Biker’s amazing escape caught on camera

LUCKY: Screen shots from a dashcam video which captured the moment a motorbike rider lost control and plummeted into oncoming traffic. The rider escaped unharmed. Picture: Zachary Morton“Did I just kill someone?”
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Zachary Morton

That was the first thought going through motorist Zachary Morton’s head when a motorbike rider lost control and flew off his bike into oncoming traffic.

The rider did a somersault across the bonnet of Mr Morton’s car, before disappearing from vision.

Within seconds the acrobatic rider was back on his feet with barely a scratch to show for the dramatic wipe-out.

The entire incident, which happened on Friday near the corner of King and Marton streets inShortland,was caught on dash cam.

“Both he and I were in a state of shock, not what you expect on your average trip home from work,” Mr Morton said.

“I was concerned for the guy’s welfare as he did hit the front of my car.

“The next thought was, gee, I better have got that on dash cam.”

Mr Morton said he purchased the dash cam to protect himself forinsurance claimsin case of an accident.

Dash cam owner Zachary Morton

When he played back the footage of the Shortland collision he could not believe his eyes.

Considering the rider’s lucky escape he decided to upload the video to a dash cam enthusiasts page on Facebook.

Within two days it had been shared more than 300 times and was featured on the national news.

The footage has also been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube.

MrMorton checked in with the motorbike rider at the scene of the collision to make sure he was not injured.

The two have since caught up online and expressed their disbelief that the incident did not end in a more tragic way.

“I’m usually pretty alert when I’m driving and I saw the rider approaching the intersection and the fact that I was travelling at the speed limit allowed me to stop just in time,” Mr Morton said.

Fairfax Media also caught up with the motorbike rider who said he couldn’t believe what had happened.

The rider chose to remain anonymous, but did express his gratitude to Mr Morton for his quick thinking in the situation.

With minimal damage to the car, Mr Morton decided not to take the incident any further and settled for the peace of mind that the rider was alive and well.

“We all make mistakes, that’s why we call these accidents,” Mr Morton said.

“The man on the bike was very apologetic, both at the scene and via email afterwards.

“I’m sure he knows now to slow down and I am just glad that nothing serious occurred.”

The Herald, Newcastle

The Hunter Remembers

TOUGH: Besides the daily artillery fire, Australian troops endured horrendous conditions. Picture: Courtesy of The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony
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NewcastleMorning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death detailsfor August 13 to 19, 1917.THE FOURTH YEARField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig has sent the following message to all the overseas Dominions: Our armies, drawn from every part of the Empire, bring to the fourth year, a steady confidence, justified by past achievements. Unfaltering in resolution they will fight on until the enemy is overthrown. The Commonwealth Government has replied, assuring the King of the inflexible determination of the people to vigorously prosecute the war until German despotism is broken and victory assured. The King replied, expressing gratification at the message.

THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY(From C. E. W. Bean, Official Australian War Correspondent)

Headquarters, August 12.

General Birdwood recently reviewed the various Australian brigades while they were route marching along country roads and elsewhere. The Australian army on the western front at the present moment is certainly the most magnificent force that has ever yet represented Australia. The troops are in the most wonderful health. One or two divisions have lately had heavy and continuous work, but the remainder are in such a condition of spirits and fitness as has not yet been reached before in this war. The efficiency, spirit, and discipline of the Australian troops have always been a matter of officers, and are one result of the searching test of past years, of heavy fighting and of a system of selection and promotion employed in the Australian army in France. There has been a quick eradication of the majority of inefficients and a swift coming to the front of a set of young commanding officers, and others certainly unsurpassed in any army.

A stronger friendship always existed between the officers and men in the Australian Imperial, Force than in any army I know of, and with the splendid and intelligent material still coming from Australia, they continue to make a set of sunburnt, buoyant divisions such as have never yet represented Australia. The confidence of these divisions in one another and in the New Zealanders is boundless. They are never so satisfied as when they are together, and wherever they may be –even those little technical units which are now round every part of the British front – all consider themselves part of the same Australian army fighting Australia’s battle against those ideas which every experience of Germany makes more utterly hated.

The Australian troops are one solid army in sentiment, and undoubtedly they are never so satisfied as when brought together, practically forming an army in fact. Australian Tunnellers away in a corner of some other army will tell you that they never found such divisions to work with as the Australian ones. It may not be true, but the outstanding fact is that there is tremendous enthusiasm of Australian troops amongst themselves, and for their own army.

The most important fact to be told about Australians in France at the present moment is the way in which this Australian army by appearance, the excellence of its training, and the confidence in itself is drawing the attention of every outside critic.

NAVAL MEN HONOUREDA fine record stands to the credit of the Newcastle Sub-district Royal Australian Navy Brigade. Of 322 members, 102 have enlisted. A roll of honour bearing 96 names –six other members have enlisted since the roll was prepared –was unveiled at the naval depot, Newcastle, by Alderman Kilgour, the Mayor, in the presence of a large and representative gathering. The Mayor said they all deeply regretted the necessity of honour rolls. He was proud that he should be asked to unveil that roll, which was a tribute of respect and esteem to the noble fellows who had gone forth to do their part for the Empire.

LT-COLONEL CORLETTEIntelligence has been received that Major Corlette, of Newcastle, has been appointed Chief Royal Engineer of the Second Division, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Lieutenant-Colonel Corlette has been on active service since the entry of Australian troops in the war, having served through the campaign in Gallipoli.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERSPrivate T.W. Bedford, writing to his father at Waratah from Wareham, in England, under date 16th June, says he received letter and cuttings from Newcastle Morning Heraldreferring to garden fete at Mayfield, and says he and his comrades were pleased to hear their battalion, the 30th, had a good name in the Newcastle district. He states that the camp he is in will be in a few days handed over to other soldiers, and his company will go to another place, some forty miles distant. On the march they would bivouac at night, and they expected it to be an interesting trip. He also states that he and many other Australian soldiers being now in another brigade, he cannot give any definite account of what their future movements may be. Private Bedford says that he has recovered from the attack of trench feet received on the Somme, which was very severe, and gives many interesting descriptions of his experiences in various training camps in England, and conversations with the rustic inhabitants of several countries.

PRIVATE J. A. BAILLIEMrsJ.Baillie, of Teralba Road, Adamstown, has received a letter from her son, Private J.A. Baillie, who was reported to have lost both his feet. Private Baillie states that at the time of writing he was in hospital in France. He confirms the the loss of his feet, and says that they were struck by a shell, and that “was the end of them”. He adds that he was doing well, and expected that they would be sending him home as soon as he had been fitted with artificial feet, and he did not think that would be long. A few days before he was wounded he met George Pollock and James Scobie, and they were then both well.

PRIVATE J. TURNBULLMrand MrsS.Turnbull, of Union Street, Adamstown, received a letter from their son, Private James Turnbull stating he got into difficulties while retiring to the rear to take up a position he was appointed to, in consequence of him suffering from shell shock. Private Turnbull and others camped in an old dug-out. While Private Turnbull was asleep, a shell struck the dug-out, and a number were killed and wounded. The shock caused Private Turnbull to break the plate of his false teeth, and they got stuck in his throat. The teeth were forced down, and he was in a critical state till he underwent an operation, which was successful.

SERGEANT LAVERICKMrsLaverick, of West Wallsend, has received a letter from the chaplain who read the burial service over her husband, the late Sergeant Laverick. The chaplain offers his sympathy, and adds: “He fell in action on June 7 in the battle of Messines Ridge, and lies buried on the battlefield, a fit place for a gallant soldier. The colonel of his battalion wishes me to convey to you his sympathy. I trust and pray that God will give you comfort and strength to bear bravely your great loss. I propose to go out on Wednesday to erect a cross to mark and hallow the spot”.

ENLISTMENTSLeslie Harold Amm, Wickham; Charles Francis Carter, Stewarts Brook; Eric Harold Carter, Stewarts Brook; William Francis Couchman, Telarah; Frederick James Finedon, West Maitland; William James Holmes, Horseshoe Bend; Charles Wesley Kerr, East Greta; Robert Sefton, Newcastle; Zacariah Thomas Stanborough, Newcastle; Leslie Williams, Merewether.

DEATHPte Lancelot Allibon Quick, Hamilton.

Greyhound trainers banned over mass grave

Greyhound trainers banned over mass grave Mass grave: The new owners of a Keinbah property in the Hunter Valley make a grissly discovery after they dig up the carcasses of more than 30 greyhounds. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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TweetFacebookMr Pullman’s wife, Helen Pullman, was disqualified for four years after being found guilty of providing false and misleading statements and falsifying a document.

His daughter, Kayla Spliet, was disqualified for four years for failing to provide veterinary care, providing false and misleading statements and falsifying a document.

Ms Spliet’s husband, Corey Spliet, was disqualified for two years for providing false and misleading statements.

Wayne Weiss, an employee of the track, was disqualified for three years after being found guilty of providing false and misleading statements and failing to attend an inquiry.

In the statement, the panel said that the actions of all five participants were “completely unacceptable” and had “tarnished the reputation” of the industry, even thought the overwhelming majority of its members cared for the welfare of their greyhounds.

They thanked the present owner –Natina Howard –who was instrumental in bringing the evidence of the grave to light.

“The inquiry into the Keinbah Trial Track and the penalties issued is further evidence of the robust and wide-ranging reforms GRNSW has introduced since 2015,” GRNSW interim CEO John Gibbons said.

“The reforms undertaken have enabled GRNSW to effectively tackle abhorrent practices, while making significant improvements to animal welfare and to the supervision of the industry.”

The five participants disqualified have been notified about their rights of appeal.

More to come.


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Elvis lives on 40 years after his deathPhotos, Video

Elvis lives on 40 years after his death | Photos, Video Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.
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Jenny Wallis fro Mudgee, remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis Presley is shown in this 1970 file photo, dateline unknown. Photo: AP Photo/Permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises

This 2012 file photo shows flowers left by fans on the grave of Elvis Presley at Graceland, Presley’s Memphis, Tenn. home. Friends and fans of late singer and actor Elvis Presley are descending on Memphis, Tennessee, for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career.Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey,

Elvis Presley is shown with his guitar in a 1957 MGM studio publicity photo. Photo: AP Photo/File

Elvis Presley performs in Las Vegas in this undated photo. Photo: AP Photo/By Permission of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Harry Morgan, Elvis Presley and Nancy Kovak in a scene from the United Artists release, “Frankie and Johnny”.

Shelly Fabares, one of the numerous loveleies with Elvis Presley in MGMs “Girl Happy”. June 18, 1965.

In this 1973 file photo, Elvis Presley sings during a concert. Photo: AP Photo

Dee Presley, stepmother of the late rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. (Holding a picture of her late stepson).

Elvis Presley is shown in this undated file photo. Photo: AP Photo/File

Elvis Presley’s first album – “Elvis Presley,” was released by RCA Victor on January 11, 1956. Photo: AP Photo

Elvis Presley is seen relaxing in 1958. Photo: AP Photo

Elvis Presley poses in this handout 1957 file photo provided by MGM. Photo: AP Photo/MGM File

Elvis Presley shakes, rattles, and rolls as he performs at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair, Tupelo, Mississippi, September 27, 1956. Photo: AP Photo/RCA Victor

In this 1957 photo provided by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc and used by permission, Elvis Presley greets fans at the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Elvis Presley archivists have found three rare photos dating back to 1957 that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland. Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. Photo: AP Photo/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc

Elvis with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie in Memphis, 1968.Photo: AP

TweetFacebookA trip to GracelandThis week thousands of fans are at Gracelandto remember The King and his music.

One fan is Janet Prince, who grew up in Mudgee and has travelled to the USAthis month.

The‘huge Elvis fan’ for as long as she can remember, Ms Prince said she“loved that he was such a loving, caring and generous person.”

“He is a more talented entertainer than you will ever find. There will only every be one King.”

Ms Prince said it waswonderful to see so many tribute artists keeping his music and memory alive.

Ms Prince has travelled to Gracelands six times, but this yearwas her first candle vigil.

“It is incredibly emotional to see all the tributes and flowers on this his 40th anniversary.”

A festival will also be held in the Blue Mountains this week while the Parkes Elvis Festival, held in January to mark The King’s birthday, also draws thousands of fans each year.

Parkes Elvis FestivalThe 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival, had a record 25,000 people attend over the five days. A fitting number considering it was the 25thevent.

Anne and Bob Steel originally came up with the idea to hold the Parkes Elvis Festival after another quiet January in which those that could went on holidays, and those that couldn’t stayed inside out of the heat.

These days the popularity of the event, and Elvis himself, was highlighted by the distance that fans travelled for the event. From all over Australia and around the world includingPortugal, Japan, France and Switzerland people travelled for the event.

A gentlemanAnne said Elvis’ music would live on forever.

“He was such a lovely guy, a gentleman, always well mannered, so many people have described him as‘just a well-mannered boy and he appealed toboth men and women.

“You could understand all the words to his songs and there was no limit to what he sung, from gospel, to rock to country.”

“His music is still so popular because the children of the original Elvis fans, they grew up with that music and they still appreciate it,”

As Anne celebrates her birthday on August 16, she will also remember Elvis40 years after his death.

In 2018 the Parkes Elvis Festival will celebrate its 26th year with the theme ’68 Comeback Special’, marking 50 years since the television special.

Who was Elvis► Elvis Presley was an American actor and singer who was born on January 8, 2935 in Mississippi.

► He began his music career in 1954. In 1956 he had his first number one on the US charts with Heartbreak Hotel, and in that same year made his film debut with Love Me Tender.

► During his career Elvis starred in 33 successful films, was nominated for 14 Grammys of which hewonthree as well asa Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

► He has sold over one billion records and his American sales earned him gold, platinum and milti-platinum awards.

► Elvis was 11 when his parents bought him his first guitar from the Tupelo Hardware store for his birthday.

► Elvis’ favourite foods were peanut butter and bacon.

► He joined the US Army in 1958 and was officially discharged from active duty in 1960.

► On August 16, 1977 Elvis suffered a fatal heart attack aged 42.