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February 27, 2024

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Sleepbus service opens in Ballina

Sleepbus, the innovative solution for rough sleepers, has opened in Ballina after relocating from Byron Bay.

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Wallum update: protectors at the ready

The fight to save the Wallum heathland in Brunswick Heads has gone into overdrive, with dozens of locals staunchly holding the line on-site, while thousands more lobby state and federal politicians in pursuit of permanent protection.

An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

Man missing more than two weeks

Tweed Byron police are asking the public for help finding a man reported missing for more than two weeks.

Breaking bad promises

It’s so hard to introduce urgently-needed reforms in today’s fevered media climate that governments tiptoe around problems and hardly dare to act.

More recycled material for Lennox road improvements

Lennox Head's latest road resurfacing projects are benefiting from leading edge recycling technology, converting waste to useful new life

New board announced for Dirawong Reserve – no former members selected

A new community board has been appointed to oversee the management of the popular Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head.

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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Bangalow rezoning proposal includes first affordable housing lot for Council 

A scheme created by Byron Council in a bid to generate more affordable housing in the shire looks set to get its first workout when a housing project comes before this week’s Council meeting.

SAE Institute now a University College

Creative media educator, SAE, says it is has been reclassified from institute to a University College. 

Lismore skate ramp on the move

Tomorrow the vertical skate ramp from Victoria Street in Lismore will be transported by road to Nimbin, to a private property.

Man dies at unpatrolled Yamba beach

A man has died after being swept into surf at Pippi Beach, near Yamba, north of Coffs Harbour.