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October 18, 2021

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Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

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Zoran Radovanovic and son enter guilty pleas after sending region into lockdown

The father and son from Sydney's eastern suburbs who sent the region into lockdown by bringing COVID to Byron, have pleaded guilty to some of the charges against them.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 12 October, 2021

Check out what's on at the cinema this week in Ballina and Byron

Koalas and dogs

I want to thank Byron Council for including the flyer in The Echo about koalas and dogs. There is...

Lismore Council votes to naturalise Browns Creek

At Tuesday’s Lismore Council meeting, Councillor Vanessa Ekins moved a motion to begin the Browns Creek Naturalisation Project, which involves the removal of the existing concrete stormwater drain that traverses Lismore Park from Brewster Street through to Uralba Street, and reconstruction as a more natural watercourse.

Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

Gladys’ resignation

The entrenched corruption that tied senior politicians and police to notorious underworld figures in NSW for decades from the...

Call me a curmudgeon if you will, but I was offside with this movie from the opening minute when the narrator said ‘phenomena’ when he meant ‘phenomenon’. The phenomena [sic] is ‘ghosting’, a demeanour produced by having no fear when confronted by life-threatening situations. It’s the pheromones exuded by fear that the blind monsters pick up on when they are on the rampage, eating people.

I can’t recall the last time I was so unengaged at the cinema (it was probably during a recent sci-fi blockbuster – I’m thinking Prometheus). This one is set in the distant future when, as per the script of all such apocalyptic flicks, our planet has been trashed and abandoned. Will Smith is one of the Rangers who, in nifty jumpsuits, have been responsible for safely seeing human beings to new lodgings in space and who now fly about the galaxy performing heroic deeds.

On such a mission with his (real life) son Kitai (Jaden Smith), their rocket crashes on, you guessed it, Earth. Will is immobilised with a bad leg injury and might bleed to death if Kitai can’t find his way across hostile terrain to retrieve something or other that will save his dad’s life. It’s all father/son stuff, with weird flashbacks. Moby Dick is also referred to as a sort of self-validation, so I gather that there is an analogy being drawn with Herman Melville’s famous novel, but as I’ve not read it I can’t comment, other than to say I was not tempted to race out and purchase the book.

Since his marvellously creepy The Sixth Sense (1999), director M. Night Shyamalan has made a series of stinkers and this will do nothing to dispel the suspicion that he is a one-hit wonder. Due to my couple of bevvies at lunch, nature called just after the giant monster was slain. Leaving the loo, I realised that I had not the slightest interest in how it all turned out for Will and his revolting boy, so I went home.

John Campbell


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XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

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Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

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