Brisbane News Magazine Jan 15-21, ISSUE 1258

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JANUARY 15-21, 2020 ISSUE 1258


Down memory

lane On tour with Moe Akgun and his 1928 Chrysler

ACCESS ALL AREAS A backstage pass to city landmarks


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This week ... So often we overlook the treasures on our doorstep. Brisbane is home to several world-class institutions, which, from time to time, throw open their doors to visitors, inviting rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into their inner workings. For this edition, our first for 2020, writer Denise Cullen joined tours at Brisbane Racing Club’s Eagle Farm racecourse, Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) and The Gabba, and rounded up plenty of other options – including the just-launched clock tower tour at City Hall (right). What better way to learn more about the place we call home, by playing tourist for a day? Happy New Year everyone. Until next week.


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THE CHAT On the road with Moe Akgun FEATURE Play the tourist in your hometown RESTAURANT Same Same, Fortitude Valley RECIPE Alastair McLeod’s honey brined shoulder of lamb ART Stephen Gallagher paints for pooches FASHION Summer in the city DESIGN Barefoot luxury in Byron Bay LIVING Into the blue LAST WORD Phil Brown barbecues

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Alicia Pyke Mum lives to cruise ... she can think of nothing more perfect than opening the curtains of her stateroom to find herself in the middle of the ocean Whether you’re still in holiday mode or back at work and dreaming of your next break, how we vacay says a lot. Like napping, some of us can relax anywhere. Others need a physical departure from reality to get away from it all. My mum lives to cruise. Given her home is in hot, dry, dusty rural Queensland, it’s unsurprising she can think of nothing more perfect than opening the curtains of her stateroom each morning to find herself in the middle of the ocean. My public-transport-obsessed husband loves a road trip. In fact, we’ve just driven

back from a family gathering at Phillip Island in Victoria. While I would have preferred to fly – yes, I’m impatient – this was the first time I’ve been licensed to share the drive so he was most excited at being able to have a snooze while I took a turn at the wheel. On earlier road trips (including the hairpin turns of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and a frenetic race from the top of Italy to the heel of the country’s distinctive “boot” in a couple of days), Guy has done all the driving himself; my only contributions being to stock up on road snacks and tune the radio to local stations.

My sister goes beach camping at North Stradbroke Island while my bestie prefers a breezy Coolangatta high-rise for her dose of sun and sand. Either way, they both love the time with their kids knowing they don’t have anywhere else to be. Whenever I ask people about their holidays it’s the ordinary things they remark on. How they went to the same coffee shop so often the staff would prepare their double shot iced latte on sight. Or that they made friends with regulars at the dog park because they all walked the


same route each evening just before sunset. So I reckon I’ve cracked the code to making that holiday feeling last once you’re back. If doing normal things in different places helps us switch off, doing different things at home should have the same effect. Eat at a restaurant in a suburb you’ve never been to. Walk your usual exercise route in the opposite direction to see who you bump into. Mix up your regular life. After all, change is supposed to be as good as that recent holiday. And if that doesn’t work, book your next trip the day you get home. That’s what my mum does.

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DRIVE ON ... Moe Akgun with Bonnie, a 1928 Chrysler he chauffeurs for his Art Deco tours of Brisbane. Picture: Russell Shakespeare/AAP

Streets of our town Step back in time discovering Brisbane’s Art Deco delights Sarah Matthews


hen car fanatic Moe Akgun visited the Art Deco Festival in Napier, New Zealand, the seed of an idea took root. As the driving force behind Roaring Twenties Vintage Car Hire since 2012, Moe, together with his vintageloving partner Samantha Shellard, got to thinking about what Art Deco treasures existed back home in Brisbane. “We did a tour in a vintage car of the beautiful Art Deco buildings there ... and we thought ‘Why can’t we do that?’ So when we got back we googled and found a Brisbane Art Deco book with all the various buildings, but we discovered many more than what’s in the book.” On his recently launched Brisbane Art Deco Tours, Moe, at the wheel of Bonnie the 1928 Chrysler, takes guests on a trip down memory lane, visiting historic homes, pubs and commercial buildings. But his favourite stop is a special spot in

Fortitude Valley. “The one that amazes a lot of people, and amazed me when I first saw it, is the TC Beirne building,” Moe says of the former department store, built in 1902 and designed by noted architect Robin Dods. “If you go up to the Chinatown carpark rooftop you have an amazing view of the facade of the building.” After giving up his previous life as a retail manager, Moe says he’s found his calling. He hopes to continue helping others slow down and appreciate the beauty of their home city – which is made easier when riding in Bonnie, whose maximum speed is 40km/h. “It’s definitely about taking people back in time, and rediscovering Brisbane. It’s about discovering places they’ve never been or never knew were there.” For the car fanatic, originally from Melbourne, the passion for exploration was sparked by Bonnie, his vintage treasure.

“We searched for about six months to find the right car. In the end we found one in Sydney. It was love at first sight – we called it Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde.” The next challenge for Moe was learning how to drive Bonnie, who is a far cry from the cars of today. “The thing with the vintage cars is the average person can’t just jump in and drive it like a normal car ... there’s nothing that’s powered – the brakes aren’t powered, the steering wheel isn’t powered. It’s very very tricky.” Moe also chauffeurs brides and school formal attendees, while wearing an outfit to match Bonnie’s 1920s extravagance – a getup he has embraced in his everyday life as well. “What you see in the photo is all from Vinnies or Lifeline,” he says. Brisbane Art Deco Tours, $280 for up to a twohour tour, Mon-Fri, weekends additional cost.

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Pull on those dancing shoes and shake it like no-one is watching at Windsor Presbysterian Church, Jan 30. Dance in the dark for one hour from 7pm when the lights go off and the music starts. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Access all areas From City Hall clock tower views to backstage at QPAC, Brisbane’s hidden secrets are revealed on select tours Denise Cullen

Reckon you’ve seen all there is to see in Brisbane? It’s time to go behind the scenes. Clambering up and down service steps, poking around backstage dressing rooms, or exploring exhibits generally kept from the public’s gaze, allows you to be a tourist in your own home town. From world-class sporting facilities to architecturally designed arts spaces, here are the Brisbane venues that indulge that human yearning to throw back the curtains.

WINNING FORM … Jockey Brad Stewart rides The Candy Man to victory in the Magic Millions Shoot Out at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm last month. Picture: AAP /Albert Perez

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CURTAIN RAISER … Backstage secrets are revealed during QPAC’s weekly tours.


Chalkboards outside every one of the Eagle Farm Racecourse’s 440 on-site stables announce their occupants’ names. Joe. El. Sue. So plain, so pedestrian. Where are the Midnight Dancers? The Masters of Destiny? Brisbane Racing Club racing manager Bart Sinclair grins. “They’re nicknames, not racing names,” he says. Such sleight of hand protects the horses from those with nefarious intentions. Race day attendance has taken a hit since cruelty concerns first aired on ABC’s Four Corners. Sinclair acknowledges that the industry should have done better, but points out that the horses here are treated humanely. He wouldn’t have it any other way. After first coming to the track when he was four, and placing bets at 11, racing is in his blood. The Brisbane Racing Club’s behindthe-scenes tour takes place on selected race days. Guests meet a leading trainer and jockey before heading on to the track to witness the start of a race and, later, to listen to live race commentary from within the race caller’s tower. Racing began at Eagle Farm in 1865, so the site is steeped in history. The Totalisator Building and the St Leger Grandstand are two examples of heritagelisted late 19th and early 20th century structures. A little known racing museum here contains the world’s only intact Julius tote machine, the forerunner to the computer. Cost: $175 includes a drink and snack in the Owners and Trainers Bar and access to the Members’ Reserve. When: Selected Saturdays To book: Call 07 3268 2171, email or online at about-us/merchandise-gifts/gifts/behindthe-scenes-tour


Attend any show at QPAC and you’ll be struck by how smooth and seamless it is. Backstage, though, it’s a different story, says thespian and tour guide Amanda McErlean. As we gather near the Lyric Theatre stage, she points out the technical contraptions which allow “fly men” to hoist lights, props, bits of scenery and other heavy items at lightning speed. The

viewing room to which crying babies and coughers are banished. And the potential drama arising out of 49 dressing rooms. Our 10-strong group trails into the Concert Hall and past an organ worth more than $4 million. Like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn to the middle of the stage, imagining what it would be like if my voice was more songbird and less foghorn. “Come back under cover – there are people working at height,” warns McErlean, gesturing for me to re-join the group. As if on cue, there’s a crashing sound of something metal. Next, we venture into the wardrobe room, where costumes are stored and busted zips repaired. Here there are sewing

machines and a bank of washing machines to rival any laundromat. During Muriel’s Wedding, the wardrobe room overflowed with lacy white gowns, but our visit occurs during stripped-back Chicago, a production in which “the dancers wear not much of anything”, says McErlean, leaving lots of room to move. Cost: adults $16, children, students (to 17 years) and concession $11 When: Fridays, 10:30-11:30am, bookings essential To book: backstage-tours/qpac-weekly-tour/

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Queensland Museum Queensland Museum’s behind-the-scenes tours are temporarily on hold due to building works. But when the tours resume in late 2020, it’s a chance to explore millions of objects, specimens and other curiosities not on public display.


Aerial photos of The Gabba abound. Yet it’s not until you’re teetering on one of the grandstand’s top rows that you grasp the vastness of this structure, built to hold 42,000 people. Since the first game of cricket was played here in 1895, sportsmen, streakers, pop stars, and dignitaries are among those who have passed through its turnstiles. Today, it’s just me, a bunch of English tourists, and some groundsmen adjusting sprinklers on the lush green lawn. Our guide, Ron Rees, is an old-school raconteur who keeps up a rollicking commentary, interweaving official history with personal anecdotes as he takes us from corporate box to media room to members’

bar to indoor cricket pitch. We pause at a window where he points out the spot on Vulture St where, in 2000, he was watching Pakistan’s controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar signing autographs. “This kid came running out of a nearby house, wanting to get his bat signed,” Rees explains. “The traffic was coming towards him, you could see he was going to get hit by a car, but there was nothing you could do to stop it.” Rees saw Akhtar drag the boy to safety. “Akhtar scraped his face in the process and they said he couldn’t play the next day,” Rees says. “But he did.” Rees points out memorabilia, including the 1933 Bodyline series cricket bat signed by Don Bradman, a pair of gloves worn by Steve Waugh and a wall print featuring the Tied Test between Australia and the West Indies in 1960, with original players’ signatures.

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A traditional handcranked lift inside the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower transports visitors to a 64m-high observation tower affording bird’s eye views of the everchanging city. The clock tower has been in operation since the opening of City Hall in 1930.

Over 119 years of operation, Boggo Road Gaol was the site of riots, escapes, hangings and rooftop protests. Tour options allow visitors to explore heritage-listed Number 2 Division, sometimes in the company of former prisoners or officers.

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Details: Adults $27.50, concession $25, teens (1217) $20, children (5-11) $15 and free if under 5. Tours operate daily at 11am, bookings essential.

Cost: adults $16; concession and children 4 years and older $6; children under 4, free When: Thursdays 11am, bookings essential To book: 1300 843 422 or

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Peace of mind

What are the requirements for sitters? Kiddo babysitters must be over 18, hold a valid Blue Card or Working with Children Check, and have a love for children. Our youngest registered babysitter is 18 and the oldest is 69.

How a Brisbane mum is taking the anxiety and hassle out of finding a trusted babysitter Rebecca Dredge, 36 Founder & CEO of Kiddo What’s new with you? As we roll into the new school year we’re making some exciting upgrades to the Kiddo app we launched in September last year. It connects parents to local, trusted and verified babysitters. How did that come about? I remember my husband and I were sitting on the balcony of a Sunshine Coast hotel having an afternoon wine and watching other adults below us walking to go to dinner. We wanted to do that too but were trapped in our hotel room looking after our children. How does it work? Registered babysitters input their availability, so when a parent searches to connect with a babysitter, only those available for that timeslot show. There’s also in-app payment, which

means there are no more awkward conversations about cash. The booking is prepaid and if a parent wants to extend their booking, they can top-up payment. Reviews and ratings are collected for every booking, which helps establish a reputation for each babysitter that parents can see. I also knew with the cost of going out – dinner, taxi – that I wanted to make babysitting affordable for parents. Kiddo doesn’t charge any booking or credit card fees and our babysitters set their own rates, so they earn more. Who is using Kiddo? Working and single parents, parents without family support nearby, parents holidaying in south-east Queensland, shift workers, parents wanting one-onone care for children and parents that just have a change in plans and need a babysitter with a few hours’ notice. Over the school holidays we have had parents book while they’ve been away on holiday.

What were you doing before Kiddo? I was a finance relationship manager. I have always thrived on helping others build a better life for themselves, so it’s really great that in my Kiddo journey I still get to do this day to day. I am also a qualified CPA (accountant). Who or what inspires you? My mother has always been my inspiration. She takes everything in her stride and growing up with not much but each other she taught us to always be grateful for what we did have and how to treat people the right way. She really sacrificed so much to be there to raise my brother and I single-handedly. When or where are you happiest? Cooking a lovely meal with my husband for our friends and family with some ’80s music playing and the kids running about in the back yard is about all I need in life. EMMA SCHAFER NO WORRIES ... Kiddo founder and CEO Rebecca Dredge.


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The best of times

FUN FUSION ... Happy diners at Fortitude Valley’s new Same Same restaurant; the prawn larb tacos (below). Pictures: Mark Cranitch.

For a dining experience you are destined to remember for all the right reasons, pull up a pew at this new Valley venue Tony Harper


t’s possibly a bit late in the day but here it is – my favourite new restaurant of 2019. Same Same is from the team behind the now closed Longtime, but this incarnation is more honed, prettier, just as atmospheric but in a more civilised way. It’s a grown-up version. And even though I loved so much about Longtime, this is way, way better. For starters it lives in a slicker space, in a subset of the Calile Hotel complex in James St. The design is beautiful and minimalist, not yelling Asian of any sort, but supremely comfortable, gently moody and very contemporary. There’s shades of Honto in its genetics. There’s a long cigar of a bar, but it isn’t a bar, it’s an open kitchen with stools arranged along its length like a teppanyaki or nigiri bar, but on a more grandiose scale. It’s the prime place to sit if you are a single or pair. Same Same, just like Longtime was, is Thai ... sort of. It’s what I call pop-Thai, taking classics like larb, curries, noodles, 12 BRISBANE NEWS January 15-21, 2020

rice and salads and kind of irreverently morphing them into something more anglicised and often more delicious. And it takes Americana – tacos, burgers, wings – and gives them an Asian overhaul. The result can be electric. Take the prawn-larb taco ($9). It’s loaded with creme fraiche, which is almost as far from a Thai ingredient as it is possible to get. And the larb claim is fanciful. But imagine big, crunchy, tacoshaped prawn-crackers filled with prawn meat basted in just enough nahm jim to add some wonder, then some greens and that big dollop of creme fraiche. It falls to bits in moments, but it tastes so damned good it really doesn’t matter. And a betel leaf ($4.50) – perhaps a bit more mainstream – with sticky pork, Vietnamese mint, pineapple and peanuts. The truest dish we try is a very good rendition of papaya salad ($18), packing some heat and wonderfully sour, crunchy and fresh. And from five curries on offer we choose Moreton Bay bug in a coconut

and turmeric sauce ($39) – rich, silky, complex and a great foil to the salad. It’s decadence meets acid. Too much time has passed since I took a look at the Longtime menu so this might sail very close, or it might be fully overhauled. Either way the spirit remains the same – heavily Thai influenced but cross-pollinated and teamed with imagination and art. Perhaps the surrounds make it seem better, perhaps I’ve ordered more wisely, or perhaps my memory is playing tricks, but I can’t recall Longtime wooing me this thoroughly. And everything else seems better. We arrive early and the place fills around us, raising the noise level from kitchen bustle to a gentle din. But service doesn’t falter, and – noisy or not – it’s decorous. What the Same Same team has done is create a restaurant within a lovely space, ticked the boxes of food, drink and hospitality, then stepped up every aspect ... and up ... and up. It’s a very, very exciting place to dine.

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Tender love Chef Alastair McLeod reveals how to banish meh meat from your repertoire Brining is a small change in your gastronomic golf swing but it promises to elevate all that you roast and barbecue. Brined meat absorbs extra liquid and flavour delivering more tender, juicy and tasty results. Even fish benefits from a 30-minute plunge prior to the pan. I like to call it culinary insurance, emancipating you from ever serving meh meat again. Grab your nine iron and get swinging.

HONEY BRINED SHOULDER OF LAMB, MINT SAUCE Ingredients 1tsp black peppercorns 1tsp juniper berries 2 cloves 2 litres water 80g sea salt + 1tbs extra 35g honey 2 lemons, halved 6 bay leaves Handful of parsley stalks 1 lamb shoulder on the bone (about 1.3kg), trimmed 4 sprigs of rosemary 12 cloves of garlic, peeled 2tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 litre lamb stock

Mint sauce 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped. Âź bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked 1 bunch mint, leaves picked 75ml grape seed oil 75ml extra virgin olive oil 50ml lemon juice Sea salt Fresh milled pepper Pinch of sugar

Method Gently bruise pepper, juniper and cloves in a pestle and mortar. Bring water to the boil with 80g of salt, honey, spices, lemon, bay leaves and parsley stalks. Stir to ensure the salt has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool then pass through a fine sieve. Pour over the lamb shoulder and refrigerate for 3 hours. Remove lamb and place into a deep baking tray. Pick the rosemary and finely chop with the garlic then mix with the 1tbs salt and olive oil. Rub this mix all over the lamb. Pour the lamb stock into the tray. Place a sheet of baking paper over the whole tray and then tightly wrap in foil. Place in oven preheated to 100C for 10 hours, or the lamb falls from the bone. Remove foil and pour lamb stock through a fine sieve into a container and leave to settle. Cover the lamb and place into the fridge to cool. When the lamb stock is cool the fat will settle on the surface. Remove this then place in a medium pot over a high heat and reduce by half. When ready to serve, increase oven to 180C. Uncover lamb, add reduced stock and cook for a further 30 mins or until golden. For the mint sauce, place all ingredients in a food processer and blitz until silky. Serve lamb with vegetables of your choice and anoint generously with mint sauce. Serves 4 Alastair McLeod is the chef-owner of Al’FreshCo, Styling and photography: Miranda Porter Props: @lunaceramics,

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SOUNDS OF NOW ... GANGgajang’s (from left) Geoffrey Stapleton, Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup, Robbie James, Mark ‘Cal’ Callaghan and Peter Willersdorf.

Out with a Gang Before a well-earned hiatus after decades of touring, GANGgajang hit the Hamilton Hotel as part of their latest tour Brian Bennion


fter 35 years on the tour bus together GANGgajang are taking an extended break, with their last show planned for Brisbane’s Hamilton Hotel later this month. It will be an emotional experience for Brisbane pop rock pioneer Mark “Cal” Callaghan, who created the sound for his first band The Riptides in makeshift rehearsal rooms underneath a few Queenslander homes nearby. With GANGgajang he penned Sounds of Then and the band became part of Australia’s cultural fabric for more than 30 years. “It was my call actually (to take a break),” Cal says. “I said to the guys I just want a break. We’ve been gigging for 35 years. It’s not like we do a lot of gigs now but they all happen to be summer, Christmas, holidays. I’d like to have a holiday in January for the first time in my life.” But the band vows to be back on the road in early 2021. “That’s always been our vibe,” Cal says. “That’s the reason that we called ourselves 14 BRISBANE NEWS January 15-21, 2020

GANGgajang. We were always supposed to be a gang as opposed to a band, when you get in the back of a Tarago and tour endlessly for years. “Because we’d all been in bands – me in The Riptides, Buzz (Graham Bidstrup) in The Angels and all the guys had been in bands, we knew that that was the first thing that destroys bands. You share a room and live in each other’s pockets and after a couple of years you go completely mental in a pressure-cooker environment. “We thought, no we’re not going to do that; we’re in it for the long haul and 35 years later it’s the same guys, except for poor old Chris (Bailey – GANGgajang and The Angels bass player) who passed away (in 2013). We’ve had this long-term view, go and do other things, this is just part of your life. It’s not your whole life. “It’s not the end of anything forever but it’s the end of something for a while.” It was the mid-1980s surf scene that first adopted GANGgajang when songs from their debut self-titled album became the entire soundtrack to Quiksilver’s surf movie Mad Wax. In 1986-87 the Association of Surfing

Professionals, the World Surf League, voted GANGgajang “World’s Best Band”. A decade later the ensuing worldwide following, the result of the movie, caught up with the band when they toured Brazil for the first time in 1995. “We get a call from this promoter who said, ‘I want to bring you to Brazil’, and we said, ‘Yeah, sure mate’,” Cal recalls. “We said we’d do it if we had our return airfares in our hands. “We land in Rio and go to the sound check for the first gig and there was this collective gasp. It was a 10,000-seater venue. We thought, ‘Someone is going to lose their shirt tonight, the promoters are going to do their dough’. We come back to do the gig, the place was full. They knew all the words to the songs. It blew us away. “It was just so magical. We did 10 shows. We had so much fun that by the end of the tour we were having the after-show party before the show. “It was all because of Mad Wax. It was such an indie cultural artefact because it was one of the first surf videos ever made and it was very rare to find a video with just one band and it had a plot with all the

famous surfers of the day acting really badly. It just became this cult film and all the pro surfers loved it and they took it with them everywhere.” Cal says the stadium shows were highlights of the band’s 35 years of touring. “Because they are so special when they come along. Some of the festivals (were) at stadiums with 20,000-40,000 people. We toured with Jimmy Barnes and our record was number one, his wasn’t. “But without a doubt, anyone in the band would say one, two and three would be the three tours we did of Brazil.” In 2001, together with Yothu Yindi, they played to more than 20,000 people at a concert on Copacabana Beach in Brazil. For the latest tour of Australia, the band has dug a bit deeper into the repertoire, also playing a song from each of the band members’ other bands including The Riptides, The Angels and Yothu Yindi. And for those who might have missed it first time round, Mad Wax will be screened before the show. GANGgajang, 8pm, Jan 25, $34.70, The Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton.

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tephen Gallagher had never met Charlie, but when he looked into his eyes he could tell the pooch had known tough times. “The expression on his face, the detachment I saw in that photo, just told me he was in limbo,” he explains. “He had a blank stare. He knew what was going on and that he’d been left in a shelter. Dogs understand these things.” Fortunately it was a happy ending for the Rhodesian ridgeback when he found his forever home, but Stephen knows there are many more dogs out there in need of a loving family. That’s why the Irish-born artist has made it his life’s work to paint rescue dogs from photographs to help raise awareness of their plight. His latest exhibition is now open at Adderton House & Heart of Mercy, at All Hallows’ School in Fortitude Valley, and showcases more than 100 shelter dogs. Entitled Rescued, it’s a combination of Stephen’s Old Mates exhibition undertaken at a retirement home for dogs in Northern Ireland and the exhibition 100 Brisbane Rescues, which features dogs at Brisbane City Council’s Warra Animal Rehoming Centre at Bracken Ridge. The Brisbane Rescues show raised just over $5000 for the shelter in 2017. “I want to help give these dogs a second chance,” he says. “I’ve never adopted a dog myself because of space issues where I live, but by painting them I can be involved in their rehoming. “Dogs are bred to live with humans and if they don’t have a home their existence is pointless. My exhibitions encourage adoption. A lot of the dogs have found homes as a result. “The paintings aren’t for sale. They represent all of the thousands of dogs in the world who don’t have homes. It’s great to be able to show people the faces of animals that they normally wouldn’t see.” Remarkably Stephen, 31, of Moorooka, has only been painting since 2015. Formerly an architect in Belfast, he V1 - BNSE01Z01MA

PUPPY LOVE ... Rescue dogs star in Stephen Gallagher’s heart-melting paintings. Picture: Russell Shakespeare/AAP

Dogs are bred to live with humans and if they don’t have a home their existence is pointless

enrolled in oil painting classes when he moved to Brisbane. He loved it so much that he quit his day job and has been painting ever since. The dog portraits began when he painted his beloved golden retriever Ozzie that he had grown up with in Northern Ireland. Friends saw the painting and asked Stephen to paint their dogs. When he put a few of the finished works on Facebook, the orders started rolling in. As well as the rescue dogs, now he takes

commissions from all over the world to paint people’s dogs … and sometimes there is even a cat. “I fell in love with it. Painting animals is where my heart is,” he says. “All the dogs have different personalities and I love being able to capture that on canvas.” Rescued, Adderton House & Heart of Mercy, All Hallows’ Convent, 547 Ann St, city, until Feb 2, 2020.

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BOMBSHELL (M) hhhhj Director Jay Roach Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie For a female TV anchor, those immaculately coiffured blonde locks and tailored, figure-hugging dresses can act as a kind of armour. This point is brought home, in the appropriately titled Bombshell, by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s (Kidman) decision to front the camera sans make-up for International Women’s Day – an act that leaves her strangely vulnerable. But the newsreaders’ uniform look doesn’t stop any one of them from being singled out by a predatory boss. Nor, until Carlson takes a stand, does it translate into any kind of collective strength. Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Fockers), with a lightness of touch that belies the sordid nature of his material, Bombshell explores the events surrounding Fox CEO Roger Ailes’ (John Lithgow) dramatic fall from grace. The story is told from the point of view of controversial Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly (Theron), who dared to confront Donald Trump over his comments about women at the first Republican presidential debate in 2015. Trump’s response, delivered in a CNN interview, lit up the twittersphere. In the cut-throat, ratings-driven world of mainstream media, a woman’s gender makes her an easy target (“There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump famously said). And Ailes – Kelly’s boss – had publicly supported the billionaire businessman. So the Fox News anchor eventually made a kind of peace with the presidential candidate. But according to the screenplay by Charles Randolph, which is based on the

BLONDE AMBITION ... Nicole Kidman as Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the compelling, Jay Roachdirected drama Bombshell. accounts of several former Fox News employees, that incident sowed the seed for what happened next. When Carlson took the calculated gamble of suing Ailes for sexual harassment, a conflicted Kelly eventually decided to come forward, along with several of their other colleagues. They faced strong opposition, even from some of the other key female employees at Fox News. One of Bombshell’s strengths is the way it embraces the characters’ complex

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (PG) hhhhj Director Marielle Heller Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper Who would have thought a daggy kids’ show host could teach his audience so much about the human condition? Certainly not hard-nosed investigative journalist Lloyd Vogel (Rhys), who takes his editor’s request for a 400-word puff piece about national living treasure Fred Rogers as a personal affront. Kind, endlessly patient and generous to a fault, the veteran TV personality is simply too good to be true. So instead of fulfilling his simple brief to profile a “hero”, Vogel sets out to rattle a few skeletons, even after his wife Andrea (Susan Kelechi Watson) pleads with him not to ruin her childhood. Vogel is determined to reveal the real Mister Rogers. Screenwriters Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster play along, teasing moviegoers with false leads – 16 BRISBANE NEWS January 15-21, 2020

MR NICE GUY ... Tom Hanks’ Fred Rogers proves it’s cool to be kind in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood. at one point, there’s a suggestion that Rogers might have past angermanagement issues, at another there’s a whiff of drama involving one of his sons. But Rogers’ real secret is that he is just as virtuous as he appears – what you see is what you get. The harder an exasperated Vogel works to “defrock” his subject, who was also a Presbyterian minister, the more he is changed in the process.

Trawling through past interviews and old TV shows, the journalist gains a new appreciation for Rogers, whose deliberate goodness is not an act but a philosophy, or as he describes it, “a choice”. One of Rogers’ puppets, Daniel Striped Tiger, gives Vogel some helpful tips on dealing with uncomfortable emotions triggered by an encounter with his estranged father (Cooper).

comprehensively as some of her others – Pospisil is on the fast track for success. The scene in which Ailes auditions (perhaps “grooms” would be a more accurate description) her for a front-ofcamera role is excruciating. This is a compelling – and at times bitingly funny – account of a seminal #MeToo moment brought to life by three heavyweight talents. Theron, almost unrecognisable beneath make-up artist Kazu Hiro’s subtly transformative prosthetics, carries the film.

With A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood, which is based on Tom Junod’s 1998 Esquire magazine article “Can You Say … Hero?”, director Marielle Heller (The Diary Of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) takes some big risks, beginning with the opening scene in which Hanks steps on to Rogers’ recreated TV set to perform his title song while zipping himself into a woolly red cardigan. But the two-time Oscar-winner, who is just as disciplined as the character he plays, gently disarms our natural scepticism in much the same manner as Rogers’ steadfastness eventually wins Vogel over. If Hanks, as many industry observers have suggested, is the new Jimmy Stewart, then this is his It’s a Wonderful Life. He couldn’t have done it without Rhys’s intelligent performance as an angry young man who wears his cynicism like a badge of honour. Seldom has being a nice guy seemed like such an extraordinary accomplishment. A tonic of a film. REVIEWS BY VICKY ROACH V1 - BNSE01Z01MA

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Holiday romance Byron Bay won their hearts, so this family made it a double date, creating two luxury villas to share the love away from home Tonya Turner


hat’s better than owning a holiday house in Byron Bay? Owning two of course! After interior designer Melissa Bonney of The Designory finished renovating the charming cottage that sat in the corner of a large block in Byron’s old town last year, it was time to get to work on house numero duo. By subdividing the land, Melissa and her husband Brendon Bott of B2 Construction were able to build a brand new double-storey luxury villa beside the cottage, maximising the privacy and outlook of both properties. Starting with a blank canvas meant they were able to fully flex their creative muscles when it came to the design. “We wanted to create a truly special holiday home, one that was full of all the elements we love, all the luxuries of a highend hotel and all of the soul of a home,” Melissa says. Rather than duplicating the cottage next door, they embraced the challenge of doing something different. “Ultimately we wanted the villa to be a place of rest and relaxation, a home where guests can reconnect with friends and loved ones as well as find some balance and calm. Byron is the perfect place to do that and the villa is just an extension of everything Byron has to offer,” Melissa says. As a family, Melissa, Brendon and their three children Bella, 17, Liv, 15 and Nixon, 6, take regular holidays to Byron a few times a year. When they’re not staying in the villa or the cottage next door, they’re available for guests to book. The villa’s design was driven by a determination to create a home that spoke to its surrounding natural environment. It was also inspired by the striking cinematography of the Australian film adaptation of author Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel, Breath. Although filmed in the Western Australian coastal town of Denmark, Melissa saw many similarities to Byron. “I was captivated by the raw Australian coastline that reminded me of childhood summer holidays. It presented a different perspective on the coastal vibe – dark rocks, stormy seas, rich eucalyptus, 20 BRISBANE NEWS January 15-21, 2020

terracotta cliffs, pure white sands and deep pink sunsets. There are plenty of homes in Byron Bay which are inspired by the coast, but we wanted to capture the surrounding natural coastal environment in its truest interpretation,” Melissa says. The brick feature wall in the lounge room was inspired by the colours of the boulders and cliffs near the iconic Pass in Byron Bay. The forest green kitchen cabinets and benchtops echo the colours of the nature reserve that sits directly opposite the property. While the main master retreat with its soft, textural and relaxing palette is on the upper level, two additional master suites are on the lower level. Each has its own distinct personality – one inspired by the colours of sea foam and seagrass greens and the other by Byron’s vibrant pink sunsets. The ensuites’ full walls of glass overlooking gardens were designed to create the feeling of showering in nature, while the arched mirrors help soften the strong linear architecture of the home. Meanwhile, the whimsical and fun children’s bunk bedroom is a playful retreat for little ones. The palette is gender neutral and has loads of space for sleeping, reading and mischief-making. The upper bunks are connected by a playground-like netted area while a closable skylight provides the perfect opportunity for finding shapes in the clouds or counting stars at night. Art was a key element for the success of the villa and its relaxed Byron vibe. Works by artists local to Byron and from around Australia including Vynka Hallam, Kara Rosenlund, Prue Clay, Fleuressence, Crossing Threads, Lottie Rae, Tracing Maps and Sonya Rothwell, with a few select pieces from Middle of Nowhere, adorn the walls. “They were all chosen for different reasons but at their core we wanted them to not only complement the palette but add a sense of imagination to the spaces, images and textures that allow the mind to wander to fanciful places,” Melissa says. The writer was a guest of Barefoot Bay Villa. Rates from $1500-2200 a night.

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And damn that sausage was good; they really do taste better when someone else cooks them. Anyway as we left, the people kept coming. She had started at 7am and business had been brisk all morning. I remember when my son was small I volunteered to cook the snags at the daycare Christmas sausage sizzle. I wore my special apron (it features the body of a rather ripped muscleman) as I slaved over a hotplate hotter than Hades. And being mid December, it was hot as I sizzled sausage after sausage and doled them out to a queue that got longer and longer as people lined

up for seconds. I mean you’d think they had never eaten a bloody sausage before. And really, what is the allure? You get a piece of white bread, a fatty sausage, some blackened onion and a dollop of sauce. Therein lies the beauty, I guess. The simplicity of it all is a wonderful thing. I remember the second year I did the daycare sausage sizzle it was even hotter and I was sweating like a pig on to the snags. Never mind. I’m sure it added to the flavour and no-one seemed fussed. I did the sausage sizzle at our cricket club presentation day one year too. So there I was turning the sausages as the line formed

in front of me. The club secretary, a rather pedantic fellow, came over and I thought he was coming to help or thank me but apparently he didn’t like my sizzling style. His gratuitous advice on how I could improve my technique was, I can assure you, unwelcome, and I gave him a gobfull. My response was unfortunately peppered with cuss words – I’d forgotten the queue in front of me was mainly youngsters and one shocked mum. “Excuse the French,” I said, not missing a beat. I just kept on sizzling and that day I turned out some of the best charred snags you’ve ever seen.


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top location Breathtaking views and luxury living at acreage estate High atop Brisbane’s ‘Millionaire’s Ridge’, this 1.22ha property includes five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and views that extend north and east across Brookfield, Mt Coottha and the city. Meticulous attention to detail is evident from the initial entry via a long, tree-lined drive, through a secured gate and past one of three garages, complete with a separate vehicle showroom with washroom and kitchenette. Positioned on a plateau, a porte-cochere surrounds a distinctive bronze water feature, with two large, wooden doors

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Understated beauty Nestled in the sought-after suburb of Ascot, this five-bedroom property has been designed to showcase the understated beauty of classic architecture, while not skimping on supreme elegance. Once inside, the eyes are naturally drawn further into the interior of the home where a skylight atrium bathes the area in natural light. This flows through to the outdoor dining terrace, where a 12m lap pool borders the outside edge of the home. Adjoined to the dining terrace is a family room, which flows onto the terrace through its large, glass doors. Back inside, the kitchen is wellappointed with granite benchtops, highend appliances and a breakfast bar, which conveniently connects through to the formal dining area, complete with a fireplace. A formal lounge has a small, outdoor area attached with the numerous picture windows throughout the home all filtering in natural light, which highlights the elegance of the parquetry floors. Also on the first level are a large, carpeted study that sits to the right of the main entry, with a spacious sitting room to the left.

Upstairs, three large, ensuited bedrooms are sectioned off with the main suite offering garden views from its balcony. A spacious, separate sitting area and dressing room, walk-in wardrobe and contemporary ensuite make the most of this larger-than-average bedroom. On the ground floor, two more spacious bedrooms, another bathroom, large rumpus room, cinema and cellar command this space, which also shares a large double garage.

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Public Notices PROPOSAL TO UPGRADE OPTUS MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION AT BALD HILLS, TOOWONG and The GAP WITH 5G RFNSA Number: 4036004, 4066003 & 4061003 1. The proposed facility at the addresses below – - Pioneer Concrete, 250 Bald Hills Road, Bald Hills QLD (RFNSA No. 4036004) - 257 Broseley Road, Toowong QLD (RFNSA No. 4066003) - 200 Settlement Road, The Gap QLD (RFNSA No. 4061003) 2. The proposed facilities at Toowong and the Gap consists of the addition of new 5G equipment and associated works as follows; - The installation of three (3) new 5G antennas on the existing structure; - The installation of new mounts to accommodate the proposed antenna; - Installation of new additional GPS antenna; - The reconfiguration of existing equipment on the structure; - The installation of ancillary equipment including cabling and works within the existing equipment unit. 3. The proposed facility at Bald Hills consists of the addition of new 5G equipment and associated works as follows; - The installation of three (3) new 5G antennas onto the existing headframe; - The installation of a GPS antenna onto the existing equipment shelter; - The installation of ancillary equipment including cabling and works within the existing equipment shelter 4. Optus regards the proposed installation as a Low-impact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 ("The Determination") based on the description above 5. In accordance with Section 7 of C564:2018 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code, we invite you to provide feedback about the proposal. Further information and/or comments should be directed to: Wannan Bao/0428 684 927, or Zenith Centre, Level 5, Tower B, 821 Pacific Highway, Chatswood NSW 2167, by 30th January 2020.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 22) Clutter can drain Cancer energy. When you walk into a room or a building, you have an instant reaction to it. The space can agitate or calm you. So stroll through your home or office and notice how you feel. Mess can be a huge obstacle to the natural flow of energy and energy is something you’ve lacked lately. This week, clear the trash.

LEO (July 23 - August 23)

Don’t your go to waste by moment You’re probably still confused, not quite 21 letAt antalents inappropriate (3,2,4) allowing others to hijack your hard certain whether recent events were a 24 AtBlaspheme (5) a crash work. the same time, expect pleasant dream, a nightmare or just fate. course in relationships, the main lesson Confronted by surprise or suspicion, this 25 High-ranking ecclesiastic (7) being a realistic view towards others. week forces you to explore new 26 A wild fancy (7) Impractical hopes tend to crumble when dimensions of your talents, inner truths 27 onAtoo particular (7) placed high a pedestal. and affections. Out of this intense transformation you will emerge, in 28 Built (7) PISCES many ways, reborn.

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The only problem is that you You’re focused, but with only limited 25 African tribesman returns (5) 16 Heavy fall (7) keep pushing friends and family away. patience, which could lead to some after rainstorm in Kenya (7) 17 Naive (7) What’s stopping you from being truly frustrating moments. Give dreams 26 Out of control blaze is of QUICK CLUES 19 Gathering of crops (7) honest with yourself, or others? It’s time enough busy hours to become a reality. some magnitude (7) 20 Irreconcilably to drop the defences. Be brave enough In matters of the heart, singles may 27 Go to the front (7) Across conservative (7) to discuss troublesome issues. More literally bump into someone special. 28 Serious Eastern muddle 1 Superficial (7) 22 Devise (5) importantly, tell the truth. Couples reignite the spark. (7) 5 Win back (7) 23 Mother-of-pearl (5)

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