Northern beaches wrap of all things good in the hood

Celebrating Norman Rich

Prolific letter writer, excellent raconteur and acclaimed hydraulics engineer Norman Rich will celebrate his hundredth birthday next Wednesday, February 24, with a small party. For the last 20 years, the longtime Beaches resident has lived at the Newport Beach Village. They tell us he is very articulate and has a great memory, including of his post-war years building dams in the Hindu Kush.

Colour her happy

St Luke's Grammar School Biology and Chemistry teacher Judy Breedon (@escape_photo_gallery) loves exploring her 'hood and finding shots like this early morning beauty of the Narrabeen ocean pool. "My family moved to Warriewood four years ago and I suddenly found myself in a photographer's paradise!" she says. "I often show the students my photographs to inspire them about the majesty of the natural world around us."

She adds: "My passion for photography started when I was a teenager using an old camera which required a hand-held light meter to read the light to set the aperture and shutter speed. I enjoy spending much of my free time, camera in hand, either by the lake or the beach, and on the many rock platforms at sunrise or sunset for the golden hour."

Get your boogie on

Celebrate local and live music for just 10 more days at Manly's Market Lane Live (Weds to Sun; 4pm weekdays and midday weekends). There's good food and drink too - Momo Bar & Dumplings, Donny's Bar, The Hold, Whistler St Pizza, Insitu, guest appearances from The Local Smoker team, Nomads Brewing, 4Pines, Dad & Daves and Manly Hops.

MONOPOLY in the hood

Monopoly: Northern Beaches Edition is out this week and already creating waves with its choice of cheap brown and light blue properties (North Head + Manly Dam; Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Pilu, Church Point) to the more exxy dark blue (Manly + Palm Beach).

Here they all are:

  • Brown - North Head and Manly Dam
  • Light Blue - Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Pilu and Church Point
  • Pink - The Collaroy Centre, Manly Oval and Brookvale Oval
  • Orange - Taste of Manly, Brookvale Show, Beach to Beach Fun Run
  • Red - The Strand, Manly Corso, Westfields-Warringah Mall
  • Yellow - Curl Curl Beach, Narrabeen Beach, Freshwater Beach
  • Green - Harbord Diggers, The Steyne and Dee Why RSL
  • Dark Blue - Manly and Palm Beach

You'll find it for $69.95 at Dee Why RSL, Harbord Diggers, Pilu, Warringah Mall, URM, The Steyne and Code 5.