Twin Peaks actor Harry Dean Stanton dies ages 91

Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies aged 91 Harry Dean Stanton performs at the 35th anniversary celebration of the founding of Greenpeace, in Los Angeles. Picture: AP
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Harry Dean Stanton most recent film is due for release on September 29.

TweetFacebookAn actor’s actor, whose gaunt manner never sat easily in the commercial machine of Hollywood merry-go-round of pretty faces, Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91.

Stanton, a respected actor with an eclectic body of work which includedTwin Peaks,Paris, TexasandRepo Man, died of natural causes.

The film producer and director John Carpenter described Stanton as a great actor.

“He was [also] a wonderful man, kind and full ofhumour,” Carpenter said.

And his longtime friend David Lynch paid tribute to him, saying “the great Harry Dean Stanton has left us”.

Harry Dean Stanton in one of his most acclaimed roles in Paris, Texas Photo: Fairfax Media

“There went a great one,” Lynch said.

“There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) and a great human being. [It was] so great tobe around him.”

Stephen King, who wrote the bookChristine, noted that in the film adaptation of the book, Stanton stole the best line with: “I’m selling’ this sh-thole and buyin’ a condo”.

“Rest in peace,” King said today. “You were great.”

Born in Irvine, Kentucky, in 1926, Stanton considered a career as a writer, studying journalism and radio.

Later he had to choose, he said, between being a singer or an actor. He chose the latter.

Though Stanton has a number of high-profile credits to his name,notably films such asThe Godfather Part II,Alien,Pretty In PinkandCoolHand Luke, he is best known as an actor who worked extensively in independent cinema.

His most memorable roles are in smaller, edgier films, such asCockfighter,Repo ManandEscape from New York.

He also memorably played the army recruiter responsible for tricking Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) into joining the army in the hitPrivate Benjamin.

As a performer, he became a favourite of certain directors, notably David Lynch, appearing in 1992’sTwin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Stanton reprised that role, Carl Rodd, in the recent reboot ofTwin Peaks.

Among his earliest roles was an uncredited partin the iconic 1962 westernHow The West Was Won.

Harry Dean Stanton. February 04, 1991.

He also worked extensively in television in the 1950s and 1960s, with roles in programs such asThe Rifleman,Johnny Ringo,The Texan,BonanzaandThe Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

After decades working as a character actor, he broke through to stardom with a role in the Wim Wenders filmParis, Texasin 1984.

Between 2006 and 2010 he played Roman Grant in the HBO dramaBig Love.

In 2012, he appeared in a documentary about his career,Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction.

Aside from the reboot ofTwin Peaks, his most recent roles included the short filmThe Pimp and the Rose, and the HBO television seriesGetting On.

His final role, the lead in the filmLucky, saw him working alongside David Lynch, in a rare acting performance, as well as Ed Begley Jr and Tom Skerritt.

The film will be released on September 29.

Stanton never married; according to reports he is survived by several children.

Illegally dumped car in the centre of Richmond Vale fire inquiry

Car in centre of fire inquiry A water bombing plane in action. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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a water bombing plane in action. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The fire crowning at Leggetts Drive . Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The fire crowning at Leggetts Drive . Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fire burning on Leggetts Drive. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fire beside Leggetts Drive. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fire & Rescue firefighters with a burning coal hopper at the Richmond vale Railway Museum which suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

ire & Rescue firefighters mopping up at the Richmond vale Railway Museum which suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

RFS firefighters from Seaham Brigade at Leggetts Drive. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

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The fire from Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Pictures: Media Response Newcastle

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Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

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Richmond Vale fire. Picture: Sage Swinton.

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The fire has caused significant damage at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Picture: Brodie Owen

The fire has caused significant damage at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Picture: Brodie Owen

The fire has caused significant damage at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Picture: Brodie Owen

The fire has caused significant damage at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Picture: Brodie Owen

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Peter Meddows, chairman of the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, surveying a burnt out carriage. The museum suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

People watching the fire from George Booth Drive, Buchanan. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A horse belonging to Lorraine Moss breaking through a fence after a helicopter landed in the paddock nearby on her Richmond Vale Road property. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Richmond Vale bushfire. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lorraine Moss evacuating with her horses from her home on Richmond Vale Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lorraine Moss evacuating evacuating with her horses from her home on Richmond Vale Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lorraine Moss evacuating evacuating with her horses from her home on Richmond Vale Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lorraine Moss evacuating evacuating with her horses from her home on Richmond Vale Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Cameraman Lachlan Thorburn running as a fire flares after burning through a swamp on Leggetts Drive. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Peter Meddows, chairman of the Richmond vale Railway Museum, surveying a burnt out carriage. The museum suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Black Hill. Picture: Sage Swinton

Black Hill. Picture: Sage Swinton

Peter Meddows, chairman of the Richmond vale Railway Museum, surveying some of the damage with other museum volunteers. The museum suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Burnt out carriages at the Richmond Vale Rail Museum. The museum suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Burnt out carriages at the Richmond Vale Rail Museum. The museum suffered considerable loss of rolling stock. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fire beside Leggetts Drive. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Water bombing helicopters filling up from a lake in Richmond Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

water bombing helicopters filling up from a lake in Richmond Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

water bombing helicopters filling up from a lake in Richmond Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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Sick Aaron Royle slams ITU on athlete welfare in Rotterdam

SETBACK: Aaron Royle is chasing a higher World Triathlon Series ranking in Saturday’s grand final. Aaron Royle has taken the International Triathlon Union to task after he missed a pre-race briefing in Rotterdam due to illness and was banished to the back of the starting pontoon.
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Royle will compete in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Saturday but will do so with a handicap after a bout of gastroenteritis forced him to miss the briefing session on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Olympian took to Twitter to slam the ITU for ignoring athlete welfare as the nine-race world series reaches its climax.

“Requested exemption from the ITU briefing session today as it is highly contagious,” he wrote.“ITU denied request and said that I will be penalised to the back of the pontoon if I missed briefing.

“Good job athletes interest at the forefront of their mind again.Extremely contagious virus and they are happy for me to be sat in a room with 130 other athletes (I’m not going to risk that by the way).”

Royle is fighting for a place on ’s team for the Commonwealth Games next year and is 18thon the world series standings, eight places behind automatic Games selection Jake Birtwhistle and one in front of under-23 Luke Willian.

Sick Royle slams ITU on athlete welfare TweetFacebook Lorcan Redmond racing in Nottingham, England, this month.Fellow Newcastle athleteLorcan Redmond, the four-time all-schools national champion, is the youngest of ’s three-man team in the juniors race.

The Newcastle Grammar student has been training in the Basque country and competed with the national junior team at the British Mixed Relay Cup this month in Nottingham.

Olympic silver medallistMichellie Jones, 48, will contest an age group sprint and guide Rio Paralympic champion Katie Kelly.

Competitors will have to deal with rain, strong wind and 14-degree temperatures in the Dutch port city.

Hunter health insurance rate ‘driving force’ behind abandonment of Maitland Hospital PPP: Hazzard

On the road: A convoy of buses and cars carrying dozens of Maitland residents and hospital staff went to NSW Parliament on Thursday to hear the debate over a petition calling for the new Maitland Hospital to be publicly run and funded. Picture: Simone De Peak The rate of private health insurance cover in the Lower Hunter was akey reasonthat the state government abandoned a public-private partnership for the new Maitland Hospital, NSW Parliament has heard.
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A 17,000-signature petition was debated in the lower house on Thursday afternoon, calling for the new hospital to be fully publicly run and publicly funded.

It comes after thegovernment announced in July that it would seek expressions of interest from the not-for-profit sector to build and run thefacility at Metford.

The decision has been criticised by Labor and the unions.

Dozens of Hunter residents and health care workers travelled to Sydney to listen to the debate on Thursday.

They applauded Hunter Labor MPs Jenny Aitchison, Kate Washington and YasminCatley when they spoke and could be heard laughing at some comments from Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Nationals Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen.

“Our community has waited six years while this government has sat on its hands and made promises, after promises, after promises,” Ms Aitchison said.

An artist’s impression of the new Maitland Hospital site at Metford.

“They keep telling us this will be just like the [Calvary] Mater, let that rest.This is nothing like the Mater. This is a private hospital by any other name.”

Mr Hazzard said the rate of private health insurance in the Maitland area was“one of the driving forces”behind the government’s decision to scrap its plan for a public-private partnership and opt for not-for-profit sector involvement.

He accused Labor of playing politics with the issue.

“The truth of the matter is[Ms Aitchison] knows that $450 million is a huge commitment to Maitland Hospital and to the rebuild, and that’s on top of the land,” Mr Hazzard said.

Mr Johnsen said staff numbers at the existing Maitland Hospital–which will close when the new facility opens–had increased by 13.7per cent since the 2012/13 financial year.

Before the debate, executive director of doctors’ union ASMOFAndrew Holland saidprivatisation would take resources away from patient care.

“We will continue to fight this privatisation, tooth and nail,” he said.

Nurse Jane Burton, who is a representative of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s Maitland branch,said resources atMaitland Hospitalwere already being drained.

“Wecan’t be squeezed any further,” she said.

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Blue heeler battle revived between Aberdeen and Muswellbrook

Dogfight over blue heeler’s Hunter hometown | POLL, PHOTOS Top Dog: A new “Big Blue Heeler” statue being erected in Muswellbrook’s main drag last year and Brett “Mon” Garling, the artist who created it. Picture: Rod Thompson.
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A blue heeler statue on a Muswellbrook path that Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen wants moved.

The Big Blue Heeler statue being lowered into place in Muswellbrook in December 2016.

The Big Blue Heeler statue being lowered into place in Muswellbrook in December 2016.

The new Big Blue Heeler statue in Muswellbrook in December 2016.

TweetFacebookHerald about a blue heeler statue on a path at Muswellbrook.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen called for Muswellbrook Shire Council to move the statue, suggesting it was a bit of a hazard.

Thing is, this oddly-placed statue has revived memories of an old rivalry between Muswellbrook and Aberdeen.

“Take it to Aberdeen where it belongs,”Jaime Saunderssaid on Facebook, of the statue.

This comment had echoes of a dispute between the two towns that erupted years ago over the famous breed’shometown.

The record books show that Thomas Hall first bred the blue heeler (also known as the blue cattle dog) at Dartbrook in 1840.

Hall crossed a dingo and a Northumberland blue merle drover’s dog (a breed with border collie lineage).

His creation was known at the time as a Hall’s heeler. It was the ancestor of today’s blue cattle dogs.

The blue cattle dog was first bred at Dartbrook, near Aberdeen, in 1840.

Dartbrook isn’t too far from Aberdeen and Muswellbrook. But, crucially, Aberdeen is closer.

A dogfight between the two towns boiled over in 2001.

Muswellbrook council erected a statue of the Aussie icon in its main street to welcome tourists to “Blue Heeler Country”.

Scone was known as the horse capital, so Muswellbrook thought “stuff this, we’ll havethe blue heeler”.

This put some noses out of joint in Aberdeen.

A bloke from Aberdeen named Len Dever – a former Scone councillor – wasn’t a happy chappy.

“It’s typical of the bigger town, more money mentality,” Mr Dever said at the time.

“People who have got a bit of bite or punch think they can do what they like.”

The town’s then tourism officer Kevin Doherty, who was known as “Mr Muswellbrook”, hit back.

“Muswellbrook is blue heeler country, the original blue heeler country, and Aberdeen can go and jump in the lake,” Mr Doherty asserted.

Tensions had already been simmering over the matter since Muswellbrook council used a blue heeler logo on its letterheads four years prior.

Muswellbrook still has a “Big Blue Heeler” statue in its main drag.

The statue was replaced last December.

Dubbo artist Brett “Mon” Garling created the new two-metre high statue. It cost about $60,000.

“It will last forever,” Brett told the Muswellbrook Chronicle.

“I’ve given it a 100-year guarantee.”

Thoughts to [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Newcastles of the World A Buddhist temple near Kota Bharu, the Malaysian Newcastle.

Topics wrote last year about a book titled Newcastles of the World United.

The book documents 50 Newcastles across the English-speaking world.

We were reminded of this when we attended the Placebo gig at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday (in our Newcastle, that is).

Placebo lead singer introduced violinist Angela Chan as hailing from “Newcastle…in Malaysia”.

The Malaysian Newcastle is a city namedKota Bharu.

The name means “new city”or “new castle/fort”in Malay.

The website newcastlesoftheworld苏州夜总会招聘 says there are more than100 Newcastles around the world.

We know the obvious one inthe UK.

Here’s some less obvious ones:Neuburg an der donau (Germany),NovéHrady (Czech Republic),Nyborg (Denmark),Castlenuovo Rangone (Italy),Neufchâteau (Belgium),Nowy Zamek (Poland),Herceg Novi (Montenegro),Savonlinna (formerly Nyslott in Finland),Castillo-Neuvo (Spain).

Party in JapanThe 20th Newcastles of the World Conferencewill be held from October 3 to 9next year in Shinshiro (which means Newcastle) in Japan.

“We hope to welcome many people from many Newcastles to Shinshiro and that you will enjoy our heartwarming hospitality,” the latest Newcastles of the World newsletter said.

Novocastrians, get amongst it.

Jaime Saunders