Archive For 20/10/2018

Jail for attack over woman

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A man who pleaded guilty to cowardly two-on-one attacks at Lonnies Niteclub has been jailed.
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Corey Mitchell Gesler, 23, randomly attacked two men at the Brisbane Street venue in November 2015.

He pleaded guilty late last month to three counts of assault.

His partner in crime, Connie Rea Riley, has also pleaded guilty to multiple assault charges stemming from the same incident.

About 1.30am, words were exchanged between Gesler andanother man on the second floor of the nightclub.

Justice Robert Pearce said in the Supreme Court on Friday that their confrontation happened over a woman.

After an exchange of words, CCTV showed Gesler backhand the man, before delivering three quick punches to the man’s friend.

Riley watched on, before delivering a punch of his own that accidentally struck a woman in the leg.

On their way out of the establishment, Gesler noticed a second man standing in the venue’s stairwell.

In a flurry that lasted less than 30 seconds, Gesler headbutted his unsuspecting second victim on the bridge of the nose, causing him to fall down the stairs.

Gesler punched him moments later, before Riley became involved– this time kicking the victim.

The incident caused multiple fractures to the man’s face, left him with nerve damage that required surgery and he now lives with a five centimetre scar on his face.

“The courts and the community continually express concern about alcohol-fuelled violence,” Justice Pearce said during Gesler’s sentencing on Friday.

“(Gesler) claimed some remorse but that has not been shown by subsequent conduct.”

The nightclub assaults were just two in a string of a gang bashingscommitted by Gesler and his associates during the end of 2015.

Gesler hasalready served more than nine months in prison for assaults stemming from those incidents.

His lawyer Greg Richardson said last month that a bad break up at the end of 2015 contributed to his behaviour.

Mr Richardson was also of the belief that nine months in jail had successfully rehabilitated him.

A character referenceprovided to the court called Gesler an “outstanding worker”, but it was not enough to get him off the hook.

Justice Pearce jailed Gesler for 12 months, with four months suspended.

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Traveller letters: Qantas business class dress standards are shocking

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The Qantas Club in Sydney. There’s a time and a place and a business class lounge isn’t it. Photo: David Freund
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Miramare Castle in Trieste, Italy.

DRESSING DOWN

Not sure what’s happened to Qantas business class domestically. While waiting for our flight on January 21 in the business class lounge in Sydney we saw not one but two passengers wandering around the lounge in thongs.

This was despite notices plastered around the terminal precluding thongs. We lost count of the number of T-shirts and torn jeans in the lounge.

David Morgan, Beecroft, NSW

See also: Lee Tulloch – Australian tourists look like a bunch of badly dress slobsLETTER OF THE WEEKTRIESTE IS BEST

Wow, two mentions of Trieste, Italy, in the one edition (Traveller, February 4). What a way to start my weekend. Firstly, I was delighted to read about design director Alex Zabotto-Bentley’s pilgrimage back to Trieste to honour, I gathered, his Trieste-born parents.

My parents were also from Trieste and I have travelled there and enjoyed the food and multiculturalism of this beautifully Austrian-inspired town many times.

Secondly, I then turn a few pages and read about Elspeth Callender’s gorgeous cycling experience in Slovenia and Trieste, where she was treated to the genuine hospitality of locals.

As she described her encounter with scooter-riding Fulvio I was reminded of my own travels and experiences in both Trieste and Muggia, and the lifelong friends I have made there (ciao, Paolo!). I would also recommend the nearby beautiful Karst region for hiking and its world heritage cave sites.

Thank you for transporting me to my happy place. Trieste is my destination for 2018.

Deborah Valente, Oak Park, VICLIFE ON THE NILE

We have just returned from a 10-day tour of Egypt. We had a great time. Tourist numbers were down to 40 per cent of those prior to the recent revolution so most of the archaeological sites were relatively uncrowded.

Similarly, riverboat traffic was sparse. Hotel accommodation, even at the high end, was discounted. Security was tight and the people seemed to welcome the return of tourists.

Peter Bailey, Blackwood, SACLASS ACT

I totally agree with Mark Darcy (Traveller letters, January 28). Premium economy on Qantas is exceptional. Last year my husband and I travelled to London and Geneva using a few different airlines and different classes of travel. We had two premium economy sectors, Melbourne to Dubai with Qantas and Hong Kong to Sydney with Cathay Pacific.

Qantas was definitely very, very good with great seating, food and service. Cathay’s service was good but the seating (maybe an old aircraft) and food was very mediocre.

Ramona Quazzola, Burraneer, NSWTHUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

Like several previous letter writers my family also experienced difficulties with a hire car company over a pre-booked and paid for rental car. The booked car wasn’t available and they haggled over insurance coverage.

My advice is to go in loud and proud, actually at the counter, and bring to bear on the hapless salesperson the most blistering attack on their company’s good name that you can sally forth with.

I included threats to take action under consumer law; their criminal intent to scam innocent Australian tourists; that every possible social media outlet would be told of their nefarious business practices and did they really want to take on a middle-aged woman, following a 15-hour flight with a child and fear of flying (me not child).

At the end of my blistering (and somewhat hysterical attack) they could not get my family out of the office and into an upgraded vehicle of our choice with full (the previously paid for) insurance fast enough.

Tracey Dillon, Woy Woy, NSWHIRE POWER

I hope you find the following press release, issued by the European Commission (ec.europa.eu) on January 19, 2017, helpful.

“Did you ever book a car online and find out you had to pay more when you get to the rental desk?

“Last year, this was the case of 2000 consumers in Europe, who reported these issues to the European Consumer Centres, which help consumers when they travel or buy cross border.

“Following a strong increase of the number of complaints on car rental issues, the European Commission and national consumer authorities engaged with the five leading car rental companies to address these issues.

“Today, the authorities decided to conclude this phase of the enforcement co-operation. They are satisfied with the changes brought by the five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, to their commercial practices, which now comply with EU consumer rules.

“The EU trade association, Leaseurope, which helped set up the action from the industry side, is also developing further their guidelines for the whole car rental sector.”

Richard Townley, Camberwell, VIC ART ATTACK

With regards to Lake Ballard, Western Australia (Traveller, January 28), make sure you take plenty of water and insect repellent. The lake can be as hot as an oven and the flies are the worst I have ever seen. The 100 kilometres dirt road round trip from Menzies is barely worth the effort, unless you are really into sculpture.

T. Hart, Canterbury, VICTAKING SOCK

I would like to update the information given by Lee Tulloch (Traveller, February 4). Singapore Airlines no longer provides amenity kits to business class passengers.

On a recent flight to Europe on all legs, Melbourne to Singapore and Singapore to Frankfurt and return to Melbourne, we were only provided with socks and a sleep mask. There was toothpaste, brushes and other amenities provided in the toilets but not in individual kits. In fact, the whole experience of flying business class with Singapore was quite underwhelming. The service and food were very good but the state and age of some of the planes we travelled in were quite disappointing.

Our homeward leg from Singapore to Melbourne was on a very old plane that had seen better days. The leather trimming on the seats was brittle and cracked, and the storage shelves had evidence of rings where glasses had been placed and not properly cleaned. In all it was a disappointing experience for first time business class flyers.

Pamela Saville, Yarraville, VIC

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Exhibition with another perspective

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It’s intriguing to see which artworks artists are drawn to and how these relate to their own approach to making images. Most artists will tend to respond to the works of other artists in an intuitive way, and often at the level of materials—taking a keen interest in how a medium has been used to deliver a particular effect.
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Different takes: Sonny Day is the first guest curator for the upcoming exhibition at Orange Regional gallery. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

It is a pleasure to welcome Sonny Day as our first curator in our ‘Different Takes: Guest Curator’ series. In this series we invite artists and curators to bring fresh perspectives to Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection and to present well-known and not-so-well-known works in a new light. Sonny Day is an artist and co-director at Ludlow Creative Space, in Lords Place, and one half of illustration duo WBYK. He has titled his selection from the collection ‘Shtick’.

We asked him to put together a few words about his approach to curating ‘Shtick’ and here’s what he had to say: “Everyone has one, that one little thing that he or she is into. “It was a little daunting to consider how I would approach a selection of work from such a diverse and substantial collection from the Orange Regional Gallery. And also quite exciting.

“Where to start, where to end? Should I go high concept and try to dazzle all with a unique angle never before seen? No, that won’t fly. Would it be interesting to show works from the collection that look like some of my favourite album covers? Maybe another time.

“I decided not to worry about this too much and just keep looking over the huge collection. What I kept coming back to were the bold, graphic works. Works bold in execution, and the use of bold mark making. And basically, that is what I’m into – images that demand attention, work that blows you away with technical excellence or the masterful use of line.

“My shtick, my special interest, is the communication of ideas, stories or emotion through images; quickly and succinctly. Great art, design and illustration should be able to draw people in – make them look, then look again; gleaning more with each viewing. It’s no surprise that the bulk of the work in the show is drawing. That’s what I do, it’s how I feed the cats, and for many artists it’s the foundation of their practice.”

‘Shtick’ runs until 2 April. Entry is FREE.

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Plan your Valentine’s Day

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Your guide to Valentine’s Day SHOW YOU CARE: It’s the little things that say ‘I love you’. Simply making a coffee, opening the car door, or pulling out a chair for your partner speaks volumes.
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Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

The stores are already stocking teddy bears clutching ‘I loveyou’ hearts and enough chocolates to send you into sugar shock.

While much of it might seem like commercial hype, it’s important to remember the real reason behind such a day –love.

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity -and reminder -to tell that special someone in our lives how much we love and appreciate them.

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to be caught up in the mundane and forget to do those simple things to show our significant others how much we care.

February 14 is a perfect chance to put in a little extra effort and attentiveness.​

Book a dinner at a restaurant where you can both relax,enjoy a conversation together and reconnect.

Surprise them with a bunch of their favourite flowers, or evena simple, single long-stemmed rose with a hand written note.

Plan a picnic at your favourite spot, surprise them with a sweet treat, or even plan a weekend getaway or get that something they’ve been eyeing off in the stores for a while.

Whilegifts are wonderful, ensure you include something which cannot be bought –you.

And don’t look at the day as a day only for lovers.

If you’re single, it’s a great day to treat and pamper yourself with a little bit of TLC.

Try a new restaurant with your mates, run a warm bath, or fly solo at the movies with no fear of having that movie you secretly want to see vetoed.

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, make sure you make time to spend time with the oneyou love.

History of St ValentineValentine’s Day –or Saint Valentine’s Day –is a day to celebratelove.

Marked around the world, the day is associated with both the Roman Empire and Christian religion.

The day was namedin honour of Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The thought was that unmarried soldiers were better fighters as they didn’tworry about what would happen to their families if they died in battle.

It first became a day linked with romantic love in the 14thcentury, but itwasn’t until the 18thcentury that gifts were first used as a way to show one’s affection for another.

Today loversexpress their love for each other with gifts likeflowers,dinnerand cards known as ‘Valentines’. Traditionallykeys are given to lovers as a symbol to unlock the giver’s heart.

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Plan your Valentine’s Day

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Your guide to Valentine’s Day SHOW YOU CARE: It’s the little things that say ‘I love you’. Simply making a coffee, opening the car door, or pulling out a chair for your partner speaks volumes.
Nanjing Night Net

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

The stores are already stocking teddy bears clutching ‘I loveyou’ hearts and enough chocolates to send you into sugar shock.

While much of it might seem like commercial hype, it’s important to remember the real reason behind such a day –love.

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity -and reminder -to tell that special someone in our lives how much we love and appreciate them.

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to be caught up in the mundane and forget to do those simple things to show our significant others how much we care.

February 14 is a perfect chance to put in a little extra effort and attentiveness.​

Book a dinner at a restaurant where you can both relax,enjoy a conversation together and reconnect.

Surprise them with a bunch of their favourite flowers, or evena simple, single long-stemmed rose with a hand written note.

Plan a picnic at your favourite spot, surprise them with a sweet treat, or even plan a weekend getaway or get that something they’ve been eyeing off in the stores for a while.

Whilegifts are wonderful, ensure you include something which cannot be bought –you.

And don’t look at the day as a day only for lovers.

If you’re single, it’s a great day to treat and pamper yourself with a little bit of TLC.

Try a new restaurant with your mates, run a warm bath, or fly solo at the movies with no fear of having that movie you secretly want to see vetoed.

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, make sure you make time to spend time with the oneyou love.

History of St ValentineValentine’s Day –or Saint Valentine’s Day –is a day to celebratelove.

Marked around the world, the day is associated with both the Roman Empire and Christian religion.

The day was namedin honour of Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The thought was that unmarried soldiers were better fighters as they didn’tworry about what would happen to their families if they died in battle.

It first became a day linked with romantic love in the 14thcentury, but itwasn’t until the 18thcentury that gifts were first used as a way to show one’s affection for another.

Today loversexpress their love for each other with gifts likeflowers,dinnerand cards known as ‘Valentines’. Traditionallykeys are given to lovers as a symbol to unlock the giver’s heart.

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