Paul Howson’s Website

BLOGA Film Restoration Diary

Experiences in the digitisation and restoration of some 16mm films, including early Australian childrens’ television productions. Technical challenges and solutions learned along the way.

Recent Posts:

  1. Scanning and Restoring The Witness — Part 1
  2. Approaching the Soundtrack
  3. Dust-Busting with Loki
  4. A Closer Look at the Golden Eye Scanner

BLOGProjector Bench

A journal of a part-time hobby to restore and rehabilitate film projectors. Includes a step-by-step restoration of a 60 year old Pathé Marignon 9.5mm film projector and an EIKI NT 16mm projector.

Recent Posts:

  1. More Signs of Moving Parts that Had Seized Up
  2. Broken Supply and Take-Up Belts on the EIKI NT
  3. A Failed Speaker on the EIKI NT
  4. A Second Hand 16mm EIKI NT1 Needing Some TLC

BLOGBuilding a Better Structured Editor

Explores concepts for a new kind of structured document editor, as well as a practice implementation which started in RealBasic circa 2003 then moved to MacRuby and then Ruby. Not a lot of action recently!

Recent Posts:

  1. Lists in Word and RTF
  2. Lists Within Structured Documents
  3. Why Don’t All RTF Parsers Recognise Styles?
  4. The Difference Between Document Structure and its Representation

BLOGThe Tarax Show Website

The Happy Show (1957–1964) was the first regular live children’s show on Channel Nine in Melbourne. Created by Denzil Howson and initially hosted by Happy Hammond, it was later re-named the Tarax Show. Perhaps the most famous stars of the show were ventriloquist Ron Blaskett and his doll Gerry Gee. Visit our Tarax Show pages for history, photos, recollections, audio and video.

Recent Posts:

  1. Progress Report on Restoring the Tarax Show Christmas Pantomimes
  2. The Mystery of the Lost and Found Episodes of The Adventures of Gerry Gee
  3. The Adventures of Gerry Gee at the NFSA — A New Acquisition
  4. Ron Blaskett’s Life Celebrated

BLOGDenzil Howson Archive

Denzil Howson (1918–2005) was an accomplished actor, writer, director and producer in television, radio, film and theatre in Australia. His professional career spanned over 60 years starting in radio in the late 1930s. In 1956 he joined GTV9 in Melbourne and played a leading role in the pioneering years of Australian television. This website contains some of Denzil’s photos, films, audio and writings, as well as tributes and stories from family and friends.

Recent Posts:

  1. The Witness — A Short Film by Denzil Howson and Mike Browning circa 1960
  2. The School of Total Education — A 1982 Radio Documentary
  3. Dr John Grierson, Who Invented the Term “Documentary” Film
  4. Barossa — The Musical That Almost Was