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Diana Ah Naid

Diana Ah Naid

Who: Diana ah Naid
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Sunday April 16, 2000

AUSTRALIAN pop diva DIANA AH NAID will perform this Sunday at The Cambridge Hotel. Ah Naid's brand of pop'n'rock is a substantial feast, chock full o'nuts, fruit and grain. Ah Naid began writing songs when she was nine. She grew up fast living an unusual lifestyle after the death of her mother, travelling from town to town with her father and two brothers. After a childhood filled with 'children's homes, foster parents, charity organisations, food vouchers and freaks' Ah Naid settled in northern NSW in her early teens, giving birth to her son STONE in her late teens, and releasing her debut self-produced album in Nimbin in 1997 on her 21st birthday. It contained the song I GO OFF which became a national Top 40 hit. This led to her latest brilliant album I'M NOT PREGNANT, and the single I DON'T BELIEVE IN LOVE, which proves Ah Naid's success is no fluke.

PUB SPORTS: THE word triathlon is one that would send a shiver down the spine of many a laconic Aussie beer drinker. Not so at the Snake Gully Hotel, Lambton, where publicans BRUCE and JOYCE MEADER have instituted a pub triathlon every Thursday with a $100 bar tab up for grabs. The events? Ping pong, pool and darts for the energetic. The competition begins at 7.30pm in a knockout style, but unlike straight pool comps, losing your game doesn't mean you stand around for the rest of the night. It works on a points system where even if you're trailing on points with two losses, you can still come back in the final. There's also a separate comp in the difficult and demanding 'motor sport' of SEGA RALLY. GRUNGE OVERLOAD: WHAT to do this Friday night? Not only is TUMBLEWEED back in town but THE PANADOLLS, THE POWDERMONKEYS and THE YESMEN are also playing the same night. If it doesn't rain it pours.

THE HOBBIT: HOBBITS, dwarves, dragons and elves will return to the Newcastle Civic Theatre from next Wednesday, April 19, when the return season of THE HOBBIT recreates the magical world of J.R.R. TOLKIEN for the second time this year. The first show became the first in the history of the Civic Theatre to sell out an entire season at the theatre before it had even begun.

EASTERN JAM: IF you like your world music with an Eastern flavour then tomorrow night at the Northern Star Hotel is the place to settle in. Renowned Indian tabla player BOBBY SINGH will join BABS from ON on bongos, rapping, flute and electronic drums, for a jam session with a difference. Other members sitting in will include MARK 'THE DUDE' JOHNSON on flute, ANDREW WALLACE on double bass, with DARYL ABERHART on piano and vocals. TE

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