Published: Friday, 10 January 2020 09:22
Written by Bob Figg
As fires raged through Yanchep National Park in December, eventually blazing their way to Two Rocks and beyond, a little dark humour was in order as residents feared the worse.
One local (in fact me) took to Facebook to assure friends around the world that while our house was safe, what was even more important was that the magnificent fire-fighters, both professional and volunteers, had saved the Yanchep Inn.
Overseas and interstate connections were especially pleased. They regularly see a Friday post from me sitting in the beer garden of the Inn, situated in the Yanchep National Park, with kangaroos, 28s and other wildlife hoping in vain for crumbs.
In a state famed for its road trips taking days or weeks, Yanchep is a (long) stone’s throw from the city. Just 45 minutes north of the Perth CBD the national park features on a few day trip tour rosters too, but it is an easy drive if you hire a car.
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Published: Tuesday, 07 January 2020 09:20
Written by Greg Letts
La Belle Époque is the sort of film that only the French could pull off – a heady mix of modern times and nostalgia – sexy, smart and utterly charming.
After viewing the trailer, I was mildy interested in coming to watch the movie. The premise wasn't fully clear, but seeing as I usually find anything with Daniel Auteuil quite enjoyable, I was willing to give it a go.
After settling in at the Somerville among the pines and with our premium on-site pizza from Charlies (two thumbs up for the field mushroom one), we put on the mozzie repellent (a must!) and waited for the trailers to end.
When La Belle Époque finally began, the opening scene gave me a brief moment of panic before everything came together and the magic began.
Attempting to summarise the plot of La Belle Époque risks ruining the experience for others, so I'll simply say that this a wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable film, showing that even when people change (or when they don't!), love still remains eternal. But love is not always simple or easy!
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