Wolfmother are back in town

Wolfmother are in Bendigo for the third year running.REGIONAL Victoria is familiar territory for Aussie rockers Wolfmother.

This year is the third year in a row the group will play in Bendigo. They previously played at the Golden Vine in May, 2013, and April, 2014.

It is also the first time Wolfmother will play at GTM.

“We have never played GTM and it seems like it’s getting bigger,” frontman Andrew Stockdale said.

“The regional festivals have spoken. I think Bendigo is becoming like rock and roll central. We always get a great response there.”

In 2013, Wolfmother played a spontaneous gig in Bendigo while on a road trip.

“My friends had a 1966 Monaro and we thought let’s drive from Melbourne to Sydney. We called up our agent and got him to book gigs along the way,” Stockdale said.

“I remember heading to Bendigo and we pulled up in front of the venue and thought we’d do a burn out for the crowd.

“We did a burn out and one of the guys pointed out our front light wasn’t working, so he fixed it for us. That was a great Bendigo experience.”

Last year’s Bendigo show was off the back of Wolfmother’s latest album, New Crown.

The album gave Stockdale his first taste of mixing.

“I said ‘let me have a go at mixing’. I had to get it out of my system and try it,” he said.

“It doesn’t sound like commercial (album standard but I like the fuzzy, muddy, swampy, wild sound.

New Crown is a throwback to the early days of Wolfmother.

“It’s for all the rock and roll purists who like garage rock,” Stockdale said.

“Naysayers will say it’s not sonically good enough and that a band like Wolfmother should have a certain quality.

“But I’ve gone to the best studios, spent my own money, worked with the best and finished with sterile, unusable recordings.

“I’ve also done stuff with a bunch of local dudes that has had so much charm and expression in the recording.”

Wolfmother play at Bendigo GTM at 7.55pm.

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Giant plane ushers in new era for aviation in WA

The first A380 to land in Perth is on its way. Photo: Supplied The A380 as seen from the ground as it makes its way over Perth Photo: Tazli Bowe

The world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, is set to touch down at Perth Airport on Friday evening for the first time – ushering in a new era for aviation in Western Australia.

An A380-capable gate was commissioned at Terminal 1 in December 2013 as part of Perth Airport’s $1 billion redevelopment.

With the airport now ready for the giant plane, the A380 is expected to be greeted “by a VIP delegation and an impressive water cannon salute” as it lands, according to a spokesperson for Perth Airport.

Rob Gurney, Emirates divisional vice president for commercial operations in Australia, said the double-decker aircraft would transport up to 982 passengers inbound and outbound daily between Perth and the Emirates’ hub, Dubai.

“After much anticipation Emirates is pleased to now be able to offer Perth residents the opportunity to travel on an A380 service non-stop to Dubai, and potentially onward with another A380 connection to more than 33 other destinations on our global network,” he said.

“The A380 is a state-of-the-art aircraft offering our flagship product in all three classes, and we look forward to providing this outstanding experience to our Perth passengers as well as to visitors flying into this vibrant city.”

Brad Geatches, chief executive officer of Perth Airport, said Emirates first commenced services to Perth 13 years ago, in 2002.

“Emirates is continuing to lead the way, and their decision to be the first airline to introduce their A380 to scheduled Perth services is an exciting development for all Western Australians,” Mr Geatches said.

The Emirates A380 has a three-class configuration, with 398 seats in economy on the lower deck, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in business class and 14 first-class private suites on the upper deck.

Emirates’ A380 Perth service will operate daily as flight EK420, departing Dubai at 2.55am and arriving into Perth at 5.35pm on the same day.

The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 10.05pm and arrive into Dubai the next day at 5.15am local time, a flying time of 11 hours.

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Charlie Hebdo cartoonist says he will no longer draw prophet Muhammad

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist “Luz”, who designed the front page of the magazine that appeared after the Paris attacks, has said he will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad, the BBC reports.

Renald Luzier has told French magazine Inrocks that drawing Muhammad “no longer interests me”.

Twelve people were murdered when two Islamist gunmen burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices on 7 January.

The attack prompted a wave of sympathy under the banner “Je suis Charlie”.

Within days of the attack, the satirical magazine’s surviving staff produced a defiant edition with the headline “All is forgiven” above Luz’s cartoon showing the Prophet weeping, while holding a sign saying “I am Charlie”.

Pictorial depictions of Muhammad are considered forbidden by most Muslims.

Following the January attack, the magazine’s normal print run of 60,000 eventually climbed to eight million.

“I’ve got tired of [drawing Muhammad], just like I got tired of drawing Sarkozy. I’m not going to spend my life drawing them,” Luz said in answer to a question about the famous January edition.

Luz is about to release a book of cartoons entitled “Catharsis”, which he says in his interview was his way of expressing himself after the murder of his colleagues.

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Kiwi siblings hit the road

Caleb and Georgia Nott make up the duo Broods.NEW Zealand brother-sister duo Broods are excited to venture out of the cities while they tour the Groovin the Moo circuit.

Broods, who played in New York before GTM began in Oakbank last week, are made up of Caleb and Georgia Nott.

But despite the success they have had in the two years Broods are remaining humble.

“When I talk to friends and they say ‘where are you’, saying New York sounds arrogant. But maybe I’m a little paranoid,’ Georgia said.

“Every time we go on tour, the venues get bigger and the crowds get more excited.

“When we played in Montreal last year it was to 80 people. This year it was more than 1000.

“It feels weird because the time has gone so quickly and it feels like we have been doing this forever. So much has happened.”

The brother and sister, who have two more musically talented sisters in the family, have been performing together since they were young.

“I was nervous to perform solo and mum convinced us to team up for a talent quest when we were nine and 11,” Georgia said.

“At the time it was the most amazing thing. It was meant to be.

“When we were young we joked we were becoming The Corrs. We were really little kids and mum listened to The Corrs. We felt like it was a path for three sisters and a brother.”

Caleb and Georgia became Broods at high school. Georgia said the pair owe a lot to their music teacher.

“He understood that people who love music love to play and write music,” she said.

“Instead of making us learn other musicians songs he got students to perform and write their own music, not just covers.”

Georgia said Caleb’s acoustic guitar talents and her own love for playing acoustic songs that bare soul were how the pair’s music began.

“We fell across an electronic sound because we really liked it. You can potentially break the rules and play everything for yourself. That was a beautiful thing when we found the electronic sound, so we kept experimenting with it.”

Broods will jet over to the UK in mid May after they have traversed regional Australia with GTM.

“We mostly go to the same places for shows but it will be cool to see places we wouldn’t normally think to go,” Georgia said.

“There’s nothing cooler than a festival in the middle of nowhere and we are really excited for the circuit and to play shows with the same group of bands.

“It’s an awesome novelty we haven’t had before. There’s a couple of bands like Charli XCX that we are curious to see live.

“It’s an educational experience as well but it’s hard to be calm when you see people you’re influenced by.

“You just have to remember they are human beings and try to be chilled”

Broods play in the Moolin Rouge at Bendigo GTM at 7.50pm.

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The cat came back!

THANKS to Facebook, many locals heard the heartwarming story of a traveller who lost her most beloved cat in Bombala over the Easter holidays and was, surprisingly, reunited with it almost a week later.

The much loved Tortie, back with her owner.

The lady in question, Lizzie Waddell, had stopped in Cooma, Cann River and Bombala at the time that her much loved cat, Tortie went missing, and she had no way of knowing where the elderly feline had jumped out of the car.

After six traumatic days of Lizzie searching for her pet with the generous help of locals, Tortie turned up again in Bombala, and the pair were reunited.

Lizzie encountered such generous community spirit and kindness in Bombala and the surrounding region during this time, that she wrote to us at the Times to express her appreciation.

Following is a piece that she prepared for the paper to convey her gratitude –

“Community trust and faith reigns in Bombala/Cann River and the Aussie spirit reigns – always help and never give up. The irony of things! Statistics slammed with community support and connection.

Thanks Bombala and Cann River for transforming my worry, angst and sick with worry into faith, trust, sharing, caring. A heartwarming and amazing lot of people that put their own lives aside to walk beside me in finding my 14 year old cat, Tortie.

The Aussie tradition was ignited just simply by word of mouth. Communication action revealed the nature of the community.

Strange how it all started with the roaming Forrester’s rabbit-interested golden retriever who’s family I rang to return home. Gill was to learn that I was in pursuit of my own dearly loved missing Tortie.

Gill’s empathy to my overwhelming concern, charged her to connect in the community. My 14 year old, medicated, inside-living feline would not find her way back home – being a frequent traveller.

Tortie escaped via the small gap in the window at either Cann River, Bombala or Cooma. It was not until I arrived home from Melbourne to start a shift immediately, that Tortie was identified as missing. That feeling of the unknown! Followed by a six day ordeal, bitter filled, sick with worry.

Travelling a 1500km round trip Cann River to Canberra set in motion a search that touched my heart. I found myself instinctively drawn back to Bombala. Searching under buildings around the Bakery and IGA with torch; scent from her canine friends; familiar bedding; watchful eyes of the community; the Baker Melissa’s food; watchful eyes and sightings; Gill’s and others’ sighting; cuppas, food and beds and opening up of hearts was extended.

Faith and trust rekindled by community spirit. Tremendous! Awesome! It all ended well.

Day 6 and many miles and beautiful people later, Tortie miraculously wandered past the very Pizza Café near where she escaped the car.

I am relieved and overwhelmed with thankfulness, grateful for support and blessed with the community spirit and universe power. People cared! They really cared!

Gifts are blessings received in many ways, and the gift from Bombala and Cann River endure any loss and grieving.

Peter Hickling (Cooma Ranger) wrote: “we are all very impressed with the dedication to a much loved pet”.

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Sternest test for Roos

SECOND-placed Wentworth return to the court today in SFNL A Grade netball at City Oval.

Coming up against the in-form Imperials, the Roos will need to be on their guard.

Strong: Courtney Wakefield has been in good form for Wentworth this season.

Wentworth have enjoyed a 2-0 start to the season with wins over Robinvale/Euston and Merbein.

Impressively, they have scored 120 goals over these two games, giving up only 52 at the defensive end of the court.

Courtney Wakefield has played well in her first two games this season for the Roos and will be called upon again to make an impact.

Imperials have a similar record after a tight first-up win against Irymple and a big 56-24 victory over Red Cliffs on Anzac Day.

Sarah Lansdown has been a key player so far for Imp­erials, appearing among the best players in both games.

So far, Imperials have been not as productive on the score­­board as Wentworth.

They have scored 90 goals and let in 60, although the close game against Irymple goes part of the way to explaining that statistic.

Both South Mildura and ­Robinvale/Euston return from a week off in a fifth versus sixth clash at Euston.

Robinvale/Euston have benefited from gaining greater depth this season, but are still gelling as a team and yet to win a game after two starts.

South Mildura have looked likely in parts but have one win and two losses from three games.

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Three bodyboard titles decided

Three new NSW junior champions have been crowned on the first day of the NRMA NSW Bodyboard State Titles, after duking it out in difficult three-foot peaks at Kiama Surf Beach.

Champ – Shayden Schrader in action at Kiama. Picture: ETHAN SMITH

Competitors in the Groms (under-14), Cadets (under-16) and Juniors (under-18) all fought a series of hard battles in an attempt to claim a coveted NSW title and qualify for theNRMA NSW Team for the Australian Surf Festival.

After finishing in the runner-up spot in the Junior Men at event one of the NRMA NSW Bodyboard State Titles in Port Stephens, Shayden Schrader (Port Macquarie) managed to go one notch better claiming the highly competitive final.

In a final where all bodyboarders posted respectable mid-range scores, Schrader mustered up a heat total of 10.84 (out of a possible 20 points) to get a narrow victory over runner-up Keiran Riches (Coffs Harbour) by a 0.44 margin. As a result Schrader qualified for the NRMA NSW Team for the Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour in August.

Liam Flanagan (Matraville) took out the final of the Cadets division posting a 6.33 and a 6.83 (out of a possible ten points) to get the nod over Central Coast bodyboarder Harry Crain (Copacabana). Flanagan performed a serious of powerful rolls to take the win and book his spot into the NRMA NSW Team.

Noah Gillroy (Botany) claimed his second victory over the dual NRMA NSW Bodyboard State Titles, taking out the Groms division. The Sydney bodyboarder took out both of his respective heats to get the upper-hand against Mitchell Atherton (Port Macquarie), Jack Rodgers (Lakewood) and Clay Murphy (Windale) who finished in second, third and fourth respectively. Both Rodgers and Murphy finished in the exact same position as the previous NRMA NSW Bodyboard State Titles event at Port Stephens.

Competition will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.

The main location for event two is Kiama Surf Beach located in the heart of Kiama with back-up locations at Bombo, Jones Beach and Werri.

Professional bodyboarder Andrew Lester will be hosting a coaching clinic at the event tomorrow from 8.00am – 9.30am.

Total points from event two and the previous event at Port Stephens will be tallied and used to select the team to represent the state at the 2015 national titles.

Surfing NSW will also implement free club challenges at both State Title events with the winning club from each State Title event claiming $250.00 and the overall winner claiming $500.00.

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On the beat: St George police ranks swell by four

Welcome to the force: New police recruits celebrated their graduation today. Picture: NSW Police.Four recruits have joined St George police as probationary constables.

They were among 109 newcomers who were welcomed into the ranks today, Friday, May 1.

The officers graduated with an associate degree in policing practice after 12 months of on-the-job training and study through university.

Commissioner Andrew Scipione congratulated the constables at an attestation ceremony at Goulbourn.

“These officers have worked to meet and exceed the physical and academic demands expected at the academy and today, they close the first chapter of their policing careers,” he said.

“As they start this next chapter, I wish every officer the best for their future with the NSW Police Force where they will experience great challenges and rewards while serving the community.

“They are not embarking on an ordinary career path and should expect to be challenged every day that they carry their badge.

“However, when we welcome new officers into our police family, it is an assurance they should never expect to face any challenge alone.’’

The new recruits will start work on Monday, May 4.

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‘There is nothing better’

THE THREE WISE MEN: Paul Woolley, Rob Walton and Gerry Fitzpatrick were out to have fun in their brightly coloured suits. Picture: Laura HardwickThey call themselves the trio of good-looking blokes –but they are just here to have fun.

Years ago the three men –Rob Walton, Gerry Fitzpatrick and Paul Woolley –decided to surf the internet in search of the ultimate race day suit.

But the suits –made of cheap fabric –are sported atmore than just race days. They drag them out on every occasion they have a “belly full of tinnies”.

The idea is relatively simple: show up and be different.

The trio were among manypeople at Friday’s Wagga Gold Cup to dress wild and wacky.

“To be different and stand out is what everyone should try to do,” Mr Walton said,dressed in bright blue.

“We’re here to have fun. Some people talk, some people laugh, but it doesn’t really matter.

“I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t dress like this.”

Punters were out in force trackside to demonstratewho had the best outfit among the many thousands of possible combinations.

Under brilliant autumn skies there was a mixture of old and new clothes, with some spectators highlighting earlier this week they would opt for the op shop.

“It’s all about having a go,” Mr Walton said.

His friend Paul Woolley, of Dapto, said any occasion to come together –colourful or otherwise –was well worth it.

“We do this anywhere andeverywhere,” he said.“We’re all larrikans, don’t you worry about that. We relish the opportunity to get out of where we’re from –and what better place than to come to Wagga.

“You’ve got it so good here.”

Gerry Fitzpatrick was escaping a sudden deluge of rain in Sydney, where he hails from.

He said the Gold Cup and Wagga was the “perfect” escape from “graffiti-riddled, rainy” Sydney.

“We could have asked for anything better,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Like many people, the trio were headed for one of the city’s many hotels to celebrate the day over drinks before heading home in coming days.

Organisers were pleased with the attitude of people such as the multi-coloured trio.

The city and visitors took to social media in force on Friday to share their Gold Cup experience, with many hundreds of photos shared online.

The hashtag #WaggaGoldCup was a trending topic on Twitter in Australia.

An account that provides analysis of Twitter trends said more than 100 users made the Australian trend possible.

It is welcome news for the city’s leaders who have indicated event-based tourism will drive visitation rates into the future.

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Pioneer returns to VFL ranks

FORMER South Mildura footballer and Bendigo Pioneer Jacob Chisari will front up for Williamstown today for the first time in an away game against North Ballarat.

Debut: South Mildura and Bendigo Pioneers product Jacob Chisari will play his first match for Williamstown today.

Chisari, who had already played VFL footy with the now-defunct Bendigo Gold, has been named on the wing for the Seagulls.

AFL Victoria Country football devel­opment manager Trevor Ryan said Chisari had always caught the eye at junior level.

“He had three years in the system with the Pioneers. As a bottom-age player at 17 years old he won their club best and fairest,” he said.

“In the second year he also won their best and fairest as well as a ­Morrish Medal as the best-performed player in the competition.”

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