North Shore Times : November 23rd 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS IT'S TOO EARLY FOR XMAS SHOPPING. SAVE LIVES INSTEAD LG LOUNGE NORTH HARBOUR STADIUM WEDNESDAY 24 NOV 1.00pm -- 7.00pm THURSDAY 25 NOV 1.00pm -- 7.00pm WE'LL SEE YOU THERE Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Join the FRANKLIN TROTTING CLUB inc on Friday 26th November for their 2010 PAK'n SAVE Franklin Cup Meeting at ALEXANDRA PARK RACEWAY AUCKLAND FEATURE EVENT $55,000 PAK'N' SAVE FRANKLIN CUP First Race 6.15pm EXCITING HARNESS RACING ACTION UNDER LIGHTS! $2000 in Grocery Vouchers to be won FREE ADMISSION GAMING LOUNGE 3289612AA Enjoy a great night The money is rolling in -- but there s still a way to go.Operation Heal aims to raise $200,000 to buy a high-tech operating microscope for the National Burn Centre. The equipment will be used for much needed plastic and reconst- ructive surgery designed to help patients get their lives back on track. The North Shore Times is part of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. We launched Oper- ation Heal earlier this month and have been overwhelmed by the level of public support from our readers -- your cheques, cash and text donations are much appreciated. Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch and his wife Janice kicked things off with a $10,000 contri- bution that has just been matched with a cheque for the same amount from the Hugh Green Charitable Trust. Corporate and other organisations can also get on board by purchas- ing a table at the charity fundraising dinner being held on December 3 at the Telstra centre as part of the campaign. The evening starts at 7.30pm and Guest speaker will be Prime Minister John Key who will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holmes. Diners will enjoy a superb meal with compli- mentary beer from Lion Breweries and wine from Glengarry. A cheque will be handed over to the National Burn Centre at the end of the function. Tickets cost $1850 + GSTforatableof10or $185 + GST per person. Call Shandall on 531-5910 or email her at shandall@madbutcher. co.nz. Alan's got a magic touch By LISA HONEYBONE On fire: Magician Alan Watson has performed in front of big names like Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Robert Muldoon, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington and Whoopi Goldberg. Photo: BEN WATSON SPILLING the secret isn t part of magician Alan Wat- son s act. It s the tricks of the trade and my trade is tricks, he says. The Birkdale resident has been practising magic for 53 years and he was recently awarded a presidential citation from the Society of American Magicians. He has been a member for 20 years. It was a great honour to get an award like that in little old New Zealand. The society has handed out only two citations worldwide this year. It recognises his support and endless hours of commitment for the better- ment of the society. One of his projects is pro- ducing a weekly e-zine which is read by magicians in 78 countries. Magic runs in Mr Watson s family. His great-great-uncle Os- wald Ashton inspired him to become a magician. Mr Ashton performed dur- ing World War One and was one of the eight founding members of the New Zealand Society of Magicians in 1920. Now Mr Watson s wife, three daughters and grand- daughter are all in on the act. He and his wife Michele were awarded the highest international award that has ever been presented to New Zealand magicians. The Dragon award is pres- ented in recognition of out- standing teamwork in the art of magic and it was presented to them in New York. They have performed at a number of international venues including the world- famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Mr Watson believes magic is a combination of all artforms. And he can t imagine doing anything else. Ihadadreamasawee boy, it s all I wanted to do. Visit www.watson.co.nz for more information. Go to www.northshore times.co.nz to see a video clip of Alan Watson performing some of his favourite magic tricks.
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