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It has to be said: Cameron Smith on whether Michael Ennis is a niggling itch he won’t be able to resist scratching – “Nah. I try to keep my calm.
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“He might try to do it again on Sunday. My focus is about me, my teammates and my role in the side. I’m sure we’re going to cross paths at some point during the match.”

Harold Holt watch: An elderly man just hit up the Taren Point BCF for a new spear gun. There was something very fishy about the whole thing.

Stuff that’s happened since Cronulla started trying to win a premiership: The Olympics has been to 13 cities. Will the winner be Sid-on-ee on Sunday?: Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, Rio.

The view from our unnamed Melbourne ‘NRL expert’: ‘Cameron Smith sures makes a lot of tackles but his lack of Inside 50s is a huge worry for Craig Bellamy and the footy club.’

The number: 1 – The number of clubs Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith have played for throughout their decorated careers.

What Craig Bellamy doesn’t want to see: Matt Cecchin doing counting practice before the match and failing to remember whether to stop at six or seven.

Storm watch: Final training, pep talks, Rocky.

Sharks watch: Final training, pep talks, Remember the Titans.

1967 snapshot: New Zealand changed from pounds to dollars. It also marvelled at the introduction of electric lightbulbs.

Worth a punt: Hard to go past the Sharks at the $2.10 with UBET if you’re keen on the fairytale. Multi it into The United States in the Turnbull Stakes and the house is paid off.

What the fans should be listening to: Melbourne – Things of Stone and Wood’s Happy Birthday Helen. Strong Melbourne imagery and even better if you happen to know a Storm fan called Helen, who happens to be having a birthday.

Cronulla -Fins by Jimmy Buffett. You got fins to the left, fins to the right. And you’re the only girl in town. Typical.

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Adrian Bott looks to add his his name to the group 1 tradition at Tulloch Lodge

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Winning combination: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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Adrian Bott’s name sits next to Gai Waterhouse in the Randwick race book for the first time on a day that she has made her own for the past 20 years. So there would be some symmetry if the partnership can bank its first big one at Randwick on Saturday.

The young man knows what a privilege it is to train with Waterhouse and wants the success she and Tulloch Lodge have enjoyed for the more than 60 years.

“The history behind the stable on this day is quite incredible and it is something we want to continue,” Bott said. “Even going back to TJ, he held all the records on this day and Gai has matched them.

“It is something you try not to think about but we would like get our first group 1 sooner rather than later and in Global Glamour, Fabrizio and Dee I Cee … it could come as early as Saturday.

“The principle is the same with every horse – get them ready to the best of your ability and let them show theirs.”

Waterhouse has eight Metropolitans, eight Flight Stakes and seven Epsoms from the long weekend in October as well as having four Spring Champion Stakes winners before it was moved back a week. That is 27 group 1s, almost a quarter of her total success at the top level.

“That’s why she is the best,” Bott said. “Having her horses ready to perform on the biggest day. It is what we have done this year, we will get to Randwick with some great chances and there is some excitement going into the day.”

The Waterhouse-Bott combination doesn’t have the big numbers, but Global Glamour in the Flight, the heavily supported Fabrizio for the Epsom, and Newcastle Cup runner-up Dee I Cee in the Metropolitan.

Fabrizio has been shortened from $10 to $6 since the barrier draw despite coming out of restricted grade into the group 1.

He gets out early to dominate races from the front, which Waterhouse’s horses have often done in the Epsom, and may even start favourite by the jump as punters warm to him on the limit weight of 50kg.

“He is doing everything right and is peaking at the right time,” Bott said. “His win a couple of weeks ago was one of a really good horse and he is absolutely thriving.

“It was not always the plan to get here this quickly. We thought he would get to this level but maybe in 12 months time.

“However, when you have a horse like him fit and well and running the times he did it is hard not to be excited going into the Epsom.”

Bott has a fancy for Dee I Cee at $16 in the Metropolitan and believes he is going to love the long stretches of Randwick after his Newcastle Cup second to Sacred Master.

“He is a horse that I have a lot of time for and I think he is a cups horse,” Bott said. “Kerrin McEvoy is going to ride him on Saturday and I think they will really complement each other.

“Kerrin has come out and done a lot of work on him and the trip [of 2400m] is the key to him.”

Talented filly Global Glamour “has been her own worst enemy” in two runs this time but has still been competitive in the Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes. She has been slowly away and tried to run off the track on the turn first-up when in the Furious, before blowing the start in the Tea Rose.

“I think we have fixed those quirks and if she does everything right on Saturday, she will take a stack of beating,” Bott said

“Having the couple of runs and the extra work under her belt will help her naturally and we have added a barrier blanket on Saturday, just to lower her energy levels at the start.

“That will allow her to get away with them and perform at her best.” The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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‘Peak Melbourne’: Music fans huddle around cassette player in city laneway

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The Bon Iver listening party in Fitzroy, one of many simultaneous events around the world. Photo: @emma.neale/InstagramThe phrase “Peak Melbourne” gets a workout these days but, round of applause ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we’ve made it.
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Hundreds of music fans have gathered around a cassette player in a Fitzroy laneway to hear the highly anticipated new album from indie darlings Bon Iver.

Hipsters from across the city gathered for the album launch just off Johnston Street after the popular act posted a series of cryptic images with addresses in cities around the world

Other locations included London, Amsterdam, Paris and Brooklyn.

Those who attended the listening party found a vintage stereo and the instructions “when the music stops, flip the tape”.

They also were given newspaper printouts of band artwork.

When they hit play they heard Bon Iver’s new album — 22, A Million — the band’s first in five years.

While some posted their favourable experience on social media, others labelled the sit-in as “peak fkn Melbourne”.

There’s been a few challengers in the past but we might have a new clubhouse leader.  Peak fkn Melbourne. Bunch of kids listening to new Bon Iver. In a laneway. On cassette. pic.twitter南京夜网/whxQmH08bZ— Jeremy Story Carter (@jstorycarter) September 29, 2016     A photo posted by Bon Iver (@boniver) on Sep 28, 2016 at 2:19am PDT   Tonight was so beautiful.. communally listening to the new @boniver album on a cassette tape in Fitzroy with a group of strangers & friends  regram @matt__willis #listeningparty #22amillion #boniver A photo posted by Elle (@woodesmusic) on Sep 29, 2016 at 4:20am PDT   Gather ’round folks… It’s quiet, but it’s resonating amongst friends #22amillion #boniver #eauclaireA photo posted by Ambient Inks (@ambientinks) on Sep 28, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT

xxx   Omg Bon Iver!!!!! Lolz jk it’s just a boom box in an alley with his new album playing. Such a tease #sofitzroy @zannahhrmartinA photo posted by Michelle Elias (@melias37) on Sep 29, 2016 at 2:37am PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

With new novel The Good People, Hannah Kent moves past Burial Rites

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Author Hannah Kent. Photo: SuppliedYou could almost look at at it as a case of two for the price of one. Hannah Kent’s 2013 debut novel Burial Rites – the story of an Icelandic woman beheaded for her role in a dual murder – might have been one of the most talked about first novels in recent memory. But it also sowed the seed of her second novel, The Good People.
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“In the course of researching [Burial Rites] I had to translate a lot of Icelandic sources and this was incredibly tedious and laborious,” Kent recalls. “One afternoon I was basically brain-dead and thought – I was basically procrastinating – and I thought maybe a British newspaper would have reported the execution.”

She spent an afternoon looking through old British newspapers but didn’t come across any mention of Agnes Magnusdottir – the strong willed but tragic protagonist of Burial Rites. But she did stumble across a small article about an Irish woman “of advanced age”, named Ann Roche, who had been accused of a horrific crime. Ann’s defense case, which was briefly mentioned in the newspaper article, was so extraordinary that it “lit up” Kent’s curiosity – she claimed she had been trying to banish a fairy or changeling from the world.

Intrigued, Kent wrote the whole story down in her notepad and then got on with other things. “Years later when I was talking to publishers and they were acquiring Burial Rites, I was asked asked if I had a second novel in mind – and I immediately thought of this story,” she says.

The Good People is a sensitively drawn tale of love, grief, and terrible loss, set in a tiny Irish village in the early 19th century. Ann Roche, known in the book as Nance, is a folk healer. She’s summoned by a local woman, Nora Leahy, who is grieving the sudden, mysterious deaths of her only daughter and her beloved husband and is left alone, caring for her sickly young grandson Micheal.

Kent wanted to explore how grief, poverty and a lack of education combined in the lives of Nora and Nance. “They didn’t get involved in these activities simply through some inherent evil,” she points out. But she wanted to examine the ways that culture, society and politics intersected to shape the women’s lives into a particular, startling trajectory that ended in crime. “And you can’t escape gender and class in that situation.”

It’s a theme that her readers will find familiar from Burial Rites – where poverty, social class and gender roles bear down on Agnes Magnusdottir, forcing her into circumstances that ultimately lead to murder and her own execution. The Adelaide-born Kent was just 27 when she was offered a $1 million two-book deal for Burial Rites and there was no escaping the fact that the second novel weighed on her mind. But she says “it’s a wonderful problem to have. I mean how wonderful to have readers in the first place. I think it’s important to remember that if you focus on gratitude it enables you to get back to [the writing].”

The story of Agnes Magnusdottir’s life and her execution is known in Iceland and the records were well kept, offering Kent plenty of research material, and providing the historical bones on which to flesh out her novel.  But with The Good People, she had almost nothing to use from the historical record, save for the first article that piqued her curiosity, and a second story she found which illuminated the relationships between the women. She found herself free to create the detail of the women’s lives and fill in their stories.

“It was the first time really that I had such license and I found it a challenging in its own unique way – I wouldn’t say it was necessarily easier or more difficult, it was a very different process, and one which to me was almost like writing a debut novel all over again,” she says.

Like Burial Rites, this book is filled with descriptions of ritual and rhythm. Nance collects herbs and roots from the fields to spin her spells and heal the sick. A young villager is traumatised to find his wife wandering in her sleep to a fairy gathering place.  Kent spent time in Ireland researching the book and travelling alone was important to her, she says. She would meet fellow guests at B&Bs, or strike up conversations with fellow researchers in a library.  “Certainly in Ireland, someone told me they felt sorry for me – that I was just a girl by myself so they would always introduce me to people which was fantastic.”

A farmer who ran a B&B at his property allowed her to tramp through the fields, taking her to visit a piper’s grave surrounded by whitethorn trees, a fairy ringfort among the greenery, the river Flesk bubbling past in the rushes. “When I came to write the book it was too tempting to leave it out,” she says. “It was so clear in my mind’s eye – I had such a clear physical sensory experience of this river – and that’s what I wrote out of.”

And for the record, Kent had a black cat, so the supernatural fascinates her only as a lens for human behaviour. “Everyone either has a ghost story or knows someone who who knows a ghost story or knows someone who has a slightly supernatural experience, and I’m fascinated by these stories,” she says. “I’m interested because of what they reveal about us as humans – about our lived experience, our fears and insecurities.”

The Good People by Hannah Kent is published by Pan Macmillan. Hannah Kent will be in conversation with Jenn Webb at the Canberra Times/ ANU Meet the Author event on Monday, October 3 at 6.30pm. See anu.edu419论坛/events

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Litbits October 1 2016

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ANNE EDGEWORTH FELLOWSHIP
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The Anne Edgeworth Fellowship, administerd by the ACT Writers Centre,  is provided to an emerging young writer in the Canberra region. It’s worth up to $5000 to be used to advance the recipient’s education in the craft of writing. Expressions of interest are due by October 14 at 5pm.

actwriters.org419论坛/awards/The-Anne-Edgeworth-Fellowship.shtmlWhat’s on

October 4-7: Adventures in Text: School Holiday Program for 11-13-Year-Olds from 9am to 3.30pm at Greyhound Racing Club, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston,features instruction from local authors including Jack Heat and Kaaron Warren. Cost: $395 (+b.f.), $495 (+b.f.) for extra care until 5pm. eventbrite南京夜网/e/adventures-in-text-school-holiday-program-for-11-13-year-olds-tickets-27138275312?aff=litbits.

October 5: Holly Throsby will discuss her debut novel Goodwood, about a small community torn apart by rumour and mystery, at Muse Canberra at 6pm. $10 includes a drink. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

October 6: Spring Storytime. Come and share  some yarns from the National Library of Australia’s collection at 11.30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ferguson Room, Level 1, National Library of Australia. $2 a child. nla.gov419论坛.

October 6: Children, Parents and the Court: Legal Intervention in Family Life by John Seymour will be launched in the foyer, ground floor of the National Library of Australia at 6pm. Admission is free. nla.gov419论坛.

October 7: On the weekend of October 7-9 Well Thumbed Books. The Cobargo Crime Convention will showcase eight of the best crime novelists including Candice Fox and Sulari Gentill beginning at the Bermagui Library  at 5pm. fourwinds南京夜网419论坛/whats-on or call 02 6493 3414

October 8: Descriptions that Delight with Cate Whittle from 10am to 2pm at B Block Meeting Area, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon will help bringing writing to life. Cost: ACTWC Member $90 (+b.f.), Non-member (includes 12 months of membership) $155 (+b.f.) eventbrite南京夜网/e/descriptions-that-delight-with-cate-whittle-tickets-26773110093?aff=litbits.

October 8: In The Boy Behind the Curtain, writer Tim Winton will discuss the real characters and events behind his bestselling novels in a discussion with the ABC’s Andrea Ho. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 11.30am. $15 includes refreshments and booksigning. nla.gov419论坛.

October 8: Indonesian author Leila S. Chudori will talk about her novel Home at the Asia Bookroom, Lawry Place, Macquarie at 4pm. Admission by gold coin donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. RSVP to 62515191 by October 7.

October 9: To Plot or Not to Plot with Cate Whittle from 10am to 2pm at B Block Meeting Area, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, is about how to plot novels. Cost: ACTWC Member $90 (+b.f.), Non-member (includes 12 months of membership) $155 (+b.f.). eventbrite南京夜网/e/to-plot-or-not-to-plot-with-cate-whittle-tickets-26773170273?aff=litbits.

October 10:The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia by David Lee will be launched in the National Library of Australia foyer at 6pm. Free admission. nla.gov419论坛.

October 14:  The School Magazine, the world’s longest continuously published children’s literary magazine, is celebrated at an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature at Civic Library until October 21. At 4pm editor Alan Edwards will reveal highlights over the years.

October 12: Mark Di Stefano, author of What a Time to Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign, wil be in conversation with Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 13: Senator Lee Rhiannon will launch A Lover’s Country by Stuart Rees, about love, murder and human rights, at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 6 for 6.30pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 20: Adventurer Tim Cope will talk about his three-year trek, 10,000-kilometre trek in On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Lands of the Nomads at the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, at 6pm. $15 includes refreshments. nla.gov419论坛.

October 23: In Wonderlands, illustrator and storyteller Robert Ingpen reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 2pm. $20. nla.gov419论坛.

October 27: Paul Daley reveals how research into scientific and anthropological exploitation of Indigenous Australians in the early 20th century inspired characters in his novel Jesustown in the Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia at 5.30pm. Free. nla.gov419论坛.

October 27: Moving On: A Tale of the Millennium by Don Aitkin will be launched by Claudia Hyles at Paperchain Manuka at 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 30: In the 2016 Harold White Lecture, Journalist and author Di Morrissey looks back on her years in the Australian writing world and speculates on the future. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 2pm. $20 Friends, $30 Non-members. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛.

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Record numbers of people moving to Melbourne’s housing estates

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Charles and Jane Kerbage with daughters Emily, 12, and Shanece, 9, on the block that will become their new home, at Woodlea Estate. Photo: Penny StephensRecord numbers of Melburnians are buying land in housing estates on the city’s fringe, proving the Great Australia Dream is far from dead – in fact it’s more desired than ever.
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Frantic apartment construction has recently threatened the traditional dominance of house and land packages in Melbourne. In mid-2015, more units were being approved than houses in Victoria.

But fast forward a few months and the housing estates are again on top.

More than 22,000 blocks have been sold in Melbourne’s outer suburbs in the year until June, with some developers struggling to keep up with the demand for serviced land, according to research by Charter Keck Cramer.

So why are so many people willing to sacrifice the convenience of established postcodes, for a block and backyard on the city’s outskirts?

For Jane and Charles Kerbage, it comes down to value for money and a traditional sense of community – one where neighbours still knock on your door for a cup of sugar.

“It’s a different feel from the inner city where people hide behind their houses,” Mr Kerbage said.

When the couple first ventured out to the then-burgeoning western suburb of Caroline Springs about 1999, blocks in the housing estate were being sold for $29,000 out of a caravan on the side of the Western Freeway.

Friends asked them why they would move “out the end of nowhere” and even today, when Caroline Springs has its own police station, post office and department store, people still say “it’s so far from everything”.

Soon the Kerbages will move even further out west, with their two daughters, to a bigger house on a new block of land in the new Woodlea Estate, still living and chasing The Great Australian Dream.

One of Melbourne’s new housing estates. Photo: Penny StephensWhy buy an apartment, when you can have a house?

Affordability remains the key driver behind the popularity of greenfield housing estates. The average price of a serviced block in Melbourne is $221,730, less than half the price of lots in Sydney, which average $460,375.

This means while you might pay $1 million for a property in Ascot Vale, Heidelberg and Thornbury, you can still buy a new three-bedroom house within a 30-kilometre radius of the CBD for less than $400,000.

Unlike the apartment market, which is dominated by investors, between 40 to 50 per cent of those who buy a house and land  in the outer suburbs are first-home buyers. Photo: SuppliedThe enduring aspiration of home ownership

Those closest to the housing estate industry say the Great Australian Dream remains a real and “unabated” aspiration in Melbourne, with people feeling a need to own their own house, preferably with a lawn and backyard.

Matthew Chun, the chief executive of builder Simonds Group, said huge importance was still placed on owning land.

“I think that’s not just in the Australian psyche, it’s also felt by people who come from other countries where they don’t have that opportunity.”

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SOAP 2016 opening night

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2015 Winner: Middle School Lily Brice-Marwood – “Jetty Jumping”.
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The iconic Robe Institute will once again play host to the SOAP opening night this year.

2015 Winner: Robe District Council Award Jacqui Bateman – “Young Salt”.

The night is set for October 28at 7pm. Open to the public, opening night is set to achieve a number of things. The event provides a great opportunity for locals, traveling spectators, contributors and sponsors to celebrate and be a part of a diverse exhibition of regional artworks on display.

Also on offer will be a mixture of Robe andMt Benson wines as well as beer from Robe Town Brew and a selection of finger foods from Cantina Kick.This year’s event will open at 7pm with live acoustic tunes allowing for public perusal of the exhibition. Following this will be the commencement of speeches made by the committee, sponsors and of course judges with the announcements of the 2016 prizes.

The 2016 Judges are announced: This year will see the return of the jovial and enthusiastic Anthony Mckee – a professional photographer from Melbourne who is always impressed with the photographic entries. Alongside him will be Penola’s very own Dagny Strand – a professional of both sculpture and 2D works. Hugo Michell, an Adelaide gallery owner and director of an innovative and contemporary space will round out the diverse team of three.

2015 Winner: Photography David Summerhayes “An Egret takes flight near Fox Lake – Robe.

A number of new things have happened this year, and we are keen to observe public interest and feedback. SOAP must be designed to be an event supportive of every artist regardless of background and profession, and we want to continue to make this event an attraction to everyone involved.

In my commitment to this cause, I have reduced both entry fees and commission on sales this year. Additionally, size restrictions have been increased and a youth’s peoples choice award has been introduced – all in direct response to public suggestion.

I am particularly excited to see entries into the Robe District Council sponsored Award of “Changing Climate, Changing Environments”. This progressive category should unveil some creative representation of both the natural world and some of the global challenges we have ahead of us.

Back again this year – with support from the Morgan family – the Belinda Morgan Memorial Prize which will award local talent from the Limestone Coast.Opening night is free of charge to all participating artists, as well as event sponsors. All other spectators will need to buy a ticket at the door for $15 – which includes a raffle ticket, wine and nibbles, as well as entrance into the 2016 exhibition.

There is still time to enter this year’s prize!Entry forms are made available at several local Robe venues as well as online at梧桐夜网southernoceanartprize.weebly南京夜网.

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Clearly Innocent Country Horse of the Year

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THE plaudits continue to roll in for Scone trainer Greg Bennett.
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SUCCESS: Tommy Berry on board Country Horse of the Year Clearly Innocent.

At Friday night’s2016 NSW Country and Provincial Racing Awards, his galloper Clearly Innocent was named Country Horse of the Year.

The ceremony was heldat the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Bennett and jockey Tommy Berry joined forces to win the prestigious The Country Championships Final at Randwick,withClearly Innocent claiming the $210,000 first prize from ex-Muswellbrook trainer Mack Griffith’s runner Pera Pera.

Samantha Clenton, who also guided the four-year-old geldingto victory in the Horsepower Luskin Star Stakes, took homeCountry Apprentice Jockey of the Year.

The Country recipients of the awards for 2016:Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award Ian Giffin (Wellington)

Country Horse of the Year Award Clearly Innocent

Country TAB Race Club of the Year Murrumbidgee Turf Club

Community Race Club of the Year Walcha Jockey Club

Outstanding Achievement Award Moree Race Club (The Chopper Cup)

Country Trainer of the Year Brett Thompson

Media Award John Scorse (Sky)

Country Jockey of the Year Greg Ryan

Country Apprentice Jockey of the Year Samantha Clenton

Special Recognition Awards were awarded to Barbara Joseph (trainer) and Geoff Newling (media).

The Provincial recipients of the awards for 2016:Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition Award Peter Norrgard

Provincial Horse of the Year Lucia Valentina

Provincial Trainer of the Year Kris Lees

Provincial Jockey of the Year Brenton Avdulla

Provincial Apprentice Jockey of the Year Andrew Adkins

All finalists and nominees, however, should be very proud of their efforts during the 2015/16 season which deserves this level of recognition.

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Grain growers’ workshop

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Grain growers: South East grain growers are invited to a free grain marketing workshop to assist in maximising their returns for this season.South East grain growers are invited to a free grain marketing workshop to help them identify strategies to maximise returns from this year’s harvest.On Tuesday 18 October, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and Natural Resources South East (NRM SE) will host a free presentation with Rural Directions grain marketing specialist Chris Heinjus at Wolseley Sports Club from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
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The workshop will include a barbecue lunch with the opportunity to have informal discussions with PIRSA crop specialists, NRM SE pest plant officers and MIND Australia representatives.Executive Director Rural Directions Chris Heinjus said though the current seasonal outlook was positive the price outlook was negative – and “the harvest isn’t in the bin yet”.

“There is a need to manage business risk over commodity price risk and cash flow is critical,” Mr Heinjus said.“Everyone has an opinion as to market values. However, it’s business viability that matters and simple ‘hold and hope’ strategies, while sounding attractive, may not be commercially viable.

“As well as the free workshop, Rural Directions will hold a more in-depth Grain Market Briefing at Wolseley on October 18 from 8.30 am -12pm for a limited number of participants. The cost for this session is $319 per property, with a maximum of two people per property.”

Acting Executive Director Rural Solutions SA Brett Bartel said after a few extremely difficult years it was fantastic to see the South East preparing for a good harvest.“But we’re also aware that the problems many farm businesses are facing don’t disappear with one good season and recovery will take some time,” Mr Bartel said.

“We are encouraging as many grain growers as possible to attend this free workshop – arming yourself with the right information will help in making the best decisions to maximise returns for this season – and hopefully help plan for future seasons as well.

“The State Government is continuing to support this region under the Drought Assistance Package for the Upper South East, including through the delivery of expert and specialist business advice for farm businesses to help them recover and become more resilient against future dry seasons.”

The Government of South Australia’s Upper South East Drought Package aims to complement the range of existing Australian and state government measures designed to underpin farm business and community preparedness and resilience.To register for the FREE BBQ lunch and afternoon session please contact PIRSA’s Mount Gambier office on 8735 1300 before October 13.

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Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta takes to literary crime

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Melina Marchetta surprises readers with a switch to literary crime. Photo: KIREN Australian author Melina Marchetta’s debut book, Looking for Alibrandi, was made into an award-winning Australian film. Photo: Supplied
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There was a time when Melina Marchetta resented the success of her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, a beloved Australian book for young adults.

Marchetta followed up 11 years later with Saving Francesca, alsoset in Sydney’s inner west, and for a while she felt typecast as a writer of “good stories about Italian girls in the suburbs”.

“I didn’t want to be that person,” she says. “I always used to say to my publisher, ‘If I’m allowed to do anything different I will come back to that world’, and to a certain degree I came back to that world with The Piper’s Son and I will come back to that world again. I don’t think I had to prove it to anyone else but I think I had to prove to myself that I could write something outside a personal experience.”

Turning to literary crime for her ninth book, Marchetta has thrown readers a brilliant curve ball. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil begins with the bombing in Calais of a busload of international students in which five die.

On board is the daughter of the suspended British chief inspector Bish Ortley, a broken man unable to move on since the accidental death of his 10-year-old son. He rushes to his daughter’s aid, only to discover a fellow survivor is the Australian-raised granddaughter of a terrorist responsible for killing 23 people 13 years earlier.

Ortley becomes the go-between for grieving families, the injured and British intelligence while drawn to the runaway Violette, her mother Noor, imprisoned on bomb-making charges, and uncle Jimmy Sarraf, exiled in France. Against the backdrop of growing anti-Muslim sentiment, Ortley must come to terms with his whitewashed heritage.

The book’s title comes from Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part I, a favourite that Marchetta taught many times as an English teacher, before quitting her job in 2006 for the solitary pursuit of full-time writing.

“I wanted it to be a journey not just of a man who’s working out what the truth is, but also the truth inside of him, what draws him to a particular culture,” she says. “I have a line in one of my fantasy novels [The Lumatere Chronicles] which is ‘blood sings to blood’, and I sort of believe that in a way.”

The book’s starting point was Marchetta’s long obsession with wrongful conviction cases such as the Guildford Four, imprisoned for the IRA pub bombings in 1974 that killed five people. Those cases shared a false confession or part-confession made under duress. “They were all about race and class that was something that stuck in my head,” she says.

“I don’t think you could call it a wrongful conviction, but I always go back to the fact my grandfather was put in a camp during the war because Italy was on the German side of the war.

“This was a man who came out to this country in the 1920s, who had denounced Italy, who had taken citizenship and was promised everything entitled to a British citizen at the time and he was still put in a truck and taken two states away.”

Marchetta admires the British author Kate Atkinson, who subverted the stock crime novel to pursue truths about family, belonging, identity and the pull of the past – hallmarks of Alibrandi and Tell the Truth.

It’s a subject she has also given thought to as she raises her daughter, who came to her three years ago from foster care.

“I couldn’t pretend she didn’t have a past before me because that’s like pretending she didn’t exist for two years,” Marchetta says. “For me it’s important we talk about how her past is who she is because I don’t want her reaching my age and trying to work [it] out.”

Someone once pointed out that Marchetta, born in inner-west Marrickville, wrote well about intergenerational conflict between mothers and daughters, and she got cranky.

“I don’t think it is conflict, I think it is life,” she says. “I always think my mother and I got to know each other when I was an adult because I was such a reserved teenager and because my sisters have such strong, passionate personalities. I’m in the middle of two, and we are really close. It’s why I’ve never touched on writing about sisters because I can’t go there.”

She wonders if she chose to write the new book from a middle-aged male point-of-view so she didn’t have to hear, “That’s you”. “Because I’ve had to hear that over and over again with Alibrandi and Francesca.”

The irony is that aspects of Tell the Truth are heavily drawn from Marchetta’s life. The startling to wake at 3am. The dreams that haunt Ortley. “He wasn’t a stretch to me, he came known. I gave him my age, I gave him so many things that belong to me.

“When I was writing as a younger person I was writing about what it was like to be female working in a male environment or this type of character. Now I do feel as though it’s about what is it like to be human in a world where you are kind of challenged about what is right and wrong.”

Marchetta wrote Tell the Truth well before the Charlie Hebdo shooting but was editing the first chapters of the manuscript for her Australian and US publishers when the November 2015 attacks on Paris occurred.

“I actually wanted to put it down and not touch it because it made me feel guilty that I was writing fiction when the reality [was] happening. It almost felt to me as if I was cheapening everyone’s emotion.”

For a brief moment she thought to change the location from France but loved the idea of Jimmy Sarraf stranded across the Channel.

“It was a very biblical idea of Moses not getting to the promised land but seeing it from a distance. There are a few promised lands in this novel – I think Australia is the promised land for the LeBrac family.”

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta, Viking, $32.99

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Racing: Extreme Choice blows away sprinting stars in group 1 Moir win

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Craig Newitt rides Extreme Choice to win the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Vince CaligiuriThe kings – Chautauqua and Buffering – may not be quite dead, certainly not on the evidence of one run.
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But all hail the colt with pretensions to becoming the new king, Extreme Choice, who put the two globetrotting superstars in their place when he took out the group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Mick Price’s three-year-old was having only the fifth start of his career and had not run since disappointing as favourite in the Golden Slipper last March.

But he showed that he was right up to the top class over short courses with a tremendous display in the Moir, coming from off the pace under Craig Newitt to win convincingly from the mares Heatherly and Wild Rain.

Chautauqua, who never really got going and failed to produce his whirlwind finish, was best of the rest in fourth spot just ahead of Buffering, who was bidding to win his fourth Moir Stakes.

While there will be post mortems on the display of Chautauqua, the favourite, nothing should be taken away from the performance of the winner, who has now won four of his five starts in becoming the first three-year-old to score in the Moir since Virage De Fortune in 2005.

“There’s the horse, that’s the colt, that’s him,” a delighted Price, who took this race with Samaready in 2013, said after.

“It was a very difficult race, there were some fantastic horses in it, and he beat them,” said Price, who revealed that he had been in two minds as recently as Thursday morning as to whether to run the horse.

After talking with Newitt and others he decided to go for it, and his decision – “I didn’t want to take a backward step” –– paid off in spades.

It was the 33rd group 1 race of Newitt’s career and he said his mount was travelled well throughout

“I saw the grey horse starting to make his run at the 500, we started to come at the same time. He really quickened off the bend.”

There will be other days for Chautauqua, who lacked his customary late burst. The Team Hawkes-trained grey was making his first racecourse appearance since May when he won in Hong Kong.

Buffering was never quite able to dominate proceedings as he has in the past but battled on in customary style. It was hist first run since he had finished behind Chautauqua at Sha Tin, so it is reasonable to assume he too will improve for the race.

Extreme Choice will now be targetted at the group 1 Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day, a 1200 metre dash down the Flemington straight, but he could take in the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield en route.

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Kingston’s strong young competitors

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Hannah Schinkel prepares for her turn in the 2016 International Pedal Prix. The competitors did over six weeks’ training for the event.
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Mount Gambier 8 Hour Race – McNamarra Park

This year the school was required to race in one lead up race prior the 24hr Murray Bridge race. The school choose to race at the 8hr Mount Gambier race in term 1. This gave new riders a chance to experience vehicle racing. This race proved to be very successful with Larry finishing 1st and Nemo 3rd inthe U16 category.

2016 International Pedal Prix

Kingston Community School entered an Under 16 Boys and Under 16 Girls team in the 24-hour endurance race held at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge on 24-25 September.

The U16 Boys team consisted of Harrison Barker, Jack Hartman, Ben Harding, Dezi Matthias, Tom Cobiac, Cobey Williams, Mitchell Pinkerton, Jacob Brockhoff, Fletcher Murdock, Kane Daniel, Bradley Mackereth and Thomas Barker.

The U16 Girls team consisted of Hannah Schinkel, Eliza Peters, Nikki Gluyas, Jess Venn, Emilee McInnes, Britney Drabsch, Belle Sneath, Arabella Ross, Kate Faulkner-Hunt, Sophie Kokiousis, Alesia Stargatt and Halle Carter.

The Pedal Prix Program provided the students with numerous benefits along with the school and also the wider community.

Students are given the opportunity to develop lifelong skills such as innovation, risk taking, design, planning and problem solving, entrepreneurialism, lateral thinking, enterprise, teamwork, communication and co-operation.

The program also promotes fitness, endurance and healthy lifestyles. Community benefits include the empowerment of youth within our society and also positive exposure for Kingston at a state and national level.

The boys finished 3rdin their category and 27thoverall out of 205 other vehicles. The team completed 477 laps totaling 815km at an average speed of 34km/h.

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First National best for customer satisfaction

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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Front of house: Residential property manager Leanne Kavanagh, admin support Peta Fairclough, and receptionist Linda McCabe. Photo: Matt LauCanstar Bluehas announced First National Real Estate the winner of its 2016 Most Satisfied Customersaward.
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Thecustomer satisfaction research and ratings agency carried outcustomer research about the experience of homeowners, tenants and landlords with Australia’s largest real estate brands.

In assessing quality of service delivery nationwide, Canstar Blue focused on a series of measures incorporating agent advice and communication; problem resolution, value for money, marketing, moving services, contract handling, andoverall satisfaction.

First National Real Estate was the only real estate company to achieve five-star ratings.

Frank Haygarth,First National Donnybrook First National Real Estate principal,is delighted to be recognised as a customer satisfaction leader.

“There can be no greater measure of the success of the client-agent relationship than overall satisfaction,” Haygarth said.

“This award represents the fulfillment of our membership’s nationwide commitment to ensure we deliver Australia’s best real estate sales and property management services.”

Last year, First National Real Estate also received the Canstar Blue award for overall customer satisfaction in New Zealand, which highlightsthe excellence First National agencies provide on both sides of the Tasman.

“Each and every one of our offices is committed to customer satisfaction so it’s no coincidence our network has now won this award in both countries.

“We see this as proof positive that our culture, training, communication, service and commitment to results sets us apart from our competitors.”

Haygarth said acritical difference at First National was that itsmembership requirements related specifically to service delivery, and not generation of fees for itshead office.

“As a cooperative, our agents work together, not against each other, and the Canstar Blue award confirms consumers see the benefits,” he said.

Megan Doyle, head of Canstar Blue, congratulated First National Real Estate on the success.

“This is a great result across all customer touch points, suggesting First National is satisfying its customers regardless of their differing professional real estate requirements,” Doyle said.

“Good communications and problem resolution are crucial elements of any good real estate service and it is notable that First National was the only one to rate five stars in these areas.”

Donnybrook First National Real Estate can be reachedon 9731 1566.

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