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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

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HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

The title, of course, has been borrowed from the Beatles’ – or John Lennon’s, to be more accurate – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. It is 1966. Antonio (Javier Cámara) is a bald, chubby schoolteacher in Madrid.

He is also a Beatles tragic and John Lennon devotee. Hearing that his hero is in Spain shooting a movie (‘How I Won The War’) he jumps in in his little green car and heads for Almeria with the goal of meeting him.

On the way he picks up a couple of hitchhikers – Belén (Natalia de Molina), fleeing the confines of a hostel for pregnant girls, and Juanjo (Francesco Colomer), who has run away from home after his father, a copper, bullied him for refusing to have his hair cut.

Franco’s Spain is a brutish realm benighted by Catholicism, writer/director David Trueba makes no bones about it, and the teenagers whom Antonio befriends are, unknowingly, at the coal-face of the social upheaval that swept the West at the time. But the film is in no way didactic, instead getting its message across through intimacy and a light heart.

As one who understands the worth of words, Antonio believes Lennon’s Help encapsulates the human condition and he strives to open his travelling companions’ eyes to the pulse of life that Lennon’s lyricism represents.

He becomes their mentor while the youngsters introduce love into his solitary existence – I found it reminiscent, throughout, of Michael Radford’s Il Postino (1994). Cámara’s brilliant portrayal is of a man of fervent intellect and robust humility, and it is perfectly complemented by de Molina’s girl on the cusp of womanhood and Colomer’s naive boy.

The success of any story can generally be gauged by how we react when the protagonist approaches his journey’s end – in this case, I was as excited as Antonio, in a way that gunfights and smash-ups can never excite, as he got ever closer to succeeding in his quest.

One of the year’s best – and the postscript is a beauty.

~ John Campbell


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ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

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Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

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Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.