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‘Feeling Very Olympic’

“I am feeling very Olympic today” was that great and memorable line spoken by the character ‘Sanka Coffie’ (played by comedian Doug E. Doug) from the hilarious 1993 Hollywood movie, “Cool Runnings”, arguably one of the better underdog sport stories, which was centred around the Jamaican Bobsled Team competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in […]

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Opinion – Why The Bight Cemetery Matters!

(Opinion of The Blight of the Bight Group) The two-year anniversary of the desecration of The Bight Cemetery has just passed. The lack of progress in the repair of the damaged monuments might lead some to question whether the Bight Cemetery really matters. It Matters to Families Two years ago, families found their ancestors’ and […]

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MY CHILDHOOD WONDERLAND!

The old goods shed at WIngham station was managed by my grandfather, Jack Revitt. As a small girl I walked across the road with a billycan of hot morning tea and Arnotts biscuits for Poppy. Then I’d spend hours playing in the shed which seemed HUGE to me. Sometimes rats had eaten a corner of […]

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MAKING OUR TOWNS DESIRABLE

Wingham is getting a make-over. The most important thing we should remember is – Wingham is a HERITAGE town!  The tourist brochures and websites describe Wingham as –  “The oldest town in the beautiful Manning Valley, a lovely historic village on the banks of the Manning River. The village green  (correct expression, not Central Park) […]

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A CHRISTMAS ON THE WALLAMBA : THEY WERE THE DAYS!

Christmas was such an exciting time. We were accustomed to making our own fun, a toy was indeed the culmination of best behaviour.  Celluloid dolls, matchbox cars, all too often new school shoes, pencils and an occasional red string bag of unshelled peanuts. A few days before Christmas Santa would visit the Darawank Dance Hall […]

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MOUNTAIN MAGIC

Gaby Klika In late 1893 a young, emerging Australian artist without formal artistic training set off from an artists’ camp at Sydney’s Little Sirius Cove, to go bush.   After taking the train to Taree he explored the challenging terrain of the Manning region on horseback in search of subjects to paint. After two weeks […]

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A LOSS BEYOND COMPREHENSION

Shakepeare said: “Tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard.” And indeed, there is some satisfaction in seeing the petard that hoisted the Juukan Gorge also sending some of Rio Tinto’s top brass flying out of the executive wing. The three chief miners had already lost their bonuses in the usual […]

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We continue to lose our past

So Reconciliation Week has come and gone – and also gone is 46,000 years worth of priceless history pulverised by Rio Tinto in the Juukan Gorge.  An unfortunate error, apparently – the merciless miner didn’t really know what it was doing, and although some of the indigenous locals asked it to desist, it had already […]

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BIGHT CEMETERY COVER-UP?

Almost six months have now elapsed and the residents of the Wingham and indeed the broader MidCoast community, particularly those who have family in cemeteries throughout the LGA, are still no wiser as to how such a desecration of their cemetery, with over 60 headstones callously “laid down” could have occurred and indeed who was […]

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The 900 year journey to press freedom and the right

Let’s face it: the natural state of government is secrecy. It is also the most cost effective, lacks red tape and is capable of immediate results.  What’s not to love about secrecy? Indeed, even the great society, founded to have a government ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People’, and despite the First […]

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HEY BORIS! MIND THE ROCK!

Boris Janjic (partner to our editor Di Morrissey) is a member of a very exclusive club – he climbed down Ayers Rock (Uluru) but never up the majestic sacred site. ‘Actually I was half carried down in a daze,’ he says remembering March 5, 1968 when the helicopter he was in filming a scene for […]