The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from September 29, 2012

Ann's Top Three
Quest 2013 cruises PEARL Sea Coastal Cruises has a 20% discount for bookings made during October and November on four of its stunning Kimberley Coast cruises during the March-September season next year. Cruising is on the luxury 18-passenger Kimberley...
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Chick Checkers Checked
MARNIE JOHNSTON marnie.johnston@northernstar.com.au IT'S TRUE: Men are more likely to perve than women. A survey by GPS brand Navman found about one in three male drivers admitted checking someone out on the street, but less than one fifth...
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Chill Made Tomatoes Dear
ALEXANDRIA UTTING alexandria.utting@northernstar.com.au TOMATO prices are up and quality is down, and Northern Rivers shoppers and greengrocers are not happy. A year-and-a-half after Cyclone Yasi devastated banana crops in North Queensland...
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Delicious Assault on Senses; Lyn Tan Takes a Wander around Progressive Phnom Penh
THE river reminds me of cabbage stew. Whiffs of fermented fish for making fish sauce assault my nostrils every now and then. Fishing boats dot the expansive river and on them, families huddle at the back napping. I am on a speed boat travelling from...
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry; Next Weekend's World Stages Is a A[euro][approximately]carnivalito' for Our Community
WHAT better way to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community than with a one-day festival of music, dance and food? Presented by NORPA, World Stages promises to be a day like no other, featuring Creole Afro-funk queen Grace Barbe with her...
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Good News for Council after Lehman Brothers' Class Action Ruling
HAMISH BROOME hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au Bad debts Councils to lose money through CDOs: Lismore City Council: $2.7 million (expects to get $1.4 million back plus court win) Byron Bay: $1.635 million Richmond Valley: $630,000...
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Houses Aren't Packed to Rafters; Latest Census Statistics Show the Number of People Living under One Roof Is Shrinking
GIVEN Australia has a growing population and a huge under supply of housing, you'd think the number of people living under the one roof would inevitably rise. Not so, according to the 2011 Census, which shows the nation's average household size...
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It Was Just Titillation; through My Eyes with Damian Bathersby
aWHY don't you try our topless bar before you leave?a the girl behind the counter asked. aThank you, we might do that,a my wife replied with a smile. All I could do was open and close my mouth like a goldfish. I was doing cartwheels on the inside...
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Judgement Call for Trainer
WITH Grahame Timbrell BALLINA CUP winner Poor Judge may return to the track on Monday to start in the $30,000 Bangalow Cup (1300m), despite having top weight of 64kg. Trainer Anthony Honess has also accepted with the horse at Eagle Farm...
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Mates Deal the Aces
RODNEY STEVENS rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au MATES of popular Ballina father of one Daniel Wakeling have rallied in support of his struggling partner organising today's Raise the Stakes for Wakes poker fundraiser. The 28-year-old was...
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Old Friends Reunited MENTAL; Perfect Mix of Humour and Drama
Byline: Seanna Cronin WE'RE all a little bit crazy. That's the message of PJ Hogan's new film Mental. The comedy drama, shot in northern NSW, sees the reunion of the director of Muriel's Wedding with his muse Toni Collette. It's the first...
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One Small Step on Last Leg to Brisbane
SUE GARDINER sue.gardiner@northernstar.com.au A MINI-TOWN buzzing with excavators and trucks has mushroomed outside of Bangalow as construction begins on the $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale duplication. The two-year project, which will...
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Putting on a Show or Two
MEL MCMILLAN news@northernstar.com.au Ballina alive North Coast Fishing Bonanza Saturday a Sunday Ballina Seagulls Leagues Club Visit fishingcomps.com.au Ballina Boat and Leisure Show Saturday a Sunday Ballina Seagulls Leagues...
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Put Your Grey Matter to the Test with Weekend's Weekly Brain Buster
Name the common laboratory item which produces a single open gas flame. The practice of shaping trees and shrubs is (a) ikebana (b) origami (c) topiary? The number of Fawlty Towers episodes made was (a) 12 (b) 22 (c) 32? Which Queensland mining...
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Repelling Insects with Plants; Green Thumb with Maree Curran
I WROTE about how good bugs can help in your garden last week and some of the plants that can attract them. This week, we're looking at the flip side a how you use plants to repel insects. Pest repellent plants work in a few different ways. Masking...
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Seven Ways to an Eco-Friendly Garden; Garden Guru Joe Lamp'l Tells Us Seven Ways to Green Your Garden While Protecting the Planet
Right Plant, Right Place IF THERE were only one bit of advice I'd give for creating the healthiest garden possible, it would be to put the right plant in the right place. Plants that are growing in the most appropriate conditions have the best possible...
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Show Us Proof on Safe CSG
HAMISH BROOME news@northernstar.com.au CHANTS of awe want Dona went unheard yesterday outside Ballina MP Don Page's office during an anti-CSG rally attended by Northern Rivers residents from Drake to Murwillum- bah. Organisers said Mr Page...
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Take in Neighbouring Gem; Destination Holiday, a Short Drive, a Deserving Sweet Surprise
EVANS HEAD is cool. No, I'm not a 14-year-old boy, I just can't think of a better way to describe the place. In one day I went bushwalking and coastal adventuring. It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Ballina to Evans Head. I took a big...
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Teen Tatt to Vanish from Jeni
HAMISH BROOME hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au WHEN Jeni Gonzalez got her first tattoo at the adefianta age of 17 she had just broken up with her boyfriend and was fed up with people staring at her chest instead of looking her in the eyes. ...
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The Tiddler Genre Goes Upmarket
THE city runabout is about to go upmarket. Volkswagen last week dropped a bombshell on the emerging a[approximately]a[approximately]tiddler'' segment by introducing a small car with a starting price of just $13,990, plus on-road costs. The Up will...
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Tolerance Bridges the Gap
SUE GARDINER sue.gardiner@northernstar.com.au TARIQ NAVEED is a husband, father of three, small- business owner and recently oversaw the building of a new home for his family in Goonellabah. And the 36-year-old's schedule is made even more...
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Trumpeting Top Reputation
Byline: EWAN KENNEDY HONDA Jazz is the smallest model from the at-times quirky Japanese car maker that's sold in Australia. Since its launch in October 2002 the Jazz has gained an excellent reputation for build quality and trouble-free running....
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Vettel Takes It Easy to Win
WITH Glenis Lindley RED Bull's Sebastian Vettel clinched victory in Singapore after pole-sitter and race leader Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) retired with gearbox failure. Vettel, starting from third on the grid, had a relatively easy task keeping...
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Water Skills a Must for Kids
AS THE weather gets better, we coastal-dwelling mammals are gravitating back to the ocean, rivers, back yard pools and aquatic centres for a source of recreation, relaxation and exercise. Whether you're the parent of a fledgling frolicker, a seasoned...
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