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The glass mosaic tiles were installed before they became popular on TV renovation shows.A CREATIVE couple believe they were onto style trends in their Tweed Heads home way before any renovation television show. Musician Sarah Archer and her photographer husband Troy, who run furniture business Archer and Archer in their spare time, bought 34 Ducat St 12 years ago – and have chipped away with renovations ever since. “It is basically a brand new house,” Mrs Archer said. “We bought it as our first home when I was 20 and haven’t stopped styling.” The mother-of-two said the home had shagpile carpets and 80s archways when the couple first moved in. The kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom have all been redesigned.“We redid the stuff you can’t even see,” she said. “All the big renovations happened about five years ago so they are still pretty stylish.”Mrs Archer said their unique bathroom design was completed years before she saw a similar room appear on TV renovation show, The Block.“When I was renovating the bathroom I decided to do the whole wall in glass mosaic tiles – which was uncommon at the time because people weren’t doing groovy things in bathrooms,” she said.“Even the timber finishes in our kitchen were ahead of popular renovations.” While the house oozes a coastal-contemporary style, Mrs Archer describes the backyard and courtyard as the best areas of the property. “The courtyard is my favourite spot for exercising,” she said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I usually go out there in the afternoons and skip or stretch.”The living room and kitchen flows out to a paved courtyard which is hidden from neighbours by a large timber wall bench. “Troy and I spent a lot of time thinking about how we would create privacy in that space,” Mrs Archer said.“The old brick wall that we replaced was too short to be rendered but too broken to be built up, so we thought outside the box and used timber.“Troy and I are really proud of our backyard because everything we could do by hand we did.“We moved tons of dirt by wheelbarrows and painted everything ourselves.“It has been a great big renovation adventure.” The pool area is another highlight, with lights wired through trees and the pool.“It is like a disco at night,” Mrs Archer said. The garage has been converted to a studio and includes a separate toilet with space to add a shower. The property is priced at $675,000 and is available through marketing agent Ben Stephens, Base Property Group, Coolangatta. read more
Just about two weeks ago, 17-year-old Ashkay Budhairam of West Minster, West Bank Demerara, was allegedly beaten and burned by two cops after he was kidnapped and held for several hours.Injured: Ashkay BudhairamHowever, while his burns and other external injuries are healing, other complications have arisen. During an interview with his mother Seetadai Luj, she explained that her son is now bleeding and his ribcage area also hurts excruciatingly.“His ribs hurting now and he just bleeding from his mouth. I didn’t carry him back as yet with concerning the blood but the burns healing now. We looking after it,” she explained.When Guyana Times spoke with the teenager, he had detailed the traumatic experience, saying that he was handcuffed, beaten and burned with hot water. Two law enforcement officers were taken into custody for the alleged beating and torturing of the young lad. They were charged jointly for abducting and assaulting the teen and released on bail.“Right now, I feel that there is no justice for him. We don’t have money to ensure that these persons are jailed. I tell myself to just leave it like that because we know what will happen…I’m a single parent mother with seven children,” Luj expressed.Budhairam had recalled that he was with a few friends in a nearby village, Schoonord, when eight unknown men showed up with weapons in two cars. They proceeded to attack his friends until he was snatched and put in the trunk of one of the vehicles in an unconscious state.After driving for some distance, the young man said he was taken to a house in the same vicinity. Two constables, who are brothers and occupy the said residence, alleged that Budhairam had stolen some items from their house. He was handcuffed to a bed and questioned about the missing items, to which he denied any involvement.After that, he noted, a few of them proceeded to visit his house to search for the articles, while the beating continued. But the teenager claimed that nothing was found at his residence. Water was then heated and thrown on the lad. This is when he started screaming.He was doused for a second time with the hot substance. The injured teen told this publication that the men were fearful that neighbours might hear his screams and opted to put him back into the trunk. He said that they took him to a house where they handcuffed him to a bed frame, beat him and poured hot water on him while demanding that he reveal where the alleged stolen items were hidden.He said that the car was moving for approximately 20 minutes and he managed to open the trunk and leap out. The men exited the car, but he had already jumped across the trench – one which they did not attempt to cross. As he looked up, it was a desolate location, some distance from where he lived.After reaching home, Budhairam and his relatives filed a report at the La Parfaite Harmonie Police Station and later went to the West Demerara Regional Hospital to seek medical attention. read more