Month: August 2019

Lonely Planet reveals 10 nerve-wracking rocks



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You’ve gone down the Grand Canyon, up the Eiffel Tower and clamoured the Colosseum. Now you’re ready for some off-the-ticket line action away from the madding crowds. In its new book, Secret Marvels of the World, Lonely Planet leads an adventure into the world’s lesser-known sights and attractions.

Here are the top 10 nerve-wracking rocks. TROLLTUNGA, NEAR TYSSEDAL, NORWAY

The tongue of rock jutting above the water at Ringedalsvatnet is one of Norway’s most spectacular photo ops. Hikers embark on a tough, 12-hour circuit from Skjeggedal to balance on the 700-metre-high rock.

Skjeggedal is five kilometres east of Tyssedal in southern Norway. BALANCING ROCK OF MAHABALIPURAM, NEAR CHENNAI, INDIA

It’s a 250-tonne rock, six metres tall and on a 45-degree slope, but attempts to roll Krishna’s Butterball downhill have failed, and tourists safely pose beneath.

The rock is just off Madha Kovil Street in Mahabalipuram, 55 kilometres south of Chennai. PEDRA DA GAVEA, TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK, BRAZIL

For a death-defying holiday photo, head to this 844-metre-high Rio lookout. From the right angle, you’ll appear to cling to a rock high above the beach; in reality, you’re two feet from solid ground.

It’s a tough, six-hour return hike through Tijuca National Park. Hire a guide: nattrip成都夜总会招聘.brKJERAGBOLTEN, NEAR OYGARDSTOL, NORWAY

The ultimate in daring poses is atop this boulder, gripped between two cliffs above a 984-metre drop. The block was deposited here by glacial movement and has become a vertigo-inducing spot for a photo.

The nine-kilometre hike to Kjeragbolten, some of the route assisted by chains, begins in Oygardstol. NATURE’S TIME POST, TIVERTON, CANADA

Inspiring countless attempts at perspective trickery photos, this basalt column appears to balance on its tip on the corner of a larger rock in the Bay of Fundy.

Find the column via a 2.5-kilometre hike and 235 stairs; the route begins off Hwy 217, Tiverton. PREIKESTOLEN, NEAR PREIKESTOLHYTTA, NORWAY

Rising sharply 604 metres above the Lysefjord, Pulpit Rock is the reward for an intense four-hour hike in Norway’s Ryfylke fiord region – snap a photo near the edge, but not that near the edge.

Take a bus from Stavanger ferry terminal to Preikestolhytta, the trailhead for Pulpit Rock. KARLU KARLU, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Also known as the Devil’s Marbles, granite globes are dotted around a parched valley. To Aboriginal people, these weathered boulders have sacred significance. One pair seemingly defy gravity.

The Devil’s Marbles reserve is on the Stuart Highway, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek. BALANCED ROCK, UTAH, US

Balanced Rock roosts on a slender 39-metre column, looking ready to fall at any moment. Its twin rock formation did indeed tumble during the 1970s, so don’t stand too close, just in case.

A 20-minute hiking trail to the rock begins off the main road of Arches National Park in Utah. CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA, US

Resembling a spinning top amid the creeks, volcanic formations and grottoes of this Arizona park, the Big Balanced Rock perches improbably at its narrow end.

Various trails from Echo Canyon Trailhead in Chiricahua National Monument reach the rock. KUMMAKIVI, RUOKOLAHTI, FINLAND

It’s impossible to resist posing, arms raised, beneath this boulder. Performing a balancing act on a low mound, the seven-metre-wide rock was deposited by glacial movement, though folktales blame trolls.

The forest concealing the rock is a 10-kilometre drive north from route 62 in southeastern Finland.

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Make the most of your weekend with a little help from the Herald



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SATURDAYLake Mac Big Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Warners Bay Foreshore.Jetski racing; aerobatic displays; markets;Food of the World Fete; community displays from the Scouts, Guides and RFS, a sausage sizzle and children鈥檚 activities. Free water sports at Marmong Point Sailing Club, 10am to 3pm Saturday. Woodwork exhibitions at Marmong Point Hall. Superboat Championships:the best viewing spots will be Warners Bay foreshore to Eleebana and Marmong Point foreshore reserve.Download the free official event Appfeaturing latest program schedules, location maps, visitor information and local business offers.
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Bands In The Park10am to noon, Speers Point Park rotunda. Newcastle PCYC Brass Band will be performing classics and popular favourites. Free event.

Night Noodle Market 4pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.Take yourtastebudson a journey through the Orient and beyond. Also,entertainment, live music, dance and light displays. Part of Newcastle China Week.

Newcastle Fashion Weekend10am, Newcastle Jockey Club.A platform for designers to showcase their designs, thisevent will feature local designers, reputable designer brands, beauty bars, industry workshops, fashion panels, live entertainment, a VIP Bar and more. Shop fashion brands, browse through home and lifestyle designs and enjoy pampering sessions. Tickets from $19.39 to $32.65.

Trivia Night 6pm, Cathedral Hall, Church Street, Newcastle. $15 per person. Phone4926 4663.

Convention vs Invention: Breaking boundaries in contemporary art 2pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Hear from speakersCameron Stead, Angela Philp and Jessi England. Entry is free.

Opera in the Vineyards4pm to 9.30pm,Chateau Elan Hunter Valley, 1 Vintage Drive, Rothbury.Cheryl Barker, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jane Rutter and Guy Noble.

March and Commemorative Service 10.30am, Maitland Park. In commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Tiger Moth flyover at 11am.

Geological Survey Open Day: Geoscience In Government10am to 1pm, 516 High Street, Maitland. A display of rocks, minerals and fossils, computer displays, hands-on activities, free maps and brochures, fossil lucky dip. Free entry.

Friday The 13th at Maitland Gaol 9pm to 8am. Test your nerve with a tour and sleepover package.

Rose Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.An explosion of colour and fragrance. Until November 12.

Street Feast Beachside 4pm to 8pm, Empire Park, Bar Beach.

Frank鈥檚 Fantastic Fairy Tale Theatre Noon to 1pm, Watt Space Gallery. Three fairy tale plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel and the 3-2-1 Little Pigs. Audience participation encouraged: cheer, boo and yell as much as you like.Gold coin donation appreciated.

Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, Blacksmiths. Food trucks, market stalls and live entertainment.

Heaven, Harp and Humanity 7.30pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Contemporary chamber music.

SUNDAYCultural Festival 10am to 3pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Hosted by guest MC Trystan Go, this fun family day out featurescooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, karaoke, costume dress-ups, pop-up markets, live entertainment and food. Lots of it. Keep an eye out for Jin Wu Koon鈥檚 freestyle lion dance on poles.Part of Newcastle China Week.

Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory. 5pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Dog Lovers Market Day 10am, Islington Park, Tighes Hill. A child and dog-friendly event. Market stalls, jumping castle, face painting, dog parade, demonstrations, competitions, BBQ, coffee and K9 van.

Gone Fishing Day 9am to 3pm, Nelson Bay Foreshore. A family day out with free activities including how-to-fish workshops, casting competitions, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, how-to-cook classes, touch tanks and activity marquees.

Crowne 2 Crowne Cycle Classic58km charity bike ride from Crowne Plaza Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Raising funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SAVE THE DATEThe Real Film Festival returns to Newcastle on October 27 to 29, with a focus on real people and real stories. The art of storytelling through film is celebrated over three exciting days, providing emerging filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work to audiences.

MARKETSHunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street, Hamilton.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,7am to 1pm,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Toronto Lions Club Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 12.30pm, Anzac Parade, Toronto.

ARTSCessnock Regional Art Gallery Elemental, byLisa McArthur-Edwards, Emilia Krumm, Therese Gabriel Wilkins, Lindsay CameronandKate Landsberry. Until October 22.

The Lock-Up The Shape of Memory, by Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mohini Chandra, Elise Harmsen, Dean Cross, Zainab Hikmet, Annelies Jahn, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano. Ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Islands & Fires, by Susan Weaver. Precious Metal, by Steve Glassbarow. End Monday.

Finite GalleryStadt zum Strand: Berlin to the Beach, by Stefanie Schmock. Until October 29.

Timeless TextilesFlora and Fauna from Mississippi to , byKerr Grabowski. Until November 5.

Studio 21 North South East & West, by Edward Milan. Until October 27.

The Creator Incubator Light, by Patrick Mavety. Until October 29.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryPasschendaele 鈥?nbsp;A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle. Until January 28. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. Lionel鈥檚 Place. Until April 8. Fiona Foley; Wild, Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. Until December 3.Otherworldly: A Sensory Experience of Art, by Bliss Cavanagh. Until November 19.

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. EndSunday.Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; Between Dream and Earth, by Mazie Karen Turner. Until November 5.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley; Book Club Exhibition. End Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Alfresco. Ends Sunday.

CStudios Art GalleryNu Feminin, byChristopher Steele. Until October 28.

Newcastle Art SpaceCloser To Family: After 18 Years, by Linda Swinfield.

Gallery 139 Dino Consalvo exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Art Systems Wickham First Light, by John Barnes. Ends Sunday.

Watt Space GalleryHelen Hopcroft;They Might Be Giants;My na, by Ileigh Hellier;Inked In, by Vanessa Lewis. End Sunday.

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe;The Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art HouseLocal artists.

Acrux Art Gallery Imaginarium. Until October 28.

THEATREAnother WayEngaging look at the labels people use to define sexuality, gender and mentalhealth; developed by director Lizzie Doyle and the cast from their experiences. RoyalExchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Getting to Know Cinderella Production for young performers of the Rodgers andHammerstein musical version of the classic fairy tale. Young People鈥檚 Theatre, at itsHamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm, until October 28.

HomeThe Tantrum Youth Arts Trajectory Ensemble looks at what it means to feel at home or to lose that feeling.Civic Playhouse,Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.

Fair RetailSatirical look at supermarket employees coping with nasty managers andobnoxious customers; based by Newcastle University Drama Society members on their ownexperiences. The Factory Theatre, at St. Pius X High School, Adamstown. Saturday andSunday, at 8pm.

Love鈥檚 Labour鈥檚 LostA young king, who has sworn an oath to avoid women while hestudies, tries to get around it when an attractive foreign princess arrives making legaldemands in Shakespeare鈥檚 comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at its Lambton theatre. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until October 21, plus 2pmSaturday, October 14.

The Edith Piaf Storyn artiste Nikki Nouveau tells,in story and song, the life oflegendary Parisian performer Edith Piaf. Lizotte鈥檚, Lambton onSunday. Lunch and show from noon.

The Vicar of DibleyA woman who is one of the first female ministers appointed in Englandby the Anglican Church in 1992 has to fight prejudice because of her sex; comedybased on the popular television series. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturdayat 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, at 2pm, until October 21.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Lionette. Sunday, Jerome.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Purple Hearts.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Throwbacks.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Aaron Hood.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Nick Connors.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Misbehave.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Michael Muchow.Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, X&Y Duo. Sunday, Chris Saxby.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Xyz.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Bradford Saturday, Duplexity.

Burwood InnSaturday,DJ Surian.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Craze ft.Seek N Destroy,Amy-Jane Brand. Sunday,Paper Thin,Self Talk, Safe Hands.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, DV8.

Catho PubSaturday, Shawn Lidster.Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Caves Beachside HotelSaturday,Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Ryan Daley.

Central HotelStroudSaturday,Kenny Jewell.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Civic TheatreSaturday, Status Quo (UK), Travis Collins.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.

Club LemonTree Saturday, Kristy James.

鈥婥riterion Hotel CarringtonSunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Dos Eager.

Customs House Saturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Arley Black, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

D鈥橝lbora MarinaSunday, Kim.

Denman HotelSunday, Brendan Watson.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, The DuoTones.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Paul Watters. Sunday, Snowy Robson, Wayne Rogers, About Face.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Zane Penn.

East’s Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Roxy.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Marriah.Sunday, Kelly Griffith.

Exchange HotelSaturday, D.Love.

FinnegansSaturday, Kidd Kaos & Lannon.

FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Tim Harding.

Gateshead TavernSunday,Twangsters.

George TavernSaturday, The De Lisle Project.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Kate Oliver, Gleny Rae Virus, Rob Luckey & The Lucky Bastards.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Catfish Soup.

Harrigan鈥檚 PokolbinSaturday, John Larder, Gen-X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, The Big Bang.Sunday, Mick Jones, CrocQ.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Evergreen.

Jewells TavernSaturday, The Blues Rattlers, Steve Edmonds Band, Jungle Kings.

The Junction HotelSaturday, Marissa.

Kent HotelSaturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Voodoo Express.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Andrew G.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday,Viagro.

Lass O鈥橤owrie Saturday, Mar Haze, Wolves In Fashion, D鈥檡er Ma鈥檏er, Slim Customers, The Marquis, Zen Haircuts, Wilson & The Castaways, Underachiever, Ill Sylvester.

Lizotte鈥檚 Saturday, Casey Donovan,Sienna Lace, Paris Grace. Sunday, The Edith Piaf Story.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Scully.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Howie & Alex. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark HotelSaturday, Dr Zoom. Sunday, Anthology.

Mary EllenSaturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland TavernSaturday, The Remedy.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Loko.

Metropolitan Hotel Hotel Saturday, One World.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Triple Zero. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Murray鈥檚 BrewerySunday, Jim Overend.

Nag鈥檚 Head HotelSaturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath HotelSaturday, Witchery.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubSaturday, One Night Only – The Bee Gees Show.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday,The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Mark Wells.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday,Dean Kyrwood.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Logan.

Premier HotelSaturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Milestones.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Matt Semmens, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Hitpit.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Murray Byfield.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kellie Cain.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday,Fool On A Stool.Sunday,Jye Sharp.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Jon Matthews.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Steel City.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Josh Needs.

Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Karen & Milton.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Wayne & The Wanderers.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Earthbound.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, James Osborn.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto HotelSunday, Boney Rivers.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Town Hall HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Bob Allan.Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Bernie.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, All Access 80s.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, The Smarts.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Melody Feder.

Weston WorkersSaturday, Mark Lee.

Wests CardiffSaturday,Blue Suede Boppers,The Sydney Swing Cats. Sunday,Jake Rattle & Roll.

Wests New LambtonSaturday,Big Night Out.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Grant Walmsley Freebird Unplugged,Fishfry + Pow Wow.Sunday,Kellie Cain,Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Bobby C.

MOVIESA Monster Calls(PG)A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. (Regal)

Battle Of The Sexes(PG)The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world No.1Billie Jean Kingand ex-champ Bobby Riggs.

Blade Runner 2049(MA)Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runnerunearths asecret that could plunge society into chaos.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie(G)Twopranksters hypnotise their principal into thinking he’s adimwitted superhero.

Flatliners(M)Medical students experiment with 鈥渘ear death鈥?experiences that involve past tragedies until the consequences jeopardise their lives.

Gifted(PG)Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. (Lake Cinema)

Hampstead(PG)An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath. (Regal)

Happy Death Day(M)Tree must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.

It(MA) Something is terrorising Maine children in this supernatural horror.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle(MA)When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together to save the world.

Madame(M)Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. (Lake Cinema)

National Theatre: Yerma(CTC) Ayoung woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone鈥檚 radical production of Lorca鈥檚 achingly powerful masterpiece. (Tower)

Rip Tide(G) When a damaging video of a modelgoes viral she departs for to spend time with her aunt.

Shopkins: World Vacation(G)When the Shoppies go on a vacation to London to meet Royal Crown Jules, Kooky Cookie gets caught up in a diamond heist and goes missing.

The Big Sick(M)Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. (Regal)

The Emoji Movie(G)A multi-expressional emojisets outto become a normal emoji.

The Lego Ninjago Movie(PG) Six ninjasare tasked with defending their island home, Ninjago.

The Mountain Between Us(M)Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain.

The Time of Their Lives(M)A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a friend to traveltoFrance for her ex-lover鈥檚 funeral. (Regal)

The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes(G)For the first time ever The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes is on the big screen.

Victoria and Abdul(PG) Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Hunter’s best young chefs compete for scholarship glory



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TALENT: Some of the action from last year’s cook-off. Picture: Dominique Cherry.Ten of theHunter’s best apprentice chefs are busily preparing for the biggest cook-off of their lives.
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On Tuesdaythey will be competingat Hamilton TAFE for the chance to win the annual$10,000 Brett Graham Scholarship. They need to cook a three-course meal for 60 industry members and,given the calibre of last year’s finalists, expectations are high.

Last year’s Brett Graham Scholarship winner Nele Sadler, of Subo.

The Brett Graham Scholarship was established in 2003 as a partnership between Hunter Culinary Association and TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute and is named after Brett Graham of The Ledbury in London. He is one of Hunter TAFE’s most successful alumni.

The winner not only gets the cheque, but is also givena once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to London and work alongside Graham at The Ledbury, which is ranked 27th on the World’s Best Restaurants list.

The recipient canuse the rest of their winnings to experience the best restaurants Europe has to offer before returning home to commence a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute.

Mark MacManus (head teacher Commercial Cookery – Hunter TAFE), 2016 Brett Graham Scholarship recipient Nele Sadler (Subo) and Ben Neil (Hunter Culinary Association chairman).

Ben Neil, Hunter Culinary Association Chairman, is thrilled the Brett Graham Scholarship, in partnership with TAFE NSW, has continued to go from strength to strength.

“Originally, the scholarship funds would cover the cost of the winner’s flights,” he says. “Now, thanks to events such as the annual Food Fight,we have been able to provide the winner with a life-changing experience.

“Each year the scholarship attracts the region’s best apprentices and young chefs and sees them gain international experience, with most returning home to our region.Our core focus is to foster upcoming talent in the industry for years to come.”

At Tuesday’s preliminary cook-off entrants will be narrowed down to three finalists. Then, on October 24, each of the finalists will design, prepare and cook a three-course menu based on two cuts of pork while managing a kitchen “support team” of apprentices. This year’s judges are former scholarship recipient Garreth Robbs, of Bistro Molines; Stephanie Airlie-Noé from House of Airlie Public Relations; and Tracey Amos from TAFE NSW.

Tomic facing Chinan Open wildcard



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Bernard Tomic may have to seek a wildcard into the 2018 n Open unless his ranking dramatically improves before the end of the year.
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Tomic, 24, has endured a miserable 2017, with the one-time former world No.17 having his ranking blow out to 144. It’s understood he will need a ranking of about 105 to secure a wildcard.

His woes continued in a second-round loss in Tokyo last week, meaning it could be up to the discretion of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis performance director Wally Masur whether he is invited into the main draw of next year’s opening grand slam.

n Open director Craig Tiley said on Tuesday Tomic was fighting for his spot in the draw. Asked if Tomic would need a wildcard, Tiley replied: “That’s a good question. We have a long way to go … there is still quite a bit of tennis to play before the end of the year. That’s a bridge we will cross when we come to it. But, obviously, a lot has to happen in the next couple of months.”

Tomic continues to wrestle with the need to put in the punishing hours of training required to remain at the top level, while also knowing he is already set up for life financially. He boasted after his first-round defeat at Wimbledon this year that he could buy houses and cars most people could only dream of.

Hewitt worked with Tomic in 2016 but has expressed his frustration at Tomic’s efforts this year. Tomic, who reached the third round of the n Open, opted to bypass Davis Cup representation.

Fellow n Nick Kyrgios has also endured a tumultuous year but at least reached the final of the China Open at the weekend, before suffering an explosive straight-sets loss to Rafael Nadal. Despite the defeat, Kyrgios is set to jump to No.15 in the rankings and remain in touch of his first appearance at the World Tour Finals in London next month.

Tiley said Kyrgios was “part of that young group that is closing the gap with the greats” and was playing his best tennis of the year.

“I was with him in the Davis Cup in Brussels and the Laver Cup [Prague] and he was brilliant. He was phenomenal. The type of tennis, the shots – I have been around tennis for a while – and I have never seen shots like Nick did,” he said.

“Obviously, he has to be consistent with that. We know that he loves playing in front of the n crowds. It’s always going to be [the way with] Nick – I think we can expect the unexpected and I think that is what is exciting about his tennis. But, certainly, the last month, how he has played, has been his best tennis.”

A strong showing from Kyrgios at next year’s Open would help TA as it continues discussions over a new broadcast rights deal expected to be worth more than $200 million.

Hydrogen touted as fuel of the future



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Hydrogen will transform the transport industry and could eventually replace natural gas, Arup’s environment and resources leader Mike Straughton says.
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Speaking at the n Financial Review’s National Energy Summit, Mr Straughton outlined the increasing importance of hydrogen as a future energy source, saying it had “moved beyond the Hindenburg”.

Mr Straughton said hydrogen would play an increasing role in powering the nation, and could eventually replace natural gas.

“Fundamentally, where natural gas is used in turbines, hydrogen could be substituted as a key fuel,” he said.

Major energy companies are also exploring the space. Shell and Total SA have invested in the Hydrogen Council, with the industry forecasting total investment of $US10.7 billion ($13.7 billion) over the next five years.

It is also expected to support the transformation of the transport industry, with growth in fuel cell electric vehicles predicted to be within the millions globally by 2030.

Mr Straughton said that “hydrogen fuel cells make more sense than batteries for long distance transport”.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles also have zero emissions, only expelling water vapour.

Trials are already underway using hydrogen-powered vehicles in Victoria. Moreland Council and the Victorian state government launched a world first project last month to run the council’s entire fleet on hydrogen fuel. South is also aiming to integrate hydrogen powered buses into its Adelaide public transport network.

The CSIRO flagged hydrogen as a new pillar for the oil and gas industry in its most recent sector roadmap.

“The renewed interest in hydrogen in many parts of the world represents an appealing way to diversify and to help contribute to lowering the carbon intensity of the energy sector,” the CSIRO said.

“Its appeal for end-users is that with a few changes to equipment, clean burning hydrogen can be directly used in combustion applications as well as used directly in fuel cells for power and transport.”

The CSIRO also forecast the growth of large scale solar and wind-powered electrolysis of water to hydrogen, aiding the decentralisation of fuel production, as hydrogen fuel could be created on site rather than transported.