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NSW Blues player Jarryd Hayne (centre) celebrates defeating Queensland in Game one of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

TV ratings show a not-so deep side of us

WE’RE a nation of fast-food TV junkies, bingeing on sport and reality.

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bleckfella - Gin Gin

So, isn't this what is expected of us form our useless governments - they're the ones who set the pace. Live in la la land don't look at what is going on around you, you may get agitated. Smile, be happy. To live in the REAL world would mean for 'we...

Greg Bray

Once, I dreamt of women in trades

WHEN I was a teenager I had a very memorable dream, possibly because for once it didn't feature Samantha Fox or Elle McPherson, or a combination thereof.

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mehere - Central Queensland Mc

ok. i'll take pride in women tradies once they are employed for their skills, not to fill a quota. then they have to be able to perform all aspects of that job like the heavy lifting. other tradies (men) are being overlooked for positions that they are...

Rob Kidd

Radio broadcaster Rob Kidd has issued a challenge to Observer reporter Mara Pattison-Sowden as the one-armed prawn peeling competition returns to the Gladstone Seafood Festival on Sunday.

One-armed prawn peeling competition is back

CAN you peel a prawn with one hand? The return of the Gladstone Seafood Festival will see its favourite competition restarted.

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BoomNkaboom - Boyne Island

It used to be sponsored by the GPC but they gave it the axe just before Curtis Island foreshore was dredged by the LNG companies and before the sick and dying marine life started to show up. It must be too much of a hot potato cause they have off loaded...

Allen Winter

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Bill Hoffman

OPINION: We're dooming ourselves to the end game

IN 1958 a seventy thousand pound spend on a bridge at Bli Bli opened up the North Shore and points north to development.

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Atapro - Sunshine Coast

Bill, As much as I agree with your summation I fear that it is already too late to do anything about it. We are already doomed to the end game, as you put it. The Coast is a two trick pony, Tourism and Building/Property. I can only see that it...

Damian Bathersby

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