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April 22, 2021

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Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

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Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Step up, Ben

Martin Corben, Lennox Head With the cancellation of Bluesfest now would be a good time for the NSW state government’s...

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

Cinema review by John Campbell

Every now and then you’ll see a movie that reminds you of cinema’s power to create a shared experience. I remember how the audience went right off when Roy Scheider shot that shark at the end of ‘Jaws’, and something similar happened in this, the best animation, by a country mile, since ‘Toy Story 3’.

At the session I attended, I was lucky enough to sit directly behind a little girl and her mother. The child laughed throughout, was quiet and thoughtful during the moments of stress and regularly looked to her Mum for consolation and wordless communication.

The story follows Riley, a kid wrenched from her home and friends in the mid-West and taken by her parents to live in San Francisco. She carries with her a lot of emotional baggage and struggles to adapt to her new surroundings.

The psychological drama in her head (in all our heads) is enacted by colour-coded personality traits – glowing Joy (brilliantly voiced by Amy Poehler), blue Sadness, red Anger, green Disgust and purple Fear. Because the film is primarily aimed at sub-teens, the potentially complex manifestations of character are simplified to straightforward squabbles between the contributing components – which is to say, there is none of the psycho-babble that flourishes hereabouts.

Riley, depressed and feeling alone, has lost the essential memories that bind her to her family and help her to get up and embrace every new day. She decides to run away from home, and it is the task of unflagging Joy and the crew to reconnect Riley with her true self – and Anger (so despised by lifestyle charlatans) gets to play its crucial part.

There is more than enough bombast and hatred in our world, so a dose of Disney positivity and love should be just the ticket for impressionable youngsters and jaded oldies alike. Uplifting and visually beautiful, this is an absolute treat. And at its close, that little girl and her Mum in front of me cuddled, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t tear-up.


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