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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
The Puddin’ at 90 A thoroughly rude character who can escape at the drop of a basin is a bet that Lindsay clearly won. Albert, the gravelly- voiced Pudding, has the extraordinary talent of never ending as well as transforming into all sorts of delicious sweet and savoury treats. Albert’s ability to be thoroughly rude as well as escaping at the drop of a basin has made him a hero for many a young boy. Adventure is as important as food in THE MAGIC PUDDING with the Puddin’ owners wandering the long bush tracks of Australia – either seeking or fleeing from Puddin’ Thieves. The characters, reminiscent of Lawson, inhabit a bush landscape of crackling gum leaves and bright skies. And let us not forget that the Pudding began its long life at a time of the worst devastation the world had known. Millions of young men were dying in the mud and the filth of a war very distant from the sun and blue skies of home. Heroes were genuinely forged in that conflict, and mateship was not an abstract emotion, but often meant survival. N orman Lindsay wrote his classic children’s story The Magic Pudding in 1918. Since then, generations of Australian children have been read the adventures of Albert, Bunyip Bluegum, Sam Sawnoff, Bill Barnacle and the Puddin’ thieves. This year, the Pudding turns 90 and to celebrate, the Norman Lindsay Gallery is holding a special exhibition in October entitled ‘Pudding Owners, Pudding Thieves and Friends – The Story of the Magic Pudding’. Visitors to the gallery will be able to see all their favourite Pudding characters – as well as others Lindsay created. Lindsay had a wager that children were more interested in reading about food than fairies – and it The origin of THE MAGIC PUDDING can be traced to Lindsay’s childhood. To a boy growing up in the gold mining town of Creswick, Victoria, the lure of adventures on the high seas in sailing ships must have been appealing. This early fascination with the sea would later translate into paintings of swashbuckling pirates and the ship models made by Lindsay. The roistering and rollicking adventures of the pudding begin when Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff become the Pudding’s owners by stealing Albert and doing away with the cook, Curry n Rice. This action takes place on an iceberg after the Saltjunk Sarah is shipwrecked. Once back on dry land the old salts proceed to find adventure after adventure. In 1918 Angus and Robertson published THE MAGIC PUDDING at an issue price of 1 guinea – a price Lindsay felt was too high for young people. At that time Lindsay was renowned as the pre-eminent black and white artist for THE BULLETIN. Throughout his long life, Lindsay was incredibly prolific and worked in many different mediums producing oil paintings, watercolours and etchings and writing and illustrating numerous novels. For Lindsay, relaxation was taking time out to build ship models and fashion sculpture for his garden. These days his house and grounds at Faulconbridge are run by the National Trust (NSW) and are open 7 days a week, attracting thousands of visitors annually. Story by Helen Glad Roll up, roll up for Cirquinox! If you’ve ever dreamt of running away with a circus here’s a chance to test your skills before packing the trunk. C IRQUINOX is a colourful, interactive circus festival featuring aerial acts, stage shows, roving performers, a circus play space, face painting, circus stalls and refreshments. The brave and adventurous are invited to test their skills in the circus workshops. Cirquinox 2008 will be held in the grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge, Sunday 21 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm. “Cirquinox will feature a fantastic line 30 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au up of entertainment. Between performances, there will be stalls and roving entertainment to be enjoyed,” said Cirquinox producer and director, Alison Wheeler. Most of the performers are local talent. Acts include Kate Reid from Candy Stripe Circus, Tee’s Top Time, Mr. Qwirk, All in One Circus, Liqueur Flambé, and Captain Finhead. There will also be performances from Ruby Bloomers Women’s Circus, Zany Yare, Circo Blurto and Dark Mask Productions, representing local young artists. Admission: dults $15, Child / Concession $9 (includes all shows). A shuttle trolley bus service will run from Springwood Station for a gold coin donation. Norman Lindsay Gallery is located at 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. spring 2008 Image © H, C and A Glad