Supercars: Newcastle 500 wins fans’ choice at Gala Awards 2017

Newcastle 500 named fans’ pick WINNERS: Jamie Whincup and Newcastle both claimed titles at the Supercars Gala Awards in Sydney on Monday night. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAP
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TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE has earned a place in motor racing fans’ hearts just days after hosting itsfirst event.

The city’s maiden race was named the fan’s choice for best Supercars event at the sport’s Gala Awards on Monday night.

The race, which Supercars estimates brought 190,000 fans to the track,ended with dramatic scenes as Jamie Whincup claimed his record seventh title.

Whincup was officially named Supercars champion at the award, also taking out the driver’s driver award.

Ford was named champion manufacturer of the year, with Scott McLaughlin’sShell V-Power Racing named champion team andbest presented team–fans’ choice.

McLaughlin himself also claimed most popular driver–fans’ choice.

More from the Newcastle 500: How you saw the action, trackside at the Newcastle Supercars

Autism advocate ‘appalled’ at Burke’s Asperger’s excuse

A leading voice on autism awareness says it was “beyond appalling” and “gobsmacking” that Don Burke claimed his self-diagnosed Asperger’s syndrome was to blame for his alleged sexual misconduct.
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Founding director and CEO of Autism Awareness Nicole Rogerson said she was furious when she read Burke’s comments and supposed justification during Burke’s bizarre A Current Affair interview on Monday night.

“What a ridiculous thing for him to say,” Ms Rogerson said. “Incredibly hurtful to those people on the autism spectrum and their families because anybody who knows anybody on the autism spectrum would know that there is nothing about having Asperger’s or autism that makes you more or less likely to be a sexual predator, anymore than having red hair makes you more likely.

“The only reason I can think of [for Burke’s Asperger’s justification] is he is trying to use the idea that people with Asperger’s sometimes don’t read social cues very well.

“I feel like he has just watched a couple of good episodes of The Good Doctor … the characters with Asperger’s in those kind of media shows often have difficulties reading social cues but he understands full well that his behaviour has been inappropriate over the years and he just can’t bring himself to say ‘I’m sorry’ to women.

“He is going to use Asperger’s as an example of ‘Hey, I didn’t know what I was doing; I don’t read social cues’.

“Well Don, we’re not buying it. Not only are you offending women but you are offending everybody on the autism spectrum and their families.”

Ms Rogerson’s scathing comments follow the interview on A Current Affair in which Burke claimed to have Asperger’s syndrome while denying allegations of sexual harassment.

Speaking after a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that detailed allegations of indecent assault, sexual harassment and bullying perpetrated by Burke, the gardening guru described the story as a “witch hunt”.

In the ACA interview Burke also claimed for the first time that he had Asperger’s syndrome, although he admitted he had never been medically diagnosed with the condition.

“I can look at a lens but I have difficulty looking at people in the eye,” he said on Monday.

“I missed the body language and the subtle signs that people give you. I don’t see that. I suffer from a terrible problem with that. Not seeing. No one can understand how you can’t see it. But you don’t.”

“I’m an Asperger’s person and I have a lot of other failings that are genetic,” he said while denying the allegations against him.

A furious Ms Rogerson said those living with Asperger’s syndrome and their families should take no notice of Burke’s comments.

“To all the families [of people living with Asperger’s] gird your loins, let this just be water off a duck’s back … he is not describing anything we understand about our loved ones,” she said.

“He is trying to use his flimsy knowledge of Asperger’s to say ‘aren’t there those people with poor social skills? That was me, I just had poor social skills.’

“No, you didn’t Don. It is not poor social skills, you were sexually harassing women, there’s a big difference.”

If you find this report troubling, you can contact Lifeline: 131 114 or 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732.

Fit NSW transport with automatic external defibrillators: St Johns Ambulance, survivor

LUCKY: Craig Flissinger says an AED saved his life when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest in Broadmeadow. He backs the St John Ambulance push to have them made uniformly more available across NSW. Picture: Max Mason-HubersUNIFORMLY fitting Hunter buses, trains and transit stops with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) could save lives across the region, the general manager of St Johns Ambulance believes.
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St John Ambulance general manager Gary Maclachlan said existing arrangements werea “mixed result” for where the life-saving devices could be found, a system that could potentially cost lives.

Mr Maclachlan said he had experienced the issue first-hand when a woman at a Mudgee farm suffered angina.“I knew how to use an AED, I knew how to do CPR but I couldn’t get access to one,” he said.“It’s actually terrible. You know if there was an AED, there’s a good chance you can save their life.”

St John Ambulance is lobbying the state government to make the devices standard issue on public transport, potentially including bus stops, to allow members of the public to immediately render aid.

Nulkaba’s Craig Flissinger said he would likely be dead if his cardiac arrest had struck anywhere but the Broadmeadow motorcycle training centre where he collapsed in 2014.

“I grabbed a drink and walked into the next room and I got a little bit dizzy and next thing I was on the floor,” he said.“There was no warning.”

Staff at the centre were using the AED within about three minutes, a speedy response Mr Flissinger credits with keeping him alive.

“If it had happened at home or down the street, they would have found me in a paddock or something,” he said. “It’s not like a heart attack or a stroke …You really can’t mess [using an AED]up. You turn it on and it tells you how to use it.”

A Galaxy Research survey of more than 1000 adults found 77 per cent support mandatory AEDs on public transport.Mr Maclachlan said the chances of survival drop roughly 10 per cent for each moment that passes without treatment, while an AED applied in the first 90 seconds improved that figure dramatically.

He cited 140 drownings across the Hunter in the past decade, compared to ambulance response times that could be over 10 minutes, as an area where the devices could make a difference.

He pointed to bus stops along Newcastle beaches as an obvious point where the devices could be stored clearly, awaiting emergency use.“You might find some shopping centres have them, you might find them at a train station but not all train stations,” he said.“If something happens, you have got to wait until the train pulls up at the station.

“The further away you are from an ambulance, the more important it becomes.”

Mr Maclachlan said the costs of an AED rollout would be significantly cheaper than rehabilitation treatments.

Sydney Swans star Gary Rohan’s heartbreaking announcement

Sydney Swans star Gary Rohan has revealed that his wife is pregnant with twins, but that one of baby’s lives is “destined to be cut short”.
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Writing in a post on Instagram on Saturday, Rohan, 26, said he and his wife Amie had learnt one of their “beautiful bubs” was diagnosed with anencephaly.

A serious birth defect, anencephaly means a baby is born without parts of its brain, scalp and skull.

“Babies born with anencephaly are not compatible with life,” Rohan wrote.

“Since our brain tells our heart to beat, our lungs to breath, our legs to move and so on, these babies live from a few moments to a few hours after birth.”

Rohan said he and his wife had known about the baby’s condition for several weeks since a scan, and had decided to tell the public after “constantly discussing what [they] should do”.

“We come to the decision that either way, BOTH our babies are beautiful, precious human beings, with the only thing being that sadly one’s life is destined to be cut short,” he wrote.

“There are going to be some really difficult days ahead but also many happy ones, and we want to share each and every one of those moments with you all.”@amierohan_ and I are over the moon to share with you all that we have been blessed twice over Sadly, one of our beautiful bubs has been diagnosed with anencephaly. Anencephaly is a condition where part of the brain, skull and scalp never develops. Our brain is very sensitive, so to live our brain must have cushion and protection. Since our brain tells our heart to beat, our lungs to breath, our legs to move and so on, these babies live from a few moments to a few hours after birth. Babies born with anencephaly are not compatible with life. Ames and I have known about this since our 11 week scan, and since knowing, we’ve been constantly discussing what we should do, how we should tell people and if we should tell people at all. We come to the decision that either way, BOTH our babies are beautiful, precious human beings, with the only thing being that sadly ones life is destined to be cut short. There are going to be some really difficult days ahead but also many happy ones, and we want to share each and every one of those moments with you all. Talking about our situation with people has been our therapy, letting our emotions out has been the best thing for us personally. We would love for anyone who has been affected by anencephaly themselves or know of others affected by anencephaly to please contact us. Don’t be afraid to talk to us about it. That’s what we want, we want people to ask questions, we want to talk about it with others. We still need questions answered as much as everyone else. And at the end of the day, we will always be parents to twins, our journey has just been written a little differently to others. All our love Gaz & Ames xxA post shared by GaryRohan16 (@garyrohan16) on Nov 23, 2017 at 10:57pm PST

Surfest in 1986 draws parallels to Supercars

Surfest in the 1980s drew big crowds like Supercars | PHOTOS Surfest in 1986. Image courtesy of the Hannan Archive, University of Newcastle () – https://uoncc.wordpress苏州夜总会招聘/vera-deacon-fund/
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Surfest in 1986. Image courtesy of the Hannan Archive, University of Newcastle () – https://uoncc.wordpress苏州夜总会招聘/vera-deacon-fund/

Surfest in 1986. Image courtesy of the Hannan Archive, University of Newcastle () – https://uoncc.wordpress苏州夜总会招聘/vera-deacon-fund/

Surfest in 1986. Image courtesy of the Hannan Archive, University of Newcastle () – https://uoncc.wordpress苏州夜总会招聘/vera-deacon-fund.

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TweetFacebookThe Newcastle Song, with its chorus about never letting a chance go by.

Guess that’s the same kind of attitude that the organisers of Surfest and Supercars had.

They grabbed a chance. They made it happen.

Supercars and ShakespeareTopics wrote yesterday at our surprise that the Supercars event had inspired poetry.

Poetry from Shakespeare’s King Lear.

A post on the Newcastle Echo Facebook page that called for“your best Newcastle 500 poetry” prompted quite a few odes for and against the big race.

Coincidentally, Herald journalist Michael Parris told Topics thatSupercars employees found a protest poem that a resident had painted on the ground, near the track.

The poem went like this:“As flies to wanton boys are we to the V8s: They kill us for their sport.”

Why that sounds like Shakespeare.King Lear, in fact.

Here’s the real version: “As flies to wanton boys are we to thegods. They kill us for their sport.”

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New website seeks out ‘mistake’ bargain airfares

A new search engine promises to reveal those cheap fares that airlines have published in error and you’ve been longing to stumble across.
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CheapFlightsFinder will scour 1200 sources to find those criminally low-priced airfares – typically resulting from a human error at the back end of an airline’s website, such as a misplaced decimal point or a currency conversion error.

The site claims it has the potential to shave a further 20 per cent off the cost of a flight as it scans for the fare over a multitude of search engines such as Google Flights and Skyscanner.

It also claims to be able to sniff out time-sensitive travel deals.

For example, the British-based company claims to have found return flights from New York to Paris costing $US346 ($454).

A quick search for flights based from found a cheap flight from Melbourne to JFK, New York, departing in March and returning April priced at $962 with Air China.

As the fare findings can be up to 15 days old, this is plenty of time for the airline to rectify the erroneous price.

So by the time we checked the prices on Air China’s website, the price of the return ticket had bounced back to $1447. It was also a 30-hour flight with an overnight stop in Beijing, which is not the fastest or cheapest way to get to New York from .

Further to this, you cannot book flights directly from the website itself. You must go to a third-party booking site or the airline’s website to pay for the ticket – provided you find the same cheap ticket first.

CheapFlightsFinder does offer some tips to secure a cheap seat, and although it’s still time-consuming to search, your best bet is to not be too fussy about where you’re headed, at what dates you want to go.

In fact, it suggests that you choose any destination, and any dates within the next 12 months to find that golden ticket.

Add your email to the search to be updated on any new discounted fares the engine discovers.

Should you find a fare at rock-bottom price, the key is to lock that flight in before the airline twigs a mistake has been made.

And before you splash the cash on hotels for your trip, make sure your seat is secured as some airlines may not honour the fare (in which case they are obliged to refund the money).

See also: Why do mistake fares happen?

See also: The 10 best ways to book a cheap flight

Titanic failures: Six of the dumbest tourism ideas

Who’d have thunk it? Who’d have realised that getting groups of drunk tourists together and putting them in charge of a gigantic pedal-powered machine in the middle of a busy city with lots of canals would go badly? Who could have predicted that taking a bar full of people and setting them loose in public, with alcohol, would not be a success?
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Well, everyone really. The only surprise is that it took the Amsterdam city council as long as it did to ban the “Beer Bikes” – the 12-seater rolling bars that drinkers could cycle around the city on while imbibing as much beer as they could handle. Amsterdam residents have been complaining about the bikes for years, with drinkers yelling and screaming, peeing in public, running into things on the giant bike.

But it was only at the beginning of this month that Beer Bikes were finally taken off the road.

This is not, of course, the first tourism idea that was bound for disaster. There have been plenty of other tourist-related schemes – some worth billions and billions of dollars – that have turned out to be total flops. The Beer Bike is just the latest in a long line. Here are some more of our favourites. The World, Dubai

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Dubai is used to outlandish, daring success stories. It is used to world records. It is used to outrageous triumphs of the “if you build it, they will come” kind. So it would have come as a rude shock to find that “The World”, the huge group of manmade islands off the Dubai coast designed as luxury abodes for the rich and famous, islands that would resemble a map of the world from high above, was a complete and utter flop. So far, only three of the 300 islands have been developed into anything more impressive than a giant sandbank. This is a flub of epic proportions that, in the climate of mid-2000s financial pressure, always seemed bound for disaster.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to DubaiTitanic II

Titanic II sank even quicker than the first one. Photo: Blue Star Line

n businessman Clive Palmer has come up with some pretty whacky ideas (ahem – running for parliament), but perhaps none more so than the plan to build a full-scale replica of the Titanic, the world’s most spectacularly unsuccessful maritime development. The Titanic II was announced by Palmer in 2012, was set to launch in 2016, was pushed back to 2018, and so far not a single rivet has been sunk in. Of course there’s something historically appropriate about this project turning into a disaster, which it seems to have here, without ever getting out of the dockyard. New South China Mall, China

Ghost town: New South China Mall. Photo: Alamy

China built it – and no one came. The idea was to construct the world’s largest shopping mall in Dongguan, near Guangzhou, and to that end the New South China Mall was a raging success. The mall has a total area of 892,000 square metres – that’s about 125 football fields’ worth of shops, restaurants and other mall amenities, including a replica Arc de Triomphe, a roller coaster, and a Venice-style system of canals. Small problem though: there are no shops. There are no restaurants. Precious few vendors ever signed up to the project, which means that rather than rating as a tourism drawcard like Dubai Mall, this enormous shopping precinct is pretty much a ghost town.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to ChinaKhai islands, Thailand

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Tourism fails aren’t always due to a lack of popularity. Sometimes disaster strikes for the exact opposite reason. Case in point: three Thai islands called Khai Nok, Khai Nui and Khai Nai, tropical havens that lie off the coast of Phuket. Mass tourism there has pretty much destroyed the surrounding coral reef (the entire reason people would go there in the first place), leading to Thai authorities banning tourists from certain parts of each island. Another island, Koh Tachai, has also been closed to tourists due to the environmental damage they’ve caused. Someone should have seen it coming.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to ThailandPoseidon Hotel, Fiji

This sounds great on paper: an underwater hotel, a series of rooms and restaurants completely submerged in the warm waters of Fiji. The spectacular Poseidon Hotel was due to open in an undisclosed location in 2008. Now, however, almost 10 years later, there’s still no sign of the project actually going ahead, most probably because it would be extremely expensive and difficult to create. The Poseidon’s official website contains a lot of information about the hotel, most of it curiously written in the present tense – “Poseidon’s Mysterious Island is the culmination of every elite vacationer’s vision” – despite the fact there is actually no hotel. Still, you can register for advance reservations if you’re really optimistic. And patient.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to FijiAmsterdam Beer Bike

As of November 1 this year, the Amsterdam Beer Bikes are no longer. Some tourism ideas seem great at the time, but then turn out to be disasters – this one, however, had calamity written all over it from the start. Who would set a whole lot of boozy tourists loose in a packed city on a giant bike and expect it to go well? It is a shame for the owners of the businesses, but hey, at least they didn’t create a series of 300 manmade islands and then have no one buy them.

See also: Why I won’t go back to Amsterdam’s coffee shops or sex shows

What are the biggest tourism fails you’ve seen around the world? What attractions do you predict will end in disaster? Post your comments below.

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Markle’s ‘engagement outfit’ crashes the internet

In what was surely icing on the cake for retailers marking Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days on the calendar, Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement outfit has caused websites to crash and the pieces to sell out worldwide.
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For the official announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry on Monday, the Suits actress wore a white wrap coat by Canadian label LINE, a celebrity favourite.

The images that went around the world immediately sent the LINE website into meltdown, with the label telling USA Today the coat, which originally sold for $CAD700 ($823), had sold out.

“We are incredibly honoured that Meghan chose to wear a LINE coat to mark this very special occasion,” LINE president and co-founder John Muscat reportedly told USA Today.

“Meghan has an effortlessly chic sense of style, which we’ve always admired. We know this particular coat is one of her favourite pieces so we have officially decided to name it the ‘Meghan’. We are elated for Meghan and wish her a lifetime of happiness with Prince Harry.”

As speculation intensified around what the bride will wear to the couple’s wedding, set to take place in early 2018 in the northern hemisphere spring, Markle demonstrated her sartorial sophistication for the engagement announcement and first interview.

Under the white coat, Markle wore a forest green dress by Italian brand Parosh, which sells for ???490 ($767).

On Tuesday morning, the brand’s website was saying “email us for more information” on the page featuring the dress.

Markle showed she’s also a trendsetter when it comes to accessories, wearing a pair of nude heels from her wardrobe by Florentine designer Aquazurra, and gold and opal earrings by Birks.

But nothing in her outfit could top the sparkler on her ring finger, a three-stone diamond ring designed by Prince Harry himself. The world’s most anticipated engagement ring features a centre stone from Botswana, where the couple first holidayed, and two stones from Princess Diana’s own collection.

Since the couple went public with their romance earlier this year, Markle’s fashion choices have sparked the “Meghan effect”, causing many items to sell out.

It’s a similar story to her soon-to-be sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, whose outfits often sell out immediately after she is photographed in them.

Kate Middleton’s engagement dress sold out in a matter of minutes. Given how far online shopping has come since 2011, the Meghan effect could break those records.

Hanson eye Newcastle show 20 years after Mmmbop

Hanson eye Newcastle show 20 years after Mmmbop Hanson: Isaac, right, pictured with Taylor and Zac, said music “has the ability to transcend time and to affect hearts and minds”.
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Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac’s new festive album Finally It’s Christmas includes four original songs.

Hanson: Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson perform in Sydney on June 22. “There’s always new things to say and new ways to say them.” Picture: Helen Gregory

Hanson: Zac, Isaac and Taylor with their Mmmhops brew at Oklahoma City Brewing Company in 2014. Picture: Matthew Swaggart/Hanson Brothers Beer

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released sixth album Anthem.

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released fifth album, Shout It Out.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac around the time they released fifth album, Shout It Out.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac in 1997. Picture: Marina Chavez

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac in 1997. Picture: Marina Chavez/Mercury Records

Hanson: Fans packed the carpark of Westfield Southland in Melbourne on May 1, 1998, to see the brothers perform. Picture: Joe Castro

Hanson: Isaac, Zac and Taylor pose with their Best Breakthrough award at the MTV Music Awards in Rotterdam November 6 1997. Photo: AP Photo/Dusan Vranic.

Hanson: The band at Fox FM Radio with fans Eleanor Braithwaite, 15, and Sarah Nally, 14, in 1997.

Hanson: The band arrives for the MTV Music Television’s 20th anniversary celebration in New York on August 1, 2001. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Hanson: The band performed on MTV’s TRL in Sydney on May 26, 2005.

Hanson: Fans queue out the front of the Enmore Theatre for the band’s May 29, 2005 show. Picture: Tamara Dean.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac around the time they released third album Underneath.

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released third album Underneath.

TweetFacebookWeekender from the band’s hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he says he and his brothers Taylor and Zacare all too aware their fans have “had to deal with a variety of misunderstandings about who the band Hanson is and what the band Hanson represents”.

They’veheard it all:that Hanson areone-hit wonders, too young, too pop, too earnest, too clean, too traditional, too 1990s.

While these perceptions have dogged the band throughout their 25-year career, their longevity and success within the music industry – a just-wrapped 60-date world tour, three Grammy nominations, six studio albums, more than 16 million record sales andtheir ownlabel– and their fan communityspeaks for itself.

The brothers have established a beer company; a craft beer and music festival;an online store that sells everything from Christmas ornaments to cookie cutters, baby apparel, poker chips, coasters, pillowcases, temporary tattoos andHansonopoly; and organisegetaways to Tulsa and Jamaica.

“The fansinevitably get frustrated by that [misunderstanding] and I get that,” says Isaac, now 37, who was thrust into the spotlight at just 16 with the band’s breakthrough, Mmmbop.

“We’ve always been very focused on the future and on continuing to make music.

“[But] we wanted to [create an opportunity to] say to them, ‘You guys are bad-ass, you stuck with us and we appreciate that.

“We know this hasn’t been easy for you, because it hasn’t been easy for us.

“We appreciate you, we thank you, because it matters to us and we know it matters to you’.”

Pausing midway through their rousing two-hour set in Sydney in June, the trio dedicated Strong Enough to Break to “anyone who has ever had to stand up for this band”.

The audience, including many who had been queuing since before dawn, erupted, their faces glowing with pride.

“We know you guys have taken some shit,” Taylor, 34, said.

“But let me tell you what –this is real talk here –it’s not about the battles, ladies and gentlemen.

“It’s about winning the war.”

It’s a quarter of a century since the brothers formed thepop-rockband and 20 years since they released Mmmbop, from their first major label album, Middle of Nowhere.

This year they played to full houses across the globe on their Middle of Everywhere 25thanniversary tour, releaseda greatest hits album featuringsingle I Was Bornand saw their second festive album, Finally It’s Christmas, hit the ARIA Top 10.

It features four uplifting original songs, as well as covers of classics including Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime and Stevie Wonder’s Someday at Christmas. Isaac takes the lead in the rollicking ‘TilNew Year’s Night, which was inspired by the late Chuck Berry and the filmHail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In the Hunter, more than 850 fans have mobilised behind Facebook campaign Bring Hanson to Newcastle. Isaac saysthe trio would “love” to make their first visit to thecity on their next tour down under.

“Who are we to complain?” Isaac says.

It would be easy to find targets for any lingering frustration.

Attitudes of “ageism and condescension” that meant many “didn’t realise we knew what we were doing”; record company executives who failed to support their vision, prompting the band to start their own label; and the world’s enduring image of the brothers, forever frozen in time as long-haired and baby-faced.

“There are a lot of people who have never left high school and can’t get over the fact their girlfriend had a crush on some guy in a band and it makes them uncomfortable about themselves,” Isaac says matter-of-factly.

“So they still go back to this ridiculous high school nonsense commentary.

“[But] we have crossed over, we’re 25 years old as a band and there are very few people that get that far.

“We have sold out shows all around the world and it’s because of those consistent, stubborn, amazing fans.”

Isaac singles out the “enthusiasm and interest” of Hunter devotees, who have campaigned to the band for a Newcastle show and started a change苏州模特佳丽招聘 petition.

“We would love to go to as many places as we possibly can on the next set of shows … and so if we can get an offer from a promoter in Newcastle, we will come,” he says.

“I am hopeful and we will look into it and see if there are people that are willing to bring us.

“We’ve had great success with the last three runs through your lovely country, so is always at the top of our list.

“I expect there will be n tour dates that go along with whatever touring it is we’re doing next year or the following year.”

Hanson were just 16, 14 and 11 when they were embraced by tweens who were, for the first time, seeingmusicians their own age writing songs, playing instruments,storming the charts –and crucially, venturing online.

Mercury Records talent scout Steve Greenberg told the Washington Post this year there was “no way” he was going to sign the brothers so soon after the grunge era – until an epiphany in the supermarket.

“I pulled out one of those teen magazines and realised as I was looking through, there were no pictures of any musicians,” Greenberg said.

“It was all pictures of Jonathan Taylor Thomas and actors. Of course, you can’t put Eddie Vedder in there.

“I just realised there was a huge hole here. I thought, ‘I wish there was somebody like that.’”

The brothers had already recordedtwo independent albumswhen they signedto Mercury andreleasedMiddle of Nowhere.

The label merged in May 2000with Island Def Jam Music Group, whichcut promotional and tour funding for their second album and turned down more than 80 songs they’d started writing for third albumUnderneath.

They responded by setting up 3CG Records, which has released their past four albums.

The gamble paid off:Underneathhit number one on the US Billboard Independent albums chart.

“We’re a one-stop shop,” Isaac says.

“It’s our record company, it’s our band, our songs and there’s no middle man.”

Thisair ofaccessibilityis one reason why, while some of theoriginalfans have moved on, many of their now 30-something-year-old admirers show a level of devotion arguably unrivalled by any other fandom.

The band recently sold out tickets to their sixthBack to the Island event, at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica in January.

The brothers host events including tie-dye, games such as Cards Against Humanity and a dance party as well asperform each night.

Hundreds also congregate each May in Tulsa for Hanson Day celebrations, which this year included sampling Hanson BrothersBeer Company’s new Redland Amber Ale, a concert,karaoke with Isaac,Hansonopoly with Zac anda DJ set from Taylor.

StoressoldHanson chocolates, ‘’Mmmbopper’car stickersand’Tulsa is my Graceland’badges. Baristas usedstencils to sprinkle Hanson symbols atop coffees.

When the band visited in June, many fans flew between cities to attend all eight shows (six sold out). Some slept on the streetsto get front row.

It’s behaviour replicated across every continent.

“The truth is, I’m not sure I know the answer,” Isaac says, about why Hanson inspiressuch dedication.

“I hope that it has a lot to do first and foremost with the fact that we care deeply about the music we make and the quality of the music we make.

“Because fame is fleeting and popularity is not something that you have a whole lot of control over, but what you do have control over is what you do and what you are famous for.

“My hope,my goal,is to be famous for being really good atmaking music and writing songs.”

Isaac saysthe band realises just how fortunate they are to have had such a commercially successful “banner year”.

“We’ve soldas much or more [ticket-wise]than in previous yearsand so it’s continuing to build when it could have been the opposite –there werea lot of years in between our last tour and this one,” he says.

“In a world where people are not buying music or spending money on music, our fanclub membership has grown significantly this year and shows indications of continuing to grow significantly into next year as well.

“That puts us in a position where we have a lot of ability to continue to do exciting new things.”

Even after spending more than half their lives as professional musicians, Isaac says there is still plenty of new ground to break.

Asked about rumours rife within the fandom about an orchestral tour, Isaac says “there are not any specific plans for things of that nature yet –but that would be fun”.

“We’ve considered a lot of concepts.”

The band aremidway through their first Christmas tour, playing songs from 1997’sSnowed In(which they’ve reprinted) and this year’sFinally It’s Christmasthrough Canada, the USand England.

“We were a bit bummed out we weren’t able to do a Christmas show in – we definitely talked about it, but we thought ‘We might not be able to pull that off, it might be a little close to our last tour’,” he says.

“But if the chart position means anything,we could have totally done a couple of Christmas shows in , so we’ll remember that for next time.”

While they may now all have children of their own–Isaac is a father to three, Taylor to five and Zac to four–the brothers haveno intention of slowing down.

Isaac says they’ve “always” been motivatedby the kind of legacy they will leave, and never more so than after the deathof one of their own inspirations, Tom Petty, “which stung really hard for us”.

“The next five years is definitely going to include a lot more music,”he says.

“There’s always a mountain to climb … there’s always hearts you want to touch and connect with and people you want to encourage.

“It’s about the people and the opportunity to be there for others in some way or other, because music is medicine.”

Melbourne New Year’s Eve terror plot: Man arrested, allegedly planned to open fire at Federation Square

The 20-year-old Werribee man is taken into custody. Photo: Victoria PoliceAn n-born man and citizen has been arrested after allegedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack with an automatic rifle at Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve this year.
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The 20-year-old man, who was arrested inWerribee onMonday afternoon, was allegedly planning to shoot and kill as many people as he could in an attack at Federation Square.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said the n-born Muslim with Somalian parents sought to purchase, but did not acquire, an automatic weapon to carry out the attack that could have had”horrendous” consequences.

The suspect was allegedly planning to shoot and kill as many people as he could in Federation Square. Photo: Victoria Police

“The potential of the attack is catastrophic. This is a person who has expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could. It’s horrendous,” Mr Patton said.

The young man allegedly tried to buy an automatic firearm through “face to face interactions” but was ultimately unsuccessful, Mr Patton told reporters on Tuesday.

“We have been monitoring him for a very lengthy period of time,” Mr Patton said.

“He’s an n citizen and of Somalian parents.”

The man lives with his parents and siblings at the family home in Werribee.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton (left) and AFP assistant commissioner Ian McCartney. Photo: Justin McManus

That property is still being searched by police while his place of work, a computer business in Footscray, and a relative’s home in Meadow Heights are no longer being searched after warrants were executed at those locations on Monday.

The young manwas in possession of an al-Qaeda guidebook on how to carry out terrorism attacks and is an Islamic State sympathiser, police allege.

“He has accessed documents produced by al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula… a guidebook in respect to how to commit a terrorist act and also how to use firearms, guns and handguns and rifles,” Mr Patton said.

“He is associated with other persons in the Victorian extremists community … it is a very small community of extremists.

Fireworks over Melbourne CBD on New Years Eve. Photo: Melbourne City Council

“This is a person who would become particularly energised when overseas events occurred. He expressed a great amount of interest in committing an attack himself.”

The 20-year-old man was arrested on astreet in Werribee just after 3pm on Monday.

Mr Patton reassured the community the man was acting alone and no threats wereongoing.

“We are not looking for any other suspects,” he said.

Authorities are still investigating how the young Werribeeman becameradicalised, Mr Patton said.

Police do not believe he islinked to any mosques in Melbourne. Theywould not reveal if his family or friends knew of his intentions.

He was born in and this is his first time in custody.

The man is expected tobe charged later on Tuesday with engaging in acts in preparation for a terrorist offence and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.

Police expect him to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court later today or the early hours of tomorrow.

Victoria Police, n Federal Police and ASIO were involved in theinvestigation that resulted in the young man’s arrest.

Police do not anticipate further arrests.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said police were continuing their investigation, but had foiled another threat.

“Absolutely police were aware of this very early and had been monitoring,” she said.

“There was never any point in which there was a significant risk.”

She said there were still search warrants under way to gather evidence for the charges likely to be laid later on Tuesday.

“I can absolutely assure Victorians that this has eliminated the risk,” she said.

Ms Neville said Victorians should be confident to make plans for New Year’s Eve.

“There is no ongoing risk to the Victorian community.”

An estimated 450,000 people flock to Melbourne’s CBD to ring in the new year in the city.

Security has been ramped up in recent years, particularly last year after police foiled aChristmas Day terror plot.

Hundreds of uniformed police swarmed the city last New Year’s Eve, particularly near St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station which were both targets of the Christmas terror plot.

Specialised squads including Water Police, Mounted Branch, Operations Response Unit and Air Wing were deployed across the state.

– With Benjamin Preiss