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Ray Meagher Backs Homeless Drive


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The Home and Away star is an ambassador for the Salvation Army's The Couch Project - It's Not A Sleepover If You Can't Go Home, which aims to reduce the number of young people who sofa-surf at friends' apartments to avoid living on the street.

Charity bosses fear the practice could mask the full extent of the country's problem with homelessness, and they want to raise awareness of the issue to help youngsters.

Meagher tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "We are all aware of how dreadful it is that so many kids are on the street - up to 44,000 at any given time under the age of 25 - but 94 per cent of them don't actually sleep on the streets. Couch surfing is the most common form of youth homelessness."

Meagher Marries In Secret


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Australian actor Ray Meagher has secretly wed his longterm girlfriend in a private ceremony.

The Home and Away star, who has played Alf Stewart in the longrunning soap for 22 years, reveals he walked down the aisle with partner of six years, Gilly, several months ago.

But he refused to make a public announcement about the nuptials at the time because he didn't want any "fuss".

He says, "We just went away and did it, and then gradually told a few people who mattered to us. We're both very happy about it."

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Home And Away's Meagher Takes Home Gold Logie


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Home And Away veteran Ray Meagher was the toast of Australian TV on Sunday (02May10) after taking home top honours at the 2010 Logie Awards.

The 65-year-old soap star, who has played Alf Stewart on the series for 22 years, was presented with the Gold Logie after he was nominated in the category for the first time at the TV Week Logie Awards, which celebrates the best in TV Down Under.

Meagher saw off competition from Packed To The Rafters actress Rebecca Gibney as well as his Home And Away co-star Esther Anderson to win the prize.

He joked to the crowd, "These things have never meant much to me over the years, really, mainly because I've never held one. All of a sudden they seem unbelievably important...

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'Breaker' Morant Review


Excellent
Before there was Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth!" outburst in A Few Good Men, there was the firey Edward Woodward as an Australian soldier during the Boer War (South Africa, 1899 to 1902). Like Jack, Woodward is on trial for murder -- in this case of Boer guerillas, executed possibly under the implicit orders of the Aussie government. Now a scapeoat, Woodward's "Breaker" Morant is asked to defend his actions. His explanation -- "We caught 'em and we shot 'em under rule 303!" -- is one of cinema's most undernoticed and passionate speeches. The camera cuts away to show us exactly what rule 303 is: The caliber of the rifles used by Morant's division.

Heavy stuff, and though most of the based-on-a-play Morant plays out in holding cells and the courtroom, as a court martial determines the guilt of Morant and two of his compatriots (including Brian Brown in an early role), it's still compelling and fascinating stuff. Morant is a genuine bastard, but he's just following orders and trying to win a war. It's the same argument that we'd see in umpteen Nazi films (and understanding the intricacies of the Boer conflict is probably a fool's errand), but Woodward's Morant makes for a troubling and complex anti-hero. He's aided amicably by Jack Thompson, playing the three lieutenants' good-hearted but ultimately ineffective attorney. (Also of note, this film was director Bruce Beresford's big break. He'd come to Hollywood shortly after Morant hit.)

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