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March 3, 2021

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Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

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Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Toxic masculinity is the phrase of the moment, and to a lot of people, particularly women, it is personified on screen by Clint Eastwood. But anybody familiar with his work will know that the tough-guy image is only a minor part of the package, for his films see affection and sentiment going hand in glove with a sometimes bitter but always stoic determination to resist political correctness and faddish relativism. Eastwood believes in taking responsibility for one’s actions, in owning up to who you are. In this cracking movie he is Earl Stone, a shuffling old horticulturist who, after losing his home and business in a foreclosure, becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. Earl accepts that he is dealing with bad hombres, but he justifies his activity by using the fabulous amounts of money he pockets to bankroll local businesses and pay for his granddaughter’s education. What his money can’t buy is a rapprochement with his wife and daughter (Dianne Wiest, Alison Eastwood), whom he has always neglected in favour of his work. Meanwhile, the cops (Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña) are closing in. Through Earl, Eastwood is defiantly old school. He can’t text and is astounded that a man would need to Google ‘how to change a flat tyre’ – he even refers to a coloured couple as ‘negroes’ and cannot understand why that’s not done any more. But the venerable director’s critical asides are delivered with a surprisingly light touch and I frequently found myself chuckling at his crusty sarcasm – on racial profiling; a Latino driver stresses that ‘statistically, these are the most dangerous five minutes of my life’ when he is pulled over by the police. As always, he maintains a tight narrative, spurning indulgence and making only sparing use of Arturo Sandical’s haunting theme. Earl’s road to redemption has him confronting the wrongs he has done to others without hiding behind excuses. At 89, Eastwood is in a reflective mood but no less committed to the virtues that make the man. Fantastic.


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