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Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

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Mullum’s lilac house the subject of Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

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Paul Gilding

The Splendour in the Grass forums were a fantastic inclusion into last year’s event and in 2014 they’re back.

The keynote interview is Paul Gilding with Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall: Life on Earth in 2030 – Fun, Frazzled or F%*ked?

‘The Earth Is Full.’ This is how Paul Gilding describes the state of our stressed planet in his gripping TED talk that has already clocked up more than a million views. So what does the former global CEO of Greenpeace, acclaimed author, and now one of the world’s leading advisers on a sustainable economy believe the future holds for us? Will a solar revolution destroy the oil and coal industries and have us all driving electric cars in clean cities that are globally connected by technology? Or will climate change overwhelm us and drive conflict and collapse? Or will it all just be a big, confusing mess?

Despite all scientific evidence indicating disaster, Gilding remains an unstoppable optimist. Confident we can survive what’s coming, he believes humanity will rise to the occasion, facing change on a scale and at a speed incomprehensible today. Join him as he chats to Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall (Triple J, Frenzal Rhomb) about life on Earth in 2030 and contemplates ‘the end of shopping’.

Big Brother

Another great event will be a discussion panel: Big brother is definitely: Why should you care about Edward Snowden and his leaks?

The panel for this one comprises Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Senator Scott Ludlam and Dr Suelette Dreyfus, with host Patrick Gray.

Why should stunning revelations by former US National Security Agency contractor-turned-international-asylum-seeker Edward Snowden about mass internet and phone surveillance matter to you? If you’re not a terrorist or a criminal, why should you care whether the Google searches you key in, the Facebook updates you post, the gmails you send and the Skype calls you make might be monitored? How much can you trust governments, their agencies and digital media and telecommunications corporations when they operate in secrecy?

In an Australian first, join our expert panel of former NSA-officer-turned-whistleblower Thomas Drake, whose own leaks inspired Snowden and provided him with the blueprint of what not to do to avoid being caught, attorney Jesselyn Radack, the director of National Security and Human Rights with the US Government Accountability Project who defended both Drake and Snowden, Australian Greens’ communications spokesman and campaigner for internet freedom Senator Scott Ludlam, technology academic and writer Dr Suelette Dreyfus, who co-wrote with Julian Assange the cult classic Underground that has since been made into two hit movies, and award-winning security journalist Patrick Gray, as they uncover the truth about the mass collection of ordinary citizens’ data and why your privacy matters.

Women of Letters

A wonderful panel will be the Women of Letters: Splendour Edition V with Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches), Courtney Barnett, Gossling, Jennifer Boyce (Ball Park Music), Nkechi Anele (Saskwatch), Liz Drummond (Little May) and musical comedians Alice Fraser and Genevieve Fricker and hosts Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire.

Writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are back to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing with their annual special festival edition of this lovely literary salon. Join this all-female star panel of artists as they each narrate their Letter to the Song I Wish I’d Written, hopefully perform it, and invite the audience to pen their own.

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Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021