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Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

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A melodious morning

Dean Doyle and Sophistication are back this week for Morning Melodies at the Ballina RSL. Dean, Narelle and Paul...

A voice for koalas: Vale Olivia Newton-John

The Rainforest Information Centre has expressed its deep condolences to the family and close friends of Olivia Newton-John who was literally the voice of the koala.

The COVID-19 Booster: Latest news from the pandemic

The COVID-19 Booster is Cosmos Magazine’s weekly shot of the latest research, news and data from the pandemic.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Byron Council to vote on major flood recovery works  

Major drainage enhancements in flood-affected areas, and the employment of a Council officer to help residents rebuild and return to their homes, are among a raft of measures proposed by Byron Council under the latest round of disaster funding.

Tweed Council refuse aged care facility Tweed Heads

The proposed aged care facility at Caloola Drive Tweed Heads (DA20/0712) was refused at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday.

I see that Airbnb recently ran ads showing happy people on holiday, followed by the tag line that all this happiness was made possible by ‘hosts’; or by Airnb. 

Deary me; I hadn’t realised that holiday letting was invented by those guys and that until they did there was no such thing as renting a private house available for tourists. Also, I was under the impression that a ‘host’ was something more tangible than a computer entity; maybe I should coin the term ‘absentee host’ to clarify the situation. 

Said ads have now been followed by another shock: Bob Dylan on the soundtrack! I don’t recognise the song but its punchline is something about ‘shelter from the sun’ – I suppose there is another one in the pipeline for colder climates; everyone needs shelter, eh? But maybe Bob didn’t sell out. Maybe it’s a computer generated mockery. Maybe it’s a conspiracy to discredit my generation? 

I should explain to the youngsters that Bob Dylan was the undisputed musical genius of my generation; the guy hit the right popular note at just the right time. Some 40ish child journliiast wrote recently that Bob’s words ‘weren’t poetry’. Really? Most words to most songs sound like crap without the melody, but Bob’s contributions were, in the early days at least, brilliant; the words perfectly suited the melody and the renditio. Must admit though I’m stil having trouble with his suggestion that one could play a song on a tambourine. Ba Ba Blacksheep maybe? 

Fast Buck$, Coorabell


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