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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. one mad Acker-Dacker fan from Dapto. Today on State Focus the ACDC craze, on the big game in Canberra against Wallabies captain, Stirling Mortlock Beckom near Wagga and an air guitar Italy, we meet a beauty queen from title. expert going for the number one State Focus, first today, just how Hello I'm Peta Burton and welcome to safe are we from swine flu? with the virus has stepped up in The number of Australians diagnosed experts like Dr Ronald McCoy, from recent weeks, and it's medical who have to keep a calm but cautious the College of General Practitioners, approach to the problem. time. Dr Ron, thank you so much for your know if you've got swine flu. I guess, first of all, how do you flu? How different is it from the normal same as the normal sort of Well, swine flu is pretty much the all sorts of influenzas. influenza but the problem is that They're not just bad colds. from colds. They are quite a different diseases fever and muscle aches and With an influenza you get a high infection of the lungs where say a influenza is essentially an cold is an infection of the nose. are more a sore dry throat whereas So the first symptoms of influenza So really it's fever, with a cold you'll get a runny nose. very severe weakness. severe mus severe muscle aches and pains and then calling the doctor, you run to Okay from that point is is a matter antiviral medication? the chemist and ask for some concerned you need to ring your GP. Yeah, I think if you're quite GP because they'll need to know to It's really important to ring the example, we don't want someone with organise how to see you, for the waiting room because they'll be influenza coming, just walking into with conditions like asthma, heart other sick people there, people people are at risk of becoming very disease and diabetes and these sick if they get influenza. organise either to see you at home And so if you ring the GP, they'll separate room as soon as you arrive or they will put you into a prevent the infection. in the practice and this way it'll concerned we need to be in regional What about your thoughts on how whether you're on the coast, the centres like Orange, Dubbo, Wagga, upon us. snowy's, I mean the ski season is travelling up from Sydney and You know, we've got people What are your thoughts? Melbourne, you know for a holidaying. regional centres? How prepared are we, I guess, I the work in gonna fall into the Well in regional centres, most of hands of the rural GPs. being set up in the major centres, I mean, all the big flu clinics are will be the GP. so still the first place to call GPs are pretty well prepared. to diagnose influenza and they know They know what to do, they know how particularly in rural areas, how to organise anti virals, and in to things like tamiflu. they'll know how to organise access Okay. Where do we go from here? guess? Where do we go from this point I likely to become established within Well I suppose the infection is person to person. Australia, where it'll spread from more emphasis on just treating In that situation, they'll be a lot we'll keep doing that for a few people and keeping them at home and we'll develop a vaccine and then months and within about 3 months will be controlled where we'll have we'll go to the next stage which totally stop the spread of the mass vaccinations which will next year's flu vaccine that will swine flu and then when it comes to well. have protection for swine flu as we have to work out recovery. Then of course afterwards I think learned from this epidemic and how We have to think about what have we something like this happens. are we gonna react the next time Okay, your hygiene reminders? will be the best protection against Again, it's the basic hygiene that is that washing your hands often acquiring human swine flu and that from your mouth, nose and eyes. and regularly. Keep your hands away You can use soap and water. containing fluids are equally good That's fine, but all those alcohol from your local pharmacist. as well. You can get great advice the hot-line 1802007. Of course and making contact with us. Please take care of yourself. Can't thank you enough for joining Thanks very much. weekend coming up Thanks Doctor Ron. Now an exciting in the nation's capital, when the Wallabies face Italy on Saturday as part of the Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series, and one of the players, who's barely managed a breather since the Super-14, is Brumbies very own and captain of the boys in green and gold, Stirling Mortlock. Good morning Stirling, how you going for a Sunday morning? Oh I'm great thanks Peta. Good to hear. Thank you for joining us. Look, how good is it going to be playing on home soil. A Canberra crowd, maybe a few of the boys families watching from the side lines. Yeah it's going to be outstanding. I think I was very lucky to be involved with the last test match the Wallabies played in 2000 against Argentina. Happen to be my second test match that I over played for the Wallabies and it's been a farewell between drinks, but certainly looking forward to playing a home test match in front of what is an outstanding crowd that we love to play in front of at Brumby level. Listen, what are you expecting from the Italian side, cos the coach has said - beware of an Italian Ambush. I mean, that sounds lethal. (LAUGHS) Yeah I mean, I think they're coming downunder with a clear intent. We're also in their pool for the world cup in 2011, so you know, we play them on the tour last year as well and it was a very, very tough grinding sort of affair. So the Italians always have a good set piece, solid scrum, excellent line-up and they're a team that you find very hard to get to rhythm to play against. So for us we're ready for a cup match. Good to hear, look we've got a few of the Brumby's joining you in the team. I've gotta ask you though, for your thoughts about Matt Gitto making his way back to the Brumbys. That's great news for the Brumbies and the region I guess. Because Gits has been a local product going through the system and I think he actually went to St. Edmunds College. So we lost him for a few years, but he's come back to his stomping ground and you know, he's a world class player and having him back in the Brumby's Club is outstanding @ How about you though? What are you up to these days? And more importantly, how's the body holding up? Yeah, my body... Cos you're still a spring chicken. (LAUGHS) Yeah, I turned 32 recently, so I'm.. Happy Birthday. It takes it's toll a little bit. But you know, I'm really excited about being part of this team. I really feel as though the next period of time hopefully will be an outstanding one for Australian rugby and everyone is focused on making that happen. So it's a really positive time to be involved and you know I'm really loving it. Well it's an honour to have you be part of the team. Lead us again. It's amazing to, a big part of watching the game, the best part of watching the game is seeing you line up and kick a goal. You make us proud to be Australian. All I can say is, Buono Fortuna, which is good luck in Italian. Thank you very much. I think that is Bellisimo I think. (LAUGHS) Thanks Stirling for your time. All the best. Cheers. No worries. See ya sweetie. Ok coming up, a footy-kicking, cricket bat-swinging crowned queen from the Riverina, making her mark on the world, next on State Focus.

Welcome back to State Focus. Well, our next guest can kick a footy, play a mean bass guitar and even strut the catwalk in stilettos. She's done her home town of Beckom, just near Wagga, very proud, claiming the 2009 New South Wales Miss World crown earlier this year. And Rachael Rees is with us now with fingers crossed for the national title in July. Look at you sitting all calm and collected. (LAUGHS) Seven weeks to go! How do you feel? Oh thanks for having me today Peta. It's come up so quick. It was meant to be in April and they postponed it and I was a bit worried that we'd have to wait. But it's amazing how time flies when you're busy and the 7 weeks will just fly by, so I'm working very hard at all the categories of Miss World and shaping up for the swim suit section hopefully. (LAUGHS) Okay. Look has there been time for anything else. Have you had a chance to get out and kick a footy. Has there been time for any romance? No. Not a lot of romance. I still work and have my uni commitments and Miss World does take up a lot of time. I'm currently an ambassador for MS Australia and I've just finished visiting over 40 schools speaking about the MS Read-a-thon and I travelled over 300 kms to a school out in Greenthorpe, so it's been a very busy time. What else do you do with MS? How are you making a difference to young people's lives through MS? Well I have done a lot of fundraising for the Wagga MS society. I organised a massive fundraiser last year called 'Laughter is the best medicine' where I had two well known comedians come to Wagga and since then, becoming an ambassador it's really given me a platform to voice my opinions about MS and do more fundraising and awareness raising and it's been a very busy week at MS awareness week and I've got a long way with my MS ambassador work and I hope to use the Miss World Australia title to continue my work. What happens if you go to and get the world title? I mean what exposure I guess would that give Wagga, let alone, Beckham? Well I would hope to use the title to hopefully put these places on the map and it would gain recognition for these little towns and I'd really like to use the title to work with charities and visit students and young people around the community. I've just developed a program called 'Do it your way'. Because I gained a lot of, what's the word? Exposure? Confidence? No, a lot of criticism through doing the Miss World competition. (LAUGHS) Oh. I was way off. Because a lot of people in country towns don't do, don't enter Miss World competitions and I've done it my way and I've gained a lot from it. So I'm hoping other kids will learn from what I've done and be a positive role model and then my program will work in their benefits as well. Now listen. You worked hard with your mum to make your New South Wales Miss World gown. What about the nationals, have you got a dress picked out? Well I'm going to go for an Australian designer. I think it's important to support Australian designers in the fashion world and I haven't chosen one yet. So if any designers are looking to gain some exposure, I'm happy to wear their dresses and I'm currently looking for a gown. So that's the next thing I'll be working towards. I think with your footy background, I think you should be a walking out there with your favourite footy singlet on. (LAUGHS) Yeah, the Rabbitohs. Take them all by surprise. No I'll stick to an elegant ball gown I think. That will be a little more appropriate. You know I've got to ask you. Have you got your speech worked out as to how you plan to save the world? Not so much save the world, but just how I can contribute to my community and work towards causes that I'm passionate about. And public speaking is a big part of Miss World and a big part of raising awareness through charities. So I do a lot of work on my public speaking and towards my speeches as well. @ Have you practised your reaction when they make the big announcement? (LAUGHS) Maybe not practised my reaction, I'm putting a lot more work towards actually doing well and competing well. Yeah I haven't put a lot of thought into winning it. I think there's a lot of girls who have a good opportunity to win this competition and it's a lot stronger than last year. So I'm very happy with what I've accomplished and anything else will be a bonus. Well you're a complete delight. All the very best. You will do Beckham very proud none the less. Thanks Rach. Thank you. (WHOOSH) Now, thousands of ACDC fans were completely thunderstruck last week when tickets sold out in minutes for the band's "Black Ice" national tour in 2010. And during the week Wollongong's 96.5 WAVE FM brekky team, actually found the biggest Acker-Dacker fan for us, after searching the South Coast. And counting down every day to the Sydney concert on February 20 is Joel "Angus Young" Bradica. (LAUGHS) Good morning. Good morning Angus. How ya going? I'm very well. Look, what an amazing effort. You're all dressed up. Did you get stopped for an autograph on the way to the studio Joel. Yeah I should be. And you would have signed it gladly. Listen what do you do when you're not dressing up like a school boy. Oh install kitchens and stuff, you know. Working. That's it. Okay, You've got a real job? Yeah I've got a real job. Listen. Tell us how excited you are about February 20. The moment you got your tickets. You must have gone crazy. Oh yeah I was pretty upset because I missed out on the first show and I got the second show so I was pretty happy with that. And where are you sitting exactly? I'm in section A which is the ground floor on the left hand side of the stage. So pretty much front row. Yeah I'll be getting there at 5 in the morning so I'll be front row. Okay. Now listen, let's go back to when you were 12 years of age is when your ACDC infatuation all began. The first time that you heard Rock and Roll all train on the radio. Okay, that was when the album come out last year. I got home from work and I sat in the car for 10 minutes because they told us they were coming on and so I sat in the car for 10 minutes waiting for the song and then I heard it and then I didn't know how to feel I was so excited and I almost cried. I was that excited, cos it's been 10 years almost since they brought their last album out. I reckon you're gonna be crying at the concert. Yeah I know. So what makes you the south coast biggest ACDC fan? What makes me the biggest fan? Yeah. Um, I changed my middle name to bon, that's a big step and I got tattoos to prove I love ACDC and yeah. I don't know. And you've got a few posters and some other memorabilia. ACDC memorabilia. Yeah, I've got a gold record, highway to hell. Some signed poster my sister got me last year. So is she going with you to the concert? My brother is going to the concert with me. Okay what about sis? No, she doesn't like them. She got you the poster though. Yeah. (LAUGHS) Okay, listen I've got to say, listen, you've got a guitar sitting on your lap there. Can you play it at all. I try to play it. But I'm more of a base player. I did have a go at the guitar but I wasn't any good. My brother's better so I let him do it. And listen, you're love of the band goes back to 2001, you were in Canberra for the stiff upper lip tour. Tell us about the day you got to the front gate. Well we got there at 7 in the morning. We had to wait like a year for the show since we got our tickets and I dressed like this. So I was 14 years old, I was the first Angus at the gate and as soon as them gates opened, we waited there till 7 till 4 in the afternoon in 30 degree heat, 38 degree heat rather. And as soon as them gates opened, we just ran to the front of the stage and just stayed there the rest of the night until they played. And in one word, how are you would you describe the upcoming concert? Exciting. Say again. Exciting. Exciting (LAUGHS). That's an understatement. Now listen, your little one Lara is actually following in your footsteps, we can hear her in the background there making a few ACDC sounds. Aw right. And she's got her own ACDC fan at the age of... how old is she old at the moment? She's 10 months old now. 10 months old. She's got her own little jumpsuit with ACDC written on it. She actually falls asleep listening to ACDC sometimes. (LAUGHS) Well if there's any way to get them to sleep hey? Yeah that's it. Listen, I can't thank you enough. You have done Dapto extremely proud today, dressing up as Angus Young. Have an absolute ball on February 20. I can imagine you'd be counting down the days. Thanks so much Joel. Yeah I am. Thank you. Take care. See ya. Alrighty just before we go to the break, a big thank you to Jade, Greg and Dave from Wollongong's 96.5 WAVE FM, for finding Joel last week for our show, you guys are just terrific. Ok coming up, all the glamour of air guitar next on State Focus. VOICEOVER: What does democracy mean to you? Was Eureka a rebellion or a revolution? Were women suffragists troublemakers or visionaries? or just senseless vandalism? Was this a justified protest Did these people affect government policy? And would we recognise Indigenous land rights without this man? You decide at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Welcome back to State Focus. Well, when it comes to playing air guitar, we're talking hours of rehearsing, a great ear for rock and roll, and lots of lycra. It really is another world, and with us now is one sensational showman who's booked himself a spot in the upcoming Australian and New Zealand Championships grand final, ACT air guitarist, Andrew "Boner Stardust" Donnison. That's correct. (LAUGHS) Welcome to State Focus. Thank you very much Peta, it's a pleasure to be here. You look amazing. Explain. What's going on? What's the outfit all about? This is actually the third time that I've been in the air guitar championships and I've decided that it's time to progress. Last year it was sort of a late night 1980s ripped jeans, flanny, long hair. So I thought it was time to progress from the late 80s back to the late 70s and so a bit of a love child, a Ziggy Startdust and Gary Glitter. (LAUGHS) Okay. (LAUGHS) And what's with the duck? This is my little mate Trev. Trev has been with me the last couple of years. He's my good luck charm. So I try to fit him into my act whenever I can. Well he was in your act last year. He was in your shorts wasn't he? He was. I don't recommend that anyone other than me touch him, cos yeah. He's been in some various places we don't want to talk about. You'd be a hoot to go shopping with. Girls at Supre I imagine love you, going to buy the outfit. Well they were actually, they were very kind. They even offered to put me on the cover of the new catalogue once I sort of had a few photos taken, I politely refused. How did all this start for you because you are a public servant by day. Correct. Was it that that drove you to this? Not necessarily drove me to it, just myself and a few mates were down at the Irish club, one Friday night and it happened to be the 2007 ACT air guitar finals. They needed a few extra people. We filled in a bogus entry. And then we got called on it, so we had to decide one of us was gonna go up. Hence the name, Bonar, we didn't put a lot of thought into it. But yeah, I ended up coming second and so I thought, we should try for the next year and ended up winning the ACT ones and went off to the nationals last year. So what is it all about. How are you actually judged? Is it more about the showman ship rather than musicianship? It's actually both. There's two component's that your judged on. There is your technical ability, so making sure like that the fingerings in the right spot and the stummings in time, there's also the airmanship, which is your persona, your sort of character, just how you interact with the crowd just how you interact with So how do you make it look like your not actually playing with your body parts? I mean does it come down to you need to have great mime skills. I mean do you need to have a good ear? Because guys are really serious about getting the right notes. As strange as it sounds. Yes we are. Basically it just, you assume you have a guitar in your hand and then you forget that you sort of playing actually with nothing, cos as you say, it can look as though your strumming various body parts and I've never actually picked up a guitar in my life, so... I was gonna say. Why don't you play a real instrument? If you are that good and you can hit the notes in the air, why don't you play a real instrument? I think that actually this is more difficult than playing a real instrument. Those people have sort of feed back straight away whereas we interact with the crowd. That's where we have it all going on. You don't have to worry about roadies or setting up or losing your equipment or... I do have a couple of air roadies who come along with me and sort of pop all of my equipment up on stage. so.. @ pop all of my equipment up (LAUGHS) Okay. It's certainly a sight seeing a few blokes just wandering around with nothing on their shoulder. How do you stay in tune? It's very difficult. Extremely difficult. You rely a lot on the powers of the people who actually provided the original music that you're playing along to. Okay, what do your mates say. What about your family. I mean, partner?

I'd love to say that they're very very proud, but they all think it's just a little bit strange. Okay. Which is entirely fair enough, cos I do as well. Look, there's injuries. You injuries can get nasty because of the air guitar mantra, is practice till your fingers bleed. Okay exactly. I actually. You probably can't see, I'm sport of sporting some fairly large sort of carpet burn type deals under my pants at the moment from a little bit of power slid gone wrong. I mean it's all part of it. I should say congratulations. You've made it through heat one which has given you a spot in the grand finals, the Australia and New Zealand air guitar championships and you could be off to the worlds in Finland. $20,000 prize money. Yeah. What are you gonna do with the money if you win? Um, music lessons. (LAUGHS) I love it! Alright, what's your rock quote cos everyone in the industry has their own rock quote. What's yours? It's true, it's true. Mine would be, lock up your daughters and give me the key. (LAUGHS) Okay. Put it here. Good on you for being so brave and having the courage and listen. I should say we're gonna hear from you in just a moment. We're gonna see you in action, A bit of a rock and roll classic, the State Focus Credits your gonna play over. Normally I'd use a real guitar, but I've heard the theme song so I'm actually gonna go to one of my mate at sudioecho and grab one of their keytars and play out with that. (LAUGHS) Thank you. Thank for dressing up. Thank you for making a huge effort. You look sensational. Thank you very much. We'll have to go shopping together. Alright folks. Before we go, a quick look our Top 5 for this week, and some NRL action with the Green Machine against the Sharks on Sunday. Illawarra take on Cowboys at home. Theatre games with "Behind The Curtain Theatre Company" are still live on stage in Wagga Thursday night, all in the name of charity. A bronze statue of Narromine's very own cricket star Glenn Mcgrath was unveiled only yesterday. If you're in the area, have a sticky beak at this amazing piece of work by Wongarbon artist, Brett Garling. And finally, why not make you're way to the snowys to celebrate the start of the ski season. And, that's our show for today. Now here's Andrew on his air guitar to take us out with a State Focus classic. See you next Sunday. Bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.