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Simon Haslam I don’t know if you can recall one of those luminous moments in your life when it just...

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Just us, with the wild goat

Simon Haslam I don’t know if you can recall one of those luminous moments in your life when it just...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on Trauma

In the War on Trauma we care for hurt people. We understand the importance of safety, of nutrition, of connection to community, of addressing loneliness, of the power of being in nature.  Being locked in jail for drug-related offences doesn’t change the underlying reasons for why someone has addiction issues. It just amplifies the trauma. And amplified trauma leads to drug harm.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

Chemicals left by first stars in the universe may have been detected by the Gemini North telescope

The chemical remains of the earliest stars in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers.

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

The Fischer–Spassky 1992 Twentieth Anniversary Rematch was in fact Russia and Spassky’s revenge.

Russia knew that Bobby Fischer was unstable, radical, anti-authoritaarian, malleable, and penniless. By enticing him to break the US sanctions against the then-Yugoslavia they knew that Fischer and the American government would forever be at war. Prizemoney for the event was $3.5m – a massive amount thirty years ago for a vagrant.

The result was that America lost their only world chess champion and Fischer lost everything except the prize money. And Russia got some revenge against the USA for assisting in dismantling the USSR.

In 1972 America used Fischer to symbolically conquer the might of the atheist Soviet Union. Even US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, had rung Fischer imploring him to complete the 1972 Championship.

It was the tragic Fischer who was used by both sides of the Cold War!

It is now half a century since Bobby Fischer won the Championship. Bobby lived the remainder of his life basically on the run from country to country, being imprisoned and even marrying to prevent extradition to the unforgiving USA. 

Since 1972 America has not produced another world chess champion in spite of granting citizenship to many of the world’s top foreign players. 

Bobby died at the appropriate age of 64 years – matching the number of squares on a chess board. His nature was black and white, matching the colours of chess pieces. Perhaps also matching the skin colour extremes of the human race.

Peter Hanna, Byron Bay

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