News from the Mob

 Murray MacLachlan notes

Surreal mobile tyre shop sighted on Melbourne streets

Mob member Bruce Barnes behind the tyre wheel

Bruce Barnes stars as “Eugene” in a delightful and surreal advertisement for a mobile tyre shop. View it for yourself on YouTube:

“A tyre store that comes to you? That’s a great idea!”

“In our launch TV spot we introduce the idea of a traditional tyre store owner who has (finally) realised that the modern driver deserves genuine value and convenience when fitting new tyres – and that he needs to take his store on the road, complete with its dingy waiting rooms and ageing equipment. You can imagine his reaction when he rounds the bend in his ‘shop on wheels’ to be confronted with the customer (he was hoping to serve) already enjoying the ease and convenience of Mobile Tyre Shop! We think it’s hilarious.”

Agreed. We regret the absence of a Best Dramatic Presentation category in the Ditmars suitable for Bruce’s fantastic “shop on wheels”.

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Ditmars distributed; Athelings allocated 

Nova Mob members receive recognition and artefacts

Congratulations to all involved: the Conflux 2021 organisers in Canberra have sent out awards to the winners, even though the convention itself was cancelled. Congratulations to Terry Frost, winner of the William Atheling, Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, for his reviews in Terry Talks Movies.

Also to Bruce Gillespie, winner of the Best Fan Writer Ditmar, for writing in SF Commentary

Also to LynC for being nominated not once but twice! For Best Fan Writer for their writing in Ethel the Aardvark, and for Best Fan Publication in any Medium, again for Ethel the Aardvark. 

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Clunes Booktown 

The 2022 festival is on, details at the 2020 web address

Slow Glass Books will be on site at Clunes, 34km north of Ballarat. 

For those seeking further fannish face to face interaction, a wonderful weekend browsing the science fictional book stalls at the Clunes Annual Book Festival beckons, where Slow Glass Books will be selling a significant amount of stock. April 30th and May 1st at Clunes, 36km north of Ballarat.

“New, Second-Hand and Rare Books. Along with author talks and panel discussions, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia inside heritage buildings and on the main street of Clunes. “


Join the conversation during the first weekend of May in Clunes.

Along with author talks and panel discussions, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, enjoy local wines and produce while meeting and interacting with literature lovers from far and wide.
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See you on the 30th of April + 1st May 2022 for an amazing Clunes Booktown Festival!”

Tickets went on sale on 22 March for formal ticketed events such as talks.