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Lismore raises awareness on World AIDS day

On World AIDS day, 1 December, ACON Northern Rivers Office and the HIV and Related Program Unit, are running a poster exhibition and trivia night at the Civic Hotel in Lismore.

Vale Dave Howard ‘builder extraordinaire’

Local identity Dave Howard passed away in the arms of his wife Libby and surrounded by the six children they share on Monday 14 November.

Ballina water supply

A recent Echo article regarding Rous County Council’s plans to access Alstonville ground water through bores for its Future...

Supernatural on Bay Lane: style, cocktails, natural wine and food

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Police investigate pedestrian death at Burleigh Heads

The Queensland Police forensic crash unit is investigating after a pedestrian died at Burleigh Heads overnight (November 20).

Interview with Ash Grunwald

Currently touring his latest release Shout Into the Noise, Ash Grunwald is a Bluesfest veteran with about ten appearances under his belt. His most recent show was earlier this year where he not only appeared solo, but he was part of some awesome collaborations – yet another great thing about Bluesfest.

What with there being so many sequels and prequels churned out by the big studios these days, it occurred to me that a few minutes spent recapping what we saw twelve months ago might not be out of order.

I mean, it’s not as if we’ve been lying awake on tenterhooks every night waiting for the next instalment of whichever blockbuster it is.

I had an uncertain recollection of enjoying the first of the Divergent series – but then again, it could have been Hunger Games, for the scenarios are not dissimilar.

In fact, cinema’s template for the future world doesn’t vary much, regardless of costume and weapon design. Ubiquitous is the jack-booted State, trampling the rights of the great unwashed and jealously guarding all power and wealth within its inner sanctum.

The new development in the genre is that the hero has become a heroine – here it’s Tris (Shailene Woodley) – and in this case the arch villain, the mundanely named Jeanine (Kate Winslet), is also female.

We’ve made such progress, haven’t we? Tris has got a handsome tag-along called Four (Theo James), and together they set about bringing down the tyranny of the bastards who control everything from the heights of an enormous white tower that rises out of the rubble of yesterday’s city.

Also inside this command centre is a sort of medieval magic box, the contents of which nobody knows and that looks like it might have been lifted from Ragnar and Lagertha’s feasting hall in TV’s stupendous Vikings.

The screenplay is ‘fast again, slow again’ as it grinds between boy–girl intimacy and breathless exposition to no-holds-barred mayhem – watch spellbound as Tris surges through a glass wall, splintering it into a g’zillion slo-mo pieces!

Luckily for Tris and Four, there is a legion of the downtrodden to support them and Jeanine’s SWAT team couldn’t win a pie at a Big Ben picnic when it comes to shooting sitting ducks.

As post-apocalypse flicks go, this is absurd for its self-importance and bogus sanctimony – but aren’t they all?

~ John Campbell

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