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December 9, 2021

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More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

Other News

Dad’s army called to arms as hospitality staffing crisis worsens

So dire has the shortage of hospitality staff in Northern NSW become, that the local chapter of the NSW business chamber is calling on retired workers to dust off their aprons and help out.

Did you try to vote with iVote in the LGA elections?

The NSW Electoral Commission says they are aware that some iVote users were unable to gain access to the system to vote on Saturday.

Barrio in Good Food Guide

Congratulations to our local favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar, who has just been named as ‘one of Byron’s...

Helping Benny help Marsha’s battle with cancer

If you live on the Far North Coast and you don’t know who Benny Zable is, then you haven’t ‘lived’ on the Far North Coast.

Call for feedback on new Lismore skate park plan

Lismore City Council is calling on local skaters to provide insight into the design of a potentially new skatepark in the Lismore CBD.

Nothing cute about the Frogbit alien invasion

Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) is an invasive, smothering waterweed that poses a serious environmental threat which has been found in the Richmond River and at Chinderah.

Craggy old Liam Neeson does it tough in the movies these days, doesn’t he?

Invariably widowed or divorced, in this case, Non Stop, as US Air Marshal Bill Marks, the poor bugger has also lost an eight-year-old daughter to leukemia and, still devastated, has developed a penchant for hard liquor.

He is one of the army of plainclothes security guards that the US government has employed since 9/11 to keep the airways safe for travellers, though whether the rest of them get a seat in first class is doubtful at best.

Sipping on a gin and tonic with a lovely stranger (Julianne Moore) sitting next to him, everything looks hunky dory on just another New York–London flight – notwithstanding the harried look on Liam’s dial.

Sure enough… he gets a text from a mystery passenger who threatens to kill somebody in twenty minutes if money is not deposited into an account that he has supplied.

Early indicators suggest that we might be heading into Snakes on a Plane territory (I’d love to see that again, just for its glorious idiocy) as Liam is led to the end of his tether by a conspirator who is always one step ahead of him.

His manic attempts to find the villain result in Liam’s being considered a terrorist by the air force and everybody else on the plane – except for Julianne and the beautiful stewardess (Michelle Dockery, who appears weirdly out of place after her spellbinding presence at Downton Abbey).

There are the usual number of suspects – the only one of whom you know it can’t be is the Muslim doctor, for that would be too obvious… unless the writers intend applying Maxwell Smart’s ‘old reverse psychology trick’.

The plot is convoluted and the declamatory dialogue at times awful, but the tension is well constructed and Neeson, Moore and Dockery, aided by an excellent support cast – Corey Stoll notably so as an off-duty NYPD officer – are untroubled in holding the story together as it hurtles towards its fantastic climax.

~ John Campbell

 


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