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Tweed council call for young tree-huggers

The Tweed Shire Council is inviting high school students in the local government area to participate in the national Speaking 4 the Planet competition on the theme: Trees: the guardians of life. 

Winter fest at Byron High, June 18

To celebrate the creative and artistic talents of students, Byron Bay High School is holding its annual Winter Arts Festival (a.k.a the WAF) showcase evening on Tuesday, June 18. 

Byron Bay Pickleball offers an open day

Players of all skill levels and  ages have the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest growing racquet sport, pickleball.

Jagun Alliance – rebuilding Indigenous knowledge

Sustainability is intrinsic to Aboriginal cultural frameworks, all ways of being, knowing and doing. It’s about being in the right relationship with Country, and all the endemic species being in the right relationships, in the kinship Country for Country, Jagun.

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

After the devastating floods of 2022 the future of Lismore was thrown up in the air and it was time to take a long hard look at what the future of the town would be. 

Interschool Australian Surfing Championships launched on the Gold Coast last month

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School has taken home the overall School Winners trophy at the inaugural Australian Interschools Surfing Championships held at Miami on the Gold Coast last month.

If the novels of leading Scandi-noir crime writer Jo Nesbø are anything to go by, Oslo has even more murders per capita than Midsomer – it’s a wonder there is anybody left standing! But unlike those investigated by DCI Tom Barnaby, Nesbø’s fabulously named cop, Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), has to deal with killings of an extremely violent nature. Beheadings by wire are the go in this, but the most gruesome homicide comes when a bloke gets the top of his head blown off by gunshot.

It was rather too graphic for my liking, but that apparently is what punters demand these days. Tomas Alfredson was director of the superbly weird Let The Right One In (a collector’s piece), so there can be no surprise in this movie’s dark, unsettling tone – or its coldness. You will have never been in a more icy, virtually colourless environment. As a mystery, however, it is a near non-starter, for there is a visual clue in the first act that is a partial giveaway as to the identity of the killer. Perhaps those responsible for the screenplay thought so too and decided to cloud the waters with obfuscation, cross-reference and a storyline that just does not gel into a cohesive whole. Too often I found myself wondering what the hell is going on now, and how is it related to what preceded it? Fassbender, who doesn’t so much act as smoke ciggies intensely and look worried, is a good Hole, but I can’t help thinking that Alfredson might have followed on from Morten Tyldum who, in his Headhunters (2008 – also adapted from Nesbø), found a kinkier tone to enhance the intrigue.

JK Simmons is peculiarly cast as a Norwegian philanthropist and there is a genuine surprise when a character whom you’d not normally expect to fall victim to the psychopath ends up dead in a car, minus a little finger. It’s heavy going for much of the time and only finds traction as Hole closes-in on the bad guy.


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