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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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Local start-up brings you breakfast in bed

Breakfast is now a whole lot more luxurious with the recent launch of Le Petit Brekkie in the Byron Shire. Changing how we enjoy breakfast, Emma and Kevin, the team behind the business, curate fresh, locally sourced breakfast boxes to be delivered directly to their clients’ doors. With the tagline ‘breakfast in bed, delivered’, Le Petit Brekkie hopes to make the indulgence of a lazy lie-in even more tempting.

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Take a ticket

Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

A place like home

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby Why do we always focus on adding new buildings when the conversation turns to affordable housing? Byron Shire...

Policy not ‘housekeeping’

Heather Martin, Mullumbimby According to a report in The Echo (24 March), the planning staff’s proposed amendments to LEP 2014...

It is not always the news that is disturbing so much as it is the manner in which it is edited and presented to us – history might yet judge News Corp to be a greater threat to our freedom than any rag-tag army of bullies and godless fanatics.

Based on what happened to an American investigative journo who ventured too close for comfort to a dirty government secret, this movie nobbles itself at the outset by presenting the exposé in its preamble.

When you are told that the US-backed Contras in Nicaragua were being bankrolled by the profits of a vast cocaine trade that was sanctioned by Washington, it takes any sense of intrigue out of the drama that follows; a mystery being unravelled through dedicated reporters digging for facts and revealing them to a deceived readership, as in the classic All The Presidents Men (1976), is simply not there.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) wrote for the Santa Monica Mercury in the mid-eighties. He stumbled upon the connection between the state and the cartels and gnawed at it like a dog with a bone. Inevitably, heavies from the CIA became involved and Webb, obsessive in his pursuit of the truth, found himself under intense pressure to walk away from the matter.

He was discredited by his peers and, ultimately, his home life suffered. There is an element of orthodoxy in the narrative that makes it feel too predictable – we know where we’re headed and what we want is strong characterisation and emotional content to keep us involved. Without ever losing its sense of purpose, Michael Questa’s film never really rises above the mundane.

Renner too often looks like he’s acting – Webb’s reaction to the theft of his motorcycle is way over the top and his acceptance speech is delivered with self-conscious, pretend intensity – while Rosemarie DeWitt is asked to do little more than smile wanly and occasionally tear-up as his wife Sue.

Unfortunately, the movie’s lack of virility is highlighted by its devastating postscript.

~ John Campbell


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Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

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