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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Category: Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Support locals doing it tough

This year has been one of the toughest in our lifetime. From unprecedented bushfires, massive job losses and a global pandemic, people are wondering when the tide will turn. To make matters worse,...

From the editor: chaotic week on roads

A driver miraculously survived, while a mother and her young child suffered minor injuries, when a car drove off a cliff at Bar Beach.

From the editor: The Happiest Man on Earth

I have spent the past week reading The Happiest Man on Earth, written by 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku. In the book, Eddie recalls his experiences as a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp...

From the editor: high-profile visitors to region

We have had some high-profile visitors to the region this month. Firstly, it was Thor, aka Aussie celebrity Chris Hemsworth, who was spotted in the Upper Hunter at both Scone and Gundy. For...

From the editor: there’s just one problem with spring

This spring weather is right up my alley – it’s now warm enough to just wear a t-shirt and shorts and sit outside without getting roasted by the sun or carried away...

From the editor: check in on your friends, family

I’ve written countless articles on mental health during my time in the media. I previously covered the start of Where There’s A Will foundation in Scone, which is doing some fantastic initiatives in...

From the editor: celebrating Father’s Day

I think it’s fair to say I’ve not always had a super close relationship with my father. We have different personalities and approach certain things from a different angle, which led to quite...

From the editor: band’s 75th anniversary

The 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day was acknowledged at the weekend. It commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. For Australians, that meant...

From the editor: witch hunt a timely reminder

As you may have guessed from last week’s column, I’ve been parked in front of the television quite a lot lately during my down-time. This is mostly due to a current lack of...

From the editor: good news for four-legged friend

While I was watching an episode of ‘You vs. Wild’ – a reality television show featuring Bear Grylls, a former British SAS serviceman and adventurer– my housemate, apparently an expert in survival,...

From the editor: face masks prove divisive

Face masks have been a divisive topic over the past few weeks. Some attention-seekers in Melbourne are hitting the headlines as they argue with police and businesses over their right not to wear...

From the editor: bracing for rough few weeks

Who said sport or exercise was good for you? After just two games of a shortened soccer season, I went to see the physio and left in a knee brace, which will...

From the editor: the flaw in Murphy’s Law

Most people have heard of Murphy’s Law and the adage “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. However, according to renowned Australian scientist Dr Karl, this has been confused with the pessimistic...

From the editor: welcome return to sport

The weekend just gone saw a much-needed return to winter sport for many competitions around the region. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t tear a hamstring and was still able...

From the editor: the world’s gone mad

Alright, it’s official – the world has gone mad. Whether you agree with it or not, businesses around the globe are taking a more culturally sensitive approach to their slogans and branding in...

From the editor: Dungog’s new attraction

With overseas flights still grounded, people are increasingly looking for domestic adventures and ways they can support theirown backyard.We have a seemingly endless amount of options here in the Hunter – from...

From the editor: stop, recharge, and go again

Like many of you, I’ve been very stressed of late as I try and juggle the whole work-life balance. The weekend provided some much-needed downtime, with time spent in the kitchen using the...

From the editor: boost for tourism operators

It was great to see so many people head away for the long weekend and enjoy some much-needed family time after the past few months. While it restored some sense of normality and...

From the editor: Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign

I grew up as a huge fan of the Newcastle Knights. I’m sure I would’ve driven our neighbours crazy at times when I used to kick and chase the footy in the front...

From the editor: consumer abuse all too common

I went into Stockland Green Hills on the weekend (I immediately regretted my decision to do this at lunchtime on Saturday) and waited patiently outside a shop, which was at maximum capacity...

From the editor: round of applause for worthy cause

Communities thrive on the back of volunteers’ hard work. We love to focus on, and pay tribute to, the thousands of committed souls across the Hunter Region, who dedicate their time to help...
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