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Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

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Rooftop dining in the centre of Byron

Simon Haslam Last Friday I went up for a few drinks with friends at the relatively new rooftop dining area...

New hinterland whiskey

Winding Road Distillery is based in Tintenbar, and early next week they are due to release their first single...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Inflated Scomo

During his term, Scomo made plenty of decisions that helped lead us to the inflation we face today. When...

SCU to house temporary accommodation for flood-affected residents

Temporary homes will be located at Southern Cross University (SCU) Lismore Campus as part of the NSW government's program to provide 800 temporary housing options for flood-affected people.

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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