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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and Beyond

A huge amount of entertainment all crammed into one space.

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

Search for a home

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful...

Jake Jaquiss, Goolmangar

A new game to play, no electronics and very interactive, PAP stands for Passive Aggressive Piety. PAP fills the void left by priests. To play PAP one merely tallies up the number of times in a day one can wag the finger at others less enlightened than oneself. Each time you do you give yourself PAP plus 1 (P+1).

So if you remonstrate when someone says, god forbid, that they like the Byron sculpture, or says ‘Happy Australia Day’ or, sin of all sins, say they had a meal at McDonald’s and it was quite nice, you score P+1.

To keep things scalable, great transgressions like the last comment still get P+1. At the end of the day you tally up your score and can see how secure you are on your moral high ground.

Two caveats – you can be ‘papped’ yourself. So, for a comment like ‘homeopathy is bollocks’ you get pap minus 1 (P-1). So, to maintain a high PAP score, one has to guard against non-sanctioned opinions.

Secondly, PAP doesn’t travel well; in fact we have the law of inverse PAP. So if you go to other areas your views may be seen as transgressive, so you either have to return to bubble land or change your opinions. Like all games there has to be a way to cheat. This is known as the PAP smear, where groundless rumours are spread, ie he/she says they’re vegan but I saw them eating a sausage!

So, remember you are the light you are the way and you have the figures to prove it.

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