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“This whole thing is no longer about marriage equality. It’s about Malcolm Turnbull’s failure as a Prime Minister” How did it possibly come to this? It can only come down to the utter incompetence of the current Liberal Party and its lack of ability to listen to the people – and it’s lack of backbone. They say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity and trying to push through the plebiscite again was certainly on the verge of madness. Just plain crazy. A postal plebiscite? What’s that going to achieve? It can’t be binding nor compulsory which means you might get 30 or 35 per cent of the public voting (if that!). If 51 per cent of that number are in favour of changing our marriage laws, can Turnbull really then say he has a mandate? This is just an absolute mess. With the world on edge, fearing Islamic State and terrorism, we’re somehow still debating the same issue we were debating years ago and getting nowhere fast. At the end of the day, we elect our politicians to make decisions on our behalf, that reflect our beliefs and ideals. As time goes on, more and more polls suggest that most Australians are in

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favour of marriage equality. It is the right thing to do. You only have to speak to people in the street, in pubs, at the footy or browse through social media to know that public support is with the ‘yes’ campaign. So why can’t we just get on with it? What is Malcolm Turnbull so scared of? Surely it is not alienating the Liberal support base, which are already sick of Turnbull’s handling of this issue. Turnbull, ego and all, had an incredible opportunity to be part of history by being the Prime Minister when marriage equality was approved in this country. He had the opportunity to be the Prime Minister who backed love over hate; who backed progression over backwards thinking. Now he’ll be remembered as the Prime Minister who was in charge when Australia embarrassed itself on the world stage over this issue. And he’ll be remembered for somehow losing his job over it. Bill Shorten isn’t totally free of blame either – he’s playing plenty of politics himself. But he is indeed on the verge of being the Prime Minister on the day that the Australian Parliament comes to its senses. And that is incredible to believe given most believed Shorten had no real hope of ever taking the top job. The seat warmer has become the likely next PM. This whole thing is no longer about marriage equality. It’s about Malcolm Turnbull’s failure as a Prime Minister. And if marriage equality does somehow get through Parliament when Turnbull is in charge, he’d better not take any of the credit. This is just an absolute farce.

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Local man sets up new political party Fed up and frustrated, Winmalee resident Mark Ptolemy has established the Australian Workers Party ERIN MAMO

new political party has been established with one of its founding members hailing from our very own backyard. Mark Ptolemy, from Winmalee, is one of three individuals who officially registered the Australian Workers Party earlier this year with the Australian Electoral Commission. As a former Labor supporter, who even ran for the seat of Macquarie in the 2004 Federal Election against Kerry Bartlett, Mr Ptolemy said he started the new party because he was frustrated. “It got to a point where I didn’t think Labor was sticking to their fundamental beliefs of looking after the underdog and the disadvantaged people in society,” he said. “The Australian Workers Party is passionate and we want to make sure that vulnerable people are looked after. “We want social and economic justice and we want people to know that there is another alternative party that actually wants to help.” At present the new party has almost 3,000 members across the country, with

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around 200 of them living in the Blue Mountains. The party has a strong stance on generating employment and ending discrimination of welfare recipients, free education that all citizens have access to and equal rights for all Australians, whether it is in relation to equal pay for men and women or same sex marriage. Mr Ptolemy said the Government is run too much like a business these days. “Privatisation has failed,” he said. “Look at electricity prices, people can’t even afford to pay their bills. “In the workplace there’s no security and housing is insane, I don’t know how young people will ever buy a home.” With the new party now registered, over the next few weeks the executive committee will start to largely promote who they are and what they are about. “We are looking to reach out to people who hold similar values to our party,” Mr Ptolemy said. “We are also looking for people who would consider running for candidacy at all levels, if their values align with ours.” To find out more information about the new party, visit australianworkersparty. org. Membership is free.

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Difference makers Boomerang Bags to sweep through Mountains ERIN MAMO

oomerang Bags are about to be launched in the Blue Mountains. The idea of the biodegradable bags is that local shops will have stock available to give to their customers in the hope that they will use it for their shopping and then either return it or keep it with the commitment to re-use it in place of a plastic bag. The driving force behind the Blue Mountains Boomerang Bags group, Trish Adams, said the idea is to get people into the habit of using a cloth bag for their shopping. “The main thing is to try and get rid of single-use plastic bags,” Ms Adams told the Record. Ms Adams first discovered Boomerang Bags while on holiday in Queensland where the grassroots movement originated. To date, the movement has carried overseas far and wide to countries like New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Germany, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom. Back home in Australia, there are around 285 Boomerang Bag communities across the country.

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The Katoomba local said, for her, it’s an individual choice not to use plastic bags and to find another alternative. “For me it is not a political thing to ban the bag,” she said. “I don’t care if the Government ever ban the bag, it’s an individual choice and I think it will catch on by itself. You don’t have to punch it down people’s throats. “This is my contribution to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Blue Mountains Boomerang Bags will now officially launch their bags at the Blue Mountains Food Co-op on Saturday, September 2. “We will have about 600 bags made by the launch date,” Ms Adams said. Residents can pick up a bag from the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, Turning Page bookstore, Gallery 118, Katoomba Bargain Books and Arabesque clothing store in Springwood. Blue Mountains Boomerang Bags are also accepting second-hand fabric that might usually end up in landfill to make bags, as long as it’s clean and light weight. For a list of where to donate fabric or to find out more information, visit www. facebook.com/pg / boomera ngbagsbluemtns or email bluemtnboombags@ gmail.com.

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Springwood: Teenager busted selling pot at school

At about 10.50am on Friday, August 4, police were called to a high school in the Springwood area where it is alleged that a 17-year-old was caught selling cannabis. The young person was arrested and charged with ‘supply prohibited drug’. Police also seized cash that was made from selling the cannabis.

The young person was granted unconditional bail and is due to appear before Parramatta Children’s Court on Wednesday, August 30.

Katoomba: Man steals secondhand watches from Vinnies

About 5.20am on Sunday, August 6, it is alleged that a male wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a light coloured backpack went to the St Vincent de Paul shop on Waratah Street, Katoomba, and repeatedly kicked the front window of the store attempting to break it. When the male was unsuccessful he picked up a brick and used it to smash the window and then entered the store and stole approximately 15 second-hand watches, before fleeing the scene. Police are now investigating the matter and are urging anyone with information to contact Katoomba Police Station on 4782 8199.

Hazelbrook: Man accused of assault out on bail

A Hazelbrook man accused of assault and stalking has been granted strict bail. Andrew Culverston, 34, faced Penrith Local Court via video link and gave two thumbs up when he learned he would be conditionally released. Despite acknowledging the facts were “extremely serious”, Magistrate Roger Clisdell said their was nothing to suggest he wouldn’t turn up to court. Culverston’s lawyer formally entered not guilty pleas.

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Doing it for Paul this Daffodil Day As she does every year, Glenbrook local Lorna Gradden will help raise funds for the Cancer Council ERIN MAMO

n memory of her late son, Paul, Lorna Gradden will volunteer her time on Daffodil Day later this month, to raise money for cancer research. Like she has for over a decade, the Glenbrook resident will fundraise at Blaxland Shopping Centre on Friday, August 25. “I’ve been volunteering as team leader at Blaxland since 2004,” Ms Gradden told the Record. “This year we will be set up along the highway near the taxi rank and inside the mall, just near the IGA Supermarket, selling daffodils, pins, bears, soccer balls and footballs.” Over the years the retiree has successfully raised around $35,000 for Cancer Council through the local stalls. As well as her team leader duties, Ms Gradden hosts a morning tea for the notfor-profit each year and also volunteered at their head office for a number of years. The 83-year-old said taking part in Daffodil Day each year is important to her because not only does she assist in raising much-needed funds but she also gets the word out about Cancer Council and the work they do.

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“My son passed away from secondary stomach cancer in 1995,” she said. “It was very quick from the time of his diagnosis to his death – it was eight weeks. “Now I’m inspired to raise money for research that may help other people have the chance that my son didn’t. “If there were the number of trial treatment programs around when my son died, would it have helped? “That’s what keeps me coming back.” In the greater western Sydney and Blue Mountains region alone, it is estimated that approximately 11,085 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year. By supporting Cancer Council through Daffodil Day on Friday, August 25, people can help to beat the awful disease by funding vital research, support services, prevention programs and advocacy campaigns. As one of the largest national fundraising events in the southern hemisphere, Cancer Council hopes to raise $2.1 million across NSW this year. Last year, $5.6 million was raised for Daffodil Day across the country. To donate to Daffodil Day this year, visit www.daffodilday.com.au/donate or drop into Blaxland Shopping Centre on August 25 and purchase an item.

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Historic pro-choice motion passed State Parliament moves motion to support the right of choice for women regarding abortion ERIN MAMO

he NSW Parliament moved a historic motion last week to support the right of choice for women when it comes to abortion. Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong tabled the motion asking that the NSW lower house support the right for women to make the choice that is right for them, which includes respecting the right to access safe, legal abortion. State Member for the Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle spoke to the motion reiterating her position. “For too many years we have been fighting for women’s reproductive rights and autonomy in the public and private sphere,” she said. “I believe a woman is best placed to decide what is best for her. “She knows the circumstances around a pregnancy and understands what she needs. “She is the one who best knows her capacity to parent and her personal circumstances.” Ms Doyle went on to acknowledge the work of feminists before her, like those

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who spearheaded the Women’s Abortion Action Campaign in 1972. Ms Doyle also touched on the Minister for Women, Tanya Davies and her pro-life stance. “The Minister for Women’s statement that she is personally pro-life is problematic,” she said. “It is commonly understood in women’s politics that the pro-life label is shorthand for anti-choice. “Long ago, fundamentalist Christian organisations generated the label and they are well known for being steadfastly anti-abortion and anti-choice in all circumstances.” Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jenny Aitchison also spoke to the motion in parliament, stating that women everywhere in NSW have the right to make the decisions that affect their own lives. The pro-choice motion was passed unanimously through the NSW lower house and Ms Leong is now calling on the Minister for Women to take steps to decriminalise abortion in the state. Do you support the historic motion moved in State Parliament last week? Tell us your thoughts by emailing news@ bluemountainsrecord.com.au.

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T Lisa Gorman Wentworth Falls FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS? The divine Nineteen23 in Wentworth Falls FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS? I don’t drink coffee! But the best place to get raw juice close to home is at Blue Mist Café THE FIRST PLACE YOU’D TAKE A VISITOR TO THE MOUNTAINS? At sunrise or sunset if possible, we walk our local fire trail and examine the local flora and listen to the birds WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS? Its natural beauty and air quality, the relative quiet, community values and opportunities to learn, and great local businesses. WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS’ BEST KEPT SECRET? The Blue Labyrinth in Woodford which is a tranquil gathering place, once for our Indigenous peoples, now for all people who want to learn

his month grab your popcorn and a choc top and get lost in a romantic comedy, a thrilling drama, an epic blockbuster, or a laugh-outloud comedy at Hoyts Penrith. With multiple screens showing all the best new release films daily there’s something to satisfy every movie goer. Hoyts, located in the heart of Westfield Penrith, is home to the massive Xtremescreen cinema, which features a 15 metre high screen and 7.1 surround sound. Hoyts Penrith also offers Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, pizza and gaming facilities, making it the perfect location to spend a few fun filled hours. Movie titles screening at Hoyts Penrith this week include ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’, ‘Dunkirk’, ‘The Big Sick’, ‘Annabelle: Creation’, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ and more. The Record has a Hoyts family pass (four tickets) to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘HOYTS’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, August 17. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. T&Cs at www.bluemountainsrecord.com.au.

Good luck to wheelchair athlete Nathan Pentecost, who will push his way around the Regatta Centre this weekend to raise money for youngster Cooper Randall, who is suffering from kidney disease.

We were all saddened last week to hear of the passing of the legendary Betty Cuthbert. Born in western Sydney, Cuthbert emerged as a major star at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

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Legendary country music star Glen Campbell passed away last week, aged 81. Campbell was one of music’s biggest stars in the late 1960s and early 1970s and at one stage was selling more records than The Beatles. Campbell, whose most famous song was ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, announced in 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He recently appeared in a documentary outlining his battle with the disease, which included one final new song.

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Important time to get bushfire ready ERIN MAMO

xperts in all things bushfire related are coming to the region for the annual Bushfire Building Conference and Community Forum next month. Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) CEO, Bernie Fehon, said the twoday event which will run from Friday, September 8 to Saturday, September 9 is for both local community members and specialists in the industry. “Many locals have experienced the devastating impacts of a bushfire in the Blue Mountains, so the expo is a great opportunity for the community to increase their knowledge on how to protect their home,” he said. “If residents are considering extensions or putting on a deck there’s special information they can pick up at the expo to make it easier for them to make the right decision. “The conference is primarily for specialists in industry, architects, builders, designers and planners to hear from global sustainability experts and building innovators.” On Friday, the conference will delve into topics like technology and research, vegetation and landscape, product compliance and installation. Internationally renowned sustainability

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expert Joost Bakker will headline the event. Mr Bakker designed and built a fireresistant house out of straw that can withstand a CSIRO fire test in temperatures over 1000ºC. Associate Professor Geoffrey Cary will also take the stage at the conference. Mr Cary has published numerous research papers on bushfires and specialises in teaching bushfire dynamics and management. On Saturday, a large expo will feature leading local businesses and BMEE are promising that the event will be bigger than ever. The local Rural Fire Service and Blue Mountains City Council as well as bushfire protection services will each have a stall at the expo. The community forum, which is also on Saturday, will then allow locals to hear from bushfire experts who will share tips and advice through an interactive program and presentations. This year an Experts Lounge will be set-up to allow the public to meet with the experts and get their specific questions answered. Tickets to the conference on Friday are $205 while entry to the expo and forum are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bushfirebuildingconference.

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Unis set to lose vital funding greater west. In answering questions before a recent Senate hearing, the university said that for a region with above average unemployment and a substantial skills deficit, the impact will be devastating. Taking resources away from the only university based in Greater Western Sydney will have a significant negative impact on job creation and the skills gap in the west. It will widen the gap that exists for education and ultimately income between those in the eastern part of our city and those in the west. And it isn’t just WSU being hit. Many Mountains students go to Sydney University, UNSW, UTS and Macquarie, and all of those unis will face cuts totalling $165 million. Collectively, universities will lose $1.16 billion in base funding over the next four years. Well resourced, effective higher education is crucial for the education of current and future generations, for the contributions made to research and new discoveries, and for providing skilled people for our demanding labour market. In no one’s book of fairness should WSU face the second biggest hit in the country, and nor should the goal of completing a university degree be made harder than it already is.

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Western Sydney University (WSU) has been flagged as NSW’s ‘biggest loser’ as a result of the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to higher education funding, losing $54.1 million over the next four years. For the more than 1000 Blue Mountains students currently attending WSU, the cuts mean they will face higher fees, an increase in class sizes, and cut backs in programs offered. WSU caters to a wide range of students, and a significant number from low SES backgrounds. It’s also a uni where nearly 62 per cent of their students are the first in their family to attend university. The measures the Turnbull Government is recommending would undermine the university’s ability to support these students by putting at risk things like free e-textbook access for first years. The impact of the cuts goes beyond the individual students and their families. The cuts will affect the university’s capacity to skill and re-skill people for the jobs the future will demand. From its willingness to develop courses like “leadership and entrepreneurship” and “social media analytics” through to robotics and automated manufacturing, the university has a statutory obligation to support economic development in the

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New members are being encouraged to join the Blue Mountains Lantern Club. Established in 1969, the Blue Mountains Lantern Club was established as a volunteer fundraising arm for the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). Throughout the year, the group holds several events with street stalls, guest speakers, open gardens and bus trips. There are 18 Lantern Clubs throughout New South Wales with a combined membership of over 750. The Blue Mountains club has raised more than $700,000 during its long existence. Meetings are held at 10am on the third Thursday of each month at Springwood Court in Springwood. The club is also holding a fundraising lunch in East Blaxland on August 22. Details: 4751 9697.

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Need help planning your big day? ‘The Love Affair’ wedding market will be held in Katoomba this Sunday ERIN MAMO

ove will be in the Blue Mountains air at this weekend’s wedding market, ‘The Love Affair.’ Coordinated by Blue Mountains Love magazine, the event will host the region’s best wedding suppliers including local florists, cake decorators, designers, entertainers, celebrants, photographers and more. Editor of Blue Mountains Love, Lisa Doust, said the market will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the talented locals that help make weddings in the region stand out. “The region’s suppliers are highly trained and many of them work closely together, so you get the benefit of their joint expertise and creativity,” she said. Some of the local suppliers who will be at the event include Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs, Wild Blue Studio, What’s the Occasion, Western Wine Tours, Stray Whisker, Pixflix Productions and Wyck Luxury Candles. Live entertainment will put on a show for local lovebirds, while hair and makeup demonstrations and a fashion parade featuring Daniel Learmont Couture and Leanne Hamilton Couture, will also take place on the day.

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Brides to be also have the chance to win a wedding photo package if they buy issue two of Blue Mountains Love at the market. ‘The Love Affair’ is this Sunday, August 20 at The Carrington Hotel. For more information, visit bluemountainslove.com.au.

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Re your article ‘Doyle pushes for locally built trains’ (Record August 8). You report Trish Doyle as saying “The new trains are being built to a design which is currently incompatible with tracks, tunnels and platforms on the Blue Mountains line west of Springwood”. You might like to ask her why the last intercity trains to be purchased by the NSW Government, the Oscars, have the same problem. These trains were ordered in 2003 by the then ALP Government led by Premier Bob Carr. If these trains were capable of travelling up the Mountains we would not be having to put up with packed four car trains during the day. As she does not seem to be able to recall what occurred when the ALP was in power, you might point out to her that the Oscars were based on the Millennium trains that were built in NSW and purchased by the ALP. These trains were an absolute disaster, being delivered years late due to bad design. In fact at one time they had to be withdrawn from service until the problems were sorted out. Given these facts, the current government has made a sensible decision to buy trains that are of a proven design. They are also going to fix the problems with the Blue Mountains line so that all intercity trains will be able to go to Lithgow. Even those purchased by the ALP. I ask you to advise her as she refuses to communicate with anyone who does not share her

opinions. She obviously does not seem to realise that she is supposed to represent all Blue Mountains constituents, not just those of her political persuasion. MALCOLM KING, VIA EMAIL

Blaxland immortal Well, as a Blaxland resident I certainly am shocked (Shock Stats, Record August 8). Here I was thinking I was most unlikely ever to die, but apparently only the North Shore crowd are immortal! I once lived on the North Shore for a few years, though – do I qualify for at least half immortality? KARL KARLOV, VIA EMAIL

Double impact The Government, unable to hold a plebiscite on same sex marriage, has decided to ask citizens by postal vote instead, a master plan for it will mean many folks will now have to register to vote to have their say, that information will without a doubt be cross referenced with Centrelink, and other Government Depts and may be helpful catching those rorting the system. Prime Minister Turnbull has informed the nation that he and his wife will say yes, both oppose these words of the Lord’s Prayer; ‘Thy will be done on Earth as in heaven,’ because same sex marriage is certainly not the Lord’s will in heaven, on Earth or anywhere else; amen. RICHARD MERRELL, VIA EMAIL

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ou’d be hard pressed to find an Aussie who doesn’t know Daryl Braithwaite’s hit ‘The Horses’. But what many of those voices that sing along enthusiastically to the classic track probably don’t realise is that it’s not an original. In April this year Daryl took to the stage with the song’s writer, Grammy Award winning artist Rickie Lee Jones, to perform the iconic track together for the first time. “It was exciting and it was nerve-racking to say the least,” Daryl said. “I really didn’t know if her audience were going to accept me, but they were very accommodating. “Not only that but it was just amazing being able to talk to Rickie Lee and get her feelings about the song.” ‘The Horses’ has experienced a certain resurgence in recent years – no doubt boosted by music streaming services which give younger audiences access to a huge catalogue of past hits. This ebb and flow in popularity is something Daryl has experienced since releasing the track in 1991 – more than a quarter of a century ago. “When it first came out it was definitely

a grower before it finally became successful in the charts,” he said. “It didn’t seem to have the effect it’s had for the last decade, in the last 10 years it’s gradually grown into something again. “I don’t know why, I’m flabbergasted as to whether it’s the melody, the musical aspects of it, the lyrical content or just all those things put together.” Along with ‘The Horses’ Daryl is also known for hits including ‘One Summer’ and ‘As the Days Go By’ and for his work as the lead vocalist of the Aussie 70s rock band Sherbet. More recently Daryl has lent his voice to the track ‘Up on the Roof’ on the tribute album ‘Beautiful – A Tribute to Carole King’, and is currently in talks to do a duet with fellow rocker James Reyne. Daryl attributes his success and longevity in the industry to one particular song off his 1987 album ‘Edge’. “The first single off that was ‘As the Days Go By’, if that hadn’t had been successful, if it hadn’t have worked, then we probably wouldn’t be talking right now,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it over the last couple of days and I thought ‘god it’s nearly been 50 years’.” Despite his long career, Daryl is showing no signs of slowing down and retirement isn’t even part of his thought process. “We’re just about to start touring again and we go through till April,” he said. “Sometimes I look at it in amazement

that we have so much work available and there’s audiences there that still like what I do.” Daryl Braithwaite will be performing at

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Enjoy beautiful music and delicious high tea at the Hydro Majestic Hotel Elevate your senses with an afternoon of beautiful music and high tea when one of the Blue Mountains’ grandest venues hosts renowned pianists Kristian Chong and Grace Kim this Saturday. The duo will perform Mozart’s Sonata in D K381, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Petite Suite (Debussy), Sonata (Poulenc), Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Liszt) and Compton’s C.S Chopsticks variations. High tea will include gourmet sandwiches, warm fluffy scones, delicate pastries and the finest handmade desserts served with Vittoria Coffee and La Maison Du Bleuet The Teas.

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Ê Foxtel Movies have launched a James Bond pop-up channel, which runs until this Sunday, August 20. The pop-up is broadcasting a stellar lineup of 24 movies in the iconic series from EON Productions and MGM plus two additional movies, the James Bond spoof ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Never Say Never Again’. The movie marathon launched with the first film in the Bond series released 55 years ago, ‘Dr No’ and will run through to the very latest Bond film and box office smash, ‘Spectre’.

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Ê Legendary Channel Nine political reporter Laurie Oakes has announced his retirement after 52 years in the business. The 73-year-old, who has been with Nine since 1980, is officially retiring this Friday. Oakes broke some of this nation’s biggest political stories and leaves massive shoes to fill. I wish him well! Ê Will Channel Seven launch a new show to rival ‘Ninja Warrior’? It’s understood the network is keen on a sports

WILL & GRACE SEPT 29 • STAN entertainment show and is looking at airing an Australian version of ‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’. The format sees teams of five tackle a 1.6km obstacle course in a bid to win a huge cash prize. The teams are comprised of two men and two women who are matched with an “elite Spartan athlete” who is picked by the show and is the team captain.

pay-per-views, including ‘WrestleMania’ and ‘SummerSlam’.

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US comedy ‘The Middle’ has been axed after nine seasons.

Ê Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, August 28 at 9am.

Ê Foxtel has renewed its deal with the WWE for a whopping 18th year. The deal covers WWE programming live in Australia, including WWE’s flagship shows ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown’ as well as WWE

Ê Netflix has announced ‘Anne with an E.’ will return for a second season. The retelling of the famous ‘Anne of Green Gables’, the second season sees an increased order from eight hours to 10.

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He is a happy boy that knows how to sit, wait and roll so someone has put in the time training this boy. He is an energetic dog that would love a walk every day and then couch time of a night!

This older looking gentleman is so full of life and has a lot of love to offer a new family. He is a happy, nice natured boy that had a great time meeting and having a game with us.

This poor girl is very deserving of a loving Forever Home. After being found in the Penrith area she was bought to the shelter as a stray. She wasn’t microchipped, she has had puppies and was very skinny.

At 6 years of age she has many years left to give a loving family. She is a little shy in the shelter enviroment but also very sweet when you spend time with her. If you are able to offer this girl a home please contact the shelter.

Charlie has been surrendered to the shelter as his owner has gone into a nursing home and there is no one in the family that can take him. Charlie is a bouncy, happy and very friendly boy. He runs a mile a minute and is oh so happy to eat treats!

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Ê Foxtel is axing LifeStyle YOU and downgrading two of its channels, Smooth and Foxtel Arts. From October 11 Foxtel Arts and Smooth will share the same broadcast signal, while still occupying two channel numbers (133 and 806) but be day-parted, with Smooth programming throughout the day and overnight from midnight to 6pm and Foxtel Arts content scheduled from 6pm to 12am, daily. There is no change in pricing however Foxtel Arts will be available to all customers, irrespective of their subscription package. Meanwhile, LifeStyle YOU content will be moving to The Lifestyle Channel, Arena and On Demand.

This girl has been waiting at the shelter now for nearly 9 weeks and that might be because she is always so sassy to anyone that comes to visit including us haha! This girl would love a home with no other cats and is happy to have a pat on her terms only.

We always recommend bringing your own dogs to the shelter to meet any of the shelter dogs.

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the truth is far more disturbing than he ever could have imagined. ‘Get Out’ has received overwhelming critical praise for its smart, funny and thought-provoking narrative, which addresses the issue of modern day race relations. This unique spin on the horror genre is the brainchild of actor, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele, who both wrote and directed the film.

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One of Australia’s favourite artists comes together with Australia’s most iconic music venue in this week’s new release. Kate Miller-Heidke recorded her new album in March this year, bringing fans a live recording of some of her greatest hits and fan favourites, including ‘The Last Day on Earth’, ‘Sarah’ and ‘O Vertigo!’ With the singer-songwriter’s beautiful operatic vocals blending seamlessly with the sounds of The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, this album is a must-have!

For sci-fi fans the wait is finally over with the much-anticipated ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ hitting cinemas this week. Set in the 28th century the story follows special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who are given the unenviable task of maintaining order throughout the human territories. The duo are sent by the minister of defence on a mission to Alpha, a vast metropolis where species from thousands of planets gather and share both culture and knowledge. Things take a nasty turn when a dark force threatens the peaceful city, and

Valerian and Laureline must help to find and destroy the menace that puts the whole universe at risk. ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is based on the French comic series Valerian and Laureline, and was directed by Luc Besson, the legendary director responsible for the sci-fi cult hit ‘The Fifth Element’. The film has been praised for its stunning visual effects, so this is one flick you’ll want to experience on the big screen. ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is now showing at United Cinemas in Katoomba. For session times, visit www.unitedcinemas.com.au.

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With Mercury now in retrograde motion proceed carefully with a complicated professional project this week. If you are too hasty then you’ll experience communication problems with a work colleague, client or customer. Strong feelings could resurface in close relationships too, as loved ones push your emotional buttons. Simmer down and settle down, otherwise you run the risk of turning a minor matter into a major obsession.

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

With the fiery Sun and Mars both charging through your sign, it’s time for largerthan-life Leos to let your hair down, express yourself and indulge your senses. Be inspired by movie star Mae West “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful”. But Mercury is now retrograde. So make sure you process information thoroughly, especially involving personal finances. Otherwise things will quickly become very confusing.

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APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Expect some dramas this week, as Pluto stirs up old grievances with a friend or relative. By all means use your diplomatic talents to help find solutions but, if you sit back and let others make decisions, then you’ll just feel paralysed and powerless. So strive to be much more self-sufficient, especially at work and home. Getting the ratio right between your public and private lives is challenging.

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AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Are work or school worries on your mind? Does a relationship with a colleague or friend feel as if it’s going backwards? Mercury is now reversing through your sign. So, with patience and persistence, you can turn things around. It’s also a suitable time to redefine the persona you are presenting. Coco Chanel: “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone”.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Are you feeling hemmed in at home? This week’s stars favour cleaning, de-cluttering, renovating and/or extending your present living space so it’s more open and spacious. Twins need room to breathe! With Mercury now reversing through your home zone, expect some domestic dramas over the next few weeks. Relationships and extra responsibilities go hand in hand, don’t try and escape from commitments.

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

This week there may be conflict between domestic and professional responsibilities. You’re keen to plunge into a personal project ASAP but make sure you do your homework first. Otherwise there’ll be major mix-ups and general mayhem over the next three weeks. You could also experience problems with a work colleague, family member or close friend who is jealous of what you are achieving. Just flash them a lovely Libran smile.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Avoid getting drawn into a pointless power struggle with a loved one on Tuesday. With Mercury now in retrograde mode expect some frustrating disruptions and delays involving commerce, cars, computers, travel or phones. And make sure you are especially careful with what you put on social media, as it will be very easy for others to completely misinterpret your true meaning.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Tuesday’s tempestuous stars highlight your inclination to jealous, possessive or overbearing behaviour. It’s time to loosen your intense grip on a loved one Scorpio! Otherwise you’ll just drive them away with your dramatic and demanding behaviour. On Thursday you’re in the mood to text and tweet; socialise and circulate. But are you sending confusing mixed messages?

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Be careful your spontaneous spirit doesn’t land you in unexpected trouble! You’re keen to communicate but, if you rush in and say the first thing on your mind then you could find yourself regretting your haste. With the Sun and Mars transiting through your travel zone, many adventurous Archers will soon head off on an overseas trip, interstate interlude or weekend getaway. Remember Mercury is retro, so double-check your itinerary!

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Mercury is now reversing through your travel zone for nearly three weeks. So expect some mix-ups and mayhem involving cars, buses, trains, planes, commuting and/or holiday plans. And does the gap between your ambitious dreams and your daily reality seem to be incredibly wide at the moment? Gradual progress is being made behind the scenes. You need to slow down and calm down.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Mercury is retrograde until September 5. So expect communication chaos, relationship rumbles and/or financial frustrations over the next few weeks. It’s also a time when unresolved issues from the past could be dredged up all over again. Don’t let it stop you from being adventurous and taking on challenges. As Madonna said: “If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet”.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Expect some communication mayhem over the next few weeks, as Mercury reverses through your relationship zone. Loved ones will certainly test your patience. If you are firm and flexible – a tricky balance – then you’ll be able to navigate your way through the constantly changing landscape. Don’t dismiss financial matters. The devil is in the detail, as you research, revise and re-do.

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The lowdown on iron: What it does and why you need it Iron is crucial to our health, but how much do we really know about it, and are we getting enough of it?

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By now most of us are familiar with iron, but other than the fact that it can be found in meat how much do we really understand about this important mineral? This week I thought I’d provide an overview of what it does, how much we need, and where to get it. Iron’s job is to help transport oxygen around the body. Without enough iron deficiency occurs, which can lead to symptoms including fatigue and lack of concentration. As with any nutrient certain groups are at higher risk of iron deficiency including young children, women of reproductive age, pregnant women, vegetarians and vegans. When it comes to how much iron we need each day women require more iron than men due to blood loss during menstruation. Women aged 19 and over require 18mg of iron per day (this number decreases to 8mg over the age of 50), while men aged 19 and over require 8mg of iron per day. So now you know how much you need

to aim for let’s take a look at the best food sources of iron. Though there is a myth that you need animal foods for iron the truth is it can be obtained through either animal or plant sources. Red meat, tinned tuna, salmon, chicken and other meats are all sources of a type of iron known as haem iron. Plant sources – including tofu, nuts, beans and lentils, green leafy vegetables, and wholegrain breads and cereals – contain what is known as non-haem iron. Haem iron is better absorbed than nonhaem iron, but this doesn’t mean you have to eat meat. For those that don’t consume animal

products it helps to consume plant-based iron sources with foods that are high in vitamin C, think citrus fruits or red capsicum, as this helps to aid iron absorption. On the other hand calcium tends to inhibit absorption, so try to avoid consuming calcium rich foods with iron rich foods i.e. have a glass of milk between meals instead of with meals. If you think you may not be getting the iron your body needs it’s important to speak to your GP who can assess your iron levels through a simple blood test. Supplementation is an option for those low in iron but this should only be undertaken after consultation with your GP or dietitian as excess iron can cause harm.

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he Panthers have roared into top four contention with their sixth straight win, defeating the North Queensland Cowboys 24-16 at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night. The Panthers came from behind to overpower the Cowboys with Nathan Cleary leading the way with another dominant display. Penrith coach Anthony Griffin praised the Cowboys, who showed tremendous fight despite a mounting injury toll. “We really had to earn it but down 16-6 it could have gone either way,” Griffin said. “But once it got to 16-6 we played our best footy and showed our hunger for the game.” With his side now in sixth place on the NRL ladder, Griffin will be looking for more improvement from his troops when they take on a fast finishing Canberra in the nation’s capital on Sunday afternoon. “We haven’t been looking at the ladder all year. We just need to look at next week against the Raiders and if we keep winning, the ladder takes care of itself,” he said. Griffin will name his side to take on the Raiders later this afternoon. The game will be played at Canberra Stadium at 2pm Sunday. Nathan Cleary scores for the Panthers last Saturday. Photo: Melinda Jane

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