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Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

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National Service

I have to say that having been conscripted into the army in 1970 I couldn’t disagree more with Peter...

Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

Baby, it’s chilly outside

Three Lords and the Byron Theatre are presenting a special performance of the 1983 classic film The Big Chill on Saturday, May 26. The show includes a concert performance of the soundtrack by The Byron Theatre Orchestra, along with food trucks, cocktails and perhaps the odd bit of audience participation.

Northern rivers surfers help Australia win the World Junior Surfing Championships

Fingal Head surfer Dane Henry has won an individual gold to help Australia claim its eighth World Junior Surfing...

2022 flood & DAs

At  Byron Council’s meeting on April 18, we didn’t get time to deal with Report 14.1 which contained formal...

Bev knows how to make a boob of herself

Some women make you feel good about yourself right to your marrow. Bev Killick is one of those women. She’s not a cutesy storyteller, she’s our Phyllis Diller, a graduate of the bold and brassy school of stand-up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blasts her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat.

What a fantastic movie – and guess what? The heroes don’t carry guns!


When it ventures into the realm of social history and comment, cinema can easily become tendentious to the point of preachiness, but director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford have avoided that pitfall by treating a serious issue with equal parts earnestness and ebullience, gravity and humour.

The 1984 miners’ strike in Britain was a long and bitter struggle between labour and doctrine-driven Thatcherism.

A cohort of activist gays and lesbians in London saw a connection between their pariah status and that of the downtrodden miners. Led by Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer), they mobilised to form a fund-raising support group for the families of Onllwyn in Wales.

Because their overture of comradeship was not universally accepted by a community in which homosexuality was still considered a perversion, the story explores the ways in which opposites can attract and co-operate for the betterment of all.

Ordinarily, the themes addressed here are dealt with in sombre colours, dour soundtracks and joyless set pieces. But this is irresistibly upbeat. The unforeseen emergence of AIDS is a grim backdrop, but there is a lot of love at play as bridges are built and unlikely allies enriched by immersion in the other’s natural environment.

We are reminded that, if our common humanity is encouraged to fulfil its potential for generosity, there IS such a thing as society.

A wonderful cast – Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton abandon their usual self-parody – with the wives and mothers of Onllwyn nearly stealing the show as they are caught up in the belated bloom of feisty feminism in the blokey valleys.

If you have reached the point of utter despair with our government of slime-coated, blue-tied, fork-tongued troglodytes, as they abase themselves before the overdogs of wealth and privilege while simultaneously shafting anybody who does not fit into their narrow, plutocratic, white world, then take in this movie as a tonic.

It’s galvanising, heart-swelling and absolutely true in everything it says.

See it, live it.

~ John Campbell

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Stone & Wood wins at Australian International Beer Awards

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