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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

Don’t worry, be greedy

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia The deputy prime minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term...

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

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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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.