Playtime receives racing awards Cricket sessions

Blackall racehorse owners Ralph and Elizabeth Russell have received awards for their horse Playtime at last weekend’s 2011 RQ Thoroughbreds Awards. Hosted by Racing Queensland Limited in Brisbane, the awards recognise the season’s achievements in the thoroughbred racing industry. Playtime was named non-SEQ Provincial and Country Horse of the Year, as well as QTIS 2YO of the Year. Ralph Russell purchased the filly for $36,000 at the 2010 March Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast. Winning her debut race at the Breeder’s Plate in Rockhampton in October, Playtime has won $224, 800 in her first racing season. In recent months, Playtime came third in a Group One race at Stradbroke Day in Brisbane, and second in Group Two race at the Sire’s Produce Stakes in Brisbane. Owner Ralph Rusell said the non-SEQ Provincial and Country Horse of the Year award came as a surprise, while he had been hopeful that Playfair might receive the QTIS 2YO of the Year after she was named as a finalist. “You know the records of the other horses you’re racing against, and a lot of the horses that had been beating Playfair came from Sydney and Melbourne,” Ralph said. “I sort of quietly hoped she might win,” he said Playfair is trained by Barcaldine’s Todd Austin who was also recognised at the awards, receiving the accolade for non-SEQ Provincial and Country Trainer of the Year. Ralph said Mr Austin had been instrumental in helping Playfair to succeed. “He’s the third generation of the Austin family that I’ve used as horse trainers,” Ralph said. “His grandfather was the first trainer I had.” For the 2010 / 2011 season Mr Austin had a total of 64 wins, ranging from Birdsville to Julia Creek to Mackay.

Students from kindergarten to Year Three are invited to participate in the Milo Have-A-Go In2Cricket program being run at St Joseph’s Primary School. The MILO in2CRICKET Program is Cricket Australia’s official entry-level program, designed to introduce 5-10 year old children to the game of cricket in a fun and safe environment. The program will be held at St Joseph’s on Saturday mornings from 9-10am starting this Saturday, September 10. Nev Paulsen from Cricket QLD will be on hand for the first week to help principal Tim Franzmann get the program up and running.

Students represent central west

--by Victoria Nugent

St Joseph’s students are representing the region in touch, rugby league and cricket. Kate Donelly is on the North West touch team and recently travelled to Toowoomba for the state carnival, while Jack Banks is on the North West rugby league team. In cricket, Kye Peacock and Lane Jones will travel to Mt Isa this weekend for trials for the North West team.

Racing Queensland’s Warren Williams presents the Peter Conaghan Electrical Non-SEQ Provincial and Country Horse of the Year award to Elizabeth, Andrew and Sid Russell for two year old filly Playtime. Page 16 - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, September 9, 2011

Kate Donnelly in her North West touch team uniform.

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Flower Show fills Cultural Centre with blooms
Over $6000 was raised at the Anglican Flower Show last Saturday, with the Cultural Centre filled with displays and stalls. Students from both local schools took to the stage to entertain the crowd with St Joseph’s sign language choir making their debut appearance, whilst Blackall State School provided encore performances of dances from their recent musical. Entertainment was also provided by Longreach singer Jeff Poole and the Sing Australia choir. The Bethel family and helpers provided a sumptuous afternoon tea, while children were kept amused by resident clown Ray Malinen, novelty stalls and the Blackall Kindergarten Association Kiddies’ Korner and facepainting. In the open section Jenny Muir took out the overall aggregate trophy as well as the J.R. Bauer Memorial aggregate blooms trophy. In the floral arrangements category, Jenny Muir received the Outstanding Arrangement Fresh Flowers and the Outstanding Arrangement Dried/Artificial Flowers. Champion Bloom went to Sandra Eagle, while the Champion Australian Native went to Kim Flynn, the Champion Rose went to Pat Hauff and Jenny Muir had the Champion Carnation. In the produce category, the Champion Fruit/Vegetable went to Peter Evans, who also won the produce aggregate trophy. The preserves aggregate trophy went to Alea Dugdell, while the cookery aggregate trophy went to Sandra Eagle. In the juvenile section, JamieLee Morris shone, receiving the aggregate trophy, the highest points in the flower section and the cooking section while Cooper

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Wheeler received the highest points in the produce section. The Florifoto competition received a number of entries of a high standard with Lindy Hardie winning the Grand Florifoto prize, as well as category one “What a Gorgeous Flower.” Rebecca Parry won category three “What a Beautiful Garden” and category four “What a Lovely Native Flora”, while Helen Hansen won category two “What a Great Produce Garden.” Judges Choice went to Dawn Bailey while the Junior Grand Florifoto was received by Charley Brown. The Anglican Ladies Guild wish to express their appreciation to the Blackall community for their support of the Flower Show that made it a success both socially and financially.

Peter Evans took out the prize for champion fruit/vegetable Mayor Jan Ross and Anglican Ladies’ Guild president at the Anglican Flower Show on Saturday with this cabbage Trethella Smith took to the stage to present the garden and also won the produce aggregate trophy. competition winners.

From held in Longreach doesn’t exist in the city, children the Editor A seminar
earlier in the week discussed the challenges of doing business in remote areas, with an emphasis placed on businesses and employers needing to promote the country lifestyle to attract newcomers to our towns. Towns like Blackall do have a lot to offer, but too often their benefits go unnoticed by our city cousins. There’s a sense of community that

can play freely and we can see the stars at night. There’s a fantastic range of free fitness opportunities available in Blackall that would cost a substantial amount in the city. We have great community events with a social calendar unrivalled by towns of similar size. The Creative Pathways workshops are just around the corner, giving people the chance to learn new

arts skills, once again for free. By accentuating the positive aspect of our town, we increase the likelihood of attracting new people, businesses and opportunities to the town. We need to be the spokespeople for our towns, rather than relying on others. Longlasting change usually comes from within, so participation and positivity is key for seeing Blackall grow and prosper.

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It has been another very busy week however there variation of plantings and standard of presentation has been some good news for the Blackall Historical of the gardens entered. The DVD of the 2011 Garden Wool Scour Committee. The Blackall Tambo Regional Competition can be accessed on the Blackall Tambo Council was able to assist in making a successful Regional Council Web Site. insurance claim for this dedicated committee of The arrival of the Blackall Regional Council reclaimer $5,295. I know it will be used to make the Wool Scour which has been added to our fleet of machinery to even better than it already is. accomplish our flood damage reconstruction was an A meeting was held at Isisford for the Rail exciting event for me on Monday morning. It certainly Replacement Program which is now in year six of is a large machine! the ten year program. After the wet year of 2010 we The Townsville and District Pleasure Harness are looking to complete a 9 kilometre section on the Society trek was almost at its destination as we Emmet Road. We are also looking to commence work travelled along the Jericho Road to Alpha for a on the overdue Dismal Creek section as soon as we meeting with some members of Barcaldine Regional possibly can. It is my intention, and the intention of Council, government agencies and Alpha community the Blackall Tambo Regional Council, to complete as members. It was an important meeting to cement much sealing as we possibly can with the remaining relationships, seek opportunities, meet the challenges available funds in this program on the Jericho to which will arise in the future and to ensure timely Emmet section. engagement with Galilee Basin resource industry It was a bright spring day for the 82nd Anglican representatives operating in our respective regions. Flower Show and the presentation of the Blackall --Jan Ross Tambo Regional Council 2011 Garden Competition prizes. Fewer entries this year were probably due to the long and hard winter we experienced, making it even more difficult for our judge to come to a decision. Champion Town Garden was awarded to Jill Taylor; Champion Rural Garden, Best Flower garden and Best Garden Design were awarded to Lindy Hardie; Best Garden for Over 70 years, and Best Native Plant Garden were awarded to Anja Moss; Peter Evans won Best Edible Garden; Neatest Yard entered by a Group went to St Josephs School; Best Non Domestic Garden was awarded to Daisy Cottage; and the award for the Best Water Wise Garden was presented to Owen and Jan Ross with the Blackall Tambo Regional Council’s new Lyn Kelly. The judge was very impressed with the reclaimer. Page 2 - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, September 9 2011


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Barcoo River Bridge works at temporary halt
After several weeks of preparation works to install new piles on the sagging Barcoo River Bridge between Blackall and Tambo, work has come to a halt with the project team investigating a change in their installation methods. In a statement to the Barcoo Independent, Main Roads said the project team was investigating a change in installation method to include bored piles instead of driven piles because the usual methods using hydraulic pile drivers were no longer feasible. Main Roads said the first stage of work was to underpin two piers with additional piles to stabilise the bridge. “Works to stabilise pier 2 and 5 started on 25 July and was planned to address a non-urgent, long standing issue to do with the depth of the piers, which does not pose any risk to safety,” a departmental spokesperson said. “As a result of that work we closed the bridge as precaution.” The project commenced in July after 12 months planning, when subsidence in the bridge’s foundations caused the deck of the bridge to sag in the middle. The project is scheduled for completion in December dependent on weather conditions, with Main Roads stating that they have committed additional resources to the project to complete the works before the wet season. While works are underway, vehicles are currently being diverted onto a sidetrack which lies directly in the flood path of the Barcoo River. If the sidetrack becomes unusable due to wet weather or another reason, Main Roads has developed two traffic management contingency scenarios.

Ergon Energy funds for local ambulance committee

If works to stabilise the bridge are completed but jacking works to reinstate correct vertical alignment are not, the bridge would be opened to traffic, but with speed and possible weight restrictions. In the event that repair works to stabilise the bridge are not completed, the bridge would remain closed with highway traffic diverted onto other routes. Main Roads has stated such routes may include the Alpha – Tambo Road, which is frequently unable to be used after wet weather. “Any diversions would be dependent on road conditions or these roads being suitable,” a departmental spokesperson The traffic volume using the bridge is 433 vehicles per day of which comprise 35.3% heavy vehicles and 17.1% road trains.

The safe work practices of local Ergon Energy workers have seen much needed funds directed towards three charities in the Central West. A total of $3,700 was made through Ergon’s innovative safety program, Power Aid, to the Blackall Local Ambulance Committee, West’n Breast and Barcaldine Aged Care. Blackall Local Ambulance Committee secretary Beth O’Neill said they were very grateful for the generous donation from the Power Aid program. “This donation will be of great assistance to our committee as we work to ensure that the Blackall District Ambulance is provided with the best possible equipment to assist them in service to our community.” ‘We thank them also for nominating our Committee as the recipients of this donation” she said. The Power Aid initiative launched by Ergon Energy in 2004 is a simple concept that involves work teams accruing points, which Ergon Energy then converts to cash. Each work team gets to Blackall Ergon Energy work group leader Todd De Hennin nominate a local charity of their choice to which makes a Power Aid donation to Blackall Local Ambulance they can donate their accrued Power Aid cash. Committee president Les Wheelhouse and secretary Beth O’Neill.

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WHATS ON in 2011
SEPTEMBER 12-15 Creative Pathways Workshops 13-14 WesTech Barcaldine 14 Shockwave Community Debrief 16-18 Back to Blackall Weekend 16- 19 Tambo Teddy Bear’s Picnic Festival 17 Community Markets 20 Movie Night At The Pool 23 Blue Light Disco

Youth centre takes shape

8 Community Markets 8 Blackall Heartland Festival AGM 8 Blackall Hospital Auxiliary Springtime Festival 14 Blue Light Disco 15 Blackall Races 15 Elvis Presley Tribute Show 28 Anglican Ladies Guild Street Stall 29 Outback Tourism QLD Awards

Plans are well underway for Blackall’s new youth centre to be located in the rooms below the Memorial Hall with equipment and resources purchased and policies, procedures and guidelines for operation being finalised. The centre is being funded by a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund received last December, with the building currently receiving some upgrades to effectively handle the centre’s new resources. Some of these resources include an XBOX 360, stereo, computers, other electrical goods, games and sporting equipment In the upcoming Creative Pathways workshops from September 12-16, there will be a graffiti art project happening on the wall of the Youth Centre with Blackall youth able to mark their own mark on the space. The wider community will also have the opportunity to benefit from the centre, with plans to run workshops in the computer space. Rachel Walker, Relief Youth Officer for BlackallTambo Regional Council, is aiming to have the youth space and all policies, procedures and guidelines prepared for the next Youth Officer who will step in after she leaves her position on October 4. Anyone interested in helping out with the centre in any way is asked to contact Rachel on 0458 709 680.

Blackall youth and adults will be able to get creative next week with the return of Creative Pathways workshops to Blackall. Workshops in dance, film, photography and graffiti NOVEMBER art will be held on September 12, 13 and 15 at the 4-5 Gallery Day Blackall Memorial Hall, with a Shockwave festival community debrief on September 14. 5 Halloween Trick or Treat The debrief meeting will provide the opportunity 5 Halloween Blue Light Disco for community members to share their thoughts on the Shockwave festival with a free barbecue provided 7-8 SDE Blackall Swim Camp afterwards, followed by a disco from 7-9:30pm. 12 Dance Blackall Annual Concert The youth workshops will be held from 3:30-6:30pm each evening while the adult workshops will be held 26 Blackall Races from 10am-2pm on Thursday September 15 with 26 St Patrick’s Christmas Fete lunch and refreshments provided. 27 Christmas Tree Festival Participants will have the chance to learn feature swing dance from Claire Rawlins, graffiti art with Pete Gorrie and film and photography with Steph Vadja. DECEMBER The workshops mark Longreach dancer Claire Rawlins’ debut trip as an arts worker, and the 3 Your Amazing Race Gala Dinner realisation of Human Ventures’ goal to start engaging 16 Blackall Memorial and Sports Club Members’ local arts workers. Pete Gorrie is a Brisbane based mural artist who Christmas Party originally became involved with the Creative Pathways 24 Christmas Eve Mardi Gras, Blackall program in 2009 when he performed at Shockwave as part of Brisbane hip hop act, The Coalition Crew. 24 Christmas in the Park, Tambo Steph Vadja was the original producer of the 31 Blackall Memorial and Sports Club New Year’s Eve Shockwave festival and Creative Pathways program, and has spent the past year living in Sri Lanka Costume Party implementing youth arts programs similar to Creative Pathways. Page 4 - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, September 9 2011

Creative workshops

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O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel fruit of the vine, splendorous of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me here you are my mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (say three times). Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (say three times). Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. This prayer must be said for three days and after that the request will be granted and the prayer must be published.

Blackall Junior Rugby League President, Committee and Players would like to thank the BLACKALL TAMBO REGIONAL COUNCIL for their continued support of our club through their in kind support of bus hire for the 2011 season.

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Historical society maps cemetery
‘What are you ladies doing?’ is the common question asked of members of the Blackall Historical Society when they are working at the Blackall Cemetery. This question is asked by the many tourists who visit the cemetery as well as locals and Council staff. Many people are interested in the answer which is that the Society is remapping the cemetery and crosschecking graves at the cemetery with what is recorded in the Blackall Cemetery Register. At the same time the group is creating a permanent record by photographing headstones and marking sites with a GPS. Blackall Historical Society is working in partnership with the Blackall Tambo Regional Council to develop an accurate as possible electronic register and electronic plan of the Cemetery. This project is funded by a grant from the Queensland government’s Community Memorials Restoration Program. A large number of enquiries to the council and to the Blackall Historical Society revolve around the location of a relative’s grave and the existence of a headstone. At the completion of the project it will be possible to answer these questions without having to go to the cemetery to check or handle the old and increasingly fragile registers. Work on the project started over twelve months ago. ‘Unfortunately the extreme wet weather of last summer held us up for nearly four months as members of the team (Christine Campbell and Wendy Quilty) live out of town,” Christine Campbell said. “However BTRC project officer Alison Shaw has been able to obtain extensions of time which means that we will be able to finish the project properly.” Although the work is not quite finished the team is ready to tap into the memory of the Blackall community. What is needed is help with the graves where there may be a structure such as a wire or cast iron fence but there is no name on it or a where a headstone has lost its lettering. This is more

common in the Old Section (left of the main gate and behind the rotunda and the war cemetery). Many Blackall people hoped that this project would result in the restoration to the correct places of the grave peg markers especially where there is no headstone. This was possible in the religious sections to the right of the main cemetery gate because there was a map to help. It is becoming apparent to the team that this is not possible in the Old Section unless its map can be found. “We are very disappointed that we cannot replace exactly the many loose pegs that have been thoughtlessly removed,” Christine said. ‘ “There is very little order in the Old Section. We are using different colours for each decade on the computer map and this shows that the graves are extremely mixed in age and denomination. For example you will find a grave from the 1950s beside a grave dated 1889.” “Because of this confusion of ages we cannot be certain of unmarked grave location. Modern technology could be used to see where a row might have existed but it still will not tell us which person is in that row.” “Where we have had success is when people have come to us with photos of graves of their relatives. We can then feel comfortable that we have the right place for a plaque even if it is unmarked.” Once this project is finished further projects will be possible. Blackall Historical Society hopes that a special place or monument can be created where the loose pegs can be put along with the names of the people whose graves they once marked. Other possible projects are a booklet on the cemetery, signage to assist people at the cemetery, and further research on many of the individuals who have contributed to Blackall’s story.

-- Christine Campbell

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Kid’s Corner with Eddie Emu
G’day Kids. School holidays are fast approaching and I hope you have some exciting plans. Here’s a few activities to keep you amused for a little while. If you have any photos of yourselves, jokes, recipes, riddles or anything else you’d like to see in Kid’s Corner, email them to

KOOKY COMEDY Q. What do you call a bunch of Barbies standing in a row? A. A Barbie queue! Q. Why did the man pour vegies all over the world? A. He wanted peas on earth! Q. Why was six so sad? A. Because seven ate nine. Q. Why aren’t bananas ever lonely? A. Because they come in bunches! Q. Why couldn’t the pirates play cards? A. Because the Captain was standing on the deck. Q. How do you make an apple turnover? A. Push it down a hill.

Recipe for Honey Joys

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90g butter or margarine 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon honey 4 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes


Preheat oven to 150°C. Line 24 hole patty pan with paper cases. Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy. Add cornflakes and mix well. Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases. Bake in a slow oven 150°C for 10 minutes. Cool.

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Tambo photographers get clicking
Four Tambo women have joined forces to produce a photographic calendar showing scenes from the district, under the name of Country Clikky Chicks. Local photographers Janette Lawler, Lynn Ogden, Christine Bradshaw and Inge Gajczack recently received $3000 from the Blackall Tambo Regional Council as a Regional Arts Development Fund grant towards the costs of developing and printing the 2012/2013 calendar. Janette Lawler said the project was a chance for each photographer to display their work in a new way. “We’re all very interested in photography and we’ve all been

Therese Sander & Darryl Webb together with Lance and Kerrylyn Parfitt are delighted to announce the marriage of AMY to JOHATHAN (SPUD). Saturday 10th September 2011 at 4pm. Blackall Cultural Centre, Blackall.’ Blackall Campdraft Association AGM Blackall Campdraft Association Inc Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 19th September 6.30pm at the Blackall Memorial and Sports Club. Those interested in attending are welcome. Queries phone 07 46 576 031

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looking at ways of trying to put our photos out there,” Janette said. “We were all thinking of individually doing something like the calendar, so we decided to come together as a group instead.” Each photographer will have three photographs featured in the calendar, taken within the Blackall, Tambo and surrounding districts. The calendar will also feature a small profile on each participating photographer. The calendar will be produced in 2012, with the planning stage of the project underway.

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Back to Blackall

Blackall State School held a costume competition last Friday to mark Book Fair, with the theme of book characters. Neeka Boyd won the primary best dressed prize as Pippi Longstocking, while Chelsea Hayward took out the secondary best dressed prize with her Where’s Wally costume. Travis Burton was another winner on the day, taking out the prize for the colouring in competition. Principal Jason Smith was also in on the action, dressing up as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.

This year’s Back to Blackall reunion is fast approaching with a wide range of activities planned for September 16-18. The weekend will kick off with a Meet and Greet at the showgrounds on Friday night starting at 6pm with music by Lex and Len with a bar operating and food available. Saturday will see Shamrock Street come alive with attractions including a sidewalk café, markets, face painting, a jumping castle, a shearing demonstration, a fashion parade, delicious donuts, a sausage sizzle and the best decorated bike competition. The festivities will continue that evening at the Blackall Cultural Centre from 7pm with a dance with music provided again by Lex and Len with a meal on offer. Sunday will see a relaxing day at the Blackall Bowls Club with meals available and games of bowls being played. The weekend will conclude with a Sunday night camp oven dinner and sing-along at the caravan park, with an alternate option of music and a meal at the Prince of Wales Hotel.

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Six members of the Blackall choir were able to hone their singing skills in the city last week with a trip to Sydney to attend the annual Sing Australia National Gallery. Alison Mobbs, Marie Messer, Lyn Schluter, Grace Pocknee, Glenda Tierney and Melit Furneaux attended the gathering on August 31, which drew around 1000 choir members from across the nation. The Blackall group took the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and sang with other Sing Australia choir members from across Australia. It wasn’t all business, with the

Blackall choir in Sydney

group taking time to enjoy activities including a Japanese teppanyaki dinner and a behind the scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House. Choir member Alison Mobbs said it was great for the Blackall cohort to have the opportunity to sing as part of such a large group. “I think the best thing as a Sing Australia choir was that even though we’re so isolated, we felt that we were a part of something much bigger,” Alison said. “We could really connect with people from across Australia doing the same thing that we’re doing.”

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Glenda Tierney, Melit Furneaux, Marie Messer, Alison Mobbs, Lyn Schluter and Grace Pocknee were dressed up for a martime themed evening at the Sing Australia gathering in Sydney last week.

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Blackall abloom at flower show

Billy Barron placing an entry in the cent sale at the Anglican Flower Show on Saturday.

Anja Moss was enjoying the afternoon with her daughter Karen Strickland who was visiting from Maryborough.

Abigail and Rebecca Parry enjoy catching up with Sally and The St Joseph’s sign language choir put on a performance Georgia Suthers at the Anglican Flower Show. at the show, led by teacher Katie Patterson-Kane.

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Louise Campbell and Annette Kelly were manning the produce section at the Anglican Flower Show.

Wilma Elmy and Mellissa Harney looking at the floral displays on Saturday afternoon.

Shalveen Dayal and Terry Kingston were ready to try out the lavish afternoon tea at the flower show.

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The Anglican Ladies’ Guild extend their biggest thanks to the many members of the Blackall community who supported our 2011 Flower Show in so many waysexhibitors, performers, judges, cooks, gardeners, the people who attended- and most importantly all the workers.
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