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April 23, 2024

Book reviews – Echo Drudges recommend

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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

Other News

All those macas and the Festival of Love

This season’s organic nuts have not been harvested so it is a harvest festival where festivalgoers can pick five kilos free as part of their festival entrance fee which is payable in the new paper money being launched at the Off-Grid Macadamia Festival of Love, to be held at Macas Camping Ground where The Elders of Gaia will be discussing how to get back the many freedoms recently lost and get sanity into local, national and global management.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she...

cloudstreetCloudstreet by Tim Winton

‘This book is one of those few that really touch your hidden places. Tim Winton weaves a both heart-rending and -warming story into the folds of a truly authentic expression of life in Australia in the post-war years. I place this novel in my all-time top ten.’ ~ Eve

The Joy Of Sex by Alex Comfort ‘101 different ways to have sex with a bloke with a beard.’ ~ Mandy

Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb (four-book series)
‘Not mere books but portals into another world. Adventure, love, lust, greed, treachery, murder, a mythical city, sentient ships and dragons. Thrilling escapism with beautifully flawed heroes.’ ~ Mel

clive-james-divine-comedy-Dante’s Divine Comedy translated by Clive James
‘Using quatrains instead of Dante’s terza rima, James makes the verse as easy to read as the original must be for Italian speakers. It was good to discover that the Purgatorio and Paradiso cantos are at least as interesting as the Inferno ones, and this is a fine translation – although not quite as fine as James claims in his introduction.’ ~ David 

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell ‘An improbable title for an unusual book. At one level this is a historical thriller, and it develops into a real page-turner at that. But its real fascination is in its detail. It is set largely in Dejima, the island off Nagasaki decreed by the closed kingdom of Japan as the gateway for trade with Europe, opening up at the end of the 18th century. The cross-cultural interaction between Japanese and Dutch is beautifully realised in memorable characters and brilliant writing. A long and complex book but well worth the effort.’ ~ Mungo

the-casual-vacancyThe Casual Vacancy by
JK Rowling

‘Emotive and enthralling. With a large cast of deeply flawed characters, each given equal attention, this tightly woven tale of intrigue twists and winds to its excruciating climax. Rowling’s first foray into adult literature bodes well for the future.’ ~ Ziggi

 


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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

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Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

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