It’s the Molly Meldrum we all know and love, complete with the trademark cowboy hat, the cheeky grin, his pet dog Ziggy and a thumbs up.
A bronze statue of the Melbourne music legend has been unveiled in Melbourne to honour his place in the country’s entertainment culture.
Meldrum, 75, was the star of the Countdown from 1974-1987, a producer, and a champion of popular music in Australia.
He quipped he’d tried to get out of the project by telling the organisers he’d only agree to do it if he could pose with his dog.
“I could barely believe it when they came back and said it’s going to happen,” he said.
Sculptor Louis Lauman acknowledged Meldrum was “ambivalent” about the project, which was the brainchild of friend Ralph Carr and the City of Yarra.
But he said Meldrum eventually warmed to the idea.
“It’s really something much more special when someone’s still with us if you can get to know them, which I certainly did,” Lauman said.
A BADLY injured Indian yachtsman is reportedly in a stable condition and being transported for medical treatment after he was rescued in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
Abhilash Tomy was rescued on Monday evening after his yacht Thuriya lost its mast in a storm on Friday.
He is being taken to Ile Amsterdam, which has a small hospital but no airport big enough to take a fixed-wing aircraft.
A French fisheries patrol boat found the 39-year-old after he was able to provide information via text messages, although the battery power of his devices was diminishing.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is running the rescue operation, taking to Twitter to thank those involved in the efforts.
“FPV Osiris has successfully located and rescued Abhliash Tomy who is reported to be in a stable condition,” AMSA wrote on.
“The vessel will now transport Tomy to Ile Amsterdam for further medical treatment.”