Berry veteran takes hat-trick

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MENACING: Berry veteran Ted Street took a hat-trick against Bay and Basin on Saturday.
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BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads veteran Ted Street lived out every bowlers dream by taking a hat-trick on Saturday.

The skipper achieved the feat during his side’s nine-wicket win over Bay and Basin at Zealand Oval.

Street took 3/15 from four overs as Berry dismissed Basin for 138, with Lachlan Woolley (2/25) and Peter Richardson (2/18) also doing some damage.

The only two to get going for Basin were Marcus Lamb (50 not out) and Joe Parkes (40).

Berry made light work of the total, polishing off the runs in 27 overs, for the loss of just one wicket.

Richard Ingle (71 not out) and Peter Richardson (51 not out) did the job with the bat for Berry.

Over at the Added Area, Nowra Green had their 10th consecutive win in their top of the table clash with Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen.

Nowra made a big total of 6/257 from their 40 overs, with Gary Smallwood (89) and Geoff Rumble (88 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.

Michael Mills was the pick of the bowlers for Ex-Servos with 3/34.

Ex-Servos were gallant in their reply, but eventually fell 15 runs short when they were bowled out for 242.

William Economos Continued his good form with the bat with 69, Scott Cusack made 48, while Michael Mills remained not out on 33.

Geoff Rumble led the way with the ball for Nowra with 4/29, while Justin Rumble and Cody Smallwood each took two wickets.

The match between Ulladulla United and Nowra White at Ulladulla Sports Park was washed out.

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Archival Revival: Bathurst streetscapes

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Archival Revival: Bathurst streetscapes Aeroplane view of Bathurst, 1924. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.
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All Saints Anglican Church, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bank of Australasia, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Basset bike shop, 1913. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bathurst News Co. building, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bathurst Times office, 1914. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Presbyterian Church, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Boer war memorial, 1910. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Braemar, Keppel Street, 1922. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Brown, cottage, 194 Peel Street, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bushells Tea advertisement on the building of Mrs Hudson’s, Grocer and fruiterer, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Former Church of England cathedral, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Methodist Church on William Street, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

The City bank, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

38 William Street, 1912. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 George Street, corner of Durham Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 -61 William Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 -61 William Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

63 George Street, date unknown. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

64 William Street, early 20th century. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

65 George Street, 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

91 George Street, 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Grotenfent’s butchers, 95 – 97 George Street, circa 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Exchange, William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Exchange building, William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The corner of George and Howick Steets, 1902. The Bathurst Exchange William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Diocese of Bathurst Chancery, 100 George Street, date unknown. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Edinboro Castle hotel, William Street, 1917. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Grand Hotel (now demolished) on the site of the Knickerbocker Hotel 144 William St, 1919. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

King’s Parade, looking south to the site of the Carillon War Memorial, 1907. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Methodist Hall, William Street, 1866. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Royal Hotel, 108 William Street, 1920. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Newmarket Hotel, 86 William Street, 1890. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Western Advocate building, unknown date. Photo: Central Western Image Library.

101 George Street corner of Howick Street, 1924. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

102 William Street, 1924. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

113 – 123 George Street, 1938. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

127 – 129 William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

107-11 George Street, 1920. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

George Street, 1947. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

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Father/son team our sporting heroes

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Brett (left) and Hamish Dobie stop at the Naracoorte Caltex (formerly Scott Petroleum) depot in Naracoorte to collect their Scott Petroleum Sportsperson Of The Year award from Caltex commercial business manager Troy Henschke earlier this week.FATHER and son team Brett and Hamish Dobie have collected the Scott Petroleum Sportsperson Of The Year award.
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Team Dobie was the October Sportsperson Of The Month following their great showing at the Bulk Nutrients Elite Sidecar Motocross Titles in Horsham.

The team finished with a third placing and a potential European trip as a result.

As winners of the Sportsperson Of The Year the Dobies received a $100 voucher from Scott Petroleum Naracoorte (now Caltex).

“It’s good recognition,” Brett said, thanking Scott Petroleum for the sponsorship.

“It (sidecar motocross) is not such a high-profile sport.”

The sidecar season is over for now with the Dobies taking a well-earned break, but they expect to fire back up in the new year.

In the last weekend of April the sidecar spectacular is on in Naracoorte, a popular event which the Dobies are expected to feature highly at.

Hamish said he and his dad travel a lot for the sport and appreciate any help they can get.

“We are always looking for any sponsors ( big or small) that would like to jump on board and support our racing seasons,” he said.

“We usually race all over SA and western Victoria, and also if the chance to go overseas to race comes our way will be chasing some sort of help as it will be an expensive trip!”

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Ed Cowan confident of success if recalled to Tests

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Still on the scene: Ed Cowan wants it be known he could still succeed in Test cricket. Photo: Christopher Chan Still on the scene: Ed Cowan wants it be known he could still succeed in Test cricket. Photo: Christopher Chan
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Still on the scene: Ed Cowan wants it be known he could still succeed in Test cricket. Photo: Christopher Chan

Still on the scene: Ed Cowan wants it be known he could still succeed in Test cricket. Photo: Christopher Chan

Sydney Sixers’ opener and self-proclaimed talisman Ed Cowan says he is ready and confident in his abilities if a Test call-up beckons.

Cowan is preparing to open the batting in the Sixers’ first clash of the fourth Big Bash League on Friday night, however the man in magenta has one eye glued to the Test series against India, ready to be the “next guy in”.

Last year Cowan was axed from the Australian Test squad after a string of poor performances against England during the Ashes tour, but the opener says he has grown from the experience and improved his game.

“Mentally I’ve learnt a lot, having been pushed out of the team,” he said. “About myself and having to look at how I wanted to improve and then going away and improving in those areas.

“Technically, I feel better; mentally, I feel stronger and if the chance came I would be ready to take it.

“I sat down at the end of last season and realised I had faced more balls than I had before in the shield season and scored 300 less runs. That was kind of saying to me that I was playing too defensively and wasn’t putting enough pressure on the bowlers.”

Australia’s incumbent opener Chris Rogers has come under high scrutiny after amassing an average of only 30.64 for the 2014 calendar year.

After being in the same position last year, Cowan sympathises with Rogers and the pressure he is under, but knows he is ready if a call-up to the Test squad comes.

“It’s not a nice place to be in when the speculation starts to grow,” he said. “He’s such an experienced cricketer, he’ll know how to deal with it.

“It is such intense scrutiny and you kind of get a bit withdrawn, but I’m backing him to find some strength and some resilience.

“Feels like I can’t really have done much more for half of the season. There’s no more red ball cricket before the end of the Test series. It’s sort of if there’s an injury, being the next guy in. I know I’m playing well enough, that if I got the call, I’d be confident of doing well.

“It’s certainly not my job to pick the teams. My goal at the start of the year was to be the next batter in for the start of the Ashes tour in the winter. Hopefully if I can pile on the runs in the second half of the season that can happen.”

Cowan is ready to bat at any number in the order for the Sixers and feels confident he could be successful finishing an innings down the order.

“I think I feel confident about the flexibility of roles that could be offered at the top and have that responsibility to bat deep into the innings; or finishing,” he said. “I feel as though my game is at a nice place that I could do either.”

With stars such as Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott and former Australian paceman Brett Lee, the Sixers have talent in all positions. Cowan sees himself as a magenta talisman because the Sixers haven’t won the Big Bash since he last played for them.

“Yeah a little bit of a talisman” he said. “It’s not just we go on to win the Big Bash, we tend to win the [Champions League] as well, when I’m involved. So I think that’s why they dragged me in for Big Bash four.”

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Russell Brand blasts media and Tony Abbott for linking Sydney siege to terrorism

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Weighing in: Russell Brand is not impressed with how the media and government have handled the Sydney siege. Photo: YouTube Weighing in: Russell Brand is not impressed with how the media and government have handled the Sydney siege. Photo: YouTube
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Weighing in: Russell Brand is not impressed with how the media and government have handled the Sydney siege. Photo: YouTube

Weighing in: Russell Brand is not impressed with how the media and government have handled the Sydney siege. Photo: YouTube

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Russell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism.

The comedian and author, in a nine-minute bulletin of his web series Trew News: News You Can Trust, analysed the local and international coverage of the tragedy while sitting in bed, shirtless and wearing a blanket over his head.

“This guy is clearly a mentally ill criminal with a long history of mental illness, criminal behaviour and lots of evidence of instability,” Brand said of Man Haron Monis, the gunman who took 17 people hostage before being shot dead.

“Terrorism is typically conducted in order to meet an objective. This guy, when he was asked what he wanted, he asked for a flag and a chat on the phone with Tony Abbott. No specific agenda, no specific objective.

“By us labelling him a terrorist as opposed to a dangerous mentally ill – not that all mentally ill people are dangerous, I’m mentally ill – and by allowing him to set the agenda of ‘I’m doing this on behalf of Islam’, it gives a certain grandeur to nihilistic and violent actions but what’s more interesting that the actions of a mentally ill person is the response of the political establishment.”

Brand, who is renowned for weighing in on political and social issues, also condemned media mogul Rupert Murdoch for praising his Sydney publication via Twitter for featuring the “bloody outcome” on page one on Tuesday.

“Congrats doesn’t seem like the right way to comment upon three deaths and a very volatile situation,” he said before critiquing other Murdoch owned mastheads’ reaction to the siege, including The Wall Street Journal and London’s The Sun.

 

He also pointed out that as hostages fled into a dark street riddled with snipers and loaded guns in the early hours of Tuesday morning, they did so with caution.

“Notice that people who come out of there that are brown make a particular effort to hold their hands up.”

Brand then sounded off on the federal government’s new anti-terror laws which enhance immunities of ASIO officers and other officials when dealing with suspected terrorists.

“They’re using it to spy on people, to control people and to arrest people.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Abbott spoke of the siege inside the popular cafe saying, “There is nothing more Australian than dropping in at a local cafe for a morning coffee”. Brand argued, “There’s loads of things more Australian. Having a coffee in the morning? You do that, I think, everywhere. You can do that in Tehran, Beirut, London, Auckland.”

“These are some objective facts about Australia – it’s free and it’s safe and it’s open – just as long as you’re doing roughly what they tell you to do.

“Terrorism is continually used as a tool to control a domestic population. I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of dangerous people out there, I’m saying a lot of those people are in government.”

The comedian was impressed by local social media users however, suggesting the movement, #illridewithyou, was an “offer of solidarity”.

“But again, that comes from outside the main state-sanctioned and media-sanctioned narrative.

“It’s really important in this time of division and fear that we embrace one another. Us, the normal people in the middle, embrace one another. Forget the extremists are either end of the social scale, whether they are motivated by religion or money or desire for power, and us, the ordinary people that want to make connections, have a right and a duty, in fact, to define the way we see reality,” he said.

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Kuwaiti billionaire wins case for massive towers in Port Melbourne

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One design for the proposed waterfront developments on Waterfront Place in Port Melbourne.A developer backed by Kuwaiti royalty is one step closer to building massive towers next to Station Pier in Port Melbourne after planning authorities wound back restrictive covenants blocking development.
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A company linked to Kuwaiti sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah is lobbying to build apartments up to five, 10 and 19 storeys tall next to the entrance to Station Pier.

Mr Al-Sabah owns developer Action Group Australia, which owns land at 1-5 Waterfront Place.

His plans, which include a large retail hub and residential towers, have been slammed by Beacon Cove residents and the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

Most buildings near the site are low-rise houses, apart from several seven-storey apartments.

The battle over the controversial development has created a planning flashpoint and significant opposition since it was first proposed nearly six years ago.

Victoria’s planning umpire, VCAT, said this week it had been drawn into the “morass” to adjudicate on the covenants because of “neglect, bureaucratic obfuscation, polarised planning attitudes, economic factors and physical depredation” of the existing buildings on the site.

The covenants – a legally binding contract on a land title document – blocked any change to Waterfront Place that hurt the area’s “amenity”.

They also gave another developer, Mirvac, the right to reject any development not of the same form and size as the site’s existing buildings.

But VCAT altered the covenants, saying the development would not affect amenity.

Jill Maddox, a resident who objected to the change in VCAT, said the protection provided by the covenants was “illusory”.

“The developer has won and has received permission to vary the covenants to allow buildings that will overshadow the foreshore area for the colder months of the year,” Ms Maddox said.

The rundown, single-storey former childcare centre and gymnasium on the Waterfront site has been empty and abandoned since being burnt by fire.

The billionaire sheikh’s controversial project has been backed by Port Phillip Council with a planning scheme amendment that limits the development to 10 storeys, a change yet to be signed off by the newly installed Labor Planning Minister.

Before last month’s election, Labor said it would back the council’s position but stop overshadowing.

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Tabcorp going to High Court in $686 million Victorian pokies payout battle

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Tabcorp punts on High Court for favourable compensation decision. Photo: John WoudstraWagering giant Tabcorp is attempting to take its fight with the Victorian government for a $686 million payout all the way to the High Court.
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The Melbourne-based company’s appeal over an earlier judgment regarding its claim for compensation for the loss of its poker machine licence was dismissed on December 4.

However, on Wednesday the company said it would apply for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia.

Tabcorp, along with Tatts Group, operated Victoria’s 27,500 pokies in venues outside of Crown Resort’s Melbourne casino for 18 years.

But in 2008, the then Labor Brumby government decided to transfer the management of pokies to pubs and clubs, removing the two companies’ licences. Both companies kicked off claims against the state.

Tabcorp’s claim is that the state was obliged to make a payment to it in August 2012 when the old licence expired.

“The claim is based on a statutory provision included in legislation from 1994 when the state privatised the Victorian TAB and listed Tabcorp on the Australian Securities Exchange,” the company said in a statement. “Tabcorp’s initial public offering was underpinned by this statutory entitlement.”

Tatts won a $540 million for its claim, which was successful because it argued on a contractual rather than a statutory basis, that it was entitled to compensation.

The Brisbane-based company’s compensation may still be subject to appeal from the government. A spokesman for new Treasurer Tim Pallas said: “The government is considering its options in regard this.”

In dismissing Tabcorp’s appeal, a trio of Court of Appeal judges were scathing in their summary of the conduct of the Brumby government over its reform of the gambling sector that sparked the legal case.

The finding would “do little to enhance the state’s reputation for reliability and commercial morality in its dealings”, the judges said.

Despite the pointed comments, new Premier Daniel Andrews remains committed to terminating the contracts for Melbourne’s controversial $6.8 billion East West toll road.

Mr Andrews said last week the comments from the judges in the court of appeal over the government’s need to adhere to contracts had no bearing on his decision to tear up the contracts.

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Call to axe lucrative advance payments for financial planners

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ASIC deputy chairman Peter Kell says undercover surveillance has revealed an ‘;unacceptable level of failure”. Photo: AFRExorbitant initial payments that tempt financial advisers to book profits ahead of clients’ interests need to be scrapped, according to a working group chaired by former Australian Prudential Regulation Authority member John Trowbridge.
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Financial planners should be allowed to pocket commissions when providing complex life cover advice but rewarding them with lucrative advance payments of 100 to 130 per cent of the first year’s insurance premiums should be axed.

That is one of the findings of an interim report, spearheaded by the Financial Services Council and Association of Financial Advisers to look at the state of Australia’s beleaguered life insurance industry.

“I am offering a view that nil commission won’t work, and the other one is that the high upfront commission of more than 100 per cent of the first year’s premium, we’re ruling that one out too,” Mr Trowbridge, the independent chairman of the report, said.

“We’re saying that’s not appropriate to continue.”

Two months ago, the corporate watchdog issued a damning report on the life insurance industry after finding that more than a third of advice given by planners was shoddy and motivated by expensive commissions.

Churn, which is when financial advisers move their clients from one insurer to another in order to book fatter commissions, has been prevalent in the sector.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission deputy chairman Peter Kell said undercover surveillance had revealed an “unacceptable level of failure”, and that it should consider itself “on notice”.

The regulator has threatened the life industry with an increase in prosecutions following the abysmal results.

“There is sufficient dissatisfaction with current arrangements to dictate that the ‘no-change’ extreme [on adviser remuneration] is not acceptable. At the other end of the spectrum, a no-commission arrangement has not been actively considered in this interim report,” according to the FSC and AFA document.

The research also follows recommendations from the Financial System Inquiry, which urged the federal government to alter the laws to make initial commissions costs to be no more expensive than continuing commissions.

“This would reduce incentives for churning [swapping customers to get highercommissions] and improve the quality of advice on life insurance,” the final report, released earlier this month, said.

About nine in 10 advisers recommending life insurance are paid high initial commissions, plus 10 to 13 per cent of annual premium in following years.

Mr Trowbridge, who is also a former chief executive of Suncorp Group, is seeking submissions from parties throughout the industry to address questions on quality of advice, remuneration structures, and insurer practices, before tabling the final report in March.

He is hoping the final report would yield potential models for self-regulation, despite the problems plaguing the sector.

“ASIC has really thrown down the gauntlet to the industry by putting on a set of recommendations out on what needs to be done, but without any indication of how it may be done,” he said.

“It is important that consumer trust and confidence in financial advice and life insurance products is strengthened,” FSC chief executive Sally Loane said.

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Jess Bibby on verge of three-point history, but winning main focus

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Jess Bibby in action against the Sydney Flames. Photo: Jeffrey Chan Jess Bibby in action against the Sydney Flames. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
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Jess Bibby in action against the Sydney Flames. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Jess Bibby in action against the Sydney Flames. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

She’s poised to become the most prolific three-point shooter in WNBL history, but Canberra Capitals guard Jess Bibby’s sole focus is keeping the club’s finals hopes alive when they face the ‘Doomsday Double’ road trip this weekend.

Bibby, who will retire at the end of this season, equalled Australian Opals legend Michelle Timms’ tally of 537 late in last week’s loss to Townsville, and will likely eclipse it in Adelaide on Friday, or Perth on Saturday.

“I haven’t felt any pressure to pass it and it’s not in the back of my mind, but it’s a nice thing to have when you wind things up,” Bibby said.

“The most three-pointers in the 35-odd years the league has been going is not a bad little accomplishment.

“To hopefully knock down one more and pass a legend like Michelle Timms will be pretty humbling.”

Bibby also holds the record for the most consecutive three-pointers in a match, nailing her first eight three-point attempts against Australian Institute of Sport in December, 2010.

However with the Capitals (4-7) desperate for two wins to keep their finals hopes alive, rewriting the record books is well down her priority list.

Kristin Veal (knee) is a chance to make the trip after missing the past two matches, and would play her 350th game if she suits up.

It is unclear whether Lauren Jackson will make her return from an 11-month injury layoff on the road trip, or wait until after the Christmas break.

But Bibby is confident the Capitals can keep their finals hopes alive, with or without the superstar centre.

“We’re confident we can go to Adelaide and Perth and knock off two [wins] with the group we’ve got,” she said.

“That would put us right around the cluster of teams near fourth on the ladder.

“Every time she’s practised she [Jackson] has looked pretty good.

“There’s a lot of people making the decision on when she’s going to play, it’s getting closer.

“I couldn’t say 100 per cent whether it’s this week, or they put her on ice and play her after Christmas.”

WNBL

Friday: Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals at Adelaide Arena, 5.30pm

Saturday: West Coast Waves v Canberra Capitals at WA Basketball Centre, 9.30pm

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Benjalu ready to party

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ROCKERS: Benjalu are playing their last hometown gig for a while at the Cambridge.NEWCASTLE’S favourite sons Benjalu are bidding 2014 farewell with a gig at The Cambridge Hotel on Saturday.
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The band’s Ben Gumbleton, AKA Gumby, told LIVE it’d be the band’s last hometown gig for a while.

“This will be our last one in Newcastle for a little while because we expect to focus more on recording new material in 2015,” Gumby said.

“We really want to get some new music out to everyone. We want to explore and enjoy the recording process and we want the music to be damn good. That means jumping off the road for a little while. Something we haven’t really done before.”

He said the weekend’s show would include a comprehensive smattering of songs from all the band’s past releases, plus a few new surprises.

Catch Benjalu at The Cambridge Hotel on December 20 with support from Lyall Moloney and Nick Saxon. Visit yourcambridge南京夜网.

The Gooch Palms hometown show

NOVOCASTRIAN punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms are playing one last tour of Australia – including a hometown show on February 20 – before jetting off to the US for the rest of 2015.

The duo, who supported Violent Soho at the Cambridge earlier this month, will play at The Small Ballroom on February 20. Tickets at oztix南京夜网.au.

The garage punk duo have scored a coveted slot at SXSW Festival in March, at the Four on the Floor: SXSW First-Timers stage, touted as a “unique opportunity for many unknown and up-and-coming acts to show their stuff to a broad audience for the first time in their careers”.

Cornish hints at Dusky sounds

HUNTER-RAISED Hollywood actress Abbie Cornish has teased she’ll release music soon.

The actress, who was an earlier member of Novocastrian hip-hop group Blades under the alias MC Dusk, hinted at an upcoming release via her Facebook page.

“DUSK news coming soon. Getting closer, and closer, and closer ; ) xx,” Cornish said. Stay tuned.

It might get hot in there

GRAMMY award-winning rapper Nelly is coming to Newcastle next month with B.o.B in what’s been touted as the ultimate hip-hop concert.

RIDE WITH HIM: Nelly is playing at Newcastle Panthers on January 9.

With more than 21 million albums sold, the tour marks Nelly’s first visit to Australia in four years, and first ever arena tour. Catch Nelly and B.o.B at Newcastle Panthers on January 9. Tickets at epicpresents南京夜网.au.

LIVE has two double passes to the show to give away. To enter, send the word “Nelly” along with your name, address and telephone number to [email protected]南京夜网.au or SMS “Nelly” to 0427 842 179. Entries close at 9am on Monday.

Vanns announce national album tour

KIAMA’S The Vanns are celebrating the release of their single Operator with an 18-date Scattered By Sundown national tour.

The Vanns.

The three-piece, who have toured with the likes of Sticky Fingers, Kingswood, The Griswolds, Jinja Safari, Dappled Cities, Northeast Party House, Steve Smyth, Hey Geronimo and more, are also set to release their Scattered By Sundown EP on February 13.

Catch The Vanns at a free gig at The Cambridge on March 11.

The Kings of Comedy heading our way

EIGHT of Australia’s best comedians are headed to Newcastle for the Kings of Comedy show in February.

Former Novocastrian Mikey Robins heads up the bill which also includes Tommy Dean (Spicks and Specks, Good News Week), Chris Wainhouse (former triple j Raw Comedy winner) and Simon Kennedy (Studio 10).

Catch the comedy all-stars at Wests New Lambton on February 22. Tickets on 4935 1200 or westsnewcastle南京夜网.au.

Pokey LaFarge returns in 2015

AFTER an acclaimed Australian tour in 2014, US roots musician Pokey LaFarge is coming back for more next year.

Recently signed to renowned roots label Rounder Records, LaFarge is set to release his new studio album in the autumn of 2015, coinciding with his Australian tour, and following on from his 2013 self-titled record released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.

LaFarge, with a six-piece band in tow, will play his mix of early jazz, country blues and western swing at The Cambridge on April 12. Tickets at bigtix南京夜网.au.

YouTube star on stage at Civic

INTERNET sensation Miranda Sings – a creation of US comedian Colleen Ballinger – will bring her show to the Civic Theatre on March 25.

The show will feature comedy, songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail and never before seen videos from the star who has chalked up more than 60 million views on YouTube.

Tickets at Ticketek.

Buble back at number one

IN a sure-fire sign it’s Christmas, Michael Buble’s Christmas returns to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for the fourth consecutive year.

The album previously hit No.1 in 2011 (for five weeks), in 2012 (for four weeks), and in 2013 (for three weeks). This is the 13th week the album has spent in the top spot.

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Annie review: Hip new take on a classic

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HEART MELTER: Quvenzhane Wallis stars with Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in the remake of Annie.CAMERON Diaz has a question.
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“How do you say ‘Australia’ if you are Australian?”‘ the Hollywood actress asks at the beginning of an interview in New York last weekend.

I’m not sure if it is a trick question or the rumours are true that Diaz and her rocker boyfriend Benji Madden are planning a wedding in Australia.

I tell Diaz to drop the “li”, insert a “y”, and speed up the delivery of the word.

“Austrayaaaaa,” Diaz, like a true blue Aussie, says.

Sitting alongside Diaz is Jamie Foxx, her co-star in the new Hollywood version of the classic family musical, Annie, and he has the Australian accent down pat.

“Austrayaaaa. G’day mate. How are yaaaa?” Foxx, as if he’s in a pub in Broken Hill, offers.

There’s another reason for all of this Aussie speak.

The new Annie film may be set in New York and have a modern, hip-hop beat with 11-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role and producers including rapper Jay Z and power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

But, the film could also be dubbed “Aussie Annie”.

Sydney’s Rose Byrne plays the key role of billionaire Will Stacks’ (Foxx) assistant Grace Farrell and Adelaide’s multi-Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Sia updated Annie’s classic songs and co-wrote four new songs.

There’s also the Down Under question mark hanging over Annie’s beloved dog, Sandy.

Sandy, real name Marti, was originally scheduled to be put down in a high-kill shelter in Atlanta, but was saved and brought to a New York facility where animal trainer William Berloni found her.

They say Marti is “most likely” a golden retriever/chow mix, but there’s suspicion she may be a dingo.

“She does look like a dingo,” Foxx says.

“That’s true,” Diaz agrees.

Annie director and screenwriter Will Gluck says he wasn’t sure if Marti had somehow trekked from the Australian outback to the Atlanta shelter, but he was thankful for the heavy Australian input on Annie, which was born from the 1885 poem Little Orphan Annie.

“Sia was just going to do one song and she was so great,” Gluck said.

“We became good friends and I begged her to do another song and another song and I said to her, ‘You know you’re going to do all of the songs for this movie’ and she said, ‘Yes, I know’.”

The publicity-shy Sia, who posed for a Billboard magazine cover with a paper bag on her head and performs live on TV with her back to the audience, also makes a cameo in the film.

“No she didn’t,” Gluck says when asked if Sia wrote the songs with a bag on her head.

“But, she’s in the movie.

“She has a speaking part in the movie so that will be a little Easter egg for the Aussies and of course Rose Byrne, I made her do an English accent, sadly for you guys, but Rose is our Aussie hero.”

Byrne, her real-life boyfriend American actor Bobby Cannavale, Wells and Diaz all stepped out of their comfort zones to sing and dance in the film.

That may scare Diaz fans who watched her singing karaoke in 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding.

“I worked, really, really, really hard,” a defensive Diaz, who plays the cruel foster home owner Miss Colleen Hannigan, says.

“I did a lot of vocal training and I didn’t give my worst voice.

“I gave my best voice.

“In My Best Friend’s Wedding I gave my worst voice and, mind you, to have that kind of a voice in My Best Friend’s Wedding, you have to be able to kind of sing.”

Annie opensin cinemas on Thursday

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Tuesday, December 23

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Blown Away, ABC, 8.30pm

Cyclone Tracy, the storm that destroyed Darwin, remains one of the worst natural disasters in Australia’s history. Seventy per cent of the city’s homes were destroyed or suffered major damage as winds of up to 217km/h were recorded (although experts estimate they got even higher; the Bureau of Meteorology’s anemometer was destroyed). The population of 45,000 was reduced to just 10,000 as the country’s largest civil evacuation took place.  Blown Away explores first-hand accounts from locals, MPs, police and emergency workers who lived through the ordeal and covers  myths that grew out of the disaster and reveals some new perspectives, most interestingly  the views of some of the traditional owners of the Darwin area, the Larrakia people, and their explanations for the cyclone and its devastation. Rather than dramatic re-enactments, the producers chose the increasingly popular path of animation to interpret first-hand anecdotes, and it works particularly well here.

Music for Elephants, SBS One, 8.30pm

This really is a film about a man, British artist and former concert pianist Paul Barton, who spends an extraordinary amount of time playing piano for elephants. Barton lives in Thailand and since 1996 has been playing piano for pachyderms at a home for former logging elephants or those used in the tourist trade. Several of the elephants have been blinded from their years logging, and it’s the effect the music has on them that is most moving. There’s even a killer bull-elephant who seems to chill out when Barton plays Beethoven.  Of course, he’s not tickling any ivories here – all his pianos are made with plastic keys.

House of Lies, Eleven, 10.10pm

The second season opener picks up as Marty (Don Cheadle) and Jeannie (Kristen Bell) meet outside the office for the first time since their drunken night together and since Jeannie’s fall from grace, with both the company and her fiance. Neither recall what happened that night, although the episode is peppered with flashbacks, plus one hell of a revelation for Jeannie.

The scene where they meet the mysterious Mr Pincus in person, despite still not knowing who he is or what business he’s in, is tonight’s highlight. Well, after the flashback to Marty and Jeanne’s joint street urination scene, anyway.

Kylie Northover

MOVIES

Arthur (1981), Nine, 1pm

Ah, the challenges of inherited wealth. Poor Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is an inebriated layabout, heir to a massive family fortune, but only on the condition that he marries an upper-class lady (Jill Eikenberry), who will hopefully make a better man out of him.

He falls instead for a shoplifter named Linda (Liza Minnelli).

Steve Gordon’s Arthur was a huge hit in its day, and its title tune, Arthur’s Song (Best That You Can Do), won an Oscar.

It is engaging but slight, with Dudley Moore and John Gielgud (as Arthur’s valet) clearly having great fun.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Fox Classics (pay-TV), 8.35pm

For decades, a staple of Christmas television has been George Seaton’s 1947 Miracle on 34th Street, about an old man, Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), who replaces an intoxicated Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Adored by the crowd, Kringle becomes the new in-store Santa, where he startles everyone by telling the truth (including the fact that better roller-skates are available at a rival store).

He has in his sights restoring the true meaning of the festive season: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind … and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here.”

Honesty and spiritual advice have got a lot of good people into trouble over the centuries, and Kringle is soon on trial for claiming to be Father Christmas. But as Fred Gaily (John Payne) proclaims, “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see?

It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.” Who can argue with that?

Writer-producer John Hughes did a remake in 1994 with Sir Richard Attenborough as Kringle.

It also usually pops up round Christmas and, if so, you might try that as well. Then you can passionately discuss with friends which version you prefer.

Scott Murray

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Wednesday, December 24

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Would I Lie to You? ABC, 9pm

Welsh comedian Rob Brydon could be reading the transcript of a war trial and I would be transfixed. As host of this simple BBC quiz show, Brydon and his merry men of David Mitchell and Lee Mack provide the giggles in a way only the Brits can do. Each team is tasked with telling an outlandish story and other side has to guess if it’s true or false. Pretty straightforward. The chemistry between the team and their guests is almost palpable – it’s like watching the best dinner party (without food) between friends.

Carols by Candlelight, Nine, 8pm

There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and Carols by Candlelight. Whether you’re a seasoned Christmas grump or you get hypnotised by the sight of tinsel, CbC is a Melbourne tradition and confirms the festive season has well and truly arrived. It’s the 77th spin around the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and it will be full of those giving their time for charity and those desperate for prime time attention. Or both. Kate Ceberano and the 2014 winner of The Voice, Random Blonde Girl, will also perform as well as the cast of Les Mis. Serial offenders Anthony Callea, Rob Mills, Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, Denis Walter and Tim Campbell will remind people they have CDs to flog or shows to sell tickets to. Since Ray Martin’s warranty was void, Lisa Wilkinson and David “my dad’s the dude from Cold Chisel” Campbell will host, pleasing grandmothers everywhere. Santa will allegedly make an appearance, which seems pretty irresponsible considering it’s the one day a year he works. Slacker. Every CbC is the same – it’s like buying a box of Cadbury Roses. It’s not exactly exciting but it is comforting. Carry on.

Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas, ABC3, 6pm

If you haven’t stumbled upon this British series before, then, in the words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour. This Christmas-themed episode is produced for children, but really, it’s for everyone. Taking a look  at weird and wonderful Christmas traditions, this is fun and informative. Kids big and small will get a kick out of Christmas cards full of bacon (hmmm, bacon) or a dead mouse (less hmmm).  Showing just how little changes England’s King Henry II loved court entertainers who specialised in farting. See, we’re all the same, no matter what time we’re born into.

Alana SchetzerHell on Wheels’ Jennifer Ferrin)  who has lost her nose to syphilis. For a moment he seems about to display some unsuspected tenderness, but then he’s back to his old self: brusque, closed off and even a little bit cruel. Meanwhile, Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland), the brilliant black surgeon Thackery is determined to keep out of the operating theatre, sets up a secret surgery in the coal cellar, and hospital administrator Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) goes off the rails as his date with the loan shark looms. Engrossing period drama.

Brad NewsomeSundays and Cybele, Monsieur Lazhar is everything you could want in a bridging-the-generations movie, sweetly told.

Scott Murray

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