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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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The Darling Muffs of May need your help to reach fundraising target

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The 2024 budget wash up

It's impossible to make everyone happy on budget night, but Treasurer Jim Chalmers' 2024 effort has upset more than most, as the government struggles to avoid inflation rebounding, make more things in Australia, and do something about the cost of living.

Wardell landowners asked to support fire ant eradication

Nearly 900 Wardell properties require treatment for fire ants, but the eradication team needs permission from each landowner.

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.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

We Like to Tiki: Caper festival closing party this Sunday

North Byron Hotel is the official watering hole of Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival 2024. To celebrate...

Whenever there is a critics’ poll of the greatest movies ever made, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) is always near the top of the list. (The most recent survey of punters’ faves that I saw had the preposterous Mulholland Drive at #1 – gawd help us!). Hollywood eventually had a crack at re-working Kurosawa’s classic for an American audience with John Sturges’s The Magnificent Seven (1960), coming up with Elmer Bernstein’s mighty theme music along the way. Cretin though I might be, I prefer Sturges’s film – possibly because it’s in English, with colour and the inestimable presence of Steve McQueen. Another take on it was released in 1972 and in 1998 there came a version which, compared to the first M7, was akin to putting a boy band up against the ‘Sticky Fingers’ Rolling Stones. Which is to say that it has been downhill for the story since its glory days, and now director Antoine Fuqua has hit rock bottom. The town of Rose Creek – in the US, not Mexico – is under the thumb of the unscrupulous Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Like so many lone riders of the Wild West (Cheyenne, Bronco, Sugarfoot), Chisolm (Denzel Washington) turns up to liberate its downtrodden inhabitants, although he is not so much the hired gun with a conscience fighting for the poor as a man harbouring personal issues that he needs to resolve with Bogue. As the convener of his crew of outsiders, Chisolm is dressed all in black, but without the elegance of Yul Brynner’s original leader of the pack.

Bending over backwards to embrace cultural and racial diversity, Fuqua has given us a sort of Folies Bergère posse that includes Byung-hun Lee’s Chinaman with a knife and Martin Sensmeier as the Indian who really does give cliché a bad name. Emma (Haley Bennett) is the girl who inspires their high moral dudgeon, and she has the cleavage that neither Kurosawa nor Sturges felt obliged to exploit.

It’s rubbish, but appropriate for the Trump era that we may be entering.


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Wardell landowners asked to support fire ant eradication

Nearly 900 Wardell properties require treatment for fire ants, but the eradication team needs permission from each landowner.

The Darling Muffs of May need your help to reach fundraising target

Raising money to support frontline services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been the driving force behind the Darling Muffs of May’s fundraising this year.

Why does Iron Gates developer get another bite at the DA?

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Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.