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Australian Democrats face oblivion as party deregistered by AEC

by admin on 28/10/2018

A montage showing leading Democrats Janine Haines, Janet Powell, John Coulter, and Cheryl Kernot. Cheryl Kernot and Natasha Stott Despoja Photo: Peter Mathew
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At the height of their popularity they held the balance of power in the Senate and helped the Howard government pass the GST.

But almost 40 years after they were established to “keep the bastards honest”, the Australian Democrats have been deregistered as a political party, according to the Australian Electoral Commission.

In a short statement on Thursday, the AEC said it had deregistered the party because it had not met the required threshold of 500 members.

“The Australian Democrats was registered on 5 July 1984 and deregistered on 16 April 2015,” it says.

It is a blow for a party that was crucial in allowing the Howard government to pass the GST in 1999 – a move that proved controversial and divisive within the party.

The party was founded in 1977 by former Liberal minister Don Chipp with the aim of providing a centralist alternative to the major parties.

Notable figures within the party included Janine Haines, Cheryl Kernot, Meg Lees, Natasha Stott Despoja and Aden Ridgeway.

The party played an influential role in the Senate throughout the ’80s and ’90s, but gradually conceded influence to the Greens, losing its last four Senate seats at the 2007 election.

The party has previously survived a number of attempts to shut it down because of dwindling membership numbers.

Australian Democrats national president Darren Churchill said the party would appeal.

The AEC gives parties 28 days to appeal deregistration in writing.

Mr Churchill said the party had supplied a list of 550 names to the AEC, as is its requirement when being tested for membership numbers.

He said the AEC then called a sample from that list and some of those people had denied they were members.

“So they’ve deemed under their rules that we don’t have the required 500 members,” he said.

Mr Churchill said the democrats had at least 750 members in New South Wales alone and had fielded 15 upper house candidates in the recent NSW election.

“I’d estimate it’s over 1000 members [Australia-wide],” he said.

“It’s just some members are inactive, some don’t renew and don’t tell us.

“We’ll go to the appeals process and see where it takes us from there. There’s plenty of options open to us.”

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Light reflects cycle of life

by admin on 28/10/2018

“The orb weaver has gone. I’ve watched her spin a web night after night on the verandah corner and it’s a little sad that the space is empty.” Picture: Philip YoungIT’S always such a sharp transition, the day I wind back my clock to “real” time and darkness falls suddenly and prematurely, like a blanket smothering the afternoon. It is, of course, a shock of our own making, artificially clinging as we do to the fantasy of a never-ending summer.
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This year, however, there is less of a sad farewell to the lingering evenings and post dinner swims, and more an anticipation of the cooling. Summer has been long and hot, the high-30 days starting in October and continuing well into March.

And so, it is with some relief that I wake these days with toes curling upwards in want of socks, and breathe deep of the crisp air swirling up from the garden beds, as if the earth itself is taking a deep breath also.

There is something about the seasonal melting point that I find enlivening, reminding me of the simple fact of change, and the cycles of life.

What is it, I wondered, that signals to each of us the shift to autumn? What smells, sights, sounds or tastes?

For me it is the quietening of bird song as channel-billed cuckoos, koel and rufous fantail join the exodus north. It is the foraging and snapping of kindling, the gum tree in my front yard bursting out in red, the smell of citrus blossom and the sweet jelly of persimmon.

It is the smell of musty woollen jumpers, the soup pot on rotation, the cool dew on my feet, the turning inwards towards hearth and home. For those nature-literate, autumn’s arrival is specific.

“The orb weaver has gone,” says my friend Phil. “I’ve watched her spin a web night after night on the verandah corner and it’s a little sad that the space is empty.”

“Autumn only starts when the yellow-faced honeyeater migrates north,” says Glenn. “Flocks of them, tick-ticking away.”

The everlasting flowers starting to grow, native plants flowering, replenishing rains, the running of mullet and eels, finding abundant cool fungi on bush walks, the arrival of corellas and the disappearance of migratory shore birds, others offered.

There are food-related connotations; pumpkin soup, marshmallows toasting, apple crumble, the smell of bread baking, lettuces and brassicas from the garden. Cosiness is popular; cuddles, warm tea and flannelette sheets.

For others, autumn is crisp mornings and warm sunshine, “sweet” temperatures for outdoors, chaffed lips, rest and hibernation.

The overarching theme, though, is the light, both from the sun and the colouring of the deciduous leaves, and best when both glow together in late afternoon golds and reds, like flames in a fire.

Spoken of in almost religious tones is this “champagne” light, not unlike that flickering across my kitchen table right now as the low sun dances through wisteria leaves.

It is said that we value most that which is leaving. So too, with autumn, we give our attention to light in the moment it is fading into winter’s night.

Fire victim Chris Noble’s parents feel for Stephanie Scott’s family

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Chris Noble’s family at his memorial service. Photo: Denis Gregory Stephanie Scott was allegedly murdered by Vincent Stanford. Photo: Facebook
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Robert Scott (centre) and Merrilyn Scott (fifth from left) with their daughters Robin (third from left) and Kim (sixth from left) and other friends and family share memories of Stephanie at a memorial picnic last Saturday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Ross and Liz Noble have a unique insight into what the family of slain school teacher Stephanie Scott will be going through as the coming weeks bring her funeral and the police investigation, and the justice process takes it course.

Their son, Chris Noble, came from the central western NSW town of Canowindra where Ms Scott grew up. And like Ms Scott, their son was also allegedly murdered.

Mr Noble, 27, died in September last year when Rozelle convenience store owner Adeel Khan allegedly set his store alight, causing a massive explosion.

“Obviously it resonates tremendously with us what Bob and Merrilyn and the Scott family are going through and our hearts and thoughts are with them, go to them, as they start the journey that unfortunately we started seven months ago,” Ross Noble said outside the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, where Mr Khan withdrew an application for bail.

“As you grow older you know you are going to lose loved ones, but never, ever your child,” Mrs Noble said.

“The greatest moments in life will now be tinged with sadness as he is not here to share them with us.”

Their comments came as Ms Scott’s funeral arrangements were confirmed on Thursday.

The Leeton High School teacher will be farewelled at the same function centre in Eugowra, near Canowindra, where she was due to marry Aaron Leeson-Woolley last Saturday.

About 1000 people are expected to attend the funeral next Wednesday, said Reverend Jonno Williams of All Saints Anglican Church.

Ms Scott, 26, was allegedly murdered by school cleaner Vincent Stanford, 24, on Easter Sunday and her charred remains were found in bushland outside Leeton five days layer.

She had been at the high school on Easter Sunday preparing lesson plans to be used while she was on honeymoon in Tahiti.

Last Saturday, hundreds of residents from Leeton – a town of more than 6000 – gathered in Mountford Park for a memorial picnic, organised by Ms Scott’s family.

Mrs Noble also paid tribute to her son, who sent her a text message saying “I love you” shortly after the enormous blast.

“Chris was an ordinary young Aussie bloke that it turns out was quite extraordinary,” she said.

“The courage he displayed to send a message of love to us when he was surrounded by an inferno some eight minutes after the initial explosion has been an inspiration for us to live by and maybe something other people can use as an inspiration.”

Mr Khan is accused of setting fire to his Darling Street shop to claim insurance money.

– with Lisa Visentin

​Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the population of Leeton was 2000.

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Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC – The Lowdown

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Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
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Kick-Off: Friday 7:40 PM AEST

Referee: Peter Green

TV broadcast: Fox Sports 4 and SBS 1

Twitter: #NEWvSYD

Odds: Newcastle Jets $5.50, Draw $4, Sydney FC $1.60 (Sportsbet整形美容医院m.au)


Newcastle Jets (4-2-3-1): Kennedy; Lee, Regan, Mullen, Cowburn; Pepper, Welsh; Alivodic, M Cooper, Hoole; Montano.

Sydney FC (4-2-3-1): Janjetovic; Gersbach, Jurman, Faty, Ryall; Dimitrijevic, Grant; Ibini, Brosque, Naumoff; Janko.


Played 32; Newcastle 6, Draw, 8, Sydney 18


1. Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)

The skipper was at the double for the Sky Blues last week as they put a despondent Perth Glory side to the sword 3-0 on the road. Playing behind the striker is a role he’s getting more and more used to – and is proving increasingly effective. Will terrorise the Jets if they leave him loose.

2. Ben Kennedy (Newcastle Jets)

One of the A-League’s great survivors, Kennedy is starting to rediscover his form and confidence between the posts. Keeping a clean sheet against Melbourne Victory is no mean feat and he’ll need that kind of form again if the Jets want more than a point.

3. Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

Filled the role of Mickael Tavares last week admirably and will probably have to do so again after Graham Arnold conceded Tavares was only “90 per cent fit”. He’ll be doing the defensive duties in midfield, allowing Milos Dimitrijevic to wander forward.

4. Edson Montano (Newcastle Jets)

Was that the goal that will trigger the Ecuadorian? It’s been a tough year for the big striker but scoring the winner will have given him ample confidence. Maybe he can finish the year with a late flurry around goal.

5. Marc Janko (Sydney FC)

Was offered a new $1.4 million contract during the week and the challenge for Janko is to keep the goals flowing while he mulls over his next move. Sydney can’t afford for their key man to be distracted at this stage of the season.


Jacob Pepper (Newcastle Jets) v Milos Dimitrijevic (Sydney FC)

Dimitrijevic has been flagged as a Johnny Warren Medal contender by his coach and it’s not hard to see why. The Serbian is arguably the A-League’s most technically gifted player and he’s regularly making his opponents look second-rate. Pepper and Allan Welsh may have to get in his face a little bit.


Phil Stubbins (Newcastle Jets)

Most chairmen offer their under-fire coaches a stay of execution – but Nathan Tinkler has fiercely backed Stubbins in ways other managers can only dream of. That’s led to a slight spark in results and if they can avoid the wooden spoon from here, it’s a minor win.

Graham Arnold (Sydney FC)

Has his side ticking over beautifully away from home and they’ll travel to Newcastle without a fear in the world. Will see this as a good test of his players’ concentration and desire to push Melbourne Victory all the way. Follow SMH Sport on TwitterA-League: Round 26 Late Mail

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The Village, Newcastle: Plates worth sharing

by admin on 28/10/2018

The Village on Beaumont Street is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pictures: Peter StoopWhat: The Village, Newcastle
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Where: 44 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, phone 49698900.

Hours: Breakfast, every day from 7am; lunch, every day from 11.30am; dinner, Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm.

Drinks: Eight wines by the glass ($7-$9) 10 by the bottle ($9-$40) plus beer. BYO wine only, $3 corkage.

Vegetarian: Seven entrees/share plates, four salads.

Bottom line: Two shares plates, one main, one salad and two desserts for two people, around $85 excluding drinks.

Wheelchair access: Yes.

Do try: The decadent Greek vanilla slice.

TRY: Crumbed Betroot and Spanakopita. Picture: Peter Stoop

IT’S been a while since we’ve dined on Beaumont Street so it was a nice surprise to see it bustling with patrons and new dining options on a Saturday night.

Tonight dinner is at The Village, the large venue up the railway station end of Beaumont Street. We are greeted outside the restaurant by a friendly waitress and given our choice of tables. There’s outdoor tables, but we pick a spot towards the back of the restaurant. It’s more brightly lit than the rest of the space but it’s comfy and away from the hustle and bustle of the street. Plus, the wall next to us is warm from the oven being on the other side.

We are immediately brought water and menus as well as bite-sized starter: a square of haloumi with mint, olive oil and mint. It’s a great chewy way to get the palate pumping.

The menu at The Village has a Greek slant with a focus on sharing, so we order a few dishes to get us started.

Five pieces of freshly-baked spanakopita ($15) are cheesy, flaky, hot and full of pine nuts, caraway seeds, lush green spinach and salty feta. These little parcels have a nice tang and the pastry is ever-so slightly (yet wonderfully) doughy in the inside.

A plate of baby calamari ($18) comes coated with special blend of flour and spices. The tendrils are small but chunky, remaining tender but with bite. There are plenty of mouth-sized pieces with the batter adding an extra crunch.

Sizzling, big, juicy garlic prawns ($18) smack of garlic, sweet red onion and shallots. While only four arrive, not the five as advertised on the menu, it comes with crusty bread to mop up the leftover garlic and oil, making for a fairly hearty starter.

On offer tonight is a meze special: grilled ricotta and asparagus with currants, peanuts and couscous topped with a ginger beer and orange syrup ($13). It’s a combination of sweet, creamy, tart and earthy flavours all at once. It’s a pretty dish, but I’m glad we have other savoury dishes to balance out its intense sweetness.

After the entree sharing feast, we decide that two larger sharing plates should satisfy, but still leave enough room for dessert.

Some of the treats on offer at The Village are the slow-roasted half shoulder of lamb slow served with lemon potato, oven-roasted garlic and pan juices and Greek salad.

The Village’s signature dish – a half shoulder of slow-roasted lamb ($30) – sounds too good to ignore. It comes in paper and is super tender having been roasted for four hours. It’s meaty, salty and sits on potatoes, garlic and pan juices. A glance around shows most tables with the dish – it’s the favourite for a reason.

A twice-cooked duck breast ($28) is served on Moroccan-spiced couscous with broccolini and cranberry sauce. While it would be nice to have kept the Greek influence flowing through all dishes on the menu, the duck is pink, tender and moist.

We’ve left room for dessert, just. Crumbed banana comes with halva ice-cream and blueberry compote. It’s buttery and creamy and crunchy and hot and cold and wonderful.

A Nutella cheesecake is decadently rich with a strong hit of coffee and hazelnuts, but the standout of the night was the Greek vanilla slice which was spongy, airy and custardy. Smothered in cinnamon and honey saffron syrup, I would return again and again for a bite.

Carl Valeri dedicates wonder goal for Melbourne Victory to dad

by admin on 28/10/2018

Melbourne Victory midfield maestro Carl Valeri jokes he’s asked his father Walter to go out to dinner every time he plays, after he scored a stunning goal to put the Victory on the verge of the A-League minor premiership.
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Valeri is confident the Victory can finish the job they’ve started, but said anything can happen at the “business end of the season” and he wasn’t looking any further than Saturday’s rematch with the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Walter, who was a striker in the A-League’s pre-cursor National Soccer League, normally watches every game his son plays either in person or on television, but forgot about the mid-week clash against the Roar and made dinner plans for Wednesday night.

He missed the first half and missed his son’s stunning strike from 30 metres out that skidded into the bottom corner of the Brisbane goal.

Valeri ran onto a pass from Fahid Ben Khalfallah and blasted the ball in between two Roar players and beyond the reach of keeper Jamie Young in the 2-1 win.

As soon as it hit the back of the net, Valeri’s thoughts turned to his father.

“I dedicated the goal to my dad because he fancies himself as the greatest striker of the ball outside the box,” Valeri joked.

“He always told me how fantastic he was, so I am his son after all, I’ve got a bit of him in me.

“I said, ‘You should go out to dinner every game’.”

Valeri went into his debut A-League season confident the Victory could push for the title and that confidence hasn’t abated.

The Victory sit three points clear on top of the A-League ladder with just two games remaining.

A win against the Roar on Saturday will all but wrap up the minor premiership, depending on Sydney FC’s result against Newcastle on Friday night.

The Victory need just four points from their two remaining games to ensure they go into the finals on top of the ladder, hosting the Central Coast Mariners in the final round.

While Melbourne are in a commanding position, Valeri was refusing to look any further than their second game in four days against Brisbane.

“It’s all in our control, we don’t have to worry about anyone else’s results but our own,” he said.

“The confidence is a feeling throughout the club, because there’s such a great feeling at the club in general and it’s carried on through to here.

“It’s the business end of the season and a lot can happen so we’ve got to stay 100 per cent focused.

“[Winning the title] is a dream of mine, but to reach that the steps are Brisbane, and that’s the only step I see at the moment.”

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Living large in a small house

by admin on 28/10/2018

The exterior of Julia Caswell Daitch’s holiday home. Picture: Robert LanguedocI LOVE the tiny house movement. I love the efficiency of it. I love the flexible use of space. I love the things that fold out from the wall, and who doesn’t love miniature things – so cute!
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But when I think about it for my lifestyle, it would be darling – for about the first week. Then, after tripping over my family during that week, I’d start thinking about an addition or maybe a new house.

When I was in architecture school, I had a professor by the name of Kaya Arikoglu. He would say: “You can’t afford the mansion, but you might be able to afford one room of that mansion.” I love that philosophy – it really works, and I have used it over and over again throughout my architectural career.

About 14 years ago, I designed our holiday home on a pretty tight budget and I used this philosophy. Yes, I had to make sacrifices – I couldn’t have the grand kitchen, the palatial bathroom, the separate dining room, the to-die-for master bedroom. I had to make the decision that one room, “the great room”, was the priority and everything else was subordinate to that idea.

I had to use a simple structure (think barn). You will save a lot of money using a simple structure, all those fussy bump-outs cost money. Quite simply, that is why barns have always been built that way. They wanted a lot of space – for little money. That’s just what my just now named “not-quite-so-tiny house movement” wants to do, too.

When I went to a mason to get a bid on my house project, he said, “Why do you want the footprint so small – I’ve built garages bigger than that!” The answer was simple: I didn’t have the money to make it bigger. But what I knew was that it would live large, because I wouldn’t divide the space into little compartments like most home-builders do. The enemy of tiny houses is interior separation walls. Yes, it is important to close off the bathroom and maybe the bedroom, but everything else has to share the great space or it won’t be a great space because the budget will be eaten up by all of those rooms.

Height is also really important in making this a truly great space. When a room expands in plan it needs to expand in height, too (although you don’t need to make it as tall as I made mine).

My “great space” has a sleeping loft above, which is not totally private, but separate enough that it feels pretty secluded from the first floor; a small bathroom and a kitchen to the right of the dining area. The walls of the bathroom and kitchen do not go all the way up, so that you feel like the entire footprint of the house is all one room.

The ‘‘great space’’ with sleeping loft above. Picture: Robert Languedoc

The other really effective thing I did to maximise the space was to use lots of windows. That way I get to sort of steal the exterior space, too, for my house. I’ve always thought that a great way to expand a small house was to make the edge of the property provide the privacy for the house. Say, have a fence and dense evergreens line the edge of the property (or maybe just the back yard) or just get a big piece of property, as in my case.

Then build the house with lots of french doors and windows, so that one can see right out to the edge of the property. It’s almost as if the walls visually “fall away” and the tree line is the visual boundary of the house. Now the house is just made up of interior and exterior rooms.

And the best news of all is that this design philosophy doesn’t just work for new construction. It works for renovation, too. Architects are adept at manipulating the current layout of a space, which can really expand the spatial feeling of an existing house.

By just tearing down a few walls and ceilings, and connecting the interior visually with the exterior, one can make a small house live large.

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Memories of the Pacific

by admin on 28/10/2018

The Pacific Hotel, shown in its heyday in 1909, was a true East End landmark sporting wide, sunny verandahs. Picture courtesy of Newcastle University’s Cultural CollectionsTHE Pacific Hotel is no more. And that’s a pity. This old Scott Street pub, known over time by three names, was an East End landmark for 78 years, before being demolished in mid-1966.
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In its heyday the large, three-storey building was very grand and imposing. Nine slender cast-iron footpath columns supported two broad verandahs above with intricate iron lace panels and bullnosed iron roofs.

The 19th century beer palace simply seemed too massive and permanent to one day simply disappear overnight. But it did.

And before it went, the old pub slid into a shadow of its former glory. After the Pacific Hotel closed in 1960 the verandahs were torn down and it became derelict.

After vandals struck, its broken windows stood out like sightless eye sockets amid a sea of flaking paint.

Soon tales rose of the pub’s possible sinister past long before, back in the last days of the windjammers, around 1900.

East End folk also began reminiscing about other incidents in the hotel’s colourful past. Like the time one of the city’s new electric trams suddenly jumped the rails early one morning, mounted the footpath and barged in through the hotel’s front doors. Shocked local residents soon milled around.

Memories of the old demolished hotel though are fast fading. By 1981 the site had been transformed with a Housing Commission development of 20 aged care units called The Sandhills.

The shabby hotel as it was before being demolished in 1966.

Recently, this column received a telephone call from Julie Lomax, of Redhead. She had a historic picture of the Nobbys Surf Club crew on a picnic tour bus in 1937 and did I want to see it? Of particular interest to her was that her father, the late Norman Santamaria, also featured in the picture as a surf club sponsor.

“He was among, I suppose, the last publicans to run the old Pacific Hotel on the corner of Scott and Telford streets, in Newcastle East,” Lomax, now in her early ’80s, said. “I was very young when I was there, but still recall the facade being covered with yellow or orange tiles. The hotel’s licence went to the Golden Eagle Hotel, at Gateshead.

“The Nobbys Surf Club crew would have all drunk at the Pacific. It would have been their local hotel, so that’s the link with my dad. The Pacific also had a big, black cellar, I remember, where my father strictly forbade me from going down alone. I later think someone was even growing mushrooms there to sell up in the public bar.

“Anyway, every time I’ve been back to the city’s East End, I driven around looking for the tunnel said to come up from the hotel in the very early days. I’ve never found it, though.

“My father must have been there in 1936 for around four years. He then bought and ran a fruit shop called Mac’s in Hamilton’s Beaumont Street for perhaps eight years, then operated the Exchange Hotel, not in Hamilton, but in Hunter Street, near Civic. That became the Blue Peter Hotel.

“Later, father retired to Hawks Nest where he sold fruit and vegies before running a taxi service. Looking through some old family newspaper clippings I’ve kept I thought it was funny to see how things change. My father must have had one of the first gaming, or poker, machines in Newcastle – so the authorities took him to court,” Lomax said, smiling.

“Considering most hotels probably couldn’t stay open without them today, dad was in court in 1936 for having just one.

“The news headlines read, ‘Mystery machine’ and ‘Is it a game of chance?’

“My father’s defence solicitor argued it wasn’t a poker machine and there was no evidence it was unlawful. The machine operated on four sixpences. The court decision was reserved.

“Dad had two black marks against his record. The first was failing to keep the bar closed during prohibited hours – presumably after closing time – and for having supplied an unlawful machine, one poker machine. It now makes you laugh.

Julie Lomax with photos featuring her publican dad, Norman Santamaria. Picture: Phil Hearne

“But it’s tough running a hotel.

“Maybe that’s why I was sent away to a convent school during my early years. They wanted to protect me. Both my parents were Italian and mum, called Giselda, once caught two guys in the liquor storeroom at the Exchange Hotel where she was punched in the head by one of them.”

The family’s East End pub started life as the Imperial Hotel in August 1888, before becoming the Brighton Hotel in 1889, then the Pacific Hotel in 1908.

Up until 1914, the Pacific was one of Newcastle’s leading hotels for country visitors because of its spacious rooms, wide sunny verandahs, huge dining room and excellent cuisine.

But when other Newcastle hotels began to modernise, the Pacific began its long, slow decline. The once first-class hotel again become the haunt of seamen from the four corners of the globe, according to Herald reporter Allan Watkins in the 1960s.

By then, the pub had closed. No longer did patrons crowd the bar, play darts or tease the barmaids. Only the pungent smell of stale beer and decay lingered.

In the “bad old days”, circa 1900, both bar and billiards room walls had been decorated with cedar framed wax match strikers. The iron posts outside had held metal rings for hitching horses. The gloomy, cobwebbed pub cellars, interconnected by brick archways, gave rise to images of fireplaces roaring in mid-winter with rough bunks set up along the walls and drunken seamen snoring off hangovers.

An electric tram jumped the rails and ended up at the hotel’s front door on the corner of Scott and Telford streets in 1923.

Writer Watkins said down there among eerie shadows it was easy to imagine in the days of sail when crimping (abducting sailors) was rife. And that maybe some sozzled seamen were coshed, then left in these same cellars to be taken under cover of night aboard a ship short of crew.

The hotel had at least 12 publicans over 78 years and three name changes. The last licensee was “Barney” Pearce who vividly recalled how the hotel had rapidly decayed after its closure; an iron roof was torn off in a gale and upstairs ceilings began to fall in with the rain.

Pearce uttered the Pacific’s epitaph when he said, “the old pub seemed to know it was going off”.

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Important information for Drive app users

by admin on 28/10/2018

iPad – now cheaper in Australia. But are other goods too? Drive will be launching a new iPad compatible site from the 20th of May.
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In May 2015, Drive整形美容医院m.au apps for iPad, iPhone and Android will be shut down, allowing us to focus on a new and improved Drive整形美容医院m.au

From May 20th, the content on Drive整形美容医院m.au apps will no longer be updated. We encourage app users to delete the app from their device and bookmark the homepage of Drive整形美容医院m.au in its place.

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Drive整形美容医院m.au apps will remain accessible on your device, however, from  May 20th content within the apps will not be updated. For the latest up to date content and information, users will be able access Drive整形美容医院m.au from their mobile or tablet device.

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May 20th, 2015. From this point onwards Drive apps will no longer be updated with new content.

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From May 20th we recommend you delete the app from your device as the information will no longer be updated from this time. Going forward, you can access the latest Drive news, reviews and listings on your device at Drive整形美容医院m.au

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Drive整形美容医院m.au will feature the same great content plus new and improved sections and tools to help you find advice on what car to buy. The site has been designed for mobile and tablet ensuring the best experience for the user.

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Will vehicle listings within the apps still be updated? 

After May 20th you may still see updated vehicle listings on a Drive app, however as the apps are not supported after this date we encourage users to visit the listings section on Drive整形美容医院m.au for the best experience and latest content. Why can’t I find the Drive app on the app store? 

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Child’s best friend

by admin on 28/10/2018

Research has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores.ONE of the greatest lessons of my life came from a dog. It was Christmas Eve, 1989, and our house was burning to the ground. As we stood in the snow in our jammies, our Newfoundland, Alfie, kept running back towards the house to make sure all the children were out and that everyone was safe. (We were, thankfully.) It was the most selfless, unconditional act of love I’d ever witnessed.
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While hopefully not everyone’s experience will be that dramatic, pets can be invaluable at teaching families, especially children, “emotional intelligence” or EQ – a measure of empathy and the ability to understand and connect with others. More than intelligence, EQ is the best indicator of a child’s likely success in school.

In fact, kindergarten teachers have reported that EQ is more important than the ability to read or hold a pencil. And unlike IQ, which is fixed at birth, EQ can grow and be nurtured, and what better way than with a loving pet who is a gift to the whole family?

Here are five ways in which pets can help children develop their EQ.

1. By developing empathy.

One of the cornerstones of EQ is empathy, which should be taught and modelled, starting in early childhood. A variety of research in the United States and Britain, including by the late psychologist Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores. (This is hardly a new idea: Philosopher John Locke in 1699 was advocating giving children animals to care for so that they would “be accustomed, from their cradles, to be tender to all sensible creatures”.) The reason is obvious: Caring for a pet draws a self-absorbed child away from himself or herself. Empathy also involves the ability to read non-verbal cues – facial expressions, body language, gestures – and pets offer nothing but non-verbal cues. Hearing a kitten yowl when it wants to eat or seeing a dog run to the door when it wants to go outside gets kids to think: “What are their needs, and what can I do to help?”

2. By teaching responsibility and boosting self-esteem.

The old “I’m not getting a pet because I’ll end up taking care of it” refrain misses the point. Giving a child age-appropriate tasks – from teaching a toddler to “pat gently” to asking a five-year-old to fill a food bowl to letting a young teen walk the dog alone – and offering them positive feedback when they accomplish them, gives kids a feeling of competence that can boost their self-esteem, research says. It’s almost never too soon to start: When a visitor comes to my daughter’s house, her two-year-old knows to tell their Bernese mountain dog, “Riley, go to your rug”.

3. By reducing stress.

At the National Childhood Grief Institute, a study was conducted with the Delta Society using certified golden retrievers in children’s support groups. A therapy dog would sit in front of an emotional child and put its head in the child’s lap. As the child started petting the dog, you could visibly see the child relax. We studied the blood pressure readings of the dogs and the kids, and the experience lowered the blood pressure of both.

4. By helping a child learn to read.

Really. Reading expands a child’s understanding of the experiences and emotions of others, but learning to read can be stressful. And reading out loud is critical for literacy, but it can be torture for a kid who’s intimidated or embarrassed. The answer? Read to your pet. With an endlessly patient animal, children can go at their own pace and sound out difficult words with no fear of judgment.

Lori Friesen, of the University of Alberta, has studied the use of therapy dogs to promote literacy learning in classrooms, including with her own dog, Tango, in her second-grade classroom. Friesen notes that “situational interest”, such as adding the novelty of a dog to a learning environment, can help capture children’s attention. Therapy dogs in particular offer a “multi-sensory learning experience”. They’re sociable, respond eagerly to humans and “possess a capacity for limited comprehension of oral language”. That helps.

5. By helping children express their emotions.

As a counsellor with public schools, Randall Bachman noted in an academic paper that children, when asked whom they would turn to with a problem, regularly named their pets. That doesn’t surprise me at all. It can be hard for children to talk to adults about powerful emotions.

When I was with the National Childhood Grief Institute, I worked with children all around the world who were dealing with the traumas of war and natural disaster. In New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Sandy Hook after the school-shooting tragedy, children had a hard time expressing sadness and anger.

What helped them was being able to tell their story over and over, until they felt they were regaining control over a situation that felt out of their control. That’s where a loving animal is invaluable.

The Washington Post