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May 30, 2021

Mona’s “DARK MOFO” will take place in mid-June this year for a seven-day festival full of obscure art instalments and exhibitions, eclectic musical performances and food and drink.
As Hobart and its surroundings come alive after dark from Wednesday, June 16 until Tuesday, June 22, there is a mountain of entertainment right on your doorstep, and what we have here is a detailed rundown on everything on offer, so you can make a more informed decision on what to really see.

May 2, 2021

This year’s edition of the Tasmanian Schools Surfing Competition selection trials took place over the weekend in what were some small, challenging condition suited for the smaller kids and older, experienced locals used to grovelling in the one-foot South Arm swells.
MacKillop College attained three out of the four Mark Richards divisions on offer, securing podiums in both the Under 16 and 19 Girls, as well as the Under 19’s Boys, where Rose Bay took out the Under 16 Boys. Some brilliant individual surfing from the likes of Lily Mereszka, Sienna Lawrence, Milo Langford, Toby Lawrence, Cowan Duncan and Alex Mead capitalised on the contestable situations, adding to what was a beautiful day for surfing.

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April 25, 2021

The annual “Southern Challenge” in memory of Paul Johannesen took place over the weekend that spanned the South Arm Peninsular under challenging conditions, beginning at shifting but classical A-framing Wedge to ominous, and at times, shreddable South Clifton Beach.
Young Victorian Henry Hutchins kept the locals at bay to take out the Men’s division, and the always impressive Dara Penfold reigned supreme in the Women’s, although the day was not so much about winners or losers, but to come together once more to celebrate a man who had such an inspiration on the local Tassie surfing scene.

February 28, 2021

Over the weekend, around one hundred people flocked to Clifton Beach to watch the annual South Arm Board Riders (SABR) “Summer Classic” surf competition which saw families and local community members come together to support such an exciting event.
With little emphasis on structure and winners or losers, the 54 entrants from all ages and walks of life enjoyed the friendly battle between mates in less than favourable conditions.

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October 29, 2020

A Coronavirus specific update to the previously written column back in February about how to approach a high school reunion.
With COVID-19 dominating our everyday life, how would it be trying to attend such an important and nerve-wracking event like this with all the restrictions, closures and uncertainty?

July 25, 2020

OPPOSITE THE EDITORIAL PAGE: Tasmania is a unique place of possibility, with a rich history and a diverse cultural and industry.

With several flourishing video game developers making based out of the island state make waves in the market, I believe with the right investment, assistance and nurturing, we could see Rockstar Games use Tasmania as the setting for the next Grand Theft Auto title.

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July 18, 2020

HUMAN INTEREST: following the many months of lockdown and uncertainty in the island state, a local Hobart man took to growing out his facial hair when he was made redundant and with a lot of spare time on his hands.
Now, after nearly six months of growth, the layers were stripped away in an emotional shave overnight.

June 30, 2020

In The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog has given us nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster, and with Joel taking a back seat, this time you play as a significantly more mature Ellie, who sets out on a vengeful mission to satisfy her own internal feelings of guilt, love and utter hatred.

With noticeable improvements upon the first game, this sequel is ambitious, violent and keeps you tethered to the many unique characters as they traverse a crumbling Seattle, all the while fending off ruthless adversaries, both human and Infected.

While it is an absolute pleasure to play, the game doesn’t come without its flaws. Even though reviews are mixed – with multiple public outcries – without experiencing this game for yourself, you won't revel in the brilliant moment to moment storytelling and the closing of another chapter on what is already an excellent video game series.

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June 13, 2020

With The Last of Us Part II literally less than a week away and early reviews coming out with pretty well flawless scores, it seemed only fitting to revisit where it all begun, getting a quick refresh on where the story stands, while also reconciling what happened between Joel and Ellie after their departure from that fateful hospital.

This story is amazing and even after seven years, a remaster and multiple playthroughs, The Last of Us excels above all others and truly is a treasure to behold. Pairing engaging and heartfelt storytelling with sheer brutality and violence, everything just works, and the way the environment and characters around you adapt the longer you immerse yourself in this world, the more you find yourself becoming attached to Joel and Ellie.

February 24, 2020

A high school reunion typically involves awkwardly engaging in conversation with people you haven’t seen in decades – some for a good reason, too. It is an excellent opportunity to see what your many adolescent peers have made of themselves, all the while feeling bad about yourself if you’re still floundering about with hardly any aspirations at all! 
With my maiden high school reunion inevitably coming to fruition, I’ve put together what I believe to be a number of key observations and behaviours that might help anyone struggling to come to terms with the terrifying experience of their own reunion, and/or letting you in on my personal thought process going into what could be a pleasantly satisfying evening, or one that may scar me and everyone else for life.

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November 1, 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released last week, and it is an incredibly ambitious game from Infinity Ward that is both mature and inventive.

The single-player campaign does a lot in terms of dishing out emotional content and touchy subject matter, while it's the online multiplayer that stands out. Everything about the gunplay, environments and the overall fluidity of how the game handles makes the multiplayer a real treat to play – especially some of the new additions and features.

Spec Ops makes a return, and overall, this CoD is a drastic step forward and valiant move from arcade to realism.

September 14, 2019

While those who pre-ordered the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare enjoy early access to the beta this weekend, all Australian PS4 players will have the opportunity to go hands-on from early tomorrow morning. With the American time – and date – zone differences, and a little trial-and-error on my behalf, 3 am AEDT will see the open beta become available until about the same time on Tuesday morning. Other platforms will have their turn next weekend.

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August 23, 2019

This weekend will see PlayStation 4 users being the first to try out the alpha for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new 2v2 game mode Gunfight. From today until Sunday, PS4 players will be able to get exclusive hands-on access to this new, intimate and fast-paced mode, and get a taste of what’s to come in the next few months.

August 1, 2019

​The second-largest Rainbow Six: Siege tournament of the year is set to go down in Raleigh, North Carolina from the 12th to the 18th of August, and following the recent release of the Group Stage brackets, the top 16 teams from around the world will be looking to take home a share of the $500,000USD prize pool and be crowned the Six Major Raleigh 2019 champions. Read on to view find out the group standings and how to get tickets.

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July 7, 2019

Anthem has been out for five months now, and for developers BioWare, I’m sure it has been some of the worst months of their life. This Triple-A game went balls up in the first couple of months, with so many negative reviews, and even at the cost of a 6 pack of beers, at the moment retailers practically can’t give the game away. I had to try for myself to see just how bad it really was, and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty – have a quick read for yourself.

June 23, 2019

Three months ago, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 released, and with so many weapons, armour and bad guys, there is an immense amount of content here, but as what tends to happen with titles like these, the gameplay loop lends itself to repetition. Gunplay and combat is fluid and engaging, progression and loot is constant and Endgame has a lot to do, but if you’re not in it for the grind, you may not enjoy this game.

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May 30, 2019

It may come as a surprise to some, but popular Hobart nightclub the Observatory Bar will be closing its doors at the wharf as of the end of this weekend. The establishment has been running 12 years, and as an official send-off, the Obar team are making sure their last ever Friday and Saturday night are ones not to be missed…

May 23, 2019

Tyler, the Creator has blessed us with his sixth studio album, IGOR, and after two years since the melancholic, introspective release of Flower Boy, this new album again exceeds new heights and showcases Tyler’s ability to weave emotional storytelling with seamless productional talent. Diehard fans of the rebellious and at times horrific era of Tyler ten years ago should not expect a Goblin re-make but appreciate the amount of growth and progression the young artist has made.

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March 1, 2019

The inaugural ‘takayna Ultra’ kicked off with 120 trail-runners passing through the Tarkine Forest in a fundraising effort for The Bob Brown Foundation to have the area protected as a World Heritage Listed site.

April 30, 2019

In the next 10 to 15 years, multiple buildings in the heart of Hobart will become student hubs as the University of Tasmania plan on constructing a new $600 million campus within the CBD.

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March 23, 2019

An opinion piece looking into how reality cooking shows influence us as a society, and how the constant exposure is harming not only the way we go out and enjoy food but also when cooking at home or with friends and family.

February 22, 2019

Post-Apocalyptic Russia is equally gorgeous as it is horrifying. Monsters, ghouls and bandits are just a few of the things trying to kill you on the irradiated surface of Moscow. So strap in for engaging gameplay and an eerie atmospheric nightmare in Metro Exodus.

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February 9, 2019

Montreal, Canada will host the third Rainbow Six: Siege "Six Invitational" in a few days, with 16 of the worlds best teams battling it out for a share in the one million dollar prize pool - a milestone for this competition.

January 3, 2019

Over the weekend BioWare's new IP Anthem was opened up as a free "preview" demo. Find out about some of the cool features, what may be lacking, and what you need to expect before handing your cash over.

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January 24, 2019

In northern Tasmania, a killer whale beached itself over the weekend and later died following an extensive rescue attempt by volunteers and Parks and Wildlife crews.

 

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