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Felix the black Catalina flexes ageing muscles | photos | video MAIN ATTRACTION: Felix the black Catalina was the star of today’s Rathmines Catalina Festival. Picture: David Stewart
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LOW AND SLOW: Felix flew close to the lake’s surface at Rathmines, giving spectators on watercraft a close-up view. Picture: David Stewart

LOW AND SLOW: Felix flew close to the lake’s surface at Rathmines, giving spectators on watercraft a close-up view. Picture: David Stewart

Picture: David Stewart

TRICK SHOTS: A Pitts aerobatic biplane piloted by Paul Bennet. Picture by David Stewart

WARTIME TRANSPORT: A display of historical military machines included motorcycles, Jeeps, and all-terrain vehicles. Picture by David Stewart

DISPLAYS: The festival included an array of stalls and exhibitions. This one highlighted a model of the former Rathmines Catalina air base, and surrounds. Picture: David Stewart

SPEED MACHINE: An L-39 Albatros. Picture: David Stewart

FULL HOUSE: Spectators line the water’s edge for the best vantage points. Picture: David Stewart

ALL ACTION: Sea planes make their way from the display area to the water while the aerobatic show continues overhead. Picture: David Stewart

OLD SCHOOL: Vintage and classic cars were a popular drawcard, with the winners of the Show and Shine announced after Felix the black Catalina completed its fly-by. Picture: David Stewart

TweetFacebookFelix the Black Cat flies over Rathmines on Lake MacquarieYet, in its heyday during World War II, the Catalina was a versatile and resilient craft, capable of landing on water, and covering vast distances at low altitudes.

The Catalina missions included long-range mine-laying, torpedoing, rescue, evacuation, and holding open far-distant lines of communication.

The Australian government said: “The Catalina was to Australia what the Spitfire was to Britain.”

The annual Rathmines Catalina Festivalcelebrates the aircraft, and thehistory of the Rathmines World War II RAAF Base which, by 1941, was the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere.

The base was home to almost 3000 personnel from 1944 to 1945. Some 332 personnel from the base lost their lives.

Before Felix’s arrival today, spectators were treated to an impressive air show featuring 15 aircraft including Tiger Moths, an Avenger, P 51 Mustang, L 39 Albatross and the AP-3C Orion.

Pilot Paul Bennet again led a spectacular aerobatics show.

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Not profitable, but regulated, answerable

Rally: it’s one of those wonderful words that has many applications.“ … A mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause; to recover or cause to recover in health, spirits, or poise; tocome together again in order to continue fighting … ”
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Sunday’s protest by health sector workers and supporters was all of these things, and even had a little bit of ‘road rally’ about it, as protestors marched up Auburn Street, then onto Goldsmith and Bourke, to the health service.

And all under the rallying cry: ‘Keep Bourke Street open’.

Thursday’s press statement from the State Government revising recent sector closure decisions did nothing to defuse the anger many in the Goulburn health services and larger community have been feeling for weeks now.

If anything, the statement only served to diffuse the situation; lacking clarity of explanation around some serious questions posed. As Jane Cotter of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Goulburn branch said,”They’re revising the timeline, that’s all they’ve said.”

Sunday’s rally was led by some luminaries from the health sector and unions and Dr Ursula Stephens. But away from those names so frequently mentioned in despatches, up steppedCheryl McGovern. She’s worked in the public health system for more than 16 years, presently in Goulburn Base’s sterilisation department.

“Ihave seen constant changes over that time,” she said, “but always you, the community, has been our focus.”

She checked privatisation’s pulse, saying public health “is not profitable, but it is regulated and answerable”.

“When you place profits ahead of patients, a big rally is just the beginning … Yes, of course our jobs matter, but more important, our right to free, accessible public health is in jeopardy. We have to make our voices heard and ensure the Bourke Street Health Service remains open.”

Or, as organisers so succinctly hashtagged the protest, #weownit. We own it.

Keeping public services public means we are all invested in their performance, not just a fiscal few; and the workers in those public services are working for a good far greater than annual bonuses or career progression.

And, a word to the wise. The State Government: we, the people, we own that, too.

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Six sides and eight referees to tag on the best at Nationals

On the ball: O27s Womens playmaker Ash Allen looks to fire a pass out wide against the U20s at training on Sunday as six Tamworth teams head to Coffs Harbour. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA163
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Six Tamworth Oztag sides were getting in one last full training session together on Sunday before they ship off to Coffs Harbour for the Australian National Championships nextweekend.

This year Tamworth won’t be sending any mixed sides, although does have a good mix of three male and three female sides who should all be competitive according to Tamworth president Pam Potts.

The U20 boys and girls sides had plenty of interest with booming local competitions and after the girls made the semifinals of the state cup are a good chance of going deep into the National tournament as well, while the Mens O50s side is looking for a hat-trick of wins after taking out the Tamworth hosted State Cup earlier in the year before whitewashing QLD in the State of Origin 3-nil.

Good tag: Dee Fulwood is one of five Gunnedah girls who have joined with Tamworth for a run at the Oztag National Championships. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA150

“It is the next step up for these teams,” Potts said.’

Catch me if you can: Tamworth U20 flyer Zoe Green steps past a defender as Tamworth prepare for the Nationals in Coffs Harbour. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA50

“But they are coming out of very solid divisions –we even had to cut some sqauds back after getting a ot of interest.”

Tamworth will also field Mens O45s, Womens Masters (O35s) and a Women’s O27 side, as well as eight referees to the tournament.

Too quick: Paris Knox tags this U20 attacker as the six Tamworth squads got some last minute training in on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA70

In and away: U20 try scoring machine Abby Schmiedel looks for support at training for next weekend’s National Championships. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA30

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Millions of people around the globe lose their lives to stroke each year despite most strokes being treatable, according to figures from the World Stroke Organisation (WSO).
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It said alarmingly, more than 6.5 million deaths are caused by stroke annually making it the world’s second biggest killer and far deadlier than car crashes (1.3 million) and lung cancer (1.6 million) combined.

Marking World Stroke Day on October 29, the Stroke Foundation in Australia joined campaigners around the world in calling for global action to reduce inequality in stroke treatment.

Stroke Foundation chief executive officer and WSOboard member Sharon McGowan said many lives could be saved with improved access to treatment.

“It is a tragic misconception that stroke can’t be treated. There are highly effective treatments for this disease but sadly too many patients continue to miss out,” she said.

“Around the world there will be more than 17 million strokes this year and we know far too many people will be left with a significant disability – or worse lose their life – because they didn’t have access to best-practice treatment.

“In Australia, around 20,000 stroke patients a year are denied access to the full benefits of stroke unit care and just seven per cent of all ischaemic stroke patients receive clot busting treatment – resulting in death and unnecessary disability requiring a lifetime of care.

“Recognising the signs of stroke early, treating it as a medical emergency with admission to a specialised stroke unit, and access to the best professional care can substantially improve outcomes.

“Australia is championing significant advances in stroke treatment and care but the health system must now adapt to support health professionals in the delivery of these advancements.

“This World Stroke Day we are joining the global movement to demand government action on stroke. Stroke should not a death sentence – together we can prevent, treat and beat this devastating disease.”

WSOpresident Stephen Davis said more needed to be done to improve equity of access to critical treatments, particularly for low-income communities.

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Cricket legends pad up to challenge South West players

Cricket legends pad up to challenge South West players ACA Legends Tour: Local cricketers with the legends before the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher
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ACA Legends Tour: Warren Blackwood Cricket Association life member, Bevan Kalleske tossed the coin before the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Paul and Anna Nolan from Pemberton with Vick and Vickie Sparks from Manjimup. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Simon Katich demonstrates how to bowl to Harriet Wood and Alicia Applin from Bridgetown High School. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Josh and Dan Moynihan enjoy the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Scholarship winner Rory Sparks with Brad Hogg. Photo: Courtesy of ACA

ACA Legends Tour: Jamon and Harper MacDonald, Hanah and Mali Lamb, Eli Gibellini, Tashara and Amelia Carroll enjoy the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Christo Thomas and Kallan Fall relax at the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: The legends put pressure on the locals. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Brad Hogg shows Jethro Namnick off the field after bowling him out. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Lenny Grant enjoys the game with Dan Watson. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Callum Sanders, Blake Wood and Dylan Muir with cricket legend Brad Hogg. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Tour: Simon Duncan from Bridgetown and Dane Raper from Manjimup prepare to bat. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: The local cricketers celebrate getting a wicket. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Brad Hogg with upcoming local cricket star, Jethro Namnick. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Tracy, Scott, Eli and Sydney Gibellini enjoy the game with Daniel Terriagno. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Taj Allen, Tim Martyn and Ethan Christofis relax at the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Cameron Harris and Jessica Winters prepare food at the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: The Warren Blackwood XI. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Jenny Wallace and Nicky Shaw prepare to field during the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Ruby Sparks, Jorja Forrest and Tayla Callaghan enjoy watching the game. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Harley and Cooper Sparks with cricket legend Simon Kaditch. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: A great setting for playing cricket. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: The Legends. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Local cricketers enjoyed the challenge of playing against so many legends. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Local cricketers enjoy playing against the legends. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Local cricketer Mitch Clothier plans the next play. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: The final score. Photo: Courtesy of ACA.

ACA Legends Tour: Bridgetown High School students enjoy an afternoon with the ACA Legends. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Karla Ward enjoys a session with ACA Legend Jenny Wallace. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Brad Hogg shares some game secrets to Bridgetown High School students during a cricket clinic. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

ACA Legends Tour: Liam McKenna enjoys a session with ACA legend Nicky Shaw at Bridgetown High School. Photo: Lee Steinbacher

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Church of Scientology defends use of Sydney school children in advertising

The ANZO Scientology headquarters in Chatswood. The Church of Scientology has defended the use of NSW schoolchildren in an ad promoting the church, as the self-described “advanced organisation” goes on a marketing drive following the opening of its $37 million Asia-Pacific headquarters on Sydney’s north shore.
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The children, from Newtown’s Athena School appeared in advertisement for the church alongside their principal Fiona Milne in July.

In the ad Mrs Milne said she “wasn’t going to let children suffer how I’d suffered in the classroom”, so she implemented the “clear” teaching techniques of L. Ron Hubbard in the classroom. Mrs Milne declined to comment on whether the school had obtained parental permission for the ad.

The church has strenuously maintained the school and the church are separate organisations. The school teaches the “Way to Happiness” philosophy of Scientology leader L. Ron Hubbard, but does not disclose that philosophy’s link to the church on any promotional material.

The lobby of Scientology’s new headquarters in Chatswood.

It has previously been referred to theAustralian Competition and Consumer Commissionby the NSW Greens for not disclosing its links to the church. The ACCC would not comment on the outcome of that referral.

Vicki Dunstan, the church’s Australian president said: “To suggest that the school’s independence is undermined in anyway [by the ad] is preposterous.”

In July, Fairfax Media revealed schools associated with the Church of Scientology were receiving more government funding per student than hundreds of Australian public schools, despite benefiting from generous private donations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in school fees.

The “meet a Scientologist” series is part of the church’s wider marketing push to counter negative perceptions of the organisation in the wake of damaging revelations in a book by ABC journalist Steve Cannane​ and Louis Theroux’s documentaryMy Scientology Movie.

Since opening in September, the church has flung open its doors at its Asia-Pacific headquarters in leafy Chatswood. It is due to host family barbecues next week with non-Scientologists as it looks to expand its footprint in Australia.

The “meet a Scientologist” series is part of the church’s wider marketing push to counter negative perceptions of the organisation in the wake of damaging revelations in a book by ABC journalist Steve Cannane​ and Louis Theroux’s documentaryMy Scientology Movie.

Since opening in September, the church has flung open its doors at its Asia-Pacific headquarters in leafy Chatswood. It is due to host family barbecues next week with non-Scientologists as it looks to expand its footprint in Australia.

Housed in the site of the former National Acoustics Laboratory, the headquarters have been given a multimillion dollar face lift, resplendent with hundreds of tributes to the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, marble floors and well stocked with books written by Hubbard covered in volcanoes.

Sei Kato, a member of the advanced organisation who volunteers at the church seven days a week said the media’s treatment of the church “had been vicious”.

“We are not secretive, just because of all these things we are now having to say we are open,” she said.

Ms Dunstan said the church was experiencing the greatest expansion time in its history. It frequently disputes figures that shows just 2163 called themselves Scientologists in the last census in 2011.

“The church internationally has grown more in the past five years than it has in the previous 50,” she said. “Our parishioners and staff are absolutely loving our new church and the surrounding grounds in Chatswood.”

But neighbours remain concerned about the impact of the church on house prices and perceptions of the community.

“It’s very weird, the ANZObuses come and they all march down the street in black at 8:30 in the morning before leaving at 11:30 at night,” said a neighbour who asked only to be referred to as Karen.

“They are entitled to their beliefs, they’ve been very welcoming, knocked on doors and invited us over,” she said.

“My partner is worried about house prices, but I think maybe rich Scientologists might buy in the area instead, so we might be lucky,” she said.

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Community recovery expert to help Dreamworld, Gold Coast ‘rebuild’

Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson will work with Inspector Mike McKay, whop was appointed by Ardent Leisure boss Deborah Thomas. Photo: Tammy LawA community recovery expert has been appointed by Dreamworld’s management to provide advice on theDreamworldand Gold Coast community recovery process following the recent disaster.
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Inspector Mike McKay accepted the position offered byArdent Leisure, the operator of Dreamworld, on Sunday to work closely with the park’s CEO Craig Davidson to provide advice on the Dreamworld and the Gold Coast community recovery following the death of four adults on one of the theme park’s rides on Tuesday.

Ardent Leisure CEO Deborah Thomas said Inspector McKay, the recipient of the Australian Police Medal for his 41-year contribution to policing in Queensland, was appointed on the personal recommendation of the state’s Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.

MrMcKay said his first order of business was understanding the logistics of the tragedy which claimed four lives, with along-term goal to restore international trust.

“I have asked the Dreamworld CEO, Craig Davidson, to develop a structured program of community healing to work with the families, authorities, the government, non-government organisations and the public to rebuild trust and confidence in Dreamworld,” she said.

“Then and only then can we think about reopening our park.

“Dreamworld has suffered an absolute tragedy. It has devastated families and our surrounding community. We need to rebuild.

The appointment comes just days afterArdent Leisurefaced criticisms over its public responseto the nation’s worst park tragedy in decades.

Meanwhile a Workplace Health and Safety spokespersonsaid the investigation into what caused the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunction could take “several weeks or a few more days”.

“It depends on the inspectors,” he said.

“Having listened to some of the briefings, we may have some updates in the week in terms of the state of the investigation.”

Two fundraisers have been set up to support the families of the four who lost their lives on Tuesday.

Sandra Brookfield, who calls herself a “close family friend of the family” has managed to raise more than $50,000 from more than 900 donations.

It is understood the funds are expected to gotowards a memorial fund for the daughters, aged 12 and eight months, of Kate Goodchild.

National, not-for-profit GIVIT has also set up an official fund for the families and community members affected by Tuesday’s tragedy after it was approached by the City of the Gold Coast on recommendation by the state government.

The charity entered into an official partnership with the Queensland government in 2013 for the management of all donated goods and services during the recovery phase of natural disasters.

It is understood at least $100,000 has been donated so far from a range of Gold Coast businesses.

-with AAP

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Quality ewes to $4200 in Wheetelande swansong

TOP LOT: Elders auctioneers Damien Webb, Tom Penna and Tony Wetherall. Front: Andrew Donnan, Idrienne and Bob Neill and Joel Donnan.SALE SUMMARYOffered 170Sold 170Top $4200Av $1351IN an emotional, but highly-successful, final dispersal sale, Bob and Idrienne Neill bid farewell to the last of their Wheetelande White Suffolk ewes and 24years of breedingat Farrell Flat on Monday last week.
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They achieved atotal clearance of their170 White Suffolk 2015-dropsto $4200 and averaged an outstanding $1351, with eager bidders from four states.

It followed their first-stage dispersal held in January when 330 ewes,2010 to 2014-drops, topped at $3000 and averaged $1016.

Thequality on offer wasexceptional, with several ewes shown at the 2016 Royal Adelaide Showfeaturing in the first 15 lots, which were sold individually averaging $2080.

The balance of ewes was offered in pens of two, with one or two hammers in the pick or the pair auction system.

The ewes were backed up with outstanding measured performance, with more thanthree quartersof the cataloguemore than 190 ontheCarcase Plus index.

The $4200 top price was paid for lot 80 W158023 –a daughter ofDetpa Grove 110329 –whichboasted exceptional figures, including 14.3 for post-weaning weight, 0.2 for fat, an extreme +3.5 for eye muscle, and a C+ of 210.

This was the second highest ewe soldat auction for the breed, only surpassed by Wheetelande’s supreme all breeds ewe at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show, whichsold for $4750 to Duncan Young, Oakwood stud, Oakbank.

Andrew and Joel Donnan, Anden stud, Woomelang, Vic, were the successful bidders, with the Fischer family, Ashmore stud, Wasleys, the underbidder.

The Fischers were chasing select ewes with top-end figures and although missing out on the sale topper, they did buyfour averaging $1725. This included the two sisters to the triplet-born top priceewe.

WAbidders were very strong at the top end, including buying lot 1 and 2.

The ewes were blue ribbonwinners in the pair of ewes class at Adelaide this year andlittle separated them in thesale, selling for $3100 and $3000 respectively.

Lot 1 –W158605Tw –had a C+ of 214 and soldto Simon Kerin, Ashbourne stud, Katanning, WA.

This was the sale’s second highestprice and was one of three ewes hebought, averaging $2567.

Its Adelaide pair mate –W158601Tw –then sold to the Ditchburn family, Golden Hill stud, Kukerin, WA.

Both these ewes were daughters of Anden 130288 –the high performance sire Wheetelande bought in 2014 in conjunction with Galaxy Park stud, Monarto.

Only 15 ewes sold for less than $1000.

Elders conducted the sale.

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Clinton emails scandal: victory within reach, says Trump attack dog Roger Stone

Delegates hold signs reading “Hillary For Prison” and “Lock Her Up” during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. Photo: BloombergWashington:Among the Trump fans gathered to protest in a park by the gleaming Capitol building in Washington, DC, on Saturday morning, Roger Stone – the Republican Party operative who learnt his trade in Richard Nixon’s dark arts shop and now advises Donald Trump – cuts a distinctive figure.
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The fans wear “Make America Great Again” caps, he wears a black felt homburg. They wear T-shirts calling for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment, he wears a crisp white shirt with an English spread collar and a maroon tie under a navy blue double-breasted chalk-striped suit. They wear sneakers or cowboy boots. He wears brown suede brogued loafers.

But the crowd – disappointingly small, the organiser concedes – know who Stone is and they know he is on their side. They have seen him on InfoWars, the web show hosted bythe ranting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

What Fox News was to the Republican Party in recent elections, InfoWars is to Trump fans this year. It is the outlet that best understands the diehard Trump fans, that echoes and amplifies their fears. Trump gets that and has sat down for several interviews with Jones.

Stone gets it too and he is not only a regular guest – appearing to talk up his various books about the crimes of the Bush and Clinton families – he hosted a rally alongside Jones at the Republican Party’s convention in Cleveland. That was wherethe “lock her up” chantsbegan.

Waiting for his turn to speak, we chat about the news thatthe FBI had reopened its investigationinto Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

This, he says, is a game changer.

“I always thought he could win. The mainstream media has gone out of their way twice that this race is over. It is not over ’til we say it’s over, not when they say it is over.”

This campaign, says Stone, is unlike any he has observed or fought in. In the past, going back to his time with Richard Nixon, Republicans fought Democrats. “This time it is insiders versus an outsider. Trump is essentially running against the two-party duopoly, he is running against the elite leadership of both the Republican and the Democratic parties that have run the country into the ditch.”

On stage Pastor Mark Burns, a Baptist televangelist who has proved to bea controversial figure throughout the Trump campaign, begins to fire up the crowd, howling and raging into a microphone that looks as though it might shatter under his assault.

“Megyn Kelly just got fired,” he howls, referring to the Fox News hostconsidered a traitor by Trump supporters. She has not.

“We Americans, we have had enough!,” he bellows, urging the crowd to chant “I am fed up!”.

When it’s Stone’s turn to talk, he reasonably laments being forced to follow Burns, and then launches into a spiel aboutthe Clinton Foundation’s failure in Haiti.

‘I always thought he could win’: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: AP

After a few minutes in the northern autumn sunshine he peels off his suit jacket. A little later the tie comes off and the crowd applauds. Finally he slips off his braces, starts unbuttoning his shirt and they whoop and holler. Under his shirt he is wearing a T-shirt with Bill Clinton’s face on it in the colours of the famousObama HOPE posters by Shepard Fairey. Underneath Clinton’s face is the word RAPE.

The crowd is beside itself. Stone tells them they need to use guerilla tactics like this because the mainstream media suppresses news about the Clinton family’s crimes. It is perhaps a nice little earner too, because he tells everyone they can buy the shirts at InfoWars南京夜网.

Off stage, Stone dresses before he submits to photos with the fans.

Afterwards we wander a little way up the hill towards the Russell Building, home to offices of US senators, to talk more.

Asked if the Trump campaign has been guided by a strategy or a philosophy he says: “This is not my campaign or the campaign I would have run – I have been as supportive of the campaign as I can at all times and when I can’t … I prefer to keep my mouth shut.

“But any way you measure it Trump is on the cusp of winning this race, he is very definitely in the hunt and I think the late momentum is with him, so before we do a post-mortem on the campaign let’s see how it comes out.”

Asked if unforced errors frustrated him, Stone replied: “It’s his name, it’s largely his money, it’s his reputation, he is entitled to do it his way.”

Roger Stone walks off stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where he coined the chant “lock her up!” when discussing Hillary Clinton. Photo: New York Times

Stone defends the more extreme comments of Alex Jones, who tells his listeners that the Clintons and Obama are – quite literally – working with the devil.

“I think [Jones] speaks to his constituency,” says Stone, just as in this campaign Clinton has addressed hers and Trump his, all without putting much effort into converting their opponents’ supporters. “Alex Jones is serving a purpose, he is rallying the base … as the lamestream media is losing its power.”

The problem faced by the Republican Party is thatTrump has brought extremists like Jones into the Republican fold.

“The Republican Party will not necessarily split. The hostile takeover of the party staged by Trump will continue to be a factor. The Trump people are not going to go away, and if we go back to beinga party of the country club, we will go back to losing.

“Trump has for example an appeal to white labour voters in western Pennsylvania that Mitt Romney or John McCain or even George Bush does not have, which is why Pennsylvania is in play today.” (In fact a current average of polls has Clinton leading there by 5.2 per cent.)

Asked if the Republican Party could somehow house political establishment figures like McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan as well as this Trump “wing”, Stone said it depends on who wins. Every Republican president remakes the party in his own image, he says – and if Trump loses, the struggle goes on.

I put the phone on which I am recording our conversation away and ask him if he is enjoying the campaign.

“I’m selling a s—load of books,” says Stone.

He pauses and adds a final thought.

“You know what Gore Vidal once said? Never pass up an opportunity to have sex or appear on TV.”

He grins, looks down and thumbs his phone to life.

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Show back in vogue

Competition time: Tilly Fair, on Viewmont Oscar, at the Warrnambool show while on Sunday strong winds shut down rides. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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Organisers have hailed the Warrnambool show a success despite being dealt a blow on Sunday when strong winds brought some rides to a standstill.

President of the Warrnambool Agricultural Show,Kelly Rentsch, said organisers were pleased with the turn out on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re very happy with this year’s show. It had a positive vibe,” she said.“The last few years have been a bit tough.”

While gatetakings and crowd numbers are still to be tallied, Ms Rentschsaid the lure of more free entertainment for the kids had brought more people through the gate.“The circus was a really good drawcard,” she said.

While there was stillplenty to do and see on Sunday, some carnival rides were shut down for the day and others stopped running early because of strong winds.

Ride operator Dan Chambers said that after a test run on Sunday morning, they decided it would be safer if thebigger aerial rides, Freak Out and Break Dance,did not operate on Sunday.

“We were just a bit worried about it. The last thing we need is an accident.Better being safe than sorry,” he said.

“We tried to open about 10am and the gusts of wind come we had a meeting and we thought we better not open to be safe.”

The other aerial rides operated for a short time before they too decided to cease operating. The rides lower to the ground continued until about 1pm.

Mr Chambers, who has been coming to the show for six years,said he thought crowd numbers wereup on previous years.

Goldie Milo, of Benson’s Show Bags, said Paw Patrol, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Peppa Pig were the most popular show bags.

“I think on last year we’re on about a par, and that’s not bad considering how this year hasbeen. It has been tough across the year,” he said.

“The crowds weren’t too bad. It had been dropping off every year, but the committee here have changed a few things and I think it’ll be back on track again now.”

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