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to relocate the WWI digger to Pioneer Park.
We need the forgotten soldiers to be present with the rest of the soldiers
at Pioneer Park.
13 Gawler men died and remain at Gallipoli and in total some 90
young Gawler men never returned.
The claim by some that the Gawler memorial was solely
funded by Gawler South residents does not give any
weight to the help and assistance by existing civic groups
of the time, including the RSL (circa 1916), Red Cross
(circa 1914), Wattle Day League Gawler (circa 1915),
Repatriation Committee, Gawler Corporation, not to
mention the Gawler businesses and churches which have
WWI honour boards displayed in the Gawler Town Hall
or the 90 families who lost their loved ones.
Please contact Town of Gawler
to show your support by
or call 8522 9211
by the 4th of June
For more information please contact Gawler RSL
Paul Little 0428 440 619
Wayne Clarke 0408 891 528
IF any of my co-workers never hear
the words James McAvoy or X-Men
again, it'll probably be too soon.
Unfortunately, for them the latest comic-
book adaptation Days of Future Past has
just hit the cinemas and having already
seen it three times in less than a week
(you're welcome, Bryan Singer), sorrowfully
sobbing 'Chaaaaaarlees' every once in a
while is inevitable.
Cautious curiosity, however, has
prompted them to ask what it is about
this franchise that inspires such an intense
emotional response and leaves me all too
willing to just shove dollar bills into hands
of Fox Studio executives.
Science fiction has long been my drug
of choice but, while deeply connected to
its cause of exploring the human condition
through abstract means, I am the first to
admit its highly ambitious nature leaves
the genre with potential to fall from great
Which is why when you stumble on a
franchise that does a beautiful allegory, it
can be hard to not become addicted.
X-Men is not just about a race of ultra-
evolved mutants fighting off the generic
villain with a vague motivation of world
It is well established that X-Men, as
one commentator puts it, openly equates
its "anti-mutant prejudice" -- the real
evil within the films -- "with racism,
homophobia and anti-Semitism".
In a recent interview with Ian McKellen
(Magneto), the openly gay actor explains
how director Bryan Singer sold the film to
"...Mutants are like gays. They're cast
out by society for no good reason, and, as
in all civil rights movements, they have to
decide," he said.
"Are they going to take the Xavier...line
-- which is to somehow assimilate and stand
up for yourself and be proud of what you
are, but get on with everybody -- or are you
going to take the alternative view -- which
is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for
your own rights."
In fact, the central relationship within
the films, which stands in for the archetypal
romance, is one between two men
-- Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr (a
While there is a defined right and wrong
within the universe, the dynamic of the
films focuses on the battle of ideologies as
opposed to a simplified good versus evil
Magneto, as X-Men's long-standing
antagonist, perhaps channels this battle
While he clings to the notion of
mutant superiority, his back-story, which
reveals a traumatic childhood spent
in a concentration camp, justifies his
megalomania, which comes from a deep
distrust of the human race.
"I've been at the mercy of men just
following orders...never again," he retorts
when Charles Xavier asks him to spare the
men who only seconds earlier attempted
to annihilate them on orders from a
Science fiction and fantasy has been a
long-standing platform for the exploration
of the human condition, of social politics
But, I think, X-Men's success and
appeal hinges on its timely and relateable
exploration of social issues and the
human condition -- its allegorical nature
lending itself to showing society through
a mirror that is often inaccessible via more
BUNYIP JOURNALIST AND X MEN FANATIC NATALIE VIKHROV TAKES
A LOOK AT WHY THE SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE FRANCHISE IS SUCH
In my opinion...
LAST week I watched my 18-month-old
niece get her dad's iPhone, swipe the screen
to find her game app, then open it up and
It's staggering how comfortable with digital
technology very young children are becoming.
At that age, my kids were working out the
Tupperware shape ball.
The ease with which children adapt to liv-
ing in a digital age is a double-edged sword,
How do we educate our children for jobs that
don't yet exist?
Or keep them engaged at school, when cyber-
space beckons and they are lost in a screen all
Is there room for imagination and creativity
when anything they want can be had with a
swipe and Google solves all the mysteries?
Recently, I saw a group of children watching a
Punch and Judy puppet show.
They were utterly transfixed by puppets that
talked back to them.
It was a joy to see their eyes shining, and hear
the parents laughing along.
It reminded me of going to pantomimes as a
kid and warning the hero when the villain was
I think the kids of the 1980s were the last
Technology meant a mobile phone the size of
a brick and if you wanted to play video games,
you went to the arcade with your mates.
Change came, but slowly and usually with a
big price tag so it wasn't readily available.
The world wasn't available in our pockets.
As long as the future doesn't turn into 'Logan's
Run' (look it up), I think we'll see a shift back
Crafting and thrifting are hip again, children
will get messy, bang on saucepans with spoons
and have cubby houses.
They'll figure things out, fall down and get
Technology will support, challenge and enter-
tain us, not drive us.
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