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9am with David and Kim. Good morning and welcome to I'm David Reyne.

And I'm Corinne Grant. Good morning, everyone. Lovely

Lovely to have you with us. It's

here? very good to be here. Why are you

I gave Kim a big whack on the head yesterday, and she's unconscious

now. I just like spending time with

you, David. That doesn't surprise

anyone, I'm sure. Kim is actually

taking a couple of days - Ebola.

She's got ebola. She is sick, the

poor love. If you're watching, Kim,

get well. Yesterday, we were having

a discussion with somebody and she

had to actually leave it to go and

cough in the other area. Oh,

really? There's still a bucket of

phlegm sitting in the studio.

Speaking of phlegm... Schapelle Speaking of phlegm...

Corby. What kind of a link is

that?! Well... I'm reading in the

paper this morning... Yes. How does

this happen? Yes. Because she's

been - it's widely publicised that

she's had quite a bit of depression

at the moment. She's been in a

hospital for that. Right. And now...

so she's been in the hospital for

12 days. Suffering severe

depression. But she's been released

from the hospital to go to a beauty

salon. Yes. And apparently that did

her no , ah, end of good. That

really - there's a whole new

technique for curing depression now,

isn't there? Pedicure. Flafing

around with your counsellors and

medication? Get a pedicure, you'll

be fine! And straighten your hair.

Straighten your hair, get a

pedicure. Apparently she's also

allowed out to go to the minimart.

Well, I hope she got herself a nice

sausage roll. It's extraordinary, really, isn't it? three times a week, He may be on dialysis because, he says, but he gets on with life "The alternative sucks." to one side this week Max Merritt shoved his ill health to return to Australia into the ARIA Hall of Fame. in order to be inducted musicians, He's one of our most highly respected and he'll join us this morning. spelling and reading She struggled with learning, until she was 38, when her son was diagnosed. only realising that she was dyslexic to share her story Catherine Deveny will be here of living with dyslexia. on the ice Ann-Maree Biggar will take a turn Disney characters, with some of her favourite cultivating a little winter colour and David Kirkpatrick will be in the garden. to the news of the morning. But first, Federal Labor MP Belinda Neal says about the Iguanas nightclub affair, she will talk to police if called to do so. Police are also investigating claims by the media. the politician was assaulted what happened?! REPORTER: Why don't you talk about

a clash with a tabloid TV crew Police have been asked to investigate electorate office yesterday. at the rear of Ms Neal's will appear in court this morning, A 74-year-old man of his wife of 50 years. charged with the bashing murder in a pool of blood The elderly woman was found

in the couple's Melbourne home.

Peter Caruso was taken into custody

at his son's home. Not now. Give

him a bit of tyke. Thanks. You OK?

Then driven to police headquarters

for questioning. His son Santo

arriving shortly after. What are

your thoughts on dad being taken in

for questioning? I'm unsure, I'm

unhappy. When we get in there,

we'll find out, boys. Know why dad

has been taken in? I haven't been

told. That's why we're turning up

here. Hopefully we'll get more

information inside, boys. Thanks.

Mr Caruso's wife, 72-year-old Rosa, Mr Caruso's wife, 72-year-old Rosa,

was found dead inside her

Templestowe home on Tuesday evening.

He allegedly told police he'd driv

boon anearby shopping centre and, boon anearby shopping centre and,

when he returned, found his wife

sig with significant head injuries.

Police have seized a car driven by

Mr Caruso, who has been charged

with one count of murder. He

remains in custody and will face this morning. the Melbourne Magistrates Court

will be in Sydney State and Territory leaders with the Prime Minister. for today's COAG meeting High on the agenda will be business regulation and water, with Victoria threatening accelerated takeover to derail the Commonwealth's of the Murray-Darling. he won't vote Premier John Brumby says to pump into the ailing river system. to allow Canberra to buy extra water is reportedly doing well Actor Angelina Jolie in the south of France after checking into a hospital to prepare for the birth of twins. outside the hospital, Paparazzi have camped visiting Jolie capturing pictures of Brad Pitt with two of their daughters in tow. Jolie's doctor has revealed before the babies arrive. it may be weeks

Isn't that lovely? I can't wait for

that. I really can't. I know you've

been following that very, very

closely. If you're going to have

twins, you may as well have them in

the south of France. That's what

I've always said! in the morning news at 11:00, And we'll have more on those stories

in Ten's news at 5:00. plus a full wrap Max Merritt and the Meteors Many believe Australian rock album. made the first truly great He penned the classics and 'Slippin' Away' 'Western Union Man' debuted on the music charts, and, although it's 50 years since Max his extraordinary influence. the industry hasn't forgotten

# Slippin' away from me

# Ohh-hhh

# Slippin' away from me

# And it's breakin' me in two

# Watching you

# Slippin' away... from his LA home this week Max returned to Australia into the ARIA Hall of Fame, to be inducted in the studio this morning. and we're very honoured to have him

Good morning, Max. Thank you.

Lovely to see you. Look, we saw Lovely to see you. Look, we saw a

bit of 'Slippin' Away'. I happen to

think that that's one of the great

love songs ever written. Thank you.

I'm intrigued. There's that moment

- did you realise it when you were

writing it, that it was such a good

song? Well, I had a lot of - I

pinned a lot of hopes on it. It

to write. Actually, all the good actually only took about 15 minutes

ones do, you know? They happen like ones do, you know? They happen like

that. I was trying to write a thing

called - something like 'Be My

Baby'. I was a big Phil Spectre fan

and Ron Adson. I was trying to

write something like that. Of

course, it came out nothing like

that, but I was hoping it would be

something like that. And I - it did

suit the band at the time, so I

went into a studio in London, and

took in Stewie's drums and Dave's

bass and recorded a demo by myself,

which came out pretty much the way

the record did. What happens when

you're writing a song and you come

up with something like 'whooo-oooa'.

What's supposed to go in there? Was

there a missing lyric you were

supposed to find? He's asking the

tough questions! Snoots That's the

funny thing about writing songs -

you can put anything in there. I've

heard songs by the Stones where they obviously couldn't find

anything to use for a bridge, so

they just repeat a couple of lines

over and over and over - turn

around, go back to the song again.

You know, if you hear it enough

times, it sounds like it's meant to

be there. Exactly! Sing it with conviction. Yeah. With a song like

'Slippin' Away', it has such

beautiful emotion to it. Were you beautiful emotion to it. Were you

going through something at the time

and you poured your emotion into

the it at the time? Thorpie said the it at the time? Thorpie said I

was - Thorpie said it was about an

ex-girlfriend of mine that he stole

off me. He would! Right, OK... As I

said at the ARIAs the other night,

you know, with Thorpie, he stole my

band, he stole my girl, and he

stole my heart! (LAUGHTER) What was

it like - the ARIAs the other it like - the ARIAs the other night

- I mean, from all accounts, it was

a magnificent show across the board.

But for you to be induct under to

the ARIA Hall of Fame, when - when

did you find out? How did you

react? And what does it mean to

you? I was kind of planning to come

out just to visit Wal, my manager,

and say thankyou to all the people

that had done the benefit concert

for Max. And then Wal called me up

and said there was a chance I and said there was a chance I might

get inducted into the Hall of Fame.

It means a lot to me, because I

mean, it's kind of - something we

hope will happen, but don't pin our

hopes on it. But when it does, you

know, you're elated, and I'm

terribly thrilled and - mind you,

I'm in good company, aren't I?

Luszal Morris and Dragon -- Russell

Morris and Dragon. And Rolf Harris.

I hadn't seen him since Capital

Radio in London 40 years ago! Good

grief. It's not necessarily an easy

thing for you to get on a plane and

come out here - you live in Los

Angeles, I understand. Yes. It's

not easy to travel? It took a not easy to travel? It took a bit

of setting up. I had to line up my dialysis out here - because I've got to do it every

got to do it every second day. Once

I got the OK from the doctors, it

was fine. Right. I have no trouble

flying. I'm fine - I really am

feeling fine if it wasn't for the

fact that I do dialysis all the

time, you know, I'd be just the

same. It's just more an

inconvenience than anything else, inconvenience than anything else,

you know? People might not know,

you're waiting for a kidney

transplant, essentially, aren't

you? Yeah. Does the dialysis eat

into your life a lot, or when

you're back in LA, are you working

on a new album, doing anything like

that? I get the dialysis at 4:00 in

the morning so I'm done by, you

know, 8:30-9:00, so that leaves the

rest of my day all free. I'm

writing with a friend of mine that

I've been writing with since 1980,

a guy called Larry Murray. We're

cataloguing a whole bunch of songs

with the hope of recording some at

the end of the year, and plus

getting them to the people in the

States. Because up until now, I really haven't had a publishing

deal in America. I've had it

outside with Apra and all outside with Apra and all around

the rest of the world, but we're

signing with BMI and going to get

them to people in the States. Mm.

You... you... by the early '60s,

you'd had a string of hits and

releases in New Zealand, and an

album or two. Yep. Then you came to

Australia. Why was it important to

come to Australia? Well, you know,

you go around the country so many

times and people start to get sick

of you, you know? (LAUGHTER) And

the population of New Zealand is

about eight. We ended up playing to

sheep, you know? (LAUGHTER) So I

thought it was time to move, and

we'd come over here to actually

back a guy called Sheb Woolley. back a guy called Sheb Woolley. Oh,

yes. Don't get his song in my head.

So we came across to do that, and

we got a taste of Australia, and

came back a little later.

Unfortunately, we were pipped at

the post by Ray Columbus and the

Invaders that time. They came over

when we went back to New Zealand.

But it was that, you know? And the

same thing happened after we'd been

around Australia so many times in

the '60s - I figured it's time to

the '60s - I figured it's time to move on, because people are getting

sick of us again, so we moved on to

England. But it was - back then, in

the late '60s, early '70s, you were

touring the country in Australia

solidly. And you were regarded as

the pre-eminent band. I mean, did

you realise that at the time? You

were very influential to so many

musicians. Did you realise that? No,

we were just having a good time. We

were enjoying playing music, and it was - the band was a little

left-field. We had two jazz players

in the band and two rock'n'rollers.

Me and Yuck were the rock'n'rollers,

and Stewie and Bob were the jazzers.

There was a hybrid of music there,

you know? Did that cause creative

clashs when you were working clashs when you were working

together inNo, no, no. Bob always

said he played more jazz in my band

than he did in most jazz bands.

Right. I read something about you -

a concert the this reviewer saw you

at, in 1968 - after the car

accident, which we'll talk about.

"Surrounded by a portly

white-bearded a elderly drummer,

and a bassest looking like a rough,

long-haired version of Harris, and

a sax player who looked like a

beatnik - you could only love them

for their sound!" (LAUGHS) Yeah...

What were your influences, then?

Were they Australian influences,

British influences, American

influences? Mostly American

influences, because, you know, I

grew up in Christchurch, and I had

a teenage club there in

Christchurch and a dance, and Christchurch and a dance, and there

was an American brace that used to

go to Antarctica in the '60s. And

the Americans used to come to my

dance and they'd bring records off

the jukebox, and they were all Ray

Charles, Freddie King, BB King,

those sorts of things. That's where

I got the early influence of blues

and that sort of music. And then and that sort of music. And then of

course I found out about oats

Reading, the mid-60s, and that --

Ottis Redding. That changed my

life around. Was there an era of

Australian music that you regard to

be the most influential? Well, I

think the '60s - that period was

probably the most for influencal,

because none of us knew what we

were really doin'. There was no

manual that says "This is what you

do when you join a band." Nowadays,

it's all documented - you turn it's all documented - you turn on

any video, and they just copy it -

there's the blueprint. But in those

days, you try something, if it

didn't workx you throw it out. If

it worked, you keep it in. That's

the way it worked. Yes. Sorry to

interrupt - I was interested to

read that one of your - obviously

you were influenced by the R&B

sound. R&B then was real R&B. Yeah,

real R&B. What is this stuff they

call R skp. and B now? I have no idea. You've just sat back and said

"I don't like R&B." That's what I

consider R&B - the early blues consider R&B - the early blues of

Chicago and all that stuff. I

loved the stacks era of, you know,

with Booker T and the MGs, Wilson

Pickett, and Otis Redding. The

other night, you performed 'Slippin'

Away' with Kasey Chambers. How did

that collaboration come together? Strangely enough, I met Casey a

couple of years ago - Michael Chuck

took me to theRoxy in LA and she

was appearing there. I met her

after the show, and her Dad, Bill,

told me that , you know, I was the

first act that Casey had ever first act that Casey had ever gone

to see when she was a little girl.

Oh, wow. He'd taken her out in the

bush somewhere where we were

playing. And I loved her that night

- she was fantastic. I was so

thrilled. When the chance came thrilled. When the chance came up

to do the ARIAs, it was mentioned

that Kasey would do it, I was

elated. I could hear in my head her

voice and my voice together, you

know? And it worked out fabulous.

And she's such a great little gal.

We've had her on the show a couple

of times. She's full of vim, isn't

she? When something like that

occurs, do you get the opportunity

to rehearse together? They actually

did a little demo and sent it to me

of what they had in mind, and we

just changed it around a little

bit. They did it a little bit too

country. "Hang on a minute." "Hang

on." I like the steel, but we just

picked up the tempo a little bit.

It was fine. Did you find the whole

ARIA Hall of Fame induction evening

an emotional experience? Oh, very.

Yeah. Very, very. 'Cause... I hate

talking. I mean, I can talk when it

revolves around a song -

introducing a song or telling a story or something like that. To

get up there and say something -

I'll hopeless. I was listening to

Glen A. Baker do my introduction,

and I'm going "Who is he talkin'

about?!" And I had to sort of blot

everything out because I was going

to be a mess? I listened to it, so

I just sat there and blocked

everything out, then made it for

the stage and gritted my teeth and

on with it. It's such fabulous

recognition, though, isn't it? recognition, though, isn't it? It's

fabulous. I feel very, very

privileged and honoured. Yes. Only

third ever Kiwi as well. Mark

Hunter and yourself, and Split Enz.

Getting overrun with them! Your

visit to Australia coincides with

the release of this DVD - 'Concert

for Max'. Everybody's on this. Oh,

yeah. And his dog! How did this

come about? What did you know of

this coming about? Well, I was in

dire straights over in the States -

sick and running out of money - no

chance of me going to work again.

And Wal said to me - Wal Bishop, And Wal said to me - Wal Bishop, my

manager - "We're going to have to

run a benefit concert." I said ""oh,

do we really have to?" Why that

reaction to a benefit concert? I

thought nobody would come. I

thought nobody - hey, come on. See,

Thorpie and me had been talking -

just before he died, we said "Let's

get together and let's hold one

really big benefit concert for

support act, because people are

getting sick of benefit concerts.

Let's do one really, really big one

and put it into a fund to support

folks," you know? And of course,

Thorpie went. And this occurred.

Yeah. And... your fears were

allayed, weren't they, because it's

extraordinary. It was enormous. You

know - Wal would keep calling me

know - Wal would keep calling me up

all the time and telling me who had

come on board. And I was come on board. And I was a

blubbering heap, you know? I blubbering heap, you know? I keep

on breaking down all the on breaking down all the time

because I thought "Why?!" Why were

they doing this, you know? I got

sick of crying, you know? Yes! It

is the benefit concert, and it's an

absolute who's who of Australian

music. It's fabulous. Joe Camilleri,

your brother James, Ross Wilson,

dairl Braithwaite - Daryl gave up a

gig up north to come and do the

show. Oh, wonderful. He cancelled

out on something. Brian Maddicks

and Diana Lee. From the Deltones to

Vanessa Amorosi. The big generation

gap, you know? Is that an

indication of how much you have

influenced musicians in Australia

as well? Was that something that

you knew? No, I didn't know. I

really didn't know. And it was -

once more, it was very emotional

for me. Especially seeing - I only

just saw it just recently, but just

seeing when they mention or when

Joe said he used to come down the

catch and see me and Ross, when he

was saying - he says that , you

know, when he saw us doing R&B, and

we were old guys then, he said "Hey,

I can make money doing this!" "If

they can do it, anybody can!" I

remember as a 9-year-old boy, one

of the first records I ever bought

was 'Western Union Man'. Is that

right? And you had a 'Go Set'

centre field of you guys stuck

centre field of you guys stuck on

my bedroom wall. The one with the

beard? Oh, you looked terrible. beard? Oh, you looked terrible.

(LAUGHTER) Snoand it's got no

better! I was just gonna say, it's

great to see you looking as well as

you do, given your complications.

You've touched on your future -

you've got an album, you reckon? Oh,

yeah. I've got a bunch of good

material. I just want to get in and

record it and - you know, we had

the launch of the DVD last night

and all my band guys were there,

and I just happened to say "Gee, I

want to get back and play with you

guys." And they go "Thank you!!"

They were looking to go back They were looking to go back too,

you know? Great. Thank you so much

for coming in, Max. Thank you. for coming in, Max. Thank you. All

the best with your trip back to LA,

and enjoy the rest of your time in

Australia. The cons 'Concert for

Max' DVD is able now, of course.

And we'll be back with the

challenges of livering challenges of livering with dyslexia.

This program is captioned live. Writer and comedian Catherine Deveny is the proud owner of a number of odd personality quirks - anyone who has seen her work on the water-cooler segment would know that.

One such quirk is that she likes to cook with all her kitchen cupboards open at the same time. Which is also the way she describes the way she thinks. Which sounds awfully like she possesses an incredibly untidy mind. The reason for Catherine's brain full of cupboards is that she's dyslexic. She's also a writer with a weekly column. How can that possibly be? Catherine joins us to explain the mysteries of dyslexia.

With her son Dominic. Good morning

to you both. 'mysteries'? That's so

funny. What did you say, 'untidy

mind'? I was reading about you

saying that you cook with your

kitchen cupboards open, which is

somewhat akin to how your mind

works. Is that right? Yeah, it is.

It's really funny, because I don't

- I'm not sure exactly where to

start here. But dyslexics generally start here. But dyslexics generally

see things from an aerial

perspective - we see everything at

once. What does that mean? That's once. What does that mean? That's

the way that I describe it. Most

people walk through life of a

fairly linear fashion - step in

front of step. Dyslexics see

everything at once. We're really

good at getting lots of different

information from a whole lot information from a whole lot of

different domains - good

problem-solvers - often creative

thinkers, comedians, architects,

psychologists and stuff are

dyslexic. I was going to ask if

there were joys to this, somehow.

It's interesting that you say a lot

of comedians are dyslexic. Does it

- is it funny? Does it give you

humour in some way? Yeah, it does.

Dom, would you rather be dyslexic

or not dislexic? Dyslexic. It helps

with me loss lots of things. Yeah.

I've been doing this thing 'cause I

need to work on my writing. I do

this thing at home where I write

the alphabet over and over again. I

do a whole page of it. Does that

help - why do you say you'd rather

be dyslexic? 'Cause it's, um, it

helps - 'cause it helps me

helps - 'cause it helps me with

building and maths and

understanding people. It does. Also,

you've got a good sense of humour

because of it. When I was pregnant,

we all - it's not uncommon for us

to get words slightly confused and

say one thing instead of the other.

When I was pregnant, I can remember

Dominic talking to me about when

the baby comes out of the universe.

Instead of the uterus. Perfect!

Often we'll make these things, but

they're kind of freakily true. On

the money. Think about uterus and

universe. It's almost like the

baby's universe inside. They're not

too disant. But Dominic, at school,

what was it like? I mean, let's go

back a bit here. You were

diagnosed as dyslexic at the age of

nine. Which is when you discovered

that you were - at the same time.

What prompted you to look for a

diagnosis? How was school for you?

Well, um, I didn't think I was so

behind when I was in Grade 1 and 2

and stuff. But I sort of started to

notice it when I was in Grade 3 and

4. I noticed everybody else's

writing and I looked at mine, and

it didn't really look as good as

the others. The reason that we went

and got Dominic assessed is Dominic

is - obviously quite bright. And he

adores books. And he and I were

doing - he was doing a lot of work

on his own to read, and we on his own to read, and we were

doing a lot of work at home with

him to help to read. No matter how

much effort we were putting in, he

wasn't getting the bang for the

buck that he should have. We buck that he should have. We were

keeping an eye on him, but there keeping an eye on him, but there

were other kids - particularly boys

of this age, they will say they're

late bloomers, it will all kind of

happen. I kept looking - a few of

us did - teachers, his grandmother

and stuff, keeping an eye on it

thinking it wasn't right. It had

been thrown around before, but to

get him assessed, to rule dyslexia

or other learning difficulties out.

The teacher put his name down at

school. And it was going to take 18

months or something ridiculous.

Before he could get tested?! Yeah.

Good grief. That's how long

generally it often takes in the

state-school system, because it's

just - you know, they don't have

enough resources. Once he was

diagnosed, how did the approach at

the school change to teaching

Dominic? Not really much at all.

Right! There's so much to cover

aabout dyslexia. And varying forms

of severity too, aren't there?

There are. According to the

Americans, 20% of people are

dyslexic. According to the English,

there's 10%. So I'd go with the

English. And according to anyone in

the field of dyslexia, you'll

probably find that 90% of people

are not diagnosed - I hate the

word 'diagnosed' - it's a

different kind of learning.

Recognised. People know very little

about it. Teachers aren't trained

to deal with it - that's not their

fault, it's like a general

misunderstanding, and lack of

information about information about dyslexia.

Generally what happens is, um,

dyslexics also have huge, um,

advantages in the way their brains

work. They're not compensatory. You

say "Blind people, they hear really

well because they're blind." The

dyslexic brain comes across - they

will always have strengths in

certain areas. They'll often be

creative, engineering, creative, engineering, social,

athletic - those kind of things -

very good at problem-solving.

They'll often present quite bright.

So what happened... what... what

did you get?! I was one of the few

- (LAUGHTER) I was a bit of a big

mouth. Really?! Good grief I could

can ask a lot of questions, but my

reading and spelling were quite

behind. When Dominic was recognised behind. When Dominic was recognised

as dyslexic, you were recognised as

well. You must have struggled with

certain thing. Yeah. How does it -

what do you see? What do you read?

How can a dyslexic teach a dyslexic

to read? I think dyslexics are

probably the best people to teach dyslexics to read. What do you see

when you read something? There's as

many kinds of dyslexia as there are many kinds of dyslexia as there are

dist dyslexics. Some people see -

when you get tired or stressed -

Can you see something like this?

Have a look at the screen, Dom.

When you read, what do you see?

Like... Oh, look at that. OK. That

rings more of a bell to me. The one

that was backwards. When I read, I

sort of like see the sort of like see the story

happening. In, um, in my head. Like,

if I read something. Did the if I read something. Did the words

jump on the page or do they flare a

bit, or do they move? It's sort of

like they move. They sort of swell. They swell. That's what happens

with mine, too. Mine flare a lot.

Different people will have

different experiences of it. And

it's one of the things that - when

daump was learning to read, I could certainly understand why he would

read 'was' on one page, 'saw' on

the next page, and not be able the next page, and not be able to

work out what it was on the

following page. I could understand

that as well. Poor spelling is

that as well. Poor spelling is an

easy way to spot a dyslexic. And reading aloud is something that's

really quite difficult for us.

We're much better reading in our

heads. We would say the word 'saw',

but we would know that it was 'was'.

And our brain would know it was

'was', but it would come out of our

mouths as 'saw'. The comprehension

is good, it's just all those

facilities - we're thinking about

too many things at once. We're not

sitting on the linear track. We're

just - we're... we're just seeing

everything from an aerial perspective, everythinial perspective, everything at once,

rather than step, step, step, step.

Given that you are both dyslexic,

is it therefore Janetteic? Yeah.

Huge genetic component. Apparently

if there's dyslexia in your family,

you've got 50% of having it

yourself. There's varying degrees.

I mean, what will generally happen I mean, what will generally happen

is a child will present as fairly

bright, but behind with reading,

spelling, writing. They will, um:.

The way that we tend to read is we

learn in shapes. And we - and

predictive reading. Like guessing predictive reading. Like guessing

what's next. That will generally

keep a child going quite well up to

the end of - they're a bit behind.

They get through primary school

Their primary schoolment it's when

they get to secondary school that

the wheels really start to fall off.

Sd suddenly they're being presented

with a whole lot of unfamiliar

words of similar shape, you know?

And they don't have the decoding ,

meaning spelling, being able to -

decoding meaning looking at a wo

decoding meaning looking at a word

and being able to decode it, or

encoding abilities, which is being

able to hear a word and to spell it.

And often what will happen is then

suddenly kids will not want to go

to school because it's too hard,

the wheels will fall off. There's

the wheels will fall off. There's

bongs, PlayStations, they'll be

called lazy and it will go horribly

wrong. The way you describe

dyslexia, it sounds like dyslexic

people are an extraordinarily

wonderful resource in lateral

thinking and problem-solving, and

that there's more to be for -

instead of calling it a

'disability', to call it a

different way of thinking. It

really is. Some of the best minds

that we've ever had in the that we've ever had in the world

have been dyslexic - Leonardo da

Vinci, Winston Churchill, Einstein

... Tom Cruise. We don't own up to

Tom Cruise. Cher and Tom Cruise,

forget them. Whoopi Goldberg, Billy

Connolly, Eddie Izzard. People in

science with, you know, Nobel prize

winners - apparently something like

70% of Nobel prize winners are

dyslexic. Get out of here. Not 70%

of dyslexics are Nobel prize

winners. Sorry. Is there an

epiphany that you realise while

this is you're having difficulty

reading or comprehending, with

you're suddenly told "Ah, this is

because..." How did it feel for too

you when we explained to you why

you -- how did it for for you when

it was explained that you were not

in the place you were meant to be

for the amount of work you were

doing. Were you happy to find out

you were dyslexic? Before she said

there was good stuff to it, I felt

really sad. But eventually I felt

like it because I'm very good at

understanding people. Yeah. So are

you sad or happy about it? I'm happy. What happens now with

schooling? To be honest, not too

much. They kind of look out for him

and know and acknowledge it. What

he needs is one-on-one tuition,

which I give him at home. There's

stuff available, but you have to

pay for it in order to fill those gaps. Generally what happens with

dyslexics, to be honest - once

apawn a time you'll find a lot of

dyslexics went into apprenticeships

at age 16, they went off and became

chefs and hairdressers and plumbers

and it was a wonderful place for them because they are great problem-solvers, very creative,

good at talking to people. All

those skills I was talking about.

You need a creative plumber. You

do! But those kind of things.

Dyslexics cannot wrote-learn. They

have toness something. What about

modern technology? Fantastic.

Typing is fantastic. Why? It's the

way - the way that we need to learn

- once pawn a time, one of the ways

they learned, they used to teach

dyslexics how to spell by writing

in sand. You never told me that.

They would use multisensory. Not

just, like, blackboard-remember,

but actually feel it. Use tiles,

use bits of paper and stuff like

that. So typing, certainly for me -

and I've now - I kind of understand

it, but I've read a about it too -

what happens is often dyslexics

find it quite hard to write. All of

the emphasis is off forming the

letters you're just --. Forming the

letters - you're just being able letters - you're just being able to

hit them - bang, bangx bang - so

your brain, fingers and screen are

interacting. You end up with a

fantastic situation. My spelling

has got so much better since I've

been typing. So much better. I've

been a writer since I was about 15,

16, 17 years. So on the computer,

my - as I type, my spelling is

quite good. But if I go back to

handwriting, it's as bad as it was

before I started typing. So they're

two different brains. One great

thing in the whole scheme of things

is that typing and using computers

is - it gives dyslexics an

advantage in the way that they

community. Because they're not held

back by the physical act of writing,

and they're going to get better

decoding and encoding skills by

hitting the keys and having it come

back through the eyes and that

whole multisensory approach. Just

quickly, you said earlier that

nothing much changed in terms of

teaching when it was recognised Dominic had dyslexia. Is the

education coming around to this

now? No. No-one's talking about it.

They're not talking about it. I mean, the school has been fantastic

- what can we do, we don't really

understand this? There's a little class where a few of them go off

and do a bit of stuff. It's not

specifically aimed at dyslexics,

it's just like doing a bit more.

Dyslexics need to learn differently.

They need different kind of

learning to put the stuff in their

brains in order to implement it.

They just - it's just not being addressed. Dom, I'm really

interested - what do you want to do

when you leave school? Have you got

any ideas yet? Yes, I want to be a

scientist and a doctor. Right. OK.

And that seems to fit in with what

you were saying about maths and

science. Dom is just - I don't know whether it's relevant - You whether it's relevant - You would

probably have the handwriting to be

a doctor! Doctors real have a doctor! Doctors real have really

bad handwriting. They write like

they've got a pen shoved up their

bum. Just had to explain it. Dom

has just become a black belt in has just become a black belt in tae

kwon do. With dyslexic kids, it's -

when they get that word 'dyslexia',

that helps, because they go "Oh, I

get it." To recognise their

abilities in other areas keeps

their confidence up. Everyone learns things at their own

different rate, I mean, look at men.

(LAUGHS) We showed a website just

before if you're concerned about

dyslexia. If you're having trouble

reading that, like I am - go to

that website. Thank you for that website. Thank you for your

time this morning. Thanks, Dom. Pleasure. Continuing to horrify all with her insistence on adding fruit to meat,

Arianne will provide a chook with a date. We'll see how they get on, next.

This program is captioned live. As prices steadily go up, the weekly food bill for a family can be enormous. And if you're driving to the shops, chances are you are having to re-mortgage every time you need a litre of milk. But Arianne is here to save the day with another great budget-conscious dish. Morning, Arianne.

Welcome. What are we cooking today? A bit of

A bit of a chicken tajeen. I love

chicken. So do I. What is a tajeen?

That's the beauty of this - you

don't have to have a tagine. It's

basically the name of a cooking

vessel, and also the name of dish.

It's particularly African, is that

right? Northern African, yes.

Absolutely. I'm going to do it just

in any heavy-base saucepan.

in any heavy-base saucepan. OK. It

sort of indicates sweet-ish

ingredients and lots of spices. And

a long, slow cook? That's right.

But with chicken, obviously, it

doesn't need to be a really long

cook, so that's OK. I've tried a

lot of publication -- trawled a lot lot of publication -- trawled a lot

of publications and Internet.

Australian 'Good Taste' this month

has a great - it's an issue - it's

not just for recipes, it's for how

to sort of get your to sort of get your pantry in order

and make the most of what you've

got and how to save things. About

cooking on a budget, but not having

mince and mashed potato every night. Boring stuff, yeah. It's got

chicken drumsticks in it, which are

some of my favourites. Yes. You've

obviously bought in bulk, which obviously bought in bulk, which is

a good thing to do. That will save

you some money, won't it? That's

right. Sometimes they'll have 2kg specials.

specials. You can freeze it when

it's cooked. I'm going to brown

that off and cook some onion.

Browning off - they're not cooked -

I did them on a high heat so

they're nice and golden. No flour

or anything? No, nothing like or anything? No, nothing like that

just the onion in there - I'll

slice some garlic into it.

slice some garlic into it. This

garlic will cook for an hour. You garlic will cook for an hour. You

don't have to have it minced up and don't have to have it minced up and

tiny. It will go in like that and

cook down to a nice sweetness, the

garlic. David, I'm going to toast

some almonds. You can do this some almonds. You can do this in

the oven. For our purposes, you can

do it on top of there. No oil?

We've got enough natural oil to

brown up. They turn quick, don't

they? Once they go, they go! they? Once they go, they go! I've

gone through a lot of almond

slivers in my time. Can I get you

to pick me some bits of coriander?

Yep. With this, you just get that

to where you're a bit softer. It's

actually got dates in it.

Fruit does not belong in Fruit does not belong in a main

meal, my father would say - like

you, David. I can't put fraught in

a dinner. Dates are quite creamy

and smooth. Put them in there and and smooth. Put them in there and see . Give

the dates to another one of your

family members if you like. Just

separate them. There's only half a cup.

cup. That's not very many dates.

Into there, I'm going to addtumeric,

which gives it a beautiful colour,

and ground ginger, which gives it a

nice flavour, and cumin. We've got

all of things in the pantry from

the last thing we did. That's

another thing when we're talking

about setting up your pantry and

doing it budget-consciously, you

want to get - I've found

want to get - I've found too, if

you've got the time, you can buy it

in Indian spice shops in bulk -

they last forever. And dirt cheap.

If you buy them whole, naik keep

fresher longer. Go to one of those

Asian groceries, buy them whole and

grind them as you need them. Keep

them in theer in between time. That

keeps them fresher. OK. How do you

grind them? Mortar and pestle.

Right. Ohh. Or, like, a

Right. Ohh. Or, like, a - Get a man

in. How pathetic do you think I am?

Always an excuse. I like that one.

Am I meant to be chopping this? No. Throw in the rest of the

ingredients. So that's just half a

cup of dates. And some - they're

baby carrots. You obviously don't

have to get baby carrots if you don't want

don't want to. They make it more

presentable. You want to buy in

season, also. That will save you

money. Whatever is in season money. Whatever is in season will

always be cheaper. And better always be cheaper. And better as

well.

There's a chopping action for you,

Corinne. Sort of, but not quite.

That's far enough. I should have an

apron on before I start doing that.

Splash it on me, it will be fine. OK,

OK, good! And the stock goes in OK, good! And the stock goes in as

well. Cusack Cusack is another

cheap staple to have in your pantry

- cuse-cuse. Just remember that you

want it to be - I think it needs a

bit of flavour, cous-co

circumstance s. That's a

nice-smelling stock. That's just

chicken stock. Can you freeze

something like this? Yes, you could.

That's another way - if you're cook

something like this up, do double

the amount, freeze half of it.

That's always something - if you've

got something in the freezer - Come

home from work, you're not tempted

to get takeaway. That's right,

which is always going to cost you more.

Is that as much as we want? Wow,

look at that. Into that, just stir

some honey. How long did you

some honey. How long did you cook

that for? Just an hour. And the

chook will definitely be cooked?

Definitely. Chicken's not a slow

cooker. Right. But the good thing

about drumsticks is it retains its

moisture. Right. No matter what you

do to it. OK. Corinne, can you pass

me that dish there?Cous-cous is

easy to do. Buy it, whack in a bit

of bottled water and off you go.

Are you right there, David? I think

I'm done. Come across here and

ganish in a moment. Garnish... I

know you have issues with my

garnishes. Adds a bit of colour! I

am glad you said that. I thought I

had burnt a bit, but it was a date!

Nice when things come together.

I'm going to cook that tonight!

Arianne, lovely. David, a pleasure. If If you would like this recipe for chicken tagine, you can download everything you need from our website.

And we'll be back with more after this. We all know fresh is best - and imagine being able to have fresh herbs, vegies, flowers whenever you need them and, you don't even need a backyard to do it. Well, here on '9am' we have something new. And Dennis, I believe this is a world's first indoor smart garden? That's right, Marianne. This is AeroGarden. It's been a huge hit internationally and this is something we could all use. A super-productive indoor garden that lets you grow herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, chillis, flowers,

in fact all sorts of things faster than you can imagine, indoors all year round. Now it uses NASA-proven technology, doesn't it? Yes. That's right. NASA-proven aeroponics. Let's see how that speeds up the growing process.

Here you've got lettuce growing in the AeroGarden versus lettuce grown traditionally. The difference is amazing. Imagine growing a garden like this on your kitchen bench. All that growth in just 36 days

and you'll keep on picking and using it for months. It's extraordinary watching it grow. Everything is so beautifully lush and green.

I guess this means you can always have crispy-fresh, super-healthy vegies and herbs

at hand in your very own kitchen?

Yes. Exactly, Marianne. No more soggy lettuce and wilted herbs. Why would you? There's nothing better than picking straight from the plant and going straight to the bowl. Think about how often you buy salad and herbs

use it for a meal and you end up throwing the rest away. That won't happen with AeroGarden because you only pick what you need. And I can see there's no dirt in here. That's because AeroGarden and aeroponics is a very different way of growing. It's so fast and of course germination is 100% guaranteed. Let's see how it works. The AeroGarden is a self-watering, self-feeding smart garden

that grows delicious natural herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers with no dirt, no weeds, pesticides, no work and no fuss. You don't even need a green thumb. It even tells you when to add the water and nutrients, and automatically turns the grow-lights on and off to maximize growth. And how do you get the AeroGarden started? Simple. Add water and the organic-based nutrients. Pop in the plug and grow seed pods, select the plant type and you're up and growing. You can start picking in weeks and keep enjoying the same crop for up to six months. Think about how much money you'll save and of course, how much better your food will taste

knowing you're using the best possible ingredients. I want you to try this for me? That's a bit of basil on the bruschetta.

Great flavour. With AeroGarden, Marianne, it's always fresh. It's definitely a healthier option for the family because you know for certain that absolutely no chemicals or pesticides of any kind have been used. And with fruit and vegies getting more expensive every day, this makes great sense. And the AeroGarden looks good too. It does. They come in black and white and there's a silver AeroGarden too for just a little extra. You can ask the operators about that. AeroGarden looks beautiful on the kitchen bench but people have them in pride of place in the lounge room or rumpus too. They're lush, green and very much a talking point. And it would be good to get the kids involved too. I'm sure they'd love watching things grow so quickly. That's right. And you can order extra seed kits from Global Shop Direct and they'll keep you supplied for months at a time. There's gourmet herbs, salad greens, cherry tomatoes, chillis, Italian herbs, basil and gorgeous petunias that you can grow right on your kitchen counter. For the green thumbs, there's the master gardener kit. You can grow and propagate plants from your own garden.

It doesn't matter where you live, whether it's in season or not, AeroGarden will give you a guaranteed crop every time.

Sounds like it will pay for itself in no time How do we get one? To get your very own AeroGarden, here's what you do. Get on the phone or go online right now. Call the number on your screen now or go to the website and the AeroGarden can be yours for only $29.95 trial for a risk free trial. We know you'll love the AeroGarden, and we'll just charge the balance to your credit card at the end of the trial period.

If you're not enjoying fresh herbs or salad greens within 30 days, simply send it back and pay no more. You'll get the AeroGarden in your choice of white or black and you'll also receive the gourmet seed kit valued at $29.95 absolutely free. Remember to ask the call centre if you want the premium silver model for just a little extra. AeroGarden will bring super-fresh food into your home super-fast. The AeroGarden is a world-first and brand-new to Australia and Global Shop Direct. To order yours, call now or go online. Thanks, Dennis. For Global Shop Direct. We'll bring you the latest from the Ten News centre shortly. And still to come - manna from heaven - the nationwide list of children's holiday distractions. SONG: # Don't need salami # Don't need no cheese

# They've got so much flavour # They don't need these... # New 100% natural Vita-Weat Grain Snacks. You can't top 'em for goodness, you can't top 'em for taste. (ECHOING VOICE) Drivers, start your engines. Go! Race into Red Rooster, because with every Little Racer Meal comes a 'Speed Racer' car. There are five to collect, plus Wii game packs to be won.

You want to be quick. It's gotta be red.

This program is captioned live.

School holidays go nationwide next

week, and some parents may be

wondering how to keep the kids

amused. Ann-Maree Biggar will have

a few more suggestions for you

later, but one possible answer later, but one possible answer may

be the latest Disney show, which

has already played to pack houses

in Brisbane and Wollongong in

recent weeks. Ann-Maree has been behind the scenes

behind the scenes to find out more.

Say huleto my two friends Mickey

and Mini, who want to take kids both big and small on their

amazing journey. So, what are we

waiting for? This is no ordinary

journey. Our favourite mouse couple,

along with their friends, are

taking audiences to some rather

famous Disney destinations. All on ice. From Peter ice. From Peter Pan's Neverland through to the African jungles of

'The Lion King', then the

underwater world of 'The Little

Mermaid', and the home of 'Lilo & Stitch'. This couple have been working together on 'Disney On Ice'

shows for eight years. The little

mermaid scene is my favourite of

this show - not only because I this show - not only because I

skated, but we create that whole

under-the-water, under-the-sea. I

have two favourites - I love to

skate can Melanie, but I also love

'Lilo & Stitch'. Stitch is kind of

naughty. It's that pet you wish you

had have had when you were a young

kid yourself. You really feel

through the music and the lights,

and we actually have and we actually have bubbles as

well coming down from the set. So

you really get the feeling that

you're under the water and in the

sea, and Ariel is just curious, and

she just... you know, wants to see

it all and experience it all, and

it's great to be able to portray a

role like that and to really get

into it and really, um, feel that you're that character. And in the end, you

end, you get to skate with a prince.

What more can you ask for? The

massive production features a team

of professional skaters and ice

dancers from across the world. Who

spend at least six weeks training

before hitting the road in mid-June

at Wollongong. They become your fam

elyeah. We're on the road sometimes

for 10 months out of the year.

That's a long time to be away from

home. And yeah, the people you work home. And yeah, the people you work

with become your family. And your

best friends. After shows in Brisbane, they hit Melbourne this

week, before heading to Newcastle

and then to Sydney. So if you don't

want to miss out, get your skates on! Has the six-pack of your dreams been eluding you, despite doing countless sit-ups every day? Well, today weight-loss expert and former personal trainer of the year Geoff Jowett, joins us, to explain how Bodytrim could give you the designer abs you've always wanted.

Hi Geoff! Good morning, Marianne. That's exactly right - designer abs.

That's what I'm here to talk to you about today,

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It's what figure competitors have known for decades. I've simply packaged it up for you into an easy-to-follow weight-loss kit. But you know what, don't just take my word for it. Remember the guy who won 'The Biggest Loser' last year?

Chris? Yes. After the show, he slapped on 30kg because he couldn't train seven hours a day like he did in the house. After jumping on Bodytrim, he lost 20kg in 12 weeks with no strenuous exercise. This is what he does to keep it off too. Check out Leonie Thomas a 38-year-old mother of three, who'd fair dinkum tried everything to lose weight. With Bodytrim, 25kg, four months, no strenuous exercise. The results don't stop there.

Look at what's left of Matt. 20kg, 12 weeks' work, working full-time in his own business, and while rehabilitating a broken ankle. He couldn't even do any exercise. Again, no sit-ups or strenuous exercise. So you're really saying Geoff, there's a way to avoid countless sit-ups? I am. Exactly right. What you're about to hear might change your life.

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for losing weight, they actually thicken your abdominal wall and push your stomach out. While they do definitely strengthen your abs,

it's the timing and type of food that melts the fat. But Geoff, really, why should people believe these claims? It is a good question. See the designer abs on screen? Very nice, yes. They actually belong to me. Oh, really?! That's why you can trust me, and believe the claims, because I'm a product of the product, honestly. If you've got a weight-loss goal, then you have to give Bodytrim a go.

Take it from me. Look at the proof without one sit-up. Remember, deep down, you've got designer abs. Just melt off the fat with Bodytrim and you're good to go. Alright, Geoff. How do people get their hands on Bodytrim? Call today, call now. If you're one of the first 500 callers you can receive a 30-day free trial of Bodytrim at my risk and see for yourself. That seems like a rather generous offer! There's no way anyone can possibly understand how powerful the Bodytrim experience is until they try it out. Let's face it, there's lots of people out there who've tried to lose weight before only to be left feeling disillusioned and disappointed. See for yourself and trial Bodytrim for 30 days, and then make up your mind. If you're one of the first 500 people to call with your credit card you can put Bodytrim to the test for free. The only up-front cost is a postage-and-handling charge of $9.90. If you're not satisfied, that's all you pay. Simply return the program to us within 30 days. That sounds very fair enough. First 500 callers, what number is it that they call? Call: Thank you very much, Geoff, talking all about Bodytrim.

Ann-Maree Biggar tries to hatch a

dinosaur after the news dinosaur after the news headlines, next.

This program is captioned live.

News time now. For the latest,

we're joined by the nimpf of the

news, Natarsha Belling from the Ten

News centre. Good morning, Tarsh.

Good morning, David and Corinne.

After a string of child abuse and neglect cases across neglect cases across the naelgz, child protection will be one of the

top issues to be discussed at

today's COAG meeting between today's COAG meeting between the

Prime Minister State and Territory leaders. Alsoers.

Also high on the agenda will be the

nation's water crisis, with

Victoria threatening to derail the

Commonwealth's accelerated takeover

of the Murray-Darling. Premier John

Brumby says he won't vote to allow

Canberra to buy extra water to pump

into the ailing river system.

Also making news this morning - the

struggle to afford a home has never

been more difficult, but a Sydney

father is doing his best to

overcome the challenges. Our

feature story this morning coming

up in the morning news looks at

David McDonald's novel scheme to

help 60 of his son's friends get a

foothold on the property ladder.

They've each chipped in $between

$25 and $100 a week for the past few years,

few years, and have 8 property in

NSW and Queensland, and are about

to purchase another 2.

A frightening experience for 11

people overnight, after they were

stuck in a lift 150m above ground

at Sydney Tower for at least two

hours. No-one was injured.

And less than 10 months after

giving birth to her baby son, giving birth to her baby son, there

are reports this morning that

Aussie actress Naomi Watts is Aussie actress Naomi Watts is expecting again. The 39-year-old is

believed to be four months pregnant

with her second child. Details on

those stories and plenty more in

the 11:00 news. Goodness. Thank you,

Tarsh. See you at 11:00 with the

morning news. There's clearly

something in the water in Hollywood.

10 months since she gave birth, and

she's 4 months pregnant