Rubbish times

Residents are advised that there will be an extra collection of both domestic garbage and recyclables in all areas over the Christmas-New Year period. Instead of the normal fortnightly collection, all properties will have their bins emptied weekly for three consecutive weeks. Bins will be collected on the same day of the week as the normal collection day for each area. Collections will occur on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For zone details contact the council.
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Spectrum

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By Amy Bloom

(Granta, $29.95)

LILLIAN Leyb has endured the unspeakable – the loss of her family, murdered in a Russian pogrom right before her eyes. But nothing haunts her memories like the glimmer of hope that her daughter, Sophie, is still alive.

During the chaos of the murders, little three-year-old Sophie vanished.

In the wake of this horror, Lillian travels to America, alone and determined to carry on with her life.

But the past torments her and when Lillian’s cousin Raisele arrives with news of Sophie, she begins an arduous journey to find her.

Away is a tale of a mother’s irrepressible yearning for the safety of her child, and as the story unfolds the reader is gripped by the hopelessness of the situation and the wild abandon with which Lillian continues her search.

It is a novel that traverses 1920s America, from New York’s Lower East Side to Seattle’s Skid Row and to Alaska along the Telegraph Trail.

Lillian runs “away” from pimps, prostitutes, constables and missionaries with the stubborn desire to find her only daughter.

– CLAIRE VAN RYN

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Enjoying Falls from home

IT’S here. Just two sleeps to go (one for those heading to Saturday Night Fever) until THE New Year’s Eve music event is on again. And with a fine forecast for the music extravaganza punters can breathe easy.
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So it’s time to memorise the play list, pack the esky and count the tent pegs.

But of course with overwhelming excitement for so many, comes a little sadness for those who missed out on tickets.

Luckily this year they’ll be able to catch the New Year’s Eve Falls action from the comfort of their own home.

Hobart radio station Edge Radio will broadcast live on the internet from Marion Bay on Monday from 8pm, and on January 12 they’ll stream highlights from both stages from both festival days, including band interviews.

The broadcasts can be accessed via www.edgeradio南京夜网.au.

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Get business savvy

Free business workshops will be offered through the Business Savvy Programme, a skill-development programme for small business owners and managers. The three-day workshop will be held in George Town on January 15, 16 and 17, and in Beaconsfield and Beauty Point on July 29, 30 and 31, 2008. For more information phone on 62577447.
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Darren’s sweet smell of success

DARREN HAYES’ Whore’s Bath. Look out for that perfume in the future.
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Hayes, the only genuine pop star we have created in Australia since Kylie Minogue, has got his pop career back on track with an indulgent but impressive double album this year (This Delicate Thing We’ve Made). He also runs his own label and has financed his concert tour – the most spectacular thing he has done since the heyday of Savage Garden.

He is rich, famous and maybe even a veritable mini-mogul.

“All I need is a perfume,” he jokes.

Detecting a strong aroma on Hayes, I ask if he is wearing his signature range.

“No, that’s a whore’s bath,” he responds, before realising the appeal of such a name.

“I like that. I’m glad I thought of that. I may use that in the future.”

Declaring himself well aware of his tendency towards being a control freak, Hayes says he surrounds himself with people who are prepared to say no, from staff, to the designer of his big flashy stage show, to the producer of his album.

There is democracy, then, although Hayes remains in control. But recently he watched as some things went out of control. An evening at a Thai restaurant in London mid- year led to accusations of racial abuse from a waiter, an arrest and police interview and the kind of newspaper headlines around the world that no quantity of Whore’s Bath could make smell sweet.

The fact that police dismissed the claim and laid no charges was, not surprisingly, given far less coverage.

“The truth is boring,” Hayes says. “I have two examples of this. One is that racist allegation, the other is the break-up of Savage Garden. In both instances I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of. In both instances I said that from the get-go. In the (Savage Garden) instance it took four years before it became fact that I didn’t break up the band.”

This Delicate Thing We’ve Made out now through Powdered Sugar

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Saturday forum

WON: This year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race by super-maxi Wild Oats XI, which took line honours for the third consecutive time, becoming only the second yacht in race history to do so. VICTORY: To Matthew Goss in the $20,000 Launceston Cycling Classic.
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SPENDING SPREE: By thousands of Northern Tasmanians, who spent more than $20 million in the week leading up to Christmas.

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Baha’i service

The Baha’i Faith holds a devotional meeting every third Sunday of the month at 6 Main Rd, Exeter, at 10am. Phone 63943414.
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Spend spree going strong

THE post-Christmas spending continued in Launceston yesterday as shoppers rushed back to take advantage of the holiday bargains.
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Retailers were still recording good sales yesterday, with some saying sales on the days after Boxing Day were stronger than last year. The comments came after the Australian Retailers Association predicted that Australians would spend more than $6.2 billion between Boxing Day and mid-January.

Although exact figures will not be released until February, ARA estimates that Australian shoppers will spend $2.3 billion on household and entertainment items and $938 million on clothes and footwear.

A staff member at Habitat in Launceston said the store had been extremely busy over the past few days with boxed glassware and cookware topping the best-selling list.

At Harris Scarfe, it was manchester which was followed closely by kitchen accessories and appliances.

“On Boxing Day traditionally it is our home and manchester departments that we have stronger sales out of,” Tasmanian regional manager Steve Williams said.

“But the next area people went in and bought was bras and briefs – so the ladies bought something for the house and then something for themselves.”

Mr Williams also said sales on December 27 scored a greater percentage in comparison to the sales last year, believing some shoppers checked out the bargains before returning the next day to buy items.

“We don’t mind that they are taking their time to think about purchasing as long as they keep coming back,” he said.

Kmart manager Scott Mills said the clothing department had recorded high sales over the past few days and there were also strong sales in outdoor equipment, barbecues and camping gear.

But ARA executive director Richard Evans warned that the lure of savings could trick some into a debt trap.

“The Boxing Day sales are great but if you buy something you don’t need, you haven’t saved anything at all,” he said.

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Legacy golf

The Legacy golf day will be held at the St Helens Golf Club on Saturday, January 5, not January 15 as advised in Break O’Day Council’s newsletter. The day tees off at 7.30am. For more information contact 63763567.
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Cancer support

The Lighthouse East Tamar Cancer Support Group will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at the George Town ambulance station, Anne St. Call Pat Webb on 63821627 or Jan Eyles on 63821276.
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