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WineWhere to buy a show-stopperJohn Lewis

SUCCESS: In addition to her four Silkman boutique brand trophies, Liz Jackson took the Marshall-Flannery Trophy for best current-vintage semillon. Photo: Chris Elfes
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THE 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges awarded 23 trophies and 36 gold medals and many of these winners can now be bought at cellar doors, online and in bottle shops.

The top red wine, theSilkman 2015 Reserve Shiraz, is available at $50 a bottleatsilkmanwines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Small Winemakers Centre 426 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.

It won the Doug Seabrook Trophy for thebest red of the show, the Hector Tulloch Trophyfor best shiraz and the Elliott Family Trophy for best two-year-old shiraz.

Silkman is the four-year-old boutique venture of husband and wife team of Shaun Silkman andLiz Jackson, who are respectivelychief of production and bottling and chief winemaker at theFirst Creek winery headed by Shaun’s father Greg Silkman.

The boutique brand of former First Creek husband and wife winemaking duoDamien Stevens and Jodie Belleville won theGeorge Wyndham Trophy for best current and one-year-old chardonnay with theirHart and Hunter 2016 26 Rows Chardonnay, which is available at$40 at the463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and onhartandhunter苏州夜总会招聘.au.

The Tyrrell’s family wine company was again dominant with 10 trophies and 11 goldmedals andwith its 2009 Vat 1 Semillon netting a top-of-the-show score of 97 points out of 100 in the 2015 and older semillon class.

The wine, which is not currently available, won the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for best white wine of the show, the Maurice O’Shea Trophy for best semillon and the McGuigan Family Trophy for best mature two-year-old and older semillon.

The currently available Tyrrell’s trophy wines are the:

2011 Stevens Semillon(Len Evans Trophy for the best named vineyard wine and Tyrrell Family Trophy for best named vineyard white wine), which can be found in some wine stores at $35 a bottle

2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay(Murray Tyrrell Trophy for best chardonnay and Lindeman Trophy for best two–year-old and older chardonnay), which sells for $75 attyrrells苏州夜总会招聘.au, the Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery and wine stores

2017 HVD Semillon, which joined the 2005 and 2009 HVDs in winning the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Trophy, is available at $35 to Tyrrell’s Private Bin members.

TheRidgeview 2016 Impressions Shiraz, which won the Drayton Family Trophy for best named vineyard red wine, can be bought for $40 at the 273 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury, cellar door and onridgeview苏州夜总会招聘.au.

TheVinden Estate 2017 Verdelho, which won the Jay Tulloch Trophy for best verdelho and the Silver Bullet Trophy as international judge Elaine Chukan Brown’s favourite wine, sells for $30 at the 17 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and onvindenestate苏州夜总会招聘.au.

The Agnew Group’sCockfighter’s Ghost 2016 Reserve Semillonthat won the Ed Jouault Trophy for best one-year-old dry semillon is available at $30 at cellar dooraudreywilkinson苏州夜总会招聘.auandthe De Beyers Rd cellar door.

TheMcWilliam’s Mount Pleasant 2014 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, which won the James Busby Trophy for best mature three-year-old and older shiraz, can be bought for $250 a bottleat theMarrowbone Rd, Pokolbin, winery, and onmountpleasantwines苏州夜总会招聘.au, as can the$80Mount Pleasant Non-Vintage Tawny Blend, winner of the Trevor Drayton Trophy for best fortified wine.

The gold medal $35Mount Pleasant 2009 Elizabeth Semillonand $50Mount Pleasant Wines 2014 Rosehill Shirazare also online and at cellar door.

TheDe Iuliis 2016 Shiraz,which won the Alexander Munro Trophy for best current and one-year-old shiraz, is available at $25 from October 1ondewine苏州夜总会招聘.auand at 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery.

Shaun Silkman andLiz Jackson won a fourth trophy in theother red varietals and blends sectionwith the not-yet-releasedSilkman 2016 Reserve Shiraz-Pinot Noirand a gold medal in the2016 and older semillon class with theSilkman 2017 Single VineyardBlackberrySemillon, which sells on-line and at the Small Winemakers Centre for$35.

The Iris Capital group of Sydney hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout made asuccessful Hunter Wine Show debut when itsSweetwater 2014 Shirazscored the 96-point top gold in 2015 and older shiraz class.

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RU OK? Day is a good opportunity to reach out and start meaningful conversations in the Hunter

Teacher Hayley Weber and Dr McGill with students Emarehi Okhawere, Hamish Gleeson, Sabrina Amiri and Corey Stevenson. Picture: Marina NeilSUICIDE prevention can startwith a conversation, and now students at Jesmond Public School have a special place to sit and ask each other, “RU OK?”
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A “conversation bench” was installed at the school ahead of RU OK? Dayon September 14, an initiativewhich aims to protect peoplefrom suicide by offering a way for them to connect with each other.

Dr Katie McGill

“We’rea very multicultural school, with upwards of 27 nationalities out of 200 children,” relieving principalBrad Bannistersaid.“Within those cultures, a large percentage are from refugee backgrounds, and many of themhave a lot of stories to tell.I think the bench will give them their own space and time to choose whenthey have thoseconversations.”

LifeSpan Newcastle, which is rolling out an integrated suicide prevention strategy, has supported local workplaces and organisations by offering community grants to host RU OK? Day activities throughout the city on Thursday.

Dr Katie McGill,Lifespan Newcastle coordinator, said the conversation benches wereabout creating a space where people could check in with each other.

“When we’re having a hard time, often we don’t reach out to others or tell themabout things that are going on for us,” Dr McGill said.

“Sometimes that’s because we find itembarrassing, or there is a bit of shame around it, or we have a sense that if we tell people we’re having a hard time of it, others might think we’re weak.”

People who were worried about a loved one’s mental health were often afraid to bring it up.

“That can be because we think it’s none of our business, that we don’t want to embarrass them, orput them on the spot, or that we just don’t know what to say if they do say they are not OK,” she said.

While Dr McGill encouraged people to check in on friends and family more frequently, RU OK? Day served as a call to action.

“By asking, we’re saying that it’s OK for them to tell us, and it provides that opportunity to have the conversation,” she said.

People should not be afraid to asksomeone if they were considering suicide.

“Asking doesn’t put the idea in someone’s head,” she said. “It just starts the discussion.Finding outwhat ishappening, and what is going to help them in this moment to start to get back on track…itall starts with a conversation.”

Paramedics have urgedpeople to check in on seniors.“People’s willingness to talk about mental health is improving, but we have a long way to go,” NSW Ambulance Senior Chaplain Reverend Paul McFarlane said.

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The steep price we pay for our love affair with water

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Tui Gallaher was a normal teenager, going for a swim with his cousin on a hot summer’s evening at Maroubra. Geoffrey Blackadder, 60, went into the surf to rescue young relatives from a rip at Wooli Beach. Two-year-old Henry Tran tumbled into a garden pond. Robbi and Charli Manago were 23 months old when they entered their backyard swimming pool in Kellyville Ridge. Vera Peacock was two when she did the same. Sujan Adhikari was a 29-year-old masters student from Nepal who went for a dip at Wattamolla Lagoon on Christmas Day.

They are the faces of the price of ‘s love affair with water – which is much steeper than realised. The Royal Life Saving Society ‘s annual report shows nearly 1000 people drowned or were hospitalised from near-drownings last year.

The report says ns underestimate the dangers of water. NSW’s deadly summer of drownings – where 13 people died between Christmas and New Year – contributed to 291 fatal drownings across , a rise of three per cent from last year’s 282 deaths, found the National Drowning Report 2017.

For the first time, the report includes what Royal Life Saving describes as non-fatal drownings. For every person who drowned in nearly three more people were hospitalised with non-fatal but serious injuries from non-fatal drownings, the society estimated. Many of these 685 people who narrowly escaped a watery death will very likely suffer long-term disability including brain damage.

Men accounted for three out of every four deaths. Fatal drownings in inland waterways, including rivers, dams and lakes, which are often unpatrolled and unsupervised, accounted for slightly more than one in three drowning deaths.

Fatal drownings among the youngest and the oldest rose at a much greater rate than the year before: There was a 38 per cent rise in children aged zero to four years of age, with 29 dying in pools, rivers and creeks. Deaths of people older than 75 also rose 38 per cent, with 36 people dying, some with pre-existing conditions or from complications associated with medications.

As the weather warmed up, Justin Scarr, the chief executive of Royal Lifesaving urged the public to choose safer places to swim, including public pools and patrolled beaches.

“ns love the water. It’s an important part of our culture,” said Mr Scarr.

Mr Scarr said the number of deaths was a “sobering reminder” for young and old to learn to swim, to increase lifejacket use, supervise children around water, and swim in safer places such as pools and patrolled beaches.

“Last summer was shocking, with drowning deaths in NSW four times higher than average between Christmas and New Year,” he said.

His comments coincide with reports that a 32 -year-old Victorian man Shaun Oliver died while attempting to save a 12- year old boy who was stuck in a rip on an unpatrolled beach in Wollongong, NSW, on Sunday.

The boy’s three siblings were also rescued from dangerous surf on Wollongong City Beach, which had been closed because of dangerous conditions.

Amy Peden, Royal Life Saving Society’s national manager policy and research, said the 695 non-fatal drownings had been included to show the real extent of the danger of water and to fight complacency around water.

Nearly half of those hospitalised with non-fatal injuries were under five, and research shows many would have life-long injuries such as those suffered by Samuel Morris.

On April 9, 2006, Sam’s lifeless body was pulled out of their Cranebrook home’s pool. Sam suffered severe brain injury, surviving until February 22, 2014, when he died at Westmead Children’s Hospital’s Bear Cottage. His parents set up the Samuel Morris Foundation to provide support for other children who had suffered from non-fatal drownings and prevent other deaths and non-fatal drowning incidents. Wollongong: Drowning victim hailed a hero. Victorian father 32-year-old Shaun Oliver leaves behind a wife & 3 young children. #7Newspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/5ns4tS3fm5??? 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 10, 2017

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A Day On The Green pays homage to its indie-rock rootsTOUR, PHOTOS, VIDEOS

Indie rock revives the ’90s Veruca Salt
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TweetFacebookSeether – Veruca SaltIt’s a line-up of bands who were front and centre ofthe alternative heyday of the 1990s.

Between them, these six bands have notched up eight ARIA Awards, received more than 30 ARIA Award nominations, had 12 top 10 albums and 18 top 40 hit singles.

The Herald spoke to Spiderbait drummer and vocalist Kram on the eve of the tour announcement and he is as excited as he’s ever been to perform in an outdoor arena. At last year’s A Day On the Green at Bimbadgen, Spiderbait shared the bill with You Am I, Something For Kate, Jebediah and The Meanies and were, for many, the highlight of the day.

Mrs Robinson – The LemonheadsKram was insanely good on the skins and at one stage, pumped, left his kitto eyeballthe crowd.

Prisoner of Society – The Living End“That was epic,” he said with a laugh.

“I remember looking out beyond the audience, at this massive sea of people that reminded me of Homebake and Big Day Out, and seeing smoke from the fires in the hills.

“For that to be the first show of the tour, it just created some incredible energy that carried on all the way through. Until we got to Perth and after that show we got banned from Kings Park for life. I still don’t know why.”

n music fans need no introduction to The LivingEnd. Their1998 self-titled debut album spawned singalong anthems Prisoner Of Society, All Torn Down, Second Solution andWest End Riot and 20years on they continue to be a force to be reckoned with and have just completed a huge US tour.

Veruca Salt’s signature hit Seether remains one of the most-loved rock tunes of the ’90s. After breaking up in 1998, the original line-up – Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack – re-formed in 2013 and in 2015 they released their fifth studio album, Ghost Notes.

Buy Me A Pony – SpiderbaitThe Lemonheads’breakthrough album It’s A Shame About Rayand cover of Mrs Robinson made them a household name. Into Your Arms is an indieclassic.

Tumbleweed personified stoner rock in the ’90s with songs like Sundialand Carousel and won the prestigious support slot on Nirvana’s only n tour. As for fellow Aussies The Fauves, they are known for their witty lyrics, melodic pop-rock and often satirical explorations of national themes. You might remember their hitDogs Are The Best People.

Sundial – TumbleweedThe indie rock-inspired A Day On The Green is at Bimbadgen onSaturday, February 24. Tickets are on sale at 10am on September 25 through Ticketmaster.Dogs Are The Best People – The Fauves

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Saddle up for Touch of Wild West

TIMELESS ENTERTAINMENT: Webers Family Circus has been entertaining audiences for many years and their new Wild West Spectacular will continue to WOW. WILD FUN: The show includes your favourite funny clowns, trick dog displays, miniature ponies, and showcases the wonderful and amazing acrobats.
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WEBERS Circus is back in Newcastle, with a Wild West-themed show delivering a family-friendly mix of laughs and thrills.

The circus big top is set up Richardson Park, opposite Newcastle Showground, with performances running from September 18 through to October 18.

SMILE: The three very cute miniature ponies and the comedy dogs will keep you laughing, along with ’s funniest clowns.”

“Webers Circus, With a Touch of The Wild West, is a fantastic show filled with wonderful acts from around the world, which will keep you on the edge of your seats,” said circus owner and managerNatalie Weber said.

“The three very cute miniature ponies and the comedy dogs will keep you laughing, along with ’s funniest clowns.”

Mrs Weber, a sixth generation circus legend, performs in the family-runshow along with her husband and three daughters.

The death-defying aerial acts are a feature of this circus.

“A highlight of the show is the Russian Swing, which is very entertaining, with the three Weber sisters somersaulting through the air, only to be caught by a catcher seven metres high off the ground,” Ms Weber said.

“Our juggler, Cody Harrington, won the junior world juggling championships in Las Vegas, and juggles no less than nine rings, which is a feat in itself.

“The show also includes silks, hula hoops, a cloud swing, line dancing, and much more.

“So saddle up, get you hat and cowboy boots on, and let Webers Circus take you on a Wild West adventure for the whole family.”

Each performance lasts for an hour and 45 minutes.

For all inquiries call 0448 247 287 or book on line at www.weberscircus苏州夜总会招聘.

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