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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

The top non-invasive skin treatments for glowing skin

With all the time we spend in the sun, our skin can start to show signs of aging sooner than we’d like. But the idea of an invasive treatment to fix skin problems is likely not the first choice for many people.

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

The circumstances of Woody Allen’s ‘courting’ of his current wife, Soon-Yi Previn, combined with his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s insistence that he sexually molested her as a child might reasonably lead us to the conclusion that the revered little filmmaker is a bit of a grub. And they should certainly throw some light on the portrayal of women in his movies. In this, Ginny (Kate Winslet – a fantastic performance) and her step-daughter Carolina (Juno Temple) come to grief through their love for a man – a playwright (Justin Timberlake) – with whom Allen clearly identifies. Ginny and her husband Humpty (Jim Belushi) are battlers who live and work on Coney Island in the 1950s. Humpty’s daughter turns up on their doorstep after walking out of her marriage to a Florida gangster. Mickey the lifeguard (Timberlake) seduces Ginny before embarking on his conquest of Carolina, who is being hunted down by a couple of guys from the Mob. There is something pathetic about Ginny and Carolina’s neediness, something irritating in Mickey’s high opinion of himself, and Humpty’s oafishness is cruelly overdone. But the plot is tight and compelling, notwithstanding the bad guys’ ineffectual attempts to track down Carolina. It feels more like a play that has been adapted for the screen and, as such, its most successful scenes are those shot in Humpty and Ginny’s home, with long takes and a slowly moving, intimate camera. References to Eugene O’Neill are clunky and self-congratulatory (Allen obviously has a high opinion of himself), but the sensual cinematography of veteran Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) is a joy throughout. Allen, whose output in his later years has lurched from the awful (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) to the sublime (Midnight In Paris), has ventured once more into the dark territory that he explored in Match Point, with a not dissimilar outcome. The characters are types rather than real people (Ginny excepted), but the drama that unfolds and the morality that it exposes are unnerving for their honesty.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.