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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Jack McCoy bringing surf show to Lennox

Legendary film maker Jack McCoy is bringing his acclaimed surf talk, film and live music event to the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 8 May.

Decisive handling

Keith Duncan, Pimlico It’s great to see popular Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews rehabilitating well and on-track to return to work. His...

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Over population

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar ‘Over population’ is seen by some as the main destructive driver causing many crises besetting the planet today. From...

It is only in hindsight that we can understand what a disservice was done to the mighty myths of ancient Greece and Rome by 1960s B-grade sword-and-sandal, low-budget epics.

We scoffed at them, not thinking for a minute of the stories’ significance to those who hung on the words of Homer and the oral poets that helped create a cultural identity.

This is by no shakes a great movie, but it is hugely enjoyable for the respect with which it treats its subject.

Hercules (or Herakles as he was known to the Greeks), son of Zeus, was around for centuries before director Brett Ratner puts him on stage.

It is the third century BC and Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), an unashamed mercenary, has been hired by the King of Thrace to defeat a warlord who is laying waste to the land.

With his gang, including Ian McShane hamming it up delightfully as a neurotic soothsayer, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, an archer in a tiny leather skirt with matching midriff top, Hercules whips the Thracian citizenry into shape so as to take on the villains. It’s Seven Samurai and Magnificent Seven all over again, only with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour and a deluge of state-of-the-art CGI.

There are enough twists in the tale to keep you interested, including that which concerns the fate of Hercules’s family back in pre-Raphaelite Athens. Costumes and makeup are fab and the battle scenes, especially the one with the scary purple blokes, are terrifically violent but mostly bloodless (as in the B-grade days).

As the demi-god, Johnson owns the movie, giving a typically casual performance of enormous but charming vanity and suggesting that, if only somebody would trust him with a serious role, he’d prove himself to be a better-than-average actor – a pity all of those muscles get in the way.

It’s a rumble, admittedly, but if you like your morality to be black and white, and you get off on chariots and cuirasses, go see it, it’s a beauty.

~ John Campbell

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