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The Hunter has welcomed 100 new medical interns to the region, with most of the group kicking off their induction at the John Hunter Hospital last week. Around 40 interns will start the year at the John Hunter and five graduates will go to Maitland Hospital. For the fi rst time ever, all 100 of the region’s interns chose the Hunter New England district as their fi rst preference.

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allsend business owners have raised the alarm over an initiative in the State Government’s Urban Renewal Strategy designed to “limit the expansion of out of centre retail that will compete with the city centre�. Max McCorkell, Chairman of the Wallsend Town Business Association, came out swinging last week, accusing the State Government of favouring development of the CBD to the detriment of outer suburbs retailers. “What they’ve done is used a broad brush and

said ‘this is how we’re going to solve the problem in Newcastle’, without thinking how we’d feel about it or how it would impact on the local business area,â€? Mr McCorkell said. “The State Government’s [‌] seeing us as problem leeches on the main street of Newcastle and they just want to fl ick us off.â€? According to Mr McCorkell, many of the local businesses would never consider moving into the CBD, a statement that Julie Walter, business owner of CafĂŠ Tempest, agreed with. “There’s enough cafes and businesses in there now that are fighting each other,â€? Ms Walter said. “We can’t afford to go in and do that.â€? The Post has obtained reassurances from the Planning Department that the strategy was

actually targeting new large-scale shopping mall developments and not small businesses. “To clarify, the strategy refers to limiting ‘out of centre’ development, rather than limiting growth of ‘other centres’ around Newcastle,� Executive Director Urban Renewal and Major Sites, Giovanni Cirillo, confi rmed. “...it may be necessary to limit the creation or expansion of big stand-alone retail developments like shopping malls in areas outside of existing centres so they don’t undermine the vitality ... of those centres.� Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery, said she would be raising the issue in Parliament when it resumes in February. @triciamorosin

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ance Armstrong’s ‘tell-all’ interview with Oprah Winfrey last week continues to dominate news headlines following its worldwide airing on Friday and Saturday. Now that the disgraced cyclist has fi nally admitted to doping and using a range of illegal substances after years of swirling controversy, the public’s reaction has been fascinating. From the condemnations by his detractors to the justifications of his supporters to the joke emails predictably now doing the rounds (there’s a great one of a public library in Sydney which put up a sign to say that his memoirs have now been moved to the fiction section), everyone has an opinion. There’s certainly shades of grey involved in the Armstrong story, especially when you consider the good he has done through his charity, Livestrong. But what has become clear in this case, as with scandals involving public figures down to domestic affairs and the like, is that it’s not always the original act but the ongoing, willful deception of others that creates the most damage and that is often hardest to forgive. In this week’s edition, we bring you the story of what happened when the One Direction bus came to town (page 3); the new batch of young medical interns working in Hunter hospitals (page 4) and the work done by Cardiff RSL sub-branch to restore commemorative monuments to their former glory (page 6).

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essie is a beautiful cat who is very loving and affectionate. She is approximately 12-months-old and has gorgeous, distinguishing looks! Nessie is happy with other cats and gets along with dogs as well. She has fi nished her motherly duties for the fi rst and last time and is now looking for her purrfect forever home. Nessie would fit into most home environments and would lap up any attention you will give her. Cat Rescue Newcastle is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation. Nessie’s adoption fee of only $100 covers her de-sexing, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping and life time registration. Nessie is currently awaiting adoption and is in Medowie, NSW. If you think you can provide a home for Nessie, please contact her foster carer Kayleen on 0407 487 424 or email kayles90@hotmail.

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Fans of boy band, One Direction, turn out for visiting merchandise bus AMELIA PARROTT

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eens and tweens were out in force last week as the official merchandise store of British boy band phenomenon, One Direction, rolled into town as part of the 1D World east coast road trip. Directioners – most of whom heard about the 1D World road trip months ago on Twitter and Facebook – seized their opportunity to stock up on an array of One Direction merchandise, including key rings, iPad and iPhone cases, CDs, photo sets, tshirts and hoodies, as the 1D World truck stopped at McDonalds restaurants in Maitland, Broadmeadow, Newcastle and Edgeworth. Big fans could even lash out and take home a life-size cardboard cut-out of their favourite band member. Seventeen-year-old Tahnee Stevens had visited 1D World truck at three locations across Queensland and NSW before coming along with friends to the store’s fi rst stop in Newcastle at Broadmeadow McDonalds on Thursday. “I’ve been a One Direction fan for about a year,� Miss Stevens said. “We’re so excited to be going down to Sydney to see them,� “We’re going to meet them,� she added. One Direction will perform to sold-out crowds over four nights at Allphones Arena in Sydney in October. Those who missed out on seeing the 1D World truck in Newcastle can purchase One Direction merchandise at www.1dworld.com.au @thepostjourno

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Injection of interns 100 fresh-faced doctors begin their careers in Hunter hospitals TRICIA MOROSIN

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he Hunter has welcomed 100 new medical interns to the region, with most of the group kicking off their induction at the John Hunter Hospital last week. Around 40 interns will start the year at the John Hunter and five graduates will go to Maitland Hospital. For the fi rst time ever, alll 100 of the region’s interns chose the Hunter New England district as their fi rst preference. Th is year, the majority of interns also happen to be female, including Wickham local and Newcastle University graduate, Dr Bethany Croker. The young intern said she was excited to be at the hospital on her fi rst day on the job. “It’s nice to be able to put five years of study and clinical into practice fi nally and […] be part of a team in the hospital, rather than just a student where you’re learning the ropes,” Ms Croker said. “[It’s also nice] to be contributing to the health system and be fi nancially rewarded for the hours we’ve been doing here for the last few years.” Welcoming the interns to the region was Charlestown MP, Andrew Cornwell, who said the popularity of the Hunter New England district reflected the “wonderful region we live in” and also

The new interns taking part in infection control training at John Hunter Hosptial last week

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The largest drawing festival in the world comes to Newcastle this Friday Jaeger said. The event will run from LOUISE BOURKE 10am–4pm and will stretch from The Maritime Centre on the harbour in a line to omething extraordinary is set to Newcastle Museum, Wheeler take place this Friday Place, Civic Park, Newcastle Region Library and stop at when Novocastrians around the city will take to the Newcastle Art Gallery. Participants will be streets to draw. encouraged to walk between Aptly known as ‘The locations and try a variety of Big Draw’, the event is the drawing activities that will world’s biggest celebration of range from the simple, like drawing and has grown into a drawing a pirate treasure month-long festival running map, to the more complex, throughout October all over using large scale stop motion the UK. production and animation With every year, more people across the world join in techniques. There will be drawing with Big Draw events and this year, Newcastle will attempt the fi rst Alison Lester, the Australian Children’s Laureate, who large-scale collaboration of a is collecting drawings and Big Draw event in Australia. paintings of children to Director Future City, Judy include in her next book; as Jaeger, says the event comes well as drawing to the sounds under the banner of “quick of old surfi ng music, drawing wins” for Newcastle and with spray chalk, drawing is further evidence of the growing partnerships between with string, natural history illustration, 24-hour draw-alocal government, business and community organisations. thon. The program is jam-packed “It will great to see these with 21 drawing activities public spaces come to life and can be viewed online at and delivering on the ‘play’ www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au by element of our vision of searching for ‘The Big Draw’. ‘live, work and play’ in the @louisebourke Newcastle city centre,” Ms

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“They deserve better” RSL sub-branch secures funding to restore World War I monument TRICIA MOROSIN

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ardiff RSL Sub-Branch’s First World War Memorial will receive some much-needed TLC thanks to a $3,300 grant from the Community War Memorials Fund that will be used to renew the monument’s lettering. Syd Lynch, President of the Cardiff RSL Sub-Branch, received the donation from local members Andrew Cornwell and Greg Piper at an event last week, and said it would assist tremendously. “We decided to apply for a grant because we think World War I servicemen deserve much better than what they currently have,” he said. “Their names were fading and falling from the stones and people were picking the names out with pens or nail fi les.” The funding is just one of the grants the Sub-Branch has applied for that will go towards the $60,000 they will use to build a new memorial around the existing plaques, recognising all those who served in all wars. According to Mr Lynch, the group feels passionate about completing this work as a service to the local community. “[The new memorial will be] an important reminder, not only for our returned servicemen and women but also for the broader community and we will use it to teach local youth about our

MPs Greg Piper and Andrew Cornwell with RSL Sub-Branch president, Syd Lynch and (inset) Mr Lynch inspects the damaged memorial

history,” Mr Lynch explained. Member for Charlestown, Andrew Cornwell, agreed and also paid tribute to the Sub-Branch. “Community war memorials are often

cared for by volunteers who do not have the funds for costly repair work,” Mr Cornwell said. “Cardiff RSL Sub-Branch are one of the most active sub-branches in the district,

and I would like to thank them for, not just their years of service to our country, but their dedication to maintaining one of our country’s greatest traditions.” @triciamorosin

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LAKE MACQUARIE MATTERS by Lake Macquarie City Council Mayor, Cr Jodie Harrison

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ake Macquarie has one of the largest Aboriginal populations in NSW, and I am delighted that we have been able to formally recognise some of the work of our Aboriginal community as part of the 2012 Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards this week. The 2012 Citizen of the Year and the 2012 Community Event of the Year were deservedly awarded to members of our Aboriginal community, but I would also like to congratulate all of the other winners and nominees for the Awards. The past year was an eventful year for Lake Macquarie in relation to Aboriginal programs, projects and events. In January, after working closely with the local Aboriginal community, Council introduced a new framework to protect and nurture Aboriginal heritage. The framework provides an easy reference to areas where there are potential Aboriginal heritage values. Th is means we can streamline the assessment process and better manage proposed development in culturally significant areas. In February, the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and its Aboriginal Reference Group celebrated 12 years of their commitment to

local and national Indigenous art, artists and education with an exhibition recognising the significant achievements of their collaboration. Between March and July, ‘A Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake’ travelled to the Australian Museum in Sydney, where it was seen by over 50,000 people. In August, the remains of the Kurra Kurrin Petrified Forest were returned to the Lake following a successful collaboration between Council and the Aboriginal community, and Council adopted its fi rst Aboriginal Community Plan, identifying the current needs of the Aboriginal community and strategies to address those needs. In September, at the beginning of my fi rst Council meeting as Mayor, I formally acknowledged the land custodianship by the Awabakal people, and I will continue to make that acknowledgement at each Council meeting. Finally, in November, Council was awarded a Planning Institute of Australia Award for Excellence for its Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Planning Framework. During 2013 and beyond, I look forward to continuing to work with our Aboriginal community in implementing plans and developing initiatives.

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inflammation in the lungs and production of mucus. “Asthma attacks are currently treated similarly regardless of whether they are caused by viruses or allergens. “However virus-induced effects are much less responsive to current therapies, which is why this investigation is so important.” A comprehensive gene expression analysis led to the initial discovery of the signals – proteins known as midline 1 and protein phosphatase 2A. “The proteins are generated in the innermost layer of the airways, where the body has fi rst contact with allergens and viruses, and once activated they appear to modulate many other disease factors,” Dr Adam Collison, one of the study authors from Professor Mattes’ research team, said. “Obviously it is better to target these earlier signals rather than the hundreds of downstream effects.” The researchers have already begun testing therapeutic strategies to modify the pathway, setting a platform for the development of targeted drugs ahead of full clinical trialling. Asthma sufferers are advised to be vigilant with their asthma management during late summer and winter, the worst times for cold epidemics.

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aediatric and respiratory researchers from the University of Newcastle, along with national and international collaborators, are a step closer to identifying the source of serious virus-and allergen-induced asthma attacks after detecting important molecular signals generated very early in the disease process. Led by Professor Joerg Mattes, the team of researchers and clinicians have spent years tracking a new pathway and investigating the mechanisms that trigger airway inflammation and cause asthma attacks. The results were published on Monday in ‘Nature Medicine’, the world’s leading journal for biomedical research. The pre-clinical study targeted the common cold (rhinovirus), which is the virus that causes most asthma attacks; and the effects caused by allergens such as house dust mites. “Asthma results in more than 30,000 hospitalisations per year in Australia alone, many of which are children, and we know that two-thirds of these asthma attacks are caused by viruses,” Professor Mattes said. “Asthmatics experience severe and prolonged symptoms when infected with the common cold virus or exposed to allergens, both of which promote

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ast weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement that Newcastle City Council General Manager, Phil Pearce, had resigned his position surprised many who have been following the ups and downs of the current Council. In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr Pearce thanked his Council colleagues for their support during his time in the top job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My reasons for resigning are

personal and I will not be making any further statements on the reasons for my decision,â&#x20AC;? the statement read. It is understood that Mr Pearceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation came the day after a tense meeting with Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior management. Well-liked by many, Mr Pearce had worked only 18 months of a five-year contract. His resignation will take effect from March 2.

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his weekend I am looking forwarding to celebrating Australia Day at Newcastle Foreshore. This is our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest community event with around 30,000 attending and it is the first time I will be involved in official proceedings as Lord Mayor. Lady Mayoress Tracey McCloy will join me at the Australia Day ceremony at City Hall and it will be my privilege to welcome and proclaim 82 people from around the globe as our newest citizens on our national day. Newcastle Australia Day Ambassador, Alex Jones, will also be attending. Alex was born deaf and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that stand in the way of anything. Alex has served as an ambassador for the NSW Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Day of People with Disability campaign, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t DIS my ABILITY, every year since 2004. He is a fantastic ambassador and will also be on hand at the announcement of the Australia Day Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year. Recipients are always significant contributors to the local community and it is extremely important their efforts are recognised. Australia Day celebrations in Newcastle will again have a maritime

flavour with Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australia Day National Maritime Festival being held at Newcastle Foreshore and surrounds with activities kicking off on Saturday, January 26. The program of events is diverse and whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning about our maritime history, competing in the harbour swim or taking a free port tour, all ages and interests are catered for. The activities will be underway on Saturday, January 26 with action on the water, in the air and of course on the land. The on-water events will be the highlight of the festivities. There will be the tug boat ballet, a flying visit from a historic, fully restored WWII Catalina and two coastal minehunters from the Royal Australian Navy. On both Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Harbour will also be hosting some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best ski races for the third and fi nal round of the Nautilus Marine Ski Racing Championships. Amusement rides and market stalls will also be operating both days. The full program is available on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.newcastle.nsw. gov.au and I encourage everyone to come along and celebrate everything that makes our country great.

*The opinion expressed in this column is the personal opinion of the Lord Mayor and not of the elected council.

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Green thumbs united The push is on in Maitland to establish the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first community garden TRICIA MOROSIN

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aitland may be on its way to getting its fi rst community garden, with Maitland Council currently considering a proposal by the local Greens and local retailer, Organic Feast, to build one in East Maitland. According to Maitland Greens Convener, John Brown, the group has put forward the median strip on William Street as a possible site for the garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Th is was the more practical site â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very wide and it goes on forever, so you can have narrow garden beds and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly quiet street,â&#x20AC;? Mr Brown said, while stressing that it is still very early in the process. Despite already obtaining informal feedback from locals and a commitment of fi nancial backing from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;major institutionâ&#x20AC;?, the group is yet to garner solid community support for the garden. At this stage, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awaiting Council approval before progressing further. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lake Macquarie has heaps [of community gardens], Newcastle, even Cessnock has one, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reinventing the wheel,â&#x20AC;? Mr Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not asking them for money [â&#x20AC;Ś] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just asking them virtually to offer some moral support, some backing for the project.â&#x20AC;? Organic Feast employee, Andrew

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Maitland Greens Convener, John Brown, with Andrew Fielding from Organic Feast, is looking to get public support for a community garden in East Maitland

Fielding, said the retailer had been keen to get behind the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect way to strengthen community ties,â&#x20AC;? Mr Fielding said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know from talking with customers that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll value and be keen to support.â&#x20AC;? Mr Brown will now be door-knocking to gauge public consensus and locals

can also provide their feedback by either popping into Organic Feast and fi lling out a form or emailing Mr Brown at jsbrown@live.com.au. @triciamorosin

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aitlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles (AMCAT) is currently holding an exhibition of the major works of 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HSC students. The works are textiles-based projects from Art, Drama and Design and Technology students. The exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Textile Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, features the works of students from Maitland Grossman High School, All Saints College, Francis Greenway High School, Callaghan College and Belmont High School. AMCAT volunteer, Justine Malinowski, said that the exhibition gives students an opportunity to display their work to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students work so hard over nine

months, but so few people get to see the pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives them an exhibition space with no judgement attached.â&#x20AC;? The works all fall under five categories: costume, textile art, apparel, non-apparel and furnishings. The exhibition also features two students who have had their work selected to tour with the national Craft and Quilt Fair, Olivia Leary from Maitland Grossman High School and Erin Thompson from Belmont High School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had really rave reviews from visitors,â&#x20AC;? Ms Malinowski said. The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles is located inside Maitland Gaol on John St, East Maitland and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Textile Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will run until the end of February. Admission is $3 and school groups are welcome.

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or teenagers who are struggling to cope with the pressures of modern life and don’t have access to formal Government support programs, there is hope. Not for profit organisation, Centre For Hope, is run by a diverse group of likeminded Novocastrians working to provide a solid base for assisting young people at risk. The centre’s coaches and mentors are running an innovative coaching and mentoring program devised to assist young people before the spiral of helplessness begins or progresses too far, said CEO, Geraldine Moran. “For such young people we can inadvertently reinforce their own feeling of worthlessness with our Program participants teaching others to play the Didgeridoo own attitudes and so a cycle of mistrust and isolation begins and spirals,” Ms Moran said. referrals, the demand is growing,” Ms “Often teenagers or their families have Moran said. no understanding of how they can link in “The outcomes are rewarding for all to fi nd support.” those involved and it feels like we are The Centre For Hope provides each not just witnessing a change, but taking young person with a one-on-one coach a place in trying to make a difference in and a one-on-one mentor, support these young people’s lives.” to explore what they really want for An information night for volunteer themselves and build confidence to move coaches and mentors is being held at toward it and support to develop skills to The Place, Charlestown on January 31 at negotiate life in a safe and effective way. 7:15pm. More information is available “We’ve worked with a number of local at: www.CentreForHope.com.au or by schools and, along with independent phoning Geraldine on 0438 466 029.

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f you’re yet to make plans for Australia Day, it’s not too late. Slip into a pair of Aussie flag thongs, get creative with the green and gold zinc and head down to the foreshore on Saturday for Newcastle City Council’s Australia Day celebrations. Newcastle City Council Tourism and Economic Development Services Manager, Jan Ross, said more than 30,000 people enjoyed the event last year and bumper crowds are expected to flock on the foreshore again this year. “Every year we try and put together a program of events that has something for everyone to enjoy,” she said. Th is year is no exception. At the western end of the foreshore there will be entertainment and live performances on the Maritime Centre ‘outdoor’ stage from 10am and tug boat ballet from 12:30pm. At the eastern end, classic cars will be on display in the Customs House forecourt between 9am and 2pm and rides and amusements will fi ll Camp Shortland from 10am until 5pm. Queens Wharf will host all the action of the Stockton to Newcastle Harbour swim, which begins at 8am, followed by the Australia Water-ski Racing Championships beginning at 10:15am

Swimmers arrive at Queens Wharf following last year’s Australia Day harbour swim. Photo: BRENT RANDALL

There will also be excitement in the sky each hour from midday until 3pm, with aerobatics displays and Catalina and Royal Australian Air Force FA18 hornet flypasts. At City Hall, the day will have special

significance for 82 people who will receive their Australian citizenship at a ceremony to be attended by Newcastle Australia Day Ambassador, Alex Jones. The candidates originate from 27 different countries from across, Europe,

Africa, Asia and the Americas. With plenty to do on Australia Day, there’s no excuse to not get involved. For the full program of events, visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au and search for Australia Day 2013.

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While away your Sunday at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club’s Blues Day

Blues days: Live music by the water at Yacht Club

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ock Saturday, January 26 into your diary to come along to the Lake Macquarie Festival at Speers Point Park. Th is year’s celebration is going to be bigger than ever with a wide range of family-friendly activities planned. Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the festival is always a great day out for the community. “Th is year, there is something for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Ferguson said. “We will be starting the festival early

this year with the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets at 8am. “Th roughout the day we’ll have markets, amusement rides and local musical talent on the main stage. “I’m particularly looking forward to the evening concert which will feature Australian artists Chris Sebastian and Adam Eckersley. “The night will fi nish with everyone’s favourite, a spectacular fi reworks display.” For more information on the day’s events, head to www.lakemac.com.au.

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ooking for a way to kick back this Australia Day long weekend? Head down to Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on Sunday, January 27 for a celebration of the Blues. ‘Blues Day’ will feature Ghost Road, Lunasea and local act New Black Shades from 2-6pm on the marina deck overlooking Lake Macquarie. Tickets are $8 at the door. While you’re there, why not pop into Sprout Bistro and enjoy a meal on the water? Open 7-days for lunch and dinner, Sprout provides a bistro menu and a large specials board with a la carte meals made fresh. Lake Macquarie Yacht Club also has

three private function rooms available for hire that are great for special events such as weddings, engagements, birthdays, retirements and business meetings. All rooms have views of Lake Macquarie, and can hold up to 200 people. Entertainment is not lacking at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. Head down on Tuesdays at 7pm for trivia, raffles and a Joker Jackpot on Thursdays from 6pm, another Raffle and bar trivia from 6pm on Fridays and live entertainment every Sunday from 1:30pm on the marina deck. Lake Macquarie Yacht Club is in Ada Street, Belmont. For further information, contact 4945 0022 or visit www.lcyc.com.au.

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STAYING HEALTHY

FASHION FIXATION

by Elisha Stein

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n Aussie summer is all about fun in the sun. Th is time of year, people are spending long days outside whether it be on holidays by the beach or outside at home in the garden. But this beautiful sunshine can have horrible consequences for some people especially, during heatwaves. Your body will become stressed by the heat when it becomes dehydrated and therefore can’t cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. Normally, sweating helps to maintain a healthy body temperature by increasing heat loss through evaporation. However, if you become dehydrated, you can’t sweat as much and your blood becomes concentrated, causing electrolyte imbalance and impairment in organ functioning. All organs can be affected, including the hypothalamus in your brain where temperature is normally controlled. When your core body temperature rises above 40.5, the body’s internal systems can begin to shut down, causing heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and can develop rapidly.

Symptoms and warning signs vary from person to person but may include very high body temperature, red, hot and dry skin with no sweating, dry swollen tongue, a rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, delirium, collapse and unconsciousness. If you are in a hot climate and doing vigorous exercise on a hot day or are unable to stay in shade, keep a look out for any of these symptoms or even better, prevent it by avoiding extreme temperatures. Take time to check on your elderly family or anyone you are concerned about as they may need your help to cope with the heat. Of course, never leave anyone or any pets in a closed parked car. If you are at home, you could also have cool showers and turn the air conditioner on. If you notice signs of heat exhaustion, immediately try to cool the person down by wetting them and fanning. Offer cool water. Place ice packs in areas such as the armpits and groin and forehead. Take it seriously and call for medical help whenever you are concerned.

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Double denim rules

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ormally, when I think of denim, my mind wanders to my favorite pair of jeans, sitting in my wardrobe and waiting for winter to arrive, but denim in summer 2013 is proving to mean something very different. Th is season, denim is stepping out into our streets in force; the heavy fabric is no longer reserved for jeans and shorts, it can be found fashioned into dresses, overalls, onesies, shirts, jackets, crop-tops and even swimwear. Not only can you fi nd a denim example of every kind of clothing item imaginable, you can fi nd denim trimmed shoes and accessories. What is more surprising than this unexpected overhaul of denim into our stores for summer, is that the ‘look’ for the season is encouraging us to wear denim on denim; a style that briefly made a comeback in 2010. The great thing about the ‘double denim’ look is that most of us will already have the ingredients in our wardrobes to make up the perfect denim outfit however. But be warned: it doesn’t take much to turn a stylish, double denim outfit into a nasty overload of blue; leaving

you washed out and looking like you stepped straight off a ranch in Texas. Luckily, a few simple guidelines can help you to stick to the stylish side of double denim. Contrast is the key: possibly the most important thing to remember when trying the double denim look is to keep contrast in the equation. Stay away from wearing blue denim pieces that are the same or even similar tones – opt for one part dark and the other light. Darker denim has a great slimming effect so use it on the bottom. Break it up: use other items such as an undershirt or a leather bag to break up the denim and remember to never go over the top. A simple pair of shoes or pointed heels will look great. Th ink about your accessories: use accessories that complement but contrast the denim. Wear a watch to add to the outfit and you can’t go wrong with simple bracelets or earrings – the key is to keep it simple! Remember that these looks work for both men and women – the same guidelines apply. Contrast, break it up and accessorise wisely.

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KID TALK

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have been blessed with olive-skinned children and so even though I cover them in sunscreen, right or wrong, I am not as concerned about them spending hours in the sun. I am usually more concerned about my husband as he has inherited his dad's English skin. On our recent holiday and our fi rst day at the beach, my children went very dark and got ever so slightly pink –bad mother! I did the slip, slop, slap but probably needed to slop more frequently. My family drastically changed our sun habits when I was 10 years old. My sister was born and she was strawberry blonde with fair skin and freckles. For her sake, we all slipped, slopped and slapped our way through the next 10+ years so she knew how important it was to protect your skin. I thank her being born for the skin I have today, which although has been burned a few times in my lifetime, is much more cared for than it could have been otherwise. So the kids’ recent sunburn wasn't too bad, but it was noticeable enough. I was talking to my friends that evening I learned that there are two new steps to slip slop slap which we all now need to learn. Welcome seek and slide. 1. Slip on a t-shirt 2. Slop on sunscreen 3. Slap on a hat 4. Seek some shade; and 5. Slide on some sunnies I Googled this and sure enough, they were right. How did I not know? I looked up the Cancer Council of Australia's website and

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eath and taxes aside, anticipating the future is an impossible task. Nevertheless, history will often give us a clue as to what is to come. And so, we’ve come to expect that each January there will be an increase in the cost of Government subsidised pharmaceutical benefit (PBS) prescriptions. But even at the maximum of now $36.10 per item, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme still offers us pretty good value for money. Some medicines actually cost many hundreds (occasionally even thousands) of dollars more than the co-payment; and this full cost of PBS medicines is now printed on the dispensed label. So, $36.10 is the most you should have to pay (some medicines will cost less than this); and if you have a concession card issued by Centrelink (Department

of Social Security) or the Department of Veterans Affairs, the maximum amount payable is $5.90 per prescription item. At your request the pharmacist can often substitute a less expensive brand. Remember, all medicines in Australia are required to meet the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA’s) high standards of quality, safety and effectiveness. If you want some more advice about the savings you can make with the PBS Safety Net and by choosing the less expensive brands of PBS medicines, ask for the Help with Medicine Costs fact card at your local Self Care Pharmacy. For the nearest location Call 1300 369 772 or check out the Pharmaceutical Society website at www. psa.org.au Click on ‘Self Care’ then ‘Use the Self Care Pharmacy Finder’.

Anthony Piggott is a pharmacist and proprietor of Piggott’s pharmacies at Blackbutt, Hamilton and Hamilton South.

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Centre for Hope helps young people at risk in the 13 to 16 year old age group through a Coaching and Mentoring program. We work with students who are “at risk” from absenteeism from school; exclusion from the classroom; unexplained deterioration in grades; young persons excluded in the playground/bullying; behavioural indicators; disappearing at night and no extended family to support. If you think you could be a coach or mentor you are invited to an information night. When: Thursday January 31, 7.15pm Where: The Place, cnr Frederick & Pearson Sts, Charlestown

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watched the new campaign. I also learned the original campaign was launched in Australia in 1980! I was two-years-old (showing my age now) and even still managed to learn the fi rst three sun care rules off by heart. What happened to four and five? Th is urged me to look into how often I should reapply my 30+ SPF water resistant sunscreen. It said every 4 hours. The children were in the water the entire 5 hours we were at the beach. I reapplied after 3 hours as we approached 12.30pm (the hottest time of the day is apparently between 12 and 3pm), however even this wasn't good enough. The kids still got burnt. We had our sun shade which was used by me and my husband the entire day. Try getting kids to sit in a shaded tent at the beach. Impossible! Th is brings me to step 4. Seek shade. Th is just isn't realistic for children unless you leave the beach at midday, and by leave I mean drag them kicking and screaming, and then bring them back in the afternoon. I saw people with very young toddlers do that but for the most part the beach was littered with children two years and up running around in the sun for hours on end. So, I have come to this conclusion. Playtime is fi ne in your swimmers for a little while but during the hottest part of the day, the rash vests need to go on and more sunscreen applied every two hours. Hopefully this routine will instill good habits in our children and given the rate of skin cancer deaths in Australia, become a fact of life.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Ask for that pay rise, or go for that new job interview, even if you don’t take it. What have you got to lose? At least you’ll learn about what you need to do to improve yourself. You have a chance to better yourself and can expect an increase in pay. Those who work for female bosses can look forward to unexpected rewards and recognition. Also friends will be grateful for any help that you give them!

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

You may have some kind of inspired idea which helps you to fi nd an easy way through an awkward problem. Take the opportunity to listen to music, read an inspirational book or watch a meaningful movie, as you need this kind of mental refreshment and inspiration. You are entering an ambitious phase and can be certain that your prospects for future advancement are considerably boosted.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

The planets are stimulating your interests in all sorts of foreign cultures and activities outside the ‘norm’. You’ll be dealing with unusual characters you ordinarily wouldn’t have much to do with. You’ll be breaking down the barriers and will be interested in incorporating some of unusual ‘ideas’ into your lifestyle. There is every possibility of planning a journey to somewhere unusual.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

A secret admirer will be in your vicinity and being flattered is a great way to boost your energy levels. We all like to think that other people fi nd us attractive, however if you are in an established union remember not to overstep the boundaries. If you are looking for a lover then you are bound to meet someone who has a profound influence on you. If you are happily settled than some profound changes are on their way!

LEO

Your relationship with colleagues is about to improve and there is the possibility of the starting of a truly productive, fun-fi lled working alliance. You and your lover have a great deal to talk over and the next few weeks are the ideal time to do it. If you are in the early stages of a relationship, you’ll fi nd that you have a great deal in common and will happily while away many hours discussing your backgrounds!

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

There will be an unexpected breakthrough for you in your working life as certain frustrations will melt away. Just be patient and watch your speech. However, once you’ve thought out what you need to say, do it in an assertive and diplomatic fashion, then you can be guaranteed your voice and opinions will be heeded by those who matter. If you’ve been feeling under the weather, then your vitality is about to return!

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Your love life is looking up and a charming and fl irtatious mood is likely to take hold. You’ll be extremely seductive and will win admiration with ease. Your silver tongue enables you to release long pent – up feelings. A highly enjoyable time is on the cards and spending time with people who are on the same wavelength as you will help you feel at peace. Children will be a delight to be around!

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You are going to be feeling very nostalgic during the next few weeks, perhaps an old photograph will trigger memories of a time when life seemed idyllic. There is no harm in this revelling in the past…just as long as it doesn’t replace your present life. Friends that you haven’t heard from for ages may also suddenly reappear in your life! Th is is the ideal time to sort out your home and family.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Communication is the name of the game, as it will enhance all of your different relationships. You could have a really enjoyable chat to a friend or you could sit and talk things over with your lover. You may decide to start a creative venture or a study course, if so this is the time to see what materials and methods would best suit your purpose.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

If you’re in a business, a new approach to marketing and public relations will be just what you need to take it to the next level. At work you’ll be doing some behind the scenes investigation which will give you a deeper understanding of your industry. Financially, matters start to look up for you, however you’d be wise not to advertise it and to take a discreet line when discussing fi nancial matters with others.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

You’re the leader this month, thanks to the incredible power of the planets. Put your best foot forward as others will be looking up to you, watching your every move and hanging on every word you say. Power equals responsibility and you’ll have to prove your worth once you’ve achieved a measure of success. Don’t be afraid to make that important statement to the world and trust in your own gut instincts.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Don’t allow the natural events of life, which are sometimes sad or even tragic, to bring you down. You have to remain philosophical about what you hear or see. Do what you can to be positive and don’t take negativity into your workplace or personal affairs. Your psychic powers are going to be very powerful and your dream state very active so be certain to listen to your intuition and to write your dreams down!

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John Church

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large part of your success in business is about taking your ideas and putting them into action. But to get started, you sometimes need to develop a success mindset. What does that mean? In part it is about seeing opportunity when others see roadblocks and obstacles. An optimist sees the glass as half full, rather than half empty. Just because economic conditions are tough does not mean you are going to go out of business. Staying positive in the face of hard times creates a confidence in your team and amongst your customer base. People are drawn to winners and stay clear of losers. Surround yourself with enthusiastic can-do people. A success mindset also looks ahead of the game and not just today’s problems. Predicting the future is not easy, but identifying trends is a lot easier. Many professional organisations provide a glimpse into the future by surveying their members and reporting their fi ndings about future business expectations. Join up and participate in that conversation. Watch what your

children are drawn to and get a glimpse of the future world. Digital, online, global. How do these obvious trends affect your business in five years time? But overcoming tough times is more than just putting on a brave face. A slower economy will expose your weaknesses. Your actions might include a re-organisation of your people or the introduction of a new product that meets the changing market conditions. You can use quieter times to engage with customers and make sure you are meeting their needs by informal or informal surveys. Act on those fi ndings. An important activity, when time allows, is to audit your own activities. You can review your costs of doing business to make sure that each area is profitable and one activity of your enterprise is not subsidising others. You can address your marketing and branding collateral. Is it time to refresh the web site, put up a new sign or change the decals on your cars? Keep a success mindset and keep striving for improvement in every area of your business you can influence.

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John Church manages a Newcastle advertising agency, digital printing company and PR consultancy.

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o you read the newsletter that you receive with your Business Activity Statement (BAS)? They are worth checking as they contain some handy tips on tax and making sure you are properly fulfi lling your tax obligations. You don’t want to be doing the wrong thing by the taxman. The ATO website (www.ato.gov. au) has these newsletters and other handy tips too. The latest one had a timely reminder about some beneficial changes to small business depreciation claims this year. You can now claim (write off ) an outright deduction for most depreciating assets purchased that cost less than $6,500 each. Th is has increased from $1,000. If you buy two or more assets each costing less than $6,500 you claim the deduction for each of them. From 2012-13, if you buy a motor vehicle for use in your business, you can claim an immediate $5,000 deduction.

The remainder of the cost is deducted through the general small business pool at 15 per cent for the fi rst year and 30 per cent for later years. If your assets are worth $6,500 or more they can all be pooled with other assets (regardless of their effective life) and deducted at a single rate of 30 per cent. The exception is newly acquired assets which are deducted at 15 per cent (half the pool rate) for the fi rst year. Long life pools no longer exist. The closing balance is to be rolled over to form part of the opening balance of a general pool to be depreciated at a rate of 30 per cent instead of 5 per cent. Did you know that you can also make tax payments by credit card? Th is may help with cashflow. Beware there is a small credit card payment fee. Those of you paying your BAS quarterly, remember you get a Christmas extension courtesy of the ATO. It is not due until February 28.

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his subtle and slow burning comedy, based on a true story, from director Richard Linklater (‘School Of Rock’, ‘Dazed and Confused’) is quite a departure from Jack Black’s usual slacker buffoon, but it might also be his best role yet. In the town of Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Black) provides the biggest ray of sunshine and is beloved by everyone – especially the older ladies of the community. Things take a disturbing turn after Bernie befriends

t seems a little odd, after a much publicised spat between outgoing bass player Peter Hook and the rest of New Order, that the band’s first outing, sans Hook, would be an album of out-takes from their last and vastly underwhelming album Waiting For The Sirens’ Call. While all of the elements are still here, Hook’s spectral bass lines, Bernard Sumner’s clean-cut vocals and Gillian Gilbert’s spooky synths, there’s an overarching feeling that it’s all been done before. If you’re looking for a good place to start with New Order, put this aside and seek out earlier classics such as ‘Movement’ or ‘Power Corruption and Lies’.

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hen it comes to true improvisation, few can mix it up as well as The Necks, who will be hitting Newcastle this month as they return home to Australia for a series of highly anticipated dates. Renowned for creating immersive and hypnotic live experiences over two completely improvised one hour sets, Chris Abrahams (piano) Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Tony Buck (drums) slowly weave sonic alchemy out of thin air to create a sound that will truly amaze. From humble beginnings over a quarter of a century ago as a private jamming project, The Necks now count the likes of such luminaries as Brian Eno and Nick Cave among their ever-growing legion of fans. The trio have released an impressive 16 albums and have packed shows everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to The Barbican in London and

The Roulette in New York. As testament to the band’s importance to Australian music and culture, last year, their seminal album ‘Aether’ was added to the Australian National Registry Of Recorded Sound and their now-legendary debut album, ‘Sex’, was given the re-issue treatment. One thing that you can guarantee about a Necks show is that no two will ever be the same. “It’s important that we don’t know where the music is going to go,” Tony Buck said. “By the time we’re well into a piece, it’s really hard to imagine how it got there from where it started.” Bass player Lloyd Swanton described playing a Necks show, and indeed attending one, as akin to a kind of Zenlike meditation session. “There’s a state I reach while playing with The Necks, of complete emptiness, where the music is flowing through you

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Mental Giants have had quite the 12 months as well and are well and truly ready to pack their bags for their first tour. Their debut release ‘Pop A Mono’ has been pricking up quite a few ears of late and they plan to hit the studio this year for their first full-length. Catch Excitebike and Mental Giants when they play at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, February 1.

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ewcastle pop punkers Excitebike (pictured) are set to stretch their legs with an East Coast tour in support of their kinetic and catchy self-titled EP. Kicking off on home soil at the Cambridge, Excitebike will be bringing Brisbane mates Mental Giants along for the ride. It’s safe to assume that there will be a fair amount of shenanigans on this tour as it is dubbed ‘The Battle Of The Drunkest Bass Player’ and I’m told that the tour will take in five dates over three weekends of debauchery and possible nudity. Anyone who has seen Excitebike can attest to the fact that these guys dish out razor sharp and tighter-thana-tourniquet melodic punk rock with some of the most catchy hooks heard on local stages in recent memory.

certainly a great state to be in.” Catch The Necks when they play at Lizotte’s Lambton on Sunday, February 10.

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t’s difficult to believe that it has been more than 17 years since Sydney indie rock geniuses You Am I released their seminal slab of sonic loveliness ‘Hi Fi Way’ – let alone 20 years since Tim Rogers and co strummed their first chords in a Castle Hill garage. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. The band may’ve been a little quiet of late with their last album (self-titled) dropping in 2010, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down, as Newcastle audiences will soon discover when You Am I grace the Cambridge stage for the first time in two years. “We always look forward to getting back to Newcastle as the crowds have always been really great,” drummer Russell ‘Rusty’ Hopkinson told TE. “Tim [Rogers] has always said that Newcastle was one of the first places to embrace the band so it holds a very special place for us. “We hadn’t played together for a little while but, over the festive season we played some good shows, like the Mooloolaba Festival on New Year’s Eve, so we’re definitely well and truly back in gig mode.” While some of their contemporaries might baulk at any ‘elder statesmen’ tags afforded them by music wags, Hopkinson said You Am I kind of revelled in the luxuries that such status affords – most notably not being

pressured by record execs to get into the studio and produce the next big thing. “I think we’ve earned the right to not really have to bother about schedules,” Hopkinson said. “A lot of bands get pressured to do this and that – I mean, the amount of times we’ve had some label guy saying that we need to contemporise our sound – and the wheels keep falling off. “I think we realised about ten years ago that we didn’t have to keep bashing our heads against a wall to ‘make it’. “That said, at the moment we are talking about getting back into the studio, so I’d say we should have something by the end of the year. At the moment, though, we’re just having a hell of a lot of fun.” Anyone who saw You Am I in the halcyon days of ‘Sound As Ever’ and ‘Hi Fi Way’ can attest to their [particularly Rodgers] visceral live shows that mixed equal parts ‘60s pop sensibility with a kind of pissed off cynicism associated with the, then, huge grunge movement. However, Hopkinson said that these days, they may have mellowed a tad. “We were a pretty bloody angry band in those days,” he said. “There was a lot of passion on stage and Tim was the very first guy I saw take out a Marshall head with his guitar. “These days, while we still definitely give our all on stage, I think there may be a little more understanding of our obligations to our audience. I think

we’re a much less selfish band now.” So after all these years, albums and kilometres on the road, is there one You Am I song that has the ability to make the hairs on the back of Hopkinson’s neck stand on end?

“Probably ‘How Much Is Enough’ as it holds quite personal meanings for everyone in the band,” he said. Catch You Am I when they play at The Cambridge Hotel on Sunday, January 27.

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ith Australian country music darlings The McClymonts finally starting to break some ground in the tougher-thannails US market, the trio are champing at the bit to get back to Newcastle for a show unlike anything you’ve seen the sister act do before. After picking up their second best country album ARIA for their third record ‘Two Worlds Collide’ and two top 30 US singles, Mollie, Samantha and Brooke decided they wanted to give audiences something a little bit different so, this time around they’re doing it all unplugged. “We got to

thinking that we really wanted to do something different with our live show so we decided that we’d try stripping everything back to how we started,” Mollie McClymont told TE from her new digs in Melbourne. “It’s going to be a very up close, personal and intimate show where

we’ll be sharing many stories about life on the road and the stories behind the creation of the songs. It’s going to be really special.” After singing their way into the hearts and minds of Aussie country music fans, the trio decided to try their luck Stateside and it seems that the past couple of years have paid off. First of all, they managed to secure the production services of some of the biggest names in the biz – Peter Asher (James Taylor, Cher, Linda Ronstadt), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley) for ‘Two Worlds Collide’. “Oh my God, we could not have asked for three better producers,” McClymont enthused. “Those guys are so on the ball,

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hil McKnight is a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose energetic solo show features classic tunes spanning the rock, pop, country and folk genres. McKnight’s powerful vocals and dynamic guitar style are sure-fire winners with audiences of all ages. His strong rapport with the audience is a major feature of his shows, as is the huge variety of material covered in performances. McKnight is a highly experienced entertainer who has performed for more than 30 years in a huge range of venues in Australia and overseas. He has entertained audiences in clubs, hotels, restaurants and at festivals and has performed for corporate and private clients. McKnight performs absolutely live without using backing tracks. Audiences are surprised by the huge sound he produces from his accomplished guitar playing, haunting harmonica, stompbox percussion and soaring vocals. McKnight’s huge repertoire allows him to tailor a show to suit a wide range of audiences and venues. From contemporary hits of the naughties, to classic rock, pop, blues and country – McKnight delivers. Catch Phil McKnight at the Cricketers Arms Hotel on Friday, January 25.

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fter releasing their incendiary slab of sonic adventure, ‘e’, in 2011, Newcastle/ Sydney trio, Elephant, are back with what frontman Gerant Kenneth told TE was a much more dense and layered affair in their new long player, ‘l’. “We spent pretty much all of 2012 writing it all and just going over and over and over it again and again in the rehearsal space,” Kenneth said. “Then we got on the phone to Mr Mark Tinson – I had recorded with him, ten years ago to the year, in my last band, Schlauncher, and we were both excited to work with one another again. “We had two months to record, mix and master the record so it was good to have Mark there because he’s there for two reasons – to work and to rock.” Elephant’s debut release ‘e’ was quite an adventurous affair that recalled a kind of neo-Mr Bungle, Dead Kennedy’s and New York no-wavers Suicide mish mash, thanks to an impossibly tight rhythm section in Adam Cowling and Troy Barrow and hammering synth from Kenneth. For ‘l’, as Kenneth explained, the band took a more

considered approach to the writing and a much more textured album was the result. “This one is a more melodic adventure and dynamically it is far more interesting,” he said. “There are two, 10-minute songs on the album and we’ve thrown in a couple of instrumental pieces as well, so it’s a bit of a relief – we’re not just trying to show you how smart we are with our songwriting and our instruments, we’re also trying to be a bit kinder to the audience and the listener and give them time to digest some of the trickier elements of the music.” The band are about to hit the road to promote the new album, but Kenneth said there were already plans in the works for an EP titled ‘ep’, with subsequent releases ‘h’, ‘a’, ‘n’ and ‘t’ to follow. “What’s interesting now is, because we’re looking to get to ‘t’, it’s not your usual ‘how do we keep this band together day-by-day’ anymore, it’s more a conversation about how we get through the next decade. “After this album, we’re probably going to have a little bit of a break so we’re comfortable to come back and do the EP as a solid unit.” Catch Elephant when they play with The Berkshire Hunting Club, Black Island and Headbutt at the Hamilton Station Hotel on Friday, February 1.

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f there’s one band in Newcastle who knows how to party – wait, not just party, but party hard, it’s The Main Guy and the Other Guys, as people who get along to the Lass, where the band will be celebrating their

one year anniversary next month, will discover. “We’ll be having our first birthday soon which is nice,” the enigmatically named frontman, The Duke, told TE. “A lot of the songs I had written a few years ago and they were getting a good reaction so I thought, ‘let’s get a little band together’. “The whole idea of the band is for it

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band trying to build up that groundswell first before heading out.” While The Duke said the main focus of a Main Guy and the Other Guys show is to get a reaction, whether it be positive or negative, there could be another agenda at the Lass show. “We’ve been trying to get our bass player Sean to change his name to Rabbit Slayer because he is originally a country town boy and when he is on the road he actively tries to hit small animals. We were on our way back from playing the Peats Ridge Festival and he actually tried to hit a rabbit which I found appalling but he found quite funny – hence the wish to change his name.” Help Main Guy and the Other Guys celebrate their first birthday at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on Friday, February 1.

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hile Nashville via Florida singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook was champing at the bit to get Down Under for her first Australian tour, she said the tyranny of distance was a bit hard to cope with. “I am really, really excited to get down to Australia, it’s going to be great,” she told TE from down the line in East Nashville while lying in her bed, playing with her cats. “That said, I think I’m going to have a much better time once I get there, because the flight is just crazy. I’d probably be better off making the trip in a covered wagon.” Cook, and her raw, emotional and, at times, self-effacing brand of country rock, are currently in the country for the Tamworth Country Music Festival and will make a stop at Lizotte’s next week on the back of her latest album ‘Welder’. While she cannot weld to save her life, Cook said that the name came about as a tribute to her father. “My dad was a welder – he learnt by way of 2,300 hours of training that certified him, courtesy of the Atlanta Federal penitentiary,” she said. “When he got out, he thought he could use his new-found skills in various illegal activities but, in the end he decided to go straight and set up his own business. He is a super strong, super hardworking man who has been a huge inspiration in my life and my music. “Also, the title came from, I guess the way the album fuses together everything I’d done on previous albums [‘The Blue Album’, ‘Hey Y’all’, ‘This Side Of The Moon’ and ‘Ballsf’] for something entirely new.” Cook pulled out all of the stops for the album, enlisting production heavyweight Don Was (Rolling Stones, Lucinda Williams, Iggy Pop, Waylon Jennings) to oversee behind-the-desk duties and she

said the legendary knob twiddler took the album to a whole new level. “Don was absolutely awesome to work with,” she said. “He really protected me and kept everyone out of the way and allowed me to do my thing – he’s a really artistfriendly producer and he let me be the boss and didn’t crowd everything. He was like my little conspirator in the studio – it was fantastic working with him.” So, what can the uninitiated expect from an Elizabeth Cook show? “Well, I guess that people can come

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chemistry was undeniable. Clicking into action immediately, the band were in a Blue Mountains studio to record their self-titled debut within days of meeting. The album exudes an unapologetic roots core of Rynsaardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing and delivery, acoustic and dobro guitars and brushes that stand in for the walls of Marshalls of his previous rock tour-de-force. After gaining a formidable reputation, thanks largely to an unrelenting touring

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hen it comes to the distinctive sounds of the sixties – sure, you had the razor sharp insightful pop of The Beatles, the raw RnB sexuality of the Rolling Stones and the pop art histrionics of The Who – few could deny the indelible stamp the lush harmonies and jangling 12-string guitar of The Searchers placed on popular music. Songs such as ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘When You Walk In The Room’ and ‘Love Potion Number 9’ well and truly put the band at the top of the British invasion tree and still sound as fresh today as they did when released in the heady 1960s. Now, some 50 years after first bursting onto what was to become known as the Merseybeat scene (alongside the likes of The Beatles, The Merseybeat, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Swingin’ Blue Jeans) the band are still a going concern and are set to continue a lifelong love affair with Australia when they touch down here next month. “We just love Australia – we’ve been coming down there since September 1964 and have made it pretty much an annual tradition ever since,” bass player Frank Allen told TE from down the line at Heathrow Airport. “It’s pretty amazing, actually, to see just how far Australia has come – the way Sydney has grown in that time is

just phenomenal.” Allen, who joined the band after the release of the bands’ second UK number one single, ‘Needles and Pins’ said Australia also played a part in the early Searchers story. “We had recorded ‘When You Walk In The Room’ and we headed over to Australia for a tour,” Allen explained. “Anyway, while we were over there, the song started shooting up the charts and we didn’t have videos or anything in those days and there was no way to play it on Top Of The Pops, so the BBC sent a film crew down to Australia to film us and that’s what they ended up using as the promotional clip for the song. Unfortunately, I heard that the footage was scrapped by the BBC – I would’ve loved to get my hands on a copy.” While the Searchers legacy may not be as readily recognisable as the Stones or the Beatles, Allen said the band’s influence can still be heard in the sounds of today. “I think The Searchers did influence

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music quite a bit in that the whole 12string guitar sound was not used very much at all apart from bands like The Byrds. Then, particularly in the 90s with bands like Blur and Oasis, suddenly you had this really jangly sound creeping back in again. Also, Bruce Springsteen

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with Josh Mitchell from the Newcastle Jets You missed a couple of games after picking up the injury but you were back in time for Saturday’s draw against Central Coast. Did you notice any differences in the side? Yes there were quite a few differences. The team seemed a lot more confident which was good to see and also while I was out injured, Taylor [Regan] came in for me and he did really well. It was just unfortunate for him that he got injured before the game on Saturday, otherwise I might not have been playing. After 28 games without a clean sheet, you’ve now gone three consecutive games without conceding a goal. What do you think the reason is behind your new-found defensive resilience? It is kind of a strange stat, but even though we have conceded goals, I believe that we have always been a tough team to break down. I think that over the past few weeks the team has played with a lot more discipline. The feeling in the camp must be more positive now after taking away a point from the table toppers? Would you say a little more composure up front could’ve won you the game? It was a really even game – we had a few good chances and Central Coast did as well and, on a different day, we might have walked away with the three

points. That said, we’re still happy with the point and hopefully we can build on that this weekend against Wellington and in fi nals lead-up. The team defi nitely looks to be on the improve now. What other areas can you see as still needing improvement? It’s more about just continuing the discipline and the things that we have been doing right that has been developing over the last couple of weeks. We were a little bit unlucky on the weekend with a couple of chances so, if we work a little bit on our composure, things should really start to come together. Although you’re going to miss next week’s Phoenix match through suspension, do you think it’s a good time to be going there? Historically, the Jets have always struggled in Wellington but, after their 7-1 thumping at Sydney, might this be the chance to redress the balance? It could well be, it’s never easy going over there and, just because they had a bad defeat on the weekend doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be any easier to play this weekend. That said, if we go into the game with the same attitude that we’ve been displaying over the past few weeks, we should stand a good chance of bringing back the three points.

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Newcastle competitors, Megan Brook, Emma Carr and Kailani Crane, taking out top awards at the recent Australian Figure Skating Championships. Two of the skaters, Emma Carr and Kailani Crane, were already national medal winners, with Carr winning a silver medal in 2011 and Crane having already won 3 gold medals; while 14-year-old Charlestown resident, Megan Brook, took home her fi rst national medal in the intermediate Ladies division. The athletes, who train at the Hunter Ice Skating Club in Warners Bay, worked hard in the lead up to the competition, said parent, Kim Carr. “We are extremely proud of the skaters from Hunter Ice Skating Club...the three national champions work very, very hard and are talented young ladies. “They were always anticipated to be strong contenders at the competition, but the competition at national level is fierce, and as such, to win the coveted gold medal and title of National Champion is always somewhat of a surprise.” Ms Carr attributed much of the athletes’ success to their coaches, Lara Matskel and George Galanis. Back at training within a week of the event, the trio are now preparing to represent Australia in international competition. @louisebourke

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