Robot and Frank

WHILE Robot and Frank might feel like a filmaimed at our older generation, there is much to enjoy for anyone who mightoccasionally be frustrated by the cynical modern world.
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The film allows a subtlebalance of laughs, romance and sadness with a quirky sci-fi twist.

Frank Langella plays Frank,a divorced senior living a life of solitude in rural New York. Between visitsand video calls from his children (James Marsden and Liv Tyler), who areconcerned for his seemingly deteriorating mental state, Frank spends his sparetime visiting the local library to flirt with the librarian (Susan Sarandon)and by shoplifting various soaps from the store which occupies the site of hisfavourite restaurant.

His little moments ofdefiance in the face of change establish earlier, none more so than when hisson arrives with a new robot caregiver.

As might be expected, Frankis none too thrilled with the prospect of a robot babysitter, in the form ofthe VGC-60L humanoid.

Langella is strong as thetitle character of Frank, coming across poignant as the surly ex-con who isbeginning to lose his memory.

The film’s supporting castplays in well to establish Frank’s present and past. Sarandon radiates analmost beautiful sadness as the lonely librarian in a changing world. Tyler andMarsden work well to portray the grown-up kids who do not have the time to lookafter their father and his worsening condition.

In a standout role, PeterSarsgaard bring a perfect sense of comedy and real life validation as the voiceof the robot, complete with enough dry wit to steal the scene on a number ofoccasions.

A clever subtext runsthroughout Robot and Frank, commenting on the loss of personality in thedigital age as well as the disposable nature of modern life.

As we come more to rely on technologyfor everything – from our reading material to aged care, we give rise to ageneration of privileged but purposeless people.

Robot and Frank highlightsthe fragility but also the value of a mind filled with life experience andskills.

Sadly, the film does notmove with ease, there are a number of long parts that don’t appear to resolvemuch in the end – but to its credit, Robot and Frank has a number of funnyscenes.

This time, the thrust ofthe film is not about the sci-fi technology, but instead Frank, his conditionand his relationships. Aside from a few problems, the script is smart and makesthe film worth a look.

Robot and Frank, Rated M, 3stars

Robot and Frank

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Nationals’ student support review will hurt local families

USING the cover of Christmas, the National Party has quietly announced it will review
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student support, including the start-up scholarship, for low-income families if elected next

year.

Independent Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott said any move to reduce funding support for students

from regional communities would have a devastating impact on local families.

“The National Party’s Lyne candidate David Gillespie continues to deny the reality of inequity

that is at the core of disadvantage for regional students,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“Cutting start-up support to assist first-year university students from regional Australia is

just the latest example of this.

“When the National Party announces it will review all student income support, everyone

knows this is code for cuts, cuts and more cuts.

“Personally, I am offended for two reasons. First, the National Party continues to ignore and

deny the issue of inequity. Its policies to date – at secondary and tertiary education levels –

show the party does not recognise any problem at all for regional communities trying to

access better education. This is absolutely and fundamentally wrong, and goes against

everything a so-called regional political party should stand for.

“Second, I personally negotiated a better student support package with the Prime Minister in

the early days of this 43

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Parliament. A record $265 million annual Youth Allowance

package was negotiated to help regional and local students break through the ‘glass ceiling’

of education opportunity. To see this now challenged is a direct slap in the face to the

many students who are currently benefiting from these new opportunities.

“Students need to look very closely at the National Party’s funding review announcement. It

is sneaky in its timing the week before Christmas, and it screams cuts to student support for

locals trying to get ahead in life,” Mr Oakeshott said.

Member for Lyne Rob Oakeshott is wary of the National Party’s student support plans.

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Esperance will suffer the same demise as the coastal towns 

DAVID PRICE of Esperance writes:
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THE majority of Esperance’sresidents and ratepayers have obviouslysupported the replacementof the town’s natural beauty, clean healthyenvironment and ambience forthe ever-expanding port,its associatedinfrastructure and the pollution it creates.

I find it hard to accept that these same people are prepared toforgothefinancialbenefits that should flow from such asacrifice.

The installation of the naturalgas pipeline, the upgrade of ourrailway, the increased shipping andthe extra heavy vehicletraffichas not delivered any immediate financialbenefit to ourregions residentssuch as decreased costs intravel, transport,utilities (electricity, gas, water) shire rates, building constructionorthe price of fuel.

It is blatantly obvious, when a person can purchase fuel in Newdegatecheaper than in Esperance, that this government and its big business partnershave no intentionof reimbursing usfor some of the savings madepossible by the residents forfeiture.

It seems inevitable that Esperance will suffer the same demise asthecoastal towns of the north west unless its residents demandbigbusinessand their shareholderspay a smallfee forthedestruction they cause.

On the subject of fuel, it is of extreme concern that you canreceivea 4c a litre fuel discount at aColes/Shell fueloutletalthough Coles doesnot have a store in Esperance. To obtain a4c discount voucher you need to purchase alcohol from their bottleshop.

This could be construed as “if youdon’t drink alcohol youmust pay more for fuel”. Not a good look for a corporate citizen.

It makes more sense to legislate that if a supermarket/fuelchaindoes not have a store in the townthey cannot control a liquor outlet.

So if you are driving to Perth and want to send a message to the localchamber of commerce and industry,put enough fuel in your tank to get youto Newdegate and fill up there.

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Praise for pollie who sticks to her guns

THERE’Snot much to be gained by praising a politician.
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Thisis best expressed by voters at the ballot box.

However,on occasions, it is worth handing out the

oddbouquet.

WhileI’m reluctant to single out any one MP, there’s an MLC that continues toimpress by being genuinely independent and making the right call at critical andduring controversial times.

Sheis not frightened to make a decision knowing it might not have majority supportin her electoral division.

MurchisonMLC Ruth Forrest showed again last week during a forestry debate why she isn’tone of the ‘‘dinosaurs’’ of the Legislative Council.

Butfirst I want to rewind the clock four or five years to the bitter Gunns pulp millfast-track legislation, to highlight her ability.

Atthe time, pressure was on MLCs to support proposed legislation to fast-trackthe project approval through Parliament after it was ripped out of the independentResource Planning and Development Commission.

Therewas a rotten stench about the whole affair, with senior public servants being ‘‘lenton’’, amid political nterference tofast-track the mill.

Then-Gunnsboss John Gay was saying every day the project was delayed it was costing hiscompany $1 million.

Thelegislation was passed but Ms Forrest, who is a strong supporter of the forestindustry, spoke out strongly about unresolvedissues with the project.

Shedid this knowing it risked accusations of her being anti-development in herpro-forestry electorate.

Butit was the fair and just thing to do.

Finally,Ms Forrest, during the crucial vote over the forest peace deal, was again lastweek among a minority of MLCs who made the right call when it counted, albeitbeing defeated by the majority.

MsForrest pleaded with MLCs to make a final decision on the legislation beforeChristmas instead of referring it to a select committee for a further three-monthreview.

Thedelay could threaten hundreds of millions of federal dollars flowing to Tasmania.

Thetime for more talk fests is over.

Again,Ms Forrest gets my vote.

Pip’s point of view

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Answer the petty accusations and queries

CARMEL McEWAN, Secretary, Esperance Community Fundraising Group, writes:
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I WOULD like to answer the petty accusations and queries that hadappeared on Esperance Express Facebook page regarding the Esperance CommunityFund Raising Group role in the running of the Esperance markets.

We are the group that fundraised for CT Scanner that has helped manypeople of Esperance avoid travelling to Perth or Albany. We also donated moneyto the Esperance Hospital for the upgrade of the TVs that hospital patientsenjoy. We have had changes to the committee but the majority of the members arestill on the new committee.

When we finalised this project we looked for another project that wouldbenefit the residents of Esperance decided that an Eye Laser machine would beappropriate goal for us to undertake. We changed our name to the EsperanceCommunity Fundraising Group and once again commenced fundraising. With theassistance of the Shire of Esperance we were granted the running of themarkets. Ever since that time we have had innuendoes against our coordinatorJoyce Pearce.

We are an incorporated body, To the Pearces of stealing is to by defaultaccuse the eight members of this committee of the same crime.

Every person who has a stall is issued with a receipt (even if they saythey do not want one). We do not charge any fundraising group or buskers anyfees and actually would like more groups to hold stalls. We receive assistancefrom all the service clubs of Esperance plus businesses also donate to ourcause. Do you think that these people would donate to us if they thought wewere ‘cooking the books’? With their assistance and at their request we arealso purchasing an Afinion Analyser that tests for diabetes in children savingthem a trip to Perth for a five minute test. This should come on line shortly.

We have currently $100,635.17 in our account and in January the two eyelaser machines will be ordered and the transportable building that will housethese should be in Esperance. The third machine that we were fundraising for,we have been advised that the hospital has put this on hold as there is noqualified person in Esperance to operate the machine. We will then look foranother project for the Esperance Community.

To conclude, the Pearce family donate all telephone calls, fuel that isused shopping every fortnight for setting up our donut stall. Instead of snideremarks they should be getting bouquets.

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Multitude of laws for amateurs

JIM ANDRE of Esperance writes:
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I WAS living nearly 70klms east of Esperance a whileback when my brother and his mate came out to visit. We are all snorkellers andlicensed as amateurs to take abalone and we went down to the Duke of Orleans Bayand each got our legalbag limit of Roes abalone. We then returned to myhouse at Condingup with all the legal requirements fulfilled concerning sizes,bag limit, licences numbers and dates etc.

I asked my brother if he was going to give someabalone to our elderly parents who cannot get abalone for themselves and whoenjoy eating them. But they had a party coming up and needed all they hadcaught. So I asked my brother who was driving the 70km back to town anyway, totake my abalone into town and drop them off at our parents’ place for me. Allthe details of my licence were on the little plastic bag, the quantity, sizeand everything was all legitimate and legal. On the way to town the FisheriesDepartment had a roadblock, stopped and searched my brother’s car and informedhim he was in breach of the law as the twowere only allowed to have oneday’s bag limit eachin their possession. My brother explained the factsof the matter and asked the fisheries officer to ring me for confirmation. Thefisheries officer saidfisheries do not take into account anything exceptthe letter of the law and it is not flexible or negotiable no matter what thecircumstances are. The really stupid part is, if therewas another personin the car with them, even unlicenced or a little child,then there wouldbe no offence. The fisheries officer said if your brother wants to give yourparents a feed of freshabalone then he had to make the 140klm round tripin his car to deliver them. Fisheries gave my brother a $250 on the spot finefor the 300gm of abalone because he owned the car they were in.

Feeling there was no justice or fairness my brotherexercised his right to plead his case in court, to which the magistratefollowed the fisheries line: the law is the law, no exceptions, no mitigatingcircumstances. Then – can you even believe this – the magistrate trebled thefine to $750. Yes, this happens in Australia! The magistrate fined my brother$500-00 for exercising his right to plead his case in court! It is disgraceful.

The government catch cry is fish for the future toconserve the fish stocks. The cost of an amateur abalonelicence has beenincreased by 20 per cent every year since its introduction. The amateur take ofabalone has been reduced steadily to rock bottom where at the absolute maximum,thetake of greenlips could not be more than 3.5 tonnes a yearinthis zone. The amateur season has been reducedfrom 12 months to 7 months.In the time since amateur licences were introducedthe professional abaloneseason remainsopen for12 months. Each professionallicencequota has been increased by the government by 1.2 tonnes per licence, 6licences =a 7.2 tonne increase, more than double the total amateur catch!

The government has made the multitude of laws foramateurs so complex they have set them up to fail and they have turned their law enforcers into tax collectorsto maximise their financial intake from the amateur fisherman.

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Esperance Tennis Club Junior Pennants

The final round of the Esperance Tennis Club SummerJunior Pennant competition concluded on Saturday 15thDecember :
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A Grade – Grand Final

The Grand Final in the A grade competition saw theWarriors take on Aero Storm.

At the completion of play the match was tied at threesets all. The eventual winning team ‘Warriors’ was determined by a games countback in what was a very close and competitive match.

Singles Results

Warriors defeated Aero Storm 3-3

A1 Jackson Parker lost to Lachlan Adamson6-7

A2 Luke Greatrex lost to Matt Rogers7-8

A3 Lachlan Hallam defeated Claudia Parker 6-0

A4 Michael Piercey defeated James Dwyer 6-0

B Grade – Grand Final

In what was another closely contested grand final inthe B grade competition Aero Storm managed to combine in the final two doublesgames to take out the match over a very competitive unit the ‘Warriors’.

Singles Results

Aero Storm defeated the Warriors 5-3

B1 Jordon Marold defeated Angus Macmillan 4-1

B2 Sophie Hallam defeated Gerard Newman 4-0

B3 Toby Leckie lost to Harry Stead 1-4

B4 Tahlia Inkster drew with Tyler Berry 2-2

After the conclusion of the season all the juniorpennants players attended their trophy presentations for the respective winningteams and the winners and runner up of each division.

Once the formalities had been completed the club had asurprise visit from the man in red with all the players lining up for theiropportunity to accept a gift from Father Xmas.

All the children in attendance also had theopportunity to play in the junior section of the ‘Bay of Isles Computers ‘ShootOut’ competition.

In what was a frantic match play situation (with thecommentary to match!) where each player had to win the only point on offer inorder to stay in the competition.

Congratulations to the eventual winners who wereConner Berry in the ‘A’ division and James Gray in the ‘B’ division.

A huge thanks to Paul and Lee of ‘Bay of IslesComputers’ for their contribution and support of the Esperance Tennis Club inwhat was a fantastic conclusion to the days’ events for the junior brigade.

In closing I would like to thank all the helpers andsupporters of the junior pennants competition in what has been a pleasure tocoordinate each and every Saturday morning.

To all the players , what a wonderful group of kids,hope you all have a great Xmas with your families, travel safe and we will seeyou all back first term 9

th

Feb 2013!

Bay of Isles ‘Shootout’ competition Junior Winners –Photo 3

In order left to right:

Head Coach Jani Kroyerr

B Division Winner – James Gray

B Division R/Up – Vincent Newman

A Division Winner – Conner Berry

A Division R/Up – James Clarke

The Esperance Tennis Club junior brigade attending the Xmas festivities

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Junior Basketball results ~ Round 5

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Friday Night Results

Girl’s A Grade

Pearls 38 b Opals 14. KHarding, A Capelli(P), E Davis, K Scheer(O)

Diamonds 26 b TDS 20. C Smith,C McIntyre(T), K Harland, M Clark(D)

Emeralds 22 b Rubies 19. BWickstein, N Collins(R), J Saunders, O Keevil(E)

Boy’s A Grade

Crows 36 b Falcons 22. SFranzone, M Spencer(F), S Nelson J Harris(C)

Hawks 33 b Vultures 15. TWyatt, D Bridge(H), B Staunton, C Burke(V)

Eagles 44 b Swans 35. B White,L Graham(e), R Keevil, L Kipling(S)

Girl’s Roxy

Sharks 41 b Harlequins 27. CMcIntyre, D Major(S), C Tate, C Smith(H)

Dolphins 34 b Marlins 27. LBarlow, K Pickering(D), K Witham, E Vickers(M)

Boy’s Nike

Taipans 40 b Anacondas 24. J Muntz,L Cary(A), C Wyatt, L Ocallaghan(T)

Pythons 27 b Cobras 21. IBuckley, L Cruttenden(C), B Ainsworth, B Zanotti(P)

Vipers 32 b Dugites 20. RDann, R Kelly(V), J Beasley, J Adams(D)

Boys Asics

TDS 32 b Tigers 24. T Edwards,T Hallam(T), J Buckley, A Barter(tds)

Jaguars 22 b Pumas 20. SDavis, C Smart(J), S Poole, D Hampel(P)

Lions 21 b Panthers 19. KNeil, C Stewart(L), D Harris, J Rowe(P)

Girls Billabong

Tds 28 b Lorikeets 16. RTaylor, C Morier(L), B Bonney, G Beasley(T)

Stirlings v Quails. Y Austen,A Bell(Q), L Cook, T Kuss(S)

Robins 32 b Ravens 18. J Bonney,S Rose(Ro), I Greasley, S Walker(Ra)

Boys Gatorade

Kings 32 b Knights 29. ZMurray, A Barter (Ki), T MacKenzie, JKennedy(K)

Barons 37 b Dukes 21. AEdwards, T McDonald (B), R Flood, J Marshall (D)

Girls Twilight

Typhoon 52 b Hurricanes 19. ZLiddlelow, Y Austen(T), L Cook, B Bonney(H)

Twisters 22 b Cyclones 15. KJohnson, Ruby Connor(T), R Major, H Boxer(C)

Monday Night Results

Boys Powerade

Torpedoes 40 b Rockets 26. BCastillo, J Marshall(T), M Williams, K Garvey(R)

Bombers 41 b Bullets 17. BHawkey, C Kennedy(Bo), J Fitzpatrick, J Gibson(Bu)

Girls Bluehaven

Meteors 32 b Comets 5, Ilewis, K Shearer(M), C Rowe, M Rhodes(C)

Galaxies 28 b Stars 8. KBuckley, O Withers(G), H Sladen, K Bishop(S)

Boys Converse

BMW’s 17 b Monaros 12. Joseivwright, T Hotker(B), B Murray, V Castillo(M)

Ferraris 18 b Mustangs 14

Porsches 14 b Corvettes 13. SConnor, H Staer(P), A Clark, M Ayers(C)

Girls Vans

Beetles 32 B Crickets 15. T Neil,C Foster(B), C Shearer, E Stevens(C)

Mozzies 24 B Dragonflies 4. SVarea, T Adams(M), J Major, D McMahon(D)

CountryweekBasketball starts on Friday the 8th February 2013 with U/16& U/18 Boys & U/18 Girls.

Boys 16s& Girls 18s will be in division 2 and the Boys 18s will be playing in theChampionship division.

It is areminder to all parents of players there are still positions that need to befilled to enable the teams to go away. If anyone

requiresinformation on Countryweek or can be a scorer or umpire on any of theseweekends please contact Nicole on 0428889663.

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Anglican Community School awards

ESPERANCEAnglican Community School student talents were acknowledged at the school’scelebration and awards night on Thursday, December 13.
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School teacherIain Clark said the school community could proudly look back on what has been abusy and creative year, not least the consolidation of the school’s enrolmentnumbers and the completion of the stage two buildings.

“We eagerlyanticipate the continued growth of our school with up to 50 new studentsenrolling in Year 8 for 2013,” he said.

Whole schoolaward winners were named as: Female Sportsperson of the Year – Amanda Bell,Male Sportsperson of the Year – Sam Curtis, Most Consistent Band Member – Michael Rushton, Workplace LearningAchievement Award – Sofia Freebairn, Goldsworthy House Spirit Award – RowanSeton, Harris House Spirit Award – Steven Ainsworth and Wood House Spirit Award- Kyle Catling.

Mr Clarkcongratulated all students on their efforts and achievements throughout the2012 school year.

“We look forwardto sharing an exciting 2013 school year with you,” he said.

A YEAR of success: From back – Nathaniel Furniss (Year 8 Mathematics), Cathryn Brown (Year 9 SOSE, Science, Multimedia, English, EACS Spirit Award, Year 9 Academic Award), Sam Curtis (Year 9 Maths, Health and Phys Ed, Male Sportsperson of the Year), Sophia Freebairn (Workplace Learning), Lucy Gardiner (Year 8 English Award) and Elizabeth Saltmarsh (Year 8 CRAVE). Front Row – Kira Warner (Year 9 Japanese), Nicole Collins (Modern History and Phys Ed Studies), Chloe Freebairn (Year 9 Visual Arts) and Inaya Stone (Year 8 SOSE, Using Wood and Year 8 Academic Award).

JULIE-Ann Ross and Sarah Barr were among those commended for their efforts at the awards evening.

YEAR 9 students Cathryn Brown and Sam Curtis hold up their awards from the graduation night.

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York gym equipment getting good work out 

YORK Recreation Centre’s new gym equipment is getting gooduse from some enthusiastic locals keen for a healthier lifestyle.
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They have enrolled in York’s Swap It, Don’t Stop It program and are aiming to learn some small,simple swaps to their daily routines that can make a big difference to theirlong-term health.

Some have joined a nutrition workshop where Northam Hospitalhealth promotion officer Sarah Dixon explains healthy eating habits atWednesday evening classes, held between 6.30 and 8.30pm until mid-December.

Sarah will explain how to eat healthily on a budget, how tointerpret food labels, how to make modifications to recipes as well asproviding a chance to prepare and share a healthy meal.

Others have signed up for gym circuit sessions led byexperienced personal trainer and youth development worker Lyn Kay.

Ms Kay said the York Recreation and Convention Centre’s newgym equipment had everything the participants needed to get fit.

“It’s got all the basic things you need – it’s great,” shesaid.

“I always do a variety of exercise and incorporate thingslike boxing, walking around the oval, circuit sessions and working withweights.”

Ms Kay said the age of participants ranged from about 20 to70 and she took into account their varying levels of fitness.

“I have them in different lines so I could work with themdifferently yet keep them all together,” she said.

Ms Kay’s 12-week program is split into six weeks of eveningsand six weeks of morning classes.

The night sessions started in October and finished early lastmonth.

Currently, the classes run from 6.30am to 7.30am.

They are free of charge and Ms Kay said there was plenty ofroom for more participants before classes finish today.

The classes have become so popular with the mature-agedparticipants Ms Kay said she had been asked to run a monthly class for seniorsfrom Quairading and York.

Both the nutrition and exercise programs are part of anational Swap It, Don’t Stop Itcampaign, funded by the Australian Government and administered by the HeartFoundation.

The campaign was launched in March last year with the aim ofproviding Australians with the tools and understanding to make simple swaps toimprove their health.

Its primary target group is adults, particularly those withchildren.

Heart Foundation senior project officer Lisa Wheatley saidthe Swap It, Don’t Stop It campaignencouraged people to consider small swaps involving nutrition and physicalactivity.

These could be incorporated into daily life and would havethe potential to help reduce the risk factors of chronic disease, she said.

Ms Kay’s exercise ‘swap it’ tips include swapping a casualstroll for a brisk walk.

“I explain it has to be a brisk walk to get your heart rateup,” she said. “And walk for at least half an hour.”

Another tip is to considering walking when only a shortjourney is involved.

“It’s so easy to jump into your car but you might only needto go 100 metres down the road,” she noted.

“Or take the bike. I’m encouraging kids to get on their bikesmore.”

Sarah Dixon said good nutrition ‘swap it’ advice includedswapping a pie at lunchtime for a sandwich.

“Or swapping full-fat milk for low-fat milk, swapping to wholemeal pasta and swapping fruit juice for fresh fruit,” she added.

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