Gold Coast family selling their house named after ‘The Castle’ holiday home

first_imgOwners Toni and Chris Kennedy proudly display a sign that reads “Bonnie Doon” at the entrance to their Macadie Way home.It’s a nod to the 1997 Australian comedy-drama about the Kerrigan family’s fight to save their home from the compulsory acquisition of developers who wanted to expand the neighbouring airport. The owners say it’s their own slice of serenity.After more than a decade living on the 3.42ha property, the couple have decided to sell it so they can move closer to the water.It is listed on the market with a $2.895 million asking price.Mrs Kennedy said they bought it because her husband wanted space at home for his horses.Over the years, they have chipped away at renovating the three-bedroom, two bathroom house, which even has a “pool room”.“It was over 10 years, we just did bits and pieces as we could afford it,” Mrs Kennedy said.It is much more modern than the film’s holiday home but Mrs Kennedy said it was still a family home. The Gold Coast’s “Bonnie Doon” home at 73 Macadie Way, Merrimac.“WE’RE goin’ to Bonnie Doon”. It’s slightly bigger and much more modern than the holiday home made famous in Australian cult classic The Castle but this Gold Coast property promises the same sense of serenity. There’s plenty of land for horses. Imagine waking up to this every day.The family also had a holiday house in Bonnie Doon, Victoria, where they regularly went to enjoy the “serenity”.“How’s the serenity,” Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, famously said in the movie.Mrs Kennedy said Bonnie Doon was where the family went to “be really happy”, and their beloved Merrimac home made them feel the same.“It was all about the serenity – that’s what this place is,” Mrs Kennedy said.“That’s our Bonnie Doon.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It has three bedrooms. “The most important thing about that place is that it’s a family home,” she said.“It’s a beautiful home to live in – it’s light, bright, airy and comfortable.“My husband is broken hearted about leaving it behind, he loves the land as much as I love the water.”She said they were going to miss it.***TOP 10 QUOTES FROM THE CASTLE “Tell him he’s dreaming” – Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs. “We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon” – Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon. “How’s the serenity? So much serenity” – Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity. “Dale dug a hole. Tell ‘em Dale” – Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud. “Suffer in your jocks” – Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case. “It’s not a house. It’s a home” – Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love. “It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe an ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case” – Translation: How not to win a court case. “What doyou call this?” “Chicken” – Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you. “Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck” – Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part. “This is going straight to the pool room” – Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.(Source: Screen Australia) *** ”How’s the serenity?”last_img read more

Syracuse’s surge this season rooted in Heinz Field locker room

first_imgThe kick-start to Syracuse’s upswing this fall began in the Heinz Field visitors locker room 11 months ago. After the Orange’s season-ending loss at Pittsburgh last November — the end of a second-straight 4-8 season for SU — head coach Dino Babers did not allow any other coaches in the locker room. He spoke to only the players, then he asked the seniors to leave and addressed only players who would return this year.Babers’ message: “Everybody wasn’t on board.”“There’s the saying, ‘What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say,’” Babers said Monday morning. “They were saying the right things, they weren’t doing the right things. And I think I have a team full of guys doing the right things.“And this is where we’re at.”Where Syracuse is at is a significantly more opportune position than that of last year. Through eight games, SU (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) has the same record as it did this time a year ago. But the 2017 Orange have beaten the defending national champion, stayed within striking distance against Top 25 opponents in LSU, North Carolina State and Miami on the road, and has not lost by more than 11 points all year despite facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday afternoon at Florida State, Syracuse will have a chance to snap a nine-game losing streak against FSU and beat the plunging Seminoles (2-5, 2-4) for the first time since the teams’ first meeting in 1966. This Syracuse upswing, Babers said, is rooted in the Heinz Field locker room last November.“When we lost that Pittsburgh game, and the way we lost it, that was a very emotional time for the team and I,” Babers said. “… I think that’s where we planted the seed, put some fertilizer down and then coming break in spring ball, and the things we did in the summer, we needed to water it and put a lot of sun on it.”Two weeks ago, Syracuse thrust into the national spotlight with the Clemson victory, one of the biggest in program history. At then-No. 8 Miami, one of only five remaining undefeated teams in FBS, Syracuse pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter.Babers said it all traces back to the Pitt game last year. Shortly after that game, Babers looked at the podium in front of him and paused before his postgame press conference.“I gotta stand here after all that?” he said jokingly.By “all that,” Babers meant a near four-hour affair that included 165 plays, 1,312 yards, nine punts, 19 kickoffs, 20 touchdowns, 58 first downs and Syracuse’s defensive collapse. The Orange broke the program record for points allowed, 76, a mark that stood for 125 years.The defensive miscues were a microcosm of the season. In 2016, SU finished 122nd out of 128 FBS teams in total defense and lost its final four games of the season.“It’s going to get better,” Babers said after the game.“The thing you have to remember is that this year the players were thinking and next year they won’t be,” Babers added.Now, here is Syracuse, two wins away from guaranteed bowl eligibility and only 2.5-point underdogs on the road at Florida State, the No. 3 team in the Preseason Top 25.Other notes from Babers’ weekly press conference:Babers said sophomore defensive lineman Kendall Coleman probably could have played at Miami on Oct. 21 at about 65 percent. “I think we’re going to get Coleman back,” for the FSU game, Babers said.As for fellow defensive lineman Josh Black: “We’ll have to see about Joshua.”Graduate transfer safety Jordan Martin has played the last two games with a cast, contributing mostly to special teams. “I don’t think Jordan’s going to be able to be with us. I think he’s going to be pretty much done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more