Monthly Archives:January 2019

Nolan inspires United to breakthrough win ( admin posted on January 28th, 2019 )

Laura NolanLaura Nolan starred in Hunter United’sfirst win of their Metro League titledefence Thursday night.

Hunter overcame a 12-3 deficit to beat Illawarra 47-42after two losses to start the season. Coach Traci Baber said Nolan was strong in defence after shifting from mid-court to cover for Angela Williams (foot).Williams will miss Forsythes’ Newcastle championship clash with Souths Lions on Saturday. Souths Pride take on Wests No.2, BNC meet Wests No.1 and Maryville Tavern playNova.

Baber said Williams, a circle defender, would rest fornext two weeks to overcome her foot injury.

She said teenager Anna Atkinson stepped up in mid-court from the second quarter on Thursday night as Hunter drew level before surging clear in the final two minutes of the round four game.

The victory followed to narrow defeats for the new-look first-division side, who won both premierships last year.

“We were trailing for most of the game,” Baber said.

“We were down 12-3 and trailed by five at quarter time. But it was even at half-time and we were up by one or two going into the last.

“We had a shaky 15 minutes to start the game and missed some opportunities, but we made some changes and it was just a great defensive effort from the whole team.

“That’s our first win but we have the second-best defence in the league, by just one goal, so that’s a good sign.”

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‘Why I painted Shannon Noll on a wall’ ( admin posted on January 28th, 2019 )

‘Why I painted Shannon Noll on a wall’ The mural on the side of the backpackers hostel. Picture: John Veage

The Perrie family, who are visiting Cronulla from Western Australia, take a look at the mural as Scott Marsh applies finishing touches on Friday.

Mulga with his completed mural in Cronulla mall. Picture: Chris Lane

The building in Wilbar Avenue before the Shannon Noll mural. Picture: DA

The proposed development on the corner of Kingsway and Wilbar Avenue will include 18 apartments above four commercial suites. Picture: DA

The mural is attracting much attention.

TweetFacebook Leader’s Facebook page on Thursday evening.

The questions:“Why Shannon Noll?” and“Why Cronulla” have yet to be answered.

Among the many amusing comments was:“When asked what to paint on the wall, did Shannon ask ‘What about me?’”

And, on the same theme:“Insert the Dolphin one looking longingly at Shannon saying ‘What about me?’

Other comments included:

Looks awesome!And since he lives locally, why not?Couldn’t think of a better mural.I’m 100% for this.About time a mural was made in honour of this legend.Cronulla and Condoblin are sister cities.More accidents on that corner.The shire is getting right behind Nollsy.The Leader

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Playing shirts go by the thousands as fans rush to get Jets gear ( admin posted on January 28th, 2019 )

Jets W-League defender Sophie Nenadovic gets into the grand final spirit at Everything Football this week. “Unthinkable”–that’s the word Belinda Hedley used to describe the overwhelming demand for Newcastle Jets gear since news of a home grand final broke.

Since last weekend, the store–which is the official Jets merchandise outlet–has sold about 2500 playing shirts, 700 scarves and 500 flags.

About 500 of the gold jerseys sold in four hours on Wednesday, the day the stock arrived.

Shop owner Ms Hedleysaid the store boughtall Jets gear available in the country ahead of the grand final but there had been such a strong demand, a line 50 people deep at points through the week, that some items like scarves and flags had sold out.

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Barry Humphries opens new national tour in Newcastle ( admin posted on January 28th, 2019 )

JOY OF LIFE: Barry Humphries in the Civic Theatre, where he will open his new show on Saturday night. Pictures: Marina NeilAS he walks into the Civic Theatre, Barry Humphries’ attention is drawn not to the stage but the ornate interior.

“It’s very Los Angeles, quite a Spanish style,” he murmurs admiringly.

He may be one of Australia’s most celebrated cultural exports, the creator and inhabitantof Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, a ferociously gifted comedian and a television talk show titan, but Barry Humphries’ observationsrevealhe has the eyes –and knowledge – of an art historian.Actually, he does paint as well.

The sum of those parts of the man has been shaped into a new stage show by Humphries.

Titled Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask, the show, and elements of the performer’s extraordinary life,is revealed to an audience in Newcastle on Saturday night and Sunday, the first two performances of the tour.

“I like to open here, if I can,” he explains. “It helps you relax a bit.”

Humphries is aware there is another show in town on Saturday night, the A-League grand final between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory.

“It’s the other event,” he says, before pointing out he is wearing a tracksuit. A fashionable tracksuit: “I’m wearing Lululemon!”

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: The performer has called his new show, Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask.

For his new show, Barry Humphries has had a lot of material to delve into. As the 84-year-old says with a hint of wonder, “I’m an octogenarian, you know!”.

On stage, therewill be no Dame Edna, no Sir Les –“there will be references to them, and a few clips”.Instead, Humphries himself will be in the spotlight, accompanied byaudio-visual pieces, a pianist, and a head full of stories.

“It’s a little daunting,” he admits. “I’m going to be as frank and fearless as I can be.

“But an Australian audience, I regard as a group of friends.”

Humphries remembers his first performance in Newcastle in the early 1960sat the university, at the invitation of Professor Brin Newton-John (“Olivia’s father”). He has also performed a few times in the Civic Theatre.

Barry Humphries in the Civic Theatre. Picture: Marina Neil

“I can picture the dressing room,” Humphriessays, as he peers into his mind’s eye. “But the way to the stage, I’ll have to learn again.”

Even after all the years of performing, and despite the way he can command an audience,Humphries confesses he still finds that journey to the stage to be one filled with fear.

“I suffer stage fright,” he says. “Before going on the stage, agony. I feel sick. But once I’m on the stage, I feel like –to use that nauseating modern phrase –I’m in my happy place.”

But as he sits in a plush seatand scansthe columns, the royal boxes overlooking the stage, and the ornamental dome in the ceiling, Barry Humphries looks comfortable, even at home, in here.

“Sometimes I’m in an auditorium,” he says.

“This is a theatre.”

Barry Humphries, performer

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Speed, alcohol led to crash ( admin posted on January 28th, 2019 )

The crash sceneNEARLY four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit and doing 124km/h in a 60km/h zone, 45-year-old red P-plater Gregory James Allen was an “accident waiting to happen”.

So when “something darted out in front of him” as he raced along Glebe Road at Adamstown about 3.25am on October 5, 2016, Allen swerved to the right, lost controlof the car and careered into a brick fence, causing a traumatic brain injury to a backseat passenger.

Allen, who pleaded guilty to aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, was on Friday jailed for a maximum of two years and seven months, with a non-parole period of one year and four monthsin Newcastle District Court.

Judge Roy Ellis ordered that Allen, who he said had been known to drink “unbelievable quantities of alcohol” over the last 20 years, including 40 to 100 standard drinks in one session, should be taken directly to a rehabilitation centre once he is released from custody in September, 2019.

Allen – whose record includes three other convictions for drink-driving as well asdriving while disqualified, dangerous driving, speeding and menacing driving –had driven from Elermore Vale with three passengers in search of drugs on the night of the crash, Judge Ellis said.

He was later determined to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.187, the court heard, nearly four times over the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.

The back-seat passenger, a man in his 20s, suffered a traumatic brain injuryas well as four fractured ribs, a collapsed left lung, multiple pelvic fractures, liver lacerations and an abdominal injury.He did not regain consciousness until weeks after the crash and remained in the intensive care unit for an extended period.

“He is likely to require some degree of lifelong support stemming from his traumatic brain injury,” Judge Ellis said of the victim.

Allen gave evidence on Friday and was asked by solicitor Ian Rodgers how he felt about his actions and the effect they had on the victim.

“Very disappointed in myself,” Allen said. For my actions. A lot of sadness.

“Because he’s got to live with that injury for the rest of his life and I’ve got to live with what I’ve done for the rest of my life. And it’s not an easy thing.”

Judge Ellis gave Allen a discount due to his willingness to undergo rehabilitation for his alcohol addiction.

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