If you are familiar with Charles Dickens’s two timeless novels, Oliver Twist ] and Great Expectations which is irreplaceably in my all-time top ten – A Tale of Two Cities I had to read at school, which blinded me to its worth), you might have trouble aligning Dan Stevens’s at times flippant portrayal of the 19th century’s prolific writer/speaker/polemicist with the man who is presented in the archives.
Jackie Loeb is a very funny woman. This character-playing comedy chameleon found her feet early in the Australian award-winning sketch TV comedy series Full Frontal. Loeb has something special. She’s an impressive cabaret singer and musician and has the kind of voice that easily has people fronting to see her for that talent alone.
Little Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) was born with a congenital condition that, even after twenty-seven operations, has left him with a sadly messed-up face. Lucky for him, he lives in a luxurious New York brownstone with parents Nate and Isabel (Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts), who are the nicest people in the world. It’s easy to be flippant if you have not been cursed by disfigurement (‘winning the lottery of life in reverse’), so I would not wish to pretend for one minute that I was not deeply affected in a choked-up, heart-swelling way by this movie.
In the dimly lit interior of a small nightclub, where the stale smell of a thousand extinguished cigarettes drowns out the smell of spilt beer and broken dreams, a band plays against a backdrop of cheap golden tinsel. Outside, palm trees line the night’s horizon.
Who doesn’t adore Winnie the Pooh? The mere utterance of the teddybear’s name, along with Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, is enough to transport so many people of a certain age to a happier world of uncomplicated intimacies and honey-soaked innocence. The history behind Pooh is considerably more layered, however.
Audio Vixen Sibling trio Audio Vixen presents a stunning salute to some of the music industry’s greatest classic rock artists such as The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and many more. As seen on The X Factor, Audio Vixen... Read More →
Because the leitmotif is tennis, you might worry that this comes too soon on the heels of Battle of the Sexes to be relevant. Forget about that. The two films are the same but significantly different.
He’s performed in some of the best comedy rooms in the world; he’s even starred in the Xmas episode of The Office in a part his mate Ricky Gervais wrote for him, but when UK comedian Greg Burns came to Australia, it was love at first sight.
Whether you want to think of it as homage or as just a blatant, money-grabbing rip-off (I prefer the former), Christopher Landon’s new take on Groundhog Day (1993) is a little ripper.
Tensions in Lismore Labor have erupted after former Mayor Jenny Dowell was defeated for the position of Branch Secretary following the resignation of former Secretary Mark Bailey.
Know of anyone who took part in a three-month bullock trek to Sydney in 1987 as part of the 1988 Centenary celebrations? Colin Statham says he was part of the dozen or so who made the journey with 20... Read More →
With the widespread clearing of old growth trees, wildlife have experienced a major housing shortage Australia-wide. Certain birds and animals rely on very old trees to provide hollows in which to live and breed. Many of these old trees have been... Read More →
Writers; celebrate, reminisce, remonstrate, illuminate, demystify, enthrall, enrage and educate at this years Byron Bay Writers Festival. Beautiful weather, fabulous site, challenging ideas, animated discussions, celebrated personalities and laugh out loud piss-takes, these are the building blocks of one of... Read More →
Splendour was glorious. Beautiful daytime temperatures if a bit fffchilly at night. Lots of glitter, hair sculptures, sonic treats, yummy eats and not a lot of pants. Haim, Blood Royal, Queens of the Stone Age and Sigur Ros were amongst the headliners of the 3 1/2 day festival. Check out the selection of pictures from our photographer Jeff (party animal) Dawson.
True to the roots of the rainbow region a pop up demonstration took place at the Channon market on Sunday July 9 to protest against intolerance around the world.
I remember when the Big Prawn was in an awful state. Feelers broken, shell peeling. Pale and graffitied, the poor prawn didn’t even have a tail. Those were bad days for Ballina. The Big Prawn is the symbol of Ballina, even more than the mobility scooter.
The north coast’s low vaccination rates for one, two and five year-olds is a concern for NSW Labor Walt Secord, after the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released data today (June 8) on national vaccination rates in 2015-16. Sydney’s... Read More →
Paul Gannon, Coopers Shoot. While I do not necessarily and wholeheartedly support the West Byron development it is with a sense of irony that I read of some people’s concern, eg councillor Cate Coorey, regarding NSW Planning Department’s attitude towards... Read More →
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. How about having Byron shire's internal audit committee kick off its new term by looking into the management of the well-endowed sewerage fund over the last 15 years?
Veteran singer Barry Manilow says coming out publicly as gay was a 'beautiful experience,' as he was honoured for his long-standing career in the music industry.
Jethro and Prem Williams make music for inner peace. In it for the long haul, the couple have toured the world with their three children in tow, performing their signature brand of contemporary mantras and selling nearly a quarter of... Read More →
Paul Capsis is delightful. I’m speaking to him while he’s making lunch. ‘It’s a new thing for me,’ he laughs about his cooking. ‘I find it really relaxing. I mean who knew? I was never one of those people who... Read More →
The Local Health District has issued a response to claims by Coorabell man Paul Rea that his wife was required to drive him to the Gold Coast for urgent treatment while he was in the throes of a stroke as Byron Central Hospital did not have the facilities to treat him.
For the first time in history North East Tennis has won the Tennis Australia 12 Years Boys State Teams Event held in Bathurst last weekend. Playing a round robin of singles and doubles against the best teams from all regions... Read More →
Negotiations are underway between the prosecution and defence concerning charges against a Tatham man who allegedly tried to steal a woman's car at Lismore then assaulted several police.