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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

Date change – Kerry interviews Zoe Daniel

Journalist Zoe Daniel's conversation with Kerry O’Brien regarding her new book, Trumpland, has been rescheduled.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

The Haight Ashbury is a street intersection in San Francisco. During the conservative America of the 1950s it was a rundown but quaint area. Its cheap rents attracted the artists of the Beat generation such as Jack Kerouac and a small artistic community began. Using every art form this bohemian generation expressed a new way of being American. As the 50s rolled into the 60s the area began attracting the disaffected youth of America, who identified with this liberating way of thinking and living. Artists, poets, rebels, spiritualists, revolutionaries and musicians flocked to the area. The Haight Ashbury became a vibrant centre of free expression; it has been likened to a renaissance whose effects are still resonating today.

The debut of The Songs of the Haight Ashbury Stage Show in July 2011 drew the largest crowds Stokers Siding Hall has ever seen. Those unable to fit into the hall created a mini-festival outside as the hymns of a generation were celebrated by the best musicians in the Rainbow Region. Performances in Nimbin and Byron in December 2011 filled the venues with capacity crowds who experienced a psychedelically huge night of fun with this exciting production that is going places.

The Songs of the Haight Ashbury Stage Show is a celebration of the timeless music of Canned Heat, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Country Joe and the Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell and more

S Sorrensen, renowned author, comedian and poet is the Ringmaster, interspersing the songs with hilarious anecdotes and stories from the era. James T, who spent 10 years in Canned Heat, will play the songs he knows so well, an American expat whose career highlights include sharing the stage with John Lee Hooker. Multi-award-winning blues diva Lil’Fi will sing Janis Joplin with a unique authority that can only come from paying her dues and living the blues. Connor Cleary, hailed as one of the region’s most impressive young guitarists, breathes Jimi Hendrix from every cell and is electrifying. Bill Jacobi’s tramp-roots style will conjure Country Joe, Arlo Guthrie and Dylan. Worldfolk songbird Andrea Soler will channel the sweet purity of Joni Mitchell and mystical punk Diva Diana Anaid will sing Grace Slick as only one who has been down the rabbit hole can.


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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.