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Broadcaster truce puts punters back in picture
Racing's warring broadcasters TVN and Sky Channel have shelved designs on a fresh long-term agreement for the sport's vision rights in NSW and Victoria until the new year after resolving to prioritise a temporary truce and end to the blackout before Christmas.
Sydney Morning Herald 22/12/2014     no charge     523 words

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Bush raider leaves punters in shock
Reporters asked questions of Bindi Cheers over a rail while the trainer, on strapping duty, walked her grey in circles in the mounting yard.
Sun Herald 21/12/2014     no charge     480 words

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Captain a 'nuffie' at home with the punters
The new skipper is a humble man, writes Andrew Webster.
The Age 17/12/2014     no charge     974 words

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Foodie heaven
The Hunter embraced culinary diversity in 2014, writes KATE TARALA.
Newcastle Herald 17/12/2014     no charge     1216 words

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Surface tension sums up Sydney's malaise
Sydney racing has much in common with Royal Randwick's Kensington circuit - a crusty top, no foundation and a deplorable backwash. Again punters, jockeys, trainers and owners on Saturday had to tolerate a surface more suited to potatoes than racing.
Sydney Morning Herald 24/11/2014     no charge     823 words

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Small bar culture needs to be fostered
PICTURE the scene: it's a balmy summer evening, Friday after work, you're sitting back, high on a rooftop above Wollongong, with a long cool drink.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     723 words

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Racing rights impasse drags on
Thousands of punters across Australia will be deprived of vision of Saturday's Rosehill and Flemington race meetings after a request from publicans in NSW and Victoria was knocked back on Friday by TVN.
The Age 20/12/2014     no charge     499 words

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One for the ages
It's been a big year for the Hunter as we hosted a revolving door of music royalty. Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Nine Inch Nails and Lorde shared the spotlight with classic rockers, indie upstarts and - who could forget - the Rolling Stones. A glimpse at the list of 2014's biggest gigs shows our region remains a must-see for the world's best touring artists, writes GEORGINA MITCHELL.
Newcastle Herald 20/12/2014     no charge     2562 words

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Smaller venues cop fall-out in TV battle
Racing's bitter TV rights war will result in almost 1000 pubs and clubs Australia-wide going without vision from NSW and Victorian race meetings on Saturday as the industry braces for the crippling effect on turnover.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/12/2014     no charge     681 words

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Vision blow for TABs
The gulf between two of Australia's principal racing broadcasters has widened to the point where powerful Sky Racing will not be permitted to broadcast New South Wales and Victorian racing.
The Age 18/12/2014     no charge     333 words

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HK racing to major success
It is no wonder the Hong Kong Jockey Club is the envy of every racing executive in the world.
The Age 13/12/2014     no charge     826 words

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Buffering still in mix for Hong Kong
Robert Heathcote believes that of all the horses he trains at his vast Brisbane base, Buffering is one who can overcome most setbacks and still be effective.
The Age 12/12/2014     no charge     429 words

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TAB chalks up 50 years and there's no end to the revolution
Born in a time when SP bookmakers ruled the roost, the NSW TAB was a revolution.
Sydney Morning Herald 09/12/2014     no charge     442 words

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Fifty years on and the TAB is still a winner amid a plethora of corporates
'What A Flop." That was the early edition newspaper headline above the story of the first day of the NSW TAB, particularly the Angel Place branch.
Sydney Morning Herald 08/12/2014     no charge     790 words

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The Mail
Beauty's Beast upstages premier trainer's crew
Sun Herald 07/12/2014     no charge     835 words

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A city-style campaign backfired in the bush
The loyalty of regional people will take many years for the Liberals to win back.
The Age 02/12/2014     no charge     868 words

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Agonising end to the year
Adam Zwar has advice for those hoping to survive another New Year's Eve.
Sydney Morning Herald 22/12/2014     no charge     651 words

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Flogging family silver
WHEN Premier Mike Baird said he would go to the March election on a campaign to sell 49 per cent of the state's poles and wires, I wondered how he was going to flog that idea to the private sector, and still make the $13 billion or so he was planning on banking from the deal.
Newcastle Herald 22/12/2014     no charge     706 words

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Racing networks seek to end blackout
Racing's warring broadcasters TVN and Sky Channel have shelved designs on a fresh long-term agreement for the sport's vision rights in NSW and Victoria until the new year after resolving to prioritise a temporary truce and end to the blackout before Christmas.
The Age 22/12/2014     no charge     414 words

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Testashadow gives followers near heart failure
Testashadow's race manners almost cost him victory at Rosehill on Saturday, but trainer Gary Portelli said the gelding was primed for the rich Magic Millions Guineas on the Gold Coast next month.
Sun Herald 21/12/2014     no charge     498 words

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New view on racing?
While thousands of punters Australia-wide were denied seeing race meetings from Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday, pressure is mounting on the board of Racing Victoria to obtain the media and vision rights for this state.
The Sunday Age 21/12/2014     no charge     199 words

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The Feds: 2014 federal politics awards sit well with Christmas turkeys
Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.
The Age 20/12/2014     no charge     823 words

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Podcast revives the lost art of listening parties
Listening parties are back.
The Age 20/12/2014     no charge     389 words

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Cuddles all round when Kristy Lee lands the prize
Kristy Lee in the Ranvet Handicap at Rosehill Gardens could come into the category of "cuddle one for Christmas". This was the catch-cry of trainers in an era when they were more interested in getting a worthwhile dividend for the festive season than an impressive overall strike rate.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/12/2014     no charge     670 words

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As a great passes, new fans gather at gate
Racing lost Ross McDonald, a dinosaur, the like of who will never be seen again, earlier this week but there is promise for the new age on the horizon.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/12/2014     no charge     531 words

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Race vision row quick to strike the bottom line
The feud between warring broadcasters TVN and Sky Channel is poised to drag on into the new year after wagering on NSW and Victorian thoroughbred races took an immediate hit on the first day of the subscription channel blackout.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/12/2014     no charge     582 words

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Newcastle cowboys hot on money trail
There is a nondescript three-year-olds' conditions race at Longchamp on the first day in June. A horse by the name of Silver Trail wins, Flintshire runs second and Terrubi clocks in third.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/12/2014     no charge     565 words

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Ryan shrugs off weight of Excitement
Gerald Ryan has brushed off the huge impost allotted to Red Excitement on his return to racing as one of the hottest horses of last summer in Sydney looks to seal a trip south to Melbourne.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/12/2014     no charge     486 words

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Agonising end to the year
Adam Zwar has advice for those hoping to survive another New Year's Eve.
The Age 18/12/2014     no charge     651 words

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Gameiro grateful for fans' support
"I am confident I will get back to the level I was because of the faith that Arnie has shown me Corey Gameiro
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     446 words

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Festival goes Live in the street and beneath the Hills Hoist
On four summer evenings in January, a suburban street in Bankstown will host songs, films, theatre, ballroom dancing, audio stories under a Hills Hoist and live family portraits taken in living rooms.
Sydney Morning Herald 17/12/2014     no charge     324 words

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Diggers support Anzac Day game
NEWCASTLE'S Diggers have given their blessing to the Knights' Anzac Day game against Johnathan Thurston's North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium next year.
Newcastle Herald 17/12/2014     no charge     556 words

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New Year's Eve options
RING in the new year in style with the opening party of the Hendrick's Gin Garden at Honeysuckle's The Landing Bar & Kitchen, complete with gin tipples in the harbourside venue and fireworks over the water.
Newcastle Herald 17/12/2014     no charge     574 words

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Passion for polpette
Ballers Polpetteria Address 178 Enmore Road, Enmore 02 9557 6665 Open Tues-Sun 5-10.30pm (later on Enmore Theatre show nights) Website ballerspolpetteria.com Cuisine Italian (meatballs)
Sydney Morning Herald 16/12/2014     no charge     464 words

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Waller's use of Lasix on veteran Junoob may trigger new training trend
The Lasix influence in the sensational Junoob positive was emphasised by I'm Imposing in Saturday's Villiers at Randwick. "I believe it helps with the longevity of a horse's career," trainer Chris Waller told Racing NSW stewards during the inquiry, after which the trainer was fined $30,000 because Junoob tested positive to the diuretic after his group 1 Metrop triumph at Randwick. Waller uses Lasix in training, which is legal, but it was mistakenly given to Junoob before the race. Veterinary ...
Sydney Morning Herald 15/12/2014     no charge     756 words

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Revenue knocked for six in budget
Treasurer Joe Hockey will reveal revenue has taken another $6.2 billion hit in just over six months, with the mid-year economic update set to forecast $379.5 billion in receipts, down from the $385.7 billion forecast in the May budget.
The Age 15/12/2014     no charge     834 words

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Revenue takes $6.2b hit
Treasurer Joe Hockey will reveal revenue has taken another $6.2 billion hit in just over six months, with the midyear economic update set to forecast $379.5 billion in receipts, down from the $385.7 billion forecast in the May budget.
Sydney Morning Herald 15/12/2014     no charge     655 words

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Meredith festival ends on much quieter note
On Sunday morning, Melbourne band Krakatau stepped on stage at the Meredith Music Festival to play their biggest gig.
The Age 15/12/2014     no charge     409 words

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Hong Kong runners near peak
They have had their issues but the two New Zealand-owned runners at Sunday night's Hong Kong international meeting, Spalato and Criterion, are both expected to strip close to their peak.
The Sunday Age 14/12/2014     no charge     428 words

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Hayes happy Criterion stays out of limelight
As he strolled around Sha Tin this week, his "backyard" as he likes to refer to it, David Hayes could be excused for knowing pressure better than most.
Sun Herald 14/12/2014     no charge     796 words

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Racing round-up
Randwick
Sun Herald 14/12/2014     no charge     178 words

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PSSST IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Adelaide Oval numbers game
The Sunday Age 14/12/2014     no charge     1014 words

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Chookin' good
Who says you can't eat fried chicken before noon? CANDICE CHUNG revels in breakfast rebellion. BAR H 80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills 9280 1980 Mon-Sat, 6pm-late; Sunday brunch, 10am-3pm barhsurryhills.com
Sydney Morning Herald 13/12/2014     no charge     657 words

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Rain won't dampen Rudy's hopes for a Villiers victory
Brisbane-based apprentice Luke Tarrant on Rudy can match Sydney's best navigators in the Villiers at Randwick on Saturday, says John Page, well acquainted with the subject.
Sydney Morning Herald 13/12/2014     no charge     726 words

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Who do these artists think they are?
Who, exactly, does Richard Flanagan think he is? OK, so he has a turn of phrase, or so his incessant winning of literary prizes would have us believe. And yeah, fine, he has written a deeply thoughtful and moral book about that most important of artistic subjects - what it means to be human.
Sydney Morning Herald 13/12/2014     no charge     979 words

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BRIEFS
McBriar finds new home at Chargers
Sydney Morning Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     248 words

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Chargers sign McBriar
AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Australian punter Mat McBriar has been signed by the San Diego Chargers.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     136 words

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topics
'Dub' posters popular, just don't mention Bush HUW Jones' challenge, once he chose to accept it, was to make a poster every week for a year. One year, 52 posters. We're in December and he's on track.
Newcastle Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     883 words

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Aussie punts on Chargers
LOS ANGELES: Australian punter Mat McBriar has been signed by the San Diego Chargers.
Newcastle Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     190 words

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Count down in beer garden
THE family owned and operated Albion Hotel has great entertainment lined up for the festive season.
Newcastle Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     318 words

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Lucky is defying odds
STILTON Lucky wasn't expected to escape the heats, let alone make the final of the $75,000 Country Motor Company Dapto Puppy Classic (520m).
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     388 words

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The Mail
Beauty's Beast upstages premier trainer's crew
Sun Herald 07/12/2014     no charge     754 words

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Racing was breakfast, lunch and tea in Doncaster days
Recollections of 1954 confirm that characters, more than racehorses, dominated the Sydney scene.
Sun Herald 07/12/2014     no charge     757 words

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Six lessons to take from the Medibank float
So Medibank Private was publicly owned, but is now in private hands after going public, and that's not even the most confusing part of the health insurer's recent ASX debut.
The Age 03/12/2014     no charge     682 words

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Ryan's pair ready to bring home some bacon
AMBITIONS for Tetsuko and Brazen Moss extend beyond midweek racing at Canterbury, but it's a good place to start.
Illawarra Mercury 03/12/2014     no charge     406 words

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Festival blurs line between young blood and old-timers
QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL November 28-30
The Age 02/12/2014     no charge     452 words

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Comedic spin breaks barriers
This one-off show isn't afraid to laugh at itself, even if the punters are, writes Andrew Taylor.
Sydney Morning Herald 02/12/2014     no charge     476 words

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Christen Me, Beautide to continue fierce rivalry
It is the rivalry that will drive harness racing for the next year. Even Christen Me's trainer, Cran Dalgety, admits there is nothing between his champion and Beautide after the New Zealander took out the rich Miracle Mile at Menangle on Saturday night.
Sydney Morning Herald 01/12/2014     no charge     460 words

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SCG state service opportunity for community to pay respects
PHIL HUGHES 1988-2014 THE public will be able to pay its respect to Phil Hughes at a state memorial service at the SCG.
Newcastle Herald 01/12/2014     no charge     201 words

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Battle-hardened Panella won't die wondering in Miracle tilt
MENTALLY tougher and keen to make up for missed Miracle Mile chances, Lauren Panella has warned against writing off her chances with Menangle specialist Suave Stuey Lombo in the $750,000 race on Saturday night.
Newcastle Herald 29/11/2014     no charge     799 words

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Memorialservice at SCG provides fitting farewell
THE public will be able to pay its respect to Phillip Hughes at a state memorial service at the SCG.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     507 words

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Quinton changes script with juvenile
Ron Quinton is not known for having an early season two-year-old but when it comes to Let's Make It Rain he is willing to break a few rules. "I went to the sale and didn't have an owner for this colt and paid $170,000," Quinton said. "That's what I thought of him and I thought he would make a two-year-old. I trained his mother and she sliced a tendon before she could race and he was just a bit like her." Quinton sold the Not A Single Doubt colt among his stable clients but still has a relatively ...
Sydney Morning Herald 28/11/2014     no charge     704 words

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Bell to take toll in Rosehill moment
As generation-next riders Tommy Berry and James McDonald have become members of generation now in the Sydney jockey ranks, a third amigo in Tim Bell has been watching from Brisbane, biding his time.
Sydney Morning Herald 28/11/2014     no charge     588 words

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LETTERS
Abbott government lacks a truth dividend
Sydney Morning Herald 26/11/2014     no charge     721 words

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Sea of santas add cheer to the Salvos
NORTHERN and southern suburbs shuttle buses, multiple free breath-testing sites, and a new wristband ticket system are just part of the new infrastructure in place to support the Santa Claus Pub Crawl in December.
Illawarra Mercury 26/11/2014     no charge     252 words

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Favourite Beautide firms after Miracle barrier draw
Defending Miracle Mile champion Beautide has shortened considerably after drawing ideally in barrier three for Saturday night's $750,000 grand-circuit event.
Sydney Morning Herald 24/11/2014     no charge     376 words

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Trainer salutes staff after 1000th winner
NEWCASTLE trainer Kris Lees achieved a magnificent milestone at Broadmeadow on Saturday when he trained his 1000th winner.
Newcastle Herald 24/11/2014     no charge     547 words

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Kickback stalls racing at Randwick
TWO meetings will be transferred from Randwick's Kensington track to allow remedial work to begin immediately.
Newcastle Herald 24/11/2014     no charge     335 words

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Punting on the NFL
Perfection is the minimum standard for the NFL, writes Timna Jacks.
The Sunday Age 23/11/2014     no charge     1079 words

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Chris Roots Kensington review
IN THE SWIM
Sun Herald 23/11/2014     no charge     4593 words

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Playfest goes down a treat with youngsters
With a mosh pit, silent disco and locally roasted iced coffee served in brown beer bottles, Playfest could almost be any other inner-city music and arts festival.
The Age 22/11/2014     no charge     362 words

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Tough tax could fill not so deep ABC cuts
Some perspective on the cuts to the ABC: if it had the intestinal fortitude, the government could rip a cool $254 million it needs from tax-dodging multinationals. It could probably do it in a single year.
The Age 22/11/2014     no charge     888 words

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Roll up, roll up and be amazed
CIRQUE du Soleil - it's not French for "holy crap" or "don't try this at home", but it could be.
Newcastle Herald 22/11/2014     no charge     862 words

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Fairfax cost-cuts put ABC to shame
Some perspective on the cuts to the ABC: if it had the intestinal fortitude, the government could rip a cool $254 million from tax-dodging multinationals in a single year.
Sydney Morning Herald 22/11/2014     no charge     711 words

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Some perspective on the cuts to the ABC
Some perspective on the cuts to the ABC: if it had the intestinal fortitude, the government could rip a cool $254 million from tax-dodging multinationals in a single year.
Sydney Morning Herald 22/11/2014     no charge     921 words

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weekender
EAT
Sydney Morning Herald 22/11/2014     no charge     508 words

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