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Friday September 24 – October 24

Saturday, September 25

LaTrobe University Visual Arts Centre.

1.30-4pm at Girgarre Hall Bring your instrument and share some wonderful accoustic music. Some instruments for loan Afternoon tea. Details: 5484 1183.

Tara Gilbee exhibition – Cold Light.

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The Democratic Set - Back to theatre in collaboration with CreateAbility Events network. The Capital Theatre. 5434 2777

Friday September 24

Julian Day exhibition opening.

Allans Walk artistic run space. 6pm

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Adults with ASD Meetings Autism Assessment Centre, 8 Wallace Ave, Flora Hill. 6.30pm to 9pm, for a meal.

in association with KLFM radio Saturday, September 25 Majorca old time dance 96.5 FM 8pm till midnight. Music by Family Rhythm, admission $5, good supper. Details: 5461 2215.

Saturday, September 25

Lockington Lions club annual golf day Lockington golf club. Variety of activities, barbecue lunch and afternoon tea. Details: 5486 2397.

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Sunday, September 26

The Feast of St Lorenzo Ruiz

St Liborius Parish, 50 Panton Street, Eaglehawk. 12pm. This is a celebration for the Bendigo Filipino Community. Details: 0416 622 136

Sunday, September 26 Bendigo Woodturners

Skills demo and knowledge sharing at Mc Gillvary Hall, Britt, McCrae Street from 10am to 4pm, $5 admission. Details: 5447 7718.

Tuesday, September 28

Blumes Spring and Summer Fashions

Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church, 1.30pm. $5, includes Devonshire tea and lucky door. All proceeds to Kangaroo Flat UnitingCare Outreach. Details: 5447 8430.

Tuesday, September 28 Mature Age Persons Meet and Greet

2pm every Tuesday at the Newmarket Hotel. No cost. Details: 5446 2189.

Wednesday, September 29 Knotty Ladies: A social stitching group

GPO Restaurant 7.30pm,

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Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society’s Monthly Meeting Uniting Church Hall, Church Street, Kangaroo Flat. 7:30pm, Guest Speaker: Aylene Kirkwood – Collections. Visitors most welcome.

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brothers of note. BEN CAMERON strikes a chord with the bluegrass maestros. A pair of Bendigo brothers are in line for a shot at a top musical prize, and massive paydirt. Bluegrass maestros, The Davidson Brothers, have been selected in the top ten for the $30,000 Melbourne Prize for Music; nominated in the Most Outstanding Musician Award category, alongside luminaries such as Vanessa Amorosi and Lisa Mitchell. “We’re stoked,” Hamish said. “We’ve had some nominations in the past but this is a particularly big one.” The boys have won a swag of independent music awards over the years, but this time round, they’ve competed against some big names with even bigger label support, from a much larger pool of talent, and come up trumps.

We got to hang in the greenroom with Myf Warhurst and the rest of the crew it was really cool. Hamish delivered the news to his brother Lachlan in typical style. “As I usually do when I’m breaking good news to Lachy, I pretended I had some bad news, like a massive phone bill or something, just to wind him up,” Hamish said. “Once he got over that he was just as happy as me.” It makes for a chocka block calendar in the months ahead for the talented banjo brothers. They will make their annual pilgrimage to Nashville later this month to present an award at the International BlueFriday, September 24, 2010

grass Music Association Awards at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The awards are the centrepiece of the World of Bluegrass Week, running from September 27 to October 3. It will be their 12th visit to the Graceland of American country music. The lads also gained national exposure earlier this month when they appeared on ABC music quiz show, Spicks and Specks. The Golden Guitar winners covered a number of contemporary tunes, including Fatboy Slim’s Praise You, with their unmistakable Davidson Brothers groove. “It was a lot of fun,” Hamish said. “We got to hang out in the greenroom with Myf Warhurst and the rest of the crew, it was really cool.” Before they fly to Nashville, the boys are locked in creative mode working on a new album. The Davidson Brothers play the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival, held on October 2 and 3, at the Heathcote Showgrounds. Meanwhile former Bendigo girl Michelle Meehan continues to impress outside the region’s boundaries. Years of busking the city streets and playing our many pubs and cafes has continued to pay off, as she made the semi finals of an acoustic competition in Croyden recently, against 30 other talented musos. The self confessed jazzy folk solo musician is a busy girl at present, juggling her studies with commitments to three different bands and of course her own solo stuff. “It’s full on but I’m loving it,” she said. The songbird won the Best New Talent Award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival earlier this year and has been part of Triple J’s Unearthed competition for aspiring musicians. Meehan, who recently played at the launch of the 2011 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, supports Lee Rosser at the Newmarket Hotel this Friday night.

Artist: Tara Gilbee Photo: Andrew Perryman

ONE local artist has created an exhibition of limitless interpretations. An artist of the past 14 years, Tara Gilbee has spent the past 12 months capturing her latest exhibition, Cold Light, in a Castlemaine studio. Tara, a photomedia artist, lecturer and published author, has enjoyed an artist residency at Royal Melbourne Hospital and co-curated an exhibition for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Last Thursday she unveiled Cold Light to the public for the first time, a series of photographic images, using the reflective qualities of light, manipulated through lens and mirrors, to distort and transform. “The camera is used as a tool in which to manipulate light and draw abstract landscapes from reinvented forms,” Tara said. “It may appear loose, but all the effects have been captured within the camera.”

More than 60 art lovers attended the grand opening, where the Director of Castlemaine State Festival, Martin Paten, compared her work to that of a magic eye picture. “Just when you feel you have it they become elusive again,” he said. The Fryerstown artist, who studied sculpture and photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, is proud of the vast imaginative space the work provides for the eye. “It has a lot of dream like and evocative imagery, providing a display you can truly lose yourself in,” she said. “It’s very tricky to describe. There is nothing real about it, but people something familiar can be found in it. “It’s abstract, but beautiful.” Cold Light is open at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre from September 15 to October 24.

Are you new to Bendigo? Come along to Bendigo Newcomers Community Information Day Sunday 3rd October 2010 12:30pm to 3:30pm Community Hall, Quarry Hill Recreation Reserve at the end of Hamlet Street.

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Find out what Bendigo Newcomers can offer new and old residents of Bendigo. Meet representatives of many of Bendigo’s community groups. The Laughter Club will give a demonstration. Entertainment from 1:30pm onwards.

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Winners Of The Melbourne Cup: Stories That Stopped A Nation


Author: Costa Rolfe Publisher: Red Dog Books ISBN: 9781742035130 Price: $34.99 Readership: Most (non-fiction / information text)

A book crafted upon equine gallantry, Winners of the Melbourne Cup is both a perennial reference and historic sporting record. The topical book embraces a generic audience, is socially and culturally inclusive, and very entertaining across subject and context. Essential reading for racing club associates, horse enthusiasts and devotees of non-fiction, the succinct year-by-year reflection, relates the jubilation, pockets of sadness and boundless honour the respective event has wrought through time. With its emerging presence, Rolfe’s text is capable of nurturing the relationship between human and race horse – an interaction for which respect can appear conditional – and the course of winning its only cause.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The struggle for top dog spans centuries and ends with an unlikely and initially unwilling candidate that is more interested in dating the girl of his dreams than controlling his inherited magical powers.

Rated: M Genre: Action Director: Jon Turteltaube Main Cast: Nicolas Cage Jay Baruchel Review by: Robert Gibson Robert’s Rating: 71/2/10 I talk about the marvelous legacy left by the genius film maker Walt Disney. Generations continue to be enthralled by movies that owe their origins to the man who gave us so much more than Mickey Mouse.The film spans centuries – beginning in AD700s, jumping to 2000 and then settling for the majority of the film in 2010. The timeline begins with the great sorcerer Merlin and the infighting of his appointed successors.

The film also boasts a commendable support cast of mainly baddies who materialise from a granular state in a direct lift from the special effects used in The Mummy franchise. Chief baddie is Maxim Molina (played by sinisterly by Alfred Molina). Others on the side of evil include Balthazar’s arch enemy Morgana le Fay (played by Alice Krige) and the ostentatious and flamboyant magician Drake Stone (played by Toby Kebbell). Goodies include Stutler’s love interest Rebecca Barnes who is wellplayed by Teresa Palmer. Gadgetry and special effects are of a high standard which is to be expected as the project comes out of the Disney stable. While ostensibly a young generation movie, there are plenty of adult moments and humorous lines to entertain the mums and dads although the demographic is aimed more at the dad and son market.


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Less than 12 months after Raditude was released, Weezer are back once more with their new album, Hurley. Weezer have again provided a fun pop-rock album that deserves some top 40 attention, but should equally satisfy long-standing fans. Still sounding like the pop-rock Weezer of new (Raditude and Make Believe) more so than chunky rock-pop Pinkteron or The Green Album, Hurley mixes fun, chunky riffs, classic pop and rock into the pot. The new album sees Weezer move away from their major record label to independent label Epitaph. Big news to some, but not really to the end result. Maybe the vocals are not as published in some songs, and the drums sound more urgent and punchy, but otherwise Hurley offers up a decent slab of catchy melodies, Weezer riffs and sing-along chorus’ to please most. I give Hurley 7 out of 10 fist pumps. Check out the Weezer channel on YouTube for film clips.

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most viewed Rock group OK Go are well know for their over the top, creative music video clips. They not long ago had a massive viral hit with the clip for track “Here It Goes Again” (the one with the treadmill gymnastics) and have done it again with their latest offering “White Knuckles”. The single-take clip features the band performing with trained dogs, swivel chairs and a whole bunch of funky Ikea furniture. Pure internet gold, check it out!

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Untamed like its predecessor, comes a second outing from the Nick Cave fronted, Bad Seeds backed, Grinderman. Simply titled Grinderman 2 and displaying one hell of a scary canine as their album art, Grinderman again offer up more if the savvy and organic, yet angry rock. Unapologetic in its approach, Grinderman 2 is not the album to casually relax to, but one to sway and stagger to. If you are a fan of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds most modest of moments, and you don’t mind your music a little dark and evil like, then you should, by all accounts, enjoy this. For further convincing check out their first single, Heathen Child, out on YouTube. Griderman 2, a very solid 8 out of 10 fist pumps.

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NOT many entertainers can boast they’ve played Judas Iscariot, won a Logie and had a number one hit single in Norway. But Jon English is not your average song and dance man. The performing chameleon will be in town next month in a more familiar guise however, headlining The Rock Show; a ten piece musical journey charting the tunes of arguably the most imporant decades of rock- the 1960s and ‘70s. “I’m amazingly proud to be a part of this show,” he said. “There is world class young talent on stage.” All the big names are given an airing, from Led Zepplin, Queen, Bob Dylan to Pink Floyd. The show has rocked so hard, it’s even sold out in Tamworthusually the home of ten gallon hats and country music. Although an entertainment jack of all trades, having graced our stages, screens and airwaves in a career spanning nearly 40 years, the Hampstead-born English considers himself a muso first and foremost. “I’ve been in bands since I was 17,” he said. In fact, his high school band was plucked from obscurity to

It was the most wonderful experience of my life musically. back the one and only, Johnny O’Keefe in 1969. “He loved our rough edges,” he said. English’s passion for music had been born one night five years earlier, when his sister took him to see The Beatles. “It was the most wonderful experience of my life, musically,” he said. “I remember the first song they played was Standing There, it really struck a chord with me. “I can’t describe it, there was nothing like it before.” English gets all giddy when he remembers a period of musical history he likens to an “orgasm of new music”. “Without offending anybody, the reaction was probably like that in Nazi Germany,” he said. “It was mass hysteria. It was like Michael Jackson times 100.” English reckons until then, music was “incredibly boring”, before it took a much need detour; a point detailed in the show. “There were no sharp edges to music before then at all,” he said. “But towards the end of the ‘60s, music accelerated at a great rate. Friday, September 24, 2010

“Bands became made up of real people.” Some things have remained the same- corporate control is still a constant threat to good music, which English believes, has become an inevitable part of its natural evolution. “The edge comes off music when it is copied and corporated,” he said. “There will always be imitators, there will always be men in suits killing the golden goose. “But then something comes up in its place, it always does. “The exciting part is, what will be the next wave of music to pop up? Where will it come from?” English believes much of The Rock Show’s success is down to it’s injection of youth, namely its junior director, Isaac Hayward, who at just a tender 19 years old, is already a veteran of five different instruments, including cello and piano. “He’s a very clever, switched on young man,” he said. “All the cast are like that.” At 61, English is very much the elder statesman, playing the role of the cool uncle among a throng of young talent, keen to soak up his vast musical knowledge and experience. While music is his first and most enduring love, English got his big break in theatre back in 1972, when he was plucked from obscurity, from 2,000 hopefuls, to play the role of Judas Iscariot In Jesus Christ Superstar. Although playing a key figure of religious history never swayed his beliefs. “I’m a humanist,” he said. “Worshipping one all powerful deity is dangerous.” Instead, he worshipped the gods of rock, like Paul McCartney and Pete Townsend, and still does. Curiously, it was Townsend who created the original rock opera. “The first one I saw was called ‘A Quick One While He’s Away’ in Sydney in 66,” he said.“It was only 15 minutes long.” Despite his prowes on stage, and in the recording studio, English is still fondly remembered as Bobby Rivers, the washed up rock star on 90s Australian sitcom All Together Now. “It used to drive my kids crazy as the fans couldn’t differentiate between me and Bobby,” he said. “I have a very fond memory of that show. It was great, but the suits killed it in the end. “It became a commodity, and probably ran for too long.” English is stoked to be back on the road with The Rock Show. Although it’s not always the thrill ride it’s made out to be. “It’s far from beer and skittles,” he said. “It can be a difficult lifestyle. There are lots of temptations, bullets to dodge.” But despite the accolades, and golden statuettes, the simple joy of hearing one of his songs remains the biggest buzz. “Hearing somebody play a song I’ve written always gets me,” he said. The Rock Show, it seems, is English returning the compliment.

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ON October 8th, The Pub will play host to a great live experience with Alan Barnes presenting his Classic Aussie Rock Show to audiences with iconic Australianfrontman Angry Anderson at his side. One of Alan’s first experiences as a vocallist came with sharing a stage with his older brother Jimmy Barnes, an Aussie Rock Legend that needs very little introduction. Over his 30 years as a musician, Alan counts having a chart

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THE Musicman Megastore have thrown a lot of support behind music for young auidences. For the past few years, the Gig Room in the back of the store has played host to a wealth of bands, including Aussie metal heavyweights The Red Shore and Thy Art Is Murder as well as some of Bendigo’s most promising young artists. Last Friday, the Music Man held the Spring Break Mini-Fest. The event was a great kick-start to the holidays for the wealth of young punters who showed up to check out some of the best young talent our community has to offer. The mini-fest featured music from young local artists, dancers and DJs. Hard Therapy, Hex Ibex, Image Transit, Matt Elite MC and Suzannah Henty all took to the Gig Room stage to deliver some great live music of very diverse styles. A great showcase of what our younger bands have to offer, and a highy successful event! Head to for some great footage of the show. ing single (I Need A Little Love) and supporting Bon Jovi at Rod Laver Arena as some of his highlights, however while he does enjoy the odd stadium show, it’s good old aussie pub gigs that Alan is most passionate about. “I would rather play 100 pub gigs than five soldout shows at Rod Laver Arena. Front bar pub gigs are a big part of our culture” Alan said. The Classic Aussie Rock Show is something that Alan has been running to showcase Australia’s strong history of great live music. With great original material, alongside classics from AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Dragon, INXS, Jet, Flowers and many more, Alan Barnes’s Classic Aussie Rock Show is a must-see for all advocates of our country’s proud musical history. Support will come Melbourne rockers Vagrant and Bendigo band Master Of None, of whom Barnes speaks very highly. We have two awesome double passes to give away, that allows you to go back-stage and meet Angry Anderson and Alan Barnes at the October 8th show. Email your full details to bentertained@bendigoweekly. to go in the draw. Tickets are selling fast, so head down to The Pub to secure yours ASAP! b.entertained 5






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For more than two decades, Megan Spencer has been a serious player in the media world. Best known as the Film Girl on youth broadcaster Triple J and SBS’ Movie Show, Spencer is an independent documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, champion of North Territory music and now calls Bendigo home. We chat celulloid with a true film buff... You worked on Triple J for many years. What’s a guilty pleasure from your CD collection that would probably offend your former employers? I can’t say I feel guilty about liking any music. Driver’s Seat by Sniff and the Tears is one of my favorite songs, but a full-blown CD? Um, Venus & Mars by Wings. Yep. How did these questionable records happen to make their way into your collection? I actively sought them out at op shops and garage sales later in my life, when I became loud and proud about my affection for them. Human League yes; Human Nature, never.. What about from your DVD collection? Tootsie. One of the films I’ve watched the most in my life, next to Footloose and Flashdance. What is your favourite film and why? The impossible question for a film critic to answer – but one of my recent faves is Forgetting Sarah Marshall. How would you describe the current status of the Australian film industry? Well it’s not an industry... not really. It would be great if it were more equitable and we made more films. Um, good ones too. I’m sick of always having to see movies form other countries. I really would prefer to be able to easily watch movies made here more often – our own stories as well as films from other countries. Don’t get me started... In 2006 you made the documentary Lovestruck: Wrestling’s No. 1 Fan. What did you learn from all that spandex and testosterone? Wrestling is a highly developed skill. Wrestlers do get hurt in the ring. Why did you decide to tackle (no pun intended) this subject matter? I didn’t ‘decide’ as such.. The film found me so to speak – usually my doco subjects just land by happy accident in my life. 6 b.entertained

You are probably best known for your work on Triple J. What was the highlight of your time there? Every minute was a highlight, really – a very privileged job indeed. Who was somebody you interviewed that impressed you during that time? Morgan Freeman, Guy Pearce, Angelica Huston. There were hundreds of people I interviewed, and they were all great. Any funny stories from your time at the station that you’d like to share? I almost kicked Vin Diesel out of the studio after he pretended to fall asleep during an interview. He soon woke up and played ball. It was an early small movie – before Vin Diesel was Vin Diesel – so he wasn’t quite star enough to behave badly yet and get away with it. Not with me, anyway. You are content and marketing manager of the Music Northern Territory website. What do you love about the music from up north? Its freedom to experiment, be free and come up with the most amazing unique hybrid sounds... You’re now a Bendigonian. What do you enjoy about living in our fair city? Oh – the big sky and landscape. And the fact it’s not a big city. Breath out, sigh of relief. What’s one interesting fact about yourself not many people would know? I have a phobia about getting lost. Describe yourself in three words I heart meditating. Who would be your three dream dinner guests and why? German filmmaker Werner Herzog – because he would cause trouble and is one of the funniest people alive. Oscar Wilde – same reason, except he is not alive. David Lynch. Alive, funny, brilliant – and we could talk about meditation. Can I have four? Elisabeth Gilber – author of Eat. Pray. Love. I want to know whether the movie version of her book is any good? And we could also talk about meditation. With David Lynch too.


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IT all started innocently enough – a jaffle maker when I left home for university, used to make leftover spag bol toasties. It went to electrical goods heaven last week after I turned it on with the cord clamped tightly in its lid – nearly blew up the house. Then with my first job I spent lunch breaks in tiny towns scouting their second hand stores and found a brand new pie maker. How could you leave it there? It’s become a great way of turning leftovers into dinner, when I remember I’ve got it. Then there was the bamix, rice cooker and food processor – all wedding gifts.  The bamix is used for pumpkin soup making and only pumpkin soup making. The food processor has a broken bit and I risk my life every time I use it by sticking a skewer into the works to make it go and the rice cooker also has to have something to prop the lever down. Maybe they’ve had their day. Then I inherited Nan’s orange crockpot – the love of my life, but hubby broke the glass lid. I found a metal semi replacement but it was never quite the same and then I found the same crockpot with lid at the deceased estate auction across the road and whipped off with it for a mere $10 bid. But, then how could I possibly get rid of my first one when I love it so much?  Then I got to thinking that two crockpots wasn’t really enough. They’re only five litres after all, so I found an eight litre bargain at one of those Reject Shop type places. It doesn’t cook the same but it looks more presentable if I have to take it somewhere. For those who are good at maths, that means I now own three crockpots.  What you might have missed is that deceased es

tate auction $10 bid also got me two electric frying pans – one with extendable sides and one with a glass lid instead of metal. I gave one away and use the other for making pikelets only. That is not a regular occurrence. Then we inherited someone’s bread maker. We made maybe half a dozen loaves in it before we bought our shop which has a constant supply of bread which is often left over, so making bread is a ridiculous idea. Then there was the electric fryer that my hubby bought me for my birthday which nearly caused divorce. It was day two into our super special let’s get healthy together program. We use it maybe once a year but think how handy it is when we do. Next we had to build a new kitchen which, because of the dimensions of the other rooms we needed to add on, ended up being massive by default. We have about eight metres of bench, with equal amounts of drawers underneath to house any number of new kitchen gadgets. So, along came the icecream maker my hubby just had to have four years ago. He has made icecream in it once. The kids then bought a donut maker with their Christmas money. Made them twice and falafels in it once. I convinced them not to get the cupcake maker too, oh and I forgot they have a chocolate fondue fountain, which would be good except you have to add abominable amounts of oil to the chocolate to make it work. There’s a pattern developing here. Then Daz wanted an electric pizza maker to see whether we should sell them at the shop. I thought it was a ridiculous gimmicky idea and would be the first time we spent actual good money on a gadget. He ignored me of course and it is one of the best things we own. The best pizza ever on thin crispy bases in less than five minutes. But, then when w e needed to take it to school to feed 30 kids we thought it only right that we get another


one to help feed the hordes. It’s now in our staff room thank goodness. But, you know what? I thought I’d be over it by now, but I’m desperately wanting a new gadget – the king of all gadgets. I first saw it in passing at a food show where some amazing smoothies were being made in it. I kept walking but then read an Epicure special where they interviewed five top chefs and asked them what the one thing they couldn’t do without in their kitchen. Three of them said... “My Thermomix”. Then years later it’s all over Masterchef, teasing me, luring me in. I nearly bought it for Father’s Day but decided that was a real

What if we spent all that money and then just sat it on our bench, or worse still, in one of my drawers. Homer’s bowling ball moment – but it was on ebay and seven weeks old reluctant sale for $500 cheaper. Yep, you heard right, $500 cheaper. They are soooo expensive to buy. I think they’re probably worth every cent but I’m just too tight to spend it. Especially if you look at our history. What if we spent all that money and then just sat it on our bench, or worse still, in one of my drawers. We could buy our flights to Malaysia again instead and just eat over there. So, I decided I was over thinking about it and just today someone came into our shop with a poster. Cyndi O’Meara – yes, the one I’ve been giving you tips from every week, my healthy lifestyles guru – is coming to Bendigo next month to give a talk. What should she be talking on? You guessed it, aside from how to lead a healthy life, that damn Thermomix. I was nearly, nearly over it. Aaaghh, someone help me. If you’re willing to be tempted then Cyndi O’Meara will be at the Bendigo East Hall on Monday, October 11 from 11am to 1.30pm. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge and it only costs $30. You can book by calling 1800 004 838. I am working, luckily, so if you get hooked on the Thermomix when you’re there, don’t come crying to me.




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Bendigo’s Biggest Winner MY husband’s been doing a great job in this Bendigo’s Biggest Winner challenge but found he’d cut so many things out that there was no longer anything there to sustain him through the day. Protein is an essential which he somehow managed to not get much of.

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Crack an egg for a protein boost PROTEIN powders have become the new in vogue food to eat, but a note of warning is needed. Many are made from soy derivatives and are filled with additives, flavourings and artificial sweeteners. They are not a health food and are not part of a healthy diet. Fresh, free range organic eggs are far cheaper and a far better source of protein without all the nasties. Add them to your fruit shakes in the morning for a wonderful source of protein. Extract from Cyndi O’Meara’s latest book Healthy Habits Healthy Life; Creating a Life of Health and Vitality one habit at a time. For more information go to



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36 Hopetoun St, Bendigo Locally owned & operated

nibbles. Don’t forget the first dinner by Janet Rockes and Sophie Rogers from The Travelling Table is on October 2. Five course degustation dinner with matched wines for $95. Visit for more info. Heathcote Wine and Food Festival is also on the weekend of October 2 and 3. Go to for more info, and see the feature in next week’s edition of b.entertained. It was great to hear Carla and Ann-Marie from Holy Goat Cheese on Landline ABC1 adding to the discussion on whether Australian consumers should be allowed to eat products made from raw milk. If you get your paper early enough on a Friday then you might still have a chance to Meet the Maker as part of the Put Victoria on Your Table Campaign at Bendigo Wholefoods. Felix Rosenberg will be doing tastings from 11.30am – 1pm of their Russian pasta called pelmeni which should come with a warning label as they’re addictive. Twenty 2 in Williamson Street have just changed their menu and if you haven’t had a chance to try stuffed zucchini flowers yet, then now might be your chance. They’re also holding a monthly seafood banquet so book yourself into the next one. Friday, September 24, 2010

Breakfast at Ma Petite Cuisine We are very fussy eaters here at Ma Petite.... Gluten free, dairy free, egg free... you name it; we will try it. We use only free range Bendigo eggs, coffee, honey, bread and bacon. So you can eat a breakfast that is agreeable to both your health and conscience. Buckwheat pancakes (GF DF) ............................$10.50 Poached fruit with LSA and natural yoghurt (GF) $8.50 Super detox breakfast. .......................................$9.00 Eggs Benedict....................................................$12.00 Eggs a la mer.. ...................................................$13.50 Ma Petite breakfast.. ..........................................$8.50 Tomato $1.50 Mushroom $1.50 Chorizo $3.00 Zucchini and chive fritters (GF DF)......................$9.00


Now that the Camp Oven Cook Off in Redesdale has been put off until November 6, you no longer have that excuse about not getting organised in time. Call 5425 3111 to get yourself a spot in this great social foodie event. There’s a fair amount of sledging been going around among the teams so far. Look forward to more.

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Friday 24 Newmarket Hotel Lee Rosser w/Michelle Meehan | 9pm | Free Basement Bar Trio Le-Bop (Blues/Jazz) | Free Pugg Mahones Sonic (Pop/Rock Covers) | 11pm | $10 The Hibernian Itchy Bits (Pop/Rock Covers) |8pm |Free The Pub Alan Barnes (Classic Aussie Rock) | 9pm | (See Venue)


Sunday 3 The Golden Vine Hotel Rupe Adams and Friends The Hibernian Deano Stanton (covers and originals) | 1pm | Free

Tuesday 5

Tyson’s Reef Hotel Graematta (Country/Rock) | 7:30pm | Free Horvats Bar Daylesford Lee Rosser w/Support | 9pm| (See Venue) Pugg Mahones Sonic (Pop/Rock Covers) | 11pm | $10 The Hibernian Stevie J North w/ Andy Garlick |8 to 11pm | Free Daylesford Inn Venessa Craven (Acoustic) | 7pm | Free

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Tuesday 28 The Golden Vine Hotel Jam Session | 8:30pm | Free (It’s back!)

Thursday 30

Newmarket Hotel Jam Session | 5pm | Free

Basement Bar Open Mic w/ Host - Deano | 5pm | Free Basement On View Old Buzzard Medicine Show |2pm | Free Newmarket Hotel Skip’s Sunday Jam Session |12pm | Free Marong Family Hotel Peter Cupples (Stylus) |12:30pm |Free Tyson’s Reef Hotel Malibu & Friends (Blues/Country/Rock) | 3pm |Free The Cosmopolitan Hotel Trentham Lee Rosser w/Support |1pm | (See Venue) The Hibernian Chris Meek (Blues/Rock) |1pm |Free Huha Sunday Session ft. Soul Child and Lemonesko |1pm |Free

The Golden Vine Hotel Jam Session | 8:30pm | Free (It’s back!)

Sunday 26

The Hibernian Lotus Lane (covers) | 8pm | Free

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Saturday 2

Newmarket Hotel Jam Session | 5pm | Free

Friday 8 The Pub Angry Anderson and Alan Barnes (Classic Aussie Rock Show) 7pm | $25 The Capital Theatre Jon English in... The Rock Show | 8pm | $49.50 The Hibernian Itchy Bits (covers) | 8pm | Free

Saturday 9

Newmarket Hotel Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival Fundraiser 1pm | $15 Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre FreeZA Push Start | Battle of the Bands Regional Finals | Calling all Cars | 2pm | Free The Hibernian Fat Bastards (covers) | 8pm | Free

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Sunday 10

Basement Bar Under the Pavement Gig (Tony Olsson, Justin Harrick, Dion Chuter) | 8.30pm | Free The Golden Vine Hotel Mick Coates and The Allnitelongers |8.30pm | $5 The Hibernian Urban Creatures |8pm |Free

The Bridge The Mystery Bets (Joe McKern and Reece Pedretti) 2pm | Free The Hibernian TBA | 1pm | Free


l Wine and Food Festiva




Take a trip to Shiraz Heaven with 51 wineries presenting over 200 wines, including many of Australia’s most highly regarded Shirazes and some exciting other varieties.


It’s a heavenly weekend in every way. Don’t miss it


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Expand your wine knowledge at one of our free Tasting Seminars, conducted by respected wine educator Rob Hicks. Match great wines with delicious food & produce from 26 exhibitors, and there’s live music including The Davidson Brothers and Derek Guille’s ‘The Ugly Uncles’ band. Great interactive entertainment for kids from ‘Fusion’.

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b.entertained Issue 3 September 24, 2010