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HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE, A NEW LIFE BEGINNING…

We have been in touch with our friend, Imran Mohammed since his incarceration on Manus.  A troubling update . . . In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held on Manus Island, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity […]

Beyond the ValleyPeople

IRENE HAS THE BLUES AND LOVES IT!

Former TwoBob radio presenter, Irene Barret who lived in Tinonee at the time, sends us an update from Cairns. As Buddy Guy’s latest album title says ‘The Blues Is Alive and Well’.  I can tell you that it is so. Unless you’re a blues tragic like myself, you’re probably still thinking along the lines of  […]

People

Life after retirement …a whole new world!

Meet artist Fred Bullen  “When we moved to Tallwoods  from Lake Macquarie , my wife suggested we learn to play golf. Not having a sporting bone in my body, I quickly decided that getting back into art looked like a really attractive idea.  So, I joined the local Senior Citizens art classes at Black Head […]

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CREATIVE TALENTS – MEET KATRINA!

My name is Katrina Narasimhan. I am a registered nurse with a Master in Health Science by training, a mother of two gorgeous children, the business manager of my husband’s busy Cardiology practice, but my favourite thing to do is be creative! I am a country girl, born in Kempsey, grew up in Hat Head but […]

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LIVING AT THE EPICENTRE OF A PANDEMIC

It is almost impossible to believe that I have lived through this, to have been in this place at this time, witness to what is arguably the most profound tragedy to ever to befall New York City.  In a matter of weeks the city of Broadway, great museums and the endless engagement on the streets […]

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WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

These are difficult times. It brings out the best, and the worst, in many of us. It is a time of confusion, scare-mongering, panic buying, false information, but also helping neighbours, keeping family close, showing supportive friendships online, long distance family nurturing.  The only way through this is to use our common sense, do what […]

People

SAY HI TO JOHN. HERE’S A MATE HELPING MATES

Hi….  I’m a wheat and sheep farmer from Stockinbingal, NSW. I care about improving the mental resilience and wellbeing of farmers, families and rural folk in Australia’s regional and remote communities. After being bitten by the black dog myself, I realised how many of my mates were also struggling with depression and their mental health […]

PeopleRecipes

Friends’ Favourite Food Memories

Eating in the Fifties Remember… Pasta had not been invented.  It was macaroni or spaghetti.  Curry was a surname.  A take-away was a mathematical problem.  Pizza?  Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.  Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.  All chips were plain.  Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.  Tea was made […]

EnvironmentPeopleYour say

Your Say

Dear Di I hope that you and your loved ones have been safe through this spring and summer of unnatural smoke and fire. It is hard not to be swallowed up by grief and rage as the country we love is burned around us and our once blue-skies turn red, brown and black. These are unnatural disasters; […]

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SO IT’S UP TO US FOLKS!

We have a government led by a Prime Minister in denial that anything is wrong. His sales pitch and hype is hitting a sour note. Not to mention the secrecy. For a marketing man he has a tin ear. Not that it matters much. Few of us are listening any more. We are struggling like […]

Beyond the ValleyPeopletravel

“…JUST A TRAVELLIN’ MAN”

I’m writing this from the Bungles … Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley. The Bungles is a bit like an adjoining township to both Kununurra and Halls Creek but these days, of course, is a World Heritage area and is much more “known” than good old “Kuners” or Halls Creek. Hall’s Creek, sometimes called […]

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CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . .

FOLLOWING OUR STORY LAST MONTH ON BORIS’S HELICOPTER CRASH ON TOP OF AYER’S ROCK, LOCAL RESIDENT, JIM FRAZIER, CAMERAMAN FOR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FOR MANY YEARS AND WHO IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR INVENTING A UNIQUE CLOSE UP CAMERA LENS, HIS LATE PARTNER, NATURALIST DENSYE CLYNE, WROTE OF THEIR CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . . […]