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Eggplant Terrine with Tomato Coulis

Serves: 6–8 as a starter or 4 as a main | Prep: 15 minutes COOK: 1 hour 25 minutes Prized for its dense, hearty and silky smooth texture, eggplant is incredibly versatile and is a great carrier of many different flavours. Eggplant and tomatoes are the best of mates. Here, I’ve made the eggplant shine […]

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Dinner with Justine – book review

YUM AND YUM You might remember pretty Justine Schofield who made her television debut on the first season of MasterChef Australia. She has gone on to make a career of inspiring home cooks around the country with her long-running role as host of Channel Ten’s popular series Everyday Gourmet. Now she has published her first […]

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Stan Talks and Many Listen

Journalist/TV presenter Stan Grant is carving a new position for himself in the psyche of the Australian public. He is now standing up and claiming his identity, his culture and his future. His recent passionate speech about racism, his embracing and acknowledgement of his heritage and people, his desire to help black and white Australians […]

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A Drive through History

  A book of memories The Cattle Drive of 2015 from Cooplacurripa to the Wingham Camp Draft was captured on camera by Taree local,  photographer Judy Lawrenson. Judy was keen to document this current piece of history on camera to recognise the efforts of these modern day cattlemen, otherwise down the track this event may […]

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Renewing Towns and Cities – ‘Creating Cities’ by Marcus Westbury

Our southern neighbour Newcastle, has transformed itself from a grungy coal city on the coast to a buzzy, thriving, booming and popular destination. There are many reasons, but there’s one story of a man who has played a vital role. Marcus Westbury looked at his home town with fresh eyes and had an idea. The […]

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T’was ever thus?

John Albert Revitt, known in Wingham as “Jack Revitt” was a great reader which he passed onto his children, and granddaughter, Di Morrissey. Following his harrowing service as a stretcher bearer at the Somme and Flanders in WW1, he escaped with a book on the long voyage home in May 1919 while at sea on the transport ship, “Wyreema.” The book was “The Soul of […]

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Royal Visits in Australia – book review

By Jane Connors. Published by the National Library of Australia On Wednesday, April 3, l954 “at precisely 10.33 am, a small foot in a white peep toed sandal came slowly down upon a pontoon to Farm Cove,” and the ABC broadcast to the country that “The Queen is now in Australia.” Her Majesty was young, […]

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Renewing Towns and Cities

Our southern neighbour, Newcastle, has transformed itself from a grungy coal city on the coast to a buzzy, thriving, booming and popular destination. There are many reasons, but there’s one story of man who has played a vital role. Marcus Westbury looked at his home town with fresh eyes and had an idea. The results […]

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Books that Come to You

With the closure, sadly, of so many bookshops, a smart publishing guru, Bernadette Foley, has come up a great idea – The Big Country Book Club. This is an online book club which you join and buy books but have access to a selected choice from a publisher and editor who understands books and writing. […]

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What a record! Guinness Book of World Records 2016

Guinness World Records 2016 – Published by Guinness World Records. Distributed by MacMillan. How the Guinness Book of Records fascinated us as children! Snakes with 12 heads, women who ate 700 cream buns…There was nothing people would not do, no records which couldn’t be bettered, no person or activity so bizarre it wasn’t included to […]

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Charles Bean. If people really knew – by Ross Coulthart

Charles Bean. If people really knew: One man’s struggle to report the Great War and tell the truth. By Ross Coulthart, joint winner of the Australian History Prize in the prestigious 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Charles Bean saw more combat than any other man in World War I. He was a firsthand witness to […]

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“Short Back and Science” by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Lets be honest and admit we’ve always wanted to know the truth about banana peels, or why synthetic shirts stink.   It’s also good to find out why the shape of a glass affects the flavour of the wine.  And what about how much clouds weigh?   And you can astonish your friends by facts about the […]