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Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

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TreadLightly on the planet by recycling school shoes

Most Aussie parents know how quickly kids either grow out or wear out of school shoes. They either get handed down or thrown in the rubbish – adding to the millions of shoes that end up in landfill each year

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

Vale Byron girl, Patricia Marcia Dailhou 

Patricia, better known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Byron Bay in 1933 and was the second eldest of nine, to Horace Cecil Vernon Freeman (better known as ‘Bluey’) and Dorothy Lulu Freeman (nee Daniels). 

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Emergency response for our emergency responders

We need our nurses. Right now, they are the most important workforce in the country. Not politicians or real estate agents or tradies or miners. Nurses. Paramedics. Hospital doctors.

Casino’s winning tap water ways

Yesterday Casino was announced as the winner of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia’s Ixom 2021 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

It’s no wonder that Americans shoot each other with gay abandon, if they are flocking to their cinemas to be ‘entertained’ by movies such as this. It is exceedingly nasty and violent, and if macho bullshit were to be measured on the Richter scale it would likely fly off the register. Even the ‘good guy’, Gerard Butler, near the top of the new breed of British hard men, is a poser – in fact he is the ugliest character of all. As heists go, the crims’ plan to break into the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank is a beauty, but writer/director Christian Gudegast is obsessed with proving to us that his streets are the meanest and his blokes the toughest. Nick O’Brien (Butler) is the LAPD detective who is trying to track down Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber), leader of the city’s ace crew of murderous gangsters. Tattooed, bearded and decked out in a perfectly battered brown leather jacket, O’Brien smokes a lot, swears a lot and punches people in the head a lot, but I nevertheless got the impression that we are meant to think that he is cool. As the plot becomes apparent, after the guys have established their homo-erotic alpha-maleness and the few females involved have been designated as trophy, Jezebel or dependent species, the story builds to an absorbing and trickily worked out climax. When all the cleverly calculating writing is done, however, there is a brain-dead fallback to a yawn-a-thon shoot-out in which the cops have a humungous gunfight with the bank-robbers in the middle of an LA traffic jam – ‘keep down’, they advise the hapless drivers. Really? The combatants drop like flies in the torrent of bullets, leaving the last two standing – do I need to tell they are O’Brien and Merriman? What I didn’t see coming, until near the end, is the twist in the tail that makes you wish that producers of these junk/hero movies would appeal more to their audience’s brain than their testosterone level.


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