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Neverending story of beautiful fractals | PHOTOS

Neverending story of beautiful fractals | PHOTOS TweetFacebookNature as Art Artist Helene Leane with her exhibition, titled Red Gold, at Gallery 139 in Hamilton.

Speaking of artwork, Herald journalist Ian “Kirky” Kirkwood attended an exhibition at Gallery 139 in Beaumont Street, Hamilton at the weekend.

The exhibition showed the work of artist Helene Leane, who recently moved from Newcastle to a rural idyll in the Hunter Valley.

Helene’sexhibitioncelebrates one of Australia’s most majestic trees – the red cedar, scientific name Toona ciliata.

Along with coal, red cedar’s beautiful red timber was this region’s first export, but the trees have been so heavily logged that very few exist in the wild.

At the exhibition launch, Helene regaled the crowd with her love of the tree, reading a description that she “unashamedly extracted” from one of Don Burke’s Burke’s Backyard books.

She also cited a guide to cedar-spotting that Kirky wrote in 2012, titled Pining for the days of cedar.

In it, Kirky said that “one of the best red cedars I know stands in a car park behind the former NAB bank on the corner of Donald and Beaumont streets, Hamilton”.

“With a straight thick trunk and a magnificent full canopy, it is starting to grow the distinctive buttresses that rainforest trees of this scale often grow to support themselves.”

And six years on,it was still looking good – until very recently.

Kirky was driving along Donald Street and passing the Beaumont Street corner, when hesubliminally realised something was different.

When he pulled into the car park, his worst fears were confirmed. The tree was gone, a covering of fresh mulch in the garden bed the only sign it once existed.

Kirky hopedthat whoever cut down the tree knew its value and didn’t simply stick it into a mulcher.

A tree that size would easily have $5000 or more worth of timber in it. Not to mention the value of the tree to tree-lovers.

Although the tree is gone, Helene’s exhibition is on until Sunday, May 14. More information at gallery139南京夜网419论坛.

Pair add depth to depleted Blues list

RECRUIT: Former Rooster Michael Bru will be added to Charlestown’s PPS.

Charlestown will look to Michael Bru and Daniel Bartlett to bolster their NPL squad after losing a third of their top roster from the start of the season.

The first window for changes to player points system (PPS) lists closes on Wednesday and the Blues will add at least Bru, who featured in losses to Lambton Jaffas and Edgeworth, and Bartlett.

Charlestown have lost seven of the 21 players on their original PPS list. Josh Swadling, Mitch Harper, Andy Klijn, KyleLawther, Jarrad Ross, Ryan Frame andJarrod Purcell have left the club or have long-term injuries.

Bru, who came from second-tier club Toronto Awaba, has experience in the top division with Lake Macquarie. Bartlett has been one of the best attacking midfielders in the second division in recent years and has come from Belmont Swansea.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce hoped the pair would help “get depth back” in his squad, which also lost Garry McDermott and Sam Bradshaw in pre-season.

Despite the dramas, Charlestown have managed 10 points in eight games, including a 1-0 win over Broadmeadow and 2-1 victory over Hamilton.

Pryce said he would look to his lower grades to fill the other spots in his senior squad.

Frame (ankle),Purcell and Ross (both knee) have dropped out of the squad because of injury.

Getting physical more enticing on the coast

Fitness tracker: Hunter residents living in more affluent areas close to the coast tend to be more active than those living further inland, according to Australian Health Policy Collaboration data.THE closer you live to the water in the Hunter Region, the more active you are likely to be, new data shows.

Hunter residents living near the coast in suburbs such as Merewether, Newcastle and The Junctionare more physically active than those living in Muswellbrook, Abermain and Kurri Kurri,the latest update of Health Tracker Atlas has revealed.

The study, released by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration on Tuesday, revealed suburbs inthe Hunter Valley had the highest percentage of inactive adults recorded byPopulation Health Area (PHA)in the region, while residents in affluentcoastal suburbs were morephysically active.

The Muswellbrook region had the highest percentage of “insufficiently” active residents, with 77.8 per cent of its adult populationdoing little-to-no exercise, closely followed by 75.3 per cent of people living in the Abermain and Kurri Kurri area.

By contrast, 53.6 per cent of people living in Merewether, The Junction, Newcastleand Cooks Hill were doing little or no exercise, followed by 57.4 per cent of Valentine and Eleebana residents.

The modelled estimates were based ondata for exercise for fitness, sport or recreation in the week prior to participants being interviewed, the study’s notes say.

The Health Tracker Atlas also revealed that Cessnock,Kurri Kurri and Abermainhad the highest rate of obese and overweight children aged two to 17 years old, with27.5 per cent of children considered to be in an unhealthy weight range based on their Body Mass Index (BMI).

The study showed that 27.1 per cent of children in the Mount Hutton and Windale area were overweight and obese.

On the other end of the scale, 21 per cent of children in Merewether, Newcastle, The Junction and Cooks Hillwere overweight and obese, with 21.1 per cent of childrenaged two to 17in Adamstown and Kotara considered to be in the unhealthy weight range.

Professor Rosemary Calder, public health expert and director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, told Fairfax Media that childhood obesity was a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, cancer and depression.

“For obesity to be at such high levels among this young group, something is going very wrong,”Professor Calder said.

“This is a generation that our health system is going to have to manage.”

Denise Wong See, a paediatric dietitian at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, said childhood obesity was a significant problem in region, but healthy eating and exercise programs, such as the Go4Fun initiative, were helping to stabilisethe rates.

Kangaroo gives Thommo jump on his rivalsvideo

Robert ThompsonTHERE is not much Robert Thompson hasn’t seen or achieved on a Cessnock race day, including to ridea winning treble.

Close call for Skippy in the last at Cessnock. 😂#Strayapic.twitter南京夜网/3L8NGhWGGP

— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 2, 2017

But thebrush with a kangaroo in the last race on Tuesday on his home track wasa first for Australia’s winningest jockey.

Thompson drove the Robert “Pud” Davies-trained Cunning As A Tiger through a small gap to win the seventh event and claim a treble, but not before negotiating a kangaroo down the back straight of the 2125-metre race.

“I’ve run into them before, in the country,especially up at Cairns,but it’s the first time at Cessnock,” Thompson said of the kangaroo, which darted through the field after running with them along the inside rail.“I’ve had them at trackwork but not a raceday.”

Thompson could afford to joke about the lucky escape wherethe kangaroo ran in between the frontrunners and the chasing pack, which includedCunning As A Tiger.

“They were starting to go a bit slow and it stirred the frontrunners up a bit anyway,” he said. “It put a pacemaker in there for a couple of hundred metres.It might have been Puddy’s pet kangaroo that helped us.”

Thompson earlier rode the Allan Denham-trained Commandatore and Jason Deamer’s Lady Evelyn to victory.

“Commandatoredrew a good barrier and had the run of the race and it was a good tough win at the finish,” he said.

“The filly for Jason Deamer, she generally races forward but today she was pretty quiet. They went a bit too hard for her early so I had to ride her back, then back in for luck. I stuck to the rails and it worked out beautiful.”

I am tired of people being scared of my face, which is why I’m putting it on TV

I am tired of people being scared of my face, which is why I’m putting it on TV TweetFacebookCarly Findlay, who grew up ain the Riverina, is a proud disabled woman who doesn’t want to change or hide her face.In December last year, my former house cleaner was so scared by the sight of my face that she walked out of my house – without cleaning it. She didn’t know how to handle my appearance, her supervisor said. The cleaning agency dropped me as a client when I used the ‘D word’ one too many times. But their behaviourwasdiscriminatory. Of course, they didn’t think so.

It took a couple of months to find a new cleaner, and each one I communicated with, I felt the need to explain my facial difference and apologise for my skin.

Since that incident, I’ve had some awful reactions to my face. Some reactions are more extreme than others, but in some way or another this is what I deal with daily. And I never get used to it.

I’ve had a stranger laugh at my face several times at a music show. Her friend justified the behaviour when I called it out by saying it’s because she hasn’t seen someone like me before.

A young man commenting on a photo of my friend (also with a facial difference) and I via Instagram told her to get plastic surgery and take a more attractive photo next time. He was mortified when I made his (already public) comment into a new post on Instagram, and informed me he’s never said anything like this before. Of course he’s a nice guy – a nice guy who made a conscious choice to tell strangers to change their face.

I’m told it’s understandable people are scared of my face, when they haven’t seen it before. But I’m getting tired of this excuse.

For you, it might be the first time you’ve seen someone with a facial difference. You’re surprised, shocked, disgusted, pitying, curious, scared and even amused.

I see the range of emotions on your face in the first few seconds of our interactions. Your face moves in slow motion. But for me, living with a facial difference, and your reactions – are my every day. And responding to rude, curious, and even sympathetic and concerned questions is tiring.

Strangers who ask me if there’s a cure for my skin condition aren’t coming at it from a medical perspective. They don’t even consider the pain; they just couldn’t imagine what it’s like to look like me, and hope my face can be fixed (and yes, they’ve told me this too).

These questions are like bullets. One after the other. And the people asking them have no idea of how inappropriate they’re being. They feel entitled to an explanation.

I have the type of Ichthyosis that makes my skin fragile – it’s a wonder I’m so resilient.

When I speak of the reactions some people have to my face, my friends are shocked. They don’t believe it. But these things do happen. Some people think it’s their right to know what’s wrong with me, and expect me to be polite when answering them.

So when I was asked to appear in the second season of ABC’sYou Can’t Ask That, I jumped at the chance. I loved the first season, and thought this could be a good way to publicly address the questions and comments I frequently receive from strangers who cannot deal with my facial difference.The questions asked of me onYou Can’t Ask Thatare all questions (or variations of) that I’ve been asked before. I get asked a combination of ridiculous, funny and rude questions most weeks.

Once, a man on the train asked if I’d been licking lollies – “is that how your face got so red?”

Another time, a woman in an African restaurant asked if I wore “traditional African make-up” to dine at the restaurant. I don’t know much about traditional African make-up, but I don’t think it’s anything like my face, and as if I’d appropriate African culture anyway.

I’ve been told my face would be too much for a group of young children to handle, so it was best I didn’t attend a Cubs group meeting. I attended anyway. And the Cubs loved me –one 7-year-old even wrote me a thank you card for teaching him about diversity.

While I knowYou Can’t Ask Thatteaches viewers about our conditions, I also wanted to make the audienceuncomfortable. I wanted to show them how tense, upsetting and shocking it can be when people like me are asked these confronting, intrusive questions. I want them to think twice about the appropriateness of asking.

You Can’t Ask Thatis about marginalised and misunderstood people taking ownership of these questions, and raising the broader communities expectations about us. So many friends have said what an important show this is. We’re being seen, heard and valued –when most times people either want to stare, look away, ridicule us or ask inappropriate questions.

“I’d like to be inconspicuous when I’m going about my day, but instead I am extremely ‘visible’,” my friend, Ellen Fraser-Barbour, told me. She stars in the show too.

“On a daily basis, I’m stared and pointed at because of the way I look; people make blunt and hurtful assumptions about my disability and speak down at me in a patronising and demeaning way”, she said.

For Ellen, going on the show “was my way of having a voice, adding mine to the many valued diverse perspectives about what it is like to live with facial difference and my way of dismantling stigma and discrimination.”

The facial difference episode (I haven’t watched it yet – I’m saving it for the TV screening) shows viewers that these questions and assumptions about us hurt.

And in fact, we do take selfies, and we’re OK with our unique appearances, even when others aren’t –or don’t expect us to be.

Carly Findlay is a proud disabled woman who doesn’t want to change or hide her face. She writes atcarlyfindlay南京夜网419论坛, and [email protected] facial difference episode ofYou Can’t Ask Thatairs on ABC, 9pm Wednesday May 3, and is also on ABC iview.