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November 27, 2021

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

Other News

Two new COVID cases on the Tweed

The Northern NSW Local Health District Northern NSW Local Health District have announced this afternoon that there were two new cases of COVID-19 reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 21.

Ballina council votes for waterfront affordable and social housing

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to ask for state government commitment on waterfront affordable and social housing as part of a marina upgrade.

The inner game of truthmanship

A few weeks back 3AW’s Neil Mitchell asked our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, whether he’d ever told a lie in his public life, who incredibly (and seemingly incredulously) answered ‘I don’t believe I have, no’. 

From ‘struggle street’ to Ballina’s only woman running for mayor: Cr Cadwallader’s Echo Q&A

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader is the only woman in the shire running for mayor and arguably one of the most competitive candidates.

Karma Indian Café, Byron

With a back story of love, good karma and street food from two completely separate states of India, it’s no wonder that Karma Café is one of the most popular Indian restaurants around.

A Smooth Operator comes to New Brighton

New Brighton Farmers Market has always been a magical place to get your weekly produce after a morning surf or swim, and now you can pack more health into your day with a visit to welcome newcomer, Smoothie Operator. 

Nuance, subtlety and insight have, by and large, fallen by the wayside in mainstream cinema’s addiction to stuffing its coffers.

Because it is the only art form happy to take us back to the bog rather than elevate us above it, you really mustn’t let a movie like Le Week-end (and Nebraska) come and go without taking in its intelligence and humanity.

As the years pass, ‘like smoke through a keyhole’, it is a popular recourse to try to revive the present with an injection of les temps perdu.

Nick (Jim Broadbent) is an unfulfilled lecturer who has just been sacked from his post at a Birmingham polytechnic. He and his wife Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a beautiful but discouraged woman of a certain age, return to Paris to try to recapture the magic they experienced there in the dim and distant.

Meg is distraught when the hotel where they stayed is not quite how they remembered it – it’s poky and ‘the walls are beige!’ she moans.

They check into posh accommodation and in a desperately definitive scene, we get a close-up of Nick listening to music through his MP3 player. He’s had a few vins and is mumbling the words of Dylan’s majestic Like A Rolling Stone. The camera draws back slowly and, as it does, the song bursts into full volume, with Nick standing in singlet and undies, while Meg is lying in bed watching him… they are alone together.

Owning up to one’s shortcomings and delusions is a confrontation that is more often than not kept in the too-hard file.

The City of Light will illuminate harshly, but forgivingly, Nick and Meg’s long, slow descent into self-oblivion. Broadbent, who is always good, is perfectly in tune with a radiant performance from Duncan, and what a treat it is to be re-acquainted with Jeff Goldblum in neurotic, self-parodying overdrive as Morgan, the celebrity academic whose publishing triumphs and Rue de Rivoli address represent all that Nick might have been but isn’t.

A lovely film, piquant and passionate.

~ John Campbell


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