It’s the age of email, but Newcastle needs a new stamp | POLL In the Mail: A stamp of a Newcastle coal loader, which was released in a three-stamp set in 1947.
A stamp of steel being poured at BHP in Newcastle, which was released in a three-stamp set in 1947.
A stamp of Lieutenant John Shortland, who landed at the mouth of the Hunter River in 1797. Greg Laidler said the image on the John Shortland stamp was wrong. The picture was actually John Shortland’s father.
Newcastle Philatelic Society president Greg Laidler.
TweetFacebook“The error in the portrait was announced in the papers before the stamp issue in 1947, which helped ensure that lots of people purchased one or more of them,” Greg said.
Records show that large numbers of people lined up to buy the stamps.
“The police had to be called to get the people to stand in queues,” Greg said.
The fourth Newcastle stamp was issued in 1997, recognising the emergency services.
“It has a photo ofthree guys in yellow overalls carrying a stretcher. They were evacuating after the earthquake,” he said.
Newcastle Philatelic Society is celebrating its 100thanniversary this month.Its centenary meeting will be held on Thursday nightat Mayfield Senior Citizens Centre.
Greg said the society began when four stampcollectors put an advertisement in a newspaper. Nowadays, the societyhas83 members.
“There’s good camaraderie among the people,” he said.
Collectorswere mainly people who could “remember when the postman used to bring a letter every day”.
Cherish the thoughtJennifer Hawkins has shown her philanthropic side, posting an image of herself on Instagram wearing a Cherish T-shirt.
Jennifer Hawkins. Picture: Instagram
“Proudly supporting Barnardos by wearing this beautiful bespoke Cherish tee,” she wrote.
“Barnardos is a wonderful charity that protects families and children in need. You can show your support by buying a tee and100 per cent of the profits go to Barnardos.”
The T-shirts are sold by women’s fashion label, sass & bide.
“Sass & bideis committed to being a socially responsible business, and believe it is important to give back to the community,” the company says on its website.
“For many years we have been involved in philanthropy, helping to stop child abuse, and raising money to support children in need.”
Acompanygiving 100 per cent of the profits ofa product tocharity – you don’t see thatevery day.
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And, for once, she was dressed for the occasion.
“I’m known for dropping the girls off in my jarmies. My girls don’t mind. I just throw on a pair of Uggs and a great big coat to hide my shame and I’m off,” she says.
”I don’t really give much thought to an emergency, like a car breakdown. Maybe I should. But right nowI couldn’t care if I broke down and was nude –I’ve just been through my full menopause.”
Did I mention that she is also an open book? Anything goes.
Life is good for Morris, who five weeks ago returned from a three-month stint in South Africa where she filmed I’m A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here. She and co-host Dr Chris Brown have spent a year in the Limpopo region, she says: three months every year for the past four years.
“I know the area, I know what to expect, I know the hours are going to be brutal. But it makes a huge difference that my husband and family come over and let the steam out of my tyres for a little bit,” she explains.
Julia MorrisBrave, talks about losing herself and her identity in the brutal day-to-day reality of working in television. Morris can relate.
“Oh you do, your definitely do. Even in House Husbands you sacrifice what little time you have off because there’s always more work to do, whether it’s preparing for the next day or learning your lines.
“In the jungle we are on set by 4am most days and don’t get home until 5.30pm. We are on the move the whole time. It takes me weeks to get over. Weeks.”
Mention of McGowan leads to a conversation about the “Me Too” movement, where women are speaking out against sexual harassment and assault.
“I saw Tina Fey being interviewed by David Letterman yesterday, on Netflix I think, and she said these days comedy is ‘landmine hopscotch’. It struck a chord with me,” Morris says.
“My style of comedy hasn’t changed that much over thepast 30-plus years. Full, brutal honesty has always been my real stock and trade. But as a female inyour 20s,no one is really interested in hearing your opinion. Now that I’m50 I feel like an elder stateswoman and my opinion is loud and proud.”
Morris watched US comedianKathy Griffin, who she describes as “an absolute goddess”,perform her Laugh Your Head Off showlast year and the experience left her feeling bitter.
“It’s like no one is hearing her. All she did was a bad joke about Donald Trump. She has said recently she will continue to push the boundaries because people need to be called out. And she’s like ‘I won’t always get it right’.
“There were some jokes I made while filming in South Africa this year that people got furious about. And I’m like ‘Ican only keep trying’. If that’s not funny any more then that’s not funny any more. I’ve learnt my lesson and let’s move on. A problem arises if I learn that lesson but do the same joke again anyway.”
Her 2015 stand-uptour was titledI Don’t Want Your Honest Feedback. Morris says the words have become a “mantra” for her to live by. A means of self-preservation.
“Other people’s opinions of me are really none of my business. I can’t control it. I listen to my husband Dan, and my agent, but within reason. Anything else people have to say is just opinion,” she says.
“I turned all the comments off on my social network. There were lots of people that got really angry about it, about not being able to comment when they felt like it, but I was like too bad.
“As soon as I adjusted my mind to the fact that there are going to be some people who hate me and some people who love me, and some who just don’t care, then I was OK. As long as I can feed my family –which is all I’m actually doing while having a great time doing my job –then nothing else matters.
“Dan had breast cancer five years ago. Do you think I give a flying f ––k about some person who thinks that I’m a fat bitch? It’s like, who cares?”
Morris wears many professional hats these days but will never give up her first love – stand-up comedy.
“I have to keep doing it. It’s part of keeping yourself afloat. You want to show all of your talents throughout the course of the year because this industry is so brutal and it eats people for a snack,” she says.
“Before every single show I have nerves. If those nerves go it’s time to retire. I’ve just finished the first leg of the tour which was all through country Victoria and I could have thrown up in my own mouth before going on stage each night. I still get sick to the stomach. It’s nuts. It’s only about an hour and 45 minutes after the show that I can start to feel the adrenaline fade.”
Her last tour was a sell-out and earned Morris her second Helpmann Award nomination for Best Comedy Performer. The title of her latest venture, Lift and Separate Golden Jubilee Tour, is open to interpretation. Whatever it is about, though, it will be delivered in typical Morris style: straight from the hip and with that cackling laugh.
Nerves or not, this woman owns thestage and her audience the moment she steps out to a roar of applause.
“Lifeisgood. During the menopausal stages I went to see a psychologistand that helped me to clean the muck in my head,” she says.
“I’ve actually had some access to happiness, which has been great. I think happiness is momentary, rather than this great thing we search for that I don’t thinkexists. I think there are just moments of happiness in every day.Like, for example,anempty dishwasher.”
Julia Morris brings her Lift and Separate Golden Jubilee Tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on Sunday, May 20. Tickets are on sale through Ticketek or at the venue’s box office. The show is recommended for ages 16 and above.
Panel-beating workshop turned inner city sanctuary FUNKY: This four-bedroom home in Islington’s Anderton Street was formerly a panel-beating workshop and retains some design influences from its past.
ONE OF A KIND: This four-bedroom residence in Islington’s Anderton Street used to be a panel-beating shop. It is set for auction this month.
FUNKY: This four-bedroom home in Islington’s Anderton Street was formerly a panel-beating workshop and retains some design influences from its past.
UNIQUE: This Islington home’s bedrooms and living spaces are separated by an atrium.
ONE OF A KIND: This four-bedroom residence in Islington’s Anderton Street used to be a panel-beating shop. It is set for auction this month.
TweetFacebookPRICE HIGH SET IN ATRIUM AUCTIONThe $1.01 million sale of a “bespoke” apartment in Hamilton development Atrium is believed to have set a suburb record.
George Rafty, of First National Newcastle City, marketed the two-bedroom Anzac House apartment with a price guide of $850,000 to $930,000. It is believed to be the first apartment sale for Hamilton over $1 million.
Milton Townhouse, also two bedrooms and in thesecond stage of the Atrium development of the former Hamilton RSL and Anzac House site, sold under the hammer for $760,000.
BIG RESULT: Auctioneer Gavan Reynolds controls proceedings as a townhouse and apartment were both sold under the hammer in Hamilton’s Atrium last Saturday.
WATERFRONTS IN WANGI WANGIArlene Field, of LJ Hooker Wangi Wangi, is marketing two properties in the lake suburb that have their own unique qualities.
One,at 293 Watkins Road features a four-bedroom house as well as the Wangi Wangi post office, which has two years left on its lease. Itis being marketed with a price guide of $795,000.
WATER VIEWS: This home in Wangi Wangi enjoys an outlook over Lake Macquarie.
“It is waterfront, so it’s a good price,” Ms Field said. “In the first week on the market we have had heaps of interest. It’s attracting people who are looking for a waterfront but also because of the commercial side to it.”
ADDED INCOME: This property in Watkins Road, Wangi Wangi, comprises a four-bedroom home with water views plus a post office.
She is also marketing 113 Watkins Road, a four-bedroom waterfront home witha price guide of $1.6 million, which could set a new sale record for the suburb.
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WHAT’S LISTED UNDER $500KDavid Podmore, of Ren Property, believes hehas listed “possibly the best unit in Little Beach Nelson Bay under $500,000”.
The two-bedroom unit in Columbia Close is being marketed with a price guide of $498,000.
It has anorth-east balcony overlooking the parkland of the Inner Lighthouse and is located within walking distance ofLittle Beach andShoal Bay beach.
It is being leased at $400 per week until September.
David Podmore, of Ren Property, believes he has listed “possibly the best unit in Little Beach Nelson Bay under $500,000” in this complex in Columbia Close.
One Agency’s Anne Pinkerton is marketing a two-bedroom brick and tile villa in Waratah’s Lorna Street for $379,000. It haslong-term tenants.
Daniel Irwin, of First National Altitude, is marketing a vacant block of land 727 square metres in size in Elermore Vale’s Robinia Close with a guide of $395,000 to $430,000.
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On fire: The Dragons are in fine form this season. Picture: Craig GoldingSt George Illawarra could be just days away from being officially sold after the Gordon family tabled an offer that will finally take the famous club off the market.
While the WIN Corporation walked away from the negotiating table last month, company supremo Bruce Gordon and his son Andrew have put a deal on the table on behalf of the family rather than the firm. The bid, subject to NRL approval, will result in Illawarra’s 50 per cent stake of the joint venture being sold off.
A figure of $10 million has long been bandied about as the number required to make the sale a reality, although it’s understood the value of the deal is structured in a way that takes into account the almost $6 million the club owes to the NRL. It’s believed there were also talks about the prospect of another party being involved as a range of ownership structures were discussed.
The game’s governing body has been in high-level talks with the Gordons, as has the club, and a final sign-off is imminent. A deal will bring an end to negotiations between the parties that have gone on for almost two years and will end constant speculation about the club’s ownership structure.
Bruce Gordon has put a deal to the Dragons on behalf of the family. Picture: Sylvia Liber
The ownership transition will be the final act of long-serving chief executive Peter Doust, who will finish his tenure at the end of the season. The final negotiations are at a delicate stage, but there appears no major impedimentto the deal being finalised.
The Dragons were preparing to officially put up the ‘for sale’ sign after WIN walked away from the negotiating table last month. Several other suitors had shown an interest in purchasing the club, including a Qatari consortium that was fronted by n businessman Michael Ibrahim.
However, plans to publicly court buyers were put on hold when Andrew and Bruce Gordon finally put forward an offer that the Dragons hierarchy felt reflected the club’s market value.
The Dragons’ stocks have risen after shooting to the top of the NRL ladder. Coach Paul McGregor’s team have jumped two points clear of their rivals after beating defending premiers Melbourne on Sunday, prompting bookmakers to install them as the new title favourites.
St George Illawarra’s preference was always to sell to WIN Corporation because of the firm’s strong ties to the region and passion for the football franchise.
Rather than completing the deal through WIN, the Gordons will finalise it through another company. It’s understood Andrew has been the driving force in making the purchase a reality and will likely remain a director in a restructured boardroom that will have an additional seat.
The developments herald a new era and direction for one of the game’s most famous brands. The Dragons are in the process of finding a replacement for Doust with recruiting companies, while long-serving chairman Warren Lockwood stood down as chairman last year. His replacement, Brian Johnston, is the only person to preside over the merged club as CEO apart from Doust.
The issue of club ownership is again a topical one. While Manly chairman and majority owner Scott Penn has publicly stated he won’t sell the Sea Eagles, a raft of potential purchasers are being mobilised. Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday that the Qatari syndicate is also keen to buy out the embattled Sea Eagles.
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SUBURB SNAPSHOTSteeped in history and towering over the harbour, The Hill is coveted for its grand Victorian residences, cosmopolitan lifestyle and views of the coast and city.
The suburb was first known as Church Hill then Prospect Hill. It was one of the earliest settled areas of Newcastle andthe site of the first townplanlaid out by Henry Dangar in 1823.
It is home to severaliconic sites, including Christ Church Cathedral, the convict burial ground and the Anzac Memorial Walk.
Newcastle’s most expensive homes can be found in the suburb; among themJesmond Housewhich sold for a record $7 million in 2008, andBishopscourt, which sold for a rumoured $5 million in 2015.
LAVISH: Jesmond House sits atop The Hill and is Newcastle’s most expensive property. It sold for a record $7 million in 2008.
LIFESTYLETrue to its name, homes in this suburb are perched on a steep gradient between the hill and the harbour.It is close to Newcastle’s CBD, good schools, beaches, walkways and parkland.
Views: The Hill is home to the iconic King Edward Park and the Obelisk, which showcases a 360-degree view of the city and Newcastle’s beaches.
FROM THE EXPERTS Convenient: Within walking distance to the eateries on Darby and Hunter Streets, The Hill also benefits from its proximity to Newcastle and Bar Beach.
The Hill overlooks Newcastle’s CBD and is situated within walking distanceof dining, schools, beaches and the harbour.
It is home to the iconic King Edward Park, a great spot for family picnics, and the Obelisk, which showcases 360-degree views of the city and Newcastle’s beaches. The Hill will benefit greatly from the completion of the light rail in 2019 and the ongoing revitalisation of Newcastle CBD.
Property in The Hill ranges from apartments, townhouses andterrace-style homes to large grand residences dating back to around the late 1800s.
The median price of houses in The Hill last December was $1.375 million (Source: CoreLogic). Overall, the Newcastle property market is expected to increase a further 5.4 per centin 2018 (Source: BIS Oxford).
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Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary admits his team have struggled under the expectations after their surprise start to the NRL season.
But more than one-third of the way through the year, Cleary is satisfied with where they’re placed.
The Tigers’ bubble has burst with three-straight defeats, including arguably their worst performance of the year last weekend against the Warriors.
“We did have a fair bit of success early in the season and what comes with that is external influences, distractions possibly,” Cleary said on Wednesday.
“People start talking guys up and that never happened at the start of the year, but that’s all part of how it works. We had two very narrow losses and, last week, was the first game we were outplayed.”
Despite their alarming form drop, the Tigers remain on track to improve on a horror 2017 when they didn’t register their fifth win until July.
While the Tigers are aiming for their sixth on Thursday night when they host the Cowboys, Cleary denies their early-season success has changed their goals.
“It may have been a surprise but we never went into the season with too many goals in terms of wins and ladder positions,” he said.
“To this point of the season, I’m reasonably happy with what’s transpired so far but there’s no doubt we need to play better than we have the last couple of weeks.”
The Tigers’ chances of ending their losing streak have been boosted by returning co-captain Russell Packer, who has missed the past four games with a knee injury.
The match also marks the return of 2005 premiership-winner Benji Marshall to Leichhardt Oval as a Tigers player since his dramatic 2014 exit.
It is the club’s first game of the year at their spiritual home.
“He’s obviously had a lot of games here and been a big part of the history of the Wests Tigers,” Cleary said of Marshall.
“He’s definitely looking forward to the game; has a strong affiliation with the ground.”
The Cowboys’ breakthrough win last week over Penrith has been overshadowed by an indecent assault charge on prop Scott Bolton.
Bolton has been named in their 21-man squad but it is unclear whether he will play.
“Not being in the camp, it’s hard to have too much of a comment on it. But they’ve had a good win last week against a red-hot Panthers team. I’m sure they’ve got some confidence out of that,” Cleary said.
STATS THAT MATTER:
* The Tigers have won six-consecutive matches against the Cowboys at Leichhardt
* The Tigers are missing the most tackles of any team in the competition, with 33.6 per game
* Johnathan Thurston has his worst winning percentage against the Tigers, with just seven of 22
World powers involved in the Iran nuclear deal have expressed regret at President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the landmark pact as concerns mount it will undermine efforts to halt the spread of atomic weapons.
Signatories to the 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions have urged Trump not to fundamentally undermine the UN Security Council-endorsed agreement so that the other parties – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran – can continue to respect it.
“Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the (deal). This agreement remains important for our shared security,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a joint statement Tuesday after discussing the move.
The three called on Washington to “ensure that the structures of the (agreement) can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is aiming to continue to comply with the deal’s terms, and will swiftly reach out to signatories Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China to keep it in place.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the US president’s decision saying it’s a “a historic move”.
Saudi Arabia also welcomed Trump’s call issuing a statement through state media that Iran had exploited the agreement’s economic benefits and continued to destabilise the region by developing ballistic missiles.
In New York, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said “we are disappointed” at the US announcement.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the deal as “a major achievement” that “has contributed to regional and international peace and security” and said he was “deeply concerned” by the US decision.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had concerns about Trump’s suggestion of new sanctions being slapped on Iran.
“I am particularly worried by the announcement tonight of new sanctions,” Mogherini told reporters in Rome, adding that she would consult with Europe’s partners about any new measures “to assess their implications.”
In a televised address in Israel, Netanyahu hailed Trump’s decision and said that leaving the deal unchanged would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”
The precise impact of Trump’s decision will probably take some time to decipher.
In the short term, US. Congress now has about 60 days to decide its next move.
Iran can also trigger a dispute mechanism in the agreement, opening a maximum 45-day window for the airing of grievances and to seek a compromise. This could buy three months of valuable time.
Trump’s threats have baffled the Europeans who say the deal is working and note that the International Atomic Energy Agency has now certified 10 times that Iran is in compliance with its obligations.
Syria is blaming Israel for a deadly missile attack at a military outpost south of Damascus.Israeli missiles have hit a military outpost near the Syrian capital Damascus killing nine people an hour after US President Donald Trump exited a 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
Syria’s state-run media agency SANA says Syrian air defences intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles which were fired at Kisweh, just south of the capital, an area known to have numerous Syrian army bases.
Syrian television also reported large explosions in the area.
The British-based observatory says the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belong to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
The group, which monitors the Syria war through a network of activists on the ground, said it was not clear whether those killed were Revolutionary Guard members or members of a pro-Iranian militia. The report could not be independently confirmed.
An official with the Iran-led regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strike targeted a Syrian army position but killed a Syrian man and his wife who happened to be passing by in their car. He said there were jets in the sky but it was likely the position was targeted by surface-to-surface missiles from the Golan Heights.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to give official statements.
There was no immediate comment from Israel, which almost never confirms or denies air strikes in Syria. Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran.
Rugby boss Raelene Castle admits dealing with Israel Folau and his extreme religious beliefs is a huge conundrum for which she doesn’t have an immediate answer to.
“In my career, this is singularly the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with,” Castle told Fox Sports’ Kick and Chase program on Wednesday night.
‘s highest-profile player Folau has again courted controversy after posting a link on social media to a video that warns against “tolerance” of same-sex marriage.
The tweeted video features an 11-minute sermon by late American evangelist David Wilkerson who warns of “sexual perversions beyond description” and is the latest in a series of provocative anti-gay posts from the Wallabies superstar over the past five weeks.
RA has opted not to sanction Folau amid ongoing backlash from sections of fans and fellow players, including All Blacks, and expression of concerns from major sponsors Qantas and Asics.
Castle conceded Folau was “walking the line” and disrespecting teammates by putting them in a position of constantly having to answer questions about his beliefs.
She spoke to the dual international again on Wednesday but said the matter was unusually sensitive.
“There’s no black and white answer,” said Castle, also a former Netball New Zealand and Canterbury NRL chief executive.
“On the one hand you’re dealing with a human rights issue. On the other hand, you’re dealing with freedom of speech and someone’s right to express their views, whether it be religious or otherwise.
“I think the test continues to be whether that’s done in a respectful way, so that’s the measure that we’ll continue to apply.”
While many have been quick to castigate Folau for his outspoken views, Castle said it was a juggling act trying to appease all fans and admitted Rugby risked losing sections of supporters either way.
“It’s a really delicate issue and I really wish I could sit here and say this is black and white and by sanctioning him will fix it and by going down this path will punish him as well,” she said.
“But it’s really not that simple because of the freedom of speech element.
“It’s a very hot topic in the n landscape at the moment. The freedom of speech movement is looking for a conversation to be had and that’s why – and I keep repeating myself – it’s very delicate and we’re trying to manage both sides so everyone feels included.”
Folau is off contract at the end of 2018 but Castle stressed that while “a lot of people have made it about that”, the governing body was not motivated by trying to keep the peace with the three-times John Eales Medallist to ensure he remains in n rugby.
“We’ve worked really hard during this process to make sure we separated that conversation and actually made sure we made it about the issue at hand and made it about the inclusion piece and respectful piece,” she said.
“And that’s the dialogue and the focus that we’ve continued to have and we haven’t entered into the re-negotiations or contract extension conversations.”