Support Newcastle’s live music scene with the Herald’s gig guide

Posted on 12/17/2018

GIG OF THE WEEK: Art-pop artist Jessica Cerro, better known as Montaigne, will showcase her stellar vocals at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday night.MUSIC5 SawyersFriday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews.
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Albion Hotel WickhamSaturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Counterpart.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Argyle HouseWednesday, Sweet Kicks silent disco.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Kaylah Anne.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Sophie Aked.Friday,Codi Kaye.Saturday,Aqwa.

Beach HotelSaturday, Rock Oz.

Belmont 16sWednesday, Patrick Brady. Friday, On The Prowl, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Loko, Matt Semmens.

Belmont HotelSunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore Hotel Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling ClubFriday, Bon Jovi Experience. Saturday, Gen X.

Blackbutt HotelFriday, Bob Allan.Saturday, Xyz.

The BradfordFriday, Reggie Sinclair.Saturday, Vortex.

Bulahdelah Bowling ClubFriday, Pocket Aces.

Burwood InnFriday, Mark Wells.

Cambridge HotelFriday, Montaigne. Sunday, The Pits,All In A Year,Trouble in Paradise,Fungus.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Kellie Cain.Saturday, The V Dubs.

Carrington PlaceThursday,Jack McLaughlins Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Louis Abell.

Catho PubSaturday, Lee Rolfe.Sunday, Club Esky.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, Anyerin.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Chris Daniel.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Purple Hearts.

Charlestown Bowling ClubFriday, The DuoTones.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Civic TheatreSunday, Celtic Woman (IRE).

Clarendon HotelFriday, Arley Black. Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Club CatalinaSunday, Bobby C.

Club KotaraSaturday, Cruzers.

Club LemonTreeFriday, Kim and Mik. Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Club Maitland CityFriday, Solid Gold Party.

Colliery InnFriday, Matt McLaren.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Sami.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth​Friday, Kyle Cartner.Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Angel Gear.

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Customs HouseWednesday, Perry Carter. Friday, Glen Harrison. Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Denman HotelSunday, Layth Gunn.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday, Matt Scullion.Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

East Maitland Bowling ClubFriday, Jumpin Jukebox. Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubFriday, Overload. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, Full Throttle.Saturday, Wicked.

The EdwardsFriday,Loui Abell & Jerome.Saturday,Hockey Dad (instore performance),Howard Shearman.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Mojo Bandits.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, James Naldo.

FinnegansSaturday, Savage.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Loose Change.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Arcane.Sunday, Junior and Luana.

George TavernFriday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Deuce.

Grand HotelTuesday, Adam Miller Trio.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaFriday, Joel Oakhill.

Gunyah HotelFriday, Hayden Shepherd. Saturday, Triple Zero.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday,Jamie Hay,The World At A Glance,George Booth,Boudicca. Friday,Zeolite,Ame Noire,Setmeonfire,Corotted. Saturday, Grasshole, King Coyote, The Med Heads.

Harrigan’s PokolbinFriday, State FX. Saturday, Arley Black, Jimmy Craz Band. Sunday, Shaka.

Hawks Nest Golf ClubThursday, Let The Mango.Friday, Robbie Urquhart.

Hexham Bowling ClubFriday, Whiskey Business.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Big BangBand. Saturday, Uptown.

Hotel CessnockThursday, Higher Ground.

Hotel DelanyFriday, Surian. Saturday, Overload.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Shivoo.

Imperial Hotel SIngletonSaturday, Viagro.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Hurricane Fall.

The Junction HotelFriday, Pete McCredie. Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Kahibah Sports ClubSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Kent HotelWednesday, Zane Penn. Friday, Triple Zero.

King Street HotelFriday, UNI Student Night. Saturday, Saturdays At King.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Josh & Liv.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Ben Woodham.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, 24 Hours.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,DJ Perry Carter.

Lass O’GowrieThurs,Creative Creatures Open Mic.Friday,The Not Nots,Moot,The High Andies.

Lizotte’sWednesday,Chelsea Berman, Spin Gents, Midnight Movers. Thursday, 8 Ball Aitken. Friday, Mark Tinson Book Launch. Saturday, Tim Hart, Luke Thompson.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Lucky HotelFriday, Max Jackson. Saturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelFriday, Pepper & JV. Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen HotelFriday, Jackson Broadway. Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland TavernFriday, Holly Mae. Saturday, Rebecca Johnson Band.

Mavericks On The BayFriday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On DarbyFriday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Max Jackson.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesFriday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Prestige Inc, DJ Searly.Saturday,Misbehave, DJ Angelo.Sunday,Todd Schmoo.

Morriset Country ClubSunday, Bob Allan.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Gerda +1.

Nag’s Head HotelFriday, Jason Bone. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Neath HotelSaturday, Sami.

Nelson Bay DiggersJade & Willow. Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubFriday, Mick Jones.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Mark Wood. Saturday,Fool On A Stool.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Mardy Leith, Bandditts. Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Plough InnFriday, Chris Daniel.

Potters BreweryFriday, Roxy. Saturday, Arley Black.

Premier HotelSaturday, Lithium. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, 3 Of A Kind. Saturday, Stp.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Gaz N Gaz.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Cotton Sax and Strings.Sunday, Allan Freihaut.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kellie Cain.

Salamander TavernFriday, Redline.

Seabreeze HotelFriday,Outerphase.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Shaft TavernFriday, Trataka.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday, Zac & Ben. Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Shortland HotelFriday, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Outerphase.

Small BallroomSaturday,Lich King (US),Hidden Intent, Cerebral Contortion, Grim Demise, PurEnvy.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubFriday,Todd Schmoo.Saturday,Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Spinning Wheel HotelFriday, Shaka.

Stag and Hunter HotelWednesday, The Scullion Sessions ft. Amber Lawrence & Damien Baguley. Friday, The Fossicks. Saturday, The Craw, The Ride Ons, Biggs Project.

Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling ClubFriday, Witchery.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Redline.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Jim Neal.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Moondogs.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Jamie Martens Duo.Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto HotelFriday,Leeroy &Ross.Sunday,JohnLarder.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Two Left Feet. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Sideshow.Sunday, Romney Watts.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Jim Overend.

Warners At The BayFriday, Pistol Pete.

Saturday, The Last Stand –Chisel Barnes show.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, The Smarts.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New LambtonThursday, Angamus.Friday,The Remedy Trio.Saturday,The Big Bang. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelWednesday,The Wild Oats,Friday Night Zoo.Friday,Phil Emmanuel,Bounty Hunters.Saturday,Sophie Aked Duo, The Years.Sunday,Mark Wood,Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.

Windale Gateshead Bowling ClubFriday, Emile.

THEATRECeltic Woman – Voices of AngelsIrish singers, dancers and musicians celebrate their homeland’s rich music and cultural heritage. TEG Live, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 3pm.

Little Women –The MusicalFour young sisters, led by would-be novelist Jo, try to show in the 1860s that women are as adept as men; adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Young People’s Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. Ends February 24. Go to ypt成都桑拿.au for days and times. 4961 4895.

Love LettersA man and woman who began writing romantic notes to each other as teenagers continue the practice throughout their lives; funny and moving work by A.R. Gurney. Bare Productions. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, Saturday and February 17, at 7pm; 4998 7766. Harp of Erin Theatre, Wollombi, Wednesday, February 14, dinner and show at 6.30pm; 4998 3230.

Newcastle Comedy ShowcasePro and amateur Newcastle comedians show their amusing and very different styles. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7pm. Door sales.

Our Land People StoriesBangarra Dance Theatre’s indigenous performers use dance to tell three stories about their peoples’ backgrounds, including their relationship with Governor Macquarie. Civic Theatre,Fri& Sat, at 8pm.

Out of OrderA junior government minister gets more than he bargained for when he takes an attractive opposition secretary to a hotel bedroom during a parliamentary sitting; comedy by Ray Cooney. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre.Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until February 24, and 2pm Sunday matinees on February 18 and 25.

The DiamondsSong and dance celebration of great divas including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and others. SMA Productions, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Friday, at 8pm, with foyer activities from 7.30pm. 4993 4266.

We’re Going on a Bear HuntMichael Rosen’s adaptation of his book for young people about a family and their musical dog on the title search; lively adventure for all ages. Andrew Kay & Associates, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Wednesday, at 4pm, and Thursday, February 15, at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. 4929 1977.

MOVIESBreathe(M)Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed. (Lake Cinema)

Darkest Hour(PG)During the early days of World War II, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (this year’s Golden Globe Winner, Gary Oldman) must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

Den of Thieves(MA)While planning a bank heist, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Fifty Shades Freed(MA) The third installment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

Insidious: The Last Key(M)The fourth installment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise.

I, Tonya(MA)Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle(PG)In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it.

Just to Be Sure(M)When 45-year-old widower Erwan discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn’t his real dad, he begins a search for his biological father. (Tower)

Lady Bird(M)The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure(M)In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet.

Molly’s Game(M)Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol(G)Cool down with the PAW Patrol as they make a splash to save the day in 2 newunderwater adventures!

Sweet Country(MA) A period western set in 1929 in the n outback. An Aboriginal stockman kills a white station owner and goes on the run. (Tower)

Tad the Lost Explorer(PG)Tad Jones, the most awkward explorer, must rescue his beloved Sara from a millionaire who is looking for King Midas’ necklace.

The Florida Project(MA) Six-year-old Moonee gets into mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living the shadow of Disney World. (Tower)

The Greatest Showman(PG)The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Post(M)A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

The Shape of Water(MA)An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. (Tower)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(MA)After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police.

Wonder(PG)A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

UPCOMING GIGSFebruary

15 Unwritten Law (US) – Small Ballroom

16 Tori Forsyth – Small Ballroom

18 Karise Eden – Lizotte’s

24 Holy Holy – Small Ballroom

24 The Living End, Spiderbait, The Lemonheads (US), Veruca Salt (US), The Fauves, Tumbleweed – Bimbadgen

25 Eugene Hideaway Bridges (US) – Lizotte’s

28 David Duchovny (US) – Wests NEX

March

2 Tired Lion – Cambridge

3 Jimmy Carr (UK) – Civic Theatre

7 Turnover (US) – Small Ballroom

8 Shaun Kirk – 5 Sawyers

10 James Blunt (UK), Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd, Karise Eden – Bimbadgen

10 Damien Leith – Lizotte’s

10 Abbe May – Cambridge

11 Willow Beats – Cambridge

11 Rick & John Brewster – Lizotte’s

15 The Butterfly Effect – Cambridge

17 Chocolate Starfish – Cambridge

18 The Brothers Comatose (US) – Flow Bar

18 Russell Morris – Toronto Hotel

21 The Smith Street Band – Bar On The Hill

22 Harry Manx (CAN) – Lizotte’s

24 Crossroads Country In The Vines ft. Billy Ray Cyrus (US), Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson – Roche Estate

24 Dragon – Lizotte’s

24 Mia Dyson – 48 Watt Street

24 Allday – Cambridge

March 29 April 2 Bluesfest, ft Robert Plant (US), John Butler, Lionel Richie (US), Jose Gonzalez (SWE), Tash Sultana, Sheryl Crow (US), Melissa Etheridge (US), Lauryn Hill (US), Dan Sultan, Kesha, Benjamin Booker (US) & more–Byron Bay

25 Canned Heat (US) – Lizotte’s

27 John Waite (UK) – Wests New Lambton

29 You Am I – Cambridge

April

2 Newton Faulkner (UK) – Lizotte’s

6 Jimmy Barnes – Civic Theatre

6 Don Walker – 48 Watt Street

6 Mental As Anything – Lizotte’s

12 Thundamentals – Cambridge

13 Heaps Good Friends – Small Ballroom

13 Thundamentals – Cambridge

15 Kate Miller-Heidke – Civic Park

26 Simple Plan (CAN) – Wests NEX

27-29 The Gum Ball ft. Remi, The Cribs (UK), Rocket Science, Butterfingers, The Aints, Screamfeeder, Ben Salter, Terra Lightfoot (Can), Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes & more – Dashville

28 Rose Tattoo – Cambridge

28 Groovin The Moo ft. Royal Blood (UK), Portugal. The Man (US), The Amity Affliction, Ball Park Music, Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, Amine (US), Vera Blue, Flight Facilities, Dean Lewis & more – Maitland Showground

May

1-2 The Whitlams – Lizotte’s

5 Narara Music Festival ft. Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, William Crighton, Shaun Kirk & more – Mt Penang Gardens

5-6 Barry Humphries – Civic Theatre

10 DZ Deathrays – Cambridge

11 Angus & Julia Stone – Civic Theatre

15 Dr Feelgood (UK) – Lizotte’s

19 Silverstein (US) – Cambridge

20 Julia Morris – Civic Theatre

27 Rick Price & Jack Jones – Civic Theatre

June

22 Amber Lawrence – Lizotte’s

July

15 Bay City Roller (UK) – Wests New Lambton

December

6 Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) – Cambridge

8 Shania Twain (US) – Hope Estate

SA triple murder: grandmothers’ grief

Posted on 12/17/2018

Donna Rigney says Steven Graham Peet has caused her family overwhelming grief every day (file)The “vision” of how her beloved young grandchildren were murdered – strangled with cable ties -haunts Janet Wells, something she “can never stop thinking about”.
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“I loved our babies more than life itself and knowing how they died kills me,” she told the South n Supreme Court in a victim impact statement on Friday.

“It’s a vision I can never stop thinking about.”

It came after Steven Graham Peet earlier pleaded guilty to the murders of Adeline Yvette Wilson-Rigney, and grandchildren Amber, 6, and Korey, 5.

Peet strangled Ms Wilson-Rigney and her children with cable ties before trying to conceal their bodies at a property north of Adelaide in May 2016.

Ms Wells joined the maternal grandmother of the children Donna Rigney in describing the “overwhelming grief” they have lived with since the tragedy.

“The pain that you have brought upon me and my family has caused overwhelming grief every day,” Ms Rigney said.

She told the court the day of the triple murder was the most painful of her life, and her “whole world was turned upside down” by the tragedy.

The bodies of Ms Wilson-Rigney and the children were all found with cable ties around their necks and hidden under clothes and bedding and, in the case of the boy, under a child’s play tent.

The young girl had adhesive tape wrapped around her head and a sock had been stuffed in her mouth.

Her arms had been tied behind her back.

The young boy had parts of his body wrapped in tape and his hands and feet were secured behind his back in a hog-tied fashion.

Ms Wilson-Rigney had also suffered severe head injuries consistent with being struck with the claw-end of a crowbar or a hammer.

Her body was found in the laundry but evidence suggested she was attacked in another room and dragged there.

Ms Wells, the paternal grandmother of the children, said she was moved to provide a statement due to the effect the killings has had on her husband.

The court heard statements detailing the consequences of the crime on several other relatives from both sides of the family.

In sentencing submissions, defence counsel Bill Boucaut said Peet will feel “shame and regret” for the rest of his life.

“He genuinely held Yvette Rigney in affection and he loved her children.”

Prosecutor Tim Preston said Peet killed Ms Wilson-Rigney in anger and her children because they witnessed their mother’s murder.

He urged Justice Malcolm Blue not to accept in any form Peet’s earlier claim of disassociation during the murder of Amber and Korey.

“It’s hard to envisage a crime of greater objective seriousness,” he said.

Peet was remanded in custody with the case adjourned to next Wednesday.

Scott Russo reflects on Unwritten Law’s life-changing hit

Posted on 12/17/2018

HAPPY: Unwritten Law frontman Scott Russo is ready to continue his love-affair with .THE birth of his daughter changed the life of Unwritten Law frontman Scott Russo in more ways than one.
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Like any parent knows, becoming a mother or father is life-altering. But the arrival of Cailin Russo in 1993 also drastically transformed her father’s music career too.

When Cailin was four years old Russo wrote his daughter a love song, which he never intended to be recorded by his skate punk band, Unwritten Law.

At the insistence of the band’s A&R, who were desperate for a single for theirself-titled third album, Russo road-tested Cailin.

“I played them Cailin which I said‘I’d written it for my daughter and it’s a pop song and it’s not fit for Unwritten Law’ and they said‘thatsong is going on the record’,” Russo reflects20 years later.

“Sure enough we put it on the record and thank god we did because it became our first top-20 single in the United States.

“So if I didn’t have Cailin I wouldn’t have written that song, and if I hadn’t have written that song I mightn’t have a career at this moment.”

Cailin Russo is now aged 24 and famous in her own right as amodel whoappearedin two Justin Bieber videos.

Has Cailin and it’s very un-punk lyrics, “Hey little girl look what you do oh I love you/Hey little girl I love you” changed in meaning now his daughter hasgrown up?

Unwritten Law – Cailin“Not even a little bit. Cailin will always be my baby girl,” Russo says.

Songs like Cailin andLonesome will be dusted offwhen the Californianpunks return to to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their breakthrough 1998 self-titled record,known as the Black Album.

“The Black record I consider to be my first real record with Unwritten Law,” Russo says.“On Blue Room and Oz Factor we weren’t musicians, we were skate punks. With the Black record we worked with a couple of good producers and learnt our craft.

“It was like‘shit, this is how to do this’. We figured out how to write songs. For me it all began with the Black record.”

However, looking back at the songs like the bleak Teenage Suicide orpubescent Sorry, Russo admits he doesn’t recognise that person.

“I was probably not the most admirable human,” he says.“I was a punk rocker, and particularly at that time, we really wanted to make music we wanted to hear.It wasn’t for anything else or for punk-rock fashion or for anything.

“We wanted to make shit we enjoyed hearing. I think if you look at the record it captured the exact mental state we were in.

“You can judge people by their lyrics.I’ve had to re-learn half these lyrics. For some I can’t believe I wrote that, so I was a very different person than I am today.”

Unwritten Law return to the Small Ballroom on February 15.

W-League: Finals-bound Newcastle savour free hit at desperate Melbourne City

Posted on 12/17/2018

Jets coach Craig Deans believes Newcastle’s 5-2 loss to Melbourne City first time around this season “means zero” heading into their crunch last-round W-League clash at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
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GETTING BACK: Gema Simon, in action against Canberra last week, could come into the starting side at left-back.

Deans says the only thing that does matter is “we’re in the finals and they’re not”.

Third-placed Newcastle (20 points) secured a top-four spot last week with a 5-1 victory over Canberra (16) and a chance of catching Sydney (22) for second place and a home semi-final. Two-time defending championsCity (17) will be in danger of missing the play-offs if they don’t win the 8.15pm game.

It’s a stark difference to last season, when Newcastle needed victory over City in the final round to take fourth place from them. The Jets lost 2-0 after a 1-0 defeat to City earlier in the season.

This time, the Jets are safely in the finals but looking to hit back from a heavy defeat to the star-studded City.

Deans, though, said there was no need to change anythingbecause oftheround-three result.

“Everyone forgets that we lost Tori [Huster] at halftime to injuryand Tash Prior not long into the second half with concussion, so we played half the game with some starting players missing,” Deans said.

“We had a few other issues off the field which were out of our control, it just wasn’t an ideal preparation as we would have liked.

“To me, that game is gone. It means zero. It has no bearing on this game andif we won 5-2,it wouldn’t mean anything either.It’s a long time ago and as a team we don’t need to talk about it. We’re in the finals and they’re not yet and that’s all that matters.”

Deans expected City tohandle the must-win situation well but saidhis side still had plenty to play for.

“We’ve been in theirposition the past two years and the only difference is we’ve done that with a young team of pretty much inexperienced players,” he said.“They have the luxury of doing it with pretty much a best XI of all international players. They all play for their national team so they obviously understand how to cope with pressure. They will be able to cope better with the situation.

“But it’s not our problem, we don’t have to worry about them. We’re just going to worry about ourselves and we’ve got a free game to prepare forthe finals.

“There’s a little bit ofpressure on us still because we want to finish second and have a home final, so we’re going to put expectations on ourselves to win the game.

“The motivation for us is to play in a grand final, and that starts tomorrow, not the week after, because you can’t switch on and off when you feel like it. We want to keep playing and keep winning.”

He expected English international striker Jodie Taylor to return and boost City’s already impressive line up but said the Jets, who lead W-League attacks with 26 goals, had their own threats.

“We know what’s coming, we just have to be ready to deal with it,”he said.

“And we’ve got our players who can cause trouble, so they have to worry about us a little bit too.”

“We’ve scored more goals than any other team.

“But we’re not good enough yet to take any luxuries. We’ve just got to keep working hard and doing our best and hopefully it takes care of itself.”

Deans said defender Nikola Orgill would again be sidelinedwith illness,Cassidy Davis had an ankle problem and he was weighing up the risks and rewards of bringing Matildas defender Gema Simon back into his starting side.

Simon continues to build match fitness in her return from a knee injury.

“The only thing is ifwe look to bring Gema Simon back in,” he said of potential changes.

“She had another half an hour on the weekend and came through pretty well, so it’s just whether we take a risk and start her again or give her a bit off the bench.

“But we had a good result and don’t need to make any drastic changes. It’s just if we can play our strongest team, it’s another good game preparation for the finals.”

Hotel magnate Jerry Schwartz in $3.33 million-dollar bid for Newcastle post office

Posted on 12/17/2018

Surgical makeover: Sydney cosmetic surgeon Jerry Schwartz wants to turn the Newcastle post office into a function and events space. Picture: Simone de Peak HOTEL magnate Jerry Schwartz has bid $3.33 million for Newcastle’s dilapidated post office with plans to turn it into a conference and function space with restaurant and bar.
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The Sydney-based cosmetic surgeon has thrown his hat into the ring for a second time for the prized site – with exactly the same offer – because he wantsto use it to add value to the operations of his two city hotels, Novotel on the Beach and Crowne Plaza Newcastle.

RELATED:Post office sale attracts national interest

Dr Schwartz bid $3.33 million when the post office was put to auction in 2010 by then owner, Sydney-based developer Sean Ngu, with the sale also including multiple poker machine licences.

It was passed in and later bought by the NSW government for $4.6 million before the Awabakal Land Council made a claim on the site and won in the NSW Land and Environment Court in 2014.

The Awabakal Land Council listed the post office for sale through Colliers International late last year and the expression of interest phase closed in November.

Hotel magnate in $3.33 million-dollar bid for Newcastle post office TweetFacebook Take a lookDr Schwartz said he had put in a bid for the historic site for the site because it complimented his current Newcastle property portfolio and because of his confidence in Newcastle.

“Despite the fact the buildingis more dilapidated and does not include the poker machine licences, I am offeringthe same,” he said.

“I am reinvigorating my interest to utilise [the post office]with my two hotels as a conference and exhibition space with a food and beverage offering.It would be lovely to restore it because it’s a historical andbeautiful part of Newcastle.”

Colliers International national director Adam Leacy, who is working with the Awabakal Land Council on the sale, confirmed Dr Schwartz had made an offer but would not comment on the financial aspects.

Mr Leacy said 11 proposals had been submittedbutthe selection process may take up to two months.

“Part of theprocess of who will be the successful proponentis the Council has some initiatives in line with its cultural objectives that each proponent has to consider in the development going forward,” he said.

RELATED:Late night fire at old Newcastle Post Office

“We have sent those initiatives to the prospective purchasers and we’ll wait for them to report back to us; from there we will shortlist the proponents and then move forward to a final decision.”

Mr Leacy said the post office site had attracted national and local interest, with proposals ranging from hospitality and event use to educational facilities.

Awabakal Land Council chief executive Rob Russell said the organisation was“keen on getting to a position where the new buyer and the land council mutually benefit from the agreement we enter into.”

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Posted on 12/17/2018

ONE STOP: The Expo is a great way to see the latest camping and caravan products in one convenient location. DOG FRIENDLY: Dogs are allowed at the Expo but must be on a leash and when entering the indoor pavilions, dogs must be carried at all times.
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ADVERTISING FEATUREIt’s the region’s biggest caravan and camping expo, offering a once-a-year opportunity to see over 160 exhibitors and hundreds of brands all in the one convenient location.

HAVE A CHAT: Visitors can talk to the experts about the latest in camping and caravan products as they wander around.

The 8th annual Newcastle Caravan Camping Holiday Expo is on at the NewcastleEntertainment Centre and Showground from Thursday, February 8to Sunday February11.

The Expo will feature indoor and outdoor displays of caravans, motorhomes, campervans,campertrailers, slide-ons, fifth wheelers, tents and equipment as well as 4WD touringaccessories, and holiday park displays.

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Baileys CaravansFrontline CampersPeople have the chance to browse and compare a huge range of products, with experts on hand to answer questions, and there areactivities and refreshments to make it a great day out for everyone.

“Our Newcastle Expo is an amazing display of everything our industry offers and a fabulous place for anyone who loves caravan and camping holidays,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO, Lyndel Gray said.

“Every year, more and more people across NSW enjoy caravan and camping holidays and our Expos are a great place to pick up everything you need, and to see the latest products to make your next holiday even better.

“Across , more people are enjoying outdoor and adventure based activities as part of their holiday, with caravan and camping holidays a natural fit and a great way to explore NSW.”

The RSPCA will be will be at this year’s Expo offering animal care info, dog toy making activities for the kids and a hydration station for dogs who are welcome to come along and enjoy the expo too*.

Kids can have lots of FREE fun on the jumping castle and inflatable slide, marvel at the reptile awareness display and participate in activities with the Girl Guides. And grown-ups can learn about towing safely with regular demonstrations by Tow-Ed.

Tickets are available at the gates along with free copies of the exhibitor guide and the 2018 NSW Holiday, Parks & Products Guide. Adults $15, concession $10 and kids 16 and under are free with an adult with plenty of free on-site parking at the Showground, with overflow parking at McDonald Jones Stadium where you can pick up a free shuttle bus to the gate.

For more information go to www.caravanexpo成都楼凤.

About CCIA NSWThe Caravan & Camping IndustryAssociation (CCIA) is the caravan and camping peak industry body in NSW. They have over 720 member businesses, including owners and operators of caravan and holiday parks; manufacturers, dealers and retailers of caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, camping equipment and accessories; and service industries.

Dallas man executed for killing daughters

Posted on 12/17/2018

The Texas execution of John Battaglia, who killed his two daughters in 2001, has been delayed.A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone has been put to death in Texas.
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John David Battaglia received a lethal injection for the May 2001 killings of his daughters Faith and Liberty, aged six and nine.

Battaglia and his wife had separated and the girls were killed at his Dallas apartment during a scheduled visit.

Battaglia’s execution was the nation’s third this year, all in Texas. The punishment was carried out after the US Supreme Court rejected appeals from his lawyers to review his case, contending the 62-year-old was delusional and mentally incompetent for execution.

Battaglia smiled on Thursday night as the mother of his slain children, Mary Jean Pearle, walked into the death chamber viewing area.

Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, the inmate replied: “No,” then changed his mind.

“Well, hi, Mary Jean,” he said, looking and smiling at his ex-wife. “I’ll see y’all later. Bye.”

After that, he told the warden: “Go ahead, please.”

Battaglia then closed his eyes and looked directly up. A few seconds later he opened his eyes and lifted his head. “Am I still alive?” he asked.

The powerful sedative pentobarbital began to take effect. “Oh, I feel it,” he said. He gasped twice and started to snore. Within a few more seconds, all movement stopped.

Pearle turned away from an execution-viewing window after Battaglia stopped breathing.

“I’ve seen enough of him,” she said before returning minutes later to watch as a physician examined Battaglia and pronounced him dead.

Earlier in the day, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal that argued a lower court improperly refused Battaglia’s lawyers money to hire an expert to further examine legal claims of his mental competency.

A state judge and the state appeals court described Battaglia as highly intelligent, competent, not mentally ill and faking mental illness to avoid execution.

State Judge Robert Burns said Battaglia’s intelligence and education – he had a master’s degree – showed he had the “motive and intellectual capability to maintain a deliberate ploy or ruse to avoid his execution.”

According to prosecutors, Battaglia became enraged that his estranged wife notified police about his harassment of her.

His wife, who had gone to dinner, returned a call from one of her daughters and heard Faith pleading with her father, who put the call on speakerphone.

“No, daddy, please don’t, don’t do it!” Faith begged.

Pearle yelled into the phone for the children to run, then heard gunshots.

Hours later, Battaglia was arrested outside at a tattoo shop where he had two large red roses inked on his left arm to commemorate his daughters.

Battaglia told The Dallas Morning News in 2014 his daughters were his “best little friends” and that he had photos of them displayed in his prison cell.

“I don’t feel like I killed them,” he said. “I am a little bit in the blank about what happened.”

Newcastle RLRiley Brown returns to Cessnock to partner former NRL bad-boy Paul Carter in the halves

Posted on 12/17/2018

Cessnock will arguably boast one of the most lethal attacking strike forces in the competition this season with former Country Player of the Year Riley Brown re-joining the Goannas.
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Brown, who hadstints with South Newcastle, Central and Denman after last playing for Cessnock in 2014,is set to return to play halfback and partner controversial new recruit Paul Carter in the halves withformer KnightChanel Mata’utia outside them in the centres.

The three players have made 129 NRL appearances between them with new captain coach Al Lantry confident their class and experience will be a telling factor for the club in 2018.

“I grew up with Riley and we’ve been mates for a long time now,”Lantry said.

“I asked him when I first got the coaching job about playing with us and he told me then he didn’t want to even think about footy for a few months.

“But he is on board now which is great for us. We have plenty of pace out wide and he’ll steer us around and with Paul in the halves with him and Chanel, ourattack’s looking really good.”

In a further boost, former Knights NSW Cup prop Adam Withyman has also linked with the club.

Carter’s signing by the Goannas has caused plenty of conjecture because of his chequered off-field past.

The son of former Penrith star Steve Carter, the 25-year-oldhas been sacked by three NRL clubs -Gold Coast, South Sydney and Sydney Roosters -because of off-fieldmisdemeanors.

Early last month, he escaped a jail sentence after being handed a two year good behaviour bond by a magistrate followinga supply cocaine charge.

Carter still has some hoops to jump through before he is cleared to take the field with the Goannas.

He is currently a deregistered player and will need to be given the green light by the NSW Rugby League to resume his career.

Newcastle RL CEO Matt Harris revealed on Friday a submission from the Cessnock club to have Carter registered will be discussed at a meeting of the NSWRL on Wednesday.

“They will be our governing body so that is something they will be looking at,”Harris said.

“We’ll be guided by them on it, just as we would have been guided by the Country Rugby League if we were still affiliated with them.”

Harris did not want to speculate on Carter’s chances of being cleared.

“Purely from a football point of view, he is obviously going to be an asset for ourcompetition,”he said.

“But other factors have to be taken into consideration which the Cessnock club have been addressing.”

Returning: Playmaker Riley Brown playing for Cessnock in 2014. Brown is set to re-join the Goannas this season. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie stolen 4WD owners ask: When will it end?

Posted on 12/17/2018

DESTRUCTION: Tuesday night’s stolen Nissan Patrol was found in an abandon shed at Barnsley on Thursday. It’s one of 20 Patrols believed to have been taken in the past year. ANGRY owners of Nissan Patrols are demanding action to stop the spate of thefts of the four-wheel-drives in the Hunter.
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More than 20 Patrols have been stolen in the past 12 months, according to members of one four-wheel-drive club, with the latest pinched on Tuesday night at West Wallsend.

It followed the theft from Speers Point of aPatrol owned by Belmont’s Greg Fairfull on Day, as theNewcastle Heraldreported on Friday. Mr Fairfull’s burnt-out car was found two days later.

Shaun Wallace, president of Mud Pigz4x4 – a club of400 members – says 4WD owners were “fed-up” at the thefts which have been “going on for almost 12 months”.

Stolen 4WD owners ask: When will it end? BEFORE: Stolen from Speers Point boat ramp on Day.

AFTER: Found near Black Hill.

BEFORE: A Patrol stolen in November.

AFTER: The Patrol when found.

BEFORE: A Nissan Patrol stolen in August, 2017.

AFTER: The Patrol when found at Minmi.

BEFORE: A patrol stolen from Wallsend on Tuesday night.

AFTER: The Patrol when found on Thursday on an abandoned property in Barnsley.

TweetFacebook Stolen Nissan Patrol wrecks (Before/After shots)Mr Wallace hadhis 1988 GQ Nissan Patrol stolen from Wallsend in August last year.

Read more:Cancer patient’s 4WDand boat trailer stolen during Day fishing trip

Owners have started investigating the thefts themselves and have formed alist ofnames of those they believecould be involved.

“We followed up the names, some were dead ends and some were positive leads,” Mr Wallace said. “It’s got to the point now though, where the four-wheel-drive community’s said: ‘well bugger it, if the police aren’t going to do anything’…”

Other owners agree.

“We’re all over it, this is the fourth attempt they’ve made at trying to take my car,” said the owner of Tuesday’s stolen patrol, who wished to remain anonymous.

His vehicle was found burntout, much like most of the other stolen Patrols, on Thursday night in Barnsley.

“Nothing really puts a price on my car, that thing was my pride and joy,” he said. “I don’t think money could bring it back. Iworked hard to be able to do the things I wanted to do to it, and these blokes steal it for an hour’s play in the bush.”

Police formed Strike Force Luchetti in September last year in an attempt to combat the high rates of vehicle theft, particularly in the Central Hunter and Lake Macquarie.

The two areas were listed as the worst in NSWfor vehicle-theft crime in 2016-17.

Luchetti’s investigations were being led by Central Hunter detectives and as of December, police said they had charged 27 people as part of the operation and recovered 21 stolen vehicles.

In early December, an 18-year-old Cessnock man was charged with motor vehicle theft after a number of Nissan Patrol SUVs and associated parts were stolen from various parts of NSW across 2017.

Police allegedthe man was part of asyndicate in the Hunter targeting 4WD vehicles and Nissan Patrols in particular.

They said he was connected to a Nissan Patrol theft from Cardiff South on July 6 and a second Patrol theft at Wingham on the mid-north coast two weeks later.

Police also charged the man in relation to the alleged possession of Nissan Patrol parts stolen from Kellyville in Sydney on October 14, and the theft of Nissan Patrol parts from Fassifern on October 28.

Consider timber cladding

Posted on 12/17/2018

Versatile: Timber cladding can be a material of choice across anything from interior and exterior walls and fences to sheds and garages. It may be installed vertically or horizontally to add character to a property.Timber cladding offers form and function. It provides an envelope that shields your home, while also adding a naturally striking feature.
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The new range of hardwood timber cladding from Boral is manufactured locally to adapt to the harsh n conditions, and provides a long-lasting and durable surface for interior and exterior applications.

According to Leon Travis, national sales and distribution manager – Boral Timber, hardwood timber cladding should be considered an integral part of the overall building design, contributing to the aesthetics, comfort and structural performance of the residence.

“Words like ‘shiplap’ have become buzzwords among renovators both locally and internationally. Shiplap is simply the name of a timber cladding profile that’s proving popular as a feature timber.

“The adaptability of timber cladding can make it a material of choice across anything from interior and exterior walls and fences to sheds and garages. It may be installed vertically or horizontally to add character to a property.

“Timber cladding can equally suit a traditional and contemporary home design, complementing other exposed building materials such as concrete and brick,” Travis said.

Boral hardwood timber cladding showcases the beauty of popular n timbers, including Blackbutt and Spotted Gum, and is an economical finish for both new and old buildings.

“Forming a unique feature of many architecturally designed commercial and residential buildings, Blackbutt cladding in particular is often chosen due to the species’ naturally termite resistant properties and fire resistanceto a BAL 29 rating. Its attractive colouring also creates a blank canvas for achieving a custom stained finish,” he said.

Timber cladding additionally carries energy efficiency benefits. Timber has air pockets within its cellular structure which create a natural barrier to heat and cold, forming a layer of insulation around a home.

Provided the building is designed using the principles of energy efficiency, lightweight timber can help to reduce energy bills and enhance comfort indoors.

Available in Rusticated, Shadow and Shiplap profiles, the Boral hardwood timber cladding range is designed for fixing to both timber and steel framework, and offers a diverse design scope for lightweight structures. Boral also produces V-Joint Lining for decorative internal wall applications.

It has full Chain of Custody certification, meeting the n Forestry Standard (AFS) AS 4707-2006. Boral Timber recommends that only experienced professional contractors handle the installation of its hardwood timber cladding.

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