Archive for December, 2010

Merry Merry

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Xmas to you all!

I hope you have a great day and celebrate the moment in the way you most love.

Here is to good food, good family and good freinds and to those that are no longer with us but are in our hearts and thoughts.


a quick test

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010


Farewell to Gus

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Gus Mercurio’s funeral was today.  Paul, we are thinking of you.  I’ve been avoiding posting too much on this.  Here are a couple of good articles, and I’ll leave it at that.

Funeral of actor and boxer Gus Mercurio funeral at Ashton Manor, Diamond Creek. Son Paul Mercurio (right front) looks up to the sky as the coffin bearers leave the service. Picture: David Caird Source: Herald Sun

Mercurio fighter to the end
Former boxing champions Johnny Famechon and Barry Michael were there to rub broad shoulders with actors such as Gerard Kennedy and television celebrities as about 500 mourners gathered at Diamond Creek to say goodbye to a man who was at home in either corner.

Mercurio, 82, died in the operating theatre while having surgery to repair an aneurism in his chest at Epworth Eastern Hospital in Box Hill three weeks ago.

His son, Paul, star of Strictly Ballroom, was master of ceremonies yesterday.

Standing in front of the coffin, almost covered with banksia blossoms, Paul said: “I look at it and say ‘strewth, how could a man with such a big life even get in there?’

“He was a pretty unique bloke, Gussy, he did the hard and fast life.”

Read the rest at the Herald Sun.

Paul Mercurio and his dad. Photo: John Woudstra

Farewell to a man who made mistakes … and amends
THERE were cowboy hats, broken noses, and a few familiar faces in Diamond Creek yesterday as about 300 people, many from the worlds of boxing and entertainment, gathered to farewell August Eugene Mercurio.

The gravel-voiced American arrived in Australia with the US Olympics team in 1956, stayed behind and became a star and died on December 7, aged 82, during surgery.

Roles in the Australian westerns Cash and Company on television and The Man from Snowy River at the cinema made Gus Mercurio, as he was better known, famous, but as those in attendance heard yesterday, acting was not the world in which he was most at ease.

Read the rest at The Age.

New site!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

You may have noticed a few changes around here…

If you’re looking for Paul’s Corner, all of Paul’s entries are integrated into the front page now. To just see his entries, look to the right, at the “Categories”, and click “Paul”.

Hope you enjoy the new digs!

Back for Another Taste

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

National television identity Paul Mercurio graced Glen Innes with his presence earlier this week, his second visit in a matter of only months.
The star of “Strictly Ballroom” and “Dancing with the Stars” was in town fulfilling his new role as ambassador for the New England North West Region Tourism Organisation (RTO).
As part of his familiarisation tour of the area, Mr Mercurio had five travel journalists in his company giving them a tour of the area so they could go back to their respective publications and write a piece on the region, something he hopes will help attract tourists.
“This trip is all about looking at the region and trying to up visitation,” Mr Mercurio said.
He said the region has the potential to be a tourist hub, but first people need to find out what the region has to offer.
Read the rest at the Glen Innes Examiner

Rest In Peace

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Gus Mercurio
10 August 1928 — 7 December 2010

Thoughts for my Dad

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

My dad is at this very moment laying on a table in a hospital getting cut open to fix an aneurysm in his chest.
Spare a thought for him if you can. He is a tough old bugger so he should be fine however he is getting on – 82 and has become a little frailer over the last few years. The op is fairly major.
Also his partner who he has been with since the early 70’s is rather unwell with emphysema and a collapsed trachea spare a thought for her also.
Growing old is fraught with joy and danger.