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Delirium Cafe, Brussels: no small beer

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A world of choice awaits at Brussels’ Delirium Cafe, writes David Whitley.
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The barman returns to the table looking rather disappointed. “We’ve not got any of the Angolan mango beer left,” he says, as if the news he has to break dishonours his entire family. “We’re waiting for our importer to deliver another batch.”

It’s OK though. It’s not as if we’re lacking an alternative. The beer menu at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels is a genuine epic, better measured in kilograms than number of beers listed. Even the bar’s owner, Joel Pecheur, admits that he doesn’t quite know how many beers are listed on the 240-page monster.

He estimates that the Delirium sells approximately 2000 beers from Belgium alone, and around 500 from overseas. Not all are in stock at any one time, but most are.

Indeed, the Delirium is recognised by Guinness World Records as having the largest selection of beers in the world – a total 2004 when they measured it. Of course, the mature thing to do in such circumstances would be to seek out the finest tipples and savour them. The immature thing would be to attempt to drink one beer from as many of the 78 countries represented as possible.

That’ll be one Breznak Pils from the Czech Republic and one Cubanero Fuerte from Cuba, please Mr Barman.

Some of the collection is instantly recognisable. You can have a Guinness from Ireland, a Singha from Thailand or an Asahi from Japan. You can also indulge in a truly pointless exercise by ordering a VB.

But it’s all the more exciting when you start plunging into the more obscure tipples. It’s unlikely that many visitors to Delirium have encountered Foraya Portari from the Faroe Islands, Akosombo from Ghana or Hinano from Tahiti before.

Of course, this is all a big gimmick. But it’s an excellent one that has proved exceedingly popular. The original bar opened in 2003, but the extended realm now takes over an entire alley.

There are now seven bars under the Delirium banner, each specialising in something different.

There’s a pirate-themed rum bar, a faux-Aztec tequileria, a vodka-toting “monastery” and an absinthe specialist. Each has hundreds of its chosen poison.

But beer is still the calling card, and the logistics of getting more than 2000 varieties in the same place are eye-popping. We sit down with Joel Pecheur, who is parked at a table in the alleyway, somewhat ironically sipping on a Coke.

He explains that getting the inventory in is a phenomenally difficult task – they’re reliant on several importers to bring in the obscure finds from around the world, and getting the numbers right is tricky.

Order big numbers and you’ve got to find somewhere to store them.

“We’ve got a warehouse on the outskirts of Brussels,” says Pecheur. “But we grew 40 per cent in the last year and need a new one.”

Sell-by and use-by dates are also an issue, but a small stock of one beer can end up wiped out in a session by a group developing a taste for it. Sourcing is also a big task – Delirium has 10 full-time employees devoted to finding beers, many of which come from tiny breweries.

“A new phenomenon is vintage beers – like wine, it’s the beer from a certain brewery in a certain year,” says Pecheur. “It’s very difficult to keep them the right way, but when the brewery stops producing them we try to keep some for the connoisseurs.

“There are also beers from breweries that have since disappeared. More than 50 per cent of the beers on our original list are no longer made.”

We’re given a behind-the-scenes tour. There are shelves and shelves of bottles, all divided by country and put in alphabetical order. The Belgian beers are slotted into categories and there’s a vast collection of specialist glasses.

Most breweries demand that their beers are served in a specific glass, and hundreds of these get “appropriated” as souvenirs each weekend.

The fields of crates and kegs show an almost industrial-scale operation.

Once the round-the-world challenge begins in earnest, we’re met with a few interesting novelties. The Taybeh from Palestine has an extremely distinctive spicy taste, while the Bolivar is a truly multinational effort. It’s made with rice from Thailand, quinoa from Bolivia and cane sugar from Costa Rica, but tastes heartily Belgian.

A few rounds in, the flagship Delirium Cafe gets sweatily, noisily busy, and we elect to head upstairs to Delirium’s latest baby.

The Hoppy Loft focuses on microbrewed keg beers from around the world. You could happily swat a pterodactyl with the catalogue-style menu.

Befuddled both by prior intake and choice, we end up telling the barman to just give us one from each country. The Scots, Americans, Dutch and Danes get their chance to impress, and the table fills with some dark, stormy-looking beverages.

My friend takes one look at the bottle of Rasputin from the Netherlands: “Uh-oh,” he says. “We’re on the 10-per-centers. This is not going to be pretty.”

It isn’t – and the likes of Mutzig from Cameroon and Chinggis from Mongolia are left untouched in favour of a spectacularly ill-advised jaunt through the absinthes, rums and vodkas in the other bars. As the evening goes on though, one thing becomes oddly clear. Delirium should be a paradise for knowledgeable connoisseurs, tasting their way through some of the finest Belgian Lambic and abbey beers.

But the crowd is all wrong. The later it gets, the more the alley looks like a youth club.

The local kids and the party-focused tour bus crowds are in for the famous booze theme park, and the place with the best selection of drink on the planet is filled with the people who are least likely to care what they’re drinking.

Alas, those Togolese tipples and Bolivian brews will have to remain in the backstage beer labyrinth for a little longer.

The writer was a guest of the Belgian Tourist Office.

TRIP NOTES

GETTING THERE

Thai Airways is offering flights to Brussels from Sydney via Bangkok from $1708. Phone 1300 651 960; see thaiairways苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

DRINKING THERE

The Delirium empire can be found in Impasse de la Fidelite, an alley off Rue des Bouchers in central Brussels. See deliriumcafe.be.

STAYING THERE

The Crowne Plaza at 3 Rue Gineste has historic charm and four-star rooms from €190.80 ($272) a night. See crowneplazabrussels.be.

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok: write minded

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Colonial influences: the Mandarin Oriental Hotel spa. Mandarin Oriental Hotel executive suite.
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Dining on the terrace.

The spirits of literary greats permeate these halls, writes Catherine Marshall.

There’s an elephant in the room – and it’s made entirely of chocolate. It carries on its back a saddle wrought from confection, and inside the saddle is a load of exquisitely crafted chocolates. Propped against a miniature easel beside the elephant’s flank is an edible painting of Bangkok’s legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

I bite into the painting; it is deliciously sweet, but leaves a vaguely subversive taste in my mouth, too, for I’m standing inside the very building that I have just – metaphorically – eaten. From my suite high up in the hotel’s River Wing extension I can see the Chao Phraya River snaking languorously past the hotel terrace and meandering back towards Bangkok’s northern outskirts; the sun is beginning to sink and its rays briefly glaze the coffee-brown waters of this city thoroughfare.

The riverboats churning through it can’t have changed much since 1887, when expatriates and local aristocrats gathered here to celebrate the opening of this establishment, built in place of the original Oriental Hotel.

Grand and neoclassical, it was seen as an appropriate addition to the city of Bangkok, which by then was the fast-growing capital of Siam, as Thailand was then known, the only country in south-east Asia spared colonial rule.

But colonial influences abounded then and still do today, in the golden teak bells that hang from the vaulted ceiling in the lobby, in the white wicker chairs and lazily whirring ceiling fans in the Authors’ Lounge, in the stationery that has been embossed with my name and placed on a writing bureau overlooking the river, and, of course, in the chocolate elephant that stands on the dresser and carries in its regal bearing the memory of a time long since past.

Sitting at my bureau with its leather and teak accents, its pens and gold-stamped paper, and all of Bangkok lying sprawled outside my window as inspiration, I can easily conjure that intellectual, jasmine-scented past. The new hotel attracted visiting writers from the West who would drink gin and tonics on the terrace and imagine into being the characters who would populate their novels.

John Le Carre completed The Honourable Schoolboy here, W. Somerset Maugham recovered from malaria in one of the cool, soothing suites, and Ernest Hemingway ever-faithfully propped up the bar.

For my own part, I took afternoon tea in the Authors’ Lounge, sitting amid the ghosts of all those legendary writers as I drank my specially formulated oriental brew and nibbled tiny quiches and croissants. I could picture Joseph Conrad sitting in the corner just over there, and Dame Barbara Cartland holding court across the room, a pot of creme brulee held between her jewelled fingers. The lounge had felt like the repository of an intriguing literary history, for it takes up much of the first floor of the original wing at whose opening all those expatriates and aristocrats could be seen rubbing shoulders back in 1887; today, the upper level has been commandeered by four heritage suites named for Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener.

Their books are squeezed among countless others on shelves in the library, which is tucked just off the lounge and doubles as a reading room for guests who wish to linger.

The hotel’s later additions, separated from the original building by richly scented tropical gardens, are also appointed with suites bearing the names of literary patrons: Gore Vidal, Jim Thompson, Wilbur Smith.

But this theme is not just a marketing gimmick, for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel pinned its literary colours to the mast in 1979 when it co-founded the South East Asian Writers’ Awards (also known as the SEA Write Award).

I had briefly browsed the library at afternoon tea, but decided that too much cerebral activity was sinful in a city so attuned to the importance of holistic well-being. So I caught a teak barge – used to shuttle guests – to the other side of the river, where an annex contains the hotel’s health centre, jogging track, Thai cooking school, the Sala Rim Naam restaurant and the serene, wood-panelled cocoon that is the Oriental Spa.

Here, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s spa wellness manager, Neelam Khatri, explained that the establishment sought to maximise their guests’ experience by combining traditional massage with Ayurvedic consultation, yoga and meditation. Khatri’s gentle voice, the scent of oils and steamy Thai fruit tea and the abiding silence were already inducements to a somniferous afternoon, but I believe I may have actually slumbered when my therapist gently delivered a signature aromatherapy massage.

Reawakened, I had returned to my suite. And now here I stand, high above Bangkok, observing a city transformed by darkness and the glitter of electric light.

The writer was a guest of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok and Qantas.

TRIP NOTES

WHERE

The Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Avenue. Qantas flies to Bangkok from Sydney daily. Phone 131313, see qantas苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

HOW MUCH

Rates for a superior room start at $362 a night. See mandarinoriental苏州美甲美睫培训学校/bangkok.

TOP MARKS

Attentive yet unobtrusive staff; daily bowl of tropical fruit with a card explaining its origins; the personalised invitation to attend cocktails; welcoming treats such as that chocolate elephant.

BLACK MARK

Watching those expansive riverside windows being cleaned somewhat spoils the romance.

DON’T MISS

Dinner at the hotel’s five-star Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Set across the river from the main compound and housed in a beautiful Northern Thai-style pavilion, it delivers a rich sensory experience of Thai cuisine.

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Hong Kong: the green unseen

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Sai Kung East Country Park.There’s more to Hong Kong than shopping in its steamy canyons, writes Natasha Dragun.
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Hong Kong may be one of the world’s great cities – with towering skyscrapers and endless shopping malls – but beyond the bright lights a host of fresh-air activities await. Away from the congested cityscapes hugging Victoria Harbour, more than 70 per cent of Hong Kong, hard as it may be to believe, is given over to land and water nature reserves.

And because the city is so compact, many activities are within easy reach of hotels. Here’s a look at the best ways to get a taste of Hong Kong’s surprising great outdoors.

HIKING

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy wilderness – in fact, some of the city’s top hiking trails are located on Hong Kong Island, easily accessible by public bus.

The Dragon’s Back is probably the best-known of these, the ridge sweeping down to a fishing village in Shek O Country Park. You’ll wander through groves of bamboo and woodland before emerging to open hillsides blanketed with wild azaleas and rose myrtle, offering unbroken views over Clear Water Bay, Stanley and Hong Kong’s eastern islands.

The walk ends at Shek O, where cheap-and-cheerful seafood stalls sell barbecued octopus and bottles of ice-cold beer. Dragon’s Back can be done independently, but guided hikes are also available with Walk Hong Kong. The group’s popular Deserted Beaches Hike takes you to some of the New Territories’ prettiest stretches of sand in remote Sai Kung.

Here, lush tropical vegetation and forested ridges give way to white sandy beaches, many of which you’ll have entirely to yourselves. To reach them you’ll hike through old Hakka villages, where local farmers once nurtured “feng shui woods” to preserve local flora and fauna.

In the same neighbourhood, the group’s Geopark Hiking Tour takes you along Sai Kung East Country Park, home to a volcanic column wall, one of the world’s largest examples of its kind.

KAYAKING

Junks, ferries and container ships aren’t the only harbour traffic. A growing trend is to explore the city’s waterways by kayak.

Local outfit Kayak-and-Hike offers full-day packages to the Ung Kong archipelago, part of Hong Kong’s Global Geopark in the eastern New Territories. Trips launch from Sai Kung with a junk ride through coves and past forested hills to Sha Kiu Tau fishing village. There, you’re kitted with kayak, life vest and snorkelling gear before paddling out to explore caves, sea arches and eventually Bluff Island, to see some of Hong Kong’s coral and marine life.

Work up a sweat hiking to the island’s lookout before cooling off with a swim or snorkel – the visibility is typically great, and you’ll likely spot Chinese demoiselle, clown fish and racoon butterfly fish, among other species.

You can BYO picnic or join tour leaders for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant back at Sha Kiu Tau.

BIKING

You don’t see many cyclists in congested Hong Kong city, but biking opportunities do exist.

Several organisations, including the Hong Kong Mountain Bike Association are dedicated to the development and upgrade of off-road tracks in the relatively untouched New Territories, as well as on far-flung islands.

Excellent maps and trail descriptions on the association website mean that you can tackle different trails on your own.

The organisation also offers skills sessions and, in collaboration with Crosscountry HK, guided half and full-day trips tailored to different skill levels.

Similarly, Mountain Biking Asia leads two-wheel tours of Hong Kong on sedate tracks through the New Territories. Over 35 kilometres you’ll cycle through historic villages before reaching the Nam Sheng Wai Peninsula, where thousands of migratory birds flock for the winter.

A fortifying dim sum lunch in the old market town of Yuen Long ends a half-day tour; those wishing to extend the trip can cycle on through wetlands surrounding Deep Bay, near the border with mainland China. The bird identification cards handed out en route are a nice touch.

WILDLIFE

It’s hard to believe that anything lives in Hong Kong’s heavily trafficked harbour, but the waters are home to a surprising collection of marine life, including wild dolphins – pink ones at that.

Officially known as the Chinese white dolphin (apparently constant blushing gives them a rosy glow), the cetaceans call the city’s Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park, in the western waters, home.

Hong Kong Dolphinwatch – an avid supporter of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and supporter of dolphin research – leads trips to the park with informative talks on the fragile marine ecosystem along the way.

Despite their dwindling numbers (some estimate that there are only a few hundred left), the dolphins are a resident species of Hong Kong and can be spotted year-round. But if you’re unlucky and don’t see a dolphin on the tour, you can simply join again for free on any other scheduled trip.

BIRDWATCHING

Avid twitchers descend on Hong Kong during the city’s cooler months, when migratory birds take refuge in the marshes and mudflats of the city’s wetlands and nature reserves – more than two million birds descend on Mai Po Nature Reserve in the New Territories alone.

The Hong Kong Birdwatching Society offers guided trips to the reserve, led by ornithologists who will regale you with an astounding amount of information about the 380 species of birds that inhabit the park, 35 of which are of global conservation concern, including the Saunders’ gull and the black-faced spoonbill.

Free monthly birdwatching activities, in conjunction with the tourism board, take you to Hong Kong Park, where you might spot the white-crested hornbill or racket-tailed treepie, and Kowloon Park, home to flamingos, ringed teal and tropical pigeons.

The writer travelled courtesy of Cathay Pacific and The Upper House.

TRIP NOTES

GETTING THERE

Cathay Pacific operates daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne. Phone 131 747, cathaypacific苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

STAYING THERE

Designed by Andre Fu, the Upper House’s 117 rooms are all about pared-back luxury. Rooms start at $HK4500 ($619) and have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Victoria Harbour, free minibar snacks, Wi-Fi and satin amenity pouches. See upperhouse苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

SEE + DO

The Hong Kong Birdwatching Society offers free guided tours. See hkbws.org.hk.

Hong Kong Dolphinwatch’s four-hour trips run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and cost $HK380 an adult. See hkdolphinwatch苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

Bikewise courses and guided mountain-biking trips with Crosscountry HK from $HK940 for the first rider, $HK560 for subsequent riders, bike included. See crosscountryhk苏州美甲美睫培训学校; hkmba.org.

Mountain Biking Asia’s guided tours include lunch and wetlands entry from $HK500. See mountainbikingasia苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

Kayak and Hike’s day tours run from 8.45am to 4pm and cost from $HK700 a person. See kayak-and-hike苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

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Bikie charged over bouncer gun threat

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A bikie has allegedly threatened a bouncer with a gun after being denied entry to a club in Melbourne’s inner south.
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Victoria Police spokesman Sergeant Kris Hamilton said four men and a woman linked to the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were outside a Fitzroy Street bar in St Kilda when a man allegedly produced a firearm and threatened security at about 12.45am on Sunday.

Although the group was allowed entry, police were called soon after.

When police arrived the gang members fled east down Fitzroy Street before officers found them in a nearby car park. Two knives and a gun were also found, Sergeant Hamilton said.

A 28-year-old Brighton East man, a 29-year-old Heatherton man, a 40-year-old man from Altona Meadows, a 27-year-old Brighton East man and a 29-year-old Langwarrin woman were arrested at the scene.

After being interviewed at the St Kilda police station, all but the Brighton East man were released, pending further investigation.

The 27-year-old Brighton East man was charged with being a prohibited person possessing a firearm. He is expected to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Sunday.

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said outlaw motorcycle gangs such as the Mongols posed a “significant threat to the community”.

“Over the last 12 months, we’ve probably charged close to 300 members of outlaw motorcycle gangs for 1200 serious offences,” Assistant Commissioner Fontana said.

Referring to the St Kilda incident, the assistant commissioner said the Mongols – who re-branded from the Finks – were trying to increase their base in Victoria, and to “patch over to this international gang”.

“They hunt in packs, and this is just another example of cowardly use of force with weapons … where they’re trying to intimidate and stand over people,” he said.

“We’d ask people who have any information about their criminal activities to please contact Crime Stoppers.”

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Temora midfielder Sam Fisher to make miraculous return

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Temora midfielder Sam Fisher.
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TEMORA midfielder Sam Fisher is expected to make a miraculous return from injury to line-up in first grade when the Kangaroos take on North Wagga this week.

Fisher told The Daily Advertiser a week ago he would be “lucky to play again this year” as he planned to undergo surgery on a damaged ligament in his foot.

Scans had revealed the ligament had been torn away from the bone, after Temora earlier suspected a broken bone.

On Saturday, Fisher made a shock return to play reserve grade and Kangaroos coach Mark Kruger yesterday flagged a return to first grade this week.

“Sam got through three quarters and played really well,” Kruger said.

“I’d say myself, Jack Irvine and Sam will be three definite ins next week.”

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Commonwealth Games 2014: athletics, day 10PHOTOS

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Commonwealth Games 2014: athletics, day 10 | PHOTOS Alana Boyd of Australia celebrates as she wins gold in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images
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Alana Boyd of Australia competes in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Alana Boyd of Australia celebrates in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Alana Boyd of Australia celebrates as she wins gold in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Hamish Peacock of Australia celebrates winning bronze in the Men’s Javelin final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Bronze medalist Hamish Peacock of Australia congratulates gold medalist Julius Kiplangat Yego of Kenya after the Men’s Javelin final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Silver medalist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, gold medalist Julius Kiplangat Yego of Kenya and bronze medalist Hamish Peacock of Australia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Javelin Throw. Photo: Getty Images

Bronze medalist Hamish Peacock of Australia on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Javelin Throw at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Conrad Williams, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Michael Bingham and Daniel Awde of England pose with the Bronze medalists Women’s 4×400 metres team, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey, Christine Ohuruogu and Anyika Onuora of England after the Men’s 4×400 metres relay at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Usain Bolt, Nickel Ashmeade Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jason Livermore of Jamaica pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4×100 metres relay. Photo: Getty Images

Luke Cann of Australia competes in the Men’s Javelin final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Josh Robinson of Australia competes in the Men’s Javelin final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Stuart Farquhar of New Zealand competes in the Men’s Javelin final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica runs the anchor leg in the mens 4x100m relay during day 10 of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica runs the anchor leg in the mens 4x100m relay during day 10 of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Helen Clitheroe of England, Jo Pavey of England, Janet Kisa of Kenya and Emelia Gorecka of England compete in the Women’s 5000 metres final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Gold medalist James Kiplagat Magut of Kenya, Elijah Motonei Manangoi of Kenya and silver medalist Ronald Kwemoi of Kenya celebrate after the Men’s 1500 metres final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Caitlin Sargent of Australia competes in Women’s 4×400 metres relay final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

James Kiplagat Magut of Kenya and Ronald Kwemoi of Kenya compete in the Men’s 1500 metres final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Alana Boyd of Australia slips in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Athletes compete in the Women’s 5000 metres final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Liz Parnov of Australia shows her emotions in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

Liz Parnov of Australia competes in the Women’s Pole Vault final at Hampden Park. Photo: Getty Images

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UPDATED: Snow fun: pictures, photos

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UPDATED: Snow fun: pictures, photos Young Alby enjoying the snow at Waratah. Picture: Anna Davis.
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Near Devils Gullet. Picture: Mandy Wyatt.

Leah, 2, in the snow. Picture: Tamara Mawer.

Wombat at the Visitor Centre at Cradle Mountain. Picture: Alison Gibson.

Rainbow over Waratah. Picture: Jeff Crowe.

Shayden having fun. Picture: Seona Powell.

Waratah. Picture: Van De Belt Esther.

Guilford near Waratah. Picture: David Bosworth.

Waratah. Picture: Van De Belt Esther.

Waratah. Picture: Karl Rahn.

Waratah. Picture: Karl Rahn.

Waratah. Picture: Karl Rahn.

Snow over the railway lines. Picture: Seona Powell.

Wombat at Cradle Mountain. Picture: Samantha Ralston.

Cradle Mountain. Picture: Brittany Atkins.

Cradle Mountain. Picture: Brittany Atkins.

Picture: Tan Fawdry.

Cradle Mountain. Picture: Brittany Atkins.

Devils Gullet. Picture: Simone Lockwood.

Devils Gullet. Picture: Simone Lockwood.

Devils Gullet. Picture: Simone Lockwood.

Devils Gullet. Picture: Simone Lockwood.

Icicles on the way to Highland Lakes Road, Deloraine side of the Great Lakes. Picture: Adrian Wigg

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Coastal TSL derby: pictures, photos

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Coastal TSL derby: pictures, photos Devonport’s Braden Van Buuren.
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Devonport’s Scott Jaffray dodges Burnie’s 40, with a shepheard from team mate Braden Van Buuren (back).

Devonport’s Sam Hess and Burnie’s Jason Laycock keep their eyes on the ball in the ruck.

Devonport’s Toby Enniss and Burnie’s Harry Walters.

The tattered wind sock at West Park Oval does its best to show the wind direction after taking a bashing in the weather over the past week.

Three-quarter time score.

Patrons enjoy a run around out on the ground at three-quarter time.

Devonport’s Luc Keep and Burnie’s Kade Munday.

Devonport’s Luc Keep and Burnie’s Kade Munday.

Devonport’s Alexander Lee.

Burnie’s Nick McKenna and Devonport’s Ashley O’Donnell struggle to gain posession of the loose ball after a fumbled mark.

Burnie coach Andrew Hering (centre) and his staff keep an eye on the game.

Devonport coach Max “The Fox” Brown yells out instructions to his players.

Devonport’s Jordan Smith.

Full-time score.

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HUNTER HERO: Helen Cummings, advocate against domestic violence

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RECOGNITION: Newcastle Women of the Year 2014, Helen Cummings, is also a domestic assault survivor and tireless campaigner. HELEN Cummings doesn’t consider herself strong or brave.
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But the 2014 Woman of the Year, domestic assault survivor and author of memoir Blood Vows has been an important advocate against violence towards women over the decades.

Ms Cummings was married at 20, but after six years of physical, psychological and emotional abuse from her husband, enough was enough.

Ms Cummings packed up her children’s lives and moved away from her husband Stuart Wynter, a respected doctor.

‘‘I didn’t even think about what having strength [was] or whether I was brave, I just ran out of choices,’’ she said.

‘‘I could no longer think of a happy life with this person. I figured he had the capacity to kill us and there wasn’t anything I could do to prevent that. I couldn’t be a better wife, I couldn’t help him and I couldn’t love him better.’’

Eight years later, Wynter killed his new wife and child before ending his own life.

Ms Cummings went on to work for the Family Law Courts for 20years, earned her associate law degree and spent 10years as an associate to a federal judge.

The 61-year-old grandmother finally sat down after she retired and penned her memoir, Blood Vows, which detailed the terrifying six years she spent fearing for her life at the hands of her abusive husband.

Ms Cummings said there was no support for her in her 20s as a domestic assault victim.

‘‘Not even the ability to talk about it to anybody, to tell anybody, because it didn’t have a label on it then,’’ she said.

‘‘I didn’t at any stage think I was a victim of domestic violence, or suffering, because I blamed myself. I thought something I was doing was making him behave in the way that he was.’’

Ms Cummings said she was glad that awareness about the dangers of domestic violence had spread over the decades since her ordeal but recognised the problem was still rampant.

‘‘That’s one of the things I try to highlight in my story, especially to younger people – we all try and put on the best front when we meet someone and fall in love but truthfully, it’s better that we ask that question to that person whom we are thinking about having a relationship with, ‘What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?’’’ she said.

‘‘Not everyone is born violent or with a deep-seated hatred or anger towards women, but when domestic violence is ongoing and systematic, it’s long-term demolition of you as a person over many years.’’

Ms Cummings has worked closely with VOCAL (Victims of Crime Assistance League), providing advocacy and support for victims of crime and their families.

She was awarded the 2014 Woman of the Year in front of a crowd of 400 people at the annual International Women’s Day breakfast at West Leagues Club.

Newcastle MP Tim Owen presented the award to Ms Cummings, describing her as an ‘‘outstanding example of selfless commitment to advocating for sustainable change in the community’’.

‘‘Helen, I would like to thank you on behalf of the hundreds of people you assisted, throughout your time at VOCAL in Hamilton, an amazing and invaluable organisation providing information, support, practical guidance, advocacy, and referrals for victims of crime, their friends, family, and the wider community,’’ Mr Owen said.

Ms Cummings says her advice to women living with domestic violence is ‘‘leave’’.

‘‘If you’re living with serious domestic violence that has been ongoing, that affects you, that isolates you, if you are living in fear, get help. Talk to somebody. Then leave,’’ she said.

‘‘Tell your family, tell your best friends, tell the males in your life that you trust. If you are in fear of your life, please go, please leave.’’

If you are living with domestic assault, call VOCAL on 49262711 or Lifeline after hours on 131114.

NSW Waratahs triumphantPhotos, Video

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NSW Waratahs triumphant | Photos, Video Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport
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Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo: Joosep Martinson, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Joosep Martinson, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt king, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Joosep Martinson, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Mark Nolan, Getty Images Sport

Champions: Waratahs players celebrate after winning the Super Rugby final over the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium. Photo Matt King, Getty Images Sport

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Caitlin Thwaites goes for gold on netball court

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FOCUSED: Caitlin Thwaites goes for goal IN Australia’s pool match against South Africa in the netball action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwalth Games. Picture: GETTY
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BENDIGO’S Caitlin Thwaites and her Australian team-mates will fight New Zealand for gold in Sunday night’s finale to the netball at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian Diamonds scored a 57-42 victory in Saturday’s semi-final against Jamaica.

Playing at her first Commonwealth Games, Thwaites has played a key role as goalshooter in the preliminary rounds for Australia.

New Zealand needed a last-second goal from Maria Tutaia to clinch a 35-34 victory in the semi-final against England.

The netball play-off for gold starts at 9.30pm (AEST).

It’s the fifth time the Trans-Tasman rivals will meet in the Commonwealth Games decider.

Four years ago the battle for gold went for 84 minutes before New Zealand held a two-goal buffer in double extra-time.

The Silver Ferns won 60-55 in the 2006 final against Australia in Melbourne.

One of the greatest netball matches in Games history was in 2002 when Lockington-Bamawm’s Sharelle McMahon shot the winning goal in sudden-death.

McMahon’s goal sealed a 57-55 victory for Australia.

The final day of action in Glasgow includes the men’s hockey final between Australia and India, squash,and the women’s and men’s road cycling.

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AATFA hits Esperance in fine fashionPHOTOS

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AATFA hits Esperance in fine fashion | PHOTOS Talented: The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards showcased some of the fashion skill around Esperance.
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Earthquake registered near Cessnock

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A seismic sensor array in Coonabarabran detected an earthquake 10km from Cessnock on Friday morning.
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Michael Phillips operates theseismic sensor and saidthe event occurred around 6.15am.The earthquake measured 2.4 on the richter scale, with the epicentre located near Cessnock.

The estimated depth of the quake was about 1km and it’s likely that some residents nearby would have felt the small tremor, with Mr Phillips likening it to a “short, sharp, china-cabinet-rattler”.

Mr Phillips runs the Edward Pigot Seismic Observatory and forwarded the technical details from Friday’s event to Kevin McCue, Director of the Australian Seismological Centre, who placed the earthquake just south of Cessnock.

Geoscience Australia have yet to verify the seismic activity, but are expected to do so in the coming days.

For more information on Friday’s tremor, click here.

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The exact location of the Seismic activity. Picture: Google

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