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The call has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list. Thecall has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list.
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Griffith National Service branch member Jim McGann said the project, started by the late Vic Budd, hoped to create a historical record to be kept at the Griffith War Memorial Museum.

The current list of names, which contains about 250, is at the Griffith City Library and locals are being invited to check its accuracy and add their names to it.

“This is something we want to do inVic’s memory. Registration for National Service started mid-November 1950 until the end of December 1959,” Mr McGann said.

“I was one of the ones who went to afortnightly camp in about 1953 because the Korean war was about to finish.

“In that period of time, up to 1959, we were put on the short list to go to conflict in Malaya.

“It subsided and they didn’t need us.”

Mr McGann said he wanted to complete the list, but had found it difficult due to privacy laws.

“We are putting together this list and don’t want to miss anyone,” he said.

“Our intention is to give the list to the museum.

“This is about making sure all of our history is recorded.

“When I went to find out who was on the register in Griffith I was refused because of the privacy laws.

“It means everyone has to come to us.”

The list can be found at the front counter of the library and anyone with any relevant details is urged to contribute.

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Young gunns at heart volunteer

Bob and Lorraine Gunn moved to the Axedale region 50 years ago and have loved it ever since.
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They helped build the community from the bottom up.

The couple made themoveto begin the regions first caravan park on the banks of Lake Eppalock.

Mrs Gunn said she volunteered in many areas of her community.

She said she struggled to remember each of them.

Mrs Gunn writes for thenews publication, Axedale Antics.

She said she contributed articles to each edition.

“We also publish a brief history of the Axedale region,” she said.

“We do a list of current events and activities in the area, as well.”

Mrs Gunn said she was also involved in the local Country Womens Association.

Mr Gunn said he was also involved in the development of the community area.

“We were both founding members of the Axedale golf club and Bob helped design the course,” Mrs Gunn said.

Mr Gunn received the citizen of the year award two years ago.

He was also a fire captain for 16 years in Mosquito Creek.

Mrs Gunn said volunteering was just part of their “everyday life”.

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‘Pinup’ contest brings back happy days

Self-growth: Nathan Robinson: “This is the first year the competition has had a brother and sister duo,” he said. Picture: Gary Warrick
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SHALVEY resident Nathan Robinson said his self-esteem and confidence was at the lowest it had ever been.

He was going through a divorce; he had lost his home; and he had recently moved back home to Canberra from Western Australia.

Then he entered the Mr Pinup category in the Miss Pinup Australia competition.

The competition focuses on the return of old-fashioned values and vintage fashion — and life started to look promising again for the 28-year-old.

“I’m on top of the world,” he said.

“I met my new girlfriend Miss Wurple Violet through the competition, and then I relocated to Shalvey to be with her and her three kids. It’s been a whirlwind of positives.”

Robinson, who goes by the pin-up name Harley Quinn, won the Mr Pinup NSW category at the state finals on June 29 at Blacktown Workers Club.

The contestant, who draws inspiration from the TV show Happy Days, said the competition was more than a beauty pageant — it was a journey of self-growth.

“We haven’t seen it as a competition and I have made some really good friends,” he said.

“I have been growing personally throughout the whole experience.

“Now wearing vintage — I wear a lot more colour and I have even come out of my shell.”

Robinson said he and his fellow male competitor, Gentleman Jack De Wilde, have become “real good” friends.

“It’s not about beating him,” he said.

“It’s about supporting each other which we have done by talking, bouncing ideas of each other and overall encouraging each other.”

Robinson will see his sister, Miss Annie Key, who is also competing in the national competition on August 2, at Hornsby RSL.

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GALLERY: When we ruled this city, July, 1996 – Part V

GALLERY: When we ruled this city, July, 1996 – Part V THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.
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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

TweetFacebookCentral Western Dailyhas scoured it’s archived editions to present to you this look back in time.

Way back in time.

‘When we ruled this city’ galleries have become a staple ofthecentralwesterndaily南京夜网.audiet, with a new one published each Tuesday.

We continue with a look at July, 1996.

Weddings, anniversaries, engagements, 21sts, 18ths and any other event that caught our eye has been included.

This is the last of five chapters – published throughout this month – which will explore the social goings on in July, 1996.

So sit back and take a walk down memory lane … and try not to choke on your cuppa as you take in the fashions and hairstyles!

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GALLERY: The week that was, July 4

Missed the news this week? Get your quick fix here with the highlights from June 30-July 4in the Young Shire.
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GALLERY: The week that was, July 4 Only the best at Mercy: Mercy Health employee Tim Morrison (centre) is the recipient of a teamwork award ahead of 6000 staff the Catholic organisation employs. Tim, who works at the Mercy Care Centre in Demondrille Street, was among the 60 staff members nominated for the award in Mercy Health’s Living Our Values Awards. Two other Mercy Care staff were nominated alongside Tim, those being TACP coordinator Michelle Payne and Kevin O’Brien, who is a member of the diversional therapy department.

Love doesn’t have to bite: The recent Love Bites program held at Young High was more than just a regular day at school as Senior Constable Karen Clark and Senior Constable Brendan Clark spoke to students about domestic violence and sexual assaults.

Gowns needed for a good cause: On July 12 a special dress drive and deconstruction day will be held at the Young Services Club to collect donated wedding, formal and debutante dresses and lovingly handcraft them into angel gowns – gowns that are made for babies who are born sleeping or prematurely, as well as those infants who don’t survive an illness and don’t make it home from hospital.

Making progress at Bendick: New and improved signs on the notorious ‘Bendick Bends’ are expected to be in place within the next week, a move the mayor hopes will help improve safety on the road.

Students meet Katrina: Year 12 Young High School students Tegan Walker and Joel McKenzie were among the secondary students in the Burrinjuck electorate to visit Parliament House in Sydney and meet Member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson as part of the leadership program.

CWA International Day: Mount St Josephs staff, residents, family and friends all enjoyed the chance to catch up at the CWA International open day.

WRAS comes to St Mary’s: St Mary’s Primary School Year 5 students Rory O’Brien, Violet Cavanagh, Skye Smith, Alex Newell, Josh Coade and Liam Jewitt dressed up in their favourite sporting attire on Friday for the Western Region Academy of Sport Sports Play program.

Brothers looking good for series win: KARTING Brothers Tom and Josh (pictured, number 74) Sargent recently took out Round 3 in their respective classes of the NSW Southern Star Series held at the Bogolong raceway Grenfell after fending off challengers from across the state.

Camp days: Young is once again the pony capital of the state, as hundreds of students, instructors and parents descend on the town for the annual pony camp. Now in its 66th year, the camp has become an institution with horse lovers far and wide, gaining a reputation as a nurturer of talent. Tara Millard, Rianna Reeves, Oliver Kennedy, Georgie Dunn, Jorja Rusten, Emily Quodling, Ella Fin and Carly French are pictured having a break from activities yesterday at morning tea.

Quandialla celebrates 100 years of history: People may be confused to hear Quandialla is celebrating a centenary when entrance signs read ‘the 1915 town’. But the 1980s ABC miniseries 1915 is just one claim to fame for the village nestled below the Weddin Mountains, west of Young. Quandy also has a strong Hollywood connection in Don McAlpine, one of Australia’s most distinguished film-makers born in Quandialla.

“Stylised” learning for kindy kids: In a first for the town, Young North Public School is next year looking to offer a “stylised” kindergarten class targeting students turning five from January to July 2015. Pictured is Young North Public School student Holli-Jai Bruce.

Village firefighter training weekend: Instructors Peter Bulliman and David Nicholson team up to show the firefighters how it is done.

Just the beginning for Ward: With his Italian tour done and dusted, Young’s Malcolm Ward (front left) now has his eyes set on the Under 17s World Cup qualifier in Thailand in September.

Yabbies brave the cold: The Yabbies Second Grade continued their strong season with another victory on the weekend against Deniliquin, winning 7-5. After an adventurous start to the game, the Yabbies played some smart wet weather rugby to keep themselves in the game and stay within scoring distance of Deniliquin. Pictured is Peter Maher.

Schiller returns to Young, mentors students: Patrick Schiller has recently returned to Young after finishing his rugby league contract with the Penrith Panthers Under 20s. Apart from making an immediate appearance as a talented youngster for the Young Cherrypickers, he has joined Young North Public School as a School Learning Support Officer. 

‘Pickers do battle with Albury: Sam Langford in action.

Tigers get upper hand on Bears with two point win: Roaring to the tryline on the weekend was Burrangong’s Sam Hardy.

New face of community transport: “It was like a blank canvas” is how Young Community Transport manager Kelly Rolfe described the Canberra Community Connect bus used to convey locals to and from Canberra three times a week. The idea to sign-write the bus in graphics iconic to Young was an idea brought forward by Young Shire Council who covered the entire cost, having been a strong supporter of the bus from day one. Young Community Transport driver and chairperson Bill Cameron, manager Kelly Rolfe and Young Shire Council general manager Peter Vlatko admire the new-look bus.

Locals raise money for Foodbank: The preparations for the foodbank coming to Young are gearing up, with a fundraiser held at The Empire Hotel last Friday. Gail Hanigan, Merv Hesketh, Nell Canellis, Laurel Merrin, Eliza Boyle and Katrina Green at the fundraiser.

Crazy for a cause: Young North Public School banded together last Friday to help raise money and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, including students Jack Nicholls, Jardi McAnespie, Ashley Jollisffe, Angel Goodman, Halle Dreverman, Aliyah Awick, Jessie Cummings, Libby Welder and Casey Ballard.

Former bowlers recognised for years of contribution: June was an exciting month for two of Young’s former bowlers who each reached remarkable milestones that were recognised by the South West District Women’s Bowls Association. Pictured are Marlene Shea and Judith Watson presenting Mrs Violet Brown with her badge.

Grand National qualifier: Isabel Duke-Daly attended the Australia Show Horse Council Youth Training weekend at the Horseworld Stadium, Windsor last weekend along with over 100 other young riders from around NSW.

Fun times at league tag: The Young Cherryettes after a muddy match on the weekend.

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Tour de France 2014: Renshaw and team adjust to loss of Cavendish

BRAVE RIDE: Vincenzo Nibali turns around to see he’s created a big enough gap to take out the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday morning. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
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Bathurst cyclist Mark Renshaw finished almost 20 minutes off the pace after a hilly trip from York to Sheffield in the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday morning.

Renshaw drifted to the rear of the field over the 201-kilometre stage as his Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS) team faces the remainder of the Tour minus the team’s sprinting hope Mark Cavendish.

Cavendish was ruled out just hours before the start of the race with a dislocated AC-joint suffered in the finish of the Tour’s opening stage a day earlier.

Renshaw chose to join a group of sprinters who worked together to grind through a testing stage in which riders had to contend with nine categorised climbs. The group of 30 riders finished 19 minutes and 50 seconds behind the winner.

Italian general classification hope Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) went on to record the stage victory in a finish more reminiscent of a one-day classic, as all yellow jersey contenders fought up the climb into Sheffield.

Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS finished in third place on the stage and could be the new target man to whom Renshaw and his team help deliver stage victories.

The Bathurst cyclist has been upbeat in the wake of the Cavendish withdrawal, admiring the large turnout from the English supporters as the Tour had its final stage in the country.

“The crowds were amazing again, the whole stage there are people lining the road cheering. UK you have been great! One more stage here!” he wrote on Twitter yesterday.

“Would love to know round about how many people have lined the road to watch us race? 4 to 5 million in two days is my guess.”

The stage began with seven riders breaking away from the peloton and getting out to a lead of just over three minutes at one point.

The climb over Holme Moss with 60 kilometres to go broke the peloton apart.

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) tried to make a break, but was caught with less than 10km to go.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) came to the fore on the final climb up Jenkins Road before Chris Froome (Team Sky) tried to make a break, unsuccessfully, off the front.

At the two-kilometre mark, Nibali made his move and the chasing bunch couldn’t muster up an organised response, giving the Italian national road champion the win.

Nibali’s stage win handed him the yellow jersey, while sprinter Peter Sagan (Cannon-dale) has a strong foothold on the greenjersey thanks to consecutive runner-upfinishes.

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Porte feared it was deja vu when he crashed on stage two of the Tour

Team Sky. Photo: ReutersDaily diary – Stage 2: York to Sheffield – 201km
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Sheffield: It was like deja vu when I crashed early in Sunday’s second stage of the Tour de France from York to Sheffield.

As I stood by the road and waited for mechanical service, I feared a repeat of last year when – after missing the early split on stage nine in last year’s Tour – the group rode away and I lost vital early time overall.

On Sunday, after hitting the deck on the approach to the second category Holme Moss climb as the race pace ramped up.

I thought, “Here we go again.” The incident also reminded how one second all can be fine on the Tour and the next it isn’t.

Because it was so quick, it’s hard to remember all the detail of Saturday’s crash, other than that I crashed with Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) and he snapped his new bike.

It’s a difficult time when such a crash occurs, even if they are inevitable in a race.

As short as I am, I can never really see what’s in front of me. It gets a little scary at times and adds to the stress. But generally, I prefer to ride to the side of the peloton.

Sometimes, and no matter where you are in the bunch, there’s no escape from a crash.

In this instance, I said sorry to Roche, but before it happened I got a thump from someone behind me that might have had an effect. Still I’m happy Nicolas is OK.

Considering how fast I was cycling then, I was lucky to have sustained a limited amount of damage in the crash.

You may have noticed that it took a while for me to be back up and chasing the bunch to get back on.

The mechanic was already nearby and quick to be there, but I knew my bike would not be going anywhere with me on it, so he radioed to the team car saying I’d need a new bike.

I have to say, getting back on went well. The team was great. Danny Pate came back to help me and Bernie Eisel was there too. It was a crappy time to crash, but once I got on to Holme Moss I was confident I would be able to ride myself back on.

It still took a bit out of me to get back on though. It was a hard stage with 10 climbs and everyone knew it would be. And it certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations.

I did rejoin the peloton too. And despite Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) winning the stage to take the overall leader’s jersey in the finale being an impressive result, it was an aggressive day that saw all the big hitters go in punching,

I know that I am ready. I also know my form is ticking along nicely now.

If my form is to ever be at its peak, for me there is no better time for it than now.

OVERALL STANDINGS (after Stage 2)1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 9hr52min43sec

2. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 2

3. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) same time

4. Michael Albasini (SUI/OGE) s.t.

5. Chris Froome (ENG/SKY) s.t.

6. Bauke Mollema (NED/BEL) s.t.

7. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) s.t.

8. Alberto Contador (ESP/TCS) s.t.

9. Tejay van Garderen (USA/BMC) s.t.

10. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) s.t.

11. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t.

12. Tiago Machado (POR/TNE) s.t.

13. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) s.t.

14. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) s.t.

15. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TFR) s.t.

16. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) s.t.

Richie Porte is a member of Sky Team competing in the Tour de France.

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Firefighting efforts recognised

PRESENTATION: Peter Polwarth, Michael Tudball, Mick Nunweek and Alan Ellis after the presentation ceremoney. Picture:JIM ALDERSEYABOUT 150 Bendigo district Country Fire Authorityvolunteers and employees have received aNational Emergency Medal during a special presentation.
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CFA Loddon-Mallee regional directorMike Wassing said the National Emergency Medal had been introduced to recogniseemergency services workers who assisted the community during the BlackSaturdayfires in 2009 and during 2011’sCyclone Yasi andQueensland floods.

Mr Wassing said the presentation on Sunday at Bendigo’s Capital theatre was one of eight presentations in the Loddon Mallee region to recognise 575 people for their work on Black Saturday.

“The real importance for us is to recognise and say thank you to those who have sacrificed for the community,” Mr Wassing said.

“Often their own houses were burning while they were out fighting other fires.”

Imogen and Mike Wassing.

CFA deputy chief officer for Victoria Alan Ellis presented the Bendigo awards on Sunday.

“It was a very special day for me because I started volunteering with Bendigo and I worked at the fire station, so I knew a lot of people on the day,” Mr Ellis said.

“It was an honourto represent the chief officer where I knew so many people.”

Mr Ellis said award recipients ranged from front-line firefighters to members of incident management teams and people in planning and logistics roles.

“There were officers and volunteers from a number of brigades across district two,” he said.

“It wassuch a significant event. I think it’s important to acknowledge their contribution.”

Mr Ellis said the district suffered fires with “unimaginable potential” on Black Saturday at Redesdale and Bendigo.

“The local people were able to pull them both up under extreme circumstances and on a wind change,” he said.

“It’s hard to imagine what would have happened withthe fires on those days,underunprecedentedconditions.”

Mr Ellis said the event was an emotional occasion for many people, providing closure on the ordeal of Black Saturday.

“It was a relief because they can consider it’s now over.”

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Country Cars road test: Foton Tunland

Foton Tunland. PICTURE: Lachlan BenceFEW people know what a Foton is, let alone a Tunland.
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However, as Chinese vehicle manufacturers gain a greater toe-hold into Australia, get ready to become a whole lot more familiar with them.

The Tunland is pitched a cut-price alternative to pickup-style crew cab utes like the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton or the king of the caper, the Toyota Hilux. As those machines have become progressively more civilised (and expensive), the Chinese have sought to sneak into the space they’ve left behind.

The terms “quality” and “Chinese vehicles” are not closely associated in the minds of Australians but the essential components for the Foton Tunland come from such respected American and German names as Cummins, Getrag, Bosch and Borg-Warner. As such the Tunland has a leg up compared with other Chinese offerings, and was part of the reason Ballarat’s new Foton outlet Bedggoods was keen for us to take a look.

We sampled the 4×4 version, which is $3000 more than the 4×2 version but also gains leather seats, cruise control, floor mats and a tub liner. At $29,990 drive away, it is certainly well equipped.

Country Cars road test: Foton Tunland Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

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A day of surprises on the Tour de France – too many selfies are affecting cyclists

Selfies at the Tour: Support has been overwhelming but also dangerous for the riders.HARROGATE: We have heard all year in the build-up to the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire about how strong the support will be for the early stages. But I wasn’t prepared for the size of the crowds that we saw on stage one.
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Include in that how little prepared I was to see Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge among those who came out to watch the Tour kick off in Leeds.

It’s not every day you get to stand with the royals. And standing behind this happy couple for an official photograph with the peloton at the start was a moment to remember, even if I was a little away from them in the second row.

But as the entire day unfolded, discovering the real size of the crowd was another highlight.

The number of people was at a level you don’t experience at a normal Test. Many of the riders were saying they had never raced before such masses of people, especially climbing up the Cote de Buttertubs midway into the stage.

However, at the same time, with the crowd 10 deep in places, it was dangerous at times with so many people taking selfies getting in our path.

While it was not the result of unruly or dangerous crowd behaviour, it was sad to see Australian champion Simon Gerrans crash, and realise the consequences of his crash.

Not only did the spill rob him of a crack at the win, it may cost him in future stages.

It will be interesting to see how Gerrans improves in coming days from his injuries. The Orica-GreenEDGE rider would have been suited perfectly for stages such as Sunday’s second stage in Yorkshire.

But that Gerrans was able to pick himself up and so quickly declare that he was okay to continue on in the Tour – notwithstanding the inevitable soreness he will feel from his abrasions and damaged ligaments – is a measure of the man.

That incident and the near-misses during the stage reminded me of the hazards and unpredictability of racing a stage that many found harder than expected.

However, another incident several hours later – after having eaten dinner – reminded me of the challenges we face on the Tour that aren’t always within the frame of competition.

The incident being when myself and my roommate, the defending Tour champion Chris Froome, tried to be a little too smart returning to our room after dinner.

We opted to take the long away around from the dining room that required us to go outside to avoid the mass of people in the hotel reception area – believing that doing so would also be quicker.

But we instead found ourselves stuck outside as the entrance we needed to go through was closed, which wasn’t too bad at first. In fact, it was kind of nice with the calm outside in the hotel ground; but the novelty of that soon wore off.

Fortunately, our calls were heard before darkness and a chill set in, and the hotel entrance was opened again.

And just as suddenly we were back in our rooms and into the routine of post-race recovery once more.

– Richie Porte rides for the Sky Team

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Rugby league crowd brawl: man hospitalised

A scuffle broke out off the field following a rugby league game between the Port Macquarie Sharks and Wauchope Blues on Sunday afternoon.Afternoon update:
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POLICE are investigating claims of a coward punchfollowing an off-field brawl at a rugby league match on Sunday.

It has been confirmed analtercation tookplace on the sideline of a Group 3 match between the Port Macquarie Sharks and the Wauchope Blues.

Wauchope man Mark Roche has alleged he wasking hit near the car park of the Sharks’ home ground, following the initial brawl on a nearby hill.

Witnesses said the50-year-old father of two was knocked unconscious andleft lying limp on the road.

“He [the accused] came out from the side and decked me,” Mr Roche alleged onMonday. “People told me he just stood there in shockand then sprinted off.”

NSW Health confirmed Mr Roche was discharged from the Port Macquarie Hospital at about 8pm on Sunday evening.

Port Macquarie Sharks president Peter Cooke said he saw nothing more than”push and shove”among some spectators.

“I didn’t actually see one punch thrown.”

But reports of a king hit, he said, were concerning.

Mr Cooke said the club would be working with officials and police to figure out exactly what happened in the moments after the game finished.

“We are looking at absolutely everything,” he said. “Weare investigating the incident and a full report will be sent to Group 3.”

Police said investigations were continuing into the alleged attack.

More details as they come to hand.

Earlier:

A BRAWL between spectators at a Port Macquarie Rugby League matchhas been dismissed as a run of the mill incident.

But Group 3 officialssay a fight on the sideline of the Regional Stadium on Sunday afternoon was not a good look for the game.

It has been confirmed a50-year-old man was hospitalised following the incident.

He was discharged at about8pm onSunday evening.

Port Macquarie Sharks president Peter Cooke described the incident as nothing more than a “push and shove” on the hill of the club’s home ground.

He confirmed an altercation broke outsoon after the buzzersignalled the end of the gamebetween the Wauchope Blues and Port Macquarie Sharks.

He said no blood was shed, and as far as he knew, no one was seriously injured.

A different explanation was given by Group 3 secretary and witness Barrie Smith.

“One Wauchope bloke had blood all over him, but he was alright,” Mr Smith said. “Though, at most, he might have had a broken nose.”

“I am lead to believe there were further altercations outside and one man might have been knocked unconscious.”

By noonMonday, police had received no official reports of the incident.

Wauchope Blues president Steve Bailey confirmed there was an alcohol-fuelled fight off the field on Sunday afternoon.

He said, at this stage, the club could not provide further comment.

Both clubs said no players were involved in the scuffle.

From witness reports, the two teams were shaking hands in the middle of the field when the altercation began.

Mr Smith said Group 3 would be waiting for a report from the Sharks, outlining how they intend to control further issues.

And, if necessary, take action.

“The Sharks seem to have a problem with this, they’ve had issues with the crowd and supporters in the past,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Cooke said people tended to blow things out of the water.

He said accusations were flyingabout anotherincident in the car park as the crowd dispersed.

“To me, it was basically a normal afternoon of football,” he said. “It was ugly, but I think at present we’ve got a great culture here.”

“We’re trying to keep this family orientated.”

More information as it comes to hand.

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EDITORIAL: Graffiti no way to make a point

Destructive, ugly, pointless graffiti achieves nothing except a headache for those who have to clean it up.
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GRAFFITI is one of those art forms that can be ugly and pointless or beautiful, subversive and meaningful all at the same time.

The people who scribbled some fairly pointless things all over public facilities in Egan Park, as well as spreading rubbish and being destructive, did not show an ounce of the true creativity or resistance to the system with which graffiti is usually associated.

They merely showed the world a very limited vocabulary and a capacity for amusing themselves that barely touched the evolutionary capacity of a caveman.

There are many examples in Perth of graffiti art which has been commissioned to add colour to the city.

These artworks are big, bold, interesting and meaningful.

They evoke fantasy worlds, comic books and sometimes fantastic creatures.

They are there to challenge people’s perceptions and make them think about life, the system they live under, the nature of reality.

That is where graffiti becomes art, and something worthwhile spending time on.

Destructive, ugly, pointless graffiti achieves nothing except a headache for those who have to clean it up.

Their time is worth more than that, and so is the time of the graffitiers.

If you are going to make a mark on the world, make one that means something, changes something and makes the world a better place.

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CELEB GOSS: Inside Taylor Swift’s A-List 4th of July

Inside Taylor Swift’s A-List 4th of July
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Taylor Swift sure knows how to throw a party. To ring in this year’s Independence Day, the 24-year-old rallied some A-list pals for an all-American celebration.

Swift shared a ‘‘family portrait’’ from her star-studded gathering on Instagram over the weekend.

The line-up included Easy A actress Emma Stone, Gossip Girl alumni Jessica Szohr, actress and model Jaime King and Girls creator Lena Dunham (who was flipping the bird to the camera, no less).

The Love Story singer also shared pics of a freshly baked apple pie, a beachside romp and herself careening down a waterslide.

Meanwhile, King gave mere mortals a glimpse of the celebrity festivities, sharing a picture of Swift’s guests sunbaking on a boat.

Taylor Swift at the 55th Grammy Awards. Picture: REUTERS

The Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield can be seen relaxing while his real-life girlfriend Stone smiles for the camera nearby.To top off the patriotic celebrations, Swift also fashioned a dessert in the image of the American Flag.

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Singer Jessica Simpson weds Eric Johnson

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson finally got married on Saturday after a nearly four-year engagement: http://t.co/ASPitK0W43

— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 6, 2014WENN

Alba loses it in Sin City 2 clip

Jessica Alba goes a little bit crazy in the new clip for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

The long overdue sequel to the film noir stylised 2005 comic book adaptation again stars Alba as the stripper Nancy, who doesn’t appear to be handling the death of Bruce Willis’ Detective John Hartigan, very well.

After opening with Senator Roark (played again by Powers Boothe) laughing maniacally in a newspaper clipping, Nancy stands before a mirror, the ghost of her Hartigan watching beside her.

‘‘Maybe I’ll prove both of you wrong,’’ she says, picking up a pair of scissors and beginning to hack off her blonde locks.‘‘Maybe I’ll go crazy. Crazy’s sounding pretty good right now.’’

It cuts to a leather and studded covered figure with dark, curly hair, loading a gun.

The character looks up as Mickey Rourke’s Marv walks in: it’s Nancy, her face now covered in a number of black and white stitches.Australian fans will have to wait until September 18 to find out the full story of Nancy’s transformation in the sequel, which is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels.

The cast of old and new faces in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For include Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin and it’s co-directed again by Miller and Robert Rodriguez.

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Aussie stars enjoy the Wimbledon final

Australian superheroes Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman have both cheered on an unlikely ally: The Djoker.

The local hunks watched on as Novak Djokovic took out this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament over Swiss master Roger Federer.

Still sporting an upturned moustache and shaved head for the upcoming Peter Pan movie, Jackman posted a series of courtside Instagram snaps with wife Deborra-Lee Furness.When Djokovic eventually triumphed, the Wolverine star couldn’t contain himself.

‘‘Incredibly emotional! What a win!’’ he captioned a pic of Djokovic collapsing in relief on court.From his prime seats, Jackman also captured the moment the men’s singles victor celebrated with his coach, Boris Becker.‘‘Epic moment,’’ Jackman wrote.

‘‘One I will never forget.’’

But Jackman wasn’t the only Aussie superhero watching on.Avengers star Chris Hemsworth also lined up to take his seats at Centre Court alongside wife Elsa Pataky.Looking a little more dapper than his alter ego, Thor, the former Home and Away actor wore a sharp suit and gold-rimmed aviators for the occasion.

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Joan Rivers storms out of CNN interview over ‘hostile’ questions

Iconic American comedian Joan Rivers has stormed out of an interview with the news channel CNN after accusing her interviewer of taking a hostile line of questioning.

Rivers was being interviewed by journalist Fredericka Whitfield about her new bookDiary of a Mad Diva.

Whitfield gently pressed Rivers, who is one of the hosts of the TV programFashion Police, on the point that her critiques of others on the show were “very mean in some ways”.

Rivers replied: “It’s not mean, it’s not mean, it’s not mean. I tell the truth. I’m sure I say the same things that all your viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch. These ladies make $US28 million a picture. You really think that Nicki Minaj cares I didn’t like her dress?”

The 81-year-old comedian told Whitfield that comedy isn’t “personal”.

“It’s not about them, it’s the clothing,” she said.

Whitfield then asked about the boundaries of comedy, noting that some of Rivers jokes stray into dangerous territory.

Rivers replied: “Let me tell you, life is very tough. If you can make a joke to make something easier and funny, do it.

“Darling, I don’t know what your life has been like, but I have a lot of people who have gone through hell. Winston Churchill said, if you make someone laugh you give them a little vacation.”

But Rivers felt the interview took a hostile turn, however, when Whitfield pressed Rivers on the fact that she wears a fur on the cover of her new book, suggesting it would offend animal activists.

In truth, Whitfield’s tone did not seem intentionally hostile and the TV host struggled to keep the moment light, complimenting Rivers on her popularity and success, and laughing as Rivers vented, assuming the comedian was playing up to the camera.

But Rivers was having none of it.

“This whole interview is becoming a defensive interview,” Rivers said, before asking Whitfield if she was wearing leather shoes. “Yes,” Whitfield replied. “Then shut up,” retorted Rivers.

Whitfield then pointed out that Rivers was an animal rights campaigner. She is also a member of PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“I don’t want to hear this nonsense,” Rivers said. “You’re wearing leather shows. You’re eating chicken. You’re eating meat. I don’t want to hear this nonsense. Come to me with a paper belt, and I’ll talk to you.”

Rivers has previously defended wearing her furs because they are “old”, and pre-date her work campaigning for animal rights.

When Whitfield pressed the issue, Rivers decided she had had enough.

“I’m going,” she said. “All you’ve done is negative. I’ve made people laugh for 50 years, I am put on Earth to make people laugh. My book is funny. I wear fur that was killed 15 years ago. I work for animal rights.”

She finished with a parting shot: “You are not the one to interview a person who does humour. Sorry.”

Whitfield presumed Rivers was joking, and replied with: “Are we serious?”

The interview was pre-taped. CNN broadcast the incomplete segment, and Whitfield addressed the walkout by saying, “I thought she was joking the whole time.”

“In the end we wondered was this a stunt?” Whitfield said. “Miss Rivers didn’t return to the interview but off-camera she kept her microphone on and she continued to talk and drop some rather unflattering four-letter words. She was serious.”

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