Hamish Knox: Bend of Islands’ Glass House for sale

484 Henley Road, Bend Of Islands, is for sale with $790,000-$840,000 price hopes.

The son of one of Melbourne’s most celebrated architects used a “treasure trove” of recycled materials to create this dream pad in a secret bush suburb in Melbourne’s northeast.

Timber telegraph poles, commercial-grade glass from a Collins Street tower and a striking Victorian staircase combine at Bend Of Islands’ enchanting Glass House hideaway.

Hamish Knox, the son of master mud brick architect Alistair Knox, designed the storybook property blending past and present at 484 Henley Road, now for sale for $790,000-$840,000.

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The home looks like an magical treehouse from the outside.

But inside you’ll find sweeping views and eclectic finishes.

The build uses recycled and found materials, including an old Victorian staircase.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house is marketed as “a lifestyle to envy” with “a location to match”.

Morrison Kleeman’s Gayle Blackwood said the patchwork nature of the upcycled home made it difficult to place its age, but added that it had been updated by previous owners.
CoreLogic records show its first sale dates back to 1977.

“It’s a really special home,” Ms Blackwood said. “Hamish Knox has a treasure trove of recycled and found materials in a large shed, so when he creates a house the design is inspired by the materials.”

Repurposed timber features throughout the home.

She said the eclectic property fit perfectly in its unique environment at Bend of Islands – a tightly held, sustainable suburb where no domestic pets are allowed, but where a lack of fencing allows for plenty of wildlife to roam.

The area also has a co-operative that demands vetting of wannabe residents and is governed by the state’s only Environmental Living zone.

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“Everyone who builds there builds their dream,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about what your neighbour is building and can really let your creative spirit run wild.”

The agent said the home’s previous owners included a downsizing couple who enjoyed the two-level floorplan for working from home, and other vendors from the creative industries.

“It’s been crossing all buyer demographics,” Ms Blackwood said. “I’ve had a composer come to look at it as well as a first-home buyer couple.”

The home offers sweeping views of the valley and the area’s leafy surrounds from the open-plan living areas and the treetop outdoor area.

Additional drawcards include a woodfire heater, shed, and the ground-level entertainment area with seating and built-in barbecue.

The property is for private sale.

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State of Origin 2020: Malcolm Knox

Of the three matches in this series, this was by far the most one-sided. Ad lib football gave Queensland their first try in the opening minutes, a switch of play from Daly Cherry-Evans leading to Valentine Holmes’ balletic touchdown in the corner.

Sloppiness in Queensland’s rear gifted NSW a try against the run of play, James Tedesco getting his hand on a spilt ball, but soon it was the Blues’ captain at the centre of an incident that punished the hierarchy for their stubbornness. Tedesco was knocked out of the game by an accidental knee to the head, and instead of having a superstar-for-superstar substitution in Papenhuyzen, the Blues were left with the honest oatmeal of Clint Gutherson at fullback. Without a weapon at the back, they were never really in the game.

It was a mistake-filled Origin match, reflecting the length of the season and the absence of many top-liners from both sides. The Queensland back three of Holmes, Edrick Lee and Corey Allen probably gave up 30 points collectively, Holmes bombing three or four clear chances to score. The state that had made its name from converting every slim opportunity was now throwing them away like the spoilt heir to a hard-won fortune.

But they did have the lambent stars of the night. Josh Papalii, Felise Kaufusi, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Lindsay Collins were all more powerful than the best of the Blues forwards, Jake Trbojevic, who was often fighting a lone hand. Cherry-Evans conducted the tempo of play. Three minutes before half-time, Cameron Munster, the biggest attacking threat on the field, produced not one, not two, but three kicks within the space of 20 seconds, a hat-trick that not even Queensland’s outside backs could muff.

It was the insertion of Grant that hammered home NSW’s unlearnt lesson. While NSW’s X-factor languished in a training shirt, Queensland’s darted out of dummy half, caused uncertainty in the defence, made breaks both half and full, and eventually crawled over the line to put the Maroons all but out of reach.

All but. Holmes dropped what would have been the icing, not to mention the whole cake, and some more impetuosity from the Queensland back three gave the Blues an improbable sequence of last chances leading to the climatic craziness that typifies these contests.


In the final stages, waves of blue washed up against the Maroon wall. Even in the last seconds, this game, this season, refused to end. The Queenslanders were celebrating full-time on the perimeter of the field while the referee was still assessing a captain’s challenge, NSW’s last ploy when all else had failed.

As an Origin series, this one tested the patience of fans, many of whom had been worn out by the interminable season and, by November, had switched over to their favourite dramas. But for those who remained, Origin is a drama queen without parallel, whoever is wearing the jerseys. It’s a remarkable entertainment. This Queensland team was derided as the worst ever. Compared with the best ever, elected by experts on this 40th anniversary, they don’t stack up at all. Perhaps they are the worst. But they were still too good for NSW’s best.

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US election 2020: Amanda Knox sparks backlash by joking about her prison time in Italy | US News

Amanda Knox has been criticised after making a joke about the US election.

The 33-year-old American spent almost four years behind bars after being convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old British student, in 2007.

Knox was famously acquitted of the crime in 2011 and completely exonerated in 2015.

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Amanda Knox’s tweet has caused a backlash

As votes continue to be counted in the US, she tweeted: “Whatever happens, the next four years can’t be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?”

The post to her 70,000 followers caused a backlash.

One user replied: “There’s something wrong with you.”

Another wrote: “I can think of another student studying abroad in Italy that had it a lot f****** worse.”

And someone else asked: “Amanda, are you not ashamed of yourself?”

Rudy Guede was eventually convicted for the murder and is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.

As well as receiving negative comments, there was also some support for Knox.

Zoey Kennedy Tweeted: “Right! Wrongfully convicted spending four years in a foreign prison and others commenting need to understand her experience doesn’t take away from somebody else’s experiences. Not a competition! She has the right to talk about hers.”

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Knox – who describes herself as an “exoneree” and “journalist” on her Twitter account – has since gone on to become a criminal justice activist and hosts a podcast with her partner Christopher Robinson.

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Former Knox Grammar sports director had pictures of babies among child abuse photos, courts documents reveal

A disgraced former sports director at Sydney’s Knox Grammar who has pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of child abuse photos told police he was “ashamed” and would “cop the punishment”.

Nicholas Warby’s stash of more than 3,400 photos and videos, stored on multiple devices, was discovered after he accidentally left his phone at a pool in August 2019.

The 31-year-old will be sentenced in September for possessing child abuse material and drugs after pleading guilty in April.

None of the material related to Knox students, the school has previously reassured parents.

Court documents reveal Warby used a fake Instagram account to trawl through photos of boys in swimwear, downloaded swimming videos from YouTube and used fake email addresses.

Dropbox links from group chats provided much of the material, while two USB devices containing thousands of images and videos were also given to him by a man named “Jay” from Cronulla, who he met on the hook-up app Grindr.

None of the material related to Knox Grammar School students.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

He admitted the graphic videos — many of which involved the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys and, in some cases, even babies under two — were “absolutely awful”.

But Warby also insisted the material was for “private purposes” and he didn’t forward it on to anyone else.

“I’ve done wrong,” he told police in an interview, according to the agreed facts.

A school employee who found the lost phone went through its contents, trying to find the owner, and discovered at least 26 child abuse images.

Police then searched Warby’s car and Bayview home and found thousands of other photos and videos stored on two separate phones and the USB sticks.

There was also a small amount of methamphetamine and a vial of GHB in his car.

In a letter sent after Warby’s arrest, Knox headmaster Scott James reassured parents the school operated with a “gold standard for the protection of those in our care”.

Warby faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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