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Six of the best on Sunday: Life, near-death and reality - and, well, chocolate

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Life, near-death and reality recognised. Photo: Shutterstock

Life, near-death and reality recognised. Photo: Shutterstock

We've handpicked some Sunday reading in the hope you get a little quiet time today. From a memorial service at an Indigenous community near Lightning Ridge to fake guns (well, maybe) and politicians borne from the real world - it's all here. Oh yes, and a basketball tour de force and an article about a chocolate factory.

Something for everyone? Well yes, quite possibly.

John Paul Young, Paul Kirtley and Warren Morgan perform at Goodooga as part of the remembrance service. Picture: Scott Bevan

John Paul Young, Paul Kirtley and Warren Morgan perform at Goodooga as part of the remembrance service. Picture: Scott Bevan

NEWCASTLE HERALD: The long journey to honour 'the coloured diggers'

John Paul Young, his long-time keyboardist and friend, Warren "Pig" Morgan, and percussionist Paul Kirtley had travelled more than 700 kilometres from their base at Lake Macquarie, driving across the vast sun-parched plains, to reach Goodooga.

By the measure of time, the journey had taken the musicians back more than 80 years, to the Second World War. They had travelled so far to attend a memorial service to honour two local men, Harold West and George Leonard. Read on

Based in reality: Tasmanian politicians (from left) Jacqui Lambie, Helen Polley and Bridget Archer.

Based in reality: Tasmanian politicians (from left) Jacqui Lambie, Helen Polley and Bridget Archer.

THE EXAMINER: Welfare-to-parliament: Tasmania's battler politicians

Meet the Tasmanian politicians drawing on lived experiences of struggle. When it comes to welfare, the experiences of te state's politicians overlaps that of the general population: it's been a lived experience of roughly a quarter.

Out of today's crop of 17 Tasmanian federal representatives, at least four have spoken openly about their lived experiences with government benefits. Read on

James Hayward at work. Photo: Kate Healy

James Hayward at work. Photo: Kate Healy

BALLARAT COURIER: What is it like to experiment with chocolate all day?

How exactly do you take an instantly recognisable and distinct flavour like a hot cross bun and squeeze it into an M&M?

Ballarat's Mars facility is home to an award-winning research and development team, which has come up with several inventions to bring new angles to its chocolates - that includes the hot cross bun M&Ms. Read on

Samantha Longmore is far from the person she was before her accidents.

Samantha Longmore is far from the person she was before her accidents.

THE LAND: 'I survived two crashes in one day'

Samantha Longmore considers herself lucky. Not because she survived two car accidents on the same day, or that she has no feeling down the right side of her body.

"I still think, Christ almighty, who hated you that day?"

Read more about Samantha and listen to her chat with reporter Lucy Kinbacher: right here

LaVar Ball at the Novotel Northbeach. Inset: LaMelo Ball. Photo: Robert Peet

LaVar Ball at the Novotel Northbeach. Inset: LaMelo Ball. Photo: Robert Peet

ILLAWARRA MERCURY: Inside LaVar Ball's first week in Wollongong (it's very Aussie)

He is the controversial patriarch of the Ball family.

Eldest son Lonzo is a bona fide NBA basketball star who was an LA Laker before he was traded recently to the New Orleans Pelicans. His youngest son LaMelo has just joined the Illawarra Hawks as their star signing under the National Basketball League's Next Stars program. Read on

 An aerial shot of AgQuip.

An aerial shot of AgQuip.

NORTHERN DAILY LEADER: But the 106 replica guns for sale looked 'toy-like'

Police seized what they say are 106 replica firearms, which they allege are prohibited items. But, there's more.

"They're not machine guns or firearms that can be used in a bank robbery," the accused's solicitor said. "They're colourful in colour, lightweight; they're toy-like ... for comic people." Read on

Enjoy Sunday.

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