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TAKING ON THE WORLD Ukraine is a long way from Winmalee High School but former student Anja Nissen is set to take on the world when she competes for Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest later this year. The beautiful blonde, who won ‘The Voice’ back in 2014, will take on a yet-to-beannounced Australian contestant at the prestigious event. See the full story on page 9

PUSH TO REDUCE SPEED LIMITS Blackheath residents supported by Council See page 3

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Push to decrease speed limits Council agrees to write to Roads Minister calling for 10km/h reductions along Blackheath strip ERIN MAMO

lackheath residents wanting the speed limit reduced along the strip of the highway that runs through their home have been dealt a small win, with Council unanimously agreeing to agitate for the change. At the recent Council meeting, Ward 1 Councillor, Kerry Brown put forward a motion that Council writes to the NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, to express their concerns over speed limits in the upper Blue Mountains, particularly along the Great Western Highway at Blackheath. “This motion has come from the community,” Cr Brown said. “The Great Western Highway really shapes our townships in the Blue Mountains. “It would be much more pleasant to have the vehicles passing through some small towns, like Blackheath, slow down.” Cr Brown said the ideal change would be reducing the 80km/h zone to 70 and reducing the 60km/h zone to 50. A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said it recently reviewed the speed limits on the Great Western

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Highway through the Blue Mountains. “The review determined the speed limits on the highway between Blackheath and Mt Victoria, including through the Blackheath township, are appropriate and in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines,” the spokesperson said. “The Great Western Highway is the main arterial route for motorists between Lithgow and Penrith and is the primary access for all of the townships across the Blue Mountains.” Local residents, Michael and Carolyn Vanlangenberg, said they have been pushing to have the speed limit through Blackheath changed for seven years. As part of the Blackheath Community Alliance, Mr and Mrs Vanlangenberg have developed an action group to continue to push for the change in speed limits. Cr Brown said if nothing else, installing a safety camera at the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Govetts Leap Road would help reduce speeding drivers. “Trucks are a big problem along this strip particularly at night,” she said. The RMS spokesperson said speeding is addressed through high visibility policing and the use of mobile speed cameras. There are currently no plans to install a speed camera at the location.

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Sylvanvale celebrates 70 years Quiet achiever marks 70 years of providing disability services to locals ERIN MAMO

ne of the region’s longest running disability service providers celebrated 70 years of working alongside people in the Blue Mountains community last Friday with a morning tea at the Carrington Hotel. The Sylvanvale Foundation, which was established in 1947 by a small group of parents committed to giving their children with a disability a better quality of life, has gone from strength to strength over the years, providing group homes, transportation as well as the first centre for children with an intellectual or physical disability to gain an education. Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, who attended the morning tea, said Sylvanvale has been a quiet but important service in the Mountains. “It is important to acknowledge that Sylvanvale have made a real difference to the lives of many people in the Blue Mountains,” Ms Templeman said. “In just our region alone, there are currently 11 group homes run by the organisation which house adults with complex disabilities.” Executive General Manager at Sylvanvale, Cathy Quinn, said the organisation would not be where it is today if it wasn’t

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Susan Templeman, Sylvanvale CEO Leanne Fretten and Trish Doyle for the community and volunteers who make it happen. “Sylvanvale was founded by community so there has always been a lot of community warmth in the project,” Ms Quinn said. “This structure keeps everything

grounded and connected to the purpose, which is quality of life for people with a disability.” State MP, Trish Doyle and Councillor, Kerry Brown, were also in attendance on the day, as were family members of the original founders of Sylvanvale.

Refunds would hurt rate payers Blue Mountains residents who have been overcharged by Council for garbage bins won’t be getting a full refund. At last week’s Council meeting, Councillors deliberated as to what the solution was for residents who were being charged for two waste services for a number of years. Mayor Mark Greenhill said he firmly believed that the money that has been taken accidentally from residents is in fact their money and should be returned to them. However, Cr Greenhill and many other Councillors agreed that if they are to reimburse the residents who have been overcharged for their waste service, it could come at a cost to other rate payers. “I would give all the money back if I was satisfied there was no effect to other rate payers,” Cr Greenhill said. “But if we go and reimburse people for over five years’ worth of what they are owed, we risk having to raise rates again.” In mid-2016 it came to light that some residents in the Blue Mountains were being charged for more than one waste service when the new green bin service was rolled out. A motion was passed that noted three recommendations acknowledging that all overcharging claims are historic, that there’s a two year limit on credits for overcharging and an amendment of guidelines which would allow Council to provide up to five years’ credit to individual applicants.

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Local artist donates work to hospital David Robert Hill gifts large collection of paintings to Nepean Hospital in thanks for recent treatment ERIN MAMO

lue Mountains artist, David Robert Hill, has generously donated a collection of his paintings to Nepean Hospital in appreciation of his treatment there recently. Last Tuesday, the artist visited the South Block corridor of Nepean Hospital with Urological Surgeon, Mohamed Khadra, to view the 22-piece collection that is now hanging proudly on the walls. Mr Hill said he decided to donate the collection to the Penrith hospital after spending two days there. “I was in the hospital to have some prostate tests done,” Mr Hill said. “I hadn’t been admitted into a hospital since I was a child and I was very impressed by the duty of care and friendliness of the nurses and doctors at Nepean.” At 79, the well-known Katoomba-based artist has been painting for over 40 years and said the collection he has donated is inwardly focused. “This collection has a dream-like, subjective aspect to it,” Mr Hill said. “It’s about looking on the inside rather than the outside.” Mr Hill said the idea to give the paintings

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Blue Mountains artist David Robert Hill looks at some of the work on display at Nepean Hospital to the hospital came to him when he woke up one morning and looked in the mirror. “I realised, I’m not getting any younger,” he said. “It occurred to me, I have a house full of paintings, what am I going to do with all of them?”

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The London-born artist has also just released an art book called The Painters Art that is available for purchase at Gallery One88 for $35. The book features a collection of Mr Hill and other local Blue Mountains artists’ works, as well as poetry.

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Local songstress secures spot in Eurovision Song Contest 2017 ERIN MAMO

ocal, Anja Nissen, who won ‘The Voice’ in 2014 will now compete in the all singing, all dancing Eurovision contest in May. The 21-year-old, who attended Winmalee High School, recently competed in the ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ in Denmark which secured her a place in the massive singing contest, which draws an estimated 180 million viewers each year. Ms Nissen, who was born in Sydney, said representing Denmark, where her parents are from, is something she had always dreamed of. “My parents moved to Australia when they were young and I was born in Westmead Hospital,” she said. “To represent their home country in Eurovision is like a dream that’s become a reality. “I’m super excited about getting to Kiev in May.” After a whirlwind following her success on ‘The Voice’, the songstress is currently living in Denmark where she is recording music and learning more about her native culture. While there, Ms Nissen was invited by a national broadcaster to perform at the ‘Grand Prix’, for the second year in a row. Ms Nissen, whose family still lives in the

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Winmalee school student gets bitten on ankle by spider About 2.20pm on Thursday, February 23, Winmalee High School students were abseiling at the rear of the school when a 16-year-old male student was bitten by a spider on his ankle. An ambulance was called and Police Rescue attended and the victim was carried out of the bush by stretcher. The male was taken to hospital but released a short time later.

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Anja Nissen Blue Mountains, said she misses home and the peaceful surrounding, but a quick visit next month to meet her new nephew should lift her spirits. “I still have a room at my parents’ house who live on property,” she said. “I miss it – swimming in the dam, and just being able to relax and be completely alone.” Shortly after winning the Aussie competition, Ms Nissen flew to Los Angeles to work with her former ‘The Voice’ coach Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. Since then Ms Nissan has released three hits and enjoyed success on iTunes. Recently her song ‘Who Had a Heart’ featured on Channel 9’s ‘Love Child’.

On Saturday, February 25, a 20-year-old female from Hazelbrook, with three outstanding warrants, was recognised by Police out the front of a café on Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Police approached the female and attempted to arrest her, but she became extremely violent and was attempting self harm by resisting arrest and hitting her head on the ground. Shortly after, the female was subdued and taken to Katoomba Police Station and charged with the outstanding warrants. The female’s bail was refused.

Woman seriously injured after falling down fire escape About 5.30pm on Friday, February 24, a 63-year-old female resident of The Ritz Nursing Home in Leura was seriously injured after she fell four metres down the stairs of an external fire escape. The female was conveyed by Care Flight to

Westmead Hospital where she had surgery two days later. The woman’s injuries included a fractured left femur, possible fractures to both lower limbs and a possible facial fracture.

Stolen car destroyed by fire at Springwood tennis courts In the early hours of the morning of Wednesday, February 22, residents in Spring Street, Springwood were awoken by the sound of a car alarm going off. The noise was found to be coming from a car that was on fire in the tennis court car park on Spring Street. Police attended the scene, however the vehicle was well alight by this time and was completely destroyed. After the event, the vehicle was reported stolen from the Penrith area. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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Teenagers to face court over train seat removal Two teenagers will face court next month after allegedly removing seats on a train travelling between Lithgow and Katoomba. The seats were allegedly damaged between 10.20pm and 11.20pm on Tuesday, February 14. The incidents were reported to officers attached to the Police Transport Command and an investigation commenced. Following inquiries, two 19-year-old men were served Court Attendance Notices for malicious damage. They are due to appear at Lithgow Local Court on April 13.

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Turning back time

Katoomba was little known in history until 1879 when J.B. North opened the Katoomba Coal Mine. Coal was obtained from the side of the mountain near Orphan Rock using a cable car to bring the coal to the top. The Scenic Railway now operates in the area.

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Katoomba OCCUPATION: Chocolatier at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company in Katoomba. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB? Everything! I work with a great team, I get to meet people from all corners of the globe, and I work 200 yards from one of the world’s most iconic view points (Echo Point). FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Sanwiye Korean restaurant in Katoomba. Best value for money, always very fresh and the staff are a delight. FAVOURITE CAFÉ: Boiler House Cafe at the Hydro in Medlow Bath. Great food, staff and a stunning location. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME? Golf at Blackheath Golf Club is an absolute hidden gem set within a stunning mountain valley and is always in pristine condition.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, we want to give a big thumbs up to all those fantastic women who do tremendous work for the community throughout the Blue Mountains.

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Kristi Towns - Towns Conveyancing Services In 2012 Kristi made the decision to establish her own Conveyancing business. Conveyancing became her passion when she started in the legal industry 20 years ago. As a mum of 3 young boys, and having personally bought & sold property, Kristi had a clear understanding and direction on how she wanted to operate her business. Eliminating stress, uncertainty and worry out of each transaction, Kristi’s aim is to provide clear information to clients to ensure that the transaction is stress free. Going out of her way to do everything required to get the transaction finalised and fulfilling her client’s dreams of owning their first home, relocating or investing. Based in South Penrith, Towns Conveyancing Services is local to the hustle of Penrith CBD and accessible to all clients, whether local or out of area utilising online facilities, even allowing after hours, weekends and mobile appointments. Since founding Towns Conveyancing Services, Kristi has been awarded the Colin Bruce Award for Outstanding Initiative in establishing a Conveyancing Business. This year, Kristi and her team took out the coveted “Outstanding Home Based Business” award at the Penrith Local Business Awards.

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Louise Xerri - email solutions and consulting Want to have your email, calendar and documents stored on a secure and reliable server so you can work seamlessly from anywhere and from any device? Actively working as an IT consultant since 2005, Louise Xerri has been providing IT support to small businesses. She has provided a one-stop shop of IT services covering all aspects from hardware, software, internet and networks. In 2016, Louise decided to focus on an area she found small business would benefit from greatly. An area that has often been overlooked in the past due to cost and has usually been implemented by larger organisations. Recent innovations from Google has made this available to any size business at an affordable cost with new innovations added all the time. “My passion is to demystify technology. I do this by providing expert advice, a solution and training,” Ms Xerri said. “I make it easy to understand in a simple and uncomplicated way. “I help businesses do what they do best by having tools at hand that help make their business run more smoothly, more efficiently and seamlessly.” Want to know more about this solution or if it will suit your business? Call Louise Xerri on 0427 362 294 and mention this advertisement when you book in your free one hour consultation by Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Andrea Turner-Boys - Possibility Professor Andrea Turner-Boys, founder of Women with Altitude believes that we need a strong and compassionate network around us as we move through life, career and small business. “We need mentors and role models and supporters around us to help us stay on track. To bounce ideas when required and to listen when we are in struggle. Our aim is to provide that at Women with Altitude, with warmth and inclusion. Women with Altitude is the largest Women’s networking in Western Sydney and runs the Altitude Awards annually to shine a spotlight on extraordinary women. Andrea records a weekly podcast on local radio, women on top, and leads a team of members to run Altitude Networking Groups in Penrith, Katoomba, Springwood, Hawkesbury, Hills, Inner west and Macarthur regions.

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Peita Davies - Choice Home Loans Peita Davies began operating her Choice Home Loans franchise in the Penrith and Blue Mountains region fifteen years ago. In that time she has assisted hundreds of clients achieve their dream of home ownership by providing honest, unbiased advice on a range of loan products from various financial institutions and taking the stress out of the loan application process. Peita’s passion for helping people sees her concentrate on delivering an outstanding customer service experience and building lasting relationships with her clients. Over the last few years Peita has expanded her business and today she leads a dedicated support team and has two convenient office locations, assisting Peita in reaching a greater number of people in the region. In 2016 Peita was elected as President of the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber where she has been an active board member for the past 6 years, and is relishing her new role. Peita and her team at Choice Home Loans are located at 42 Great Western Highway, Valley Heights and inside the WOTSO WorkSpace premises at 95 Station Street, Penrith. Appointments can be made by calling the office on 02 4751 1360 or 1300 4 CHOICE.

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ixons Trees, a local, reliable and professional tree removal company is now offering the Mountains a crane hire service. The Lawson-based company, which has provided tree removal services to the Mountains and surrounding areas for more than seven years, is offering the equipment for hire following the recent purchase of a Liebherr mobile crane. The 30 tonne crane has a boom extension length of 30 meters with two further attachments to gain a total of 46 meters, giving Dixons plenty of range to work with. Owner, Phil Dixon, said he is looking forward to expanding the business with the new crane and has already gained several clients requiring regular crane hire. “In the tree removal business, the new crane allows us to comfortably remove trees efficiently,” Mr Dixon said. “We are finding our clientele are really pleased with the versatility of the crane and being able to access difficult, tight areas.”

Outside of tree lopping, Dixons has been working with local builders, lifting frames, trusses and steel beams. Other customers have also hired the team to lift pools, spas, landscape materials, site sheds, water tanks and machinery. Mr Dixon said his crane goes out at an hourly rate of $220 and is billed from yard to yard as opposed to charging customers a four hour minimum, which makes it beneficial and feasible for clients with small, quick jobs. “We are also happy to work in conjunction with other tree businesses to assist in tree removal and are looking forward to building positive relationships,” he said. Mr Dixon and his professional crew are experienced in all aspects of their service and are currently the only crane service in the Blue Mountains. For more information in relation to any tree or crane enquiry you have please call Phil on 0413 577 817, or view the company website at www.dixonstrees.com.au.

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ave you ever come across a brilliantly simple idea and thought “why didn’t I think of that?”? Conversely, have you had a fantastic idea, only to find that someone else has beat you to the punch and created a successful business around it? Or have you had a great idea in your head for ages but haven’t made any progress on it? In all these scenarios, the reality is that there is far more to success than the good idea. If you have an idea brewing, it is great to dream about its virtues and possibilities. But at some point, you need to think about a range of practicalities. You need to have the capacity to produce the product or deliver the service. You need to know how to market the idea. You need to have a good grasp on financial aspects like cash flow. You need to consider the following: Ensure there is a customer base You need to prove to yourself, and demonstrate to investors, that your idea can be monetised. There is no point speculating about

who might buy your product, or projecting sales for a service that hasn’t been tested. Research your competition There is nothing wrong with having an idea that is an adaptation or an improvement on an existing product. But if you start launching into a new business venture, only to find that your ‘unique idea’ has already been done, you will waste time and money. Create a viable business model If you think people are simply going to start lining up of their own accord to hand over their money to you, there is going to be disappointment! You need to determine how you will deliver your product or service, the costs involved and how you will make a profit. A business model will give you direction. Be in it for the long haul There are very few ideas that find success ‘overnight’. If you want your idea to move from dream to reality, you need to be prepared to work extremely hard and keep believing in your idea.

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ive is a fun and powerful way to connect with your followers, and create new ones, through online video streaming, live from your Facebook or Instagram. Both Facebook and Instagram offer a very similar live broadcasting tool with similar functionality. Viewers can tune into your live feed and comment, and send reactions on Facebook and hearts on Instagram. It’s the best way to interact with viewers in real time and answer their questions whilst creating a personal connection with them. Try adding live broadcasting into your social media strategy and schedule a date and time to go live. Build anticipation by letting your audience know you’ll be going live a day in advance and try to broadcast for at least 10 minutes. Facebook allows a maximum of 90 minutes and Instagram 60, so make the most of your time as it’s another free tool to promote your business and get across social media. Try different types of broadcast topics such as a Q&A, breaking news, behind

the scenes or conduct an interview, performance or demonstration. To go live on Facebook, click ‘What’s on your mind’ at the top of your news feed and select ‘Live Video’ from the dropdown menu. Add a catchy description, choose your audience and hit ‘Go Live’. Whilst you are live you’ll see comments and interactions start rolling in on your screen. Once you are finished broadcasting, your video will save to your timeline for others to view if they weren’t active whilst you were live. To go live on Instagram, tap the camera icon on the top left of your screen, tap ‘live’ and ‘start live video’. Just like Facebook, you’ll start to see comments and hearts roll in. When you are done, your live video on Instagram will disappear. You’ll also be able to see how many viewers you have watching your live feed at any given time and your viewers will also see your comments and interactions whilst broadcasting. It’s a great idea to interact with fans as much as possible and respond to the comments to keep your audience engaged.

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I bet you didn’t know that the famous economist, John Maynard Keynes actually suggested saving money could harm an economy; he called it the “Paradox of Thrift”. Saved money is not spent money, and it is spent money that ‘oils’ the economic wheels. If money is withheld (saved) from an economy, demand for goods and services diminishes, this lessens output and therefore profits. But wait, there’s more. The reduced productivity causes incomes to drop which then sends the economy into a downward

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aside for the inevitable ‘rainy day’. Unfortunately it is just this type of sensible preparedness that actually makes everything worse! Strange isn’t it. Saving money has always been regarded as a good trait and is certainly encouraged. Yet according to Keynes, if we were all to adopt this “good trait”, our economy would contract into recession and possibly depression. So it really is a case of too much of a ‘good thing’ bringing us all undone. You might recall during the GFC, Australian taxpayers were given $900 to spend. This was the Government’s antidote to an anticipated wave of thrift. Well guess what, the most recent national account figures show the Australian economy has grown by 1.1% in the last quarter, reversing the 0.5% decline from the previous three months to December 1. GDP falling in two successive quarters is considered to be a recession, so it seems our spending has saved the day. Therefore, any arguments with your partner about spending habits can now be easily settled just by quoting Keynsian economic theory, while noting your purchases as vital economic stimulus rather than wastage. Give it a go; I’m sure it will work.

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ENTERTAINMENT

KEEPING BLUE MOUNTAINS RESIDENTS INFORMED ON WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO GO

Tribute to a music legend

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amien Leith is back in the Mountains as part of his Hall of Fame Tour celebrating the legendary American singersongwriter, Roy Orbison. The Irish musician, who won ‘Australian Idol’ in 2006, is set to perform at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Saturday, March 11 and is excited to be returning to the area. “My family and I love coming out to the Mountains, it’s a place we visit a lot,� Damien said. The Hall of Fame show will commemorate 30 years since the late Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Damien plans to perform some of the Rock and Roll pioneer’s well known hits such as ‘In Dreams’, ‘Crying’, ‘Running Scared’, ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Blue Angel’. The singer said the show is a favourite of his because he gets to stand on stage and celebrate Roy Orbison’s incredible career. But he said he doesn’t try to emulate the distinctive, brooding sound Orbison was known for.

“I don’t try to impersonate Roy or sound like him,� Damien said. “It’s really a case of me saluting one of the all-time greatest singers. “Roy’s songs are raw and real and melded together with that distinct melancholy intensity of his voice.� Damien said he has always had a strong affinity with Orbison’s music. Growing up in Ireland he distinctly remembers his aunty always singing Roy Orbison songs to him, and when he is up on stage performing it takes him back to those earlier years. To add to the memories, Damien was lucky enough to work with Orbison’s late wife, Barbara. “I was able to work with Barbara a few years ago, so that was pretty special,� he said. And if he could ask the talented Roy Orbison one thing, what would it be? “I’d love to know how he developed his voice and prepared for a show,� Damien said. “It’s funny, because most singers open their mouth wider when they want to sing higher notes, but Roy never seemed to do this.� Roy Orbison died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. He was aged just 52. Damien Leith’s ROY – A Tribute to Roy Orbison – The Hall of Fame Tour tickets are on sale now at www.bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au.

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Tom Cruise is back as Jack Reacher in this week’s action thriller blockbuster. Based on the Jack Reacher novel series by Lee Child, the sequel is set four years after the events of the first film. Jack (Tom Cruise) returns to the headquarters of his old military unit, but he finds himself in hot water when he’s accused of a murder that took place 16 years ago. To clear his name Jack must uncover the

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Melbourne rockers Kingswood are back with their sophomore release ‘After Hours, Close to Dawn’. The trio burst onto the scene in 2014 with their debut ‘Microscopic Wars’, which earned them a nomination for Best Rock Album at the ARIA Awards. Band members Alex, Fergus and Justin recorded the album at the legendary Sound Emporium in Nashville and the record takes influence from several genres including rock, R&B and soul. Here’s hoping this new release will see Kingswood continue to kick butt.

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truth behind a government conspiracy. Along the way the ex-military officer also discovers a secret that will change his life forever. In ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’, Tom Cruise shares the screen with ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Cobie Smulders who plays the role of Major Susan Turner. The film did very well at the box office but received mixed reviews. Grab your copy now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Rated MA // KATE REID The much anticipated new release in the X-Men franchise, and the last of the Wolverine solo films, hits the big screen this week. Based on the Marvel comics’ Old Man Logan storyline, the film is set in 2029 and follows a past-his-prime Logan (Hugh Jackman) who is caring for a sick Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a remote area near the Mexican border. Though Logan is attempting to hide from the world, his secrecy gets interrupted when he’s introduced to a young mutant called Laura (Dafne Keen), who he must protect from the dark forces that are out to get her. Fans will be happy to hear that the

reviews for ‘Logan’ have been overwhelmingly positive, with movie review site Rotten Tomatoes describing the film as ‘a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions’. The film is rumoured to be Jackman’s last as Wolverine, a role he has played across nine films and 17 years. But in Hollywood anything can happen, so don’t be surprised if we see him again. Grab your tickets ASAP as this is one film you’ll definitely want to catch on the big screen! ‘Logan’ is currently screening at Hoyts Penrith. For more information on session times, visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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Ê It might seem unbelievable but it’s true, American soap ‘Days of our Lives’ has been renewed for a 52nd season. Recently it was speculated that the long running NBC drama may finally come to an end, however that was refuted last week with TV bosses giving the show yet another year of life. In January, ‘Days’ aired its 13,000th episode. Ê

Netflix will screen stand-up event ‘Amy Schumer: The Leather Special’ tonight, Tuesday, March 7. In the show, Schumer targets binge drinking as well as her relationship with her boyfriend.

Ê New Channel Nine action series ‘Lethal Weapon’ has been renewed for a full 22 episodes. While the show hasn’t reached great heights here, it is performing very well in the US. Ê Country music-inspired drama ‘Nashville’ delivered probably its biggest ever

twist in the US last week, but Australian fans still have five or six weeks before they’ll see the episode here, because of Foxtel and Showcase’s insistence on delaying the new season. Unfortunately, the twist was so big that anyone following the show or its cast on social media would have had the surprise spoiled already.

With former reality show winners like Guy Sebastian and Dami Im getting a run in previous years, will 2017’s competition be any different? Let the guessing games begin!

Ê Get ready ‘Survivor’ fans, the brand new series ‘Survivor: Game Changers: Mamanuca Islands’ will premiere at 7.30pm this Thursday, March 9 on GO! The new series, filmed in Fiji, features returning players including Ozzy, Cirie, Tai, Sierra and Brad. It will air express from the US.

Ê Todd Sampson’s new series ‘Life on the Line’ begins on ABC next month, testing the laws of Physics first-hand. With the help of some of Australia’s leading young physicists, along with a first-class construction and safety team, each episode follows Todd’s journey from the kernel of an idea through to a daring experiment that will show physics in action on an incredible scale. It premieres on Tuesday, March 21 at 8pm.

Ê Australia’s next ‘Eurovision’ act will be announced by SBS today, Tuesday, March 7. For the first time ever, Australia’s artist and song will both be revealed at the same time, in an intimate live performance at a secret location in Melbourne.

Ê Fans of drama ‘Suits’ might be interested to know that a spin-off series is in the works. The new offering will centre on Gina Torres’ character Jessica Pearson, who exited the show midway through season six.

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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS’ BEST LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE EXPERTS

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

your horoscopes

Singles – the search for your soul mate takes a temporary nose-dive, as Venus reverses through your sign. So expect to spend numerous nights at home, as potential dates cancel or it’s just hard to find anyone who remotely rings your bell. Use the time productively to catch up on projects that have been on the backburner. Attached Aries – is your partner annoying you? Stop obsessing about their faults and focus on their qualities.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

It will be difficult to give and receive affection this week, as love planet Venus is in retrograde mode. Attached Taurus – you may be called on to deal with unresolved issues from the past, or your current relationship could be complicated by the re-emergence of a former lover. If you’re single, you could become involved in a very complicated secret affair.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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Singles – gung-ho Geminis love to dive into the dating pool frequently, and often date two people at the same time. But you need to be much more discriminating. Attached Twins – you’ll have to be extra patient if you want to avoid a breakdown in communication between you and your partner. Two-way conversation and lots of listening are required, otherwise you’ll be at cross-purposes and misunderstandings are likely.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Are you attracted to a colleague, client or customer? Think twice before you make a move because love and work are a messy mix at the moment. There’s more chance of success if you delay any romantic developments until after April 15 when Venus moves forwards again. Coupled Crabs – there could be extra pressure placed on the relationship when one of you experiences work-related problems.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Singles – with Venus now in retrograde motion it will be hard to get the romantic sparks firing between you and a potential partner. So don’t even try. When it comes to dating, take a long cat nap instead! Attached Leos – have you been neglecting your lover? Stop being so preoccupied with your own needs and instead, start considering your partner’s desires. Without some extra TLC, your lover may start looking for satisfaction elsewhere.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Attached Virgos – with Venus reversing through your intimacy zone, don’t be too picky with your lover. Nothing kills passion like nagging! You’ll find praise and encouragement will get you a lot further than criticism. Single Virgo – you’re in a hurry to meet someone special but with Venus retro you may find it difficult to differentiate between a romantic charmer and a devious dreamer.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

With love planet Venus (your ruling planet) reversing through your relationship zone, expect some romantic hiccups over the next few weeks. Attached Librans – you’ll have to work extra hard on fostering intimacy and maintaining a close connection with your partner. Otherwise silly arguments and stony silences are likely. Singles – true love has been temporarily delayed, so you’ll just have to be extra patient.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You’re super keen to find your soul mate but with love planet Venus in retrograde mode it’s not the ideal time to be searching and sampling. Plus, if your intuition tells you that a prospective date is not the real deal, then avoid them like the plague! If you are attached then you may experience problems or separations from your sweetheart due to work, health or financial issues.

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NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

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Are you looking for love? It will be almost impossible for any mere mortal to meet your super high expectations, as retrograde Venus put you in ‘superperfectionist’ mode. Just remember – ‘Perfection is a goal, not a destination’. If you live with your lover, strive to be extra patient as retro Venus causes havoc in your home zone for the next few weeks. Expect arguments over domestic duties.

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Singles – with Venus reversing through your communication zone, be careful what you post, text, tweet and email. And be especially cautious about whom you reply to on online dating sites, otherwise you could pick someone who you would normally run a mile from! Attached Aquarians – are you having problems with your partner? There’s no substitute for sitting down and have a long chat with them.

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Love planet Venus is in retrograde mode until April 15. So the next few weeks is the time to review close relationships, revise personal values, and ask yourself some serious questions. Is your romantic partnership providing the love, romance and security you desperately crave? Is an old friendship out of step with your current value system? When Venus is reversing, you need to make adjustments.

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Without fail when people find out I’m a nutritionist they always ask the same question: “is [insert food] healthy?” My answer often gets met with a confused look. “There’s really no such thing as ‘unhealthy’ food.” Now I know what you’re thinking. But what about donuts and chips and pizza and all those other high fat, high sugar and high sodium foods. Surely they’re not healthy? Well yes, they can most definitely be part of a healthy diet. You see when it comes to nutrition we spend way too much time focused on individual foods and forget to look at the bigger picture. For example, if you live on nutrient void foods then yes, there’s a greater chance that your health will suffer. But on the flip side of the coin you can most certainly eat donuts and still be healthy. You see the real issue is our limited definition of health. We see foods as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or worthy of ‘guilt’ (think

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Keeping fashionable and on trend while being a mum can sometimes be a difficult challenge. Having faithful practical pieces to pull from your wardrobe time and time again is a must, but what do you wear when you’re tired and completely over your t-shirts and sneakers? Kids are hard work! In a rushed everyday morning by the time you have gotten them dressed and fed with yourself somewhat pulled together it’s usually last minute that you notice that smudge at the bottom of your skirt made earlier from tiny breakfast hands! A great tip to help you look pulled together and camouflage those stains that are inevitable from having little children is to look for detailed print fabrics. Dotti has the Dotty Pussy Bow Blouse in soft pink with a black all over spot print, turning up to work with baby vomit on your shoulder has never been so chic! If a full day of running errands with your baby is on the cards you’re going to want to tie your hair up! Feeling jealous of all the carefree nonmums with their hair blowing in the

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