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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

One of the champions of ‘indie’ cinema, director Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation (2006) made a scathing attack on the hamburger industry as well as America’s treatment of Mexican ‘illegals’. Me And Orson Welles (2008), a personal favourite, was a bittersweet romance that did not have an orthodox happy ending. Both films were coloured by sad fatalism, but this time around Linklater has lightened up and, though he is just as abrasive in his anti-establishment views, he has displayed a warm-hearted appreciation of ‘what makes a man a man’. Larry ‘Doc’ Shepherd (Steve Carell), Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and the Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) are Vietnam vets who have been reunited to collect the body of Larry’s son, who has been killed in Baghdad. The movie is a road trip of sorts, in which the three ex-Marines reminisce and try to come to terms with their actions while on active service that led to Larry doing two years in military prison. They have all changed over the years, of course – the wild man Mueller has found God and taken the cloth, while drunken, foul-mouthed Sal now lives a dissolute life as the owner of a bar. It is these two who argue incessantly over ideology and morality, with Larry the passive, reflective member of the group. Because it is a movie with a lot of dialogue – Linklater has plenty to say about the US, its futile wars and the lies that always accompany them – much depends on the performances of the three leads. The chemistry between them is well established, although I would not have wanted to be in the same room as Sal for any longer that was strictly necessary. Yul Vazquez is outstanding as Colonel Wilits, the officer who insists that Larry’s son be buried in the sacred soil of Arlington, rather than back home in New Hampshire. The mood might be blokey, but the camaraderie is not forced and the conclusion is forgivably sentimental. Dylan’s sublime Not Dark Yet wraps it up.


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