Your guide to what’s hot this week in Newcastle music, movies and theatre

PARTY TIME: DZ Deathrays celebrate the launch of Bloody Lovely at The Cambridge tonight. Joining them is Clowns, These New South Whales and Boat Show.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Thursday,Adam Miller,JordanBrodie.Friday,AK Morris.Saturday,Devultra.Sunday,Howard Shearman.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Zac and Ben.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, James Naldo.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, The Tantrums.

Bar Petite Saturday, Adrienne.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, Sarah Christine. Friday, Nano. Saturday, Aqwa. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Beach HotelFriday, The V Dubs.Saturday, The Black Sails.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Tigerlily.

Belmont 16s Friday,Mr James Band,Just Jade.Saturday, Menopause The Musical,Cruzers,Hayden Johns.Sunday,Norm Bakker.

Belmont Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Paperboy.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, KISStory. Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Viagro.

The BradfordFriday. X & Y.Saturday, Two Fires – Chisel-Barnes Show.

Bull & Bush Hotel Medowie Sunday, Cathy Cannon.

Burwood InnFriday,Austin Mackay.Saturday,Ngariki.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, DZ Deathrays, Clowns, These New South Whales, Boat Show. Friday, Red Fang, Drunks Mums (main room), Pandamic,Wavevom, Voodoo Youth,Fungas (side bar).Saturday, ColourSound ft. Phil Shaw, Zoot, Rinse & Wash, Lukenalley.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Carrington Place Thursday, Jack McLaughlin’s Frenchman St New Orleans Band.

Catho PubSaturday, Jacinta.Sunday, Phonic.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Josh & Liv. Saturday, James Osborn, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Jake Folbigg.Saturday,Megan Core.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Four To The Floor.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Jade & Willow.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, Mental As Anything.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Civic Theatre Friday, Angus & Julia Stone.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matty G.

Club KotaraSaturday, Shivoo.

Club LemonTree Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Clean Slate. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Club Maitland City Friday, Solid Gold Party.

Colliery Inn Friday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Romney Watts.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Jacinta.Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Matty G. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Kazzie,DJ Timmy Coffey.

Customs HouseFriday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Anyerin.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Anyerin.Sunday,Megan Core.

Denman HotelSunday, Michael Bryers.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, Snowy Robson. Kwozzie.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, The Leadbellies.Saturday, Witchery.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, D.Love.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Soundscape.

Gateshead TavernFriday, The Bad and The Ugly.Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Cygan Groove.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, This Way North, Demi Mitchell, Hey Lady. Sunday,We Lost Our Goat,Trashed Again, Hang The Hipster,Human Failure.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Purple Rain. Saturday, Kristy James, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Levymen.Sunday,The Blue Water Cowboys.

Holmesville Hotel Friday, Mark Wells.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Paperboy.Saturday,Mark Wells Trio.Sunday,The Years, Tina Turner Show.

Hunter Valley Gardens Sunday, Kim.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Snape & Son Duo.

Kahibah Sports Club Friday, Gen-X.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The V Dubs.

King Street Hotel Friday, Brynny.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Ryan Daley.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Aqwa.

Lass O’GowrieThursday,The Zilzies.Friday,Ezra Woodward,Hurst,Alex Martin.Saturday,Barfunkle,Nugwardo.

Lemon Grove HotelSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Cherub,Children of the Land,Jono Burgess &Friends. Friday, Bondi Cigars. Saturday, The Idea Of North. Sunday, The Beatnix. Tuesday, Dr Feelgood (UK).

Lochinvar Hotel Sunday, Ty.

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelFriday, Jason Paris.Saturday, Lee Rolfe.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic.

Maryland TavernFriday, Bobby C.Saturday,Iguana.Sunday,Jake Folbigg.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Brendan Murphy. Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Deuce.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Early Daze.Sunday, David McCredie.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators. Sunday, Metro Muso Muster Jam Session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,The Ultimate Pink Show.Saturday,Mojo Bandits.Sunday, Roxy,Boney Rivers.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Menopause The Musical, Loko.Saturday,The Big Bang.Sunday,Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubFriday, Tom Christie.Saturday,Marissa.Sunday,Scratch.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubFriday, Anyerin.Sunday,Marissa.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The Vault Saturday,Lethal Vendetta,Requiem of the Damned,From Love to Violence,Evocatus.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Tim Rossington. Saturday, Aaron Hipwell, Elisa Kate.

Oaks Pacific Blue ResortSunday, Emily Smith.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Code Red.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Katie N Feff, Kristy James. Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Premier HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday,DV8.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.

Queens Wharf HotelFriday, Hayden Johns,Dr. Zoom Duo.Saturday,Zac & George,Lithium. Sunday,Fish Fry,Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Kazzie.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, XYZ.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Way.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Kelly Hope.Sunday, James Naldo.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Salamander Tavern Friday, The DuoTones.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Smokin Rosie.Sunday, Jacinta.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday, Megan Core.Saturday,Josh & Liv.Sunday,Ryan Daley.

Shoal Bay Country Club Friday, Little Cents. Saturday, Guthrie, Gasoline. Sunday, Aqwa, Micro Circus Duo.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Roland Tings,Jackson Blanch, Kizza,HaydenShepherd,WillFreeth,MacDaVillain.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Emile. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Zane Penn.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Port Royal. Friday, Geoff Achison, Adrian Keating. Saturday, Paperhill.

Station HotelKurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Sounds Of Sunday.

Stockton Centre Thursday, Max Jackson. Friday, Karen O’Shea.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Brassic Duo.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Echos Of The Sixties.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Mardmax.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Cover Girls.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Junior and Luana.Saturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Frick N Orson.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Mark Lee.Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Kick–The INXS Show.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Emily Smith.Sunday,Beth Gleeson.

Wests CardiffSaturday,The Years.

Wests New LambtonThursday,Angamus.Friday,Tre Soul Trio.Saturday,Loko. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Karate Kid Vs The World.Friday,Money For Rope,NTL Landmarks,NicholasConnors. Saturday, Them Wild Oats,The Donkey Browns,The Not Nots, Mick N Josh. Sunday, Morning Glory, Tim Rossington.

Windale Gateshead Bowling ClubFriday, Crawfish Stew Band.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Jake Folbigg.

MOVIESAvengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place(PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time(PG)Through one girl’sjourney led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes fromindividuality.

Blockers(MA)Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Chappaquiddick(M) Jason Clarke (Everest) is Ted Kennedy in this political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy’s car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House(PG) Max Irons leads an all-star cast featuring Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson in this screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Early Man(PG) Dug and Hognob unite theirtribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) True story of the playful but passionate relationship between a young working-class Englishman and an eccentric Oscar-winning American actress. (Regal)

Finding Your Feet (PG)A posh woman seeks refuge with her bohemian sister.(Lake, Regal)

Game Night (MA15+)A weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when a murder mystery party is arranged. (Regal)

I Can Only Imagine (PG)The inspiring true story behind a chart-topping song. (Regal)

I Feel Pretty(M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

Life of the Party(M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Midnight Oil 1984 Documentary chronicling a crucial year in the life of Midnight Oil.

Mr Church (M)Based on the true story of a unique life-long friendship. (Regal)

Peter Rabbit(PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’sgarden.

Rampage(M)Based on the1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One(M)When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Sherlock Gnomes(G)When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2(MA) When an international border dispute arises between the USand Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area.

The Divine Order (M)In the run-up to a new referendum on women voting, an everyday housewife bands together with a rabble of hippies, grannies and other colourful types. (Regal)

The Greatest Showman (PG)The story of American showman P.T. Barnum. (Lake)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA15+) After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move. (Lake)

Truth Or Dare(M)Agame of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly.

Tully (M)Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno).

THEATREAnnie: KidsAdaptation for young performers of the bright musical about an orphan girl who encounters many different people when she searches for parents she believes are still alive. High Street Productions, at St Philip’s Christian College Theatre, Waratah. Saturday, at 2pm and 6.30pm.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JrLively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel that has a young girl finding herself among colourful creatures when she falls into a rabbit hole. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. This Friday, at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm until May 19.

The HollowA murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites diverse and eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until May 19, with 2pm Sunday matinees on May 13 and 20.

Luke Kidgell – Because I CanThe stand-up comedian endeavours to answer the questions no one is asking about things happening around us. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm.

The Orchid &the CrowComedy cabaret with writer and performer Daniel Tobias looking through story and song at his sometimes almost deadly experiences; songs co-written by his Die Roten Punkte comedy duo band partner Clare Bartholomew. Critical Stages and Salvador Dinosaur, at the Civic Playhouse. Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to KnowMother’s Day acted reading of a play looking at 20 of Shakespeare’s dynamic female characters, with writer Kath Perry heading the cast. Straylight , at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Sunday, at 5.30pm.

Summer of the Seventeenth DollTwo Queensland cane-cutters find that things have changed when they meet Melbourne girlfriends on their summer break; classic play by Ray Lawler. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm (final shows).

WoyzeckA soldier ill-treated by his superiors and those attracted to his girlfriend tries to resolve his problems; reworking by Newcastle’s Claire Pasvolsky of German writer Georg Büchner’s unfinished 1836 play. Pasvolsky Actors Studio, at The Dungeon Theatre, Adamstown Uniting Church. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7pm.

Buy A Bale Hunter campaign looking for truck drivers

Truckin’ plea to help deliver donated hay to hungry animals Ron Campbell at his Merriwa property. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Merriwa, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Belltrees, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Ian McCallum is a fifth generation farmer from Moonan Flat in the Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Upper Hunter. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Blandford, Upper Hunter Valley. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Ron Campbell drives around his Merriwa property. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yard. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Simone McCarthy

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Craig Murphy feeds hay to his stock at his Blandford property. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Scone Sale Yards on February 6. Picture: Nick Bielby

Ian MacCallum with the food required for his stock when there’s little to graze in the paddocks. Picture: Nick Bielby

TweetFacebookthe Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate, Hunter Valley Newsand charity Rural Aidis looking for more truck drivers to help transport hay to Upper Hunter farmers experiencing the worst drought in living memory.

There are 100 loads of hay planned over the next three to four weeks and while there are some truck drivers on board, more are needed.

Read more: Everybody’s looking for rain

Read more:Massive hay drop in the Upper Hunter underway

HUNTER DROUGHT: 33 per cent of the region is in drought, 39 per cent is at the onset of drought and 28 per cent is borderline and could slip into drought or recover. Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Five truck loads of hay will arrive in the Upper Hunter this week alone.

Truck drivers will be paid to transport the hay from the NSW/Victorian border to the Hunter.

Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder said.

US judge affirms coffee warning ruling

A California judge has ruled that all coffee sold in the US state must carry a cancer warning.A court ruling that gave coffee drinkers a jolt earlier this year has been finalised with a Los Angeles judge saying coffee sold in California must carry a cancer warning.

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled on Monday that Starbucks and other roasters and retailers had failed to show that the benefits of drinking coffee outweigh any risks from a carcinogen that forms during the roasting process.

This followed a written decision he made tentatively in March.

A non-profit group sued about 90 coffee companies under a California state law that requires products containing cancer-causing chemicals to be labelled.

The coffee industry did not deny that the chemical acrylamide is in coffee, but argued it was at harmless levels meaning their products should be exempt.

The latest ruling means the Council for Education and Research on Toxics can seek a permanent injunction that would either lead to ominous warning labels or an industry commitment to remove the chemical – as the US potato chip industry did when sued by the same group.

Lawyer Raphael Metzger, who represents the non-profit, said he hopes mediation will lead to settling the eight-year long case.

If no agreement is reached, another phase of trial would determine civil penalties as high as $US2,500 per person exposed each day since the suit was filed in 2010.

“In all the years I’ve been practicing, I’ve never had a case that got to this point,” Metzger said.

“They’ve lost all their defences and we proved our case. The only issues left are the nature and form of the injunction and the amount of penalties to be assessed. It’s not a pretty place for them to be.”

Urban quits after expulsion recommendation

West n MP Barry Urban has quit after a committee made the unprecedented recommendation he should be expelled for committing a “gross and aggravated contempt of parliament”.

The Labor-turned-independent Member for Darling Range resigned moments after the report was tabled in parliament on Tuesday, having been found to have repeatedly lied about his education and work history.

“There was overwhelming and compelling evidence to refute the member’s claims and conversely there was no credible evidence supporting the member’s claims,” Procedures and Privileges Committee chair Peter Watson said.

Mr Urban was even found to have deliberately sought to deceive the committee by providing a forgery of a degree from the University of Leeds.

“(He has) demonstrated a pattern of serial dishonesty and deception for at least two decades,” Mr Watson said.

“This is not a case of a single error of judgment.”

The committee concluded Mr Urban was not the person he represented himself to be and had breached the trust of his constituents and parliamentary colleagues.

“This is a situation I regret and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” Mr Urban told parliament.

Premier Mark McGowan said Mr Urban’s conduct was completely and utterly unacceptable, and apologised to the electorate.

The resignation will trigger a by-election for Darling Range, which Mr Urban won with a 5.8 per cent margin in March last year, with the seat previously held by the Liberals for decades.

Mr McGowan suspected the swing to Labor was based on the “prevailing mood at the time” under the Barnett government, but the party could not rely on it this time.

He said he was annoyed the electorate must go to the polls again, but was back in campaign mode, saying his government was committed to extending a rail line and building a new primary school in the area.

He also conceded Labor’s preselection process needed improvement, but said not every detail could be “chased down”.

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan described Mr Urban as Mr McGowan’s “man” and called it a “dark day” for the parliament.

“This will be a referendum on Mr McGowan, on his putting a fraudster into the seat of Darling Range and also breaking promises on taxes, fees and charges, and cuts to frontline services,” Dr Nahan told reporters.

“Mr Urban should never have stood, he should never have been preselected and he should have stood down some time ago.”

Centenary of the Great War

COMPELLING: The Frank Gardner Memorial in front of the Newcastle Post Office attracts the awe of a policeman. Photo:The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for May 6-12, 1918.AUSTRALIAN CASUALTIESThe weekly return issued by the Defence Department shows that the casualties in the AIF to date have reached 241,309. Details are as follows:

Died, 45,097; missing, 497; prisoners, 2935; wounded, 122,133; sick, 70,433; unspecified, 214.

It is explained by the department that the figures relating to deceased, missing, and prisoners of war represent the actual net totals, after all corrections consequent on errors and later advices have been taken into account. The figures in respect to wounded and sick represent the totals reported by cable, and are in excess of the actual number of men affected, because many are admitted to hospital more than once.

KILTED BRIGADEA representative meeting of former members of Newcastle Scottish Rifles and their friends was held in the council chambers on Saturday to consider the joint effort of the Highland Society and the members of the Scottish Rifles to promote the formation of a kilted brigade for the front. Mr D. L. Macdonald presided.An account of the meeting at the Highland Society’s rooms on 30th ultimo was submitted by W.O. J. Mitchell. After consideration, it was decided to co-operate with the Sydney committee, and to this end it was decided to elect a provisional committee to be entrusted with the duty of enlisting the sympathy and support of the Scottish community in the Newcastle district, and inaugurate a local recruiting campaign in the event of authority for formation of the kilted brigade being received from Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence. On the motion of Captain J. A. D. Robb, Mr. D. L. Macdonald was elected president. The following members of committee were also elected: Captain J. A. D. Robb, Lieutenant J. Snedden, junr., hon. Lieutenant W. E. Smith, Mr J. Snedden, senr., and Mr F. Harmer. W.O. J. Mitchell was appointed organising secretary. The secretary having been instructed to report the result of the meeting to the Sydney committee, the meeting adjourned to a date to be advertised awaiting the decision of the military authorities.

A DARING RAIDMr Phillip Gibbs states: The ns below the Somme are making life wretched for the Germans. The ns’ achievement at two on Monday morning was a very daring and successful enterprise.It must be extraordinarily annoying to the German command in that district. Annoying is a mild word. The German troops must have experienced an hour of terror. Many poor wretches were killed. The ns went over in no great numbers. It was almost like a raid, yet they advanced their line 850 yards, on a 2500 yards front. There was no preliminary bombardment. As soon as the attack was launched, our guns were active, neutralising the enemy’s batteries, keeping the roads and tracks under fire, and preventing supports coming up.The Germans were occupying rifle pits and trenches. Groups of machine-gunners were hiding in scattered holes. Some Germans fought for their lives in these holes, but the ns routed them with bayonets and bombs.The ns, whose losses were extraordinarily light, brought back as trophies several machine guns, and a big trench mortar. The episode will remind the enemy that the initiative and offensive spirit is not entirely on his side. It was only a minor action compared with the battles of the last month, and the battles in the coming month, as soon as the enemy is again ready to try another big smash.

AUSTRALIAN ADVANCEThe United Press correspondent, in a message despatched from London on Wednesday afternoon, states that the ns pushed on for 300 yards on a 500 yards front west of Morlancourt, and 500 yards, on a 600 yards front, north-east of Sailly le Sec, east of Amiens.The ns came into action at midnight. Their first move was a feint, with heavy artillery, and their second and third blows were delivered simultaneously. Meanwhile the enemy put up tremendous machine-gun and shrapnel barrages, but the ns held on.The thunder of artillery has increased around Bailleul, and along the Ancre. Brilliant sunshine deluges the battlefields. The war planes are now swarming.

LIEUTENANT BOULDENMr and Mrs Boulden, of Mayfield, have received a letter from their son, Engineer-lieutenant Vivian Boulden, of the Royal Navy (dated 9th March), stating he had passed his chief engineer’s examination. He passed two honorary examinations at the Naval Depot, Devonport, in April, 1917, and has been in the Royal Navy nearly three years. For 14 months he was attached to the Dover Patrol; since then he has been attached to the Grand Fleet. He served his apprenticeship with the firm of Messrs. Morison and Bearby, Carrington, before going to sea. Lieutenant Boulden was in the best of health, although he put in the worst winter for cold and heavy gales he had experienced In the North Sea.

SOLDIER’S SACRIFICEBy the last mail from England Mrs S. Brown, of Carlisle-Street, Stockton, received details of the circumstances under which her son, Private Cecil Brown, made a sacrifice in an endeavour to save the life of a wounded English officer. Private Brown, who had been wounded, was a patient in No. 2 Canadian Hospital, just behind the line in France, when the officer was brought in severely wounded, and suffering greatly from the loss of blood. The surgeons in charge of the case asked for a soldier to volunteer to submit to transfusion of blood, in order to save the wounded Englishman’s life. Private Brown volunteered, and a quart of blood was drawn from his left arm. The officer, for whom the sacrifice was made, benefited greatly, but five days afterwards it was found necessary to amputate one of his legs, and he succumbed to shock. The loss of the blood left Private Brown rather weak, but at the time of writing be was in a London hospital, and was making good progress.

SERGEANT OLIVER, M.M.Mr S. B. Oliver, of Harris St, Cessnock, has received a copy of certificates relating to the Military Medal conferred on his son, Sergeant G. B. Oliver, M.M., for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on October 14, 1917, near Zonnebeke. The certificate says: “The battery being in a new position, registration was being carried out. This NCO when telephone lines failed, owing to heavy shell fire, showed great determination in opening visual communication between the observing station and the battery, and coolness in maintaining it, in spite of heavy shell fire. His action enabled the battery to be registered, and thus ready for service”.Sergeant Oliver was also mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches, published in the London Gazette, 1st January, 1918, for gallant conduct and devotion to duty during operations in the Noreuil sector at Bullecourt, at Messines, and in the Ypres sector, between 26/2/17 and 20/9/17. He isin England, at St John’s Wood OTC, for a few months’ instruction. Before enlisting in 1915, he was employed by Lane and Trewartha, Newcastle.

THE GARDNER MEMORIALThe Mayor stated that steps would have to be taken to provide additional space on the Gardner Memorial to record the names of those soldiers who had been killed in the war. The monument had no more room for the names of the fallen soldiers. The council decided some time ago that a roll of honour should be prepared and placed in the Council Chambers, and this would be done when the names could be obtained from the military department. He would be glad to have an expression of opinion as to increasing the space on the Gardner Memorial. Alderman Quinlan said he would like to see the names placed on the pillars in front of the post office. The matter was left in the hands of the Mayor and engineer, and they were authorised to communicate with the postal authorities with a view to having the names placed on the pillars at the post office.

KURRI KURRIDuring the past couple of months, Mr and Mrs A. Galloway, of Kurri Kurri, have been preparing a picture film, featuring local talent. It is intended to screen it at the Royal Picture Palace, and later to despatch it abroad, to be shown at the camps where the Kurri Kurri soldiers are stationed. The film, which consists of a series of comedy and dramatic scenes, is now completed. The film is 1200 feet in length, and consists of 15 scenes.

NEW LAMBTONThe following is a letter received by Mrs S. A. Burnley, Regent Street, on the 8th instant, and dated France, 1st February, 1918, from the sergeant-major of the 34th Battalion, to which her son, Private J. Burnley, was attached, sent on behalf of the NCOs. and men of that battalion: “I would like to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your very gallant son, Private J. Burnley, who made the supreme sacrifice in the third battle of Ypres for the heights of Passchendaele, on October 12, 1917. The attack was made under the very worst climatic conditions, and it was entirely due to the superb determination and bravery of men like your son that the operation was a success. We would like you to feel how greatly we appreciated your son as a comrade and soldier.”

WICKHAMLieutenant-colonel J. W. Clark writes from France to Mrs Bond, Mayoress of Wickham: “In a letter which reached me recently from our Newcastle Comforts Depot, our secretaries mentioned that we were indebted to the Wickham Red Cross, of which you are president, for special donation of socks, and on behalf of the men and myself I wish you would convoy our grateful thanks to the ladies concerned. Your son is, of course, a member of the battalion, and very much appreciated especially by his company, for his sterling qualities. He is quite well, and I trust will be spared to return safely to you when the enemy decide they have had enough.”

THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTIn the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Wise, Honorary Minister, in reply to Mr Finlayson (Q), said the desire to form a Scottish regiment could not be given effect to, but men of Scottish birth and descent would, as far as possible, be trained together and sent overseas together.

ENLISTMENTSFrederick Bradshaw, Adamstown; Francis Henry Burns, Muswellbrook; Bert Coombes, Carrington; Harry Alfred Cummins, West Maitland; William Dick, Toronto; John Robert Garner, Hamilton; Raymond Hunter Guy, Lorn; Harold James Jacobs, Branxton; John Charles King, Adamstown; James Knox, North Waratah; Joseph Lake, New Lambton; Herbert John Lee, West Maitland; Joseph Lower, Morisset; Norman Gordon McMaster, Adamstown; Jack Thomas Murray, Booral; Raymond Joseph Pike, Newcastle; Alexander Shepherd, Holmesville; Percy Gordon Wall, Kurri Kurri; Francis Noel White, Wickham.

DEATHSPte Ralph Atkinson, Plattsburg; Pte Robert James Bailey, Muswellbrook; Pte Arthur Stanton Bowd, Scone; Lieut Russell Stanley Brown, East Maitland; Pte Thomas Byron, Dungog; Pte Thomas Fairhall, Morpeth; 2nd Lieut William Henry Glossop, Aberdare; Pte John Mortimer Griffen, Cooks Hill; L/Cpl Stanley Lloyd Hackworthy, Islington; Pte Valdimar Hektor, Newcastle; Pte Thomas Stanley Hooker, Singleton; Pte Robert Jones, Aberdare; Pte John Liddle, Lambton; Pte Alister Robert Moss, Singleton; Pte Emil Newman, Carrington; Pte John Mortimer O’Sullivan, Stockton; Pte John Leslie Ridley, Wallsend; L/Sgt Thomas Ernest Sawyer, West Maitland; Pte Joseph Alfred Stork, Glen Oak; Pte Serge Tarasov, Newcastle; Pte Francis James Walsh, Dungog; Pte George Frederick Wilson, Baerami Creek.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter Valley-based military historian. Follow his research atfacebook苏州美甲/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

Welcome to Black Circle: The home of rock ‘n’ roll coffee in Newcastle

On the beat: Black Circle Cafe owner Daniel Wolinski. Picture: Simone De PeakBlack Circle Café, 4/12 Alma Rd. New Lambton, Mon-Fri: 6:30-5pm, Sat: 8am-2pm.

The world would become a simpler place if every café owner just named their blends after their favourite songs.Imagine the time you could save searching for your next favourite cup. All of those confusing references to yield, dose, origin and process could be replaced with a few simple words that could say everything you ever needed to know.

Who cares about how they wash coffee beans in the New Guinean highlands? Give me a 500 gram Bat Out of Hell and I’m Walking On Sunshine baby.

Over at the Black Circle cafe in New Lambton, owner Daniel Wolinski has chosen seminal Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam to headline on his main stage.

Displayed on the back wall are a range of coffee blends named after his favourite of their songs. Fans of the band will recognise the titles – Immortality, The Fixer, Oceans and the first album favourite, Even Flow.

Any fans of blends from premium East African, South and Central American origins will also have reason to raise their hands up and sing their hearts out too.

If the musical references are a little old school – if the 1990s can already be called that – then the coffee Wolinski pours here is much the same. This is a café that not only celebrates the nostalgic value of music and the Black Circle of vinyl it came recorded on, but the classic chocolate and caramel tastes that have dropped out of the charts at many other coffee venues.

The house blend is a spicy and dark one. A duo of Brazilian and Costa Rican maestros play the classic notes up front, with a rhythm section hailing from Ethiopia and Kenya. Add a few solos from a Sumatran and you have it – the Even Flow. The song this one was named after is an explosive concoction that bursts forth from somewhere unstable. The blend does it justice.

The gentler ballads in the Black Circle collection are the lighter and fruitier Immortality and Oceans blends. Alongside the Even Flow and The Fixer,all are available in either a 250g ($13) or 500g ($22) bag of grounds or beans.

The when and the where of how this café discovered that coffee are still on the hazy side. We know it is roasted and blended in Manly but the restseems to be a bit of a secret. Perhaps it should stay that way. We also know that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first talked about the blues as schoolboys on a train station platform. To find out what happened next we have to go out and buy all the albums. Or we can just buy a coffee and wait till they play them at Black Circle.

Sexual consent can’t be assumed: NSW government

Sexual consent laws in NSW will be reviewed after the state government questioned their adequacy, fairness, and clarity following a high-profile sexual assault case over an incident in a Kings Cross alleyway.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman referred the laws to the Law Reform Commission after saying there was a “systemic problem” with sexual assault reporting and convictions in the state.

“There is a reluctance by complainants to come forward. They’ve already been traumatised once, and they have to go through this re-traumatisation yet again,” Mr Speakman told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

His announcement comes less than 24 hours after Saxon Mullins spoke to the ABC about her ordeal as an 18-year-old virgin when she says she was anally raped by 21-year-old Luke Lazarus in an alleyway behind a nightclub in 2013.

Attorney General Mark Speakman speaks during a media conference concerning the law of consent in sexual assault proceedings outside the Supreme Court in Sydney. Photo: AAP Image/David Moir

“He pulled me back and said something … he said, ‘put your f**king hands on the wall’. And so I did,” she told Four Corners on Monday.

Over the past five years, Ms Mullins, now 23, endured two trials and two appeals with Mr Lazarus spending 11 months in jail after being convicted by a jury.

In the second trial, a judge found Mr Lazarus had no reasonable basis for believing Ms Mullins had not consented, but that Ms Mullins – in her own mind – had not consented.

Mr Speakman said Ms Mullins’ story raised questions about whether the law was adequate, clear and fair.

“(It’s) a concern that someone who has not consented can go through four court cases and not get a final resolution for the complaint,” he said.

“We know there is a systemic problem with sexual assault reporting and convictions in our law.”

In the review, which could take about a year, Mr Speakman wants the commission to look to other states, such as Tasmania, which has some of the toughest sexual consent laws in the country.

NSW Minister for Sexual Assault Prevention Pru Goward commended Ms Mullins for her bravery in sharing her story, saying sometimes women in these situations are too afraid to say “no”.

But it doesn’t mean consent has been agreed to, Ms Goward said.

“You must explicitly ask for permission to have sex and if it’s not an enthusiastic ‘yes’ then it’s a ‘no’,” Ms Goward said alongside Mr Speakman.

“It is not enough to assume that because your victim did not say ‘no’ that she has, in fact, said ‘yes’.”

Ms Goward is calling for discussions in schools about what consent means and the importance of explicit conversations.

Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqui welcomed the law review and insisted consent must be redefined as active, positive and voluntary.

“Sexual violence persists in our society and we must do everything we can to change this, leading with changing our laws coupled with education and awareness around positive and active consent in the community and within the justice system,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

NY attorney general denies physical abuse

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after allegations of physical abuse by four women were reported in an article in the New Yorker magazine.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called for Schneiderman’s resignation within hours of the article’s publication.

“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday.

“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

In the article published late on Monday, the New Yorker reported that four women who said they had had romantic relationships or encounters with Schneiderman said they had been subjected to nonconsensual physical violence.

Reuters has not independently confirmed the accusations.

“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity,” Schneiderman said in a statement issued by Stu Loeser & Co before he announced his resignation.

“I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

In his statement late on Monday, Cuomo said he would ask a New York district attorney to investigate the accusations against Schneiderman, who is the state’s highest law enforcement official.

“My personal opinion is that, given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as Attorney General, and for the good of the office, he should resign,” Cuomo said in his statement.

Schneiderman announced his resignation a little more than an hour after Cuomo issued his statement.

The New Yorker reported that two of the women who spoke to the magazine “alleged that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.”

The two women who were named in the article both called the abuse by Schneiderman “assault,” the magazine reported. One of the women said Schneiderman slapped her across the face after she rejected his advances and that when she told him she wanted to leave, he said, “A lot of women like it. They don’t always think they like it, but then they do, and they ask for more,” according to the article.

Schneiderman has been a high-profile proponent of the #MeToo movement.

Avoid the flu this season – get vacinated

At Risk: The flu vaccination is very important for protecting people at high risk of serious flu complications.

ADVERTISING FEATUREWith winter and the colder weather fast approaching, so too is flu season, and after last year’s record flu season it is time to start thinking about prevention.

Flu season typicallypeaks around July to September and everyone is vulnerable,however, certain groups are at particular risk including young children, the elderly and those with other chronic conditions.

No one wants to get sick and there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself against influenza:

Be vaccinated.Hand washing and personal hygiene, such as trying not to touch your mouth or nose.Where possible, avoid crowds during the flu season.Even though the influenza vaccination has been proven to be the most effective protection against the flu, recent research by the Pharmacy Guild of has revealed that one in two n adults do not plan to vaccinate against the flu this year despite last year’s record flu season which saw more than 249,000 reported infections.

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Pharmacy4Less KotaraGuild national president George Tambassissays n adults are generally misinformed about the seriousness, and unaware of some of the infectious aspects of the flu.

“Most ns don’t realise how infectious the flu is, with 77 per cent of respondents unaware the flu virus can remain active when airborne for 45 minutes or more.”

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Fever (often high)ChillsA severe coughHeadachesMuscle aches and painsA sore throatChildren’s symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.How to protect yourself

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot –through your workplace program, at the GP, or through chemists which offer the service.

“The flu vaccine contains ‘killed’, inactivated virus particles,” sayspharmacist and owner of Pharmacy4Less Kotara, Nader Eltom.

“These train your immune system to develop protection against the virus within several weeks. These antibodies protect against infection if you are exposed to the virus.”

The vaccine does not contain a live virus, so it is impossible to catch the flu from the vaccine.

“Annual vaccination against seasonal flu can reduce your chances of getting thefluand can also reduce the severity of flu symptoms if you do catch the flu,” Nader said. “Getting the vaccination can also protect people around you who may be more vulnerable to the flu, including children and the elderly.”

Pharmacy4Less Kotara offers a quick and inexpensive flu vacination program at it’s convenient location on the corner of Park Avenue and Kullaiba Road next to the Homemaker Centre.

“The flu vaccination service is $19.99 for anyone between the ages of 18-64,”Nader said.

“You do not need an appointment and the process usually takes about 15 minutes, including a brief questionnaire and waiting time.

“You can even get the flu vaccine in store, while you are waiting for your other medications.”

Pharmacists atPharmacy4Less Kotara have completed vaccination training to ensure that the flu vaccine can be given safely and appropriately.

This includes Pharmacist Immunisation training endorsed by the Pharmacy Guild of , regular first aid accreditation, and annual CPR updates.Theyalso keepa range of common and specialised travel vaccinations if you’re thinking about heading overseas.

“Our qualified pharmacists can help answer any queries about vaccinations and travel health for people of all ages,” Nader said.

“Pharmacy4Less Kotara also keeps a range of dose administration aids, travel products and supplements to help keep you well while you are away.”

It’s all part of the mantra at Pharmacy4Less Kotara which is “More Care For Less Cost”,providing one-to-one personalised service as well as a guarantee to beat any price on’s largest range of products.

“Our range includes discounted prescriptions, medicines, healthcare products, beauty products, personal care, mother and baby products, health equipment and much more,” Nader said.

Pharmacy4Less Kotara also offers a range of free services includingprescription reminders, blood pressure testing, cholesterol screening, diabetic screening and provision of diabetic supplies, weight management advice, smoking cessation advice, baby advice,vitamin specialist advice,Webster packing and medication reviews.They also accept unwanted or unused medicines.

Another feature that sets Pharmacy4Less Kotara aparthas beenthe introduction of the Healthsure Medical Centre inside the premises,giving patients access to quality GPs Monday to Friday.