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FINAL STRAW Concerned residents living in the streets around Westfield Kotara are speaking out in the hope that the company will rethink its approach to parking, particularly for staff. Th ree local residents and Councillor, Tim Crakanthorp, met with the Post in Cynthia Street at 7.45am last Thursday, at which time it was already fi lled with parked cars and Westfield staffers heading into the centre.

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ewcastle City Council’s General Manager, Phil Pearce, last week announced dramatic changes to services and a potential increase in rates in a “proposed draft recovery plan�, designed to help dig the organisation out of debt. “I have indicated since my arrival to Council that major changes to the city’s fi nances are needed and have been reinforcing this message

for more than 12 months,� Mr Pearce said. “In March this year, Council predicted an $8.4 million deficit for the current fi nancial year and I am committed to address this and bring the budget back into balance over two fi nancial years. The situation has not changed.� He admitted Council has been “facing a fi nancially challenging time� and blamed ageing infrastructure, cost shifting from the State and Federal Governments, rising operating costs, fees and charges, combined with a drop in grants and contributions. As a result, Council stated that a special rate

variation of 7 per cent would be implemented over a five-year period from 2017/18, in order to raise $24.8 million and that entry fees will be applied to Fort Scratchley, the Museum and the Art Gallery. “If Council accepts the proposals being prepared, this will result in reduction to services and/or the cessation of services,� the official statement, which also hinted at a reduction in staffi ng levels, read. “The extent of these reductions is yet to be determined.� Continues on page 6.

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unday was White Ribbon Day, the international day about preventing violence against women. Our journalist, Amelia Parrott, was one of 200-odd people who participated in the Hunter event - a breakfast in Newcastle on Friday morning. In attendance at the breakfast event was Jon Chin, CEO of the Hexham Bowling Club and the Hunter’s White Ribbon Day ambassador, as well as local MPs and business and community members. One of the speakers on the day was Deanne Slee. Mrs Slee spoke about domestic violence from a deeply personal perspective: having experienced abuse fi rst as a child at the hands of her father, and later in life at the hands of a partner. Mrs Slee told the assembled crowd that it’s not enough to overcome the betrayal of abuse, it is also necessary to share the stories with the next generation, in the hope of preventing the cycle from continuing. Th is is a message we hear over and over again from our community leaders and hints at Ghandi’s oft-quoted saying: Be the change you want to see in the world. From taking a taxi instead of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, to giving a discarded animal love and a new home - be the agent for change and you might just inspire someone along the way. Read more about Deanne Slee on page 4.

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Dog Rescue Newcastle is a notfor-profit, volunteer organisation. Their $450 adoption fee covers the dog’s de-sexing, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping and lifetime registration. Your support allows them to continue saving dogs just like Gus. Gus is in foster care in Scone. For more information about Gus or to meet him, phone his foster carer, Stacey, on 0438 68 3979. There are 50-plus more dogs available for adoption on Dog Rescue Newcastle’s website: www. dogrescuenewcastle.com.au.

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lose to half a million Australian women were victims of violence last year and more than 70,000 experienced this violence from a current or former partner. The statistics are harrowing and sadly are worse for indigenous women with

20 per cent having experienced physical violence in the last 12 months, compared to 7 per cent of non-Indigenous Australian women. However, efforts were made to shed light on this issue at a breakfast for White Ribbon Day last Friday. White Ribbon Day coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and is held annually on November 25. Domestic violence survivor, Deanne

Slee, shared her story of domestic abuse with around 200 guests who were present at the event. As a young girl, Mrs Slee was sexually abused by her father and witnessed acts of domestic violence within her home. As an adult, she became involved in a physically abusive relationship. Now happily re-partnered, Mrs Slee said she wanted to share her story to help future generations of women. “It’s about saving a younger generation from having to go through what I did as a child and have it affect them as an adult, as it does me,” she told the audience.

“I would hate my children to have to suffer what I’ve suffered, so I want to break that cycle.” Hunter White Ribbon ambassador, Jon Chin, commended Mrs Slee for her strength and bravery in sharing her story and said it was important to highlight violence against Indigenous women. “She is the fi rst one to give an Aboriginal perspective,” he said. “If you look at some of the articles, 90 per cent of Aboriginal families are affected by violence. “I think the more we speak about it the more we’ll shine light on it.” @thepostjourno

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oncerned residents living in the streets around Westfield Kotara are speaking out in the hope that the company will re-think its approach to parking, particularly for staff. Th ree local residents and Councillor, Tim Crakanthorp, met with the Post in Cynthia Street at 7.45am last Thursday, at which time it was already fi lled with parked cars and Westfield staffers heading into the centre. According to the group, there are only 320 dedicated staff parking spaces off-street, despite there being approximately 950 individuals employed by the centre. They claim that since Westfield introduced timed parking and then paid parking for staff, the issue for residents has worsened, while employees who miss out on a staff spot are forced to either park on the street or pay a maximum parking fee of $20 per day. “Westfield Kotara’s plans to build an eight screen cinema will mean a net loss of 250 car spaces from the shopping centre,” Cr Crakanthorp said. “Th is will mean even more shoppers will park in the surrounding streets. “Th is is the fi nal straw for many local residents who would like to see Westfield be a good corporate citizen and take

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Rate hike on cards: Plan to fix city’s financial woes Continued from page 1. The Post spoke to residents to gauge public opinion about the rate increase. Hendrika Stekhoven-Smith, from Kotara, said the increase would be inconvenient but manageable. “It’s frustrating, but what can you do?” Ms Stekhoven-Smith said. “I don’t like paying more for [anything], but it’s not a huge amount.”

Dan Phelan, also from Kotara, said: “It’s annoying, but these things are understandable”, whereas Newcastle resident, Lisa Littlewood, thought it was a “reasonable” increase, particularly considering how much other bills, like electricity, are increasing by. Tell us what you think by emailing editorial@newcastlepost.com.au.

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here has been a lot of media coverage recently about child grooming on the internet and indecent approaches of older people to children. These people slowly develop a relationship with our innocent children with the aim of meeting and developing an inappropriate relationship. Th is happens everywhere and our area is no exception with many of you reading and hearing recently about a man being charged with such offences of two young girls in our area. There are some precautions we can take as parents and carers, which may protect our children from falling victim to these deviates. It is important that we continue to take an interest in the lives of our children and this includes being aware of how much time they are spending on the internet. Talk to your child about who they are communicating with and who they are having online conversations with. Spend time with your kids and let them show you some of their favourite websites. If you are becoming concerned about their on-line conversations, you could limit their use of a

computer to the family room and not locked away in their bedrooms. Consider installing fi lters and computer blocking software, which are provided by your service provider. Also the site www.netalert.net.au can provide additional information on commercially available products. Some may consider it an invasion of privacy, but you should still have the ability to randomly check your child’s emails. Also check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls and get a phone that has caller ID. Never allow your child to send a picture of themselves to any of these people/sites and do not give out personal information. If any contact makes your child feel uncomfortable, encourage them to discuss it with you and make sure you enforce the dangers of arranging a face-to-face meeting with these unknown people. You can get more information on the NSW Police website: www.police. nsw.gov.au/community_issues/ children/child_exploitation Finally, reinforce to them that as soon as they press ‘send’, the information is out there and fi nal – you cannot get it back and you can never delete it.

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HIV-positive Hunter resident tells his story ahead of World AIDS Day TRICIA MOROSIN

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aturday, December 1 is World AIDS Day and a time to remember those in the community living with not only the disease, but the stigma associated with it. At any one time, there are 500 Hunter residents living with HIV and one of those people is local resident Robert, who has asked us not to release his full name.

He was diagnosed in 1994 after the death of his partner from AIDS, however he believes he was infected in 1988. “I hadn’t been tested until after my partner died,” Robert said. “I felt like he had enough to deal with […] without the guilt or the thoughts that he might have infected me and whether he had or not is not, in my mind, even to this day 20 years on, an issue. “It’s just, it happened.” At the time, Robert was told he had around six months before opportunistic infections would hit him; however he

was fortunate to be at the cusp of new treatments. “As new drugs came out and the other ones were failing, you just kept going from one trial to the next, to keep yourself alive,” Robert said. The un-trialed drugs have since taken their toll on Robert, who remains grateful for their life-saving results, despite the side-affects which include peripheral neuropathy in his feet, lipodystrophy in his face, chronic diarrhea and recurring

bacterial pneumonia, as well as many other conditions he will carry for the rest of his life. “I think the greatest misconception is that HIV is easy to live with,” Robert said. “I wouldn’t wish what has happened to me on anyone, anywhere – friend or foe.” Robert remains actively involved in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and will be taking part in this week’s activities. Visit www.acon.org.au. @triciamorosin

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hristmas is almost upon us again, and it’s at this time of year that I think about how lucky I am to have my health, my family and friends, and shelter and food. It’s important to remember that for some in our community, they are not as lucky, and this time of year can be particularly difficult. I urge Lake Macquarie residents and businesses to donate to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which started this week and runs until Thursday, December 13. I know in previous years hundreds of generous people have kindly donated toys to help people who are less fortunate, and I hope we can make 2012 the biggest toy appeal yet. Unwrapped toys may be donated at Charlestown, Swansea and Toronto library branches and Council’s Customer Service Centre at Speers Point. I would like to say a big

thank you to Samaritans who will collect and distribute all donated toys to needy families in the Lake Macquarie area in time for Christmas. Samaritans is one of Australia’s largest regional welfare organisations providing much needed support and care for people of all ages and walks of life living in the Hunter, Central Coast and Manning regions. Every week, Samaritans provides to 250 families experiencing disadvantage in our local community. Christmas is also a time when people can attend the many Carols by Candlelight events happening around the City. Keep an eye out in your local area for when these are on, and show your support for the community groups and organisations who host these events as a way of bringing local communities together. I will be attending the Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point Park on Sunday, December 9.

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hristmas is approaching and along with the inevitable raft of decorations and food items in the local supermarkets, community Christmas events are also upon us. Over the following two Saturdays, Wallsend town will host Christmas in the Rotunda. On Saturday, December 1, the Cardiff Northlakes Brass Brand will take to the stage. Then, the following Saturday, December 8, the town will a Breakfast with Santa, Christmas entertainment and stalls. Breakfast starts at 9am, with Santa around until 2pm. The Newcastle PCYC Brass Band will take to the stage from 12pm-2pm, and there will be a jumping castle, face painting, market sales and shops open until 2pm. In the evening, Christmas Carols in Federal Park will kick off, with pre-entertainment from 6pm including a jumping castle and BBQ dinner. The main event will start from 7pm, with Santa making another special appearance during the Carols. For more information about Christmas in the Rotunda and to register for the Breakfast with Santa, visit www.wallsendtown. com.au.

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oads and Maritime Services (RMS) have begun work on a $70,000 upgrade of the pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Hunter and Darby streets. The work will involve the installation of audio tactile pushbuttons and provide a new traffic light post to better locate the push button. The pedestrian pushbutton for the westbound crossing of Darby Street will

be repositioned as a new traffic signal post to be closer to the crossing. Th is involves the widening of the footpath and repositioning the pram ramp. The upgrade will make it easier to use the crossings, particularly for people with vision impairment. Entry into Darby Street may be restricted temporarily and the speed limit reduced to 40 kilometres per hour. The work is expected to take a week to complete.

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ave you heard of Newcastle 2030? Newcastle 2030 is a shared community vision for Newcastle which is to be a smart, liveable and sustainable city. It was developed after extensive consultation with the community and forms the basis for the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan. Th is vision and plan guides all policies and actions being developed and implemented in Newcastle over the next 20 years. The services and projects Council undertakes are directed by this vision, so ensuring it is up to date and relevant is extremely important. The community strategic plan is currently being reviewed and community consultation is underway to better understand priorities and gather ideas to help shape the future of the city.

Now is the time to get involved in influencing how your city will look in 20 years time and this is an opportunity I know that many of you will be keen to take advantage of. The fi rst step in the consultation process is a simple survey. Th is has already been sent to our community reference panel, Newcastle Voice, and is also available to the wider community online at www.newcastle. nsw.gov.au or in hardcopy at all Newcastle libraries. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future to complete the survey and join Newcastle Voice. In the coming months, the panel will be consulted about Foreshore Park, coastal projects and the yearly budget and operational plan. Involvement in decision making is a top priority for the Newcastle community and this is an excellent opportunity to do just that.

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n elderly woman who contracted meningococcal disease has died at a Hunter region hospital. It is the ninth confi rmed case of meningococcal disease in the Hunter New England Local Health district this year. Health District spokespeople could not confi rm where the woman was from or where she was treated, only that treating doctors prescribed clearance antibiotics to anyone who had been in contact with her. “Meningococcal disease may be very severe and the community needs to be on the alert for its symptoms,” said Public Health Physician, Dr David Durrheim. “Meningococcal infection does not spread easily...It is spread by secretions from the nose and throat of a person who is carrying it and close and prolonged contact is needed to pass it on. “It does not appear to be spread through saliva or by sharing drinks, food or cigarettes,” Dr Durrheim said. He stressed that while meningococcal disease could be serious, in most cases, early detection and treatment resulted in a complete recovery. The fi rst symptoms of the disease may include pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour. Later symptoms may include high fever, headache, neck stiff ness, sensitivity to bright lights, nausea and vomiting, a rash of reddish-purple spots or bruises and drowsiness. Babies with the infection can be

irritable, not feed properly and have an abnormal cry. “If anyone suspects meningococcal disease they should seek medical attention immediately,” Dr Durrheim said. The two main strains of meningococcal disease in Australia are the B and C strains. A vaccine is effective against the less common meningococcal C strain but there is currently no Australian vaccine for the B strain of the disease. Th is means that young people who have had the meningococcal C vaccine should still be on the lookout for symptoms. “The number of cases of this rare disease has been falling over the past 10 years due in part to the success of the meningococcal C vaccination program,” Dr Durrheim said. “It’s also important to be aware that the vaccine does not protect against the B strain of the disease, so watch out for the symptoms even if you have been vaccinated,” he said. Although people of any age can be infected, most cases of meningococcal disease are seen in infants, young children, teenagers and young adults. With nine cases of meningococcal in the Hunter this year, it is significantly less than the 15 confi rmed cases in 2011 and 14 confi rmed cases in both in 2010 and 2009. Up to 10 per cent of patients with invasive meningococcal disease in Australia die as a result of the infection. See www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au.


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alls continue for the State Government to provide the necessary funding to re-open the public eye clinic at John Hunter Hospital. Wallsend MP, Sonia Hornery, said the Minister was aware â&#x20AC;&#x153;back in February that resources were not availableâ&#x20AC;? and it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointing that the Government do not see Hunter eye patients as a high priorityâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote to the Minister recently when [people] advised me that they were being turned away from the clinic and have now sought the Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urgent intervention to provide funding to re-open the public eye clinic,â&#x20AC;? Ms Hornery said. Hunter patients have been left with two options, according to Ms Hornery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; either travel to Sydney or pay a large gap in Medicare. She spoke of an elderly couple from Dungog, who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive and had to catch four trains to get to the eye clinic

in Sydney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at $500,000 [to re-open the clinic], which really is a drop in the bucket for the Health budget,â&#x20AC;? she said. John Hunter Hospital General Manager, Michael Symonds, said that around a year ago, the ophthalmologist visiting medical officers who provided the outpatient clinic care were â&#x20AC;&#x153;unwilling to continue without considerable additional resources, which we were not able to provideâ&#x20AC;?. They estimate the closure will impact around 700 patients and, according to Mr Symonds, staff are now contacting these patients to determine if they still need care and discuss other treatment options available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, patients can continue to see the ophthalmologists who ran the former clinics, other local specialists and optometrists, for routine care in their private rooms or offices as Medicare patients,â&#x20AC;? Mr Symonds said. Are you affected by the clinic closing? Email us at editorial@newcastlepost. com.au.

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he 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary moving with her family to Australia, Ms Award winner and acclaimed Watts worked as a bookseller and editor children’s author, Frances Watts, for nearly ten years before she began will visit the Hunter this week as writing. part of a country-wide tour to celebrate No stranger to winning awards, the National Year of Reading. including three previous Children’s Book Ms Watts, who is a national ambassador Council honours, Ms Watts took out this for the year-long campaign that aims year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Award to inspire a love of books, stressed the with her picture book, ‘Goodnight, Mice!’. importance of reading to children ahead Frances Watts will be reading to early of her Hunter visit. primary school-age children at Belmont “I was lucky to be born into a bookLibrary on Thursday, November 29 from loving family,” she said. 10.30am. “I wouldn’t be a reader today, and I Bookings can be made by calling certainly wouldn’t be a writer, if I hadn’t 4921 0463. been introduced to many wonderful books as a child. “With every book we put in a child’s hands, we have the chance to awaken in that child a lifelong love of reading. “That’s why it is such a privilege to be part of the National Year of Reading... It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with kids over books and, more importantly, to make kids feel connected to books.” Born in National Year of Reading ambassador and author, Frances Watts. Photo: CHARLOTTE WOOD Switzerland before

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exercise is a great way to build energy. Try walking for 40 minutes four times a week and you’ll be amazed how much more energy you have as you get fitter. Stop stressing and relax more! There’s nothing more exhausting than being stressed. Make time to do the things you love and relax you – reading, gardening, listening to music or yoga. Take supplements – a number of vitamins and minerals can give you a powerful energy boost – especially magnesium, B vitamins and CoQ10. Eat regularly – every 3 hours. Low blood sugar is a major cause of fatigue. Eat healthy snacks such as a small handful of raw nuts, hommus dip with carrot sticks, or a small tub of low fat yogurt. Have regular habits – We feel best when we have regularity in our lives – go to bed and get up at the same time, eat at the same time etc. Have fun! Having fun with friends and family, enjoying a good laugh and seeing the lighter side of life all boost your energy and make you feel good, so make time for pleasure.

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t is that time of year when we start to prepare for the festive season; we set up the Christmas tree, go gift shopping numerous times, plan our Christmas dinner and attend all kinds of Christmas parties. Everyone loves a good Christmas party and quite often you will fi nd yourself attending dozens so that you can see every member of the family, all your friends and your work colleagues. What you wear to a family Christmas party or a party with your friends is important but not quite as important as how you present yourself at a work Christmas party. Yes, an office Christmas party can be the best party that you attend in the festive season but for some, it is the only time that you will see your work colleagues in a different and informal environment. Aside from acting differently, everyone will be out of the business attire and into their party wear, which means that you need to plan what you will be wearing on the day. No matter what your favorite dress is or what your favorite pants look like, you need to keep in mind that these people are still your colleagues and

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you will eventually have to return to the office after the holidays. I have a few simple what-to-wear guidelines to keep you dressed appropriately but still looking ready to party at your work Christmas do. - One of the most important things when getting ready for any kind of party is to be comfortable. Ladies, steer clear of those sky high stilettos, you don’t want to be falling all over the place after a few drinks and you want to keep those shoes on until the end of the night. - Wear something modest and a little bit classy; dress to impress but try not to go over the top. Remember that you see these people at work every day, so steer clear of the plunging necklines and guys, leave that t-shirt at home. - Finally, wear something different to your every day business attire. Th is is a time to let your hair down with your colleagues, be a little different and enjoy spending time with them in a different atmosphere.

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by Anthony Piggott

by Renee Welsh

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ntil recently, the maximum SPF rating of sunscreens advertised in Australia was 30+, but now the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has authorised the display of an SPF rating of up to 50+. For most Australians, a 50+ product should be the sunscreen of choice. One of the advantages of the newly labelled sunscreens is that there is greater certainty that they are truly ‘broad spectrum’ and protect against both UVB and UVA wavelengths of sunlight. The old rating was only indicative of protection from the burning UVB rays. All this doesn’t mean you have to throw away your 30+ sunscreen. Many 30+ brands already give at least 50+ protection, and are also broad spectrum.

Check with your pharmacist which products are suitable for you. If you really want your skin to look darker, using a solarium should not be an option. Whatever they are called – solariums, tanning beds, sun-beds or sunlamps – these artificial generators of UV rays are just man-made cancer factories. If you must have a tan, a fake tan is the best option. There are a number of products your pharmacist can recommend. You can get more advice and a Sense in the Sun fact card on how to stay sun smart this summer, from pharmacies providing the Pharmaceutical Society’s Self Care health information. Phone 1300 369 772 for the location of your nearest Self Care pharmacy or check out the Pharmaceutical Society website at www.psa.org.au.

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

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know a few people at the moment who are expecting their fi rst child and it made me think back to myself as a fi rst-time mum. Unfortunately for me, I had a horrible pregnancy. I was extremely sick, pulled my pelvic muscle fairly badly, and looked haggard – I never experienced the glow. Then my beautiful baby boy arrived and I went from sick to completely overwhelmed. I remember a very good friend of mine came to visit us at the hospital a few hours after the birth and as he was holding my son, my son began to cry – as babies do. He looked at me and said, “Here you go”, assuming that I knew exactly what I was doing! A mother’s instinct and intuition does kick in but at that stage I don’t really know what I was doing as everything was new! So we took our precious bundle home. I had severe issues breast feeding. He cried all the time and my husband and I constantly looked at each other thinking – what is going on? After two weeks of this, we found out I had next to no milk so our baby was starving which was why he was crying all the time. While all this was happening, I had very confl icting views being thrown at me. Pick him up. Don’t pick him up. Get him into a routine. He is only a newborn. It went on and on. After speaking with my cousin (who had had her fi rst

child four months earlier) she suggested I take my son to a clinic. There are a few out there; Tresillian is probably one of the largest and wellknown. I went to one called Whispers Cottage and I have never looked back. Whispers Cottage is a private nursing practice that coaches new mothers who have babies with feeding problems, sleep and settling issues and postnatal depression. I spent one day at the cottage in Sydney, which was very intimate, and the nurses made me feel instantly comfortable. I learnt everything I needed to know about my baby and how to care for him confidently. When I arrived home that evening I was a different human being. I felt much more confident in how I wanted to care for my baby. I knew how to settle him and followed a sleep guideline and set a routine that worked for my family. It wasn’t like I was doing anything wrong; I just walked out of there knowing I was in control of the situation. Th is is what made all the difference. So if you are unsure, never be afraid to ask for help. I believe Tresillian also has a helpline you can call when in need and both their websites have resources available. There’s so much help out there, that there’s no need to feel as though you’re on your own. http://whisperscottage.com.au http://www.tresillian.net

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www.newcastlepost.com.au MARS IN CAPRICORN SQUARES URANUS NOV 28th - DEC 27th

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Everything is urging you towards taking action, so you won’t be able to resist making phone calls and getting things moving. There’s no doubt that the planets are providing you with a turning point for your career, aspirations and fi nances. Th is will be all for the good as the splendid aspect between Mars and Uranus encourages you to reach for the sky. You have the will and insight to make the most of opportunities!

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

You could fi nd yourself travelling over great distances at some time during the next few weeks. You may be asked to visit friends, or family who live at a distance; alternatively you may decide to take advantage of a good holiday package. You will also enjoy taking mental and spiritual journeys by taking up a course of study or training. Art, music and theatre may all capture your interest in the weeks ahead.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Your passions are going to be aroused in some important way and you could fi nd yourself behaving in an unusual manner due to the depth of your emotions. Make sure that you are not simply reacting out of anger or some kind of feverish response to other peoples actions. Family troubles may have made you feel somewhat insecure recently and some decisive action is required so be brave and forthright!

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Something important concerning relationships must be tackled over the next few weeks. You and your lover will be putting extra energy into your partnership. Th is may be in the form of taking up a sporting hobby or some other kind of shared interest. However, Mars is known as the God of War therefore, you will need to be careful of becoming hot under the collar at the behaviour and actions of loved ones.

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Th is is an excellent time to get your hands on any kind of equipment or machinery that will make your life easier. Th is may be something that will make you more efficient at your job or something that makes housework and the garden easier to do. The planets are making you feel alive and effective and something of a workaholic which is rather impressive however you must be careful not to wear yourself out.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

It seems that the theme is for fun and Mars and Uranus continue this social trend, mixing in a little romantic passion for good measure. Th is is the time to circulate among people you like and respect. You never know - a friendship could deepen into something more intimate before very long. Time spent with children or younger people will be exciting and connect you with your own inner child.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Your energy is going to be directed into your home and the area surrounding it. Thus you may spend time working on or in the home or on the garden surrounding your abode. However, you will also be feeling rather defensive and are likely to overreact to any criticism of your efforts - whether it’s intended or not! Therefore, you will need to pull yourself together and stop taking everything to heart!

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Mars marches into your communication house this week, so being direct, not to say forceful, in speech will be a feature of the next few weeks. If you’ve got something to say then there’s no power in heaven or on earth that’s going to prevent you from saying it! Life is going to be rather hectic as there will be a truck load of emails, phone calls, correspondence or paperwork that will need attending too.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The big focus is going to be on your fi nancial affairs and the red planet is going to enable you to increase your funds and to pay off your debts. However, you will need to be careful of your spending habits as you will be inclined to buy things impulsively. Confl icts are likely over money so think before you act. Also this is not the best time to commit yourself to any long term repayment schemes.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Mars has now entered your own sign of the zodiac and it will spend a few weeks there, bringing zest, energy and a welcome element of fun into your life. You seem to be on a roll at the moment and, as long as you keep up the momentum, there is no reason why you should not be able to reach your objectives. However, you will need to be careful of getting angry at the behaviour or thoughtless actions of others.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

There are going to be extra pressures being placed on you either at home or at work and you are going to want to escape all the confusion that seems to be surrounding you. Th is is not the best time in which to make too many farflung decisions as you are likely to be feeling highly vulnerable and confused. Be careful of stupid accidents happening as a connection with hospitals or doctors is likely.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Friends are likely to be a strong influence on you over the next few weeks. Old friends may have interesting ideas to put your way, while new ones could come crowding into your life quite quickly. You may join some kind of very active group that shares your interests and is keen to have you as part of its organization. However, there will be a need to watch what you say around certain people.

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Made with love Handmade gifts galore at markets

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ow can you be sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be giving one-of-a-kind gifts this Christmas that are beautiful and will last the test of time? With 150 stalls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the most number yet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olive Tree Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Market is shaping up to be the best place in town to buy your handmade Christmas gifts. Organiser, Justine Gaudry, is urging Novocastrians to support the local community and the local economy by shopping at the annual event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handmade usually means it is high quality,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By buying handmade, your gifts have meaning and a lasting impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are also supporting the environment by not buying imported goods that have a terrible environmental footprint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the best reason to buy handmade, of course, is that every single product you buy was made with care and loveâ&#x20AC;Ś.thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Christmas is all about.â&#x20AC;? Ms Gaudry said stallholders had been creating new products especially for the Christmas markets, with many new items on sale for the fi rst time.

The Olive Tree Christmas Market Festival is on Saturday, December 1 from 9am-5pm at The Junction Public School, Union Street, The Junction. There will be extended trading hours with live music, events and performances throughout the day. For more information about the market, visit www.theolivetreemarket.com.au or search for the Olive Tree Market page on Facebook.

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FINANCE MATTERS

John Church

Greg Taylor

Christmas & FBT

The loss leader

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etailers call it a loss leader. Car dealers use the red sports car at the front of the lot to attract attention. Th is is a proven method of attracting fi rst-time customers to your business. The concept is simple and relies on isolating one product as your best lead in opportunity. Choosing that particular product is important to the success of this strategy. First, you need to have a good understanding of your chosen target market. Then, you need to select a product where the response rate will be predictably high. To do that, you need three factors present in the equation. First, your product needs to be either unique, timely (that is meeting a current or seasonal need) or be presented with a special offer. Th is offer can be a discount or a value added proposition. The choice is yours. Second, the market needs to be hungry and accessible. Can you recognise an un-met demand and

can you service that market without putting undue strain on your supply chain? Nothing spoils that fi rst customer experience more than the inability to service the client. Just look at what happened with the retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Click Frenzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience last week. Th ird, you need to offer a safe purchasing environment, which removes the risk and makes the prospective customer comfortable. Your offer should be simple to understand, with no catches. The purchasing process needs to be simple. Too many steps can create a barrier to a buyer making their decision. And, you need to provide a guarantee or warranty or refund policy that reduces the customers perceived or actual risk in making a purchase. Once you have the customer on board for the fi rst time, you can then introduce them to your other goods, products or services. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the customer to think twice about ordering with you again.

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your staff. What are the tax issues in bringing some festive cheer to your workplace? I turned to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website for some help. According to the ATO, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no separate Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) category for Christmas parties and you may encounter many different circumstances when providing these events to your staff. Fringe benefits provided by you, an associate, or under an arrangement with a third party to any current employees, past and future employees and their associates (spouses and children), may attract FBT.â&#x20AC;? Digging a little deeper, I found that you do not have to pay FBT on Christmas parties if they are held on a working day on your business premises and only current employees attend. FBT applies to an associate of an employee attending that party

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

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hristmas is just around the corner and you may be thinking about the annual Christmas party or gifts for

unless the â&#x20AC;&#x153;minor benefits exemptionâ&#x20AC;? applies. Th is exemption applies if the cost of the party is under $300 per person and other conditions are met. Th is exemption applies to staff and associates attending a Christmas party held away from your business premises (at a restaurant). What about Christmas gifts to staff ? If the gift is less than $300 it may be given a minor benefit exemption too. If the gift is given at a work Christmas party, each benefit is considered separately. If both the Christmas party and the gift are less than $300 in value, they will generally both be exempt. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t claim an income tax deduction for any Christmas party costs that are exempt from FBT. There is no FBT on the costs of entertaining clients so you cannot claim an income tax deduction for those costs either. Different rules apply for taxexempt organisations and those who use the 50-50 split method for meal entertainment. Check with your accountant or the ATO for specific advice for your business.

Greg Taylor is deputy CEO and chief financial officer for the Hunter-based Greater Building Society www.greater.com.au.

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Put them in the Iron Maiden

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UK megastar Sir Cliff Richard will be heading back to Newcastle next year for his Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin’ tour and Stephen Bisset spoke to the undisputed king of British pop about his formidable 54-year career.

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Still wired for sound

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hile perhaps not the most recognisable film in the Alfred Hitchcock cannon, this psychological thriller starring Sean Connery and the sensational Tippi Hedren, is definitely one of the best. Borrowing many motifs from German expressionist cinema, the film follows central character Marnie Edgar (Hedren) – a habitual thief and liar – her modus operandi is getting secretary jobs and then robbing the company blind months later. Her plan hits a snag when she meets business owner Mark Rutland who sees Marnie for what she is and forces her to marry him. Rutland is convinced that he can save the beautiful and enigmatic Marnie but is it redemption she is seeking? This is essential viewing for fans of thrillers everywhere.

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STEREO

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adness, those ska-tinged nutty boys that give us such upstroke classics as ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ and ‘Our House’, are back with their tenth studio album and right from the off it’s obvious that, while age may have wearied them somewhat, Suggs and co. are still quite capable of coming up with some pretty infectious tunes. While they’re pretty much reinventing the wheel on this release, it’s a pleasant enough record – the standout of which is the album’s opener and long overdue sequel to their smash hit ‘My Girl’, ‘My Girl 2’ – another saccharine paean to all things love that drips with an ultra cool Northern Soul aesthetic. If you’re new to the Madness sound, maybe check out earlier efforts like ‘One Step Beyond’ or ‘The Rise and Fall’. If, however, you’re a diehard fan, this is definitely a worthy addition to your collection.

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uch had been said in the lead-up to Christopher Nolan’s swansong to the Batman universe, about whether the third installment could live up to the near superhero perfection found in the Dark Knight. The answer is a resounding yes – and then some. Eight years after Batman (Christian Bale) locked horns with the Joker and took the wrap for the crimes of Harvey Dent, the caped crusader is in self-imposed exile. That is, however, until the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) surfaces with a chilling plan to bring Gotham City to its knees. That’s about as much exposition as can be divulged here as The Dark Knight Rises has a rather meaty plot – more akin to a Scorcese crime drama than a Michael Bay cliché-fest. The Dark Knight Rises is a nearperfect end to one of the most memorable film franchises in recent memory. This is a must-see, not just for fans of the superhero genre, but for fans of film in general.

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ff the back of their surprise inclusion to the previously all-Aussie (okay, with the occasional Kiwi thrown in) Homebake festival, Blondie will be playing a special sideshow at the Enmore. While the ticket price is more than the cost of the

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entire Homebake bill, if you can’t bear the thought of missing out on those Gods of New York new-wave, then, chances are, money will be no object. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or your CD collection consists largely of Nickleback, Blondie features possibly the most compelling frontwoman in the history of popular music – Deborah Harry. They emerged from New York in the late 70s and quickly became a pop culture icon with such classics as ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide Is High’. ‘Rapture’, ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ to name a few. To take the sting out of the price tag, legendary UK punk rockers The Stranglers, whose hits ‘Golden Brown’ and ‘Skin Deep’ were just two of an incredible 23 top 40 UK singles, will be kicking off these rather splendid proceedings.

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he Keith Hall and Pat Dow band are a three-piece blues, r ‘n’ b and roots outfit that has been gigging around the Australian traps since 1985 and the band will be embarking on an extensive ‘Four States’ tour to promote their new long player, ‘This Kind Of Blue’. With a healthy dose of electric blues, ‘This Kind of Blue’ also manages to throw a few curveballs at you in the form of a bit of mellow acoustic stuff and mandolin. The band has developed quite a

distinctive sound that draws on the traditional blues made famous by the likes of John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy and the British blues explosion of the late 1960s that made household names of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and John Mayall. With Keith Hall on vocals, bass and acoustic guitar and Pat Dow on guitars and harp, this is one formidable live outfit. Catch the Keith Hall and Pat Dow band at the Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday, December 2.

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aggressive vocals featured on Maiden’s first two ground-breaking albums – their self-titled 1980 set and its follow-up ‘Killers’. Both releases are widely regarded as classics and have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. When Di’Anno’s successor, Dickinson, left the band in the early nineties, former Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley was selected to step into Dickinson’s rather large shoes. Bayley went onto record two albums with Maiden – their 1995 effort ‘The X Factor’ and 1998’s ‘Virtual IX’ – helping to ensure Iron Maiden’s prominence during the nineties when heavy metal was at one of its lowest ebbs. If you’re in to all things metals, this is surely one not to be missed. Catch Blaze Bayley and Paul DiAnno at the Cambridge Hotel on Thursday, November 29.

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here’s no denying that, when it comes to the New Wave Of British Metal (NWOBM), the juggernaut that is Iron Maiden is at the top of the tree. While frontman Bruce Dickinson’s caterwauling has become as synonymous with the band’s sound as Nicko McBrain’s pounding drums or Steve Harris’ thundering bass, they have, over the course of their career, had a few front men. Now, as a special treat for Maiden fans everywhere, two of the metal behemoth’s former vocalists – Blaze Bayley and Paul DiAnno (pictured) will be hitting Newcastle for a coheadlining set that will have both singers belting out an Iron Maidenonly set from their respective periods in possibly the world’s greatest metal band. Paul Di’Anno’s unique and

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t 72 years of age, you could be forgiven for thinking that UK pop music megastar Sir Cliff Richard would want to put his feet up and enjoy his autumn years and the fruits of his incredible 54-years in the oft-fickle world of pop. However, Sir Cliff is definitely one artist to whom you wouldn’t want to apply the term ‘autumnal’ – he is the very epitome of the evergreen artist. “I’m currently in my house in Barbados,” he told TE. “It’s a typical day here – it’s nice and sunny and I’ve just been to the garden centre, done a spot of gardening and spent 45 minutes in the gymnasium and spend an hour-and-a-half playing tennis. “For me, maintaining the energy levels and passion for what I do isn’t really hard because I absolutely love it – so it’s all about eating correctly and exercising because, at the end of the day, I really don’t want to look like some old hasbeen.” If the sales of his iconic calendars are anything to go by (his 2011 calendar sold more than 4 million copies), has-been doesn’t even enter into the equation. “I think I’ve been blessed with really good genes,” he mused. “My mother looked incredibly young right up until she got dementia and wasn’t able to look after herself – I think my sisters and I are very lucky to have inherited her genes.”

After a critically-lauded Australian tour in 2010 with his original and iconic backup band, The Shadows, Sir Cliff will be returning to our shores to prove, once again, that he’s still got it on his ‘Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin’ tour. Considering, though, that his first single, ‘Move It’ was released in 1958 and he has since amassed more than 250 million global record sales and more than 130 hits in the UK charts (not to mention 25 Aussie top tens), does choosing a set list for a greatest hits show like this prove problematic? “It really is a nice problem to have,” he said. “But with a 54-year career, it becomes impossible to do everything in one night, but what I will say is that people can expect to know absolutely everything – they can expect ‘Devil Woman’, ‘Living Doll’, ‘Move It’, ‘Wired for Sound’, the duet I did with the your lovely Olivia Newton John, ‘Suddenly’, which I’ll be singing with the very talented [XFactor contestant] Suzie Furlonger – so everyone will know absolutely everything. “I just love coming to Australia, though when you tour in Europe it’s always winter and everyone has colds and it just becomes a hassle, but when we’re in Australia it’s always summertime so we get to play tennis all the time – it’s great.” That’s not to say there won’t be some surprises. Sir Cliff said he was currently working on a new album of rock and roll standards in Nashville including The Four Voices’ ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, Dion’s ‘Dream Lover’ and Chuck Berry’s

‘Reelin and Rockin’ – all of which are likely to get an airing in the Aussie shows. Born Harry Webb in Lucknow, India, Sir Cliff changed his name at the insistence of his then-manager, Harry Greatorex, who said the name “Cliff” was synonymous with rock. Britain’s answer to the US rock and roll craze, Sir Cliff quickly became a fixture on the UK hit parade with such classic tunes as ‘Move It’ (which John Lennon

cited as the first British rock and roll record), ‘Living Doll’, ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Bachelor Boy’ and ‘Summer Holiday’, yet he said he never imagined in his wildest dreams that his career would endure for so long. “I never, ever thought I’d be doing this for as long as I have,” he said. “When I was first signed, I didn’t think I was going to live to 50, let alone have a 50-year career. “I don’t think it was until around 1968

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when I released an album with The Shadows called ‘Established ’58’. You see, when we started, we were kind of just written off as being one hit wonders – you know, one of those here today, gone tomorrow outfits. Anyway, I was looking at that record and I realised, ‘Wow, I’ve been doing this for 10 years now – maybe I’m not a one hit wonder after all’. I was quite amazed.” Over the years, Sir Cliff has been the source of a fair bit of both good and not so good natured ribbing for his ultra clean-cut image and conversion to Christianity in the late ‘60s at a time when most rock stars were going through their hedonistic or Maharishi phases. Perhaps the most notable use of Sir Cliff as comedy tool was in the classic UK student comedy, The Young Ones. The shows’ would-be anarchist Rik (Rik Myall) would often espouse his love for all things Cliff Richard, the show borrowed his smash hit of the same name for the opening credits, and he even teamed up with the cast to record a version of his song ‘Living Doll’ to raise money for Comic Relief. “I always absolutely loved that show – firstly because they used to mention me quite often in it and secondly because while they were making fun of me, it was never nasty and always in a good-natured way.”

While Sir Cliff’s star definitely waxed rather than waned over the ensuring decades with massive US hits like ‘Devil Woman’, ‘Wired for Sound’ and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, in the seventies and eighties, support from commercial radio, particularly in Britain, has become increasingly rare for Sir Cliff.

The snub is so obvious that in 2011, digital radio station Absolute Radio 60s passed down an edict that they would not play any of Sir Cliff’s records as they did not fit into the ‘cool’ sound espoused by the likes of The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. At the time, Sir Cliff responded to this by saying “They’re lying to themselves and they’re lying to the public”. While he may be bitter about radio effectively killing his recording career, he said he has come to terms with it now and wears the fact that he has managed to endure in spite of radio as a badge of honour. “They really crushed what I was and that was a recording artist – they effectively took away my livelihood,” he said. “I’m kind of proud now that I have

been able to endure, but it’s not in the same way as it used to be – it never will be. I used to be able to go into a big studio, full of ideas, and come out with a ‘Devil Woman’ and I just can’t do that anymore. That said, 54 years on, I’m still totally in love with what I’m doing – I absolutely love touring and I’m still in the studio – not as much but I’m doing my rock standards album, so everything seems to have worked out just fine. “At this stage of my career, I don’t really give a damn if I sell more records than The Rolling Stones or if I’m bigger than Elton John – I’ve basically been on a lucky streak for the past 54 years so for, me that’s all that really matters.” Catch Sir Cliff Richard when he performs at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, February 5. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.

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or Newcastle singer-songwriter, Kristy James, the road to becoming a fully-fledged solo recording artist has been a long one – but one, she insists, has been well worth it. James will be launching her debut single ‘Overdrive’ in Newcastle this weekend and she said she was overjoyed to finally have it out there. “It’s been a very busy time for me of late, getting everything ready for the launch of the single,” she said. “I’ve pretty much spent all of this year working on the track and the film clip which was directed by [Golden Guitar winner] Glen Wilson – it’s been a very busy time, but all totally worth it.” Since first getting the performance bug at age 11, fostered by both her musical mother and the Steel City Country Music club where she would cut her teeth every Tuesday night, James hasn’t looked back. Once she turned 18, she started

gigging pretty much every weekend and has been doing so in various cover bands, duos and trios for the better part of ten years. She said that while it had taken some time to emerge from the relative safety of a combo to fly solo, she felt no pressure as performing on her own was always the endgame. “It wasn’t really a difficult transition at all because playing solo has always been my goal,” she said. “I always looked at the duo and band thing as more of a profession – something that allowed me to make a living without really working.” James said she enlisted some pretty big names for the sessions including Simon Johnson of Hillbilly Hut, Glen Hannah and Mike Carr. “After the single launches, we’ll be spending a lot more time on the EP, but for now all focus is on the single – that said, 2013 is going to be all about getting a bigger product out there.” Catch Kristy James when she launches ‘Overdrive’ at the Lambton Park Hotel on Friday, November 30.

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he global punk community was left shocked earlier this year when news broke that Hard Ons frontman was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked attack by two teenagers while working his day job as a taxi driver on Sydney’s north shore. He was left with a fractured skull, swelling on his brain and 16 stitches and fans everywhere showed their support by donating money and showing up to a run of benefit shows. Thankfully, Blackie has made an almost complete recovery – in fact, since leaving hospital, the band has already undergone tours to Europe and Japan – and are on the cusp of bringing the madness back to Australia for the first time since. While they are looking forward to the impending Aussie dates, bass player Ray Ahn told TE that some of the novelty of Blackie’s recovery had worn off. “We are definitely looking forward to these shows but, to be honest, not as much as I thought because, since he’s left hospital we’ve done trips to Europe and Japan so that whole idea of the triumphant return has kind of worn off. Although Blackie has promised to stub his toe or something on the night so it should be fine.” The Hard Ons have been going through a bit of a revisionist phase of late with re-issues of their sets

‘Dickcheese’ and ‘Smell My Finger’. “I hadn’t listened to a lot of that stuff for a long long time,” he said. “But I think the thing about the Hard Ons is that we were never really interested being dictated to by the current trends so in a way our stuff hasn’t really dated at all. “Also, we’re essentially wearing the same clothes that we were wearing way back then so there were no real embarrassing photo moments either.” The band has also recently welcomed new drummer, former Novocastrian, Murray Ruse, into the fold, and Ahn said he had helped inject a new enthusiasm into the band. “The thing about Murray is that while he’s not really into studying the drums and stuff, he gets by on pure talent. Also, because he’s 10 years younger than us, he gee’s us up to play stuff that we haven’t played for like 20 years. It’s great.” Catch The Hard Ons at The Cambridge on Saturday, December 1.

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ewcastle muso Steve Werren cut his musical teeth in the numerous pubs and clubs in Newcastle and he achieved success early on in his career with a Professional Musician’s award for best act with his musical comedy duo, Nobody’s Home. Besides being the lead singer in numerous bands and duo’s, Werren also used his talent to regularly switch between playing guitar and bass. Before too long, he moved to London and immediately started making an impact on the British with his particular style of entertainment. After only a short period, Werren became well entrenched in the London music scene and became known for forming party bands for one-off performances. Now living and performing full time in London and Europe to packed houses, the maestro, with his busy schedule, still finds the time to return home to Newcastle at the end of every year for two months. Catch Steve Werren when he plays at the Duke of Wellington Hotel on Saturday, December 1.

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t seems as though 2012 has been a year of new beginnings for singer-songwriter, Wes Carr, with a new musical project in the offing and another, more cuddly project that has just been released. “Yeah, I actually just woke up – I have a 2-weekold baby boy so I’ve been playing a little bit of catch-up with my sleep. The mums and dads out there will know what I mean by that, too,” he said. “I have the 2am to 5am shift so I’ve spent a bit of time driving him around in the car to get him to sleep. I play Beatles songs and that seems to work – he likes all the good ones like ‘Come Together’ – I’m developing his taste early.” Carr’s other project, Buffalo Tales, is as much about a desire to get back to his songwriting heritage as it is a reaction to his experiences on the major label “treadmill” he was thrust onto after taking out season 6 of Australian Idol. “I got really sick and tired of the whole Wes Carr caricature,” he said. “I’m a songwriter first and foremost and I wanted to shine a light on that as opposed to the Wes Carr you’d see in the gossip pages. I was just not fulfilled at all – everything just seemed really cheesy, like I was running a fake race. “I came to the conclusion that if anyone was going to take me seriously as a songwriter, I needed to step as far away from that Wes Carr caricature as possible; also, I read that when the Native American Indians dream of a buffalo, they must return to their heritage, so I thought Buffalo Tales would make a great name for this new project.” Carr parted ways with his label, Sony, last year, choosing a completely independent path for Buffalo Tales and he said his creativity is all the better for it. “It’s been great – like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “It was a really bizarre time on that major label treadmill, it became really hard to write because I was up against a wall of playing weird gigs populated by Sony execs who talked about hits and it was just a really stale environment. “The whole thing is just based on

an illusion,” Carr said. The first fruit from the Buffalo Tales tree, the EP ‘Blood and Bone’, is five hauntingly raw and honest tracks [one co-written with songwriting legend Don Walker] that meander pleasantly with a lilting and delicate alt. country aesthetic. While it seems Carr had developed a definite direction and sound on the EP, he said Buffalo Tales was still a work in progress. “I spent a fair bit of time growing up in public and now I’m finding my feet again,” he said. “Now I’ve written 15 or 16 songs so I’d say when it’s time for an album, there will be much more of a ‘sound’ – that said, I’m really proud of this EP, it’s given me the chance to rediscover my artistry.” Catch Buffalo Tales at Lizotte’s, Lambton on Friday, November 30. ‘Blood and Bone’ is out now.

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lot has happened to former Novocastrian muso Jamie Hay since packing up stumps and moving to Melbourne a few years back. After stints in the posthardcore powerhouse A Death In The Family, former Newcastle outfit Fear Like Us, which is still kicking around (not to mention tying the knot and generally “loving the life in Melbourne”), Hay will

be returning to one of his old haunts, the Lass O’Gowrie, this weekend as part of a national tour to promote his latest long player ‘King of the Sun’. “I love the Lass and all the people that work there,” Hay told TE. “It’s got a great vibe and shows there are always lots of fun – it will also be great to see some friends.” Hay said those that know him from the aforementioned bands or his Newcastle outfit – the blistering and politically wrought Conation – might be in for a few surprises on ‘King of the Sun’. Just don’t

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expect any summery roots-inspired cliché’s from this acoustic troubadour. “I guess people can expect some pretty dark themes,” he said. “It’s no bright and happy solo acoustic record, that’s for sure – I don’t want to give anyone a false lead here. Musically there are some full band songs, some stripped back acoustic tunes, banjo and pedal steel. It’s constantly moving.” Hay said that while the recording of ‘King of the Sun’ wrapped in eight days, writing the album proved to take a little longer. “Some songs came quick and easy, but some took over a year to finish,” he said. “‘King of the Sun’, for example, is one of those songs. I had the song and melodies written for about a year but everything I tried to write never felt right. It wasn’t until my first visit to MITA

(the Broadmeadows refugee detention centre) and the conversations I shared with some men in there that I came home and finished the lyrics in one night.” While the album might be full of dark themes, Hay said people could expect an uplifting experience live. “It’s a pretty no frills show, to be honest. It’s just myself and a few friends having a good time and if we’re lucky there’ll be some singalongs and fists in the air,” he said. “The one thing I hope people take away is a feeling of being a part of something and not just a spectator because we couldn’t do this stuff without everyone coming along, singing and getting involved.” Catch Jamie Hay, with support from Lincoln La Fevre, at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday, December 1.

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ne of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest rockers, Bryan Adams, is heading to Newcastle next year for his first arena rock tour since 2005. In 2011, Adams treated Aussie fans to his up close and personal â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bare Bonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sell-out theatre tour. It left critics and fans alike raving as he played the most intimate venues of his career in Australia. 2013, however, will see Adams return to the rock and roll roots that made him a household name across Australia and the world, with a tour that is earning glowing reviews around the globe. As Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known ambassador, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved number one hits in over 40 countries around the world. With memorable songs like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cuts Like A Knifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Summer of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;69â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kids Wanna Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop This Thing Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Startedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;(Everything I Do) I Do It For Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; status as one of the great songwriters of our time has been solidified. For the past year, Adams has been

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19th December, 2012 - 6pm on site By Appointment Rhonda Nyquist 0419341999

THORNTON TO BE SOLD BEFORE CHRISTMAS

MORPETH 2 STREET FRONTAGES

Motivated Owner - Buy Now or at Auction $435,000 - $465,000 This one owner home is beautifully presented and ready for inspection. It is set in the desired Somerset Park, on the high side, and has ample space for the whole family with a generous 31 squares. The formal lounge offers lovely views and the tiled air cond. open-plan family area leads to a landscaped backyard, and BBQ area for the spring and summer with loads of room to put in a pool or a shed. It has 4 spacious bedrooms with the main having en-suite and double walk through robes. All 4 bedrooms have ceiling fans. Extras such as terracotta roof tiles, wall and ceiling insulation allows the home to be cool in summer and warm in winter. The double garage has internal access and the side access to the yard leaves loads of room to park a boat, caravan etc.

Out of town owner says get it sold! This is your opportunity to secure a great home or the possibility of a development site. With a solid, brick, 3 bedroom abode in a lovely street with a second street frontage onto James Street Morpeth. A unique and exclusive address to own. With a large back yard and generous living space, including a great sized sunroom, entertaining is made easy. Built-ins in the main bedroom and reverse cycle A/C, the home has all you need. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for an investment market value for the rental return is $350p/w. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this opportunity, call now for more information.

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14th December 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland 6pm By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

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study and formal lounge room. The property has an easy to care for landscaped backyard. For more information, phone listing agent Gail Ryan at First National Lake Macquarie on 4950 8555. Inspect: By appointment.

ere at First National, we have asserted our commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility by signing the Ethical Paper Pledge. The pledge allows businesses to commit themselves to stop using paper made from woodchips from Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s native forests and reflects a new focus on reducing carbon footprints. Logging native forests releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, and globally speaking, accounts for 20 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Australia currently has an excess of plantation wood available so it makes sense to us that woodchips for pulp and paper should come from plantation wood which is a viable, sustainable and an economically feasible alternative. It is a win for everyone. The environment wins, paper

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with Josh Mitchell from the Newcastle Jets

The match against the Heart on the weekend was probably the worst start to a game for the Jets this season. How did it feel being under the pump so early in the match? It was defi nitely not what we were hoping for, that is for sure. It was really disappointing to go two goals down, but at the end of the day, we were lucky to get ourselves out of the hole and bring a point back from Melbourne. Is it part of the game plan to start at a slower tempo and build it up as the game progresses or is that a trait that has been developing over the last few weeks? It is difficult because in this game, we basically hadn’t touched the ball before Melbourne had scored, so there wasn’t really much we could do about the tempo on the weekend. We got back into the game and played much better in the second half, which we take some confidence out of. Fortunately you managed to minimise the damage to keep it at 2-nil at half-time. What did Gary van Egmond say to the squad at the break? Gary was quite positive and the main focus for him was getting back out there and not conceding any

more goals. We basically needed to get back out there and get one on the score sheet, which we did, because otherwise it would have been a very tough hill to climb. It didn’t take long for Gary van Egmond to make a sub in the second half with Craig Goodwin, who immediately made his presence felt. Did his quick goal give the team the belief that there was still a match in the offi ng? Yes defi nitely. Knowing the quality of the guys we have on the bench and the impact that they can have on a game is a great confidence boost to everyone. You fell behind again in the second half to 3-2 and, once again, the character of the team shined through late in the game. It must be heartening to know you have that trait to call upon when times are tough? We have always got goals in us – we’ve got a really good crop of attacking players. It is good to know that we are able to dig deep and pull out a result when we really need to and while we didn’t pick up the three points on the weekend, we are still pretty pleased with the draw, considering the horror start.

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Knights in action: Preseason training kicks off STEPHEN BISSET

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help matters, although their season hit a nadir in round 9 when a 24-6 loss to the Roosters kicked off a nightmare fivegame, seven-week losing streak. Looking forward to 2013, while losing the likes of Wes Naiqama (Panthers), Junior Sau (Storm) and Richie Fa’aoso (Storm mid-season), the Knights have secured the services of Beau Scott (Dragons), Toka Likiliki (Warriors), Jeremy Smith (Sharks), Mitchell Frei (Broncos) with power players Danny Buderus, Willie Mason and Kevin Naiqama re-signing for the new season. The Knight’s 2013 campaign kicks off at Hunter Stadium on Monday, March 11 when they face West Tigers.

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he Newcastle Knights took to their fi rst pre-season training with gusto last week, hoping to improve their fortunes in the 2013 season, the second under the tutelage of supercoach, Wayne Bennett. There was much fanfare and speculation surrounding the start of the Knights 2012 season, largely around the arrival of Bennett, but also for the return of prodigal Knights, Timana Tahu and Danny Buderus and the signing of such high-profi le players as Darius Boyd and Dane Laurie. Despite the best intentions, the Knights never really managed to get out of second gear in 2012 fi nishing well outside a fi nals berth in 12th place. Losing captain Kurt Gidley to a dislocated shoulder in The Knights kicked off their pre-season training last week round 5 didn’t

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hree administration managers, three nurses, two schoolteachers and a hairdresser are competing together in the race of their lives in the Cook Islands this week. The group, Kelly Cook, Tracey Masson, Carolyn Forrester, Rachel Boslem, Lisa Fraser, Melissa Trigg, Holli Nichols, Lyn and Karen Newman, are part of Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club (NOCC)’s open women’s team and will compete in the Vaka Eiva, a paddling event on the international circuit. “Since the decision was made last May while we were competing at National Titles to take on the Vaka Eiva in the Cook Islands, we have been training on the water 5 days a week and in the gym 4 days minimum a week,” team member Tracey Masson said. “I would say without a doubt that we are all at our strongest, physically and mentally.” As part of the event, the team will compete in an 18-kilometre Iron race, 35-kilometre round Raro changes race and also a day of sprints. While the main reason for competing is for the experience, the team is hoping to return home with a win. “Obviously it’s an unknown and we’ll be

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competing against teams from around the world, but I think we’re going to do quite well,” Ms Masson said.

While in the Cook Islands, the women also plan to visit a small school of 76 students in Rarotonga, where they will present a cheque

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