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The Lambton worm is a famous tale from the Middle Ages

Namesake: The Lambton Arms Hotel in County Durham in England.
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As many peopleknow, there’s quite a few places in Newcastle that took their names from the Old Dart.

These include Newcastle, Jesmond, Wallsend, Morpeth, Rothbury, Stockton, Gateshead and Seaham.

Lambton is another one. It’s a village in north-east England, linked through history to the Lambton family.Lambton Castle is quite famous.

Newcastle’s Suzanne Martin visited the area, which includeda stayat the very English-looking Lambton Arms Hotel.

When Thomas Croudace came to Newcastle to open a coalmine in the 1860s, he called it Lambton Colliery because he hadworked forLord Lambton, Earl of Durham, while in England.

Suzanne, a history buff,said Croudace hailedfrom County Durham. This areais also home to the legend of the Lambton worm. The story comes from the time of the Crusades.

The hero of the tale was John Lambton – the heir to the Lambton family estate. Lambton liked fishing in the River Wear on a Sunday, despite the fact a person of his standing was expected to be in church.

One Sunday, he couldn’t catch a fish. He became angry. He soon felt a tug on his line, which turned out to be a worm. Hethrew the worm in a nearby well. Soon after, he left to fight in the Crusades.

The worm grew larger and its appetite increased. It began to terrorise the neighbourhood, killing peasants’ livestock.

Locals pacified it by feeding it milk fromnine cows. If the wormdid not receive enough milk, it would lash its tail and tear up trees by the root. Knights died while trying to destroy it.

The Lambton worm song. Seven years later, Lambton returned home. He resolved to kill the worm, which had become a giant beast.

After several failed attempts, he sought advice from a witch. She told him to make a suit of armour with steel blades.

In return for her help, the witch insisted that –after killing the worm – he must sacrifice the first living thing he sawor his family would be cursed for nine generations.

Lambton attacked the worm, hittingit on the head. The worm wrapped itself around him and tried to squeeze him to death.

The harder it squeezed, the more cuts it suffered from the armour’s blades. It weakened, enablingLambton to kill it.

Lambton had told his elderly father, Lord Lambton, that he would sound the bugle after killing the worm. This was a signal for his fatherto release a hound to be sacrificed.

His father was so excited, he forgotto release the hound. He rantowards his son, becoming the first living thing Lambton sawafter the worm’s death.

Lambton couldn’t bring himself to kill his father, so the witch placeda curse on the Lambtons for nine generations. It’s said that many Lambtons subsequently died in tragic circumstances.

Meanwhile, the lord of the areatoday is Edward Lambton, the seventh Earl of Durham. Heinherited his father’s£35millionestatein 2006.

Yabby Nips Nipple Benny Parmenter in New Orleans with a yabby on his nipple.

Topics reported on Mondaythat a yabby bit James Macdonald on the nipple, after it won a yabby race at The Edwards Bar in Newcastle on Melbourne Cup Day. The yabby, which was relatively small, won him about $2000.

Belmont North’s Benny Parmenter can top this story.

“I was in New Orleans partying with friends after a wedding in Vegas and we went to a bar where they cook them [yabbies] up and you eat them while you drink.

“Idared the guy to find the biggest one and put it on my nipple.”

Clothing DilemmaTopics reported yesterday about adocumentary,titledThe True Cost,to be shown at Newcastle Museum on Thursday.

It’s about the cheap labour used to make cheap clothes in Third World countries. This subject led some to suggest that peopleshouldbuy second-hand and vintage clothes instead of cheap clothing.

Wallsend’s Kath Goddardtold Topics“there has to be a limit”.

“Ifthis behavior (buying from op-shops etc) were to become widespread, a shortage of acceptable items must result,” Kath says.

“And, more importantly, the Third World workers of concern would change from low-paidto no-paid. How isthat helping?”

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PALS back with new single Stay//Leave

GUITAR HEROES: PALS launch their new single Stay//Leave at the Lass O’Gowrie on Sunday. Picture: Josh LeesonPALS are a band that loudly and proudly wear their influences like a badge of honour.
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The Newcastle four-piece’s interpretation of grunge andearly n punk has guaranteed their reputation as one of the underground scene’s most exciting live acts.

PALS have supported The Gooch Palms and toured the east coast with local favourites dave and are preparing to fire up the distortion once again on Sunday when theylaunch their new single Stay//Leave at the Lass O’Gowrie. It is the first track off their forthcoming debut album, slated for release in January.

“We’re pretty happy with all the shows we’ve been getting and we’ve gotten some good supports like Gooch Palms,” PALS vocalist and guitarist Conor Kelly said.“We just want to improve on that and hopefully be one of the bands people want to play with when they come to Newcastle.”

PALS joined Newcastle’s No-Fi Records last year and have released an EP, Spring, and a split with fellow stablemates Wavevom. With the growing profile of Novocastrian bands like RAAVE TAPES, dave and Paper Thin, Kelly is hopeful guitar music is making a resurgence in popularity.

“I’m seeing that from playing around Newcastle and seeing people coming to watch bands play, instead of going to King Street and the nightclubs,” he said.“In my opinion watching bands is so much more fun than going to a nightclub and not even beingable to talk to someone because the terrible music is so loud.”

Stay//Leave will be uploaded to Triple J Unearthed this week and is the first PALS recording with new guitarist Luke Dillon.He replaced Matt Bruce, who moved overseas.

STEELE RETURNSWHATEVER happened to Katy Steele? It’s a question that’s been bandied around music circles in recent years.

COUP: Katy Steele will perform at 48 Watt Street on February 26.

Well, the indie songstress behind successful band Little Birdy has finally returned with her debut solo album Human. It comes seven years, and an unsuccessful stint living in New York,after Little Birdy’s third and final album Confetti.

In their mid-2000s prime Little Birdy were regular visitors to Newcastle and the Perth-bred Steele will return to town on February 26 to play48 Watt Street.

JULIO CANCELSLIKE a knife to our collective heart, global Latino superstar Julio Iglesias this week cancelled his Newcastle Entertainment Centre showscheduled for December 6.

The 73-year-old crooner was set to perform at the Broadmeadow venue for the first time since 2004 as part of his greatest hits tour of , which also includes dates in Melbourne, Sydney and on the Gold Coast. The Newcastle show wasthe only concertcancelled.

Promoters denied poor tickets sales were to blame, instead citing Iglesias’ need to leave a “day earlier.”Prices ranged from $99 to $255.85 for the concert, which was promoted as an “intimate” performance.

Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

HOOP DREAMS COURT SIDE: William Crighton performing at the NBL game between Sydney Kings and Cairns Taipans on Monday. Picture: Facebook

WILLIAM Crighton is definitely tall enough to be a basketballer. The Bellbird country-rock troubadour got close to living out his hoop dreams on Monday night when he performed his song Priest at the NBL game between the Sydney Kings and Cairns Taipans at Olympic Park.

“I haven’t watched a basketball game since the Tumut Stadium days, think I’m better on the court with a uke than a ball – those who used to play with me would agree,” Crighton wrote on social media.

HOUSE REBUILTAFTER some minor renovations, Maitland Leagues Club is planning a street party launch on January 13 to welcome the return of its House Of Rock.

The House Of Rock closed six months ago after a six-week program, but with new funding the live music initiative, headed by local musician Simon Threadgate, is returning. The House Of Rock will be open every second Friday to showcase live and original rock music.

Maitland Leagues Club has also secured Newcastle country music star Michael Edser, better known as Grayson, for a show on January 7. In September the Nashville-based musician scored No.1 spot on theUSNew Music Weekly Country Charts for his track10-9-8-7.

LIZOTTE’S BREAKIF you walked or drove down Morehead Street, Lambton over the weekend you would have noticed it was decidedly quiet at Lizotte’s. The theatre restaurant closed its doors for the entire weekend for the first time outside of Christmas due to working at Live At The Foreshore.

“We have Jimmy Barnes on Monday, which is like having a Saturday night, so we more than made up for the loss,” owner Brian Lizotte said.

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NSW bushfires: Cool change to bring relief but add to risks for fire crews

Fire conditions have eased but may flare up again later on Tuesday. Photo: Twitter/RFS The RFS has been deployed its large aircraft to dump fire retardant to contain blazes. Photo: Wolter Peeters
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A cool change on Tuesday is expected to bring both relief and anxiety to the hundreds of firefighters battling blazes along eastern NSW.

Authorities are also watching out for thunderstorms bringing the possibility of lightning strikes starting fires.

As of Tuesday morning, 42 fires were burning in the state, with 13 of them uncontained, Rural Fire Service spokesman John Redman said.

Some 300 firefighters are in the field, a number that should swell during the day.

By mid-afternoon, a fire near Freemans Waterhole west of Lake Macquarie, was disrupting traffic on the Pacific Motorway. #NSWRFS crews are on scene at a #bushfire on the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. Sth bound lanes are currently closed. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/YBQUOzoAGa— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016

The Motorway, though, has lately reopened to south-bound traffic.

Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the RFS, also took to social media to highlight the prospect of thunderstorms bringing lightning strikes and additional fires. (See Tweet below.) We’re starting to see lightning activity across different parts of NSW. Let’s hope we don’t get any additional fires as a result @NSWRFSpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/mXLTsj8ibh— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) November 8, 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several inland regions, with the risk of large hailstones, heavy rain and damaging winds. These areas include an arc of land from Mudgee north-west towards the border, and for a region near Kempsey also northwards to Queensland. ‘Strong’ change possible

With Port Stephens expecting a top of 35 degrees and Kempsey 34 – two towns near the biggest blazes – the arrival of cool change later on Tuesday was forecast to ease the sweltering conditions for fire crews.

“It could present its own problems,” Mr Redman said, noting the gusty wind shift could “come in quite strong”.

Sydney’s temperatures should cool off earlier, with a top of 27 expected in the city and 32 in the west. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The regions rated “very high” fire danger on Tuesday stretch from the greater Sydney region to the Queensland border: Very high fire danger today (Tue) in 5 areas: Far Nth Coast, Nth Coast, New England, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney. #NSWRFSpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/i0IIIM1XLa— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 7, 2016

Overnight conditions were again relatively benign, allowing the fire crews to build containment lines on main blazes causing concern. These include the Lone Pine fire near Port Stephens and the Ravenswood Road fire near Kundabung south of Kempsey.

“At this stage there is no concern for properties,” Mr Redman said, referring to the Lone Pine fire. Lone Pine Fire – firefighters continue working to control the fire that is still burning. https://t苏州夜场招聘/xdTfyV6bPA#NSWRFS Photo: Adrian Lee pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/qyt7UMfc4w— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016

For Kundabung, residents are likely to see significant amounts of smoke on Tuesday “but there is not threat to the township”, Mr Redman said.

Those two fires, and one still burning near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley, are rated “advice”, by the RFS. That signifies there is no immediate danger but residents should continue to monitor developments.

Travellers on the region’s roads, such as the Bucketts Way and the Pacific Highway, should remain watchful for crews making any emergency repairs or tackling spot fires.

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Young men, delusion, and killer ripsVideo

Warmer weather is on its way, meaning more and more people will start to converge on ’s beaches in the coming weeks.
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It has triggered a timely reminder about the dangers of a rip.

Surprisingly, more people drown in rips each year than deaths from shark attacks, floods and cyclones combined.

In a bid to combat the ongoing issue of drowning deaths along the n coastline, Surf Life Saving has launched a sobering safety campaign highlighting the serious dangers of rip currents.

According to figures, it’s young men who are most at risk of losing their lives.

‘The Facts about Rip Currents’ campaign will bust some common myths associated with beach safety and will run across newspapers, national television, radio, outdoor, online and mobile media ahead of summer.

These myths include the perception that it’s only tourists who get caught in rips, that rips only take the lives of poor swimmers, or that competent swimmers know how to spot a rip.

In fact, according to research only 15 percent of people who drown in rips are international visitors.

It’s young men aged 15-39 years who are most likely to get caught and die in rips, and two out of three people who think they can identify a rip can’t.

“The main point is to always look for the red and yellow flags if you’re going to the beach,” said head Port Macquarie lifeguard James Turnham.

“If you’re at a beach with no flags then it is best not to swim as there is no one keeping an eye on things. Even confident swimmers can get caught in a rip.”

​Mr Turnham said it isn’t just rip awareness that people need to worry about.

“It is important to obey signage that lifeguards put out. They aren’t erected for no reason, they are there to warn people of significant dangers,” he said.

“You see a lot of people come down to the beach and walk straight past signs.

“An example I see often is one that warns of no guards at a certain area of the beach with dangerous conditions, but they still go in for a swim.

“It’s reckless and quite dangerous. It also takes the lifeguard’s eyes off where they should be.”

Surf Life Saving ’s clear message this summer is: Don’t Risk the Rip.

Visitwww.beachsafe苏州模特佳丽招聘.auto find out more. People can also download the Beach Safe app to check on patrolled beaches and conditions.

It also has all the weather warnings, wind direction and surf conditions.

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Gillian Triggs backs changes to section 18C as government announces inquiry into freedom of speech

n Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs Photo: Andrew MearesThe President of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, has backed a proposal to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
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Currently engaged in a public war of words with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Professor Triggs has said the Human Rights Commission – a regular target of the Coalition’s conservative free speech advocates – is open to any suggestions made by a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial section.

The government confirmed on Tuesday that Parliament’s human rights committee would examine freedom of speech, including possible legislation amending 18C and changes to the commission’s complaints-handling process.

As it stands, the law makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of race. Professor Triggs said removing offend and insult and inserting “vilify” would be a strengthening of the laws.

“It could be a very useful thing to do,” she told ABC radio.

“We believe that the two provisions [18C and 18D] underpin both a balance of freedom of speech on the one hand and the reporting that is in good faith, that is reasonably good faith and in the public interest.

“But we also stand by the fact that you cannot and no civilised society should allow abusive statements made in the public arena because of a person’s race.”

She said the Human Rights Commission was “open to seeing what the inquiry might suggest. Whether the language could be clarified and in our view strengthened that enables us to support the multicultural society that we are”.

On Monday, Professor Triggs accused the Prime Minister of being “deeply misleading” following his criticisms of the commission’s conduct regarding the Federal Circuit Court’s dismissal of a racial discrimination complaint made against three Queensland University of Technology students.

The Prime Minister told the Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday that the parliamentary inquiry would be about “consensus-building” and “getting the balance right between a successful multicultural society and the freedom of speech that is fundamental to our democracy”.

In addition to 18C, it will also examine 18D, which outlines the broad exemptions for contributions to debate that are in the public interest and “said or done reasonably and in good faith”.

The inquiry will consider whether the Human Rights Commission’s process eliminates vexatious complaints, affords natural justice, is transparent, works efficiently, avoids unfair costs on the taxpayer or subjects of complaints, and impacts freedom of speech more broadly.

Internal Coalition momentum for overhauling the Racial Discrimination Act has grown amid the Queensland dispute and the pursuit of News Corp cartoonist Bill Leak. The cases have energised the Liberal Party’s diehard free speech advocates and cabinet ministers have joined them in publicly expressed concerns.

Eighteen MPs spoke on the matter in the joint party room meeting, with some emphasising law reform and others focusing on the complaints process.

Liberal frontbencher Ken Wyatt, the only Indigenous MP in the party and formerly a staunch opponent of watering down 18C, now says he is “probably leaning towards” backing a review with openness to the same proposal backed by Professor Triggs.

The government previously ruled out changing 18C, arguing it was not a priority, and Labor has consistently said they do not see any need for reform.

After promising to change the law at the 2013 election, the Abbott government ultimately withdrew a proposal that would have prohibited racial vilification and intimidation, removing protections against humiliating, insulting and offending.

The laws were most famously applied in 2011 when journalist Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act in two articles about “fair-skinned Aboriginal people”.

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