Rain, hail or shine, there’s lots to see and do this weekend

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SATURDAYPaddock Sessions 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 1.30pm to 8pm, Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi. Come for the day with a picnic blanket or camp. Market and food stalls and a line-up includingImogen Clark & Band, This Way North,Joe Mugovan,Finnian Johnson and Abby Dobson.

Lovedale Long Lunch10am to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday. A progressive-style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale.

Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival 2017 10am to 3pm, King Street, Raymond Terrace.

2017 Hunter Innovation FestivalSaturday and Sunday, various venues. Forums, workshops and more. For the program of events go tohunterinnovationfestival苏州桑拿/program.

The 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival is on this weekend.

Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale Saturday, 9amto 5pm, Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow.Back by popular demand; up to 60 per cent off activewear; access to exclusive products.

Planning Your Dream Kitchen10am to 11.30am, HIA Home Inspirations Centre,17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West. A free seminarfor anyone who would like to avoid the pitfalls and get the best bang for their buck in renovating their old kitchen or building a new one.

Chemical Clean Out 9am to 3.30pm,Glendale TAFE, Frederick Street, Glendale.You can drop off paints, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, motor oils and fuels, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, acids and alkalis, and fluorescent tubes and globes. Only household quantities are accepted.

One Night in Dungog 5.30pm, James Theatre, Dungog.Cocktail party followed by a screening of the very best short films from the 2016 Dungog Short Film Festival.

SUNDAYRSPCA Million Paws Walk 8.30am to 2pm, Morpeth Common, Morpeth. Activities for you and your pet; children’s activities; competitions; live music; giveaways; market and food stalls.

2017 Hunter Memory Walk & Jog Tulkaba Park, Teralba.Take part in a3km or 6.5km walk or run. Also, there will be raffles, food stalls, entertainment and special guests.The event raises funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s NSW.

Blast From The Past Rock and Roll Picnic 10am to 3pm, Toronto foreshore. Music; food and market stalls; Show and Shineand a children’s entertainment area.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Main game kick-off 2pm.

Annual WALK-A-THON and FUN RUN8.30am, CB Alexander College, Tocal Road, Tocal.Walk or run 5km or 10km. Raffles; craft stalls; food and drinks. Adults$20 walk, $10 run; children (15 and under) $5 walk or run.

Africa Day Celebration10am to 4.30pm, Islington Public School. Free event for all the family to enjoy. Colourful fabrics, fashion, food stalls, market stalls and workshops, plus wine tasting, art, music and dance.

Vintage Farm Display and Market Day9am to 3pm,Clarence Town Courthouse.

The Sebel Kirkton Park Wedding Open Day10am to 2pm, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin. Bridal experts; live entertainment;handmade workshops; local wine and produce as well as goodie bags, prizes and giveaways.

2017 Variety NSW Bash8am, Bar Beach. Two-time Paralympian Maddie Elliott OAM will wave the starters flag for the 26thVariety NSW AHA Bash. The Maitland local will start the cavalcade of 80 Variety Bash cars from Bar Beach on the week-long adventure to support Aussie kids in need.The Variety Bash will visit Gilgandra, Cowra, Narrandera, Yass, Bathurst and Muswellbrook and return to Bar Beach on May 27.

The Fashion Circle 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford. Quality pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Entry $5.

SAVE THE DATEFor a night of food, film and fun head to Casuarina Estate on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin on May 27. Doors open at 6pm for wine and beer tasting served with canapes plus a three-course dinner. The event celebrates the life of winemaker Brian McGuigan, who will host thedinner and recount tales of his life in the Hunter Valley. Book atstickytickets苏州夜网.au.

MARKETSHamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.

Tea Gardens Village Market 9am to 1pm,Myall Quays Shopping Centre.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

ARTS & CULTURENewcastle MuseumRemembering the Pasha Storm (including VR display); Shadows of Sacrifice; A Ticket To Paradise?.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryLocal Artist Uncovered: works by Marc Brabander. Until July 2. Also,Wild Learning –Get To Know Your DSLR Camera With Ivan. Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

Newcastle Art GalleryLaunch event –Abstraction: Celebrating n Abstract Women Artists, 11am to 12.30pm Saturday. Until July 23. Also, Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryDavid Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton:Welcome to WOOF WOOF.Until May 28.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018.Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages.Until June 18.Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.

Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryScanlines. Until June 25. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2.CLICK: Schools in Focus. Until June 25.

Wallsend District LibraryNikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition. Until May 28.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreEbb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists;The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter;Creature: Max Watters Collection. Until July 2.

Timeless TextilesThe Breath of Felt; Lumpy. Until June 4.

The Lock-UpJamie North: Slidings; Sally Bourke: Brutal. Until June 11.

CStudios Art GalleryDouble Vision –Land and Sea. Paintings by Peter Erson Smith and Kay McFarlane Smith. Until May 27.

Art Systems WickhamTattoo ARI Project: Dan Arnold, Ash Dosen, Cristyn Franks, Braden Gill, Ruth Hughes, Jeramy Lewandowski, James Matthews, Lisa Stratigos, Danny Giles.Until May 28.

Gallery 139AMBEDO: Julia Flanagan, Matthew Tome. Until June 4.

Alchemy Art SpaceNepal Exhibition. Until May 26.

World of Brass Sunday, 2pm to 4pm,Lake Macquarie Centre for Performing Arts, Warners Bay.Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band performance.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleriesHARMONY by Holly Marlin and Kara Wood. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space Student Gallery What IS Art? Until June 4.

Front Room Galleryat Newcastle Art School Diploma of Visual Arts 2017. Until June 2.

THEATREAnyone for Breakfast? Husbands and wives who are having affairs (or trying to have them) are involved in a night and morning of amusing confusion in Derek Benfield’s comedy. Club 71, at St Peter’s Hall, Hamilton. Saturday; dinner and show from 7pm.

Snugglepot and CuddlepieThe gumnut babies head through the bush on a journey and meet Mr Lizard, Mrs Snake, the big, bad Banksia Men and others; lively musical from May Gibbs’ book. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

Two to TangoBright double bill: Last Tango in Little Grimley, in which a small town theatre faced with closure decides to stage a sex comedy; and Haiku, moving play with a mother revealing that her autistic daughter voices Japanese-style poetry. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, until May 27, plus 2pm matinees on Sunday, May 21, and Saturday, May 27.

VelvetMarcia Hines leads a musical cast as it looks through disco, dance, music and circus at the problems of people in a nightclub. Organised Pandemonium and Strut & Fret, in the Aurora Spiegeltent, Civic Park, until June 4: Tuesday to Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.

MUSICAdamstown Uniting ChurchSaturday, Salon Days:Music from the Golden Age of Palm Court Orchestras. Sunday, Carole, Joni & Carly –The Songwriters That Changed The World.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Mardmax.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Argyle’s 4thbirthday party.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Jade Lee Wright.Sunday,Nicholas Connors.

Beach HotelSaturday, Trataka. Sunday, The V-Dubs.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Defaced.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Captain Risky.

The BradfordSaturday, Witchery.Sunday, Tiali.

Burwood InnSaturday, DJ Dan Phelan.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Northlane,Hands Like Houses.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Project X.

Catho PubSaturday, Layth Gunn.Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ngariki.

Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday,Hayden Johns.

Clarendon HotelSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club KotaraSaturday, Paul Watters.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Club RedheadSaturday, Viagro.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Zac & Ben.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday,Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, The V-Dubs.

Crown & Anchor HotelSunday,Zane Penn Duo.

Customs HouseSaturday,Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

D’Albora MarinaSunday,Ben Travis.

Denman HotelSunday, Sarah Christine.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, The DuoTones.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday,Norm Bakker.

The EdwardsSaturday, The Owls, dave, Nicholas Connors, Mahala Williams, e4444e.


Exchange HotelSaturday, Hummingbirds.

FinnegansSaturday, Brooke Evers.

FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Melody Feder.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSaturday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead TavernSunday, The Way.

George TavernSaturday, Banddits.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Frankenbok, Zombonimo. Sunday, Alby Pool.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday,Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof HotelSaturday, Ben Travis.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Overload. Sunday, Shivoo.

​Hamilton Station HotelSaturday, The Wildbloods,Magnus,Yours Alone.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Gen-R-8, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager.

Honeysuckle HotelSunday, Lisa Hunt.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Bernie Ayrton.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Code Red.

The Junction HotelSaturday, Frets With Benefits.

Junction InnRaymond TerraceSunday, Troy Kemp.

Kent HotelSaturday,The Fedz. Sunday, Grant Walmsley.

Khartoum HotelSaturday, Brazillian Brothers.

King Street HotelSaturday, Reecelow.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Bernie.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,The No Such Things,The Fonzies.

Lizotte’sSaturday, A Tribute To Woodstock. Sunday,n Dance and Talent Centre.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Jason Ray.

Mark HotelSaturday, Kim and Mik.

Mary EllenSaturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Dave Owen.

Merewether SurfhouseSunday,Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, James Osborn.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Newcastle DiggersSaturday, Smokin Rosie.

Newcastle Jockey ClubSaturday,Jordan Fleming.

Northern Star HotelSaturday,Mark Wood.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, Whiskey Business.

Pippis At The PointSaturday,Jon Schatz. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

The PourhouseSaturday, Sami.

Premier HotelSaturday, Shivoo. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday,Wesley’s Edge.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Todd Schmoo, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pistol Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Outlaw Ave.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Kelly Hope.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Dai Pritchard.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Sami.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday,Elisa Kate.Sunday, Heather Price.

Shortland HotelSaturday,Scully.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Dr Love.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Soundabout.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Tim Hulsman.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Sunnyside TavernSaturday, Emily Rose.

Swansea HotelSunday, Karen O’Shea.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Bounce.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Rock Oz.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.

Toronto WorkersSaturday,Scratch. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall HotelSaturday, Logan.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday,Kellie Cain. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The BaySaturday,Wicked.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Hell Rad.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Tim Harding.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Bowie: Ashes To Ashes, Loko.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Fishfry + Pow Wow.

MOVIESA Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

A Street Cat Named Bob(PG)The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

Alien: Covenant(MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers(G) Mickey Mouse and his pals racearound the globe.

Don’t Tell(M)The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Sara West in a scene from Don’t Tell.

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry(M)Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

Fences(PG)A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950swhile coming to terms with the events of his life. (Regal)

Get Out(MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style(M)Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(M)The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

Jasper Jones(M)On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. (Regal)

Hidden Figures(PG)The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the USspace program. (Regal)

John Wick: Chapter 2(MA)After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword(M)Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

Loving(PG)The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. (Regal)

Snatched(MA 15+)A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

The Case For Christ(PG) Ajournalist struggles with his wife’s newfound faith in Christ.

The Fate Of The Furious(M)A mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape.

The Met Opera: La Traviata(E)Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. (Event)

Their Finest(M)A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (Lake Cinema)

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One(MA)Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, an unlikely pair race against an impending global crisis and are confronted by the monsters that live inside us all.

The Zookeeper’s Wife(M)Zookeepers Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.

Whiteley(M) A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of ’s most celebrated artists.

New APS agency to be put in electorate Nationals lost

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The Coalition government will establish its new regional investment agency in the heart of an electorate its state counterparts suffered a historic loss to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Regional Investment Corporation announced in budget papers last week would be based in Orange, where the National party lost its 69-year stranglehold in a NSW by-election last November.

The agency’s emergence in the central west NSW town, which will continue the federal government’s push to decentralise the public service, has drawn fire from Labor regional spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon who accused the Coalition of pork barrelling.

Mr Joyce said the government considered several regional cities for the RIC, including Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Bendigo, Lithgow, Toowoomba and Wagga Wagga.

“Locating the RIC in Orange makes sense, building on the existing base of agricultural investment institutions in the city, including the New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority and Macquarie Bank’s Paraway Pastoral livestock enterprise,” he said.

“Orange is an important agricultural hub in a region which generates about $1.7 billion in gross agricultural production, and is the home of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the lack of any competitive tender to host the RIC was “another example of a Barnaby Joyce pork barrel special”.

“Barnaby Joyce has no decentralisation plan, only a plan to ward off One Nation,” he said.

Towns that missed out on the RIC should be told why the government selected Orange and what process it followed, he said.

The agency, designed to improve delivery of funds to farmers and consistency in farm business loan assessments, will arrive next year in the city that is part of the federal Calare electorate held by the National party’s Andrew Gee.

The Nationals held the state seat of Orange by more than 20 per cent before the by-election triggered by Mr Gee’s resignation to run at a federal level, but voters shook the NSW Coalition government when they abandoned the party.

The Baird Government’s proposed ban on greyhound racing and council amalgamations were among issues blamed for the massive swing against the Nationals, who said they would try to reconnect with the region’s voters.

Mr Gee won Calare at the federal election four months earlier despite a 9 per cent swing against his party.

The government said in budget papers it would spend $28.5 million over four years to establish the RIC.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the agency would do the work of state-based rural adjustment authorities, and that the funding should be spent on regional infrastructure projects or research and development in agriculture.

Netball: Sam Poolman impresses Chinan Diamonds selectors before Commonwealth Gamesphotos

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Poolman shines like a Diamond CLOSE ATTENTION: Sam Poolman puts pressure on Vixens shooter Mwai Kumwenda in Canberra on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

TweetFacebookNewcastleHerald on Tuesday that the 26-year-old Giants goal keeper would get “some sort of opportunity” this year after impressing national selectors.

The three Diamonds selectors will announce squads on June 27 for the Quad Series in August, Constellation Cup against New Zealand in October and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Alexander said Poolman had turned around her career under Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald this season after four years with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

“We’ve been very impressed with her improvement this year,” Alexander said.

“I did ring her a couple of years ago. It was really important for her to understand that what was holding her back was a bit around her high-performance behaviours.She needed to get herself into the sort of shape that is necessary to play at the very top.

“Nobody was more delighted than me when Julie decided to give that defence spot to her at the Giants.I was confident Sammy would understand this was basically her last chance of having a good crack at it, because there’s so many younger kids coming through.

“To see her put the work in under Julie’s tutelage and what she’s done is just fantastic. I’m just thrilled for her, both as a person and an athlete.”

Poolman won her battle with Melbourne Vixens starshooter Mwai Kumwenda on Sunday as the Giants triumphed 56-52 to return to the top of the Super Netball ladder.

“I’m taking notice of any defence that plays well against the Vixens,” Alexander said.

“Mwai Kumwendahas done such a tremendous job as the shooter and beaten nearly everyone, so I think it’s a real credit to Sam that she was able to really shut down that supply through to Mwai and perhaps put a little bit of doubt in the minds of the feeders.”

The coach said Poolman was reaching her potential after attending the n Institute of Sport on a scholarship in 2011.

“She’s been at the AIS, she’s been an identified junior back in the day at NSW. Many of us thought she’d be the next Liz Ellis in many respects, but there’s also a burden with that, the burden ofexpectation.

“Sammy is a really good person, but she had to be tough with herself.That’s extremely tough for anybody, and I think Julie’s managed her beautifully.

“It’s great that she’s improved so much in that area, and we’re impressed. In some way, shape or form she’ll be getting some sort of opportunity I see this year.”

Collingwood goal keeper Sharni Layton is the n captain, but selectors will name at least six defenders in their squads next month.

Alexander said the selectors would watch closely during the Super Netball finals to see which defenders had the mental toughness and concentration to play well under pressure.

“Sam’s really shown that extremely well this year. She’s a very, very smart defender, and we can see that clearly.”

Poolman has more defensive rebounds than any other n in Super Netball and is fourth in deflections and intercepts.

Fitzgerald said the defender had worked hard inthe off-season and arrived at the Giants “well and truly ready to play”.

“Her agility has improved enormously, and her vertical jump has improved something like nine centimetres over a short period of time,” she said.

“She’s been able to play on a variety of shooters for us.

“I think she’s definitely worthy of being in the n squad. The statistics keep her up in that top echelon of defenders in every regard.

“You have to pick on form and the players who are playing well at the time. Sam’s definitely putting her hand up.”

Brazil accused of anti-indigenous stance

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Indios da etnia Gamela (Viana, no Maranh????o) sofrem ataque na nova retomada de terra que estavam fazendo no munic????cio de Viana. Cerca de 200 homens amarmados com armas de fogo homens com fac????es e paus. H???? cerca de 10 feridos, os casos mais graves que est????o sendo transferidos para a capital do estado S????o Lu????s. Os ind????genas afirmam que o ataque j???? estava sendo organizado independente de acontecer ou n????o a retomada, pois havia um grupo que se auto intitulara “movimento pela paz” que estava incitando moradores do povoado Santeiro. A r????dio local estava abrindo espa????o para pol????ticos contr????rios a retomadas, darem entrevistas – criando um ambiente de animosidade nos ????ltimos dias. A Gamela man is admitted to hospital after a confrontation with farmers in northern brazil on April 30.?? Photo: CIMIThe Brazilian government has appointed an army general as the new president of FUNAI, the 50-year-old indigenous affairs agency responsible for mapping indigenous land and avoiding a repeat of the killings that brought the plight of Amazonian indians to the rest of the world in the 1960s.

It is the first time in 25 years that a non-civilian has become head of the agency, which is already under pressure from a pro-agribusiness group known as the “ruralist faction” in the country’s Congress.

Franklimberg Freitas, 61, is FUNAI’s eighth president in five years and already faces strong opposition from indigenous communities and activists.

On his way out, his predecessor, Antonio Costa, urged Brazilians to “wake up” as he protested against the perceived architect of his dismissal, the newly appointed Minister for Justice Osmar Serraglio.

“The Brazilian government does not comply with what is written in the Constitution related to indigenous populations. The FUNAI has been forgotten by the government, not only by this government, but also by previous governments, which has left FUNAI in a chaotic situation,” Costa said.

FUNAI, or National Indian Foundation, was established in 1967 to replace the Indian Protection Service, which was tasked with assimilating the indigenous population into the broader white culture. The service was formed by a marshal and was disbanded following international outcry over criminal neglect, persecution and massacre of those in its care.

Since then, the agency has had a motley history, credited with both protection of and violence towards tribes.

“Indigenous peoples need a minister who seeks justice and not a minister who takes sides. That’s not the ministerial role. You know very well the side he defends,” Costa said of Serraglio’s alleged ties to the faction lobbying to weaken environmental laws and expand agricultural and mining operations into indigenous territories.

Costa also said he had been under pressure from congressmen to employ people with no interest or experience in indigenous matters. One of his correspondents, Federal MP for the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul Luis Carlos Heinze, sent a letter to FUNAI earlier this year in an alleged attempt to influence the choice of candidate for a key agency position.

Heinze made headlines in Brazil after he was caught on camera depicting indigenous people, homosexuals and slave descendents as “all that is worthless”.

The Brazilian Constitution of 1988, enacted after the end of military rule, defines the right of indigenous people to their lands as “original rights”, that is, before the creation of the nation itself.

But in the past decade, precarious indigenous living standards and government’s inaction in countering the incursion of agribusiness has pushed tribespeople and farmers against each other. They fear FUNAI’s budget cuts and ongoing political instability will put an end to already contested demarcation processes, and have begun autonomous moves to regain territories in several states. Consequently, armed conflicts in disputes over land are becoming more common, with indigenous men over-represented in emergency departments and morgues.

More than a dozen members of a tribe known as the Gamela people were injured two weeks ago after farmers attacked recently occupied land in Maranhao state, north-eastern Brazil, with guns, knives and clubs. Five people needed medical attention for broken bones, cuts and gun-shot wounds, including Aldely Ribeiro whose hands were almost severed in a machete attack. Two other men had surgery to remove bullets from the lungs and head.

The latest violence came two weeks after some 4000 people, mostly indigenous, travelled to the country’s capital, Brasilia, to pressure the government for land demarcation to be carried out in accordance with the constitution. Indigenous leaders say the government of President Michel Temer is working to roll back protections in various parts of the Amazon and allowing farmers and other big-money interest to steal their lands.

“We had just peacefully retaken part of our traditional territory as we have been doing gradually since 2015, similar to other tribes in different parts of the country. Suddenly, many farmers heavily armed arrived. They were very angry and outnumbered us so we decided to retrieve. When most of the Gamela had left, my group was attacked,” recounts the elder Kumtum Akroa-Gamella, who sustained injuries to his hand and head.

The men accuse a former federal policeman and Maranhao MP Aloisio Mendes of inciting the farmers against them.

Mendes denies the accusation. He blames state and federal governments for not acting following several warnings of escalating violence. Conflicts between farmers and tribespeople have also become common, creating problems for farm labourers who find themselves without homes and jobs once a farm is occupied.

According to indigenous rights advocate Daniel Carvalho, the violent situation in Maranhao is amplified by public figures and local media depicting the Gamela as not native to the area.

This is reflected in statements from both Mendes and the Ministry of Justice. In a statement issued after the machete attack, the minister said federal police would investigate the incident involving farmers and “supposed indigenous people”.

Carvalho, a local member of FUNAI, said historical documents and studies proved the existence of the Gamelas in the region. “This type of narrative just demonstrates the level of racism, prejudice and ignorance that exists in our society that fuels the conflicts,” Carvalho told Fairfax Media.

Cleber Buzzato is the national secretary of one of the main indigenous rights groups in Brazil, CIMI.

He said that the attacks happened in a context where agribusiness lobbyists have gained more strength after last year’s impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff.

“Those forces demonstrate to be even more aggressive, even more violent against slave descendents, peasants and indigenous people who fight for land demarcation,” Buzzato said recalling another violent episode where nine rural workers were killed in a dispute with farmers, squatters and loggers.

There are about 450 recognised indigenous territories in Brazil. Another 430 are still in demarcation queues, which can take many years.

WineOsborn’s wondrous wine factory

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COLOURFUL COMBINATION: Chester Osborn in front of the Cube with South African husband-and-wife gourmet food team Lindsay Dürr and Brendan Wessels, who will run the tower’s luxury restaurant.IT’S a busy month for winemakerChesterOsborn, whatwith Galvo Garage, Hermit Crab, Ironstone Pressings and the $14 million five-storey, Rubik’s Cube-inspired, tower at his McLaren Vale vineyards.

Some see the glass-encased steel and concrete Cube as Chester’s folly and he concedes it has made both his father managing director d’Arry and his company board a bit nervous.

“Some people refer to this as WillyWonka’swine factory, and in a way it is,” 54-year-old Chester says.

Whether it’s a folly or an audacious master stroke will soon be established as the Cube opens.

Chester says it’s an assault on the senses with art installations, tasting rooms, what he calls a “wine fog room”, flagons connected to bicycle horns to give insights into wine aromas and a luxury restaurant.

South African husband-and-wife team of head chef Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Dürr have been appointed to run the restaurant. The pair have previously worked in Michelin-starred establishments overseas and top n restaurants.

The Cube got $2 million state government regional development funding and Chester believes it seals d’Arenberg’s status as McLaren Vale’s busiest cellar door with 50,000 visitors a year.

Chester is a fourth-generation Osborn in the 104-year-old family wine venture.

That penchant is also shows in his six new wines that reached my tasting bench last week.There is the $65 d’Arenberg 2014 The Ironstone Pressings Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, the $15 2016 The Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne and the $29 2014 The Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Petit Verdot, which are ravailable atdarenberg苏州夜网.au, the 58 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale, winery and wine shops.

The three other new wines are the 2014 d’Arry’s Original Shiraz-Grenache, currently available at $18, the 2014 Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, for release in early 2018 at $65, and the 2014 Dead Arm Shiraz, for release in June at $65.

HUNTER STARSPETER Windrim from Krinklewood Vineyard and Shannon Burgess-Moore from De Iuliis Wines have won places in the 2017 Young Guns of Wine Top 50 awards.

The 11-year-old awards showcase the best up-and-coming winemakers across and 2017 judging had a rigorous two-day tasting of contestants’ wines.

Other NSW Top 50 winners were Xanthe Freeman of Freeman Vineyards at Hilltops, Tom Ward of Swinging Bridge, Orange, and Chris Carpenter of the Canberra’s Lark Hill Wines.

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Insight into the workforce

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MEETING PLACE: The expo provides a unique opportunity for visitors to speak face-to-face with a variety of organisations.Career Links will host The Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo on Thursday, May 18 at the Newcastle Jockey Club.

IDEAS EXPOSURE: The Expo is a fantastic one-stop environment for students to discuss available career and training options with potential employers.

The Career & Training Expo is the largest event of its kind in the region, attracting over 145 local and interstate exhibitors, including 32 universities and 27 colleges, from leading education and training providers to some of the Hunter’s largest employers.

Over 4000 students will be attending on the day from all school sectors across the region.

FUTURE BECKONS: There are exhibitors from a vast array of career fields and further training providers making the expo an event not to be missed by students.

New in 2017 is the Industry Pavilion. Career Links in conjunction with RDA Hunter ME program, have invited a number of high skill industries to attend the Expo so they can highlight the current skill requirements and the potential skill base for future positions.

Students will be able to get an insight into the workforce of the future from industries that are leaders in their sectors.

The Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo is open to parents and community members from 1pm till 3pm.

Entry is $5 per person.

Students that attend the Expo with their school are able to return at no charge as long as they are still wearing their wrist band.

With the addition of the Industry pavilion and the increased education sector exhibitors, this year’s Expo will be the biggest presented.

The major sponsors for 2017 are The University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE.

Their support of the event along with supporting partners Defence Force Recruitment, Avondale College, Noverskill and the Department of Education ensures Career Links are able to successfully present an expanded Expo each year.

Career LinksCareer Links was established in 2000 to service the youth of the region.

They are a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of programs and services which connect young people with business, education, community and families, enabling themto transition from school to employment.

This transition is a critical point in development and without targeted support students risk of becoming an unemployment statistic.

Other programs Career Links alsooffers include the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program and Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

SWL coordinates Vocational Education and Training (VET) work placements with businesses for students completing a VET course as part of their mandatory HSC qualifications.

For further information regarding Career Links visit www.careerlinks.nsw.edu.au. For further information on the Career Expo visit www.newcastlecareerexpo苏州夜网.au or contact 02 4967 1050.

Ballantyne, Hill set to bolster Freo as Eagles wait on Petrie

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Fremantle will decide this week whether dashing midfielder Stephen Hill resumes from injury in Sunday’s home clash with Carlton.

The revitalised Dockers sit on the brink of the top eight with five wins from their last six engagements and emerged from Sunday’s show-stopping, last-kick, two-point victory over Richmond in Melbourne without further injuries.

Dangerous Dockers small forward Hayden Ballantyne is also set for a return to full training in a determined bid to play for his future and a potential contract extension before the end of the season.

And West Coast big man Drew Petrie is in for a recall ahead of schedule from broken bones in his left hand.

Petrie, 34, will be considered for a direct recall into the Eagles outfit for a road trip to confront Essendon at Etihad Stadium but could also return through alignment club East Perth.

He has missed seven weeks from surgery to implant plates and screws into his hand after snapping bones in his West Coast debut against old outfit North Melbourne in round one.

Petrie declared himself set for a return after resuming training last week.

He had been on the brink of playing in Friday night’s blockbuster with reigning premiers Western Bulldogs.

Petrie could resume at East Perth to regain important ball-handling touch after impressive outings from stand-in ruck pair Nathan Vardy and Fraser McInnes in the Eagles gutsy eight-point win over the Dogs.

“It’s always hard to press for a spot after missing seven games and also after a win,” Petrie told Fox Footy.

“I’ll be more than happy to pull on an East Perth jumper.”

Petrie seems more logically headed back to action at WAFL level and possibly resume as West Coast need important taller back-up for a shootout with glamour outfit Greater Western Sydney in Perth on Sunday-week.

Hill, 27, will have been out of action for 29 days recovering from a hamstring strain when the Dockers host the Blues on Sunday.

He broke down early into the last term of Fremantle’s stirring come-from-behind win over North Melbourne in Perth late last month.

Hill’s return will add substantial firepower to an in-form and imposing midfield with his brother Brad, star play-maker Nathan Fyfe, Lachie Neale, David Mundy and Michael Walters all in startling recent form.

A decision from Dockers coach Ross Lyon and his medical staff will be whether to recall the dynamic line-breaker or hold Hill back for a big occasion outing against premiership fancies Adelaide a week later on the road.

Ballantyne, 29, seems more likely to return through Dockers partner unit Peel Thunder later this month.

A complication to Ballantyne’s return hopes is a WAFL general bye in a fortnight when Western plays Victoria in Melbourne.

Ballantyne snapped his hamstring tendon in the final pre-season match two months ago and had initially been expected to miss up to 12 weeks.

The 2014 All-n pocket dynamo seems highly unlikely to get a succession of WAFL games to press for a recall to the Dockers starting forward line ahead of Fremantle’s round 13 bye, which would more logically complete his full three month recovery to resume at the highest level.

Centenary of the Great War

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BREATHER: n lighthorse troopers having a break from patrolling. Picture: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for14-20 May 1917.

BULLECOURT FIRMLY HELDField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the west front, reports:-

“On Sunday morning we repulsed two enemy counter-attacks upon our positions in the Hindenburg line eastward of Bullecourt.

The ns for the past ten days have gallantly maintained their positions in this sector, repelling at least twelve determined counter-attacks.

We hold the greater part of Bullecourt. We yesterday established ourselves in the western houses of Roeux, and again progressed on the western slopes of Greenland Hill.

We destroyed six German aeroplanes and drove down five uncontrolled. Six of ours are missing.

BULLECOURT CAPTUREDField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the West Front, reports:-

“We completed the capture of Bullecourt on Thursday, and took 60 prisoners.

A previous report stated:- “There was night fighting at Bullecourt. We made further progress through the village and reached the western edge.

The “Petit Parisien’s” correspondent says that there were startling fluctuations on Wednesday on the British front.

The fighting went on without truce and mercilessly in and around Bullecourt. One of the German counter-attacks reached part of the southern line, and 250 Germans, drunk with fury, jumped into the trench yelling “Victory!” Suddenly the scene changed. While part of the ns were falling back and keeping the enemy at bay, yet drawing them further on, another body of Dominion troops hurled themselves boldly from beyond the trench and turned the assaulters’ flank.

Then the retreating ns charged, while a copious barrage prevented the Germans intervening from Reincourt. The implacable melee ended only when the last of the enemy had fallen. Two hundred were left dead, while the remaining 50 were pulverised while fleeing through the British barrage.

AUSTRALIAN CASUALTIESTwo lists of casualties, Nos. 299 and 300 were issued Friday night. They contain 1803 names, and include 316 killed in action, 16 died of wounds, and six died of other causes. There are 397 reported wounded, 1096 missing, 27 sick, three injured, and two prisoners of war.

OVER AGE SOLDIERSSenator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, stated Monday that he had telegraphed the Imperial war authorities, to know whether men between 45 and 50 years of age would be accepted for active service, provided that they are in good health, and of exceptional physique.

AUSTRALIAN HORSES IN EGYPTSenator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, made available today the following extracts from a letter received from Major-General Sir Harry Chauvel, the G.O.C. Anzac Mounted Division, Egypt:- “With regard to the horses you have sent over here, I think I am in a position to express an opinion, as so many thousands have passed under my ken one way and another; and all I can say is, I have never ceased wondering how has continued to produce such a splendid lot of horses. The work they have been called upon to perform in the last 12 months has been most strenuous, what with brackish water, sometimes short rations, heavy weights, always the softest sand (which is more often than not steeply undulating), and long hours without water; and their endurance and recuperative powers have been beyond all expectations.

“During the fighting at Romani, in the hottest month of the year, the horses of one regiment were without water for 52 hours. During the raid in Mazar in September, some of the horses were without water for 30 hours, under the saddle all the time, and did 40 odd miles; and during the raid on Maghdaba in December most of them were without water for 36 hours, having done nearly 50 miles, and been under the saddle all the time. In all these operations we have had a very few die of absolute exhaustion. As a general rule we have got a very good lot. I only once had an occasion to refuse to accept any horses from remounts, and these were issued to the New Zealand Brigade, and were, I think, returns from hospital. The scale and quality of forage are better than in any previous campaign, and the system of evacuation and treatment of sick is most excellent, though perhaps somewhat expensive, and the actual losses in horses other than from wounds have not, I think, been great.”

He saw the horses forwarded in recent shipments and adds: “They were all excellent horses, and they arrived in good condition.”

A SOLDIER’S LETTERCorporal W. J. Cram, of Hamilton, who, with his father, enlisted some months ago, writes from London:- “We are both in excellent health, and are doing well. We are having fine weather now — the snow has all gone, and the sun is beginning to make itself felt for the first time since we arrived here, and that is just two months ago. I do not expect to be sent to France for another two months yet. I was sent to a school for N.C.O.’s to be put through a course on the Lewis automatic gun. I passed as a corporal, and have been warned to be ready at any time to go to a higher school at Tidworth, 20 miles from where I am now camped. Will put in the next two months there. We are having plenty of drill now, the programme for the day consisting of bomb throwing and doubling round the parade ground with gas helmets on. This parade generally ends up with plenty of fun. Some of the boys do not understand the way to breathe with one on, and the result is they are red and blue in the face, and can hardly stand up. Musketry is the next parade, then dinner — not a bad parade at all — puddings every day. In the afternoon, platoon drill, bayonet fighting, and bombing lectures, and at night miniature range practice. The doctors here are very strict as to whom they pass for France. Some of the boys who stoked nearly all the way over have been turned down. It is said that all men past 43 are to do six months’ home service, and then be sent back to . We had a good time in London on leave. The ns are very popular there.”

NEWCASTLE RECRUITINGRecruiting Headquarters, Newcastle, have been officially notified to raise a special bantam reinforcement unit of 150 recruits, whose height ranges from 5 feet to 5 feet 2 inches. It is expected that this will be a popular unit, and will fill quickly.

DISTRICT CASUALTIESPrivate Shilling. – Mrs. G. S. Shilling, of Frederick-street, Merewether, has been notified that her husband, Private G. S. (Jack) Shilling has been wounded.

LIEUTENANT VARLEYMrs. G. H. Varley, of Gordon-avenue, Hamilton, has been notified that Lieutenant A. S. Varley was transferred to the First Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, England, suffering from severe gunshot wounds in face, hand and leg, accidentally caused.

35TH BATTALION FUNDThe whole-hearted and consistent way in which the supporters of the 35th Battalion Comforts Fund have worked was shown in the report of the year’s operations presented at the first annual meeting, held yesterday afternoon at the depot at Scott’s Limited. Mrs. Brent B. Rodd, president, occupied the chair, and there was a very large attendance. Mr. R. G. Shea apologised for the unavoidable absence of Mr. W. Scott, who, Mr. Shea said, was very pleased not only with the work that had been done, but with the manner in which it had been performed.

In the military committee’s report, presented by Mr. H. G. Morgan, treasurer, and citizens’ secretary, a letter was embodied from Major Rodd, in which he acknowledged receipt of cases, notified by the secretary from time to time, and thanks were expressed to the members of the fund for the gifts forwarded. In the same letter Major Rodd also gave an account of the receipts and expenditure of the military committee at the front.

Miss G. J. Short, the honorary secretary, in her report said:- “If the general public could find time and interest to step out of the lift into the top floor of Messrs. Scott’s Limited to the 35th Battalion depot on Monday and Thursday afternoons of each week, they would see from 25 to 30 ladies at work, and in addition a steady stream of women and girls coming and going all the time. Too much appreciation could not be given to the staunch band of regular workers at home and at the depot, who had kept things going from the start. Another branch of valuable helpers did steady work in their own homes, while groups and societies of women and girls worked in the district and suburbs in conjunction with the comforts fund, making up cut-out garments and knitting from wool supplied. It was an interesting fact that the youngest knitter was a girl seven years old and the oldest a man of 76 years. How did the soldiers themselves regard the work of the fund? One sentence written by a private on active service was sufficient:- “We always know we have something to fight for when we receive such fine gifts from such fine friends. We will never be able to repay you for all your kindness and your great work.”

A summary of the made articles sent away from the depot to the front to March 31st comprised the following:- 2277 pairs of socks, 1000 balaclava caps; 986 flannel shirts, 863 pairs of mittens, 630 pairs of underpants, 84 blanket vests, 916 handkerchiefs, 125 silk shirts, 100 washers, 263 pairs of calico shorts. Since the committee had been in office (May, 1916) they had sent from the depot 240 cases totalling in value £2035. That was inclusive of Christmas cheer (£299 5s 6d), and that did not include private parcels. In addition 10 cases of tobacco had been sent through Messrs. H. and O. Wills, of Sydney, for Christmas and Easter valued at £73. The reinforcements were not forgotten. A supply of’ tobacco, games, literature, and foods for on board ship had also been sent. Battalion flags were donated to the various reinforcements by the ladies of the Comforts Fund and by Mr. W. Scott. An organised effort was started in July and August to provide Christmas cheer for “Newcastle’s Own.” During the Christmas season spent in France, the battalion received 130 cases, valued at £540. From their many friends in Newcastle, the northern district, and Sydney, they received 495 Christmas puddings, 308 cakes, 1040 war chest boxes, five cases of n tobacco and cigarettes, and private and individual parcels.

ADAMSTOWNA company of cadets put in some musketry shooting at Adamstown range on Saturday. Evidently their windage was at fault, as the target shed on the right of the range bears several bullet marks, and the tank was perforated sufficiently by bullets to let the water out.

ENLISTMENTSLeonard Appleyard, Tighes Hill; Roland Thomas Bond, Newcastle; Leslie Carlton, Greta; William Cumming, Singleton; Thomas Meicklejohn Dickson, Scone; Vincent Donald Douglas, Cooks Hill; Dorothy Mary Feneley, West Maitland; Samuel John Hunt, Merriwa; Norman Betteloy Jefferson, Newcastle; Frank Burton Perks, Adamstown; Sydney Edward Smith, Cessnock; James Patrick Williams, West Maitland; Cecil Harold Wooden, Newcastle; Roy Yorke, Lorn.

DEATHSPte William Baillie, Cessnock; Pte Herbert George Compton, West Maitland; Pte Edward Bernard Corbett, Singleton; Pte Arthur Crampton, Cardiff; Pte Kenneth Daley, Stroud; Pte Edward Dixon Deas, Islington; Pte Frederick Albert Harris, Wickham; Pte Richard Hill, Aberdare; Pte James Augustus Hughes, Mosquito Island; Bdr William Kelly, Kurri Kurri; Pte James Loos, Upper Rouchel; Pte Robert Paton Lygoe, Hamilton; Pte John McInerney, Hinton; Pte Edward Musgrove, Stockton; Sgt Douglas Laurie Page, Main Creek; Pte Bert Poole, West Maitland; Pte William Roy Purvis, Denman; Pte William Ernest Steadman, Cessnock; Spr Sydney Thoroughgood, West Wallsend; Cpl Charles Russell Tonkin, Mayfield; Pte David Henry White, Dora Creek.

Muzzy Pep return with first new album in 14 years

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HALCYON DAYS: Muzzy Pep in 2003 when the Maitland lads appeared set to become the Hunter’s next break-out band.THERE was a time when Muzzy Pep were so ambitious theywould perform at the opening of an envelope.

“You need a pretty big envelope these days,” bassist Nic Munnings joked.

Someone has obviously found an envelopeused to housethosebig novelty cheques because Muzzy Pep is about to scratch a seven-year itch by performing their first show since 2010.

It won’t be a mere nostalgiashow. Muzzy Pep are coming armed with new material. Last Friday the band dropped their first new song since 2003, the fast-paced 88.3% Of Statistics Are Made Up. It will be followed by the album Cyclic.

“Itfelt like the right time to do this again,” Munnings said. “Even though we’d often go years at a time without doing anything, it doesn’t take long to get the glow back on.”

Muzzy Pep – 88.3% Of Statistics Are Made UpBack in the early 2000s the Maitland-Newcastle indie rockers were arguably the Hunter’s biggest band and appeared set to go national.

After Scott Blackley and Errol Moyle formed the bandin 1997 they won Triple Unearthed a year later for their track One 85.

Thealbums Moments in Weightlessness (2000) and The Faintest Clue (2003) earned glowing reviews and the single Haven’t Got Time to Spell It Out became an earworm fora legion of Triple J listeners.

So what happened?

“We’re still really proud of that record [The Faintest Clue],” Munnings said.“Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

“We just kind of wore out after playing so many shows.After a while when you’ve been driving around the country with the same three guys for a while you start to get sick of each other’s BO.”

Muzzy Pep – Haven’t Got Time To Spell It OutMuzzy Pep came back together in 2007to play 10-year anniversary shows, before again calling it quits in 2010.

During their sabbaticals, Munnings played withthe now-defunct Faker,Moyle (guitar/vocals)and Blackley (vocals/guitar) launched the bandsTrade Secrets and Great Dividing Range respectively and last year came together inForever Since Breakfast.

Cyclic is proof Muzzy Pep have lost none of their ability to write immediate pop-rock.

Blackley’s lyrics havealso lost none of their cheekiness.That humour is best displayed in Welcome To The Cock Forest, an observation onmisogyny.

“Scott likes to stand at the top of the hill and catch a bit of wind in his hand and usually he can write it down,” Munnings said.“I’m sure there’s meaning to Scott’s lyrics, but he pretends there isn’t.

“Whenever the four of us get together there’s always going to be that vibe [humour], because we’ve been doing it for so long.”

Muzzy Pep make their comeback at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel on May 26 and 28 and at the Mayfield’s Stag and Hunter Hotel on June 10.

George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones ‘successor shows’

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George RR Martin has shed new light on the potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, revealing HBO is in fact developing five scripts instead of four.

Earlier this month, the television giant announced it had commissioned several writers to come up with the next blockbuster set to take place in the fictional world of Westeros.

The four writers are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) and Carly Wray (Mad Men).

On Monday, the undisputed king of contemporary fantasy let slip there is, in fact, a fifth writer involved. And while Martin would not reveal his name, he did say the “fine writer” loves Westeros just as much as he does.

Original reports indicated the Song of Ice and Fire author was collaborating with at least two of the screenwriters, but in his blog post Martin confirmed he was working closely with each of them.

“I had my first meeting with HBO about the possibility of a successor show back in August, when I pitched them two possible series,” he said. “One of those is among the concepts being developed, one is not. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen.”

Martin also addressed fans’ concerns that any potential spinoff would butcher the original TV series (not to mention delay his novels, the next one already being overdue). While he wouldn’t say what any of the scripts are exploring, he did rule out exploring the period known as Robert’s Rebellion – the period immediately before the events of Game of Thrones season one.

“The one goal that everyone involved shares here is to make these new shows just as good as Game of Thrones itself,” he said.

“No easy task, mind you. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are a tough, tough act to follow, as all those Emmys demonstrate. And yes, before someone asks, I am still working on Winds of Winter.”

The author – as he is wont to often do – also delivered a tut-tut to entertainment journalists who have been calling the potential spinoffs, well … spinoffs.

“What we are talking about are new stories,” he said. “I prefer the term ‘successor show’.”