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18 Sep

Compliance inspections reveal shortcomings in Hunter industrial practices across the Hunter region

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More than 100 Hunter industrial premises, including mine sites, were inspected last financial year resulting in a raft of prosecutions, fines and cautions.

TheDepartment of Planning and Environment’s compliance team conducted104 inspections, successfully prosecuted two companies, issued six penalty notices and gave eight official cautions in the Hunter region.

Fifteen thousand dollar fines were issued to:

Huon Aquaculture –failing to maintain sea pens at the Marine Finfish Research LeaseStratford Coal – breaching train dispatch after hours.Macka’s Sand Quarry – Three penalties including exceeded extraction depth, failing to provide notification of incident at the time and truck movement breaches.Seaside Boulevard Fern Bay. Sediment controls breach.Jandra Quarry – Air quality monitoring breach.The failure of Huon Aquaculture’s“fortresspen” resulted in 20,000 kingfish escapeing intothe Port Stephens’marine park in January.


Calls for independent review of Port Stephens’ fish farmThe fish, which were used to being automatically, created an ecological risk to marine park.At the same timecommercial and recreational fishers reported bumper catches over several weeks.

Poor maintenance of the sea pens and the attached predator nets and a build-up of barnacles and algae on the sea pens were identified as significant contributors to the incident.

Great escape: The “fortress pen” that was damaged in rough seas on January 19. About 20,000 kingfish escaped in the Port Stephens marine park.

The company has undertaken measures to reduce the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future.

The department’s compliance team conducts spot checks without warning, regular inspections and auditsand works with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules.

“We can issue the highest on-the-spot fines in the country for breaches of conditions with the most severe fines attracting up to $5 million,” he said.

“We are here to investigate complaints from the public, local councils and other state government agencies but also build effective partnerships with industry.”

Department of Planning and Environment director for compliance Ben Harrisonsaid the compliance team had expanded from seven to more than 30over the past four years to cater for the rapid growth in development across the state and to ensure existing operations were adequately monitored.

“We’ve boosted our investment and put more boots on the ground in managing compliance and delivering education to assist industry to ensure they are doing the right thing.

“Thanks to our larger team we are now able to better service NSW, including the Hunter in a strong and proactive way.”

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18 Sep

Hillary Clinton guest star on Murphy Brown

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Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made a cameo appearance on Murphy Brown.Hillary Clinton is the first big name cameo of Murphy Brown’s revival season.

Clinton appeared in the September 27 premiere of the Candice Bergen-led sitcom – but not as herself.

Instead, she was “Hilary,” a woman who said she is often mistaken for the former presidential candidate but actually spells her name with only one “L.”

She arrived at Murphy’s new cable news show, Murphy in the Morning, to interview for the “secretarial position.”

“Your reputation proceeds you, but I want you to know I’m not afraid of hard work, I’m qualified, and I’m ready on day one,” Clinton said to Murphy at the start of her interview.

Murphy went on to ask if she had any secretarial experience (“For four years I was the secretary … of a very large organisation,” she replied) and if she had experience with technology and teamwork.

“I do have some experience with emails,” she said. And on the topic of how many people it takes to run a production, she relied on another one of her campaign mottos: “Everyone works together, it takes a village.”

In the end, though, Murphy said although she was “very impressive,” she was “maybe a little over-qualified” and needed some time to think about the hire.

Clinton left Murphy with a business card that said her email address was “Hilary at you could have had me dot com.”

The original Murphy Brown, which ran on CBS for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998, became known for a wide range of cameos.

Iconic figures in pop culture such as Aretha Franklin appeared, as did big names in the news media, such as Connie Chung, and politics – most notably Dan Quayle.

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18 Sep

Sleepless in Seattle’s 25th anniversary is a great excuse to go

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A foodie’s paradise at Pike Place MarketThe birthplace of Starbucks, Nirvana and Jimmy Hendrix, incredibly diverse neighbourhoodsand award-winning restaurants – Seattle is quickly becoming the cultural hub of north westUnited States.

This year,Sleepless in Seattle –the ultimate romcom that ignited the love affair with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and the Emerald City – willcelebrateits 25thanniversary.

Embrace the ‘90s nostalgia and follow in the footsteps of this all-time classic as you experience the iconic set locations firsthand – we’ve compiled a list of the must-visits when strolling through Seattle streets.

Lake Union Visit the iconic floating home in the film, along the water’s edge. PIC: Rudy Willingham

Kick-off your time in Seattle with a snoop around the world-famous floating house, aka Sam and Jonah’s home. The place is docked off Westlake Avenue on Seattle’s picturesque waterside neighbourhood of Lake Union, butnow privately owned, so a tour from the water is your best bet of checking it out.

South Lake Union is famous for being home to the e-commerce giant Amazon, but actually also hosts the drool-worthy Seattle Street Food Festival – a must-do if you’re in the area in summer.

Alki BeachWalk 20 minutes south to explore Alki Beach – where Annie secretly watched Sam and Jonah playing on the beach. This is one of the only places Meg Ryan filmed in the city and is perfect to follow in the star’s footsteps and people-watch the day away.

When you need to refuel, try a Seattle staple – Duke’s Chowder House (the building Annie hid behind in the flick), and warm up with their famous clam chowder.

To work off your lunch, why not hop on a bike, play some beach volleyball or roller-blade down the sidewalk – Alki beach is one oftheareas in Seattle to see (or to be seen) getting sporty.

Space Needle The Seattle skyline features the iconic space needle. PIC: Howard Frisk, courtesy of Visit Seattle

Head to the city centre to see the iconic Space Needle; arguably the defining landmark of Seattle and a feature in the background of a number of the movie scenes.

Recently renovated for the first time since its creation, the Space Needle offers 360-degreeviews of Puget Sound and shouldn’t be missed by any true fan of the flick.

Check out the new and improved Seattle Space Needle experience – The Space Needle’s new VR Bar. Visitors can take a walk on the wild side around the Space Needle’s outer halo or strap in for a pulse-pounding bungee jump from the edge of the viewing platform, all without having your feet leave the ground.

Pike Place Market Dine at Athenian Seafood, where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner talk dating and tiramasu.

The real star of the show is Pike Place Market, Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods, trendy diners and hole in the wall bites.

The market isstillhome to the Athenian Seafood Restaurant, where Sam dined with friend Jay, played by Rob Reiner, to discuss dating and tiramisu. Don’t leave before getting that Insta-worthy selfie in the exact seat Tom Hanks sat.

Pike Place Market is a known as a foodie’s paradise and there are a couple must-visits while you’re there: namely the first Starbucks(the birthplace of the coffee mega-chain) and the huge fish market (a trip to the seaside isn’t complete without tasting their fresh produce). When you’re ready for a pick me up –head to Market Spicewhere you can grab a steamy tea sample.

Gas Works Park Gas Works Park lights up on the Fourth of July. PIC: Rudy Willingham

For a final epic celebration of all thingsSleepless in Seattle,look no further than Gas Works Park and their incredible fireworks display. While Sam merely watches the fireworks from across the lake on New Year’s Eve, the park actually hosts the city’s spectacular Fourth of July celebrations.

If you can’t time your stay with this date, the Park is still a perfect place to have a picnic with unrivalled views or watch the sunset over Lake Union.

The park, designed by Seattle landscape architect Richard Haag, transformed the gasification plant to what has now become a Seattle landmark. Complete with the ‘cracking towers’ and boiler rooms turned picnic areas, Haag managed to preserve Seattle’s industrial past and change the communities feelings towards the gas plant.

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18 Sep

Six highlights in your travel week28 Sept

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Kids just want to have fun … showing off on the Mekong.Evergreen’s 2019/20 south-east Asia brochure showcaes new itineraries on its first Star-Ship on the Mekong River, the Emerald Harmony.

The company’s lead-in itinerary for the season is the 13-day ‘Majestic Mekong Discoverer’, taking in Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap from $4035 per person twin-share, including flights.

It’s inclusive of a seven-night cruise, two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, three nights in Siem Reap, return flights and airport transfers, 30 meals with complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner while cruising, and all tipping, gratuities, port charges and taxes.

In addition, Evergreen ‘You’re Invited’ cultural experiences include a performance from Phare Cambodian Circus, a tuk-tuk drive in Phnom Penh, a traditional Buddhist monk blessing, and a visit to a family-owned silk factory.

Phone 1300 383 747 or visit www.evergreentours成都夜总会招聘.au

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport … fabulous views of Sydney’s Pittwater.

Book in advance and save at Metro Mirage Hotel Newport, in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs, about a 45-minure drive from the CBD.

Book 30 days or more in advance and save $10 per night, $15 per night if you book 45 days or more in advance.

The property features views of Sydney’s Pittwater and is close to a multitude of activities — surfing on beautiful beaches, bushwalking, tennis, golf, catered cruises, deep-sea fishing and sailing.

There’s complimentary wi-fi and, as a website exclusive, one-hour late check out at 11am.

Visit www.metrohotels成都夜总会招聘.au.

The Orange Wine Festival … a great chance to try cool-climate wines.

Plan a mid-week grape escape or wine weekend away in the picturesque Orange region of the NSW Central West from October 12-21, and take advantage of the culinary events on offer during the 13th annual Orange Wine Festival, which showcases the best new-release cool-climate wines and spring produce from the city and its surrounding villages.

Highlights including ‘Wine in the Vines’, a winery-to-winery tour led by local vignerons on October 20.

Go behind the scenes of cellar doors and enjoy a roving lunch with matching wines, transfers and a bottle of local wine to takeaway, for $149 per person.

Orange Wine Festival Night Market includes 50 food-and-wine stalls dotted around leafy Robertson Park on October 19.

Meet local winemakers and chefs, dine at communal tables and enjoy live music under the stars, all for a gold-coin donation.

Or sample and wines from the Orange Wine Show, choosing from more than 200 types all in the one room, matched with local produce on October 12 for $60 per person.

Enhance your tasting experience and wine knowledge by including a masterclass hosted by Rikard Wines winemaker Will Rikard-Bell for $75 per person.

Visit www.orangewinefestival成都夜总会招聘.au.

Happy campers … a group of trekkers following the historic Rabbit Board Fence.

Keep those boots laced. Southern Queensland has a three-day guided mountain trail dubbed by one happy hiker as “a time traveller’s journey through ancient forests in the footsteps of pioneers and graziers”.

Starting near Killarney, near Warwick in south-east Queensland, the hike follows the historic Rabbit Board Fence for 35 kilometres to the foothills of Wilsons Peak and includes a night camping on Farmer Mal’s property and one night in Spring Creek Mountain Cottages.

The next walk departs Saturday 29 September, with prices from $1050 per person twin-share including all meals and snacks. Small groups are guaranteed.

Phone 07 5463 4114 or visit www.horizonguides成都夜总会招聘.au

Cosmopolitan Quito … a rich history as the northern capital of the Inca Empire.

Save $2000 per couple on a new deluxe Contours Travel package featuring some of the best that Ecuador has to offer.

The 11-day ‘Ecuador Natural Selection: Cloud Forest to Galapagos’ itinerary is available for independent travellers from now until the end of next year, with the savings available for bookings made by this December 31.

The package begins in Ecuador’s cosmopolitan capital, Quito, where guests can visit art galleries, museums, monasteries and mansions, learn of its rich history as the northern capital of the Inca Empire and stand with a foot in each hemisphere at the Middle of the World memorial.

Guests will then journey north-east to the mystical Ecuadorian Choco cloud forest, where the adventure includes an open-air cable ride over and through the forest canopy.

Two nights will be spent here at Mashpi Lodge, a stylish hideaway boasting breathtaking views of surrounding forested mountains through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows.

The package will finish with a luxurious, seven-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands onboard the 90-passenger Santa Cruz II, with highlights including snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, spotting many species of wildlife and a visit to a breeding centre for the endangered giant Galapagos tortoises.

Land-content prices start at $9733 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 135 391 or visit www成都夜场招聘ntourstravel成都夜总会招聘.au

Beijing’s Temple of Heaven … as snapped by renowned n photographer Ken Duncan.

Helen Wong’s Tours is offering discounts of $200 per person on two of its popular group tours through China in 2018-19, and discounts of $150 per person on two group tours in its Vietnam program.

The China discounts apply to the 12-day ‘China Gems’, now priced from $3700 per person twin-share, and the 14-day ‘Yangtze Wonders’, now priced from $4430 per person twin-share, for departures this year and next.

The Vietnam specials are for the 11-day ‘Glimpse of Vietnam’ and 11-day ‘Culinary Delights’ itineraries, with prices now starting at $3050 and $3040 per person twin-share respectively.

Tour groups no larger than 20 are guaranteed with all departures.

Bookings must be made before October 31.

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18 Sep

Trainer Owen Poulsen back in the winners’ circle in return from family tragedy

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Mount Thorley trainerOwen Poulsen lost interest in harness racing and “life in general” after the death of his 10-year-old son, Matthew, to heart failure a decade ago.

A little horse, though, bought for just $1000, is helping the 59-year-old enjoy racing again.

Poulsen had his first winner in 23 years when Advanced Warfare saluted with Jack Callaghan aboard at $20.30 at Newcastle Paceway on September 15 and the six-year-old gelding will chase anotheron Saturday night in race one.

He said the breakthrough win was “areal buzz” and he was glad to be back in harness racing. He returned to the sport three years ago after taking a break to help care for Matthew, who battled hypertension on the right side of the heart beforea fatalinfection. Matthew died at home in 2008.

“I sort of lost interest in life in general and it got a bit troublesome for me,” Poulsen said.“I just had to concentrate on getting myself right. It was a really tough time in my life and for my family.”

Poulsen secured Advanced Warfare with help from premiership-winning Cessnocktrainer Clayton Harmey.

“Ipicked him up for $1000 through Clayton Harmey –I’ve brokenin horses for him,” he said. “I just said if you see a little horse for me, let me know, just something I can go to the races with. He said there’s a couple of wins in him if you place him right.

“It’s quite enjoyable meeting new people and old friends. A lot ofpeople have helped me get back in into it, because the game has changed dramatically.”

Advanced Warfare drew seven for the opener on Saturday night and Poulsen was not banking on another win just yet.

“It might be a bit tough,” he said.

“He’s got to get everything right.”

Meanwhile, Morisset trainer-driver Mark Callaghan will spearhead Hunter hopes at Menangle Park on Saturday night when Downunder Stride contests the group 3 Les Chant Cup.

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18 Aug

Top cop’s warning on high-speed pursuits

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NSW’s top cop says it’s important to have a debate about police pursuits but has warned that restricting them would give criminals a green light.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s comments come after Bert Vieira – the husband of Sydney woman Gai Vieira whose Mercedes was T-boned by a speeding police car – promised to dedicate his life to ending high-speed pursuits in the state.

The commissioner on Friday warned the move wouldn’t be without serious consequences.

“If you’re at home alone and someone’s breaking into your house and you call triple-zero you don’t care about policy and you don’t care about red tape – you want the police to get there quickly and safely to protect you,” Mr Fuller told reporters in Sydney.

“There’s a price to pay for public safety but it’s important we continue to debate police tactics versus public safety.”

Mr Fuller said figures showed banning or restricting high-speed pursuits worked to help criminals.

“We’ve seen it in other states, we’ve seen it in London in terms of their robbery rates once pursuits were stopped, they went up exponentially.”

The Vieira family is planning on pursuing civil action against NSW Police as they fight to have high-speed pursuits of minor offenders banned in the state.

Ms Vieira remains in a coma more than three weeks after she was hit by a highway patrol car travelling at 124 km/h in a 70 zone without flashing lights or sirens.

The officer at the time was allegedly chasing a driver using their mobile phone.

The 40-year-old senior constable on Thursday was issued with a court attendance notice for dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. He’s due to face court in mid-November.

Mr Vieira says the risk of harm to the community when police chase minor offenders at speed outweighs the benefit of making an immediate arrest.

“I drive to work every day in this city, people are always on their phones, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee in their cars, what happens if you chase them all?” he’s previously told AAP.

“My life is lying in a coma. I don’t think it’s worth it.”

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18 Aug

Banking inquiry is no free political kick

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Scott Morrison needs to juggle taking tough action against the banks while not harming the economy.There are political pitfalls stemming from how the coalition and Labor respond to the banking royal commission’s interim report.

Voters have been shocked by the litany of failures by banks, insurers and super funds and will no doubt celebrate action against dodgy executives and salespeople.

They may also lift the Liberal-National coalition’s stocks for taking tough action against the worst wrongdoers, pushing them closer to retaining office.

But there is a risk too-tough action could cut off the flow of credit and undermine institutions which are central to business, delivering a blow to the n economy and risking jobs and investment.

As past federal elections have proven, a strong economy which is seen to be delivering the services and infrastructure voters demand tends to favour the incumbent party.

Good economic managers are rewarded.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have strong reasons to ensure they take up the royal commission’s findings, but don’t go so far as to damage the very financial system on which all ns depend.

As if voters aren’t already disgruntled with the political class, imagine if they suddenly had to wait longer for housing loans to be approved or rejected, couldn’t get access to a credit card or faced higher insurance premiums?

Similarly with Labor, any over-reach or demonisation of the financial sector might play well with some voters.

But coming into government for the first time since 2013 would be a difficult juggle with businesses unable to access to finance, debt-laden families under pressure and young couples pushed even further away from the dream of owning a home.

It could also see more low-income earners look elsewhere for finance, such as the virulently corrupt pay-day lenders Labor so passionately wants to stamp out.

The gap between the haves and have-nots would widen.

Kicking the bankers to death might be an easy thing for short-sighted politicians to do, but it has ramifications.

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18 Aug

Thelaunches digital subscriptions

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FRESH COPY: Subscription packages will arrive for theherald成都夜总会招聘.au on Tuesday. The first 30 days online is free for subscribers, who can choose to pay monthly or take out an annual subscription and receive a 20 per cent discount.FROM Tuesday online readers of the Newcastle Herald will get access to a digital replica of the daily newspaper when they subscribe for full website access at theherald成都夜总会招聘.au.

As announced on September 21, the Heraldis launching local news subscription packages for unlimited access to its website.

Readers can sign up and pay at theherald成都夜总会招聘.aufrom Tuesday.

Subscribers will get all of the local news, sport and community information from Newcastle and the Hunter produced by the Herald’s journalists, plus the latest in national news, sport and lifestyle advice, for only $3.75 a week.

The first 30 days of website access is free for subscribers, who can choose to pay monthly or take out an annual subscription and receive a 20 per cent discount.

Subscriptions include access to a digital replica of the Herald allowing every page of the newspaper to be read on a tablet or desktop. The Standard Digital Print Edition will be available daily and is accessed via the website homepage for reading while you are online.

For existing e-Edition subscribers accessing the Premium Digital Print Edition, with its app access, download, offline reading and other interactive functions, there is no change to their service or current subscription package.

The printed version of the Herald will continue to be published and distributed Monday to Saturday.

Visitors to theherald成都夜总会招聘.au from Tuesday will be able to read five articles a month for free before they are invited to subscribe for unlimited website access.

Some website content will remain open to all visitors, including classified advertisements, such as birth and funeral notices, and recommended articles featuring local businesses and sponsored content.

Website visitors can also sign up to have a free newsletter emailed regularly to their inbox, making it easier to browse the latest headlines and see what’s making news in the Hunter.

“By subscribing to theherald成都夜总会招聘.au you will be supporting the Herald to continue its mission to deliver local journalism that connects, informs, entertains and shapes our community,” editor Heath Harrison said.

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18 Aug

With maturity comes empathy, and rightly so, argues Jeff Corbett

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ONE of the amusements of caravan parks is watching the caravanners who’ve just arrived as they try to reverse onto their site. It’s called schadenfreude, which is a German word meaning the greatest fun since you saw someone trip face first into a muddy puddle.

Even those caravanners who provided more fun than most when they arrived in the previous few days will spark up when the shiny new four-wheel-drive with the shiny new caravan trundles through the park looking for site 34. When the wife gets out and goes to the back of the caravan we know this is going to be good, because seldom is her right and left his right and left and this way is almost always that way.

As the pitch of her voice climbs so that it can be heard over several park blocks so does the level of our glee, which is why I insist my wife stay in the vehicle until the caravan is in its right place.

We feel cheated when we’re deprived of the sound by a wife using a mobile phone or a walkie-talkie to talk to hubby, and when the caravan is reversed successfully at first attempt without flapping arms and raised voices we’re more than disappointed. Schadenfreude, or pleasure in others’ misfortune, becomes displeasure in others’ success. A fluke, we’ll tell ourselves, which is why when I fluke it I am very careful to walk and talk as though getting it right first time is the usual outcome.

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A month or so ago my wife and I tried not to watch, or be seen to be watching, a couple about our age trying to reverse their camping trailer onto a site at a caravan park halfway up the Queensland coast. Each time he had another go the trailer ended up further off their site, and after 10 minutes and a bit of loud anguish the wife climbed behind the wheel, which was just as much fun. By this time more than 20 people were watching, standing in small groups, alerted by the roaring motor and the shrill cries.

Go over and offer to reverse it for them, my wife said, but no, if there had been a point when an offer of help would be appreciated it was, I sensed, long gone. Eventually they left the camper trailer where it was, unhitched their vehicle and tried to recover their dignity.

Later we met them and sat together in the camp kitchen to eat, with no mention of the reversing debacle, and we learnt something that everyone who’d relished their difficulties that afternoon should know. The husband, who worked part time as an engineer, had a progressive illness that left him weary after exertion, and so they limited their driving distances to fewer than 100km. That weariness explained his reversing confusion a few hours earlier.

I’ve noticed over the past few years that when caravanners arrive in the late afternoon, probably tired after a long drive, men of retirement age may seem anxious and a little confused as they go about the business of setting up the van. I’ve seen them raise the wrong side when levelling the caravan, and I just might have done this myself just once or twice. At this time the reversing of the caravan provides the entertainment, and there is no doubt that the hapless old bloke is aware of that.

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It’s cruel, this schadenfreude. I suppose we find the shortcomings of others reassuring, especially if those shortcomings are more pronounced than our own. Maybe we see ourselves as superior when we’ve avoided the misfortune that afflicts others, when someone else cannot do something we can do or as well as we can.

I have found that as I’ve matured so has my empathy, with the result that I am much less likely to find amusement in others’ misfortune. I still do, occasionally, but if I am amused by a caravanner’s reversing woes it is only momentarily until I give myself a virtual crack over the back of the head.

Gangster deaths lift my schadenfreude to rare levels. What a terrible waste of life! Wouldn’t hurt a fly! Criminals, car thieves among them, who come to grief on the job. Tsk tsk tsk. Politicians I don’t like who lose the election, and I wonder if there is not a generous slurp of schadenfreude in winning.

I mean, isn’t the celebration that accompanies a football team’s victory, for example, as much about winning as it is about the other team losing? The other team was defeated, beaten, smashed, and there is always shame in that. Maybe that losers’ shame is the winners’ pleasure.

And surely schadenfreude explains why Funniest Home Videos and other filmed-misadventure shows are strangely compulsive viewing. Why else would we thrill to a skater slamming into a post or a trampolining dad crashing to the ground? The canned laughter is relentless.

The cruel delight we found as children in the misfortune, frailties and differences of other children persists for many more decades than it should.

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18 Aug

Nobbys dawn service host Ken Fayle awarded RSL lifetime honour

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President of the City of Newcastle RSL sub branch Ken Fayle will receive a certificate of life membership at a special presentation on Monday, October 8.

LEGACY: President of the City of Newcastle RSL sub branch and Vietnam War veteran Ken Fayle will receive a top RSL honour next week. Picture: Marina Neil

A familiar face to those who attend the city’s Anzac and Remembrance Day services, Ken Fayle has been a continuous member of the branch for 39 years and hassat on its executive committee for 18.

Mr Fayle’s contribution to the RSL goes far deeper than his role hosting Newcastle’sdawn service, saidclose friend andsub branchvice-president StephenFinney.

“I am the one who nominated him simply because he deserves recognition for what he’s done and what he continues to do,” Mr Finney said.

“He’s thetype of person whorolls his sleeves up and gets into it.

“He’s not after the recognition but he deserves it.And he’s bloody gettingit.”

WELL ATTENDED: The Nobbys dawn service earlier this year. Picture: Simone De Peak

Mr Finney attributes the growth of the crowd at the Nobbys Anzac dawn servicefrom 1500 peopleto 55,000 people over two decadesto Mr Fayle’s work.

“It’s the quality of the servicehe organises. We have audiovisuals and live music: the army band andchoirs,” Mr Finney said.

“It’s a very professionally-run service and Ken’s responsible for that.”

Mr Fayle saidthe increase in the service’s attendance has beenone of his proudest achievements while serving the RSL,as well as being asked to become atrustee of the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

“It’san amazing piece of infrastructure. To say I had a weebit to do with that is just great,” he said.

Receiving alife membership isalso a matter of legacy, he said.

“Probably the proudest thing is that I am athird-generation life member.

“My grandfather was a light horseman and was made a life member at the Coogee Randwick sub branch.My father [Tom Fayle]received a life membership having a lot to do withrejuvenating the City of Newcastlesub-branch after the earthquake.

“I don’t know if there’s many third-generation life members out there.”

Mr Fayle credits the volunteer service of his wife Paulineas his inspiration for getting involved in the RSL.

“I realised how important being a volunteer was.

“If you take something out of the community,youput something back in.

“Whilst I could havedone a number of things I decided I would focuson the RSLand I’m glad I have.”

Mr Fayle hostedhis last Anzac dawn service earlier this year and plans to step back from his role as president in2021.

Mr Faylesaid he hopes to continue hiswork on the executive committee to provide supportto younger members.

“I’d hate to tell him to stop!” Mr Finney said.

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