A potent mix of alcohol, crime and stereotyping

A year ago at Katherine in the Northern Territory I went into a liquor store, which won’t surprise you, and said hello as I walked around the copper standing in front of the aisles. Maybe there’d been trouble, I thought, as I collected a six-pack, and while paying I saw him checking the ID of an Aboriginal fellow.
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A day or two later in the same bottleshop Istepped around a queue of Aboriginal people standing before another copper, and as I paid I asked the store’s staff member what was with the copper and the queue. Everyone, he explained, had to show ID before they could buy alcohol, and he shrugged when I said that I hadn’t.

So, the third time in the bottle shop (I was there for a week!) I stood in line and when I reached the police officer, a woman this time, I asked why we had to show ID. She was friendly and said it was part of a program to reduce violence and crime in Aboriginal communities, and yes, she replied when I asked, it did work.

What was she looking for when she checked ID? That the person was not banned from buying alcohol, as some people were because they’d been involved in alcohol-fuelled crime, and that they had a permanent abode nearby to drink the alcohol. When I pointed out that I didn’t have a permanent abode nearby, she smiled and said police could exercise discretion.

I had been stereotyped.

This week on the ABC I heard a white Northern Territory woman say she had never been stopped by police in a bottle shop and her partner, an Aboriginal man, say that he had never not been stopped.

Both were stereotyped.

Were we stereotyped fairly or unfairly?

Fairly, I say, because the problem that warrants this direct police intervention is in Aboriginal communities, and in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and other Territory towns it is serious and tragic problem. Being checked by police in liquor stores is a burden the ABC’s Aboriginal man, a high school teacher, will know is a burden he carries for the well-being of his people.

But at the beginning of this month the checking system changed, which was the reason for the ABC report. Now all Territorians and all visitors, in all parts of the Northern Territory, will have to show photo ID as they seek to buy take-away alcohol and those on the Banned Drinker Register will be sent packing. A person on the register may have been referred by such as a GP, family support agencies or family members, and the checking will be throughout the Territory, not just in certain areas, and it will apply to everyone, even to apparently respectable thimble drinkers like my sanctimonious self.

It is, of course, a stereotyping of the people of the Northern Territory, and just as white people now share the stereotyping burden of Aboriginal people in the Territory, why shouldn’t all ns in every liquor store share the burden carried by every Territorian!

I’d be happy to show ID whenever I bought booze to take away, unless I was on the banned list of course. We would be reinforcing the world’s stereotyping of ns as drunkard louts, and given the behaviour of many n travellers overseas we deserve every bit of that. Stereotyping is inevitable and necessary.

You may recall that in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre calamity opposition to stereotyping became the rage, an outcry against airport security measures directed mainly at Muslims and people with a Middle Eastern background. That outcry has subsided in recent years and I wonder if it is that Muslims and people with a Middle Eastern background who are boarding a plane are relieved to see stereotyping in practice.

I see the PC rejection of stereotyping in action whenever my wife and I are preparing to board a plane at an n international airport. She has an artificial knee that sends the detectors into alarm mode and the staff into mock alarm mode, mock because they know that the problem is my wife’s metal knee. And while they’re swarming over her they’re not directing that time and energy towards a person who more closely fits the stereotype of a terrorist than a 1.5m-high 60-something woman who the intelligence on the screen should tell them has never been in a mosque or threatened anyone other than her husband.

We all see this nod to the rejection of stereotyping in the random check for explosives traces as we head through an n airport. Random! Every sixth person through the gate! If checking every sixth airline passenger for traces of explosives makes us safer, not checking the other five must put us at risk.

I’m happy to show ID when buying alcohol and to be checked for explosives at airports, but unless we check everyone we must surely rely on stereotypes.

I sure hope there’s a great deal of stereotyping behind the scenes at airports.

Britain’s national terror threat level raised to critical after Parsons Green terror attack

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the British national terror threat level to critical, meaning another attack may be imminent, following an explosion on a packed commuter train in London on Friday morning.
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At least 29 people were injured after theimprovised bomb exploded on therush-hour trainin whatpolice say wasthe fifth terrorist attack in Britain this year.

May said in a televised statement that armed police and members of the military would be seen on the streets in the coming days.

“For this period, military personnel will replace police officers on guard duties at certain protected sites that are not accessible to the public,” she said.

Passengers on board the train heading into the capital fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London after the explosion at 8.20am local time (5.20pmAEST).

Some suffered burns while others were injured in a stampede to escape. The National Health Service said the injured had been taken to various London hospitals. None were thought to be in a serious condition, the ambulance service said.

“We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Assistant CommissionerMark Rowley told reporters.

He said most of the injuries were thought to be flash burns.

Assist. CommissionerRowley declined to answer whether the authorities knew who was responsible or if the suspected bomber had been on the train.

An earlier tweet by US President Donald Trump appeared to suggest those responsible wereknown toLondon’s Metropolitan Police Service. However ScotlandYardissued a statement saying the President’scomments were “pure speculation, given we don’t know who’s involved. Any speculation is unhelpful”.

Pictures taken at the scene showed a white bucket with a supermarket freezer bag on the floor of one train carriage. The bucket was in flames and there appeared to be wires coming out of the top.

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed theexplosionwas being treated as a terrorist attack.

​”Clearly this was a device which was intended to cause significant harm,” she said.

“My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.”

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The threat level in the UKwas last raised to ‘critical’ following the Manchester Arena bombing in May, when 23 people, including the attacker, were killed as they exited a concert by USpopstarAriana Grande.

“The public should go about their daily lives but remain vigilant,” Mrs May said. “The threat of terrorism we face is severe but by working together we will defeat them.”

Asked about Mr Trump’scomment that the attack was committed by “people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”, Mrs May repeated the official line from the MetropolitanPolice:”I never think it’s helpful for anyone to speculate on an ongoing situation,” she said.

The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee on Friday afternoon.

n Hayden Locke was on board the “packed” train at the time of the explosion.

The 35-year-old father-of-two who has been living in London for the past three years was heading into London for meetings when people started stampeding from the back of the train as the train pulled into Parsons Green station.

“People kept yelling there was a bomb. People are really on edge here,” he told Fairfax Media.

“All I could see was a little smoke, I just thought it was an electrical fire but people just started running. More people have been hurt by the rush.”

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Locke, who works in the mining industry, said hundreds of people fled the train with many being injured trying to flee the train and the underground station.

“I saw one woman whose hair was all burnt and another woman had hurt her back after being caught up trying to get out of the station,” he said.

Due to traffic and public transport disruptions he now has to ride a bike the remaining seven kilometres into London to start his work day. His wife and young children came to the station to meet him after the incident.

“My kids are still too young to ride the tube, thank God,” he said.

The container which reportedly exploded on board a packer London train during peak hour on Friday morning.

The federal government was urgently trying to find out if any other ns had been caught up in the explosion.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been in contact with UK High Commissioner Alexander Downer, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said.

“The n High Commission in London is making urgent inquiries to determine whether any ns have been affected by an explosion aboard a commuter train at Parsons Green Station, London,” she said.

Parsons Green station was closed and paramedics arrived at the scene in under five minutes. Fire crews from Fulham, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Hammersmith and other surrounding fire stations attended.

Armed police were patrolling at the station, and all trainservices between Earl’s Court and Wimbledon were cancelled. Police were advising people to avoid the area.

BBC reporter Riz Lateefwas at Parsons Green, and described the panic as people tried to flee.

“There was panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion,” she said.

“People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene.There was lots of panic.”

A witness told the BBC he was coming towards the station then “suddenly everyone came running down the stairs … lots of people shocked and tearful and screaming.”

Another woman told the reporter she had been on the train, heard a bang and then saw flames. People in front of her shielded her from the flames, she said.

At least one person was taken bystretcherto an ambulance. She was conscious but her legs and face were burnt, according to reports.

The carriages would have been “like sardines” at that time of rush hour, regular commuters on the line said.

Another witness told the BBC he saw scenes of desperate panic as people fled the scene.

There were “hordes of people trying to get out as quickly as they could”, he said. “People were falling and tumbling on top of each other … crying and really shaken up”.

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Longreach via Spirit of the Outback: Into the wild, wild west

Spirit of the Outback departs Brisbane for Longreach twice weekly.”We’d left Longreach on a sunny day. In the two and a half hours to Barcaldine, there was a huge rainstorm. The creeks flooded, we could go neither forward nor back, and we were stuck there for two and a half days.”
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Anyone doubting the Outback still offers adventure should talk to Mark Lawrence, service technician aboard the Spirit of the Outback train linking Brisbane to Longreach.

As we sit in the Shearers Rest, the train’s first class bar car, Lawrence recounts his most memorable journey aboard the train.

“It was an adventure,” he continues. “Everyone had a great old time! We had plenty of food and drink, and plenty of frivolity. And they had a karaoke machine in the pub across the road. It was the best fun.”

It sounds like a great travel yarn you could spin out forever. Though it’s not one I’m likely to experience myself, given the drought that’s been gripping Longreach for the past few years.

Every cloud – or lack of cloud – has a silver lining, however. The parched weather has forced the owners of cattle stations to diversify into tourism, resulting in some great experiences for travellers.

That’s all down the line, though, as we traverse more than 1300 kilometres from Brisbane along a railway that opened up the Outback in the 19th century; first north to Rockhampton, then west to the wide open grasslands.

It takes 25 hours to reach Longreach by rail, but the Spirit of the Outback is a memorable way to do it.

My first class sleeper cabin is compact but comfortable. During daylight hours it contains an armchair, concealed at night beneath a single bed which faces the direction of travel.

Though tight, the space is well-organised: in addition to the chair and bed there’s a drop-down sink, a narrow wardrobe, a luggage rack and a small cupboard.

As with a cruise, social interaction is a key part of a long-distance train journey, and the bar car’s alcoves aid conversation between fellow passengers. The colour scheme here is simple: brown and bone and black, with a sepia image of horsemen at one end.

The adjoining Tuckerbox restaurant car is similarly colour-coded, but more eccentrically decorated. The dividers between table booths are each topped by metal frames containing livestock brands of famous cattle and sheep stations, such as Bowen Downs, Wellshot and Isis Downs.

First class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback Train.

Above the tables there’s a curve of corrugated iron, a reminder of rural ‘s favourite building material. The effect is that of a quirky Outback-themed eatery. Tacky or fun? I’m going with the latter.

The onboard menu is constructed from locally-sourced ingredients as far as possible, and it’s capably presented fare that resembles the output of a decent pub.

There’s a vegetarian option for dinner (a fairly bland cheese tortellini), but otherwise it’s a meaty selection: beef, lamb or pork. The standouts are the desserts, particularly the mango and macadamia panna cotta – combining two great Queensland products and attractively presented in a tall glass.

Tuckerbox dining car, on the Spirit of the Outback Train. Photo: Picasa

After a reasonably good sleep, I wake early to use the carriage’s communal shower before a queue develops. Then, after breakfast, I sit in my cabin’s chair and watch the landscape slip by.

We’ve left the coast well behind and have begun our westward trek. Out the window it’s greens and reddish-browns against a bright blue sky: with stands of gum trees in dry-looking soil, and off to the south the lofty Blacktown Tableland.

The hours slip by, and about noon we start to ascend the Drummond Range. The railway was particularly difficult to construct through this landscape, winding up slopes and through gaps. The train slows down to navigate this stretch, creaking and groaning dramatically as it makes the grade.

The Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Late in the afternoon the train reaches Barcaldine, the town where the train was once so memorably stranded. No such luck today, but there’s sufficient time here for passengers to visit the prime local attraction: the Tree of Knowledge.

This ghost gum in front of the station was the open-air headquarters of the 1891 shearers’ strike, and became an icon of the n trade union movement. Though the tree died in 2006, its trunk has been preserved and a huge memorial canopy erected above it. It’s a particularly impressive sight after dark, when it’s lit by green lights.

Also in Barcaldine is the n Workers Heritage Centre, a museum dedicated to everyday people’s working lives; and the Red Shed, a creative hub which sells artwork by local Aboriginal people. Outside the town, the Lara Wetlands is a beautiful place in which to picnic and bathe in hot artesian water.

Longreach sunsets are a sight to behold. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

But for the moment it’s onward by rail to Longreach, which we reach just as the sunlight is fading on the horizon.

The next morning, I switch to transport of a bumpier type: a stagecoach. The Kinnon family, owner of Nogo station, has branched out into accommodation and tourist attractions, and this is its star act.

After clambering into a pair of replica stagecoaches, we’re taken along the original Cobb & Co mail route in the direction of Windorah. As we travel, we’re told the story of Freeman Cobb and his pioneering public transport.

Cobb and Co stagecoach in full flight.

The ride includes a moment of play-acting between the drivers of the two coaches. Their conversation about an approaching storm is the prompt for a short gallop back towards the town.

Rather than being a touch Disney, it’s an excellent experience that gives passengers a taste of what it must have been like to ride in these contrivances – except we only have to put up with the dusty, bumpy ride for 45 minutes, not days.

Another dose of Outback showmanship is the regular morning show at the n Stockman’s Hall of Fame, on the edge of town near the aviation-themed Qantas Founders Museum.

Beyond the main building with its exhibitions of ranching life, stockman Lachie Cossor expertly clowns around with horses, dogs and sheep, performing riding tricks and singing songs, before emerging with guitar on the back of a gigantic bullock.

The day is rounded out by the Drover’s Sunset Cruise along the Thomson River aboard the MV Explorer. This slow-flowing, broad expanse of water sometimes breaks its banks to spread across the surrounding flood plain and threaten the town.

Tonight it’s simply looking picturesque, as we sit on deck spotting whistling kites above and turtles in the water below.

After the cruise, we disembark to have dinner in a clearing containing tables, a bar and a stage with a corrugated iron roof. As we eat our barbecued beef or fish, a musician with a stockman’s hat prepares to play.

It’s a great atmosphere. At the end of a long hot Outback day, it’s relaxing to be sitting with a drink in hand as the air cools down, the guitarist strikes up and the Southern Cross appears in the sky above us.

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RAILThe Spirit of the Outback departs Brisbane for Longreach twice weekly, seequeenslandrailtravel苏州夜网.au. Sleeper from $427 one-way.

STAYKinnon Homestead Stables, Longreach,outbackpioneers苏州夜网.au. From $180 a night.

North Gregory Hotel, Winton,northgregoryhotel苏州夜网. From $120 a night.

Country Motor Inn, Barcaldine,barcaldinecountrymotorinn苏州夜网.au. From $120 a night.

SEECobb & Co Stagecoach Experience, seeoutbackpioneers苏州夜网.au. Adult ticket $99, includes ride, morning tea and entertainment.

Outback Aussie Tours, seeoutbackaussietours苏州夜网.au.Offers many tours including the Drover’s Sunset Cruise (adult ticket $99, includes dinner and entertainment).

Red Dirt Tours, seereddirttours苏州夜网.au.Based in Winton, takes day tours to attractions in the region. From $75-$160.

n Stockman’s Hall of Fame, seeoutbackheritage苏州夜网.au. Museum and show $50.

Qantas Founders Museum, seeqfom苏州夜网.au. Entry $28.

Tim Richards travelled courtesy of Outback Queensland and Queensland Rail Travel.

THE WAY TO WINTONTwo hours north-west of Longreach by road, the town of Winton has its own Outback appeal. Here are five reasons to visit.

WALTZING MATILDAAlthough the town’s Waltzing Matilda Centre was destroyed by fire in 2015, there are ways to celebrate the famous song while waiting for it to be rebuilt. On the main street is a statue of composer Banjo Paterson, standing proudly in front of a curved sheet of corrugated iron bearing his lyrics.matildacentre苏州夜网.au

THE NORTH GREGORY HOTELThis retro-themed pub is whereWaltzing Matildawas first performed. A piano and plaque in the lobby marks the spot.northgregoryhotel苏州夜网

QANTILDA MUSEUMTaking its name from local legends Qantas andWaltzing Matilda, this history museum contains a vast number of artefacts from Aboriginal grinding stones to a relocated train station.experiencewinton苏州夜网.au

AUSTRALIAN AGE OF DINOSAURSThe land around Winton was once the bed of a prehistoric sea, and is now the source of numerous dinosaur fossils. The best place to learn about them is this institution outside town. Seeaustralianageofdinosaurs苏州夜网

LARK QUARRYA vast canopy covers a set of carefully uncovered prehistoric tracks, the only example in the world of a dinosaur stampede.dinosaurtrackways苏州夜网.au

CARISBROOKE STATIONTours can be taken of this working sheep and cattle station, with spectacular views from mesas (known locally as ”jump-ups”). Seereddirttours苏州夜网.au

WHISTLE STOPSFIVE MORE MEMORABLE TOWNS SERVED BY THE SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK TRAINEMERALDHome to an elegant train station of timber and iron lace, and the gateway to Carnarvon National Park.

ANAKIELocated within the Sapphire Gemfields.

ALPHAA series of murals around this small town depicts its pioneering history.

JERICHOHosts ‘s smallest drive-in movie theatre, which can hold 36 cars.

ILFRACOMBEDotted with historical buildings including the Wellshot Hotel, a classic Outback pub which was moved here by bullock cart when the railway reached the town in 1891.

Warabrook mum doing Sydney marathon to raise awareness for organ donation

It started as something for herself:atime to think, reflect, “stomp out the anger” and cry.
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But now Angela Cairns is running for her family.

When she lines up for the start of the Sydney Running Festival’s marathon on Sunday it will be with the aim of not only realisinga personal achievement but to also raise awareness of organ donation.

The husband of the Warabrook mother of four and two of her children have heart conditions.

Her 14-year-old daughter Luka-Angel had a heart transplant within the past 18 months.

Eleven-year-old son Jazz and husband Lucas will both need one in the future.

“My husband has Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was diagnosed at 17 and he couldn’t do exercise and it meant eventual heart transplant,” Ms Cairns said.

Their eldest child Elijah, 16, was born perfectly healthy, but eight years ago Jazz and Luka-Angel were both diagnosed on the same day withRestrictive Cardiomyopathy.

“Jazz was in and out of hospital with pneumonias and he was just really susceptible with a low immunity,” she said.

“It was just in one of the check-ups that a paediatrician picked up a third and fourth heart sound. Normal sounds are one and two, there’s two heart sounds, so he explained that we needed to go on a list to see a paediatric cardiologist.”

It was at that visit that a third sound was also detected in Luka-Angel’s heart.

“At that stage we hadn’t heard of cardiomyopathy. For them that means a small, stiff heart andno exercise,” Ms Cairns said.

“We could then recognise that they weren’t toddlers that ran. They were very short of breath all the time. Luka-Angel would say she had sore legs so I would carry her everywhere.

“It changed our life, obviously, but I would piggy-back them everywhere so we would still go on bushwalks and I would rotate piggy-backing them. Then when my eldest son got older he would push them along on the scooter.”

Ms Cairns, who along with her husband are youth and children’s co-ordinators with the Salvation Army in Newcastle, had been a keen runner as a child but only took it up again shortly after her children werediagnosed.

“It definitely rocked my worldand, really, the way I began to cope was to run,” the 42-year-old said.

“Being alone was very rare, so running became my thing. But I would run and cry, so I’d wear my sunglasses and my hat.

“It became a real therapy for me. It became a time of processing, of dealing with stuff, of praying, reflecting. It became more about mental health in the end.

“Running became my saving grace, just to run and process and stomp out the anger on the beach up in Tweed Heads and the footpath here.”

The Cairns family relocated to Newcastle six years ago.

She continued to run, five to seven kilometres three times a week, and ran a couple of half marathons (21.1km).

“I never thought Iwould do a marathon [42.2km], not in my wildest dreams,” Ms Cairns said.

“It was probably something tucked away that I would love to do but it wasn’t until a conversation with my son which kicked that off.

“I started to inviteJazz to come on my runs. He would come for a bike ride and I would just push him along while I was running.

“He just said to me one day, ‘I want to live my life the very best I can mum’, then he went on to say,‘If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?’.”

She replied she had always thought about a marathon but was “too scared”.

“He shot me down straight away. He said, ‘You need to do that mum’,” Ms Cairns said.

“Then he started to think I couldwin it and I had to say that was not even on my radar.I just want to make it to the end in a reasonable time, so then I started training.”

Her program has not just been about making sure she can make the distance. It has been a personal journey.

“I realised I want to learn more skills in perseverance because I’ve got some pretty tricky stuff ahead,” she said.

“One of the things that has stood out in my training has been to set my eyes firmly on the goal and keep them there, whether the rain is beating against me or the wind is beating against me I can press on.”

It is a lesson she says she is already applying and on race day her motivation will be seeing the smile on her children’s faces at the end.

“I’ve very determined and I’m nervous but I’m really excited,” she said.

“It’s definitely achieving a dream and I really wouldn’t have done it without Jazz’s conversation because I was letting fear of failure get in the way.”

Driving her through the run will also be her mission to spread awareness of organ donation. Emblazoned on the back of her shirt will be the words: “My daughter’s life was saved by a transplant”.

Watching the changes in her daughter since the transplant has been“amazing”.

“She would dance for 30 seconds then would end up with her head down on the lounge while her body recovered,” she said.

“Now she dances repetitively. She can do more than one cartwheel in a row without getting short of breath and that is just amazing to see.”

And so she is “so very gratefulto the anonymous family who gave to us in their time of terrible grief and loss”.

Warabrook mum taking one step at a time INSPIRED: Angela Cairns is raising awareness for organ donation by taking part in the Sydney Running Festival’s marathon on Sunday. Picture: Simone de Peak

Angela Cairns is grateful to the anonymous family of the donor who helped save her daughter’s life through a heart transplant. Picture: Simone de Peak

TweetFacebookIt became a real therapy for me. It became a time of processing, of dealing with stuff, of praying, reflecting. It became more about mental health in the end.

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Stephen King’s It 2017 remake inspired Tyler to pull of this scary clown prank v| ideo

How Tyler scared his boss into giving him a free ticket to see ‘It’ How Tyler James scored a free ticket to watch the new Stephen King It remake.
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TweetFacebookIt remake, Grant seemed to take it quiet well.

“That is awesome. Can we get a photo?” Grant asked as Tyler, decked out in a yellow rain coat, terrifying clown mask and signature red balloon approached the counter.

How Tyler scared his boss into giving him a free ticket to see ‘It’https://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜生活/transform/v1/crop/frm/n8uGJwMg95DiH9D4L9ShGa/02da3047-21e0-4ca3-b24c-2f1bd2c48711.png/r6_0_2553_1439_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgBut that’s only the start of Tyler’s star-studded story!It 2017, It clown, It prank, Stephen King, It remake, It movie, It film, It review2017-09-15T15:30:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5576747849001https://players.brightcove苏州夜生活/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5576747849001“Are you going to watch It now?” Grant asked. Tyler, in character, said nothing. “You should go and see it.”

Customers in the cinema were laughing,on edge –“It’s freaking me out,” one woman said as he purchased her ticket.

“I’m giving you a ticket to go see it because I just think it is awesome,” Grant said of Tyler’s performance. “It is so clever.”

As Grant held the ticket over the counter, Tyler went for the scare. The big reveal scored him a free ticket to see It on Monday.

“It was brilliant, although nowhere near as terrifying as I thought it would be,” Tyler said.

The young movie buff and JK Rowling fan knows his stuff. He has met countless celebrities and had dinner withEvanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, Robbie Jarvis, the young James Potter, and Devon Murray who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter franchise.

“They were all so lovely and down to earth. That’s definitely been some of my most memorable moments,” Tyler said.

When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrived on the big screen, Tyler saw the film a whopping 15 times in cinemas.

“I love that I get to see the happiness on everyones’ faces as they walk out of the cinema after seeing a movie,” he said of working at Forum 6.

“To me, that says that they’ve had a great time and we were able to provide that for them.”

Meanwhile, the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novelIt, starring Bill Skarsgård as the titular scary clown,has been a smash at the box office.

It took an incredible $13.5 million, according to Variety, thethird-largest for 2017 behind Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2at $17 million, and Beauty and the Beastwith $16.3 million.

At the Forum 6 Cinema in Tamworth, Tyler said he has more antics in the planning stages –but promised his boss he would take it easy on him next time.

“I’m on the early stages of planning another one – but it won’t be as scary for Grant this time,” he said.

A Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility approval highlights the need for transparent decision-making

TRANSPORT for NSW has an impressive amount of material on its website showing how it decided to establishits new intercity rail maintenance facility in a quiet little rural part of the Central Coast called Kangy Angy.
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Thousands of words have been expended detailing the legislation it followed, the processes it adhered to, the reasoning behind its decision not to assess the project via an environmental impact statement, and the reason why Transport for NSW was both the project proponent, and the one making the final decision to approve the facility.

Some Kangy Angy residents can’t even bring themselves to look at the website, not so much because they’re angered by the final decision to approve, but because of the process. And they are angry.

As Kangy Angy Residents Action Group founder Michelle Nicholson has said since 2015 when residents first became aware their area had suddenly catapulted to the top of a list of possible sites, Transport for NSW had a 2019 deadline for when the intercity trains would begin operation, and it was running out of time for the maintenance facility.

There were 210 public submissions made on the project, with 208 objections citing 21 different reasons for saying the facilityshould not go ahead there.

The site selection itself raises serious questions about how governments do business.

A freedom of information application produced documents showing how the now defunct Wyong Shire Council acted when land it owned atWarnervale was identified as the favoured site.

Although Kangy Angy residents didn’t know it, the council told Transport for NSW it was prepared to stage “political level opposition” to use of the Warnervale site, which it had earmarked for an ill-fated university precinct and other projects that had little likelihood of ever proceeding.

The council directed Transport for NSW to look at Kangy Angy,and added insult to injury for Kangy Angy residents by selling land to facilitate the project.

It is not in dispute that there is a serious and growing disconnect between governments and the people they’re supposed to serve, and this case is an example of why.Decision-making needs to be transparent, fair, objective and evidence-based to be accepted by communities. The process, in other words, matters.

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What we love about Newcastle: Nuatali Nelmes

NEWCASTLE: Newly reinstated Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes, at Blackbutt. Picture: Marina NeilWhat we love about NewcastleMORE than being the scene of childhood memories for so many Novocastrians, Blackbutt Reserve seems to bring out the kid in visitors. Which is perhaps why Nuatali Nelmes reacts with delight when she sees a peacock with its iridescent fan of feathers on display.
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In this 182-hectare haven about six kilometres from the CBD, you can get close to nature, and nature gets close to you. Peacocks and water fowl wander around the picnic grounds, while further up the hill, amid the trees, are exhibits of native animals, from kangaroos and wallabies to koalas.

“It’s the beautiful green heart of the city,” the re-elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle says.

NEWCASTLE: As a teenager, Nuatali Nelmes trained in the reserve, jogging along its network of tracks. Picture: Marina Neil

As a teenager, Nuatali Nelmes trained in the reserve, jogging along its network of tracks. As a councillor, she took on Blackbutt Reserve as one of her “community passion projects”. The reserve, which has been a community drawcard for more than half a century, is undergoing a $9 million upgrade. Among the planned improvements is an adventure playground, with a climbing tower and rope courses, for the Richley Reserve section, where young Nuatali did a lot of her jogging.

“I’m going to go on it, to test it out,” says the Lord Mayor of the adventure playground.

While it is being spruced up, Nuatali Nelmes believes Blackbutt Reserve will always cradle part of the Newcastle character, its “egalitarian, down-to-earth” nature. It is where everyone can be a kid, no matter their age or where they’re from.

“It’s free, it’s well maintained, it’s a celebration of indigenous flora and fauna, and it’s a beautiful space to be in,” says Cr Nelmes.

“It’s just a uniquely Novocastrian thing that this exists.”

A ringtail possum saved in Richmond Vale bush fire

Possum saved in Richmond Vale bush fire | PHOTOS RSPCA inspector Russell Jarman retrieves a ringtail possum from a car’s suspension at Richmond Vale during the bush fire. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.
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RSPCA inspector Russell Jarman retrieves a ringtail possum from a car’s suspension at Richmond Vale during the bush fire. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

A horse breaks through a fence at Richmond Vale during the bush fire. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

TweetFacebookHeraldphotographer Max Mason-Hubers captured the moment, amid the hurly-burly of the fire. Smoke can be seen in the background.

A ringtail possum ran under the white vehicleto escape the fire, Max said.

The vehicle belonged to a Channel 7cameraman.

“He tried to get it out from under the car, but it didn’t want to leave,” Max said.

Later in the afternoon,two RSPCA guys happened to be in the area, looking for endangered animalsand cattle.

The cameraman called them over,telling them he had a possum tucked up in his car’s suspension.

Russell, the aforementioned RSPCA inspector, got under the car, but the possum didn’t want to let go.

Eventually, the critter relented.It seemed unharmed, just a bit stressed out,Max said.

The Horse Has BoltedAlso in Richmond Vale, Max captured a striking image of a horse breaking through a fence.

“I saw horses in ayard at the first place we stopped. Animals are always a great barometer for a situation,” Max said.

The horses seemed nervous, then a helicopter landed in a paddock next to the property.

As Maxwent to take a photo of the helicopter landing, henoticed the horse out of the corner of his eye.

“The horse completely panicked and busted straight through an electric fence and a wooden paling fence,” he said.

Another horse followed.

“Luckily there were other fences around and the owner was able to round them up pretty quickly. The pilot told her to evacuate, but she didn’t want to because she didn’t have a horse float.”

ObituaryDr Alan John Hewson

Dr Alan John Hewson27 March 1927 – 19 August 2017His memorial service was held at Scots Kirk Hamilton on 9September 2017Alan was a home birth. The local midwife delivered him in Lisarow, a village near Gosford.
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His father was a farm labourer so Alan went through government schools. After doing his Leaving (HSC), he worked at BHP doing metallurgy for two years. He then was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to study medicine at Sydney University. This gave him free tuition and a small living allowance. He augmented this by working in the orange orchards in the university vacations. He was physically fit and tanned when he went back to study over the six years of the medical course.

He married Pia who graduated in medicine with him and they both came to Royal Newcastle as resident medical officers for three years. He then decided to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology in Hobart and spent two years there before going to England to do his the specialty exam and work for two years at Oxford.

In 1958 he began private practice in Newcastle. He had a very productive partnership with Jack Elliott. Alan took a year’s sabbatical in 1965 to go to Edinburgh to study for the surgical fellowship. He achieved this and returned to Newcastle.

Alan was a very skilful surgeon and obstetrician. His rapport with his patients meant he had a huge private practice. He told me he personally delivered seven thousand babies in addition to thousands of major operations. Remember this when I relate his unpaid contribution to education.

He had honorary appointments at RNH, Mater, WSH, Maitland, Singleton and Cessnock. He operated at all of these. He taught medical students, residents, registrars, family doctors and nurses and midwives.

He set up a medical association study in 1960 to improve the care of pregnant women. There were over a hundred family doctors doing obstetrics in this region and he obtained the co-operation of them all. He achieved a change in management which improved the outlook for mother and baby.

He has been involved in the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1967 when he set up a local branch of the college called the NOGS. It was the first in . He served on the executive of the NSW branch for five years before he was elected to the n council in 1981. He served on this for eleven years during which time he chaired the education committee and masterminded the obligatory continuing education and certification program of the College. It has been a huge success and has formed the template of all the other Royal colleges. He was awarded the presidents gold medal. He later became secretary of the college and was involved in the evolution of sub specialties and relationships with family doctors and midwives.

Locally he was chairman of the medical board of RNH and co-ordinated with the AMA, the submission to the Karmel committee which recommended a medical school for Newcastle. He was heavily involved in the integrated curriculum of the new medical school and became Conjoint Professor. In 1990 he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine by the University of Newcastle. He has been assistant Dean of continuing medical education since 1994.

He was a foundation member of the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute in 1979 and has served in the executive ever since. He was Director of Studies at the time of his death. He was happy to tell me the membership is almost two thousand, the largest in .

He has held many positions in medical administration in the region. He was chairman of the planning committee for the new John Hunter Hospital from 1983 to1990 and served on the Board of the hospital for four years.

He was awarded the Member of the Order of (AM) in 2002.

He has published in medical journals and recently was awarded a PhD for his thesis The History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1950 to 2010. In this last year of his life he published a hardcover book based on this thesis.

Alan was married twice. With his first wife, Pia, he had three children. Pia died of a brain tumour and Alan subsequently married Patricia. They have been married for 40 years.

Alan’s children are Edward (Ted), Vicki and Lindy.

He has eight grandchildren and four great grandchrildren.

Parsons Green terror attack: At least 22 people injured by London Tube ‘bucket bomb’

London’s Metropolitan police, counter terror police and emergency services are attending to an incident at a train station west of the city following reports of an explosion on a train.
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Authorities responded to reports of an explosion on a packed peak hour train at Parsons Green station, leaving several passengers injured.

Photos circulating on social media show a white bucket alight inside a large plastic bag.

An injured woman is comforted outside the Parsons Green tube station in London after the explosion. Photo: KEVIN COOMBS

News services are reporting some people suffered facial burns as the container “blew up” towards the rear of the train about 8.20am local time (5.20pm AEST).

Police confirmed they were treating it as a terror attack, saying: “The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at Parsons Green tube station is declared a terrorist incident”, but added it was “too early to confirm cause of fire” and are asking witnesses to upload any photos of the scene to asecure websitewhich will form part of the investigation.

London Ambulance confirmed at least 18 people were injured, none are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition and being treated at various hospitals around the city. Another four later presented themselves at hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

ustralian man Hayden Locke was on board the train. Photo: Supplied

n Hayden Locke was on board the “packed” train at the time of the explosion.

The 35-year-old father-of-two who has been living in London for the past three years was heading into London for meetings when people started stampeding from the back of the train as the train pulled into Parsons Green station.

“People kept yelling there was a bomb. People are really on edge here,” he told Fairfax Media.

“All I could see was a little smoke, I just thought it was an electrical fire but people just started running. More people have been hurt by the rush.”

Locke, who works in the mining industry, said hundreds of people fled the train with many being injured trying to flee the train and the underground station.

“I saw one woman whose hair was all burnt and another woman had hurt her back after being caught up trying to get out of the station,” he said.

Due to traffic and public transport disruptions he now has to ride a bike the remaining 7-kilometres into London to start his work day. His wife and young children came to the station to meet him after the incident.

“My kids are still too young to ride the tube, thank god,” he said.

The federal government is urgently trying to find out if any other ns have been caught up in the explosion.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been in contact with UK High Commissioner Alexander Downer, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said.

“The n High Commission in London is making urgent inquiries to determine whether any ns have been affected by an explosion aboard a commuter train at Parsons Green Station, London,” she said.

In a short statement British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident”.

The PM will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee on Friday afternoon.

Parsons Green station has been closed and paramedics arrived at the scene in under five minutes. Fire crews from Fulham, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Hammersmith and other surrounding fire stations are in attendance.

Armed police are at the station. All train services between Earls Court and Wimbledon have been cancelled. Police, via social media, are advising people to “avoid the area”.

“We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team,” London Ambulance Service’s assistant director of operations Natasha Wills said.

“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries.”

BBC reporter Riz Lateefwas at Parsons Green, and described the panic as people tried to flee.

“There was panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion,” she said.

“People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene”

“There was lots of panic.”

Some people suffered head and facial burns as a container “blew up” towards the rear of the train during busy rush hour about 8.20am local time (5.20pm AEST). Photo: Twitter/@cupide5tunt

A witness told the BBC he was coming towards the station then “suddenly everyone came running down the stairs…lots of people shoked and tearful and screaming.”

Another woman told the reporter she had been on the train, heard a bang then saw flames. There were people in front of her that shielded her from the flames.

At least one person was stretchered into an ambulance. She was conscious but her legs and face were burnt according to reports.

The carriages would have been “like sardines” at that time of rush hour, regular commuters on the line said.

Another witness told the BBC he saw scenes of desperate panic as people fled the scene.

There were “hordes of people trying to get out as quickly as they could”, he said. “People were falling and tumbling on top of each other…crying and really shaken up”.

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— Peter Crowley (@cupid5tunt) September 15, 2017Reports of explosion on London Tube at Parsons Green stationEARLIER: London’s Metropolitan police and emergency services are attending to an incidentat a train station west of the city following reports of an explosion on a train.

London’sThe Telegraphis reporting there was an explosionon a train at Parsons Green station, leaving several passengers injured.

Photos circulating on social media showa white bucket alight inside a large plastic bag.

The bucket that was believed to have exploded on the train. Photo: AP

News services are reporting some peoplesufferedfacial burns asthe container”blew up” towards the rear of thetrain during busy rush hour about 8.20am local time (5.20pm AEST).

One witness reported seeing “a flash and a bang” in a bag,The Telegraphreported.

The Parsons Green station has been closed and paramedics arrived at the scene in under five minutes.

Armed police are at the station. All train services between Earls Court and Wimbledon have been cancelled. Police, via social media, are advising people to “avoid the area”.

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— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) September 15, 2017Explosion on Tube train at Parsons Green District Line #London#ParsonsGreen#DistrictLine#LondonLivepic.twitter苏州夜网/PeT8KQBT3o

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