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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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Stone & Wood wins at Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood Brewing are proud to announce a big win at the Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards held last night, with the brewery’s Big Pale Ale taking home the title of Champion Australian Beer. Big Pale Ale also took out the Best Australian Pale Ale category.

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Lost in pronunciaton

Ivan Aristeguieta is ridiculously funny. What’s better is watching people try and pronounce his name – and then of course, it’s his deep dive into Aussie culture. Ivan has lived in Australia for ten years – as he says ‘living amongst you, observing you, learning about you’ – and now he makes a very good living taking the piss out of you. ‘I am a true blue, dinky-di Venez-stralian. Nah, she’ll be right! (Who is she by the way?).’

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Spice Palace: a mecca for Middle Eastern dips and spice mixes

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Garry Simes racks up 25 finishes at Australia’s oldest ironman triathlon

Ballina Triathlon Club member Garry Simes has achieved the milestone of finishing the Port Macquarie Ironman Australia race, one...

If you can remember Ian McEwan’s novel Enduring Love (adapted for the screen in 2004), you will have some idea of the strange emotional territory that veteran director Richard Eyre’s new movie explores. This time, McEwan has also written the screenplay of his book, and if it’s not as unnerving as Enduring Love (the ‘lover’ is harmless, rather than psychotic), it is in every other way just as absorbing. The peerless Emma Thompson plays Fiona Maye, a family court judge who, over the years, has let her job become her life, to the detriment of her marriage to university lecturer Jack (Stanley Tucci). When the case comes before her of seventeen-year-old Adam (Fionn Whitehead), who, with the assent of his parents as Jehovah’s Witnesses, steadfastly refuses a blood transfusion that will save him from certain death, she must decide whether or not, because he is still a minor, she should overrule his wishes. It is a complex question that involves the law, religious freedom, and the dignity of the individual. To help her arrive at a better-informed conclusion, Fiona visits Adam in hospital. The boy is immediately taken with My Lady and when she sings WB Yeats’s Down by the Salley Gardens to him it is as though he has been cast under a spell. As a pivotal moment in the drama, it is sublime (Eyre did something similarly transfixing with Kate Winslet singing A lark in the clear air in 2001’s Iris). As smitten as the boy is, so too is Fiona suddenly susceptible to the ‘human condition’ that we cope with on a daily basis – her marriage is crumbling and the bench, from which she views the world on high, is no longer a safe harbour from the storms of the heart. It is a beautiful performance from Thompson, subtly exposing the frailties and uncertainties of a woman whose career has been built on inner strength and clarity of vision. Whitehead impresses as the dreamer while Tucci, as always, is rock solid. A must see.


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