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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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A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Is it solar fair?

Meg Pickup, Ballina The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) draft rule change will result in solar households and businesses being...

Industry response to Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

As the pandemic has again highlighted the standard of treatment of our elders, Australia’s aged care industry has urged...

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

Christopher Nolan is regarded by many – himself included, you can’t help thinking – as a genius of contemporary cinema. Notwithstanding his rambunctious Batman efforts, my personal opinion is that he is a crashing, life-threatening bore.

If, however, you are a fan of the preposterously pretentious Inception (2010) and Memento (2000), you won’t have a bar of such criticism and undoubtedly will love this. But for mine, Nolan (and his brother Jonathan) have mastered better than any other current filmmakers the tricky but hugely profitable skill of making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Set some time in the near future, the movie begins promisingly enough with Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), his father and two kids (Cooper is yet another Hollywood widower) eking out a living in the post-apocalypse corn belt of the US. The environmental disaster that we are hurtling towards has finally happened and Earth’s survivors are desperate for food.

Cooper, a former NASA pilot, is battling to raise his son and daughter while at the same time dealing with the dust storms that choke the landscape.

A stone’s throw away, Professor Brand (Michael Caine) heads a humungous science project that has been sending people into space in search of viable destinations for suffering humanity to flee to – amazing that nobody knew it was there, but it IS the mid-west, I guess.

Anyway, Cooper is roped into the project and with Amelia (Anne Hathaway), a couple of other astronauts and an anthropomorphic robot, they head off into the great unknown – new-age cowboys with quantum physics, black holes, the mechanics of time etc as the injuns.

Their adventure is wrapped in mumbo-jumbo philosophising, like the emperor in his new clothes.

It dragged on and on, but when Caine carked it quoting Dylan Thomas (yawn) the end at least was in sight… but wait!

Matt Damon turns up in his bubble helmet!

Oh no, I groaned, does this mean that there’s at least another half-hour to endure?

Sadly, it did.

~ John Campbell

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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