The Restoration of the Admiral

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Admiral off North Bruny Island.
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Knowing of my love for traditional wooden boats my father-in-law recently sent me a fascinating little volume edited by Graeme Broxam about the history, recovery and restoration of Admiral, Tasmania’s (possibly Australia’s) oldest commercial boat, now returned to fully operational condition. Her career, which has spanned 149 years as a waterman’s boat, steam launch, fishing boat and yacht, sheds light not only on Australia’s maritime past, but also on the enterprise of emancipated convicts in the early days of that new nation. With kind permission of Graeme, here are some of the highlights of that story…

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GODFATHER OF BRITISH BLUES CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY BY PERFORMING A STAGGERING 59 SHOWS IN 64 DAYS AND RELEASING ONE OF HIS FINEST AND MOST PERSONAL ALBUMS TO DATE.

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British blues pioneer, John Mayall, is celebrating his 80th birthday year by sharing it with his fans. He has just begun a run of 59 live dates, across Europe, in just 64 days and releases ‘A Special Life’, his first new studio album in five years, on Forty Below Records on Monday 19th May 2014.

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IMAX AND DISNEY EXPAND RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTI-PICTURE DEAL

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Blockbuster Titles, Including Star Wars: Episode VII, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Will Come to Life in The IMAX Experience®

 

LOS ANGELES – March 20, 2014 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced an agreement to release several of Disney’s upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationship.

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