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May 13, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

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’...

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.

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

What hagiographies such as this routinely forget to mention is that the ‘great man’ who lifts us ‘ordinary’ people from the depths of despair and saves the world from destruction is invariably one of the ‘great men’ who have put us all up that malodorous creek without a paddle in the first place. Don’t you think it’s time we gave the ‘great man’ myth the flick? The timing of this drawn-out, stodgy movie, coming so soon after last year’s magnificent Dunkirk and whimsical Their Finest, doesn’t do it any favours by comparison. The Nazis have trampled over Western Europe and Britain is at their mercy, it being only a matter of time before the Swastika is seen flying over Buckingham Palace. Appointed prime minister after Neville Chamberlain has been shown the door, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) is presented as an irascible but soft-hearted old bloke who sucks on a big fat Cuban cigar 24/7 (he must have stunk). His brief was to keep the Hun at bay and history (which is always written by the winners) tells us that he single-handedly succeeded in doing that. At a time when all seemed lost, it was his rallying ‘we will fight them on the beaches’ speech that turned the tide of WWII, though whether his words were inspired by a ride to Westminster on the Tube with common Londoners is questionable – it is a mawkish scene, but stirring nonetheless. Likewise, it might not be totally accurate that Churchill’s resolve was inspired by the unquestioning affection shown him by his pretty personal secretary (Lily James), but who wants to think that the born-to-rule Tory was anything but a man-on-the-street at heart? More curious is Joe Wright’s casting Viscount Halifax (Stephen Dillane) as the villain in the piece because he was in favour of negotiating a peace with Hitler. Ill-advised and short-sighted Halifax’s view may have been, but it was surely not sinister? Oldman is as impressive as the massive PR blitz claims, and Ben Mendelsohn is surprisingly convincing as King George VI.

 


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