will get apprenticeships, allowing the RAAF to pick the best from the current crop ol unemployed school-leavers. But for Timothy Havnes. 15. of Mars- field, near Epp’ing, the competition is bad news. His mother wrote to us to say that she has a very disappointed son. “Timothy, who has never wanted to do anything else but join the Air Force, was recently turned down before even being seen, sne wrote. Timothy, according to Squadron Leader Alf Tremain, is a victim of the intense competition. “When there were fewer applicants, we would have called him in even though he might have failed our apti tude tests,” he explained. “But this vear. be cause of the larger numbers, we have been trying to knock some out. Squadron Leader Tremaine did have some good news for Timothy. He has written to Mrs Haynes to suggest that Timothy stay on at school and gain extra qualifications which would help his chances. Because of his age, Timothy will be eligible to apply again next year. But unless Mr Fraser produces some economic miracle, we doubt that Timothy will find the competition much, easier next year. c FILMS Pawns in a game… from NORA KROUK in Haifa The rule of logic prevailed And the game of life began again. All the players were present: The castle of security, The knight of war, The serpent of sex The power of the celestial globe And death lurked in the corner But alas truth was only A pawn in the game. THIS enchanted if bitter insight of the poet-painter William Fielding could well be prophetic as the 22nd world Chess Olympiad opens in Haifa. Driving at breakneck speed from Ben Gurion Airport cars pass stretches of sand dunes – a reminder of what this country had been not so long ago. Signs by the road warn “Beware of Sand,” and suddenly they become symbolic of what complacency – the pervasive dust of indifference can cause within great human endeavours: erosion. The Haifa Olympiad, originally bid for during the 1971 Van couver congress, intended for 1974, ceded to France, and finally decided upon in Nice two years ago, has been organised to the orchestration of Arab protests which culminated in a “rival olympiad” in Tripoli. The Libyan Federation named its tournament “the anti-Israeli Olympiad,” and its political implications split the chess world wide open. Amid the peace talks under the ephemeral umbrella of detente, this eagerly awaited coming-together of the chess giants has been undermined. The dismissal of the South African and Rhodesian teams during the Nice Olympiad was a sad beginning. Prof Euwe’s FIDE (world chess federation), as impotent as the United Nations, is wrestling with unsol-vable problems. Nearly 20 of the 72 Nice Olympiad teams will not be playing in Haifa. The absence of the perennially favourite Russian team is of the greatest import. (Russia originally agreed on the venue, then refused to send its team “for reasons of safety,” but it is rumoured that Soviet chess players protested to their Government over the withdrawal.) Yugoslavia, whose Government ordered a team to Tripoli but whose players refused to go, will be missed. So will Hungary -and the other East European giants, playing nowhere this year, and the colourful robes of the Moroccans. While a few of the absentees are making their moves in Tripoli others are sitting on fences, producing indistinct rumblings, or just staying out. Yet, despite the .many pressures, 50 countries will take part in the Olympiad, and this is a great victory for FIDE and Israeli The Haifa Olympiad, organised with passionate enthusiasm, goes into gear. The setting at the Dan Carmel Hotel is beautiful, and the Israelis are laying on their formidable hospitality. – Dan Carmel is a beehive. Carloads of chess-players are pouring in. Halls arc being prepared for the great battles and the huge visitors’ hall readied for closed-circuit television transmissions of important games. Australia’s ram-rod straight Max Fuller, has just flown in from London. The rest of the Australian team have spent four days in Kibbutz Ramat Joch-anan, and are full of impressions. Pink-shirted, sharp-eyed young men with holsters on their hips are everywhere. There are guards in the corridors at night, on the grounds, on the roof. The early arrivals – the Australian, Japanese and Hong Kong teams – get televised by NBC. The Americans, hot favourites, are bracing their brain muscles. Their champion, Walter Brown (formerly of Australia) is not among them. He was offered the fourth board on the team, and refused it in anger. He felt that as champion he should be playing the first board. Thus Brown is lost to the team, and according to the former world crown contender, I. Kashdown (early thirties), it just could be crucial. Although Kashdan expects the US team to win, should they mis this unique opportunity it could ; well be due to Brown’s absence. The Canadian team is eager. ‘ Captain Vranesic says: “Rus-sians or no Russians, this will be a good tournament. With American, German, Dutch and Argentine teams there will be plenty of competition.” And as a . second thought: “They may in ; fact be going all out now that the chance lor a first place is within ; their grasp.” As for the women, whose 7th Olympiad this is, their contest promises to be the most colourful. The hot favourite is the Israeli team, headed by a second world-ranking woman player formerly of Russia, Alia Kushnir, and another recent arrival from the USSR. Lubov Crystal. Two years ago in Nice the Olympiad was dominated by the big question: Will Bobby Fischer turn up? A sad refrain is repeated today: Korchnoy and Spassky could not come. The Australian team is full of confidence. Terry Shaw muses about a possible third place. The opening night on Sunday was a moving blend of intelligence and faith in the future. Ushered in by the greeting: Shalom – peace, the Olympiad for men and women was declared open by the Prime Minister, It-zhak Rabin. Prof Euwe’s address was almost emotional. Faith in the future of chess was proclaimed by all, and as the flags of 56 nations were spectacularly unveiled to the applause of the packed auditorium, tne world Chess Olympiad began. by HELEN FRIZFLL ANNA KARENINA (G Mayfair, starting today) is the ballet based upon Tolstoy’s novel. In this Mos-film production, Maya Pli-setskaya is the tragic Anna, Alexander Godunov is Vronsky and Vladimir Tik-honov is Karenin. Bolshoi Theatre dancers, including Uri Vladimirov, Nina Sorokina and Sergei Radchenko, also appear in this film which is the last work of the “well-known Soviet camerawoman,” the late Margarita Pilikhina. Moments of beauty The book was a work of genius. The ballet is not. Although costumes by Pierre Cardin are exquisite, and although Plisetskaya dances – and acts – like a reincarnation of the doomed Anna, the film seems overlong. Rod ion Shchedrin’s music is too harshly tormenting, and too modern for the time in which the film is set – the nine-. teenth century society of Tsar- -dom. Wordless, except for a few moments, the film ballet has moments of great beauty. Anna Karenina moves, with unutterable grace, to tragedy. Snow-flakes whirl; railway platforms are wreathed in steam, and Karenina Plisetskaya, a slender figure in black, in Tolstoyan indeed. DRUM (R, Village Cinema City 1) is a steamy, sUper-heated film of the ante-bellum deep South. Sex, sadism, slaves, torture and mutilation make this rendition of Kyle Onstott’s best-seller more of a Harlot O’Scara than a Scarlett O’Hara vision of plantation days. Lucien Ballard’s fine photography cannot redeem this rubbishy story about Drum (Ken Norton), the slave who is son of an African prince and a Cuban beauty, Marianna (Isela Vega). Ken Norton, who lost a world heavyweight bout with Muhammad AH, is no heavyweight as an actor. As Drum, he engages in fisticuffs, and fights with fellow slave Blaise (Yaphet Kotto). The scene moves from New Orleans to a plantation, where Sophie (Rainbeaux Smith), the repulsively precocious teen-. age daughter of the white Massa, tries to seduce the two slaves. There’s a black revolution, fire and terror. Bodies litter the portico of the burning building. Drum makes a getaway. Drum was a sequel to Mandingo. Be warned. There will probably be a sequel to the sequel. 1 by PATRICIA BROWN THE RECITAL of Indian, music and dance, presented under the auspices of the Sydney University Music Department at the Everest theatre of the Seymour Centre on Friday night, juxtaposed classical and folk dances in a colourful and smoothly running sequence. This was primarily an evening devoted to various manifestations of the richly divergent dance styles of India and led by the Sydney-based performer and choreographer Krishnan Nair, a group of about a dozen young Intricate music and dance dancers, many of them Australians, demonstrated just what levels of proficiency, can be reached in such intricate art traditions. The dances ranged widely from ancient ritualistic harvest, seasonal and temple dances to beautifully costumed group dances of a more symbolic nature, such as the haryana folk dance of Northern India. Indeed, the magnificence of many of the solo and group cost umes was one of the striking theatrical delights of the evening, with the peacock dance costume, wedding dance and kathak dance from the courts of the Mogul empire (beautifully danced by Sha-kuntala Nair) being especially memorable. All the dances were danced to recorded music of varying quality, so the two live performances of Indian classical music (ragas Kafi and Bhairavi) with sarod (Sardool Singh), tabla (Nazmul Chowdhry) and tampura (Jane Wass) were necessary to savour the undulating waves of this sophisticated music in some greater detail. Neither dancers nor instrumentalists were without variations in standard, but this exhilarating program demonstrated what can be done to involve more people in the richness of Indian musical and dance traditions. by ROMOLA COSTANTINO IT WOULD BE unfair to give away the particular comedy angles of A Who’s Who of Flapland, by David Halliwell, which opened at the AMP Theatrette on Monday as the Q Theatre’s final 1976 production. Sparring with words The scene is a modern cafe on Circular Quay (the play was originally set in England). Two customers, played by Barry Lovett and John McTiernan, spend the whole period of the play sparring with words. The absence of action is more than made up for by the mercurial sparkle of Mr Lovett and Mr McTiernan and the lively movements devised for them by the director, Adam Salzer. bars must be kept pricked to follow exchanges which bounce like tennis balls from court to court. 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