‘I really thought I was going to lay there and die’: Wombat mauls woman walking dogs in Canberra

Banks woman Kerry Evans was attacked by a wombat while walking dogs Murphy and Pirate (pictured) in the suburban street of Tom Roberts Avenue in Banks, ACT. Photo: Karleen Minney One of the bites Banks woman Kerry Evans sustained when she was attacked by a wombat. Photo: Dave Evans
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Wombats have a reputation for being cute and cuddly but a woman mauled by one in Canberra has warned others to stay away from the marsupials.

Kerry Evans suffered more than 20 bites and lacerations across her body after she was attacked by a large wombat while walking her dogs in a suburban street in Banks, in south Canberra, on Monday night.

She toldFairfax Media she was taking her two English springer spaniels along their usual route on Tom Roberts Avenue about 7.30pm when she saw what appeared to be a “large boulder” ahead in a front yard.

“I thought ‘I don’t remember seeing this before’ and I got quite close to it and I saw it move and all of a sudden it dawned on me what it was,” Mrs Evans said.

The wombat charged her dog, Murphy, which began yelping and tried to flee.

In the chaos, Mrs Evans became tangled in the leads and was knocked to the ground.

That’s when the wombat turned on her, she said.

“I was laying screaming for help, I couldn’t get away from it, every time I managed to get up it attacked me and bit me and knocked me to the ground,” she said.

“I really thought I was going to lay there and die that night because I just couldn’t see how I was going to get way from it, it just wasn’t stopping its attack.”

A neighbour and nearby driver were able to intervene, an act Mrs Evans said may have saved her life.

“One woman screamed ‘let go of the dogs’ and I wouldn’t because my dogs were terrified, I was scared of them running off in the dark so both ladies approached from different angles and grabbed the dogs off me and got away pretty quickly because they were scared of being attacked themselves,” she said.

“Then I managed to get to my feet and get away to the lady who was screaming ‘come here, come here’ and the wombat just disappeared.”

Paramedics were called and Mrs Evans was taken to hospital. An ACT Health spokeswoman confirmed she was treated at Canberra Hospital on Monday night.

Three of the large, slit-like bites from the wombat’s “buck teeth” required stitches, but Mrs Evans said the real problem was the potential for infection.

“When I was in hospital I had to have quite a few bags of IV because they don’t know enough about the risk of infection from wombats,” she said.

“They even had to go and make sure I didn’t have rabies. I know that sounds silly in Australia but the doctor actually had to go and check on that.”

Mrs Evans reported the attack to ACT Parks and Conservation but rangers were unable to find the wombat, she said.

“The ranger I spoke to said he’d actually contacted a wombat carer and she said to him although she hadn’t heard of attacks, she’d seen them attack other wombats and that they could be very vicious,” Mrs Evans said.

“So she could imagine my description how it could have happened because once they start attacking, they just keep attacking and they don’t stop.”

While rare, wombat attacks on humans are not unheard of.

In 2010, a Victorian man was hospitalised after a ferocious encounter in which the animal repeatedly bit, scratched and knocked over the Black Saturday survivor.

An ACT Parks and Conservation spokesman said it was the first wombat attack they were aware of in Canberra.

“Without knowing the full details of what happened it is likely that the presence of dogs meant that the wombat felt threatened,” he said.

However, Mrs Evans said neither she nor the dogs approached the animal.

“I certainly know the dogs didn’t threaten it but whether it felt threatened I don’t know, who knows what a wombat thinks,” she said.

“The ranger did actually say to me it was really unusual because most wild wombats would get away.

“They wouldn’t let anyone get as close to it as what I did, so whether or not it was sick with mange or had been injured or was an aggressive wombat or whether it was a female with a joey in its pouch, I don’t know.”

Her message to others?

“If you see a wombat, turn around and go the other way. Do not approach it in any shape or form,” Ms Evans said.

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Queensland earthquake: Aftershocks will be felt for ‘weeks’

The location of an earthquake that struck off Bowen early on Friday morning. Photo: Geioscience AustraliaThe aftershocks from Thursday’s earthquake off the Queensland coast will be felt for “weeks”, a seismologist says, after a smaller earthquake hit near Airlie Beach on Friday.
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Thursday’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake was recorded about 70 kilometres off the coast, north-east of Bowen, caused six aftershocks, including a magnitude 4, in the following hours.

Three schools and Cairns airport were shut down temporarily, while several buildings in Townsville’s CBD were evacuated.

On Friday, residents and tourists at Airlie Beach woke to a magnitude three earthquake that occurred nearby at 7.37am.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said the aftershocks would continue for weeks.

“We would expect the aftershock sequence from yesterday to continue for a while, a few weeks at least, but apart from that we really can’t predict if there is going to be another sequence somewhere along the coast,” he said.

Mr Bathgate said the aftershocks were the result of fault lines readjusting back to equilibrium.

“You get the main shock that is a really big movement of the faults and the period after that is the fault readjusting itself back to equilibrium state,” he said.

“If you move something really quickly and then let it go it takes a bit of time to reach an equilibrium state so these are all just small adjustments to get it into a point where the fault will start again to build up some stress on that fault and lock together until it goes again some time in future.”

Earthquakes occur in Queensland due to the Australian plate moving northward, about seven centimetres a year, and colliding with the Pacific plate.

This causes stress to build up, which is released by earthquakes that Mr Bathgate said could not be predicted.

“It is something we don’t know, we can’t predict where it is going to occur or when so at the moment it is just a matter of monitoring the area,” he said.

“We are sending out some extra monitoring equipment over the next week to deploy on some of the islands and along the coast line to get a better idea of where the activity is occurring and get a better idea of what is causing it.”

Mr Bathgate said the region near Bowen had been quite active over the last 18 months.

“In terms of what we have recorded, it has been active over the last 18 months, the area does have a history of activity, but it has not been as frequent as it has,” he said.

“We know the area gets earthquakes but they are generally not that common.”

The Bowen area was also hit in 2011 with a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that was significantly closer to the coast than yesterday’s incident.

Queensland’s largest recorded earthquake was a magnitude 6 in 1918 that originated near Lady Elliott Island and was felt from Mackay to Grafton.

The state’s second largest was Thursday’s earthquake, followed closely by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in 2015 that was recorded east of Fraser Island.

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Eagles and Hawks’ reaction to ruck losses part of the riddle

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It seems like every year for a long time we’ve continued to debate the importance or otherwise of ruckmen to modern football. Perhaps 2016 will be the season that settles the argument.

Certainly, in terms of that discussion, there’s been no more critical five minutes this season than the period during the third quarter at Domain Stadium on Friday night in which both West Coast’s Nic Naitanui and Hawthorn’s Jonathon Ceglar seriously injured knees.

The Eagles played arguably their best football of the season, but the mood in their rooms post-match when West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis was interviewed was sombre indeed, even before scans had confirmed Naitanui would require a reconstruction.

Ceglar, in contrast, might be a blip on the AFL profile radar compared to “Nic Nat”, but Hawthorn at least would instantly have been aware of the potential ramifications of his loss, too.

The critics haven’t held back on that front, either, several commentators immediately pronouncing both teams’ premiership aspirations finished off the back of the injuries.

A day later, almost rubbing it in for the Eagles and Hawks, Sydney were getting the job done against North Melbourne with Kurt Tippett back in harness after more than two months out with a hamstring injury. He made a pretty good fist of his ruck responsibilities with Sam Naismith, and his work up forward was good.

Here, also, was some interesting evidence for the ruck debate, the Swans’ ruck pair up against reigning All-Australian ruckman Todd Goldstein, and having the better of him in the hit-outs and, as a tandem, around the ground.

Goldstein hasn’t been nearly the same force since injuring his knee against Sydney first time around this season in round 10. Is it merely coincidence that the Roos have lost nine of their 12 games since that injury?

But then, if you’re looking for evidence that ruckmen don’t necessarily have to provide the answer to this season’s premiership puzzle, the Western Bulldogs are happy to help you out.

Their most technically adept ruckman, Will Minson, can’t even get a spot in the 22, playing just one game this season. Instead, the Dogs have gone essentially with pinch-hitters in Jordan Roughead and a combination of Tom Campbell and, more recently, Tom Boyd.

In pure hitout terms, the Dogs average fewer than all bar two other clubs. But the Dogs’ young goers have a capacity to physically grind down their ruck opponents and reduce their effectiveness. Testament to the strategy is clearance numbers which have the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 on the differentials.

So does the loss of Naitanui and Ceglar have to prove fatal for West Coast and Hawthorn? Interestingly, when West Coast were without Naitanui from rounds 13-19, they nevertheless won five of those six games. How good those wins were, however, is debatable.

They smashed stragglers Brisbane and Essendon, had an impressive home victory against North Melbourne, scraped home against Carlton and Melbourne, and lost to Collingwood.,

In every one of those games bar one, they lost both the hitouts and clearances. Intriguingly, the one exception was the Eagles winning the stoppages against Melbourne in round 18. Up against the AFL’s best in Max Gawn, West Coast, for the only time in that period, went with a double-pronged ruck set-up with Scott Lycett and Jonathan Giles.

The Eagles were only narrowly beaten for hitouts (44-46) and won the clearances (42-38). That may be a pointer to what is to come, with a potential pinch-hitter in Jeremy McGovern badly needed in defence, particularly this week against Adelaide’s forward height.

The longer-term indicators, though, aren’t good. West Coast were ranked No.1 for hitouts and fifth for clearances in 12 games before Naitanui hurt his Achilles, and 17th and 18th respectively when he was absent.

They’ve also depended heavily upon stoppage work for their scoring, ranked third in the AFL on differentials for scoring from clearances.

Ceglar and Hawthorn? Well, he and Ben McEvoy form not only a ruck pairing, but have also been important contributors up forward. Ceglar had booted 14 goals in his 19 games, and like McEvoy when off the ball, at the least help create a contest.

And yet, in that sense, the Hawks do at least have options in back-up ruckmen Jack Fitzpatrick, who has had four games back at VFL level after missing six weeks with concussion, and the far-less-experienced Marc Pittonet.

They also have another forward option in Ryan Schoenmakers, who has played two VFL games after returning from a groin injury. The Hawks could conceivably bring in both a ruckman and the forward.

And while lack of senior game time might be an issue, there’s at least some comfort in knowing that Hawthorn create the vast bulk of their scores from pressure turnovers rather than stoppage work, the Hawks ranking only 13th for scores from stoppages.

That’s a different approach to West Coast, whose modus operandi is different again from Sydney, Adelaide and the Shane Mumford-led ruck presence of Greater Western Sydney. All totally different from the Bulldogs, who continue to prosper despite in traditional ruck terms, not having a lot.

And it seems pretty likely that whichever team ends up prevailing this finals series will also go a long way to resolving the perennial ruck debate. Photo: Michael Dodge

So we’ve been denied that last round fight for a spot in the final eight, Melbourne failing to keep their end of the bargain, losing to Carlton and rendering North Melbourne safe. Like St Kilda, the Demons fall just short. Yet, in the cold light of day, like the Saints, missing out may actually have done Melbourne a favour. When you’ve been as deprived of finals action for as long as the Demons, falling into a spot in the eight can be viewed more favourably than perhaps it should. Who knows whether either club’s younger brigade might have sub-consciously been too satisfied with that minor achievement? Now, at least, there’s no false economy, and no excuse for either St Kilda or Melbourne not to attack next pre-season with everything.

THE RULE

Intent scrutiny: Umpires turned mind-readers during the St Kilda Richmond clash. Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

There’s barely been a week this season that hasn’t featured either controversy or at least some spirited debate about the harsher interpretation of the deliberate out-of- bounds rule, umpires having to become mind-readers about players’ intent, players more than occasionally penalised simply because of a crooked bounce. There were several more examples at the weekend, and a good point, too, raised by Fox Footy commentator Brad Johnson at the Richmond-St Kilda game as a kick which could have been kept alive was allowed to dribble out in the hope of drawing a free kick. If the spirit of the rule is about keeping the ball in play, how is allowing it to cross the boundary line when there’s plenty of time to pick it up any less deliberate?

THE BANNER

Faint praise: David Mundy’s banner ‘celebrating’ his 250th game. Photo: Fremantle Dockers/Twitter

We know cheer squads love their clubs and work hard to offer them support. We know making the run-throughs takes time and effort. But to say Fremantle damned their captain David Mundy with faint praise on the occasion of his 250 th AFL game would be an understatement. “Well done David Mundy 250 solid games” might have been underselling the Dockers’ skipper a tad given he’s now behind only Matthew Pavlich on Freo’s all-time games list, leads the club, and is a best and fairest winner and an All-Australian. If that’s merely solid, Freo fans certainly have high expectations. It makes you wonder what Pavlich can expect in his farewell game next weekend. We hope it’s something a little more enthusiastic than his successor as captain got for a significant milestone.

THE SHOCKERS ​

Want-away forward Hayden Ballantyne looks on as coach Ross Lyon addresses the team. Photo: Paul Kane

While we’re on the subject of Freo, another week, another insipid performance. We’ve written it several times already, but even allowing for injuries, the Dockers’ 2016 has been little short of disgraceful. Let’s recap. From a preliminary final, to 10 successive losses, just three wins, and now another eight straight losses, the last four by a ridiculous average of 75 points. And again, Saturday’s pathetic 92-point belting at the hands of GWS featured a team containing 14 of those same players who lined up against Hawthorn last September for a spot in a grand final. Coach Ross Lyon can dress it up anyway he wants, but no team as well-performed as the Dockers were one season ago should be as hopeless as they are now.

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Winx facing a challenge in Warwick Stakes, but she’s not racing Bernborough

One of the best: The mighty Bernborough narrowly won the Chipping Norton Stakes in 1946. Champions, an exclusive club in which the outstanding Winx is seeking entry, can be gained more by worthy defeat than success over Bum of the Month opposition.
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The view arises with what trainer Chris Waller considers additional pressure – keeping her unbeaten and adding to her nine-race winning streak in Saturday’s Warwick Stakes at Randwick.

By no means are Lucia Valentina and Regal Dane a soft touch for Winx, particularly with concern regarding her bone chip operation and lack-lustre recent barrier trial.

But champions can be downed and even gain status, a point stressed by Peter Fenton in Australia’s Forgotten Heroes (Brolga Publishing) centred on the all-time great mare, Flight, and Vic Patrick, one of our most awkward and best boxers.

A Warwick Stakes winner over Katanga in 1944, Flight won 24 out of 65 attempts and was placed 28 times. Experts at the time couldn’t figure whether Katanga, a stallion, had lust or just downright loathing for Flight but when he attempted to savage her it didn’t resemble a love bite.

Anyway, Flight wouldn’t lie down under any circumstances, emphasised by her epic clash with Bernborough, regarded by some as superior to Phar Lap, in the 1946 Chipping Norton at Randwick, a scene set by Fenton.

Racegoers surged up Doncaster Avenue en route to the course. By the first race the attendance was estimated at 40,000 and it grew to 60,000 at clash time with 200 bookmakers catering for them. Bernborough was 7/2 on, Winx odds on Saturday.

“The crowd started to roar as they reached the turn,” Fenton described. “Flight led by two lengths with Bernborough less than three lengths behind …

“Suddenly [jockey Jack] O’Sullivan kicked Flight away and [jockey Athol] Mulley was forced to go for the whip. His mount responded and got within a half-length of the mare but tended to lay in. Flight was relishing the challenge. Mulley was forced to straighten Bernborough and go for the whip again. Throats were burnt hoarse with cheering …

“Lunging on the line, Bernborough won by a long head.”

Patrick, too, was the front runner when he clashed with the American Fred Dawson, a world-class lightweight. None better ever came here. He was gelignite that inflicted destruction with amazing speed from both hands, plus reflexes that enabled him to poke his chin and mouth guard out, drop his hands, and taunt opponents. Wise guys figured it was a mug lair act.

A southpaw, Patrick had little to recommend him, apart from toughness and a mule kick left hand that stopped bigger rivals.

“Many noticed how physically drawn Patrick looked [at the time],” Fenton recalled. “His spindly arms looked leaner than ever. In his summary Bill Corbett (The Sun) suggested ‘his seconds could have entertained themselves knocking off a few xylophone tunes on his ribs’. For some reason he was finding it difficult to keep weight on.

“In round nine and 10 Dawson fought on the back move, his reflexes as fast as round one. In the 11th round Dawson stuck his chin out again and Patrick planted a left on the American’s jaw. Dawson went backwards and stumbled over the bottom rope and out onto the apron of the ring. And the roof of The Tin Shed lifted.

“Dawson got up, clinched and held on to the end of the round.”

What followed was a demolition job, the like of which had never been seen at the Sydney Stadium before or subsequently. “[Trainer] Ernie McQuillan and two ambulance men jumped into the ring to assist the Aussie,” Fenton said. “Now there was silence, hardly anyone attempted to move for three minutes as Patrick remained motionless. Eventually Patrick was helped onto Dawson’s stool. The crowd cheered.”

Referee Joe Wallis later declared he had Patrick in front. Had he survived our Vic would have got the decision.

On Saturday Winx is not up against a Bernborough or Dawson. Still, Lucia Valentina is a group 1 winning mare, and Regal Dane, a worthy sparring partner. The bone chip operation months ago should not be a problem. Inspired had one during his 1984 Golden Slipper campaign and didn’t even leave the stable. And the slack Randwick barrier trial recently was due to Hugh Bowman cuddling her because of a bad surface.

For a good gamble around Winx try a first four: Winx 1, Regal Dane 2, Lucia Valentina 3, Vanbrugh 4.

Play The Randwick Exotics

Parlay: Race 2 – (2) Lie Direct, Race 4 – (4) Derryn, Race 5 – (5) Omei Sword, Race 8 – (6) Dixie Blossoms.

Quadrella: Race 6 – (5) Le Romain, (6) Boss Lane, Race 7 – (6) Winx, Race 8 – (5) Pioneering, (6) Dixie Blossoms, Race 9 – (2) Southern Legend, (3) Haptic.

Early quadrella: Race 2 – (2) Lie Direct, (3) Richard Of Yorke, Race 3 – (8) Grand Rouge, (11) Destined To Win, (13) Akiko Gold, Race 4 – (2) Thonium, (4) Derryn, Race 5 – (1) Calliope, (6) Omei Sword, (7) Quick Feet.

Best box trifecta: Race 3 – (6) Grand Rouge, (11) Destined To Win, (13) Akiko Gold.

Best quinella: Race 6 – (5) Le Romain, (6) Boss Lane.

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Menangle training centre to expand after reaching capacity

Old foes, new block: Our Dream About Me and Have Faith In Me at Menangle Park Paceway in February. Photo: Christopher PearceHarness Racing NSW will commence construction on another stable block at Menangle next month after the house full went up on the training centre.
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“It has proven very successful and we need to put more stables in there,” HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said. “We have a number of trainers that are keen to come to Menangle and be based there and ths was always in the plans.

“This block will be 20 but there are plans for a couple of stable blocks as well.”

The training centre is part of a plan to takes harness racing in to the future. Work is continuing on regional centres of excellence with work to start on a new track at Wagga next month, while development application will be lodged for the Tamworth track soon.

“We needed to get the right structure in place to sustained the sport,” Dumesny said. “The sport has changed, so much and these 1000m are important to keep up with the quality of the horse.

“We are making plans for the training centres at Bathurst and Wagga to compliment the tracks. We have a number of trainers based at the showgrounds in Bathurst and we hope to have the stables at the new track built next year.

“It is a case of getting the track up and running and then making sure that we place the stables in the best area, so that there is the ability to expand if necessary.”

Meanwhile, Blake Fitzpatrick chalked 100 winners for the season when he scored on Dieu De Lamour at Menangle on Tuesday. It is the eighth Fitzpatrick has had a ton of winners in a season.

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Divine Prophet and Omei Sword storm into Golden Rose contention

Easing home: Tommy Berry rides Divine Prophet to win the Up And Coming Stakes. Photo: Bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛 Streets ahead: Brenton Avdulla rides Omei Sword to win the Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛
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After producing brilliant finishes at Randwick on Saturday, Divine Prophet and Omei Sword were lifted to the top of Golden Rose betting but neither are assured of starting in next month’s group 1.

Divine Prophet came from last to run down Derryn in the Up And Coming Stakes before Omei Sword made a one-act affair of the Silver Shadow Stakes.

Both appear to be heading towards a mile and beyond, so the Golden Rose makes sense but is not necessarily the preferred option. Divine Prophet was made the $6 Golden Rose favourite after his devastating win, while Omei Sword slipped on the second line of betting at $8 with San Domenico winner Star Turn.

“I don’t want to go to 1200m again, because she needs to step up, so the Golden Rose is an option but the Tea Rose Stakes in four weeks is probably our first choice at the moment,” Waller said of Omei Sword.

“We will see how she comes through it and make a decision because that was impressive.”

Omei Sword won by 3-1/2 lengths from Bacarella with a very confident Brenton Avdulla swinging on her to the line.

“I helped her up the rise and then let her go and she did the rest,” Avdulla said. “She is going to get better over more ground and there is still a bit of improvement there.”

It was dominant win but when matched against the Divine Prophet was probably left in the shadows. For the second time in two weeks, Team Hawkes produced a colt that had taken significant improvement into his three-year-old season.

Star Turn was powerful in the San Domenico, while Divine Prophet was simply sizzling late.

He was still last at the 200m but launched down the centre and it had Tommy Berry comparing him to the TJ Smith from the autumn.

“I know it sounds silly but it kind of reminded me of Chautauqua in the TJ. I was still last at the 200m and as soon as I pulled the stick through the my right hand and gave him a little tickle with that he was right,” Berry said.

“He is a miler as well so he is going to get over further and might even stretch out the 2000m.”

Divine Prophet is a brother to Proisir, which was runner-up to It’s A Dundeel in the Spring Champion Stakes and Randwick Guineas and also ran eighth in the Cox Plate.

Trainer John Hawkes has a couple of bullets to fire in the Golden Rose and knows it is a long spring.  “He showed a little bit of promise as a young horse and he has gone the right way and trained on and it was a good strong win,” Hawkes said.

“I think he will improve a bit, it’s only his first run back and he has a long way to go through the spring but we will just take it one step at a time.”

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Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink is disaster flick made real

Author Briohny Doyle is influenced by ”the guilty pleasure” of disaster films. Photo: Paul JeffersThere are more spectacular scenes of destruction to be found in other epics but Briohny Doyle’s favourite disaster flick is The Towering Inferno.
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The 1974 pioneering film features strong, stoic male leads in Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and was made long before directors “realised you only needed one or two survivors and a crazed mass to hang the scenes of destruction around”.

“Despite the age of the film, many of the action sequences are chilling – characters run out into the fire, and fall down 100-floor elevator shafts,” says Doyle. “The crowd staring up at the burning high rise reminds the viewer of those famous pictures of the audience at Nevada nuclear tests.”Narrative representations of apocalyptic disaster were the subject of Doyle’s PhD at Murdoch University and made their way into her debut novel, The Island Will Sink, set in a future world of environmental catastrophe.

The novel follows Max Galleon, the “godfather of immersive cinema”, who is planning his next epic as fears grow for the stability of a sinking Pitcairn Island and the risk of an end-times tsunami.

The Island Will Sink is a deep and demanding read. Doyle postulates a world in which climate change has hastened social change and political control and exacerbated the gap between the haves and have-nots, but one in which society has ultimately adapted to climatic deprivations.

Environmental behaviour is policed by a corporate motivational mascot and the urban city sits beneath an eco-dome.

Galleon is a wealthy man who doubts his memories and begins to write his own life into his films. “There was a long period of time when I hadn’t read the book between edits and coming back to him I was like, ‘he’s not a nice guy that I’ve invented’. But at other times I felt quite sympathetic. He does come to see the connection between himself and others.”

The current wave of climate-change literature is an attempt by writers to grapple with the speed of change, Doyle says. “We can all see the dystopian scenarios and it’s quite an appealing thing to get into and pull apart, and see how it would work; it’s a fun thing for writers to do – and painful.”

Doyle has learned from reading disaster narratives down the ages that the “end times” always feel imminent to those experiencing dramatic and unknowable change.

“What’s different though about our particular moment is how much we are consuming these images and video clips of crisis,” she says.

“Crisis is being beamed to us in real time on a 24-hour news cycle, and that is a big thread in my book. How much more engaged could you get? So engaged to the point where in my book you can get a haptic, immersive, virtual reality crisis as it is happening?”

Doyle wrote the first draft in 2007 and ’08, pursued university study, and came back to the manuscript at various points, introducing a few plot changes but retaining the essential filmic structure.

“I did get advice from an early potential editor who read an early draft, who said you should rewrite it as a verse novella. “I said, ‘I can’t do that, it’s too big in my mind’.”

The Island Will Sink is the first book to be published by the literary magazine The Lifted Brow, part of a project to unearth exciting provocative and experimental writing which otherwise might not find a trade publisher.

“I envisaged that our first book, and that our list in the short to medium term, would be largely non-fiction,” says publisher Sam Cooney. “As this is where we saw, and still see, a big gap in the Australian market: for works of lyrical and narrative non-fiction that are experimental in approach or form. Think of recent works like Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and look at many other works from publishers like Graywolf, Verso, Semiotexte, and even McSweeney’s.

“But the very fact that Briohny’s novel is so exceptional, and that it’s been 10 years in the making and had a couple of large stumbling blocks during which Briohny almost abandoned it, and also that it is by a longtime contributor to our magazine, means that it’s ultimately a perfect fit for us.”

Doyle, 33, teaches literature at Deakin University. Growing up she wanted to be an actress, then a filmmaker, and at age 17, at Newtown Performing Arts High School she discovered the pleasures of writing around big ideas.

“You do it on your own and all you need is a pencil,” says Doyle. “You don’t need any money.”

The aesthetics of the auteur David Lynch and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner are as influential to the ambitions of The Island Will Sink as the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Michel Houellebecq.

Not to mention the guilty pleasure of all those disaster films with their thin plots and underdeveloped characters. As bad as they are, they make compulsive viewing, says Doyle.

The Island Will Sink, Briohny Doyle, The Lifted Brow, $29.99

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Candice Fox to talk in Canberra at Muse

Candice Fox admits she was reading James Patterson’s books at an inappropriately young age so when she had the chance to meet the bestselling author at a cocktail party she jumped at the chance.
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“I thought what have I got to lose,” says Fox. “He was being introduced to all the important people and I just thought I’m going over there.

“I pushed my way in and went excuse me and started chatting to him.

“I got locked in this celebrity moment, had the perfect three or four minutes with him and then I ran away before I could say anything stupid.”

Far from it; the initial conversation sparked a collaboration, calls were made by publishers, Patterson read Fox’s books on the plane on the way home, and now the pair are about to publish their second book, Never Never.

The author of a handful of award-winning crime novels, both Hades (2014) and Eden (2015) won Ned Kelly Awards, Fox didn’t think she had any chance of being picked up to work with Patterson.

“I knew he was in Australia to promote his crime collaboration with Kathryn Fox and his young adult series with Ed Chatterton but I was a newbie on the scene, I thought it would never happen,” she says.

But once their publishers got talking the whole process fell into place. They swapped emails, developing ideas back and forth, and Never Never was completed in just a few months.

“We started with a very basic premise,” says Fox. “James wanted a strong female protagonist, not necessarily a Sydney or a city setting.”

One of Fox’s best characters is Eden Archer, who appears in Eden and Fall. A policewoman who moonlights as a serial killer, there’s a touch of the Dexter about her. In Black & Blue, her first collaboration with Patterson, as part of the BookShots series, little pocket-size thrillers which were less than 150 pages, they introduced Harriet Blue.

In Never Never Harriet’s on the job in the West Australian outback, tracking down three missing people while working out who she can trust.

“I used to be very intimidated by writing female characters,” says Fox, “In my early books, I had four manuscripts before Hades which were all rejected by everyone, the female characters were either sex kittens or total bimbos or very masculine.”

Candice Fox will be in conversation with local librarian and crime writer L.J.M. Owen at Muse on Sunday, August 21, from 3-4pm. $10 includes a glass of wine/soft drink. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛

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Christophe Lemaitre and Adam Gemili in photo finish for bronze medal in Rio Olympics’ 200m

Three runners were separated by 0.01sec; and the bronze decided by 0.003.Rio de Janeiro: Usain Bolt again stole the show, but there was drama aplenty in the race for third behind the Jamaican and Canada’s Andre De Grasse in the 200m final on Thursday night.
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Both Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and Briton Adam Gemili clocked a time of 20.12 seconds, but Lemaitre got the nod for bronze in a photo finish. The gap between the runners in the photo was barely perceptible – recorded at just three-thousandths of a second.

Dutchman Churandy Martina was less than a head away with a time of 20.13.   Times to the [email protected] [email protected]_Gemili [email protected] 20.122 https://t.co/pw3OmlYY4W— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 19, 2016

Lemaitre’s emotions spilled over after he realised he had won bronze. A perennial finalist in the sprints at world championships and Olympic Games, the 26-year-old had never won an individual medal at either event until Thursday, with his lone previous Olympic medal being a relay bronze from London four years ago.

The thrilling finish follows a three-way dead heat for silver in the men’s 100m butterfly last week as legendary American Michael Phelps recorded an identical time to South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, all of whom played second fiddle to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling.

Rather than split the trio by going to the photo, all three swimmers were presented with silver medals. Spare a thought for Gemili, who missed out on bronze at the track.

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Australia sneak into women’s 4x400m relay final at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro: For Australia’s 4x400m relay team, it was a tale of a squeak, and then shrieks.
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Having finished fourth in their heat, the team of Jess Thornton, Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent-Jones and Morgan Mitchell missed an automatic qualification berth for the final, and had to wait to see if their time of 3:25.71 would claim one of the last two spots.

Teenager Thornton described the tension as the team watched the conclusion of the second heat.

“[It was a] bit nerve-racking,” Thornton said.

But Germany – who finished fifth in heat two – could only muster 3:26.02, and Australia were through. Cue delirium, with the screams eminating from the tunnel clearly audible in the mixed zone.

“I think we all just saw the last two numbers instead of the middle two which was 26, and were all a little bit worried for that slight second, and then we realised it was 26 and we just screamed as loud as we could because we realised we’d made the final.”

It is the first time Australia has made the final since 2000.

For Mitchell it was some form of consolation after the disappointing of her last placing in her 400m semi-final earlier in the meet.

“I had to redeem myself I guess. I had a few dark days after the semis so I thought let’s just get back into the groove of things and make that final. We did that so I’m really happy.

“Jess Thornton as a roomie’s been amazing. She just said ‘stay positive. The past is in the past and let’s look forward.'”

Mitchell also said she had recieved support from 2000 Olympic gold medallist and mentor Cathy Freeman – who was in the 2000 relay team.

“You’re 21, we’ve all failed, if other people can’t understand it that’s their problem,” was the message from Freeman according to Mitchell.

Australia could consider making a change for the final – with Lauren Wells an option for the race on Saturday night (Rio time).

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Australia finish last in women’s 4x400m final at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  They are looking for a team nickname, and considered calling themselves “The Sheilas”.
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And while they may not be “Golden Girls” yet, Australia’s youthful 4x400m team hope their appearance in the Rio Olympics final is the first of many, even if their showing this time was somewhat underwhelming.

Having scraped the final by the skin of their teeth, the combination of Jess Thornton, 18, Anneliese Rubie, 24, Caitlin Sargent-Jones, 24, and Morgan Mitchell, 21, failed to make a dent at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night. Despite strong legs from Mitchell and Rubie, Australia finished last in the eight-team field.

On a night when they received the medals controversially won a night earlier in the 4x100m relay, the US retained their 4x400m crown for a sixth consecutive Games, holding off Jamaica to claim gold. Great Britain were a distant third. But aside from the US and Jamaica, the final was a relatively sluggish affair. The Americans won in 3:19.06, with Jamaica posting 3:20.34. The Britons could muster just 3:25.88, with Australia getting home in 3:27.45. It was nearly two seconds slower than they had run the previous night to qualify. Had they recorded their heats time of 3:25.71 in the final, Australia’s team of Olympic debutants would have taken an unlikely bronze medal.

As such the ambitious Mitchell was slightly frustrated, if still glad to have been part of the first Australian team to make the final in 16 years.

“[I’m] a bit disappointed on the time but we’ve worked so hard just to get to the Olympic final, and to be able to label ourselves Olympic finalists is pretty cool,” Mitchell said.

“But we know we’ve got a lot to work on in the coming years.

“At the end of the day it is what it is. It’s quite exciting knowing we were that close and that we’re still very young.”

Rubie was more upbeat, looking forward to next year’s world championships and the prospect of a Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast in 2018.

“We’re very proud of each other,” Rubie said.

Rubie also joked about the team’s social media-driven search for a moniker. “Our favourite one was the ‘Sugar Gliders’ just because it was so bad,” she said.

“We were thinking ‘The Sheilas’ maybe just to take the piss out of it!”

The US win provided a sixth Olympic gold medal for Allyson Felix, further extending her lead as the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history.

The last time Australia made the final of the event – in 2000 – Nova Peris-Kneebone, Tamsyn Lewis, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Cathy Freeman came fifth in an Australian record time.

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Canberra Olympic one point away from Capital Football Premier League championship

Olympic’s Philippe Bernabo-Madrid finds his way around Woden’s Christopher McEwan. Photo: Rohan ThomsonFFA Centre of Excellence coach Tony Vidmar insists his side won’t be motivated by the chance to spoil Canberra Olympic’s Premier League title hopes when they clash on Saturday.
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Olympic can seal the regular season league title if they beat the Centre of Excellence in the final round of the Capital Football Premier League campaign.

Olympic are level with Tigers FC on 42 points, but can leap ahead given they’ve got a game in hand.

The Centre of Excellence are fifth and will miss the play-offs, but can finish their season on a high and shake up the finals campaign for the top four.

Vidmar said the FFA development team was only focused on winning, not crushing Olympic’s championship hopes.

“Our plan is to go out there and play the game as if it’s any other game through the competition,” Vidmar said.

“We’ll go out there to win the game as normal and to play how we should be playing. It’ll be our last game so I think the players owe it to themselves to put in a good performance.

“Even though there’s something riding on the game for Olympic we’re going to go out there and focus on ourselves.”

Tigers FC are ranked higher than Olympic on goal difference, despite winning one less game during the regular season.

Olympic are also finalising their preparations for an FFA Cup clash against Redlands United on Wednesday night.

“We’ll just worry about ourselves. It worked for us previously and we’ll just stick with that,” said Olympic coach Frank Cachia.

Cachia said multiple do-or-die fixtures will benefit his team in the match against the Centre of Excellence.

“This year, with the FFA Cup and the Federation Cup, we’ve had to win every game,” Cachia said..

“It’s definitely one of those things where the pressure’s on and we’ve risen to the occasion a few times now so I think we’re getting acclimatised to it a little bit.

“We’ve brought that [do-or-die] mentality into the club now and the boys are proud of their record so they’ll be looking to maintain it.

“We’re not going to approach [the game against the Centre of Excellence] trying to avoid a loss, we’re going to still go out there and try to play our game and do our best to get a result.

“We’re in a position where we obviously want to get three points and put ourselves on the top of the table when it counts.”

“Whoever misses out – either us or Cooma – will feel a bit stiff to miss out. Whoever wins it will deserve it and whoever doesn’t get it will look back at the season and think ‘how did we not win the premiership’.”

Meanwhile, in other games Belconnen look to solidify third spot on the ladder when they host Woden Weston FC and Canberra FC will do their best to leap frog the Blue Devils by beating Gungahlin United on Sunday afternoon.

The home and away season finishes on Wednesday when Tuggeranong United play Vidmar’s Centre of Excellence.

CAPITAL FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday: Canberra Olympic v FFA Centre of Excellence at AIS Grass Fields, 3pm; Belconnen United v Woden Weston FC at McKellar Park, 5:30pm

Sunday: Canberra FC v Gungahlin United at Deakin Stadium, Tuggeranong United v Monaro Panthers at Kambah 2-1. Both games at 3pm.

Wednesday: Tuggeranong United v FFA Centre of Excellence at AIS Grass Fields, 7pm.

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Leasing Ladder

Clarke & Humel Property has leased a 225 sqm office at 17 Sydney Road, Manly. BANKSMEADOW $218 sqm gross
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Interfreight International P/L has leased a 285 sqm office at Suite 5.01, 1753 Botany Road from Exell​ Properties P/L. The lease term is five years. Edward Washer and Jessica Male, JLL.

MANLY $800 sqm gross

Clarke & Humel Property has leased a 225 sqm office at 17 Sydney Road. The lease term is three years. Eric Lundberg​, TGC.

MASCOT $230 sqm gross

Brilliant Lifts Australia has leased a 526 sqm warehouse at Unit 25, 10 Ossary Street from a private investor. The lease term is five years plus a five-year option. Tom Barnier​ & Alex Bennett, LJ Hooker Commercial South Sydney.

MOOREBANK $120 sqm gross

Grosvenor Engineering Group has leased a 2700 sqm industrial property at 76 Heathcote Road from a private lessor. The lease term is five years. Ryan Jennings CBRE

WATERLOO $205 sqm gross

Aloutte Child Care P/L has leased a 220 sqm office at 7/198 Young Street from G & A Rando. The lease term is three years plus a three-year option. Marino Rodriguez, Taylor Nicholas South Sydney.

REVESBY $110 sqm net.

Verosol Australia has leased a 4323 sqm site at 40 Marigold Street from a private investor. The lease term is five years. Chris Ryan, Tom Rourke, Ryan Jennings CBRE.

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