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February, 2019

Married With Children star Katey Segal calls hit show’misogynistic’

It was dedicated viewing during the ’90s, but Katey Segal has publicly reconsidered the show that made her a star, Married With Children.
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“It was a very misogynistic show,” Segal, who played disinterested housewife Peggy Bundy, has said about the classic sitcom, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

“The women were portrayed [as] completely exploited on the show. That was Al Bundy’s thing,” she added, referring to the miserable shoe salesman played by Ed O’Neill (Modern Family). “He liked hot women, and they showed them all the time.”

The sitcom, a wry take on ’50s suburbia and feelgood family shows, ran for ten seasons from 1987 to 1997 and built a loyal audience despite middling ratings and controversy over its often lewd punchlines.

Alongside Peggy and Al, it provided breakthrough roles for Christina Applegate and David Faustino, who played the pair’s dropkick kids Kelly and Bud (or, ‘Grandmaster B’, as some remember him).

Somewhere along the way, its satirical slant got muddled, the show’s live audience infamously whooping and hollering over Al’s aggrieved nonsense, including regular putdowns of neighbour Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and a sad gang of husband-activists named No Ma’am who met in Al’s garage to shake a fist at the feminist agenda wreaking havoc on their bowling nights and nudie bars.

Married’s lively studio was so distinct, it was later spoofed in an episode of Futurama, on which Segal was a regular voice actor.

In the interview with AOL, aimed at promoting her new book Grace Notes: My Recollections, Segal noted her conflicted feelings on Married With Children’s legacy.

“People would ask me questions like, ‘Is this what you think? I mean, how can you be on a show like this?’ And I was really clear that I don’t believe in censorship, and I also believe that it’s my job as an actor to interpret the material – it’s not my belief,” she added.

“If you’re asking me, do I think women should be portrayed in a misogynistic way, in an exploited way, of course I don’t think that. But playing Peg Bundy had nothing to do with what I thought; that was my job.”

The show, which currently reruns on 7Flix, has been at the centre of reunion rumours for years.

A spin-off, focusing on Bud’s ongoing struggles with the ‘Bundy curse’, is said to still be in the works, with Segal and O’Neill reportedly onboard to reprise Peggy and Al, now lottery millionaires living in Las Vegas.

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Wilds dogs dictate landuse

SHOCKING LOSSES: Landholders in the Upper Hunter are faced with problems from escalating wild dog attacks. They say the dogs are leaving National Park and State Forests in search of food.Upper Hunter farmers are no longer in-charge of managing their properties that role has been snatched from them by a motleybunch of vicious ferals.
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Wild dogs are now in charge ofareas east and west of Scone particularly in the headwaters of the Hunter River –Tomalla, Hunter Springs and Moonan Flat.

These eastern fall areas were once home to tens of thousands of sheep, in fact at one stage, the historic Belltrees property near Gundy ran 100,000 sheep.

Today commercial numbers of sheep are only found onsix properties between Scone and the Barrington Tops and the reason for this change in landuse is simply the impact of wild dogs.

No matter what the landholders do the attacks on their flocks areworsening and they are being forced to run cattle on land that is really not suited to beef production.

This is happening at a time of record returns for wool and fat lambs which just adds to the frustration of thefarmers.

On the prowl

Moonan Flat producer Gavin MacCallum said the vast majority of the land in his districtwas ideally suited to sheep production.

“But we have been forced out of sheep because of the pressure from wild dogs. No matter what we do their numbers increase and so do the attacks,” he said.

He, like his neighbours, hashad a gut full of asking for help and their pleas being ignored.

Fairfax Mediahas been told by a number of landholders the dogs are coming out of National Parks and State Forests.

“We weretold by staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) that they have caught, on camera, photographs of 40 dogs in just one week,” said Nathan Mamone, Tomalla.

Mr Mamone used to run 3000 sheep on his property, located one kilometrefrom Barrington Tops National Park, today that number is slashed and he runs cattle and works off-farm all thanks to dog attacks.

“Its just so depressing to get out each morning and see your sheep ravaged,” he said.

At Moonan Brook, Neville Hayne, “Castlesprings” says his battle with wild dogs takes up 70-80 per cent of his time.

“I am not spending anytime working on the farm I am just chasing dogs all day. I’ve gone through three quad bikes trying to control them, we are being chewed out by dogs,” said an exasperated Mr Hayne .

His wool cheque is already down $15,000 this year due to sheep losses from dog attacks.

He was critical of the NPWS use of perimeter mound baitingsaying it doesn’t work as dogs don’t like digging up meat.

“Its a complete failure and the situation is getting worse each year,” he said.

Mr Hayne said the dogs were also getting bolder and therefore more dangerous over time.

Across the valley near Merriwa Peter Campbell said dogs were a problem with landholders near Goulburn River National Park.

“As responsible landholders we have to control feral pests and weeds on our land but it appears NPWS don’t have to,” he said.

“We want managers of all public lands to adopt ourattitude when it comes to managing feral pests. These dogs will be harming native fauna as well as livestock.”

Mr Campbell said after lengthy negotiations landholders were able to get professional trappers into the Goulburn River National Park earlier this year.

“But it was at their costs and it took a long time to gain NPWS approval. The trappers caught six dogs,” said.

“Its was a great result but really should landholders have to pay for the management of the park.”

The six joined another 14 caught last year with Mr Campbell saying farmers were already reporting less attacks on their sheep thanks to the campaign.

“Imagine if we all worked together what could be achieved,” he said.

Anecdotal reports say wild dogs are now attacking calves near Barrington Tops National Park something landholders have long predicted.

Many frustrated and angry farmers are hopingthe formation of a funded trapper program run by Hunter Local Land Services will make an impact on the dog problem.

We want the NPWS to join this funded program so we are all working together for the betterment of the whole community, said Mr Campbell.

A sentiment supported by Mr MacCallum who along with others producers is sick and tired of talking to NPWS and getting no support.

“Parks are our neighbours but we are bearing the burnt of their poor management and that is so unfair. Why can a neighbour ruin your livelihood,”? asked Mr MacCallum.

Hunter LLS, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and mining companies have pledged funding for the trapper program that will start next financial year.

Mining giant Glencore will be funding $150,000 over three years in partnership with Hunter LLS to support wild dog control efforts across the Hunter.

“As part of our operations, we work closely with landholders across the Hunter on a daily basis so we understand the significant losses being caused by wild dogs,” said Glencore’sCommunity Relations Manager Craig Strudwick

Wild dogs caught on camera in the eastern fall district at the headwaters of the Hunter River.

“This funding will be in addition to the co-ordinated work we’re undertaking with neighbouring property owners at all of our sites to control wild dogs in the region.”

NPWS, spokesperson said last weekNPWS received a request from Hunter LLS, to contribute toa new wild dog program being developed for the Upper Hunter.

“Wild dog controlis a keypriority for NPWS in thisregion, and we will continue to work cooperativelywith LLS to identify opportunities to support the new program,” they said.

NPWS undertakes both strategic and reactive wild dog control programsat Barrington Tops National Park & State Conservation Area, Mt. Royal, Curracabundi, Goulburn River, Wollemi and Yengo National Parks, Camerons Gorge and Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserves, and other reserves across the region.

Techniques used by NPWS include ground and aerial baiting, M44 ejectors and trapping.

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View from the top: North America’s tallest house is on the market

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For those who enjoy heights, but don’t want the hassle of sharing a supertall building with other residents ??? and who might enjoy, perhaps, some significant bragging rights ??? the perfect property is up for sale in the USA.

It’s the Falcon’s Nest in Prescott, Arizona. It’s the tallest house in North America, its 37 metres of height made up by 10 storeys, and at one point had the honour of being the tallest house in the world. Sadly, it’s now been beaten out by the 173 metre tall, $1 billion Antilla mansion in Mumbai, India.

North America’s tallest home – the ‘Falcon’s Nest’ in Arizona. Photo: Lauren Schleifer/falconnesttower南京夜网

In fairness, it’s also dwarfed by the Thumb Butte, the 1985-metre volcanic plug it’s sitting next to. But you can’t buy that for $US1.5 million ($1.98 million), which is the current asking price.

It was designed by an architect, Sukumar Pal, for his family, and built in 1994 for around $US4 million. Shaped a bit like a chimney, it’s got three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 575 square metres of living space, a very fancy 185 square-metre solarium and a hydraulic glass elevator to shuttle the lucky residents up and down, with an entrance at the garage level.

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It’s got quite a small footprint, both physically, about 92 square metres, and environmentally, as the listing with Sotheby’s describes it as exemplifying “passive solar technologies as well as other unique & alternative power, heating & cooling source”.

It’s not the first time it’s come onto the market ??? it was listed for $US2.8 million in 2015, so the current price is a bit of a bargain.

In comparison, Australia’s tallest house, the Girvan House in the Hunter region of NSW, is about 30 metres high and also comprises of 10 storeys. It cost more than $2 million to build, according to the Newcastle Herald, and was put up for sale in 2012 with a price of $1.75 million.

Girvan House, in NSW. Photo: Newcastle Herald

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Five highlights in your travel weekApril 7

The Langham … offering ‘Easter Escape’ packages in Melbourne.Until Sunday 30 April, guests can hop along to The Langham, for the exclusive Melbourne hotel’s ‘Easter Escape’ package.
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The offer includes a extras such as buffet breakfast for two, a chocolate Easter surprise, complimentary valet parking and unlimited use of the hotel’s pool, pool deck, spa, sauna, steam rooms and gymnasium.

Bookings that include children also include a chocolate treat on each day of the stay, a Sing (the musical) drinking cup, a complimentary in-room viewing of Sing, and one Mini-Melba diner aged nine years and under dines for free at lunch per paying adult at Melba restaurant (with the exception of Easter Sunday).

The Easter Escape package is available from $355 per room per night.

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Peppers is offering a ‘Stay and Play’ golfing getaway in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Stay at Peppers Craigieburn from $245 per night in an Elms Wing Room or at Peppers Manor House from $269 per night in a Highland Queen Room, including breakfast for two.

Guests will receive a golf pass which contains six nine-hole vouchers to redeem at the eight participating local courses from Sunday to Friday.

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SeaLink has launched a range of one-to-five-night Kangaroo Island ‘Wilderness Trail’ on a 61-kilometre walking trail across one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia.

All packages include ferry travel, accommodation and coach transfers. Trails can be walked independently or with a guide in a small group.

The six-day package, for instance, is priced from $465 per adult twin-share and incorporates the full 61 kilometres of new and upgraded trails over five days, with highlights including Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.

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Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s exclusive evening event in the desert, Tali Wiru (meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in local Pitjantjatjara) includes an evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, with this season’s menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia.

Guests enjoy champagne and canapes at sunset, accompanied by the sounds of a didgeridoo, followed by a four-course table d’hote menu with matched premium Australian wines.

A storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture and the southern night sky and the evening ends with a port, cognac or native wattleseed-infused hot chocolate around the campfire.

Tali Wiru runs daily until October 15 and is priced at $345 per person, which is fully inclusive of return hotel transport, full menu, matched wines and entertainment.

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Cruise Express has blended four of Australia’s major wine regions into a new cruise tour next March, spanning the continent from east to west.

The hosted, 10-night ‘Voyage to the Vineyards – East to West’ expedition from Melbourne to Perth includes visits to Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, South Australia’s Barossa Valley and also the Margaret River and Swan Valley wine regions in Western Australia.

A day trip on the heritage train, The Spirit of Progress, and wine-paired lunches are also featured in the itinerary aboard the Golden Princess.

Bookings made by April 30 will receive a bonus upgrade from a premium balcony cabin to a mini-suite.

Prices start at $3990 per person twin-share, including two nights accommodation in Melbourne and one in Perth.

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East End hit with pro-Supercars graffiti

GRAFFITI: A shed at Foreshore Park was hit by vandals this week during a pro-Supercars spray painting spree. East End residents have described the attack as an ongoing campaign. IN what residents regard as an act of retaliation, Newcastle’s East End has been hit with pro-Supercars graffiti.
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Last Sundayit was discovered that vandals had spray-painted the historic United Services Club in Watt Street with anti-Supercars graffiti. In the days since there have beenreports of vandalism attacks on the East End in multiple locations.

The Newcastle 500 Supercars Australia event is due to be held in the East End of Newcastle in November. The event has been met with strong opposition from many residents living trackside.

The most recent act of vandalism wasdiscovered on Thursday when a wall at the heritage significant Joy Cummings Centre in Scott Street was emblazoned with “East Enderz love V8 Benderz”.

Pro-Supercar graffiti has also been discovered in Telford Street, Nobbys Road, Zaara Street, Fort Drive, Parnell Place, Foreshore Park and the lane-way between Scott and Alfred streets, according to residents.

East End resident Cath Whelan allegedthe vandalism was part of an ongoing campaign “bysome pro-V8 race supporters to harass the East End community”.

“We are being unfairly targeted for daring to question the location of this motor race through our suburban streets,” she said.

“We can only hope that the perpetrators are caught red-handed soon.”

Newcastle East End Residents Group secretary Joan Browning said her group was careful to operate within the law to express its opposition to the location of the race.

“We are doing our best to get our point across legally,” she said. “Any defacing of anybody’s property is unjustified, it’s illegal and it’s wrong.”

Meanwhile, Supercars can expect a call fromCessnock City Council. The council said itwanted to take full advantage of the Newcastle 500 to “show off the Hunter Valley wine country to the influx of spectators the V8 Supercars event is sure to attract”.

Cessnock City Councillor Jay Suvaal said the race was an opportunity for the tourism industry and it would be calling Supercars to invite the motor racing team to visit the local government area.

“We know this event is going to be absolutely huge, attracting thousands of people from across Australia,” Cr Suvaal said.

“What a fantastic chance to showcase our region and promote ourselves as a must see and do during people’s visit.”

Cessnock City Council and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance will work alongside local accommodation, transport and tourism operators to promote Hunter Valley wine country as the place to stay for those travelling to watch the race.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent supports the plan.

“[We] could reap real reward for our tourism operators and tourism industry now and into the future,”Cr Pynsent said.