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Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

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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.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

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.

Green Spine parking

Ian Kingston, Mullumbimby I am concerned at the apparent loss of parking spaces proposed in the centre of Mullum under...

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

Mark Twain suggested that Wagner’s music was ‘not as bad as it sounds’. To paraphrase the great writer, this movie is not as good as it looks. Its problem is that it projects an idea that is self-contradictory.

Teenager Mary Katherine, or MK, returns to the idyllic country home of her widowed father. Reminiscent of James Stewart at his more eccentric, he’s a nutty professor obsessed with his theory that the surrounding woods are inhabited by creatures so tiny and elusive that they might only be captured by hidden cameras. In human form, they are, of course, guardians of the natural world. Which is all well and good – if any film can inculcate in children a sense of wonder and responsibility towards the environment then it has made a valued contribution to our collective wellbeing.

But in order to create a drama with the usual contest between right and wrong, director Chris Wedge has called on a screenplay that casts the processes of decay and rotting (anathema to Hollywood’s cult of youth and beauty) as bad guys at war with the green leaf-men. It seems ridiculous to break up the cycle of life into conflicting factions, but the unthinking tenets of adversarial storytelling deem it essential – especially if you want to develop a scenario that will allow for a bunch of big battle scenes with bows and arrows and clanging swords etc.

We all know ‘it’s a jungle out there’, but in reality it is a jungle of co-existing elements. Ronin is the alpha-male leaf-man, and he zaps about on a brightly coloured hummingbird. His antagonist rides – it goes without saying – a crow (are they typecast birds or what?). MK becomes involved in their activities after she is shrunk to the size of the littlies when the woodland queen, before she dies, bequeaths a magic bud to her. MK predictably falls for a leaf-boy as Armageddon looms. The animation is lush and dreamlike, to the point of being soporific, with MK’s three-legged mutt stealing the show.

John Campbell


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Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021