Lamb vows to kick on after tough lesson

HIS inexperience proved costly in Newcastle’s loss toCanterbury last weekend, but Knights five-eighthBrock Lamb showed maturity beyond his yearson Wednesdayby fronting the media and vowing to make amends.
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MOVING FORWARD: Newcastle Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb is determined to put Sunday’s faux pas against Canterbury behind him and focus on this week’s clash with Brisbane. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The 20-year-old said he harboured no lingering doubts afterSunday’s shattering20-18 defeat and would beready to go against Brisbane atMcDonald Jones Stadiumon Saturday.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Brock Lamb working on his kicking game at training. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A fifth-tackle kick by Lamb in the 78thminute of the Bulldogs match allowed Moses Mbye to score the game-breaking try, butthe Maitland-born playmakersaidhe’s learned from the crucial mistake and hopes to prove it wasa one-off.

“Obviously it hurts,” Lamb said. “I want to see the fans happy and I want to see the boys celebrating a win.

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“I had a million things going through my mind. I guess I’ve just got to back the first one. I probably should have just kicked into touch straight across in front of me.

“It did play a part in our loss that kick of mine, but in saying that I’ve got another chance this weekend to turn it around.”

Lamb had a chance to makeup for theerror when he took a penalty kick after full-time,which could have forcedgolden-point extra time, butshanked the shotwell wide of the posts.

“That’s the sort of kick you want,” Lamb said.

“Unfortunately I just kicked a bit of the ground there and didn’t get the right kick away. I’ll learn from that and everyone has them in their careers, so I’m glad to get it over and done with and hopefully I can move forward.”

Lamb has been a mainstay in the Newcastle starting side this season, making 15 appearances in the halves.

He was dropped for the Wests Tigers match in round 17 and sent back to the Intrust Super Premiership, but viewed the game as his reserve-grade “debut” and was reinstated for the Bulldogs clash.

Knights players have rallied around the West Maitland junior this week and coach Nathan Brown put his faith in the 20-year-old on Tuesday, naming an unchanged line-up except for the inclusion of Queensland centre Dane Gagai.

Brisbane will be without regular backliners Corey Oates and Darius Boyd, who will miss the game through injury.

In their absence,Jamayne Isaako will debut on one wing and six-game rookie Jonus Pearson will play on the opposite flank.

The inexperienced edges will likely be targeted by the Knights.

“I just need to try and get my long kicking game on-point and test them out in the air a fair bit,” Lamb said.

“They’re all pretty strong ball carriers and they’re really good on their feet, so they’re going to be hard to handle.”

Port Stephens Council approves six storey units on the corner of Donald and Church streets

PLANS APPROVED: Sydney developer Silvano Frassetto’s plans for 17 units, six storeys high, at 65-67 Donald Street, have been on public exhibition. Artwork: SuppliedA second apartment project has got the seal of approval for Nelson Bay in as many months.
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Port Stephens Council unanimously approved plans on Tuesday night for the 17 unit, six storey project at 65-67 Donald Street, Nelson Bay.

It followed the approval of the Ascent apartments in May for Church Street site, which at 32 metres high upset some.

“[Donald Street] is a much more attractive looking design than [Aspect] a block or two back,” Cr John Nell said.

“It shows we don’t need to go higher so the argument we need to go higher to get a better design and for developers to make money doesn’t stack up.”

Cr John Morello welcomed the development.

“We really need to get people living in the CBD and this is a great start,” he said.

“It’s pleasing that this has a good mixture of one and two bedroom units to suit buyers.”

Acting mayor Chris Doohan said the apartments were the start of exciting times ahead.

“We’ve been asked by residents and the [Tomaree] Business Chamber to revitalise the town centre and this is the perfect opportunity.”

The Donald Street project is the work of Nelson Bay Developments director Silvano Frassetto.

Mr Frassetto told the Examiner in January that he had bought 65-67 Donald Street in 2007, just months before the Global Financial Crisis.

“We’ve owned the property for a while but we feel the time is right,” he said.

“There’s a fair bit of optimism in Nelson Bay now.”

Mr Frassetto said his apartments would help cater to that demand particularly for sea changers.

“For Sydney retirees their property values have gone up so they have the equity in their home to relocate into an apartment like these and still have money left over,” he said.

Work to start ‘within weeks’ on Church Street

Apartment plans show confidence in CBD

Climate right for apartments

A hunger to help: Aussie Care discount food store prepares for Maitland CBD reopening

FIGHTING HUNGER: Marli Accommodation Services president Liz Berger (right) with volunteers Steve and Sharyn Bone and Linda Campbell. Photo: Marina Neil. Discount food store Aussie Care will soon be back on its feet, witha rebirth in the Maitland CBD slated forlater this month.
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It means Maitland residents experiencing a tough time will still be able to access food and support – something that appeared at risk when the organisation went into administration earlier this year at their Thornton site.

But the crew from Marli Accommodation Services swooped in, buying the business and setting it up in a new premises at 359 High Street.

Marli Accommodation Services presidentLiz Berger is confidentthe new CBD location will greatly increase accessibility for the people who need it most.

“We totally think it will be hugely successful in the Maitland CBD,”Ms Berger said.

“Not everyone has a car, but now people can come here via bus or train.

“It’ll make it a lot easier for them.”

Ms Berger said purchasing the company ensured it would continue to be able to help the many families and individualsin Maitland who relied on it.

“The main thing we wanted was to rescue it from disappearing,” she said.

“We know how many people really depend on it.”

While the food bank will soon be up and running again, the new owners have a much grander vision for their new site, which stretches across two floors on High Street.

Ms Berger said that upstairs is in the midst of being fitted out as an office area, where residents will be able to book out a desk and a computer for the day which they can then use to produce resumes and other documents.

That’s not all though,with plans underway for free exercise and yoga areas as well as space forparenting programs and a legal aid service, withmore services tobe added in time.

Ms Berger said it was about making the most of their new CBD location.

“It’s about giving people access to all these services they might not have at home, so they can do as much as possible here,” she said.

“We think it’ll be really successful.”

The shop is expected to officially open on July 28.

Magpies could help stop rainbow lorikeets eating grapes at Hunter vineyards

Bird Wars: magpies versus rainbow lorikeets at Hunter vineyards | POLL, PHOTOS TweetFacebookHerald wine writer John Lewis told Topics that “magpies may hold an answer”.
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John reported back in January that huge flocks of birds were taking their toll on the 2017 Hunter Valley wine harvest.

“At the Wandin Valley vineyard in Lovedale, rainbow lorikeets caused the loss of several tonnes of chardonnay grapes that were ready for picking,” the story said.

Wandin Valley winemaking consultant PJ Charteris also reported massive bird strikes on vineyards. He had never seen the nectar-loving rainbow lorikeets in such numbers before.

De Iuliis chief winemaker Michael De Iuliis said he had to pick chardonnay in a Lovedale Road vineyard at Keinbah early because it was being “hammered” by rainbow lorikeets.

Bruce Tyrrellsaid that crows, starlings and rainbow lorikeets had munched ongrapes at his vineyards.

Vignerons had used netting to protect vines, but perhaps they should try perches.

Rebecca Peisley, ofCharles Sturt University, said the perches installed in Victoria proved to be popular with magpies.

“Cameras attached to the platforms recorded almost 40,000 magpie visits to the 12 perches over four months,” she told the science website.

The magpies’ presence meant fewer grape-eating birds in the area.

Sections of the vineyard without perches suffered damage to 9 per cent ofgrapes, on average, compared to 4 per cent in sections with perches.

“I would definitely recommend the perches because with a very small investment, we saw a pretty good reduction in grape damage,” Peisley said.

A Yellow SubmarineWe couldn’t help but notice a letter to the editor from New Lambton’s Ian Roach.

What was the meaning of the Beatles song Yellow Submarine?

Ian was responding to a Herald article on Saturday that referenced the Beatles song, Yellow Submarine.

Ian said aneighbour, who came from Liverpool, once told him that yellow submarine was slang for an asylum for the insane.

Topics had a squiz at the Urban Dictionary, which said a yellow submarine was a nickname for a “marijuanajoint”.

Paul McCartney said of the song: “It’s a happy place, that’s all. You know, it was just… we were trying to write a children’s song. That was the basic idea. And there’s nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children’s song”.

On another occasion,McCartney said: “People say, ‘Yellow Submarine?What’s the significance?What’s behind it?’ Nothing!I knew it would get connotations, but it was just a children’s song.”

Steve Turner wrote in his book, A Hard Day’s Write that: “The rumour quickly spread that the yellow submarine was a veiled reference to drugs.In New York, Nembutal capsules started to be known as ‘yellow submarines’. Paul denied the allegations.”

Music journalist Peter Doggett probably got it rightwhen he said the song became a “kind ofRorschach testfor radical minds”.

Aussies OverseasWe heard a story the other day about a Newcastle bloke at the Glastonbury music festival in the UK.

The bloke was wearing some sort of Knights paraphernalia, which sparked an excited reaction from a security guard at the festival.

This reminded us about the time we lived in England. We’re not really into rugby league, but we found ourselves looking for the scores from back home to help ease a bit of homesickness.

Then one night at a club in Cornwall, we heard a fellow Aussie’s voice at the bar. It was the sweetest thing we’d heard in sometime.

We’d love to hearyour stories of Aussies overseas – [email protected]成都夜总会招聘.au.

Swear in front of me, but don’t call me ‘darl’: A lesson in respect

Assuming women need protection from swear words is not respect. Photo: StocksyI was watching a new show on the Crime & Investigation channel the other day (shh, don’t tell anyone). It was calledCourt Justice: Sydney –afly on the wall seriesabout the Downing Centre Magistrates courts.
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Jane Caro.

But it wasn’t the effect of the law on real people’s lives that caught my attention, fascinating though that was. It was an exchange between Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge (what a woman she is) and a defendant that literally stopped me in my tracks.

The defendant was in the witness box and his lawyer was asking him questions in the usual fashion. The defendant was charged with affray but he was pleading (quite reasonably) self-defence. The defendant was a professional boxer who had gone to the aid of a friend who was being viciously attacked. In the witness box, he was asked exactly what the attacker had said to him.

Defendant: (Looking at Magistrate Milledge) Can I say it?

Milledge: Yeah, please.

Defendant: You sure?

Milledge: Yeah, we won’t faint I promise you.

Defendant: “You f—ing c—“

Milledge: Heard that before.

Defendant: Sorry darl.

Milledge: (Quickly) But don’t call me darl. That’s where we fall out with each other.

And a little later…

Milledge: Don’t feel worried about using language, but don’t call me darl.

Defendant: I apologise, Your Honour.

Milledge: Now that’s a good one (she meant the honorific).

What I loved about this exchange is how clearly it illustrates the difference between respecting women and protecting them. A lot of people, particularly some men, claim to love women – and I have no doubt that they genuinely feel that they do.

However, it’s the way they demonstrate that love that can be a problem. The boxer had been taught not to use bad language in front of women, to protect them from it, in fact. I get that. But he unintentionally revealed the worm in the protective apple when he compounded the felony by calling Milledge “darl”.

The problem with the urge to protect is you only do it to people you see as less capable than you are. “Darl’ is a diminutive – literally, when used to address someone you do not know, diminishing. It’s the sort of language we use to children, especially little girls.

Yet I don’t doubt that the boxer saw it as his duty, as gallantry even, to protect women from the rough and tumble of real life. This attitude is a direct result of theMadonna/whore dichotomythat has bedevilled women for millennia.

Under that reductive view, a good and respectable woman is pure and unsullied, even delicate and fragile, so she must be protected from reality. Jackie Milledge as a magistrate was a “good” woman, therefore in need of protection.

The boxer clearly did not want to offend Milledge; on the contrary, he was tying himself in knots to be polite. And with good reason, she could send him to jail.

He simply did not know how to treat a woman in such a position of authority with respect.

This urge to protect and venerate is sometimes called benevolent sexism. And while it might be – on one level – kindly meant, it is belittling and controlling.

When the boxer, who was clearly a nice guy, called Milledge “darl”, he was patronising her. He would not have treated a male magistrate in the same way. He might have called a male magistrate “mate” (though I doubt it) but “mate” is equal to equal, peer to peer and doesn’t assume a false intimacy.

“Darl”, “love”, “sweetie”, “dear” (I get a lot of that now I’m older) all associate women with love – with the personal – not with public and professional authority.

These terms of endearment overstep a boundary between the professional and the personal. The boxer meant well. He may even have seen the exchange as respectful, but Milledge knew that it wasn’t and, to her credit, was quick to correct him.

She didn’t want or need his protection. She wanted and demanded his respect. She was not his darling. She was Your Honour.

(By the way, she also acquitted him.)

In a microcosm, I felt that this exchange beautifully summed up the essence of the feminist struggle. Which, simply put, is the desire of one half of the human race to be taken seriously by the other half.

Hugh Mackay in his seminal bookWhat Makes Us Tick? The Ten Desires That Drive Us(2010) says he lists the desires in no particular order except for the first one – which is the most important. It is the desire to be taken seriously.

Women don’t want to be your pet, your love or your darling. They don’t want to be trivialised, indulged or protected. They might accept it, if it’s the best they are going to get, but what they want is the same as what you want: to be taken seriously, to be respected, to be honoured as an equal and fully autonomous fellow adult.

It’s not a lot to ask. It’s not even hard to do. Just don’t call me darl.