As a hot northerly wind zoomed across the stubble at Telowie on Sunday, farmer Ian Mudge had mixed emotions.
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So far his harvest of barley has achieved well above-average yields.

This is despite three bouts of strong wind in the past three weeks that stripped the heads off the stalks.

And now, with his header broken down in the partly-reaped paddock, the wind was at it again.

“It is just the season that we are having, but don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining,” he said. “The yield is still well above-average.”

Ian and a colleague were working to repair the

header and expected to be back in action soon.

He has 2800 hectares of wheat, barley, lupins and peas.

He says days when the temperature hits 34C will be good for the property and will speed the harvesting.

Reaping began about four weeks ago with two-thirds of his peas gathered up so far and two-thirds of the barley in the bins.

The barley yield is 3.7 to 3.8 tonnes per hectare. Ian’s crops were not saturated in the same way that paddocks in other areas were during the winter.

“We didn’t get a lot of rain in August. It was really wet in June and July and it dried off just as we were finishing,” he said.

He said the wind had “bashed it around fairly well”.

“It is a bit disappointing, but that is mother nature, I am afraid,” he said.

“It is still going to be an above-average year.”

And then it was back to work on the header.

ON THE MOVE…Ian Mudge was back on the move after being delayed by a breakdown affecting his header. Prospects are looking good for Mid North farmers.

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Stabling the Bathurst Bullet train in Orange overnight and beginning the service in Orange would “kill two birds with the one stone” and allow passengers from Millthorpe and Blayney to get on board, according to Millthorpe Village Committee publicity officer Laurie Williams.
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But an extra bus service in Orange to connect passengers to the Bathurst Bullet each morning would be unviable if it went through Millthorpe.

He said if the Bathurst Bullet started in Orange travelling via Millthorpe and Blayney it would only add about 15 minutes to the timetable and would give the village services in both directions.

Although some Millthorpe residents do use the bullet, Mr Williams said those unable to drive to Bathurst missed out on the service.

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THE Hastings Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service would like to invite bowlers and non bowlers, young and not so young to come and join in for a fun filled Charity Bowls Day, this Sunday October 27 2013 to be held at Comboyne Ex-Services Club starting at 9.30am.
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An auction will also be held on the day, auction items include a Newcastle Rugby League signed jersey and a South Sydney Rugby League signed jersey (for pre-bidding on jerseys please contact Bruce Cant or Chris Cavanagh – phone number below).

Also to be auctioned is a Joy Flight donated by Sue & Clyde Stubbs, some collectible vintage hand tools, plus lots more.

There is no need to register for bowls just turn up on the day and maybe purchase some bargains and have a fun day.

Cost is $15.00pp includes bowls and lunch. Teams of four would be great, otherwise just turn up and be placed in a team.

Join us at Comboyne for lots of laughter at this great annual charity event for such a worthy cause. All proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to keep the helicopter in the air and a “free to all service”.

Any enquiries please call Bruce Cant 6585 1613.

An auction will also be held on the day, auction items include a Newcastle Rugby League signed jersey and a South Sydney Rugby League signed jersey (for pre-bidding on jerseys please contact Bruce Cant or Chris Cavanagh – phone number below).

Also to be auctioned is a Joy Flight donated by Sue & Clyde Stubbs, some collectible vintage hand tools, plus lots more.

There is no need to register for bowls just turn up on the day and maybe purchase some bargains and have a fun day.

Cost is $15.00pp includes bowls and lunch. Teams of four would be great, otherwise just turn up and be placed in a team.

Join us at Comboyne for lots of laughter at this great annual charity event for such a worthy cause. All proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to keep the helicopter in the air and a “free to all service”.

Any enquiries please call Bruce Cant 6585 1613.

Items to auction: Bruce Cant, Alan Garrett, Colleen and Jack Fletcher

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ABOARD the USS Truxtun last spring, Tom Hanks and directorPaul Greengrass were about to shoot what they hoped would be a powerful scenein their new movie, Captain Phillips, when a Navy captain intervened.
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“He said, ‘You know that would never happen’,”Greengrass said.

It was a delicate moment in the production. Working in the claustrophobicspaces of a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Virginia, the cast and crew hadprepared for a shot where two key characters converge. Instead, afterconferring with the captain, they quickly changed their dramatic course, andGreengrass had a Navy medic improvise with Hanks.

The resulting depiction of shock and disorientation is oneof the most memorable scenes in Hanks’ three-decade film career.

Captain Phillips is based on the true story of RichardPhillips, a merchant mariner who was captaining the Maersk Alabama, an Americancargo ship, when Somali pirates hijacked it in 2009 and the US Navy undertook adramatic rescue. From a screenplay by Billy Ray inspired by Phillips’ memoir,Greengrass shot the logistically complex thriller on the open ocean off portsin Malta, Morocco and Virginia, with a cast of young Somali-American menappearing in their first acting roles and a flotilla of sets that included aworking container ship, two Navy destroyers and an aircraft carrier.

The movie, which opens Thursday, pits two captains, Hanks’Phillips and a desperate Somali pirate named Muse (newcomer Barkhad Abdi),against each other in the unforgiving waters of the global economy. CaptainPhillips is trying to deliver 17,000 metric tons of cargo to Mombasa, Kenya,including electronics, textiles, cars and food aid ultimately bound forSomalia; Muse is trying to deliver a fat ransom payment to a Somali warlord.

In the commissary on the Sony Pictures lot, Greengrass andHanks described what the director called the “three-legged race” ofmaking Captain Phillips, together with their crew of 200.

They’re an unlikely pair. Hanks, 57, became Hollywood’sA-list everyman by playing affable heroes — an HIV-positive attorney inPhiladelphia (for which he won his first Oscar), a slow-witted Alabamian inForrest Gump (for which he won his second), a gruff World War II Army captainin Saving Private Ryan. The British-born Greengrass, 58, built his career as adocumentarian before turning to propulsive real-life thrillers such as theNorthern Ireland-set drama Bloody Sunday, the 9/11 hijacking story United 93and the commercial spy movies of the Jason Bourne franchise.

Hanks, attracted by a contemporary hero’s story, came aboardthe project first, and met with Phillips early on to learn about hisexperiences.

On the lookout: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.

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Family and friends of the Booleroo Centre District School Year 12 Food and Hospitality students gathered in the school library last Friday for “High Tea”.
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This was the final practical component of their course before the students ended their school days and tackled their Year 12 SACE exams.

The tables looked amazing and even some of the table decorations were

edible as well as eye-catching.

The wide variety of savoury and sweet treats were attractively presented, making it almost impossible to choose just which ones to try. Some of the guests decided to share so they could taste more!

The mums, dads, grandparents and friends were impressed with just what their students had produced and served so attractively. It was a happy and enjoyable way to end the school year for the class and their families.

One of the students, Ruby Foulis, had her mother, brother and two sets of grandparents come along to share the afternoon with her.

STUDENTS…Year 12 food and hospitality students include, back, left, Lucy Mohi, Natalie Webb, Tahlia Woolford, Acacia Curtis, Brittany Deer, Lucy Hooper, Janet Arbon (teacher), and front, Naomi Plevin, Zac McCallum, Riley Jones, Corey McCallum, Codey Mason and Ruby Foulis.

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