13 March - 19 March 2012– Issue: 403
On the streets of London One woman’s fight for peace and hope VOICES P4
The Aussie BBC DJ
Chris Hawkins on our Oz music resurgence ENTERTAINMENT P8
What’s the craic?
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in true Irish style TRAVEL P10
AFGHAN MASSACRE WON’T ALTER OZ MISSION: GILLARD n
A rogue US soldier’s Afghanistan killing spree will not distract Australia from its mission in the war torn country, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has staunchly vowed. AN American soldier slaughtered 16 civilian Afghans - including nine children and three women - in a shocking predawn attack in southern Kandahar province on Sunday. The US has condemned the attack and promised a thorough investigation, but the massacre has sparked a fresh crisis in Washington’s relations with Kabul and will increase Afghan hostility to the allied mission there. Ms Gillard labelled the killings “appalling” but promised her government would hold its nerve. “Our mission in Afghanistan is clear and our commitment to it remains firm,” she told reporters in Canberra. “Of course, an incident like this is a truly distressing one, but it’s not going to distract us from our purpose in Afghanistan and our clear sense of mission in Afghanistan. “We know what we’re there to do. “We know the timeframe that we are doing it on and our commitment remains clear.” Defence Minister Stephen Smith offered his condolences to his Afghan counterpart. “I welcome the swift US condemnation of the incident and the commitment from US Secretary ...continued on p3
AUSSIE WOMEN OF THE YEAR
And the winner is? We reveal the 2012 Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK | P7
Farmers march to highlight CSG ‘threat’ FURIOUS Queensland farmers have marched in the key Brisbane seat of Ashgrove demanding action to ward off the coal seam gas “threat” to agriculture. Up to 1000 farmers marched on the offices of Labor incumbent Kate Jones and her rival Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman before moving on to protest at the steps of the government’s CBD executive building. Each time, the protesters threw their hats on the ground to show, in the traditional bushman’s way, they’re up for a fight. The farmers say a large percentage of the state’s foodgrowing regions have mining tenements and the coal seam gas (CSG) rush is the biggest threat to their industry. Radio talk show host Alan Jones, who joined the protesters after hosting a food security forum, said CSG mining threatened underground water and had the potential to drain aquifers and contaminate good farming land. “We are talking about the destruction of prime agricultural land,” Mr Jones told the forum. ...continued on p3
Katter’s Australian Party ad in gay marriage furore A KATTER’S Australian Party commercial intended to paint Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman as a hypocrite for supporting gay marriage has backfired on the minor party. The ad asks how well voters know Mr Newman and features him repeating the words: “I support gay marriage.” It also features images of two shirtless men, and Mr Newman
handling a skirt. But instead of achieving its goal, the ad has sparked outrage among Queensland’s gay and lesbian community and support groups. Equal rights campaigner Phil Browne on Monday lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Bureau, labelling the ad as “vile”. “The ad uses fear and hate to target homosexuals, an oppressed minority group,” Mr Browne said in his
complaint. “This is vile and unacceptable. “It would be totally unacceptable to use another minority group to promote the same message.” Mr Newman told reporters in Brisbane it was “immaterial” that he supported gay marriage but his party didn’t. He said the priority should be on looking after “normal Queensland families who need their cost of living pressures reduced right down”.
But when asked what a “normal family” was, Mr Newman did not exclude same-sex couples from his response. “(They are) families who are trying to pay their mortgages, trying to make ends meet, who need low vehicle registration costs frozen,” he said. Premier Anna Bligh criticised both the LNP and the party founded by eccentric federal MP Bob Katter. The ad would not have been made if
Mr Newman was clear on whether he would repeal Queensland’s same-sex civil union legislation, Ms Bligh said. “If Mr Newman had given a clear answer on this issue I would suggest it wouldn’t be such a big one during the campaign,” she told reporters in Brisbane. “That doesn’t excuse Mr Katter’s ad though. ...continued on p3
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Shock, drama and deceit: Australia’s latest soap has it all n
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ALP party politics have adopted an uncannily soap-opera like quality of late. For suspense, farce and disbelief, their latest series of comebacks, kill-offs and yet even more comebacks rivals any 6pm weeknight television series worth its salt. By Bianca Soldani IT ALL looks very Neighbours, but while the Labor party are busy playing out their personal dramas, Australians can’t help but question: is this what we pay them for? We were left boggle-eyed and open mouthed when just as Stephen Smith was hoping to rekindle his relationship with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, former NSW Premier Bob Carr burst back onto our screens, superbly snatching Steve’s ex, in the wake of Kevin Rudd’s sensational departure from prime time. In a devious manipulation of the parliamentary loophole that allows members to enter unelected as a Senate replacement - in this case, to fill the vacancy left by Mark Arbib’s shock resignation - Bob was parachuted back into politics by the one everyone loves to hate, Julia Gillard. Although it is possible to sneak into Canberra this way, it is highly unusual for a minister to be so immediately rocketed into such a senior portfolio as Foreign Affairs.
It seems all too much like a cleverly conceived diversion by scriptwriters in NSW’s right faction to advance our attention on from the Kill Kevin episode. But Labor’s troubles aren’t so easily hushed up. Is Mark’s mysterious resignation to “spend more time with his family” just a cover for something more sinister, soon to be revealed in an exclusive Today Tonight tell-all? And what if Kevin’s retreat to the backbench is just part of another cunning plan? Is he simply buying time as he diabolically plots yet more mischief and mayhem? Labor’s attempt to move past their leadership drama by staging further theatrics is certainly a creative response, but can it be called an effective one whilst the ghosts of Labor leaders past still haunt Canberra – or should that be Ramsay Street? And in the lead up to the federal elections, should we be preparing for another bombshell to explode onto our screens? Parties don’t take losing leaders to the public, so if polls don’t pick up, we could just see another leadership challenge
before the Christmas special. In this political climate, one can never be sure what new surprise is lurking just around the corner. After Bob’s resurrection, who will be next to make a comeback: Keating? Hanson (again)? Paul Robinson – or is he back already? But what does all this mean for Australia? It’s entertaining – yes. But is this really how we want the nation to be run? Julia has said the Australian public is “fed up” with the political brawl. Perhaps what we’re really fed up with is this dramatic self-absorbed behaviour unbecoming even of politics. Is it wrong to expect actual policy making from our politicians? Maybe it’s time they leave the drama to the professionals. What the Labor party needs to do right now is to straighten its tie, take three deep breaths, and get out there and lead our country. Meanwhile, political junkies cling to the edge of their seats, craving the next instalment of the great ALP saga. AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
How the Ben Roberts-Smith affair bared a nation’s feral underclass n
The “dud root” fallout continues for Channel 10’s The Circle as advertisers flee. Yet the story quickly moved beyond those absurd comments, revealing a racist, sexist, redneck underclass. the hard word > NATHAN MOTTON
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CHANNEL 10’s daytime program The Circle has taken a battering over the past fortnight. Public outcry quickly and viscously spread following comments made by host Yumi Stynes and journalist George Negus decrying that Australian war hero Ben RobertsSmith was too buff to have a brain and thus may in fact be a “dud root.” The outrage came thick and fast with many, including The Hard Word rightly frustrated at such an overtly stupid remark. The throwaway line made in jest does not excuse the stupidity of it. Serving members of any country’s defence forces, of any generation, are true heroes. Their self-sacrifice is too often ignored and as individuals, should most importantly be spared of any cheap shots, especially made on behalf of Australia’s ever expanding list of d-grade celebrities. Advertisers of the show have made their presence felt where it hurts most, a handful severing all ties with the program for its “abhorrent comments”, afraid of being associated with this PR nightmare. Stynes and Negus (eventually) apologised for their comments. Yet both, Stynes especially, seemed to
fail to grasp the magnitude of such cheap, childish behaviour with an apology that was insincere at best. Media careers have been ruined for far less serious sins. For that reason it’s difficult to see how both can have a future with the program. That buff man in question, Corporal Roberts-Smith was awarded Australia’s highest military honour for bravery shown against the Taliban in Afghanistan two years ago. The Victoria Cross recipient has made it clear he understands no malice was intended and has since accepted the apology. This is where the story should have ended. But of course, cue the twitterati and the faceless Facebookers who’ve now welland-truly hijacked the whole debate. A mature and reasonable sense of displeasure has been overtaken by that self-righteous web brigade, destined to wreak havoc on whoever it can. The Circle’s Facebook timeline has been swamped with all manner of judicious and repugnant commentary and everything in between. Stynes has borne the brunt. Death threats, racist remarks and sexual and misogynistic chatter have all been flung at the host, which would make this scribe think twice about the need for some form of protection. At the risk of allowing such disgusting statements to (again) the
see the light of day, here’s a mild taste (there are loads more that are totally unacceptable to print…). One said “I want to kill both Yumi Stynes and George Negus,” while an enlightened chap screamed “Next time I see that Yumi Stynes I’m gunna stab the ***** to feel better”. Really? Another implored The Circle’s Facebook commentariat to “forget Yumi and George. Everyone else has headed over to Kony 2012. We can all raise hell over there.” Where does one get off on such gutless behaviour? Of course such sickening commentary is not restricted to our fair shores. But why oh why do we have to reduce such important conversations to amoral members of our community hurling meaningless, harmful and petty mud at those who’ve, for whatever reason, wronged? This isn’t about quashing public debate, far from it. Rather an attempt to point out that it is possible to express an opinion without becoming a bigot. Initially this whole saga was the umpteenth example of the foibles of the human character, to which none of us are immune. Sadly, it quickly progressed to a sad indictment of Australia’s feral underclass. AustralianTimes.co.uk/voices
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Australian politicians condemn Afghan attack Continued from p1... of Defense (Leon) Panetta to work with Afghan officials to investigate the incident,” Mr Smith said in a statement. “Until the incident has been fully investigated and we have a better understanding of the circumstances, it is not appropriate to be drawn on the possible motivation behind the incident.” Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson called it a horrible incident but defended Australia’s continued involvement in the decade-long conflict. “We are there in Afghanistan because of terror attacks, not only on the United States but in Bali,” he told ABC Radio. “We’ve had a lot of young Australians killed as a result of terror attacks. That’s why we’re in
Afghanistan - not because we like war, but because we’re against terror.” Opposition Leader Tony Abbott condemned the attack. “It is simply a terrible, terrible crime,” he told reporters in Wagga Wagga. “The perpetrator should be punished and, obviously, the victims we mourn for them and we grieve with their families.” The massacre coincided with a US survey that found 60 per cent of Americans believed the Afghanistan war was not worth the cost. The poll by ABC News and The Washington Post found 54 per cent of Americans wanted US troops pulled out even if the Afghan army was not adequately trained to carry on the fight. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
‘Regretful’ Jones warns of coal seam threat Continued from p1... “The potential contamination and exhaustion of water supplies. “If that is not an issue at the Queensland election, then we are in big trouble.” Mr Jones told AAP he was disappointed the CSG threat had hardly rated a mention in the Queensland election campaign. He said he regretted not running as a candidate so he could give the issue “a voice”. Cattle and grain farmer John Cook wants Ashgrove voters to think about the bush when they cast their vote. “The mining industry is threatening our food bowls,” Mr Cook said. “Voters need to think about where the food comes from.” Farmer Lise Leatherbarrow, of Kerry in the Scenic Rim district, said city voters should shun the major parties to show they were serious about food security. “Vote against the major parties, I say,” she said. Premier Anna Bligh told Sky News on Monday that her government had passed “world-first” laws to protect agricultural land from mining. She said CSG miners in Queensland
were subjected to the most rigorous environmental conditions. Before the government went into caretaker mode, she said she planned to require CSG miners to pay for groundwater monitoring. LNP deputy leader Tim Nicholls says Labor had made a mess of CSG regulation, but his party would fix it if elected. “The LNP is very sympathetic to Queenslanders’ concerns about landholder negotiation issues, water security and protection of the environment,” he said. Farm adviser Graham Boulton said he was not convinced that fracking, the process used to extracting gas from coal seams, was safe. “The aquifers sit on top of the coal seams, and the miners are drilling through that,” he said. “From what we’ve seen in the US, there is no way to stop the water from being polluted.” The Queensland Greens and Katter’s Australian Party, the only parties to call for a 12-month moratorium on coal seam gas mining, took part in Monday’s rallies. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
Gay marriage ad backfires on Bob Katter Continued from p1... “But there’s nothing surprising about Mr Katter doing something that’s bizarre.” Katter party spokesman Scott Barrett told AAP the image used in the ad was a bought stock photo and the men were not party supporters. State leader Aidan McLindon last month publicly criticised a billboard promoting safe sex among same-sex couples with an image of two men hugging. The party’s gay marriage ad has an image of two men kissing. But Mr McLindon told AAP his party’s ad was different from the controversial Rip N Roll campaign because it was shown in PG timeslots only. “Billboards are a whole separate issue,” he said. “You’ve got everybody from one-yearold right through to 99 years old (seeing them) ... and they can’t be censored.” Mr Katter’s half-brother Carl Katter,
who is gay, is also among the ad’s critics. “This ad ... is totally disrespectful of the many gay Queenslanders who proudly contribute to their state every day of their lives,” he said in a statement. Bob Katter told Network Ten he respected his half-brother’s position. “I admire his candour, his forthrightness in coming forward,” he said. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
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The Aussie peace protester n
Peace campaigner Barbara Tucker has spent almost 50 straight nights without any sleeping equipment in London’s Parliament Square, following the introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act. Cold, persecuted but defiant she told REBEKKA HODGES her remarkable story. ALL around me the low and slowly changing sounds of bells resonate, passing through the walls of Parliament Square. It is 6:00pm and the sun is fading into the night sky, casting a golden hue on everything it touches. Although the days are becoming longer and warmer, the evenings remind us that summer is still beyond our grasp. Her chocolate brown hair cascades over a brightly checkered jacket and falls to rest on a hand-knitted pink scarf. “This is the three pound ‘Holloway special’,” she jokes, fingering the scarf’s stitching with her left hand while referring to the all-female prison in Holloway, London. Her Australian accent is still heavy after all these years of living abroad. “I made it in prison,” she continues, sensing my confusion. “The wool and the needles, it all cost me three pound,” she states as she begins to roll a cigarette between her stained fingertips, each
It’s a question of who’s frightened of whom nail a notably different length. Finishing her smoke, she sits down on a plastic armchair and wraps herself in a thin cotton blanket. This has been her bed for the last 40 odd evenings, thanks to last year’s introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act ss 143(2) (b), which prohibits the erection of or maintaining a structure in the controlled area of Parliament Square that is designed, or adapted, (solely or mainly) to the purpose of facilitating staying in the area. She has a sleeping bag too, although it is still rolled up, hiding under a tarpaulin because the act also bans any equipment designed for sleeping overnight in the area. I ask to take a look, expecting to see some over-sized and hence banned
HIS LEGACY LIVES ON: The late Brian Haw who started the Parliament Square protest over a decade ago
object, and she meets my eye, slightly tilting her head as if to question my sanity. “Don’t you think I would have it out if it was allowed?” she asks. “They’re just waiting for me to do the wrong thing so they can lock me up again. Any excuse to get rid of this old ‘eyesore’ in time for the Olympics.” Behind her, over the other side of the square, a police van lurks, awaiting its prey like a vulture.
Doing hard time for peace
Melbourne–born Barbara ‘Babs’ Tucker began her peace campaign in Parliament Square six years ago, in what is now over a decade-long campaign founded by the late Brian Haw. Since the beginning, she has been arrested 44 times and jailed twice. “The first time that I was arrested was in 2006. I had a pink sequined banner that said ‘Peace Love and Justice for All’. 10 police officers marched in here on Easter Sunday and handcuffed me. It seems as though ‘peace’ has become a dirty word because they are making too much money out of war. In the six years I have been campaigning, it has never mattered if we’ve had one banner, a whole display or if we spoke on a loud speaker. It doesn’t matter how we campaign, we just keep getting arrested.” As we are speaking, a young gentleman pulls up beside us on his bicycle and looks around wearily. “Um, can I speak with you for a moment Babs?” he asks. Lifting herself from the seat, she walks out of earshot and the pair exchange words, seemingly in silence. Moments later she returns with a handful of fruit. “It’s like a little community around here,” she beams, holding up her gift beneath the light of the street lamp. “People are always worried about us. Even the homeless people have been stopping by recently to check up on us. They feel so sorry for us, because even they have tents.”
The world that ‘doesn’t exist’
“I’m living in a world that most people don’t even know exists. Coming from Australia, and even England, we’re raised with this idea that we live in a democratic society and that we have access to freedom of speech, but here we are, our message so simple - ‘stop killing’, and yet we are arrested for it. A lot of people really have no idea what goes on here.” “I mean look at the young people in Egypt. They laid down their lives, fighting for justice. And I remember last year as the backdrop to that, here in London they were trying to get rid of us for the Royal Wedding. A wedding! As if it were the most important thing in the world. We had the world’s press here trying to get us to say something disparaging about the Queen and they were shoving cameras in our faces, asking us our opinions in the hope of getting us arrested and out of public view. I mean we are an embarrassment to them.
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Your Say On: Returning to Australia – what a culture shock!
I’ve been away for 20 years and haven’t been back since. Traveling and being open to new cultures is what life is about. I think what I do find jarring is the drawn out aussie accents and taking forever to explain
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something. I will say tho that after living in Europe as well and even after 17 years in the USA, I still think in kilometers and can’t figure out farenheit…I’m still a metrics child… Ziggy Via AustralianTimes.co.uk/voices
On: Kony 2012: Who is Joseph Kony?
person has a voice and when united it makes a roar.We are now in a time if we use the power of technology for good we can achieve the impossible including getting rid of this parasite……who dares to use the label Christian…..beware when he meets his maker. Jeremy Gilmer Via AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
Of course it can make a difference we live in a world where at last the ordinary
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We are an embarassment to them Here we are peacefully campaigning for our beliefs, and if you think about it, the beliefs of a lot of people, and they don’t like it because we aren’t playing their game. I think they would love us to have machine guns and they’d love us to be insurgents. We are ‘criminals’ anyway and these are the things they know how to deal with; violence they know how to deal with.” Babs stops and takes in a deep breath of the cool night air. “We, the campaigners, we can’t be Brian, because he was a one off, he really was, but we can still carry on the job that needs doing. His message was - it shouldn’t be one person. If one million people took one week out of their four weeks’ annual holiday, it’s not about losing your job, it’s not about going on strike, it’s about people coming together, and that would force the government to make concessions.”
‘Happy little families’
By now, the streets have begun to clear, people heading underground towards the tube to escape the chill. All that stands between the Thames and ourselves; ironically the only barrier to protect us against the breeze sweeping off the water is Parliament House, the home of the government. Babs looks up at Big Ben with those big, all-knowing eyes. “I won’t miss that thing when I’m gone,” she says. “They want London to be this big happy family for the Olympics. I know they’ll do everything in their power to lock us up during the Games.” She talks as if her future has already been decided. “But, we’ll just keep coming back. It’s a question of who’s frightened of whom. If they lock us up, it’s because they’re worried about what we’re saying. We’ve been dragged through every court in the country and we’re still here, which just goes to show that you can write things down on a piece of paper but it doesn’t make it true. It’s the process; they try to wear you down through various mends; that’s how they play the game. And I get the game, but it’s so silly; they’re spending so much time trying to maintain a system that’s of no use to anyone. She fixes me with those intense but
tired eyes. “It was actually my ex-mother in law who said that you have to do the extreme things to make any change at all. One wouldn’t normally choose to do something like this, but someone has to.”
Not normal life
Considering the amount of time Babs has spent living this lifestyle she is motivationally upbeat and somehow radiant. “It’s physically and mentally demanding because this isn’t my normal life. I’d never had any confrontation with the police or political authorities prior to my being here and I still see my identity outside of what I am doing. But, I’m very old, so in the whole context of my life, six years is not a big deal.” “I was a mum before this. I have two grown up sons. I was a chair of government at school, ran a childcare and helped out people in their homes with health care. My life was so normal. But, where are we as adults in the year 2012 when we let our young people go to wars and kill people for a job? It just blows my mind. I have no wish to die here on the pavement, but I’ll lay down my life here before ever watching my sons go and fight a war. I’m effectively doing what any mother would do for their kids.” Having resumed her position on the tacky plastic chair, Babs looks around noting the sudden lack of human presence. I wonder if she too imagines them sitting around inside their homes with steaming cups of tea. A light whistling sound whips between the passages created by the overhanging buildings within the square. After saying our farewells, I turn around for one final wave before crossing the street. Wrapped in her blanket, her eyes are already closed and her pursed lips are slightly upturned as if smiling. Despite the obstacles in this never ending pursuit for peace, Babs can rest knowing that she has fought as hard as possible for her beliefs. Words and images by Rebekka Hodges AustralianTimes.co.uk/voices
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Getting Shakespearian at the London Globe theatre
Our London adventurer decided to transport herself back to the fabled days of William Shakespeare and tick a legendary experience of her London Top 100 list - #61 London’s Globe Theatre.
Foraging for fantastic food in the UK
Our resident Aussie chef from Claridge’s Restaurant, Chris Ark, turns forager to sniff out some tasty treats for you and your kitchen.
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AS the days grow longer, the slight rise in temperature can only mean one thing for us chefs. The imminent delivery of wild ingredients found in hedgerows, forest floors and coastline shores. ‘Foraging’, as it’s called, is a multi million pound industry support by dedicated enthusiasts scouring the land for wild ingredients to supply the kitchens of London. This week I am going to give you the heads up on what to look out for. Even though it’s a few weeks off from the first real crops arriving in the markets, getting the knowledge is the key to adding these wild ingredients to dishes. I was first introduced to foraging when I worked in Italy. I was shown how to collect wild garlic, fennel and asparagus for dishes such as wood fired suckling pig. From then on I was always searching the
This month we can look forward to others wild ingredients like wood sorrel and hedge mustard to marry with freshly pan-seared tuna. Wild berries are also a nice addition to the foraging repertoire. There is a bountiful supply of raspberries and blackberries to be collected (even in London) in the later part of summer. These are perfect for baked tarts, or just to collect a bucket load for jams and preserves. I would suggest firstly you buy a good book on foraging and go out with someone who knows what they are doing before collecting any ingredients. Some can be poisonous or have a bad effect on the stomach. There are a number of single day courses out there, which are fun and a great way to meet people. This week I will share with you my very simple wild garlic soup. It’s so simple but packed full of flavour and nutrition. Here we go – happy cooking! AustralianTimes.co.uk/voices
Chris’s Wild Garlic Soup
the don BRONWYN SPENCER
THE days are slowly getting longer which means only one thing – summer is on its way! With the temperatures rising, London opens up a whole other side of adventures made for clearer skies. More specifically, Number 61 – Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe is an exact replica (or as close as you can get) of the theatre where the bard’s sonnets and plays were originally performed. Located on the Thames and open all year round for tours, the Globe Theatre is better known for its summer programme of open air theatre, which does continue rain, hail or shine, with a schedule of Shakespeare works acted every year. The Globe is set up unlike a traditional theatre as it has general admission standing tickets in “The Yard” (the cheapest at £5) which means you have to stand for several hours but probably have the most engaging view of the play. Then there are the Lower, Middle and Upper Galleries which provide better views and seating (although it really is just a wooden bench so take the option to hire a cushion) from any price up to about £50. Tickets to the Globe aren’t easy to come by unless you are early off the mark or prepared to queue on the day so I would recommend booking early (for example the Twelfth Night is already sold out for the upcoming season). Last year I managed to snag some tickets to a show by booking three months in advance. A couple of friends and I went to see Midsummers Night’s Dream in September and had a fantastic
hedgerows for ingredients to add to my menus. For centuries populations have farmed the natural growing herbs and fruits of the land. Not only have they provided ingredients for everyday use, many of the native herbs and fruits have very high nutritional and medicinal properties. Foraging has a big following here, you can even take tours and workshops on what to look for and how to prepare your find. I will be heading to Wales next month to join Outdoors@hay on an expedition where we will paddle up a river, collect and cook ingredients found in the far reaches of Wales. Chefs go crazy for foraged ingredients, a welcomed change from herbs and fruits commonly available throughout the year. Wild garlic would be one of the most talked about foraged ingredients in UK kitchens. Flavour wise - it���s more robust, crisp and distinctive compared to bulb garlic. Prepared as a soup or sauce it can’t be beaten.
What you need: time. We were lucky enough to score a rare clear night during an Indian summer but by the end of the show we were huddling in our coats. When we got in we were seated in the lower gallery meaning we were slightly raised off the ground but didn’t have spectacular seats. This didn’t matter too much as we got to see most of the action as the characters often walked through the crowd, ran across the stage and climbed up the pillars. As I am not a literary expert or theatre buff I was a bit worried about not being able to follow the story line but thanks to a friend who’d read the Wikipedia version and the fantastic acting of the players I was easily able to follow and enjoy the show. The Globe also attracts some famous faces with Stephen Fry featuring in this year’s line-up. During my show of Midsummers Nights Dream I kept thinking one of the players had a familiar face and it wasn’t until halfway through the second half I realised that it was Joseph Marcell – otherwise known as Geoffrey in Fresh Prince of Bel Air! While I can’t account for the atmosphere at a show in times of the famous British bard, I can certainly say that when I went to the Globe it was fizzing. The open air, the murmuring and interaction in the crowd and a gorgeous story is the perfect recipe for a dream ‘mid summers night’. AustralianTimes.co.uk/voices
• Knob of good quality butter • 1 onion, chopped • 1 large potato (Maris Piper or King Edward), peeled & chopped • 750 ml chicken stock • 500 grams of wild garlic leaves, washed • 100 ml double • Cream salt, pepper
What to do:
1. Melt the butter, and add the onion, cooking on medium heat until the onion is soft but not colored. 2. Add the potatoes and seasoning, stirring for a few seconds. Pour in the chicken stock and cook until the potatoes are almost cooked through. 3. Add the wild garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Blitz the soup using a blender or hand mixer. Finally, stir in the cream and heat through. 4. Optional extras for flavour variations: add some chopped parsley in along with the wild garlic, or add a pinch of mild curry powder to the seasoning before pouring the stock on, to give the soup added flavour.
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Liz Koops is the 2012 Australian Woman of the Year in the UK n
Qantas, Australian Business and Australian Times are delighted to announce Liz Koops as winner of the 2012 Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK Award. Ms Koops is the Managing Director of Back Row Productions, responsible for theatrical hits including Priscilla, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Cats, Grease, and Starlight Express.
SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA: Qantas Regional General Manager Paul Yankson celebrates with Liz Koops after naming her the 2012 Australian Woman of the Year in the UK. (Image by Tim Martin)
By Anna Hardie NOMINEES and over 180 guests gathered at the Langham Hotel in London on Thursday 8 March to celebrate the 101st International Women’s Day and to recognise Australia’s confident, creative, forward thinking and talented women who are achieving great success here in the UK. This year’s Australian Woman of the Year in the UK winner was Liz Koops - Managing Director of Back Row Productions. She was honoured for her dedication to theatre production both in the UK and around the world and the incredible success that has come with it. «It›s an honour to receive this recognition from my peers,” Ms Koops said. “It really represents 20 years of hard, but fun work with many wonderful people, some great shows and a lifetime of experiences around the world.» Tours developed and presented by Ms Koops’ Back Row Productions (established in 1995) include seasons of Miss Saigon, Chicago, Cats, Grease, the first international arena tour of Starlight Express, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the international tour of Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake (as featured in the film Billy Elliot). Since 2006, Back Row Productions produced the box office hit stage musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to sell out seasons in Sydney, London’s West End & New York’s Broadway. Priscilla also recently opened in Milan, Italy in December 2011 and opens this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I was totally surprised to receive this award and it’s a huge honour,” Ms Koops told Australian Times on the night. “It just shows what a little hard work can do!” Of the annual Award, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: “The Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK is a pivotal award that recognises and celebrates the achievements of Australian woman who have left home in pursuit of their dreams in the UK. These successful Australian women are leaders and an inspiration to their younger counterparts. It’s fantastic that Australian Business and Qantas annually bring together these Australian women to collectively
celebrate their many achievements.” Qantas Airways Regional General Manager for UK & Ireland, Paul Yankson said, “Qantas is a proud supporter of this Award which recognises the achievements, dedication and passion of Australian women in the UK. We are thrilled to be recognising the global achievements of Liz Koops. These awards bring together candidates from the widest range of backgrounds – from the very well-known to unsung heroines doing outstanding work in their community. Their accomplishments are testament to the great Australian spirit of achieving success away from home.” Ms Koops wins two return Business Class tickets to Australia flying Qantas – which is very fitting as it was with Qantas in 1992 that Liz first arrived in London. Five other outstanding Australian women were short listed for the Award and recognised for their accomplishments. Honoured and applauded on the evening, they are: - Cathy Payne, CEO of Endemol Worldwide Distribution, heading up one of the largest independent TV programming distribution companies in the world; - June Mendoza, an accomplished Portrait Painter of Royal family, Business and Religious Leaders. She has painted the Queen five times! - Yasmin Sewell, Fashion Consultant and recent winner of the Young Australian Achiever in the UK Award; - Entertainment lawyer Lisbeth Savill, Partner, Head of Film & Content Team, at law firm Olswang, Lisbeth specalises in putting together financing for film and TV; and - Jill Watts, CEO of Ramsay Health Care UK who was last year voted the most influential person in the independent Health Care sector. Jill also Chairs the NHS Partners Network. Guests were treated to speeches from the 2011 Award Winner Skye Gyngell and Editor of Glamour Magazine Jo Elvin. Make sure you check Australian Times next week for our special interview with successful Aussie woman Jo Elvin. AustralianTimes.co.uk/news
A day in the life of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary composer
By Will Fitzgibbon
BRETT DEAN: decorated viola soloist, chamber musician, conductor, music pedagogue, cultural policy advocate and Australia’s most celebrated contemporary composer. As a sign of his place among the cannon of contemporary composers, Dean is the subject of a day-long event on 17 March at the Barbican Centre, London. Organised by the BBC as part of a three-part series devoted to modern and contemporary composers, the event, titled Total Immersion, will showcase different aspects of Dean’s recent work. “I try to write music that engages the mind, the heart and the stomach,” says Dean over the phone from his “kind of
warehouse” home in Melbourne. “To be down the back of the viola section,” he recalls in evoking his 15 years of playing experience with the august Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, “right in front of an incredible line of double basses was an incredibly visceral experience.” “In my own music,” Dean elaborates, “there’s a desire to try to capture something of that energy level.” In this year’s Total Immersion: Brett Dean, the day begins with a morning session of Dean as a composer-cumsoloist as he performs his work for viola, Intimate Decisions. Post-prandially, Dean himself conducts an all-vocal programme. The afternoon continues with some film screenings testifying to
Dean’s compositional career, including the opera Bliss. The all-day event concludes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing The Lost Art of Letter Writing, Carlo and the UK premiere of Fire Music, Dean’s musical in memoriam to victims of the 2009 Victorian bushfires. With so much Brett Dean in so many roles, a casual observer on 17 March would be forgiven for wondering who exactly Brett Dean is. But the tag of “multidimensional musician” is one that Dean wears with pride. It also keeps the critics rhapsodic, the fans happy and the diary full. For more about Total Immersion: Brett Dean and to book tickets for the event, visit Bbc.co.uk/orchestras/events/574.
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BBC Radio 6 presenter Chris Hawkins guest edits Music from the Motherland this week to give you his thoughts on the state of Aussie music and where to next. music from the
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By Chris Hawkins The first Australian rock star was the world famous Johnny O’Keefe, inspired by Elvis Presley. The emergence of the Beatles led to countless imitation bands in Oz but none that made a significant mark elsewhere. There was a period of quiet through the early 70s which would eventually be shaken to the core by AC/DC. The metal band’s emergence saw the beginnings of real Australian talent finally establishing on the world stage. Midnight Oil, The Little River Band and The Birthday Party were among the bands successfully competing with those from the UK and USA. Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party are regularly cited as a hugely influential band and Cave remains a much revered talent and musical pioneer. It would be remiss to leave out mention of INXS when plotting the history of Australian music. Every man, woman and child owned a copy of their 1987 album, Kick. Then what happened? Not to INXS, we all know
how that story plays out but what happened to the Aussie music scene? Despite the ARIAs being set up in 1987, Triple J playing new bands on a daily basis and Big Day Out being responsible for a line-up that bands from all over the world want to play on, still Australian bands struggled to achieve worldwide notoriety. With the emergence of electronica in the 90s it seems all went very quiet, again. Yes, there were artists coming through but that steady flow into the international market had begun to dry up. Aside from Kylie, all was quiet on the Australian front. However since BBC Radio 6 began in 2002, we have never played so much new Australian music. Never out of obligation, always by choice and I believe this demonstrates that Australian music is back in the groove or perhaps, in a better groove than ever before. Gotye is nothing short of a phenomenon. At the time of writing, the video for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ had been viewed nearly 100 million times. Cut Copy, Temper Trap, Empire of the Sun, Gypsey and the Cat, Tame Impala, The Jezabels and Cloud Control are just a handful of acts who are not just rocking Oz
but waking the rest of the world up to what’s coming out of Down Under. So to speak. Chris Hawkins is a radio presenter at BBC Radio 6 where his colleagues include Jarvis Cocker, Steve Lamacq & Elbow’s Guy Garvey. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the UK’s ‘Triple J’ style station and Radio 6 is “a radio station which brings together the cutting edge music of today and the iconic and groundbreaking music of the past 40 years”. Our guest editors are brought to you by Backpack Sounds (Backpacksounds. com). Next week we get down to business with a piece from UK based APRA rep Cathi Ogden. Tune in then!
What we’re following
Tall Poppies 13 March @ Boogaloo, Highgate
Christa Vi 23 March @ Lock Tavern, Camden Australian Pink Floyd 24 Mar @ Hammersmith Apollo Steve Hughes 5-6 April @ Leicester Sq Theatre Parkway Drive 7 April @ Indig02 Boy & Bear 10 April @ The Borderline, Soho Matt Corby 17 April @ The Bowery Tracer 24 April @ Islington O2 Academy Bogan Bingo Every Thursday @ The Underdog, Clapham Common
For full details... ...and more Aussie gigs go to: AustralianTimes.co.uk/entertainment
@Joe_Hildebrand Sooner or later Malcolm Turnbull and Bob Carr will end up in a duel over who gets to become Emperor of Australia. @vanOnselenP “better than relying on their long attention spans” MalcolmTurnbull on voters...that’s why he is great but probably not suited to politics! @jessmcguire I think I like Malcolm Turnbull better in my head, not when I’m actually watching him captivated by the sound of his own voice. @Richard_Carroll Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A: “God made Adam and Steve, just as he made Adam and Eve.” Legend! Please let this man be PM. @SuzeSussems Malcolm turnbull = Malcolm Fraser? @regamentals The best part about everyone cheering for Malcolm Turnbull on#qanda and him trending worldwide is how cranky Tony Abbott would be right now. tehe. @OKNaysayer If Malcolm Turnbull lead the Labor party I’d be proud to brag about being Australian. #qanda Check out what we’re following today on AustralianTimes.co.uk and follow us on Twitter @AustralianTimes
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Aussie acid rockers keeping Pink Floyd alive
Peeling back the IronBark of Aussie theatre in the UK n
Nicola Samer is the Australian theatre bringing fresh Aussie drama to the n Ahead of a huge evening in Hammersmith later this month for The director London stage. The co-founder of the exciting Australian Pink Floyd Show, CONOR McGLONE got comfortably new theatre production company IronBark, numb with Jason Sawford and talked everything from inflatable spoke to BIANCA SOLDANI about promoting pigs to David Gilmour birthday parties. the work of Australian playwrights in the UK, her experience of the London theatre scene so far and her latest undertaking, Ruben Guthrie.
ON THE TURNING AWAY: Jason Sawford (inset) of The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be giving London the full Floyd force later this month at the Hammersmith Apollo. THE Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) may not be the real Floyd but they come as close as you will get these days. The group, that first formed in Adelaide in 1988, has gone from strength to strength and they will make their presence felt with a UK tour this month. Australian Times asked the rhetorical esoteric Pink Floyd question ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ and got an answer from original TAPFS founding member Jason Sawford. So Mr Sawford, what’s on the cards for March? “We’ll be doing a very representative set of music of all the greatest hits and some unusual ones as well. We’ll play some early Pink Floyd, bits of Darker Side [Of The Moon], Wish You Were Here and The Wall right up to the Divisional Bell. There will be the inflatable pig, the same one that was used by Pink Floyd and a newly designed light show from the one we had last year.” British soil is something Jason and TAPFS are more than familiar with. “We sort of developed our career in the UK. We came here from Australia back in ’92 and that’s where we really developed the show so it’s always good to come back to England and tour.” The Aussie Pink Floyd Show may be a tribute band but they are not just any old tribute band. The band was notoriously requested by David Gilmour himself to play at the original Floyd member’s birthday celebrations. That must have been something, hey Jason? “Yeah that was a big memory, he asked us to play certain songs and we played a really great set list to all
these famous people. We were really nervous but it was a great experience and afterwards David Gilmour and Rick Wright [the real Pink Floyd rockers] came up on stage and played hand instruments.” Sawford, the 44-year-old TAPFS keys player, clearly began to grow in confidence during our interview and he soon reflected on the increasing success of the ‘most famous tribute band in the world’. “I think we put on a bloody good show now. It’s a huge show, musically we try and get things note for note. I think a lot of people come out feeling that it sounds just like a Pink Floyd show which is what we aim to do. “Coming to see our show is probably the only way you are going to see a Pink Floyd concert.” So how did it all start? Didn’t you ever feel restricted just playing one band’s repertoire? “I had finished a degree in biochemistry and pharmacology and then I went on and started doing music but that’s when the band started getting serious. I had started doing this music thing as a kind of hobby but then it kind of took over.” Very Brian May-esque? “Brian May [guitarist for Queen] was an astrophysicist but yeah I’ve got an interest in science.” Sorry Jason, pray continue… “When I joined the band years ago I was just a Pink Floyd fan really and it was an interesting project just to play the music of this great band and that’s how I got into it. “It’s always nice to play other things but it’s pretty varied in itself and for a musician there are a lot of things to play,
so I don’t feel restricted in doing it.” Sawford and TAPFS have now been around for some time and the Aussie musician certainly got some stories to tell. “One of the biggest memories I’ve got is when we played in Malta the first time. It was almost a national event and we got escorted from the airport by these big hairy bikers on Harley Davidsons. They escorted our limo to the hotel! I remember seeing we were front-page news. “Another time, we had to stop a show because some guy in the audience -his wife was in hospital in labor at that particular point. We had to announce that this guy was having to go to hospital because she was having a baby so of course we had a big cheer from the audience and we went back to playing, so that was interesting.” What venues have stood out for you? “We’ve done a lot of impressive venues, we’ve done the likes of the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Montreal Bell Centre in Quebec –we played to about 10,000 people there.” Indeed TAPFS has become rather well acquainted with the larger venues as their success has rocketed. “During the last ten years it has become basically an arena touring band. “It is the full Pink Floyd Show.” It may be too late to see the real thing but The Australian Pink Floyd Show doesn’t sound like a half-bad alternative, not by a long way… Don’t miss The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Hammersmith Apollo on 24 March.
NICOLA Samer’s latest theatrical endeavour is the internationally celebrated play Ruben Guthrie, a shocking but dizzyingly funny comedy by Australian actor and playwright Brendan Cowell. “Ruben Guthrie is a comedy about a guy trying to reconcile his world and his place within it,” Nicola told Australian Times. “He could be any one of us he’s an individual who finds himself answerable for his relationships with alcohol, drugs and those nearest and dearest to him. He’s trying to find his voice amongst the chaos of a world in which he’s essentially an alien. But aren’t we all?” An advocate for Australian theatrical writing, Nicola’s production company IronBark - launched in 2010 - was inspired by a desire to have the voices of talented Aussies heard in the UK. “Although there are many theatres who program Australian work and organisations who support the international arts, there didn’t seem to be any one company whose remit focused on promoting and producing Aussie work.” And so IronBark was born. A particularly interesting initiative the company undertakes is the “Theatre Ashes”, a creative adaptation of the infamous cricketing competition. It involves three Australian and three British playwrights who go head-tohead to create a winning 10-minute
masterpiece about the others’ country. “I think playwrights and theatre audiences respond to ideas which although are essentially interesting, also have heart and aren’t just a gimmick. I think it’s a testament to all involved that when the pieces were performed in the pouring rain at Latitude Festival there was even a sustained crowd at all!” IronBark’s next big project is to launch an ‘Australian Theatre Festival’. “Our aim is to create an event which will see the culmination of Australian work programmed across a centralised London venue to promote and produce plays, live work, music, readings, poetry and exhibit Art. “A festival to celebrate the diversity of a country so far away and yet so familiar to the British public.” Nicola comments on the unique experience of theatre in London, saying it provides a “fantastic cross section of genres and an abundance of international work”. She reveals that what she likes most about the London scene is the fact that on any given day, there is always something to see - and that it’s very accessible. “Theatre in the UK isn’t for an elitist audience, it specifically aims to include and embrace cross-sections of the community and can cost the same as a cinema ticket.” To read the full interview please visit AustralianTimes.co.uk/entertainment
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13 March - 19 March 2012
fair city, where the girls are so pretty
It’s St Patrick’s Day this Saturday and in honour of the Irish (now global) celebration of Guinness, leprechauns and clovers, NINA McGRATH recounts her visit to the Emerald Isle. MY husband and I took advantage of the final public holiday of the summer and spent a long weekend in Dublin last year. We flew with Aer Lingus; the cabin crew greeted us with ‘good morning’ spoken in the lilting Irish accent, and classical music played softly as we took our seats. The pilot’s voice crackled over the intercom, informing us that it was ‘A rather pleasant tir-teen degrees in Dublin’. That’s summer in Ireland for you. We went straight to O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. You don’t have to look far to ascertain that you are in Ireland – the pillar boxes are not red but a sedate shade of green and we spotted shamrocks decorating the street lamps. Street signs provide both the Irish and English, which is handy as you can’t get by just pronouncing the Irish phonetically, for example ‘Dan Laoghaire’ is pronounced ‘Dan Leery’.
Up the Dubs O’Connell Street is home to The Spire of Dublin, a 398ft stainless steel spike that looks like it is waiting to receive a
receipt the size of a city block. The Spire is located on the site of, and is a replacement monument for, Nelson’s Pillar which was bombed by former IRA members in 1966. This bombing inspired (amongst other things) the folk song ‘Up Went Nelson’ by The Go Lucky Four, which maintained the number one spot on the Irish music charts for eight consecutive weeks. O’Connell Street is also home to the General Post Office, where we posted postcards in the aptly titled ‘All Places Except Dublin’ slot. During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders and was extensively damaged in the assault by the British forces. It was repaired years later when the Irish Free State government came into power, but bullet holes can still be seen on some of the original columns. The leaders of the Rising didn’t fare so well, they were courtmartialled and executed.
‘Black’ nectar of the gods We crossed the Liffey River via the Ha’penny Bridge (so named as this was the toll once charged to cross it) and wandered through the narrow cobbled streets of Temple Bar. We were keen to find a pub and see if there was any truth in the rumour that Guinness tastes different in Ireland. There certainly is, the delicious dark
pint I sampled in Temple Bar was a world away from the bitter brew I had tried on St Patrick’s Day back in Oz, or the can I had grabbed at the offlicence last St Patrick’s Day in London to make ‘black velvet’ (Guinness and champagne). A further surprise was how well Guinness complements oysters. Our newly discovered taste for Guinness inspired us to visit the Guinness Storehouse and make the seven floor ascent of the pint shaped building. The Guinness brewery business was founded by Arthur Guinness. A somewhat far sighted fellow, he took a 9,000 year lease on the 4-acre brewery at St. James’s Gate for an annual rent of £45. We had visited the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam earlier in the year so were familiar with the ingredients and process of brewing beer. Guinness differs in that roasted barley is used, giving a distinctive colour (ruby red, not black as we are shown by holding the glass up to the light) and burnt aftertaste. Nothing quite awakens a craving for Guinness like learning how it is made while breathing in the sweet, malty scent this produces. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait until the seventh floor to taste the Guinness, instead sampling it in the tasting lab on the first floor. We had a laugh at the Guinness advertising, had a go at pouring the perfect pint and finally arrived at to
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the head of the pint, the Gravity Bar, where we sipped Guinness while taking in 360 degree views of the Irish capital. It has to be one of the most scenic bars in the world, let alone Dublin.
The ghosts of Irish past Our next stop was Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s oldest University. Amongst the graduates are writers Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, scientist Ernest Walton (Nobel Laureate in Physics), three Presidents of Ireland and even a Premier of New Zealand. We took a walking tour of the campus and strolled around taking in the art, architecture and tall tales. At the sculpture of George Salmon, the provost of the College from 1888 to 1904, we were told that Salmon fought bitterly to keep women out of the College, threatening to admit them ‘over my dead body’. He fulfilled this promise by dropping dead shortly after the College was finally open to female students. To add insult to injury his statue is dressed in women’s clothes one day a year. Bram Stoker, author of Dracula studied at Trinity College and we’re told of the ghost of a professor that haunts one of the residences. A group of disgruntled students were throwing rocks at his window and he retaliated by sticking his rifle out the window and letting off a couple of shots. The students scattered, but soon returned with their own firearms and a gunfight ensued in which the Professor was killed. The incident was deemed a prank that spiralled out of control and the students were
not punished. In protest, the Professor haunts the residence to this day. We strolled through the atmospheric Trinity College Library. A dark wooden ceiling arches high over the vast hall which is lined on both sides by both a ground and mezzanine level containing rows of wooden bookshelves marked with gold lettering. Marble busts of College alumni guard the ends of the ground floor rows. The library is unusual in that the books were arranged by height; wooden ladders are built in to allow the librarians to reach the smaller books on the highest shelves. The result is aesthetically pleasing, but must make it difficult to locate the books. One book that is easy to find is the Book of Kells, an elaborately decorated Latin manuscript of the four gospels which was produced early in the 9th century by the monks of Iona. The book is magnificent; the pages are so much more than mere lines of text. Meticulously copied by hand and embellished with richly coloured historiated initials (the enlarged letter at the beginning of a section of text, which contains a picture) and other miniatures. The full page illustrations are breathtaking.
Irish eyes are smiling I was keen to see the statue of Molly Malone, whom I knew from the song on one of my Dad’s records by The Fureys which had the following lyrics: In Dublin’s fair city, Where the girls are so pretty, I first laid my eyes on sweet Molly Malone.
She wheeled her wheelbarrow Through streets wide and narrow, Crying ‘cockles and mussels, alive, alive-o’ I was quite shocked to hear her described as ‘the tart with the cart’ or ‘the trollop with the scallops’ (amongst other unpublishable epithets). It turns out that the song fails to mention that Molly moonlighted as a lady of the night. We caught the bus to Howth, and worked up an appetite walking through the heather and gorse, and avoiding the prickly blackberry bushes on the climb to Howth Summit. We took in the view whilst being buffeted about by the wind and then walked back to Howth Harbour for a delicious fresh seafood lunch accompanied of course by a pint of Guinness. It was amongst the rhododendrons on Howth Head that Leopold Bloom proposed to Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s book Ulysses (eager Molly said yes seven times). It would be interesting to spend 16 June in Dublin as this is Bloomsday, when the life of Irish writer James Joyce is celebrated. This involves enthusiasts dressing in Edwardian costume and retracting the route taken by character Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s novel Ulysses, for example stopping at Davy Byrne’s pub on Duke Street for a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich. The pub still exists and does a roaring trade in Gorgonzola sandwiches all year, but particularly on 16 June. Of course, it would be wonderful to spend 17 March (St Patrick’s Day) in the fair Irish city too. But that’s another story... AustralianTimes.co.uk/travel
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The London Broncos finally got their first win of the season with an eight-try demolition of Castleford.
BRONCO STAMPEDE: The London Broncos secured the first win of their Super League season trouncing the Castleford Tigers 42-16. (Image by Gary Baker) THERE was little to choose between the London Broncos and the Castleford Tigers in the first half hour on Saturday but a stirring second half performance from the home side saw them rack up 20 points while conceding just a solitary try. Michael Witt and Craig Gower gelled in an Australian combination at half back and were a constant threat and the final quarter saw the whole team playing with confidence as that first victory drew ever closer. The Broncos began in positive fashion, racing into a 10-0 lead in as many minutes. David Howell grabbed the first from a long pass from dummy half by Chad Randall after they had forced a goal line drop out. Randall then charged down a kick, regathered and fed Chris Bailey who raced to the line. However, the Tigers came roaring back. Antonio Kaufusi knocked on from the re-start and the ensuing scrum saw the ball whipped along the visitors’ back line before Aussie terror Nick Youngquest squeezed over in the corner. Kirk Dixon converted from the touchline and soon after Kaufusi was forced off with a hamstring injury. As the game progressed both sides had their chances but failed to take them. Then, midway through the first term, a forward pass gave the Tigers a good attacking position in the Broncos’
half. They took full advantage with Dixon taking a pass from Rangi Chase to score and he converted to give the visitors a 12-10 lead. The Tigers, thanks to errors and indiscipline from the home side, began to threaten once again and it took a superb tackle from Luke Dorn to deny Youngquest after a brilliant break from Rangi Chase. As the final minutes of the half started to tick down, young Castleford hooker Daryl Clark broke from deep but lost the ball when being tackled and Gower raced through a gap in the visitors’ defence to score. Witt’s conversion gave the London boys the lead and just before the break, the Broncos struck again, with Dorn tapping back a bomb from Witt which Matt Cook seized on to score. Witt’s conversion gave them a 10 point lead going into the interval (22-12) but the visitors struck first in the second half when Ryan McGoldrick crashed over after heavy pressure on the home defence following a penalty and a goal line drop out. This was as close as the Tigers would get for the rest of the match. Danny Orr failed to appear after half time thanks to an injury so Castleford’s attacking options rested squarely on the shoulders of New Zealand harrier Chase. They were still able to put the Broncos under pressure but the home defence held firm and once in the opposition half
his side’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Tuesday after being suspended last Saturday for a second bookable offence in a match against Portsmouth. Boro remain in fourth position on the ladder after Sunday’s home-ground loss. In English Premier League an uncharacteristic fumble by Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer saw Fulham concede a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. The Aussie saved a attempt by Gary Gardner in the final minutes of play but failed to hold the ball, allowing substitute Andreas Weimann to find the net with a well-directed right foot shot, producing Villa’s first home win
By Will Denton
BIZARRO world. That is probably the only way to possibly to describe the past weekend’s events, although considering it’s still only March, let’s not get too carried away. It must be said though, when Richmond plays a game of footy against Geelong, be it at home or on the Cats dung heap, the Tigers will try valiantly for the first few minutes before spending the rest of the match picking up their pants. Not the case in the ‘alternate universe cup’ though! Nope, the reigning premiers looked nothing short of a rabble as they were given a lesson by the yellow and black. A statement that may have to be traced back to the last millennium as to when it was last muttered. Another weirdo result was the Crows totally smashing the Pies. Again, had this match actually meant something; some South
Aussies might have bothered to show up. Have to mention the AFL’s new boys - the Giants - got their first official win over the AFL’s (slightly older but not by much) new boys the Suns. This game was played somewhere that no one actually knows. Teams were given a hand drawn map a few hours before bounce down with instructions on how to get to the ground. This was the official reason as to why several players ended up at an illegal warehouse rave in Western Sydney. So after 3 weeks of runarounds, and a ranking system that requires a PhD in calculus, the Crows and the Eagles will play off in the final and will give 110% showing how much they don’t care about it. One more week of lukewarm footy to go! And then bring on the good stuff.
they began to play with real confidence. Midway through the half they increased their lead when Michael Robertson batted down a Witt bomb to Dan Sarginson, who showed great strength in forcing his way over the line despite the attention of two defenders. With the Broncos firmly in the driving seat, Jason Golden touched down after a fine break by Gower and then Chris Melling came in at pace on a great angle to take a short pass from Witt to touchdown. Howell wrapped things up by finishing off a break by Witt who finished with five conversions. The Broncos winning 42-16. Broncos coach Rob Powell was clearly delighted with the first win of the season but refused to get carried away. “We know we have been playing better than to have lost all those games, especially the home games,” Powell said. “We’ve talked about this. We got our rewards today and played well. We’ll get confidence out of this especially our defence in the first 20 minutes of the second half and offensively we know we are a team that’s challenging now and opposition teams will look at us differently.” The London Broncos next play Wigan Warriors away on Sunday 18 March. AustralianTimes.co.uk/sport
Weekend to forget for Schwarzer and Williams AUSTRALIAN Rhys Williams has returned to his English Championship League side Middlesbrough following suspension, only to leave the pitch injured during a 2-0 loss to Leeds United. Following two first-half goals from Leeds on Sunday, Williams produced his side’s best attempt with a bullet header in the 53rd minute which went just wide of the post. A short time later the Australian international was involved in a clash with Leeds striker Luciano Becchio. Despite attempts to play on, a struggling Williams was substituted for his injury in the 63rd minute. The West Australian midfielder missed
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TAG YOUR ALLEGIANCE: Tag Rugby World Cup trials held at Balham.
By Phillip Browne
WITH the last of the Late Winter finals taking place last week at Borough & Rotherhithe, there was a golden point extra time final and a major upset on the cards. The Borough Mixed final was played out between Scrum & Coke and Garlic Breed. The two sides met in regular competition earlier in the rounds (on 20 February) with Scrum & Coke walking away with a 13-12 win. The final didn’t disappoint and went right down to the wire again! This time around - the scores were locked at 11 all at the final whistle but Scrum & Coke secured a 12-11 victory after being the first team to score in golden point extra time! Aurora Albert from Garlic Breed was awarded player of the tournament. Over at Rotherhithe defending champions, Finished Roving Your Mum hadn’t lost a match all year. Saints & Taggers produced their best performance of the season with a convincing 14-8 victory over the mighty Finished Roving Your Mum to the shock of all spectators. Saints & Taggers’ Estelle Alley was named player of the tournament. In other news, the third of four Great Britain & Ireland World Cup
open trials took place last Sunday at Balham. The last open trial to take place will be on Sunday 18 March at Tooting Bec Common, Balham with any Australians eligible for Great Britain & Ireland welcome to attend. All World Cup open trial details can be found at Trytagrugby.com With the Spring season now in full swing; a record breaking 94 teams are now registered! The previous record amount of teams taking part in Tag Rugby competitions across London was 91 last summer. If you would like to get involved in one of the fastest growing sports in London, there is still limited space available at the following competitions; Highbury (Mon) - Males, Southfields (Tues) – Females, Highbury/Kingsbury (Thurs) – Males/Females. New individual registrations are welcome as this is a great chance to develop a network of friends if you are new to London. To register for a Try Tag Rugby competition, go to www.trytagrugby. com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. AustralianTimes.co.uk/sport
Eagles not fazed by pre-season success
WEST Coast skipper Darren Glass says it would be nice to win the preseason final, but insists round one of the AFL campaign remains far more important. The Eagles battle for the NAB Cup against the Crows in Adelaide on Saturday night. But Glass’s priority is the round one encounter against the Bulldogs on 1 April. “We’d love to win it, there’s no doubt about that, but the aim and the purpose is to prepare for round one,” Glass said on Monday. “If some players can draw some experience from (a pre-season final), then, good. “But it’s not crucial to where we’re going.” West Coast also played off in the 2005 pre-season final - a loss to Carlton - with the experience helping the group reach the premiership decider against Sydney later that year. But Glass said pre-season success didn’t necessarily translate into the season proper. The skipper was rested from last weekend’s win over St Kilda and is likely to join Shannon Hurn as key inclusions against Adelaide. Midfielders Andrew Embley (shoulder), Luke Shuey (ankle) and Andrew Gaff (groin) are also chances to return, but ruckman Dean Cox could be
rested for the first time this pre-season despite silverware being up for grabs. “None of the boys like missing games, we all like to play,” Glass said when asked about Cox’s chances. “But I think he’s very comfortable with the preparation he’s had. “He’s trained well all summer. He’s obviously playing some great footy now. “I don’t think he’ll be fazed either way.” Forwards Quinten Lynch (hamstring) and Josh Kennedy (foot) aren’t expected to play this weekend. But defender Eric Mackenzie, who was knocked out while attempting a smother against the Saints, remains a chance to take on the Crows after recovering well from the incident. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/sport
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team and much will be revealed when the cars hit the track for practice on Friday. “We’ve managed to tick most of the boxes that we wanted,” Horner told ESPN. “Of course you never know what your opponents are up to and there’s quite a bit of gamesmanship that goes on at this time of year. “But we’ll soon know ... where the pecking order is.” Webber won just one GP last season - the final race in Brazil while teammate Vettel swept to 11 victories and a landslide drivers’ championship victory. Now 35, Webber has seven career
GP wins and status, but time would appear to be running out if he wants to fulfill his dreams of winning in Australia. He faces his toughest battles this season from within, as Vettel should remain the sport’s dominant force if the RB8 rolls out of the box with speed. And young Australian Daniel Ricciardo is auditioning as perhaps Webber’s long-term replacement, driving this season with Red Bull’s B-team Toro Rosso. Helping Webber’s cause will be changes to tyres - his biggest source of on-track problems last year. Manufacturer Pirelli has made its dry weather tyres softer and attempted to narrow the gaps in life between its
four compounds - great news for Webber who struggled badly with tyre life last year. In Melbourne, drivers will be able to choose between medium and soft compounds for their dry tyres. Horner sees McLaren’s Jenson Button as the biggest threat to Red Bull this season. McLaren showed big improvement in pre-season testing and rival drivers also suggest they and Red Bull are the teams to beat. Crews have started to assemble in Melbourne for the GP, with the majority to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/sport
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0.21s in her wake. Uncharacteristically sluggish out of the blocks in her semi-final, Pearson was back to her best with a 0.136 start reaction time as she powered away to win the final in 7.73 seconds - the equal fourth fastest of all-time to win from Porter and Belarusian Alina Talay (7.97). “I am so excited. I was so nervous for that race. I was nervous but I want to stay calm. I didn’t want to jump the start. My semi-final was yuk. I hated it. I’m glad that I won in a good time,” said Pearson. Beijing Olympic silver medallist Pearson added the world indoor title to her 2011 world championship (outdoor) crown and 2010 Commonwealth title and now turns full focus to Olympic gold in London. “World indoor was my main priority this ‘winter’ season,” said Pearson. “Now I have 10 days off before starting to train again. “I’ve never done a world indoors before and I really wanted to do it.” “I felt the pressure but I was in fantastic shape. And I was ready. Pearson’s time fell short of Susanna Kallur’s world record of 7.68s with Swede Ludmilla Engquist 7.69 and American Lolo Jones 7.72s the only others faster. Coincidentally, Pearson is also the fourth fastest ever outdoors over the longer 100m hurdles. Pearson’s brilliance helped inspire countryman Henry Frayne to a silver medal in the long jump with an Australian indoor record 8.23m leap,
just missing the gold in a countback to Brazil’s Mauro Da Silva. Australia’s best triple jumper, Frayne opened with an 8.17m leap but then had three fouls followed by a 7.89 to be lying third behind Da Souza’s 8.23. “I was feeling a bit flat and started to think I had spent all my bikkies with the 8.17m in the first round,” said Frayne. “Then I saw Sally run. She timed it well. She did a run-by just before I was about to go. Then I had the crowd all to myself. It was the perfect combination to pull a jump out of a tired body.” Frayne soared 8.23m, matching the Brazilian and securing the silver. Named in the Olympic team in both long and triple jumps, Frayne declared: “I’m still a triple jumper who long jumps and that’s the way my training is going to stay.” Australia’s men’s long jumping stocks continue to appreciate with Frayne the latest to enjoy success
under the guidance of Gary Bourne. The Queensland coach with the midas touch can lay claim to the success of two-time world outdoor champion Mitchell Watt, Australian women’s record holder Bronwyn Thompson and also guided the early career of Sydney Olympic silver medallist Jai Taurima. American Ashton Eaton set the second world record of the competition with a dominant performance in the heptathlon, breaking his own standard with 6645 points. Kiwi Valerie Adams regained the world title she lost in 2010 in the shot put. - AAP
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two Twenty20 matches and three Tests, completes a hectic nine-month period for the Australians after visits to Sri Lanka and South Africa were followed by a six-Test summer and the one-day tri-series which only finished with an Australian victory in Adelaide last Thursday. While some have expressed concern that the gruelling schedule could leave the Australians fatigued and vulnerable to a fresh West Indies line-up, former Queensland player Nash believes it’s likely to prove the opposite. He says their match sharpness could be a key early given the West Indies last played together in a one-dayer against India in Chennai in December. “The Aussies will have the edge
having just recently played in a tough 50 overs competition and the West Indies team haven’t played much 50 overs for a little while,” Nash told AAP. The 34-year-old Nash, who is still hoping to add to his 21 Test caps for the Windies in the upcoming Australian series, also feels the tour will be a big one for the hosts’ skipper Darren Sammy. “Sammy as a captain is still developing his skills in this department,” Nash said of the allrounder who took over as captain in October 2010. “It will be a tough challenge for him as he has a relatively inexperienced side, especially the batting, and the Aussies love to pressure the captain on and off the field.” Watson said on his Australian
squad’s arrival that the first hurdle will be overcoming the 30-plus hours of travelling to get to St Vincent. “In the end that’s the most important thing, to make sure we recover from our flight and make the most of the next couple of days to make sure we’re ready for the first game on Friday,” Watson told reporters. “We’ve just come off a big series in Australia so hopefully we can continue that form that we’ve shown throughout that one-day series and bring it into the games against the West Indies.” Australia are likely to get their first look at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, which will host the first three ODI matches, on Tuesday. - AAP AustralianTimes.co.uk/sport
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cricket legend blasts cricket’s ‘unfair’ switch hit technique and says Australia still has a way to go to before reclaiming top Test team status n Heavyweights call for AFL-style draft system to replace rugby league’s ‘diabolical joke’ By Tim Martin
MELBOURNE Storm skipper FORMERSmith Australian Ian Cameron says othercaptain sports view rugby league’s signings Chappell has mid-season never been one as to amince “joke”words. and is And unitedhe’s withnow his coach come Craig Bellamy calls‘switch for an out firing aboutsupporting the polarising NRL draft. hit’ technique, which David Warner The situation come toinaAustralia’s head again pulled off withhas aplomb just two weeks into India. the 2012 season recent T20 win over after St George Illawarra Scott “I think I wrote it firststar in Beau the 1990s, revealed he’d signed four-year deal to early 1990s, that ait’s ridiculous,” join his former Wayne Bennett at Chappell toldcoach Australian Times. Newcastle froma 2013. “I mean it’s terrific skill but can Bennett explain described the it’s current someone to me how fair? signings process as “diabolical” and If the bowler has got to tell you which said Knights were onlythe doing the way the he is bowling - over wicket, same every otherright NRLarm, club.left arm roundasthe wicket, - South how can Sydney it be fair ifchief he thenexecutive places a Shane andbatsmen his Canterbury fielder Richardson for a left hand and just counterpart Greenberg as he’s aboutTodd to deliver the ball,both the called for the NRL to again review the batter becomes a right hander. possibility of a player draft. Chappell said he “admires” the skill Kangaroos captain-in-waiting Smith of the technique but has called for and Bellamy said it was the only way balance to be maintained. to go. thing calleda draft balance “I“There’s think we aneed to bring in, between and ball toafter me it’s fair forbat everyone,” saidand Smith that’s the most24-10 important thingSouth that Sunday night’s win over administrators have got to do – to Sydney. keep that balance pretty even. Now “In other sports it’s spoken about as if a I was the game someone bit of a playing joke the way we signand players middid thatand [switch season they’vehit], got Itoknow play aexactly whole what I would be doing. I’d make competition season knowing they’reit knownto that I’m very about going be leaving in theunhappy next year.” itThe anddraft I think it’s unfair. And I’d do concept was crushed back something to try and Hill get itchallenged changed. in 1991 when Terry I’m system not in any doubt at all, sureasit’s the in the High Court a very skilful, but after no way in the wide restraint of trade he was drafted world is it fair.” by Eastern Suburbs. The cricket legend and now Bellamy said he’d long believed the television draft, whichcommentator is successfullysaid usedhe’s by impressed with the Australian team at the AFL, was a good idea. the moment he’s not sure if they’re Last year but Bellamy’s Storm centre back toChampion their worldsigned beatingwith best. Gold Beau Coast in May, with monthsfound of thea “Australia have certainly season to run.during this summer and pace attack “I thinkbeen we should have a draft, I’ve they’ve well captained and that’s thought long time,” he said. the waythat to for turna things around quite “We’re That’s about evening out the quickly. not to say theygame still and that’s one way of doing it.
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RED Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is confident Mark Webber will have a car capable of Schwarzer closes in on winning his home grand prix for the first time on history Sunday. World Cup Horner is happy with how EVERGREEN Socceroos the new RB8 has progressed in goalkeeper MarkWebber Schwarzer is testing, giving every targeting slice of Cup chance of abeating hisWorld best result history reiterating his desire at Albertafter Park. toWebber carry on for Australia until placed fifth in 2002, Brazil 2005 2014. and again last year as The Fulham keeper Vettel turns 40 in teammate Sebastian won October wants toto acontinue the race but en route second playing for at least another two world championship. seasons eyes anaerodynamic international Some as helate swan song in South America. tweaking official testing Should Schwarzer particularly an exhaustmake movedit to Brazil, he aswould become as far forward possible - has added speed to F1’s benchmark ...continued on p15 ...continued on p15
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SALLY PEARSON enters AUSTRALIA cricket captain the countdown to to hermiss quest Michael Clarke hopes just for limited-overs London Olympic glory one international withtoconfidence skyinjury. high after due his leg muscle demolishing fieldonto Monday win the Clarke saidthe scans 60m hurdles“good at the world returned news”indoor by championships. revealing just a slight strain to his Thehamstring. 25-year-old Australian right produced dominant “I have a the grademost one hamstring hurdling display in the history strain so will be out of Friday’s of the championships in Twitter. Istanbul game,” Clarke posted on on Saturday, leaving Australia will be forcedAmericanto name a turned-Brit Tiffany Porter trailing
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don’t have some flaws there which I’m sure they’d like to fix up, some of the top order batting leaves a bit to be desired and I’m sure they’d like to see some young batsmen coming through but it’s a hell of asome lot better thanto it itwas “I know there’s negatives as 12 months ago.”brought up in one area well with guys Yet he go soelse farand as to say having to wouldn’t go somewhere play. Australian cricket new “But at the samewas timeentering I thinkaguys going another club, when they have goldentoage. to“No. play the year or halfsay the year Nowhole I wouldn’t that. at the club they’re before they Certainly – our atbowling, it’sleave, very Igood, don’t very thinkstrong. that’s good game. You for areour going to “It’s what we’ve been used to for so
have next summer, if they all get fit, nine or 10 guys who have all played a bit of international cricket with a bit of success and all looking to be in the Test side which is a very good thing. “But I don’t a batting lineup at long and I thinksee we’re a bit blase. the If you lookScott at some ofhas the “I moment. suppose this Beau thing heavy lifting in the Test series against brought it up again. India, from a lot the “I’ve apart always beenWarner, a fan of the of draft. It’s notlifting my decision my heavy was donebut by that’s [Michael] opinion.” Clarke, by [Ricky] Ponting and by Meanwhile in other NRL results from [Michael] Hussey.” theAnd weekend the agrees Sea Eagles beat the Chappell that Australia Tigers 22-18, the Cowboys beat the
have to reinvest in youth for the future. “Australian cricket has got to get back to finding young batsmen who are good enough for first class cricket and ready for first class cricket at age 18. And that’s you startdowned to get Broncos 28-26, when the Raiders a few guys coming into the Test side the Titans 24-12, the Bulldogs smashed at age 20-21-22. and Clarke the Dragons 30-4,Ponting the Knights beat bothSharks came 18-6, in at the around that kept age and the Panthers the Roosters scoreless andguys the Warriors you’ve got to have18-0 those feeding overcame the IEels 36-20. AAP guys at through and don’t see -those
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MANLY home coach summer Geoff Toovey gruelling could says them Brett an Stewart is their leaps tour and give edge on bounds ahead of where his fitness of the Caribbean, according to was at this lastvice-captain season and former Westpoint Indies he expects Brendan Nash.the NRL will see the of the star fullback Thebest Australians, under stand-inin captain Shane Watson, arrived 2012 following an injury-free on Saturday in the tiny Leeward preparation. Islands of St the Vincent, Stewart,nation who missed 2009 where theseasons series gets and 2010 with underway successive with first that of threatened five one-day knee the injuries his internationals on in Friday. career, returned a big way last The tour, which also features ...continued on p15 ...continued on p15