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

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Serious two-vehicle crash – Alstonville

A man is in a serious condition following a two-vehicle crash in Alstonville on Monday.

Hola Amigxs!

Organisers are really excited to announce the second installment of the Mahico Festival at the home of the Blues Festival, The Green Room, on Saturday, June 8, over the King’s birthday long weekend.


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Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Domestic violence

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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.

At what point, I wonder, did ‘a cappella’ stop meaning ‘singing without instrumental accompaniment’? This frothy frippery concludes with the ‘A Cappella World Championships’ in Copenhagen, at which contestants from around the globe compete with the support of bass, synthesisers and drums etc – a veritable wall of sound! But let’s not quibble… The Barden Bellas are an all-girl group of college singers with a long and prestigious history. After three years of being the best on the circuit, the current crop disgrace themselves through a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at a performance in front of the Obamas at the Lincoln Center and are ostracised from the circuit for their poor show. The only way back for them is to shine in Copenhagen. Beca (Anna Kendrick) has ambitions beyond graduation; Chloe (Brittany Snow), the most senior member, doesn’t want to let go of these golden days; Emily (Haile Steinfeld), the newcomer, wants to write songs; and Amy (Rebel Wilson) is the fat Australian who almost steals the show.

It is a pleasing development, without doubt, that Hollywood would put an actress of Wilson’s proportions in a leading role in a teen flick, but when so many of her gags are based on getting a laugh out of her fatness, the ‘liberating’ aspect of the casting is somewhat tarnished – and there are moments when Wilson herself, ebullient though she always is, seems to be aware of this. But again – let’s not quibble, for despite the slim storyline and its predictable resolution, there is a lot to like in Elizabeth Banks’s confident directorial debut. An actress with a natural gift for humour, Banks’s double act with co-commentator John Michael Higgins also adds an element of necessary satire as the pair get away with some hilariously un-PC jokes about the boy-girl team from the Philippines, the Koreans – ‘nobody cares about them’ – and how ‘you won’t win because you’re American and everybody hates us’. Even Snoop Dogg is not out of place and the music and choreography is terrific.

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  1. No, no, you misunderstood the joke about nobody caring about the Korean team. It’s not a racial comment, it’s a dig at the popularity of K-pop music, and the fact that millions of people worldwide DO care.


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Stone & Wood wins at Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood Brewing are proud to announce a big win at the Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards held last night, with the brewery’s Big Pale Ale taking home the title of Champion Australian Beer. Big Pale Ale also took out the Best Australian Pale Ale category.

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