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Classic Nicholas Sparks style in The Best of Me | REVIEW The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.
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The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

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Rated: M

Two out of five

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IF NICHOLAS Sparks was a breakfast condiment there’s no doubt he would be honey; and he would be laid on thick.

In the realm of schmaltzy, syrupy chick-flicks, no one stands greater than Sparks, who has made a franchise out of reducing women to swooning tears thanks to Dear John, The Last Song and what was that other one? Ah, everyone’s favourite – The Notebook.

Sparks’ latest foray into the world of ‘leave ‘em howling’ romance movies is The Best Of Me.

The Best Of Me trailerAnd you’ll never guess, but it’s a timeless love story featuring quintessential Sparks-isms including a lake, a beautiful old building, a kissing-in-the-rain scene andof course, a devastatingly handsome male lead in James Marsden who plays Dawson.

Michelle Monaghan takes on the role of Amandaand together the pair create plenty of genre-defining moments sure to leave audiences faint.

In classic Sparks style, the tale begins in the past with teenaged lovers navigating the early 1990s like they’d never heard of Nirvana or Pearl Jam.

Fast-forward through the usual trials and tribulations star-crossed lovers are expected to overcome in this brand of romance film – boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a troubled home life meets with rich girl’s family’s disapproval coupled with unexpected and devastating trauma – and we’re back in the present.

For Dawson and Amanda the present sees them brought back together after being torn apart 20 years earlier.

Will they fall back in love with each other?

Did they ever really fall out of love?

Will they get covered in leeches in that murky and muddy lake?

Of course not; this is text-book romance.

The only thing missing is a shirtless Ryan Gosling and a dessert wine.

And originality.

But, if you loved The Notebook, and you’re big on formulaic film scripts, The Best Of Me is for you.

When I say it’s heart-warming –at least –you’ll know exactly what I mean by the end.

Take tissues.

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Two Mallee farming families are among the public faces of a campaign to bring more skilled professionals to north west Victoria.
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Success: Kiambra Stock Feeds co-owner Jeff Dalton produces premium grade bagged lucerne chaff that is highly prized by racing stables and pony clubbers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Swan Hill-based business Dodgshun Medlin has launched a new-look website, a new suite of integrated services and announced a drive to recruit 50 new team members at its offices across regional Australia.

Among the clients featured in the campaign are father and son grain growers Garry and Anthony Bibby, of Berriwillock, and Jeff and Gae Dalton, who produce premium grade bagged lucerne chaff at Pental Island, east of Swan Hill.

Dodgshun Medlin Managing Partner Ian Dodgshun said the company was expanding to meet rapid growth in demand for its financial, business development, wealth improvement and agronomic services across the Victorian and SA Mallee – and much further afield.

He said it was time to convince many more highly skilled professionals to make their next career move with Dodgshun Medlin.

“We have a commitment to regional Australia,” he said.

“Relationships are everything, and that’s part of the uniqueness of living in the country.

“We don’t ever view people as just ‘a client’.

“They’re people we enjoy working with and want to see succeed.

“We believe in country people and support local communities and we want to build up a workforce of both newly qualified and experienced professionals who will help us continue to deliver services of the highest standard.

“We need everyone from senior tax advisors and agronomists to support staff who make our team and clients feel valued.

“We also want these people to become part of the community and contribute.

“To do this we must accept the challenge of being bolder and more willing to openly share our story and some of the great success stories we have helped our clients achieve.”

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Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global co-ordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association.More than 300 Aboriginal and indigenous peoples from five continents will gather in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area next week for an event about conserving nature and culture.
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The three-day Gathering in The Gully will be held in The Gully in Katoomba between November 10-11 in the lead up to the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney.

The Gully is a declared Aboriginal Place that is co-managed by The Gully Traditional Owners and Blue Mountains council.

Organised by the International ICCA Consortium (Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories), the event will bring together people from 43 countries including Canada, the Philippines, Iran, Senegal, Bolivia, Taiwan, Madagascar and Australia.

Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global coordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association – one of the co-sponsors – said: “Indigenous peoples and local communities play an invaluable role in conserving nature and culture. This Gathering is about bringing them together from five continents to connect, share experiences and learn from one another.”

The consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to Indigenous peoples globally. The event is supported by the traditional owners. The community is invited to to attend the traditional dance and corroboree at The Gully on Monday November 11 from 7 to 9pm.

“We look forward to sharing this truly global cultural experience with the Blue Mountains community,” said Dr Borrini-Feyerabend.

Details: National Parks and Wildlife Service 4784 7300.

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OPINION:Telstra has plenty to answer for at Tooraweenah
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The town of Tooraweenah has effectively been operating on a credit system for the past week after losing access to phone lines and EFTPOS facilities.

Last Monday phone lines dropped and have intermittently worked since, with residents noticing they were more likely to return when the temperature cooled down.

The town, which is 100 kilometres north of Dubbo and has an approximate population of 100, has no bank and relies upon the EFTPOS facilities at the handful of businesses to access money.

Store owners were forced to operate using cash only after EFTPOS systems went offline and also had to make do without phones or internet.

Mobile phone coverage is extremely limited in the area, especially with Telstra.

“Nobody is happy. This is the talk of the town at the moment. There is only about 100 residents in the town but then you have all the farmers across the district and contractors who are harvesting,” Tooraweenah resident Ross Pollock said.

“Mobile reception around the town is patchy.

“If you stand in some places you will get some service but move away and you lose it.

“Everyone in town is running tabs. The service station and the pub are without EFTPOS and now most people have used up their cash.

“The businesses in town are now showing goodwill and now have to hope that everyone settles up.”

Proprietor of Tooraweenah Trading Co Lester Thurston said the worst part of no phones had been the uncertainty about whether or not they had been working.

“There’s a loss of trade for businesses. I had people who were trying to call me and all they were getting was a busy signal.

“Telstra say they can divert calls but we don’t get mobile reception here. I went away for the weekend and there is a viewing platform on the side of the road as you leave town, I had one bar of service on Friday when I left, and I had four bars when I came back. It varies that much.

“I am concerned that if there is a medical emergency in town, it could be a serious problem.”

Tooraweenah Caravan Park owner Sarah Hill said she had begun reporting the issue to Telstra last Monday and received a number of conflicting responses from Telstra representatives.

“We had a storm here on Friday night and it brought a power line down in the caravan park. The power was out so the mobile phone antenna wasn’t working and we had no landline, so I had to drive around town until I found someone with an Optus phone to report the issue,” Ms Hill said.

“That’s a pretty serious issue.”

A spokesperson for Telstra said they were aware of an issue between 2.30pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday and the problem had been rectified now.

“A hardware issue caused a loss of fixed line services for our customers in and around Tooraweenah,” the spokesperson said.

“Our technicians replaced the faulty hardware and services are now restored.

“Telstra apologises for any inconvenience to its customers.”

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