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An Anzac Day divide

TIME changes everything. When Alan Seymour’s play The One Day of the Year was first staged in 1961 it polarised Australians.
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Military organisations turned their backs on the work because it raised questions about the nature of the celebration of Anzac Day.

But younger peoplesaw the work as reflecting the times. In their eyes, the rush to pubs after the marches obscured the significant role Australians had played in defending their country.

So it is noteworthy that Newcastle Theatre Company’s production of The One Day of the Year includes the involvement of the Newcastle branch of the Australian Military Forces Re-enactment Unit, an organisation that participates each year in ceremonial parades and other community activities.

Unit members will be involved with the audience before the play begins, including putting on an iconic two-up game.

The One Day of the Year begins just before Anzac Day in the late 1950s, with working-class Alf Cook (Philip McGrath), who served in World War II, and his mate, Wacka Dawson (David Yarrow), a Gallipoli veteran, discussing offensive Poms and other visitors to Australia.

Alf’s wife, Dot (Jan Hunt), returns from a euchre night, followed soon after by their son, Hughie (Jarrod Sansom), who won a bursary that allowed him to attend Sydney University. Heis accompanied by Jan (Elissa Shand), a fellow university student he is attracted to.

STORY OF THE TIMES: Left to right: Philip McGrath as Alf Cook , Jarrod Sansom as Hughie Cook, Jan Hunt as Dot Cook , David Yarrow as Wacka Dawson. Photo: Tom Liolio

Jan is planning to write an article for the university’s student paper criticising the nature of Anzac Day celebration, with Hughie taking photographs for the piece around Sydney after the Anzac Day march.

Their actions produce an angry reaction from Alf, with Dot trying to reconcile her husband and son.

Jarrod Sansom, who is a student at Newcastle University, sees Hughie as a bit embarrassed by his parents when he sees their behaviour through Jan’s eyes.

Philip McGrath notes that Alf’s reaction to Hughie’s change-of-heart is “If you’re not with us, mate, you’re out the door”.

“It’s a great piece of writing,” he said, “with the characters very much of their period”.

Randwick centre stage once again for final

All roads in greater Sydney – from the M1 to the M2 and the Pacific Highway – this weekend lead to Royal Randwick for the running of the second Provincial Championships final.
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Provincial trainers are, by the nature of their employment, transient at the best of times, however, since early March many have been happy to clock up the kilometres vying to qualify their horses at provincial tracks including Wyong, Kembla Grange, Newcastle, Gosford and most recently at Hawkesbury.

With a crack field of 15 of the best horses from provincially-trained tracks, the final, a race worth an exceptional $400,000, will form part of the brilliant day of racing for day two of The Championships – Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day.

Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees with a staggering eight horses in the race and Wyong-based trainer Kim Waugh with three contenders appear to have a mortgage on the outcome.

Lees said this has been the culmination of months of planning of the man most famous for producing County Tyrone to win the 2004 Metropolitan Handicap.

Powerline, Electric Power, Marple Miss, Parraay and Danish Twist have been joined by last-start winners Zestful and Rustic Melody as well as By Golly Molly.

“I started looking at this year’s series just before Christmas and worked out the likely horses with which we could target the qualifying races,” Lees said.

“A few I thought might be suitable prospects fell by the wayside for one reason or another, but it’s terrific for our various owners to qualify so many horses for next week’s final. I’m sure they will all have a great day at Randwick.”

Kim Waugh was more diplomatic when asked to assess the chances of her three stablemates Supreme Effort, His Majesty and Hetty Heights.

“They’re all similar horses, the three of them. They’ve all got a great turn of foot and I think it will come down to barriers and a bit of luck,” she said.

“All three have ticked over nicely since their last runs and will be in perfect shape for the final.”

Jockey Brenton Avdulla had ridden Supreme Effort to a win at Randwick but was committed to Hetty Heights who looks to have plenty of upside after a barnstorming win in the Newcastle qualifier (transferred to Wyong).

“I don’t think there’s much between them and Kim now has three live chances and I’ll be sticking with Hetty Heights,” Avdulla said. “She’s a pretty classy horse.”

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‘We can’t live like this’

DOUBLE BLOW: Pelican’s Max and Elizabeth Bower say their funeral fund is ‘whittling away’, while efforts to find public housing are stymied by long waiting lists. Picture: Brodie OwenPELICAN couple Max and Elizabeth Bower have seen plenty in their combined 168 years, but they never thought they would see the day they’d fear dying because of its financial burden.
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The Bowershave resorted to dipping into their funeral fund as cost of living and housing affordability pressures continues its grip on Hunter families.

“We had about $64,000 in savings from a claim and it’s down to half now,” Mr Bower said.“It’s been slowly whittled away and it’s just going down and down and down.

“We’re biting into it all the time and in another 18 months of living here, it will be gone.

“I suppose we’ll have nothing to bury ourselves with.”

The Bowers blame the cost of rent and rising cost of livingincluding food expensesas leading to their financial woes.

Of the $550 a week they share in pension and compensation payments, the couple estimates more than two thirds is paid in rent.

“If you buy anything extra, it’s just another whack out of it. There’s no room to move,” Mrs Bower said.

“Max isn’t real good,I’ve had a couple of heart attacks …we’re not what you call 100 per cent fit.

“It’s pretty hard at the moment.”

The Bowers live frugally and have tried to make the switch to public housing to take away some rent pressure.

But even then they’ve fallen through the cracks.

Having waited for more than two years on the elderly persons “priority” public housing list, Mr Bower still sees no end in sight.

“There’s just nothing at all and they can’t offer us anything unless we move from this area,” he said.

Mrs Bower said “I know the housing position is bad”,but expected something to come up within a year at least.

“It’s a bit too much for us,” she said.“How much longer do you wait?”

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley said she was appalled to hear of the Bowers’ plight.

“They came into my office with their story and their struggle and it’s just sad to hear,” she said.“A lot of people raise financial stress and housingwith me –andmany of them are elderly.”

Labor’s housing spokeswoman, Tania Mihailuk, called on the government to immediately address the shortfall of public housing in NSW, which included halting the sale of government-owned properties which “go to investors”.

Putting sole back into city

DARING FEET: Gaye Dawson’s goal at Queen of Sole (Level 1 Shop 22 Market Square) is to provide ladies of Newcastle looking for point of difference from the major shoe retailers an elegant range of on-trend choices.Advertising FeatureGaye Dawson isbringingthe sole back to Newcastle with hershoeshopQueen of Sole, located in Hunter Street Mall.
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A women-only boutique targetingladies30-60,Ms Dawson offers fashion, comfort and shoes with a point of difference for ladieswanting more choice.

All brands are hand selected fromdomestic and international wholesalers, from countries like Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Italy, drawing on Gaye’sextensive industry experience, knowledge,taste and passion.

You can “heel your sole’’ with such beautiful shoes asMiss Mooz,Django and Juliette, Eos, Mollini, Top End, Effegie, Frankie 4 Comfort (a podiatrist-designed shoe), ValeriaGrossi.Come next summer she’ll be addingnew brands such as Silent D, Inuovo,Brazilio,Isabella and Hinako.

“We are really on trend with European styling,” Ms Dawson said.“I stock shoes with fashion edge and a point of difference to what the major retailers offer.Theyreflect my tastes and those of my targetmarket–ladies of Newcastle between the ages of30 and 60.My goal is toprovide themwithan extensive range of brands, a choice of on-trend fashion, comfort and styling which has not been offered in the inner city in recent years.”

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“Most clients have their tastes and style,” Ms Dawson said.“I’m good at making suggestions. A lady might be hesitant with a product. But if they try it on, they see how great it looks.

“I’m also sensitive to anyproblem areas with feet, taking all the littlethings into consideration to ensure the customer is comfortable and satisfied.”

Ms Dawson opened Queen of Sole on January 13 this year after recognising a niche opportunity.

“When DJs pulled out,most of the retailers supplying the ladiesmarket went with them,” Ms Dawson said.“My goal is to fill that gap.”

Queen of Sole is located on Level 1 at Market Square wheresix like-minded businesses have opened in the last three months creating a fantastic precinct to shop.

“The inner city is transitioning,” Ms Dawson said.“Temporary businesses are being replaced by permanents.Everyone is socomplimentary about my decor and range. Word of mouth has been fantastic.”

Queen of Sole is open 10am-4pm Monday and Tuesday, 10.30am-4pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday.Customers can keep track of new arrivals on Instagram at #queenofsolenewcastle.

A summer clearance is currently running with 30-50% offselected styles. There is also a 10 per cent off voucher promotionfor new customers who mention this add, andan ongoingloyalty program.

Track searched after bikie shootingPhotos, video

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THE targeted shooting ofNomadsoutlaw motorcycle gang member Matt Eather at a One Mile bush track earlier this month isbelieved to have been sparked from an internal fallout within the Newcastle chapter.

Mr Eather, 31, from Corlette had one thigh bone shattered after being shot in both legson April 2. Police believe he was shot at Big Rocky Track, off Gan Gan Road. A section of bushland off the track was searched by police on April 6.No evidence was recovered.

The investigation promptedsearches of Nomads premises in Singleton, Maitland and Anna Bay. The Newcastle clubhouse was also searched.

During the search at Maitland, Ashtonfield man Zakary Jarrod Ross, 25, was allegedly found in possession of an unregistered Beretta pistol, ammunition, four vials of steroids and 25mg of the fertility drug Clomid.Policealso allege Mr Ross had $7300 cash in his possession.

Nearly one kilogramof an unknownsubstance was also seized from the Maitland premises and sent away for analysis.

Mr Ross pleaded not guilty to a range of offences in court on April 6. Hewas refused bail and will appear in Maitland court again on May 16.He is not facing any charges related to the shooting.

Ammunition, gun powder and rifle primers were allegedly found by police at the Singleton premises. Inquiries are continuing into those items.

Investigations are continuing into the shooting.Anyone with information is being urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

Track searched after bikie shooting | Photos, video INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Port Stephens polcie commander Chris Craner addresses the media at the search site on Wednesday. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

INVESTIGATIONS: Police searched Big Rocky Track off Gan Gan Road, One Mile, on Wednesday, April 6, for evidence relating to the April 2 shooting of a Corlette man, which is believed to be related to Nomads bikie club related. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

TweetFacebookExaminer understands isa senior Nomads member, is refusing to answer questions about the shooting.

The investigation promptedsearches ofpremises associated with the Nomads in Singleton, Maitland and Anna Bay.

Police search a section of bush at #OneMile#PortStephens for evidence in the shooting of a #Corlette man pic.twitter南京夜网/FtRERk0RY5

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