News

In the key of life

BREATH-TAKING: Martha Baartz and Shannon Marshall look on while David Ades puts his heart and soul into a solo at the Bangalow Bowlo.
BREATH-TAKING: Martha Baartz and Shannon Marshall look on while David Ades puts his heart and soul into a solo at the Bangalow Bowlo. Tim Bradshaw

FRIENDS, fans and fellow-travellers packed out the Bangalow Bowlo recently to support local saxophonist David Ades, who learned he had lung cancer earlier this year.

The audience squeezed into the club to hear Ades blow like there was no tomorrow, alongside the musical luminaries who organised the gig to help fund his battle with the disease. They spilled out into the cool evening air, to hear the jazz, pop, world and funk music pour out through open windows.

Ades looked happy despite his ordeal as he related how he had responded to the devastating news with a range of alternative treatments.

They included standing on one leg, facing north and drinking your own wee, and a dietary regime so strict that his girlfriend said it would bore the cancer to death, he joked.

Most recently he spent a month in a clinic in Germany, where a tube was inserted into the tumours to allow them to be "smart-bombed" by chemo.

But it appears that the key weapon in Ades's arsenal is his attitude: one of humour and humility - and his insistence on living in the immediate present.

"We worry about things like paying the mortgage and so on," he said. "But look around this room: everything is all right, right now, isn't it?"

And right then, for the hundreds of people present, witnessing his courage, and enjoying themselves amid the music, the moment was more than all right. It was perfect, on many levels.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Biggest smiles from smallest firefighters

HOSED: Alfie Wallace, 9 and Rachelle McLane, 8 of Grafton Public School might not be big enough to fill out the jackets, but they got the full experience as their school visited the site for this weekend’s Regional Firefighter championships.

It was a fire demostration with a difference.

Impact of wind turbines on birds blown out of proportion

Scale of carnage pales in comparison to those killed by cats

Modern pharmacy with tradition at its heart

TODAY’S TEAM: Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist staff, from left, Leanne Pardoe, Sophie Schmidt, Julie McCaughey, Hayley Buckler and Kerrie Lockett.

Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist celebrates 100 years of service.

Latest deals and offers

Grafton Public gets some fire training

Grafton Public School students got their hands wet when the local brigade as part...

Car fire in Grafton

A car was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning in Fitzroy...

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Buccarumbi & Dalmorton'

Snapshot of the Boyd River at Dalmorton from the 'Exploring The Clarence Valley' video series shot by Grafton photographer Jessica Robertson using drone footage.

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Buccarumbi & Dalmorton' by Grafton photographer...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest