Canberra's last Blockbuster to close its doors as consumers turn to streaming

Canberra's last Blockbuster to close its doors as consumers turn to streaming

Posted August 12, 2017 11:04:18 Photo: The closure of the Dickson Blockbuster leaves just one DVD rental store in Canberra. (ABC News: Greg Nelson) Related Story: Live streaming changing Australian sports fans’ viewing habits Canberra’s only remaining Blockbuster video store will officially close its doors this weekend after 17 years in operation. Its closure leaves just one DVD rental store in operation in Canberra — Charnwood’s Network Video. Blockbuster in Dickson first opened in 2007 following a merge with the video and DVD chain Video Ezy. The Dickson store’s owner…

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Missing pieces in Notting Hill-style film

Missing pieces in Notting Hill-style film

**1/2 Director: Joel Hopkins Starring: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville Verdict: A bit too heavy on the patchouli oil A VAGRANT who smells good? Diane Keaton as an exceptionally late bloomer who has spent her entire adult life being stifled by a philandering husband and a bunch of Conservative North London matriarchs? The enjoyment quotient for this feel-good rom-com is directly related to moviegoers’ ability to suspend their disbelief. Hampstead is based on the real-life story of Harry Hallowes, a recluse who in 2007 won squatter’s rights to a…

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Experts warn vitamin B3 miscarriage prevention claims need testing

Experts warn vitamin B3 miscarriage prevention claims need testing

Updated August 12, 2017 16:48:58 Childbirth experts have issued a warning about research that has found vitamins can prevent many miscarriages in pregnant women. Key points: Medical experts say claims of B3 effectiveness in reducing miscarriage are potentially harmful Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) calls for human trials RANZCOG says women should not overdose on the vitamin A study released this week by the Victor Chang Institute found taking vitamin B3 supplements can reduce miscarriages and birth defects. Scientists from the Victor Chang Institute…

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Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption A Perseid meteor flashes across the night sky above Corfe Castle, in Dorset, in 2016The Perseid meteor shower will peak over the weekend, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. Astronomers say hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. The BBC Weather centre said it would peak from 23:00 BST…

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Cossack Art Awards breathe life into remote Pilbara town

Cossack Art Awards breathe life into remote Pilbara town

Updated August 12, 2017 07:40:51 Photo: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor views the overall winning artwork, Lulu by Michelle Hawkins. (Supplied: Elle Borgward) Related Story: Amateur photographers draw on love of Pilbara landscape It is a town that usually resembles an abandoned colonial village of stone, but each winter the Pilbara town of Cossack transforms into an artists’ mecca for the Cossack Art Awards. Thousands of tourists, grey nomads and aspirational local artists pour in to admire the works hung across the historic, hand-made stone walls. Now in its 25th year, the…

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