Cairns Airport closes due cassowary sightings

By Paolo Zupp There has been a recent spate of cassowary sightings in the Cairns and Tablelands areas over the last fortnight. On Far North Queensland day, Police responded to a report from North Cairns resident Polly Maynard, 45, that she had seen a white swan and a cassowary fornicating outside the Tobruk Pool. “I’dContinue reading “Cairns Airport closes due cassowary sightings”

Kuranda artist fails to win Grammy

By Destiny Givens Kuranda musician and glass-blower, Dayne ‘Guzman’ Caine has failed in his attempt to win his first Grammy award. Mr Caine, pictured above on the couch at his Nana’s house in Mununda, was disappointed to see Vincente Fernandez pick up the gong in the Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) category. “I’mContinue reading “Kuranda artist fails to win Grammy”

The Prince is Nearly Dead, Long Live the Prince

By Murray Murchison Mayor of Mareeba, ‘Big’ Tom Gilmore , has attended the abdication ceremony of Prince Leonard of Hutt River Province. Citing failing health and diminished enthusiasm, the venerable monarch is succeeded by his son Prince Graeme. Speaking from the Hutt River Hotel and Post Office, Mr Gilmore was clearly moved by the occasion.Continue reading “The Prince is Nearly Dead, Long Live the Prince”

JT invited to Whitehouse

By Allan Povah Newly crowned FNQOTY, Jonathan Thurston appears to have been invited to join the Trump administration in some undefined role. After last night’s FNQ all star game (above) in which JT dominated, an online storm erupted when POTUS Donald Trump tweeted about the little master. The tweet (below) appeared to be in theContinue reading “JT invited to Whitehouse”

Mexican delegation arrives: crocs for jaguars exchange imminent

By Murray Murchison A Mexican delegation has arrived in Cairns to participate in bi-lateral talks with local dignitaries. The meetings are hoped to sooth some of the tensions between Mexico and Far North Queensland, and remove obstacles to trade and wildlife exchanges. The delegation is headed by the mayor of Durango, Hilario Ramírez Villanueva (above).Continue reading “Mexican delegation arrives: crocs for jaguars exchange imminent”

‘Song Doctor’ wows music fans at Smithy

By Destiny Givens Last night at the Smithfield Cultural Centre, Eric ‘Song Doctor’ Murray gave a public lecture detailing some of his more famous collaborations. Locals were thrilled with his stories about how, with a little bit of expertise, songs that were destined for the scrap-heap became massive hits. “Sometimes I’m more of a counselorContinue reading “‘Song Doctor’ wows music fans at Smithy”

Murchison returns from Mexico: chimichangas were disappointing

By Shirley Higgins-Croft The Plain Dealer’s Editor in Chief, Murray Murchison has returned from assignment in North America and has talked about his disappointment with being unable to provide regular reports from Mexico. “The problem is that I’m with Vodaphone,” said Murchison from quarantine in Parramatta Park. “I only seem to be able to getContinue reading “Murchison returns from Mexico: chimichangas were disappointing”

Punchup at Sorbo marathon

By Destiny Givens There were ugly scenes yesterday at the Cultural Centre, when members of the Smithfield Atheist and Sceptic Association (SASA) clashed with other cinema goers. That morning, about thirty people had enjoyed the first session of a Kevin Sorbo marathon, which had been arranged by the Trinity Park Cinephiles group. Members of theContinue reading “Punchup at Sorbo marathon”