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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

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...

Alexander Payne’s latest offering is a peculiar movie that never seems to be sure whether it wants to be a scathing diatribe, a kinky satire or a sweet romance. It moves from one to the other without warning, but the end result is nevertheless provocative and heart-warming – in a cheesy way. In the not-too-distant future, scientists have discovered a way to deal with the planet’s pressing problem of over-population by shrinking people to a tiny size. Sadly, Payne is probably right in his assumption that humanity would prefer to go to such an extreme rather than change its ways in attempting to avert environmental catastrophe. Paul and his wife Audrey (Matt Damon, Kirstin Wiig) book their place in the brave new world of Leisureland but something unforeseen mars the dream. It’s not until Paul takes up with his neighbour, Dusan (Christoph Waltz, as perfectly suited to playing the louche eccentric as Damon is to being your Average Joe), that the film starts to look at cracks in the mini-Utopia. After a psychedelic party at Dusan’s, Paul meets Ngoc Lan Tran (Hong Chau), a Vietnamese woman who has come to clean Dusan’s apartment. That there would be an underclass in this perfect world had not occurred to Paul. The scenes that feature those who have converted to smallness mixing with the big people are well done, but it’s hard not to snigger and think that nobody in their right mind would do such a thing, no matter how cheap housing was in Lilliput. Predictably, the PC vigilantes have taken Payne to task for what they see as the caricature of Tran, but having worked with Vietnamese I think she is a delight. A visual joke about Little Tommy contracting syphilis is on the icky side, however, and the sight of Paul massaging the stump of what is left of Tran’s leg is too comical to be tender. But if the tone of the film is uncertain, its moral is clear – our ultimate reward lies in helping others, not seeking a fool’s paradise.


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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.