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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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.”

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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.

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‘I’m taking the dog’: What happens when couples with pets break up?

Legally Blondefans remember the scene where Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle Woods, a Harvard Law student, helps reunite her manicurist friend Paulette Belafonte (played by Jennifer Coolidge) with her bulldog, Rufus.
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Standing at the door of the trailer Paulette and her ex-husband once shared, Elle lectures him about common law marriage and the equitable division of the assets. “Huh?” he asks quizzically. “I’m taking the dog, dumbass,” Paulette yells as she grabs her beloved pooch and runs for the car.

It’s an iconic moment in rom-com movie history,and one that gets played out in similar ways all the time in real life when couples who own a dog together break up.

As couples now tend to put off marriage and children until later in life, getting a pet together has become a big step for many couples looking to advance their relationship.

“I felt like getting a dog together was more solid than a ring,” said Liz Szwejbka, a 25-year-old social worker fromNew York, of getting her dog, Moose, with her boyfriend. “A ring you can take off and give back. … Owning a dog is a whole different story.”

Sharing a pet together can teach couples a lot about their compatibility as future spouses. “If you have a pet, you’re forced to negotiate more, trust each other more,” psychotherapist and relationship counsellor Rachel Dack said. “It’s a great way to gauge your capability as a team.”

But relationship experts warn that it’s important to wait until your relationship is sure to go the distance before adding a furry family member.

Pets introduce time, financial and travel constraints. Restless puppies waking you up at all hours of the night, and expensive boarding facilities and finding little “gifts” on the new carpet can all create stress in the relationship, at least temporarily, while you’re adjusting.

“If you’re concerned about your relationship, speak up about that before you involve a pet,” Dack said.

Even trickier than raising a pet together is figuring out what to do with it if the relationship ends. Often, both people want to keep the pet in their life, but maintaining joint custody post-breakup can be problematic.

Singledom and pet custody …. Photo: John Veage

For one, “it drags out contact that is not useful for the person who is struggling to move on,” Dack said.

Matchmaker and chief executive of Exclusive Matchmaking Susan Trombetti stressed that after a tough separation, it’s important to let yourself heal. “You need a clean cut until you’re over it, so you can’t be sharing a dog.”

Who should ultimately end up with the the pet depends on who can best care for it. “You have to have the pet’s best interest at heart,” Trombetti said.

Mary Flaherty, a 26-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, who works in finance, found herself left to care for a dog and cat alone after she and her ex broke up. “He said I should take the animals. He didn’t even offer to do anything,” she said. “He didn’t want to deal with it.” Ultimately, she decided the animals would have a better quality of life living with her mother.

If neither person can provide adequate care for the animal alone, sometimes giving it up becomes the only option, as was the case with Chris Michaels. After the 25-year-old truck driver parted ways with his girlfriend, their individual time and financial constraints became an issue.

“Since she wasn’t able to take care of them and neither am I because of my job, the only option was to surrender them (to a shelter),” he said. “But both have been adopted into loving homes since then.”

According to Matt Williams of the Humane Rescue Alliance, while breakups aren’t the main reason people surrender pets, it is a contributing factor. When individuals are having issues tending to a pet alone but don’t want to relinquish them, the shelter will work with them to figure out their options and help create a care plan, he said.

While discussing the possibility of the relationship failing isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, having a contingency plan in place in advance can lessen some of the burdens of a breakup, especially if it’s a messy one.

“A lot people reach out to me when they have a breakup and a very common, painful dimension in the breakup is ‘But we have this pet together, what do we do?’,” said Elisabeth LaMotte, a psychotherapist and founder of D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center.

“I think it’s very important to discuss what you would plan to do if the relationship doesn’t last.”

Liz Szwejbka’s sister Marissa Szwejbka, a 27-year-old special-education teacher who also lives in Buffalo, resorted to taking legal action after a broken engagement to gain custody of her dog, Charlie.

“The first thing I said was ‘I’m taking the dog,’ ” she said.

As inLegally Blonde,Marissa Szwejbka enlisted the help of a friend who was in law school at the time. “She helped me draft a division of the assets which outlined everything, including me keeping Char,” she said.

Hunter RFS crews out and about for Get Ready Weekend

THE imageswere familiar, but disturbingly early.
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Newcastle Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers’ dramatic photographs of the runaway Richmond Vale fire on Wednesday were a warning, if a warning iseven necessary, about the bushfire danger that’s a reality of life in , even in early September.

A few days earlier, while most of us werestill wearingjumpers and jeans, the weather forecasts flagged Wednesday as the early spring day that would end up feeling like summer. And so it did.

A balmy early breeze had kicked up, and warmed up, by 9am. It wasn’t too long before the NSW Rural Fire Service’s extremely helpful and valuable “Fires Near Me” site detailed fires across the state.

The vast majority were small and relatively easy to get under control.

The one red, out of control fire on the RFS map was at Richmond Vale, where fire crews battled strong winds, choking smoke and afire front that showed just how dry the Hunter is, even now, and just how quickly a full-blown emergency can develop.

We acknowledge the outstanding work of firefighters in controlling and containing the fire and protecting the community, yet again.

This weekend we can thank fire crews directly for the service they’ve already given the community –sometimes for years –and offer support before the summer season ahead.

RFS stations across the Hunter will be open on Saturday and Sunday as NSW Rural Fire Service holds a Get Ready Weekend, where people can talk to firefighters about how to prepare their homes and families for summer.

RFS crews will also be at other community venues, shopping centres and local parks, to spread the word about how to keep safe in the coming months.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons repeated that the dry and warm conditions of the past week, combined with a relatively dry winter, means “we’re facing a potentially dangerous bush fire season”.

There will be some in the community who will dismiss that statement by saying “We’ve heard it all before”.

Yes, we have, because it’s a fact we have to face each year. It’s also a fact that in some years the potential of a dangerous bush fire season becomes deadly reality, which is why we should always be prepared.

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What a load of bull: Cow runs amok at WA Parliament House

Did Winston want to beef up the numbers of Liberal MPs at Parliament? Photo: Ten News PerthWhen I heard there was a steer running around Parliament House, my first thought was the treasurer and premier had donned a cow suit to distract West Aussies away from the recent brutal state budget.
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Bovine baloney aside,a steer actually hoofed it away from a herd of waiting media and politicians on Wednesday morning at Parliament House.

I mean, you expect the occasional bit of bull to come from pollies from the top of the hill, but this is absurd.

Winston and his bovine buddy Clementine were on the grassy knoll of parliament helping to promote mental health awareness as part of the RUOK? Day.

No Bull: A steer on the lose at the seat of WA politics. Photo: Ten News Perth

The handler lost control of Winston who appeared to make a beeline for an ABC cameraman but at the last moment did a sidestep that Wallabies’ great David Campese would be proud of.

The steer’s last seconddecision to dodge the cameraman will only fuel the conspiracy inside the bowels of the Liberal party about the left-leaning media in WA steering the agenda.

There is also a rumour the cow got spooked after it got a whiff of the Liberals’ election bloodbath wafting from the corridors of parliament and thought it was heading into an abattoir.

(Maybe given the minuscule number of Liberal MPs left after the March election caning, the steer wanted to help beef-up the numbers for the opposition?)

While Winston was a no show at the media conference, Clementine did her best to keep the absurdity going by peeing all over the grass in front of Parliament House.

Regional Affairs Minister Alannah MacTiernan, who has always shied away from running with the cattle in her own party, couldn’t resist the political opportunity to seize on the moment. “The cow’s pissing it in,” she said.

Dardanup farmer Peter Milton tried to steer the media conference back on the subject of men’s mental health, but left journalists slightly bemused by saying Clementine would be appearing at a barbecue in the coming days.

A quick-thinking journalist wanted to know whether the cow was going to be the guest or on the menu.

Mr Milton said Clementine would be “walking away” from the BBQ.

“It was Winston’s first day out of the shed in three months, his first public appearance. I guess he got a bit embarrassed,’ Mr Milton said.

“He’s got another appointment tomorrow at an RUOK? barbecue, south of Bunbury.”

WAtoday understands Winston has been approached by numerous political parties as a possible candidate in 2021 WA state election.

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Bonza! Scrabble launches Aussie slang edition

ns are now able to use words such as “bonza” and “g’day” in one of the world’s most popular board games. Photo: Joe ArmaoOnya, Scrabble.
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Word nerds can now officially use n English’s more colourful words to rake up high scores.

Mattel, the company that distributes the popular board game, unveiled its highly-anticipated n edition of Scrabble on Thursday.

“It’s a fun twist on the classic game of Scrabble,” the company’s marketing manager Jacinta Whitehead said. “It allows you to use Aussie slang words on the boardand you actually get bonus points for every slang word you use with your tiles.”

However, embracing Aussie slang created a problem for those devising the rules for the new-look board game: how to spell a word that isn’t often written down?For example, is the slang word for breakfast “brekkie” or “brekky”?

Sometimes, both variants are acceptable. For example, the Macquarie Dictionary has both “exy” and “exxy” as acceptable substitutes for “expensive”.

Mattelsidestepped this linguistic puzzle- and the controversy surrounding whether or not it’s “potato cake” or “potato scallop” – by decidingthe most common way to spell a word would win the day. The list of acceptable slang words was drawn up from around 20,000 submissions.

“The words were crowdsourcedfrom all over ,” Whitehead said. “A really interesting one was the shortened version of schnitzel, which for me is ‘schnitzy’ but for others it’s ‘schnitty’.”

Some of Whitehead’s favourite words allowed in the new gameinclude “stonkered” – which means perplexed or to fail at something – and “biffo”, which refers to an argument or brawl.

“Only Aussies can make a fight sound friendly,” she said.

Some of the words allowed in Aussie Scrabble include:

arvoambosbarbiebrekkiecozziedipstickekka (the annual Brisbane show)footyg’dayheapsjournolippymoolahnuddy (naked)ockerpashpavprezzyraptsalvossickiestrewthstrayatinnytogsuey (a U-turn)vinnies (St Vincent De Paul’s)wowserxing (an animal crossing)yabby

North Queensland Cowboys end Parramatta Eels’ season, but Jason Taumalolo faces nervous wait

Cowboys end Eels’ season but Taumalolo faces nervous wait TweetFacebookPictures: AAPParramatta’s season is over, but perhaps so too is that of North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.
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The Eels’ premiership drought will now stretch into a 32nd year after the Cowboys once again defied the odds to march to within one game of an unlikely grand final appearance. Whether Taumalolo will be part of the side that takes on the Roosters next weekend remains to be seen after he put a shoulder charge on opposing No.13 Nathan Brown.

The Cowboys have already progressed further than most expected without injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, but a suspension to Taumalolo would be a blow that perhaps even Paul Green’s men wouldn’t be able to recover from.

RELATED:Cowboys stun Eels in semi-final

The blue and golds came into the game as favourites after pushing Melbourne to the limit, but couldn’t reproduce that performance against the plucky side from Townsville.

The battle of the 13s was a ripper. The buy of the year against, to borrow a line from Billy Moore, the buy of the decade. Taumalolo and Nathan Brown were again among the best for their teams. They seemed to find each other on multiple occasions, although Taumalolo’s hit on Brown in the 29th minute didn’t appear a legal one. While the whistleblowers took no action, replays appeared to show a copybook shoulder charge. It will be a nervous wait for ‘JT’ and his side.

Taumalolo again ran for more than 200 metres. Tackling him is often an exercise in futility. Just ask Daniel Alvaro. The Parramatta forward was a tad lucky to be playing after throwing a reckless elbow against the Storm. Luck deserted him when he got his head in the wrong spot trying to stop ‘JT’. He knocked himself out just five minutes into the game and didn’t return.

The match also marks perhaps the last for in the NRL for Semi Radradra. He will leave the game not only as the pre-eminent winger but also its most dangerous player. His latest try, the 82nd of his short but eventful career in the 13-man code, was a cracker. When Te Maire Martin put up an attacking crossfield kick, it would have been a Cowboys try had one of his teammates come down with it. Instead, Radradra leapt above the pack, marked it like he was playing at the adjoining Spotless Stadium, and ended up putting the ball under the posts 100 metres upfield. When he is in one of these moods, there is no stopping him.

Radradra has the No.2 on his back, but couldn’t be confined to the sideline. There were times when he was playing in the centres, while on other occasions he was pushing forwards out of the way in the middle of the field. Toulon have got themselves a special buy indeed.

While he can score them, so too can opposing wingerflanker Kyle Feldt. His put-down – fighting the sideline, the cover defence and gravity- was just as spectacular.

The Cowboys’ third try could well have been the eight-point variety. Microseconds after Coen Hess put down the ball, Eels hooker Cameron King cleaned him up with a late hit. The visitors took umbrage, players ran in from everywhere and punches were thrown. Officials decided not to give Ethan Lowe an additional shot at goal.

This is will go down as yet another season of disappointment for the Eels. They finished fourth to earn two cracks in the finals, their first since 2009, but went out in straight sets. Two of the tries they scored were from opposition kicks. The only other, from the boot of Mitchell Moses, came after the full-time siren.

Wrecking ball: Jason Taumalolo goes for a gallop. Photo: AAP

Brown was again outstanding in a beaten team. However, their attack, so potent during the back end of the season, didn’t click on the biggest stage. Perhaps the physical and emotional energy they expended against the Storm last weekend was greater than that used by the Cowboys in their extra-time thriller against the defending premiers.

The difference was Michael Morgan. He may be playing without Johnathan Thurston but is playing more and more like him in recent months. With Morgan firing, particularly if Taumalolo is available, the Roosters will do well not to underestimate them. Too many teams have already made that mistake.