Archive Month: July 2019
Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

Andrew Simpson, of Cooks Hill, Marissa Saroca, of Newcastle, and Cameron Daniels, of support act The Nickson Wing, at Stonefield, at The Cambridge. Evan Pickett, of Newcastle, Kate Madonna, of Maryville, and Daniel O’Brien, of Newcastle, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

James Bunn, of Charlestown, and Josh Murray, of Adamstown, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Jason Breen, of support act I am the Agent, Jacob Hegarty, of Cooranbong, and Vanessa McCurry, of Newcastle, at Stonefield, at The Cambridge.

Lucy Bramble, Stephanie Sheen and Angelo Luczak, all of Cooks Hill, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Adam Della-Grotta and Adam Miller, both of Newcastle, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Haylee Poppi, of Lake Munmorah, Jade Meier, of Toukley, and Jessica Robinson, of Rocky Point, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Lauren Holstein, of Hamilton, and Sharni Cooper, of Port Macquarie, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Alicia Crowe, of Birmingham Gardens, and Rhys Greenhalgh, of Mayfield, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Matt Waddell, of Hamilton South, Jason King, of Kahibah, Dan Kemp, of Adamstown, and Arthur Fabos, of Merewether, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Brewers Dan Hampton, of Little Creatures Brewing, Julian Nelson, of Holgate Brewhouse, Ben Krans, of Bridge Road Brewers, Ben Hamilton, of White Rabbit Beer, and Nick Rhodes, of Holgate Brewhouse, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Dan Wyse, of Merewether, and Rob Wyse and Ian Wyse, both of Charlestown, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Tim Henderson, of Merewether, Andrew Earp, of Adamstown, and Nick Dun, of Hamilton South, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner.

Luke Hutchinson, Melanie Hutchinson and Joanna Testa, all of Carrington, and Jennifer Turner and Simon Turner, both of Kotara, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel, Wickham.

Brewers Brad Roders, of Stone & Wood, Bec Lock, of Little Creatures, Peter Watkins, of Wig & Pen, and Kristian Savio, of Lord Nelson Brewery, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Keith Grice, from Potters Brewery, Steve Finney, of Feral Brewing Company, Trystam Hayden, of Lord Nelson Brewery, Shawn Sherlock, of Murray’s Brewery, and Corey Crooks, publican of The Albion Hotel, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Andrew Ball, of Singleton, and Luke Fitzgerald, of Mayfield, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

This week’s LIVE Party Pics feature social snaps from Newcastle Craft Beer Dinner, at the Albion Hotel, Wickham, andthe Stonefield gig at The Cambridge Hotel. Pictures by Max Mason-Hubers and Simone De Peak.

Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

A group of buried British spitfires is set to make an unlikely return to the skies.A lost squadron of Spitfires buried in Burma after the Second World War could fly over Britain within three years, the enthusiast seeking to restore the planes said yesterday.

Digging for the hoard of at least 36 Mark XIV fighters will begin in January at a remote airfield.

Should the archaeologists succeed, a number of the aircraft will be carefully packaged and brought home next spring, where they will be restored.The discovery could more than double the number of Spitfires flying.

More than 20,000 were built in the 1930s and 1940s but only around 35 remain in the skies.

David Cundall, a farmer and aviation enthusiast from Scunthorpe, Lincs, has spent 16 years tracking down the aircraft, ploughing more than pounds 130,000 into the project after being told by a group of US veterans about their burial.

His tenacity and ”obsession to find and restore an incredible piece of British history” has been credited with bringing it to fruition.

”It’s not been easy, it’s been financially stretching but I’ve done it,” he said.

”If I can get just one Spitfire out it will be wonderful. I can’t wait.”

The Spitfires used 37-litre V12 Rolls-Royce Griffon engines instead of the 27-litre Merlins of earlier models.

They are believed to have been wrapped in tar paper, put in crates and transported from the factory in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, to Burma in August 1945.

When the war against the Japanese in Burma ended, the British South East Asia Command buried them, still packed in their crates, to ensure they could not be used by Burmese independence fighters.

Surveys at one of three sites identified in the country have shown large areas of electrically conductive material, suggesting the metal parts of the aircraft, around 30 feet deep.

The location and depth is consistent with eight eye witness reports given to Mr Cundall.

”We put a camera down a borehole and went into a box and through two inches of Canadian pine,” Mr Cundall disclosed.

”Yes, we did see what we thought was an aeroplane.”

The treasure hunt has been described as a ”story of British determination against all odds”.Mr Cundall, 62, was told about the fighters in 1996. He has since been to Burma 16 times, conducting surveys and negotiating with the authorities.

A breakthrough was made when sanctions forbidding the movement of military materials in and out of the country were lifted earlier this year following the intervention of David Cameron.

In October, Mr Cundall was given exclusive rights to the three sites. He has had offers from British companies to restore the aircraft.

One option is for them to be stored at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall and restored by the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

If the dig goes as planned, Mr Cundall expects his Spitfires to be brought home next spring.

”My share will be brought back to the UK and will hopefully be flying at air shows within three years or so,” he said.

Under his agreement with the Burmese authorities, Mr Cundall will be entitled to 30 per cent of the discovery, his Burmese partner to 20 per cent and the Burmese government to 50 per cent, which it is expected to put up for sale.

The dig is being financed by Victor Kislyi, a computer games entrepreneur, and his company, which got involved after a director read about Mr Cundall’s quest in The Daily Telegraph in April.

It will involve around 17 people, including British archaeologists, academics from Leeds University and a documentary film crew.

Andy Brockman, the lead archaeologist, acknowledged that the complex project could end up yielding nothing.

But he added: ”We are interested in converting the speculation and rumour into facts on the ground.”

Either way, we will come up with a picture of a forgotten part of the Second World War in a part of the world that is still culturally incredibly rich but has been deeply troubled for many years.”

“At the end of it all, we will have a cracking story to tell.”

– The Telegraph

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

As we head into the festive season you are going to need to arm yourself with more than the occasional libation. An ice-cold brew out of an esky is fine and there’s nothing wrong with a bottle of wine. But what ever happened to that grand old party beverage, punch?

Before you think I’ve lost the plot and have poured a little too much ‘g’ into my ‘t’, give me a moment to explain. You see, we’re not talking about some sticky mixture of booze and ersatz juice you might have come across at a party at uni, but rather a drinking tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

A real punch is a work of love – the king of drinks before the rise of bartenders, their waxed moustaches and fancy single-serve concoctions. A real punch is deliciously smooth – an excellent delivery device for hard liquor – and a convivial centrepiece for social gatherings. Comprised of liquor, water, sugar, citrus and spice, punches were meticulously crafted for any important occasion for hundreds of years.

So where did punch lose its way? Why don’t we still drink it now? Of course, as with any yarn involving a substantial quantity of drink, the details have been lost in a succession of sore heads and sketchy accounts of the night before the morning after. But we can surmise that punch went out of fashion to make way for convenience and fast-paced modern living.

Gone are the days where a group of gentleman could gather around a flowing bowl and partake until themselves or the vessel in front of them was defeated. Instead, bars dispense a raft of single-serve beverages that for all intents and purposes have evolved only a little since their invention in the mid-1800s.

As the bars let punch fall by the wayside, so too have hosts dropped it from their repertoire. Punch, however, has as a distinct advantage over cocktails if you’re entertaining at home. Prepared in advance of your work celebration, barbeque or similar festive occasion, you can simply hand your guest a cup and wave them in the direction of the punchbowl. The guests will have a special, caringly crafted beverage without the need for you to break into a sweat or cut a conversation mid-sentence.

Punches help avoid some cocktail mixing disasters, too. There’s nothing worse than an amateur getting into your kitchen at a party and whipping up a stomach-curdling mix of peach schnapps, Tabasco sauce and cream. Or cracking open that bottle of 30-year-old scotch you were saving for a special occasion.

I personally get a thrill out of being a generous host, and punch has saved me many a time from the trap of being stuck in the kitchen fixing drinks. The art of entertaining is not only making sure your guests are catered for, but making sure you’re spending time conversing with them, too.

Here’s one of my favourites – a classic recipe from an exclusive men’s club called the Schuylkill Fishing Company (also known as the ‘Fish House’) in Philadelphia. This punch was first compounded in 1732.

(20+ serves)

1 bottle Jamaican rum (or something high ester like an Australian overproof rum) ½ bottle cognac 120ml Peach brandy (a quality French peach liqueur works fine) 500ml fresh lemon juice (about 2kg lemons) 1 ½ cups castor sugar 1L boiling water

Peel your lemons before juicing and place the peels in a large bowl. Add the sugar and work the peels with the back of a wooden spoon to extract a bit of the zesty oil. Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve all the sugar. Add lemon juice and booze. Chill the whole mix overnight to allow the flavours to mingle. An hour before serving slip in the largest block of ice you can find (a steel bowl filled with water makes a great mold). Forget the fruit. Garnish with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

The record sea ice melt this year was one strong signal about the changing climate, the WMO said.The world is on-track for its ninth warmest year on record, with temperatures below the average for the past decade due to the cooling effects of La Niña, but still higher than long-term averages.

In an update of the earth’s weather in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation says that so far, average global temperatures have been around 0.45 degrees Celsius above the 1961-1990 average of 14.2 degrees.

The results are drawn from three data sets from between January and October. The WMO will update the results in March.

The organisation says this year continues a long-term trend of warming due to climate change as a result of human induced-emissions of greenhouse gases. The organisation points to record levels of Artic sea ice melting as an indication of the changes experienced.

The data was released overnight as representatives of about 200 countries meet in Doha, Qatar, for international climate change negotiations.

In a statement, the organisation’s Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said: “Naturally occurring climate variability due to phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña impact on temperatures and precipitation on a seasonal to annual scale. But they do not alter the underlying long-term trend of rising temperatures due to climate change as a result of human activities.

“The extent of Arctic sea ice reached a new record low. The alarming rate of its melt this year highlighted the far-reaching changes taking place on Earth’s oceans and biosphere,” he said.

“Climate change is taking place before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records.”

In Australia, temperatures were 0.58 degrees below average from January to October, driven by cooler-than-average minimum temperatures, especially during the period between February and August. After higher-than-normal rainfall over the past two years in Australia due to La Niña, levels have returned to near normal in 2012.

But despite cooler temperatures in Australia, the organisation says large parts of the world experienced higher temperatures, especially North America, southern Europe, western and central Russia and northwestern Asia.

About 15,000 daily heat records were broken across the United States. Droughts also affected much of the United States and parts of Russia, Europe and China.

Worldwide, the organisation said that the tropical cyclone rate was near the 1981-2010 average of 85 storms, with a total of 81. Typhoon Sanba, which hit the Philippines, Japan and the Korean peninsula was the strongest.

with Reuters

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

Statement from a spokesperson for the Prime Minister:

It’s time for the Liberals to give up their witch hunt and start talking about things that matter.

The whole country is sick to death of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop pursuing a discredited smear campaign against the Prime Minister, when we could be talking about jobs, health, and education.

After months of speculation about a smoking gun, the Liberals have nothing.

So, the Prime Minister wrote to the WA Commissioner? So what? She did what lawyers do. Act on instruction. Provide legal advice.

So, the Prime Minister can’t remember writing one letter from 20 years ago. So what? Lawyers write thousands of letters in their careers.

And what does the transcript show? That the PM said the association wasn’t a union. So what? It obviously wasn’t.

In fact, the unredacted transcript backs up what the Prime Minister has been saying.

The transcript supports the Prime Minister’s account that she had nothing to do with the Association once it was incorporated.

The transcript also supports the Prime Minister’s account that she didn’t have anything to do with setting up bank accounts operated by the Association.

The Opposition’s central claim goes to the Prime Minister’s knowledge of alleged fraud. The unredacted transcript shows those claims to be empty and false.

It is worth restating that any correspondence in this matter would have been received or sent in Julia Gillard’s capacity as a lawyer acting on instructions. As the Prime Minister has noted, the application to incorporate the Association was lodged by its office bearer, Mr Ralph Blewitt. The decision to incorporate the Association was made by the WA Commissioner of Corporate Affairs.

The Prime Minister has not done anything wrong.

No evidence has been produced that she did anything wrong.

The only misleading statements in this matter have been made by Julie Bishop when she denied multiple contact with Ralph Blewitt, and denied she’d made accusations against the Prime Minister she had made several hours earlier; and by Tony Abbott this morning.

Tony Abbott this morning accused the Prime Minister of misleading the West Australian Corporate Affairs Commission, and of breaking the law. These assertions are completely unsupported by the evidence. The unredacted transcript says only that the Prime Minister stated that the Association was not a trade union – a fact that is clearly true.

Tony Abbott needs to produce evidence to support his unsubstantiated claim, or follow his Deputy into a humiliating backdown.

Today, Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne made serious claims against the Prime Minister with no evidence. This is exactly the same thing that killed Malcolm Turnbull’s career.

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