End of an era as Blues take Origin series in close game

The New South Wales Origin side has ended an eight-year losing streak in a thrilling match which looked poised to go either way right up to the final minutes. The Blues failed to score a single point until the 70th minute when half-back Trent Hodkinson ran over the line after fooling the Maroons with a dummy. He then converted his own try to put NSW in front 6-4 in rugby league’s top contest. At half-time the score was 4-nil in favour of Queensland, the defending series... Read More

Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Comic book nerds gather round – for it is once again time to venture into the realms of society to witness Earth’s greatest heroes save the planet from sure destruction – all for a reasonable $16.99. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the latest addition to director Bryan Singer’s seven-film saga, but despite the very real threat of franchise fatigue (Home Alone I’m looking at you) and a bit of an overload of new characters, the film actually proves to... Read More

Baird channels Keating to describe budget as ‘a beautiful set of numbers’

NSW Premier Mike Baird evoked former prime minister Paul Keating when he told parliament the state budget was a “beautiful set of numbers” during question time yesterday. Despite the risk of Keating’s 1990 comments jinxing the budget (with recession setting in soon after the words Keating uttered as federal treasurer), Mr Baird was triumphant in his praise of his government’s budget. “In the words of one of the great character referees, I believe... Read More

NSW budgets on early surplus

A surplus one year ahead of schedule was announced by New South Wales Treasurer Andrew Constance yesterday when bringing down the state’s budget. The surplus is based on the federal government’s commitment to give NSW an early payment of $700 million for the Pacific Highway upgrades. Premier Mike Baird said in question time the government would see a $3 billion turnaround this financial year, resulting in average surpluses of $1.5 billion over the following three years. The... Read More

Stunning display of best photojournalism

A striking image of African migrants raising their phones to catch an elusive signal took out first prize in this year’s World Press Photo contest. The image, “Signal”, is on display at the New South Wales State Library in Sydney as part of a touring exhibition of the best photos. The year-long exhibition, which travels to more than 100 cities worldwide, provides a stunning display of some of the more memorable and moving, as well as quirky and often forgotten... Read More

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