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It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

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New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

Following the lead of Western Australia and Victoria

Following the leads of Western Australia and Victoria by adopting a plan to phase out logging of public native forests, is what a local alliance is asking of the NSW Government.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection ?

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

More than 8,000 free meals given away in Ballina lockdown

Around 8,000 free meals were given to a dramatically increased number of people needing them in Ballina over the lockdown period starting 9 August.

Democracy under strain as pandemic continues

With the NSW government now openly threatening that the public will not be able to participate in social activities, work in the public sector or travel interstate unless they are vaccinated for COVID-19, The Echo asked local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) what her party is doing about protecting civic rights and freedoms.

Ammonite with kate Winslet

The Best of British at Palace Byron

Presented by Palace, the British Film Festival opened on 10 November and will again celebrate the filmmakers, acting talent and stories from the British Isles with a programme featuring the most anticipated films of the year.

The 2020 British Film Festival programme has a strong focus on females, both on and off screen – this festival sees eight films leading the way.

The charming Irish crowd-pleaser, A Bump Along The Way directed by Shelly Love, has an all-female creative team. The film follows a boozy 44-year-old single mother who falls pregnant from a one-night-stand, much to the shame of her buttoned-up teen daughter.

Other films include: a gripping historical drama, A Call To Spy, which follows a new British spy agency at the dawn of WWII; Ammonite from writer/director Francis Lee, set in 1840s England and staring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

A folk-horror thriller, Fanny Lye Deliver’d is director Thomas Clay’s third feature and it’s a potent brew of sex, violence and political radicalism; and Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley star in the charming and farcical comedy Misbehaviour, a true story about feminist protesters who disrupted the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

Other great movies on the bill are The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, Six Minutes To Midnight, and Summerland.

Audiences can rock out with two extraordinary music docos – Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm and White Riot. And of course there are strong British dramas too. All up, there are 22 great films – tickets to the 2020 festival are now on sale.

British Film Festival Byron Bay: Nov 10–29, Palace Byron Bay.


Mad Max 2

He’s Max, He’s Mad, and He’s Back!

The Paradis Movie Club is excited to present their Mad Max Special Event, for one night only, in November.

The event will feature a screening of Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2 – The Road Warrior  (1981). You will receive a complimentary ‘Mad Mac’ cocktail, made by the local legends at Brookie’s, and access to a special Mad Max merchandise stall and Paradis Movie Club store.

There will be a live Q&A with Steve Bisley (Jim Goose). From 6.30pm at Byron Theatre, Saturday November 21. This is an 18+ event. Limited tickets!


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