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Brisbane will forevermore be know as Brollywood. The number of films being produced in southeast Queensland is climbing. Of course, everyone knows about the success story that is Warner Bros, Gold Coast (Gollywood? Goldywood?), where the Marvel film Aquaman headlines a bunch of impressive film work going on right now. And there’s also a thriving moving picture production industry in this city, including Cutting Edge studios, at West End. The homegrown, multi-talented Spierig brothers (P10) were bunkered down there for months, preparing their latest film Winchester. It looks completely spooky, and I can’t wait to see it (probably with my hands over my eyes most of the time). If movies are your thing, then check out our French Film Festival ticket giveaway (P6). The line-up is tres chic – and so are the piccies of those at the festival’s launch night (P19). And in keeping with the theme of film is the story about musician Phoebe Russell (P14), playing in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to John Williams’ Oscar-winning movie scores.
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COVER: The Spierig Brothers (P10) Photography: AAP/Ric Frearson Design: Anita McEwan
THEN & NOW 1889: Workers upgrading one of Brisbane’s busiest roads have uncovered a bridge dating back about 150 years. The surprising find at Kingsford Smith Drive (inset) is believed to be from the 1860s, making it one of the first bridges to be built in Queensland by British settlers. A few weeks ago, workers uncovered large stacked wooden beams beneath the surface of the road that was, pre-roadworks, the southbound traffic lanes between Nudgee Rd and Theodore St. The bridge is believed to have straddled a small creek. Kingsford Smith Drive (pictured, main, in 1889) –
originally called Hamilton Rd – was built by female convicts in the 1830s. It stretched from Moreton Bay Penal Colony (now Brisbane city) to a new women’s prison at Hamilton, which was located where the TradeCoast Central Heritage Park sits, at Schneider Rd, Eagle Farm. The discovery of the bridge comes as the $650 million Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade reaches the halfway mark. JACK MCKAY Pictures: State Library of Queensland (above); Brisbane City Council (inset)
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Creative wellspring Kara Sonter New Farm musician Brad Butcher thought he’d overcome nerves on stage years ago but accepting his first Golden Guitar award recently left him speechless. The singer, songwriter and guitarist received the ultimate in Australian country music honours late last month when he picked up the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year for his single Well Dressed Man. “It was a really amazing honour and I think the spotlight, when it hits you in the face to speak, was the first time in a long time that I really got butterflies … I couldn’t think of anything to say.” The award – one of three nominations – topped off a stellar year for Brad (pictured) which included a collaboration with industry heavyweight Graeme Connors to launch single I’ve Got Your Back. “Years ago I was looking at people like Graeme Connors – he’s an idol of mine – and I said, ‘Man, if only I could win one, that would be amazing’. So to get three nominations and then take one home was a deadset dream come true.” The award-winning single Well Dressed Man was lifted from Brad’s 2017 album From the Bottom of a Well, dedicated to his late grandfather. “He was born into a really poor family and when he was 14 he had to leave school because his dad passed away. So he worked on a cane property in central Queensland.
“They fished in the Pioneer River … just to survive. It was really tough times,” he says. “So I think of that as the bottom of the well; he was really trapped in this thing and he was able to climb out and create a life, so the metaphor in the title track is how to raise an ocean from the bottom of a well, and he was able to do that.” And that “hard yakka” attitude was not lost on the Mackay-born Brad, either. The qualified cabinet maker, who had a 20-year rugby league career in Mackay, made ends meet by working two jobs: at his small business and working in the mines. “But all those years I was playing gigs. Mackay had a real mining downturn … I don’t know how many times through those years where I would work all week, go and play gigs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and use the money to put into the business to keep it afloat because it was going under.” In 2012 Brad, 35, walked away from his high-paid mining job and moved to Brisbane with his wife Erin, to focus on his music. It meant taking a huge pay cut. “I wasn’t really pushing myself to do what I wanted to do,” he says. “I’ve been lucky that Erin’s been in it 100 per cent too. There are weeks where her wage gets us through. “But the beauty of the (Golden Guitar) award has been that lots of opportunities have come along already. To think that people that I’ve looked up to for years now, they’re saying ‘join us mate, come with me’ it’s incredible.”
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Twin Palms is the culmination of landscape painter William Mackinnon’s architectural pilgrimage to the US and Mexico, including a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home “Fallingwater”. At Jan Murphy Gallery, Feb 27-Mar 24. Works include The Gap (pictured). janmurphygallery.com.au
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6 CONCERT QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT, BOONDALL Even hardcore Queen fans were impressed with how Adam Lambert (pictured) filled Freddie Mercury’s shoes when on tour here in 2014. Now they’re back to mark the 40th anniversary of the News of the World album. At Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Feb 24. brisent.com.au
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Belinda Seeney When you’re one of four children, mealtimes are positively Darwinian I was on to a good thing before my sister-in-law came along and ruined everything*. Growing up, I discovered many of my gastronomic tastes were completely at odds with those of the rest of my family. For instance, I’m the only pescetarian in my clan. A pescetarian – as I’m still explaining to my family 20-odd years after shunning meat – is a vegetarian who also chows down on seafood. This made roast dinners a chore, the tiny portions of meat I managed to swallow to appease my parents supplemented with a mound of roast pumpkin – which I adored but triggered the gag reflex in my siblings – and roast potatoes, which were speared and claimed by all with a violence not seen since the Boxing Day sales. When you’re one of four children, mealtimes are positively Darwinian with elbowing, snatching and food thievery employed to ensure survival of the fittest. My carnivorous charade ended in my late teens when I started cooking
for myself but not before I’d learnt few cunning tricks. The most important being: know your enemies’ weaknesses and exploit them. And by “enemies” I mean “siblings” and by “weaknesses” I mean “food they don’t like”. Take for example that greatest of ice-cream flavours, mint choc-chip. Every multipack of iceblocks in the family freezer came with a couple of the poison green treats laden with teeth-shattering chocolate chunks. My sisters and brother hated them so I too feigned distaste and gave the mint a miss until the other flavours were picked clean, leaving me to enjoy their discarded delicacies alone and at my leisure. My greatest ploy was saved for those special occasions when the Cadbury Favourites came out because I seemed to be the only person in a 10km radius who genuinely liked the Turkish Delights. So, when mum produced the box of bite-sized treats which strict instructions to choose only two, I
smugly indulged in Crunchies and Cherry Ripes, knowing full well those Turkish Delights would remain untouched and mine for the taking. At least, until that fateful day my brother introduced us to his new girlfriend. It being a special occasion, mum brought out the Cadbury Favourites and I watched, aghast, as she reached for one of my Turkish Delights. I was shocked, dumbfounded and a little worried my sweet ride was drawing to an end. My greatest fears were realised in a suburban cinema, of all places, when we both reached into the candy bar freezer for the same choc-mint choc top ice cream. I froze, narrowed my eyes at her, she smiled sweetly and, without missing a beat, stole that damn icecream out from under my nose. It’s been almost 20 years but I’m still plotting my revenge. It will be sweet.
My son starts at university this week and it’s another landmark that makes me reflect on my own experiences with tertiary education. He’s going to UQ and when I was a young fellow I went to UQ too. I didn’t actually attend UQ though. I was exiled to Toowoomba, the University of Southern Queensland, which in my day was known as the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education. DDIAE they called it, which sounds like a pesticide. But I had friends at UQ and would occasionally make raids, often ending up sleeping on the floor of my friend’s room at St John’s College. I attended social functions too and had the honour of being invited to The Women’s College ball at which I thoroughly disgraced myself. I should never have eaten those meatballs. My son is very organised but I’m afraid when I went to DDIAE I wasn’t. I had a hell of a time actually attending lectures because I was usually up into the wee small hours
tapping out excruciating poems on my typewriter with a roll-your-own cigarette burning between my lips. The first share house I lived in at Toowoomba had no phone and a wood stove and was freezing. The only plus was that it was on Tor St, Toowoomba, a long downhill grade good for skateboarding late at night. I tried living on campus in a residential college after that but that wasn’t good either. I never once made it to the mess hall in time for breakfast. Eventually I moved into another share house, in James St; a party house which was equally distracting. We had a pretty good time there but still, I had trouble getting to lectures although somehow I managed to pass my first year, mainly by cramming. I used to pull all-nighters to complete assignments and recall staying up through a very cold winter’s night, dressed in an overcoat, to finish a major essay on poetry. I had a car for a while but it died so I got a pushbike and used to ride out
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Phil Brown to the college along those long, straight Toowoomba streets. Believe it or not, it was all rather Bohemian being a student in Toowoomba in those days and there was a lot of music going on so I spent a lot of time going to gigs in various small country pubs and partying at isolated farmhouses where fellow students lived like squatters. The actual course I was doing seemed almost a distraction and I became less and less interested in my studies although I never missed my literature tutorials with the poet Bruce Dawe. Having Australia’s premier poet out front was a treat for a desperate young poet. I only made it halfway through the course before deferring. The way my tertiary education fizzled has always reminded me of the last lines of one of the poems I studied, The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot: “… This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.”
10 COVER STORY
From tearabout twins to Hollywood hotshots, directing duo the Spierig brothers are going great guns Fiona Purdon
IN THEIR SIGHTS … Directors Michael and Peter Spierig. Picture: AAP/Ric Frearson
The Spierig brothers’ Hollywood careers literally started with a bang in their Brisbane backyard. Wanting to emulate scenes from their favourite movies such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, the twins, with best friend Tim McGahan, would blow up toys – teddy bears, matchbox vehicles and remote control cars – and capture the action for homemade movies. “Our parents would say, ‘Where’s your Christmas present?’ (We’d say) ‘Oh we blew it up, but here’s the evidence’,” laughs Peter, the older twin by one minute. “There was no regret to blowing up the toys if you got it on film. “The firecrackers couldn’t have been safe but when you are 10 and 11 years old, you are not fully aware of the dangers.” From these humble and explosive beginnings at their homes in Germany, then Sydney, then Robertson in Brisbane, Peter and Michael have scaled the heights of Hollywood. Their film roll includes Daybreakers (2009) and Predestination (2014), both starring Ethan Hawke. The 41-year-old twins were handpicked to co-direct Jigsaw, a US$10 million-budget film that reportedly made about US$105 million at the box office after its release in November last year.
It was the eighth instalment of the Saw horror franchise. Now the West End twins are on the verge of their biggest success yet. Their new film Winchester, starring Helen Mirren, that reportedly cost $US11.6 million to make, is being released around the world tomorrow (Feb 22). The pair not only directed the film, they co-wrote it (with Tom Vaughan), and it was co-produced by that childhood co-conspirator Tim. “To be fortunate enough to have an independent film released around the world is rare, very special and exciting but also nerve-racking,” Michael says. It’s also been a case of “be careful of what you wish for” because the duo have barely had a day off in the past 2½ years. “We’ve been living out of a suitcase going between Los Angeles, Canada, Melbourne and Brisbane,” says Michael, whose wife Laura often works on the film sets (Peter is single). “We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to do back-to-back Hollywood movies.” Winchester is set in 1906 and is based on the story of 76-year-old Sarah Winchester (Mirren) who lived in San Jose, California, in “the most haunted house in America” – which still stands today. Sarah’s husband left her with a $20 million inheritance (about $500 million in today’s money) and
LOCAL HAUNTS … Winchester is based on stories about a real house (top) and stars Helen Mirren (left) as the haunted heiress, Sarah Snook (above, centre) and Jason Clarke.
controlling interest in the gunproducing Winchester company. She believed she was haunted by the souls of the people the rifle had been used to kill. Tim says: “When the boys said they thought Helen Mirren should play Sarah Winchester, Hollywood executives laughed at us because she is such an in-demand actress and they didn’t think we would get her. “We were the hottest project in Cannes in 2016 when it was announced that Helen would be in our film – it was buzzing.” Tim and the twins say that Helen was excited about the challenge of making her first horror film in a 40plus year career. Michael says Helen was
“fascinated by the enigmatic quality and spirit of Sarah Winchester”, who had continually built rooms onto her house to appease the ghosts who haunted her. “She (Helen) fell in love with the woman who was tormented by all the people who were killed at the hands of Winchester rifles,” Michael says. Helen travelled to Melbourne last year to film Winchester, the Oscar winner’s first Australian film since shooting Age of Consent in Brisbane and the Whitsundays in 1968. Melbourne was chosen because Brisbane did not have enough Victorian architecture but the postproduction special effects and editing were done locally including at Cutting Edge studios at West End.
Helen was so impressed by the twins’ film Predestination, especially the performance of star Sarah Snook, that she requested Sarah to play her niece in Winchester. Queensland-born actor Jason Clarke plays the laudanum-addicted psychiatrist Eric Price, commissioned to assess Sarah’s mental state as the board of the rifle company seeks to wrest back control of the company. Tim says: “Our take on the legend is that the bad spirits who come are the victims who are in a purgatory, they have unresolved issues and that is why they are haunting Sarah.” The brothers were not intimidated by working with Helen but Peter says there were some “unbelievable moments” especially when Helen
was “crawling on the ground in certain scenes”. “Helen is a hardworking English actor, she’s no stranger to getting down and dirty … she was happy to do what it took to get the shot,” Peter says. Michael adds: “She had fun doing the movie. The first thing she said to us is, ‘You know I’m not the queen’. She’s very down to earth.” Tim says she was not a diva. “She was absolutely delightful and a true professional. She turns up to work on time and says, ‘Here are my three takes’. She doesn’t suffer fools. She was very generous to the rest of the cast, everyone loved her.” CONTINUED NEXT PAGE
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The twins only filmed for a couple of days at the Winchester house. It was not an ideal location because of its cramped rooms, low ceilings and nonsensical floorplan. “It’s a very confusing house. The levels are very uneven and staircases lead to nothing. There is a creepy vibe,” says Peter, who with Michael spent two years researching and writing the script. The twins say they are fortunate to have each other because they could often shoot different scenes on the same day with each brother directing a separate unit. “I can’t point to a moment we really argued. We may have a disagreement on certain things but it’s only small stuff,” Peter says. Tim, 41, of New Farm, says the brothers clearly work together as one. “If one brother is having a lazy day, then the other is pushing them creatively,” he says. “It is like they become one entity.”
The twins and Tim went to MacGregor primary and high schools, and regularly filmed school formals and musicals. Tim and Peter studied film at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, while Michael swapped over in his final year after starting in graphic design. “We knew at QCA we wanted to start directing movies together and we haven’t stopped since then,” Michael says. The twins soon became a directing team, starting small by making commercials until their breakthrough first features Undead (2003) and Daybreakers (2009). “Growing up we knew we wanted to make movies but coming from Brisbane we didn’t know whether it would really happen because Hollywood seemed so far away,” Peter says. Turns out it’s not really that far.
MAKING MOVIES … (clockwise from top left) A scene from the Spierig Brothers’ horror movie Jigsaw; Winchester producer Tim McGahan, of Blacklab Entertainment (Picture: AAP/Ric Frearson); Ethan Hawke in Daybreakers, and in Predestination.
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Snowball effect GALLERIES Phil Brown Brisbane artist Arryn Snowball chose a fairly ambitious title for the artwork he produced during a residency at the Museum of Brisbane late last year. It’s called Mammoth and occupies two entry walls at the museum. You have until the weekend to catch it. One wall is filled with panels featuring text put together to create a kind of giant poem while the other wall features other components that form part of the project. Arryn, who now divides his time between Brisbane and Berlin, is one of our most interesting artists. His paintings and new media works often begin as meditations on simple phenomena such as sheets blowing in the wind or steam rising from a kettle. The first time I covered one of his exhibitions he was working with the subject matter of static which is more interesting than it sounds. Static is after all the background noise of the universe, right? He’s a very thoughtful bloke who has a sense of fun and a deeply
intellectual basis to his practice. But his work is also quite accessible. Mammoth is cool with lots of pithy little tracts of poetry embedded in the piece. As Arryn explains in his artist’s statement: “The words are painted and then space around the letters is filled in so that only the internal shapes of the letters remain”. “In this way the text is abstracted to a series of triangles, circles, squares and rectangles,” he writes. “When hung together in a grid this abstracted text swells into rhythms and patterns. “Now that the Mammoth mammoth has reached this large size,
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it has become its own thing, and as I add to it, it is like sinking words into an ocean.” Arryn says the textual fragments are drawn from disparate topics: from his partner Monica’s work as an anthropologist, to geology, physics, climate change, neurology and poetry. His friendship with Queensland poet Nathan Shepherdson is another influence and inspiration. The two are collaborating on a series of text paintings based on, of all things, Grant’s Guide to Fishes, which is apparently some kind of
fisherman’s bible. In the meantime we have Mammoth. And as you wander into the museum you can see the new artistin-residence, Lincoln Austin, whose work we featured late last year, creating away in a side room. Pop in and watch him at work and have a chat if you like. He might be glad of the distraction. I can’t wait to see the fruits of his residency.
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Symphony of serendipity A chain of happy coincidences led to the arrival here of Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s new principal double bass player Phoebe Russell. Phoebe joined the QSO last year, taking the seat of former lead John Fardon, who retired after a threedecade career with QSO in 2015. John has loaned Phoebe his famous “Lionhead” double bass, bought from a former QSO member who purchased it in Germany in the 1940s. “The instrument was made in Berlin about 100 years ago,’’ Phoebe, 23, says. “The double bass has very unique artistry with the swirly and beautiful design which has been likened to a lion head. It has a rich and warm sound.” Phoebe comes to Brisbane from a four-year stint in Germany, where she played with the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has an academy – the Karajan Academy – open to students under the age of 28 who are selected by audition. “It’s one of the greatest in the world so when I was 18 years old I decided to do it.” Phoebe won the spot, beating more than 40 international finalists. “I was the youngest at the audition and it was very unusual for Berlin to take someone so young,” she says. “I was very determined. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities but I’ve
chased them and I’ve worked hard for what I wanted. “It’s all about mental preparation and imagining how you will perform in your head.” Phoebe has just celebrated her second wedding anniversary with Colombian double bass player Bernardo Alviz. The couple met by chance in London. Phoebe was catching a train to rehearse with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, formed as part of the 2012 London Olympics celebrations. Bernardo jumped in the same carriage. “There was an instant spark on the train,” she says. “And then we found we were sitting together on the same stand in the orchestra. “It’s a pretty cool story and a complete coincidence especially when we discovered we had both moved to Berlin.” Last year, the Melbourne-raised Phoebe realised she was homesick for Australia and – in another serendipitous twist – the chance arose to audition for the QSO after John’s retirement. Phoebe and Bernardo now call West End home, and Bernardo continues to play as a freelance musician, and teaches in Brisbane. Phoebe says she is looking forward to this month’s QSO concert, From Jaws to Jurassic Park, dedicated to John Williams’ Oscar-winning
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DOUBLE HAPPINESS … QSO musician Phoebe Russell. Picture: AAP/Ric Frearson
musical scores. The concert has proved popular and is already sold out. The Harry Potter music is one of Phoebe’s favourites. Another highlight for her will be next month’s Epic Visions concert, particularly Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E flat. She appreciates this piece because of the significant work the double bass has in the piece. Phoebe started playing the double bass when she was seven years old but did not strive for a career until she started learning from international
double bass star Damien Eckersley in high school. Instead of finishing Year 12, Phoebe completed a professional performance program with the Australian National Academy of Music under the guidance of Damien. “Schoolwork was getting in the way and I just wanted to play,” she says. “I was spending every breathing moment practising.” FIONA PURDON
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Director: Sebastian Lelio Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes Running time: 104 minutes This heart-wrenching Chilean drama about a transgender woman who encounters extreme prejudice after the sudden death of her partner is a star vehicle for actor-singer Daniela Vega. Her soulful performance lends unexpected potency to the film’s potentially hyperbolic title. Marina is a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer. Orlando (Francisco Reyes), Marina’s boyfriend, is much older and fairly straight – he runs a textiles company and wears horn-rimmed spectacles. Their relationship is happy, healthy and mutually supportive. But when Orlando suffers a massive stroke and dies in A&E, Marina’s place in the world is brought into sharp relief. For a start, she’s the mistress not the wife – a
distinction Orlando’s bitter, angry ex (Aline Kuppenheim) is keen to hammer home, beginning with a phone call to request the return of her former husband’s car. Socially, financially, legally, Marina (pictured) is disenfranchised. Not only is there no role for her in planning
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For love of vino RESTAURANT Tony Harper Here we go again â&#x20AC;Ś Saturday night Italian: my wife loves the stuff. This time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lupa Pizza Bar at West End â&#x20AC;&#x201C; part of the new Light + Co. complex on Montague Rd. It serves Romanstyle pizzas plus a handful of other Italian goodies. But there are things afoot at Lupa that the other joints just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have, most apparent of which is a staggeringly-good wine list (all Italian except for a surprising two or three â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Austrian, Australian, German) that has labels obscure enough to have me scratching my head. And wine is my game. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not expensive, topping out (if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count a three-litre Aglianico at $900) at $285 for a 2004 Brunello. Then a handful of classics (Tignanello, Barolo, Barbaresco and so on) up to $250. Most of the bottles, however, sit well under $100 with the glasses from $10 to $26. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know many of the producers, but a glass of Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco ($13) is brilliant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; light, bone dry, acid kicking the whole thing forward like raspberry squeezed into lime juice. This is real Lambrusco â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lean perhaps, but stellar. Pizza holds centre court on the menu. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roman style with a thin crust and thinner toppings. I do love the longer-proofed Roman crusts, but jeez guys, put something on top of your pizzas. Please. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m asking for a meat lovers or super-supreme kind of thing, but when I need to steal bits of sausage while no one is looking,
LUPA PIZZA BAR 321 Montague Rd, West End Ph: 3532 3875 Chef: Valentina Vigni Lunch, Fri & Sun; dinner, Tue-Sun Eftpos and credit cards Vegetarian and gluten-free options On-street parking SCORES OUT OF 10 Food: 7 Drinks: 8.5 Vibe: 6.5 Service: 7 because the two slices I grabbed have not a smidge, I begin to wonder about the whole business. A little of each ingredient on every slice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even better with every bite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would be terrific. Just a suggestion. That aside, they are good pizzas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have two bianco and one rosso: great crusts, way too lean on the good bits. Serataccia (mozzarella, sausage, parmesan and gorgonzola, $24) is the most satisfying, followed closely by one with pancetta, potato and rosemary. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beyond the pizza that some magic happens. Vitello Tonnato (my Italian holy-
LEAN ON ME â&#x20AC;Ś Lupa serves thin-crust pizza and stellar wines. Picture: AAP/John Gass
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These early dishes are stellar, and if I had my time again Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d order more of them and perhaps only one pizza. Service is fast, effusive and detailed, and while the food trots out quite quickly, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a definite pacing to its arrival: the team knows its stuff. Lupa is good. Everything about it is confident and considered. But in the end itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the wine list with its marvellous array of Italians that steals the show.
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Toast to Barossa’s best Rae Wilson Lush vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Graduating up Tuscan-like rolling hills, the maturing grapes create a patchwork quilt that varies in hue as the moody clouds pass above. The scenery in the Barossa Valley is second only to the cuisine and wine. But there are just so many attractions, it can be hard to narrow the field. Here’s a handy guide for 48 hours in one of South Australia’s most renowned vino districts:
WINE Seppeltsfield Harking back to a much earlier era, Seppeltsfield helped shape the Australian wine industry. It is most famous for its tawny line Centennial, which includes every vintage from 1878 to the current year. The Gert’s Blend sparkling white and sparkling shiraz are just divine. And if you don’t mind a sweet drop, the moscato is delicious too – one regular suggested drinking it over ice with a splash of soda water and garnished with fruit. The winery also offers cellar experiences, heritage and Segway tours, and you can watch artisans at work in the JamFactory art gallery.
Yalumba Tasting host Amanda is the perfect mix of witty and dry, which makes for a fun tasting experience at this well-known cellar door in Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, dating back to 1849 (above). And she makes the wines taste that much better.
Delicious variety of reds and one white named Girl Talk. Each wine has a delightful story of siblings in childhood behind the mildly kitsch names like Bed Hair and Matching Socks. Despite the stunning drops, the prices are refreshingly reasonable.
Less wine, more gin. In delicious cocktails. The Barossa Distilling Company has some neat local gin varieties plus the bar is in a cool part of the old Penfolds building.
Keep an eye out for Harvest Kitchen’s special food nights – like An Italian Table or A Spanish Affair. But otherwise try share plates designed to complement the wines of six artisan Barossa wine producers.
Being a global giant, it’s easy to be sceptical about Jacobs Creek. But the more pricey end of its range is magnificent. Its new blood orange prosecco spritz is delicious with “ice and a slice”. Plus the Our Table restaurant offers up delicious meals between noon and 3pm.
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Grant Burge It’s worth visiting this winery for the pinot noir chardonnay alone. You’ll also find simple but elegant lunch platters if you’re hankering for a bite.
This iconic, brick building was built in 1890 but fell into disrepair until South African John Geber sank serious dollars into its rebirth. It was worth it. Both the building and wine are triumphs. The chardonnay and the shiraz are particular standouts.
Bustling for a spot at this wine tasting bar feels like being a country pub after a footy final. But it could be because Rockford had just released a sparkling shiraz that people were prepared to line up for. It’s worth every penny of the exxy price tag.
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FermentAsian The flavours in each Ferment dish complement each other so perfectly they explode in a moment of bliss as they pass over the tastebuds. Based on northern Vietnamese cuisine, the flavours are described by the owner as “simple” but the wow factor suggests “simple” does not do it justice. Try the $73 tasting menu and you won’t regret it. But you might struggle to fit in the last few bites. Staff will kindly match your wines to your meals should you wish.
Barossa Farmers Market Maggie Beer Snap a photo in Maggie Beer’s kitchen (above, with Maggie cooking), made famous on our TV screens over many years, and you’ll make your
From fudge to sausage to gin, there’s samples galore to try at this Saturday market at Angaston. And if you’re not full after all your tastings, drive down the road to the Barossa Valley Cheese Company in Angaston’s main drag.
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Another with Alastair McLeod With a limited season for cherries in southeast Queensland, a great way to ensure continued tasting throughout the year is to pickle them. And while cherries are on the way down from the height of the season, there are still options around from quality greengrocers. The pickling method creates more than you’ll need for this dish, so get cooking, and enjoy all year round.
Pickled cherries INGREDIENTS 750ml white wine vinegar 750ml water 425g caster sugar 1tbs coriander seeds 6 bay leaves 2 cinnamon quills 1kg cherries, rinsed
METHOD Combine vinegar, water, sugar, coriander, bay leaves and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 5 mins, then remove from heat. Pack cherries into a sterilised jar and pour over the spiced liquid while still hot. Seal jar immediately and resist trying them for at least 2 weeks.
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bite of the cherry PICKLED CHERRIES, CHICKEN PATÉ, PISTACHIO AND RIBERRY INGREDIENTS 400g chicken livers, trimmed 1tbs grape seed oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 1 golden shallot, peeled and sliced 40ml port 40ml madeira
100ml butter 100ml cream Sea salt and freshly milled pepper 300g chicken skin 50g pistachio 1tsp riberry powder (available from Fino Foods) Nasturtium leaves
METHOD Preheat oven to 180C. Saute the livers in a little oil. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, slowly cook the garlic and shallot for 3 mins. Add the alcohol and reduce to a syrup. Remove from heat, pour into a blender, add livers, butter and cream. Blend until smooth, season and chill. Meanwhile, lay out chicken skins on a tray lined with baking paper and salt lightly. Set another sheet of baking paper on top
followed by another tray to keep the skins flat. Bake in preheated oven for 20 mins. While the skins are baking, plunge the pistachios into a pot of boiling water for 1 min then drain, shock in iced water and peel off the skins. To serve, arrange a scoop of paté on each plate, arrange halved cherries (recipe right) alongside, dress with nasturtium leaves, dust with the riberry powder, and accompany with crispy chicken skins. Serves 4
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Queenslander Escape to a private oasis close to the city From its spacious open-plan layout over one level, to its large back yard with a pool and enough room for a small tennis court or cricket pitch, this residence makes you feel like you’re living at your own private oasis — right in the middle of Hendra, says agent Leigh Kortlang. “The property is totally private and boasts oodles of room while being in a
fantastic family-friendly neighbourhood, close to transport options and with the local coffee shop right on the corner,” she said. “While the house is absolutely beautiful as it is, it offers scope to extend or build underneath.” Renovated by its previous owners, the four-bedroom Queenslander has multiple indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, with features including original dark brown polished timber floorboards, original VJ walls, high ceilings with ornate
HENDRA 20 Newmarket St Land: 1012sq m Inspect: Today (Wed, Feb 21), 6-6.30pm; Saturday (Feb 24), 11-11.30am Agent: Leigh Kortlang and Michael Spork, Ray White Ascot; ph: 3868 7500, 0400 434 244 (LK) or 0408 776 759 (MS) Auction: On site, Saturday (Feb 24), 11.30am
woodwork detailing and custommade curtains. Leigh said the residence exuded a relaxed, inviting vibe, with every effort made to blend period appointments with modern design and functionality. The property also has a double garage and storage.
Auction Classy, Yet Very Aﬀordable, Absolute Brisbane River City Acreage ‘Jedburgh’, 1/38A Scenic Rd, Kenmore, QLD • CIRCA 1884. One of the very few colonial homes on the river — and what a family home it is! • Only 12.5km* or 20min* Brisbane CBD. One of Brisbane’s long term blue chip suburbs • 1.3* private Botanical Gardens like acres — charming country living in the city • Frontage covers two reaches — doubling your wide reaching views up and down the river • Wet edge pool, N/S lit tennis court, deep water pontoon. Pony club next door A beau fully renovated colonial in peaceful and private rural se ng with stunning river views. Perfect for the ac ve family close to the CBD. And the best bit? The very aﬀordable value!
Auc on Friday 23 March 2018 10:30am Lvl 26, 111 Eagle St, Brisbane View Saturdays and Sundays 10:30–11:30am (Park on Scenic Rd) Barry Quinn 0409 828 342 *approx.
WORLDCLASS Poised on nearly 2,000mÂ˛ of waterfront land, with a 30m frontage and deep water mooring, this residence is oriented directly out to Moreton Bay with panoramic views to Stradbroke Island.
RABY BAY 5 Grenoble Place
INSPECT Call for inspection times
Showcasing the finest craftsmanship, this indulgent home offers 12,000 square feet of remarkable finishes across two levels. This unparalleled position captures panoramic bay views. A collection of versatile living areas both formal and casual make up the lower level, culminating in a seamless transition to waterfront outdoor entertaining spaces. The state-of-the-art kitchen welcomes the chef of the home with in-laid mahogany cabinetry, stone benchtops and butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry. An exquisite home cinema, an American style Mahogany paneled office, a gym overlooking the tiled pool, wine cellar, steam room, and so much more complete this amazing residence.
Paul Curtain 0411 721 474
5 BED 6 BATH 5 CAR + POOL
Sarah Hackett 0488 355 553
WIGHTS MOUNTAIN 17 Westbourne Drive
INSPECT Saturday 9 – 9:30am
Located in the beautiful Samford Valley, up a long, privately gated drive with sweeping views of gorgeous grounds and valley vistas beyond, this stunning and meticulously maintained property provides an enviable living experience. A modern dual level residence and adjoining family guesthouse, built to exacting world-class standards of quality, design, craftsmanship and practical function gracefully sit upon 15,560m² of the bucolic landscape just 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Just five minutes from the beautiful Samford Village, with its alluring mix of cafés, restaurants and shopping outlets.
Mario Sultana 0428 282 223
6 BED 4 BATH 4 CAR + POOL
Will Churchill 0401 996 025
MITCHELTON 38C Kumbari Crescent
INSPECT Wednesday 5:45 – 6:30pm
Behind its discreet street presence and leaf y surrounds, this executive-style residence introduces you to an enchanting haven in a world of its own. Positioned on a 2,190m² elevated allotment, feeling far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet still so close to it all. Upon entry you are completely immersed in an ambient tranquility, evoking a sense of peace and relaxation. The family friendly floorplan provides open plan living and entertaining all on the one level. On such a rare occasion does a home with this much on offer become available – your prompt action will be rewarded.
4 BED 3 BATH 3 CAR + POOL
and Saturday 10:15 – 11am
AUCTION Saturday 3 March at 11am, on-site
Alison Euler 0407 179 115 PLC-OP4084_BN_B
WAVELL HEIGHTS 25 Ennor Street Ennor Street is regarded as one of Wavell Heights’ top streets given its panoramic views, proximity to transport, schools and Westfield Chermside. With a kitchen that will have chefs overjoyed, fireplace, palatial master, ducted air conditioning and easy to live in floorplan, this home has it all.
INSPECT Contact Agent FOR SALE
0411 572 970 David Simmons 0416 675 223
5 BED 3 BATH 2 CAR + POOL Tristan Rowland
Panoramic 180-degree views capturing Moreton Bay, the Gateway Bridge, Brisbane River and the CBD are just one of the highlights of this penthouse apartment. In original condition and spanning two levels, the brick residence offers three bedrooms and plenty of space for living and entertainment, including a rooftop terrace.
NEW FARM 294 Bowen Terrace
24/26 Rees Ave Unit: 324sq m Inspect: Thursday (Feb 22), 6.307pm; Saturday (Feb 24), 10-10.45am Agent: Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean, Ray White Ascot; ph: 3868 7500, 0412 385 720 (DF) or 0414 841 085 (AS) Auction: On site, March 3, 9am
Residents also have access to complex facilities, including a pool, spa and tennis court. The apartment comes with two car parking spaces.
INSPECT Saturday 10:30 – 11am
Proudly sitting within the Oxley & Bowen Residences, this luxury three bedroom freehold home delivers an excellent investment opportunity or fashionable live-in purchase. Intertwining effortless living with elegant influences, every feature and appointment within the home has been tastefully considered from the spotted gum handcrafted staircase to Italian porcelain tiles. The central level of the home provides the backdrop for everyday family living enhanced by timber accents. Across this level, you will find a streamlined living, dining and kitchen area with seamless access to the private entertaining balcony.
3 BED 2 BATH 2 CAR
AUCTION Thursday 8 March at 6pm, Place Auction Rooms, 33 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane
Wes Press 0400 662 171 PLC-OP4084_BN_C
Hinterland escape This acreage property has been a labour of love for Annie Greene and Steve Groundwater, who added every little luxury to the house, including an eat-in wine cellar and 12-person cinema. The couple bought their home, known as Magnolia in November 2016. Steve said it wasn’t quite at lockup stage when they bought it. It didn’t even have a front door, as it was a new build that had been abandoned in 2010. Fast forward 12 months and the home was complete. “The residence has been a 12month labour of love,’’ Steve said. His favourite space is the sunken lounge room where they sit at night and look out over the rolling hills.
“The beauty of being in the hinterland is that it’s tranquil and quiet,’’ he said. The property is large enough to support between 60 and 90 cattle. As well as the five-bedroom house, the sale includes a cherry picker , a four-wheel drive lawnmower, a threeseater all-terrain vehicle with a tip tray, and a quad bike. Features include electronic curtains and stone floors.
REESVILLE 566 Reesville Rd Land: 38ha Inspect: By appointment Agent: Judy Goodger and Matthew Foote, Place New Farm; ph: 3107 5111, 0438 767 377 (JG) or 0400 107 707 (MF) For sale: By negotiation
Rare Absolute Riverfront Land - 3 x Blocks
RARE ABSOLUTE RIVERFRONT LAND - 3 X BLOCKS
24 Astolat Street, YERONGA
Rare elevated flood-free building platforms await your bespoke absolute riverfront residence, in the tightly held & coveted Astolat St precinct. Surrounded by prestigious luxury homes & privately located in a quiet cul-de-sac 5kms from the CBD & 800m walk to Rail Station. These are the last absolute vacant riverfront blocks in Yeronga available to build your new architectural masterpiece.
From $1.8 Million
Jason Adcock 0418 72 77 88
LAUREL AVE ABSOLUTE RIVERFRONT
Auction this Saturday 11am
ABSOLUTE RIVERFRONT ON 3122M2
127 Laurel Avenue, CHELMER
With its highly coveted riverfront address in one of Brisbaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful tree-lined streets, this magnificent property truly has it all. One of the best riverfront blocks in Chelmer, it is positioned on 3122m2 with 40m of prime river frontage. Stately, classic and full of charming features, the two-level home across two buildings was originally designed and built by the renowned Knowlman McDonald Builders. Multiple indoor/outdoor living areas, wine cellar, fireplaces, N/S tennis court, pool, spa and private pier provide every chance to celebrate the joys of riverfront living.
On-site, 24 February, 11am
Wednesday 11.00-11.30am Saturday 10.30-11.00am
Jason Adcock 0418 72 77 88
Auction On-Site 24 Feb 2:00pm View Friday 1:00 - 1:45pm & Sat 10 - 10:45 & 1:30 - 2:00pm
Auction On-Site 10 Mar 10:00am View Saturday 11:30 - 12:00pm
Offering... Noosa Lifestyles
Rivals The Best On Australia’s East Coast
21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach
There’s simply nothing like slipping off the sandals, immersing toes in squeaky-white sand, taking in the heavenly scent of salty breezes, and admiring the beguiling residence of grand proportions on an absolute beachfront private estate.
• Private beachfront estate: 3595m2 on 2 separate titles • Separate self-contained guest cottage • Beach frontage: 44m. Side boundary abutting nature reserve: 25m
• Back to bare wall renovation by internationally renowned designer David Hicks • Domestic & commercial kitchens; wine storage • Full-size tennis court with cabana. Resort-style pool, terraces & gardens
NOOSA’S HOME OF PRESTIGE PROPERTY
$22M WEB ID: 2881 NIC HUNTER 0421 785 512
ADDRESS 128 Bay Terrace, Wynnum
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174 Venner Road, Yeronga
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Imposing Riverfront Estate 39 Richmond Street, Corinda
This 920m² architectural tour de force and recent ‘Australian House of The Year’ graces a private north facing
Expressions of Interest Close 5pm Friday 23rd March
3,633m² estate flanked by parkland, two street frontages, and a wide 32m of absolute river frontage. A design
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masterpiece of soaring living spaces, grand entertainment areas, rolling manicured grounds, unobstructed views,
Josephine Johnston-Rowell 0414 233 575 John Johnston 0409 44 33 22
and indulgent amenities, the property includes an 18m infinity pool, theatre, cellar, and garaging | parking for 8 vehicles, and is convenient to St Aidan’s School, rail, boutique shopping and multiple large shopping centres.
RARE INNER CITY LIFESTYLE ON 2467M2 BY THE RIVER
46 Instow St YERONGA • • • •
Grand Hamptons-inspired residence on 2467 m2 by the river only 6 km to CBD In-ground pool, BBQ pavilion, paved entertaining courtyard and floodlit multipurpose half-court and level lawns Glorious wrap-around verandahs, traditional fireplace with mantle and spectacular French door assemblies throughout Back to base security system, integrated smart-wired TV/sound systems, automated driveway gates, air conditioning throughout
4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car, Pool, Multipurpose half-court
Wednesday, 21st February 6pm-7pm and Saturday 24th February 10am-11am
Anne-Maree Russell 0403 766 822
AUCTION ON SITE SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY AT 10:30AM
8 SIXTH AVENUE, KEDRON VIEW Sat 10:00-10:30am
POTENTIAL PLUS! • Original Queenslander, charm-ﬁlled
• Highset with huge storage under • 3 bedrooms, combined living/dining • Modern bathroom & kitchen, 2 toilets • North facing backyard, fenced 607m2 • Close proximity to major amenities • Less than 20 minutes to CBD
BEN WILSON 0407 584 378 3
KELLY PARES 0447 987 384
ANNERLEY 391 Annerley Road • Classic Queenslander on 1702m2 of rare inner city land. • The very first home in Annerley built by Digby Denham in 1886 who went on to be the premier of Queensland. • Expansive L shaped wrap-around verandah, ideal for entertaining. • Polished timber floors, VJ's, high ceiling and leadlight windows. • Self-contained granny flat or separate living downstairs. • 6kms to CBD, walking distance to schools, shops & public transport.
View Thursday 5.00-5.30pm Saturday 11.00-11.30am Auction Saturday 3rd March at 11:00am Contact 07 3333 1000 Bettina Jude 0401 002 897
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Inner Urban North East Riverfront Acreage One of Brisbane’s finest river allotments; 13,423m2 of botanic gardens style grounds, a coveted N/E aspect, 83m river frontage, flood free building platform, N/S tennis court, swimming pool and pontoon. This together with a 1,000sqm+ architectually designed home with a quality fit out in immaculate condition. Seller relocated to Sunshine Coast. For more information: www.dixonfamily.net.au
ASCOT 5 Henry St, Land: 764sq m Inspect: Saturday (Feb 24), 1-1.30pm Agent: Michael Spork, Ray White Ascot; ph: 3868 7500 or 0408 776 759
Originally a 1930s cottage, this Hamptons-style family residence was designed for entertaining. Character features mix with contemporary accents throughout the two-level home, which includes five bedrooms, multiple living spaces and an inground pool. A central kitchen has Carrara marble benchtops and quality appliances,
Auction: On site, Saturday (Feb 24), 3pm
while timber flooring and VJ walls feature across both levels. Highlights of the parents’ retreat include a large bedroom, ensuite, walk-in wardrobe, lounge area and a private deck.
| 1.34 ha Land
Fig Tree Pocket | 17 Ningana Street Expressions of Interest | Close 12 April 5:00pm Inspect | Saturday 12:30pm – 1:30pm Patrick Dixon 0414 817 817
Jack Dixon 0408 756 694
Horoscope with Tanya Obreza LEO
(July 23 - August 23) Best day: Tuesday 27th What do we have here? An angry Leo on truth serum. You feel cheated, emotionally chafed or claustrophobic. No need for weapons, though, when words can wound so well. Just take care with what you say, or the damage could be irreversible.
(February 19 - March 20) Best day: Saturday 24th When you consider destiny versus free will from a wider perspective, you may realise that nothing has to be absolute. If every event in your life were preordained, there would be no such thing as free will or selfdetermination. Use that free will well. You, and no one else, should direct the course of your life.
(March 21 - April 20) Best day: Monday 26th If previously asked to maintain secrecy, you’ve kept good faith. But situations change from day to day, and now could be the time to tell all. This is especially the case if your silence is doing more harm than good, mostly to yourself. On the upside, cash flow starts to improve.
(May 21 to June 21) Best day: Thursday 22nd Forgive and forget, Gemini. What’s done is done, and no amount of anger or regret can change things. If someone waves the white flag, or offers sympathy, accept that with gratitude. Likewise for an unexpected invitation – one pleasant diversion can often lead to another.
(April 21 - May 20) Best day: Sunday 25th This week may test your Taurean patience. Apply extra restraint to your temper if you hope to emerge with your love life or friendships intact. The pressure is also on to ease your spending, but there is some good news too: What you can’t afford to buy, you may receive.
(June 22 - July 22) Best day: Monday 26th Compassion is heightened. Remember though, not to do for others what they can do for themselves. Self-sacrifice can be noble if the cause is worthy; otherwise, it can quickly turn into “enabling”. Sometimes, you just have to let others learn for themselves.
(August 24 - September 22) Best day: Sunday 25th Perhaps you should see to that nervous tick before things get out of hand. We all have hidden tensions that cause us to behave in ways we don’t always understand. This week’s problems may not be all that serious, so don’t make matters worse. Sometimes you need to trust others.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 23) Best day: Saturday 24th You’re probably happier being involved with others right now: Working in a team venture is your forte, even if it doesn’t involve romance. This is a week co-operating with others suits you better than going it alone. It might also be quite nice to have someone else calling the shots for a while.
SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Best day: Friday 23rd There’s every chance this week of suffering a truth famine. A wise Scorpio might want to check whether
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they’re being fed fact or fiction. Of course, there’s always the chance you didn’t hear the full story in the first place. Check your sources; and then check them again. Someone’s out to deceive or bully you.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Best day: Thursday 22nd Should your usual routine be disrupted, just try to go with the flow. You won’t be given more than you can handle. Around the weekend, pent up feelings erupt. What happens next depends on your reaction, so think twice before saying something you regret.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Best day: Wednesday 21st It’s tempting to make excuses for a loved one this week, or to turn a blind eye to their faults. But if you’ve been taken for granted, don’t allow this to continue. You’ve been generous enough. Make yourself scarce, and leave them to their own devices. Time to take a few days break.
AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 18) Best day: Friday 23rd Your ability to adapt to change is destined to pay off in the weeks to come, with a prestigious new role or perhaps a new relationship. The urge to do your own thing may stir other areas of your life too. For some of you, this could mean travel or some new studies.
Chemist Alfred Nobel (1833-96) believed his invention of dynamite would bring peace. “The day that two army corps can mutually annihilate each other in a second, all civilised nations will surely recoil with horror and disband their troops,” he said. He left his fortune to establish the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1783 the first passengers in a hotair balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The historic flight was over the thrilled heads of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and a crowd of more than 130,000. The balloon flew for about eight minutes, rose to about 500m and landed safely 3km away.
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” In 1912, Sir Ernest Shackleton placed this ad for his Antarctic expedition – 5000 applied and all 28 selected survived.
In World War I German U-boats starved Europe by attacking supply ships. The British sent out a blacksmith and a few gunners on a small raft at nights. If they spotted a periscope, they’d smash it. The blinded U-boat then had to surface. Sixteen U-boats were hammered.
Eccentric Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a superstar of electrical engineering. He designed and refined in his mind, so that each invention worked perfectly on its first assembly. Thank Tesla for neon lighting, hydro-electricity, radio and remote control robotics.
Have you heard that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo? Not true – we just can’t tell the difference between the two soundwaves. The quack has a similar soundwave structure to the echo quack. Like two waves at the beach, the original soundwave blends into the echo and “swallows” it.
CROSSWORD ANSWERS. CRYPTIC: Across: 1 Scored, 4 Penchant, 9 Outlay, 10 Estrange, 12 Gainsaid, 13 Direct, 15 Pots, 16 Malingered, 19 Strike dumb, 20 Acid, 23 Biceps, 25 Anecdote, 27 Innuendo, 28 Ceding, 29 Evensong, 30 Badger. Down: 1 Stopgap, 2 Outfitter, 3 Elapse, 5 East, 6 Carriage, 7 Annie, 8 Treated, 11 Vivaldi, 14 Figment, 17 Reckoning, 18 Skippers, 19 Subside, 21 Dredger, 22 Eczema, 24 Canoe, 26 Eden. QUICK: Across: 1 Castle, 4 Thumbs up, 9 Affirm, 10 Outstrip, 12 Top-level, 13 Crater, 15 Code, 16 Join forces, 19 Split hairs, 20 Guys, 23 Sprint, 25 Lavender, 27 Euphoria, 28 Clothe, 29 Tell-tale, 30 Pretty Down: 1 Chaotic, 2 Soft-pedal, 3 Larder, 5 Haul, 6 Mushroom, 7 Sprat, 8 Papyrus, 11 Removal, 14 On trial, 17 Coup d’état, 18 Stand out, 19 Suspect, 21 Sorcery, 22 Feeler, 24 Repel, 26 Dill. No: 2207
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